Utopian Summer 2013


From the Head of College

that few in Western Australia ever get to experience. Around 1200 students annually get to be a part of a true “Collegiate” culture as they attend our fantastic university. Fewer still get to have that experience imbued with a sense of the sacred. To gain a sense that God plays a part in who they are and the difference they can make in this world. The students at Tommy are definitely in a privileged position and, no doubt, they know this well. T his year has been very different to the one I had anticipated. As a new Head of College coming into a very close knit community with a new Deputy Head joining me, I was apprehensive. To my delight there has been a tremendous sense of moving forward together. The respect for my predecessor, Pauline Ibbs, is palpable within the community and she certainly deserves every accolade for the caring and respectful environment that she nurtured here at Tommy More. R ebecca Wood and her daughter Jordi, arrived on Saturday, 16 March 2013. They moved into the staff flat above the main administration area. Within the next week Rebecca’s husband Greg, also arrived in Perth. Their son Matthew remained at home in NSW to complete his Year 12 studies and will likely

join the rest of the family in 2014. R ebecca and her family have left their home in Armidale, New South Wales, where Rebecca was the Dean of Students at St Albert’s College at the University of New England. She had been in this role for four years. I am sure that the students would join me in saying that we are very lucky to have such a committed, professional and caring Deputy Head of College. I t would be fair to say that 2013 could not have been the success that it has been without an outstanding group of student leaders within the College. This year there were eight Resident Advisors (RAs) ably led by Luke Bone and Frances Janse Van Vuuren as Senior RAs. Likewise, the Student Club Committee, led by Jayden Zilm and Jesse Parmar, has done a superb job. They have invigorated the College environment with innovative and well organised events. They have certainly set the bar high for those that will follow them. T he College Council and The Strategy and Finance Committee of the Council have given me enormous support throughout 2013 and I wish to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude. They possess a level of experience and expertise that is unprecedented in my experience. As we

I feel very honoured to have been offered this incredibly significant position as Head of St Thomas More College. A s a committed Catholic working within The University of Western Australia college environment, I had no hesitation in accepting the opportunity to lead St Thomas More College as it builds on its distinguished history and forges its mark on the future. T he College’s Catholic heritage places it in a unique position and presents an outstanding opportunity for young leaders to undergo significant academic, personal and spiritual development in an environment





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