What a great honor and privilege it was to have the Principal of St Virgil’s College, Hobart, Australia, Mr Damian Messer visit our school. Through his presence and interaction with our students and staff we felt connected to our supporters from St Virgil’s College. We felt encouraged, supported and motivated to continue doing what we are doing because we know that we are in the hearts, minds and prayers of the entire family of St Virgil’s.
During his speech, Mr Messer highlighted how the students and the staff ‘go the extra mile’ to raise funds to support the Mary Rice Centre to ensure it can provide support and programs to students and parents. This highlights how privileged we are at Mary Rice to be part of the St Virgil’s family who continually strive to make sure we are well taken care of and always in their prayers.
Our gratitude is beyond measure for his generosity and the great support he and St Virgil’s College have shown to all at Mary Rice. Words alone cannot fully explain the joy and impact he brought to the Centre just by his visit – we can only say thank you (assante sana) for all the things he and the College have done for us.
The children were very happy and could not stop talking about the toys and gift they received on the day he was at the Centre. Their faces shine with gratitude every time they hold and play with the animal toys they received from Mr Messer (a special thank you to Mrs Denniss for her wonderful gift). They were also thrilled to receive their lovely loom band bracelets, made by the students of St Virgil’s – these fitted beautifully on their small and tender hands. It was amazing how they could not stop smiling from the warm hugs Mr Messer shared with them. These smiles are fixed on their faces at the mention of Principal Damian’s name. This made them feel more loved, cared for and valued as this doesn’t happen often in their lives.
The staff and the children also appreciated the art work that was done by Grade 9 and 10 children with the supervision of their teacher Mrs Bridget Jenkins and Ms Claire Graham – we return our love and gratitude to Hobart and especially to Oliver, Zac, Tomi, Josh, Carl, Brandon, Will, Tom, Patrick, Sean, Alex, Hobart, Will, Patrick, Chris, Jayde, Solomon, Jordan, Andrew, Ryan, Bridget and Claire, Toby, Tom, Liam, Josh and Zac who put their effort and dedication to make this wonderful art work.