My dear young friends,
It is with strong confidence that I recognise the vision which has brought the
Mandeville Centre to completion. Progress and development in learning are meant
to serve a very clear vision of our role and giftedness as human beings and to
prepare young women to take their place as leaders in society. We want them to
be equipped with a wide range of capacities to learn, to interact, to confer
with others and to develop in new and dynamic ways their skills and readiness
to contribute to family and community.
The vision of Mary Ward who said: “Women should and can provide something more
than ordinary”, leads us to the heart of Christian education here at
Our education, above all, is Catholic and Christian, leading to our knowledge
and awareness of God, our relation with God through sacraments, prayer,
reflection upon scripture, and developing in each of us of the true Christian
vision of ourselves as human persons.
At Mandeville we come to know that each person is unique and gifted and to
realise that the development of those differing gifts in each person is a call
for each one to recognise our full capacity. We are all gifted and unique in
the sight of God. We need to be reassured of our giftedness, to develop our
skills and to be able to use the best of modern educational theory and practice
so that our time at Mandeville is used most effectively.
To me, the best teachers in my life were people enthused with a great knowledge
of their subject and a thirst to deepen and continue that knowledge with an
ability to communicate in a warm, human way and draw us into their own
enthusiasm and excitement for the subjects they are sharing with us.
The Mandeville Centre successfully meets the needs of working parents by
providing additional tutors here at the College until seven o’clock in the
evening. Often the alumnae of Mandeville are people with busy professional or
family lives, who do not wish to neglect their children, but are making a great
difference in society and in the community. This new Centre allows parents to
continue to do this while fulfilling their responsibility to assist their own
children in developing their gifts and competencies in drawing out of their
studies the very best of human learning and experience. They are enriched by an
openness to the spiritual, to a deeper knowledge of people and to respect the
uniqueness of each human person.
Through this new means of learning and the regular creative interactions it is
my belief that Mandeville will contribute yet more to the enrichment of our
society, to the growth of our young people in spirit, in ideas and in capacity
to work and to share, which has been hitherto unparalleled.
I do thank the project committee and all those who worked to conceive this new
Centre and now others who are working with Dr Stevens and the members of the
staff to use it so creatively. Here in Melbourne it is important that
Mandeville continues to be visionary and open to all the possibilities with
which the gifts that God has given us can be used for the building up of the
eternal and earthly kingdom. May God bless you and all who use this wonderful
+ Denis J. Hart,
ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE.