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Latest Alumnae Newsletter

July 2018 - A message from Baradene College Alumnae 

In May the class of 1952 held a reunion luncheon in the Baradene Parlour. It was at this luncheon that alumna, Djuanne Walker, was presented with an award 4 years in the coming. Djuanne was awarded the AMASC Emeritae Award, recognising her work for AMASC, the RSCJ community and her dedication to Baradene. Djuanne has had many roles at Baradene - student, teacher, parent and grandparent. Djuanne was AMASC National President of NZ and Australia from 1996 to 2007. Djuanne’s dedication to the Sacred Heart and her love of the Sisters at Baradene could be seen by her many visits to the convent and her tireless enthusiasm and energy for the college, staff and students.

Alumnae Viki Cullen, Djuanne Walker and Nicola Judd
Baradene College hosted its Yr13 College Ball in May at the Pullman Hotel. The evening was a wonderful success, and, with this year being the bicentennial celebration of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, our very own school ‘Flat Philippine’ made an appearance at the ball too! Using the concept of Flat Stanley, a children’s book from 1964 about a boy who becomes flat and can be mailed around the world, Flat Philippine was designed in St. Louis as a fun way to share the story of Philippine around the world! Alumnae, and friends of the Society of the Sacred Heart who use social media, are encouraged to take selfies with Flat Philippine at their various activities and meetings, or while travelling. These photos should then be posted to social media using #flatphilippine. For more about Flat Philippine - click here.

Alice Gallagher (Alumna and Social Sciences Teacher) and Nicole Eichstaedt (Dance and Drama Teacher)

In April we hosted an Alumnae Parents' Evening at Baradene College. We have over 100 alumnae with daughters currently at Baradene, including Alumnae from sister schools in India and France. This was a wonderful evening of connection and nostalgia where we heard from our college Principal, Sandy Pasley, the Alumnae Association and the Development Foundation. 

Alumnae Mel Watson and Stephanie Graham with Principal Sandy Pasley
The O’Neill Gallery
Leavers' Magazines from the Archives

We held our AGM in April and, at this meeting, we elected some of our committee members into new roles. These are: Treasurer - Sarah Padey and Secretary - Alice Gallagher. We have a strong and growing Alumnae Association in New Zealand, with 12 dedicated women on our committee, all working with the common purpose of helping to bring Alumnae together. Committee members are: Mel Watson (President); Viki Cullen (AMASC Regional Co-ordinator); Alice Gallagher (Secretary); Sarah Padey (Treasurer); Nicola Judd; Sarah Stone; Natalie Thomas; Annie Turnbull; Fleur Ford; Tracey Mihaljevich; Kylie Marinovich and Melinda Copestake.

It is with much sadness that we heard of the passing of Alumna Felicity Rennie on the 21st May. Felicity was President of the Alumnae Association from 1979 - 80. Her husband, Gavin Rennie, was the Baradene College Limited Chair from 2010-2017. Eternal rest, grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

Alumnae Cor Unum Meritae Award nominations are closing soon. This award is presented at the Alumnae High Tea (23rd September 2018) and recognises Alumna who have had the courage to take on significant challenges, shown integrity and constantly aimed for excellence in their career, while embracing the philosophy of the Sacred Heart in their lives. Click here for a nomination form.

Upcoming Alumnae Association Events:

  • 5 Year 2013 Leavers Reunion // Friday 27th July 7pm in Baradene Atrium
  • High Tea and Meritae Award // Sunday 23rd September 2pm in Baradene Atrium

Upcoming Foundation Events:

  • Growing Heart Dinner // Saturday 11th August. All enquiries or to purchase tickets please email

To all Alumna: we would love to keep in touch! Please send us through any news, so we can pass it on either via our newsletters or our facebook page

Cor unum
Mel Watson

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