Ten Aquinians – one member of each House, chosen by the House coordinator and affirmed by the Rector, Brother Michael Green, – are announced during the dinner as recipients of the Marcellin Medallion.
Student president Ruby Yates, who is in her final year of studying Contemporary Art at the University of South Australia, said the gala collegiate dinner was a much-anticipated event each year.
Ruby said award recipients were selected for how they personified in an outstanding way some of the qualities espoused by St Marcellin, founder of the Marists.
“These are the values that shape the special culture that we enjoy at Aquinas,” she said.
This year’s medal recipients were: Abbey Latta (Ouyen VIC, 1st year); Alice Hubert (Port Pirie SA, 1st year); Lily Glover (Yeelanna SA, 1st year); Austen Kenny (Mount Gambier SA, 3rd year); Tiarna Inglis (Loxton SA, 1st year); Nathan Pinchbeck (Mildura VIC, 3rd year); Sophie Wallis (Millicent SA, 2nd year); Bailey Hamilton (Mildura SA, 3rd year); Noah Waters (Port Pirie SA, 2nd year), and Jesse Martin (Penola SA, 1st year).
In his address, Brother Michael outlined the symbolism of the lapel pin which the recipients were given along with their medallions. The pin depicts three tiny violets which represent the Marist values of simplicity, humility and modesty.
‘The three violets recall that Marcellin wanted Marists to strive to be people who are genuine and grounded, and who do good quietly and sensitively,’ he said.
The dinner was preceded by a whole-of-college liturgy in the chapel which ended with a rousing rendition of the ‘Sub Tuum Praesidium’, the traditional Marian hymn that is favoured in Marist communities.
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