Be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in one spirit and having one purpose (Philippians 2:2). These were the words written by St Paul to a fledgling Christian church community, providing them with advice about how to enact a Christian life.
Loreto Coorparoo’s new Principal Mrs Kim Wickham drew inspiration from this powerful reading in her opening speech at the school’s Inaugural Mass earlier this month. The mass featured a special celebration with the Commissioning of Mrs Wickham.
Mrs Wickham brings extensive educational leadership experience to her role. She has previously held the positions of Head of Music and Head of Creative Arts before moving into curriculum leadership. Mrs Wickham holds a Masters Degree in Educational Studies, majoring in curriculum, Bachelor Degrees in both Education and Music (Queensland Conservatorium) and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching as well as qualifications in leadership. She is currently completing further post-graduate qualifications in Theology.
The Commissioning was attended by special guests including Loreto Australia and South East Asia Province Leader Sr Wendy Hildebrand ibvm, Loreto Ministries CEO Ms Cate Sydes, Queensland Catholic Education Commission Executive Director Dr Lee-Anne Perry as well and other dignitaries, school Principals and Mrs Wickham’s family.
Dr Lee-Anne Perry commented, “I was delighted and honoured to join the Loreto community at its opening mass and Commissioning Ceremony for Mrs Wickham. It was wonderful to share in this beautiful liturgical celebration and experience the very tangible sense of community at Loreto. It was such a joyous welcome to Mrs Wickham in particular but also to all the new students, staff and family members of the Loreto community in this very special 90th year for the College. I wish Mrs Wickham every blessing as she begins her new journey with Loreto.”
Beautiful performances by the Loreto College combined Junior and Senior Choirs and the Liturgy Band contributed to the significance of this special occasion as the school community officially welcomed Mrs Wickham.
Loreto College Coorparoo is celebrating 90 years in 2018 and in acknowledgement of this milestone anniversary, the 90th Anniversary pins were blessed by former Principal, Sr Anne Kelly ibvm, as part of the Commissioning ceremony.
Photos from top: 1. Loreto Ministries CEO Ms Cate Sydes, Loreto Coorparoo Principal Mrs Kim Wickam, Loreto Australia and South East Asia Province Leader Sr Wendy Hildebrand ibvm 2. Fr Wayne and Mrs Kim Wickham 3. Dr Judy Smeed, Mrs Kim Wickham, Ms Carmel Dunne and Sr Anne Kelly ibvm