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Over 60 students and staff from Anglican schools across the Diocese gathered in Wagga Wagga on the afternoon of 5th and morning of 6th May for a student leadership forum and to celebrate the dedication of The Riverina Anglican College’s new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) building.

Students met on Sunday afternoon for a service at St John’s Wagga Wagga and for the first time had an opportunity to meet Bishop Mark and to hear him preach. The College provided the wonderful music for the service and students took part in the readings and prayers.

The students were then challenged by activities arranged by the Reverend Andrew Robinson and Libby Gale (Canberra Grammar) designed to help the students integrate and get to know one another. This gave staff of the schools an opportunity to get to know each other as well and the Bishop which was especially helpful to the newer principals.

Bishop Mark dining with the students

This was followed by a BBQ dinner at St John’s prepared by the Reverend Gavin Krebs, Anna Krebs and Kym Hoey, with the help of TRAC students.

Staff and students cooking breakfast with plenty of advice

Students and staff were hosted at The Riverina Anglican College on Monday morning for breakfast prepared by the staff and students of the College.

Steven Bowers, Principal of Burgmann Anglican College, then gave an address to the students and staff on leadership. 

The morning ended with Bishop Mark dedicating the new STEM building.

Bishop Mark dedicating the new STEM building

Bishop Mark said the forum was an ideal opportunity to connect with a vital part of the Diocesan family.

‘Through our schools the Diocese is blessed to be in contact with around 5,000 young people. In Wagga Wagga I was honoured to spend time with some of them and be encouraged by their enthusiasm, maturity and willingness to embrace the responsibilities of leadership. I look forward to seeing what God does in them and through them in the future.’

by David Holmesby
Chair of Anglican Schools Commission

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