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Kitty Pham has aced a Year 12 subject at
15 years of age, is a college sports captain,
a young ambassador of the Catholic faith
and spends her Sunday mornings playing
the organ for Kilburn parishioners.
“Kitty is a marvellous role model for young
women in our parish and in our church,”
said Clearview/Kilburn Parish Priest Father
Leon Czechowicz. “She is also a good
leader at her school of Our Lady of the
Sacred Heart College.”
Kitty and St Mary’s College student Hilary
Wigg have been awarded the 2015 John
Brewer Memorial Scholarship from the
Knights of the Southern Cross South
The Year 12 students received the award
on January 26 at St Francis Xavier’s
Cathedral for their commitment to faith,
education and community.
The scholarship panel said Kitty and
Hilary had “outstanding applications”
and showed “great depth of thought and
maturity” in their dreams and aspirations
and a strong sense of social justice.
Hilary will lead her College this year as the
head of social justice. She plans to study
law and has a keen interest in foreign
aid and global poverty. The 16-year-old
student last year travelled to Canberra as
part of the Oaktree Foundation to lobby
parliamentarians on reducing global
“As an Australian, I believe that we can do
more...in terms of foreign aid,” she said.
Kitty was one of the youngest students
to complete three stage two SACE
subject last year. She received an A+ for
Vietnamese and also completed Maths
Studies before taking on a full complement
of Year 12 subjects this year to increase
her university course choices in 2016.
She said the $1500 scholarship would be a
“huge help” in the cost of school fees and
text books. She hopes to become a health
professional and volunteer her skills to help
She has volunteered as an Ambassador
of Grace at OLSH – a group of Catholic
students involved in liturgical preparations
at the College and their respective parishes
– and has been chosen as the College’s
Kitty is a talented organ player and forms
part of the music group which plays each
Sunday morning at St Brigid’s Church,
The John Brewer Memorial Scholarship
was first awarded in 1996 as the Knights
of the Southern Cross Scholarship before
a name change in 2008 in memory of
long-serving State Council member John
Brewer. Two scholarships, each worth
$1500, are awarded each year to assist
Catholic students at a South Australian
Catholic secondary school with fees and
educational expenses during Year 12.
This year there were 11 applications from
For more information on applications
for the 2016 scholarship contact the
Knights of the Southern Cross (SA) on
8371 3301 or email@example.com.
Knights scholarship hits the right note
IN TUNE: Kilburn parish organ player Kitty Pham and Father Leon Czechowicz celebrate her receipt of the 2015 John Brewer
Memorial Scholarship and (right) St Mary’s College student Hilary Wigg on Australia Day.
Blackfriars Priory School students
and staff began the school year with a
memorial service for Year 11 student
Nasir Ali Anwari, who tragically drowned
on Christmas Eve.
Nasir Ali’s family, including his brother
Nasir Abbas – a Year 9 student at
Blackfriars – attended the memorial
service celebrating the keen soccer and
cricket player’s life at the school’s Neill
Gymnasium, in Prospect, on January 27.
Nasir Ali drowned at Petrel Cove, near
Victor Harbor, on December 24. He was
18 years old and arrived in Adelaide with
his family in 2013. The family is from
Assistant Principal Religious Identity
and Mission David Ruggiero said the
memorial service was a coming together
of faiths and cultures and there was a
strong sense of unity in this time of grief.
He said the school wanted to respect
the family’s Islamic faith within the
context of a Catholic liturgy and there
was input from Afghan senior students.
“We aimed to use rich symbolism
which would honour both faiths and the
memory of Nasir Ali,” he said.
“We asked the Afghan and Muslim
students to sit together surrounded
Nasir Ali’s family as a traditional
representation of mourning and
solidarity. The eulogy was presented
by his friends and displayed images of
Nasir in traditional dress and at liturgical
He said it was a “beautiful opportunity
for unity that can be cherished in grief”.
“Our loving God, who knows no
bounds, was palpably present, as great
faiths and cultures came together to
pray, cry and remember Nasir Ali as one
Acting principal Anna Mirasgentis said
Nasir Ali was “a warm and gentle soul
who has left his mark on us all”.
She said Nasir Ali had been a popular
student since arriving at Blackfriars in
2014 who was dedicated to his study
and soccer and cricket.
“He had a great spirit and was
committed to his friends and family.”
CHERISHED: Blackfriars Priory School student Nasir Ali Anwari, who drowned on
United in their grief
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