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St Ignatius’College students will have at
their fingertips this Remembrance Day a
unique historic insight into World War I
thanks to the donation of a soldier’s war
diary from old scholars Belinda and Ben
“The diary is a very moving account
of a young man who just signed up on
April 23, 1915, and went straight to the
Mitcham Camp and by October that
year was moored off Gallipoli,” said St
Ignatius’ College teacher librarian Susan
She said students were fortunate to
have been bequeathed the World War I
service diary earlier this year by Belinda
(2006) and Ben (2010).
The diary belonged to their great
grandfather, Sapper Leonard Sieben,
and traces his time at war from April
1915 to July 1919.
It includes a letter Leonard wrote to his
family on April 10, 1918, after sustaining
shrapnel wounds on the battlefields of
France. “Received a couple of wounds
last Sunday afternoon,” he says in the
diary. “Small one in head, behind right
ear and another right through shoulder.
It’s really nothing, only my arm is stiff
and in a sling so that makes writing a bit
The handwritten diary was meticulously
transcribed from difficult-to-read
cursive writing by Leonard’s son Geoff.
Geoff, 87, spent many months pouring
over the original diary, verifying facts
and adding footnotes. Typed copies of
the diary were gifted to family members
and one is included in the Australian
War Museum. The original remains in
the Mortlock Library of South Australia.
Meanwhile, on November 11,
thousands of parishioners and Catholic
schools across the State will mark
Remembrance Day with special
Masses, liturgies and prayers.
WWI diary donated to college
HISTORIC GIFT: St Ignatius’ College teacher librarian Susan Reilly with the WWI war
diary of Sapper Leonard Sieben (pictured left) – the great grandfather of old scholars
Belinda and Ben.
BEATING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: A Year 12 Religion class from
St Mary’s College has been raising awareness of violence against
women after reflecting on the shocking statistic that one in three
Australian women are affected by domestic violence. Education and
awareness raising through posters and class presentations took place
in September with fundraising for the Zahra Foundation culminating in
a St Mary’s College team participating in the City to Bay Fun Run. The
team of 37 students, including Alicia Rice, Kaitlin Baker and Aleisha
Mundie (in photo L-R), raised $460 for the Foundation in addition to
$350 raised at the College’s annual Social Justice Day. The Zahra
Foundation was set up to support women and children affected by
domestic violence in memory of Adelaide mother Zahra Abrahimzadeh.
CHARITABLE HARVEST: Lettuce, beetroot, spinach and broccoli are among some of the
vegetables harvested last month by Blackfriars Priory School students to help raise funds for
Catholic Charities. Year 12 students (L-R) Tom Brown, Chandy Kien and Thomas Mitchell were
among the Religious Education creation and spirituality class which designed, created and
tended to the garden in response to Pope Francis’ environment encyclical Laudato Si’ and the
Catholic Education Office’s ecological vision statement, On Holy Ground. All produce harvested
from the school’s Sacred Garden has been sold to staff.
The Southern Cross is calling
for students in the Adelaide
Archdiocese to use their artistic
skills to design Archbishop Wilson’s
2015 Christmas card.
The winning design will be used on
the Archbishop’s digital Christmas
message and printed cards.
Entries are open in the following
categories: Reception to Year 2,
Years 3-5, Years 6-9 and Years 10-
12. The images should be no larger
than A4 size and can be created by
hand or computer-generated.
The winning entry for each category
will be published in the December
issue of The Southern Cross and
winners will also receive a Wallis
Cinemas pass to the movies. All
entries will be displayed in the foyer
of St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral.
The closing date for the competition
has been extended to close of
business Friday November 13.
Please send to The Southern Cross,
39 Wakefield St, Adelaide 5000,
with name, address, school, and
Design a Christmas card
HAIR-RAISING: Keeva’s hair received
the chop on Sunday when the St
Anthony’s Catholic Primary School
Millicent student snipped off her
trademark plait for Camp Quality.
Keeva, 10, used the opportunity
to raise money for the children’s
cancer charity and is donating her
locks to an organisation that makes
wigs for people without hair. The
big chop, held at the Beachport
Hotel, was attended by more than
100 people. Keeva raised over $4000
for Camp Quality and she selflessly
demonstrated the words of St
Anthony ‘Words teach and action
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