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Nazareth celebrates 10 years
Blackfriars Priory School recently
announced the appointment of Simon
Cobiac as principal.
Mr Cobiac takes the reins from Anna
Mirasgentis who served as acting
principal during 2016.
A former Blackfriars staff member,
Mr Cobiac began his career at the
school teaching religious education,
English and drama, as well as
coaching debating, cricket and AFL
football between 1978 and 1981.
Mr Cobiac starts his new role following
a 14-year tenure as principal of St
Patrick’s College, Launceston.
Prior to this he was deputy principal
at St Joseph's College, Mildura,
for seven years and a teacher at
Rostrevor College for 15 years.
Mr Cobiac expressed his excitement
at the opportunity to return to
“I always envisaged I would return
to Adelaide one day, but never did
I imagine that I would return to
Blackfriars Priory School as principal
to complete my professional career,”
“While the school has developed
and changed over time, the sense of
belonging to the school community
is tangible as is the core religious
tradition of the Dominican way of life
expressed through the four pillars of
prayer, study, community and service.”
Mr Cobiac said he would work with
the school board and the community
to build on the strengths of the school
and implement its strategic vision.
Back to the future for new principal
PROJECT LOVE: OLSH student
leaders Gemma Caruana (College Arts
Captain), Israa Al-Tamimi (College
Captain), Tavleen Ahluwalia (College
Vice-Captain) and Tracy Tran (Sports
Captain) celebrate ‘Project Love
2017’ which they created alongside
fellow student leaders, to promote
love throughout the school year. As
part of the project, each school term
has a theme – Term 1: love yourself
and your peers, Term 2: appreciation
of staff at OLSH, Term 3: love and
appreciation of education, and Term
4: self/yearly reflection. All aim to
spread love and appreciation among
staff and students.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Students gather for Nazareth Catholic Community’s 10th birthday.
Christian Brothers College old scholar and
fashion designer Paul Vasileff was the recipient
of the 2017 Young Australian of the Year Award,
announced during the nation’s Australia Day
Born and raised in Adelaide, the 26-year-old
has established himself as a recognisable name
in fashion, both locally and internationally, by
creating hand-crafted couture clothing for his
label Paolo Sebastian.
His thirst for fashion started at a young age,
when he stitched up his first ever dress with
the help of his grandmother. Since then, he’s
continued pursuing and practising his passion.
CBC’s publications and marketing manager Alex
Ly said Paul showed great interest in the areas of
art and design during his time at the college and
created more than 50 uniquely made pieces for a
college fashion show before graduating in 2007.
He then went on to study at the Istituto di
Design in Milan before returning to Adelaide
and establishing his own label, which has
become well-known amongst celebrities like Kim
Kardashian, Delta Goodrem and Kris Jenner.
His couture garments are made using high-
quality fabrics, together with imported laces.
The overall process of designing, constructing
and fitting each piece can take longer than six
months to complete.
Chairman of the National Australia Day Council,
Ben Roberts-Smith congratulated Paul on his
achievement and recognised his “valuable
contributions” towards culture and for the
“He reminds us to dream big, work hard and
believe in what you’re doing,” he said.
of the Year
Nazareth Catholic Community has
celebrated 10 years since its formation
as a result of the incorporation of
schools within Adelaide’s western
In 2007, three Catholic primary schools
amalgamated with Siena College leading
to the establishment of the Nazareth
Catholic Community, encompassing an
R-12 College, early childhood centre,
community services programs and Our
Lady of the Manger Church.
Director Michael Dahl said one of the
key achievements over the past 10 years
was the development of Nazareth’s
distinct identity and its strong sense of
He said the community engages with
people “across the lifespan” with weekly
playgroups, ‘fun moves’ programs,
‘wise owls’ activities, refugee support,
community cafes, graduate programs,
and partnerships with the universities.
Throughout the years, Nazareth has
sought to make a difference in the
wider community with its Outreach
Work projects in Timor-Leste and in the
Northern Territory. Within the Timorese
village of Triloka volunteers, including
Nazareth graduates, have spent time
installing computers and other much-
needed equipment. Meanwhile a
group of Year 12 students travel north
each November to connect with the
Indigenous community at Xavier College,
Mr Dahl said while Nazareth participated
in worthwhile community work, its
greatest achievement was the nurturing
given to its students, and their families,
from a young age to adolescence.
“We aim to produce young adults with
a strong sense of social justice...who
understand the importance of achieving
their best and appreciate that they have
the knowledge, skills, and ability to make
the world a better place,” he said.
Within the next few years the community
will see the transfer of Year 7 to its
secondary college and the construction
of new buildings to support growing
numbers. Despite any potential
challenges that may arise, Nazareth
will continue building on its success
and further developing its community
“We’ll continue to be a church
community that nurtures and has
meaning in the lives of our families,”
Mr Dahl said.
Nazareth open days will be held on
March 8 for the primary school and
March 22 for the secondary campus.
By Floreta Precaj
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