Bede Polding College Alumni Association was established in 2021 with the aim of re-connecting former students with the College community and keeping the spirit of John Bede Polding alive. The Association endeavours to foster relationships and to provide opportunities for our former students to re-engage with the College and the current students. The association encourages its alumni to maintain contact with the College beyond their schooling life. To become a member of the Alumni Association, please complete the membership form by clicking on the link provided below.
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35th Anniversary 1986 - 2021
This year marks the 35th anniversary of Bede Polding College. The College has grown from 110 students and 8 staff members (including the Principal and Assistant Principal) in the foundation year to a thriving community of over 1100 students and 100 staff members presently. The College acknowledges the parents who tirelessly campaigned throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s to establish a co-educational Catholic high school in the Hawkesbury district. Bede Polding College is grateful for their vision and courage in making the school a reality.
In 1986 the site of the school was bush and scrubland. There were no roads, no neighbours and only the barest of essentials to start a school. Today, the College has magnificent facilities to accommodate the needs of 21st Century learners, including remote learning as experienced throughout the global pandemic of 2020 and 2021.
Bede Polding College also acknowledges the contributions of our past staff and students who have helped to establish a strong and dynamic Catholic community. Their commitment and contributions to the College do not go unrecognised. Bede Polding College continues to encourage all students to strive for personal excellence and to reach their potential. The College is committed to empowering lifelong learning and providing students with the necessary skills to make a difference in the community. We challenge all past, present and future students to continue to uphold the school motto, ‘Called to Bring Peace’, in their lives.
Commemorative badge and timeline
As part of the 35th anniversary celebration, every current Bede Polding student and staff member received a commemorative badge and timeline. All members of the College community are encouraged to wear their badge with pride.
35th Anniversary Dinner
Bede Polding College had planned to celebrate its 35th anniversary this year by having a dinner in the Good Samaritan Hall for all former students and staff members, as well as current staff. Unfortunately, due to Covid, the anniversary celebration was cancelled but we look forward to holding the dinner in 2022. More information and details about the dinner will be provided in 2022 on the College website and Facebook. Bede Polding College looks forward to reconnecting with former community members and celebrating this special occasion together. All past students and staff are warmly welcome to attend.
Bede Polding College Alumni award
The Bede Polding College Alumni Award was introduced in 2021. The award will continue to be presented to a former student of the College every year on Bede Polding Day. The award honours and celebrates the exceptional achievements of Bede Polding College alumni. It recognises a person who exemplifies the qualities of John Bede Polding as an inspiration to others, who has made a significant contribution to the community or society and one who has reached a high level of accomplishment in his or her field. The key qualities of John Bede Polding include courage, compassion, thoughtfulness, caring, encouraging, faithful, committed, generous, just and prayerful. The recipient of the award should epitomise the qualities and spirit of John Bede Polding and live the motto of “Called to Bring Peace”.
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Inaugural Bede Polding College Alumni award 2021 recipient
There is no greater honour than to receive an award in the name of our Patron, John Bede Polding. For the first time, in our 35 Year history, the College will inaugurate such an award to a member of our distinguished alumni. Indeed, the thousands of young men and women who have passed through these halls have gone into our world and made a demonstrable difference.
The award honours and celebrates the exceptional achievements of a Bede Polding College alumni. It recognises a person who exemplifies the qualities of John Bede Polding, who is an inspiration to others. The recipient has made a significant contribution to the community or society and one who has reached a high level of accomplishment in his or her field.
Our inaugural winner is one such person. Our inaugural award winner:
- Attended Bede Polding College from 1990 to 1995
- Completed Bachelor Degree in Science and Law (Hons) from the University of Sydney
- Completed a Masters Degree in International Law and International Relations (with Distinction) from the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies.
- Currently works at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, in the Department of Peace Operations/Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions.
- Previously worked in the Office of the President at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (in the Hague) and in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (also in the Hague).
- Started her legal career in commercial law for law firms, specialising in intellectual property litigation. She worked in Sydney, Melbourne and London.
- She is trained in mediation and is a volunteer mediator at the New York Peace Institute
Our award winner, as you can see, has made a difference and has lived the motto of “Called to Bring Peace”. We are blessed to have her parents, David and Lynette here to join us.
As a graduate from the class of 1995, currently resided in NY and unable to join us in person, but joining us live via zoom it is my great honour and privilege to announce that the inaugural John Bede Polding Award for Alumni recipient is:
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The Bede Polding College Alumni Association will publish a bi-annual newsletter keeping all of its members informed about the achievements of former students and current news about the College. All members are encouraged to share their story or to provide any important information about College alumni with the association or the school. Please click here to access the newsletter.
We are interested in hearing about what our alumni are doing. If you have any news or information that you would like to share with us please email the association on email@example.com