Today the College community offered their blessings to the 2017 Seniors through the annual Opening Mass and Senior Investiture in the Christian Brothers’ Conference Centre.

This year’s event was made all the more special by the presence of His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland.

During his address to the crowd of students, parents, staff, and special guests, the Governor of Queensland spoke about the importance of rituals, and the proud history of Governors vising the College.

“I am often asked, ‘what inspires you most as Governor’, and I frequently respond, visiting schools,” he said.

His Excellency also commented on College Captain Freddie Carlton-Smith’s speech during the ceremony, calling it an “inspiring display of leadership”.

In his speech, Freddie talked about the value of the relationships that are formed within the Nudgee College community.

“In my short life, I have not experienced another community quite like this one, which cherishes its own members and reaches out to others,” he said.

“There is an intangible quality about Nudgee College that is inexplicable and never truly understood by those who haven’t experienced it - we call it Nudgee spirit.”

This year’s Mass focused on the Touchstone of Justice and Solidarity, in reference to the College’s 2017 commitment to environmental sustainability and standing in solidarity with the Earth.

The music for the service was performed by College ensembles NC Voices and the Liturgy Orchestra.

At the end of the Mass, the Year 12s were presented with Senior badges, which were pinned on by their parents.

Thank you to all who attended and supported this event. We wish our Seniors the best of luck for the remainder of their final school year.