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• Grit: the power of passion and perseverance

2020 Term 3 Formal Dinner

Friday, 6 November 6:00-9:00 pm

Ms Katrina Alvir

Secondary Teacher, Director of REAL: Science of Character Program at Tangara School, mentor and speaker on parenting and teaching for character and Positive Psychology

Katrina has taught and mentored high school girls and their parents for over 20 years in Australia and abroad. She recently completed a Diploma of Positive Psychology in Melbourne. As a trained teacher and mentor she has extensive experience in working directly with adolescent girls in schools, as well as working closely with their parents. She is passionate about supporting parents in one of their most challenging and important roles – guiding their daughters through their adolescent years.

Her current project is REAL (Real Excellence & Attitude for Life) The Science of Character Program. It is a character and virtues program she is creating and implementing at Tangara. This program is for girls in years 7-10. She is incorporating the science of character and strengths research, positive psychology interventions and the research in neuroscience and brain plasticity into the REAL program. She hopes to promote a more engaging and compelling case for young people to live a life of virtue, grow in character and ultimately live happier and healthier lives.

• Creston College 50th Anniversary


The leader is not someone with an official position, a CEO, a boss. Leaders are found in communities, in schools, in families. The function of leaders is to coordinate, encourage, plan, work, think in the service of a good beyond themselves. You need both to build strategically in quiet times, and to respond quickly in times of crisis. What are the qualities of a good leader? Do you need to have an overwhelming personality, or always be right? How does a good leader manage his own flaws and weaknesses? What is the balance between speaking and listening, between dialogue and making firm and timely decisions? Leadership can also be seen as something for a chosen few: the gifted, the well connected, the persuasive. But is the leadership available to everyone? Who are some of the most unlikely leaders in history?

• Think, Act, Make a Difference

2020 Beginning of Academic Year Formal Dinner

Thursday, 27 February 6:00-9:00 pm

Ms Rachael Wong, CEO Women’s Forum Australia

Rachael is the Chief Executive Officer of Women’s Forum Australia.  She is also an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Notre Dame Australia.  She previously worked with the Law Reform Commission in Samoa to bring about legislative reform to improve the lives of Samoan women and girls and has worked and volunteered in various human rights related roles. Rachael holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Auckland and a Master of Bioethics and Health Law from the University of Otago.

• Standing for Life

2019 End of Academic Year Formal Dinner

Friday, 22 November 2019 6:00-9:00 pm

Dr Rachel Carling, CEO Right to Life NSW

Dr Rachel Carling is the new CEO of Right to Life NSW, starting in July this year just before the decriminalisation of abortion was announced.  Prior to this, Dr Rachel lived in Victoria where she was a member of Parliament in the upper house.  She has a PhD in Social Work and Social Policy and worked extensively in the welfare field before being called into pro-life politics.

• High Tea on High Street 2019

• Philippines Service Project 2020 goes to Cebu

Wouldn’t you like your summer holidays to be more fun, more adventurous…and more meaningful?

Join us for our annual service project abroad to a developing country.   Our destination this year is the vibrant city of CEBU is Central Visayas, Philippines, the cradle of the Christianity in the Philippines.

Implementing the project of Reledev Australia (, Creston College has partnered with Foundation for Professional Training, Inc ( through Banilad Center for Professional Development (BCPD), an FPTI centre that prepares young women for employment or entrepreneurship through training skills and work ethics imbued with solid Christian values, helping lift them and their families from poverty.

Philippines Service Project 2020

Location:  Cebu, Philippines

Conditions:  Urbanised poverty

The province of Cebu consists of a main island and 167 surrounding islands and islets. Its capital is Cebu City, the Queen City of the South, the oldest city and first capital of the Philippines.  Cebu is one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines with Metro Cebu being the second largest metropolitan area in the Philippines (after Metro Manila) and Cebu City as the main center of commerce, trade, education and industry in the Visayas. In a decade it has transformed into a global hub for business processing services, tourism, shipping, furniture-making, and heavy industry.

Although Cebu is a thriving metropolis, in a 2015 study, heavily urbanized cities’ poverty incidences were lumped with provinces. The whole of Cebu had a poverty incidence of 21.4%. Assuming Cebu City had a poverty incidence of 10%, the province would have a poverty incidence of 24.3%. The provincial poverty rate is more than double the city’s poverty rate.

The Project

Our service projects always consists of a development and educational component.  We are still in negotiation with our Cebu partners to cater precisely to the needs of the villages we will be helping.  Below are possible projects:

  • Dental hygiene and nutrition classes for children and mothers
  • English and sports clinic for children
  • Building project (eg. toilets, classroom repairs, painting)
  • Implement Waste Management program


22 January – 9 February 2020 – to and from Sydney.


$2200 Includes flights, full R&B and all transport.  PLUS $350 fundraising target for project materials.

DONATIONS FOR THE PROJECT are Tax-deductible:  

To make a tax deductible donation to aid the development project costs for the Philippines Service Project 2020, please donate directly to Reledev Australia Limited.

Reledev Australia Limited

BSB: 032 087

Account No: 207464

Description: Name of donor – ‘Philippines Service Project 2020’ 

To obtain a tax receipt, please provide your full name and email address to


• Through ups and downs

2019 Term 3 Formal Dinner

Thursday, 26 September 2019 6:00-9:00 pm

Dr Angelica Merlot, UNSW

Dr. Angelica Merlot is a passionate cancer researcher who was recently awarded NSW Young Woman of the Year and the Tall Poppy Science Award. Following her B.Med.Sci. (Hons I) Degree, she undertook a PhD in Medicine at the University of Sydney, that focused on the development of new medicines to selectively target cancer cells. She now heads a team of researchers, known as the Cancer Targets and Therapeutics Team, at the University of NSW and Children’s Cancer Institute, after obtaining a tenure-track position as a Scientia, NHMRC Peter Doherty and CINSW Early Career Research Fellow. Angelica is a member of the Gender Equity Medicine Working Group at the University of NSW and hopes to empower women and promote equity.

• Corporate Scandals: it’s time for reflection in Business Schools

2019 Trimester 1  Formal Dinner

Thursday, 14 March 2019 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Dr Patricia Grant, Registrar Kenvale College

Dr. Patricia Grant is a member of the Management Team of Kenvale College of Hospitality, Cookery and Events. She is responsible for a number of departments that relate directly to the student life cycle including Academic, Compliance and Quality, and Industry Liaison, as well as developing a research culture amongst staff. Her research interests include business ethics, sustainability and spirituality in the workplace.

She is an experienced lecturer with a demonstrated history of working in the tertiary education sector. Skilled in Mobile Learning, Intercultural Communication, Sustainable Development Education, Analytical Skills, and Coaching. Trish is a strong education professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focused in Virtue Ethics and Corporate Governance from University of Waikato. She is an alumna of UNSW where she studied Law and Commerce.


Did you ever think about the fact that only humans have hands? It may seem obvious, but it’s not. In the world of nature, we humans are uniquely vulnerable: wings, paws or flippers get you around a lot faster and farther; fur and feathers provide protection from the elements; refined senses, instincts, and defense mechanisms automatically kick in to ward off dangers and detect opportunities for growth.
But our vulnerability is at the same time our strength.
With our hands, we can build wings to fly.
With our hands, we can design our own habitat and weave our own wear.
With our hands, we can provide care, establish relations, protect ourselves and others.
Our hands are instruments open to infinite possibilities.

With our hands, we humanize the world.
Our basic needs become arts and professions: Medicine, Gastronomy, Architecture, Fashion, Communication, Education, Domestic Work, Design;
Our interdependence creates employment opportunities: Commerce, Health Care, Politics, Law, Economy, Business, International Affairs;
Our openness to infinite possibilities drives work forward: Technology, Entertainment, Innovation, Research, Creativity.
With our hands, we work. But have we always worked in the same way? Today the world of work is undergoing arguably the most drastic transformation since the Industrial Revolution in the 19th Century. Information technology, shifting social demographics and globalization are some of the factors that are shaping the ambiguous future of work, in which one-track careers are being replaced by multi-faceted professional trajectories, and personal capacities and aptitudes such as critical thinking, resilience, problem-solving and decision-making are increasingly valued over technical know-how.
The world of work in the 21st century is full of challenges: vast geographic and social inequalities, corruption, inefficient structures, forced labor, unrecognized and uncompensated work, human trafficking, unregulated activity in emerging sectors and high levels of youth unemployment…
So let’s get down to business. The 21st century professional is serious, dedicated, diligent, creative, transformational, focused, capable of persevering in an integrated cognitive and physical effort. What kind of personal development does a professional in today’s workforce need in order to convert needs into opportunities and vulnerabilities into strengths? How does one´s profession become an authentic service to society and the individuals who surround us? What can your hands do that a robotic arm cannot? What can you contribute that lies beyond the scope of artificial intelligence? The challenges are many… but our hands are open to infinite possibilities