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• Launching: Philippines Service Project 2019

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 beautiful island of Bohol is Central Visayas, Philippines.

This will be our third consecutive project to the village of Villalimpia, and we are making progress in our aim to alleviate poverty and improve their standard of living.  Implementing the project of Reledev Australia (, Creston College has partnered with Foundation for Professional Training, Inc ( and Banilad Center for Professional Development (BCPD).

Philippines Service Project 2019

Location:  Barangay Villalimpia, Loay Bohol, Philippines


Loay is a 5th municipal income class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines located at the mouth of the Loboc River. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 16,691.

In 2013, the island of Bohol was the epicentre of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake almost 300 dead, followed in 3 months by the devastation of super typhoon Haiyan.

In 2015, 1 in 4 families in Bohol live under the poverty line.

The Project


  • Teaching Grades 5-6: English/Maths/Science; disaster-preparedness (typhoon, earthquake, basic first aid)
  • Building: 4-5 classrooms need repair; repair stage; repaint school fence
  • Beach forefront clean-up


  • Prepare teaching resources for grade school lessons
  • Construct toilets for families most in need
  • Basic nutrition program
  • Survey Waste Management and Environmental Care program

What we aim to do in 2019

  • Medical/Nutrition mission
  • Construction (eg.toilets/showers/painting)
  • Implement Waste Management program
  • Community garden installation


24 January – 9 February 2019 – to and from Sydney.  Includes overnights stays in Manila each way.


$2100 Includes flights, full R&B and all transport.  PLUS $350 fundraising for project materials.

DONATIONS FOR THE PROJECT are Tax-deductible:  


Reledev Australia Limited
Westpac, BSB 032 157
Acct. no.  18 1520

IMPORTANT  Please email the details of your donation.


• Expand Beyond: Kayla Amos’ latest art experiment dazzles




Kayla Amos, a proud resident of Creston College, is a multi-disciplinary artist currently in her third year of studying Fine Arts with Honours at UNSW.


Artwork Details

Kayla Amos

Expand Beyond (2018)

Plexi-glass, two-way acrylic mirror, acrylic glass paint, wood, glue, lighting equipment

165.5 cm x 23.5 cm x 29.5 cm

Artist Statement

Stemming from the notion of expanding from traditional methods of painting, Expand Beyond, breaks from traditional paint on canvas to explore the possibilities of painting in the modern era.

Precisely about painting itself, the work questions what painting can be while holding roots to some of the fundamental elements of painting, namely colour and luminosity, presented though a different lens.

Expand Beyond, specifically focuses on the traditional technique of glazing in which the painter applies a thin layer of colour onto the canvas surface to build an image. This glazing technique creates a luminosity that cannot be achieved by any other means.

Drawing from this technique, Expand Beyondconsists of plexi-glass panels that each have a glazed layer of colour corresponding to the colour wheel and hinting at colour theory, the history of colour and the continued evolution of its use within painting.

Playing with perception and the viewers awareness, I have also incorporated see-through double-sided mirrors within the work. These mirrors play with and interrupt what should be seen and what is seen, varying views from your own reflection to the full transparent layering of colour.

As an installation piece, the colours the viewer perceives changes as they move and interact with the work. The light projecting through the panels extends the colour beyond the physical work itself to incorporate the space. The light also blending the projected colours and again hinting at the use of the colour wheel and processes of painting.

From The Artist

For me, Expand Beyond, has been very experimental and a challenge to push myself beyond my comfort zone and what I have previously done. Personally, the work speaks of having the courage to step beyond your current self to pursue what is only dreamt of and what lies in the unknown realm. My hope is the work will be an encouragement to continue until that dream becomes reality, and when you finally see it lit up, it will be more beautiful and will expand beyond what you ever imagined.

For commissions or to say hello feel free to contact Kayla via:

Also check out Kayla’s Instagram for updates on her current work @kaylaamosartist

• Dream, Dare, Do: MCS meets the Big Y

Beginning of 2018 Semester 2 Dinner

Dr Anne-Marie Irwin, School of Education, University of Notre Dame, School of Education

Friday, 3 August 2018  6:00 – 9:00 pm


Dr. Anne-Marie Irwin is an educator based in Sydney, Australia. She has taught in Catholic and independent schools for over 35 years. Anne-Marie is an academic and researcher at the University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney campus), where she currently lectures in Religious Education. Her research interests lie in infants and primary education, autonomous learning and religious education. Anne-Marie’s doctoral dissertation investigated ways in which Cavalletti’s work could be adapted for successful implementation in a Catholic school environment.

Anne-Marie is also a film-maker, establishing small Sydney-based media entities such as Upper Zone Media and Bounty Pictures.


  • Religious Education
  • English Education
  • Philosophy
  • Teacher Education
  • Theology
  • Virtues Education
  • Primary Education
adapted from the University of Notre Dame Website:

• First Woman in Opus Dei to be named ‘Blessed’

Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri, a professor of Chemistry, is one step closer to be beatified by the Catholic Church.  In June 9, 2018, Pope Francis approved a miracle attributed to Guadalupe’s intercession, an overnight cure of a cancer.  True to Opus Dei’s mission of spreading the Church’s message of being holy in one’s profession, Guadalupe was an academic and also headed the first university residence of Opus Dei in Spain, and later started centres of learning and culture in Mexico.

• Same-Sex Marriage: Marriage Equality vs Marriage Quality

When our forebears talked about ‘marriage’ – it needed not be ‘qualified’ – everyone knew what it meant; everyone acknowledged its purpose.  They came into the world, as have many generations before them, as fruit of this natural union – a commitment -universally understood as marriage.  Fast-track to 2018:  this bedrock concept of marriage has crumbled – but to what end?  What are the reasons behind this, and what are the consequences for humanity and for society?  Are we really better off than our forebears?

Our guest speaker, Caitlin West, is an actress, performer, singer, playwright and stage director! She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of English Studies from the University of Sydney.  She was Academic Tutor at Creston College from 2016-2017, and continues to mentor current students.  Her most recent short play (with Hannah Cox) Tammy & Kite (2016) ‘explores the bounds of the imagination and knowledge of children in situations that are both beyond their understanding and heartbreakingly close to home’ Montague Basement.  Caitlin and Hannah wrote and performed this play that ‘beautifully articulates the resilience of childhood and the enduring power of friendship’ The AU Review.

Thursday, 24 May 2018  8:30 pm  Creston College Common Room (followed by supper)

• Sarah Ampil – Soprano comes back to Creston

End of Semester Formal Dinner Special Guest

‘A true professional is Creative’

Wednesday, June 6 2018  6:00 – 9:00 pm

Sarah Ampil (soprano) holds a Bachelor of Music from The University of New South Wales, and a Master of Music Studies (Performance) and Graduate Diploma in Music (Opera Performance) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She is an alumna of the Pacific Opera Young Artists Program.

Sarah was the winner of the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod Joan Sutherland Memorial Award. In the same year, she was runner-up in the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria Competition, and a semi-finalist in the IFAC Australian Singing Competition. She has also previously been named the winner of the Sydney Eisteddfod Operatic Aria (21-25 years) and the Penrith City Aria.

In 2017, Sarah made two exciting operatic role debuts: as Micaëla in Carmen for Central Coast Opera, and as Sandrina in La Finta Giardiniera for Operantics. Other operatic highlights include Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo for Brisbane Festival (Australian Brandenburg Orchestra); La Traviata (Opera Projects, Sydney); Suor Angelica, Adamo’s Little Women and Williamson’s English Eccentrics (Sydney Conservatorium Opera Studio); and various scenes for the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. During her time at the Sydney Conservatorium, she also appeared as a soprano soloist in Bernstein’s MASS: A Theatre Piece at the Sydney Opera House.

A keen interpreter of oratorio, art song and concert repertoire, Sarah has been engaged as a featured artist with various ensembles, including Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Conservatorium Symphony, and the Burgundian Consort.  Recent performances include Haydn’s The Creation with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra and Box Hill Chorale, and Mozart’s Requiem with the UNSW Collegium Musicum Choir.

Sarah has been very fortunate to work with several accomplished conductors, mentors and coaches through a variety of initiatives. These include workshops and showcases at the IFAC Handa New Zealand Singing School (facilitated by world-class tutors, including David Harper, Peter Lockwood and Christine Douglas), masterclasses at the WAAPA International Art Song Academy (led in 2017 by Dr Graham Johnson OBE and Dennis O’Neill CBE), and a masterclass by internationally-acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming as part of the Sydney Opera House Opera Awards.


• On Chinese Medicine

TCMD1001: what and why  Y & Y

Is the title cryptic enough? (Still…nothing beats Cate Djong’s torturous 0-week Cryptic Dinner!)

Alfred Young is an alumnus of UNSW Sydney, finishing a Bachelor of Medical Science in 2015 before embarking on his final goal of training as a Chinese Medicine Practitioner.  He is currently in his third year of Bachelor of Health Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the University of Technology Sydney. However, he is best known as the brother of our long-time resident, Alison!

Join us in demystifying the science and art of Chinese Medicine from our budding local expert!

Thursday, 17 May 2018  7:00 pm  Creston College Common Room followed by supper

• Becoming a palliative and aged care researcher

Beginning of Academic Year 2018 Formal Dinner

Thursday, 1 March 2018  6:00-9:00 pm

Guest Speaker:  Annmarie Hosie RN PhD

Post-doctoral Research Fellow
IMPACCT – Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation

Dr Annmarie Hosie RN PhD is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney, with expertise in palliative and aged care. From 1999-2015, she worked as a clinician across acute, sub-acute, community and residential settings, including advance practice roles and co-ordination of palliative care clinical trials. Her doctoral research, completed in 2015, contributed to knowledge of delirium epidemiology in inpatient palliative care, and the need to implement interdisciplinary recognition and assessment systems. Dr Hosie’s post-doctoral research is focused on interventions to improve outcomes for people receiving palliative and end of life care; in particular, strategies supporting optimal cognition.

• UNIV 2018: Rethinking the future


A Chinese proverb says that “the flutter of a butterfly’s wings can cause a hurricane on the other side of the world.”

We live in a complex world, in a fabric of relationships that connect people and generations in a world where the past is intertwined with the present and where today is fruit of the visions, decisions and actions of the people who have preceded us.  It is a beautiful, but at the same time, tormented world. It is our heritage and our mission.

Do you have a dream? Are you a rebel, a non-conformist, a dreamer? Do you see things as they are or how they could be?

Where do I come from? Where am I going? Why am I here? These are the great questions that resound within you, the university student. In the process of knowing yourself, you can discover the role you play in the world and consider the way you can concretely change society. Rethinking the future means taking a chance, and taking action.

Life is a story that is written in first person, but no one can write it without counting on others. No human life is ever isolated. It is bound up with other lives. No man or woman is a single verse; we all make up one poem (1).

During your university years, you will acquire the necessary tools to understand history and to write the next chapter.  Essential  tools  are  listening  and memory, which lead us to appreciate the opportunity to find dialogue, openness, and intersubjectivity. In these encounters, one´s passion for the world awakens and true answers to problems arise. We need conversations and friends who will collaborate to change this world.

A single individual is enough for hope to exist,and that individual can be you. And then there will be another “you,” and another “you,” and it turns into an “us.” And so, does hope begin when we have an “us?” No. Hope began with one “you.” When there is an “us,” there begins a revolution (2).

Fifty years ago, the youths’ restlessness pushed them to lead a revolution that overthrew many points of reference in society, but did not propose constructive solutions. In the search for answers, freedom was confused with an absence of rules, and so the student protests of May 1968 fell short of the authentic greatness of the human person.

Today, the word ‘revolution’ implies an invitation to change as well as   a certain fear of this change. But the young are brave, and not every revolution is a threat. Is it not human to perceive the insufficiencies of the present and to overcome them? For a change to be effective, each paradigm needs to be reflected on. If we do not reach the causes, principles and ends that are true to the dignity of all men, a revolution will not achieve its goal, but will end in chaos and destruction.

It is necessary to live up to what we have. Rethinking the future begins with you, now. The world challenges you. The simple condemnation of the problems is not enough.

Let us discover the heroes of our times and of all time – people who detected a problem and knew how to turn it into an opportunity for the good – to thank them and learn from their wisdom. Innovation drinks from the deep roots of tradition. We see further when standing on the shoulders of giants (3) … and now it is our turn.

Will you put your creativity, initiative and courage into play? Do you want to become a protagonist of the story?

With your friends, in the university and in the street, UNIV 2018 invites you to reflect on a specific problem and

start a revolution, even if it seems small. This challenge requires thinking deeply, discovering the causes of a negative situation and the different ways of confronting them. We cannot continue working and living on unstudied assumptions, relying on time to make things better. It is necessary to obtain the right information, and to act upon it with the enthusiasm and the commitment of youth. There is much to do.

Think about it: if not you, who? And if not now, when?


1 St. Josemaría Escrivá, Christ is Passing By, 111.

2 Pope Francis, Ted Talk, April 2017.

3 Isaac Newton, “Letters of Sir Isaac Newton to Robert Hooke”.