This year’s St. Peter’s Day at St Peter’s College, Cranbourne took on special significance as the College was fortunate to hear from Craig Challen, Australian of the Year.
Dr Challen was one of the divers who contributed to saving the lives of twelve boys and their coach in Thailand last year.
The message the West Australian, Dr Challen delivered at the formal Campus Assembly, attended by all staff and students, focussed on grabbing hold of opportunities and not wait for them to come to you.
His story had the audience spellbound, highlighting the College student motto and 2019 College Annual theme; take courage it is I; Be Not Afraid.
Craig Challen (with fellow Australian of the year, South Australian Richard Harris) led a heroic rescue under the spotlight of the world’s media. They placed the safety of others above their own and inspired hope when all hope seemed lost.
Their selflessness, courage and willingness to help others in a time of need typifies the Australian spirit.
“His story of how twelve boys and their coach were saved was a miracle and provided us all with the inspiration to make a difference.
“It was a privilege to meet and listen to Craig," said Mr Chris Black, Principal St. Peter’s College.
Students reflected on Dr Challen’s talk: “It made me think that if I saw someone in need, even if I was not part of the situation, that if you thought I could make a difference I should put yourself forward”, said Year 12 student Stevan.
“He was inspiring to listen to and made me feel more appreciative of life and grateful that we are surrounded with selfless people who will help out if they see a need”, said year eight student Caitlyn.
Peter’s College celebrate St. Peter's Day on the last Tuesday of Term 2 each year. This year the event was held on June 25.
The day is always a wonderful celebration which showcases our community spirit and connectedness.
The best part of this day is the involvement and engagement of students, especially those that support fundraising stalls, raising funds for the Diocese of Sale Charity Trinity Families and those that provide the entertainment throughout the day.
Dr Craig Challen Teachers and students have a fundraising bake sale for charity on St Peter's Day