It is an honour to write a brief ‘thank-you’ message to the principal of our St Mark’s College, Mr Greg Hay.
My first encounter with Greg was about seven years ago when I celebrated Mass in Don Bosco Chapel. I was then a visiting priest from Italy, and I walked into the chapel and was greeted with a friendly smile. I had heard about Greg’s active participation in St Mark’s Parish as a member of the Parish Pastoral Council, Chair and member of the Knights of the Southern Cross, lector and commentator at Masses.
In May 2019, I was appointed Administrator of St Mark’s Cathedral and consequently became the Chaplain of St Mark’s College. From that time on I have witnessed Greg’s leadership in the College, and as a school principal he has been a prime mover to uphold the Catholic identity and mission of the school. He has journeyed with the students in their faith and Sacramental life, initiated the Philippine Immersion and fundraising, been present during the Blessing of the Fleet festivities, the Holy Child – Santo Nino, and Filipino Community celebration held in January and for the Migrant and Refugee Sundays. His passion, time, generosity, commitment and enthusiasm can only be applauded. The manner in which we have worked together and the partnership between parish and school I will cherish forever.
As St John Bosco said: ‘The school was not the end; it was rather the instrumental means for improving the way of life.’ Well done, Greg! Mission accomplished here at St Mark’s College!
Fr Jimmy Pantin