Alyssa and School Principal Ms Refalo
Alyssa was presented with her certificate of achievement on behalf of the Lions Club by School Principal Ms Refalo at the school assembly on Wednesday 29th November

Congratulations to Alyssa A., School Captain and Year 11 student, who on Sunday, 19th November represented Catherine McAuley at the Lions Youth of the Year Club Final at the Crestwood Lions Club.

Alyssa successfully won the Club Final and now moves onto the Area Final to be held in March next year.

This competition consisted of two parts - an interview for 40 minutes with Club members asking Alyssa questions based on initiatives taken at school, school academic achievement and general knowledge and following this a public speaking component. Alyssa was required to deliver a prepared speech and answer two impromptu questions.


In her prepared speech Alyssa spoke about the importance of letting our mind go quiet. “We live in a society where our greatest fear among all is the silence of our own mind. When we let our mind go quiet, our thoughts to dissolve, our phone to switch off, and the echo of other people's voices in our heads to cease, what’s left? That’s what we are afraid of”, Alyssa said.

Alyssa suggested in her speech that quieting our mind is what allows us to tune in to our inner wisdom and intuition. “Just as sunshine and water nurtures a flower and allows it to blossom, our inner silence is what ignites the emergence of profound insights and discoveries”.

Following her speech at Crestwood Lions Club the members said they were very impressed with Alyssa and that she is an asset to the school.

Congratulations Alyssa!


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Catherine McAuley Westmead

Catherine McAuley Westmead

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