Academic year ends with closing service
‘In 2021 God remained faithful to all of us, working to complete that good work which we can neither begin nor complete ourselves. In 2021, despite inconvenient and crushing disruptions, whatever they might have been for each of us, God’s remarkable good work, that gives holy life, was worked in us, for us.’ So began Principal James Winderlich’s address to those gathered on campus and online for this year’s Valedictory Service—an intimate event due to COVID restrictions—which was held in the College chapel on Thursday 11 November.
As is customary, proceedings at the Valedictory included the presentation of certificates to Higher Education students deemed to have successfully fulfilled the vocational requirements of their courses, and an acknowledgement of those who had completed VET studies throughout the year. These students will now go on to serve the Church as teachers, pastors and lay workers.
Proceedings also included a musical performance by pianist Joseph Ingram and violinist Jonathon Glonek of Bloch – Simchas Torah (third movement from Baal Shem). This was followed by a personal reflection given by graduand, Mitch Kitson, who shared memories of his ALC journey—beginning with his venture into a Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology and culminating in five years of pastoral studies and completion of two theological degrees.
Being Remembrance Day, the community paused for a minute’s silence before Principal James conducted a farewell rite for those leaving the ALC community.
The service concluded with the singing of the Valedictory hymn—words thoughtfully constructed by lecturer, Dr Stephen Pietsch, some years earlier.
To the students graduating
we say ‘bless you and God speed’.
Father, grant, as they step forward,
grace and strength to work and lead.
Let them all with joy remember
in the years that stretch ahead,
how among us they were nurtured,
by your Spirit formed and fed
And so ended another academic year at ALC.