The St Aidan’s Alumni Awards celebrate the diverse achievements of our alumni and provide an opportunity to inspire others through their recognition.
From leadership in their professions, enterprise and entrepreneurship, or service to global and local communities, the accomplishments of St Aidan’s alumni bring honour to themselves and to their School.
This year, St Aidan’s Alumni are pleased to announce a third award category to recognise distinguished young alumnus, the Mother Emma Alumni Award. It is fitting to include this third award in the year of our 90th birthday, as we not only capture the significant place in the school’s history, which Mother Emma holds, but as you’ll see below from the biographical detail we have for Mother Emma’s accomplishments, she was a role model for students of St Aidan’s, who had a future-focussed approach to her work, was innovative and entrepreneurial. Thank you to the Archives Office for the following:
Mother Emma (Emma Crawford)
“It isn’t life that matters, but the courage you bring to it.” Fortitude by Hugh Walpole.
Mother Emma, (born Emma Crawford), lived by these words and sentiment.
Born in 1859 in England, she travelled to Australia and joined the work of Caroline Amy, Founder of the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent, before being admitted to the SSA in 1896. She was professed in 1897 and became Sister in Charge of Eton High School (which later became St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School).
As Mother Superior from 1906, Mother Emma led the Society for 33 years during the difficult social times of the First World War and then through the Great Depression. It is remarkable that, led by Mother Emma, a small number of women were able to operate so efficiently, eleven institutions, including schools, a hospital and an orphanage. With her courage and calm approach, Mother Emma accepted the invitation by Bishop Feetham for the Sisters to open boarding schools in Townsville, Herberton, Charters Towers, Yeppoon and Stanthorpe. Beneath her gentleness was strength and determination to accept new challenges.
Children loved Mother Emma and her kind nature appealed to them. In her everyday life and her spiritual life, she exhibited sincerity and simplicity. The Sisters remember her patient, “motherly” caring at Community House.
Under her leadership, the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent were hallmarked by their concern for the welfare of women and children.
Mother Emma passed away after a battle with Cancer in 1939.
St Aidan’s Alumni Award Categories:
• Emma Betts Alumni Award
• Mother Emma Alumni Award (new this year, in honour of St Aidan’s 90th year celebrations)
• Caroline Amy Alumni Award
Emma Betts Alumni Award Criteria
Recognises young alumni (30 years or younger at the time of nomination) whose professional or volunteer accomplishments demonstrate a significant positive impact – locally, nationally or internationally.
As an inspirational role model, they have raised their profile and standing within the community to create a positive impact in their field.
Emma Betts (1991 – 2017)
Emma Betts’ life was defined by a desire to help others. She worked internationally in the rehabilitation of people with physical disabilities and volunteered in youth-run aid and development organisations. Following her melanoma diagnosis, she was a dedicated cancer awareness campaigner.
Mother Emma Alumni Award Critieria
In celebration of St Aidan’s 90 year history, the Mother Emma Award celebrates achievement in areas of entrepreneurship and innovation. The award recipient demonstrates game changing and trail blazing endeavours across community or professional life. They may have pursued an alternative study or experience pathways to create their mark on the world.
Caroline Amy Alumni Award Criteria
This pinnacle Alumni award recipient exemplifies continuous and significant contributions in professional, community, cultural, sporting or leadership achievement. They inspire and uplift those around them through their lifelong pursuits.
Caroline Amy Balguy (1833 – 1915)
Known as Sister Caroline Amy and later Mother Caroline, Caroline Amy Balguy started her religious life at the Community of St John Baptist in Clewer, England. She came to Australia in 1892 and founded the Society of the Sacred Advent, focusing on ministering to the needs of women and children. Under her guidance, the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent established several schools and children’s homes throughout Queensland.
2019 Key dates
1 August Nominations for the awards close
16 August St Aidan’s Day – awardees are announced
11 November Annual Awards Night – awardees receive their award
Please email:- firstname.lastname@example.org for a nomination form.
• Maddy Bloor (Year 9) who represented Met West at the Queensland Secondary Schools AFL State Championships last week. Met West placed 3rd at the competition.
• Olivia Doherty (Year 12) who was a member of the Queensland Women's Artistic Gymnastics Level 10 team that won a silver medal at the 2019 Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne this weekend. Olivia has also been selected as captain of the Queensland team.
Best wishes to:
• Andrews Cup Cross Country runners for their breakfast on Wednesday and for competition next Monday.
• Our musicians and their supporters for the Gala Instrumental Performance on Thursday evening
• Junior School students, staff, grandparents and special guests for our Grandparents morning on Friday
• Senior School students for Round 8 of QG Autumn fixtures, Friday
• Our students representing the school at Sorry Day events on Sunday
• Our 10-year and 40-year alumni attending reunion events over the weekend