Early in 1963 the Dominican Sisters, the wider Dominican Community, the Catholic Church and much of Canberra celebrated the opening of Signadou Teacher’s College. The opening by the Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies represented part of a vision for the Church and for Canberra that has borne much fruit. The story of the planning, foundation and opening of Signadou was part of the dream of Canberra that was taking shape in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s – a dream of opportunity, transformation and empowerment. Now as Canberra celebrates its Centenary, Signadou celebrates its 50 year Jubilee!
The intervening years have seen growth and change from a College educating only religious women preparing to become teachers to the welcoming of lay people also seeking to become educators, to now being part of the fastest growing University in Australia offering programs in health sciences, social welfare and theology as well as education programs. Still the essence of the original vision of the College continues to animate the University – that education, especially education in a Catholic University enables transformation of individuals, but more so of communities. The last 50 years are a legacy of the empowerment that education can bring to so many. Join us as we celebrate the achievements of the last 50 years and as we commit ourselves to further service, greater transformation and empowering our students and their communities.
Associate Professor Patrick McArdle