The other day I was enjoying a cup of tea with Fr Josy Sebastian, parish priest of our Noarlunga Seaford parish. The church and presbytery are adjacent to our College and I often take the opportunity to chat with Fr Josy about life, school and the parish. I said to him that 2020 seems like a “cursed” year, to which he responded that he did not believe in curses. He is absolutely right, as the events of 2020 are a mystery in terms of human endeavour and faith. What we do know is the immense impact these events have had on life and the subsequent loss and grief which continues to impact on us daily.
Last week we were deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of a wonderful Year 6 student at All Saints Catholic Primary School, Seaford. Sienna Walker-Brown suffered a brain aneurysm from which she was unable to survive. Sienna’s parents are Marie Sulda (1998 Cardijn School Captain) and Matt Walker-Brown. Sienna was due to start high school at Cardijn College next year and like many students who attend Cardijn, there are deep family connections across Sienna’s extended family. As a community we grieve with Marie, Matt and Sienna’s sister Geneva. Her life was cut short but she will be remembered by many as a beautiful, gentle soul who was always concerned about others and loved her family, friends and school. The response by our greater community of All Saints and Cardijn has been to wrap our deep love and care around the family at this very difficult time.
Cardijn College extends its heartfelt condolences to Marie, Matt and Geneva and all Sienna’s extended family and of course the staff and students at All Saints. Marie, Matt and Geneva shared a wonderful poem written by Sienna a few months ago which typifies what Sienna believed in:
Sometimes you can’t see them
Sometimes you treasure them
But they are always there, whether
you see them or you don’t…
And everything in between.
A nicely made bed.
A kiss on your head.
By Sienna Walker-Brown