Celebrating Our Mother-Daughter Connection

It is not very often that mothers can find a chunk of time to spend one on one with their children, so when the opportunity arises, you have to grab it with both hands! Such an opportunity arose at the Year 12 Mother-Daughter Breakfast last Sunday.

The Parent Network, in conjunction with the College, made this event very special indeed. Fremantle Sailing Club was delicately embellished with roses and sparkles, which set the warm and nurturing mood for the morning. There was a joyous buzz in the air, mothers and daughters catching up with friends, snapping photos and enjoying the scrumptious breakfast.

There were a few highlights of the morning – daughters presented handwritten letters to their mothers. You could hear the sniffles amongst the laughter! Our guest speaker, past student Catherine Kolomyjec (Burgess, 1986), spoke about her journey through Santa Maria and beyond, into motherhood. The joys and trials that it ultimately brings and how through strength, courage and gratitude, you can shift the way you see the world.

Below are reflections from some of our OGA mums and daughters who attended the breakfast.

“A beautiful morning celebrating the strong bonds of love between mother and daughter. The College and Parent Network are to be congratulated for their organisation and meaningful touches to make the breakfast such a memorable event.” Jacqui Daniels (Lange 1986)

“This breakfast was special to me as I had the opportunity to tell my mum how much I love and appreciate her and all she does for me.” Sophie Daniels 

“What a wonderful way to start a Sunday morning! The Mother-Daughter Breakfast was a joyous event spending invaluable moments with my daughter Maddy alongside other amazing mothers and daughters. The guest speaker Catherine Burgess brought us to tears with her personal stories of motherhood and reminded us all that it’s kindness, understanding and love of each other that are the most endearing qualities a person can have. Thank you, Santa Maria, for giving us this fun time with our treasured daughters.”  Simone O’Grady (Piccoli 1986)



“The Mother-Daughter Breakfast was such a beautiful morning and a great opportunity to pause and spend time with my daughter Keely.  A highlight of the morning was the special guest, Catherine Kolomyjec, who shared some amazing stories about her involvement with refugees both in Perth and overseas. Her thought-provoking speech about the mother-daughter bond and her selflessness was truly inspiring.” Audrey Hebiton (Doyle 1984)

“The Mother-Daughter Breakfast was a great opportunity for the Year 12 girls to reconnect with their friends and mothers, after a busy few weeks of exams and work placement. The morning was thoroughly enjoyed by all; hearing from an inspirational guest speaker giving her take on motherhood, as well as some beautiful musical entertainment from Kitriana Lim, all topped off by an exquisite buffet breakfast. This breakfast was a lovely opportunity for each student to express their gratitude to their mother, who has guided them through their school journey, which is rapidly coming to an end.”
Keely Hebiton

“As the end of Year 12 is fast approaching, the Mother-Daughter Breakfast was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the journey. It really gave us a chance to appreciate the special bond between mother and daughter.  Being able to share this with the Year 12 girls and their mums made the morning one to remember.  Thank you to the College, Parent Network and guest speaker for a lovely event.” Lyn Franchina (Rechichi 1987)

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