Sister Janet Lowe
Since 2003, many at SAC, especially students of Refugee and Indigenous backgrounds, have benefited from Sr Janet’s enormous contributions to their and their family’s wellbeing. The development of Sr Janet’s compassion and understanding, as well as her wonderful practical skills, of course began much earlier.
Most of Janet Lowe’s education was with the Sisters of Mercy. After attending St Thomas’ school, Goodwood, then St Cecilia’s, now part of the SAC Performing Arts building, Janet studied at St Aloysius College for Years 8-12.
In 1960, Janet joined the Sisters of Mercy and lived at the Angas Street Novitiate for three years. At that time the third storey of the Dunlevie building was used as sleeping quarters for the novices and postulants, which meant that students could not venture upstairs. 1963 and 1964, saw Janet living at the Erindale Convent and at this time she began tertiary studies for her teacher qualification.
Mercedes College, Springfield, became her home in 1964, where she taught mainly Year 8 and 9 Maths and Science. At that time Mercedes College had ninety boarders, so as well as teaching, her other duties included supervising meals, bedtime and weekend yard duties.
Ten years later, Sr Janet was moved to Tenison College at Mt Gambier where she was also in charge of boarders, though they were fewer in number and only boarded during the week.