Saint Ignatius College Geelong
On Wednesday afternoon, I attended the ‘Groundbreaking Ceremony’ for a new secondary Catholic coeducational college in Armstrong Creek.
The Archbishop of Melbourne, His Grace Denis Hart and the Executive Director of Catholic Education, Mr Stephen Elder were present at this historic occasion. Archbishop Hart announced that the College would be called Iona College Geelong.
The new College will be located on the corner of Horseshoe Bend Road and Boundary Road in Charlemont and will open in 2020 with construction expected to begin in September.
This announcement follows a substantial increase in demand for Catholic education in the Geelong region with the opening this year of two new Catholic primary schools in Bannockburn and Torquay and the existing Catholic secondary colleges reaching capacity. As you would be aware, our College has experienced tremendous demand for places from families across the region, and unfortunately, we have not been able to accommodate many of the applicants.
About this, Mr Elder said at the Ceremony,
“The fact there is such high demand for Catholic education is a testament to Geelong’s Catholic schools and teachers who are providing an affordable, high-quality education that shapes happy, resilient, students who are filled with a love of learning and life. It’s a credit to them.”
In his address at the site, Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart explained the choice of name as follows.
“Iona represents one of the earliest and most significant Catholic sites in the British Isles, the Monastery of Iona, founded in the fifth century.”
“Like Iona College, the Monastery of Iona was a centre of learning by the sea. Just as Iona College will serve and underpin a growing community, Iona was literally a rock of faith, an island monastery rich in knowledge, a centre of tranquillity in turbulent times and a force for spreading the Gospel in parts then considered the edges of the world.”
“The spirit and influence of Iona lived on in the first Catholics to come to Victoria, descendants of the Celtic world from Ireland, who took the message of Christ to a land yet largely unknown to Europeans, to the very edge of their world, and kindled the fire of faith which still burns brightly today.”
Saint Ignatius College Geelong welcomes the development of the new school. With another secondary Catholic coeducational college in the Geelong region from 2020, our College Board has formed a sub-committee to advise the College Executive on how we can support the development of this school and manage the implications for enrolment policy and process.
Michael Exton Principal
Faith Matters: Reconciliation
We celebrate Reconciliation Week at the College and I would like to offer an edited version of St John-Paul II’s address to Aboriginal and Torres Strait people given in Alice Springs in 1986. Although offered over thirty years ago his prophetic statements and affirmation of Indigenous people and culture resonates and challenges us to continue our efforts towards reconciliation. I offer you the following for your personal reflection and contemplation during this important week for our society.
At the beginning of time, as God’s Spirit moved over the waters, he began to communicate something of his goodness and beauty to all creation. When God then created man and woman, he gave them the good things of the earth for their use and benefit; and he put into their hearts abilities and powers, which were his gifts.
As the human family spread over the face of the earth, your people settled and lived in this big country that stood apart from all the others. Other people did not even know this land was here; they only knew that somewhere in the southern oceans of the world there was "The Great South Land of the Holy Spirit".
But for thousands of years you have lived in this land and fashioned a culture that endures to this day. And during all this time, the Spirit of God has been with you. Your "Dreaming", which influences your lives so strongly that, no matter what happens, you remain for ever people of your culture, is your only way of touching the mystery of God’s Spirit in you and in creation. You must keep your striving for God and hold on to it in your lives.
The rock paintings and the discovered evidence of your ancient tools and implements indicate the presence of your age-old culture and prove your ancient occupancy of this land. Your culture, which shows the lasting genius and dignity of your race, must not be allowed to disappear. Do not think that your gifts are worth so little that you should no longer bother to maintain them. Share them with each other and teach them to your children. Your songs, your stories, your paintings, your dances, your languages, must never be lost.
For thousands of years this culture of yours was free to grow without interference by people from other places. You lived your lives in spiritual closeness to the land… Through your closeness to the land you touched the sacredness of man’s relationship with God, for the land was the proof of a power in life greater than yourselves. You did not spoil the land, use it up, exhaust it. and then walk away from it. You realized that your land was related to the source of life.
The silence of the Bush taught you a quietness of soul that put you in touch with another world, the world of God’s Spirit. Your careful attention to the details of kinship spoke of your reverence for birth, life and human generation. You knew that children need to be loved, to be full of joy. They need a time to grow in laughter and to play, secure in the knowledge that they belong to their people.
The culture which this long and careful growth produced was not prepared for the sudden meeting with another people, with different customs and traditions, who came to your country nearly 200 years ago. These people had knowledge, money and power; and they brought with them some patterns of behaviour from which the Aboriginal people were unable to protect themselves. The effects of some of those forces are still active among you today. Many of you have been dispossessed of your traditional lands, and separated from your tribal ways, though some of you still have your traditional culture.
We know that during the last two hundred years certain people tried to understand you, to learn about you, to respect your ways and to honour you as persons. These men and women, as you soon realized, were different from others of their race. They loved and cared for the indigenous people. They began to share with you their stories of God, helped you cope with sickness, tried to protect you from ill-treatment. They were honest with you, and showed you by their lives how they tried to avoid the bad things in their own culture.
These people were not always successful, and there were times when they did not fully understand you. But they showed you good will and friendship. They came from many different walks of life. Some were teachers and doctors and other professional people; some were simple folk. History will remember the good example of their charity and fraternal solidarity.
The establishment of a new society for Aboriginal people cannot go forward without just and mutually recognized agreements with regard to these human problems, even though their causes lie in the past. The greatest value to be achieved by such agreements, which must be implemented without causing new injustices, is respect for the dignity and growth of the human person.
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ speaks all languages. It esteems and embraces all cultures. It supports them in everything human and, when necessary, it purifies them. Always and everywhere the Gospel uplifts and enriches cultures with the revealed message of a loving and merciful God. In the new world that is emerging for you, you are being called to live fully human and Christian lives, not to die of shame and sorrow. But you know that to fulfil your role you need a new heart. You will already feel courage rise up inside you when you listen to God speaking to you in these words of the Prophets:
"Do not be afraid for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name, you are mine. Do not be afraid, for I am with you".
"I am going to... gather you together... and bring you home to your own land... I shall give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you... You shall be my people and I will be your God".
With you I rejoice in the hope of God’s gift of salvation, which has its beginnings here and now, and which also depends on how we behave towards each other, on what we put up with, on what we do, on how we honour God and love all people.
Dear Aboriginal people:
the hour has come for you to take on new courage and new hope. You are called to remember the past, to be faithful to your worthy traditions, and to adapt your living culture whenever this is required by your own needs and those of your fellowman. Above all you are called to open your hearts ever more to the consoling, purifying and uplifting message of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who died so that we might all have life, and have it to the full.
St John-Paul II, 1986
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
The Semester exam period is fast approaching. All Years 9,10 and 11 students should be beginning the revision process and preparing themselves thoroughly for the exams. Two areas that have been adjusted this year are the grading scale for students who are absent from exams and the inclusion of an exam redemption for those students who did not satisfactorily complete an exam.
There is a copy of the Exam Practices and Procedures in the 2018 Student Planner and on the College website, however, I felt it was important to highlight this document to parents/guardians.
Exam Practices and Procedures
Saint Ignatius College Geelong is a Learning Community that provides opportunities for all students to achieve success.
At Saint Ignatius College students achieve success by attending all classes, being punctual, completing all required work, being self-motivated, committing to a homework schedule and developing a career pathway.
The purpose of examinations is to challenge students to assume continuing responsibility for their personal learning and growth.
They will help to strengthen the accuracy of Saint Ignatius College school-based data when measuring annual improvement in learning outcomes while also identifying students whose unexpected results may indicate more deep-seated learning concerns.
In particular, the Redemption exam in Semester one will provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate a satisfactory understanding of skills and content for that subject prior to undertaking annual subject selection at Years 9, 10 or 11 in Semester two.
Our vision for Saint Ignatius College is one in which all students are empowered to achieve success. We aim to ensure that the diverse needs, achievements and strengths of every individual are recognised, nurtured and celebrated. We foster a supportive environment, building on the strengths within our school community.
Purpose of Exams
Saint Ignatius College conducts formal internal exams from Years 9 – 11 in order to provide students with the skills necessary to perform effectively when undertaking external academic assessments such as VCE VCAA examinations. They also provide students with the opportunity to better determine their suitability for pathways at Senior level (VCAL/VET/VCE) within our College.
Furthermore, the sequence of formal exams from Years 9 – 12 provides all students with exposure to this recognized type of assessment.
In Year 12, students undertaking the VCE pathway will complete Unit 3/ 4 VCAA examinations. Students who take this academic pathway will also be expected to complete any internal examinations authorised by the College during the course of their Unit 3/ 4 studies.
If, work submitted by a student in an exam does not meet the required standard for satisfactory completion, the subject teacher may require that the student complete exam redemption.
The process to follow is:
A redemption notification form will need to be completed, ideally up to one week prior to the redemption day. Redemption will take place on the student free Report Writing days in Semester one and/or two.
NB. The original result for the exam will not be altered.
If, after completing the redemption exam, the student is still deemed to have not demonstrated an adequate understanding, or not to have made a reasonable attempt to complete the redemption exam paper, the subject teacher and Year Level Coordinator of that student will organise a parent / guardian meeting to review student progress.
The teacher and relevant Year Level Coordinator will determine the subsequent course of action following this meeting.
An NA (Not Able to be Assessed) can only be awarded for an exam absence in one or more of the following circumstances:
* NB. If a student is ill on the day a medical certificate is required.
For any other circumstances an NS (Not submitted or completed) will be awarded. This means that they will receive a ‘zero’ for that examination assessment task.
Furthermore, any student that fails to attend an exam and has not met one of the conditions deemed appropriate to receive an ‘NA’ for such an absence, will be required to sit an exam redemption.
Subject Teacher Expectations
Subject teachers, in consultation with and under the advice of the College learning Support Coordinator will adjust exams where necessary to accommodate existing documented individual student learning needs.
Specific Exam Arrangements
Fair and reasonable individual exam arrangements to demonstrate learning will be provided to students affected by illness, impairment or personal circumstances.
I encourage all parents/guardians to work with their child/children to prepare them effectively for the exams. This could be as simple as organising a study space at home that is conducive for learning or organising some study groups with friends. This can be a stressful time for some young people and it is important that we support our students during this assessment period. I wish all the students the best with their exams.
Mr Michael Timms Deputy Principal [Students]
Sorry Day: Smoking Ceremony
On Thursday 24th May the school held it’s annual Sorry Day – Smoking Ceremony as our recognition of National Reconciliation Week (May 27 to June 3).
The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.
National Sorry Day is an annual event that has been held in Australia on 26 May, since 1998, to remember and commemorate the mistreatment of the country's Aboriginal People. During the 20th century, Australian government policies resulted in "Stolen Generations", described as "Aboriginal children separated, often forcibly, from their families in the interest of turning them into white Australians"
So we gathered as a school community to recognise this and focus on reconciliation.
We are extremely grateful to our guests for gifting us such a significant and moving ceremony.
Norm Stanley and Nikki Mc Kenzie conducted the Welcome to Country and the Smoking Ceremony.
Norm and Nikki shared their culture and history with us in such a powerful and meaningful way and we were so privileged to experience Norm’s fantastic didgeridoo playing.
Susan Collins and Ricky Morris were our Guest speakers this year. Susan is a Koori worker in several Geelong Catholic schools and she was incredibly generous and courageous in telling us her very personal and emotional story of how she was part of the Stolen Generations. Her mother and grandmother were also stolen. The entire school community was effected by Susan’s story and her bravery in sharing it with us. Thank you Susan.
Ricky is a Gunditjmarra man and now he lives in Melbourne where he runs his own plumbing business. Ricky served in the Australian Army with the Royal Australian Engineers and reached the rank of Sergeant. He served in Afghanistan in 2008-2009 and in East Timor in 1999-2000. Ricky’s family is a family of warriors and soldiers with the Lovett family (Fighting Gunditjmara), from the Lake Condah mission in the western districts of Victoria, having had more family members on active service in the military than any other Australian family.
Our Year 9 Co-ordinator Ben Collyer closed the ceremony by reading a Prayer for the Stolen Generations:
God of all creation,
We thank you for this beautiful land,
for the First Peoples you entrusted to care for it,
for its wealth and many Second Peoples who have made it their home.
Australia has been good to us.
We ask now for this land that we will all be healed,
For our ancestors made gains at the expense of the Aboriginal custodians.
Lands were taken and families destroyed by removal of children.
We pray for those who were taken,
And those parents and grandparents whose arms lost little ones.
We struggle to imagine how this would feel,
and how it could have happened.
For the pain and loss of identity and culture, we ask healing.
For a callous disregard of human rights we ask forgiveness and healing.
For willful blindness and ignorance we ask for your light to shine.
For the descendants still affected by trans-generational trauma
we ask for ongoing support systems, in the name of justice.
May we all be one. May we be a nation who cares for ‘the least of these’.
Mr Paul Lewis Deputy Principal [ Staff, Identity and Operations]
It's not enough to just praise students for their hard work.
To encourage students to improve their performance, teachers and parents have been advised to praise effort more than achievement. However, for teenagers, it may not be enough just to praise hard work.
At our College, like most schools, we encourage a ‘growth mindset.’ We encourage a mindset where students think of their intelligence as something that can grow over time. This contrasts with a fixed mindset that believes you are born with talents and innate gifts. Everyone is a mixture of both mindsets. Our mindset mixture evolves with our experiences.
Promotion of a growth mindset to improve learning stems from the work of Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Standford University. In “Harvard Business Review”, 13th Jan., 2016, Prof Dweck explains, “Individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts). This is because they worry less about looking smart and they put more energy into learning.”
Professor Dweck warns against the misconception that a growth mindset is just about praising and rewarding effort. She affirms that outcomes do matter and unproductive effort is never a good thing. Professor Dweck says, “It’s critical to reward not just effort but learning and progress and to emphasise the processes that yield these things, such as seeking help from others, trying new strategies, and capitalizing on setbacks to move forward effectively. In all of our research, the outcome — the bottom line — follows from deeply engaging in these processes.”
During the teenage years, students can find it challenging to apply themselves to their studies. Sarah Sparks in “Education Week” 27th March 2018 points out that for adolescents, only praising effort can backfire. Sarah Sparks explains this as follows. “We really admire people who are effortless achievers; they just ‘get maths’ or ‘get science’ without having to work too hard. When adolescents are told to work harder, they may wonder why they’re being told that when some of their classmates put in less work and still do well. Maybe the person being told to work harder isn’t smart!”
To more effectively encourage and promote our students’ learning, teachers and parents need to praise the development of other strategies along with effort too, such as persistence and tapping into the strategies and examples of classmates and mentors; those who appear to be effortless achievers. In this way, we will encourage our students to better see learning challenges as an opportunity for growth and development rather than a reflection of inadequacy or an opportunity to look bad.
In supporting our students on their learning journey, it is important for us as parents and teachers to consider how our students currently view learning and themselves as learners. We also need to consider what we are doing to promote and model growth mindsets ourselves as well as discern what we might be able to do better to encourage greater persistence and perseverance amongst them as they strive for the ‘Magis.’
What sort of learners do we want to develop?
I want us to encourage and support the development of growth mindsets for our students. This will better move us toward realising our College mission that seeks to develop lifelong, persistent and curious learners.
Michael Exton Principal
Faith Matters – Petite abstraction
St Ignatius was a dreamer! He spent much of his time in contemplation. He considered many things, but in particular he focused on God. The word contemplation is often used in the Ignatian context and indicates thinking that leads to a plan of some kind. For Ignatius his time at Manresa culminated in the journaling of his Spiritual Exercises. As we explore the life of St Ignatius and come to know him more it prompts us to consider a change in the phraseology as Ignatius in fact often did not enter into meditation or contemplation as we define it today. Therefore, what word or phrase might be used to encapsulate the wonder and joy his ‘contemplation’ consisted of. I think the term ‘day-dreaming’ is apt, as it describes well the overwhelming and joyous experiences of Ignatius as he came to know God and experience transcendent moments.
Day-dreaming is such a wonderful distraction for us as human beings. In our busy lives we often avoid such trivial behaviour or label it as unproductive and not worthy of a mature approach to life. In limiting our natural inclination to ponder, we find that when we do fall into this thought pattern it’s often forced and focused on points of tension in our interaction with others. We often find that the only time we ‘day-dream’ is when we role play hypothetical scenarios about unpleasant situations and how we might respond. These thoughts cause us great angst and in fact never actually resemble the situation we eventually encounter and therefore such thinking is truly pointless.
In the Bible we find day-dreaming as a determinant point of salvation history. In the Gospel of Matthew, we observe day-dreaming through Joseph. As he pondered the news that Mary is pregnant “while he was thinking about this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream”. If God used day-dreaming as the method to reveal his plan to Joseph and ensure a family for his Son surely there it’s a practice that is valuable to people, even in the modern day. Without entering into a day-dream what may have Joseph done and how else might God have been able to make Joseph aware of such an important and sudden revelation?
Day-dreaming is a behaviour that we are in fact predisposed to. Young people spend much of their time day-dreaming. They think about their future, their hopes, their desire to be somewhere else or to be doing something else, working out what they hold true and how they view the world. Our culture transitions this behaviour from a young age so that it ‘fits’ various frameworks that provide an outcome that is considered useful. As a society we assign a value to thinking. If it’s not quantifiable it’s considered worthless. Mindfulness is the contemporary model for ordered and productive meditation that allows contemplation, but is ordered to a predetermined outcome. Mindfulness has much merit but is limiting simply because it has a structure and purpose.
As parents and teachers we have students think through an idea with various markers that force a response that can then be used or applied to achieve a purpose. Thinking that can respond directly to a concept and a decision that can be articulated in the context of a study area that will afford a quantifiable value to the thought process. Of course such practices are useful and necessary in their own way. We have to harness our thoughts to be able to concentrate and respond to specific needs in our lives. But very often this the only model of thinking we as adults, encourage outside spiritual practices. This is such a shame. Unstructured deep thinking was something that was important to humans for many thousands of years. It helps us develop new and creative solutions, better ways to interact with one another and awareness of what is real, that cannot be measured. I wonder where thinking that does not lead to empirical data in some way became associated with useless or unproductive behaviour.
I believe that St Ignatius would support the view that day-dreaming is the most useful thinking of all. When we day-dream we have freedom we become creative and explore ideas just because they arise. When Ignatius was recovering from his injuries received at Pamplona he spent much time day-dreaming. When he “stopped to think” his ponderings had no predetermined outcome or reason as such. He simply allowed thoughts to enter his consciousness and moved along with them, exploring what came from these experiences. From such moments he became clear about a new way of life and a different outlook that moved him deeply and offered him consolation.
At Manresa Ignatius noted that “thoughts and ideas used to come over him”. Rather than dismiss them he entered into these thoughts and ideas. He followed them and explored the course these ponderings took. In doing so he learnt many things and became aware of the magis. In these moments he explored the ‘more’ or ‘deeper’ of the thoughts and ideas that developed. Rather than responding to the first realization he went further and allowed the time required to go further and experience more and was enlightened by what he found there. He could only achieve the magis in this way. By being free and going further he became aware of more than he expected and confirmed the importance of day-dreaming.
At Manresa he also focused his attention on God in a structured way via meditation. The particular intent of meditation is different to his day-dreaming though. In meditation the intention is to moving away from thought or consciously letting thoughts move aside so that the meditator might find what is revealed. Day-dreaming is the opposite of meditation. When one day-dreams, they allow themselves to be distracted and go with the thought. Like sitting beside a river and watching what goes by and allowing your mind to be distracted or captured by something that is passing by, rather than letting it float by as meditation would promote.
Day-dreaming allows us to be curious. When we day-dream we enter into petite abstraction – little preoccupations. There is no framework required or style to follow. When we day-dream we are guided only by our thoughts, in doing so we go deeper and deeper and with great curiosity we explore ideas that in reality we are unable to. The outcome is superb as become aware of possibilities or at the least a vision that beforehand was non-existent. The fullness of our humanity as God desired is not only to know and love him but to be creative and whole. We can only achieve this state if we offer ourselves and others the permission to day-dream. In an Ignatian way we can consider all things and strive for the magis in our free thought and in turn be offered the gift of great insight that cannot be achieved in any other way. Then in community our unique creativity can be offered for the good of all and build the Kingdom in new ways as guided by the Spirit.
God moves within our hearts and the Spirit guides us as we complete our life’s pilgrimage. Be affirmed in knowing that day-dreaming is purely human, whole and life giving. Do not dismiss unguided or the lack of a predetermined outcome as juvenile or less worthy of your time. Follow the track of your mind on journeys that will reveal beauty and creativity that only you can discern and offer to the world. The dreamers are those who experience true freedom. Be like Ignatius. Go outside, sit down, let you mind wander and become aware of the magis within.
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
Senior Boys Football GISSA Champions for 2018
The Saint Ignatius Senior Football team were crowned the GISSA (Geelong Independent Secondary Schools Association) Senior Champions for 2018 on Tuesday 15h May after defeating Christian College Geelong.
The Senior team have now qualified for the AFL VICTORIA HERALD SUN COUNTRY CUP. Taking into account the amount of schools involved in this competition across Victoria, the boys should be congratulated for their effort, spirit and dedication.
Saint Ignatius College Geelong 18.5.113 defeated Kardinia International College 2.0.12
Best: R. Hayden, J. Saltalamacchia, W.Kilpatrick, M.Ruiter, J.Michels.
A strong first quarter from the team set the scene for the reminder of the day. Despite winning majority of the stoppages, the backline were still under pressure during parts of the game. With consistent pressure and strong defending their forwards only had two scoring opportunities throughout the match.
The run and carry from the Senior team meant that Kardinia were left chasing all day. The forwards were also dominant and were able to convert many of their forward 50 entries into scoring opportunities.
Overall the team played very well, with our team fighting hard till the final whistle.
Saint Ignatius College Geelong 11.6.72 defeated Christian College Geelong 4.4.28
Best: M. Waring, R. Hayden, P.Kilpatrick, J. Saltalamacchia, N. Young.
From the first ball up it was clear that this game was going to be a tough game for both sides. Conditions made it more of a challenge for players as they tried to adapt to the wind and pressure around the contests.
The onballers had a long day running the ball up and down the field with the ball being moved quickly by both teams especially on turnovers. After the first quarter with the wind and only leading by 3 goals, Saint Ignatius were able to lift their work rate for the next quarter as they kicked into the wind.
The second quarter was hard fought but we managed to hold them to only one goal with the wind. Strong effort and determination by the defenders prevented most of their scoring opportunities.
In the final quarter the consistent effort and structures around the ground enabled the Senior team to consolidate a comfortable lead. The opposition only scored once during the last quarter.
It was a terrific win from the team and it showed that we could hold our own against tough opposition. As the reigning GISSA Champions, the Senior team will now play the winner of the Warrnambool Division in the quarter finals of the Herald Sun Country Cup.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Andrew Philp (Sports Coordinator), Maddie Clifton, Michael Timms (DP of students), Erika Gee and the City of Great Geelong for allowing us to use the new Drysdale Sporting Facilities. To be able to access such fantastic facilities and grounds so close to the College has been a highlight this year for our Senior Boys Football team. Thank you to the parents and staff who made the effort to support the team during both of their matches.
Congratulations to all of the students who participated and represented the College.
With much excitement and enthusiasm we look forward to our next sporting challenge.
Joe McLean Year 12 Coordinator
Year 7 Camp 2018
On Monday 30th April the first group of year 7 homerooms set off to the YMCA Camp in Anglesea for three days. We were incredibly blessed with sunny blue skies and mild evenings. Students participated in range of activities to both challenge themselves and to provide them with the opportunity to develop resilience all whilst making new friends.
Despite their fears, students enthusiastically participated in a crate climb, vertical challenge, high ropes, giant swing, mountain bike riding, bush cooking and canoeing. It was great to see the students happily working together as a team to achieve common goals and encouraging those who were a little more reluctant. On the first evening students dressed as their favorite heroes and villains for a dress up trivia night. On the second evening students were a little quieter and the Senior Student Leaders and Mr. Exton visited them on camp.
On Wednesday we said farewell to group one and welcomed group two, who were keen to get stuck into the same activities. While the second group was not so blessed with the weather they continued with the activities without complaint and a positive attitude.
I’d like to compliment the students on their exemplarily behavior and thank the staff that volunteered to come on camp. Students had a wonderful time and made strong friendships and memories which will put them in good stead for the years to come at Saint Ignatius College.
Ms. Tory Wood Year 7 Coordinator
What some of our students had to say about the camp:
“My favourite thing at camp was the trivia night, I got to meet so many new people.” Mollie Dowdell
“Wow! What an awesome time at camp I had. You should have been there. There was heaps of activities to do, my favourite by far was the giant swing. I had the best time and I can’t wait for Year 9 camp.” Eliza Bermingham
“I was adamant that I couldn’t go to the top of the giant swing, but I managed to convince myself that I could.” Charlie Smale
“I loved riding around the camp on the mountain bikes, the jumps were my favourite.” Jorja Sitlington
“On the crate climb I was nervous but I got 8 crates high, my friend Cody helped me.” Xavier Russell
“My camp highlight was the vertical wall, I liked it because it challenged me.” Jessica Michels
“My favourite activities on camp were the ones when we got to get into a harness and climb.” Oscar Condon
“My highlight from camp was being in a cabin with all of my friends.” Immy Ford
Jesuit Maytime Fair at Xavier College
Congratulations to the students, staff and past students involved in our stall "Tastes of the Bellarine" at the Jesuit Maytime Fair at Xavier College Kew on Saturday May 5th.
Virtually all items on our stall were sold so we were able to donate a large amount of money to Jesuit works in Timor and therefore putting "service to others" into practice.
The Year 12 Music students performed a 1 hour set on the main stage and the crowd loved them. Well done to all involved and thank you to everyone who supported the "Tastes of the Bellarine".
Mr Paul Lewis Deputy Principal – Staff, Identity and Operations
From Riley Taylor (Arrupe Leader):
I would also like to say a big thank you to all teachers and student who gave up their time to support this great event. In particular to the teachers Mr. Lewis, Ms. Deak and Mr. Gravener, ex-students Jess Davey and Harry Stannard and current Year 11 and 12 students Alex Henry, Kerry Kingsbury, Jessie Williams, William Bakker, Abigail Valentine-Rawlins, Georgia McFarlane, Lachlan Scott, Mackinley Collins, Samuel Grant, Liam Power, Parker Volke, Dominic Randall, Ryan McNolty, Robert Juric, Ella O’Brien and Catherine Exton.
Thank you to Mrs Alexander, the VCAL teachers and VCAL students who made items for sale and also to Mrs Pape who organized the musicians and singers for the day.
Thank you to our Sponsors:
We were able to make a very significant donation to to Jesuit works in Timor.
We are extremely grateful to the local businesses who supported us:
Jack Rabbit winery
Van Loons Nursery
Soho Rose Farm
Lonsdale Tomato Farm
Advance Mussel Supply/The Little Mussel Cafe
and the SICG VCAL classes.
St Ignatius - inspiring me to be a leader
One of our College mantras is – “St Ignatius – inspiring me to be a leader.” Saint Ignatius, the person, provides a role model of and a way of leadership and Saint Ignatius, our College, offers opportunities to develop our young women and men as leaders.
At Saint Ignatius College Geelong, the development of life-long leadership skills is one of the learning opportunities offered to all students. Students are expected to develop their leadership qualities and skills. The quality of this leadership is vital to creating a school environment:
As well as having effective students in formal leadership positions, having as many students as possible demonstrating positive and constructive leadership in their day to day interactions and work practices supports the development of responsible behaviours, a positive school tone and encourages students to model the College’s values of respect, responsibility, resilience, service and excellence.
The philosophy of leadership at Saint Ignatius College Geelong is built on the principles of Ignatian leadership, drawing on the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. These principles are very much in keeping with modern leadership theory today. Two of the fundamental principles are as follows.
Firstly, we believe that the Servant leadership model of leadership is fundamental to an Ignatian school. Our vision is that students will value leadership through service and advocate for others, particularly those most in need. This will work to build a just society where all people can live to their full potential. Students will confidently and courageously make choices that reflect servant leadership throughout their lives.
And the second principle is that all have the potential to be leaders, regardless of whether they hold a particular title or designated leadership position. All students, through their daily academic classes, contribution to service programs, involvement in co-curricular programs such as sport, music, drama and public-speaking, are encouraged to be positive and to demonstrate leadership.
In developing student leadership, we are working in partnership with parents. I encourage parents to provide opportunities and encourage their daughters/sons to develop their leadership qualities and skills. I am well aware of many examples where families are doing this so well and offer the following more as encouragement and reinforcement of a shared vision for our students. I recently came across the following points (Ref. – “Principals’ Digests,” Vol. 24, No. 11) for parents on “How you can motivate children to lead:”
One the strategic actions we have taken to support the development of student leadership was the appointment of a Student Leadership Development Coordinator. I am very grateful for the work of Mr Anthony Gravener is this role.
Finally, it is important to me that our College culture is characterised by high-quality student leadership based on service. I want this so that we have the best learning environment for our school community and that we ultimately better form young women and men of competence, conscience and compassion who will be women and men for others.
There are so many events and great celebrations within the College that it is difficult to decide at times what to offer as a focus for our newsletter. This time however the decision has been very easy! Last week Fr James Puppady celebrated his Silver Jubilee – 25 years as a priest. A number of staff and students were present to celebrate his Jubilee Mass on the 21st of April. This event was a wonderful occasion in every aspect. The mass was attended by a large number of priests, including our Auxiliary Bishop Mark Edwards.
The mass and in fact the entire year has been an ongoing celebration of the commitment and work of Fr James, since is ordination in April 1993. Over the last twenty-five years Fr James has served communities in India and Australia. Since arriving in Australia he has shown great devotion to the communities of Saint Ignatius College, St Thomas Primary School and the Parish of St Thomas Drysdale. Of course he has offered his guidance spiritually. But has also helped develop the vision of our college and the community in many ways, both within the Geelong Deanery and the Archdiocese of Melbourne. As the President of the Canonical Administrators he also is a member of our College Board and thus further influences the direction of our community. Such dedication and energy is extemporary and a lesson of commitment to all who observe his efforts.
At the College we have been and are today supported by a number of other priests. Fr John McCarthy celebrated a milestone birthday over the weekend and has served in the parish of St Thomas for over forty years! Prior to Fr James, Fr Des Panton served the community including Saint Ignatius College, for over thirty years until his retirement. In fact, the reason St Thomas church was built on Peninsula drive was because of his vision for the schools, especially so that the children had a sacred space that was ‘theirs’. Fr Gerry Healy SJ has been a great supporter of our College over the last ten years. Although extremely busy at Newman College, lecturing at Melbourne University and in his work as a VCAA panel member and chair, he regularly offers mass for our students, and also guides the school as a member of the College Board.
Our chaplain’s Fr James Puppady, Fr Michael Richardson and Fr Jim Clarke are all vital to the College and the faith life of our community. Fr Michael Richardson, Parish Priest of Queenscliff, has for many years supported the College and will retire mid-year after a life of service in the community. Fr Jim Clarke, Parish Priest of St Marys of the Angels, has supported us since his appointment last year by offering mass and as a member of the College Board. Of course we also remember the service of Fr Kevin Dillon who was a great supporter of the College in all areas over the last ten years, who transferred only last year to St Simons Rowville.
In reflecting on the great support we have from these priests we also reflect upon all of the priests in the Geelong Deanery, who had the vision to support the College ten years ago and their continued enthusiasm as the College develops and serves the community.
When we consider the service of these people we do well to consider the reason they serve. For in that we find the best lesson that their example offers us. Each of these priests and of course all clergy enter into a life of service inspired by Jesus. In unique ways each priest offers us a connection with Christ, through the sacraments and the love they offer through their sacrifice. Vocation is a calling, not a career. Through ordination our priests make a commitment to sacrifice many of the things we desire so that they may serve us completely.
Called by the Spirit they offer all that they have and all of the gifts they have been given to the service of the Church, the community and the world. In every way the world is made more whole through their faith and devotion.
Saint Ignatius was also called by the Spirit. Although he had an exceptional moment that triggered this consideration he was known by the Lord and consecrated. The prophet Jeremiah heard the voice of God proclaiming, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations." This is true of all called to priestly vocation. Not all people have such spectacular events that cause them to stop and consider their life’s journey. But all called to vocation are touched by the Spirit and called to enter into service predetermined by God. Following that calling is requires courage and faith.
We all can be inspired by Fr James and the priests in our lives. But we need to consider our own calling and take our vocation seriously. As Vatican II teaches in the document Lumen Gentium we all have a vocation. God has a plan for every person. Our purpose is to reflect upon this, discern what our vocation is and live our lives in a manner worthy of our calling. For some it’s ordination, others parenthood, for others teaching. We are all parts of the one body and are all essential components of the Church. Together we bring the Kingdom to completion and the love of Jesus to a world. A world that is in such need of the love and forgiveness only possible through Him, because of us; his living Church.
In celebrating Fr James’s twenty-five years of service since his ordination we offer gratitude for his friendship and love. We are grateful for his wisdom and care and are inspired by his dedication and service. We pray for him and thank him for his faith. Faith that gave him the courage to leave India and serve us. We also pray that although separated by distance he feels the love of his family, especially his mother, so palpably that the distance does not matter.
We finish our reflection focusing on our own vocation. Your calling is part of the Kingdom. There is no better or worse vocation. Whatever your vocation is fulfill it as best you can. Inspired by others, strengthened by the Spirit and guided by your relationship to Jesus, remember that only you are able to provide what you can offer the world. We are all His children, we were all consecrated before we existed and have been appointed prophets of his Word.
Walk gently, live in the love of God as you fulfil your life’s mission and vocation as a saint within the Church.
Yours in Christ,
Mr Brendan Nicholls
The Saint Ignatius College Examen
Every Friday from 8.55am- 9.00am the entire College community stops for 5 minutes and we all pray The Examen.
During this time, we apologise for any inconvenience but we are unable to take phone calls and are required to ask visitors to take a seat until the Examen is over.
What is the Examen? This prayer helps us become more aware of God’s presence in our life. During this prayer we reflect upon our experiences over the past day or week and ask for the Grace to be able to recognise God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus in these experiences. This prayer can become a central element in the life of any busy person, helping us to find God in our ordinary, everyday activities. We are invited to pause for a short time and reflect on our Gratitude; How I can change for the better; Review my actions in the previous week; Forgiveness for myself and others; What decisions can I make today that will affect who I am tomorrow?
Saint Ignatius: Pray for us.
Accompanying the Examen each week is the magnificent and exquisite "Gabriel's Oboe", the main theme for the 1986 film "The Mission", and named after missionary Jesuit Father Gabriel in 18th-century South America. The name of the score refers to Father Gabriel who travels to Iquazu Falls, climbs to the top and plays his oboe captivating the Guaraní warriors.
Mrs. Claire Hewitt
Welcome to the new school term. I hope that the holiday period provided students with ample time for rest, recreation, revision of term one and planning for term two, and that Easter was a time of joy with family and loved ones. Easter is a most significant time to contemplate and reflect on the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which are at the core of our Christian faith.
New website and new newsletter format
You may have noticed some significant changes to the College’s website over the last few weeks. We are currently transitioning to a new website that will allow us to take advantage of the latest advances in website functionality. As well as providing a fresh and attractive new ‘window’ to the College, hopefully, users will find that the new website is easier to navigate. This change has provided us with the opportunity to review our website content. Some of the ‘old’ content that has been deemed currently relevant has been moved to the new website, and over time the rest of the content will be updated or removed, and there may be some additions. We aim to ensure the material is clear, concise, easily accessible and purposeful. The site is being pruned down from 70+ pages to a more succinct 30+ pages. We do not anticipate too much disruption to the website functionality during this transition period and hope you will bear with us as the change to a better website is made.
The purpose of our ‘old’ website page was to be both ‘inward’ and ‘outward’ looking. By ‘inward’, I mean that its function was to provide information for our school community members to access – to go into and find content. ‘Outward’ means to show aspects of our College to the outside community. An example could be parents of a prospective new student accessing the website to learn about the College to help them in their search for a school for their daughter/son. The new website will be primarily an ‘outward’ looking one. A ‘Parent Portal’ tab will be the only ‘inward’ looking access point. The structure of the new site will be very different to the current site with content being re-sorted and allocated according to the reading statistics of our current site to serve better those who use it. So, it may take a while for people to find things in the new version especially if they are expecting to see them as per the previous version.
For current members of our school community, all of the information you may need to access will be located through the ‘Parent Portal’ tab at the top right side of the new website. This portal will lead you to a new ‘landing-page’ that contains quick links to both Xuno’ and ‘CareMonkey’ as well as an intranet structure where parents will be able to access policies and forms, etc. that you would have to search for throughout our old website. Hopefully, this will make parent lives a little easier having everything in one place. There will also be 'quick links' on the home page to get to the most visited pages for current parents and (based on visit statistics) new parents.
The ‘go-live’ date was Wednesday, April 11. The new site will have the same URL: www.ignatius.vic.edu.au So, if you have this as a quick link in your browser you won’t notice any change (except for a different style website).
In regards to the newsletter, there will also be a significant change. The evolution of the newsletter over the last ten years has been:
1. Black & white typed and the printed version that was handed to students for delivery home;
2. Reformatted colour typed text with pictures that were printed and given to students for delivery home;
3. Colour version placed on the website in pdf format and an email alert was then sent to parents and no provision of or delivery of a hard copy; and
4. As of this newsletter – an entirely new electronic format.
The latest version is not like the previous digital newsletter that was read like the paper version by turning pages; the old version was indeed the paper version in an electronic form. The information will be compartmentalised and accessed by clicking on the boxes on the website homepage. Each box will lead you to a different article, and you can peruse the information available by viewing the box labels.
You will be able to access the newsletter from the website homepage by clicking on ‘Our school’ and then ‘Newsletter.’
I thank our Communications Officer, Mr Tony Berryman-Long for his work to coordinate the change to a new website and newsletter format. I hope our readers find this new means of sharing information about our College more effective and efficient. Your feedback is welcomed. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the title ‘New website’ or Newsletter.’
I wish our students and their families a productive and rewarding second term.
Mr Michael Exton Principal
Faith Matters – Peace
As we return from our Easter break we are joyous as we have again celebrated Jesus’ victory over death and all that is not of God. On the final day of Term 1 we celebrated this story in our Easter liturgy. This year Mr. David Rock and our Theatre Studies class presented a contemporary performance of the Stations of the Cross. This year an additional station was added to complete our celebration of Holy Week and Easter, with the resurrection also celebrated as we went off to our Easter break. Note that images of this event can be seen on the gallery in our website.
On our return from holidays we reflect upon our liturgy and are refreshed and rejuvenated after a break from the daily routine and the challenges of school. For a short period, we experience a sense of peace as we reenter in to the routine of school, new learning and assessment tasks that will soon appear. These moments we should make an effort to savour. Soon we will hope to relive them as the pressure of our daily lives challenge the contentment we currently experience.
Jesus is often and aptly referred to as the Prince of Peace. In the days before he was crucified and when he appeared to the Apostles after his resurrection Jesus offered them his peace, saying: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid”. We are reminded of this promise each mass as these words are offered during the sign of peace.
Peace is elusive and can seem contradictory. We find peace and then we lose it. Sometimes we seek it desperately and cannot find it and at other times notice we are at peace even though we may be surrounded by chaos. Peace can be contradictory as it can be found at times or in places that are anything but peaceful. I may be that in fact peace finds us.
The challenge of peace is that we often believe that external factors influence the peace we experience. When we are challenged we might find that we are agitated and cannot find peace. When something happens around us or is directed towards us we may feel that peace is taken from us. Being able to hold onto peace is one of the greatest challenges we face.
Next week we commemorate ANZAC Day at the College. We remember those who fought to protect our values and way of life. We do not celebrate the violence required to achieve the outcome or the death of the enemy our service men and women fought against. We remember that sacrifice, the end of warfare and ability for people to go about their lives without fear or injustice. We pray that never again will one country seek war or resort to violence to achieve an outcome.
We are assured that wars will end. The prophet Isaiah promised that a day will come where:
The cow and the bear shall graze,
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den.
This prophecy depends upon the life, death and resurrection of Jesus to be true. Its fulfillment depends though upon on you and I. For this peace to become a reality upon the earth we need to make decisions each day to offer the love of God to every person we meet and in deciding how we respond to each situation.
Our belief is that God’s forgiveness, mercy and love are limitless. We are able to understand how much he loves each and every person. Even those we shun or dislike. Our task is to find peace always, especially when confronted with challenge or persecution. Encouraged by the Holy Spirit and the gifts given to us by God we have courage to offer and find peace even in the most hopeless situations. When confronted by aggression or injustice we have the opportunity to respond in light of the Gospel and offer the peace of Jesus, through forgiveness and genuine love for the good that can be found in that person or situation.
Being able to truly live as a disciple is difficult. Our emotions and biases cloud our thinking and taint our responses if not kept in check. Therefore, we must take time to connect with God and offer our burdens to him. Free of situations that we cannot control or respond as we should we are then able to focus on remaining at peace and reflecting this peace back into the relationship or situation that threatens to remove our sense of peace. In doing so we are able to truly achieve our calling and help bring peace into the world.
As we move into the new term we can be certain that we will experience times of difficulty and frustration. We may experience moments of conflict and anger. How we respond during these times are indicative of our spiritual maturity and faith in Jesus. We are called to find God in all things and respond to the person or situation aware of this reality. What is fundamentally true about life is that all things pass. Peace does not have to though; it has been promised to us. Remember that even the enemies vanquished will always, with time, be forgiven and sometimes become our greatest allies.
As we consider peace and commemorate ANZAC Day let us remember the sacrifice and suffering of so many throughout history and how forgiveness makes an enemy our friend. In the words of comfort offered by Atatürk to the families of the ANZAC’s who died are a buried at Gallipoli let us consider forgiveness, peace and love.
Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives ... You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore, rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours ... You, the mothers who sent their sons from faraway countries, wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.
Endeavour to always forgive, be merciful and love. Seek peace and offer peace in everything you say and do. In this way you can fulfil the prophecy of Isaiah, through faith in Christ. Because in doing these things “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea”.
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
Refugee Holiday Program: Term 1 Holidays
The refugee holiday program was the first major social justice activity for the year. The day involved spending time with children aged from 6-16, who have recently immigrated to Australia, and are a part of the Diversitat program run in Geelong. Diversitat provides support and assistance to families who have recently arrived in Australia.
On the day, we played board games, did dancing and drama, cooking and played basketball and soccer with these kids, and learnt about their different journeys to arrive in Geelong. The day was excellent and I would encourage anyone thinking about doing the program to sign up for the next school holidays. Many thanks to all students and teachers who gave up their time to support this program! It was great to see so many students involved.
Alex Henry Justice Captain
Kryal Castle Excursion
After homeroom on March 20, 204 excited Year 8’s ventured to Kryal Castle in Ballarat to experience a simulated Medieval experience of life in the Middle Ages. When we arrived, we were greeted by the staff at the castle, who were all dressed in medieval costume to match our own. There was an amazing range of knights, ladies & lords, peasants, court jesters and noblemen.
The point of today was to show us what it really felt like to live in Medieval times. The teachers can teach us everything they know in class, but they can’t teach us the feeling of watching a jousting match, or the taste of rosemary, and so it was interesting to touch the weaponry, to feel the weight and learn all about punishments given for certain crimes.
We participated in eight different activities throughout the day: archery, apothecary, siege warfare, arms and armoury , noble lifestyles, sword fighting, peasantry, executioner.
After our first four activities, we grabbed our lunch and made our way to the arena to watch a professional jousting match. Just watching the two knights ride at each other at full speed, with their lances drawn and pointing at each other was enough to have us all on the edge of our seats. When the first lances were broken, everyone in the crowd joined in on an “oooooh” that rang through the auditorium. It was a masterful display of skill and precision.
After our remaining afternoon activities, we were all content though ready to go home and share our stories of how we lived during our day at Kryal Castle, glad that we could return to an easier life in the C21.
Special thanks to staff for coming along and joining in the fun and to Mr Pannuzzo for organizing the activities.
Emily Green 8 Owen
Comments from other Students:
The sound of the lances shattering was awesome. (Nathan Reed)
Kryal Castle was fabulous; the jousting especially because it was really entertaining when they charged in and hit the wood onto their shields. It was a really great day. (Sam McGlynn)
I enjoyed watching the jousting and loved getting scared with my friends down stairs in the execution centre. (Lachlan Verlin)
I enjoyed doing the sword fighting and reinacting a siege of enemy knights. (Grace Butler)
I really enjoyed watching the two knights in the jousting tournament. I thought that it was a whole different experience to watching it happen in videos. They were very accurate. (Joshua Abbott)
It was so realistic; like walking back in time. (Laura Maertzdorf)
I thought the experience at Kryal castle was awesome. (Cameron Donald)
Performing Arts: Performance and Instrumental News
Public Speaking Teacher
At the end of term 1, Ms Jessica Sherman left us to prepare for the arrival of her baby. We thank her so much for her excellent work with our public speaking students and wish her all the best with her new duties as a mum.
This term we welcomed our new public speaking teacher, Laura Farrell, who is very excited to be working with our students. Laura has a Bachelor of Music Theatre from The University of Melbourne ( Victorian College of the Aarts). She also has a Post Graduate Diploma of voice studies from The University of Melbourne. We look forward to seeing our public speaking students perform later in the year.
At the recent swimming sports we were entertained by a number of students. It was great to see students come to the music area, pick up a guitar and sing. Nerves were certainly not a problem in this area. In the gallery of images you will see a photo of Laura Kitchingman performing on the day.
New Woodwind Teacher
At the end of term one, we sadly said goodbye to our saxophone/clarinet teacher, Grace Weiderman, who took up a permanent teaching position at a Melbourne school. We wish her well and we shall miss her very much.
Luckily, we have replaced Grace with our very own Mrs Veronica Marrie who will take over Grace’s students. Mrs Marrie is very experienced and I am confident that the students will thrive with her tuition.
It is wonderful to discover new talent in the college.
Storm Randall from year 8 is one of our new discoveries and he has already sung at a whole school assembly and recently performed with Sean Malone at a fundraiser for Project Compassion (picture in the Gallery). I am sure we shall be seeing more of Storm and Sean.
St Patrick’s Day concert.
Last term, to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, our year 12 music class was invited to perform in the Fitzroy gardens to over 2,000 Catholic primary students. Special thanks to Mrs Leonie O’Brien who accompanied us and was an excellent roadie.
We were so proud of our students who performed so professionally and they were an absolute credit to our college. It has taken a while to get over the adulation of the screaming crowd and the exhausting signing of autographs!
Lee Abrahmsen-Vocal teacher.
Recently our vocal teacher, Lee Abrahmsen - Soprano, returned to Melbourne Opera to perform the romantic lead, Isolde, in Tristan and Isolde. The reviews of Lee’s performance were outstanding and we congratulate Lee on her fabulous portrayal of Isolde (pictured 'on stage' in the Gallery).
Lee also sang the national anthem from the roof of the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Boxing Day!
Congratulations to the Mr David Rock and the VCE drama students who acted the passion of Christ at our Easter Service. They performed beautifully and set the scene perfectly for Holy Week. Go to our Photo Gallery page (Our School section of the website ) to see photos taken during the Liturgy.
Open Day this year was such a success but a very busy one for the performing arts department.The performances commenced in the gym as the guests waited for the information sessions. Under the direction of Mrs Marina Brown, the choir performed beautifully to the waiting crowd.
Under the direction Mrs Veronica Marrie and myself, the orchestra played a couple of pieces and they were followed by the year 12 band. Dance routines were held in the dance studio with Ms Kate Lehmann and Mr David Rock held some drama performances in the theatre.
The Year 12 courtyard was also buzzing with a variety of buskers and I do congratulate them on coping with the weather conditions.
Geelong’s Best Busker!
Congratulations to year 8 student, Arielle Renton-Gibb for reaching the finals of Geelong’s best busker. Arielle performed (see the photo Gallery)her own songs and accompanied herself on ukulele.
Well done Arielle!
Over the many years that I have been teaching, I have become very aware of many students taking music lessons in the community from people proclaiming to be qualified teachers.
Parents, please be careful when choosing your music teacher. It takes many years and examinations to obtain teaching qualifications in the performing arts area. You cannot claim to be a qualified music, dance, drama teacher just because you can sing, dance, act or play an instrument.
Technique starts from day one and if taught incorrectly, can be very difficult to correct .
I am aware that there are many musicians who are extremely talented and may have been performing for years but have no qualifications. I am sure they could offer much to your child’s development. You may have a musician in your area who is talented and gives private lessons. If this person admits to not being a qualified teacher but having a lot of experience as a musician, this is fine as you know where you stand.
On the other hand, if they state that they are qualified music teachers, please inquire as to where they obtained their qualifications. If you were building a new home, I am sure you would not employ a person who has only completed Year 12 woodwork to be in charge.
Music lessons are not cheap and I believe that for the money you pay, you should want the very best for your child.
It is also extremely important that if your child chooses music as a subject in Years 9, 10 & VCE, that they are heading in the right direction with their technique, theory, performance skills and ability to read music.
In VCE music, performance is allocated 50 percent of the final study score. Students must prepare many scales and exercises for the two technical sacs. It is essential that their instrumental music teacher is preparing them well for these important sacs .
There are many fabulous performing arts teachers at our college and in the Geelong area. Please consider them in your choice of teacher.
Instrumental Music Lessons.
Instrumental music lessons are well underway and students are busy rehearsing for the approaching concerts. The college ensembles are rehearsing each week and new members are most welcome. Any student interested in joining an ensemble may come and see me in the performing arts office.
Students wishing to learn an instrument may obtain an instrumental form from the Performing Arts office.
Vocal Night: Monday May 7th, 7pm – Potato Shed.
Senior Citizens Concert: Tuesday May 8th, 10.30am – Potato Shed
Looking forward to seeing you all at our coming performances.
Mrs Linda Pape Performance & Instrumental Coordinator
Open Day Tour Guide - Six Years in a Row!
Congratulations and thank you to Year 12 Arrupe Leaders, Riley Taylor and Brent Keast who have acted as tour guides for the last 5 years and 6 years respectively.
I am sure all who have been guided around our school on Open Day by these students over the years would support me in acknowledging what outstanding role models they both are.
Anthony Gravener Student Leadership Development Coordinator
We would like to congratulate Brock Wells (12 Francis) on his selection in the National Under 18 Baseball team that travelled to America during the Term 1 break.
Baseball Australia announced the latest group of talented athletes travelling to the 2018 Spring Training Program, which gives 30 young Australian’s the chance to gain exposure and experience in the United States Baseball Programs.
The team travelled to Phoenix, Arizona between the 6-15 April where they participated in games as well as showcasing their skills to a multitude of professional and college scouts.
We wish Brock all the very best in his endeavors to play Baseball at the highest level and congratulate him on such a wonderful achievement.
Mr. Joe McLean Year 12 Coordinator.
2018 Saint Ignatius College House Cross Country Carnival
Thursday 26th April 1.30pm
Time: Normal Timetable. Lunch finishes at 1.15pm and all students assemble in their respective House areas on the oval for official opening ceremony and competition briefing. First race will begin at 1.30pm.
Age Groups: 13 Years (Born 2005, 2006) - 14 Years (Born 2004) - 15 Years (Born 2003) - 16 Years (Born 2002) - OPEN (Born 2001, 2000, 1999)
Uniform: Normal PE uniform is to be worn by all students for the whole day. Students are encouraged to wear a running t-shirt during their race that matches their House colour. A number of different singlets and bibs will be available at the start line.
Participation: Attendance is compulsory. Absentees (non-runners) will be checked. It is expected that ALL students participate. Cross Country Day is about participation and having fun. Not everyone will be able to complete the whole course running but everyone can have a go! An absence will be treated with the same penalty as missing a class. Your ‘House’ will more likely take out the carnival if you have more runners competing than other Houses!
Points for your House: All students who compete will earn points for their respective Houses. ‘Top 10’ finishing students for each age group will earn maximum points.
Age Champions & School Champion: Age Champion Medals (male & female) will be awarded to students who win their respective age groups.
Asthma Medication: Students with asthma should have their personal reliever medication with them when they run.
Drink Stations: There will be two drink stations on course. Students wishing to utilise these drink stations will need to bring their own personal drink bottle to fill while they are running/walking.
The Course: The course starts on our main oval. After 150m runners will head up Gillies Road, cross Anderson Road and then head towards the Drysdale Pony Club. For about 300m runners will need to jump over a number of obstacles before heading out on the new Lake Lorne running track which passes the iconic Drysdale Train station. Runners will then enjoy a good 1km of running on the gravel track that hugs the lake. After exiting this track, runners will head up Peninsula Drive until the main entrance of our college. After waving to Saint Ignatius, students will continue along the back driveway of the school before turning left at the performance arts block and make their way to the inflatable arch of the finish line. Total distance is 3.50km!
Check out this link for a birds eye view of the actual course:
Canteen: Will be closed after lunch. However, VCAL students will be selling sausages in bread ($2) and cans of soft drink ($2). Be sure to bring your small change!
OUT OF BOUNDS: Homerooms, buildings and green basketball courts are out of bounds and no ball games are allowed during the carnival time. When students are not competing they are to be around the football oval precinct.
Finish up to Term One
It is hard to believe that next week is the last week of Term One!
Please note that the last day for classes this term will be next Wednesday 28th March.
On Thursday 29th March there will be no classes due to the Parent, Student and Teacher Interviews. The Term One holidays commence on Good Friday (30th March) this year.
Please note that the first day of classes for Term Two will be Tuesday 17th April. Monday 16th April 2018 will be a teacher inservice day.
Term One Reports
You will be able to access the Term One Report via the Parent Portal tomorrow after 9 am. If you are a ‘non-residential’ parent you can, if you haven’t already, apply for the reports (as well as other school correspondence) to be mailed to you.
The application form is available from our office.
This interim semester report is not as detailed as the Semester Report that you will receive mid-year. It is designed to give you an indication of your daughter’s/son’s progress to date. I encourage you to take advantage of the follow-up Parent, Student and Teacher Meetings to help set the scene for a successful finish to the semester.
Term One Parent, Student and Teacher Meetings
A reminder that the meetings to follow-up the Term One Reports will be held next week on the afternoon and evening of Wednesday 28th March (4.00pm - 6.00pm & 7.00pm - 8.30pm) and the morning of Thursday 29th March (9.00am – 12.00noon.)
Please note that we expect students to attend the meetings with their parent/guardian and teacher. There will be no classes on Thursday 29th March to provide additional time for the Parent, Student and Teacher Meetings to take place. You are most welcome to use these meetings to meet teachers, discuss progress and address concerns. Instructions on how to book meetings have been emailed to parents / guardians today.
Catholic Education Week
Catholic Education Week was celebrated from Sunday 11 March to Sunday 18 March.
The theme for Catholic Education Week 2018 was “Open New Horizons for Spreading Joy,” the theme of the Australian Church’s 2018 Year of Youth.
This week provided an opportunity for all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne to celebrate their Catholic identity, the vital role they play within their local community and the strength of the sector. In the Year of Youth it is also an opportunity to celebrate the young people we serve.
Two events our College held or was involved in were:
Our VCE Music class providing entertainment at a Concert in Melbourne’s Treasury Gardens for primary students on Friday 16 March;
Our Open Day last Sunday that enabled students, staff, friends and family to come together to celebrate the spirit of our school community and enabled members of the wider community to learn more about our wonderful College.
In regards to the first event, I congratulate the students involved - Catherine Exton, Samuel Grant, Robert Juric, Ryan McNolty, Ella O’Brien, Liam Power and Parker Volke.
This was a valuable performance opportunity for the students and a wonderful service to help the primary school students enjoy the concert. Thank you to our Performance Coordinator (& VCE Music Teacher) Mrs Linda Pape for her work to manage this.
Open Day 2018
Open Day, held on Sunday 18th March, was again very successful with a large crowd in attendance. Strong interest in the College continues.As in previous years, a tremendous feature of the day was the number of students who came along on the day to help show-off their school.
The way they interacted with our guests made a very significant positive impression of our college. Well done to about two hundred and fifty students who were able to be present on the day, you were great ambassadors. Thank you to parents for supporting this.
Also thank you to our Parents and Friends’ Association members who were very active on the day in a number of valuable ways. And thank you to our dedicated staff for their work to present so many different aspects of our vibrant faith and learning community to the visitors. I congratulate Mrs Claire Hewitt (Development Manager) for her coordination of this event.
Uniform Term Two
Please note that all students are required to wear full winter uniform for terms two and three. As there may be some hot days early next term, students may wear summer uniform on any, particularly warm days up to ANZAC Day with the blazer.
Please check the Student Planner for details about what can and cannot be worn. Please note that the summer shirt with logo is not to be worn as part of the winter uniform as it is not made to be worn with a tie.
The college uniform long-sleeve shirt is to be worn with a tie and is compulsory with the winter uniform for boys and girls. Also, the new kilt must be worn no longer than mid-calf with navy blue tights or stockings.
School Road Safety Reminder
A local resident recently contacted the College with a concern about cars traveling too quickly on Reserve Road near the schools’ precinct. Both Reserve Road and Gillies Roads are gravel roads and are used by some members of the school community to drop-off and pick-up students. Motorists need to adjust their speed to suit the condition of the road and ensure safety. It is important to remember the importance of some basic road safety rules around the schools. Please drive carefully remembering the 40km/h speed zones.
Be mindful of children and their parents walking and cycling to school, as well as those students catching buses or waiting to be picked up by parents in vehicles. Schools can be very busy places at drop off and pick up time, and your courtesy and patience are appreciated.
Deputy Principal, Mr Paul Lewis will be in charge while I am on leave. I have long service leave this week and next week. I am looking forward to celebrating the wedding of my daughter, Gabrielle to Matthew Lennon on this coming Saturday. Please see Mr Lewis for any matters you would normally contact me.
Best wishes for a happy & holy Easter
Next Sunday we celebrate Palm Sunday, the commencement of Holy Week. This special week is the final one in our journey through Lent. It is especially significant and sacred as it calls to mind for Christians the last week of Jesus’ life in preparation for his death and most significantly his resurrection.
Next week on Wednesday we will gather the whole school together for a short time to reflect on this special week and help prepare our students for the celebration of Easter. Holy Week, and indeed all other events and seasons in the Church’s year, are a lead up to the most important celebration of the year and at the very heart of our Christmas beliefs, Easter.
Easter is the high point of the Christian year - the most important of our celebrations. Please consider taking your family to one of the many Church services over the Easter break to support further your daughter / son’s faith development.
I wish everyone a very enjoyable Easter and I hope all students have a restful break with some time spent revising work and preparing for next term included.
Michael Exton Principal
As we move into the final week of the school term we are inspired to pause and reflect upon the story that unfolds. At the College we will again immerse ourselves in the story of Christ’s Passion, through our Theatre Studies student’s interpretation of the Stations of the Cross, as we move through the final days of Lent.
On Sunday we celebrate Palm Sunday. In the Gospels, Jesus enters Jerusalem and the people were overjoyed. Their Messiah had come. Although the religious leaders were still averse to Jesus and his teachings. The people were with him though. His teachings and in particular his miracles had for many provided evidence of his divinity. As he entered the city the people came laying palm fronds and cloaks in front of him. He was their king. The Prophets had been right, all that had been said was true. What a great day for Jerusalem and all of Israel.
Five days later he was dead. Murdered on behalf of those who claimed to represent God.
In the days between his entry and death so much changed. He was abandoned by the people who cheered him as he entered the city and proclaimed him their king. Deliverance that had been so long in coming had arrived. But what Jesus offered did not change, his revelation of peace, mercy and forgiveness was still his way. He still rejected hard heartedness and the litigious application of religion. The Messiah they expected was to be a lion, a warrior. Not a grace filled teacher who forgave and lived amongst the outcasts. He didn’t even speak about the Romans, in fact he was able to live happily under their rule (Mark 12:13-17) and even showed them love! (Luke 7:1-10)
As the days passed, they waited for Jesus to make his move and bring down the Romans. He did the opposite! He fought against the religious leaders and those who preyed and profited upon the faith of the people. Very quickly they all abandoned him. The religious leaders pressed their case. He was not who he seemed to be. He was an imposter. A blasphemer. Even one of his disciples lost faith and betrayed him. He was not the Messiah!
He was judged and condemned by the people. As he carried his cross through the streets and as he hung upon it the people who welcomed him, less than a week ago, mocked him and happily welcomed his death. How quickly the people lost their faith and allowed others to influence their thinking. How quickly we too call for someone’s rejection. Human nature is often tainted by selfishness, arrogance and hypocrisy.
This story is identifiable in so many situations in society and even in our own lives. Pausing to consider these things deeply we need to seek instances where we have both welcomed Jesus and rejected him. If we do this careful and guided by the Holy Spirit, we can prepare for Easter and draw upon the fullness of hope and redemption offered. Take a moment to consider Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem. When have you been moved by Jesus?
Recollect those times when inspired by his teaching and life you were filled with praise and could not wait to be his agent and do things in his name. Also look for those moments when you may have been judgemental and like the religious leaders of his time rejected what was truly good because of bias or jealousy. With these thoughts in mind pray for strength to continue the good and seek forgiveness for the times when you made mistakes. Consider how the people’s fervor waned over those days. Reflecting upon your life identify the times when your faith has become less pronounced.
What earthly or spiritual challenges caused you to go cold and trust more in the world and your abilities than in Jesus? Also consider those things that reinvigorated and inspired you to strengthened your relationship with God and pause to celebrate these moments. Reflect upon the religious leaders who gossiped and judged Jesus. Seek those moments when you have judged someone without compassion. When have you rejected a person or message because of a personal bias? Also search for those times in your life where you moved beyond this approach and were able to engage and grow form those times where you let go, and engaged in dialogue with those you disagreed with. What moments in your life are illustrative of this spiritual and personal growth?
The story of Holy Week and Easter does not end on Friday of course: Sunday is coming! Three days after his death the prophecies are completed and his divinity is irreversibly certified. He is risen.
As we move through these great celebrations take time to pause and reflect. Take stock of who you truly are as St Ignatius did and determine the things in your life that need attention. Discerning who you truly are is an ongoing process. Growth and change is possible each day. Inspired by these wonderful stories and imagining yourself in them can bring you to a great awareness of yourself, how the Spirit moves within you and what you are possible of. Inspired and loved by Jesus you can have faith, understand Scripture and are able to reflect often your holiness as it increases day by day. In doing all these things you can be certain that you are a true disciple, rather than the other characters we encounter in the narrative we explore in celebration of Easter.
Yours in the Risen Lord,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordiantor
Open Day 2018
Thank you to our Students, Staff and Parents and Friends’ Association (PFA) on the tremendous efforts on particularly trying conditions on Sunday our Open Day March 18th, 2018 - wild wind and rain. At least it was warm and the sun was shining a lot of the time.
Close to 2000 keen visitors braved the day to have a look around our College and we were so proud to show them our programs, facilities and, of course, for them to meet our wonderful students and staff.
We were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet potential families.
We were thrilled to be able to have 35 activities and displays for our visitors to be able to immerse themselves in the fine programs and myriad opportunities available at our College and how our students are inspired to be competent and have a conscience and compassion and be “men and women for others”. Over 300 volunteer students weathered the conditions well, a staggering number of students who were not only available and could manage to get here on a Sunday, but who wanted to be part of the day and ‘showcase’ their College.
Saint Ignatius College student Open Day volunteers were proud ambassadors of our College and, when speaking about their activity or being a tour guide or in the role of “meet and greet”, were incredibly articulate and enthusiastic.
The PFA were raising funds with their BBQ for our Timor Leste projects. How fortunate we are to have such a willing and supportive band of parents giving back to their College. It is never too late to join forces with them! Just email your interest to email@example.com
We would like to thank Fr. Michael Richardson and Fr. Jim Clarke, Parish Priests at Ocean Grove & Barwon Heads and St Mary of the Angels Basilica, Geelong respectively, and Mrs. Annice Lappin, Principal of St. Mary’s Primary School Geelong for displaying our Open Day promotional billboards. We are also grateful to the Real estate agents of RT Edgar Bellarine and Stockdale and Leggo, Drysdale for kindly supporting our Open Day by producing the fabulous real estate promotional billboards for us.
If families missed to opportunity to join us on Open day or would like to see the College “in action” again on a normal working day next term we are running weekly tours.
Tours are by appointment only and commence at 9.15am on April 18th, 24th and May 2nd, 9th, 16th. Contact the College to book a tour by email or telephone Mrs. Gail Myers, Registrar: Ph: 03 52511136 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications for Year 7 enrolment 2019 close on Friday May 18th, 2018. Information about enrolments can be found on the College website.
Well done to everyone for such a wonderful community-building Open Day!!
Mrs. Claire Hewitt Open Day Coordinator
Year 12 Retreat
Although only a few weeks into the academic year, our Year 12 students took some time out to reflect on their life journeys, where they have come from, and where they are heading towards on the annual Year 12 retreat at Don Bosco Camp at Safety Beach.
The retreat was the perfect opportunity for students to enrich their faith, from strong friendship bonds and remove themselves from the fast paced world we live in.
Students had time, space and structured activities to discover themselves and each other over the three days. Activities based on personal and communal reflection and sharing allowed students to make the most of time away from the classroom and other commitments. Both nerves and excitement were present between both groups of students, unaware of what to expect for the three days that were to follow.
There was plenty of time for fun and activity, with the students engaging in activities such as, Yoga, Art, Mindfulness Activities, Team Challenges, Group Performances and Beach Walks. The students also had the opportunity to hear from two extraordinary individuals from the Jesuit Social Services program called “Just Voices”. Both presenters were refugees and were able to speak about their own challenges, hardships and injustices that have occurred in their own lives.
Each presenter passed on a message to the students, which was powerful and inspiring for students to build upon in their own lives.Having enjoyed delicious and plentiful meals, and having experienced some unique and memorable moments, our students are hopefully now ready to face the challenges that Year 12 presents to all.
There was plenty of time for chatting and enjoying one another’s company and time to show their appreciation amongst peers to express gratitude and admiration.
I would like to genuinely thank all the staff that gave up their own time with their families to support the students on this wonderful experience and for also making a positive contribution in the lives of our Year 12 students during their time away.
Special thanks to: Mr. Paul Lewis, Mr. Michael Timms, Ms. Tenille Thomson, Mr. Johnny Clatworthy, Ms. Julia Hall, Mr. Byron Mitchell, Ms. Ruth Nolan, Ms. Andrea Dart, Mr. Anthony Gravener, Mrs. Anna Oliver, Mrs. Kristin Williamson, Ms. Kirsty Allan, Mrs. Alicia Deak, Ms. Bronwyn Tegousis, Ms. Stacey Learmonth and the staff at Don Bosco Camp.
Mr. Joe McLean Year 12 Coordinator.
SRC Update: Casual Dress Day Monday March 26th
The Student Representative Council has designated Monday, March 26th as a Casual Day to raise funds for ‘Project Compassion’.
The theme for ‘Project Compassion’ this year is ‘ For a Just Future’ and more information can be found at: www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion
Throughout this term, our main focus has been on creating ideas to fundraise for ‘Project Compassion’. Each year level has come up with ideas for either the whole school to be involved in, or just the particular year level.
So far the year level ideas have included:
Year 9 A lunch time movie
Year 10 Coin map of Australia and cake stall.
Year 11 Hot cross buns & BBQ
Year 12 Paint Jam - a fusion of art, music and food.
Many more activities such as raffles and car washes have been orgainsed in homerooms.Students are encouraged to head up to the senior school area on the day as the Year 12 students and staff have organized a ‘Paint Jam’ - a fusion of art and music.
Students may also be interested in bringing a few extra dollars for a BBQ lunch that will be provided by Year 11 students and staff.
Mr. Ryan came in earlier this term and explained to us, the importance of supporting Caritas and the aid it offers to those less fortunate than ourselves. As a school community we are aiming to raise $10 000. We have all been working extremely hard as a group, and especially in our year levels, to make all of our ideas happen!
The support of our teachers and the Year Level Co-coordinators has been amazing. We are all so excited about our fundraising ideas and look forward to receiving your support and encouragement!
Heidi Bakker SRC Promotions Officer
Year 12 Unit 3 & 4 and VCAL Semester 2 Progress Conferences
College Woodwind Concert
End of Term 3
'Farewell to Year 12s' Whole College Assembly
Jesuit Maytime Fair
Jesuit Refugee Services Ration Challenge
Last Day of Term 2
Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
New Year 7 in 2019 Enrolments Close
Parent / Student / Teacher Conferences
Semester 1 Reports
Start of Term 2
Student Free Day
Student Free Day
'Student Leaders Investiture' Whole College Assembly
'Time and Space': Year 7 Fathers and Daughters
'Time and Space': Year 8 Fathers and Sons
Timor Immersion: Pre-departure Information Evening
Timor Leste Immersion
VCAL Parent Information Evening
VCE Arts and Visual Communications Exhibition
VCE Music Soiree
VCE Unit 3-4 Practice Exams
VCE Unit 4 English Practice Exam
Year 10 Pathway Planning Day
Year 10 pathways Parent Information Evening
Year 11 Retreat
Year 11 VCAL Camp
Year 12 'Celebration' Day
Year 12 'Valedictory' Dinner
Year 12 'Valete' Mass
Year 7 Music Concerts
Year 7-12 Instrumental Music Night
Year 9 Expedition
Year 9 Expedition: Parent Information Evening
Year 9 'Thyme and Plates' Evening