Saint Ignatius College Geelong
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
College Fees Raffle 2018
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
Semester 2 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 Exams
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 in 2019 'Orientation' Day
Year 7 in 2019 'Singles Day'
Year 7 Music Concerts
Year 7-12 Instrumental Music Night
Year 9 and 10 Last Day
Year 9 Exams
Year 9 Expedition
Year 9 Expedition: Parent Information Evening
Year 9 'Thyme and Plates' Evening
Years 7 and 8 Last day