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Saint Ignatius of Loyola Feast Day Assembly 2017

Posted 04-Aug-2017

In celebration of the Feast Day of Saint Ignatius of Loyola a whole school assembly that incorporated Feast Day celebrations, a Sorry Day ceremony and a celebration of the 10th anniversary of Saint Ignatius College Geelong was held.

The assembly was organized by Mr. Paul Lewis who was Master of Ceremonies as well.

Sorry Day
To make up for the weather-cancelled Sorry Day ceremony early in the year, the assembly began with a traditional didgeridoo performance from Wathaurong elder Mr. Norm Stanley along with the some beautiful words about the importance of family and language.

This touching ceremony ended with a prayer for the stolen generations.

Launch of Tri-UMPH
This assembly also marked the official launch of the 4th Tri-UMPH Festival, which will be held on September 8th this year.

This is a music festival where the four Catholic schools in Geelong; Clonard, Sacred Heart, St. Joseph’s and Saint Ignatius come together to support the global effort to end poverty and to also raise awareness for those living in poverty in East Timor.

This year all money raised will go towards Caritas Australia’s “Woman Protection Program” to help protect vulnerable woman and children in East Timor.

Entry will be cost $20 per person or $50 for family ticket (3 or more students).

Merchandise will also be available to buy on the day or on the Tri-UMPH website www.triumphmusicfestival.weebly.com

More information about Tri-UMPH can be found on their website
www.triumphmusicfestival.weebly.com, Facebook page ‘Tri-Umph Music Festival’ or on Instagram @triumphmusicfest.

Principal’s Address
Mr. Michael Exton addressed the school community for the first time since his return from Harvard University after attending a conference regarding educational leadership.

He spoke to the school about the importance of creating our own story.

As Feast Day is a celebration of the story of St. Ignatius, we as a community and as individuals should use his story as well as the school motto this year ‘believe we can be more’ to challenge ourselves.

Mr. Exton encouraged us to develop our conscience, compassion and competence and to live more and learn more and to develop ourselves to be the people who we really want to be.

Mr. Exton then spoke about the new developments in the school in the upcoming years. This includes a new Year 9 Centre and a new gym which will be two full-sized Basketball Courts that will accommodate the whole school for assemblies as well as have two classrooms and a foyer attached.

Jesuit East Timor Immersion
Kerry Kingsbury spoke to the school about her recent immersion to East Timor as the school representative on the Australian Jesuit schools student immersion. She told us that, while confronting at times, the experience was a transformative two- week experience.

Kerry shared how she learnt a lot about our privilege and gained a new appreciation for this through visiting schools and prisons in East Timor and through being given the chance to help to teach there.

All year 10 students are encouraged to apply for this immersion later in the year, as it is an incredibly rewarding program.

College Captain Address
Our two College captains, Kelsey Notting and Greg Lewis then addressed the school.

Greg and Kelsey encouraged as all to take a look at ourselves and to make sure we are working to benefit not just ourselves, but others as well. Even though it is easy to lose awareness of others, we need to make sure we are being the best person for not just ourselves but for all around us. They also had a message encouraging us all to look to where we can be better and encouraged us all to believe we can be more.

Long Serving Staff Members

The Feast Day assembly is always a time for the school to thank its longest serving staff members and this year was no different- staff who have been at this school for 10, 15, 20 and even 25 years were acknowledged and congratulated.

Mrs. Trish Langmaid, Ms. Stacey Learmonth and Mrs. Carmen Polwarth have been with the school since it became Saint Ignatius College 10 years ago.

Mr. David Alexander, Mrs. Jane Alexander, Mr. Anthony Gravener, Ms. Penny King, Michael Lawrence celebrated 15 years with the College.

Mrs. Nella Costa, Mrs. Sandra Woodall, Mr. Michael Exton celebrate 20 wonderful years with the College.

And finally, Mr. David Fitzgerald celebrated an amazing 25 years with Saint Ignatius College.

We would like to thank all of these staff members for their long service to this school and look forward to many more great years in the future.

Minjerrabah Immersion
Nick Malone addressed the school about his experience on the recent Minjerrable immersion to North Stradbroke Island for six days.

One this immersion students were given the opportunity to learn about indigenous culture from two different indigenous community leaders, including learning about connection to the land and hunting and gathering.

The students were also given the opportunity to help out at the local primary school that had been recently damaged by a devastating bushfire.

Nick encouraged all students who have the chance to apply for this immersion as it is an opportunity to learn about the rich strong culture of the community.

A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Hodge and Ms. Tennille Thompson for organizing the rewarding immersion.

Our 10th Anniversary
In celebration of the 10 years of Saint Ignatius College, Lisa and Cathy two members of the Parents and Friends Committee spoke to the school to announce that in celebration of the 10 year anniversary all students will be receiving a commemorative key ring to celebrate.

In further celebration of this anniversary Mrs. Linda Pape, Mr. Paul O’ Brien and Mrs. Claire Hewitt along with Tommy Krasic, Robert Juric, Tonino Luketic
and Catherine Exton put together a promotion video for the college inspired by our School Musical production for this year, “Beauty and the Beast” showcasing the fabulous aspects of the college such as classes, Music, Sport and the great
teachers and students.

The assembly was concluded with Fr. Mathew Crane, a former student from the class of 2007 when the College began, blessing the school and cutting the cake followed by a whole school rendition of our school song ‘We are Companions of Ignatius’.

Written by Kiera Ford

Below is a gallery of photos taken during the assembly

 

 
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