Saint Ignatius College Geelong
Last night I attended a joyous celebration at St Patrick’s Cathedral in East Melbourne. The Cathedral was overflowing with people who had gathered to welcome our new Archbishop, Most Reverend Peter A Comensoli (Ninth Archbishop of Melbourne) at the Liturgical Reception and Solemn Mass. The Mass was a wonderfully uplifting Eucharistic celebration and a very warm welcome for Archbishop Comensoli as he began his ministry in the Melbourne Archdiocese. He succeeds Archbishop Denis Hart who was Archbishop from 2001 to 2018.
On behalf of our College community, I express our gratitude and best wishes to Archbishop Emeritus Denis Hart for his dedicated leadership and service to the Archdiocese of Melbourne and wish him every blessing for his retirement.
I welcome Archbishop Comensoli and look forward to when he can visit our College. I wish him all the best for his new role as a shepherd of God’s people for our diocese. Archbishop Comensoli has asked us to pray for him, and the prayer card provided at the end of the Mass at the Cathedral had the following beautiful prayer of St Ignatius of Loyola.
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.
St Ignatius of Loyola
You can find more information about Archbishop Comensoli at the following webpage: www.cam.org.au
Construction of the new Geelong Tech School well underway
Travelling along La Trobe Terrace in Geelong you may have noticed building works at the Gordon site. The Gordon’s city campus has some landmark buildings that signal you have arrived at central Geelong and here is the city location of Geelong’s well-known longstanding TAFE provider. Some of these buildings are being refurbished and will result in an enhanced landmark statement about the Gordon’s presence as a significant Geelong education provider. The State Government has provided funding towards this “City Campus Rejuvenation Project.”
Another significant and welcome addition to the Gordon’s site will be Geelong’s new state-of-the-art Tech School (building image in the Gallery in this article) that Geelong’s secondary schools will be able to access to support their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning programs. Like nearly every other Geelong secondary school, Saint Ignatius College Geelong is a ‘partner school’, and we look forward to our involvement with this exciting facility. The Geelong Tech School is one of ten being built across the state as part of the State Government’s $128 million Tech School initiative. The Tech School is being hosted by the Gordon and is also currently under construction and will be ready for opening later this year. The Tech School’s striking facade will also have a noticeable presence at the corner of Little Malop Street and La Trobe Terrace and add to Geelong’s reputation as having a strong education sector.
The Geelong Tech School will focus on supporting Geelong secondary schools with developing their students’ STEM skills. Ensuring students have the opportunity to develop their STEM skills is very important because many of the “jobs of the future” will rely on workers possessing these skills. In this context, the focus of STEM includes learning skills such as being able to think critically, communicate clearly, work collaboratively and embrace technology.
The programs will be aligned with industries that are predicted to experience strong economic and employment growth in our region and include:
The Geelong Tech School has a web page on The Gordon website and can be viewed at www.geelongtechschool.vic.edu.au
At Saint Ignatius College, we are considering how we can use the facilities of the Tech School to enhance our student’s STEM skills. I represent the Geelong Catholic Secondary College Principals on the Committee of Management of the Tech School. One of our Science Teachers, Mr Michael Brown, is a member of the Curriculum Committee. Planning is underway for how our students’ learning in the STEM area could be enhanced by accessing the Tech School.
One example that is currently being developed as a trial program involves two of our Yr 8 DigiTech classes. Mr Brown is working with Barwon Water and the Geelong Tech School to design a project that requires robot design and construction to solve a real-life problem such as the unblocking of a drainage pipe. The two classes will be involved in this pilot program in term four. Also in term 4, all Yr 7 will undertake a day excursion to visit the new Tech School as part of their DigiTech subject. We look forward to further developing our involvement with the Geelong tech school for next year.
Mr Michael Exton Principal
Yesterday we celebrated the feast day of our patron St Ignatius of Loyola. It was a wonderful day for us as a community to come together and celebrate our College and remember St Ignatius. The day was not just a break from the routine, but a chance for us to come together and reflect as a community. By being together in an informal way we are able see things in a different way. At the College we put much effort into prompt thinking around giving back, by acknowledging our privileged position and our ability to make change in the world during the day. We also seek to open up a conversation about who St Ignatius was and why we celebrate his life and legacy on the day.
It is interesting to note that we celebrate feast day on the day St Ignatius died (31 July 1556), which may seem strange to some. However, in doing so we do not celebrate the fact that he died as such. What we celebrate is that on this date he returned home and entered into a different phase of his eternal life. Ignatius is a beacon that we look to as a guide both through his life story and today in heaven, connected to us through the communion of saints.
On feast day we celebrate both the life and legacy of St Ignatius. From the outside looking in it may seem that he is in some way being worshiped by the community. After all, on feast day we talk about him, pray to him and for him. He is not an idol however. This may be a temptation for some because St Ignatius lived a life that we can truly relate to and understand. In his early years he was egotistical and vain. These traits lead to his injuries at Pamplona and a period of reflection and conversion. Many of us can see links as to how the life of Ignatius is similar to our own. In knowing Ignatius we also make use of the spiritual legacy that he offers which provides a way we might develop our faith. For us as a community we do not idolize St Ignatius, but we do celebrate and commemorate his life and his legacy. Ignatius might correct those who do not understand by saying, “Not me but Him!”.
When we consider feast day we find that what we celebrate is that Ignatius leads us to Jesus. He offers us a bridge that connects what we know and experience in the modern world to the Risen Lord. Ignatius was proclaimed a saint because of his life, the revelation he experienced and offers in his spiritual exercises. His connection with the Trinity is what we strive for and in knowing Ignatius we find a way to develop the same connection he had through his legacy.
A profitable way to understand Ignatius’ vision and teaching is to consider the ‘principle and foundation’ of his spiritual exercises. This teaching articulates a number of profound insights. It begins by stating, “The human person is created to praise, reverence and serve God Our Lord, and by so doing to save his or her soul”. Ignatius’ primary view point is that we are created and have therefore an innate desire to seek and follow God. The text furthers this in stating that other created things have been created to help the individual to achieve the end for which they have been created and that we can achieve this only through the freedom offered by God. He concludes this overview by saying, “…but we should desire and choose only what helps us more towards the end for which we are created”.
On feast day these points are what we celebrate. Through the teachings of Ignatius, we are more able to find God in our daily lives. We celebrate his life as an example of how we too might be able to come to know God as he did. We also celebrate his sainthood and the fact that he intercedes on our behalf with the Father.
Throughout the spiritual exercises Ignatius identifies Jesus as the way to reach the goal we have been created to achieve and in so doing the gift of consolation. When we celebrate St Ignatius life and his legacy, we look to him as a beacon whom may guide us to know Jesus intimately and live as he taught. In following the teachings of Ignatius we are able to enter into a deeper relationship with Jesus, live in a manner that changes the lives and prepares us for the next phase of our eternal life where we will be reunited with the Trinity and all who have lived and will live in the future; including Ignatius.
As we reflect upon feast day and move forward towards the end of the school year we are further inspired by St Ignatius because of our celebrations yesterday. We are encouraged to understand his teachings more fully and implement them into our lives for our benefit and for the benefit of others. In doing this we are guided towards Jesus and a profound awareness of his presence in our lives. As a community we strive to understand St Ignatius as a person and a saint whom we are connected to and guided by. I hope these thoughts inspire you to see through the eyes of Ignatius as we remember him this week.
Yours in Chirst,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
Molly Cross, Year 12 student, with the support and encouragement of Ms. Alicia Deak, Ignatian Coordinator & Social Justice Coordinator and Mrs. Anna Oliver, VCE Coordinator & PE Coordinator, will be our first ever student to go on a ‘Cardoner Project’ Immersion Trip.
The Cardoner Project is a not-for-profit, student-focused hub for volunteering, founded in 2010 by Jesuit priest, Fr David Braithwaite SJ.
Its mission: To deepen the human, spiritual and intellectual formation of young adults, grounding them in a love of the poor in the service of the Church.
Next year Molly will be participating in two immersions to Guatemala and Belize for a total of five weeks with other young graduates from Jesuit and Ignatian schools around Australia.
These immersions are organised and run by "The Two Wolves Abroad", an initiative of the Cardoner Project. The Cardoner Project is a Jesuit young-adult ministry and not-for-profit student-focused hub for volunteering. It was established in 2010 with the mission to deepen the human, spiritual and intellectual formation of young adults, grounding them in love of the poor in the service of the Church.
Fr David Braithwaite SJ, CEO of The Cardoner Project notes that "By providing transformative experiences of service, we are creating Australia's next generation of leaders as companions, faithful and dedicated members of society".
This will be an extraordinary experience for Molly to engage with other young men and women formed in the Jesuit model of loving service for poor and most vulnerable and continue her formation in this tradition. Molly will be the first graduate of Saint Ignatius College to participate in the Cardoner Project and we hope that she will inspire other Saint Ignatius students to consider dedicating their time and efforts to a similar formative overseas experience with "The Two Wolves Abroad".
More info. on The Cardoner Project (a Jesuit organisation) can be found at: http://thecardonerproject.org/abroad/
Molly has set up a go fund me page to help raise some money for the trip. Some may like the opportunity to support her. The link is: gf.me/u/j3mc82
Pictured with Molly is Ms. Alica Deak and Isaac Demas SJ who visted our College recently.
Isaac Demase SJ was born in Maryborough, Queensland, and grew up in Lemnos in Victoria. He lived both at St Mary’s and Newman College in Melbourne as a university student. He trained as a school teacher and worked at the FCJ College in Benalla, Victoria before joining the Jesuits. Isaac took First Vows at the beginning of the year and is currently studying Philosophy at the University of Divinity. He visited Saint Ignatius College Geelong on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th July and spoke to the Year 8 students about the Jesuits, the role of Jesuit Mission and his time in East Timor.
Ms. Alica Deak Ignatian Coordinator & Social Justice Coordinator.
Round 4 of the Debaters’ Association of Victoria’s (DAV’s) competition for schools in the Geelong Region was held on Monday 23rd July. Once again, Geelong Grammar hosted the evening’s program of fixtures.
SICG was strongly represented in the D Grade competition by Year 8 students Adisa Fabiano, Luca Martino, and Emily O’Kane. They took the affirmative position against the team from Clonard College, with the topic being: “That employers should adopt a four-day working week.” Students worked steadily on their preparation in the weeks leading up to the debate and explored many facets of the topic whilst conducting their research. Although Clonard scored the points on this occasion, our students spoke very well and special congratulations are extended to Luca Martino for a great performance in his first formal debate. I am very grateful to Ms Brooke O’Brien for her continued support of these students. Debaters from Years 7 to 9 are currently preparing for their final fixture on the topic “That we should impose mandatory minimum sentences for all violent crimes.”
In the A Grade program, our team was given just one hour to prepare their case in a secret topic debate against Geelong Grammar. The secret topic format is always a challenging experience, as students cannot access any digital devices for the hour and they cannot be assisted or coached by teachers. Students developed some good arguments against the proposal “That we should privatize the ABC.” Anthony Zanghi (Year 11) opened our case with some sound points in a clearly structured speech. Leah Maffescioni (Year 11) continued our case and presented some solid rebuttal. Kyle Wig (Year 12) spoke exceptionally well, delivering a comprehensive rebuttal to conclude, and was deservedly named best speaker for the debate. Our students can be proud of their efforts despite a very narrow loss. The team’s final fixture will also be a secret topic debate.
The DAV’s Junior Secondary Program commences in September. Students who have registered for this program will have their first lunchtime meeting here at school on Monday 3rd September, with their formal training night on Thursday 20th September, at 7:00 pm, at Clonard College. Participants will receive further information over the next few weeks.
Ms Andrea Dart Debating Co-ordinator
Building Project commences!
I am glad to inform you that our much-awaited building project has commenced. These works are located on the vacant land on the south-east corner of the College’s property. The builders have fenced the site, set up their site sheds and started the earthworks. This is exciting news as we look forward to accessing the new Year 9 and Multi-Purpose Centres mid next year.
For your information, I have included some of the architect’s diagrams and drawings with my message (see the photo gallery) and some details about this project as follows.
Builder: Commercial Industrial Construction Group Pty Ltd (CICG)
Architect: Clarke Hopkins Clarke Architects
Design & Construction Cost: $14M (approx. overall)
Funding: The College is very grateful for State and Commonwealth Governments Capital Grants towards the cost of this building project.
Timeline: Commence 16 July 2018 and Finish - Mid 2019
If you require further information or have any questions at any stage, please contact our Business Manager, David Fitzgerald.
This massive building project will provide our students with tremendous new facilities that will significantly enhance their learning environment. It will also make a strong statement about the College’s presence as an outstanding faith and learning community. We have been on the site here at Peninsula Drive for 21 years. For the last eleven years, we have proudly grown as Saint Ignatius College Geelong. These new facilities will mark an important step forward in the development of our College. It will be symbolic that, as we begin this new chapter, our new Multipurpose Centre will enable the students and staff to meet together again as a community under the one roof. Also, after many, many years of classes in relocatable rooms, future Year 9 students can look forward to learning in wonderful, attractive and purpose-designed learning spaces.
College Feast Day
Tuesday 31st July is a special day for our College community - the day we celebrate the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, the College’s patron saint. All students are expected to attend school on this day and join in the spirit of the day by fully participating in the special activities that have been organised.
Parents are most welcome to attend the Full School Assembly on this day. Please report to the office at 9.00am so that seating can be organised for you. This assembly in the gym will finish at about 10.30am and morning tea will be provided for parents and friends of the College.
We have a formal College assembly once each term. This term’s assembly date has been specially chosen to coincide with our feast day. At the assembly, we will acknowledge staff service (10, 15, or 30 continuous years) to the College community, hear from the students who attended the recent Jesuit and Companion Schools Immersion trip to East Timor and present Loyola awards to some students.
Following the assembly there will be a variety of activities organised for students to participate in for the rest of the day. As some of these activities may be of a sporting nature, all students are required to wear their correct Sports Uniform on this day.
The canteen will be open at both recess and lunch times. Students can order lunch (“red” foods allowed on our celebration day) from the canteen and there will be a variety of food vans present on the day as well.
Previous years’ feast day celebrations received overall very positive feedback. We are hoping that this day will continue to be a special one in the culture of the College over the years and indeed a day the students and staff look forward to and celebrate – a very positive community building event.
Year 7 enrolments 2019
I am pleased to report very strong interest in the College continued again this year with many more applications than places available for next year.
The support provided by the students, staff and parents for the Open Day & enrolment promotion program was a valuable/vital contribution to this success – thank you. The very positive reputation of the College is a commendable result of the commitment of our students, staff and parents to our College community and its continual improvement.
Due to the large number of applications received, with the College Board’s support, I applied to Catholic Education Melbourne to take an extra stream for 2019 (only.) I have enrolled 250 students (ten classes of 25 students) for Year 7 next year.
Any enquiries about enrolment can be made to the College Registrar, Mrs Gail Myers.
Michael Exton Principal
Human beings have a great need for evidence. Signs and symbols are quantifiable and offer us a tangible value or measure that signifys the ‘real’ existence of what it represents. In our Church we have thousands of signs and symbols that remind us of our faith and connection to God. The most significant and ongoing points of difference in Christianity since the Reformation has been the continued use of symbolism within the Roman Catholic Church. For Catholics signs and symbols are evidence of the transcendent and evidence of the eternal connection that exists between the eternal Church.
Over the holidays we received word of some preliminary results of the archeological excavation on the Andersons Road hill, as part of the Drysdale Bypass project. The most significant find at present is a 5,000-year-old stone axe. Credit must be given to Vicroads and their sincere effort to protect and preserve potential sites of historical Indigenous significance as this project is completed. In approaching the task with respect we as a community and more broadly as a nation are able to learn more about our past through the sign/symbol of a simple stone axe.
To put this find in perspective we might consider the history of our Church. When the axe that has been found was deposited on Andersons Hill there was no Church, Christianity was 3,000 years in the future. In fact, Judaism had not begun! The axe was left some 1,500 years before Abraham (Abram) was called by God. Although there was ‘religion’ at the time the axe was left on the hill none of those ‘religions’ remain today; except for the religion(s) of our Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people.
Although we do not know the exact religious understandings of Australian Indigenous people 5,000 years-ago we do know that there was religious behaviour. The Mungo woman is one of the earliest known cremations, occurring some 42,000 years-ago. In the years between the Mungo woman’s cremation and the time the axe was deposited it’s highly likely that Indigenous spirituality and religion had developed to, or very close to, what we know of Indigenous religious belief and practice today. This find is therefore exceptionally important in both an historical and religious terms.
That simple stone axe found on Andersons Hill is a sign of existence. An intelligent human once walked this land and used simple tools to enhance their ability to survive. That person is an ancestor of us as a nation. That person did believe in a creator – Bunjil. That person was created by our God and loved by him. We also know through faith that that person is connected to us today as a Church through our belief in the Communion of Saints – in death the spirit of that person came back to God and is with him in heaven today!
To Indigenous people this find is further evidence of their connection to this ‘country’. This is further evidence of the Wadda Wurrung (Wathaurong) people’s ancient presence in this place. More so it’s evidence of something more than an ancestor or place. This symbol is quantifiable evidence of something that is transcendent. It is a start. It raises questions that we need to explore and discern a response to.
Does this axe offer us an insight into the ancient burial practices of the Wadda Wurrung people and their religious beliefs and practices? Does the axe indicate a significant meeting place or sacred site? Is this object an example of ‘sacrifice’ similar to the Celtic offerings of important items in accordance with spiritual belief? Was this axe simply lost in swampy ‘bunyip’ land?
Although conclusions will be reached in time once detailed academic research is completed what can be known now is that the axe is a sign and symbol that is of great importance to us at the College. Today we as a community are a voice for respect and justice. In this context we are called to advocate for our community, especially the Indigenous community who since European settlement have so often been ignored, and excluded. Just as the symbols we have as a College remind us of our Traditions, history and belief the axe that has been found has the potential to do the same for the Indigenous community. Further, it also might be a symbol that we as a whole community can value, discuss and respect.
As we consider this find and what it does and might offer us, we might observe a subtler transcendent sign. This axe was found during NAIDOC Week. Was the timing of this find the work of the Holy Spirit? Indigenous people might see the work of their creator Bunjil at work here as he watches over them. After 5,000 years this axe was discovered during the week we as a nation celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. At the least this axe has prompted us to question and has opened up a conversation that helps us in our obligation to seek reconciliation as a society.
The big question in the local community at present is “Will it slow the progression of the Drysdale Bypass?”. The answer I offer is, in light of the likely cultural, historical and religious nature of this find – I hope so! With respect to every Australian I truly hope that every precaution is taken to continue excavations at a pace that ensures the integrity of further potential objects that symbolize our shared and largely unknown history.
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
We celebrate significant events like Birthdays, Baptisms, Christmas Day and Easter but why do we celebrate a Feast Day or why do we even have Feast Days?
In the Christian religions a Feast Day (or ”festival” day) is when a special Holy Day has been set aside to commemorate the life of a saint. On a Feast Day there is a celebration by holding special prayer services and having a rest from work.
Tuesday 31st July is the Feast Day of St Ignatius of Loyola. It’s the anniversary of his death but rather than being a sad day it’s regarded as a special day each year when Jesuits and Jesuit friends around the world celebrate his life.
At Saint Ignatius College Geelong the celebration of Feast Day includes:
Part of the focus of Feast Day is to celebrate the life of St Ignatius. There is also a focus on raising awareness of how we can get involved in programs and activities that “give back” and help those less fortunate.
Mr Paul Lewis Deputy Principal
A student staring at the wall when she/he should be doing their homework assignment; a student who still won’t do her/his homework even when she/he’s in danger of missing out on something for not doing it. In such cases, it appears that these students lack motivation, but according to Jessica Minahan1 the reason may not be what might think. She points to one or more of these aspects of executive functioning:
Accurate thinking – assessing how difficult a task is, how long it will take, and one’s ability to do it;
Initiation – organising one’s thoughts and getting started;
Persistence – sustaining effort in the face of errors and difficulty; and
Help-seeking – knowing when to ask for support.
These are some of the mental skills that help us to get things done and are collectively referred to as ‘executive function.’ These skills are controlled by the frontal lobe area of our brains.
The use of punishments and rewards won’t likely help develop these skills or improve students’ behaviour for those whose lack of motivation may be affected by their mental skill level and could lead to students feeling misunderstood and rejected. You would not be surprised that Minahan suggests using a “training wheels” approach. As they undertake learning tasks, we need to make accommodations as students learn how to think accurately about challenges, get going, persist, and ask for help. If we remove the supports when students are first learning to ride a bike before they are ready, they’ll crash. To prevent this for our students, in helping your daughter/son with her/his learning tasks you could use some of the following ‘supports’ at home:
Break tasks into smaller pieces with their own deadline
Give step-by-step instructions
Use colour coding
Use graphic organisers or mind-mapping
Follow a daily homework schedule that builds time in for breaks
Make sure that assignment tasks from school are recorded
Talk with your daughter/son’s teacher about accommodations and informal supports that you can make
Improve the home working environment- assist the student to organise their workspace and minimise clutter
Provide two types of information - provide the student with written (or visual) instructions as well as oral instructions
Demonstrate processes and praise the use of effective procedures as well as effort on task.
Helping students at home with schoolwork can be a challenge for families. However, it can also be an opportunity for parents to find out about what their daughter/sons are learning at school and to support their learning. Student learning is improved when they have opportunities to share and practise at home what they are learning at school.
Parents don’t need to have all the answers when their daughter/son has difﬁculties with her/his schoolwork. And in secondary school, parents would not be expected to know the answer to all schoolwork problems. As you would understand, in most cases, it would not be helpful in the long run if parents simply provide the answer. It is far better for parents to help by guiding learning and thinking and supporting their daughter/son to try for her/himself.
In just the same way that “training wheels” approach provides temporary support to a novice bicycle rider, parents can also support their daughter/son’s learning. Showing students how to learn by developing their mental skills and a growth mindset, will make it more likely that they will succeed.
1. “Move Forward” by Jessica Minahan in Educational Leadership, December 2017/January 2018 cited in “Principals’ Digests Newsletter 8, 2018.”
After a short term one, we knew we were in for a long term two, however, it seems to have gone so quickly, and I find it hard to believe that tomorrow is the last day of this term! There wouldn’t be a week that goes by without many varied and valuable activities happening at the College on top of the academic program that makes it such a vibrant learning community; no wonder time flies.
Our students have been very busy finishing assessment tasks and undertaking tests or exams to finish-up the semester. Teachers have been very busy with corrections and writing the Semester One Reports.
These reports will be available online through the parent portal from 5 pm on Monday 2nd July 2018. We do not have scheduled Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences to follow-up on these reports, however, parents are most welcome to contact teachers early next term to make a time to discuss student progress in response to these reports.
On the last day of this term, Friday 29th June 2018, the students will be dismissed at 2.20pm due to the special school bus timetable for the afternoon of the last day of term two. We will run six shortened periods so that all Friday classes will have some time on the day.
Please note that classes for term three resume on Tuesday 17th July 2018. (Yr 12 VCE students will complete a mid-year English exam at the College on Monday 16th July between 9 am and 12:15 pm.)
Monday 16th July 2018 will be a Staff In-service day. Teachers will be attending the Geelong Catholic Secondary Schools Professional Learning Day - ‘Growing teacher expertise to improve student learning’ at the Italian Social Club at Moolap.
Dr Simon Breakspear will facilitate the day. Dr Breakspear is well known in education circles. He is the founder and Executive Director of Agile Schools and has advised educational leaders from many different countries about managing change, developing innovation capabilities and driving continuous improvement for better learning. In particular, he will be facilitating the use of “Learning Sprints,” a practical approach to support teachers in continually enhancing their practice as they strive to improve student learning outcomes.
I am grateful to Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM) for supporting this initiative. CEM are sponsoring the day and representatives will be on site observing the delivery of the day.
CEM are providing printing, technical and other related support including payment of the facilitator.
Another outcome of the day will be the strengthening of relationships between the Geelong Catholic Colleges.
Best wishes to Year 10 students as they undertake their Work Experience placement this week.
The aims of the program include the following:
to build self-confidence and independence by learning to cope with new situations and new people;
to learn about the changes taking place in society and the workplace;
to learn practically;
to explore a variety of career opportunities and decide how these relate to the student’s interests, skills, values and goals; and
to prepare students for life after school and provide an insight into the world of work.
Some Work Experience positions were made available through school; however, students and their families were encouraged to use their initiative to secure a suitable and interesting place themselves. When I signed the Work Experience forms, it was interesting to see the diverse range of placements that our students have been able to obtain.
Thank you to Mr Bruce Connor (Work and Further Education Coordinator) for his efforts to coordinate this program and Mr Brendan O’Brien (YLC) for his support in this area and the Yr 10 Teachers involved.
On Sunday, two of our Year 11 students, Maddie Crothers and Sam Salisbury, travelled to Dili, East Timor with a group of Year 11 students and teachers from Jesuit and Jesuit Companion Schools from across Australia. This “immersion” experience for the students will involve them visiting the Jesuit school and touring some of the surrounding areas. They will return late in the first week of the holidays. I wish them all an enriching and safe experience.
We look forward to finding out about Maddie and Sam’s experiences through the newsletter early next term.
After much collaboration and organisation undertaken by the senior Student Leaders of all four Geelong Catholic Secondary Colleges, this evening a Winter Charity Ball will be held at Croatian Community Centre, Cox Rd, Nth Geelong.
The Ball is only available to Year 12 students from Clonard, Sacred Heart, Saint Ignatius and St Joseph’s Colleges. Parents/guardians need not attend, however, staff from all four colleges will be in attendance to supervise. The evening will commence at 7:00 pm and conclude at 10.00 pm.
Individual travel arrangements will need to be made between students and parents/guardians. We ask that parents/guardians support the College by dropping off and picking up their son or daughter from the venue by the start and finishing times indicated.
Any profits generated from this event will be donated to ‘Ocean Mind,’ a local group that runs programs (“therapeutic surf courses”) for youth experiencing difficulties.
The Winter Ball will be an alcohol-free event with all school rules being applied.
Please note that we don’t want students to have to purchase expensive clothing to be able to attend this social event. Students are asked to dress in neat attire appropriate for a semi-formal/formal evening supporting this event.
Year 12 Students interested in attending have received a letter from the College Captains and Mr McLean (Year 12 Level Coordinator) explaining the Winter Charity Ball in more detail and a parental permission slip that needs to be completed.
I wish all students a restful break and encourage them to spend some time revising and preparing for next term. In particular, VCE students should be using some of this time to revise the work-covered to-date, preview and prepare for the work ahead and complete any set work given by teachers.
Michael Exton Principal
Faith Matters – His Name Is John
Last Sunday we celebrated the birth of St John the Baptist. As Fr James Puppady continues his recovery from chronic laryngitis he asked if I would be prepared to offer a reflection for the Youth Mass at St Thomas in-lieu of his homily. I agreed and thought it might be a timely and fitting addition to the newsletter as we wrap up the semester and seek to become a community who like John proclaim Jesus in the modern world.
Nativity of John the Baptist – Reflection
As we celebrate the nativity of St John the Baptist let us consider what we have heard. There are themes that are repeated in the readings that we should consider and apply over the coming week.
1. Before you were born God chose you and knitted you together in your mother’s womb. You are wonderfully made. Be grateful for you. You are unique and beautiful. Your body is an amazing machine that allows you the opportunity to anything you wish. You and only you are perfect for the role you have to play in God’s plan in this world.
2. We need to nurture and develop our faith. In the readings we see the great faith of Zechariah and Elizabeth. Your parents also have faith and seek to see this develop in you. As you grow seek to become aware of your own faith. Go out into the wilderness and speak with God. Ask for the grace to learn what his plan is for you. It took John thirty years to discern his vocation, do not be discouraged if God’s plan is not revealed to you immediately. The Spirit works deep within us and transforms us gradually.
3. Each of us are a light to the nations. You will change the world! You will bring Jesus into the lives of others. You are needed and are an indispensable member of the Church. Unknowingly people watch you and learn how to be Christ-like by the things you say and do. Be aware of the light you give off and how brightly it shines.
What stops us being like John? With these points in mind take a moment to consider why sometimes you do not speak openly about your faith and Jesus.
Maybe you feel as though you lack knowledge. On reflection I was just as capable of sharing Jesus with others before I completed any theological study as I am now. Don’t think you have to understand theology or the Church before you can spread the Good News. The Spirit will provide all the wisdom you need.
Maybe you feel that speaking of Jesus is not socially or culturally accepted. You may be right. But in speaking of Him and sharing your faith you will change the world. If we spoke more often about Jesus and his teachings about faith, mercy, justice, forgiveness and love not only would we change our perspective but also those around us and in turn the entire world.
Maybe you feel you don’t have the chance to be a prophet like John. But you can still act like a prophet in the things you do, the decisions you make and how you respond to others – especially those you don’t get along with.
As we reflect on the nativity of St John the Baptist we can learn much and be grateful for what God revealed to us in the reading this evening.
Remember no-one is better than you or more qualified than you when it comes to sharing Jesus in word and action.
The Lord called you before you were born and he knew your name. You are wonderfully made.
You must nurture and develop your faith.
You are a light onto the world.
I pray that you and your family have a wonderful break over the coming weeks, that you may find the opportunity to consider the reflection above and be inspired to proclaim your faith, and be moved to act upon what we believe.
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
Protecting the safety and well-being of children through the reporting and monitoring of absenteeism is the responsibility of both parents/carers and schools. Parents/carers have an obligation to notify the school of their child’s absence and schools are required to notify parents/carers on the day of an unexplained student absence. This responsibility needs to be underpinned by shared understandings and expectations about the procedures for the promotion, monitoring and follow-up of student attendance as outlined in the College Attendance Policy.
Clear communication and building a positive and collaborative relationship between schools and parents is critical to the successful implementation of same day notifications.
The following outlines the College’s procedure in relation to student absences:
1. Notify the school of your child’s absence
Please remember to call the school on 5251 1136 or email: email@example.com early in the morning if your child is going to be away or late for school so your child’s absence can be recorded correctly. Notifying the school of your child’s absence either prior to, or on the day that they will be away, helps ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and will fulfil your legal responsibility.
For further information on the processes and procedures our school uses to record, monitor and follow-up student attendance and absence please read our Attendance Policy/Procedure, located on the website.
2. Same-day notification of unexplained student absences
Our school will text/call you as soon as practicable on the day if a student is not at school and you haven’t notified the school as to why. If you are notified by the school that your child is away without a reason, please contact us as soon as possible by calling the College 52511136 to let us know where your child is. If we cannot reach you then we will make contact with any emergency contact/s nominated on your child’s file held by the school, where possible, on the same day of the unexplained absence. This is an expectation under the Victorian Government’s new School Attendance Guidelines.
Please remember it is your responsibility to contact us to provide an explanation for your child's absence from school, and where possible, please inform us in advance of upcoming absences.
Mr Michael Timms Deputy Principal [Student]
As you may be aware, Queenscliff Parish Priest, Fr Michael Richardson will be retiring soon.
There will be a special Mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Ocean Grove this Sunday 17th June 2018 at 10:00 am to celebrate his tremendous contribution to the Parish which covers Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove and Queenscliff.
Fr Michael commenced as Parish Priest in 2002 and has faithfully served the southern Bellarine Peninsula community for the greater glory of Our Lord. Prior to his Queenscliff Parish appointment, Fr Michael served as Parish Priest at Mansfield (St Francis Xavier) from 1996 to 2002. Before then he provided twenty-two-years of dedicated service to Stella Maris Seafarer’s Centre in Melbourne.
During this time his service included Chaplaincy for the Melbourne Port and leadership as National Director of the Apostleship of the Sea in Australia. The ‘Apostleship’ is the Church’s missionary work to Seafarers whether they be on a merchant, passenger, war or fishing vessels, and provides spiritual, social and material welfare to Seafarers regardless of colour, race or creed.1
While at Queenscliff, Fr Michael has been one of our College’s Canonical Administrators. He has been very supportive of our College’s development. Fr Michael has celebrated many Masses for our students over the years and often attended significant College functions.
On behalf of our Saint Ignatius College community, I extend our gratitude to Fr Michael and our best wishes to him for his retirement.
Mr Michael Exton Principal
1. Sutherland, I. (2018). Apostleship of the Sea - Catholic Church in Australia. [online] Catholic.org.au. Available at: https://www.catholic.org.au/organisations-in-formal-liaison-with-the-acbc/apostleship-of-the-sea [Accessed 13 Jun. 2018].
Faith Matters – Consolation
What was the happiest moment in your life?
What was the best thing about your day?
What makes you happy?
Whatever your answers are they will be examples of the Ignatian understanding of consolation. St Ignatius used this term in his teachings about spirituality and described it as an experience of being on fire with God’s love. The feeling of consolation inspires a person to praise him and to reach out and serve others. Although Ignatius used this concept in relation to spiritual things humans are inherently spiritual beings and separating the meaning in daily life is not useful to us. Consolation as a theological concept is the same as the experiences that lead us to enter into the state of consolation itself.
To explore this concept and how it may inform our lives we need to be aware of how we might identify moments of consolation. Examples of consolation are often found in moments that elicit the emotions of happiness, joy, love, peace and humility. Ignatius guides us well in his teaching ‘God in All Things’ as this is an excellent framework from which to proceed. The theme helps us as we can experience God and consolation in and through created things. As all created things bare the mark of the Creator and therefore we can become aware of his presence and drawn into his company through every created thing we encounter.
We can also find God in the experiences created things afford. The object or event does not itself generate a state of consolation, however the experience of ‘it’ does. Although unique to our personal experiences, style and tastes we find moments of consolation in inanimate things or experiences like celebrations, meals, friendship, doing something well, the song of a bird, the beauty of nature, in hobbies, in helping others… The list is literally endless and distinctive to each of us.
Whatever leads us to moments of consolation we know from experience that the positivity and satisfaction we perceive lingers. After we experience consolation is stays with us. Sometimes its traces remain for days or weeks. Often when we recall a moment of consolation, or the reason for it, we can relive the juncture or experience vividly years or decades later. Ignatius knew this well and used this awareness as the basis for his Spiritual Exercises.
When we experience and come to know consolation we long to experience it all the more. As we mature we find that this is only possible if we seek the source of consolation. That person being Jesus, who is love and the source of all love. Gratitude then enables us to move from self-centeredness to an acknowledgment of the Trinity. In relationship with our triune God we are able to experience consolation in all moments and are compelled to offer gratitude unceasingly. But in time we are moved beyond this reciprocal paradigm and are inspired to serve others.
In serving others we go beyond our own experiences and enter into the life of others. Often in doing so we see pain and suffering that we would prefer not to be aware of or encounter. In helping others though we find that this service is in fact an immeasurable source of consolation. Jesus life and ministry teach us both how and why. Although we may think that we don’t see consolation clearly in the Gospel, it is actually hiding in plain sight. The complete union he had with the Father is a perfect observation of consolation.
Consolation, gratitude and communion with God is self-perpetuating. No matter where we begin in this theme we end up, in a cyclic manner, experiencing consolation more often, become more ‘human’ and become infinitely united with the Trinity. This alters our nature so that we begin to see through the eyes of Jesus and love with the heart of the Father. Consolation after consolation!
Over the next week observe everything through the lens of gratitude or be aware of consolation in your day. Notice the places, experiences and people that lead to these moments. Then offer gratitude. Meditate on the goodness of God and let his Spirit refine ‘you’. Have courage when you are called. Service requires fearlessness and confidence. It is through service however that you will find ongoing and unfathomable consolation. As you experience these things notice how consolation gradually becomes a regular experience and how it leads to ever-increasing gratitude and faith.
Meditate again on the questions that may help you acknowledge consolation in your life and incite a desire to consider how these thoughts might guide you this week.
What was the happiest moment in your life?
What was the best thing about your day?
What makes you happy?
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
On June 4, the Year 12 Indonesian class participated in an Indonesian-language Model UN conference (Simulasi Kontrensi PBB). This year's topic was 'Achieving Gender Equality: Empowering Women & Girls', and our students represented four different countries, negotiating in Indonesian to agree on amendments to a draft resolution.
Ibu Spica Tutuhatunewa, the Indonesian Consul General for Victoria & Tasmania, opened the Conference Year 12 Indonesian, and afterwards our students had the opportunity to practise their Indonesian with her and find out about life as a diplomat. Throughout the conference, students from across the state presented position statements as to what they believed their respective country would agree or disagree with on a draft resolution. This then led into a moderated and un-moderated caucus session, where students argued for any amendments they wanted to make and tried to win the support of other countries.
All of this was conducted in Indonesian, and students enjoyed comparing their language skills with students from other schools as well as picking up some tips and tricks to improve even more. The process of finding allies, debating and voting from the perspective of their allocated country was challenging, but very rewarding.
Ms Julia Hall Learning Area Leader - Langauges
Some words from the delegates:
I really got into negotiating with other delegates. Keira Ford
Our country got all our amendments through - Selandia Baru forever! Brent Keast
It really put our language skills into perspective. Debra Lu
It was a very rewarding experience. Alexander Henry
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]
An Evening with Christine Nixon
'Comedy for Cause'
Scholarship Applications Open Today
2019 Academic Assembly
2020 Immersions and Trips Launch Evening
An Evening with Christine Nixon
An Evening with Tom Lonergan
Book Collection Day 2019
Class of 2014 '5 Year reunion'
College House Athletics Carnival
College House Swimming Carnival
College Office Opens 2019
'Comedy for Cause'
End of Term 1
End of Term 2
End of Term 3
Kokoda Expedition 2019
Labour Day Public Holiday
Open Day 2019
Parent / Student / Teacher Conferences
Parent / Student / Teacher Conferences
Parents and Friends' Association Meeting
Parents and Friends' Association Meeting
Parents and Friends' Association Meeting
Parents and Friends' Association Meeting
Public Speaking Recital
Queen's Birthday Public Holiday
Scholarship Applications Close Today
Semester One Reports
Senior School Expo Evening
St Ignatius Feast Day Activities 2019
St Ignatius Feast Day Assembly 2019
Start of Term 1 2019
Start of Term 2 2019
Start of Term 3 2019
Student Free day
Term 1 Holidays 2019
VCAA GAT Test (VCE)
VCAL 2020 Information Evening
VCE Music Soiree
VCE Unit 1 and Year 10 Exams
VCE Units 2 and 4 Commence
Whole College Assembly Term 2
World Challenge Expedition 2019
Year 11 2020: Senior Pathways Day
Year 11 Wellbeing Day
Year 12 Exam and VTAC Information Night
Year 12 Retreat
Year 7 Camp 1
Year 7 Camp 2
Year 7 'Father and Daughter' Night
Year 7 'Welcome Mass'
Year 8 'Father and Son' Night
Year 9 and 10 Subject Information Meeting
Year 9 Exams
Year 9 'Thyme and Plates' Evening
Years 9 and 10 Music Night