Saint Ignatius College Geelong
Lenten season begins
We began the season of Lent last week with the celebration of Ash Wednesday this week. Students and staff received ashes on their foreheads on Wednesday morning during a short liturgy as a sign of repentance as well as a reminder of our humanity. Lent is a period of preparation for the celebration of the foundational event of our faith, Easter.
Lent is a time when we are reminded of the need for reflection, both personally and as a community. We are encouraged to think about what we are doing or not doing to nurture our relationship with God, others, ourselves and creation. The Church invites us to strengthen our relationship with God through acts of prayer, fasting and generosity during the Lenten season. Ways we can do this include praying together as a family before a meal, being careful about our food intake and giving to a charity such as ‘Project Compassion.’
At school, our Social Justice team has organised ‘Project Compassion’ as a way for students to respond to others in need during Lent. The monetary donations students give in their Homerooms will be given to ‘Caritas’ for their work in third world countries. Thank you to our Social Justice Coordinator, Ms Alicia Deak for coordinating this awareness and fundraiser.
Time for a check-up
At about this time for many years, I have encouraged students and parents to review the term’s progress. We are now past the halfway mark of term one. It is now a good time for our students to ask themselves how well they have established their daily and weekly routines and in particular, the priorities reflected in their routines. Is schoolwork being given the priority it deserves and how balanced is the weekly program of activities? Are good meal routines and routines for those many housekeeping jobs are in place? What about her/his sleep routine?
It is obviously essential that students have settled into a good routine by now so that as the demands of the school program increase they are in good stead to cope with the assignments and assessment tasks that will be set and be able to maintain the other activities necessary for a balanced life. Being able to set reasonable routines early in secondary school will help students establish patterns that will help them with the demands of the VCE program in their final years.
How can parents help their daughter/son establish a good routine? I am sure you are aware of many ways. I would like to suggest that now might be a good time to discuss with your daughter/son how they think they have commenced the year and ask them about their daily and weekly routines and what they may need help with or what she/he can do to improve her / his routines. It would also be helpful to ask them about the goals they set earlier in the year and whether they think they are off to a good start towards achieving them.
It is very pleasing to see many students participating in a range of activities. At St Ignatius, we encourage the development of well-rounded young women and men, so we offer a variety of co-curricular activities. Through participating in areas such as sport, the performing arts, public speaking, debating, community service, environment group or social justice group we can see a strong sense of community, fair play, leadership and service fostered as well as the development of many different skills. I suggest that co-curricular involvement is considered in reviewing the term to date. What about joining a debating team or the choir or a sports team or auditioning for a part in the production?
Annual House Swimming Carnival
As you are aware, on Monday last week, we held the Annual House Swimming Carnival at Kardinia Pool Geelong on a very warm summer’s day. I congratulate the many students who participated on the day and all those who came along in good spirits to make the most of the day by cheering and encouraging their housemates and enjoying the opportunity to socialise with other students and staff. The students seemed to enjoy the availability of the waterslide and novelty events. As in previous years, many students swam very well and will go onto represent the College at the GISSA inter-school level. The GISSA Carnival will be held on Wednesday 13th March at Geelong Grammar School.
Congratulations to Elliot House members for winning the House Shield. Well done!
The overall results were:
Congratulations to the Age Champions:
13 Years: Philippa McIntyre (Cuthbert) and Luke Devlin (Bradman)
14 Years: Lauren Campbell (Bradman) and Byron Ward (Elliot)
15 Years: April Smith (Fraser) and Sam Hines (Elliot)
16 Years: Elizabeth Andrews (Elliot) and Drew Honey (Cuthbert)
Open: Lexie McNaughton (Fraser) and Bailey Payne (Bradman)
Thank you to Mr Andrew Philp (Sports Coordinator) for organising the carnival and all of the staff for their work on the day to ensure its success. It was great to see that a number of parents were able to attend on the day help make it a special event
The swimming carnival is one of the many co-curricular programs that we expect all students to attend and participate in. We are now looking forward to all students attending the Annual House Athletics carnival on Thursday 21st March at Landy Field, Geelong. We are holding this carnival earlier than in previous years, so we have things in place to enable our students to have access to subsequent athletics competitions and to take advantage of autumn weather.
Open Day – Sunday 24th March 2019
On Sunday 24th March we will be holding our annual Open Day (11.00am – 2.00pm; Information Sessions at 11.00am & 12.15pm). Parents and families are most welcome to attend. We will be inviting students to be present on Open Day to help out. In the past we have been delighted with the number of students who come along on the day to promote their school – they were outstanding ambassadors for the College. If you know of any parent who is considering secondary schooling for their child, please encourage them to come along on Open Day and apply for enrolment. Applications for enrolment for Year 7 2020 close on Friday 17th May 2019. This closing date also applies in the case of where a sibling is already enrolled at the College.
The first Board meeting of the year was held last Thursday evening. I am very grateful that we have a very dedicated, talented and committed group of women and men who have taken on this important leadership role. Members are appointed by the President of the Canonical Administrators to ensure strong governance of the College. They contribute a variety of skills and knowledge to the decision-making processes, seek to enhance their stewardship of the school, work in partnership with the College Executive and ensure the College is focused on and fostering its Vision, Mission and Values.
Tony Frizza – Chairperson and past Principal of Emmaus College
Fr. James Puppady – President of the Canonical Administrators & St Thomas Parish Priest
Peter Cooper – Xavier College Representative, Director of Burke Hall
Fr Jim Clarke – Parish Priest St Mary of the Angels Basilica Parish
Fr Darien Sticklen – Parish Priest of Queenscliff
Rev Fr. Gerard Healy SJ – Representative of Australian Province of the Society of Jesus
Lisa Bell – Past Parent and Educationalist
Darren Henry – Past Parent and Accountant
Steve Gibbs – Past Parent and Operational Risk Manager
Toby O’Connor – Company Director - Social Services Sector
Fran Kealey – Former Director of Teacher Development SICG
Marie Emmitt – Emeritus Professor of Australian Catholic University
Jo-Anne Britt – Previous PFA President & Teacher/Researcher Deakin University
Michael Exton - Principal
David Fitzgerald – Business Manager
Paul Lewis – Deputy Principal (Staff, Identity and Operations)
Annette Chidzey – Deputy Principal (Teaching & Learning)
Michael Timms – Deputy Principal (Students)
The Board provides valuable advice to the College Executive and the Association of Canonical Administrators. Among the many matters the Board deals with, recent areas that have been on the agenda include the College Masterplan, building program, review of various policies, and Overseas Learning Experience (Trips) Program. An essential area of the Board’s governance is ensuring the College is enhancing its Catholic Ignatian ethos and identity.
Some thoughts on parenting
By way of support and encouragement to parents, I provide the following advice from Erica Reischer’s book, “What Great Parents Do: 75 Simple Strategies for Raising Kids Who Thrive,” cited in “Principals Digests,” Vol. 23, No. 9. I am sure most parents employ many very effective strategies and do a great job as they undertake the challenge of parenting their children. So you may be well aware of what Erica provides about parenting practice that she has synthesised from research and clinical experience to help parents reshape child challenging behaviour, create strong family bonds, and guide their children toward becoming happy, kind, and responsible adults. I hope you find contemplating the following helpful.
Effective strategies include “Great parents do what they say they are going to do”, “Great parents see that actions speak louder than words”, and “Great parents are transparent about their decision-making process”.
One easy-to-implement tip is replacing the word ‘but’ - which can have negative connotations - with ‘and’, which sounds more agreeable. For instance, instead of saying “That was a good job, but you missed out an important part”, you could say “You did a great job, and you could consider this part too”.
Another technique is to pivot. This means to use words that get your point across in a more positive way. Pivoting is the art of saying yes instead of no, and meaning the same thing. For instance, “No, we can’t go to the park until after you have completed your chores” may get a better response if pivoted to “Yes, we can go to the park as soon as you’ve finished your jobs”.
It’s best to avoid labels. If your daughter/son is reluctant to join an activity, resist commenting to other adults that “She/He’s just shy”. Acting shyly is a behaviour and not always a permanent characteristic. Your child is listening and could come to think of herself/himself in the manner you’re describing.
Even a positive label should be avoided. By labelling your child clever, they may internalise this as “I am smart/creative/good at sports, and I want to stay that way”, which might lead to a reluctance to try new things for fear of failure and no longer being defined by that label.
Great parents focus near and far. Focusing only on the moment and not the long term can create problems. If your daughter/son typically whines for something at the shops and you usually buy it for her/him, she/he will learn that whining helps her/him get her/his way. A short-term solution has created a long-term issue. This is also true of yelling to get your point across. If we habitually yell to get our children’s attention, we are teaching them to ignore us until we yell and we are also teaching them that yelling is the way to get someone’s attention.
Three questions to ask: “Is what I’m doing something I would be happy to see my daughter/son emulate? Is what I’m doing creating a positive family dynamic? Is what I’m doing solving one problem but creating another?”
For parents with older children, there is one last tip, titled “Great parents start where they are”. Rather than fretting over past actions, keep in mind that you can only act on what you know, and most parents have been doing the best they can with what they know so far. Thankfully, most young people are both resilient and forgiving; they are more like hardy weeds than delicate flowers.
Labour Day Holiday
A reminder that next Monday 11th March is a Public Holiday and the College will be closed for the day. Best wishes for an enjoyable long weekend.
Michael Exton Principal
Throughout this week we celebrate International Women’s Day. As a Catholic community this celebration of justice is central to who we are, who our young men and women will be come and what our shared future will look like. What we celebrate is in fact deeper than gender and social progress. During this week we celebrate the irreducible nature of God and humanity.
During this week there can be tension as our Tradition is often portrayed as male dominated and conservative in nature. There is certainly some truth in this at a cultural level. However, when Scripture it viewed to support a perception of males being superior than females a mistake is made. The narrative of Adam and Eve is at times viewed to support this negative and incorrect theme. Genesis recoded truth as revealed by God to humans thousands of years ago. Although we do not know when this story was formalised what we do know is that it’s true. What is true is not found on the surface in the narration, the truth contained is deeper and needs to be examined to be understood correctly.
In our Tradition the story of Adam and Eve is not to be understood literally. What is contained in this myth is undeniable truth. Although a myth it needs to be viewed as an account not a fairy tale. There was an Adam and there was an Eve. God spoke with them and revealed truth. When this happened, where this happened and what names they actually used is a mystery.
To unpack this story, we need to begin by reflecting upon the Trinity and their decision to make humankind in ‘their’ image and unfathomable gift of the free will allowed human beings to knowingly choose bad over good (Gen 2:9).
What needs to be more carefully considered in Genesis is the account of the First Sin and Punishment (Genesis 3:1-24). The account speaks of the ‘woman’ who is deceived by the serpent, who in turn gave the fruit to Adam. In considering this narrative it’s easy to interpret the events in a literal manner. In doing so we fall short and fail to grasp what is being revealed. We need to look at this point in context. Immediately prior to this account we read that Adam and Eve are one! (Genesis 2:23). The First Sin and Punishment is not an illustration of women being easily deceived or the one who tempts the man. Two are in-fact one. Both are equal and both chose freely knowing the will of God before doing so. We may misread the narrative of Adam and Eve if we read it literally or are simplistic in interpreting the truth contained.
In knowing this, we understand that what is revealed is that we have the choice to do what is forbidden by God. We can choose what is good or what is morally evil; big or small. This truth is both individual and communal. Regardless of gender we can freely choose what is wrong or what is better. When we knowingly choose wrong we enter into sin. This word that is repellent. Culturally the word sin has a lot of negative historically baggage. Theologically the word is vital to our understanding of self, human nature and the reason Jesus was incarnate and came to be with us. The word is repellent on multiple levels and rightly so.
When tempted it’s easier to enter into sin. In friendships, relationships or as a society we are more likely to be influenced to make a choice that we know is not reflective of our true self. When we make these bad choices we are emotionally affected. Our conscience will not let the matter rest. Our actions and choices are sinful and we recoil from them and the word that describes them. We then experience an inner torment from which we are prompted to seek forgiveness and redeem ourselves.
As we enter into Lent through our celebration of Ash Wednesday we are called to review our lives and enter into a period of repentance, service and prayer. To be true to our Baptismal promises we need to be aware of our imperfections and seek to become who we truly are. We are called to make change in our lives so that we are and are seen to be more and more like Jesus. The greatest challenge to this is our ego and inability to acknowledge our sinfulness.
Ironically this problem is also illustrated in the Genesis narrative. In seeking to shift the blame to the temptation in the serpent or woman the opportunity for atonement was lost. When we read the account and view the woman as the one who chose first or tempted the man we blind ourselves to the deep revelation that has been offered. Both fell equality to temptation and sinfulness. Two who were in-fact one each freely chose to do what God had forbidden. The blame is personal and to be accepted. Adam and Eve failed to respond to their conscience and sort to shift the blame (Genesis 3:12-13). We often do the same and in doing so find that we distance ourselves from God.
In being made in the image and likeness of God we are truly human. Our Tradition leads us to refer to God the ‘Father’ or as ‘Him’. Our words and historical practice do not reflect the truth of God. Our words cannot adequately express who God is. What we can say about God though is that perfect, eternal and pure. To be true to the fullness of this Divine nature we are created male and female. Man or woman alone cannot reflect the wholeness of God. In community or in marriage men and women work together in harmony and are an illustration of God’s image. Man and woman come together with God to create new life through love and become more whole as a result.
As we celebrate International Women’s Day I encourage you to re-read and consider in a new way the narrative of Adam and Eve found in Genesis and the way in which we reflect God’s image as a male or female. Seek to resolve on a personal level the gift or free will and our ability to sin. I encourage you to enter into Lent seeking repentance for the things both small and large that hold you back from the fullness of who you can be and the presence of God. Embrace your wholeness that is not bound by gender this week and live faithfully your call to holiness – that includes supporting those in need and removing injustice in your community and in the world – through your personal relationship with Jesus.
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
On Friday 22nd February the Year 11 students attended their Wellbeing Day in Portarlington.
The day had a number of themes and students participated in a range of workshops.
The Themes for the day were: Stress, Growth Mindset, friendships/relationships
African Drumming highlighted ways that students can use music to relieve stress and shift their focus from the stresses of their everyday lives. A workshop on relationships helped students explore ways that all different relationships on their lives can impact on their health and wellbeing. Growth mindset was explored by looking at different ways students can manage their emotions.
The Year 11 Ignatian Leaders were also commissioned with a badge presentation by Mr Michael Timms and the reading of a pledge and a commitment to their roles.
Thank you to the Wellbeing Team for the great amount of work they put into organising this day and to the Homeroom teachers for their enthusiasm and support.
Ms Kristin Williamson Year 11 Coordinator
Tomorrow we finish the third week of the academic year, and I am glad that overall the school year has commenced very well. We have already held many significant events that have ‘set the scene’ for the new year – promoting our values, our Ignatian Story and sense of community - as well as encouraging students to make the most of their wonderful opportunities at Saint Ignatius to grow and develop themselves.
Themes that have underpinned our encouragement to our students as we begin the new year include: we are grateful for our education and positively and constructively respond to the opportunities and support we have, we have high expectations for our students, we nurture and support a strong learning culture, we are women and men for others - we help each other to build an active school community, and we support those in need in the wider community. These link very well with the theme chosen by the senior student leaders for this year – “Be the difference.”
Visit by Bishop Edwards
We warmly welcomed Bishop Mark Edwards to our College last Friday. This was his second visit to us, and I am grateful he was able to spend most of the day meeting students and staff and in particular, conducting listening sessions with students to provide them with a chance to give input to the Plenary Council. Bishop Edwards is the Auxiliary Bishop of the Western Region of the Melbourne Archdiocese. Bishop Edwards will be back again in late February to meet with students and staff again. Thank you to our RE Coordinator, Mr Brendan Nicholls for coordinating the visit.
House Swimming Carnival
Later in this newsletter, Mr Andrew Philp (Sports Coordinator) has advertised, with more details, the Annual House Swimming Carnival to be held on next Monday (25th February) at Kardinia Pool, Geelong. Parents should have received the usual permission letter with more details about this compulsory College event via ‘Caremonkey.’ All Year 7 – 12 students are required to attend. Can I please reinforce the requirement that all students attend with the intention of participating if they can? Whole school events like this one are important and as a College we have the clear expectation that all students take an appropriately full and active part in our co-curricular programs.
Parent Information Evenings
We have conducted Parent Information Evenings over the last two weeks. I have received very positive feedback from many parents about the evenings, and I thank all parents who were able to attend for their support of our College. We welcome feedback about College events to continually improving what we offer. You can write, ring (Ph. 52511136) or e-mail the college (firstname.lastname@example.org) any constructive comments. Please address the comments to the chief organiser; in the case of the information evenings this would be the relevant Year Level Coordinator (YLC.)
Thank you to the YLCs, Ms Leonie O’Brien (7), Ms Deb Hodge (8), Mr Brendan O’Brien (10), Ms Kristin Williamson (11) and Mr Joe Mclean (12), and their staff teams for providing these evenings.
Beginning of Year Masses
Each Year level has recently attended a Beginning of the Year Mass at St Thomas Church.
These Masses were special opportunities to thank God, pray for God’s blessing on the new school year and encourage students to respond positively to God’s gifts and the opportunities the school year will bring.
Thank you to Fr Gerry Healy and Fr James Puppady and for celebrating Masses for us.
Thank you to Mr Paul Lewis and Mr Brendan Nicholls for their work to organise these Masses.
Thank you also to Mrs Linda Pape, Ms Marina Brown and our choir students and some musicians who led the singing and music for us.
Parents and Friends' Association (PFA)
The PFA is a very positive and vital support for our community. They held their first meeting of the year on Tuesday 12th February. I want to recognise the generous and valuable contribution parents can and do make to our school community through membership of this group. Thank you to all members of this group and in particular the current office bearers:
Ms Rebecca Hay President
Ms Cathy Dykes Secretary
Ms Sandi Clark Treasurer
Please consider coming along to the next PFA meeting on Tuesday 12th March, at 7 pm in the Food Studies Centre.
Many of the members of this group have given generous service to the school community for many years, and it is vital that we have new parents join this group each year to replace those who finish up. So I encourage all parents to please consider joining this group – a strong PFA will strengthen our school community and improve outcomes for all students!
There are a variety of ways parents can help out. The College canteen helpers are vital to helping us provide a canteen service to our students. Many parents and friends of the College have put their name down to assist in the canteen, and I encourage you to consider contacting our Canteen Manager, Mrs Sandra Woodall, to offer your services.
Some of the ways the PFA supports our school community include: running fundraisers and social events, helping out at school functions, organising working bees, encouraging and supporting a sustainable school environment, running a second-hand uniform shop and a second-hand book sale. I ask all parents to please support the PFA where you can, this group’s work benefits all students.
All drivers travelling to and from our College are reminded of the need to adhere to traffic sign requirements at all times.
To promote safety, I remind our community that the speed limit on Andersons Road near the school precinct is 40 km/h and 40 km/h at all times on Peninsula Drive.
Please approach the intersection of Andersons Road and Peninsula Drive with care and in particular when approaching the school crossing near this intersection.
When attending after-hours events at the College, please do not park in the St Thomas Primary School carpark.
Thank you for your support in prioritising the road safety of all those in and around the College.
Enhancing Catholic School Identity (ECSI) Survey.
Soon all parents will receive an invitation via email to participate in the ECSI survey which will assist us in better understanding how our Catholic Identity is expressed in work and practice at our College. In a separate email letter, we will also ask you for your consent for your daughter/son to complete this survey. All staff members will be invited to complete the survey as well.
The Catholic University in Leuven was commissioned by the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) to design a process and tools, based on sound research, to accomplish the goal of understanding our current Catholic identity and where the school community might like to see itself in the future.
The ECSI survey is a critical element of this process, and we need as many parents as possible to complete this survey. Your responses to this survey are guaranteed to be kept anonymous. Instructions will be provided in the email invitation letter.
If you have any questions, please contact Mr Paul Lewis, Deputy Principal (Identity) through the school office.
Thank you for your consideration of this request and your anticipated participation.
Major Roads Projects Victoria Senior Engagement Adviser, Jessica Taylor provides the following update about the Drysdale Bypass construction.
“As you can see, we’ve been busy over the summer months moving lots of dirt from the high points of the bypass alignment to the new Peninsula Drive alignment and the section between Gillies Road and Peninsula Drive.
We’re making great progress with the road and roundabout taking shape and we’re on track to have the new Peninsula Drive open for term two, 2019.
The school community’s safety has been paramount as we plan and undertake all works in this area. To ensure we’re distinguishing our work zone from the school, we have built a new fence between the bypass and the school precinct. This fence is permanent and will remain in place when the bypass is open and operational.
We’ve got a busy couple of months coming up to ensure we meet our timeframes and we would like to update you on the current changes to traffic conditions:
We have trucks moving dirt from the Andersons Road hill worksite across Gillies Road and into the old Blue Gum plantation area.
While we have traffic management set up for the trucks crossing Gillies Road, we have made a dedicated crossing with a traffic controller at Peninsula Drive, we therefore advise all students to please access the schools via Peninsula Drive, where possible.
For the month of February, we are carting dirt along Princess Street.
We understand students use Princess Street as a school route as both pedestrians and cyclists.
Given Princess Street doesn’t have dedicated footpaths for the entire length, we would advise parents to keep this in mind and where possible use an alternative route for school drop off and pick up.”
The Year 9 and Multipurpose Centres ($14M project) are progressing well. We have only lost a few days of construction due to wet weather so, we still expect to commence in these building at the start of term three in mid-July this year.
Over the recent holiday period, the College’s front carpark was extended to provide 17 additional spaces.
Michael Exton Principal
Reading the daily news can lead one to believe that justice is elusive in our world and that there is more isolation and rejection than inclusion and acceptance. In today’s news there are stories of antisemitism in Melbourne, challenges to President Trump’s ‘beautiful wall’, a shocking lack of services for our Indigenous communities, ongoing war in Middle East and the forced re-education of the Uighur people in China. During this week the world celebrates the World Day of Social Justice. This is quite a juxtaposition and worthy of some thought.
It seems there is so much wrong with the world today. There are so many people who use their position of authority to get what they want and force others to enable our act out their vision via proxy. Greed is the basis for all violence and injustice in our world. Greed is a desire manifested by the ego and disordered attachments. Greed it seems is part of how we are made no matter how good we think we are.
When looking at all the bad things that occur in our world it’s easy to become disillusioned and abandon hope for the future or change. This theme is explored under the banner of ‘Good and Evil’ in our Year 8 and Year 9 Religious Education courses at the College. Viewing the world objectively is a behaviour that needs investigation and practice if we are to have hope and see the hidden truth of our world. At an individual level we see many examples of good and can see many people who each day work to bring about justice in small and large ways. When we compare the amount of good and evil in the world it’s clear that good has the numbers. Thus we can be hopeful and positive about our world.
Our Ignatian tradition offers us a number of tools that can help us observe our world and our ability to live as we are called. In the second week of the Exercises, St Ignatius asks us to contemplate the Incarnation. Viewing the world as the Trinity does, looking down upon the Earth and people “in all their diversity of dress and appearance, some white and some black, some at peace and some at war, some weeping and others laughing, some healthy, others sick, some being born and others dying”. Then we are asked to contemplate the Trinity as the Divine Persons converse about their observations, saying, “Let us bring redemption to the human race”. From this basis Incarnation of Jesus and via the visitation to Our Lady occurs, and through him we are redeemed and have hope.
If we pause to review the daily news and our experiences through the lens the Trinity views the world, as illustrated in the Exercises, we may see things quite differently and objectively. When we view the world and our experiences in a similar way we can accept the world and yet still seek to reform injustices with great hope. At the College we offer many opportunities for students to facilitate change and offer their ‘good’ in the world.
On Tuesday nine of our students participated in a conference called ‘Your choice, Our Future’. The conference is a three-part event, that occurs via online video collaboration between students from Saint Ignatius College (Catholic), Sacred Heart College (Catholic), Mt Scopus College (Jewish) and Minaret College (Islamic). The conference facilitates interfaith dialogue about discrimination and injustice in our society. At the conclusion of the conference this week the students from the four Colleges were combined and split up to decide upon an issue in society that they would like to see change.
Over the next eight weeks the teams will develop a social media campaign to address a problem in our world, offer a message of hope and seek change in the world. The issues that they will choose to address are global and in reality will not be resolved for many years; if ever. However, in being bold and knowing that good will always overcome selfishness and greed they will make change.
As individuals we can also make great change in the world. In seeking to become better people we can make a difference. To be able to do so we need to change our nature. No matter how nice or kind or helpful we are we are not perfect. In accepting this fact, we are able to be humble and call upon God to help us change. Although we may make a decision to change it takes time and we need to be patient. Because God changes our hearts not just our thoughts and these changes are irreversible. When we give He receives and when He gives we receive. This relationship is perfect and enables us to change our nature as this relational framework flows outward as we interact with others and the world.
When we give of ourselves we reach out. This can be accepted or rejected and therefore we must be bold if we are to seek to make change in the world. If our offer is accepted, we become an illustration of Jesus at work in the world. If our offer is rejected, we have not lost. We have seen the face of Jesus in another or as Ignatius would say sought to ‘find God in all things’.
Regardless of whether we bring an end to overwhelming issues such as sexism, racism or slavery we have won. Good has overcome evil. Every time we speak out, are inclusive or challenge structures of injustice we win. Because we have been changed and have changed others.
As we draw closer to Lent I offer you a final thought from St Ignatius. In the Spiritual Exercises Ignatius introduces us to the Examen. He actually gives us three versions. The ‘particular daily examen with four additions’ may be worth considering if in humility you would like to change and remove disordered attachments, that lead us away from God and others. The particular examen encourages us to note the defect we seek to change and note each time we ‘fall into’ that behaviour during the day. As each day passes and the day is reviewed via the examen Ignatius notes that we will have evidence of change and God’s work within our heart.
I encourage you to consider the world in its current state. All of the good and the bad things that occur each day and how we can make change. Contemplate how you might become a better person each day and enter into a deeper relationship with God who will strengthen you and guide you. Finally, I hope you reflect upon these thoughts and are stimulated to seek change and share a vision of positivity with others.
Be bold, have hope, make change.
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
Image – SICG students who participated in the Your Choice conference on 19/2/19 and facilitator Kate Wilde.
During Tuesday’s House Meetings, our House leaders introduced for the first time our Year 12s to their Year 7 buddies.
The goal of our buddy program is to develop relationships between the younger and older students, enhancing the sense of a friendly and supportive school community. A buddy system can also help students to feel valued and supported, teach important social skills and create a caring ethos in the school. They can create connectedness that enables both older and younger buddies to bond more closely with their school, thereby increasing the likelihood of more positive social behaviour.
There are benefits for the older buddy in acknowledging their leadership, responsibility and pride in their ability to be helpful.
Throughout 2019, there will further opportunities to share their friendship with Year 12 and Year 7 ‘Buddy BBQs’ and different House activities as well as informal and social occasions.
Mr Andrew Philp Director Of Sport
Welcome to the new school year!
I welcome all families to the new school year at Saint Ignatius and welcome you to the first fortnightly College Newsletter. I trust you will find this publication very informative, interesting and helps you feel better connected to College life throughout the year.
After the period of preparation for the beginning of a new school year, I along with my colleagues were excited and pleased to welcome our students back to school. Last Monday 1,314 students, including 250 new Year 7 students and 17 new students across other year levels, commenced the 2019 academic year. Each year the number of College enrolments increases. Last year’s beginning of year enrolment number was 1,279. We are well planned for this growth and ready for a great new year of learning.
As well as many new students, there are twelve new staff members and five returning from leave. Welcome to:
Mr Jason Broadbear Health & Physical Education Learning Area Leader & Teacher
Ms Emily Caleo Maths & Science Teacher
Ms Emma Cuthill English & Religious Education Teacher
Ms Kate Kearney Food Technology Teacher
Ms Jennifer Peters Assistant Business Manager
Mr Brenton Reid Digital Technology Learning Area Leader & Teacher
Ms Latasha Slocombe Science & Biology Teacher
Mr Michael Tod English & Religious Education Teacher
Ms Lisa Turner Learning Support Officer
Ms Rhea Walker Theatre Studies & Drama Teacher
Ms Olivia Whitehead Student Wellbeing Coordinator
Ms Belinda Wilson Art Teacher (Term One)
Ms Heather Davis Religious Education Teacher
Mr Peter Grull Maths & Science Teacher
Ms Allison Hill Health & Physical Education & Science Teacher
Ms Michelle Santuccione English & Drama Teacher
Ms Narelle Spencer Indonesian & Humanities Teacher
A complete 2019 College Staff list is available here:
2019 Saint Ignatius College Staff List PDF (124 KB)
2019 Saint Ignatius College Staff List PDF (124 KB) 07-Feb-2019
All reports indicate a very good start to the academic year. I recognise the effort parents have gone to in preparing their daughter/son to commence the new year on a well organised and positive note. I acknowledge the work my colleagues, teachers and school officers, have done to ensure we have begun well. I encourage high expectations for students and affirm the effort they will have put in to set themselves up for a smooth start to the year.
Our first major event, a full school assembly will be held tomorrow morning. I invite all parents and friends of the College to attend this assembly. Please report to the school office at 8:50 am so a seat can be organized for you before the 9 am commencement in the College Gym.
Full School Assemblies are a significant and vital aspect of our community’s and in particular, our students’, school experience. Parents and special guests are also invited to attend assemblies. Each assembly has a primary focus. There will be seven assemblies this year:
Fri. 8th Feb. (9 am – 10:30 am) – Encouragement of academic achievement
Tues. 2nd April (9 am – 10:30 am) – Student led assembly (includes Easter Liturgy)
Thurs. 16th May (10:46 am – 12:46 pm) – College annual theme
Wed. 31st July (9 am – 10:30 am) – Feast Day (our Ignatian ethos & identity)
Mon. 21st Oct. (10:46 am – 12:46 pm) – Farewell to our Year 12 students
Fri. 8th Nov. (9 am – 11 am) – Student Leadership (includes investiture of leaders for 2020)
Thurs. 21st Nov. (7 pm – 9 pm) – Mosaic (College Annual Celebration evening)
A significant positive influence on student outcomes is parental involvement in and support of school programs. Over the last few years, there has been a high attendance of parents at our Information Evenings, and I want to encourage this to remain as part of our community’s support of an active learning culture for our students.
Parents are also most welcome to attend school events this term as follows:
Parents helping their children succeed at school
With the commencement of the new year, I provide the following thoughts from “Principal’s Digests” (Volume 19 Number 4) to support parents as they contemplate their approach to helping their daughter/son have a successful school year. In most cases these points may just reinforce what many parents already do among many other effective ways of supporting their child.
“Let your child see you making mistakes."
Parents are their child’s first teacher and their lifetime teacher. Part of being a lifetime teacher is teaching your child how to deal with making mistakes. When you make mistakes, let them see that you can deal with it so they will know you can move on easily.
Use e-mail to keep in touch.
E-mail is a great way to reach your child’s teacher without having to play phone tag. E-mail is great for teachers because they can have a record of a conversation or print things out to put in a student’s file as a reminder. If parents are hearing where their students are struggling, they should feel comfortable talking to the teacher about it. Teachers want to know when students need more help. It’s essential that there’s much positive communication going back and forth - from “your child did a great job today” to hear that students are talking at home about what they’ve learned in school.
Don’t tell your child that you weren’t good at maths.
Parents might feel intimidated by the thought of helping children with their maths homework, especially in the upper grades. Never say, “It’s okay, I’ve always been bad at maths, too”. You would never say that about reading. Maths is here to serve you, not to trip you up. It’s here to make life easier, and a lot of that can start at home with parents showing that they’re not intimidated by numbers. Try to relate it to daily activities, whether it’s calculating statistics at a sporting event or working out the cost of groceries. Capitalise on those day-to-day things where maths comes up rather than drilling children on maths facts. That way you’re really engaging them and letting them see how what they’re learning matters in life.
Get organised with a colour-coded system
Older students are expected to be more independent and manage their assignments themselves, but as they transition from primary school, they can find it hard to keep track of everything. Try using colour-coordinated folders and notebooks to help students keep their material for different subjects organised.
Check their homework, and then ask them to explain it to you
It’s not enough to just get the answers right. To make sure your children aren’t guessing or spitting back memorised information, ask them to explain what they did and why. Even if parents don’t understand quite what the student has done, you know that the child has completed the task. If the child has actually to explain what they’re doing it lets the parent know their child’s level of understanding and also helps the child learn more deeply.
Don’t compare your child with others
This applies to all children but is especially crucial for students who have learning disabilities or other special needs. Don’t put pressure on the child to be just like the child down the street. There’s no such thing as the child that’s like every other child. Every child is different. They all have strengths and weaknesses, they all have talents and challenges.
Help your child make connections to literature
To help your child get the most out of books, focus on problem-solving, social skills and life experience.
For instance, take your children to the zoo (life experience). Teach them to ask an adult for help (problem-solving) or to hold the door for others (social skills). With an arsenal of these skills in place, they will be able to relate their own life experiences to those of book characters, improving their comprehension. If they don’t have these life experiences, and we ask them to make deeper connections to literature, it can be hard for them.
Middle school and high school are not the time to take a more hands-off approach
Just because your children are getting older doesn’t mean it’s time to put them on auto-pilot. This is the point in their lives when they’re trying to sort out who they are. Peer pressure is intense, and their connectedness to school can wane. When drugs, bullying, peer pressure and skipping class become more rampant, that’s when your teenagers really need you, your support and wisdom and your rules and values. Remember they are always looking out the corner of their eye to see what you are thinking and how you are reacting. You show them how an adult deals with life.
Don’t do everything for your child
Sometimes it’s faster to do things yourself than wait for your child to complete a task. However, by doing everything for them, you’re not preparing them to take care of themselves. If your child is having trouble with something, such as organising his backpack, stand next to him and have him do it while you talk him through the process. This goes for time management as well. Parents can empower their children to think for themselves and be more responsible for themselves. They need to figure out: How do I juggle all of the activities and classes but not have to rely on Mum and Dad to step in?
Ask about your child’s day
Stay involved in your child’s education. Even small things, like asking children what they did in school, can be the difference between a child who unplugs at the end of the day and one who continues thinking about what was learned. If a student goes home and everyone says one thing they did that day, repeating it to anyone else in the house will help them remember it. If they say, ‘I don’t remember’ or ‘I don’t know,’ ask them something specific: ‘What did you do in science today,’ something that will get them talking about what they have learned.”
We are looking forward to a rewarding year as we work together to nurture the growth and development of our students.
Best wishes for 2019,
Michael Exton Principal
A new year has begun!
Welcome back and for those new to our community welcome. I trust that the first few days of school have been positive for you and every member of our College. I know that the students have started very well and are adjusting to new classes, course and expectations. This is such vibrant and happy time of the school year.
Although so positive I also know that we are in the ‘honeymoon period’. By the time we get to week four many of use (staff, students and parents) find that the energy can drop off and that we can retreat into safer ‘old’ behaviours or outlooks. Change is challenging and we often find it hard to maintain the focus long enough to bring about long term reform. Often in education we see students enter the year exceptionally well and then by the end of the first term see this energy wain. When this happens students often falter and go back to safer behaviours or attitudes.
As adults we as parents are similar. We being a new year with so many goals. By the time the first month of work and family life has ended most of the things we determined to change or work towards have fallen by the wayside.
The problem of wanting to go back to what is safe and easy is not new. In the early Church we read of Christians who wanted to go back to their old beliefs. Exodus is the ongoing story of Moses encountering this problem over forty years.
In considering the difficulty of change I would like to offer a parable of sorts. There was a Spanish Captain called Hernán Cortés who in 1519 landed at Veracruz, Mexico. On landing his troops refused to follow him into the unknown. They were rightly fearful of this strange land and its aggressive inhabitants. Cortés responded to these fears by opening the barrels of rum on the beach and when all were accounted for signed to his trusted leaders, who remained the ships. At his signal they burnt the ships! Cortés is recorded as saying to his men at this moment, “If we go back, we will go back on their ships!”.
This is truly an amazing story. In considering the story its worth thinking about the men who sat on the shore watching their only link to home burn before them. Their desire to stay on the ships and return to safety is natural. They did not want to go back to the ships because they were so luxurious. In reality they were dirty and prone to disease. The food was poor at best and the work they had to do was very hard. But it was a link to the past and a chance to return to what was safe and known.
What Cortés did changed their lives and in fact world history. Burning the ships is an excellent image for us to being the year with and may well help us achieve long term and ongoing change. We can apply this image to our school/work life, our personal relationships and in our relationship with God.
Take a moment to reflect upon your life at this present moment and the changes you hope to make this year. Then determine the choices that need to be made to achieve each of these goals. Then burn the ships! Remove the opportunity to return to what is safe. In doing so you will find that when the commitment wains or the energy drops you can still move forward.
Consistency is the key to change. A little bit often, combined with a commitment to a goal ensures success. By also ‘burning the ships’ you cannot go back. This is always a good thing. We were made for growth. We only become whom God knows us to be if reflect upon how we can be more and give more if we push on.
I would also like to note that at our combined Geelong Secondary School staff Mass at St Bernard’s, our Auxiliary Bishop Mark Edwards offered the homily. He encouraged us as teachers and support staff to, "Do ordinary things with great hope". This advice supports the actions of Cortés. If we refuse to go back to the ordinary and what is safe, and seek to reach our goals by making progress with hope the commitment will not waiver. This year make change with the hope that you can achieve anything you set your mind to in the presence of Our Lord. Our hope is found in Him.
As you enter into this new year I pray that you will find the time to reflect upon your life, discern what is best for you and those around you and that with courage and faith in God you apply the logic of Cortés in your life. In doing so you will find the fullness of life offered to you by the only person whom this fullness can be found in – Jesus.
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
The Saint Ignatius College Senior School Expo is on Monday 18th of February starting at 7pm at the College. The Senior Expo Night is all about choice, helping you to get the information you most require without having to sit through areas that may not relate to your daughter or son.
Each Year Level will conduct a session to begin the evening. You must select the Year Level your daughter or son is currently completing and attend this session first. All Year Level sessions will begin at 7.00pm. At the conclusion of this presentation parents / guardians will then attend two workshops that are specific to their needs. Refer to the attachment for detailed descriptions of each workshop.
All bookings for each session must be made through CareMonkey, Year 10, 11 & 12 parents / guardians should have received this notification yesterday. There will be a number limit for each session. Please ensure you record the workshops that you have selected.
The PDF for the Expo program can be viewed below. We look forward to seeing you there.
Mr Michael Timms
Senior School Expo 2019 PDF (2984 KB)
Senior School Expo 2019 PDF (2984 KB) 05-Feb-2019
Congratulations to our Year 12 students
I congratulate the Class of 2018 on their achievements. I thank them for their contribution to our school community. Their education has provided them with a solid foundation for their future success and contribution to building a better world.
I look forward to hearing about their successes, adventures and contributions to our society in the years to come. Each of them has many gifts and talents, and I encourage them to go forward “to love and to serve” and make the most of the wonderful opportunities awaiting them.
I congratulate all of our Year 12 VCE students who received their results on Friday last week. I am very pleased to report that overall our VCE results are again very impressive. Many students achieved results of which they can be very proud. Their perseverance, knowledge, skills and effort resulted in an achievement that met or exceeded their expectations. In particular, I congratulate the 2018 College Dux, Callum McWaters with an impressive ATAR of 97.5.
Some key statistics about the 2018 VCE results are:
11.2% of our students who applied for an ATAR received a rank above 90
31 was the median study score
6.3% of our students received study scores of 40 or more
Congratulations to the following students who received an ATAR of above 90:
Lara Barnes, Leah Bensted, Isabella Borley, Matthew Clark, Mackinley Collins, Rachel Deane-Teggelove, Keira Ford, Chloe Hayes, Ronan Healy, Olivia Hewitt, Annabel Hooper, Dominic Randall, Madison Smith, Bridget Waring and Matson Waring
VCE coordinator, Ms Anna Oliver, provides some more detail about the VCE results in her article in this newsletter.
I would also like to congratulate our VCAL students on completion of their VCAL certificates. At the last staff meeting of the year, Ms Kirsty Allan (VCAL Coordinator) shared with staff the variety of pathways undertaken by these students. Many have secured fulltime apprenticeships, others will be undertaking further education and, some have obtained employment.
With the VCE results published and VCE or VCAL certificates obtained, some students may be looking for some support, and I remind students and parents that our Work and Further Education Coordinator, Mr Bruce Connor (email@example.com) is available to discuss plans with any student who would like some advice.
The ‘results’ of all of our students reflect their commitment to learning, the hard work and encouragement of their teachers and the love and support of their parents and families. I wish our Class of 2018 all the best for their futures.
Semester Two Reports
I hope parents have taken the opportunity to access your daughters / son’s Semester Two report via the Parent Portal by now. I trust that this document records achievements, identifies strengths and areas for improvement and acknowledges effort. I encourage parents to make some time with their daughter/son to reflect on progress this year in the light of the report and lead the conversation towards setting some goals for 2019.
Transition to Year 7
The 2019 Year 7 Orientation Day held on Tuesday last week was very successful. We welcomed 250 students. There was a very large attendance of parents on the morning for the parent orientation meeting as well.
As has been our practice we offered a “Singles” orientation morning on the previous Thursday. This was to better prepare Grade Six students who were the only student from their primary school or who had been identified as benefitting from spending some time at school prior to Orientation Day. This was well received judging by the uptake and appears to have contributed very positively to the success of the main orientation day. I thank our Transition Coordinator, Ms Tory Wood for her leadership and management of the Singles and Orientation Days. Also, thank you to incoming Year 7 Coordinator, Ms Leonie O’Brien for her work to ensure both days went very well.
Potato Shed 2019 Season Launch
On the evening of Wednesday 5th December, I attended the Potato Shed function to launch the 2019 season. Ms Kaz Paton (Manager Arts & Culture, City of Greater Geelong) introduced the new season’s program and Rob McLeod and Lisa Warrick, who both manage the Potato Shed, ran through what to expect each month. The program covers a range of performances and is well worth a look; we are very fortunate to have the availability of a variety of performances at a quality local venue.
Please check the Potato Shed website for information about this program at www.geelongaustralia.com.au/potatoshed
A number of teachers will conclude their term in a Position of Leadership (2016-2018.) On behalf of everyone I thank them for their leadership and management in the role they held as follows:
Mrs Jane Alexander (Healing the Earth)
Ms Sarah Callahan (Humanities LAL)
Mr Ben Collyer (YLC, Year 9)
Ms Lesley Falconer (Literacy Coordinator)
Mr Anthony Gravener (Community Services)
Ms Kerry Horbowsky (Technology - Materials and Systems LAL)
Mr Byron Mitchell (Off-Campus Activities Cpprdinator)
Ms Anna Oliver (VCE Coordinator, HPE LAL)
Ms Karen Perkins (Director of Teacher Development, Strategic Data Leader)
Mr Caleb Ryan (RE LAL)
Ms Annaliese Wandersmith (Assist. Daily Organiser)
Ms Kristin Williamson (Acting Food Tech LAL)
Ms Tory Wood (YLC, Year 7, Time & Space and Transition)
We will publish the names of the Position of Leadership (2019 - 2021) holders in next year’s first newsletter.
On behalf of the College community, I thank the following contract teachers for their contribution to the teaching and learning of our students and farewell them with our best wishes: Ms Meagan Canaway, Mr James Fox, Ms Simone Martin, Mr David Rock, Ms Andrea Smith and Ms Catherine Thistleton.
I also thank Ms Anna Oliver for her work over many years. Ms Oliver has held the positions of VCE Coordinator, Health & Physical Education Learning Area Leader and Acting Deputy Principal over the years. I wish her and her family all the best for their futures.
Three staff members will be taking leave for next year. I wish them all the best:
Ms Deanne Hedley (away for 2019)
Ms Tenille Thomson (parental leave)
Ms Tory Wood (away for term one)
Commencement date for 2019 school year
Please note that classes for all Year levels will commence on the same day next year – Monday 4th February 2019.
The first school assembly (“Academic Assembly”) of the year will be held on Friday 8th February (9:00 am to 11 am) at our College gym. All parents are welcome to attend. Please report to the office at 8:50 am so a seat can be organised for you.
Merry Christmas & happy new year
As this is the last newsletter of the year, on behalf of the College I wish all families a very happy and holy Christmas and safe and restful holiday break. Thank you to all members of our Saint Ignatius College community for your contributions and support during the past year.
Michael Exton Principal
As the year concludes, we enter into the last week of Advent. We joyfully await the coming of Jesus and the time spent with loved ones. The school year has ended and soon we will all be enjoying a well-deserved rest and some extended time with family and friends. This last week for many is the pinnacle of the year, with the end of the working year and vacation. There is a lovely synergy with this excitement and the coming of Jesus which we prepare for throughout Advent.
Christmas and the New Year are times of initium novum (new beginnings). To be able to encounter new beginnings we must review the past and discern a path forward. I invite you to enter into this Ignatian context as you read the following, prepare for Christmas and consider the future.
At this time of the year we should all pause to consider the year that has passed and all of the experiences we have had. Set aside some time to review the year from beginning to end. It may be helpful to write down all of the memories and experiences that you recall.
Consider: What was good about the year? What was challenging? What new things did I see and do? What skills do I have now that I did not at the beginning of the year? Who did I help? How have I grown? Where did I find God in my journey? Who helped me? What hurt me? What or who was I unable to forgive? Who cared for me in a way I did not expect? How have I become more whole?
Being more aware of the year that has passed I encourage you to take some time to celebrate what you have found; both positive and challenging. Life consists of a mosaic of experiences that bring us joy and sadly pain. Being human and in experiencing the fullness of life we are exposed to infinite experiences and emotions. Therefore, we are called to celebrate every experience – ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Consider that even the ‘bad’ things in our lives bring about growth and in turn good. For Ignatius the ‘bad’ came in the form of a cannon ball. Without that terrible event would Ignatius have had an alternative conversion experience? In the bad there is always some good that can be found. Reviewing your reflection of the year take some time to celebrate everything that has passed – ‘good’ and ‘bad’. Combined, these things make living what it is and that in itself is worth celebrating.
Pause to consider the following reading anew in light of your own reflection and ‘celebration’:
In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.”… …the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Reflect upon what you have found in re-reading the above and celebrate your year as the shepherds did the arrive of Jesus.
Gratitude is a noble virtue and one that can be cultivated. Take a few moments to give thanks to Our Lord for the experiences of the past year. Every day you are offered a myriad of choices and experiences that may or may not be connected. The great gift of free will allows you the grace to decide how you will enter into the day. In light of these thoughts spend some time giving thanks for the year that you have lived and all of the experiences both the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’. It may be helpful to view the less positive or painful moments by seeking the growth that occurred or by identifying those who cared for you or offered their love during these times – for these things we should surely be grateful.
As we await the coming of Jesus at Christmas take a moment consider the gifts you bring into the world and the lives of others. What joy do you bring to each day in the way you live your life and love others? What can you do in the future to share your presence and love more freely and completely? Who do you need to seek and offer mercy, love or forgiveness? The greatest gift you have to offer is in fact yourself.
Pause to consider the following reading anew in light of your own reflection and the ‘gifts’ you offer:
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem… …and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.
Reflect upon what you have discovered in re-reading the above and continue to seek those whom you have gifts to offer.
As Christmas draws near I hope that you find the reflection offered helpful. I also hope that you have been able to reflect upon the year and make a connection between what we await and all that has occurred in your life. Each day we have the opportunity to live our lives more like the vision God has of us. As we await the coming of Jesus we are called to reflect on what has passed, who we are and who we are able to be. I wish you well on our journey and pray that you enjoy peace, joy and contentment with your love ones over this holy time and your vacation.
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
Congratulations to all Year 12 students on their successful completion of secondary schooling. The Saint Ignatius VCE students received their study scores and ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) on Friday December 14th, 2018. 16 students received an ATAR over 90, which places the academic achievements in the top 10% of students in Australia. Sophie Skuza (current year 11 student) achieved the highest study score, 49 (out of a possible 50) in Units 3 & 4 Psychology, which is an exceptional achievement for an acceleration student.
The College ATAR DUX was received by Callum McWater with a score of 97.5. Callum is hoping to study Biomedicine in 2019. Callum has been an extremely dedicated student for all his years at Saint Ignatius and has received academic awards at the College Mosaic evening each year.
Dominic Randall achieved an ATAR of 96.15 and he is hoping to gain entry into the Global science and technology program in 2019. Dominic participated in the College LEAP program in 2018 and he also help out his friends playing guitar for their Music Performance examination.
Chloe Hayes achieved an ATAR of 96.05 and has applied to study Occupational Therapy in 2019. She is an extremely hard working student and this year was no different in the time and effort she dedicated to her studies.
Mackinley Collins achieved an ATAR of 95.7 and after deciding mid-year that biomedicine wasn’t her future pathway, she has applied to study electrical and electronics engineering at university.
Lara Barnes achieved an ATAR of 94.8 and she wrote the following after receiving her results:
“Throughout year 12 I learnt how to find a manageable balance between work, social and school life. I thankfully discovered I didn’t have to sacrifice enjoying extra curricular activities to be able to put in the time and effort needed to my schooling. My favourite subjects were biology, english and physical education and it is largely due to the amazing teachers that I was able to actually enjoy school and achieve results that I was proud of at the end of the year, as they provided ongoing support and encouragement.”
The Waring twins studied different subjects in 2018 and according to mum, Tracey, were super competitive all year. Matson achieved an ATAR of 92.65 and Bridget achieved an ATAR of 90.3. Both Matson and Bridget have applied to go to university in 2019, Bridget is hoping to gain entry into a Psychological Science degree whilst Matson is hoping to completed a double degree in Engineering and Commerce.
Ronan Healy (ATAR 91.4) and Matthew Clark (ATAR 91.25) both hope to gain a place into engineering degrees in 2019. Matthew is hoping to have a focus on environmental engineering whereas Ronan is aiming for a double degree with Science.
Madison Smith (ATAR 93.2) and Rachel Deane Teggelove (ATAR 91) are hoping to study Biomedicine and Optometry respectively.
Annabel Hooper (ATAR 90.25) and Keira Ford (ATAR 90.7) have applied to study International studies and Laws/ Global Studies respectively in 2018. Both girls studies a language in 2018 which should aid them in their future studies.
Leah Bensted achieved an ATAR of 90.6 and is hoping to study Teacher education – primary in 2019. She wrote the reflection below on her final year at Saint Ignatius College:
“I was so excited to find out my ATAR! I could not believe I had done so well!
I really enjoyed year twelve, particularly Indonesian and Theatre Studies, however all my subjects were brilliant. I want to say thank you to all my subject teachers, and also to Mrs. Oliver and Mr. McLean for all your support. I could not have gotten through the year without you guys!
Next year I am hoping to study Primary Education at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, and I am really looking forward to it!”
Congratulations to all VCE students on their year of study at Saint Ignatius College.
Mrs Anna Oliver VCE Coordinator
This newsletter is the second last of the year. The contents reflect the hectic, energetic and active period when we finish-up another school year.
Our Years 7-10 students finished their classes this week and the Yrs 11 and 12 students finished up earlier on. Over the last week or so, the students have been very busy undertaking final assessments. Years 9 and 10 students sat their exams and Years 7 and 8 students have been completing a variety of assessment tasks. The Year 11 students completed the year undertaking the “Kick Start” program to prepare them for either the Yr 12 VCE or VCAL program.
As a College community, we have held very significant events such as Mosaic and Yr 12 Valedictory Dinner. Our Year Level Coordinators (7-11) have each organised a “final assembly” to celebrate and reflect on the students’ year, give thanks to God for the many blessings during the year and provide the opportunity for expressions of gratitude to staff members who have supported the students’ learning and wellbeing. I thank our Year Level Coordinators, Ms Tory Wood (7), Ms Deb Hodge (8), Mr Ben Collyer (9), Mr Brendan O’Brien (10), Ms Kristin Williamson (11) and Mr Joe McLean (12) for their leadership and management of their respective year levels and for their work to ensure a smooth and purposeful finish to the year for our students.
Parents of Years 7-11 students will be able to access the Semester Two reports via the ‘Xuno’ portal from 4 pm on Tuesday 11th December. These will provide an excellent basis for parents to discuss with their daughters and sons the progress made during the year and to begin to set some student goals for 2019. I imagine at this hectic time it might be difficult to find the time (and energy) to conduct this vital conversation; it may well be best to be left to after Christmas.
Whenever it happens, I believe it is critical to ensure another year doesn’t pass and as parents we demonstrate the value of education by taking the time to affirm positive and constructive student learning habits, challenging where there is room for improvement and guiding the setting of improvement goals for next year. Parents could book time with their daughter or son to reflect on the year. Some examples of prompts that I provided at this stage last year for reflection by students were:
Think about what you were like this time last year.
How much have you changed?
How has your life changed in that time?
What good things have happened?
Are there any areas you think you could improve in?
Anything you would like to be better?
Think about your hopes:
• for the summer?
• for next year?
This will also provide the opportunity for students to give thanks for their growth and increase in knowledge, understanding and skills during the year and for parents to encourage students to say ‘yes’ to all the suitable opportunities for growth and development in the year ahead.
Our annual Mosaic Evening at Costa Hall was again an exceptional and important whole school event. Thank you to all families who were able to attend. A healthy school community enhances positive outcomes for our young people.
As in previous years, Mosaic was a wonderful celebration of very impressive student achievement across a variety of areas. I congratulate all students who received awards or presented the results of their learning (Art and Technology Displays) or performed on the evening (Music, Dance and Drama) – well done!
It was impossible to acknowledge all student achievements, and I congratulate all students who have tried their best throughout the year. It is also hard to show off some of the aspects of school life that we value. Examples include students supporting each other and going quietly about their learning and making the most of the opportunities they have to discover and develop their gifts and talents and being of service to others.
Thank you to our hard-working staff for organising and running this evening – all staff played some part in supporting this community celebration. In particular, I thank Mrs Claire Hewitt for coordinating Mosaic.
Leopold Senior Citizens’ Luncheon & Concert
Our College has enthusiastically supported the annual Leopold Senior Citizens’ Luncheon for the last twenty-one years. On Tuesday 27th November about sixty students performed or waited on the tables serving the lunch prepared by the Church group for the one hundred and eighty senior citizens present at Club Italia, Moolap. As in previous years, I received many glowing comments about our students. I was very proud of our performers, many talented singers and musicians. Also, as well as serving food, many of our students need to be congratulated for the way they conversed with the guests on the day helping to make the day a special one for them. Thank you to Mrs Linda Pape (Performance Coordinator), Ms Marina Brown (Choir), Mr Andrew Humphrey, Mr Angelo Scotto, Ms Caitlin Doble and several other staff members who helped out for enabling our school to support this initiative of the local Parish.
Year 12 Valedictory Evening
On Friday 30th November the annual Year 12 Valedictory Dinner/Dance was held at GMHBA Stadium, Kardinia Park, Geelong. The evening commenced with the formal presentation of the graduands and some speeches. A delightful dinner/dance followed this.
A special feature of the formal part of the evening was the return of one of last year’s College Captains to promote the “Old Ignatians Association”. Greg Lewis encouraged the Class of 2018 to keep connected to the College through membership of the alumni association. Each Year 12 student was presented with an Old Ignatian lapel badge that they will hopefully keep as a sign of their continuing connection to their secondary school.
Fr James Puppady (President of the Association of Canonical Administrators) provided the blessing and expressed his congratulations and best wishes to the students. The College Captains, Kerry Kingsbury and Dean O’Brien spoke fondly about many aspects of their secondary school journey, expressed gratitude to the staff and parents and wished their classmates best wishes for the next stage of their life journey. We then enjoyed a delicious dinner and dancing. Thank you to the organising committee and in particular, Mr Joe McLean (YLC) and Ms Dani Stanesby. As in previous years, the evening was conducted in a positive, happy and respectful way.
Yr 12 studies 2019 - Unit 3 Orientation Program
Thank you to the Senior School team of teachers for providing a valuable Orientation Program over the last week and a half to prepare the Year 11 students for next year. It is essential that these students use some of the holiday time to prepare for the undertaking of their Unit 3 subjects. Teachers will have given guidelines and provided preparatory work, and the students have a responsibility to take advantage of this and not turn up next year finding themselves behind the rest of the class. Can I please encourage parents to support this expectation? I expect that our senior students give their academic program the priority it deserves and other undertakings will need to fit in around their studies. I want all students, as I am sure parents do, to have the best chance of achieving to the best of their ability and this will be enhanced if the prevailing atmosphere is one where students are encouraging each other to do their best with their studies.
Final days of the school year
Next Tuesday we will conduct the Orientation Day for the grade six students attending Saint Ignatius next year. We look forward to welcoming our new college members.
The next and final newsletter for the year will be available on the afternoon of Thursday 20th December 2018.
Commencement date for 2019 school year
Please note that classes for all Year levels will commence on the same day next year – Monday 4th February 2019.
The Church season of Advent began last weekend. Advent is a wake-up call to us. We can ignore it and divert our attention to the commercial distractions, or we can regard it as an invitation to reflect on what we truly need and long for in life. Advent invites us into a reorientation of life that means knowing God in a new way. The Season of Advent is a time of waiting and preparation. However, if we reflect on it, life itself is a “waiting room”. So, what “preparations” are we up to as we wait? A final thought from the theologian, poet and Benedictine Monk, Sebastian Moore, “Christ is present to us in so far as we are present to one another”.
“Lord, lead me to see, through Your love, the changes I need to make in my life. Break into my life and help me to move forward, perhaps along untravelled paths to new aspects of my life that help me to mirror You to others. Amen.” (Acknowledgement: “Prinscripts 37, 2010)
The commencement of Advent also marked the beginning of the Church’s new year and the closing of the Year of Youth. Last Sunday, a number of our students attended a Mass to celebrate this special year. This very special Mass was celebrated by Bishop Mark Edwards and Fr James Puppady with members of the Drysdale Parish at St Thomas Church. It was great to see students from Saint Ignatius present and that our choir and musicians, under the leadership of Ms Marina Brown, could also be present to help make this a special liturgical celebration.
Michael Exton Principal
As we enter into the season of Advent we are drawn to consider what we can do to prepare for the coming of Jesus. Last Wednesday, the 28th of November, the College participated in Red Wednesday; a day of solidarity for those persecuted for their faith. This day becomes more important each year as the number of people living in countries where religious freedom is not respected continues to rise. Currently it’s estimated that 61% of the world’s population live in situations where religious persecution is common. What might be made of these facts as we prepare for the coming of Jesus?
When we consider the story of Jesus’ birth we experience great joy. In our secular and pluralist society Christmas is the most prominent celebration. Our entire society looks forward to Christmas each year with great anticipation for many reasons. At His birth however the only people who celebrated his coming were outcasts and three mystics known as the Magi. The contrast to our celebration and the reality of Jesus’ birth is in fact astounding. Our celebration of Christmas is excessive and overwhelming. His birth was in truth worse than any we could imagine by our standards. There was no hospital, no bed, no clean water, no doctor. Only Joseph, a stable and the animals.
Considering these contradictory experiences, we might in light of Red Wednesday consider how fortunate we are in Australia. In our country we are guaranteed religious freedom and have no fear of being persecuted. Sadly, our society does however discriminate against people from other religions. Globally religious freedom is for many not a right and being persecuted is part of their daily life. In preparing for the coming of Jesus we consider how the Holy Family were also persecuted and were forced to become migrants. Today there are over 65 million displaced people in the world. Many of these people make the decision to leave what is known and safe, and journey in an attempt to find peace and safety in another place.
As we prepare during Advent we view news reports daily that offer images of Central American migrants becoming more and more desperate as they seek asylum in America. When we consider the flight of the Holy Family we contemplate the fate that may have befallen them if Egypt stopped them at the border. During Advent consider how the Christmas narrative might inform the actions of countries who have the ability to offer protection and welcome to those in need?
Currently in the Netherlands a refugee Armenian family are set to be deported after nine years living in the country after all legal avenues for asylum have been denied. Inspired by the Christmas story a local church (Bethel church) has offered protection to the family by holding an ongoing service (at the time of writing the service has been going for over 800 hours!). Dutch law prohibits police from entering a place of worship whilst a religious service is in progress. Reverend Axel Wicke plans to continue the service indefinitely so that the family might be welcomed, protected and have the ruling overturned. Contemplating this situation in light of Advent we would do well to consider how we use our faith to love and protect others. What can we do this Advent to share our love with others in a way that challenges injustice and upsets the status quo?
In this way we might prepare for the coming of Jesus. We may find profit in contemplating how individually we may be able to welcome others and fight against discrimination and persecution. St Ignatius inspires us to “find God in all things”. Considering Red Wednesday and Advent we may contemplate what Jesus and his family might have looked like if he was born today.
The Holy Family in the modern world can be seen in those born without the possessions or opportunities we are fortunate to have. We can see them in families living in cars, ‘couch surfing’ with friends or in shelters. We can see them in migrants, both in the news and those who we do not see in detention on our behalf in isolated islands near and far. We can see the Holy Family in the people we discriminate against in thought or through exclusion in our own context. We can see them most vividly in people at the margins.
During Advent we are called to see the world through new eyes. By calling upon the Holy Spirit we may become better able to discern who is in need of love and how we may help bring an end to persecution, isolation and rejection. During Advent we might view the Christmas story in new and profound ways by setting aside traditional images. In finding new images that challenge us we may be able to enter more deeply in our preparation for the coming of our Saviour.
Christ comes to be born in extreme poverty and after so many labours, after hunger, thirst, heat and cold, outrages and affronts, he dies on the cross, and all of this for me”. The coming of Jesus requires us to reconcile the joy of his birth and horror of this torture and death. During Advent we can do this by entering into the suffering of the other and offering love as He did; especially to the marginalised. Viewing Advent and Christmas from a different perspective may help us achieve what Ignatius asks of us.
The following icon is a modern depiction of the Flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:12-15) by Kelly Latimore called . This image offers us great insight to how we might be inspired during Advent to prepare more deeply for the coming of Christ. Rather than the ‘Disney version’ we traditionally associate with Advent and Christmas images like
Costa Hall, Geelong came alive again this year to the sights and sounds of “all things Saint Ignatius” at the annual “Mosaic”, our showcase and celebration of the myriad of opportunities provided and achievements made during the year here at the College.
There were 14 magnificent displays and performances in the outer foyer of Costa hall in the Deakin University campus–student work, media, photographs and performances from learning areas and co-curricular activities. It highlighted the wealth of learning opportunities offered and the skills and talents of students.
The Mosaic Prelude comprised performances from the junior Combined Band and the Stage Band prior to Mosaic presentations in the auditorium.
We congratulate all students on their achievements and for some attaining an award ranging from academic Years 7-9, Christian Leadership, Endeavour, Community, All rounder, and various other awards. The latter included the Australian Defence Force Long Tan and Education awards, The Dux of the College 2017 Rotary Community awards, the Parents and Friends' Association All Rounder awards, Deakin Young Influencer and Science awards, The Sarah Henderson Corangamite medal for leadership and citizenship, The Caltex All Rounder award The Richard Marles prize for leadership, The Lions Community Service awards, College Captains, Public Speaking, Debating, Visual Art, Performing Arts and Sports awards, the Des Panton House Cup, the Jesuit Alumni award presented by the St. Patrick’s Old Collegians Association and the prestigious Saint Ignatius of Loyola award.
We were treated to “2018 - The Year That Was” video, a visual compilation of activities throughout the year, capably and creatively prepared by Hamish King, Year 11 VCAL and VET media student which was accompanied by the Year 9 Band. The Liturgy choir sang the Opening Prayer and we were entertained by the College Orchestra, the Mosaic Choir and the stylish Magis Men singing “New York, New York”.
We heard from Michael Exton Principal, Fr. Puppady, President of the College’s Canonical Administrators, Kerry Kingsbury and Dean O’Brien spoke about their year as College Captains and introduced College Captains 2019 Maddie Crothers and Sam Salisbury.
Darbi Moody, Dux of 2017 spoke about his studies this year while residing at Newman College, Melbourne University.
Mr. Andew Philip, Director of Sport prepared 2 videos, one of photographs and video clips showing the enormous variety of sporting programs at the College and the latter was of IGGY, our sporting mascot, who participates in everything that is offered, Deputy Principal, Mr. Paul Lewis was Master of Ceremonies and coordinated proceedings which included the presentation of the awards by the Year Level Coordinators.
It was a truly inspiring and happy evening enjoyed by Students, Parents, Staff, Board members, VIPs and representatives from the wider community.
Mrs. Claire Hewitt Development Manager
An Evening with Christine Nixon
'Comedy for Cause'
Scholarship Applications Open Today
'School Of Rock'
Start of Term 1 2020
2019 Academic Assembly
2020 Academic Assembly
2020 Immersions and Trips Launch Evening
An Evening with Christine Nixon
An Evening with Tom Lonergan
'Big Night Out' PFA Fashion Fundraiser
Book Collection Day 2019
Book Collection Day 2020
Class of 2014 '5 Year reunion'
College House Athletics Carnival
College House Swimming Carnival
College Office Closes
College Office Opens 2019
College Office Opens 2020
'Comedy for Cause'
End of Term 2
End of Term 3
Interim Reports Term 3
Kokoda Expedition 2019
Labour Day Public Holiday
Last Day of Class Years 7 & 8
Last Day of Classes Years 9 and 10
Open Day 2019
Parent / Student / Teacher Conferences
Parents and Friends' Association AGM
Parents and Friends' Association AGM
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
'School Of Rock'
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 1 2020
Start of Term 2 2019
Start of Term 3 2019
Start of Term 4 2019
Student Free Day
Student Free Day
Student Free day
Term 1 Holidays 2019
VCAA GAT Test (VCE)
VCE Music Soiree
VCE Unit 1 and Year 10 Exams
VCE Units 2 and 4 Commence
VCE Visual Arts Exhibition 2019
Whole College Assembly Term 2
Wollongarra Camp 2
World Challenge Expedition 2019
Year 11 2020: Senior Pathways Day
Year 11 Wellbeing Day
Year 12 Exam and VTAC Information Night
Year 12 Farewell Assembly 2019
Year 12 Retreat
Year 12 Valedictory Dinner
Year 12 Valete Mass
Year 7 Camp 1
Year 7 Camp 2
Year 7 'Father and Daughter' Night
Year 7 in 2020 Information Night