Saint Ignatius College Geelong
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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]
It's not enough to just praise students for their hard work.
To encourage students to improve their performance, teachers and parents have been advised to praise effort more than achievement. However, for teenagers, it may not be enough just to praise hard work.
At our College, like most schools, we encourage a ‘growth mindset.’ We encourage a mindset where students think of their intelligence as something that can grow over time. This contrasts with a fixed mindset that believes you are born with talents and innate gifts. Everyone is a mixture of both mindsets. Our mindset mixture evolves with our experiences.
Promotion of a growth mindset to improve learning stems from the work of Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Standford University. In “Harvard Business Review”, 13th Jan., 2016, Prof Dweck explains, “Individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts). This is because they worry less about looking smart and they put more energy into learning.”
Professor Dweck warns against the misconception that a growth mindset is just about praising and rewarding effort. She affirms that outcomes do matter and unproductive effort is never a good thing. Professor Dweck says, “It’s critical to reward not just effort but learning and progress and to emphasise the processes that yield these things, such as seeking help from others, trying new strategies, and capitalizing on setbacks to move forward effectively. In all of our research, the outcome — the bottom line — follows from deeply engaging in these processes.”
During the teenage years, students can find it challenging to apply themselves to their studies. Sarah Sparks in “Education Week” 27th March 2018 points out that for adolescents, only praising effort can backfire. Sarah Sparks explains this as follows. “We really admire people who are effortless achievers; they just ‘get maths’ or ‘get science’ without having to work too hard. When adolescents are told to work harder, they may wonder why they’re being told that when some of their classmates put in less work and still do well. Maybe the person being told to work harder isn’t smart!”
To more effectively encourage and promote our students’ learning, teachers and parents need to praise the development of other strategies along with effort too, such as persistence and tapping into the strategies and examples of classmates and mentors; those who appear to be effortless achievers. In this way, we will encourage our students to better see learning challenges as an opportunity for growth and development rather than a reflection of inadequacy or an opportunity to look bad.
In supporting our students on their learning journey, it is important for us as parents and teachers to consider how our students currently view learning and themselves as learners. We also need to consider what we are doing to promote and model growth mindsets ourselves as well as discern what we might be able to do better to encourage greater persistence and perseverance amongst them as they strive for the ‘Magis.’
What sort of learners do we want to develop?
I want us to encourage and support the development of growth mindsets for our students. This will better move us toward realising our College mission that seeks to develop lifelong, persistent and curious learners.
Michael Exton Principal
Faith Matters – Petite abstraction
St Ignatius was a dreamer! He spent much of his time in contemplation. He considered many things, but in particular he focused on God. The word contemplation is often used in the Ignatian context and indicates thinking that leads to a plan of some kind. For Ignatius his time at Manresa culminated in the journaling of his Spiritual Exercises. As we explore the life of St Ignatius and come to know him more it prompts us to consider a change in the phraseology as Ignatius in fact often did not enter into meditation or contemplation as we define it today. Therefore, what word or phrase might be used to encapsulate the wonder and joy his ‘contemplation’ consisted of. I think the term ‘day-dreaming’ is apt, as it describes well the overwhelming and joyous experiences of Ignatius as he came to know God and experience transcendent moments.
Day-dreaming is such a wonderful distraction for us as human beings. In our busy lives we often avoid such trivial behaviour or label it as unproductive and not worthy of a mature approach to life. In limiting our natural inclination to ponder, we find that when we do fall into this thought pattern it’s often forced and focused on points of tension in our interaction with others. We often find that the only time we ‘day-dream’ is when we role play hypothetical scenarios about unpleasant situations and how we might respond. These thoughts cause us great angst and in fact never actually resemble the situation we eventually encounter and therefore such thinking is truly pointless.
In the Bible we find day-dreaming as a determinant point of salvation history. In the Gospel of Matthew, we observe day-dreaming through Joseph. As he pondered the news that Mary is pregnant “while he was thinking about this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream”. If God used day-dreaming as the method to reveal his plan to Joseph and ensure a family for his Son surely there it’s a practice that is valuable to people, even in the modern day. Without entering into a day-dream what may have Joseph done and how else might God have been able to make Joseph aware of such an important and sudden revelation?
Day-dreaming is a behaviour that we are in fact predisposed to. Young people spend much of their time day-dreaming. They think about their future, their hopes, their desire to be somewhere else or to be doing something else, working out what they hold true and how they view the world. Our culture transitions this behaviour from a young age so that it ‘fits’ various frameworks that provide an outcome that is considered useful. As a society we assign a value to thinking. If it’s not quantifiable it’s considered worthless. Mindfulness is the contemporary model for ordered and productive meditation that allows contemplation, but is ordered to a predetermined outcome. Mindfulness has much merit but is limiting simply because it has a structure and purpose.
As parents and teachers we have students think through an idea with various markers that force a response that can then be used or applied to achieve a purpose. Thinking that can respond directly to a concept and a decision that can be articulated in the context of a study area that will afford a quantifiable value to the thought process. Of course such practices are useful and necessary in their own way. We have to harness our thoughts to be able to concentrate and respond to specific needs in our lives. But very often this the only model of thinking we as adults, encourage outside spiritual practices. This is such a shame. Unstructured deep thinking was something that was important to humans for many thousands of years. It helps us develop new and creative solutions, better ways to interact with one another and awareness of what is real, that cannot be measured. I wonder where thinking that does not lead to empirical data in some way became associated with useless or unproductive behaviour.
I believe that St Ignatius would support the view that day-dreaming is the most useful thinking of all. When we day-dream we have freedom we become creative and explore ideas just because they arise. When Ignatius was recovering from his injuries received at Pamplona he spent much time day-dreaming. When he “stopped to think” his ponderings had no predetermined outcome or reason as such. He simply allowed thoughts to enter his consciousness and moved along with them, exploring what came from these experiences. From such moments he became clear about a new way of life and a different outlook that moved him deeply and offered him consolation.
At Manresa Ignatius noted that “thoughts and ideas used to come over him”. Rather than dismiss them he entered into these thoughts and ideas. He followed them and explored the course these ponderings took. In doing so he learnt many things and became aware of the magis. In these moments he explored the ‘more’ or ‘deeper’ of the thoughts and ideas that developed. Rather than responding to the first realization he went further and allowed the time required to go further and experience more and was enlightened by what he found there. He could only achieve the magis in this way. By being free and going further he became aware of more than he expected and confirmed the importance of day-dreaming.
At Manresa he also focused his attention on God in a structured way via meditation. The particular intent of meditation is different to his day-dreaming though. In meditation the intention is to moving away from thought or consciously letting thoughts move aside so that the meditator might find what is revealed. Day-dreaming is the opposite of meditation. When one day-dreams, they allow themselves to be distracted and go with the thought. Like sitting beside a river and watching what goes by and allowing your mind to be distracted or captured by something that is passing by, rather than letting it float by as meditation would promote.
Day-dreaming allows us to be curious. When we day-dream we enter into petite abstraction – little preoccupations. There is no framework required or style to follow. When we day-dream we are guided only by our thoughts, in doing so we go deeper and deeper and with great curiosity we explore ideas that in reality we are unable to. The outcome is superb as become aware of possibilities or at the least a vision that beforehand was non-existent. The fullness of our humanity as God desired is not only to know and love him but to be creative and whole. We can only achieve this state if we offer ourselves and others the permission to day-dream. In an Ignatian way we can consider all things and strive for the magis in our free thought and in turn be offered the gift of great insight that cannot be achieved in any other way. Then in community our unique creativity can be offered for the good of all and build the Kingdom in new ways as guided by the Spirit.
God moves within our hearts and the Spirit guides us as we complete our life’s pilgrimage. Be affirmed in knowing that day-dreaming is purely human, whole and life giving. Do not dismiss unguided or the lack of a predetermined outcome as juvenile or less worthy of your time. Follow the track of your mind on journeys that will reveal beauty and creativity that only you can discern and offer to the world. The dreamers are those who experience true freedom. Be like Ignatius. Go outside, sit down, let you mind wander and become aware of the magis within.
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
Senior Boys Football GISSA Champions for 2018
The Saint Ignatius Senior Football team were crowned the GISSA (Geelong Independent Secondary Schools Association) Senior Champions for 2018 on Tuesday 15h May after defeating Christian College Geelong.
The Senior team have now qualified for the AFL VICTORIA HERALD SUN COUNTRY CUP. Taking into account the amount of schools involved in this competition across Victoria, the boys should be congratulated for their effort, spirit and dedication.
Saint Ignatius College Geelong 18.5.113 defeated Kardinia International College 2.0.12
Best: R. Hayden, J. Saltalamacchia, W.Kilpatrick, M.Ruiter, J.Michels.
A strong first quarter from the team set the scene for the reminder of the day. Despite winning majority of the stoppages, the backline were still under pressure during parts of the game. With consistent pressure and strong defending their forwards only had two scoring opportunities throughout the match.
The run and carry from the Senior team meant that Kardinia were left chasing all day. The forwards were also dominant and were able to convert many of their forward 50 entries into scoring opportunities.
Overall the team played very well, with our team fighting hard till the final whistle.
Saint Ignatius College Geelong 11.6.72 defeated Christian College Geelong 4.4.28
Best: M. Waring, R. Hayden, P.Kilpatrick, J. Saltalamacchia, N. Young.
From the first ball up it was clear that this game was going to be a tough game for both sides. Conditions made it more of a challenge for players as they tried to adapt to the wind and pressure around the contests.
The onballers had a long day running the ball up and down the field with the ball being moved quickly by both teams especially on turnovers. After the first quarter with the wind and only leading by 3 goals, Saint Ignatius were able to lift their work rate for the next quarter as they kicked into the wind.
The second quarter was hard fought but we managed to hold them to only one goal with the wind. Strong effort and determination by the defenders prevented most of their scoring opportunities.
In the final quarter the consistent effort and structures around the ground enabled the Senior team to consolidate a comfortable lead. The opposition only scored once during the last quarter.
It was a terrific win from the team and it showed that we could hold our own against tough opposition. As the reigning GISSA Champions, the Senior team will now play the winner of the Warrnambool Division in the quarter finals of the Herald Sun Country Cup.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Andrew Philp (Sports Coordinator), Maddie Clifton, Michael Timms (DP of students), Erika Gee and the City of Great Geelong for allowing us to use the new Drysdale Sporting Facilities. To be able to access such fantastic facilities and grounds so close to the College has been a highlight this year for our Senior Boys Football team. Thank you to the parents and staff who made the effort to support the team during both of their matches.
Congratulations to all of the students who participated and represented the College.
With much excitement and enthusiasm we look forward to our next sporting challenge.
Joe McLean Year 12 Coordinator
Year 7 Camp 2018
On Monday 30th April the first group of year 7 homerooms set off to the YMCA Camp in Anglesea for three days. We were incredibly blessed with sunny blue skies and mild evenings. Students participated in range of activities to both challenge themselves and to provide them with the opportunity to develop resilience all whilst making new friends.
Despite their fears, students enthusiastically participated in a crate climb, vertical challenge, high ropes, giant swing, mountain bike riding, bush cooking and canoeing. It was great to see the students happily working together as a team to achieve common goals and encouraging those who were a little more reluctant. On the first evening students dressed as their favorite heroes and villains for a dress up trivia night. On the second evening students were a little quieter and the Senior Student Leaders and Mr. Exton visited them on camp.
On Wednesday we said farewell to group one and welcomed group two, who were keen to get stuck into the same activities. While the second group was not so blessed with the weather they continued with the activities without complaint and a positive attitude.
I’d like to compliment the students on their exemplarily behavior and thank the staff that volunteered to come on camp. Students had a wonderful time and made strong friendships and memories which will put them in good stead for the years to come at Saint Ignatius College.
Ms. Tory Wood Year 7 Coordinator
What some of our students had to say about the camp:
“My favourite thing at camp was the trivia night, I got to meet so many new people.” Mollie Dowdell
“Wow! What an awesome time at camp I had. You should have been there. There was heaps of activities to do, my favourite by far was the giant swing. I had the best time and I can’t wait for Year 9 camp.” Eliza Bermingham
“I was adamant that I couldn’t go to the top of the giant swing, but I managed to convince myself that I could.” Charlie Smale
“I loved riding around the camp on the mountain bikes, the jumps were my favourite.” Jorja Sitlington
“On the crate climb I was nervous but I got 8 crates high, my friend Cody helped me.” Xavier Russell
“My camp highlight was the vertical wall, I liked it because it challenged me.” Jessica Michels
“My favourite activities on camp were the ones when we got to get into a harness and climb.” Oscar Condon
“My highlight from camp was being in a cabin with all of my friends.” Immy Ford
Jesuit Maytime Fair at Xavier College
Congratulations to the students, staff and past students involved in our stall "Tastes of the Bellarine" at the Jesuit Maytime Fair at Xavier College Kew on Saturday May 5th.
Virtually all items on our stall were sold so we were able to donate a large amount of money to Jesuit works in Timor and therefore putting "service to others" into practice.
The Year 12 Music students performed a 1 hour set on the main stage and the crowd loved them. Well done to all involved and thank you to everyone who supported the "Tastes of the Bellarine".
Mr Paul Lewis Deputy Principal – Staff, Identity and Operations
From Riley Taylor (Arrupe Leader):
I would also like to say a big thank you to all teachers and student who gave up their time to support this great event. In particular to the teachers Mr. Lewis, Ms. Deak and Mr. Gravener, ex-students Jess Davey and Harry Stannard and current Year 11 and 12 students Alex Henry, Kerry Kingsbury, Jessie Williams, William Bakker, Abigail Valentine-Rawlins, Georgia McFarlane, Lachlan Scott, Mackinley Collins, Samuel Grant, Liam Power, Parker Volke, Dominic Randall, Ryan McNolty, Robert Juric, Ella O’Brien and Catherine Exton.
Thank you to Mrs Alexander, the VCAL teachers and VCAL students who made items for sale and also to Mrs Pape who organized the musicians and singers for the day.
Thank you to our Sponsors:
We were able to make a very significant donation to to Jesuit works in Timor.
We are extremely grateful to the local businesses who supported us:
Jack Rabbit winery
Van Loons Nursery
Soho Rose Farm
Lonsdale Tomato Farm
Advance Mussel Supply/The Little Mussel Cafe
and the SICG VCAL classes.
St Ignatius - inspiring me to be a leader
One of our College mantras is – “St Ignatius – inspiring me to be a leader.” Saint Ignatius, the person, provides a role model of and a way of leadership and Saint Ignatius, our College, offers opportunities to develop our young women and men as leaders.
At Saint Ignatius College Geelong, the development of life-long leadership skills is one of the learning opportunities offered to all students. Students are expected to develop their leadership qualities and skills. The quality of this leadership is vital to creating a school environment:
As well as having effective students in formal leadership positions, having as many students as possible demonstrating positive and constructive leadership in their day to day interactions and work practices supports the development of responsible behaviours, a positive school tone and encourages students to model the College’s values of respect, responsibility, resilience, service and excellence.
The philosophy of leadership at Saint Ignatius College Geelong is built on the principles of Ignatian leadership, drawing on the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. These principles are very much in keeping with modern leadership theory today. Two of the fundamental principles are as follows.
Firstly, we believe that the Servant leadership model of leadership is fundamental to an Ignatian school. Our vision is that students will value leadership through service and advocate for others, particularly those most in need. This will work to build a just society where all people can live to their full potential. Students will confidently and courageously make choices that reflect servant leadership throughout their lives.
And the second principle is that all have the potential to be leaders, regardless of whether they hold a particular title or designated leadership position. All students, through their daily academic classes, contribution to service programs, involvement in co-curricular programs such as sport, music, drama and public-speaking, are encouraged to be positive and to demonstrate leadership.
In developing student leadership, we are working in partnership with parents. I encourage parents to provide opportunities and encourage their daughters/sons to develop their leadership qualities and skills. I am well aware of many examples where families are doing this so well and offer the following more as encouragement and reinforcement of a shared vision for our students. I recently came across the following points (Ref. – “Principals’ Digests,” Vol. 24, No. 11) for parents on “How you can motivate children to lead:”
One the strategic actions we have taken to support the development of student leadership was the appointment of a Student Leadership Development Coordinator. I am very grateful for the work of Mr Anthony Gravener is this role.
Finally, it is important to me that our College culture is characterised by high-quality student leadership based on service. I want this so that we have the best learning environment for our school community and that we ultimately better form young women and men of competence, conscience and compassion who will be women and men for others.
There are so many events and great celebrations within the College that it is difficult to decide at times what to offer as a focus for our newsletter. This time however the decision has been very easy! Last week Fr James Puppady celebrated his Silver Jubilee – 25 years as a priest. A number of staff and students were present to celebrate his Jubilee Mass on the 21st of April. This event was a wonderful occasion in every aspect. The mass was attended by a large number of priests, including our Auxiliary Bishop Mark Edwards.
The mass and in fact the entire year has been an ongoing celebration of the commitment and work of Fr James, since is ordination in April 1993. Over the last twenty-five years Fr James has served communities in India and Australia. Since arriving in Australia he has shown great devotion to the communities of Saint Ignatius College, St Thomas Primary School and the Parish of St Thomas Drysdale. Of course he has offered his guidance spiritually. But has also helped develop the vision of our college and the community in many ways, both within the Geelong Deanery and the Archdiocese of Melbourne. As the President of the Canonical Administrators he also is a member of our College Board and thus further influences the direction of our community. Such dedication and energy is extemporary and a lesson of commitment to all who observe his efforts.
At the College we have been and are today supported by a number of other priests. Fr John McCarthy celebrated a milestone birthday over the weekend and has served in the parish of St Thomas for over forty years! Prior to Fr James, Fr Des Panton served the community including Saint Ignatius College, for over thirty years until his retirement. In fact, the reason St Thomas church was built on Peninsula drive was because of his vision for the schools, especially so that the children had a sacred space that was ‘theirs’. Fr Gerry Healy SJ has been a great supporter of our College over the last ten years. Although extremely busy at Newman College, lecturing at Melbourne University and in his work as a VCAA panel member and chair, he regularly offers mass for our students, and also guides the school as a member of the College Board.
Our chaplain’s Fr James Puppady, Fr Michael Richardson and Fr Jim Clarke are all vital to the College and the faith life of our community. Fr Michael Richardson, Parish Priest of Queenscliff, has for many years supported the College and will retire mid-year after a life of service in the community. Fr Jim Clarke, Parish Priest of St Marys of the Angels, has supported us since his appointment last year by offering mass and as a member of the College Board. Of course we also remember the service of Fr Kevin Dillon who was a great supporter of the College in all areas over the last ten years, who transferred only last year to St Simons Rowville.
In reflecting on the great support we have from these priests we also reflect upon all of the priests in the Geelong Deanery, who had the vision to support the College ten years ago and their continued enthusiasm as the College develops and serves the community.
When we consider the service of these people we do well to consider the reason they serve. For in that we find the best lesson that their example offers us. Each of these priests and of course all clergy enter into a life of service inspired by Jesus. In unique ways each priest offers us a connection with Christ, through the sacraments and the love they offer through their sacrifice. Vocation is a calling, not a career. Through ordination our priests make a commitment to sacrifice many of the things we desire so that they may serve us completely.
Called by the Spirit they offer all that they have and all of the gifts they have been given to the service of the Church, the community and the world. In every way the world is made more whole through their faith and devotion.
Saint Ignatius was also called by the Spirit. Although he had an exceptional moment that triggered this consideration he was known by the Lord and consecrated. The prophet Jeremiah heard the voice of God proclaiming, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations." This is true of all called to priestly vocation. Not all people have such spectacular events that cause them to stop and consider their life’s journey. But all called to vocation are touched by the Spirit and called to enter into service predetermined by God. Following that calling is requires courage and faith.
We all can be inspired by Fr James and the priests in our lives. But we need to consider our own calling and take our vocation seriously. As Vatican II teaches in the document Lumen Gentium we all have a vocation. God has a plan for every person. Our purpose is to reflect upon this, discern what our vocation is and live our lives in a manner worthy of our calling. For some it’s ordination, others parenthood, for others teaching. We are all parts of the one body and are all essential components of the Church. Together we bring the Kingdom to completion and the love of Jesus to a world. A world that is in such need of the love and forgiveness only possible through Him, because of us; his living Church.
In celebrating Fr James’s twenty-five years of service since his ordination we offer gratitude for his friendship and love. We are grateful for his wisdom and care and are inspired by his dedication and service. We pray for him and thank him for his faith. Faith that gave him the courage to leave India and serve us. We also pray that although separated by distance he feels the love of his family, especially his mother, so palpably that the distance does not matter.
We finish our reflection focusing on our own vocation. Your calling is part of the Kingdom. There is no better or worse vocation. Whatever your vocation is fulfill it as best you can. Inspired by others, strengthened by the Spirit and guided by your relationship to Jesus, remember that only you are able to provide what you can offer the world. We are all His children, we were all consecrated before we existed and have been appointed prophets of his Word.
Walk gently, live in the love of God as you fulfil your life’s mission and vocation as a saint within the Church.
Yours in Christ,
Mr Brendan Nicholls
The Saint Ignatius College Examen
Every Friday from 8.55am- 9.00am the entire College community stops for 5 minutes and we all pray The Examen.
During this time, we apologise for any inconvenience but we are unable to take phone calls and are required to ask visitors to take a seat until the Examen is over.
What is the Examen? This prayer helps us become more aware of God’s presence in our life. During this prayer we reflect upon our experiences over the past day or week and ask for the Grace to be able to recognise God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus in these experiences. This prayer can become a central element in the life of any busy person, helping us to find God in our ordinary, everyday activities. We are invited to pause for a short time and reflect on our Gratitude; How I can change for the better; Review my actions in the previous week; Forgiveness for myself and others; What decisions can I make today that will affect who I am tomorrow?
Saint Ignatius: Pray for us.
Accompanying the Examen each week is the magnificent and exquisite "Gabriel's Oboe", the main theme for the 1986 film "The Mission", and named after missionary Jesuit Father Gabriel in 18th-century South America. The name of the score refers to Father Gabriel who travels to Iquazu Falls, climbs to the top and plays his oboe captivating the Guaraní warriors.
Mrs. Claire Hewitt
An Evening with Christine Nixon
'Comedy for Cause'
Scholarship Applications Open Today
'School Of Rock'
2019 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
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
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 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
Year 7 'Welcome Mass'
Year 8 'Father and Son' Night
Year 9 and 10 Subject Information Meeting
Year 9 Exams