Saint Ignatius College Geelong
Congratulations to Year 12 students
The 2019 VCE Units 3/4 results were released last Thursday. I congratulate the VCE Class of 2019. I am happy to report that overall our VCE results are very pleasing and again above the state averages. Reflecting on our students’ achievements, they reinforce that the key to success is consistent effort and persistence. I acknowledge the importance of the positive partnerships between parents, teachers and students that have supported our students over the years to develop the skills and attitudes that underpin successful VCE achievement. And I recognize the dedication and efforts of the Year 12 teachers.
As well as coping with the demands of Year 12, many students were actively involved in the College’s co-curricular program. Examples include Leadership, Sport, Music, the Production, Community Service and Social Justice. This has contributed to developing well-rounded young women and men.
Many of our students achieved outstanding results, and I congratulate them. Some noteworthy achievements are as follows.
Dux of the 2019 Class was Ruby Mangelsdorf with a very impressive Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 99.2. Well done, Ruby! Ruby was a tremendous role model as Academic Captain this year.
The following students (in alphabetical order by surname) received an ATAR in the top 10% of the State:
Two key statistics were:
6% of study scores were over 40.
The median study score was 30.
Many students received an ATAR in the high eighties. There were three perfect scores of 50 and many other very impressive results. I congratulate the students who achieved at such a high level and their teachers.
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 of these students. Many have secured fulltime apprenticeships, others will be undertaking further education and, some have obtained employment. I wish them all the best for their futures.
With the VCE results in 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 2019 all the best for their futures.
Congratulations to the following teachers on maternity leave on the recent arrival of their baby:
Ms Emma Cuthill, who welcomed with love Lacey Loretta; and
Ms Sarah Adams, who welcomed with love Arlo Joseph.
Best wishes to both families.
Farewell to some staff
Thank you to the following staff members who finished their contract at the end of this term:
Ms Linda Barrett (Education Librarian)
Mr Andrew Blackstone (Teacher)
Mr Andrew Booth (Teacher)
Ms Leanne Crole (Learning Support Officer)
Mr Cameron Fennel (Teacher)
Ms Jo Geary (Teacher)
Ms Jessica Johns (Learning Support Officer)
Thank you to Ms Deanna Hedley (Teacher) who has decided not to return after taking leave this year.
And thank you to the following staff members who will be retiring at the end of this year:
Ms Gail Lambert (Principal’s & Deputy Principals’ Secretary)
Mr Peter Martin (Teacher)
Mr Richard Moody (Teacher)
And best wishes to Ms Maree Maurer (Librarian) who will be taking Long Service Leave for 2020.
On behalf of our College community, I thank each person who is leaving for their contribution to the education of our students and wish them all the best. In particular, I want to recognize with gratitude the contributions made by our retiring staff members. I congratulate them on their careers and wish them every blessing for their futures.
Semester Two Reports
Just a reminder that the Semester Two reports are available via the Parent Portal. I trust that the Homeroom and individual subject reports record achievements, identify strengths and areas for improvement and acknowledge student effort. I encourage you to take some time with your daughter/son to reflect on progress this year in the light of the report and lead the conversation towards setting some goals for 2020.
Some 2020 dates
I provide the following overview of early next year’s College events for your perusal to help with your planning. You will find more details, where appropriate, about these events in the newsletters early next year. You can also access the College Calendar through our website www.ignatius.vic.edu.au
Monday 20th January - College office re-opens
Thursday 23rd January - Laptop & Book Collection
Tuesday 28th January - Teaching staff return
Friday 31st January - All students return
Wednesday 5th February - Student photos
Thursday 6th February - Year 7 Welcome Mass (7 pm, families attend)
Friday 7th February - Full School Assembly (10:45 am, Parents invited)
Monday 17th February - Years 10, 11 & 12 Parent Information evening (7 pm)
Tuesday 18th February - Beginning of Year Mass (11:20 am)
Thursday 27th February - House Swimming Carnival (Kardinia Pool, parents invited)
Wednesday 18th March - House Athletics Carnival (Landy Field, parents invited)
Sunday 22nd March - Open Day (11 am – 2:00 pm)
Merry Christmas & happy new year
With the school year coming to a close, it is a hectic time, and we are eagerly looking forward to the summer break. During this end of the year busyness, it is easy to forget that we are in the Advent season that prepares us for the Christmas celebration of the birth of Jesus and calls us to reflect on God’s entering into the human story by becoming one of us.
As partners in the Christian education of our Saint Ignatius College students, it is a challenge for us all to ensure that we keep “Christ in Christmas.” At the final day year level assemblies I was able to attend, I encouraged the students to ensure that Christmas was more than just receiving gifts, although this will be an enjoyable part of the celebration, by attending their church service or attending a carols event or including an act of giving or service for someone in need – some way of helping them to reflect on and more deeply enter into our faith story.
As this is the last newsletter of the year, on behalf of the College may I wish all families a very happy and holy Christmas and safe and restful holiday break. Thank you to our Saint Ignatius College community for your contributions and support during the year.
Michael Exton Principal
The school year has ended, holidays have begun and we now patiently await the birth of our Saviour. For fifteen of us the last week of the school year found us in Perth as we attended the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF). The aim of the festival was to “provide young people with the opportunities to deepen their relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia”. Our experience of ACYF was certainty an achievement of this aim.
The Australian Catholic Youth Festival was founded by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in 2013. It is held every two years and to date has been held in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth. The festival in Perth was attended by over 6000 young people from across Australia. ACYF consists of numerous musicians and musical acts, faith and prayer experiences, an enormous exhibition area, food and workshops. The festival is diverse in every way. From faith experiences to the attendees there is more than you can hope to encounter.
The theme of ACYF19 was “listen to what the Spirit is saying”. This theme is indicative of the openness of our local Church and the processes of the Plenary Council. The festival encouraged the young people to explore how the Spirit moves within and guides them. Exploring how they experience God in their day and how to they discern their vocation and mission.
Saint Ignatius College sent fifteen pilgrims to Perth: Eleven students, three staff and our Chaplin. The students were an even mix of males and females from Years 10 and 11. The teachers were Ms Alicia Deak, Ms Kate Kearney and Mr Brendan Nicholls. Our Chaplin Fr James Puppady supported both the staff and the students throughout. Our group was indicative of others consisting of a variety of students with different interests, skills and varying or no connection with their local parishes.
The initial and ongoing observation of ACYF is that it was different to what was expected. It was better than had been hoped for and any stereotype that might be considered did not hold up. It was truly Catholic but so diverse that there was unity in three key points. The first being youth. The title the festival was for and of young people. With 6000 coming from every diocese in Australia. We met people young people from Thursday Island to Hobart and everywhere in-between!
The second being Catholic. Although the music, workshops and experiences varied considerably ACYF was truly Catholic, and in this diversity there was a completeness that is missing in many parishes. We were blessed to have the bishops of Australia attend and I was amazed by their humble nature and commitment to listening to and engaging with the youth.
The third unifying point was Jesus. Whether in the music, experiences, friendships of in 6000 people kneeling in silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament the presence of Jesus was everywhere.
The transformation I saw in all who attended was amazing and illustrated in a name. Throughout the event Jesus was announced, spoken of and acknowledged. This was not a ‘Ned Flanders’ convention, nor was it revivalist, but it allowed and enabled the participants in naming Jesus. In our culture we often we speak of the Spirit, God or love. What we lose in not speaking of Jesus is a specificity in which we belong. In our community we speak of Jesus during Easter and Advent, throughout the rest of the year we substitute and at times substitute his name for something more abstract or soft.
If the name Jesus is a little jarring there are many other names or appellations we can use to name Jesus in an alternate way. As we await his birth and consider this insight from ACYF the following Advent lyrics might offer a suitable contemplation.
His Name is Wonderful
Come see the baby
Crib for a bed
His mother Mary
Lay down His sweet head
The starlight was shining
The wise men were led
Come see the baby
And worship Him
His name is wonderful, counsellor
Mighty God, Prince of Peace
Emmanuel Holy One, Son of God
Saviour of the world
Come and adore Him
On bended knee
He came to ransom
Someone like me
What could I offer
What could I bring
Come and adore Him
King of Kings
And the greatness of His reign
Will never end
Let there be peace on Earth
And all goodwill to men
Come let us worship Him
His name is wonderful, counsellor
Mighty God, Prince of Peace
(You’re the) Holy One, Son of God
Saviour of the world
Chris Tomlin 2019
As we reflect upon ACYF and the season of Advent we can be inspired of the bold nature of our young people and use Jesus’ name more often. Once Advent and Christmas is over consider how you might proclaim your faith more publically and how often will you use the name Jesus? If he is alive in the world we must use his name and have courage. Being countercultural is at the heart of youth. Be inspired by our young people who will use the name Jesus, break down barriers, find new paths and lead us as a community to a better future. If we cannot do as they do we can follow them when they show us the way.
I wish you a blessed Advent and Christmas and pray that the time spent with family and loved ones nourishes your soul.
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Religious Education and Liturgy Coordinator
We are delighted to announce the Dux of the College 2019, Academic Captain, Ruby Mangelsdorf. Ruby obtained a most impressive ATAR Score of 99.2.
Ruby had two outstanding perfect study scores of 50 in Food Studies and Psychology.
Congratulations to Ruby on her fine achievements and, as presently overseas, we will learn of her study plans in the new year.
Dear Parents/Guardians and Friends of the College,
We are very near the end of another academic year, and not surprisingly, it has been very busy over the last two weeks. This newsletter is the second last of the year.
Our Years 7-10 students finished their classes this week and the Years 11 and 12 students finished up earlier on. Over the last week or so, the students have been 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 Year 12 VCE or VCAL program.
As a College community, we have held very significant events such as Mosaic and the Year 12 Valedictory Dinner. Our Year Level Coordinators (7-11) have each organised a “final assembly” to celebrate and reflect on their students’ year, give thanks to God for the many blessings during the year and to 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 Leonie O’Brien (7), Ms Deb Hodge (8), Mr Joe Pannuzzo (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. I acknowledge the help our Liturgy Coordinator, Mr Brendan Nicholls provided for ensuring each Year Level participated in a meaningful and prayerful liturgy to finish the year.
Semester Two Parent Reports
Parents of Years 7-11 students will be able to access the Semester Two reports via the ‘Xuno’ portal from 4 pm on Thursday 12th 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 2020.
Our annual Mosaic Evening at Costa Hall was again an exceptional and important whole school event. Thank you to all the families who were able to attend. A strong 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 – most staff members played some part in supporting this community celebration. In particular, I thank Mrs Claire Hewitt for coordinating Mosaic. Photos of the event can viewed in the Photo Gallery section of our website: www.ignatius.vic.edu.au/new/our-school/photo-gallery
Leopold Senior Citizens’ Luncheon and Concert
Our College has enthusiastically supported the annual Leopold Senior Citizens’ Luncheon for the last twenty-two years. On Tuesday 26th 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. Well done to our performers. 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 Paul James, 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 29th 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 very enjoyable dinner/dance followed this.
A special feature of the formal part of the evening was an address by former student, Ms Stephanie Cowdery (2009) who provided an inspirational speech about her life’s journey since school. After completing a Diploma of Languages (Indonesian) and a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Psychology and Health Promotion, Ms Cowdery is currently a PhD Scholar with Deakin University School of Medicine. She is committed to investigating the nexus between physical and mental health. Ms Cowdery shared a reflection on how her learning and the values instilled at school have supported her through the ups, downs and challenges.
One of last year’s College Captains returned to promote the “Old Ignatians Association”. Dean O’Brien encouraged the Class of 2019 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, Maddie Crothers and Sam Salisbury 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.
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.
Photos of the event can viewed in the Photo Gallery section of our website: www.ignatius.vic.edu.au/new/our-school/photo-gallery
Year 12 studies 2020 - 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 have given guidelines and provided preparatory work. 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.
The Potato Shed Wetlands beautification project
I commend VCAL Teacher, Mr Attel Martschinke, for his leadership and management of this project.
During 2019, many Saint Ignatius College students and some staff have contributed over 400 individual hours towards this project. This includes:
8 x year 9 RE classes
3 x SICG staff afternoons
12 x year 11 VCAL classes
8 x year 12 VCAL classes
During these sessions, staff and students of SICG have:
dispersed 12 x cubic metres of ground mulch
removed 2 x cubic metres of rubbish and debris
planted 322 native trees / shrubs
made and installed 12 x native bird boxes / feeders and native animal habitats
On the 12th December 2019, Mr Martschinke and Mr John Clatworthy will be running two more staff planting sessions with the aim to plant the remaining 278 trees.
We hope to continue this worthwhile project in 2020, partnering with the management team at The Potato Shed and the Landscape Architect at the City of Greater Geelong.
Well done to everyone involved.
Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) Perth
Tomorrow, eleven senior students and Mr Nicholls, Ms Deak, Ms Kearney and College Chaplain, Fr James Puppady will travel to Perth for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival. They will return from this very special opportunity next week on Thursday 12th December.
ACYF will be a national gathering of Catholic young people in Perth. It was established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) “to provide young people with opportunities to deepen their relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia.”
ACYF has been designed to:
“Provide a high quality formative and experiential opportunity for young Catholics to encounter Jesus Christ, in the context of the Catholic Church in Australia;
Listen to and discuss the issues and challenges in the lives of young Catholics in Australia;
Evangelise young people and empower them to be evangelists; and
Provide young people with local examples and connections of vocations, social action, liturgy and prayer, catholic music and catechesis.”
Please pray for the success of the festival. On behalf of our College community, I wish all participants an enriching and faith enhancing experience. Thank you to the Melbourne Archdiocese for its organisation of the trip and contributing towards the cost for our students.
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 250 students to Year 7 for next year.
The next and final newsletter for the year will be available on the afternoon of Thursday 19th December 2019.
The commencement date for the 2020 school year
Please note that classes for all Year levels will commence on the same day next year – Friday 31st January 2020.
Last Sunday, we commenced the Advent period of the Church’s calendar, the beginning of a new Church year. The Advent period is a time of waiting and preparing for Christmas.
“Lord, you sent us Jesus your Son to bring light to our darkness and lead us to eternal life. As we begin this Advent season, enkindle within us the deep desire to seek him in all things.
Lord, you fashioned our hearts to be satisfied with nothing less than Your love which overflows for us in Christ. As we journey through Advent, rekindle within us your gift of hope, and turn our expectant waiting into readiness to welcome Him in all persons we meet.
We ask you this in his name. Amen”
Michael Exton Principal
On Tuesday our Year 9 and 10 students celebrated their final day for 2019. After the exams concluded we came together in the afternoon to celebrate a liturgy of thanks and contemplation. The theme of the liturgy was Advent and the question, “Is there room in your heart?” was the central component of our time together. The following day we said farewell to our Year 7 and 8 students for the year. As they head off to their long break we pray that they will all make use of the time to create balance and wholeness in their life. The central question of our middle school Advent liturgy and the vision it offers is just as relevant to our junior students, staff and parents.
During Advent we prepare for and celebrate the birth of Jesus. The narrative we know so well is woven together from the Gospels of Mark and Luke. This miraculous event begins with the Annunciation where the angel Gabriel reveals God’s plan to Mary. Her response leads to the incarnation of the third person of the Trinity. Jesus enters the world in humble, even dire, circumstances. Jesus knew stability for a short period of his youth. Throughout most of his life he had no home.
Exploring the birth of Jesus and his life is cyclic in our Church as we live through the liturgical seasons each year our beliefs are questioned, nourished and strengthened. These beliefs unite us as a faith community. Although these beliefs are communal they are deeply personal in nature. Faith is a choice.
To come to a mature decision about their personal faith the young people in our community need to grapple with the extraordinary events of his life, death and resurrection. These questions are balanced by spiritual experiences and personal encounters with Jesus. For our young people the core beliefs of our Church were accepted as children through the lens of literalism and accepted without question. As young adults we encourage them to question the reason for their belief. Determining the foundation of their faith brings maturity and commitment to our shared beliefs.
For young adults the Annunciation and the Nativity require careful consideration and discernment. Important questions arise in contemplating the coming of Jesus. Why did God choose Mary? How could she believe in this revelation and be open to God’s plan? Why was Jesus born in a stable and how does this reflect his divinity? Was it all as clean and pleasant as they Christmas cards portray? Who is this Jesus? How can I believe? Why do I believe? Is my belief based on truth? What is truth and how can I know it?
In leaving us for the summer holidays we encourage them to explore their beliefs and to question how they know truth. Discerning the reason for their belief is vital if they are to grow in faith. To grow they need to spend time listening. The Holy Spirit moves within each of us but the busyness of life and the distractions that surround us can make it hard to experience this fact.
During Advent our students are able to use their time as they choose. The challenge presented in our liturgy on Tuesday was to make a decision to use this time to explore their belief in the Annunciation and Nativity by making room in their heart for the Spirit to move. This challenge can be entered into in an unlimited number of ways. St Ignatius teaches us to “find God in all things”. During these weeks of preparation, we encourage our students to use this as a guide in their search. Their search should be intentional and active. With vision that is not obscured by routines, assignments and community they are better able to see clearly what is before them. If they look they will find Jesus.
Seeking Jesus will lead to encounter. When they encounter Jesus they will experience wholeness. A moment with Jesus is often described as a perfect moment or transcendent. These moments of encounter are often fleeting and unexpected. Even though we can’t predict these encounters the more we seek him the more aware of his presence we become.
Our students have much time to explore this Advent. They have been sent out on a mission and challenged to make a commitment to examining their beliefs and the reason for them. To do so they need to make a choice. The question, “Is there room in your heart for Jesus?”, is the prompt we offer through our Advent liturgy to enter into the season and seek our Lord in their lives.
Although we will not see our students for almost two months we know that they have been inspired to reflect upon Advent and their faith. If belief has a weak foundation it waivers when challenged. If belief is founded on a personal encounter with Jesus it’s unbreakable. During Advent we are called to make room for Jesus. Making room requires our young people to seek truth and experience Jesus in their lives. When these events occur Jesus has an abode, a place to rest and live eternally. Our heart becomes his home.
Yours in faith,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
Last Friday night we celebrated the Valedictory Dinner for the Class of 2019. The dinner was a formal event held in the evening at GMHBA Stadium. At the event students, families and teachers came together to enjoy a night where we presented certificates to recognise and farewell the students and to wish them well for the future.
I would like to acknowledge all those who presented on the evening especially our College Captains, Madeleine Crothers and Samuel Salisbury and Ms. Stephanie Cowdery (Class of 2009) for her keynote address to the College community.
To all the Year 12 students and families who are leaving us this year, on behalf of College and the school community, I congratulate you and wish you all the best for the future. I would also like to thank the Year 12 students for their hard work and contributions to the College, but also being beacons of character and inspiration for the younger students to follow.
Joe McLean Year 12 Coordinator
You can see more photos from the evening in the Photo Gallery section of our website: www.ignatius.vic.edu.au/new/our-school/photo-gallery
Mosaic Evening – this evening!
Mosaic is an excellent annual community celebration for our College. All members of our school community are encouraged to attend this fantastic event this evening at Costa Hall, Deakin Waterfront Campus. The Student Art & Technology display commences at 6.00 pm in the Costa Hall foyer followed by the celebration evening that begins at 7.00 pm in the main auditorium.
I look forward to joining with students, families and friends of the College to celebrate the school year. As was the case in previous years no tickets are required to attend, all you will need to do is turn up at Costa Hall, and you will be ushered to a seat. There is no cost to attend, and you are most welcome to invite Grandparents, other family members, and family friends.
Thank you to our hard-working staff for organising and running this evening – most staff members play some part in supporting this community celebration. In particular, I thank Mrs Claire Hewitt for coordinating Mosaic.
Unit 3 Orientation Program
Thank you to Mr Michael Brown (VCE Coordinator), Ms Kirsty Allan (VCAL Coordinator), the Learning Area Leaders and the Senior School team of teachers for providing a valuable Orientation Program, “Kickstart,” this week and next week to prepare the Year 11 students for next year. These students must use the holiday period to prepare for the undertaking of their 2020 subjects. Teachers will have given guidelines and provided preparatory work.
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.
Blessing and Opening Ceremony
Last Friday afternoon, the whole school gathered for the first time in the new Multi-purpose Centre for the Blessing and Opening Ceremony. This was a very significant and wonderful College community celebration. The key message throughout the ceremony was one of gratitude for such a splendid facility that will significantly enhance our students’ educational outcomes.
Bishop Mark Edwards, Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne led the blessing liturgy assisted by Frs James Puppady (President) and Gerry Healy SJ (Jesuit Provincial delegate.)
Then, with Fr James, our local State member of Parliament, Ms Lisa Neville (Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Water) officially opened this new building. We are grateful to Ms Neville, who has been very supportive of this project and consequently, we received a $2M grant from the State Government towards the $8.9M cost of this project.
We were delighted many guests could join us for this extraordinary event. Guests included representatives from Architects, Builders and Catholic Education Melbourne, many Principals from Geelong region schools, many retired staff members, College Board and former Board members and the Queenscliff Mayor. I am also grateful to the many parents who were able to be present as well.
Some details about this magnificent project are:
Cost: $8.9M (includes a $2M State Government Grant)
Architects: Clarke Hopkins Clarke
Builders: Commercial Industry Construction Group (CICG)
Facilities incorporated into project:
Two court stadium
2 PE classrooms
One fitness room
Change and toilet facilities
Large foyer space
Retractable seating for 650 people
I hope that over the coming year, parents will have a chance to view this new centre. The Beginning of the Year Assembly (Academic Assembly) early in term one or Open Day (late term one) next year would be two opportunities.
The Blessing and Opening of the new Year 9 Centre will happen at a future date, still to be determined. We received an Australian Government Grant of $2.1M towards this project and await confirmation of when the Minister of Education or his delegate is available to open this very impressive ten classroom state of the art facility. Classes commenced in the second week of this term in this building. I hope we will be able to incorporate this ceremony in the College’s Beginning of the Year Assembly. I will inform our school community about this through this newsletter.
Finally, on this topic, I express my gratitude on behalf of the College community to all involved in making this building project such a success. In particular, I would like to thank the following people.
The completion of this program marks a milestone in a journey the Board has been on for many years. This involved the process we went through to obtain the land and the evolving masterplan. In particular, thank you to Board Chair, Mr Tony Frizza, for his unwavering support.
Thank you to the City of Greater Geelong for allowing us to expand onto this site to enhance the educational provision for Geelong.
Our Architects from Clarke, Hopkins, Clarke Simon Le Nepveu, Jennifer Rodezno and Jarrod Chamberlain. The Builders - Commercial Industry Construction Group (CICG).
And thank you to so many different members of our staff who have been involved in this massive project including Business Manager, Mr David Fitzgerald; Director of Infrastructure, Mr Bernie Lowes; our ICT Team, and in particular, Mr Paul James; and the Property and Maintenance Team, and in particular, Mr David Peters.
Michael Exton Principal
As we finish off the school year there is much left to be done. A lot of energy still needs to be put into preparing for final exams or for the junior students the final pieces of work are developed and submitted. By the time the next newsletter is published we will have entered into the season of Advent. The season in which we prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas but more importantly we renew ourselves spiritually in preparing and making room for him in our hearts and in our daily life.
Each year during Advent the annual St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal occurs within our parishes. Locally, the Drysdale St Vincent de Paul Conference seeks to support those in need and an extraordinary amount with a small number dedicated volunteers. Often the situations the encounter are both tragic and symptomatic of the breakdown of relationships and community. In responding to the immediate need via charity and the underlying causal factors brings about justice the St Vincent de Paul Society restores dignity to the person.
The Drysdale St Vincent de Paul Conference President, Margareta Glenny, offers the following insight the type of situation the St Vincent de Paul members encounter often in our region.
Christmas can be a happy and magical time for our children but unfortunately for many of the families within our Conference, it doesn’t mean magic, but hunger and stress and financial hardship, due to the expectations of Christmas and the next school year.
I would like to share a journey of a client within our Vinnies Community.
We met her in another client’s home, who was giving her a couple of nights safe refuge, and after some encouragement she opened up to us. Her story was heart wrenching. She now finds herself in a position without a home and a partner, as he is in prison, and she is 28 weeks pregnant. Two other children are with her mum, as she can’t offer them a stable home let alone all the love and care a mum can give her children.
CentreLink are dragging their feet, Salvos can’t find her any housing but she has a car so they have told her that “you have somewhere to stay”. She has no money for car registration, can’t afford petrol, so doesn’t attend her midwife appointments. At the moment she is couch surfing but really concerned about the new baby’s arrival and what is going to happen to them. Will they become a family again?
What does Christmas mean to her?
Contemplating this situation we are drawn into the life of a young mother who is suffering. We cannot turn away from the injustice of the position she is in. Life has dealt her a poor hand and there is few who are willing to help. In encountering her through Rita’s account we are moved by compassion and have empathy for her. We are moved when we see the person and understand them. The St Vincent de Paul Society work on behalf of us – the Church. They sacrifice their time and at times their emotional wellbeing to support those who others ignore or can’t support. They encounter the poor and the marginalised. They are the people in our community who meet Jesus often and follow his commandment in a visceral way.
We are so fortunate to have St Vincent de Paul Society in the individual parishes in the Deanery. They enable us when we are unable to serve. In Advent we have the opportunity to support their work and thus the lived application of the Gospel by giving food or funds to support their work.
Margareta notes the extraordinary work the Drysdale Conference has been able to do with the funds donated in the second half of the year.
Since 1st July to 1st November 2019 we have visited 90 homes. This involves 119 adults and 208 children. We have supported these families with car registrations, rent, white goods, education fees and clothing but most importantly food with donations amounting to $14,957.
As the College community looks towards the end of the school year we intentionally speak of Advent with the students. In preparing for Jesus and making room in our lives for him we are encouraged to consider where we might find him in our day and how we can welcome him into our lives evermore. The St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal may be one way in which we can do both of these things well. In giving we are able to support the work of people from our community who bring the love of Jesus into the lives of others and offer them the dignity that circumstances in their lives take away. The College motto of amare et servire guides us and may prompt you to offer support to St Vincent de Paul as we “prepare the way for the Lord” this Advent.*
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
* If you are inspired to donate the following options may be of help.
- In person: your local church/mass centre.
Be sure to note your local parish in the comment section so that your donation is used to support your community.
On Tuesday November 19th the College hosted Samuel Johnson and his charity ‘Love Your Sister’.
Many of you know of the 'Love your Sister' campaign which has gained its profile through the work of various media organisations and the immense emotion attached to the fundraising efforts of a brother in aide of his sister's cancer. As so many of us have been touched by cancer stories, the 'Love you Sister' campaign certainly reached the hearts of many throughout Australia.
The 'Love Your Sister' charity was founded in response to Connie Johnson's incurable breast cancer diagnosis while only in her mid-30s. Since Connie's death in 2017, the charity has worked tirelessly to raise more than 10 million dollars for cancer research and treatment around Australia.
We all know of people who have been affected by Cancer and the show of hands amongst the staff and students in the gym was a heart wrenching example of this, and I think it was so important to take this opportunity today, albeit in a very crazy time of year, to remember that sometimes things pop up that are bigger than all of us and we need to grab these with both hands!
The response from the kids was incredible and l know as a health teacher Sam’s words are priceless and have a lot more weight than mine ever could!
As part of the day the College sold ‘Love your Sister’ wristbands and students and staff were able to wear their ‘craziest socks’ (gold coin donation) to raise funds for this worthwhile cause. This was supported by a BBQ during lunchtime.
Mrs Gemma Tolan was the driving force to get Sam to the College and l know Sam publicly thanked Mrs Tolan however on behalf of all of us we want to say well done and thank you for all the hard work and dedication she did in getting Sam here today. I know MrsTolan did a lot in the VERY short timeframe she had and it’s a credit to her for sharing her passion and belief in the cause.
Thanks to Attel, Kirsty and the VCAL team for the BBQ also!
Another example of a very positive experience at our College.
Invitation – Blessing & Opening of our new Multipurpose Centre
Parents and friends of the College are invited to attend next week’s full school assembly on Friday 15th November 2019 (1:15 pm – 3:00 pm). This will be a very special assembly for the Blessing and Opening of the New Multipurpose Centre. I am grateful to Bishop Mark Edwards (Auxiliary Bishop for the Melbourne Archdiocese) who will bless this fantastic new facility and our local MP, Ms Lisa Neville (Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Water) who will officially open the Centre. The State Government contributed $2,000,000 towards the funding of this project for which we are very grateful.
Please report to the main office at 1:00 pm so you can be escorted to a seat in the new Centre. The assembly will conclude at 2:45 pm and will be followed by a tour of the new facility and afternoon tea. (This tour will include the new Year 9 Centre as well.)
The new Year 9 Centre will be blessed and opened at a later date. Parents will be advised of this when we can confirm the availability of the Australian Government Minister of Education or his delegate.
Year 12 exams and pathways
Our Year 12 VCE students are well and truly into their exam period. Many have sat two or more exams since they commenced with English on Wednesday last week. Please keep these students in your thoughts and prayers that they can revise well and demonstrate their learning to the best of their abilities at this time.
Year 12 VCAL students have finished their classes for the year, and I wish them all the best for their next step toward employment or further study. I know some of them have already obtained an apprenticeship and others are enrolling in a vocational course for next year. So it is also important to keep them in our thoughts and prayers as they make this very significant transition from secondary school.
Mr Bruce Connor, our Work and Further Education Coordinator, has provided support to many VCAL and VCE students and parents when they were considering possible pathways. Mr Connor remains available for the rest of the school year (and into the next school year) if any student or parent would like some support or information re pathways, courses or employment. He can be contacted by phoning our Office.
As you are aware, Monday is Remembrance Day. Each Homeroom Group will be involved in a short memorial service during their morning period.
Thank you to Mr Paul Lewis (DP) for organising and leading this service.
Mosaic Evening and arrangements for classes on the day
Our annual ‘Mosaic’ evening is an excellent annual College community celebration. All members of our school community are encouraged to attend this wonderful evening on Thursday 21st November at Costa Hall, Deakin Waterfront Campus. The Student Art & Technology display commences at 6.00pm in the Costa Hall foyer followed by the celebration evening that begins at 7.00pm in the main auditorium.
We have received very positive feedback over the years about this major College function. As many students as possible are expected to attend. This College function reinforces for our students the College’s values, celebrates student achievement in a variety of areas and builds a sense of belonging and school community. I also encourage parents and families to support our community by attending and to be part of a delightful and uplifting celebration of the 2019 school year at Saint Ignatius College.
Please note that most Years 7 – 11 students will not be required at school on Thursday 21st November 2019 so staff can prepare for the evening and students performing can rehearse. Some students will be expected to attend school and/or Costa Hall during the day to prepare for this event. Parents of students involved during the day in the lead-up to Mosaic that evening will be contacted by the organising staff members about the arrangements for this.
Having had the day off school, it is expected that students will come to the evening instead of their classes for the day. Students in Years 7 – 11 who are performing in the evening are expected to go to school on the day for the rehearsals. Year 12 students will attend school as per their exam timetable.
I look forward to joining with students, families and friends of the College to celebrate the school year. As was the case last year no tickets are required to attend, all you will need to do is turn up at Costa Hall, and you will be ushered to a seat. There is no cost to attend, and you are most welcome to invite Grandparents, other family members, and family friends.
Recent Year 8 Camp
Last week the College conducted the second Year 8 Leadership Camp for a group of selected students to Wollangarra in Gippsland. The group was away for four nights camping and bushwalking in this beautiful Victorian area, situated beside the Macalister River south of Licola. Participation in the camp was by application and has overall involved fifty Year 8 students.
All reports indicate both camps were very successful. Well done to the students involved and thank you to the teachers who accompanied the students – Ms Robyn Frigo, Ms Kate Kearney, Ms Rebekah Spencer and Mr Michael Tod.
On behalf of our College community I express our sympathy to the following College Community members who have lost a loved one.
Mrs Sandra Woodall (Canteen Manager) on the passing of her mother Mrs Beryl Buckley.
Mr Richard Moody (Teacher) on the passing of his father Mr Spencer ‘Noel’ Moody.
Ms Gillian Newland (former staff member and current parent) and Jack Newland (Yr 9) on the passing of their husband and father Mr Brett Newland.
“Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.”
Michael Exton Principal
As we begin the month of November we are reminded by the liturgical calendar to remember those who have passed away and rest eternally with God. November commences with All Saints Day and All Souls Day. These commemorations draw us deeper into belief of the communion of Saints. We believe that all are one through Baptism, with those who are journeying toward God with works truth and love and with those who live eternally with Him. Drawing upon this theme we should pause this month to reflect upon the connection we have through faith with the living and those who have passed into eternal life.
Reflecting upon the theme of the communion of faith I was prompted by of the feast day of St Charles Borromeo (1538-1584) to consider his life and how he might intercede for our needs. Borromeo was born at a time of great change within the Church. As was common at the time he entered clerical studies as a young boy and when only 24 years of age selected by Pope Pius IV for his brilliance (Doctorate in Canon and Civil Law). Borromeo’s organisation was key to the success of the final session of the Council of Trent and his influence is evident in the juridical nature of the teachings. Borromeo was then ordained Archbishop of Milan 1564.
His vision for his episcopal see was prophetic. Borromeo acted as a bishop should according to the teachings of Trent. He went out and visited every community in his diocese. He listened to all of the people and was astute in his evaluation of each parish. After listening he discerned a pathway for each parish and then set his priests to work on achieving this vision. Borromeo improving the outcomes greatly by providing training, adequate funding, pastoral care and importantly accountability for those who failed to live according to their vows. Through this process of synodality he was able to respond in new ways to problems that were intergenerational. His example set the bar for the Church and over time his ministry and leadership became the bench mark for authentic leadership in the ‘modern’ Church.
Borromeo’s vision and actions changed the Church forever. In fact, other than a regression to authoritarianism in the early twentieth century the Synodal approach and its fruits were foundational to St John XXIII’s decision to convene Vatican II. More recently Pope Francis has furthered this approach and uses the synodal approach as his default method of leadership. He has held synods for and with families, victims of clerical abuse, young people and recently the synod of bishops for the Pan-Amazon region. Synodal leadership requires discernment and courage.
The Pan-Amazon synod has opened up new conversations to resolve difficult problems in new ways. The recommendations from the synod include the extension of previous teachings about the discipline of celibacy, so that married men may be ordained in distant regions where priests are not present. The recommendations also seek to reopen the exploration of female leadership and ordination as deacons to further assist with the lack of priests. These two points have cause much debate globally and are yet to be considered and responded to by Pope Francis.
It takes courage to listen to others and respond to their needs with genuine openness and authentic discernment. Borromeo’s actions proved that this approach is the better way. Synodality seeks to identify and respond to the underlying need most effectively and encourages innovation and thus growth. In 2020 the Bishops of the Church in Australia will meet and at the Plenary Council as a final component of a synodal framework that has to date heard over 222,000 people. The insights and suggestions offered thus far have been distilled to the following six themes for discernment, which will guide the discussions at the council.
1. Missionary and evangelising.
2. Inclusive, participatory and synodal.
3. Prayerful and Eucharistic.
4. Humble, healing and merciful.
5. A joyful, hope-fillled and servant community.
6. Open to conversion, renewal and reform.
As the discernment phase of the Plenary Council continues we might pause to consider how synodality has become a gift from Borromeo to the Church. Listening to the people rather than a leadership group illustrates humility and requires courage. By knowing the needs and opinions of those to be served the response to their challenges can be complete. As we remember those who rest with God in November we should remember fondly St Charles Borromeo whose life and legacy are inspirational and continue to bear fruit in our Church today.
As we reflect and remember this month, we should also consider the future. I encourage you to spend time considering the six themes being discerned within the Australian Church currently and how your thoughts and opinions might help the Church find new ways to respond to unique local concerns.
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
Year 9 Expedition
Our Year 9 students returned from Expedition invigorated by the challenges placed upon them. Many stories of teamwork, overcoming adversity and building a rapport with staff were shared upon their return.
As a College we are proud of the way our students conducted themselves and the application to develop their leadership, social and resilience skills. We are sure that down the track these students will be able to draw upon their experiences from the Expedition, to overcome life’s little challenges. The students recently responded to an Expedition survey and we thank them for their honesty and recommendation for improving the 2020 Expedition.
We also thank the parents and staff who also offered some feedback related to their observations.
Year 9 Exam Timetable
The College is now in a position to publish the Semester 2 Examination Timetable. We have spaced the exams out over 4 days, as per the recommendation of students and staff after mid-year. This will hopefully relieve some pressure for students and staff.
Please note that examinations are a part of our curriculum and it is the expectation that students undertake these exams. As we have a tight schedule leading into the end of the year, staff are busy correcting assessment tasks, exams and writing reports.
We are unable to offer students the opportunity to sit exams prior to the schedule date, due to the possibility of jeopardising the integrity of the Examination process. This means that students that miss an exam can only complete that exam during study periods during the exam timetable.
Please organise family holidays and appointments after the Examination period.
All Year 9 exams will be conducted in the new Year 9 centre.
Thursday November 28th
Periods 1&2: Normal Classes
Periods 3&4: Normal Classes
Periods 5&6: Religious education
Friday November 29th
Periods 1&2: English
Periods 3&4: Exam study in Homeroom groups
Periods 5&6: Science
Monday December 2nd
Periods 1&2: Exam study in Homeroom groups
Periods 3&4: H&PE
Periods 5&6: Year 7 - 10 Advent Liturgy (Period 5) and Year 9 Thank you assembly / final gathering / afternoon homeroom
Year 12 student final days of classes
Over the past week, there have been several significant College events. Three of these recognised a milestone for our Year 12 students, their families and our school community. The Year 12 students finished their usual classes on Monday. So, we have taken the opportunity as a school community to express gratitude for their growth and development at and contribution to our College, prayed for their future success and celebrated the Class of 2019.
On Thursday, we gathered in the evening for the ‘Valete Mass’ in the gym. The Mass was a very special service involving all Year 12 students, members of their families and many staff members. Thank you to Celebrants Fr James Puppady, Gerry Healy SJ and Darien Sticklen. After Mass, each student, as is the custom in most Australian Jesuit and Companion Schools, received a copy of Michael McGirr’s, “Finding God’s Traces.” This book is a compilation of quotes, scriptural verses and commentaries that will hopefully be a source of reflection and inspiration as well as a beautiful memento of the student’s time at an Ignatian school.
On Monday, the whole school gathered for the annual 'Farewell to Year 12' assembly. We recognised and celebrated many excellent student and team achievements since our last assembly and of course the fine young women and men of the Class of 2019. There were many speeches, some musical items and presentations. College Captains Maddie Crothers and Sam Salisbury provided impressive (and emotional) speeches that captured something of the Year 12 students’ journey through their College years, expressed gratitude and delivering encouraging messages about making the most of school opportunities to the assembly. As has become the custom over many years, Maddie and Sam presented a gift of an artwork from the Year 12’s to the school community. This gift was very different from the previous ones – a metal sculpture in the shape of the cross (pictured below).
Another highlight of the assembly was the expression of gratitude, on behalf of the Year 7 students, by three students: Stella Burke, Lily Flight and Elliott Renton-Gibb (pictured above). I was very impressed with their speeches (and the way they delivered them!) and include them as follows:
Hi, my name is Stella.
I joined the St Ignatius family this year and have felt welcomed and encouraged throughout my time here.
The truth is the Year 12s are kind of scary, I mean, when we’ve been used to little, itty, bitty primary schoolers running around at knee height and we were the king of the kids, and suddenly here we are, the little fish in a big pond with no clue what to do.
However, the Year 12’s eased our transition to College life by providing guidance and clarity.
During Term 1 at the Year 7 camp, I was inspired by the admirable effort made by a number of Year 12 students, who gave up their time to travel to Angelsea and speak to us about the importance of embracing leadership and extracurricular opportunities. They shared their personal experiences of overcoming their fears and being proud of the achievements they have made during their journey towards the end of their high school experience.
The Year 12 students have been inspirational role models and given us all a hopeful glimpse of our future selves.
And so, on behalf of my fellow year 7’s. Thank you to the Class of 2019. We wish you the best of luck.
Saint Ignatius is an amazing school, and all of its students follow the Motto: Amare Et Servire, which means to Love and to Serve. This year’s Year 12’s have set an exceptional example of this because they love the school and serve the teachers and students inside of it! Unfortunately, these exceptional Year 12’s have to say goodbye to our loving school and enter a new milestone in their life!
This year the Year 12’s have accomplished many things! In the Seniors Footy Grand Final, against Westbourne Grammar St Ignatius won by one hundred points! They clearly deserved that amazing win against last year’s Premiers of the Herald Sun Cup. Also, this year’s Feast Day for St Ignatius was all organised by the Year 12’s and was an amazing event for everyone to enjoy. And let’s not forget the amazing success of the senior debating team!
Possibly the greatest moment for Year 7’s was meeting our Year 12 buddies at the House meetings! Thank you to all of you for supporting us as we started our high school experience.
Lastly, the Year 7s thank you for all of the poems you have given us this morning; it is well appreciated!
I wish you all an exciting and bright future as you leave high school and head on your own paths.
I’m standing before you today to celebrate the Year Twelves, and the time they have spent here. As a Year Seven I can see that they are the glue that holds the school together for example, during the recent production of “School of Rock” they showed great kindness and leadership to younger kids like me new to this school and their productions.
Another example being the Year Twelve Buddy Program. My buddy helped me a lot in showing me around the school and familiarising me with the amazing programs and activities it has to offer.
Thanks for listening and good luck to the Year 12’s.
On Tuesday, the Year 12 students participated in their “Celebration Day.” The day was celebrated in a positive and fun way. I congratulate the “Class of 2019” on the overall way they have respectfully and appropriately approached this final week of classes – well done!
I hope all goes well for them as they study for their exams that commence next week. On behalf of the school community, I wish them all the best.
The Senior School staff prepared thoroughly to ensure that the final phase of the year was well organised with parents and students being well informed about the program and the school’s expectations. Thank you to Mr Joe McLean (YLC, 12) and the Senior School team of teachers.
Mosaic Evening – Thursday November 21st
Our College community end of year celebration occurs in late November. We call this evening ‘Mosaic’ because we endeavour to showcase many and varied pieces of student achievement from the year. We expect that as many students and their families as possible attend this special College function at Costa Hall at Deakin University’s waterfront campus. This gathering will provide the opportunity for parents and students to celebrate the part school has played in family life for another year and build a stronger sense of school community.
The date is Thursday, 21st November 2019. The Art & Technology display commences at 6.00 pm in the Costa Hall foyer followed by the celebration evening that begins at 7.00 pm in the main auditorium.
The evening will acknowledge and showcase student talents and achievements from a range of areas. As in previous years, tickets will not be required to attend. All you will need to do is turn up at Costa Hall, and you will be ushered to a seat. There is no cost to attend, and you are most welcome to invite Grandparents, other family members and family friends. In the meantime, please put this date in your diary to ensure you can attend. Students are expected to wear their school uniform with the blazer.
We have consistently received very positive feedback about Mosaic evenings over many years. This unique celebration evening builds a stronger school community and a sense of belonging and hopefully inspires all students to strive for making the most of the opportunities they have at the College. I ask our community to give this evening a priority when students, families, friends and staff of the College can come together to celebrate extraordinary achievements of some, and the contribution we all make to Saint Ignatius College.
College Captains 2020
The College Captains for next year were announced at Monday’s assembly. Congratulations to Heidi Bakker and William Palmer. I am grateful to our Student Leadership Development Coordinator, Mr Anthony Gravener, for planning and managing the selection process (Heidi and William are pictured below with our 2019 College Captains Maddie and Sam).
Year 7 2020
Last Monday we held two different events held in our ‘old’ gym – the farewell to the Year 12s and then in the evening our very well attended welcome and information evening for the parents and students of next year’s Year 7 intake.
It is very pleasing that due to demand, we will be taking an extra class for Year 7 again next year. I have enrolled 250 students (10 classes) for next year. The number of enrolment applications was high again with many unfortunately missing out on a place. Currently, we have a long waiting list. The significant demand for places at Saint Ignatius continues to reflect very well on the work our community has done to develop our College into a great place for secondary school education.
Thank you to Ms Leonie O’Brien (YLC,7) and the team of staff for organising this evening.
Michael Exton Principal
Our Year 12 students have left us! Tuesday was their final ‘school day’ and in a little over a month they will not return to the College again. For some students this is what they have been waiting for. They are ready for new beginnings. For some this is a cause of anxiety and distress. The end of school also affects the whole family. The routine of school has come to an end and a very different future begins. The removal of ‘rules’ that ensured daily attendance of school dramatically change the relationship between parent and child. The end of Year 12 is a time of upheaval and growth.
When change occurs we adapt and grow. Change is vital to our future and a necessary component of life. Viewing change positively and entering into the unknown with confidence ensures success. The process of change is however difficult. We feel comfortable and safe when things remain the same. We are habitual in nature and are content when routines are maintained and the future is known.
As the students leave our College their vision for the future is open ended. Anything is possible. In finishing their schooling they also come to the realisation that a number of things ‘die’. Sadly, some friendships will end. Networks that affirmed one’s place and value will break down. The end of these examples and many other things will lead to discomfort or agitation. Because of these endings new things will develop, change will happen and growth will occur.
In the Gospel Jesus teaches that, “…unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (John 12:25) This is true for our senior students. There are things that must ‘die’ if they are to grow and produce more than is possible currently. When the seed dies it germinates and produces much more than it originally was. As our students head out into the world they illustrate this. At school they were capable of certain things. When their schooling ends they enter into apprenticeships, traineeships or University degrees, which enable them to do so much more in the world. Through this process they grow and become more whole.
Whilst there is some sadness in the seeing the students leave us, we as a community are hope filled. We know that their formation was sound and we have seen glimpses of their capabilities. In the future we know that with commitment and discernment they will achieve their potential, and give back to society and guide their families.
Life is a pilgrimage. There are many sections that we journey through in our own way. Our students continue their journey on a new road. Each of them will take a slightly different route to get to their next waypoint. We believe that this journey will lead them in many years to their destination, which is eternal life with the Father. As they travel outward our community commissions them to follow and spread the Gospel in their unique way, that they develop their relationship with Jesus and that they will live the College motto, amare et servire, always.
The memories the students have of their time at the College will become very precious and valued for what it was. In time they will realise that the last six years are the ‘best time of their lives’. Nostalgia is important and gratitude for what we have received is a virtue. The future will give so much but the time spent at Saint Ignatius College will forever be a remembered and treasured.
We pray for the students as they move through their final exams and their daily connection with our community. We know that the end of school is exciting and challenging, but also know that to germinate and bring much more into the world they must leave us. As alumni we pray that they go out connected to Jesus and their connection to our community does not completely end. We pray for the families who have supported them and provided all that they need to achieve are also excited and hopeful for the significant changes that will occur over coming months. Our deepest desire and what we call upon the Lord to respond to most is that they remember the importance of community and the exigency of love and service: amare et servire.
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
On Thursday 17th of October, the Year 12 Students, their parents, family members and staff came together to farewell the Class of 2019 at the Valete Mass. As a very important and special occasion for all involved and most importantly the Year 12 Students, they were presented with a gift. This gift was a book called “Finding Gods Traces” and is presented to the graduating students from Jesuit Colleges.
The whole school gathered on Monday 21st of October to farewell our Year 12 students. They were the last to enter the gym and were enthusiastically and respectfully welcomed by the school community, who were already seated.
During the assembly, the College Captains Madeleine Crothers and Samuel Salisbury spoke on behalf of the Year 12 cohort. As part of their farewell, the current College Captains lit the leadership candles and gave them to the incoming College Captains for 2020.
A video was shown of the varied activities of the Year 12 students during the year and there were a number of special performances by the VCE Performing Arts students. Fr. James Puppady gave his farewell blessing to all the Year 12 students and provided a meaningful reflection to all.
On Tuesday 22nd October was Year 12 Celebration Day, where the students enjoyed a range of organized activities, had their final Year 12 assembly and a celebratory luncheon with their parents and staff.
The day was celebrated in a positive and fun way and I congratulate the Class of 2019 on the overall way they have respectfully and appropriately approached their final days of scheduled classes.
We would like to congratulate and thank all the Year 12 students for their efforts, respectful nature, contributions and achievements during their time at Saint Ignatius College. The values learned at Saint Ignatius College have helped shaped our Year 12 students to act as agents of change in our communities and to continue to strive towards personal growth in order to help others.
On behalf of the school community we wish them all the best.
Thank you to the Senior School team of teachers for their support and help during the final weeks of the Year 12 students.
Joe McLean Year 12 Coordinator
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
Year 7 'Welcome Mass'