Saint Ignatius College Geelong
World Challenge Expedition
Fifty-eight Year 10 and 11 students (divided into four groups) and staff members, Mr Byron Mitchell, Ms Leonie O’Brien, Mr Nathan Patterson, Mr Angelo Scotto and Mr Michael Brown, depart on Saturday for an overseas adventure to spend a month in Northern India. Our school groups will be travelling under the guidance of World Challenge Expeditions who will provide Guides for each group. Accompanying the group will be three past-students of the College who went on a World Challenge expedition during their time at school. The groups fly into and out of Delhi. They will travel in northern India trekking in the Himalayas and travelling in Rajasthan. Their trip will include a service project as follows:
Team 1 - Jodphur
The Sambhali Trust is based in the city of Jodhpur in Western Rajasthan. Since its creation in 2007, Sambhali Trust works towards achieving gender equality in India. Team 1 will be based at the Jodhpur Empowerment Centre, where local women are taught literacy and a broad education, as well as crafts & sewing. On site there are facilities for the attending women's children to attend classes.
Team 2 - Udaipur
The Girls Senior Secondary School, Tekri is a Community School based in Udaipur, Rajasthan. The school has 10 teachers and about 296 children (Boys 31 and Girls 266) studying at the school from 1st class to 12th class. Most of the children coming to the school are from a minority and poor background.
Team 3 - Manali
This school is located in a small village just outside of Manali and is run by the local village government. The school has three teachers for about 50 children studying most of whom come from underprivileged families of the local community.
Team 4 - Manali
The John Wesley Public School was established to cater to the underprivileged children living in and around the village of Sarsai. There are about 170 children, both boys and girls studying at the school. Most of the children coming to the school are from a minority and poor background.
On behalf of everyone, I wish the group a very healthy, happy and safe time away. I look forward to their safe return on July 10th and the many stories they will have about their Indian adventure.
East Timor Immersion experience
On Sunday 23rd June, two of our Year 11 students, Jessica Breckon and Hannah Lace and, our Ignatian Coordinator, Ms Alicia Deak will travel 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 early in the second week of the holidays. I wish them all an enriching and safe experience.
We look forward to finding out about Hannah and Jessica’s experiences through the newsletter early next term.
A new initiative this year is the parent – student Kokoda trip, Papua New Guinea. This trip is one of the opportunities we provide as part of the ‘Companions Program’ to support parent – daughter/son relationships. The inaugural trip departs on June 24th and will return on July 4th 2019. Teacher, Ms Stacey Learmonth will accompany the group which will be under the guidance of Mick O’Malley’s Australian Kokoda Tour Group.
I wish all participants a very safe and rewarding experience.
Congratulations to Sean Neylan (Year 12)
Congratulations to Year 12 student and pianist, Sean Neylan who was awarded “Runner-up” at the Regional Finals Concert of the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition on Sunday 2nd June. It is a very high achievement to be selected to participate in this competition organised by the Trustee of the Geelong Advertiser Music Scholarship Trust. Twelve finalists were competing, and the College congratulates Sean on his award which includes a $1000 prize. Many of us have watched and listened to Sean playing the piano over the years at many school-related concerts.
His performances have been outstanding and a delightful part of each of the programs. We wish Sean all the best for his future.
Congratulations to Mitchell Bond (Year 10)
Congratulations to Mitchell Bond (Year 10 student) who was recently named Junior Sportsperson of the Year at the Victorian Disability Sports and Recreation Awards. As you are aware, at Saint Ignatius College we encourage leadership development for our students, and it is a credit to Mitchell that his award recognised his leadership and commitment as a member of various wheelchair basketball teams. Mitchell’s involvements have included the Under 23 Victorian wheelchair basketball squad, South Australian wheelchair basketball team and the Australian wheelchair basketball squad. We wish Mitchell all the best for his future. An article published in the Geelong Advertiser on May 31st is included in the newsletter.
Congratulations to teacher Ben Collyer and his wife, Michelle on the arrival of two beautiful little girls, Zoe Jade and Lucy Mae.
Australian Catholic Youth Festival
Archbishop Peter Comensoli places a high priority on the formation of our young people. This is based in part on his experience that events such as the Australian Catholic Youth Festival and World Youth Day provide young people with a living and compelling encounter with the Lord, strongly present amid young Catholics who are committed to their faith. He has acted on this priority in his desire to take a very large contingent of students across to the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) in Perth in December.
To realise his vision, Archbishop Peter has asked for the support of Catholic secondary schools to organise a group from each school to attend ACYF. The Archdiocese will generously subsidise half the cost for each student attending. I hope our College will be able to send a group to Perth.
Our RE leader, Mr Brendan Nicholls, is coordinating this trip for us. Mr Nicholls has commenced promoting this event to our Years 10, 11 and 12 students. I ask parents to discuss this wonderful opportunity with their daughter/son and encourage her/him to apply if they are interested in and would benefit from participating in what promises to be a tremendous youth faith experience.
More details of the ACYF are available at https://youthfestival.catholic.org.au
Year 10 Work Experience Week
Best wishes to Year 10 students as they undertake their Work Experience placement in the last week of term.
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 Year 10 Teachers involved.
Arrangements for the last day of Term Two
On the last day of this term, Friday 28th June 2019, 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.
Commencement of Term Three
Please note that classes for Term Three resume on Tuesday 16th July 2019. (Year 12 VCE students will complete a mid-year English exam at the College on Monday 15th July between 9 am and 12:15 pm.) Monday 15th July 2019 will be a Staff professional practice day.
Michael Exton Principal
At the end of the week a large number of our staff and students will leave our shores for immersion experiences to Kokoda, Timor Leste and a World Challenge expedition to Northern India. For our students in particular these experiences are extraordinary and for many life changing. When we go beyond the ordinary and experience new things we grow and our perception shifts. In a similar way the Apostles experienced this profoundly at Pentecost and through the Spirit were able to do impossible things.
As our students enter into their adventures they will have a sense of awe and wonder. The world is so diverse and beautiful that initially many will feel overwhelmed. Observing a new place is a revelation, often seeming brighter and more spectacular than it is as our senses struggle to take it all in. These moments are truly special. When we see something new or see something in a new way we are changed and become more whole.
As our students travel to these places they will also encounter many challenges. The most difficult being a variety of different languages and their inability to communicate effectively with others. From experience I can say that this is the single most frustrating situation you can be in! Speaking loudly, slowly or with an accent suited to the other does not help. Inevitably we fall into a form of pigeon English and a primitive version of sign language, or charades, to bridge the gap.
If we are persistent and engage in the process with good humour we are able to communicate with those who we do not share verbal language with and in fact find that a stronger bond of friendship is developed.
When we engage with others what we say and do matters equally. However, when we cannot speak with the other person due to differing languages what is most important is what we do because this is the only form of communication we have. As people made in the image and likeness of God we are called to serve others and love. So in situations where communication is difficult the first thing we do is to show love and friendship through the act of smiling. A smile lights up our face and welcomes the other. Our desire to offer friendship is expressed best in our face and then I affirmed by our actions.
At Pentecost the Apostles were given the gift of speaking in other languages. Because of this they were able to communicate with others and evangelise. As our students travel to new places and meet new people they may not be able to speak the same verbal language but they are well equipped to speak the universal language of friendship and in turn offer the love of God to strangers. This is a form of evangelisation and an expression of our faith.
Interestingly when we consider communication we should note that each person has an accent. This accent may be literal or metaphorical in the way in which we form and maintain friendships. As our students travel they will overcome the challenge of verbal language but they will also grow as they form new friendships with the people they travel with. On this level they will encounter challenges as their ‘accent’ and the ‘accent’ of others may hinder the formation of these relationships. What they will learn through this process is that through patience they will in particular become more comfortable with the non-verbal ‘accents’ of others and more clearly understand and value them.
Verbal and non-verbal languages can cause many problems in our lives. In being patient and maintaining a desire to communicate there is however no limit to what we can achieve in life. To grow and become multi-lingual we need to understand the purpose of communication. The only purpose of language is express ourselves in love and service. This is the Gospel and we all are well equipped to live it and spread it each day.
We pray for our staff and students as they head off. We ask God to open their eyes so that they may see new things with a sense of awe and wonder. We call upon the Spirit to provide all that they need so that they can communicate with others and build new friendships as happened at Pentecost. And we ask God to bless them and keep them safe, in the palm of his hand, until the return safely to our community and their families.
I hope you also enter the world with these thoughts in mind keen to develop new friendships, serve others and work through the ‘language barriers’, and accents that might otherwise limit your opportunities. May you become a polyglot when it comes to ‘speaking’ with others as you journey forward.
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
Can you remember back to when your child first read to you? Does it nearly bring tears to your eyes, at the miracle of it all? Whether it was a phonetics approach or whole word or a combo of both, it is an incredible and empowering feat for any child. You would have seen the immense pride evident as they developed skills for decoding language. You may have shared the joy as they found the funny reader, and they couldn’t read the next lines because they were laughing too much, (this humour probably revolved around an accident or a fart!)
Well why stop your engagement with reading there? The event held in the ILC on May 30th titled ‘My book doesn’t have a charger’ involved the local community including authors, parents, students and staff who all gathered to chat about reading and books.
Sue Lawson, Michael Panckridge and Mark Smith engaged the audience in a panel discussion about the joys of reading and the incredible process of writing short stories and novels. It was fascinating to hear how each author became motivated to create fiction for the young adult audience.
There were broad ranging discussions about the sources of inspiration for writing, the long process of drafting and editing and the absolute joy of being able to publish texts that resonate with young readers. All of the authors admitted that great writing was all about having an idea that is interesting and draws the reader in. They strongly conveyed the message that students may not be the most accomplished writers but that shouldn’t ever stop them writing their stories. The role of a good editor was discussed and there were students asking pertinent questions about the whole process of creating a work of fiction.
There was a great atmosphere in the ILC as all the authors on the panel were speaking about the importance of finding the right book and discovering the joy of reading. The loud and clear message was that – Reading matters!
Sue, Michael and Mark’s advise to PARENTS included
Modelling reading - particularly Dad’s
Reading the novels/ plays/ short stories/ and films that are set for study and talking about what you’re reading
Accessing audio books ( Saint Ignatius College ILC & Borrowbox Geelong Library) and downloading these to a phone/ ipad.
Some suggestions for what to read included books by the following authors:
Vicki Wakefield, Scot Gardner, & Jay Krsistoff
Specific recommended titles included:
Lenny’s book of everything by Karen Foxlee (highly recommended)
Wildfire by Fiona Wood
Inheritance – by Carole Wilkinson
After the lights go out - by Lili Wiklinson
Promise me happy – by Robert Newton
Detention by Tristan Banks
I’d like to share some comments from students who attended the night with a parent/s:
It was really interesting to hear about the authors pasts and what inspired them to become a writer and all about their books and what inspired them to write them.
The literacy evening was an excellent experience that taught me so much. It taught me that you do not have to be excellent at English like punctuation or spelling, as long as you have a great story others can help you with the English language component. The food was delicious and it was a great night.
The night was really good and well organised. There was lots of food (maybe a bit too much) and the authors were really nice and gave good feedback and advice. Overall it was a great night and I really enjoyed it.
Finally – acknowledgement must go to Ms Elana Cole our (Companion’s Coordinator)
as this evening came from ‘a spark of an idea’ and she worked hard to bring it together. Elana was passionate about kids ‘unplugging’ from screens and picking up a book. The evening could not have been possible without the generous support of Librarians Mrs Leonie Stephenson and Mrs Rosemary Kelleher.
Thanks to all the parents, students and staff who attended and if you didn’t make it - there is always next year.
This evening proved that - ‘A book doesn’t need a charger’ - it is the ‘charger’.
Jane Alexander Literacy Coordinator
Building program update
The new Year 9 and Multipurpose Centres under construction are now very prominent buildings on the school site. The main building activity is now directed to the interiors and external landscaping. From outside, the buildings look like they are nearing completion however, there is still considerable works needed inside.
The latest estimate from the builders of the handover time is at the end of August. So we are looking forward to taking possession in September. Hopefully there will be no delays in the meantime.
On behalf of our College community, I express our sympathy to two families from our College community who have recently lost loved ones.
Prudence Flynn (Year 11), her brothers Clark and Joel on the passing of their dearly loved mother, Marjorie Flynn.
Teacher Stacey Learmonth and her family on the passing of her dearly loved father, Roger Learmonth. I also express our sympathy to Joe McLean (Year 12 YLC) son-in-law of Roger.
May Marjorie and Roger Rest in Peace.
One of the key tenets of our College mission is to form well-rounded young men and women. The College provides many and varied opportunities for students to support our holistic approach to education. We encourage our students to be involved in the co-curricular program to the best of their ability and interests.
To their credit, most of our students, most of the time do embrace these opportunities. We have worked hard to develop a culture where it is the done thing to try out and have a go. The attendance rate at Sport Carnivals has been very high. For example, the number of absentees from the Swim Carnival was about the same as a normal school day of classes. Our sports teams have no shortage of participants and our performing arts opportunities, particularly the College production are very well patronised. A strong culture of students participating in co-curricular activities and events builds school community, improves student learning outcomes and strengthens the holistic education we provide that results in our graduates being known as well-rounded young women and men of character and compassion.
It is important we monitor and support the expectation of high student attendance and participation in College events. It is a condition of enrolment.
Recently, I learnt that some of our Year 11 students did not attend a special year level day on Road Safety. I was disappointed about this.
Students must not opt out of such events without a very good reason. This was a valuable program and the organising staff put a lot of effort into providing this educational experience. I imaging that most of our Year 11 students are currently ‘L’ plate drivers and with the current focus on road safety because of the increased road toll, I think the value of this program would be self-evident and therefore not to be missed.
Strong values with consistent good habits develop character. The behaviour of most of our students gives me confidence that they are developing a strong character.
I want to protect and promote this. I expect parents to support us with the expectation that if there are no extenuating circumstances, their daughter or son does not pick and choose which days to attend. As a matter of course, the Year 11 Team will carry out an evaluation of the day with a view to ensuring they are always improving how we do things, so next year’s will be even better and hopefully attended by all students.
Finishing on a positive note, I am well aware of the high student attendance at many other recent events. Two that I recently had the pleasure of attending were the Year 8 Mass and Dinner and the VCE Music Soiree evening. Both were well attended and I commend the students for their involvement.
Michael Exton Principal
As I write this we are in the midst of the first true ‘cold snap’ for the year. The sky is dark, the wind is hurling rain so that it stings and the wind chill is minus nine degrees; meaning the temperature is effectively -2.5c! It’s times like these that you either love living in Victoria or start to consider a move to Queensland. Our seasons are a reminder that nothing is permanent and that we need to adapt and enjoy change. The true test of this ability is to have the courage to rug up and walk straight out into the storm with excitement and a sense of joy.
Our lives are not linear, everything ebbs and flows. All that we know changes like the seasons. Here for a while and then subtly change occurs so delicately that we often do not even sense the movement and then something new begins. There is no constant in our lives except for Jesus.
The cold weather over the past week can offer us something metaphoric to contemplate. Winter is a time of short, cold, rainy days. There are moments in our lives like this. Often the ‘winter’ in our lives occurs suddenly and demands a response. Often illness, a death, problems at work or a fracturing of a relationship are sudden and like winter force us to change what was in the past safe and enjoyable.
Our patron St Ignatius encountered this storm due to the catastrophic injuries caused at the Battle of Pamplona. His vision of the future was no longer achievable and all that he had known and all that he had prepared for became a memory. In his convalescence he encountered Jesus and his heart and desires changed due to the movement of the Spirit within him. His winter occurred at Manresa. The nine months in prayer and service of people in need changed him and afforded him mystical experiences that transcended the ordinary. Because of his injuries and his dedication to seek God he became truly whole and left a spiritual legacy that is a treasure freely given shared to this day.
As we are forced to respond to the cold weather we might profit from contemplating moments in our lives, maybe even in the present moment, where we have entered into an emotional or spiritual winter. What can be drawn from experiences that we would rather not encounter? It may be that during these times we stay indoors, seek comfort and warmth. We may pause our social commitments or superfluous engagements whilst we contemplate how to move forward. We may rest and seek comfort in what is safe or we might reach out and find warmth in friendships and family members who are able to affirm and revive us.
Take a moment to bring to mind a time of winter in your life. What shocked you about the change? What subtle signals were there that might have forewarned you and allowed you to plan if you were to notice? What did your time ‘indoors’ look like and what did you draw from this period of seclusion? How did the silence of being alone open your heart to the love of God that is particularly discernible at such times? What other things bought comfort and healing? How did this unwelcomed experience lead to spiritual growth and resilience?
Based upon this reflection it would be worthwhile going deeper. Based upon what you learnt from the experience how could you respond differently in the future? The American band Casting Crowns released a track called “Praise you in this storm” in 2005. The lyrics were written by the band as they sought to come to terms with the death of a young fan to cancer. The song reached #1 on the Billboard charts, stayed in the charts for over fifteen weeks and has been bought/downloaded over a million times since its release. The lyrics of this song are worth mediating upon as they encourage us to reflect about how we might prioritise God in times of need and enjoy his mercy and healing at the most difficult moments. The song offers us the following to contemplate:
“And I'll praise you in this storm
And I will lift my hands
That you are who you are
No matter where I am
And every tear I've cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise you in this storm”
As the seasons change and storms move through from time to time how can we ensure that we praise God more in our day to day lives and especially in times of trouble? Inspired by St Ignatius how can we draw closer to God in times of trouble; even if we are empty and don’t feel his presence around us?
As the weather this week offers us a point of reflection we can gain so much through what is offered metaphorically. As I conclude these thoughts the wind still blows and the showers continue to pass over, but the sun breaks through and the birds begin to call. Even though the storm rages we can glimpse what is better. Although it’s Artic outside the wind will calm, the rain will move on and the sun will shine again and bring new life. In the interim we can reflect, rug up and enter into the storm. Although we don’t desire the cold wet weather we know it is necessary and that we can be joyful and invigorated if we have the courage to open the door and experience the changes that are occurring. Just as the sun shines through even on the coldest days God’s presence is discernible even when everything around us seems dark and empty.
I wish you all the best over these first wintery weeks and hope that you can find joy in the change of season.
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
Year 9 students will undertake 6 core subject exams over the duration of 3 days. Each day students will sit an exam during periods 1 & 2, followed by a study session in periods 3 & 4, concluding with another exam during periods 5 & 6.
This is the first time the Year 9 students will sit for an extended period of time under examination conditions. Having witnessed first-hand recently the exceptional application and behaviour, by our Year 9 cohort during the NAPLAN testing, I am confident that this Year 9 group will conduct themselves admirably.
Year 9 students are also expected to prepare and revise thoroughly for each exam and many staff are organising graphic organisers, worksheets and conferencing in the lead up to exam week. I would ask for your support with this by not booking appointments during these times so that students are then providing themselves with the best preparation possible.
Exams can be a stressful time for both students and parents. It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and mind set in the lead up and during exams. Eating the right foods, getting sufficient sleep and conducting effective and efficient study routines can go a long way to improving performance.
Mr Joe Pannuzzo Year 9 Level Coordinator
Please view the Year 10 exam timetable and examination rules for semester 1 2019. Students work on an individual timetable at Year 10 and have been asked to take their own responsibility to know when they will be sitting each of their exams.
Exams really go up a level at Year 10 and our procedures and processes reflect that but I am also confident the students will rise with the expectations. Exercise, sleep and good routines at home will also assist students in what will be a busy time for all Year 10's
The exam rules reflect the VCE VCAA exam rules and are expected to be adhered to by all students.
When students are not in exams they are fully expected to be here at school for their supervised study sessions and I would ask for your support with this by not booking appointments during these times so that they are then providing themselves with their best preparation possible.
Year 10 students are also expected to prepare and revise thoroughly for each exam.
Advance notice - classes will run as normal post exams and prior to work experience although there are a number of alternative activities to complement their normal timetable (wheelchair basketball, wellbeing day, assemblies etc).
A PDF of the Exam Timetable and Rules of Conduct can be viewed here:
Thanks for your support in this busy time of the year
Mr Brendan O'Brien Year 10 Level Coordinator
As part of the year 11 studies at Saint Ignatius College Geelong students will be undertaking a series of Unit 1 exams starting on Thursday June the 6th. Students have been provided with an exam timetable and a set of examination rules to help plan their studies and have been informed when they will be sitting each of their exams. It is the responsibility of the students to advise Ms. Williamson, Year 11 coordinator or Mr. Brown, VCE coordinator of any exam clashes or dates by Monday June 3rd especially if students are currently timetabled to undertake more than two exams in one day. Once advised of such clashes, alternative arrangements will be made for these students.
Teaching staff have been preparing students ahead of these exams to reflect on their learning over the past semester as well as guiding them in the development of examination skills expected at VCE level. Ways in which you may support your son or daughter in these exams include helping them to maintain good sleep practices, undertaking regular exercise and maintaining balanced routines at home during this busy time.
During the exam, the rules and regulations pertaining to VCE exam as outlined by the VCAA will be followed. These rules can be found on the VCAA website: https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/assessment/vce-assessment/Pages/ExaminationRules.aspx
During the exam period, students will be expected to undertake private study here at the College during any non-exam periods. I would seek your support further by trying not to make external appointments in the next few weeks, so as to provide students with the best opportunity to optimise their preparation and exam performances. It is expected that students revise thoroughly prior to exams, reviewing notes, completing past questions and maintaining a positive work ethic.
At the completion of the examination period on June 14th, students will commence Unit 2 studies in their chosen subjects on June 17th. Students who undertake any College based immersion trips such as World Challenge or the Kokoda Expedition are advised to obtain directions from their teachers regarding any work that may need to be completed by the start of Term 3.
I wish all year 11 VCE students success with their Semester 1 exams.
A PDF of the Unit 1 Examination Timetable can be viewed here:
Unit 1 Exam Timetable Semester 1 2019 (33 KB)
Unit 1 Exam Timetable Semester 1 2019 (33 KB) 30-May-2019
Should you have any further queries, please contact me at the College via email: email@example.com
Mr. Michael Brown VCE Coordinator
Supporting student perseverance
Perseverance is a characteristic of successful learners.
As you are aware, it is essential to praise and affirm students to support their learning. In education, we focus on effort, persistence and strategy as key characteristics for successful learning more so than the praise of intelligence or skill. Moreover, to some extent, perseverance determines effort and strategy.
Like many schools, at Saint Ignatius, we encourage our students to adopt a “growth mindset.” This approach is based on Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck’s work. The powerful statement, “not yet” encapsulates and supports this approach. When a student says, ‘I don’t get it,’ using this approach, we can respond, ‘You don’t get it yet. What’s our next step?’ In this way, we encourage a student to persevere with her/his learning.
Educationalist, Tom Meagher (STEM Educator, Minnesota, USA), offers another insight that can help us to develop student perseverance. I think he makes a good point that when talking to students about tasks they need to undertake instead of presenting challenges to students as things to work on that just need to be done, we should frame the challenges as opportunities for practice, for building knowledge and skills, for getting better with learning in the doing and not just the end product.
Does your daughter/son have trouble following through on tasks and commitments? Does she/he give up when it gets too hard, or say she/he has had enough of it? As parents, we know the importance of perseverance in life. I think most of us could recall many, many examples of the challenges we have been faced with. Regardless of how we managed these, our reflection on what we learned about how we handled these would include a recognition of the value of faith, hope and perseverance. No wonder parents would naturally worry about their child’s development of her/his ability to persevere.
I came across the following advice* for parents. Most parents are doing a great job at persevering themselves with supporting their daughter/son in this matter and probably have many insights, skills and experience that is valuable. I offer this for your consideration to help parents in this task.
Don’t think of your child’s character as fixed. Most of our worries about our children are about the future. We see the young person who quits and worry about what this could mean for their character as an adult. However, who they are now is not who they will always be.
Explain the difference between “I don’t want to” and “I don’t feel like it”. Distinguishing long-term desires from immediate feelings will help children understand the difference between an immediate task and the ultimate goal. This is a lesson that doesn’t register right away, but it’s worth planting the seed and emphasising over time.
Let them know you see the areas in which they do work hard or show motivation. Say “I know you’re someone who can stick with things when they’re important to you”.
Get to the root of their concern. Why don’t they want to go? Perhaps they feel they aren’t as good as the others. What might make that better? Extra practice with your help? Help them see we often have to be not so good at things for a while as part of the process of getting good at something.
Children should have control over their own lives, but that doesn’t mean they can back out of a commitment, or waste the money parents have paid for lessons or gear. If they are adamant, then expect them to write a letter to the coach or organiser explaining why they are quitting. This makes them take ownership of their decision. They cannot ask parents to phone and get them off the hook.
Keep exploring. It may take a while to find what really motivates and enthuses them.
We can’t make them develop grit. We can expose them to things they may like, support them in sticking with things as they get harder and express confidence that they can handle the stress or the boredom.
The world is so complex that we have no idea where the things that will inspire and excite our children come from. If we encourage children to keep seeking what they love and to work hard at it when they find it, that will help them grow into confident and self-directed young adults.
[* Acknowledgement – “Principals’ Digest,” Volume 24 Number 31]
College Assembly – tomorrow
We will conduct our next whole school assembly tomorrow, Friday 17th May in the gym. Parents and Friends of the College are welcome to attend. Please report to the office by 10:45 am on the day. The assembly will conclude at around 12:30 pm.
Year 7 Enrolments for 2020
Can I please remind parents of current students that if you have a child in Year Six this year that applications for a place in Year 7 next year at Saint Ignatius College Geelong close tomorrow, Friday 17th May 2019. Application forms are available online or from our office at the College.
Year 7 Camps
I was very pleased to be able to visit the Year 7 camps on the evenings of Tuesday 7th and Thursday 9th May at Anglesea. I was very impressed by the positive and enthusiastic responses I received from the students about their camp experience and how they were settling into secondary school life. As in previous years, I took some of the College Captains with me. These Senior Student Leaders were delighted by the warm welcome they received. They did a tremendous job meeting as many Year 7s as possible, talking about their experiences of camps and school and encouraging the young students to make the most of their opportunities. I congratulate Ms Leonie O’Brien (Yr 7 Coordinator) and the staff team involved in providing this valuable experience for our Yr 7 students.
On Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th and today, Thursday 16th May, our Years 7 and 9 students sat the 2019 NAPLAN tests. I visited the test venues each day and was impressed with the cooperative manner and seemingly diligent approach of the students to these tests – well done to the students. Thank you to Mrs Annette Chidzey, Ms Jane Alexander and Ms Vicki Munro for their work to coordinate these assessments and all staff involved in supporting the running of this external assessment program. Parents will be provided with a report from VCAA via the school about their daughter/son’s performance later in the year.
Jesuit Mission Maytime Fair
Saint Ignatius College Geelong was again very pleased to be able to support the Jesuit Missions Maytime Fair at Xavier College on Saturday 4th May. This was our seventh year of helping out. The proceeds will assist the Jesuits in their work with people in India, Myanmar, Africa, China, East Timor, Cambodia, Pakistan, Thailand and The Philippines.
Well done to the six Senior Student Leaders who with some staff help ran a “Tastes of the Bellarine” stall. They raised just over $2,200 on the day. As well as raising valuable funds or performing, the students were great ambassadors for our College and strengthened our connections with the network of Jesuit groups.
Thank you to Mr Paul Lewis (Depurty Principal), Mr Anthony Gravener (Student Leadership Development Coordinator), and all staff members involved in supporting our students’ participation in this event. And thank you to the many local businesses that donated items for the stall.
Farewell to Mr Andrew Humphrey (Grounds & Maintenance)
After 15 years in this role at our College, Mr Humphrey will be moving to a position at another school. On behalf of our College community, I express my gratitude to Mr Humphrey for his contribution to the development and maintenance of the College’s facilities and grounds during a period of considerable growth in school population and expansion of our College facilities. His work has helped ensure that our students have excellent and well maintained facilities and grounds so our students have a pleasant and safe learning environment. I wish him a rewarding time in his new role.
Staff member on leave
Mrs Claire Hewitt will be on long service leave for the remainder of the term. I wish Mrs Hewitt a restful and enjoyable time. Mr Max Green will be covering Mrs Hewitt’s Mathematics classes.
Michael Exton Principal
Being unique and special is an aspiration for many in our society. People work so hard to prove their value and their incomparable merit that they often fail to offer, or even know, themselves. Social media enables people to offer an edited vision of ourselves to the world. This image is a false and linear illustration of the person we are. The places we go and the images people view of us are presented only if they inform or enhance the approved narrative we have of our life and image. When we enter into relationship with others and are real and present, people being to uncover and engage with the complex and multifaceted nature of who we truly are. We are deeper and more valuable than we allow others to see or know. Ironically to be unique and special we simply have to know who we are and be that person.
In Religious Education classes at the College our students are encouraged to observe and be critical as they explore the history and teachings of the Church, the Bible and of Jesus himself. As students journey from their junior years to their senior studies they are guided to develop from a literal and fragile understanding of these things to a sophisticated and enduring appreciation of faith. For many students the image they offer the world begins to soften, as they find that their uniqueness is found in their sacredness.
Courage is needed in allowing young people to critically explore the Church. In exploring the history of the Church students see times where the Church was not true to the teachings of Jesus and that temptation and human weakness moved people who were viewed from the outside as good to knowingly do wrong. In our times young people have grown up hearing about how some used the image of their faith and ordination to hide their evil desires and actions. Worse than the Pharisee’s Jesus condemned are those who abused children and used the image of their priestliness to avoid scrutiny for so long.
Conversely in exploring the history of our Church the students find that although individuals within the Church can stain the Church with their choices, misuse of authority and ego have not changed the mission of the Church. The Holy Spirit always guides us so that justice, vitality and new ways come from times of challenge. Because of this the Church develops because of challenge and is brought closer to perfection and more able to bring about the Kingdom.
Encouraging the students to explore the Bible critically can cause alarm. Assisting students to explore Scripture as a text at a base level would ignorant and misguided. As foundational understandings are refined faith is questioned on this journey the students require guidance. This is an essential task for the College as an underdeveloped literal interpretation of the Bible is certain to fail them. To develop they require affirmation that their exploration and reasoning guided by the teacher and the Holy Spirit develops the ability to support their faith in the future and results in deep and enduring insights in the present. Growth requires challenge and development. Understanding and interpreting the Bible is for young people a very challenging experience. From this challenge growth occurs which bares fruit that informs and nourishes every other area of their life.
Associated with the student’s development in Biblical literacy is a change in how Jesus is understood and known by the student. In exploring the Gospels our students see Jesus in a new way. The person of Jesus, like ourselves, is complex and at unknowable. There is a mystery present that we cannot discern in examining the text of the Bible or the teachings of the Church. To know Jesus, we must ‘know’ him. To develop this personal relationship students, participate in prayer, liturgy and the Eucharist often. Even though he lives within us and we have a personal relationship with him we cannot truly know him in this life. Our love for Jesus is rewarded at the end of our lives when we meet him face to face. It is in our eternal life that we truly know Jesus.
Throughout the student’s time at Saint Ignatius College we accompany them as they complete their religious education studies, engage in social justice activities and develop their ability to pray and celebrate through liturgy. Over six short years at our College we hope and we pray that they are challenged, grow and come to see and be the best of our Church.
There is however another critical part of this process which occurs through unguided observation alone. Each day our students engage with so many members of our community. The staff at the College have a particular impact upon the individual and therefore it’s paramount that they are faithful to the aims of the College, Church and community. What is even more important that this is that they are an image of Christ to the other; always. In our humanness we fail at times to achieve this completeness. What is essential though is that when staff fail to be truly present, err or do not serve as are able to is to acknowledge this, make good what is undone and improve in the future.
At the end of this week we say farewell to a staff member who is a beacon to all in the community as to how we should hold ourselves. This Friday, Mr Andrew Humphrey will leave the College to take up a new position at Kardinia College. Andrew has faithfully served our community for fifteen years. He has overseen the development and maintenance of the grounds and facilities with dedication and enthusiasm over these years. He is always cheerful and encouraging. He is humble and is by name not known by many of the students. Yet, Andrew is an exemplar of what the staff at Saint Ignatius College can and should be. For the students his work ethic, personality and observable virtues are inspirational and enlightening. Andrew is a person who has little need to manage the image people see of him.
As our young people grow they are truly in the best place. They have access to excellent facilities, courses, professionals and formation. They also have people around them who model how being true to yourself and allowing others to also can lead to growth and a completeness in diversity as part of a community.
So with courage we offer all that we can to our students. In doing so we know with great faith in them and Jesus that they will be transformed and one day leave us as people who can offer their whole self to the world, unafraid of image and guided by their heart rather than their ego. The sum of our efforts is the development of exceptional men and women for others, who have a love for Jesus and a vision for a better more just world.
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
New Beginnings and New Opportunities
Between the 6-10th May, our Year 7s travelled to Anglesea YMCA for a camp.
The focus of the camp was team building through activities. Students were encouraged to push themselves out of their comfort zone as they worked through a program of initiatives that ranged from Fishing to climbing 18m in the Vertical Challenge.
In this wonderful environment, new friends were made and laughter rang out across the camp ground.
Our students are to be commended on their positive attitude and behaviour. They supported each other and should be very proud of how far they have come on their journey at Saint Ignatius. They truely embraced the theme of New Beginnings and New Opportunities.
I would like to thank the students and our passionate and committed staff who worked tirelessly to make Camp 2019 such a success.
Ms Leonie O’Brien Year Level Coordinator
What the students had to say:
My favourite part of camp was the giant swing. I went all the way to the top! My heart skipped a beat when I pulled the cherry at the top but as soon as I was swinging I had so much fun. The view was great!!
Camp was amazing, phenomenal even. We were given so many opportunities and we got a chance to meet new people and create new friendships. My experience was awesome. I loved getting to know new people, and I must say all the activities we so much fun! My three favourite activities would easily be the giant swing, the mountain bike riding as well as the vertical challenge.
My favorite part about camp was the fishing. it was very fun, I caught 5 fish and one very big one.
My camp highlights was the crate climb it was really fun and challenging. Also Mr Timms on the giant swing screaming!
Welcome to the new school term. I hope that the holiday period provided students with ample time for rest, recreation, revision of term one and planning for term two and all families enjoyed the Easter break with family and friends.
This will, without doubt, be another busy term for us all. Apart from all of the usual teaching and learning activities there will be many other opportunities for student learning. Rehearsals commenced on Monday after school for this year’s production –“School of Rock,” the winter sports program began this week, the Annual House College Cross-Country Carnival was held on Tuesday or Wednesday this week, the Year 7 students have their Anglesea Camp next week, NAPLAN testing for Years 7 and 9 will be conducted soon, we have already undertaken the Year 7 Mothers and Sons Night and the Year 8 Mothers and Daughters Night will be held next week (see information below), there will be many performing arts events happening throughout the term and Year 10 students will have their Work Experience Program during the last week of term – and these are only some of the many term two events!
Term 2 is very much the business term of the academic year. It is a time when students can make some substantial gains in their learning. As each student and family looks ahead, use of the Student Planner will be an essential tool to help each student structure his term program and keep on track. Organisation is the key and an important skill to develop in our students. I encourage parents to keep an eye on their student’s use of the planner.
Geelong Future Leaders of Industry (GFLOI) and the Girls Leading Advanced Manufacturing (GLAM) programs
Congratulations to Year 10 students Chiara Fankhauser and Asha McCurdy for their successful applications to join the GLAM program and Tasos Kontogeorgis, Jonah Spilsbury and Dylan Vigilante who have been chosen to participate in the GFLOI program.
GLAM and GFLOI Studnets PDF (357 KB)
GLAM and GFLOI Studnets PDF (357 KB) 02-May-2019
GFLOI & GLAM are six-month long Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) immersion programs for Years 9 and 10 students from the Geelong region. We are grateful to the ‘Geelong Manufacturing Council’ for coordinating the programs and ‘Skilling The Bay’ for their support. For many years, a number of our students have successfully applied to participate in these valuable programs. GFLOI & GLAM will provide the participants with opportunities to experience pathways and career options in the manufacturing, engineering and STEM trades sectors via industry tours and presentations, undertake job readiness and leadership skills training, and meet a number of role-models including scientists, engineers and senior management of some of our region’s important and advanced manufacturers.
Thank you to Mr Bruce Connor (WAFE Coordinator) for facilitating the students’ involvement in this opportunity.
NAPLAN for Years 7 & 9 students
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been a yearly event for schools since 2008.
On Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th May, our Years 7 and 9 students will undertake the 2019 NAPLAN tests.
NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four domains of Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy (both calculator and non-calculator allowed).
NAPLAN assesses skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time, through the school’s implementation of the Victorian curriculum. NAPLAN is not a pass or fail type test, but rather shows how individual students are progressing in numeracy and literacy skills against national standards for all Australian children.
All students are encouraged to participate in the tests. Students with a disability may qualify for special provisions that reflect the support usually provided to them in the classroom. An explanatory letter and pamphlet will be distributed to students in both levels that will, in turn, provide further clarification about this testing process and how it will be managed at Saint Ignatius College in particular.
The school will issue an individual student NAPLAN report later this year. Parents can use this information to monitor how their child is progressing and to identify any areas of concern. Parents may also wish to use their child’s results to discuss progress with teachers. More information is available at <www.naplan.edu.au>
Year 7 Enrolments for 2020
Can I please remind parents of current students that if you have a child in Year Six this year that applications for a place in Year 7 next year at Saint Ignatius College Geelong close on Friday 17th May 2019? Application forms are available from our office or the College website.
ANZAC Commemoration Service
Last week on Friday we held an ANZAC commemoration service for the whole school on the outdoor basketball courts. I am pleased that four of our students involved in the Army Cadets formed a Catafalque party for this service – well done and thank you to them. I am also grateful to Army Veteran, Mr Darren Stendt and daughter and sister of an Army Veterans, Ms Sian Diddams for providing the address at the service. Thank you to Deputy Principal Mr Paul Lewis for coordinating this service, and I congratulate our students for the respectful way they participated.
Many of our students attended local ANZAC Commemoration Services, well done! At some of these services, student representatives and some staff laid a wreath on behalf of the College.
Two of our senior student leaders, Heidi Bakker and Will Palmer and Deputy Principal, Mr Michael Timms represented the College at the annual Geelong Schools’ Annual ANZAC Commemoration Service on the Tuesday before ANZAC Day at 11.00am in Johnstone Park, Geelong. This annual ceremony was very well attended by representatives from most Geelong and district schools
‘Time & Space’
A reminder to parents of Year 8 girls about a wonderful opportunity next week.
Year 8 Mother* & Daughter Night Thursday 9th May (at 7 pm in St Thomas Church.)
* = or a female Mentor (e.g., Grandmother, Aunt, a family friend, a big sister,…)
We are looking forward to all Yr 8 girls and their mothers/guardians/mentors attending. Mothers* should have received a letter in the mail with more detail by now. If you haven’t, please contact Ms Elana Cole (Companions Coordinator) as soon as possible. Please put this important date & time in your diary!
Please feel free to look at the website http://www.time-space.com.au for more information.
Drysdale Bypass construction update
Major Roads Projects (MRP) has shifted the pedestrian access from Andersons Road over the Drysdale Bypass alignment, through a temporary fence pathway. This will be the new pedestrian access arrangement to and from Andersons Road for the next 6-8 months as they complete waterworks and build the pedestrian underpass. To aid in a smooth switch, MRP will have traffic management controllers onsite to help direct the foot traffic to the new pedestrian path.
MRP has received some questions about if there was an emergency at a school during the busy AM and PM peaks, would there be enough room for emergency services to access the precinct? MRP has informed me that this is not the case, the new section of Peninsula Drive has been designed to have adequate lane width and a mountable median to ensure that in the event of an emergency, if all motorists pull over to the side, emergency service vehicles will have adequate room to access the precinct, as required. MRP has been in consultation with all local emergency services teams and advised them of their ability to access, despite the temporary congestion being experienced.
I have received confirmation from Major Roads Projects (MRP) that Andersons Road at the Grubb Road end will be closed from Friday 3rd May 2019. This will be a permanent closure.
MRP is still completing the left turn lane into St Thomas Primary School with asphalting due to be completed later this week. MRP informs us that this lane will improve the traffic flow entering into the precinct during the peak times, with traffic able to move past parked cars waiting to turn into St Thomas Primary School.
By early next week, MRP will have a temporary left turn lane added to the existing (Portarlington/Jetty/Grubb) roundabout from Grubb Road onto Portarlington Road (Geelong bound.) MRP says that this will ensure traffic moves through the existing roundabout more freely and doesn’t create congestion on Grubb Road through to the new Peninsula Drive roundabout.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with MRP by calling 1800 105 105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome back to Teacher, Ms Tory Wood who has returned from leave and thank you to Ms Belinda Wilson who covered Ms Wood’s classes during term one.
Best wishes to Student Wellbeing Officer, Ms Mel Anset who commenced parental leave this week. Welcome to Ms Sarah Somerset who will take over from Ms Anset
On behalf of our College community, I express our sympathy to the Secombe family, Skye (Yr 11), Brodie (Yr 7) and Tim (father) on the loss of their dearly loved mother and wife, Cassie.
Please keep the Secombe family in your thoughts and prayers at this very challenging and sad time for them. May their loved ones rest in peace.
Parents and Friends' Association meeting
The next Parents & Friends Association Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 14th May at 7:00 pm in the Food Technology Centre. I encourage all parents to consider joining this group that makes a tremendous contribution to our school community. You would be most welcome.
Michael Exton Principal
As we begin the second term of this year and in celebration of Easter Sunday I offer you some of the beautiful teachings found in Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation: Christus Vivit – Christ is Alive. This exhortation is a reflection written in light of the Synod on Young People (2018) which urges young people and the ‘entire people of God’ to respond to the needs of the world with a vibrant, youthful spirit and in deep friendship with Jesus. As you read the following I hope you find great joy and renew your vocation, whatever it may be, in the pursuit of love of neighbour, service and justice.
Christus Vivit – Christ is Alive.
Christ is alive! We need to keep reminding ourselves of this, because we can risk seeing Jesus Christ simply as a fine model from the distant past, as a memory, as someone who saved us two thousand years ago. But that would be of no use to us: it would leave us unchanged, it would not set us free. The one who fills us with his grace, the one who liberates us, transforms us, heals and consoles us is someone fully alive. He is the Christ, risen from the dead, filled with supernatural life and energy, and robed in boundless light. That is why Saint Paul could say: “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile”.
Alive, he can be present in your life at every moment, to fill it with light and to take away all sorrow and solitude. Even if all others depart, he will remain, as he promised: “I am with you always, to the end of the age”. He fills your life with his unseen presence; wherever you go, he will be waiting there for you. Because he did not only come in the past, but he comes to you today and every day, inviting you to set out towards ever new horizons.
See Jesus as happy, overflowing with joy. Rejoice with him as with a friend who has triumphed. They killed him, the holy one, the just one, the innocent one, but he triumphed in the end. Evil does not have the last word. Nor will it have the last word in your life, for you have a friend who loves you and wants to triumph in you. Your Saviour lives.
“God loves you”. It makes no difference whether you have already heard it or not. I want to remind you of it. God loves you. Never doubt this, whatever may happen to you in life. At every moment, you are infinitely loved. For him, you have worth; you are not insignificant. You are important to him, for you are the work of his hands. That is why he is concerned about you and looks to you with affection.
Dear young people,
make the most of these years of your youth. Don’t observe life from a balcony. Don’t confuse happiness with an armchair, or live your life behind a screen. Whatever you do, do not become the sorry sight of an abandoned vehicle! Don’t be parked cars, but dream freely and make good decisions. Take risks, even if it means making mistakes. Don’t go through life anaesthetized or approach the world like tourists. Make a ruckus! Cast out the fears that paralyze you, so that you don’t become young mummies. Live! Give yourselves over to the best of life! Open the door of the cage, go out and fly!
I ask young people to go beyond their small groups and to build “social friendship, where everyone works for the common good. Social enmity, on the other hand, is destructive. Families are destroyed by enmity. Countries are destroyed by enmity. The world is destroyed by enmity. And the greatest enmity of all is war. Today we see that the world is destroying itself by war… So find ways of building social friendship”
It is not easy, it always means having to give something up and to negotiate, but if we do it for the sake of helping others, we can have the magnificent experience of setting our differences aside and working together for something greater. If, as a result of our own simple and at times costly efforts, we can find points of agreement amid conflict, build bridges and make peace for the benefit of all, then we will experience the miracle of the culture of encounter. This is something which young people can dare to pursue with passion.
The Lord seeks all; he wants everyone to feel the warmth of his mercy and his love”. He invites us to be fearless missionaries wherever we are and in whatever company we find ourselves: in our neighbourhoods, in school or sports or social life, in volunteer service or in the workplace. Wherever we are, we always have an opportunity to share the joy of the Gospel. That is how the Lord goes out to meet everyone. He loves you, dear young people, for you are the means by which he can spread his light and hope. He is counting on your courage, your boldness and your enthusiasm.
Dear young friends,
do not let others exploit your youth to promote a shallow life that confuses beauty with appearances. Realize that there is beauty in the labourer who returns home grimy and unkempt, but with the joy of having earned food for his family. There is extraordinary beauty in the fellowship of a family at table, generously sharing what food it has. There is beauty in the wife, slightly dishevelled and no longer young, who continues to care for her sick husband despite her own failing health. Long after the springtime of their courtship has passed, there is beauty in the fidelity of those couples who still love one another in the autumn of life, those elderly people who still hold hands as they walk.
There is also a beauty, unrelated to appearances or fashionable dress, in all those men and women who pursue their personal vocation with love, in selfless service of community or nation, in the hard work of building a happy family, in the selfless and demanding effort to advance social harmony. To find, to disclose and to highlight this beauty, which is like that of Christ on the cross, is to lay the foundations of genuine social solidarity and the culture of encounter.
During the Synod, one of the young auditors from the Samoan Islands spoke of the Church as a canoe, in which the elderly help to keep on course by judging the position of the stars, while the young keep rowing, imagining what waits for them ahead. Let us steer clear of young people who think that adults represent a meaningless past, and those adults who always think they know how young people should act. Instead, let us all climb aboard the same canoe and together seek a better world, with the constantly renewed momentum of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus is walking in our midst, as he did in Galilee. He walks through our streets, and he quietly stops and looks into our eyes. His call is attractive and intriguing. Yet today the stress and quick pace of a world constantly bombarding us with stimuli can leave no room for that interior silence in which we can perceive Jesus’ gaze and hear his call. In the meantime, many attractively packaged offers will come your way. They may seem appealing and exciting, although in time they will only leave you feeling empty, weary and alone. Don’t let this happen to you, because the maelstrom of this world can drive you to take a route without real meaning, without direction, without clear goals, and thus thwart many of your efforts. It is better to seek out that calm and quiet that enable you to reflect, pray, look more clearly at the world around you, and then, with Jesus, come to recognize the vocation that is yours in this world.
Dear young people,
my joyful hope is to see you keep running the race before you, outstripping all those who are slow or fearful. Keep running, “attracted by the face of Christ, whom we love so much, whom we adore in the Holy Eucharist and acknowledge in the flesh of our suffering brothers and sisters. May the Holy Spirit urge you on as you run this race. The Church needs your momentum, your intuitions, your faith. We need them! And when you arrive where we have not yet reached, have the patience to wait for us”.
Given in Loreto, at the Shrine of the Holy House, on 25 March, Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, in the year 2019, the seventh of my Pontificate. Franciscus - Francis
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
Lily Petterwood, Matilda Stepto & Jessica Sullivan (8 Owen)
When we arrived at school (embarrassed after catching a bus looking like a peasant, knight or royal) everyone's costumes were amazing and their effort in designing costumes was outstanding. Even the teachers got into the medieval spirit!
It started with a 2 hour bus ride, full of excitement and vigorous noise. After hours of plain farmland, livestock, mountains, while very beautiful, the castle came into view, standing in the grandeur of the hill it was built upon.
Sitting down, the stands were full of chattering voices and the smell of medieval trials. As the sun shone down upon us all, we were sent off to our first experience. While we stumbled along tripping on dresses and cloaks, we were happy to find our first activity was siege weaponry. We knocked down a door with a battering ram, protected our people, and fought bravely.
Our second activity was sword fighting. We were in teams who fought to kill off the other team (don’t worry the swords were foam) trying to protect each other so we would be victorious. The second time we had to protect our king or queen. With our shields and swords in hand, we defended our king or queen and sacrificed ourselves for our family freedom. Once we defeated our enemies in an epic battle for victory, we were whisked off, to participate in the trials of medieval board games. We played two games, Fox and Geese, and a variation of Naughts and Crosses. We played intensely because if we succeeded in crushing our opponent we were allowed an extra advantage in archery.
We then journeyed deep into the midst of the dungeons themselves, we had an explanation of crime and punishment including different torture methods. We ventured down the rickety staircase where screams echoed, lights flashed and blood oozed from the victims (wax figures) of the torture.
Although we weren’t too keen on lunch after the horror of the dungeons, we all stopped for lunch and watched a jousting tournament. Before the jousting started we had to sing the Kryal Castle national anthem: We Will Rock You. We were introduced to the knights who were very talented and enthusiastic. One knight in red and gold and the other in black and white, with heraldry symbols on their armour and horse caparison. There were people stationed to hand the Knights a lance. They stood at the start line on their side. It was 3, 2, 1, GO and they were off, racing towards each other at great pace.
After an enjoyable entertainment of the jousting tournament and trying the lolly shop, we went to learn about the life of nobles, royals, the rules of marriage and servants. This was rather daunting, as princesses got married as soon as they were able to have kids, to a man in their 30s or 40s. The laws and hierarchy of servants in a castle were extremely cruel and unreasonable.
We also learnt about medieval medicines and disease, including the symptoms of the plague, cures, the poor quality of water and how deadly a paper cut could be. This practical unit enabled us to grind herbs to make a medieval bandaid paste. Our last activity was armour and weapons where we saw real weaponry and armour and how effective they were.
Our day at Kryal Castle was a wonderful opportunity to apply and consolidate our learning of Medieval history that we have been studying in Humanities and thank all our teachers for coming along for such an enjoyable day.
End of term assembly
We gathered as a whole school on Tuesday for an Easter Liturgy and to review the first term and celebrate a number of achievements. College Vice-Captains, Heidi Bakker and William Palmer did a great job as MCs along with many other student leaders who helped run this assembly.
The Year 11 Theatre Studies class, under the direction of teacher, Ms Rhea Walker, provided a moving and thoughtful performance about the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus as a significant part of our Easter liturgy to commence the assembly. This highlighted for our students the significance of Easter as the highpoint of our faith story. During the remainder of the assembly, student involvement and achievement in a variety of areas were celebrated.
In my address to our students, I challenged the students to reflect on how well they have settled into the school year. Have they been making the most of their learning and co-curriculum opportunities? Have they established good routines and habits for getting enough sleep, exercising, organising their homework and contributing to the jobs needing to be done around their homes?
I encouraged each student to make a time to discuss their interim report with a parent to further support this reflection. Could I also encourage parents, if you haven’t already done so, to take some time to discuss this report with your son and daughter to affirm good progress and determine where and how improvements can be made? The Parent/Student/Teacher conferences yesterday and today will have supported this process. If you were unable to attend, you would be most welcome to contact teachers early next term if you would like to discuss your daughters/son’s progress.
There are many, many examples of commendable student individual or group achievements so far this year – well done to students in all of these cases. One individual achievement I highlighted at the assembly was that for the second year running one of our Year 11 students was awarded a Fr James Wall Bursary. This award is for leadership, achievement and community involvement and is worth $ 4,000. This year six students from Catholic schools across Victoria received this award. Last year our then College Vice-Captain and now Captain, Maddie Crothers was successful. I was delighted to attend a presentation evening in Melbourne last week where Vice-Captain Heidi Bakker was presented her award by Archbishop Peter Comensoli. Congratulations and well done Heidi!
Open Day, held on Sunday 24th March, was again very successful with a large crowd in attendance. Keen interest in the College continues.
As in previous years, a tremendous feature of the day was the number of students who came along on the day to help show-off their school. The way they interacted with our guests made a very significant positive impression of our College. Well done to two hundred and seventy students who were able to be present on the day, you were great ambassadors. Thank you to parents for supporting this.
Also, thank you to our Parents and Friends’ Association members who were very active on the day in many valuable ways.
Also, thank you to our dedicated staff for their work to present so many different aspects of our vibrant faith and learning community to the visitors. I congratulate Mrs Claire Hewitt (Development Manager) for her coordination of this event.
Drysdale Bypass update
Recently I met with representatives from Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV) and Decmil (construction company) to learn about the latest developments in regards to the construction of the Drysdale Bypass. I provide the following to inform you about some major changes that will be happening soon.
Key dates provided at the meeting:
Thursday 18th April 2019
From this day onwards, no road access to Peninsula Drive from Andersons Road. (Pedestrian and cyclist access to Peninsula Drive path from Andersons Road will still be available.)
Vehicles will access Peninsula Drive from Grubb Road. The Grubb Road/Peninsula Drive roundabout will be partially constructed.
Andersons Road Detour Map PDF (140 KB)
Andersons Road Detour Map PDF (140 KB) 01-Apr-2019
Monday 29th April 2019
Anderson Road will be closed. No access from Grubb Road. Access to Gillies Road from the west will be via Reserve Road.
Friday 31st May 2019
The Grubb Road/Peninsula Drive roundabout will be in its final construction (subject to favourable weather conditions.)
If you have any questions, please contact MRPV by calling 1800 105 105 or email email@example.com
As you are aware, the schools' precinct can be a hectic place just before and after school and more so with the construction of the bypass. Hopefully, the information in this message and in the email message I sent on Wednesday to parents will help you better manage travel to and from our College.
Uniform Term Two
Please note that all students are required to wear full winter uniform for terms two and three. As there may be some very warm days early next term, students may wear summer uniform on any particularly warm days up to Anzac Day with the blazer.
Please check the Student Planner for details about what can and cannot be worn. Please note that the summer shirt with logo is not to be worn as part of the winter uniform as it is not made to be worn with a tie. The College uniform long sleeve shirt is to be worn with a tie and is compulsory with the winter uniform for boys and girls. Also, the kilt must be worn no longer than mid-calf with navy blue tights or stockings.
Before and after school supervision
A reminder that the College provides supervision from 8:30 am each morning until the commencement of the Homeroom class at 8:50 am. Students arriving at school before 8:30 am should gather in the Information Learning Centre (opens at 8:00 am). Of an afternoon, supervision is provided for students catching a bus from the College from 3:05 pm until the departure of the last school bus at approximately 3:50 pm. Students waiting for a bus should remain in the Basketball court area or at the bus stop. The College Library is open from 8:00 am each morning and closes at 4:30 pm.
Congratulations to Teacher, Annaliese Wandersmith on the birth of Albert (Albie) Leo.
Thank you to Teacher, Belinda Wilson who has been covering Ms Wood’s classes while she has been on leave during term one.
Parents and Friends' Association meeting
The next Parents & Friends Association Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 14th May at 6:00 pm in the Food Technology Centre. I encourage all parents to consider joining this group that makes a tremendous contribution to our school community. You would be most welcome.
The Geelong Police Youth Resource officer has requested that parents be made aware of the Geelong Police Service Area ‘Eyewatch’ Facebook page.
Apart from posting photos/footage of suspects which the Police would like to identify, the Police also post valuable information concerning issues such as social media/cybersafety and upcoming events.
Commencement of classes next term
Please note that the first day for students in term two will be Wednesday 24th April 2019. The next day, ANZAC day on the 25th April will be a holiday. (Monday 22nd April is the Easter Monday holiday and Tuesday 23rd April will be a teacher in-service day.)
Best wishes for a happy & holy Easter
On the middle Sunday of the holidays, we celebrate Palm Sunday, the commencement of Holy Week. This special week is the final one in our journey through Lent. It is especially significant and sacred as it calls to mind for Christians the last week of Jesus’ life in preparation for his death and most significantly his resurrection.
Holy Week, and indeed all other events and seasons in the Church’s year, are a lead up to the most important celebration of the year and at the very heart of our Christian beliefs, Easter.
As I mentioned at the beginning of my message, Easter is the high point of the Christian year, the most important of our celebrations. Please consider taking your family to one of the many Church services over the Easter break to support your daughter/son’s faith development further.
I wish everyone a very enjoyable Easter, and I hope all students have a restful break with some time spent revising work and preparing for next term included.
Michael Exton Principal
Lately there have been a number of situations that have made me more aware of how much words matter. Words can affirm just as they can destroy. The way we interact with one another is visible not only in our actions but by the things we say or the way we speak of, to, or about others.
Words can be hollow and empty if not sincere or acted upon in some way. Conversely words can be powerful, even when they are devoid of a subsequent action. Words are not often devoid of intent or action. However, it’s often difficult to interpret the intent that someone has and therefore at times we speculate and judge the words offered by another based upon what we know or who we judge the other to be.
During Lent it’s worth spending some time considering words and the way in which they affirm our identity or expose us as not being the person we would like others to think us to be.
The term Catholic is not simply a noun. Being a Catholic is a verb. To be Catholic a person must act out their faith. The things we say, our action and the impression people have of us either validate our identity or are a thin veneer that disguises our selfishness or self-righteousness. During Lent we are called to remove the things in our lives that hold us back from complete faithfulness. We are encouraged to pray in a different way to renew our relationship with God. We are also called to give. How we give varies, but to truly give we need to make ourselves uncomfortable in some way.
As Easter draws near the following reading from John’s Gospel has been hovering over me, constantly prompting me to discern what it is that needs attention. These words have something in them that are deeper than what is offered, but what is going on here has been elusive and something is prompting a deeper exploration of what is hidden.
“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants[d] any longer, because the servant[e] does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.”
The message is simple: follow the commandments of Jesus, sacrifice for others and love as he did. This is a wonderful reading during Lent. But there is something more going on here. There is a word that is different that grabs my attention. The word is abide. A strange but lovely word that is not common in society, nor the Bible.
Abide is a word found only 43 times in the Bible. The Gospel of John accounts for a third of its use. The New Testament is almost exclusively used by John and in the first epistle of John. It’s extremely interesting that after all of the scholarly work completed over the centuries and all of the revisions of the Bible that this word has been retained.
The contemporary English definition of this word is to accept and act in accordance with a recommendation or rule, or that a feeling or memory continues without fading or being lost. This definition certainly fits the initial interpretation. Exploring the use of the word in the Old Testament the meaning is clearly juridical.
Accepting this definition is good, however, the root of the word is found in the 13th Century. The Old English word abidan means to remain, wait or dwell. This definition offers more colour to the modern definition. The word dwell is what I hear when I read the verse. Jesus is instructing us to live in his love, not to follow a rule. The intent I believe is personal and reciprocal in nature.
Although the Old English definition is acceptable there is still something missing. Investigating this word further reveals that the original Greek term or meno. This word has a similar definition but offers more nuance. Two components of the definition of the word are to continue to be present and to be held, kept, continually. This is where I find contentment.
When Jesus asks us to abide in his love he is asking us to be present and held continually in his love. The English translation lacks depth and although a lovely word abide, or at least our understanding of the word, limits our ability to truly appreciate and respond to what is asked of us.
When we abide we are present to Jesus and are held continually in his unchanging complete and pure love.
During Lent the word abide is a term that can guide us. To abide is to do. The word is a verb. We need to act if we are to abide in his love. The challenge is to consider how to respond in an adequate way to the love Jesus has and gives to us. As we draw closer to the celebration of Easter use the word abide to draw you nearer to Jesus. Over these remaining weeks of Lent remember that words matter, select them carefully and let them illustrate who you are, and what being Catholic looks like.
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
After auditions and call backs we are proud to annouce our cast for 2019 production 'School of Rock'. We thank the 200+ students who took the time to audition and we look forward to our performances at the newly renovate Geelong Performing Arts centre (GPAC) from September 12th to 14th.
Here is the cast:
Dewey Finn: Callum Branch 12 Howett
Dewey Finn: Bailey Mitrovski 10 Andres
Rosalie Mullins: Jasmine Harvey 11 Southwell
Ned Schneebly: Lachlan Whatman 9 Gonzaga
Patty Di Marco: Hannah Vella 11 Denn
Zack Mooneyham (Guitar): Storm Randall 9 Kisai
Katie (Bass): Coco Bullock 10 Morse
Lawrence (Keyboard): Sean Neylan 12 Jerome
Freddie Hamilton (Drums): Mackinley Watson 8 Castillo
Summer Hathaway: Eliza Bermingham 8 Xavier
Tomika: Kaitlyn Eastwood 10 Briant
Billy Sandford: James Fuller 9 Thomas
Marcy: Zoe Walter 7 Borgia
Shonelle: Amy Searle 11 Juana
Sophie: Kyra Beasley 10 Evans
Madison: Heidi Bakker 11 Hurtado
Also: Thomas Galan 7 Claver, Sophia Grant 7 Miki, Erin Robertson 7 Borgia and Guy Wingrave 7 Strada
No Vacancy Band
Jared Leo 11 More, Finn Ferguson–Cumming 11 Southwell, Jack Woodfine 12 Howett and William Palmer 11 Southwell
Also in the band! (featured ensemble, teachers, parents and ensemble members):
Sinda Chako 7 Borgia, Kiarna Grieve 7 Lewis, Sebastian Maclean 7 Lewis, Claire Mawson 7 Borgia, Alanna Miles 7 Miki, Raphael Nicholls 7 Borgia, Dante Nicholls 7 Ward, Arlia Phieler 7 Miki, Xander Randall 7 Claver, Elliott Renton-Gibb 7 Ward, Riannah Tatlock 7 Ward and Sophie Ward 7 Borgia
Elliott Ballard 8 Campion, Ella Beasley 8 Xavier, Oceania Cook 8 Castillo, Ashleigh Cox 8 Realino, Summer de Vries 8 Rubio, Bridget Keating 8 Rubio, Genevieve Kelly 8 Xavier, Jemma Kevich 8 Rubio, Lily Petterwood 8 Owen, Ebony Plowman 8 Xavier, Ciana Rogers 8 Realino and Matilda Stepto 8 Owen
Belen Coggins 9 Gonzaga, Cassidy Connor 9 Thomas, Darby Ferguson-Cumming 9 Faber, Joshua Galbraith 9 Faber, Alisha Jones 9 Isore, Josh Miles 9 Arrupe, Lindsay Musella 9 Mangin, Janelle Nichols 9 Gonzaga, Emily O’Kane 9 Regis, Arielle Renton-Gibb 9 Gonzaga, Mackenzie Sinclair 9 Beltran and Mikaeli Woodfine 9 Thomas
Georgia Brooke 10 Ogilvie, Dana Campbell 10 Loyola, Mia Egan 10 Loyola, Lucy Emery 10 Loyola, Molly Hill 10 Andres, Abbey Maffescioni 10 Briant, Charli Nisbet 10 Andres, Florence Noble 10 Evans, Shani Nyikos 10 Brennan, Rory Quinn 10 Morse, Gracie Segafredo 10 Evans, Olivia Sinkinson 10 Garnier, Olivia Stephens 10 Ogilvie, Nina Suzuki 10 Garnier and Paris Walsh 10 Evans
Sarah Bensted 11 Southwell, Jess Breckon 11 More, Lucy Carpenter 11 Hopkins, Alana Clark 11 Denn, Eva Cooper 11 Juana, Lachlan Fitzpatrick 11 Hopkins, Kiera Galan 11 Juana, Phoebe Harrison 11 Canisius, Ava Harvey 11 Juana, Eva Hay 11 Hopkins, Josephine Johnston 11 Denn, Laura Kitchingman 11 More, Isabella Kelly 11 Hopkins, Ethan O’Brien 11 More, Siara O’Brien 11 More, Ellie Small 11 Bellarmine and Livia van Galen 11 Bellarmine
Renee Gulino 12 Bobola, Jayden Mitrovski 12 Rodriguez and Will Pavey 12 Garnett
More details will be published in future newsletters.
An Evening with Christine Nixon
'Comedy for Cause'
Scholarship Applications Open Today
2019 Academic Assembly
An Evening with Christine Nixon
Book Collection Day 2019
College House Athletics Carnival
College House Swimming Carnival
College Office Opens 2019
'Comedy for Cause'
End of Term 1
End of Term 2
Kokoda Expedition 2019
Labour Day Public Holiday
Open Day 2019
Parent / Student / Teacher Conferences
Parent / Student / Teacher Conferences
Parents and Friends' Association Meeting
Parents and Friends' Association Meeting
Queen's Birthday Public Holiday
Scholarship Applications Close Today
Senior School Expo Evening
Start of Term 1 2019
Start of Term 2 2019
Term 1 Holidays 2019
VCAA GAT Test (VCE)
VCE Music Soiree
VCE Unit 1 and Year 10 Exams
VCE Units 2 and 4 Commence
Whole College Assembly Term 2
World Challenge Expedition 2019
Year 11 Wellbeing Day
Year 12 Retreat
Year 7 Camp 1
Year 7 Camp 2
Year 7 'Welcome Mass'
Year 9 Exams
Years 9 and 10 Music Night