Saint Ignatius College Geelong
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
Welcome back to the final school term for 2019. I hope all students have had an enjoyable and restful break, (with some revision and preparation for the new term), and are looking forward to finishing the year off on an excellent note.
The Interim-semester Two Reports and follow-up Parent/Student/Teacher meetings held at the end of the previous term will have helped identify and affirm good progress to date, provided a valuable opportunity to discuss areas of concern and helped set some directions for a productive time ahead.
The Year 12 VCE students sat their practice exams during the second week of the holidays. VCE Coordinator, Mr Michael Brown reported that he was very pleased overall with the way the students approached this crucial assessment preparation.
Two recent student trips
Cape York Indigenous Immersion Trip – Thirty-one Yr 9 students travelled with Ms Deb Hodge and Ms Tory Wood and ‘Red Earth’ Guides to visit an indigenous community.
East Timor Immersion Trip - Twenty Yr 10 & 11 students travelled with staff members Mr Joe Pannuzzo and Ms Rebecca Clarke and a ‘Destination Dreaming’ Leader to Dili and the Arturo Island.
Both groups returned safely during the holidays. All reports to date indicate the trips went very well. I thank the staff involved and commend the students on the very positive comments I received about their enthusiastic and cooperative approach.
Final week for Year 12s
All parents of Year 12 students will have received a letter from me late term three to communicate some of our expectations and hopes and the plans in place at this stage to help facilitate a positive and smooth finish. (Extra copies are available from our office.) The Year 12s must remain as focused as possible on their studies right through to the last exam. A lot depends on their ability to apply themselves well during this time. I have made it very clear about our expectations for a positive finish by the senior students on their ‘last day,’ Tuesday 22nd October.
Regular timetabled classes for the Year 12 students will cease on Monday 21st October 2019. The next day, Tuesday 22nd October, will be the Yr 12 ‘Celebration Day.’ The VCE written exam period starts on Wednesday 30th October 2019 with the English exam (for LOTE Oral, Theatre Studies & Music Performance exam times, please check with the subject teacher, some of these examinations have already started.) Visit the following website for the VCE exam timetable:
After Tuesday 22nd October 2019, Year 12 teachers will be available during normal class time and by appointment out of class time until the exam for their particular subject. Teachers will discuss these arrangements with their students.
Some special activities are planned over the “last week” to help make this a special and memorable time for the students and parents. In particular, I remind parents of Year 12 students and friends of the College about the Year 12 Mass at the College Gym on Thursday 17th October 2019 (7:00 pm) and the Full School Assembly on Monday 21st October (report to the office at 10.30 am for a 10:45 am start.) It is expected that all Yr 12 students and their families will attend the special Mass on the 17th October and you would be most welcome to attend the assembly.
I wish our Year 12 students and their families a special and memorable time during the last phase of their secondary school journey.
Next Full School Assembly
All Parents are warmly invited to attend this term’s assembly on Monday 21st October 2019. I ask you to please report to the office at 10:30 am so you can be allocated a seat. The main focus of the assembly will be, as in past years, the school’s farewell to the Year 12 students.
Wednesday 23rd October 2019 – normal classes
Please note that this day is not a holiday for our students – classes will run as usual. As you are aware, this is the day of the annual “Geelong Cup.” Some schools are taking this day as a holiday; we are not as we take Melbourne Cup day instead (together with the day before.)
As some schools are taking Geelong Cup off, there was a question over what school buses will run on this day. The Region’s School Bus Coordinator has informed our Bus Coordinator that buses will run on this day for our students. I would suggest that students should check with their driver just before the day, particularly those on buses that carry students from other schools, in case any special arrangements are being made due to fewer students travelling on this day.
Very sad news - Madeleine Stub’s (Yr 7) father, Richard, passed away early last week.
On behalf of the College community, I extend our sympathy to Madeleine, her mother, Helen and their family and friends on the very sad loss of their dearly loved father and husband, relative and friend, Richard.
Deputy Principal, Michael Timms and Yr 7 Coordinator, Leonie O’Brien and several other staff members represented the College at Oakdene on last Friday where a celebration of Richard’s life occurred.
Please keep Madeleine and her family in your thoughts and prayers at this sorrowful and challenging time for them.
May Richard Rest In Peace.
Teacher, Elana Cole has shared with us her family’s very exciting news, the arrival of a beautiful baby boy, 'Orlando Jak Lucas,' born on Thursday 26th September.
Mum and ‘Ollie’ are progressing well.
Best wishes to Teacher, Emma Cuthill, who will commence Parental Leave next week. We look forward to future good news!
One of our current Casual Relief Teachers, Jo Geary, will cover Emma’s classes.
Year 9 Camp week
All Year 9 students are away this week attending one of three different five-day camps – Lake Eildon, Murray River (Yarrawonga area) and the Grampians. This camp is run by the ‘Outdoor Education Group’ (OEG) and involves sixteen groups of fourteen Year 9 students spending five days undertaking a challenging personal and group experience. This is the third year we have run this program which has received very positive feedback. OEG’s program is designed to provide a challenging personal and Year 9 community development experience to strengthen our educational program by building student resilience, independence, resourcefulness, leadership, teamwork and self-esteem. I wish everyone involved a safe and rewarding experience.
Summer Uniform, compulsory Term Four
Just a reminder about the change to summer uniform for this term. Most students have returned wearing their uniform correctly, clean and in a very good state. I was disappointed that some students returned without doing the necessary check to see all was in order with their summer uniform. In particular, some items of uniform are in disrepair and need to be replaced, some shoes were not clean, and some of the dresses are too short. (The dress length is to the knee with an allowance of up to 5cm above the knee for growth during the term.)
Some things to be mindful of are:
• The tie does not have to be worn with the summer uniform in term four;
• The new type of summer shirt can be worn not tucked into the shorts;
• The only kind of school shoes permissible are black leather (able to be polished) ones, preferably lace-up (no skate or sports type shoes);
• The jumper is not to be the outer garment when travelling to and from school, and if it is cold the student should wear their blazer;
• Long hair (longer than to the shoulder) is tied back with College coloured ribbons and kept off the face;
• Summer uniform dress length must be to the knee; and
• The navy blue school hat is compulsory in term four.
Please find a copy of the uniform policy that relates to summer uniform in the front section of the student planner. Please note that there is a two-week changeover period from winter to summer uniform form the beginning of this term.
Copies of the 2018 College annual magazine, “Magis,” have been distributed. Current families should have received their copy via their daughter/son. Last year’s Yr 12 students, who do not have a sibling currently at the College, should have received their copy via mail to the family home address. If you have not received your copy, please contact the College Office.
‘Magis’ is a fantastic record of College life for the previous year. I hope you enjoy looking over the year’s records in this annual magazine. I also hope that over time, it will become a treasured memory of the 2018 school year for our College community members.
On behalf of the College community, I express my gratitude to our Communications Officer, Mr Tony Berryman-Long, for his coordination, design work and development of the ‘Magis’ for another year.
Michael Exton Principal
Welcome back! We have begun the final term of the year. We enter into an extended period of reflection and celebration of a year lived well, the successes we have enjoyed and the growth we have experienced. Our Year 12 students in fact ‘finish up’ before the next newsletter is published! The school year always seems to go by very quickly!
When I was a young man I was a student at Christian Brothers College and I clearly remember writing in my diary the number of days left in my diary. The excitement and joy that countdown gave me was immense and at times became almost an obsession. Knowing there was an end and that I would be free to do with my time what I pleased was a vision that balanced the demands and pressures of school.
I would think that not that much has changed between now and then. Today this approach isn’t as visible in the classroom as it was when I was younger, but I am sure the anticipation of finishing the year off is just as strong a theme for many of our students at the College. Although I don’t mark the days in my diary anymore, I can tell with some degree of accuracy that we have school 40 days left!
With these thoughts in mind we consider the Jewish celebration of Yom Kippur – the day of atonement. Inspired by this Jewish holiday at the beginning of this new school term we should take some time to pause and reflect upon what has passed. When we review our thoughts and actions we can objectivity discern the error and sin that we need to atone for.
As we celebrate in our own way Yom Kippur we also should consider the connections between Judaism and Christianity. Our roots are Jewish. Jesus was born, live and died a Jewish man. His revelation of the Kingdom of God and his commandments to “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34) and to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37), completed the law and through his sacrifice Jesus sanctified a new covenant between God and all of humanity.
There is much we can admire within Judaism today. The deep respect the community have for God is shown in the reverence for the most holy name revealed to Moses, “I am who I am”. This unspeakable name was converted to the tetragram WHWH or Yahweh. In admiring the Jewish reverence of the holiness of God we, through Jesus, seek a more personal relationship with our loving and merciful Father. His name is one we cherish and should not use as an announcement of exasperation or frustration. We can certainly apply some of the reverence of the Jewish tradition to our won I would suggest.
The Spiritual Exercises align well with the Jewish intent of atonement and the desire to unify oneself with God and his ways. The first week of St Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the examen are based upon looking forward, reflecting on the past, awareness of the need for reconciliation and the desire for atonement. The Exercises, and our faith more generally, does not have a morbid obsession with sinfulness or an attachment to a sense of shame or guilt. Rather the Exercises seek to assist the retreatant to explore their thoughts, words and deeds and then respond to three reoccurring hope filled positive questions;
1. What have I done for Christ?
2. What amI doing for Christ?
3. What ought I do for Christ?
As we being the final term of the year we have forty days to achieve our goals for the academic year and reflect upon or growth and identify the times we have failed to live as God intended us to. Biblically the number 40 signifies a period of testing. The number occurs over one hundred times in the Bible. Today, with 40 days remaining, we can apply this meaning to the final tasks and challenges of this school year. During the next forty days we need to presence of Jesus to achieve what is possible and rely on the mercy of our forgiving God to atone for the mistakes of the past.
As we enter into the final term of the year I encourage you to take a moment reflecting upon the past. Seek to identify the areas of your life that you need to atone for and seek God’s forgiveness. Then with great positivity and hope enter into this period of testing seeking to achieve all that is possible through regularly considering: What have I done for Christ? What am I doing for Christ? What ought I do for Christ?
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
It was a very enthusiastic and enlightened 31 Year 9 students who recently returned from a 10 day Indigenous Immersion to Cape York. Students were immersed in the culture and history of our First Nations People, while staying with the Yalanji people from the remote Jajikal and Bana homelands. The Elders and Traditional owners were so generous in sharing their knowledge of the land (bubu), their lifestyle, traditions, food and stories.
We learnt about bush medicine and some of the students even got to try using green ants to prevent hay fever. We met 80 year old elder Alfie; he told us stories about his childhood growing up with his pet cassowary.
The brave ones of the group went witchetty grub hunting in fallen candlenut trees and later ate them live. They tasted like a cross between a chicken and a prawn. On our last evening on the homelands, we were treated to a “Kup Murri” dinner which was cooked in the earth oven amidst the hot coals for five hours. Using the funds which they raised last term, students worked alongside the elders and traditional owners to build fences, install gates, fix existing fencing, painting signs and building a water tank stand, in order to create sustainable practices so the Traditional Owners can live on their ancestral land.
Student Ane Smith wrote the following when describing her immersion experience…
“I attended the Cape York immersion in 2019 with Saint Ignatius and all I can say is it was incredible. In 10 days I learned all about the lifestyle of the traditional owners we visited, the Yalanji people, including their stories, their culture, their traditions, their hunting methods, plus how to fish and collect mussels in the mangroves. I visited many sacred sites and learnt about the significance and culture behind these places. I learnt through observation many things as well, including the importance of family and togetherness. I was able to get involved with community projects both in Jajikal and Bana and got to know those indigenous family members whom I was helping, and talked with them as they guided us in fencing and digging holes. Importantly, I grew closer to the student group as a whole, gaining new friendships and talking to every individual, and gained more respect for the teachers. I loved the raw openness and welcome feeling that the elders brought to every discussion. They were so engaging and kind to talk to, although their stories of loss and hardship were moving to listen to. I’m going to miss the birds chirping every morning, the simplicity of life and the connections we made with these gentle, resilient community leaders. This is a trip that will stick with me forever.”
Our students came back changed from their experiences; more respectful of the world’s oldest continuous living culture and determined to drive reconciliation for Aboriginal people. Students set the foundations in building an enduring connection to remote Indigenous Australia by emulating St Ignatius in his quest ‘to love and to serve’ and to listen with an open heart. We were so proud of the close, warm bonds they formed with our Indigenous brothers and sisters.
We look forward to continuing our friendship with the Traditional Owners in Bana and Jajikal in 2020, when we return with more interested Year 9 students.
Mrs Hodge and Ms Wood
An Evening with Christine Nixon
'Comedy for Cause'
Scholarship Applications Open Today
'School Of Rock'
2019 Academic Assembly
2020 Immersions and Trips Launch Evening
An Evening with Christine Nixon
An Evening with Tom Lonergan
'Big Night Out' PFA Fashion Fundraiser
Book Collection Day 2019
Class of 2014 '5 Year reunion'
College House Athletics Carnival
College House Swimming Carnival
College Office Opens 2019
'Comedy for Cause'
End of Term 1
End of Term 2
End of Term 3
Interim Reports Term 3
Kokoda Expedition 2019
Labour Day Public Holiday
Last Day of Class Years 7 & 8
Last Day of Classes Years 9 and 10
Open Day 2019
Parent / Student / Teacher Conferences
Parents and Friends' Association AGM
Parents and Friends' Association AGM
Parents and Friends' Association Meeting
Parents and Friends' Association Meeting
Parents and Friends' Association Meeting
Public Speaking Recital
Queen's Birthday Public Holiday
Scholarship Applications Close Today
'School Of Rock'
Semester One Reports
Senior School Expo Evening
St Ignatius Feast Day Activities 2019
St Ignatius Feast Day Assembly 2019
Start of Term 1 2019
Start of Term 2 2019
Start of Term 3 2019
Start of Term 4 2019
Student Free Day
Student Free Day
Student Free day
Term 1 Holidays 2019
VCAA GAT Test (VCE)
VCE Music Soiree
VCE Unit 1 and Year 10 Exams
VCE Units 2 and 4 Commence
VCE Visual Arts Exhibition 2019
Whole College Assembly Term 2
Wollongarra Camp 2
World Challenge Expedition 2019
Year 11 2020: Senior Pathways Day
Year 11 Wellbeing Day
Year 12 Exam and VTAC Information Night
Year 12 Farewell Assembly 2019
Year 12 Retreat
Year 12 Valedictory Dinner
Year 12 Valete Mass
Year 7 Camp 1
Year 7 Camp 2
Year 7 'Father and Daughter' Night
Year 7 in 2020 Information Night
Year 7 'Welcome Mass'
Year 8 'Father and Son' Night
Year 9 and 10 Subject Information Meeting
Year 9 Exams