Saint Ignatius College Geelong
Feast of the Assumption – 15th August
Today is a very special Feast Day in the Catholic Church’s calendar - the Feast of the Assumption. To explain the significance of this celebration, I provide the following explanation from “Prinscripts No. 24, 2010.”
“If we were asked to offer a phrase or two to describe the word “mother”, most of us would come up with something like this: an amazing, multi-talented person, who gives birth, demonstrates loyalty, bears sorrow, offers support and encouragement, looks after her family. Well, from the most ancient of times, Mary has been venerated under the title of God-bearer or Mother of God. Down through the ages, paintings and statues of Mary have mostly given expression to a “motherly smile”, a smile that is welcoming and expresses peace and serenity."
A 3rd Century Papyrus Manuscript, published by Roberts in Manchester in 1938, contains the well-known prayer “Under Your Protection” and demonstrates that from the earliest times, Mary was regarded as a mother-figure for Christians of the early Church:
“We turn to you for protection
Holy Mother of God.
Listen to our prayers
and help us in our needs.
Save us from every danger
Glorious and Blessed Virgin.”
These Christians of the early Church would have been well aware of the role Mary fulfilled as a constant connection with Christ. It was she who had nurtured Him during the years leading up to His public life. She had a leading role at the marriage celebration in Cana, when Jesus began His public life. At the end of His life, Mary witnessed the sorrowful events of the Passion, Crucifixion and Death of her Son. Mary was with the Apostles when they gave witness to the facts of the Resurrection and Ascension. It was Mary, the constant Mother, who prayed with the Apostles and sustained them in their belief until the First Pentecost.
There is little written about Mary, especially what happened after Pentecost, but there is strong evidence, through tradition, that at the end of her life she was united with her Son in a manner similar to how her Son was united with His Father. After an in-depth study of tradition and the early writings of the Church, and after broad consultation with bishops, theologians and lay people, Pope Pius X11 in 1950 declared that, “…. The Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory”.
Mary had been so closely associated with all the mysteries of Jesus’ life, so it is not surprising that the Holy Spirit has led the Church to believe and declare, that she must be with Him body and soul in heaven. Mary is now in a position to be mother to all people for all time.”
“Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us, your people, now,
and at the hour
of our death. Amen.”
(Acknowledgement: Prinscripts No. 24 “Mary’s Assumption,” 2010)
Return from Sabbatical Leave
I returned on Monday after nearly six weeks of Sabbatical Leave. While on leave, I undertook the first phase of Australian Catholic University's (ACUs) "Forming Leaders International Formation Program" conducted in London, UK and Rome and Assisi, Italy. The program was an enjoyable and engaging experience for which I am very grateful. It was particularly significant for me that my wife Mary was able to accompany me and share in part of the program. My previous Sabbatical involved undertaking a course at Harvard University in Educational Leadership. This time I thought I would choose a course that would support my leadership in the sphere of Education in Faith. The course offered me the opportunity to further grow in my faith and consider ways forward for how schools can better assist adolescents with their faith formation. The program involved undertaking two units from ACU's Graduate Certificate in Education (Leading the New Evangelisation.) Leading the New Evangelisation is about doing better in schools to help young people develop their relationship with Jesus Christ.
The course involved lectures and workshops at St Mary's University London and ACU's Rome Campus. Each day also included prayer, Mass and a retreat as well as visits to significant sites. In London, the sites included Westminster Cathedral, the Catholic Education Service of England and Wales, Tyburn Convent and the Shrine of the Martyrs as well as some secondary schools. In Italy, we attended Mass in the crypt of St Peter, visited many Basilicas and other places of significance including a two-day retreat experience in Assisi which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Participants were from Australia, England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. I was inspired and encouraged by the faith-filled and friendly fellow educators undertaking the course with me and the ACU and St Mary's University Course Leaders. In particular, I am grateful to Archbishop Christopher Prowse (Canberra Goulburn Archdiocese), Mr Peter Woods and Br. David Hall FMS from the La Salle Academy for their inspiring leadership.
I am also very aware that this leave was made possible because many people supported me to be away. I express my gratitude to Michael Timms (Acting Principal), the College Executive, my P.A., Kim Abbott and everyone else who facilitated my absence from school.
I will share various aspects of my learning with staff members, parents and students when appropriate opportunities arise. Soon we will be moving into the first phase of developing the College's next School Improvement Plan. My learnings from the program will inform this plan's development where we address enhancing the College as a Christ-centred community.
I was delighted to receive a letter from the Chief Commissioner, Scouts Victoria informing me that one of our Year 9 students, Ada Hand, had earned the "Australian Scout Medallion." This award places Ada among the top achievers of the millions of scouts worldwide.
To attain this award, Ada has demonstrated initiative, sustained efforts, self-discipline, teamwork and leadership. These qualities are among those we desire for our students and will put Ada in a strong position in her future. Congratulations and well done Ada!
2018 Annual Report to the School Community
As part of the funding agreement between the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) and the Australian Government, schools are required to report on particular categories of School Performance Information. This information is supplied to the school community in some ways that include (but not limited to): fortnightly newsletter; an annual report; annual school magazine “Magis” and our website.
I am pleased to inform you that the Saint Ignatius College Geelong 2018 Annual Report to the School Community is available on the College Website www.ignatius.vic.edu.au and a copy is also available upon request at the College Office. The report covers three key areas:
Our College Vision,
Professional Engagement; and
Key Student Outcomes.
On next Monday Mrs Annette Chidzey (Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning) will commence Long Service Leave for the remainder of the term. On behalf of our College community, I wish Mrs Chidzey a very restful and enjoyable break.
Ms Elise Meehan (current Science Learning Area Leader) has been appointed Acting Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning for the duration of Mrs Chidzey’s absence. Please refer any matters you would usually contact Mrs Chidzey about to Ms Meehan. I congratulate Ms Meehan and welcome her to the College Executive.
Michael Exton Principal
As we arrive at the middle of the term the commitments we have and the pressure we experience become increasingly obvious. Often we can mask the pressures around us but at times these things mount up and threaten to overwhelm us. As assessment task submission dates draw nearer and the commitments at school and externally increase the ability for each of us to pause and truly rest diminishes. With this in mind it may be a timely reminder that Scripture can reveal to us a solution to a very human cyclic problem and that we need to pause and go back to the source of our faith and of our community.
The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and John all record the account of Jesus walking on water. Much theological and biblical scholarship has been directed to this event throughout history and a number of conclusions have been determined. Interestingly the Gospel of Luke omits the account, which is perplexing when considering the overriding theme of Luke’s Gospel.
Scholars have suggested that the account truly may be a nature miracle where Jesus’ divinity is further revealed and affirmed. However, this outcome depends largely upon the personal faith and belief of the reader. It has also been concluded that the account may be based upon an event that actually occurred although not literally in the manner the text offers, whereby the truth of the story is in what it may illustrate about Jesus and our personal relationship with him.
The account in the three Gospels it remarkably similar with only Matthew offering a variation. In each account the disciples had been sent by Jesus to the other side of Galilee. The wind is moderate and the waves make rowing the boat difficult. Jesus who had gone up to the mountain to pray. After they had travelled a number of miles across the lake they see Jesus whom they believe is a ghost and are terrified. Jesus tells them “do not be afraid” and comes into the boat. The wind calms.
The Gospel of Matthew has an additional component. Upon seeing Jesus and hearing his voice Peter tests Jesus and says “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water”. Jesus invites him out, yet the waves make Peter fearful, his faith waivers and he starts to sink. Calling out Jesus “Lord save me”, Peter is held by Jesus and they enter the boat.
In reflecting upon the account there is much that can be revealed to us today and how our busy lives may be an allegory or parallel to the passage.
As the wind and waves rise around our boat we find that our family and friends, like the disciples, become agitated and fearful. We need comfort and reassurance and although our loved ones and networks offer us that peace as a small community there is a point where internally ‘we’ cannot offer what is needed. There is a limit upon the peace and assurance we can offer on another. Our ‘boat’ at times is challenged by the things around us and progress is difficult at best.
At times of stress we need to be aware of our destination. What is it that we are work towards? What are our goals and how can this vision guide our course, or at least maintain the right direction?
We also need to be aware of Jesus who is with us and makes himself known particularly at these times. He may seem slightly distant but we need to look outside of our ‘boat’ as the disciples did as he makes his way toward us. When you notice his presence in all of the commotion around it may surprise or ‘terrify’ you somewhat. Jesus is very good at disguising himself in troubling situations and often we see him in a person or event that we do not expect. Do not be alarmed when you recognise him in a way in which you did not expect.
When you have noticed Jesus the Gospel of Matthew encourages you to be bold. Call out to him, have courage and step into the things that threaten your boat. Jesus does not fear the wind or the waves, he has power over them and will calm the storm. Even in this turmoil with great assurance and love he calls us out to be with him. He shows us we have nothing to fear. We are like him; we are made in his image.
When you step out of the boat and enter into the things that cause agitation or concern do so with faith. Peter hesitated for a moment as the waves struck him and started to sink. But he became the rock on which the Church was build, Jesus believed in him and he was the first Pope. If Peter’s faith waivered in the physical presence of Our Lord it’s natural that at times your faith may also ebb when you need it most. But just as he saved Peter he will save you and calm the storm. In stepping out of the boat your faith has been affirmed and Jesus will not let you be swallowed by the sea.
As Peter called out to Jesus we should also in times of need. When we are struggling he will reach out and lift us up. Jesus will calm us and the storm. He will take us back and enter our ‘boat’. He will calm the storm and comfort those who travel with us in life. The journey will soon become pleasant and easy again. Jesus is with us.
These things are true. These promises are revealed. Of these things we can be sure.
As you journey through the school term in your role as parent, student, teacher, family member, remember that the events of life are cyclic. We move between times of peace and tranquillity and times of agitation and tension as ‘life’ happens. It is in the times of agitation or pressure where we need to especially pause and consider what has been revealed to us by Jesus and be assured of his presence and promises. I hope that although metaphorical these thoughts might be helpful and that you may be able to apply them to your experiences at half way point of this terms ‘journey’.
Have courage, step into the deep, call out to Jesus, receive the peace and contentment he promises.
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
Saint Ignatius College is delighted to present the musical production of ‘School of Rock’, to be performed at GPAC’s Playhouse Theatre in September 2019.
Based on the hilarious hit movie, this new musical follows dropout Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a bit of cash by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. But Dewey isn’t going to teach them algebra or arithmetic, oh no. These kids are going to learn what it takes to become the most awesome rock ‘n’ roll band of all time! But can his new group win the Battle of the Bands without being schooled by their parents and headmistresses, or will Dewey have to face the music?
It is with much excitement that members of the College Community will be invited to purchase tickets to this wonderful production from Friday 9th August on the GPAC website from 9am.
Click here to make a booking: https://www.gpac.org.au/event/1229/school-of-rock
Show times are as follows:
Thursday 12th September 7:00pm
Friday 13th September 7:00pm
Saturday 14th September 12:00pm
Saturday 14th September 5:00pm
On Wednesday 31 July we celebrated the Feast Day of our Patron, St Ignatius of Loyola.
We came together to celebrate as a school community, promoting who we are, what we stand for as well as expressing gratitude for belonging to our school. The theme for the day was based around social justice and awareness of those less fortunate. This was outlined very clearly at the whole school assembly, which included; a short liturgy, an address from Fr James Puppady, student presentations, performances and several other items.
I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to speak to the students, on my thoughts, and what it means to me to be part of an Ignatian school. In my speech I discussed a concept that was presented to me at the recent JACSA conference, “which side of the river are you standing on when you consider those that have been ignored or disregarded in our community?”
Are you the type of person that is judging and demonstrates little empathy to those in need?
Are you on the other side of the river and can look from their perspective, walk in their shoes and align with the values that our Catholic faith is built upon?
I challenged them to walk alongside these people, develop that empathy, and be the advocate for change Ignatius would want each and every one of us to be.
An important part of our Feast day is celebrating long serving staff of the College. I would like to commend and congratulate the following staff on their service and commitment they have provided the community of Saint Ignatius and CRC over the past years:
Ian Anderson (10 years)
Allison Hill (10 years)
Ashley Latchford (10 years)
Kate Lehmann (10 years)
Brad Manzak (10 years)
Elise Meehan (10 years)
Tristan Phieler (10 years)
Rebekah Spencer (10 years)
Paul James (15 years)
Bill Miles (15 years)
Tory Wood (15 years)
Ben Zanghi (15 years)
Anthony Fitzgerald (20 years)
Joe McLean (20 years)
Paul O’Brien (20 years)
Bernie Lowes (40 years)
Sporting Success Continues
Congratulations to Ellie Harrison who has recently won the coveted 16 and under division at the 2019 Billabong Occy’s Grom surfing competition. Ellie also secured the 14 and under girls division, demonstrating her exceptional ability in surfing against some of the best surfers around Australia.
Max Annandale has recently been invited to join the U/17 Victorian AFL squad. We wish Max all the best in being selected for the Victorian team.
Congratulations to our 1stXVIII football team who were convincing winners in Tuesday’s quarterfinal of the Herald Sun Shield. The boys played against a representative team from the Christian School Education Network (CSEN) and were far superior on the day. The team now needs to wait until 4th September to play their Semi-Final at Trevor Barker Oval in Sandringham. Good luck to all the students and staff involved in the match.
Drysdale Sporting Precinct Update
The draft master plan for the Drysdale Sporting Precinct was released on the 15th July and is now open for public consultation for a period of eight weeks closing on 9th September 2019. The revised master plan has been adjusted significantly since the initial master plan was released. There have been a number of exclusions, such as the athletics track, multi-purpose courts and rectangular sporting fields.
The updated master plan provides a community area and a passive recreation site, playground facilities and a ‘learn to ride’ bitumen track, plus a premier rectangular field and netball courts. The facility will be a great addition to our area and will continue to support the growing demands of the Bellarine Peninsula. I have included the following link if you would like to provide feedback to the Geelong City Council on the updated master plan. https://www.geelongaustralia.com.au/yoursay/item/8d70518f286b15f.aspx
Parents College Relationships Code of Conduct
At Saint Ignatius College Geelong we are committed to nurturing respectful relationships and active partnerships with our parents. We believe that our students’ learning journeys are enriched through positive and reciprocal home and College relationships. As part of the requirements of the Victorian Registrations and Qualifications Authority each school is directed to provide a Parents College Relationships Code of Conduct.
This Code of Conduct is intended to guide parents/guardians in your dealings with staff, other parents, students and the wider College community. It articulates the College’s key expectations of both staff and parents with regard to respectful relationships and behaviours. It also specifies the College’s position with regard to unacceptable behaviours that breach our culture of respect. This document is available on the Parent Portal via the College.
As a College we are always investigating ways to improve our systems and productivity, and the recent change to our phone system is aimed at achieving this. At the beginning of next week, when parents/guardians call to inform the College of their children’s absences we will now have an automated system to leave a message. This, we hope, will stream line our attendance system.
Furthermore, it is important to note that regular attendance at school is one way of ensuring your daughter/son will remain positive about their schoolwork and continue to build a strong connection with the College. Attending important College events can also allow for the opportunity for students to foster and build the necessary relationships with their peers, that will not only enhance their motivation to attend school but builds a positive school culture that every great school strives to attain. If you need support in regards to any attendance issues, please contact your son/daughters Homeroom teacher or Year Level Coordinator.
In celebrating Feast Day this week we pause to give thanks for the life and legacy of St Ignatius of Loyola. We come together as a community inspired by his insight and ability to bring others closer to Jesus. As we pause to reflect upon the significance of Ignatius’ life the following contemplation from his Spiritual Exercises may be an excellent manner in which we may honour his legacy.
The purpose of Ignatius’ Exercises is to encounter Jesus and achieve the purpose of our creation. To achieve this purpose we “should seek to desire only what helps us more towards the end for which we are created”, which is “to praise, reverence and serve God”. The following is a beautiful visualisation of the Trinity, the love of God the Father, the incarnation of Jesus, through the submission of Mary to the will of God.
Although a small component of the Second Week of Exercises the following contemplation illustrates the brilliance of Ignatius, the ability for contemplation to assist one to transcend the ordinary and the depth of insight he is able to illicit through the personalisation of a number of complex theological concepts. In particular it should be noted that the following contemplation written almost five hundred years ago still speaks to people in the modern day.
I hope you may be able to celebrate the Feast Day of St Ignatius this week by entering into the following gift that Ignatius entrusted to all those of faith who succeed him, and that as Ignatius says you “draw profit from it”.
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
Contemplation of the Incarnation
From St Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises
First Preamble. The first Prelude is to bring up the narrative of the thing which I have to contemplate.
Here, it is how the Three Divine Persons looked at all the flatness or roundness of all the whole world, with people, and how the decision taken in Their eternity, as They saw them all going down to Hell, that the Second Person would become human to save the human race. Thus when the fullness of time came, They sent the Angel St. Gabriel to Our Lady.
Second Preamble. The composition, seeing the place, which here it will be to see the great extent of the round earth with its many and such different races; then, in the same way, see the particular house of Our Lady and its rooms in the city of Nazareth, in the Province of Galilee.
Third Preamble. I ask for what I want: here I ask for interior knowledge of the Lord who became human for me so that I may better love and follow Him.
First Point. This is to see the various persons: first those on the face of the earth, in all their diversity of dress and appearance, some white and others black; some in peace and others at war; some weeping and others laughing; some healthy, others sick; some being born and others dying, etc; second I see and consider the Three Divine Persons, as though They are on the royal throne of their Divine Majesty, how They look down on all whole round world and on all it’s people in such great blindness, and dying and going down into Hell; third I see Our Lady, and the Angel who is greets her. And I should reflect in order to draw profit from such a sight.
Second Point. This is to hear what the people on the face of the earth talk about, i.e. how they are talking with each other, how they swear and blaspheme, etc. In the same way what the Divine Persons are saying, that is: "Let us bring about the redemption of the human race," etc.; Then what the Angel and Our Lady are talking about. And I should reflect to draw profit from their words.
Third Point. Next I look at what the persons on the face of the earth are doing, e.g. wounding, killing and going to Hell, etc, and in the same way, what the Divine Persons are doing, that is, accomplishing the sacred Incarnation, etc, and similarly, what the Angel and Our Lady are doing, the Angel fulfilling his role as legate and Our Lady humbling herself and giving thanks to the Divine Majesty. Then to reflect in order profit from each of these things.
Colloquy. At the end a Colloquy is to be made, thinking what I ought to say to the Three Divine Persons, or to the eternal Word incarnate, or to his Mother, Our Lady, and I make a request, according to my inner feelings, so that I may better follow and imitate Our Lord, thus newly incarnate, saying an Our Father.
After months of training and preparing for the trek, four students accompanied by their parents, landed in Papua New Guinea on Monday the 24th June to tackle the gruelling Kokoda Track.
We met our trek leader, Mick O’Malley (Owner of Australian Kokoda Tours) at the Port Moresby airport, then we made our way to the luxurious Hilton Hotel. Before dinner, we had a detailed trek briefing and we all walked away feeling excited and a tad nervous!
We took an early 30-minute flight to Poppndetta, then we had a bumpy 3-hour ride in a truck carrier to Kokoda. We inspected the Kokoda museum, monuments and memorials, before meeting our wonderful porters. At this time, we didn’t realise how much we would need and value the porters over the next 8 nights.
After lunch, we started the 96km Kokoda Trek. Shortly after walking through the famous Kokoda arches, the rain came down, but it certainly didn’t dampen our spirits! We trekked in wet and slippery conditions and arrived in camp at 5pm.
Throughout the next 8 days, the porters cooked up many delicious lunches and dinners. They also carried and set up our tents (or you could choose to sleep in a hut) and they entertained us with their singing at night time. The porters were truly amazing!
Every morning, Mick woke us up at 5am and yelled ‘packs on’ at 6am. The porters sang an inspirational war cry, which lifted our mood after the early wake-up call. Most nights we were ready for bed by 8.30pm, however not everybody managed to get a good nights sleep!
Along the trek, we visited many memorial sites, inspected Japanese and Australian trenches and ammunition dumps. We paid our respects at the Isurava War Memorial, we looked out over the Myola airfield where food drops occurred, we walked to Mount Bellamy (the highest point on the track) and we trekked along Mission Ridge and Brigade Hill (scene of a ferocious battle). Each day, we loved listening to Mick tell us stories of the battles that took place and the inspirational stories of our Australian soldiers.
We camped in the local villages where we witnessed first-hand their modest living conditions. Day 6 of the trek was a highlight for us as we thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed our cultural rest day in Menari. We participated in a number of activities including: a visit to the local school, we planted some trees, the students built a stretcher from scratch and we played volleyball and touch rugby with and against our porters and students from other schools. In the evening, the village children sang songs and we presented them with gifts we bought from home.
On average, we trekked for approximately 6 to 7 hours per day. The terrain was tough; steep uphill climbs were usually followed by going downhill which was just as challenging. Once again though, our porters were there to help us along the way and to stop us from falling so much! For a few of the days, we were lucky enough to enjoy some refreshing swims in the rivers which we all looked forward to.
Our last day of trekking consisted of a number of really steep hills that seemed to go on forever. The track was muddy and slippery at times and we walked through lots of river crossings. We finally reached Owers Corner and walked through the long awaited arches as a group. On the way back to Port Moresby, we visited the Bomana War Cemetery where we paid homage to all the brave men who lost their lives on the track.
After a long, warm shower, we celebrated our achievement with the porters back at the Hilton Hotel. Sadly, it was then time to say goodbye to our porters who have helped us some much over our journey. The following morning, Mick and his main PNG porter (Mudman) waved us off at the airport where we headed home after experiencing a memorable and rewarding 9 days on the Kokoda Track.
On behalf of Saint Ignatius College, I would like to sincerely thank Mick O’Malley and his support staff: Leigh Howlett (our paramedic), Bruce Dunlop and Pete Murphy, and the 18 local porters. Thank you for helping us and entertaining us along the track!
For more information regarding the Kokoda Trip, please come to the overseas launch night which will be held at the College on Wednesday the 14th August.
On Wednesday July 10, 2019 a number of Saint Ignatius College staff attended the Jesuit and Companions Schools Association (JACSA) conference. The three-day conference is held every 3 years at one of the Jesuit Schools throughout Australia. This year we were fortunate to travel to Adelaide and our host College was Saint Ignatius’ College, Adelaide. This Education Conference focused on responding to the challenge to be companions in a mission of Reconciliation and Justice. The conference consisted of three key objectives:
To address the Province Bookend priorities: concerns for Australia’s First Nations peoples and for the country’s most recent arrivals, Asylum Seekers and Refugees.
To find ways in which Ignatian Spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises can be actively adapted to the school setting so that students learn the habit of stillness and the practice of discernment.
To nurture the established JACSA Professional Learning Communities.
The delegates were fortunate enough to hear from the Provincial Fr Brian McCoy SJ and Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ on some of the current issues facing educators today. There were also a number of key note speakers throughout the conference, delivering addresses on a range of topics. Fr Frank Brennan SJ challenged participants regarding our response to Refugees and Asylum Seekers and First Nations People in Australia querying how Ignatian Spirituality can and should contribute to this conversation. Mr. Nishadh Rego from Jesuit Refugee Service depicted the human face of those currently in detention or in precarious positions post-detention while Ms. Barbara Watkins, confronted those present with the challenge to transform mission into action. All speakers were thought provoking, inspiring and generated great discourse amongst the delegates in attendance.
I would like to thank the Saint Ignatius staff who attended the conference alongside myself: namely Mrs. Annette Chidzey, Ms. Alicia Deak, Ms. Deb Hodge, Mr. Paul Lewis and Mr. Brendan Nicholls.
Major Roads Project
The next stage of this project involves completing foundations for the pedestrian underpass and this work has commenced. The underpass will ensure safe and efficient access to and from the Education, Arts and Sporting precinct on Peninsula Drive and is a welcome stage in the ongoing development of the bypass.
The pedestrian underpass has been designed to be wide, light and welcoming for all users. It will be 8 metres wide, 3 metres high and 26 metres long and will open onto a new, landscaped open space with seating and bus shelters at the pick-up and drop-off points on Peninsula Drive. At night, the underpass will be well lit to ensure the safety of people needing to access it.
Piling work for the new pedestrian underpass will resume on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 with the rig moved on site prior to that date. During this time, you will notice some large machinery near the old entrance of Peninsula Drive. These machines will be drilling holes, driving concrete piles deep into the ground and building concrete footings.
While the underpass foundations are being built, the existing pedestrian detour will remain in place from Andersons Road to Peninsula Drive. There may be minor adjustments to the detour at the closest points to the piling work, but clear directional signage will be provided any time there are alterations.
I encourage all students to ensure they remain out of the construction area and follow the signage provided by the Major Roads Project Victoria group.
At the conclusion of last term, we had a number of international immersion trips that departed to various locations around the globe. There were significant life time memories created for all participants undertaking these experiences. It was pleasing to welcome back staff and students during the recent holidays and listen to the detailed stories that these trips provided. I would like to acknowledge the following staff who shared the experiences with our parents and students.
Kokoda – Companions Ladder Program – Staff Ms. Stacey Learmonth and Mr. Brendan O’Brien who attended as a parent
Timor Immersion – Ms. Alicia Deak
World Challenge – Mr. Michael Brown, Mr. Byron Mitchell, Ms. Leonie O’Brien, Mr. Nathan Patterson and Mr. Angelo Scotto. I would also like to acknowledge the College Alumni who attended the World Challenge Expedition as Expedition Assistants: Keira Ford, Chloe Barry and Bridget Waring.
The following students have brought distinguished acclaim to the school and themselves in recent weeks and I wish to take this opportunity to acknowledge their respective efforts and achievements:
Jet Kneebone (9 Beltran) who represented VIC Country in the National U/16 Basketball Championships. There were only 10 boys selected from the Victoria country region. The team had a very good carnival making it to the Grand Final, where they were defeated by Vic Metro.
Tristan Bond (9 Arrupe) and Mason Ward (9 Gonzaga) were presented with the Australian Scout Medallion. To attain this award reflects sustained effort over many months and years, plus self-discipline, teamwork and leadership. All of the attributes we want from our students at Saint Ignatius. Well done.
I would also like to wish the following students all the best as they undertake the following endeavours:
Lucy Mawson (7 Ward) and Charli Nicol (9 Gonzaga) will be representing Team Victoria in the U/12 and U/15 Netball Schools Sports Australian Championships
Jye Clarke (9 Isore) and Ashley Van Loon (9 Regis) who are both representing Team Victoria in the U/15 boys and U/15 girls AFL competition.
We look forward to hearing about their experiences when they return to the College.
A reminder that Semester 1 reports will be accessible online via the Parent Portal on July 23, 2019 from 9am. In addition to assist future planning, there will be a Subject Information Expo for all year 9 and 10 students to be held at the College on Wednesday August 7. This evening is designed to provide detailed information in regards to upcoming pathways and 2020 subject selections at both levels.
Further details will be forwarded to parents and guardians of students in these levels closer to the Expo, but for now I ask that this date be diarized to ensure everyone can be present.
Michael Timms Acting Principal
As we return to a new semester refreshed and energized we are challenged to enter into another period of learning, discernment and growth. New beginnings are a very important part of life. When we begin something anew we have the chance to leave some of what was less helpful in our past, be transformed and bring new things to life in our lives. This fact is true of individuals, communities and society as a whole.
As individuals each of us has the opportunity to enter into the next six months with a revised vision for what we hope to achieve and who we would like ourselves to be. As a community we consider what might be achieved collectively between now and the end of the year and the plans that might be implemented and may bear fruit next year. As a society we enter into a new financial year and at all levels pause to consider what we might be able to achieve with the gifts provided by our resources and collective ‘hard work’.
Reflection and discernment is greatly needed in our Country at this time. This week our Government rejected recommendations by the Australian Human Rights Commission to relax a number of draconian and retrospective laws that affect some 30,000 asylum seekers. Many of the laws in place affect the ability for these vulnerable people to seek employment and contribute to the economy, to be able to live above the poverty line, to access elementary health services and have a hopefully vision of the future.
As we enter into a new financial year our Government has continued to slash the funds offered to support people seeking asylum. There has been a 60% reduction in the budget in this area over the last two years, which in the coming year will equate to approx. $30,724 per person being offered to support employment services, ‘welfare’ payments etc.
Conversely border protection and offshore detention blew out to $1.158billion in 2018-19. Meaning that the cost of offshore detention was $1.266millon per person. The enormous discrepancy in the cost of detaining asylum seekers and refugees offshore and the limited funding offered to support those in our communities is difficult to resolve.
These facts are part of an extremely difficult and emotive issue. However, the cost to our collective humanity and the wellbeing of vulnerable human beings cannot be summarily dismissed. The psychological stress upon those affected is inordinate. Without hope people become despondent and lost. This eventuality leads to significant mental health problems and suicide (24 cases since 2010). As a community we are a people of hope. Our vision is centered on the teachings of Jesus, his resurrection and the promise of eternal life. Let us consider how we can align our identity and views with this difficult and complex issue.
Last Sunday the Gospel reading was the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). A story that is well known and often used as an ethical yardstick. A few points that are less well known is the relationship between Jews and Samaritans at the time. The tension between the two communities was palpable and visceral. A comparison in Australia today would be the manner in which ‘right-wing’ groups view Muslims. Many of the asylum seekers and refugees affected by the budgetary decisions are Muslims. They are also have fled from cultures that are significantly different to our own.
As the narrative is so engaging we often remember the story rather than the key point in which Jesus asks the Lawyer, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” This question and response offers us the key to unlock the crux of any significant issue – mercy.
At this time, we as individuals, communities and as a nation would do well to reflect upon this reading in the context of refugees and asylum seekers. How may we pause for a moment and view the issue through the eyes of Jesus? How might we judge with his heart those who have sought protection in a manner that is against the laws of our Country? Are we able to see the person or are we only able to see an issue, legislation or labels? What viewpoint honours our faith community and our personal relationship with Jesus? Reflection of these points guided by the ‘head, heart, hands’ model many be of profit as you consider this demanding matter.
Head - Be informed
Seek information about the situation that is from reputable and unbiased sources and consider the problem rationally.
Consider and evaluate the suggestions of Pope Francis and faith based organisations such as Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO).
Contemplate the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) in a personal way in relation to refugees and asylum seekers. Which character illustrates your current position on the issue? Who in our society are illustrated by the other characters? Which character best reflects who you are called to be? Who is your nieghbour? How can you show mercy?
Heart – Pray
Pray for mercy and compassion. Desire to be like Jesus and ask God to provide the gifts needed.
Pray to be transformed. Ask the Spirit to seek out any hardness or lack of empathy in your heart and restore you to wholeness.
Seek inspiration in Scripture and pray that the Word will guide your heart and mind so that you might be able to go beyond your current field of vision. Pray that you might be able to truly ‘see’ the person.
Hands – Action
Show that you care. Advocate for change, help those who suffer by contacting a refugee and asylum seeker organization and volunteer, reach out to refugees in your own community.
Discuss the issue with others. Although doctors and health care workers are legally able to voice their concerns other professionals who serve in offshore detention centers face hefty fines and imprisonment if they speak out. Thus the reality of what refugees and asylum seekers face is largely hidden from and unknown by our community.
Evangelise. Have courage and affirm that your view is based not only upon objective data, considered thought, but also your lived faith. Let others know that you are able to move beyond numbers, labels and statistics and that guided by the Spirit you believe there is a better way and a hope filled future for all people.
As we settle into a new semester and our Country into a new financial year I encourage you to take a moment to consider the future of our society, our College community and yourself. Our journey of discipleship continues as we look toward the end of another year and our ability to discern the will of God and the change that we can bring to the world is unlimited.
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
On Thursday 27th of June, Luke Giblin and Darcy Nichols (Year 12 VCAL Students) completed an assessed performance for their VET studies in Music and Performance at the Queenscliff Brewhouse along with fifteen other students undertaking the same course from Bellarine Secondary College. They performed in front of an audience of 80 music lovers, locals, family and friends.
Luke sang 'Talk is Cheap' by Chet Faker, 'Someone Like You' by Adele and an original called 'Key to my Soul'. This is Luke’s first year in the VET program and this was his first performance in front of a live audience. Although he was very nervous and apprehensive, all his songs were greeted with rapturous applause. Luke will continue to build his confidence during the year.
This is now Darcy’s second year in the course playing guitar, drums and the keys. At the Queenscliff Brewhouse, Darcy performed with his band called CouCh, they played a high energy acoustic cover of 'Crazy' by Gnarls Barkley and then four original compositions, 'She’s on the Loose', 'By the Sea', and two which are available on Spotify and iTunes, called 'Orange Juice' and 'Home'. Go check them out now!
There will be a final performance at the Potato Shed where Darcy and Luke will present their final exam pieces, and everyone is welcome to attend. Luke wants to continue his music pathway by undertaking a Sound Engineering course in 2020 at either Melbourne Polytechnic or Collarts Music College. In 2020, Darcy is planning to study Music Business Management or Sound Engineering at either JMC or Melbourne Polytechnic.
Darcy and Luke acknowledged that the flexible Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) programme gave them the necessary skills and knowledge to undertake future studies in music composition and sound engineering. I’m sure we’ll see them both perform at such events like Splender in the Grass and the Queenscliff Music Festival in years to come.
Ms Kirsty Allan VCAL Coordinator
Last week of term
Tomorrow is the last day of classes for the term, and we look forward to the semester one break over the next two weeks. Over the last while, students have been very busy completing and then submitting final pieces of work for the semester. Teachers have also been very busy with corrections and writing the Semester One Reports.
These reports will be available online through the parent portal from 9 am on Tuesday 23rd July 2019. We do not have scheduled Parent/Students/Teacher Conferences to follow-up on these reports, however, parents are most welcome to contact teachers early next term to make a time to discuss student progress in response to these reports.
Tomorrow, 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.
I wish all students a restful break and encourage them to spend some time revising and preparing for the next term. In particular, VCE students should be using some of this time to review the work covered to-date, preview and prepare for the work ahead and complete any set work given by teachers.
Please note that classes resume for term three on Tuesday, 16th July 2019. (Yr 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 Teacher Professional Practice day, and there will be no regular classes on this day.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to take some of my sabbatical leave from the start of the forthcoming school holidays for five weeks. During this time, as part of my ongoing commitment to Education in Faith leadership studies, I will undertake a course, “Forming International Leaders in the New Evangelisation” through Australian Catholic University (ACU) at St Mary’s University in London, UK and ACU’s Rome Campus, Italy with visits to some schools and other significant locations in both countries.
During my absence, Deputy Principal, Mr Michael Timms will be Acting Principal.
Congratulations Fr Kevin Dillon on 50 years of priesthood!
On Sunday 1st June 1969, Fr Kevin was ordained at his “home parish” - Our Lady of Lourdes, Armadale. This was the beginning of his fifty years of connection with six parishes in Melbourne: East Bentleigh, Ivanhoe, Altona, Mitcham, Geelong and Rowville. Other roles during these fifty years include working at the Vocations Office, the organisation of the 1986 Papal Visit, and six years as Episcopal Vicar for Communications. Also, there are many, many significant achievements resulting from his leadership. However, for Fr Kevin, “it has been the ongoing and deep connection with parishes - and therefore with parishioners - that has been the keystone of my past fifty years as a priest.” In Geelong, we are very grateful for his time as Parish Priest of St Mary of the Angels where he provided extraordinary leadership and service to the Geelong Catholic and broader communities.
Our school community is very grateful for Fr Kevin’s generous support as President of the Association of Canonical Administrators during his time in Geelong. Fr Kevin served on the College’s Board, celebrated many, many student Masses and spoke at many major College events. His priestly ministry, his presence and his wise words were valued and enriched our school community, enhancing our Catholic ethos and identity. Many from the Geelong region, including myself and others associated with our College, travelled to Fr Kevin’s current parish, St Simon the Apostle, Rowville to attend a very special Mass and celebration afternoon tea on Sunday 2nd June so we could join in congratulating Fr Kevin on this milestone of 50 years of priesthood with gratitude and best wishes. Congratulations, Fr Kevin!
Two staff members will be leaving, and another one will commence parental leave at the end of this term as follows.
Mrs Nella Costa (Finance/Admin. Officer)
Retirement is a significant decision to make in one’s life journey. It is important, as a school community, we recognise this milestone for one of our long-serving staff members, Mrs Costa. To do so, I look back with gratitude for Mrs Costa’s dedicated contribution since she commenced her involvement with the College in 1991 at the then Catholic Regional College in Geelong. She has been a vital member of the Finance/Admin team and in particular, worked in the areas of accounts (school fees and the ordering of and payment for resources) and bus coordination.
She has been a loyal and hardworking member of the College Community. Her three children, Anthony, Miranda and Richard, all attended the College.
In looking forward, on behalf of the College community, I wish Mrs Costa every blessing for a very happy, healthy and rewarding time as she commences the next chapter of her life. We will miss Nella. Thank you and best wishes.
Ms Brooke O’Brien (Year 8 Homeroom Teacher/English and RE Teacher)
Ms O’Brien has been a very well-regarded teaching member of staff at our College for nearly five years. Among many valuable contributions, she has taught senior English and coordinated the College’s “Personal Learning” program. I am very grateful for her dedicated, enthusiastic and hardworking approach that has benefited so many students. On behalf of the College, I wish Ms O’Brien all the best for her future.
Ms Elana Cole (Year 7 Homeroom Teacher/Indonesian, English and Humanities Teacher)
I wish Ms Cole all the best as she commences parental leave. We look forward to good news later in the year!
I thank Ms Cole for all she has done to date to settle the Yr 7 Carroll students into secondary school, and in particular, her work to build on the College’s “Companions” Program.
To replace these three staff members, I inform you of the following appointments.
We had plenty of notice about Mrs Costa’s retirement and have appointed Mrs Jenny Peters as “Assistant Business Manager”. Mrs Peters’ role includes many of the duties Mrs Costa performed.
Current teaching staff member, Mr Michael Tod (Year 7 Homeroom Teacher/RE and English Teacher) will change his teaching allocation to teach Ms O’Brien’s classes and become the Year 8 Montserrat Homeroom Teacher. Mr Tod will also take on the Debating role with Years 7 to 9 in support of Ms Andrea Dart.
I am grateful to a current teaching staff member, Mrs Gemma Tolan, who will take on the coordination of the “Personal Learning” Program.
With Mr Tod changing his teaching allocation, this meant that we needed another teacher to replace his current teaching load. I am glad that I could appoint Ms Amy Anderson to the College’s teaching staff. Ms Anderson will be the new Year 7 Miki Homeroom Teacher from the beginning of next term.
Mr Andrew Blackstone will be replacing Ms Cole for the remainder of this year and will be the Year 7 Carroll Homeroom Teacher.
I am grateful to a current teaching staff member, Ms Tory Wood, who will take on the “Companions” Program coordination.
Also, there have been a few changes to the subject teacher of some classes to help make the adjustments necessary to accommodate the changes mentioned above. These changes will be indicated on the relevant student Semester Two timetables available through our online Student Management System, ‘Xuno.’
World Challenge and Kokoda
Photos from our World Challenge immersion in northern India and our Kokoda trip can be view in the gallery.
Michael Exton Principal
As we finish the semester we enter into a fortnight of rest and relaxation. It amazes me how quickly two weeks passes during the holidays. Before you know it well-meaning people will be noting that ‘you have less than a week left!’. With this in mind it’s worth spending some time considering what holidays offer us and how we might best utilise the time offered.
School holidays vary throughout the year and from year to year. Some holidays are pre-planned with ‘holidays’ to overseas destinations or to locations in Australia some distance from home. The Christmas holidays are superb as the weather is hot, Christmas is celebrated and the whole family has a number of weeks together. The term one holidays always offer us excitement in the celebration of Easter and time with family and friends over an extended break, the weather is good so camping is always an option. The term three holidays are usually cold and wet – best spent somewhere north! The mid-year semester break is the period where we generally have not much is planned. The end of semester holidays are an excellent vehicle to explore the idea relaxation and contentment. Let’s consider how these coming weeks may be enhanced and offer more than we might normally experience.
Assuming nothing ‘big’ is planned these holidays we have fourteen days to fill. The first weekend is often spent idle. Many sports and hobbies have a break over the school holidays. So the first weekend is savoured as a time to ‘chill out. No school work (for teachers or students) and very little is planned. These first few days are a time to unwind and forget the day to day pressures that have for almost three months have become increasingly demanding.
Once the first weekend passes the challenge is to use the remaining days well. How might one best make use of time offered to rest and rejuvenate? There are a number of options. Take each day as it comes. Or have one activity planned each day so that days don’t simply drift by. Another option might be to book everyday fully and use every minute in doing something that is worthwhile. There is no right or wrong. We each spend the time as we see fit. Each day we are allotted 86400 seconds. How we use them in our holidays is completely up to us.
The beauty of the holidays is that they offer us freedom. We have no commitments. We can choose what we do and when we do it. With this freedom we can use the time in a manner that brings contentment and wholeness or we can ‘waste’ the time doing things that leave us unfulfilled. We individually judge what is time well spent and what is time wasted. What we do with our time is unique and personal. The key to enjoying our holidays is to be in control of our choices and in being able to evaluate what was done in that time as being of value.
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
The poem offers a beautiful vision of nature that leads us to a sense of gratitude to God for his gift of creation. The images Wordsworth paints with his words are alone enough to draw us beyond our normal thoughts. They direct us to Ignatius’ vision of ‘finding God in all things’. Nature is remarkable in the way in which it can move us from the ordinary to the profound or transcendent. So much occurs perfectly without the need for our actions. Nature is truly breath-taking.
As we move towards the school holidays we have the chance to use these thoughts well by spending some time in contemplation. Going out and observing the world that is so often concealed from our gaze nourishes us spiritually. Nature can never lead us to a feeling of boredom. There is so much happening if we simply ‘be’ we will be awestruck with the complexity of the interactions occurring all around. The secret to experience these things is to begin.
Over the holidays I encourage you to make time each day to go out and observe. Do nothing. Do not go for a jog or walk the dog. These activities offer rewards we often experience. Spend the time doing something different. When you are comfortable with this practice go a step further. As Ignatius suggests intentionally seek to ‘find God’ in the moment. This experience may offer a profound insight to the absolute presence of God that can be camouflaged in our normal interactions. We find God easily in friendships or things such as music. Purposefully seeking God in the ordinary without doing enables us to see with great clarity how present God is in every way; endlessly.
However you may choose to spend your time over these holidays I hope that when we return as a community you can look back upon the two weeks and say that it was time well spent. I wish you well as you enter this break and that you might be able to take up the suggestion; get out, observe, seek God and relax.
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
On Thursday May 23rd, our talented VCE music students performed their outcome 3 works at the Piano Bar in Geelong.
Over 100 parents and friends attended this fun evening. It was a great venue and the students, although very nervous, enjoyed themselves immensely. Many thanks to the parents, friends and staff who supported the students and to Eva Hay and Noah Gullan for being fabulous comperes.
“High School Musical Junior”
Over the past semester, the unit 3 theatre studies class has been extremely busy preparing and rehearsing ‘High School Musical Jr’ for there outcome 1 study requirements.
This has been a very busy time for the class, as each student as well and acting in the show, was also part of a design team. Whether it be set or lighting, costume or props we were able to work together and create/source many of the aspects for the show on our own.
This was an extremely beneficial and fun experience for all of us. Though at times it was a bit stressful, I am happy to say that we all, as a class, were able to overcome and adapt to any of the challenges thrown our way.
After a full week of intense final rehearsals, the big days finally arrived. Amazingly we were able to sell out both of our performances, each show leaving the audience singing along and begging for more! After speaking to many of the people who viewed the show, there was one clear consensus, that this was one of the best school musicals they had ever seen!
And this is 100% attributed to brilliant effort that each class member put in, so thank you very much for getting ya heads in the game and for always being ‘all in this together’.
A special thanks to Ms Walker, who calmly guided and mentored us all through this mammoth task! GO WILDCATS!!!
Noah Gullan, ‘High School Musical Jr’ Director
Year 7 Concert Band Evening
The students from Years 7 Borgia, Miki, Lewis, Claver and Ward presented an evening of musical excellence in the Potato Shed last week. Together with their tutors, they played a number of pieces as a large ensemble and in small instrumental groups. After only 2 terms of learning the technical realms of their instrument, they were able to play well in time with each other and played with good attention to tone and articulation.
Congratulations also to the Year 7 students who participated in the Honours Band, spending their own lunchtime preparing ‘We Will Rock You’. Thank you also the Junior Concert Band for presenting their item, which allowed the audience and insight into further musical opportunities at Saint Ignatius College next year.
A special thank you to the Instrumental Tutors Mrs Hobbs, Mr Corrin, Miss Cordell and Mr Neal, Ms Doble and Mrs Marrie for their hard work also.
A reminder that the Honorarium Application forms distributed at the event are due to the main office by Friday 28th June. Students who are being offered instruments for next term will be given their instrument to take home on this day also.
Veronica Marrie and Caitlin Doble
Over the semester at our College, the music department has held an array of musical opportunities for students such as the music Thursdays which have been held over the past five or so weeks.
Up and coming, we have the “Feast Day Talent Quest” which will give the students the opportunity to have a sing and also maybe win some prize money. We also have the snap shot competition which is up and running and there have been many applicants for this competition.
I am looking forward to many more Arts activities next semester.
Jack Woodfine Arts Captain
Youth Classical Competition
Congratulations to year 12 music student, Sean Neylan, for coming runner up in the recent “Regional Youth Classical Competition”. We were all so proud of Sean getting through his tough heat weeks before and managing to land himself in the final which was held in McCauley Hall, Sacred Heart College on Sunday, June 2nd.
The contestants at this final were outstanding and so we were delighted that Sean played so brilliantly. Sean received $1,000 in prize money! Congratulations to Sean and also to his piano teacher Mr Adrian Montagnese.
On Tuesday June 25th, the Year 12 music class performed at “Seaview Manor” aged care. Many thanks to Glenn Chidzey who made us feel so welcome and to the beautiful residents who were so appreciative of the performances.
Sean Neylan, our pianist, was especially grateful for the beautiful grand piano.
Year 8 Assembly
The Year 8 assembly last week showcased a number of very talented students.
Congratulations to Summer De Vries, Genevieve Kelly, MacKinley Watson and Lily Petterwood who were just fabulous and entertained the year level so beautifully. These students have displayed such amazing talent at such a young age and I look forward to seeing them develop as our future performers of the college.
If students are interested in taking private lessons in public speaking, voice or an instrument, they are to obtain an enrolment form from the office and return it to me before Friday 28th June.
Dates for all Performing Arts performances for next semester will be in the next newsletter. Looking forward to seeing many parents and friends at our future concerts.
Linda Pape Performing Arts Performance & Instrumental Coordinator
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
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