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    From the Principal

    Article by Mr Michael Exton

    From the Principal

    Welcome back

    Welcome to the new school term. I hope that the holiday period provided students with ample time for rest, recreation, revision of term one and planning for term two and all families enjoyed the Easter break with family and friends.

    This will, without doubt, be another busy term for us all. Apart from all of the usual teaching and learning activities there will be many other opportunities for student learning. Rehearsals commenced on Monday after school for this year’s production –“School of Rock,” the winter sports program began this week, the Annual House College Cross-Country Carnival was held on Tuesday or Wednesday this week, the Year 7 students have their Anglesea Camp next week, NAPLAN testing for Years 7 and 9 will be conducted soon, we have already undertaken the Year 7 Mothers and Sons Night and the Year 8 Mothers and Daughters Night will be held next week (see information below), there will be many performing arts events happening throughout the term and Year 10 students will have their Work Experience Program during the last week of term – and these are only some of the many term two events!

    Term 2 is very much the business term of the academic year. It is a time when students can make some substantial gains in their learning. As each student and family looks ahead, use of the Student Planner will be an essential tool to help each student structure his term program and keep on track. Organisation is the key and an important skill to develop in our students. I encourage parents to keep an eye on their student’s use of the planner.

    Geelong Future Leaders of Industry (GFLOI) and the Girls Leading Advanced Manufacturing (GLAM) programs

    Congratulations to Year 10 students Chiara Fankhauser and Asha McCurdy for their successful applications to join the GLAM program and Tasos Kontogeorgis, Jonah Spilsbury and Dylan Vigilante who have been chosen to participate in the GFLOI program.

    GLAM and GFLOI Studnets PDF GLAM and GFLOI Studnets PDF (357 KB)

    GFLOI & GLAM are six-month long Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) immersion programs for Years 9 and 10 students from the Geelong region. We are grateful to the ‘Geelong Manufacturing Council’ for coordinating the programs and ‘Skilling The Bay’ for their support.  For many years, a number of our students have successfully applied to participate in these valuable programs. GFLOI & GLAM will provide the participants with opportunities to experience pathways and career options in the manufacturing, engineering and STEM trades sectors via industry tours and presentations, undertake job readiness and leadership skills training, and meet a number of role-models including scientists, engineers and senior management of some of our region’s important and advanced manufacturers.

    Thank you to Mr Bruce Connor (WAFE Coordinator) for facilitating the students’ involvement in this opportunity.

    NAPLAN for Years 7 & 9 students

    The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been a yearly event for schools since 2008.

    On Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th May, our Years 7 and 9 students will undertake the 2019 NAPLAN tests. 

    NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four domains of Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy (both calculator and non-calculator allowed).

    NAPLAN assesses skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time, through the school’s implementation of the Victorian curriculum. NAPLAN is not a pass or fail type test, but rather shows how individual students are progressing in numeracy and literacy skills against national standards for all Australian children. 

    All students are encouraged to participate in the tests. Students with a disability may qualify for special provisions that reflect the support usually provided to them in the classroom. An explanatory letter and pamphlet will be distributed to students in both levels that will, in turn, provide further clarification about this testing process and how it will be managed at Saint Ignatius College in particular.

    The school will issue an individual student NAPLAN report later this year. Parents can use this information to monitor how their child is progressing and to identify any areas of concern. Parents may also wish to use their child’s results to discuss progress with teachers. More information is available at <>

    Year 7 Enrolments for 2020

    Can I please remind parents of current students that if you have a child in Year Six this year that applications for a place in Year 7 next year at Saint Ignatius College Geelong close on Friday 17th May 2019? Application forms are available from our office or the College website.

    ANZAC Commemoration Service

    Last week on Friday we held an ANZAC commemoration service for the whole school on the outdoor basketball courts. I am pleased that four of our students involved in the Army Cadets formed a Catafalque party for this service – well done and thank you to them. I am also grateful to Army Veteran, Mr Darren Stendt and daughter and sister of an Army Veterans, Ms Sian Diddams for providing the address at the service. Thank you to Deputy Principal Mr Paul Lewis for coordinating this service, and I congratulate our students for the respectful way they participated.

    Many of our students attended local ANZAC Commemoration Services, well done! At some of these services, student representatives and some staff laid a wreath on behalf of the College.

    Two of our senior student leaders, Heidi Bakker and Will Palmer and Deputy Principal, Mr Michael Timms represented the College at the annual Geelong Schools’ Annual ANZAC Commemoration Service on the Tuesday before ANZAC Day at 11.00am in Johnstone Park, Geelong. This annual ceremony was very well attended by representatives from most Geelong and district schools 

    ‘Time & Space’

    A reminder to parents of Year 8 girls about a wonderful opportunity next week.

    Year 8 Mother* & Daughter Night Thursday 9th May (at 7 pm in St Thomas Church.)

    * = or a female Mentor (e.g., Grandmother, Aunt, a family friend, a big sister,…)

    We are looking forward to all Yr 8 girls and their mothers/guardians/mentors attending. Mothers* should have received a letter in the mail with more detail by now. If you haven’t, please contact Ms Elana Cole (Companions Coordinator) as soon as possible. Please put this important date & time in your diary!

    Please feel free to look at the website for more information.

    Drysdale Bypass construction update

    Major Roads Projects (MRP) has shifted the pedestrian access from Andersons Road over the Drysdale Bypass alignment, through a temporary fence pathway.  This will be the new pedestrian access arrangement to and from Andersons Road for the next 6-8 months as they complete waterworks and build the pedestrian underpass.  To aid in a smooth switch, MRP will have traffic management controllers onsite to help direct the foot traffic to the new pedestrian path.

    MRP has received some questions about if there was an emergency at a school during the busy AM and PM peaks, would there be enough room for emergency services to access the precinct?  MRP has informed me that this is not the case, the new section of Peninsula Drive has been designed to have adequate lane width and a mountable median to ensure that in the event of an emergency, if all motorists pull over to the side, emergency service vehicles will have adequate room to access the precinct, as required.  MRP has been in consultation with all local emergency services teams and advised them of their ability to access, despite the temporary congestion being experienced. 

    I have received confirmation from Major Roads Projects (MRP) that Andersons Road at the Grubb Road end will be closed from Friday 3rd May 2019. This will be a permanent closure.

    MRP is still completing the left turn lane into St Thomas Primary School with asphalting due to be completed later this week. MRP informs us that this lane will improve the traffic flow entering into the precinct during the peak times, with traffic able to move past parked cars waiting to turn into St Thomas Primary School.

    By early next week, MRP will have a temporary left turn lane added to the existing (Portarlington/Jetty/Grubb) roundabout from Grubb Road onto Portarlington Road (Geelong bound.) MRP says that this will ensure traffic moves through the existing roundabout more freely and doesn’t create congestion on Grubb Road through to the new Peninsula Drive roundabout.

    If you have any questions, please get in touch with MRP by calling 1800 105 105 or email 

    Staff News

    Welcome back to Teacher, Ms Tory Wood who has returned from leave and thank you to Ms Belinda Wilson who covered Ms Wood’s classes during term one.

    Best wishes to Student Wellbeing Officer, Ms Mel Anset who commenced parental leave this week.  Welcome to Ms Sarah Somerset who will take over from Ms Anset 


    On behalf of our College community, I express our sympathy to the Secombe family, Skye (Yr 11), Brodie (Yr 7) and Tim (father) on the loss of their dearly loved mother and wife, Cassie.

    Please keep the Secombe family in your thoughts and prayers at this very challenging and sad time for them. May their loved ones rest in peace.

    Parents and Friends' Association meeting

    The next Parents & Friends Association Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 14th May at 7:00 pm in the Food Technology Centre. I encourage all parents to consider joining this group that makes a tremendous contribution to our school community. You would be most welcome.

    Michael Exton Principal

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