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    From the Principal

    Article by Mr Michael Exton

    From the Principal 

    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.

    Our 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 next 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.

    Remembrance Day

    As you are aware, Sunday is Remembrance Day. We will be conducting a short memorial service for students and staff at tomorrow’s full school assembly.

    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 22nd 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. All students 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 2018 school year at Saint Ignatius College.

    Please note that most Years 7 – 11 students will not be required at school on Thursday 22nd November 2018 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.

    Assembly tomorrow (November 9th)

    Parents and friends of the College are invited to attend tomorrow’s full school assembly. This is the second time we will run the second assembly in term four and follows on from the very successful introduction of this initiative last year.  The focus of this second assembly will be on senior student leadership investiture. In support of this, the theme will be ‘Leadership’ in line with our mantra – “St. Ignatius Inspiring me to be a leader.”

    The assembly will commence at 9:00 am and will be held in the gym. Please report to the main office before 8:50 am so you can be escorted to a seat in the gym. The assembly will conclude at 10:30 am.

    Recent Year 8 Camp

    Last week the College conducted a 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 involved about twenty Year 9 students each year for many years. With a new similar program commencing this year for all Yr 9 students we decided to move the Wollangarra Camp to Year 8.

    All reports indicate the camp was very successful. Well done to the students involved and thank you to the teachers who accompanied the students – Ms Deb Hodge and Mr James Fox.

    Parents and Friends' Association (PFA)

    Thank you to the parents who have nominated for an office bearer position for the PFA. The nomination process has now closed.

    Can I please encourage all parents to consider committing to be a member of the PFA? We need to ensure we keep ‘topping-up’ this group each year as we lose some members with their daughter/son finishing their time at the College. Perhaps you can give a couple/few years as a member of this group? The next PFA meeting will be the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 13th November at 7 pm in the Food Technology Centre, and it would be great to see some new parents at this meeting.

    Invitation to Year of Youth closing Mass

    All students and their families are invited to attend a special Mass to celebrate the close of the Church’s national Year of Youth on Sunday 2nd December 2018 (9am) at St Thomas Church, Peninsula Drive, Drysdale. The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Mark Edwards OMI, Auxiliary Bishop for the Western Region of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, with local Parish Priest, Fr James Puppady. Bishop Mark will speak about the recent Synod of Youth in Rome.

    Please see the notice included with this fortnight’s newsletter articles for more details. It would be great to see as many of our students and their families as possible attend this special Mass.

    Michael Exton  Principal


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