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    From the Principal

    Article by Mr Michael Exton

    Mosaic Evening

    At around this time over recent years I have promoted through the newsletter an important College event that we hold in November – our end of year celebration evening called the Mosaic Evening.  We expect that all students and their families attend this special College function at Costa Hall at Deakin University’s waterfront campus.  This gathering will provide the opportunity for parents and students to celebrate the part school has played in family life for another year and build a stronger sense of school community.

    The date is Thursday 22nd November 2018.  The 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.  This year’s Mosaic evening will have a similar programme to last year’s.

    The evening will acknowledge and showcase student talents and achievements from a range of areas.  As in previous years, tickets will not be required to attend.  All you will need to do is turn up at Costa Hall, and you will be ushered to a seat.  There is no cost to attend, and you are most welcome to invite Grandparents, other family members and family friends.  In the meantime, please put this date in your diary to ensure you can attend.  Students are expected to wear their school uniform with blazer.

    We have consistently received very positive feedback about Mosaic evenings over many years.   This unique celebration evening builds a stronger school community and a sense of belonging and hopefully inspires all students to strive for making the most of the opportunities they have at the College.  I ask our community to give this evening a priority when students, families, friends and staff of the College can come together to celebrate special achievements of some, and the contribution we all make to Saint Ignatius College.


    Geelong Future Leaders of Industry program

    Congratulations to Year 10 students Jools Bond, Darby O’Meara and Marcus Vaughan who recently completed the 2018 Geelong Future Leaders of Industry program.  I was delighted to attend their graduation ceremony at Deakin University’s Centre for Advanced Design Engineering Training (CADET) Centre on Tuesday evening last week.  This program is a learning and career development opportunity for students typically considering a trade or tertiary pathway and, potentially a career in advanced technologies, innovative manufacturing, design and engineering.  The program provides the students with the opportunity to build awareness of the exciting STEM-related advanced manufacturing options available for future employment and raise awareness of the skills and knowledge required to work in advanced technology sectors.  The program included:

        Visits to selected advanced manufacturing businesses and educational institutions

        An exploration of leadership and entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed in advanced manufacturing along with STEM-related skills and knowledge

        Student work experience of 2 – 3 days duration engaging with real-world challenges facilitated by the work placement manufacturing enterprise

    This program was previously delivered by the Geelong Regional Vocational Education Council Inc., and we are grateful to the Geelong Manufacturing Council which provided this valuable learning experience for 25 students from Geelong region schools this year.

    Jools, Darby and Marcus and their parents provided me with very positive feedback about the program.  We have had two or three Yr 10 students participate in this annual program for many years, and I encourage our current Year 9 students to consider applying for next year’s program.  (They should keep an eye on the Daily Bulletin for the advertisement or see Mr Connor.)  I am grateful to Mr Bruce Connor, our Work & Further Education Coordinator, for facilitating our students’’ involvement. 


    Ground-breaking ceremony for the Multi-purpose Centre

    On Friday 12th October 2018 we welcomed local State Government MP, Lisa Neville to our ‘Ground Breaking’ Ceremony to celebrate the commencement of construction.

    Construction has commenced on an $8.5M Multi-purpose Centre at Saint Ignatius College Geelong.  It is expected to be completed mid-next year.

    Clarke Hopkins Clarke Architects have designed this great facility that will include two indoor basketball courts, large foyer, offices, change rooms and three classrooms.  The builders are Commercial Industrial Constructions Group (CICG.)

    Ms Neville, together with College Captains, Kerry Kingsbury and Dean O’Brien, marked the commencement with digging some of the soil at the site.

    Although they will not be the beneficiaries of the new building, Kerry and Dean are very excited for the younger students and the many future students who will benefit from the enhancement to the College’s programs that will be possible as a result of this wonderful new facility.

    This new Centre could also be used by the community, as is the case with some of the College’s current facilities.

    On behalf of the College community, I express my gratitude to Lisa Neville for her enthusiastic support and the State Government’s contribution of $2M toward the funding of this project.


    Year 12 Valete Mass

    On Thursday evening last week the Year 12 class of 2018 and their families gathered with staff for Mass at our College Gym.  As a Christian community, it was an important way for us to celebrate and reflect on the finish of the Year 12 student’s school journey.

    The Mass was a very special occasion, and I was delighted that many grandparents, relatives and family friends were able to be present.  Thank you to Fr.  James Puppady and Fr Gerry Healy SJ for concelebrating the Mass for us.  Our choir and musicians, led by Mrs Linda Pape did a great job leading us with the singing and providing some songs for reflection.  Thank you to Mr Paul Lewis, Mr Brendan Nicholls, Mr Joe McLean and the staff who helped organise this Mass. 


    Full School Assembly

    Last Monday’s Full School Assembly was a memorable occasion.  The primary focus of this assembly was to farewell our Year 12 students.  We congratulated these students on completing secondary schooling, we thanked them for their part in our College story, and we prayed for our Year 12 students’ future successes.  It was very pleasing that many parents were able to be present at the assembly and in particular, it was great that many parents of Year 12 students were able to share in this milestone for their daughter or son.

    The College Captains, Kerry Kingsbury and Dean O’Brien, made a presentation to the College community, on behalf of the Year 12 class, of a thank you gift of a beautiful blue glass plaque with indigenous motifs from Wathaurong Glass & Arts.  The giving of artwork has become a tradition over the years.  These artworks are displayed on the corridor walls of the McKillop Building.


    College Captains 2019

    The College Captains for next year were announced at Monday’s assembly.  I am grateful to our Student Leadership Development Coordinator, Mr Anthony Gravener, for planning and managing the selection process.  Congratulations to Maddie Crothers and Sam Salisbury.


    Year 7 2019

    Last Monday saw two different events held in our gym – the farewell to the Year 12s and then in the evening our very well attended welcome and information evening for the parents and students of next year’s Year 7 intake. 

    It is very pleasing that due to demand, we will be taking an extra class for Year 7 next year.  I have enrolled 250 students (10 classes) for next year.  The number of enrolment applications was high again with many unfortunately missing out on a place.  Currently, we have a long waiting list.  The significant demand for places at Saint Ignatius continues to reflect very well on the work our community has done to develop our college into a great place for secondary school education.

    Thank you to Ms Tory Wood (YLC,7) and the team of staff for organising this evening. 


    Year 12 student final days

    On Tuesday the Year 12 students participated in their “Celebration Day.” The day was celebrated in a positive and fun way, and I congratulate the “Class of 2018” on the overall way they have respectfully and appropriately approached this final week of classes – well done!

    I hope all goes well for them as they study for their exams that commence next week.  On behalf of the school community, I wish them all the best.

    The Senior School staff prepared thoroughly to ensure that the final phase of the year was well organised with parents and students being well informed about the program and the school’s expectations.  Thank you to Mr Joe McLean (YLC, 12) and the Senior School team of teachers. 

    Best wishes,

    Michael Exton  Principal


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