20 November 2023

From the Principal

Article by Mr. Michael Exton | Principal

From the Principal

Dear Saint Ignatius College community members,

Mosaic Evening 6:00 pm, Thursday, 16th November 2023, at Costa Hall, Deakin Waterfront Campus, Geelong

Our annual ‘Mosaic’ evening is a wonderful yearly College community celebration. All members of our school community are encouraged to attend this wonderful evening on Thursday, 16th November, at Costa Hall, Deakin Waterfront Campus, Geelong. The Student Art & Technology display commences at 6.00 pm in the Costa Hall foyer, followed by the celebration evening that begins at 7.00 pm in the main auditorium. The evening will conclude at about 9 pm. Parents are asked to arrange transport to and from Costa Hall for their daughter or son.

We have received very positive feedback over the years about this major College function. Mosaic reinforces the College’s values for our students, celebrates student achievement in various areas and builds a sense of belonging and school community. I also encourage parents and families to support our community by attending and being part of a delightful and uplifting celebration of the 2023 school year at Saint Ignatius College.

I look forward to joining with the College's students, families and friends to celebrate the school year. As was the case in previous years, no tickets are required to attend; all you will need to do is turn up at Costa Hall, and you will be ushered to a seat. Again, there is no cost to attend, and you are most welcome to invite Grandparents, other family members, and family friends.

Yr 12 exams and pathways

Our Yr 12 VCE students have completed their exam period with the final exams held yesterday. And our Yr 12 VCE Vocational Major (previously VCAL) students have finished their classes for the year. I know some have already obtained an apprenticeship, and others are enrolling in a vocational course for next year. As a College community, we extend our best wishes and pray for our Yr 12 students as they make this very significant transition from secondary school.

I look forward to celebrating with the Yr 12 students, their families and staff at the Valedictory Dinner at GMHBA Stadium, Kardinia Park, on the evening of Friday, 24 November 2023.

Mr Bruce Connor, our Work and Further Education Coordinator, supported many VCAL and VCE students and parents when considering possible pathways. Mr Connor remains available for the rest of the school year (and into the next school year) if any student or parent would like some support or information regarding pathways, courses or employment. He can be contacted by phoning our Office (03 5251 1136) or emailing (connorb@ignatius.vic.edu.au)

2024 Student Leaders Investiture Assembly

The entire school community gathered on Thursday, November 9th in the College MPC to celebrate the newly elected 2024 student leaders. The event was graced by the presence of Fr Gerry Healy SJ, Fr Darien Sticklen, many parents, and two Alma nuns from Timor Leste.

During the assembly, I gave a speech followed by the inaugural speeches of the 2024 College Captains. Some students also entertained the audience with their musical performances. Mr Anthony Gravener, the Student Leader Development Coordinator, gave a reflection before everyone enjoyed the harmonious sounds of the Tetum language sung by the Alma nuns.

Congratulations to all students appointed to leadership positions for next year.

Saint Ignatius. Inspiring me to be a leader.

Loyola Market Day

On Tuesday 14th November, the Years 7 and 8 students organised the annual Loyola Market Day after weeks of planning. The students worked with their Mentor Group to decide what type of stall to put up. There were a variety of stalls, ranging from cakes, lollies, games, raffles, to a dunking machine. The event's main aim was to have fun while raising money for Jesuit Social Services. Overall, it was a successful day of collaboration and enjoyment.

Best wishes for the next fortnight,

Michael Exton | Principal