End of term assembly
We gathered as a whole school on Tuesday for an Easter Liturgy and to review the first term and celebrate a number of achievements. College Vice-Captains, Heidi Bakker and William Palmer did a great job as MCs along with many other student leaders who helped run this assembly.
The Year 11 Theatre Studies class, under the direction of teacher, Ms Rhea Walker, provided a moving and thoughtful performance about the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus as a significant part of our Easter liturgy to commence the assembly. This highlighted for our students the significance of Easter as the highpoint of our faith story. During the remainder of the assembly, student involvement and achievement in a variety of areas were celebrated.
In my address to our students, I challenged the students to reflect on how well they have settled into the school year. Have they been making the most of their learning and co-curriculum opportunities? Have they established good routines and habits for getting enough sleep, exercising, organising their homework and contributing to the jobs needing to be done around their homes?
I encouraged each student to make a time to discuss their interim report with a parent to further support this reflection. Could I also encourage parents, if you haven’t already done so, to take some time to discuss this report with your son and daughter to affirm good progress and determine where and how improvements can be made? The Parent/Student/Teacher conferences yesterday and today will have supported this process. If you were unable to attend, you would be most welcome to contact teachers early next term if you would like to discuss your daughters/son’s progress.
There are many, many examples of commendable student individual or group achievements so far this year – well done to students in all of these cases. One individual achievement I highlighted at the assembly was that for the second year running one of our Year 11 students was awarded a Fr James Wall Bursary. This award is for leadership, achievement and community involvement and is worth $ 4,000. This year six students from Catholic schools across Victoria received this award. Last year our then College Vice-Captain and now Captain, Maddie Crothers was successful. I was delighted to attend a presentation evening in Melbourne last week where Vice-Captain Heidi Bakker was presented her award by Archbishop Peter Comensoli. Congratulations and well done Heidi!
Open Day, held on Sunday 24th March, was again very successful with a large crowd in attendance. Keen interest in the College continues.
As in previous years, a tremendous feature of the day was the number of students who came along on the day to help show-off their school. The way they interacted with our guests made a very significant positive impression of our College. Well done to two hundred and seventy students who were able to be present on the day, you were great ambassadors. Thank you to parents for supporting this.
Also, thank you to our Parents and Friends’ Association members who were very active on the day in many valuable ways.
Also, thank you to our dedicated staff for their work to present so many different aspects of our vibrant faith and learning community to the visitors. I congratulate Mrs Claire Hewitt (Development Manager) for her coordination of this event.
Drysdale Bypass update
Recently I met with representatives from Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV) and Decmil (construction company) to learn about the latest developments in regards to the construction of the Drysdale Bypass. I provide the following to inform you about some major changes that will be happening soon.
Key dates provided at the meeting:
Thursday 18th April 2019
From this day onwards, no road access to Peninsula Drive from Andersons Road. (Pedestrian and cyclist access to Peninsula Drive path from Andersons Road will still be available.)
Vehicles will access Peninsula Drive from Grubb Road. The Grubb Road/Peninsula Drive roundabout will be partially constructed.
Monday 29th April 2019
Anderson Road will be closed. No access from Grubb Road. Access to Gillies Road from the west will be via Reserve Road.
Friday 31st May 2019
The Grubb Road/Peninsula Drive roundabout will be in its final construction (subject to favourable weather conditions.)
If you have any questions, please contact MRPV by calling 1800 105 105 or email email@example.com
As you are aware, the schools' precinct can be a hectic place just before and after school and more so with the construction of the bypass. Hopefully, the information in this message and in the email message I sent on Wednesday to parents will help you better manage travel to and from our College.
Uniform Term Two
Please note that all students are required to wear full winter uniform for terms two and three. As there may be some very warm days early next term, students may wear summer uniform on any particularly warm days up to Anzac Day with the blazer.
Please check the Student Planner for details about what can and cannot be worn. Please note that the summer shirt with logo is not to be worn as part of the winter uniform as it is not made to be worn with a tie. The College uniform long sleeve shirt is to be worn with a tie and is compulsory with the winter uniform for boys and girls. Also, the kilt must be worn no longer than mid-calf with navy blue tights or stockings.
Before and after school supervision
A reminder that the College provides supervision from 8:30 am each morning until the commencement of the Homeroom class at 8:50 am. Students arriving at school before 8:30 am should gather in the Information Learning Centre (opens at 8:00 am). Of an afternoon, supervision is provided for students catching a bus from the College from 3:05 pm until the departure of the last school bus at approximately 3:50 pm. Students waiting for a bus should remain in the Basketball court area or at the bus stop. The College Library is open from 8:00 am each morning and closes at 4:30 pm.
Congratulations to Teacher, Annaliese Wandersmith on the birth of Albert (Albie) Leo.
Thank you to Teacher, Belinda Wilson who has been covering Ms Wood’s classes while she has been on leave during term one.
Parents and Friends' Association meeting
The next Parents & Friends Association Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 14th May at 6:00 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.
The Geelong Police Youth Resource officer has requested that parents be made aware of the Geelong Police Service Area ‘Eyewatch’ Facebook page.
Apart from posting photos/footage of suspects which the Police would like to identify, the Police also post valuable information concerning issues such as social media/cybersafety and upcoming events.
Commencement of classes next term
Please note that the first day for students in term two will be Wednesday 24th April 2019. The next day, ANZAC day on the 25th April will be a holiday. (Monday 22nd April is the Easter Monday holiday and Tuesday 23rd April will be a teacher in-service day.)
Best wishes for a happy & holy Easter
On the middle Sunday of the holidays, we celebrate Palm Sunday, the commencement of Holy Week. This special week is the final one in our journey through Lent. It is especially significant and sacred as it calls to mind for Christians the last week of Jesus’ life in preparation for his death and most significantly his resurrection.
Holy Week, and indeed all other events and seasons in the Church’s year, are a lead up to the most important celebration of the year and at the very heart of our Christian beliefs, Easter.
As I mentioned at the beginning of my message, Easter is the high point of the Christian year, the most important of our celebrations. Please consider taking your family to one of the many Church services over the Easter break to support your daughter/son’s faith development further.
I wish everyone a very enjoyable Easter, and I hope all students have a restful break with some time spent revising work and preparing for next term included.
Michael Exton Principal
Lately there have been a number of situations that have made me more aware of how much words matter. Words can affirm just as they can destroy. The way we interact with one another is visible not only in our actions but by the things we say or the way we speak of, to, or about others.
Words can be hollow and empty if not sincere or acted upon in some way. Conversely words can be powerful, even when they are devoid of a subsequent action. Words are not often devoid of intent or action. However, it’s often difficult to interpret the intent that someone has and therefore at times we speculate and judge the words offered by another based upon what we know or who we judge the other to be.
During Lent it’s worth spending some time considering words and the way in which they affirm our identity or expose us as not being the person we would like others to think us to be.
The term Catholic is not simply a noun. Being a Catholic is a verb. To be Catholic a person must act out their faith. The things we say, our action and the impression people have of us either validate our identity or are a thin veneer that disguises our selfishness or self-righteousness. During Lent we are called to remove the things in our lives that hold us back from complete faithfulness. We are encouraged to pray in a different way to renew our relationship with God. We are also called to give. How we give varies, but to truly give we need to make ourselves uncomfortable in some way.
As Easter draws near the following reading from John’s Gospel has been hovering over me, constantly prompting me to discern what it is that needs attention. These words have something in them that are deeper than what is offered, but what is going on here has been elusive and something is prompting a deeper exploration of what is hidden.
“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants[d] any longer, because the servant[e] does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.”
The message is simple: follow the commandments of Jesus, sacrifice for others and love as he did. This is a wonderful reading during Lent. But there is something more going on here. There is a word that is different that grabs my attention. The word is abide. A strange but lovely word that is not common in society, nor the Bible.
Abide is a word found only 43 times in the Bible. The Gospel of John accounts for a third of its use. The New Testament is almost exclusively used by John and in the first epistle of John. It’s extremely interesting that after all of the scholarly work completed over the centuries and all of the revisions of the Bible that this word has been retained.
The contemporary English definition of this word is to accept and act in accordance with a recommendation or rule, or that a feeling or memory continues without fading or being lost. This definition certainly fits the initial interpretation. Exploring the use of the word in the Old Testament the meaning is clearly juridical.
Accepting this definition is good, however, the root of the word is found in the 13th Century. The Old English word abidan means to remain, wait or dwell. This definition offers more colour to the modern definition. The word dwell is what I hear when I read the verse. Jesus is instructing us to live in his love, not to follow a rule. The intent I believe is personal and reciprocal in nature.
Although the Old English definition is acceptable there is still something missing. Investigating this word further reveals that the original Greek term or meno. This word has a similar definition but offers more nuance. Two components of the definition of the word are to continue to be present and to be held, kept, continually. This is where I find contentment.
When Jesus asks us to abide in his love he is asking us to be present and held continually in his love. The English translation lacks depth and although a lovely word abide, or at least our understanding of the word, limits our ability to truly appreciate and respond to what is asked of us.
When we abide we are present to Jesus and are held continually in his unchanging complete and pure love.
During Lent the word abide is a term that can guide us. To abide is to do. The word is a verb. We need to act if we are to abide in his love. The challenge is to consider how to respond in an adequate way to the love Jesus has and gives to us. As we draw closer to the celebration of Easter use the word abide to draw you nearer to Jesus. Over these remaining weeks of Lent remember that words matter, select them carefully and let them illustrate who you are, and what being Catholic looks like.
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
On Wednesday 27 March, Saint Ignatius College held a Q and A Parent Drug Information evening. The College worked in conjunction with Eileen Berry, the Editor and Founder of the 101 Parent Guides. The panel for the night consisted of health and emergency service experts within our local community.
Community Development Coordinator, Geelong Football Club
Therapeutic Practitioner, Clinical Services, Mackillop Family Services
Sergeant, Bellarine Police Station
MICA Paramedic Single Responder, Greater Geelong / Sth West
Drug and Alcohol Consultant, Barwon Child, Youth and Family Services
The Information Session was held in conjunction with the release of the updated SICG Drugs and Alcohol Policy and each individual that attended received a copy of the policy and the Drugs 101 Parent Guide.
A highlight of the evening was a speech made by our College Wellbeing Captain, Nikita Page, who addressed the audience on the challenges that are faced by young people today in relation to drugs and alcohol.
The evening provided in depth conversations, advice for parents / guardians and the opportunity to ask these professionals any questions that would help support and assist in their child’s upbringing. We hope that this forum is the beginning of ongoing conversations about the dangers and risks associated with drugs and alcohol.
Michael Timms Deputy Principal [Students]
On Monday 25th March, the Student Representative Council (SRC) met to finalise the details of the Caritas Project Compassion Casual Day for Thursday 28th March.
The day turned out to be an enormous success, with outstanding live performances from the performing arts students, cultivating a ‘carnival-like’ atmosphere.
Activities included a Coin Line competition, a BBQ and a Cake Stall (Year 10) which contributed to raising an outstanding $2740 for Project Compassion.
We are grateful to each member of the College community who contributed to the day’s success, by either purchasing a sausage in bread, or baking delicious sweets and cakes, we are very appreciative.
A special thank you to the maintenance team for their benevolent assistance in ensuring the day went ahead smoothly, along with each of the staff and students who volunteered additional time and effort in the organising and running of the event.
William Bothe SRC Representative Year 11
After auditions and call backs we are proud to annouce our cast for 2019 production 'School of Rock'. We thank the 200+ students who took the time to audition and we look forward to our performances at the newly renovate Geelong Performing Arts centre (GPAC) from September 12th to 14th.
Here is the cast:
Dewey Finn: Callum Branch 12 Howett
Dewey Finn: Bailey Mitrovski 10 Andres
Rosalie Mullins: Jasmine Harvey 11 Southwell
Ned Schneebly: Lachlan Whatman 9 Gonzaga
Patty Di Marco: Hannah Vella 11 Denn
Zack Mooneyham (Guitar): Storm Randall 9 Kisai
Katie (Bass): Coco Bullock 10 Morse
Lawrence (Keyboard): Sean Neylan 12 Jerome
Freddie Hamilton (Drums): Mackinley Watson 8 Castillo
Summer Hathaway: Eliza Bermingham 8 Xavier
Tomika: Kaitlyn Eastwood 10 Briant
Billy Sandford: James Fuller 9 Thomas
Marcy: Zoe Walter 7 Borgia
Shonelle: Amy Searle 11 Juana
Sophie: Kyra Beasley 10 Evans
Madison: Heidi Bakker 11 Hurtado
Also: Thomas Galan 7 Claver, Sophia Grant 7 Miki, Erin Robertson 7 Borgia and Guy Wingrave 7 Strada
No Vacancy Band
Jared Leo 11 More, Finn Ferguson–Cumming 11 Southwell, Jack Woodfine 12 Howett and William Palmer 11 Southwell
Also in the band! (featured ensemble, teachers, parents and ensemble members):
Sinda Chako 7 Borgia, Kiarna Grieve 7 Lewis, Sebastian Maclean 7 Lewis, Claire Mawson 7 Borgia, Alanna Miles 7 Miki, Raphael Nicholls 7 Borgia, Dante Nicholls 7 Ward, Arlia Phieler 7 Miki, Xander Randall 7 Claver, Elliott Renton-Gibb 7 Ward, Riannah Tatlock 7 Ward and Sophie Ward 7 Borgia
Elliott Ballard 8 Campion, Ella Beasley 8 Xavier, Oceania Cook 8 Castillo, Ashleigh Cox 8 Realino, Summer de Vries 8 Rubio, Bridget Keating 8 Rubio, Genevieve Kelly 8 Xavier, Jemma Kevich 8 Rubio, Lily Petterwood 8 Owen, Ebony Plowman 8 Xavier, Ciana Rogers 8 Realino and Matilda Stepto 8 Owen
Belen Coggins 9 Gonzaga, Cassidy Connor 9 Thomas, Darby Ferguson-Cumming 9 Faber, Joshua Galbraith 9 Faber, Alisha Jones 9 Isore, Josh Miles 9 Arrupe, Lindsay Musella 9 Mangin, Janelle Nichols 9 Gonzaga, Emily O’Kane 9 Regis, Arielle Renton-Gibb 9 Gonzaga, Mackenzie Sinclair 9 Beltran and Mikaeli Woodfine 9 Thomas
Georgia Brooke 10 Ogilvie, Dana Campbell 10 Loyola, Mia Egan 10 Loyola, Lucy Emery 10 Loyola, Molly Hill 10 Andres, Abbey Maffescioni 10 Briant, Charli Nisbet 10 Andres, Florence Noble 10 Evans, Shani Nyikos 10 Brennan, Rory Quinn 10 Morse, Gracie Segafredo 10 Evans, Olivia Sinkinson 10 Garnier, Olivia Stephens 10 Ogilvie, Nina Suzuki 10 Garnier and Paris Walsh 10 Evans
Sarah Bensted 11 Southwell, Jess Breckon 11 More, Lucy Carpenter 11 Hopkins, Alana Clark 11 Denn, Eva Cooper 11 Juana, Lachlan Fitzpatrick 11 Hopkins, Kiera Galan 11 Juana, Phoebe Harrison 11 Canisius, Ava Harvey 11 Juana, Eva Hay 11 Hopkins, Josephine Johnston 11 Denn, Laura Kitchingman 11 More, Isabella Kelly 11 Hopkins, Ethan O’Brien 11 More, Siara O’Brien 11 More, Ellie Small 11 Bellarmine and Livia van Galen 11 Bellarmine
Renee Gulino 12 Bobola, Jayden Mitrovski 12 Rodriguez and Will Pavey 12 Garnett
More details will be published in future newsletters.
Year 11 VCAL: Term 1 2019
Term 1 in VCAL it has been a bit of a whirlwind really! Adjusting to a new program has taken some time, although we are all pretty well adjusted now. The year 12 VCAL students welcomed us to the program by hosting a breakfast which was a great way to break the ice. We really appreciated the thought and care that went into the preparation and organisation of the morning.
Every Thursday is an upskilling day which means we undertake activities such as Yoga, cooking and barista training, and Safe Food Handling certification, where we all work together to build and develop stronger relationships between the students, as well as challenging ourselves. By doing this it prepares us for life outside of school and working with people we might not usually work with. It also helps us build our employability skills for work beyond school, or even just for part-time employment while we complete our studies.
We are currently working towards finishing our Mother’s Day project where we will run a stall and sell items that we have made to Year 7 students for their mums. We have a range of different gifts available including hand-made concrete pots, cards, jewellery and more! We have had to develop a folio tracking our progress and recording all of decisions, problems, solutions and annotated photographs. Our assessment is based on our portfolios not the stall itself.
Maintaining our environment is a big part of VCAL, showing that we are responsible and reliable in keeping it alive and lush, as it is always on display. In Personal development, we are studying different festivals and cultures for when we host a staff luncheon and serve food we have prepared from all around the world, which will happen during term 2.
Overall the best thing we have been involved in this term is working in the café (Déjà brew). It is a great way to experience working outside of school and it also increases our coffee making skills. Woking in the café allows us to improve our social skills by talking to each other and serving customers.
By Imogen Davis and Phoebe Harrison
Year 12 VCAL: Term 1 2019
Term 1 in VCAL Year 12 there have been many projects happening! Our first project was to plan, organise and run a welcome to VCAL breakfast for the incoming Year 11 VCAL students. We used this time to chat to the Year 11’s and give them some advice from our experiences last year. We also invited staff to join with us for bacon, eggs, pancakes, fresh fruit and coffee, of course!
Speaking of coffee, Deja Brew Café is back in full swing and the Year 12’s are enjoying running the café and refining their barista skills from Monday to Thursday. We are out on work placement every Friday and that is when the newly qualified Year 11 VCAL students take over the café. A few of us also came in on Open Day to showcase the Café, which was a lot of fun!
We sent a proposal to the administration of the College to allow us (Yr 12 VCAL) to participate in a Melbourne Immersion trip, as we decided to explore the issue of mental health and homelessness as our theme for the semester. During our potential immersion we are expecting to help out at a soup kitchen, work in a soup van, as well as establish an ongoing partnership with Jesuit Social Services. We are hoping to bring the experiences and skills gained back to Geelong and to use them to support our local community.
We have also been working on a business enterprise project to individually produce and sell a product to the school community – there are a number of exciting businesses being formed! We are establishing business plans, book keeping, proposals and advertising campaigns. Some of the businesses include custom built pet food bowls, Tshirts, lip balms and handmade chocolates. Our businesses are an ongoing project running until term 3. To give us a good understanding of local business and enterprise we visited local businesses on the Peninsula, including Advanced Mussels in Portarlington where students discovered that it takes 12 – 18 months for 1 mussel to fully mature and about 3 seconds to eat.
It has been a really busy term 1 and we are looking forward to seeing term 2 evolve!
By Zoe Flannery
'Time and Space' Evenings are programs designed for students and their parent/guardian which focuses on strengthening and growing relationships through times of transition and change. These evenings encourage us to pause and reflect on these special and positive relationships, and to continue to take the time and moments for those who support and love us.
Saint Ignatius College would like to invite Year 7 male students, and Year 8 female students with their parent/guardian to the first of these evenings.
Time & Space for 'Mothers and Sons'
Year 7 Mothers and Sons evening Tuesday April 30th 2019
To register please visit: http://bit.ly/SICG-2019
Time & Space for 'Mothers and Daughters'
Year 8 Mothers and Daughters evening Thursday May 9th 2019
To register please visit: http://bit.ly/SICG-2019
I am looking forward to warmly welcoming students and their loved ones to the first of these evenings.
Ms Elana Cole Companions Co-ordinator.
See the attached PDF for details:
The Maytime Fair is an annual fundraising event for Jesuit Mission hosted by Xavier College, at 135 Barkers Rd, Kew in Melbourne. This year the Maytime Fair will be held on Saturday 4th May, 2019 from 9.00am – 4.30pm.
Saint Ignatius College Geelong has a stall at the Maytime Fair for quite a number of years now. Our stall is "Tastes of the Bellarine" and it is always a huge success. Students and staff volunteer their time to attend the Fair and we are very grateful to local businesses who kindly allow us to sell their produce at the Fair.
Our regular supporters each year include;
Jack Rabbit winery
Van Loons Nursery
Lonsdale Tomato Farm
Advance Mussel Supply/The Little Mussel Cafe
The Maytime Fair, which is in its 68th year, is a key fundraising event for Jesuit Mission. Awareness of the event draws a staggering 8,000 people from near and far who participate generously, knowing that all of the funds raised go directly to where they are needed most. Jesuit Mission works with local partners in over 14 countries across Asia and Southern Africa to provide a range of targeted support and training that empowers women, men and children to build the skills, capacity and resilience they need to live full and free lives.
Since the year 2000, the Maytime Fair has raised over $2.8 million for these endeavours. Rector of Jesuit Mission, Fr Trung Nguyen SJ, recognised this as “a phenomenal contribution” in support of Jesuit Mission and its partners’ work “to uphold the innate dignity and promote the rights of God’s most vulnerable people”.
Paul Lewis Deputy Principal: Staff, Identity and Operations
Supporting your young person during the holidays
The holiday period can be the perfect time for relaxing, exploring and reuniting with family and friends. However, it can also be stressful or isolating for students as they step out of their usual week day routine which can often leave students feeling lonely, bored or unsettled.
There are many reasons why the holiday period might not be as happy or joyous as we would like. During these times, it is valuable for families and friends to be aware of signs and symptoms that something might be wrong with their loved ones. Being withdrawn, not doing the things they would normally enjoy, ongoing worry or irritability are just some of the changes to look out for.
See the PDF below to access some further information and tips on supporting young people during the holidays.
Olivia Whitehead Student Wellbeing Coordinator
On Friday May 17th the Parents and Friends' Association is presenting 'Comedy for a Cause' at the Potato Shed.
Featuring comedians from the Sydney and Melbourne International Comedy Festivals the show will start at 8pm with doors and bar opening at 7pm.
Bookings at: comedyforacause.net/SIC
Tickets are $25 and please note the show is 18+
This free, annual Geelong Careers EXPO at Deakin University’s Waterfront Campus provides a wonderful opportunity for students (even as young as Year 9) to meet and discuss with representatives from a wide range of stakeholders.
As in the past, the College will bus all current Year 10 students to this event during the morning of May 13. This activity will form part of the Careers Unit those students will study in Term 2 in their Ignatian/Personal Learning classes. Current Year 11 and 12 students are strongly encouraged to attend with a parent or guardian to begin their conversations regarding potential post-secondary school options available with appropriate personnel.
Mr. Bruce Connor Work and Further Education Coordinator
An update from Major Roads Projects Victoria about upcoming changes to accessing Peninsula Drive.
We’re opening the new Peninsula Drive on Thursday, 18 April, 2019.
This is an exciting development as it represents the project’s first traffic switch. We will ensure it’s completed safely and efficiently.
The switch changes the way you access Drysdale’s education, sporting and entertainment precinct. When it opens you will enter and exit Peninsula Drive through the new roundabout on Grubb Road.
It’s important to note the roundabout configuration on opening day is temporary. We have staged construction this way to take traffic off Grubb Road (and onto the new roundabout) to enable us to build the remaining section of roundabout.
The final Peninsula Drive roundabout will be completed and open to traffic at the end of May 2019, subject to favourable weather conditions.
As part of the project, we’re also changing the configuration of Andersons Road, beginning with its closure at Grubb Road on Monday, 29 April, 2019.
We know that Andersons Road is a busy place during school drop off and pick up times, so we will create additional parking areas and maintained pedestrian access to the schools, sports grounds and Potato Shed.
If you have any questions, please get in touch by calling 1800 105 105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our team is here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You can view a map showing you the best way to access the precinct below:
A PDF of our Canteen Price List can be downloaded here
Starting April 22nd
Student Free day
C. Duncan, M. Favelle, L. Hamilton, C. Johnston
K. Every, L. McElroy, E. Stokie, L. Grant, J. Payne
Starting April 29th
F. Cahill-Low, A. Schneider, N. Van Vliet
R. Harris, L. Tagani, N. Robinson, M. Jackson
Wednesday May 1st
R. Murray, D. Worrell, L. Vella, Needed
M. White, N. Lowther, Needed, Needed
C. Ford, S. Jenkins, M. Stewart, K. Callaghan, J. Dries
If unable to attend, please make sure you get a replacement.
Sandra Woodall Tel: 0417 050 258
Open Day - March 24 - Thank You One and All!
Thank you to everyone who helped prepare and operate our wonderful BBQ and PFA information Centre on Open Day! The aroma of sizzling sausages was irresistible and the atmosphere of our happy team all working together was tremendous. An estimated 1700 visitors attended, and all would have gone home with a fabulous feeling and memory of our Open Day. Great work everyone!
We especially thank:
Amanda Kristapsons, Angela Van Zyl, Belinda Ray, Bernard Lewis, Bettina Brinfield, Carley Brennan, Catharina Dumaresq, Catherine Eltringham, Cathy Dykes, Chris McWaters, Christine Johnston, Clare Gordon, Debbie Chasemore, Emily Nicholson, Erin Carpenter, Faith Meyers, Fiona Ferguson, Geraldine Renkauskas (Geraldine), Greg McKillop, Jamie & Marni Jackson, Jane McKillop, Jeannette Martinez, Jenny Drie, Jo-Anne Prendergast, Julia Wilcox, Kate Engler, Kylie Langworthy, Laura Fankhauser, Leaia McElroy and family, Lisa Bolitho, Lorelle Hamilton, Mark Harris, Mary Holmes, Melissa Clark, Mrs Bernadette Lewis, Natalie Batchelor, Nely Lowther, Nerida Elliott, Nicole Fecchio, Nicole Ronchetti, Paul Galbraith, Rebecca Hay, Rebecca McDowell, Rodney Morris, Sally Hanks, Samantha Fell, Sandra Clark, Sarah Sims, Sarah Welch and Sharyn Fenton.
**Apologies if we missed your name… we do thank and appreciate your help too.
Please let us know via email email@example.com and we will rectify our oversight.
Become a part of the Parents and Friends' Association
We invite you to join the Saint Ignatius College Parents and Friends' Association.
Please email your details to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents and Friends' Meeting for May 2019
We have been invited to join the Year 7 parents and guardians at a “Digital Tattoo Session” commencing at 7pm in S1-3 Rooms. We would love to have you come and join us at our next meeting on Tuesday May 14th which has been scheduled to start 6pm in the Food Tech Rooms, and afterwards come along to the session conducted by Lee Bartlett from Batforce, and light supper.
We really look forward to seeing you there.
The Uniform Shop
The Uniform Shop is our major source of fund raising. What we raise we are able to put back into the College with donations to certain areas, aspects and developments.
The Uniform Shop will be open every 2nd Wednesday 2pm – 4pm
Term 2 Dates are: Wednesday May 1, 15 and 29 and Wednesday June 12 and 26
We can always use your help
If you are available to join our regular Uniform Shop Roster, in the shop on a Wednesday, or can volunteer to help on a specially scheduled day, please email: email@example.com
The commitment to help can be as frequent as you are able. Training and support is provided.
It’s time to socialize and enjoy a fun night together!
“Comedy for a Cuase”
Featuring comedians from Sydney and Melbourne International Comedy Festivals
Date: Friday May 17, 2019
Venue: Potato Shed – Peninsula Drive, Drysdale
Doors and Bar Open at 7.00pm - Show starts at 8.00pm
Tickets: $25 each - Must be 18+
Book tickets online: www.comedyforacause.net/SIC
Recently, I saw a mother give a simple, yet profound resilience lesson to her school-aged child, after they missed a much-anticipated excursion due to poor behaviour at school. Replying to the child’s protests about teacher unfairness and his over-reaction to missing out on a learning opportunity his mum simply replied, “Oh well!” Then she busied herself with other tasks. The child stunned by her reaction, shrugged and headed off to complete their homework.
Adult reactions matter
It’s in our reactions to children’s and young people’s every day mistakes, mess-ups, muck-ups and hurts where the real lessons in resilience lay.
The lessons for this child were simple but profound. “Oh well” meant:
How to react
The resilience lesson for this mother were equally as profound. When a minor mishap with a child or teenager occurs:
Resilience lesson for parents – “Oh well”
Every day there are opportunities for parents to give their children lessons in resilience.
A child misses being picked for a team that they had their heart set on joining. “Oh well. Let’s see how you go next time”
When they experiences rejection in the playground at school. “Oh well. You’ll find that some people don’t want to be your friend.”
When a teenager doesn’t get the mark they thinks they deserves in an assignment. “Oh well. Sometimes we don’t get the marks we think we deserve.”
Match your response to the challenge to promote resilience.
There are times when “Oh well” won’t cut it. When a child is bullied he needs your continued support.
When a student’s continuous efforts at improvement are constantly met with criticism then you may need to act on their behalf and meet with a teacher.
When a child always struggles to make the grade and is never picked for a team then you may need to help them make different choices.
These types of situations also present opportunities for daily lessons in resilience, but they require more parental support and teaching.
The resilience lessons learned are deeper and include concepts such as ‘things will eventually go you way,’ ‘there are times when you need to seek help’ and ‘this too shall pass.’
Promoting personal resilience focuses on helping kids cope with life’s hurts, disappointments and challenges in the present, while building strengths for the future.
Daily lessons in resilience are everywhere. You just need to be ready to make the most of these valuable lessons when they come your way.
Michael Grose, founder of Parenting Ideas, is one of Australia’s leading parenting educators. He’s the author of 10 books for parents including Thriving! and the bestselling Why First Borns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change It, and his latest release Spoonfed Generation: How to raise independent children.
Information for Parents
Every Victorian child should have access to the world of learning opportunities that exist beyond the classroom. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities. It is part of making Victoria the Education State and the Government’s commitment to breaking the link between a student’s background and their outcomes.
Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF)
School camps provide children with inspiring experiences in the great outdoors, excursions encourage a deeper understanding of how the world works and sports teach teamwork, discipline and leadership.
CSEF is provided by the Victoria Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.
If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. A special consideration category also exists for asylum seeker and refugee families. The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.
The annual CSEF amount per student is:
For more details and how to apply for CSEF see the attached PDF.
Join Saver Plus and we'll match your savings, dollar for dollar, up to $500 for school costs.
To join Saver Plus, you must have a Centrelink Health Care or Pensioner Consession Card, be at least 18 years old, have some regular income from work (you or your partner), and have a child at school or attend vocational education yourself.
Contact: Your local Saver Plus Coordinator
See PDF flyer for details:
Local Community and Sporting groups you may be interested in.
Lenten Program 2019
'A day of Reflection by the Sea', Santa Casa, Queenscliff: We walk in the footsteps of Jesus
The day will include: Meditation, Time of quite and reflection, Walking the Labyrinth, A foot wash and massage. Jesus said 'Do as I have done unto you.'
Venue: Santa Casa Retreat Centre, Flinders Street, Queenscliff. Facilitator: Sr Jean McGonigal RSM.
Dates: Tuesday April 9th or Wednesday April 10th. Time: 10.00am to 3.00pm
Cost: $15 with Morning Tea and Lunch included.
Bookings: Parish Office or Sr Jean on 0408 559 981 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teens Yoga Retreats in the School Holidays
Dune Folk will be running a range of kids and teens yoga workshops over the Easter school holidays targeted at specific age groups and with the unique needs of that stage of life firmly in mind.
Workshops are run by Blair, a fully qualified school and yoga teacher and they incorporate movement, breathing, games, relaxation and creative activities to help young people find tools for a calm and happy life so that they can live joyfully and thrive.
This retreat style workshop offers teens the chance to dive into yoga and the many benefits it can offer. The demands on teenagers can be numerous and unique. In this workshop we explore how asana (physical poses), pranayama (breath work), mindfulness, meditation and more can be used to navigate these exciting, inquisitive and at times challenging teenage years. Yogis learn techniques for staying grounded during study, ways to tackle overwhelm, how to find clarity during confusing times and much more.
The details: Tuesday April 9th ~ 3:00-4:30pm ~ Investment: $32
For more information and bookings please visit: www.dunefolk.com.au/workshops
See the attache PDF for details:
Jamie's Ministry of Food Geelong School Holiday Program
Do you have a budding chef at home who wants to do something fun this school holidays? You’re in luck because Jamie’s Ministry of Food now offers a school holiday program. Over 4 days your child will learn to cook Jamie Oliver’s nutritious and delicious recipes. It’s a fun and entertaining way to learn loads of Jamie Oliver hints, tips and shortcuts and the cooking skills to set them up for life.
Starts Monday April 8th 10.30am to 2.30pm for 4 days.
See the attache PDF for details:
Geelong Youth Innovation Summit 2019
An invitation to the students of Geelong! Please register to attend the Geelong Youth Innovation Summit - a FREE world-class innovation education event for students (all genders), teachers, parents and global and local industry leaders, proudly delivered by girledworld in partnership with the Victorian State Government, City of Greater Geelong and Runway HQ Geelong.
Join us over one, two or three days of immersive learning to build 21st Century career, innovation and employability skills, solve Design Thinking Industry Challenge sessions and meet amazing entrepreneurs, global business leaders and STEM Experts (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) along with 100’s of other high school and tertiary students from across the Greater Geelong region.
A life changing weekend of real-world learning and future career education. Not to be missed. Friday May 10 - Sunday May 12, 2019.
See the attache PDF for details:
Sarah Wilson's Home Waste Hacks
These hacks are from Sarah Wilson's latest book 'I Quit Sugar Simplicious Flow' and may be of interest to those looking to reduce their waste foot print.
Repair Café Bellarine
Ocean Grove's Repair Café is a community initiative that promotes repairing items as an alternative to throwing them out, to reduce our landfill problem and carbon emissions. At the Repair Café, volunteer repair experts are available to help fix household items such as furniture, electrical items, bikes and clothing. Next Ocean Grove Repair Café is Sunday April 14th, 10am - 1pm.
See the attache PDF for details:
Did your Year 7 students miss their vacciness at school?
Year 7’s who missed their vaccines must catch up prior to 12/05/19 to continue in the school program (there must be 6 months between dose 1 & 2).
See the list below of Immunisation Centres and Hours:
Belmont Community Health Centre
Barwon Health 1-17 Reynolds Road, Belmont, 3216.
(Please note that this is the Barwon Health building, not the Maternal Child Health building)
Wednesday morning (Appointment only) 9 am - 12.30pm
Open sessions (No appointment required) Wed and Friday afternoons 1.30pm - 4.45pm
Saturday morning (Appointment only) 08.30am – 12.15pm
Corio Community Health Centre
Barwon Health 2 Gellibrand St, Corio, 3214.
Every Wednesday 9.30am - 11.45am (No appointment required)
245 Pakington St, Newtown, 3220.
1st Friday of each month 9.30am -11.45am (No appointment required)
Ocean Grove - Boorai Centre (behind Aquatic Centre)
4-50 Shell Rd, Ocean Grove, 3226.
2nd and 4th Friday of each month 9.30am -11.45am (No appointment required)
Newcomb Library meeting room (upstairs)
Corner Wilsons Rd & Bellarine Highway, Newcomb, 3219.
1st and 3rd Friday of each month 9.30 – 11.45am (No appointment required)
Bell Park Parish
Holy Family 147 Separation St, Bell Park, VIC 3215
Sunday: 8.00am, 9.30am, 11.00am Croatian, 12.15pm Slovenian 2nd Sunday Only
Ss Peter & Paul’s Cnr Mercer & Malone St, Geelong West, VIC 3218
Saturday: 5.00pm Vigil
Holy Spirit Cnr Bostock Ave & Nambool St, Manifold Heights, VIC 3218
St Bernard’s 74 Fryers Rd, Belmont, VIC 3216
Sunday: 9.00am, 10.30am
Saturday: 6.30pm Vigil
Corio and Lara Parish
St Francis Xavier 143 Bacchus Marsh Rd, Corio, VIC 3214
Saturday: 7.00pm Vigil
St Anthony’s Kees Road, Lara, VIC 3212
St Thomas Peninsula Drive, Drysdale, VIC 3222
St Patrick’s 10 - 14 Harding St, Portarlington, VIC 3223
St Phillip & St James 1345 Murraduc Rd, St Leonards, VIC 3223
Saturday: 6.00pm Vigil
Lumen Christi 66 Kensington Road, Leopold, VIC 3224
St Mary of the Angels Basilica 150 Yarra St, Geelong, VIC 3220
Sunday: 7.30am, 9.30am, 11.00am, 12.15pm Polish, 5.30pm
Saturday: 6.00pm Vigil
Grovedale, Anglesea and Torquay Parish
Nazareth 10 Griffith St, Grovedale, VIC 3216
St Therese’s 43a Surfcoast Highway, Torquay, VIC 3228
St Christopher’s 72 Bingley Parade, Anglesea, VIC 3230
Saturday: 6.00pm Vigil
St Joseph’s 28 Lawler St, Meredith, VIC 3333
Sunday: 11.00am Alternate Sunday
Sacred Heart 70 Hamilton Highway, Inverleigh, VIC3321
Sunday: 9.00am except last Sunday of the month when it will be at Bannockburn gymnasium
St Brigid’s 2439 Ballan Road, Anakie, VIC 3221
Sunday: 11.00am Alternate Sunday
St John the Baptist 4 Harding St, Winchelsea, VIC 3230
Saturday: 6.00pm Vigil
St John the Evangelist 24 High Street, Bannockburn, VIC 3331
Sunday: 9.00am Mass in the Stadium last Sunday of the month
Holy Family 101 Hitchcock Avenue, Barwon Heads 3227
Saturday: 6.00 pm
Our Lady Star of the Sea 68 John Dory Drive, Ocean Grove 3226
Sunday: 9.00 am
Holy Trinity 34 Stevens Street, Queenscliff 3225
Sunday: 11:00 am