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.
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
You may have noticed that things have changed. The weather is different now. It has changed and the trees are all green. Spring is now actually here! As soon as Halloween passed the Christmas decorations and festive foods were put on the shelves at the shops. The Cup has been run and we are now reminded in the media that there are only ‘six weeks until Christmas!’. At our assembly this week we remember all those who have died or suffered because of war or violence. November is the month where we are prompted to pause and reflect upon what has passed as the end of the year is so near.
In our Church we pause in November to reflect also. During this month we remember all who have passed from their earthly life into their eternal life where they have been reunited with the Father. Last week we celebrated All Saints Day and All Souls Day. It should be noted that contemporary theology brings into question the need for All Souls Day. As Catholic eschatological understandings are quite different since Vatican II. However, this thought aside what is important is that we as a community pray in intercession for those who have died, and who enter into their immortal and eternal life.
We are people of the Resurrection. We believe that Jesus’ sacrifice and his return prove that what he promised in his revelations about the Kingdom are true. Although we love our earthly life we do not fear death. Death is not a loss. Death is not an end. Death is simply a change.
What death does though is significant and painful for those who are left to mourn. We who are left suffer because of death. We are no longer able to talk to them, touch them, we can’t call them on the phone, pop in for a cuppa or simply have them physically present. This can be an excruciating realisation. Learning to live without the person physically takes courage and time. As we learn to encounter and love them spiritually we are able to find peace and joy. Joy as we know we will be with them again and when we are reunited in heaven it will be completely perfect.
Death makes us value more what is physically present. When we go to mass or in the liturgy we may become more aware of what we are actually doings. When we come together in faith we are doing many things. One of the important aspects that we sometimes over look is the spiritual. When we offer the words “And with your spirit’, we actually mean it. When we offer the ‘sign of peace’, we are doing so in two different dimensions – physical and spiritual. Death can offer us insights that help us to be more aware of how limited our earthly life is and how superficially we actually engage with the world and the gift of time.
St Paul explains our faith beautifully in his first letter to the Corinthians in saying:
What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled:
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labour is not in vain.
We cannot return to the Father during our earthly life. We cannot be perfect in this state. We can only be made whole in death. Death that is not to be feared or troubled over. Death is to be respected and avoided as best we can.
Our life is a gift and all that we do should show love for God and others. The Lord created the universe so that we might live and experience Creation. Creation offers us so many opportunities and choices. We have also been offered the gift of free will and although we are not perfect we each individually do good in the world and bring God’s love into the world.
When we remember those who have died we most often mourn the good they have done for us or the love that they offered. We might therefore be inspired by them in death as we reflect upon their lives. We are left here without their physical presence. We can continue their work of love. Their legacy does not end with their death but inspires us to new and exciting opportunities to love as they did. We continue their story here in this world.
In mourning loved ones remember that they have entered into the fullness of love and continue this with Jesus eternally in watching over and interceding for us in heaven. This is our faith. We believe that they have now been made whole and perfect in every way. They are saints. Their love continues and our memory of them endures.
At the College we especially remember past students and staff who have died during this month. We pray also for those people who are forgotten or died without love. We remember people who died fighting for a different cause and pray that God’s mercy extends in death to our nations historic enemies. We pray also that we might continue Jesus’ work in this world and that we use the time we have on the earth well.
I pray that you find peace in this month of remembrance and share that peace with all people. I pray also that reflecting upon these things that you become more aware of the gift that is time – may we all treasure it and use it well.
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
On Friday 26th October the Year 11 Students attended their annual Retreat day at Ocean Grove.
The theme for the day was “Religious”.
Students participated in 4 workshops:
1. Beliefs, values and our worldview
2. My beliefs and values
3. Just Voices
4. Meaning and Purpose in my life
Students listened to a variety of presentations and the had the opportunity to reflect on their own place in God’s world.
Isaiah, a refugee from Sierra Leone, shared a candid depiction on his 14 years in a refugee camp and his experiences there and afterwards in his move to Australia. Students were moved to hear of the challenges he has faced in his life.
A mass at St Thomas Church concluded the day. Led by Father Gerry Healy, students were respectful and mindful during this service.
Thank you to all the staff and students for making this a most successful day.
Ms Kristin Williamson Year 11 Coordinator
First published inThe Age 16.10.2018, written by Anna Prytz
On nights out at uni, Patrick Malone (Saint Ignatius College Alumni Class of 2013) would see his peers drink too much, start fights and harass girls. He would see them full of anger they didn’t know what to do with and sometimes even felt confused by his own feelings.
‘‘If things build up, and I’ve experienced it myself, you express anger and you’re like ‘whoa, where did that come from?’ ’’
Men, he says, ‘‘haven’t had the tools’’ to express how they feel.
Experts say too many men – like Mr Malone’s friends – are at risk of ending up in the ‘‘man box’’, hemmed in by the belief that men should be unemotional, hypersexual, physically tough, stoic and in control.
A study from Jesuit Social Services reveals the damage this causes, including suicidal thoughts, violence and dangerous driving.
The organisation surveyed 1000 men aged 18-30 across a broad social spectrum and found-two thirds of respondents said they felt pressure from society to act a certain way. Within that group, a third agreed they should conform to expectations.
Jesuit Social Services chief executive Julie Edwards said this ‘‘significant minority’’ of men were considered to be in what her team have tagged the ‘‘man box’’.
Instances of violent, sexist and risk-taking behaviour were markedly higher among this group compared with other men and 44per cent of them had had suicidal thoughts in the past fortnight.
Forty-six per cent had made sexual comments to an unknown woman in a public place in the past month compared with 7 per cent of those outside the man box.
Thirtyeight per cent had been in a traffic accident in the past year compared with 11 per cent in the other group.
Nearly half had perpetrated physical bullying in the past month. ‘‘We’ve learnt that the more strongly you’re in the man box, the more likely you are to be not going well,’’ Ms Edwards said.
At Brunswick’s Brosnan Centre men and women are meeting to help tackle the problem.
As part of its Men’s Project, Jesuit Social Services is running workshops, research projects and intervention programs to help men find a way out of the man box.
Mr Malone, 23, recently completed a modelling respect and equality workshop, which gave him practical tools for calling out mates’ inappropriate behaviour.
Another organisation looking to start tackling the problem is The Man Cave. Founder Hunter Johnson said its programs worked with boys from the age of 12.
‘‘We’ve found guys want to talk about what’s going on in their life, [but] just don’t have the language or the spaces to do it and that’s what we provide,’’ he said.
The father of a young son, Men’s Project ambassador and Sydney Swans captain Josh Kennedy agrees that seeing good examples is the key.
‘‘Have someone you look up to, that you want to try to be like, tap into that person,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve felt in my experiences dealing with challenges, whatever they may be, you always feel better after talking to someone.’’ He said he could feel the culture changing even within the male-dominated AFL.
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Kindly reproduced with the permission of Australian Catholics magazine www.australiancatholics.com.au and written by Michael Gierck
Following a group of students from Saint Ignatius College, as they grow more in tune with each other and the environment as part of their Outdoor and environmental Studies subject.
If you were to set out on a four-day hike along Victoria's Great Ocean Walk, without phone or internet access, along with 17 secondary school students and three teachers, carrying your own pack laden with tent, mat, sleeping gear, clothes, food and cooking equipment, would you be looking forward to the trip?
That's what a group of Year 10 students from Saint Ignatius College in Drysdale - near Geelong - did as part of their Outdoor and Environmental Studies course, along with the teacher of that subject, Nathan Patterson, and two other teaching staff - James Fox and Marina Brown.
Students, like 16-year-old Arquette Williams, who had some camping experience, might have looked forward the trip, but for others, in spite of their physical preparation, there was a little trepidation.
Nathan, who has run hiking trips before, admits there's always some concern. Sure they had practised erecting tents and putting them away, cooking on camp stoves, and buying and preparing food with their tent buddy, but one question remained: How would each person respond?
The initial struggle
With 30-degree weather and a steep incline on the first day, they didn't have to wait long to find out.
Hannah Lace, a surfer and active 15-year-old, said the incline and heat made it hard on the 8-kilometre first-day walk. She admits there were moments when she didn't have the best mindset. But on they pushed, knowing they could only travel as fast as the slowest member of their group. The camp ground, with tank water and a pit toilet, couldn't come soon enough.
After a rest, many regained their energy. Prior to dinner, cooking stoves were arranged in a circle, and tent partners began preparing their evening meal. Later, the evening reflection, referred to as an 'examen' focused on gratitude. 'What could we be thankful for from Day?'
Examens became a time to pause, reflect, pray, and to get a sense of how everyone felt each evening.
The group sat in a circle, facing each other, and one person volunteered to respond first. Then, they'd progress around the circle, clockwise, so everyone had an opportunity to speak, and to be heard.
A time to bond
Next morning, some had difficulty getting out of bed. Many were still struggling without their music, messages and mobile phones. But the group was soon on its Day 2, 12-kilometre walk to Blanket Bay, in their wet-weather gear.
Hannah assumed a leadership role, and realised it wasn't just the terrain or weather that presented challenges, but the dynamics of the group. As the students had come from different classes, many didn't really know each other before the hike. 'You'd watch the dynamics between people, and think about what was going on,' says Hannah.
Hiking offered the opportunity to listen: to one's thoughts, to co-hikers, and to the sounds of bush and ocean.
Nathan says that the students were learning to work as a group, and to take care of each other. 'Some would walk slower to accompany others, while some would carry more so the stragglers had less weight to contend with.'
Later, Hannah took the group down to the beach for an 'examen'. 'I needed an ocean detox. It was a clear night. I wanted others to experience what I was feeling', she recalls. It was a special place to learn about each other.
Feeling in tune
By Day 3, the experince of 'flow', which they'd been told about, became real. People felt connected and immersed in the moment, and so in tune with their surrounds, that everything else dissipated.
There was a real cameraderie in the group - lots of talking, having fun and laughing. By this stage, Nathan was able to step into the background as the students were taking the lead.
He was impressed by their positive response to the experience, by their curiosity, and their concern for the environment.
Nathan says a number of parents who thought their teenage son or daughter would struggle, were amazed when they returned home raving about the experience. And may participants are keen to head off again.
Teacher, Marina, who hadn't hiked and camped before, considers it one of the best things she's ever done.
Arquette reflects, 'I came out a different person. I'm now more down to earth. I know who my true friends are, and how to deal with situations.'
Hannah said she now has a more positive mindset, and realises that when things feel tough, it's time to 'get into it, and smash it.'
'I have more knowledge of others, and myself, and the environment', she says. Once back home, she checked her social media, but it felt 'pointless, and boring'. 'It was really good to get away from technology.'
Arquette agrees. 'You don't need all that social media. The people around you are your true connections. They are your real social media.'
On Monday 15th of October, Year 11 VCAL students from St Ignatius College went on a three-day camp to Blackwood Specialist School Outdoor Education camp, which is situated in the Wombat State Forest. Some of the activities we undertook were:
The purpose of our camp was to work alongside kids with special needs as the camp is one of the only facilities in Victoria which supports kids with a physical and/or learning disability. For example, I supported a student who was enthusiastic and excited to be at camp, and also has autism. Myself and Jack Lenan (another year 11 VCAL student) helped him with the low ropes course, went for a bush walk with him and talked with him about his family and life. The teacher from his school said it was great to see a smile on his face and how happy he was. They told us he really enjoyed his time at camp, but more specifically working alongside us.
Camp was a very enjoyable experience and we worked well as a group and learned how to interact and assist kids with special needs. We also developed our communication skills, planning and organising, teamwork and leadership.
Luke Dries on behalf of Year 11 VCAL Students
A number of Saint Ignatius College students participated in the first of three online conferences about diversity and acceptance of difference.
The conference is called Your Choice, Our Future. The conference is an initiative of FAIR (Forum of Australia's Islamic Relations).
During the first day of the conference we explored the idea of difference, stereotypes, faith and labels with students from Sacred Heart College (Catholic - Geelong), Minaret College (Muslim - Springvale) and Mt Scopus College (Jewish - Burwood).
Our M.C., Kate, help us engage and interact with one another and a number of guest presenters: Khaled Khalafalla (actor, comedian), George Green (author, creator, international motivational speaker) and Simone Douglas (author, social media expert).
We look forward to the second of the conferences in February 2019 where we will plan and complete a number of social media campaigns. These campaigns will be completely planned and completed collaboratively as we seek to change perceptions and attitudes towards diversity and acceptance.
On Monday the 29th of October students in our Year 11 VCAL, Year 10 Hot Spots and Year 11 History classes were fortunate enough to participate in the Courage to Care incursion.
The seminar explored the Holocaust and how then and now people have the chance to make change in the world by reaching out to those in need. The students were amazed at the story of Louis, a Holocaust survivor, his positive outlook and the gratitude he has towards those who help him survive in occupied France and after his arrival in Australia.
We look forward to incorporating the learnings from the day into the studies of the students and 2019.
Where we hope that many more of our students will be able to participate and become more aware of how we are all capable of doing good in the world.
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
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 (9 am) at St Thomas Church, Peninsula Drive, Drysdale.
The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Mark Edwards (OMI), Auxiliary Bishop Western Region Archdiocese of Melbourne, and Fr James Puppady.
Come and hear Bishop Mark speak about the recent Synod of Youth in Rome and our parish refections on the Year of Youth.
Morning tea to follow the Mass.
See the attached flyer for more details:
Saint Ignatius College and the Student Wellbeing team have been working on the ‘Safe Environments’ benchmark of the Achievement Program. This benchmark is about preventing injuries as well as create an environment of inclusivity. This means creating school facilities that promote healthy behaviours, comply with safety guidelines, and make sure all students can move throughout the school with ease, regardless of their ability. It also means creating an environment that is free from discrimination, bullying and harassment and where all students and staff feel supported.
Saint Ignatius College has achieved this benchmark and will have this certificate of achievement on display, along with the representation of other benchmarks that have been achieved.
As indicated in previous newsletter articles, Saint Ignatius College have signed up to the Achievement Program which promotes a whole of school setting approach to health and wellbeing. This program is based on the World Health organisation’s health promoting schools and workplaces model.
Saint Ignatius College will continue to work through the remaining benchmarks and to keep the community informed of the school’s progress as it unfolds.
The Saint Ignatius College 'Class of 2013' is holding a '5 Year Reunion' on Friday November 16th.
The reunion will be held at The Inn Hotel, 58 Corio Street Geelong starting at 6.30pm and we invite all members of the 2013 cohort to attend.
Hope to see you there!
Urgently Looking For Volunteers
If you can help in the shop, or on a specially scheduled day, or if you require more information, please email email@example.com
Scheduled Open Dates: Monday November 19
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Orientation Day Uniform Sales – Tuesday December 11
Drawn December 11, 2018 – Orientation Day
Prizes include: School Fees for 2019; Campion Book Voucher; Noone Uniform Voucher; Secondhand Uniform Shop Vouchers
You gotta be in it to win it!
Tickets $25.00 each
See the flyer here for more details on prizes and how to buy tickets:
New members are always welcome.
Please email your details to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you.
Our next meeting is the Annual General Meeting: November 13th at 7pm in the Food Tech. Rooms
Starting November 12th
E. Musella, B. Downey B. Rees
M. Dunstan, N. Cordon, L. Tigani
L. Sitlington, C. Ford, Needed
M. White, L. Eastwood, M. Binion
J. Marles, Needed, Needed, Needed
Starting November 19th
T. Smale, L. Grist, C. Kopec, E. Don
L. Vella, S. Twaits, A. Quirk, K. Robinson, R. Harris
D. Worrall, S. Hammond, C. Framm
No Canteen. Student Free day (Mosaic Awards evening)
E. Stokie, V. McKee
If unable to attend, please make sure you get a replacement.
Sandra Woodall Tel: 0417 050 258
Parenting is a socialisation process during which parents develop in their children and teenagers the skills and attitudes that will enable them to fit into the different groups they encounter. These groups will exist inside the classroom, in friendship groups, during sports and leisure activities and elsewhere.
This socialisation process needs to begin from a young age.
Initially, most kids believe that their world and everyone in it revolves around them. “I want” is their mantra. Patient, firm parents will continually remind children that they need to think of others. “It’s your brother’s turn.””Nana doesn’t feel comfortable listening to that language.” “Think about how your behaviour affects others.” These are the types of appeal to a less self-centred approach that many parents make.
The socialisation process operates on two levels. On one level its focus is on teaching and helping kids to follow social rules or conventions that exist to help them get along with each other. At a deeper level successful socialisation develops empathy in a child or young person.
Empathy – the ability to understand how another person is feeling or how they respond to a behaviour or an event – is the basis of all respectful relationships. Without empathy it’s impossible for someone to enjoy a relationship based on respect and equality. It’s easy for a person who doesn’t practise empathy to reject, bully, intimidate or hurt someone else.
Empathy learned in childhood carries on to adult life
Empathetic adults enjoy better personal relationships and experience less stress. They also make better leaders who are more likely to get the best out of people than self-centred, result-focused leaders.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that empathy, if neglected in childhood, can be difficult to develop in adulthood. In some adults it takes a traumatic event or a ‘road-to-Damascus’ moment for them to adopt an empathetic perspective.
So, rather than wait until adulthood, let’s focus on developing empathy in your children and adolescents. There is a good chance they will benefit very soon in terms of enjoying better friendships, improved wellbeing and more success at school. Here are five ideas to get you started:
1. Model empathetic behaviour. Be kind even though the person in front of you in that queue is slow.
2. Read fiction stories to kids or encourage them to read fiction. People who read fiction score highest on tests that ask them to infer other people’s thoughts and emotions.
3. Praise kind and compassionate behaviours. The behaviours that parents focus on, even with teenagers, are those that tend to expand, so bring their empathetic behaviours to the fore.
4. Validate your child’s feelings. When a child shares difficult stories or emotions let them know you understand, without offering solutions or advice.
5. Invite your child to walk in someone else’s shoes. Occasionally ask your child a question like, “What would it be like to be feel tall like Tanya?”
Empathy is too important to wait until adulthood so make it a priority to develop a sense of ‘other’ in your child from an early age.
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.
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 attned vocational education yourself.
Contact: Amanda Vernon your local Saver Plus Coordinator
See PDF flyer for details:
Powercor has launched a new program called Energy Partner in areas on the Surf Coast and Bellarine Peninsula over summer, and to support the introduction of this program we are offering a competition benefiting local schools.
The school with the most nominations from families, who register and participate in Energy Partner Events, will receive a grant of $10,000*.
And as your school falls within the Energy Partner area, you are in the running to receive this grant.
Every time a household registers as an Energy Partner, they are asked to nominate a local school and once a household participates in an event, their vote is allocated to the school they nominated. The school with the most nominations at the end of the program will receive the prize.
Powercor Energy Partner is open for registration now for those living within the Bellarine Peninsula and parts of the Surf Coast. Program details and the registration page can be found here powercor.com.au/energy-partner.
About Energy Partner
That’s extra pocket money for families or it can go towards energy bills.
From 1 December 2018 to 31 March 2019, residents within areas of the Surf Coast and Bellarine Peninsula can partner with Powercor to help reduce demand through air conditioning units in their home, for a few hours, on a few really hot days over summer.
It’s a simple thing the community can do to help.
Local Community and Sporting groups you may be interested in.
Bellarine Community Health 'Parents in Partnership' (PIP)
Bellarine Community Health Youth Services are running a free program for Parents/guardians who have concerns over a young persons mental health. The first group starts on the 15th November.
The attached flyer has all the details.
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Suburban Sandcastles presents 'May I be Happy'
This film explores the importance of Mindfulness practice in transforming the lives of young people. By learning tools to become more present we can teach students to recognise their emotions as a healthy process, align with their inner truth and build resilience for what life presents. Given the stress that our world currently presents us with, this film is an insightful opportunity for principals, teachers, lectures, parents, students and welfare supports to explore the importance of mindfulness practice to assist in improving learning outcomes. Throughout this film Mindfulness practice is modelled in these American Primary, High School and Youth Service settings by mindfulness teachers.
Suburban Sandcastles is very much about bringing community together to communicate about important issues of our time. We thank you in advance for considering sharing this event. The film has the potential to impact on everyone and I’m sure a movement that will only increase over the coming years.
Here is the ticket link to learn more:
A flyer for the event can be downloaded here:
Coastal Conscience Presents: How deep are your pockets
Barwon Coast has partnered with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria Police, CFA, City of Greater Geelong and Ocean Grove Coastcare under the Share Our Shores campaign to advocate behavioural change amongst youth engaging in destructive and dangerous dune behaviour.
Barwon Coast Committee of Management Inc. is appointed by state government to manage 13km of coastal Crown land from 7W Collendina to 42W Connewarre on behalf of all Victorians. Our main charter is for the protection and enhancement of natural values within our estate, whilst providing a place for people to recreate. In addition to natural resource protection, a key responsibility for us is to manage risk to ensure the safety of all users of our reserves.
Our coastal reserves are under constant pressures as populations both locally and visiting the area increase. As a consequence Barwon Coast launched our Share Our Shores campaign late 2017 to create awareness on a number of coastal issues the community has identified. Issues identified are beach-overcrowding, littering, dogs’ off-leash, threats to wildlife and sand dune damage. Over the last few years there has been a significant increase in youth parties within the dunes, which has led to vegetation vandalism, dune destruction, significant littering and the lighting of fires. We anticipate the stronger message will change this dangerous behaviour and engage the youth to take ownership of the natural environment in a positive way.
For more details see the flyer below:
Queenscliff Coastgaurd Open day
Queenscliff Coastguard is holding an Open Day on Sunday 18th November, 2018, from 10.00am – 3.00pm.
The open day is to promote boating safety, and is supported by CFA, SES, Water Police and Highway Patrol.
For more details see the flyer below:
Drysdale Football Club ' Come and Try Day' for all females
Drysdale Football Club is having a free ‘Come and Try Day’ for all females, girls and women, on Sunday, November 11th. This is for a variety of age groups, including U12, U15, U18 and Senior players.
For more details see the flyer below:
St. Margarets 2018 50 Year Reunion - Class of 1968
'Class of 1968' - St Margaret's PS Reunion will be held on Saturday December 1st starting 1pm.
For more details go to www.stmargarets1968.org or see the flyer below:
Alumni of 'Our Lady of the Sea' Primary School
Rhonda Boyd is retiring from Our Lady Star of the Sea School after 21 years as Principal. The school is reaching out to past students who would like to contribute a short video message as part of a farewell gift to Ms Boyd.
Example messages could include a fond memory of your time at the school, congratulatory message to Ms Boyd or any other contribution you would like to make.
Please share your short video message (can be a link to Youtube or mp4 or other file) via email to Andrew Rayson email@example.com.
Barwon Health Immunisation Services
Year 10 students who missed the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine can catch up through Barwon Health Immunisation or GP prior to 31/12/18 when funding ends.
See timetable attached:
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
Sunday: 11.00am 2nd and 4th Sunday only
Saturday: 5.00pm Vigil
Holy Spirit Cnr Bostock Ave & Nambool St, Manifold Heights, VIC 3218
Sunday: 11.00am 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays only
Saturday: 6.00pm Vigil
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