Feast of the Assumption – 15th August
Today is a very special Feast Day in the Catholic Church’s calendar - the Feast of the Assumption. To explain the significance of this celebration, I provide the following explanation from “Prinscripts No. 24, 2010.”
“If we were asked to offer a phrase or two to describe the word “mother”, most of us would come up with something like this: an amazing, multi-talented person, who gives birth, demonstrates loyalty, bears sorrow, offers support and encouragement, looks after her family. Well, from the most ancient of times, Mary has been venerated under the title of God-bearer or Mother of God. Down through the ages, paintings and statues of Mary have mostly given expression to a “motherly smile”, a smile that is welcoming and expresses peace and serenity."
A 3rd Century Papyrus Manuscript, published by Roberts in Manchester in 1938, contains the well-known prayer “Under Your Protection” and demonstrates that from the earliest times, Mary was regarded as a mother-figure for Christians of the early Church:
“We turn to you for protection
Holy Mother of God.
Listen to our prayers
and help us in our needs.
Save us from every danger
Glorious and Blessed Virgin.”
These Christians of the early Church would have been well aware of the role Mary fulfilled as a constant connection with Christ. It was she who had nurtured Him during the years leading up to His public life. She had a leading role at the marriage celebration in Cana, when Jesus began His public life. At the end of His life, Mary witnessed the sorrowful events of the Passion, Crucifixion and Death of her Son. Mary was with the Apostles when they gave witness to the facts of the Resurrection and Ascension. It was Mary, the constant Mother, who prayed with the Apostles and sustained them in their belief until the First Pentecost.
There is little written about Mary, especially what happened after Pentecost, but there is strong evidence, through tradition, that at the end of her life she was united with her Son in a manner similar to how her Son was united with His Father. After an in-depth study of tradition and the early writings of the Church, and after broad consultation with bishops, theologians and lay people, Pope Pius X11 in 1950 declared that, “…. The Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory”.
Mary had been so closely associated with all the mysteries of Jesus’ life, so it is not surprising that the Holy Spirit has led the Church to believe and declare, that she must be with Him body and soul in heaven. Mary is now in a position to be mother to all people for all time.”
“Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us, your people, now,
and at the hour
of our death. Amen.”
(Acknowledgement: Prinscripts No. 24 “Mary’s Assumption,” 2010)
Return from Sabbatical Leave
I returned on Monday after nearly six weeks of Sabbatical Leave. While on leave, I undertook the first phase of Australian Catholic University's (ACUs) "Forming Leaders International Formation Program" conducted in London, UK and Rome and Assisi, Italy. The program was an enjoyable and engaging experience for which I am very grateful. It was particularly significant for me that my wife Mary was able to accompany me and share in part of the program. My previous Sabbatical involved undertaking a course at Harvard University in Educational Leadership. This time I thought I would choose a course that would support my leadership in the sphere of Education in Faith. The course offered me the opportunity to further grow in my faith and consider ways forward for how schools can better assist adolescents with their faith formation. The program involved undertaking two units from ACU's Graduate Certificate in Education (Leading the New Evangelisation.) Leading the New Evangelisation is about doing better in schools to help young people develop their relationship with Jesus Christ.
The course involved lectures and workshops at St Mary's University London and ACU's Rome Campus. Each day also included prayer, Mass and a retreat as well as visits to significant sites. In London, the sites included Westminster Cathedral, the Catholic Education Service of England and Wales, Tyburn Convent and the Shrine of the Martyrs as well as some secondary schools. In Italy, we attended Mass in the crypt of St Peter, visited many Basilicas and other places of significance including a two-day retreat experience in Assisi which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Participants were from Australia, England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. I was inspired and encouraged by the faith-filled and friendly fellow educators undertaking the course with me and the ACU and St Mary's University Course Leaders. In particular, I am grateful to Archbishop Christopher Prowse (Canberra Goulburn Archdiocese), Mr Peter Woods and Br. David Hall FMS from the La Salle Academy for their inspiring leadership.
I am also very aware that this leave was made possible because many people supported me to be away. I express my gratitude to Michael Timms (Acting Principal), the College Executive, my P.A., Kim Abbott and everyone else who facilitated my absence from school.
I will share various aspects of my learning with staff members, parents and students when appropriate opportunities arise. Soon we will be moving into the first phase of developing the College's next School Improvement Plan. My learnings from the program will inform this plan's development where we address enhancing the College as a Christ-centred community.
I was delighted to receive a letter from the Chief Commissioner, Scouts Victoria informing me that one of our Year 9 students, Ada Hand, had earned the "Australian Scout Medallion." This award places Ada among the top achievers of the millions of scouts worldwide.
To attain this award, Ada has demonstrated initiative, sustained efforts, self-discipline, teamwork and leadership. These qualities are among those we desire for our students and will put Ada in a strong position in her future. Congratulations and well done Ada!
2018 Annual Report to the School Community
As part of the funding agreement between the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) and the Australian Government, schools are required to report on particular categories of School Performance Information. This information is supplied to the school community in some ways that include (but not limited to): fortnightly newsletter; an annual report; annual school magazine “Magis” and our website.
I am pleased to inform you that the Saint Ignatius College Geelong 2018 Annual Report to the School Community is available on the College Website www.ignatius.vic.edu.au and a copy is also available upon request at the College Office. The report covers three key areas:
On next Monday Mrs Annette Chidzey (Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning) will commence Long Service Leave for the remainder of the term. On behalf of our College community, I wish Mrs Chidzey a very restful and enjoyable break.
Ms Elise Meehan (current Science Learning Area Leader) has been appointed Acting Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning for the duration of Mrs Chidzey’s absence. Please refer any matters you would usually contact Mrs Chidzey about to Ms Meehan. I congratulate Ms Meehan and welcome her to the College Executive.
Michael Exton Principal
As we arrive at the middle of the term the commitments we have and the pressure we experience become increasingly obvious. Often we can mask the pressures around us but at times these things mount up and threaten to overwhelm us. As assessment task submission dates draw nearer and the commitments at school and externally increase the ability for each of us to pause and truly rest diminishes. With this in mind it may be a timely reminder that Scripture can reveal to us a solution to a very human cyclic problem and that we need to pause and go back to the source of our faith and of our community.
The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and John all record the account of Jesus walking on water. Much theological and biblical scholarship has been directed to this event throughout history and a number of conclusions have been determined. Interestingly the Gospel of Luke omits the account, which is perplexing when considering the overriding theme of Luke’s Gospel.
Scholars have suggested that the account truly may be a nature miracle where Jesus’ divinity is further revealed and affirmed. However, this outcome depends largely upon the personal faith and belief of the reader. It has also been concluded that the account may be based upon an event that actually occurred although not literally in the manner the text offers, whereby the truth of the story is in what it may illustrate about Jesus and our personal relationship with him.
The account in the three Gospels it remarkably similar with only Matthew offering a variation. In each account the disciples had been sent by Jesus to the other side of Galilee. The wind is moderate and the waves make rowing the boat difficult. Jesus who had gone up to the mountain to pray. After they had travelled a number of miles across the lake they see Jesus whom they believe is a ghost and are terrified. Jesus tells them “do not be afraid” and comes into the boat. The wind calms.
The Gospel of Matthew has an additional component. Upon seeing Jesus and hearing his voice Peter tests Jesus and says “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water”. Jesus invites him out, yet the waves make Peter fearful, his faith waivers and he starts to sink. Calling out Jesus “Lord save me”, Peter is held by Jesus and they enter the boat.
In reflecting upon the account there is much that can be revealed to us today and how our busy lives may be an allegory or parallel to the passage.
As the wind and waves rise around our boat we find that our family and friends, like the disciples, become agitated and fearful. We need comfort and reassurance and although our loved ones and networks offer us that peace as a small community there is a point where internally ‘we’ cannot offer what is needed. There is a limit upon the peace and assurance we can offer on another. Our ‘boat’ at times is challenged by the things around us and progress is difficult at best.
At times of stress we need to be aware of our destination. What is it that we are work towards? What are our goals and how can this vision guide our course, or at least maintain the right direction?
We also need to be aware of Jesus who is with us and makes himself known particularly at these times. He may seem slightly distant but we need to look outside of our ‘boat’ as the disciples did as he makes his way toward us. When you notice his presence in all of the commotion around it may surprise or ‘terrify’ you somewhat. Jesus is very good at disguising himself in troubling situations and often we see him in a person or event that we do not expect. Do not be alarmed when you recognise him in a way in which you did not expect.
When you have noticed Jesus the Gospel of Matthew encourages you to be bold. Call out to him, have courage and step into the things that threaten your boat. Jesus does not fear the wind or the waves, he has power over them and will calm the storm. Even in this turmoil with great assurance and love he calls us out to be with him. He shows us we have nothing to fear. We are like him; we are made in his image.
When you step out of the boat and enter into the things that cause agitation or concern do so with faith. Peter hesitated for a moment as the waves struck him and started to sink. But he became the rock on which the Church was build, Jesus believed in him and he was the first Pope. If Peter’s faith waivered in the physical presence of Our Lord it’s natural that at times your faith may also ebb when you need it most. But just as he saved Peter he will save you and calm the storm. In stepping out of the boat your faith has been affirmed and Jesus will not let you be swallowed by the sea.
As Peter called out to Jesus we should also in times of need. When we are struggling he will reach out and lift us up. Jesus will calm us and the storm. He will take us back and enter our ‘boat’. He will calm the storm and comfort those who travel with us in life. The journey will soon become pleasant and easy again. Jesus is with us.
These things are true. These promises are revealed. Of these things we can be sure.
As you journey through the school term in your role as parent, student, teacher, family member, remember that the events of life are cyclic. We move between times of peace and tranquillity and times of agitation and tension as ‘life’ happens. It is in the times of agitation or pressure where we need to especially pause and consider what has been revealed to us by Jesus and be assured of his presence and promises. I hope that although metaphorical these thoughts might be helpful and that you may be able to apply them to your experiences at half way point of this terms ‘journey’.
Have courage, step into the deep, call out to Jesus, receive the peace and contentment he promises.
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
On Wednesday 7th August, our Year 8 students participated in a workshop called ‘Mindfulness Through Movement’, facilitated by Jem Fuller and Mitch Barrow.
The students used movement to engage their senses, discover the power of the breath, and assist in emotional regulation. Students gained skills in calming the mind and being in the moment to improve their overall wellbeing and engagement. The program gave them practical techniques of gaining mindfulness, as well as some informative facts on the benefits of mindfulness.
Some of the key messages the students walked away with included:
Thank you Jem and Mitch for engaging our students in your wonderful program.
Olivia Whitehead Student Wellbeing Coordinator
On Wednesday the 7th August, six netball teams participated in the Victorian School Netball Championships at the State Netball Hockey Centre. The teams were selected in Term 2 and they have continued to train weekly to prepare for this competition.
The teams played between four to seven games and they played against a variety of city and country teams. All students should be commended on their willingness to win and to be a part of a team.
We had two teams who were undefeated on the day and who will now travel back to Melbourne in September for the Finals Day of competition. Congratulations to the Year 7 & 8 girls and the Year 9 & 10 girls!
A strong contingent of Year 12 students also participated and I thank them for their commitment to participate in the netball program at the College, as many of them have been members of the teams for a number of years.
I would also like to thank the small number of parents who supported the boys and girls and our four Saint Ignatius umpires, including students Imy Davis and Mackennah Melotte.
Lastly, thank you to our coaches: Ms Tash Slocombe, Ms Blair Shaw and former students, Max Kos and Lachie Hart.
I wish the Year 7 & 8 girls and the Year 9 & 10 girls the best of luck in September!
Stacey Learmonth Netball Coordinator
Junior Debating – Semester Two Program
The Debaters’ Association of Victoria (DAV) offers the opportunity to students in Years 7 and 8 at schools in the Geelong Region to take part in an introductory program during second semester.
Dates for the program this year are as follows:
Training night: Thursday September 5th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Round 1: Thursday September 19th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm (this includes an Exhibition Debate after the fixture)
Round 2: Thursday October 17th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm (including a further Training Seminar immediately prior to the fixture)
Round 3: Thursday October 31st from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
What is required of student participants at SICG:
All participants are assisted and supported with the preparation of their arguments and the rehearsal of their speeches. This ensures that students are equipped with the necessary skills and able to debate with confidence.
Any Year 7 or Year 8 student who is willing to take up the challenge of Debating and who is prepared to make the commitment required is asked to have a parent or guardian express their interest by emailing Mr Michael Tod: email@example.com
Expressions of interest close on Friday 30th August after which time the SICG Debating teams will be registered and organized. We look forward to fielding several teams for this program.
Ms Andrea Dart Senior Debating Co-ordinator and Mr Michael Tod Junior Debating Co-ordinator
On Thursday 1st August, our Senior team gave a very good account of themselves in the final round of the DAV’s Geelong Region Schools’ Competition. Debating against Geelong College, the team tackled a secret topic with just one hour to prepare their case. We took the negative position with the topic being “That we should break up big technology companies”.
First speaker Nikita Page opened by arguing that founders of the companies deserve to have ongoing credit for their creativity and ingenuity and rebutted the affirmative team’s opening comments. Second speaker Noah Gullan continued with rebuttal and focused on the harmful effects of dismantling corporations. Our third speaker Madeleine Crothers rebutted strongly and summed up the negative case very well.
They were well supported by Joshua James who assisted with the development of their arguments during the preparation time. Speakers enjoyed the debate and had fun meeting their opponents who emerged with the points on this occasion. Picture in the Gallery image: from left, Madeleine Crothers (Year 12), Joshua James (Year 11), Noah Gullan (Year 11), and Nikita Page (Year 12).
Our students can be extremely proud of their efforts and their performance in representing SICG so capably. Overall the team finished in fourth place this year which is our best placing for some time and a creditable performance. Congratulations to our Senior Debaters on a wonderful series of performances this year.
At the moment our Senior Debaters are working to organize a Teacher Vs Student debate for Year 12s and planning the introduction of House Debating for students. Their enthusiasm and support for Debating is a mark of their exceptional leadership and their preparedness to take on a challenge.
Ms Andrea Dart Senior Debating Co-ordinator
In March 2019, 73 students from Yr 7 and 8 competed in the Australian Geography Competition. This competition aims to encourage student interest in geography and reward student excellence. We have a number of students who have performed to a very high level in the Competition this year, gaining high distinction, distinction and credit. They include:
Year 7 – High Distinction
Max Craven (7Licona)
Jack Dries (7Licona)
Daniel Fragapane (7Coudere)
Jack Pummeroy (7Lewis)
William Towart (7Borgia)
Year 7 – Distinction
Alex Batchelor (7Borgia)
Chelsea Ferguson (7Miki)
William Handley (7Claver)
William Honner (7Ricci)
Year 7 – Credit
Grace Aspinall Kline (7Carroll)
Lucas Cumming (7Lewis)
Maya Eastwood (7Carroll)
Zane Kneebone (7Coudere)
Curtis McCoughtry (7Licona)
Keanu Van Zyl (7Miki)
Alanah Webb (7Licona)
Dante Nicholls (7Ward)
Year 8 - High Distinction
Amy Thompson (8Campion)
Jack Engler (8Owen)
Tylah Foley (8Monserrat)
Om Patil (8Realino)
Matilda Stepto (8Owen)
Year 8 – Distinction
Ari Gillies (8Castillo)
Zarah Howell (8Chardin)
Murphy Moulton (8Campion)
Mika Derrick (8Rubio)
Lachlan Di Pasquale (8Xavier)
Emma Fenton (8Realino)
Riley Hanrahan (8Owen)
Keira Murray (8Owen)
Tiahni Paseuthusak (8Monserrat)
Jasmine Perilli (8Rubio)
Year 8 – Credit
Jet Lamperd (8Castillo)
Kane Philp (8Chardin)
Archie Tiernan (8Chardin)
Ella Beasley (8Xavier)
Grace Binion (8Xavier)
Fergus Cotter (8 Realino)
All students will receive their certificates via Homeroom in the next few days. We congratulate all students who participated and look forward to the next Geography competition in 2020.
Deanne Allen-Emery Humanities Learning Area Leader
Saint Ignatius College is delighted to present the musical production of ‘School of Rock’, to be performed at GPAC’s Playhouse Theatre in September 2019.
Based on the hilarious hit movie, this new musical follows dropout Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a bit of cash by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. But Dewey isn’t going to teach them algebra or arithmetic, oh no. These kids are going to learn what it takes to become the most awesome rock ‘n’ roll band of all time! But can his new group win the Battle of the Bands without being schooled by their parents and headmistresses, or will Dewey have to face the music?
It is with much excitement that members of the College Community will be invited to purchase tickets to this wonderful production from Friday 9th August on the GPAC website from 9am.
Click here to make a booking: https://www.gpac.org.au/event/1229/school-of-rock
Show times are as follows:
Thursday 12th September 7:00pm
Friday 13th September 7:00pm
Saturday 14th September 12:00pm
Saturday 14th September 5:00pm
Last Tuesday evening, our talented music students performed in our annual Instrumental Showcase. Our many ensembles showcased the works that they had been rehearsing all term. There were also solos, duets and bands representing students from years 7-12. Many thanks to our dedicated Instrumental tutors who prepared our students and to the teachers who also assisted on the night. A special thankyou to our Arts Captain, Jack Woodfine and Deputy College Captain, Heidi Bakker, for compering the evening.
VCE Theatre Studies Exam Preparation Day
On Thursday the 8th of August, our VCE Theatre Studies class attended a Written and Performance Exam preparation day at GPAC. VCAA assessors presented the students with tips on how to prepare for both examinations. Our students participated in practical activities and gained an insight into how to get the best results! Many thanks to Drama Victoria for organising the day, it was incredibly enjoyable for all involved.
Miss Rhea Walker VCE Theatre Studies
Last Monday evening, parents and friends were treated to a very entertaining night of fine vocalists. Many thanks to our choir director, Mrs Marina Brown and vocal teachers, Ms Lee Abrahmsen, Ms Jenny Robinson and Mrs Erika Turner for their preparation of the students.
Thanks to our comperes, Arts Captain, Jack Woodfine and year 11 music student, Amy Searle.
Geelong Schools Movement and Music Festival
Students from both the Junior Concert Band and the Intermediate Symphonic Winds performed at the Festival on Tuesday and all agreed, it was a resounding success! 40 musicians represented our College and played 2 pieces: ‘The Tempest’, which was conducted by our very first conducting student, Sarah Bensted, (Yr 11) and ‘Mallet Maniacs’, which featured the Glockenspiel and our brand new Marimba, played by Fin Hanley (Yr 7), Erin Robertson, (Yr 7) and Clare Sumner (Yr 9). The event was an opportunity to perform out in the community at a world class venue and our students were fabulous! Sincere thanks to Ms Cordell and Mrs Hodge for accompanying the students on the day.
Public Speaking Recital - 'Daring Greatly'
Tomorrow evening, Thursday August 15th at 7pm in the college Art Gallery, our public speaking students will present their short speeches entitled 'Daring Greatly'.
‘Daring Greatly’ is a topic inspired by a speech given by the American President, Theodore Roosevelt and more recently a re-created quote by author Brene Brown, who also published her latest best seller titled ‘Daring Greatly’.
Brene was inspired to write this novel after being shamed online for being openly vulnerable. Students have been challenged to think about just what ‘Daring Greatly’ is to them.
This presentation will run for approximately an hour and will conclude with a supper.
Performance is an important aspect of Public Speaking, and this evening will be a wonderful opportunity for them to showcase the skills they have acquired over the year.
Our public speaking teacher, Ms Chelsea Gibb, is looking forward to meeting parents and friends at this event.
Students interested in taking private lessons for next term are asked to please complete the enrolment form by September 16th
We look forward to seeing you at our college production “School of Rock” which will be held at GPAC September 12th-14th.
Mrs Linda Pape Performance & Instrumental Coordinator.
Music, dancing and fancy dress. These are the fundamentals of a good night out. What’s better than having a good night than knowing that all the money raised is going to a great cause.
On Thursday the 27th of June, the four Geelong Catholic Colleges, Saint Ignatius, St. Joseph’s, Clonard and Sacred Heart came together to raise money for the “Cottage by the Sea”, Queensliff. The event was organised by the Catholic Leaders of Geelong (CLOGS), the senior student leaders from these Schools, with the aim to fundraise for a worthy cause while providing students an opportunity to enjoy an evening with students going through the same Year 12 often-demanding experience.
Held at the Croatian Community Centre, the fund-raising event, the Winter Ball, brought the four Geelong Catholic Colleges together in celebration of their final year.
“Cottage by The Sea”, a not-for-profit organisation in Queenscliff, is an Australian children’s charity helping disadvantaged children with no government support. Founded in 1890 in Queenscliff as the “Ministering Children’s League” by Annie Hitchcock and Elizabeth Calder, the vision has always been that every child deserves a happy and healthy childhood.
“We aim to empower young people by providing them with inspiration, fun and opportunity through our four tailored programs. Everything we do at the Cottage reflects Our Values: Respect, Adventure, Integrity, Belonging and Community.
We have just under 1,500 kids attending each year, it is a big task running the charity.”
The CLOGS group met recently at Saint Ignatius College and were delighted to present a very healthy cheque of the grand total of $9804, the profit from the “Year 12 Winter Charity Ball”, which was most gratefully received by the Community Engagement and Relationships Manager, Mr. Bill Kerr.
A universal message held between all for schools is service of others, especially to those in need and we hope that our donation will serve to help better the lives of children in need.
Heidi Bakker and William Palmer Saint Ignatius College Geelong Co-Vice Captains
Pictures are student leaders from Saint Ignatius, Clonard, St. Jospeh’s and Sacred Heart at the morning tea presentation to the Community Engagement and Relationships Manager at the “Cottage By the Sea”, Mr. Bill Kerr.
Well I believe it is safe to say this year’s feast day was a great success with staff and students all coming together to celebrate the life of Saint Ignatius of Loyola whilst also raising very important funds. On Wednesday the 31st of July, after our whole school assembly, the college was jammed packed with jumping castles, food vans and even a petting zoo.
Amongst all the specialty Food Vans was the SRC BBQ Sausage Sizzle, run by the Student Representative Council. The hot snags in bread (and other Products) were an absolute hit amongst the College with the stall raising a profit of $500. I would personally on behalf of the SRC like to thank everyone who was involved with the stall, thank you.
As explained at the Feast Day Assembly, the funds raised this year were to be distributed the College of St Ignatius of Loyola, Kasait, where $800 will be used to sponsor one child through a whole year of schooling and the Balance of the funds will go to the Railaco Medical Clinic where Father Bong (Jesuit priest) uses his very limited medical supplies when he visits isolated communities in the Railaco area. Our donations will make a great help to both these causes.
In other news, Monday, August 19th marks the start of the 2019 Book Week across Australia. To commemorate this annual national event, the school will have a casual clothes day in which student gold coin donations will be shared between the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and the Opening The Doors Foundation.
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation helps children in remote Indigenous communities lift their level of literacy and instill a love of reading. The foundation uses the donated money to buy books for Indigenous children, many created by Indigenous authors and illustrators. More details can be found at; https://www.indigenousliteracy... ‘Opening The Doors Foundation’ addresses the severe educational disadvantage still being experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, by providing assistance so that they are able to choose and successfully maintain a positive education environment for their children. More details can be found at: https://www.openingthedoors.org.au/about-us
The SRC have decided that this is where our donations will have the greatest impact in the wider community.
Will Palmer Vice-College Captain and member of the SRC
Casual Clothes Day
On Thursday 8th of August, the Student Representative Council (SRC) met to plan and arrange a number of upcoming events.
The SRC has organised for a casual clothes day to be held on Wednesday, August 21st . The money raised through gold coin donations will go towards purchasing materials and tools for the College’s project on the Cape York Immersion Trip, as well as helping to support both the ‘Opening The Doors’ Foundation (FIRE Carriers Program) and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
A BBQ will also be run on the day, with the proceeds supporting the Year 11’s ‘Share the Dignity’ campaign. This campaign is focused on ensuring homeless women in the Geelong & Bellarine community can have access to sanitary items. Collection points have been placed in all homerooms and in each year level coordinator’s office. We encourage the donation of pads and or tampons, but if not able to do so, monetary donations can also be made and with these funds extra products will be purchased.
In addition, the SRC is in the process of determining future fundraising opportunities for Term 4.
William Bothe Year 11 SRC Representative
In Year 11 I originally started in the VCE program. I found myself really stressing out about all of the sacs and exams that I needed to do. I was not being myself and I needed to get out. After the first semester of Year 11 VCE I transferred into the VCAL program. I was lucky to be able to do so, and that was because I was enrolled in VET Building and Construction at the College.
In VCAL I found that I was learning a lot of hands on things that have helped me in the building and construction industry, which is what I am wanting to do. I hope to become a carpenter, maybe running my own building company down the track.
In the second semester of Year 11, we had to find a work placement (SWL) as a part of our course. My SWL was a great experience for me. I worked with a terrific employer and learnt a lot about the trade. I even picked up extra days of work with him!
Stepping from Year 11 to Year 12, I was fortunate enough to gain a School Based Apprenticeship (SBA). A SBA is where you complete ¾ of the first year apprenticeship while completing your studies at school. So essentially I go to school 4 and a half days of school (I have VET on Wednesdays at 1:30 which finishes at 6:00) and I work on the job on Friday.
I am almost at the end of my studies and I have learned a lot more information about real life skills than I would’ve in VCE. I have also learned a lot about my industry of building and construction and I am still happy to work in the industry and hopefully make a career out of it.
Nicholas Shakespeare 12 Barry
The Final Count Down event will be held on Wednesday August 28th in the St Thomas Church from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.
Topics to be discussed:
Mr Joe Mclean Year 12 Co-ordinator and Mr Bruce Connor WAFE Co-ordinator
An evening for female Year 10-12 students and their Parents / Guardians
Parents/Guardians of Year 10-12 female students are invited to the St. Thomas Church, Peninsula Drive, Drysdale to listen to a representative from Barwon Child, Youth Family, and a panel of Year 12 female students speak on the topic of body image, and in particular body image in the media.
Time/Date: September the 5th at 7pm. (duration of event is approximately 1 hour).
Tickets: Whilst there is no cost to attend, please register your ticket at www.trybooking.com/BDEJZ
For all further information, please contact Mr. Michael Timms Deputy Principal [Students] on firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 10 students attended Brainstorm productions "Cheap Thrills" recently. This fast-paced, one-man show is about that split second when we reach a crossroad, then make a choice, take a risk and possibly change our lives forever. It looks at the potential impact of our choices on wellbeing and mental health. The play was well received as evidenced by the involvement in the final question and answer section.
Students are also doing some follow up discussions in Year 10 Ignatian learning.
Mr. Brendan O’Brien Year 10 Coordinator.
2019 Brainstorm Production- from the students:
On Friday the 9th of August, Year 10 had the privilege of viewing a Brainstorm Production titled "Cheap Thrills".
It was a production based around the idea of one’s decisions impacting many different aspects of their life. The show was minimalistic and used simple ways to convey a message that the audience could relate to. The hard-hitting theme surrounding substance abuse encouraged the audience to envision what could happen to them if they followed these ideas.
"Cheap Thrills" educated us as individuals in our choice - making and how these can have an influence on our mental health and wellbeing.
Dana Campbell, Kaitlyn Eastwood and Olivia Stephens Year 10
We are very fortunate as a College to have a number experienced and highly qualified coaches that assist us in our sport and GISSA programs. The College has for a number of years benefitted from having Coach Darren Riviere assist Mr Andrew Philp and the cross country and middle distance (track) teams. Darren has had a very successful career as an athlete and coach. In 2002, he finished 3rd in the Melbourne Marathon in a time of two hours and 34 minutes.
As we move toward the conclusion of the 2019 cross country and athletics season a number of additional opportunities have been developed to encourage and support students in participating in these fields and in developing a consistent approach to their training and personal fitness. The following website has been created to help parents and students enter into these activities and it is hoped that the monthly events will encourage families to participate and develop connections with others in our College community.
SICG Wolfpack website - http://sicgwolfpack.weebly.com
Further we have entered a Saint Ignatius College team in Run4Geelong that we encourage students and families to join. Further details for those who would like to meet before the run will be published as details about the course come to hand. If you would like to register as a member of the SICG Wolfpack use the following link:
Students are encouraged to speak with Coach Darrren, Mr Philp or Mr Nicholls about becoming a member of the Wolfpack and we hope the incentives encourage and reward those who enter into this pursuit.
Weekly training occurs at the College from 12.32-1.20pm each Tuesday and Thursday with Coach Darren and Mr Nichols. Students are allowed to wear PE uniform on these days and we meet as a group outside the foyer of the gym at the beginning of lunch.
If you have any queries, please contact Mr Philp or Mr Nicholls via email or the College’s reception.
Brendan Nicholls Cross Country Coach
If you were part of the 'Class of 2014' cohort please join us for the 'Class of 2014' 5 Year reunion which will be held on Friday September 6th.
Venue: Geelong Hotel Rooftop, 69 Yarra Street, Geelong
Time: 7.00pm until late
Ticket cost: $20 (includies finger food and DJ). Drinks at bar prices
Tickets can be booked: www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=528202
A PDF of our Canteen Price List can be downloaded here
Starting August 19th
T. Smale, L. Grist, C. Kopec
L. Tigani, M. Jackson, S. Twaits, R. Morris
L. Vella, K. James, S. Peters
M. White, E. Carpenter, Needed
E. Stokie, S. Hammond, J. Rogers
Starting August 26th
N. Van Vliet, A. Schneider, Needed
N. Robinson, R. Harris, Needed
C. Whitworth, L. Vella, Needed
M. White, N. Lowther, L. Eastwood
C. Ford, Needed, Needed
If unable to attend, please make sure you get a replacement.
Sandra Woodall Tel: 0417 050 258
Big Night Out (Guys & Gals) - Fashion Show Fundraiser
Spread the News – Tell Your Friends
Friday October 18 – 6.30pm arrival (glass of sparkly or beer on arrival); 7.00pm start.
Venue: Pioneer Room - St Mary’s Parish Centre - 150 Yarra St, Geelong
Put this date in your diary!!
We are once again organizing our fun fashion night, but this time for for guys and gals, to make it even more fun. We have teamed up with Montana’s Fashion and Accessories – Portarlington – who is introducing a men's range to our fashion show.
Tickets will be $12 each, and ticket price can be redeemed with any purchase (*one per transaction)
Tickets can be purchased online using this link: www.trybooking.com/beqji
They can also be purchased directly from the Office or a PFA member.
Please Note: Important!
Your trybooking receipt will need to be redeemed for a numbered ticket (as the ticket itself is a $12 voucher). This can be done by bringing your receipt to the Office to redeem, or bringing it on the night to redeem upon entry to the venue
Become part of the Parents and Friends’ Association
We invite you to join the Saint Ignatius College Parents and Friends' Association - whether it be attending our monthly meetings, helping out at fundraising events , you can receive some up to date information on events coming up at and around the College by emailing your details to email@example.com
Production Help Urgently Required
If you are available on Sunday August 18th and 25th from 12.00noon - 3.00pm, or Monday after school from 3.00pm - 5.30pm, production needs your help for things like: alterations, hemming, labelling, ironing and the like - in the Textiles Room. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the College Office for more information.
Entertainment Book – (2019/2020)
Please help support Saint Ignatius College by purchasing an Entertainment.
Books are for sale at the College Office or you can email Sandi Clark email@example.com
Parents and Friends’ Meeting for September 2019
Please come and join us on Tuesday September 10th at 7.00pm in the Food Tech Rooms.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Email your details to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Even if you can’t make it to the monthly meetings, but think you might be able to be on call to help at the different things we are involved in, please get in touch with us.
The Uniform Shop
Please note that Uniform shop will be open every second Wednesday from 2pm to 4 pm.
Opening dates for this term are:
Term 2 Dates are:
Extra Uniform Shop Open Time
Parent Teacher Interviews will be held on Thursday September 19.
The Uniform Shop will be open during this time for your convenience.
If you are able to assist and help us out at this time, or can volunteer for the regular Uniform Shop open times, we would love to hear from you!
Please email Samantha (Sam) Wells email@example.com Training is provided.
Open Days a really good opportunity to explore the campus and get a feel for the university or tertiary institution. There are lectures held for the courses of interest and explainations of what you might be studying and how to apply for the course. It is also an opportunity to meet staff and current students and get a feel for the institution you would like to attend.
A list of the VTAC Open days for 2019 can be viewed here:
Join Saver Plus and we'll match your savings, dollar for dollar, up to $500 for school costs.
To join Saver Plus, you must be at least 18 years or over, have a child at school or attend vocational education yourself, have regular income from paid employment (you or your partner), have a current Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card and be in receipt of an eligible Commonwealth social security benefit, allowance or payment.
Contact: Your local Saver Plus Coordinator
See PDF flyer for details:
Rites of Passage have always been a significant part of community life, until now. Each stage of a person’s life was marked and celebrated including the significant step of moving into adulthood.
The shift from childhood to adulthood has always been marked by a rite of passage, which represents entry to the adult world and the rights that go with it. This new set of rights is also accompanied by a responsibility to serve and contribute to the community.
The loss of healthy rites of passage
For many young people Schoolies Week, the annual Year 12 endless party, is the only rite of passage they have. The loss of meaningful rites of passage is having disastrous consequences on young people.
Too often we see young men in their twenties and beyond acting like boys in constant need of acknowledgement from their peers, dodging responsibility and still seeking approval from their mother. Many young women are stuck in perpetual adolescence, more worried about how they look than how they can contribute to their communities.
Adults have a role to play
It’s the role of adults to recognise and bring out children’s strengths and natural gifts so they can contribute fully to their communities as adults. One of the most significant roles of the elderly is to care for and pass on wisdom to the young. Not surprisingly in the past it has been the elders who were responsible for overseeing the Rites of Passage and their timely delivery.
Rites of Passage are not supposed to be done in isolation. As a child becomes a young adult parents also need to take a step and move to the next stage in their lives. Each new stage of development for a child or young person represents a new beginning for parents as well.
Unfortunately, elderhood is not highly coveted or respected in these modern times and there is a global marketing campaign telling us that youth is the desirable and only really acceptable life stage. When adulthood is not fully appreciated or understood, then it’s little wonder that many young people are hanging on to their adolescence well into their twenties. Some never make the leap into adulthood.
Families and communities can rediscover the notion of rites of passage and begin to invent their own pathways to adulthood, complete with markers and appropriate recognition. They can put their own celebrations in place that mark significant ages, and the all-important transition to adulthood. These celebrations should include a bringing together of significant adults and a passing on of wisdom and stories from past generations to a young person.
These rites of passage can be creative, must be inclusive and need to be appropriate to each family or community situation.
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.
Local Community and Sporting groups you may be interested in.
"Challenges for the Church Today"
Richard Leonard SJ on "Challenges to the Church Today", Friday 23 August 2019 at Sacred Heart, 7.00pm to 8.30pm
Richard, a Jesuit priest, will speak on how going out to the world is not for the faint hearted. He will ask how do we hold a sensible and joyous religious faith, and confidently impart it to our friends and neighbours, in the face of serious, secular opposition?
Empowering Women Dinner
With guest speaker Kirsty Sword Gusmao AO, Thursday 12 September 2019 at Sacred Heart, 6.30pm
Kirsty Sword Gusmao AO will be the guest speaker at the annual Empowering Women Dinner that raises funds for two schools in Timor Leste and the Northern Territory. Tickets are $55 and include a two course meal and drink on arrival.
"A New Culture of Leadership to Revitalise the Church"
Chris Lowney on "A New Culture of Leadership to Revitalise the Church" , Friday 23 August 2019 at Newman College, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Christ Lowney, a former Jesuit seminarian, served as Managing Director at J.P. Morgan in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and London for seventeen years. He is the well-known author of Heroic Leadership and specialist in Ignatian Leadership.
"Dignity in a Teacup"
Christin Cummins on her book "Dignity in a Teacup", Sunday 25 August 2019 at St Therese Catholic Church Torquay, 2.30pm
Christine will share her insights and stories of the years she worked as a torture and trauma counsellor with asylum seekers detained on Christmas Island.
What's On in August at the Potato Shed!
The Potato Shed have a variety of performances to suit people of all ages. Please find attached the What’s On poster for events coming up in August. You are advised to book early as many events sell out.
'Humans in Geelong' Student Writing Competition
As par of the 'Humans in Geelong' Expo and book launch, a Student Writing Competition is being held. Entries are due Sunday September 8th and the winners will have their stories published by 'Huamns in Geelong'. Let's get kids writing about locals who inspire them! Winners announced at the 'Humans in Geelong' Expo on Sunday October 6th, 10am at Deakin Waterfront Campus.
The Expo is afree community event with everyone welcome and something for everyone. See attached PDF for competition details.
Did your Year 7 students miss their vaccines at school?
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