Dear Saint Ignatius College Geelong community members,
We’ve arrived at the beginning of another Term, and I hope your daughters and sons have returned refreshed from the break and ready to face the challenges of the Second Semester.
The new Semester provides the opportunity for a fresh start. Parents have access to their daughter/son’s Semester One Statement of Results via the ‘Xuno’ parent portal. I encourage you to spend some time soon reviewing the report with them to set some directions for making the most of the new Semester’s academic program. This would also be an opportune time to consider all of the other commitments in your daughters/son’s life to check for the balance in time and that she/he is attending to their physical, emotional and spiritual health. Examples of things to consider include participation in sport (particularly team sport), physical fitness, what and how much they are reading, how much time they are spending online, and how they are contributing to the general running of the household?
There are no scheduled Years 7 – 11 Parent, Student & Teacher Conferences for Semester One; however, parents may request one by contacting teachers directly.
The 31st of July is a special day for our College community - the Feast Day of St Ignatius of Loyola, the College’s patron saint. Unfortunately, July 31 falls on a Saturday this year. Consequently, we will celebrate this day at school on Friday 30th July. All staff (teachers and school officers) will be involved in the celebrations where possible (e.g. limited office staffing on the day.) And of course, all students are expected to attend school on this day.
The day will begin with a Full School assembly after morning Homeroom in the Multi-purpose centre. We will use this occasion to mark the commencement of the Ignatian Year formally. As has been our custom, a particular feature of the assembly will be acknowledging staff service to the College community (10, 15, 20, 25, 30 or 35 (!)years.) Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, parents and friends of the College cannot attend the assembly.
There will be special activities for the remainder of the day.
The canteen will be open, and some food vans will be onsite during the day. (“Red” foods allowed on our celebration day.)
Deputy Principal Paul Lewis will provide more details about the day via email to the school community.
We are looking forward to this special day of celebration as a school community.
Most Year 10 students undertook Work Experience for the last week of term two. (Some were unable to do so for various reasons, and they will undertake theirs at another time.) Mr Bruce Connor reports that the week seems to have gone very well with many glowing reports coming in about our students - well done to them all. This was a valuable opportunity for them to learn about a particular career and the workplace environment. I am sure that there will have been beneficial personal development gained from the program's challenge.
Once again, thank you to our Work and Further Education Coordinator, Mr Bruce Connor, for coordinating this program and Mr Brendan O’Brien (YLC) and the Year 10 team of Ignatian Learning Teachers for their work to support this. We are very grateful to the employers who generously provided a place for our students and also to the workers in those workplaces for supporting our students.
Students in Years 8 – 11 will be asked to indicate their preferences for elective subjects for next year during term three. While considering options, it is important to discuss with your daughter/son her/his strengths, interests, and post-school options and review this often. The Semester One Statement of Results would be a helpful springboard into this type of discussion. Our Work and Further Education Coordinator, Mr Bruce Connor, is also available by appointment to help in this area, and students are welcome to access our Career Centre resources (located in the VCE Centre) by seeing Mr Connor first.
I am pleased to report very strong interest in the College continued again this year with many more applications than places available for next year.
The support provided by the students, staff and parents for the Open Afternoons and enrolment promotion program was a valuable/vital contribution to this success – thank you. The very positive reputation of the College is a commendable result of the commitment of our students, staff and parents to our College community and its continual improvement.
I have again made enrolment offers to 250 students (125 girls and 125 boys) for Year 7 next year.
Our Student Leadership Development Coordinator, Mr Anthony Gravener, has announced that applications for 2022 student leadership positions are now open. The new ‘Student Leadership Development’ tile on our online Learning Management System, ‘Canvas’ provides access to information, application forms, role descriptions, etc. Please consider encouraging your daughter or son to apply for one or more of the available positions.
We welcome the following teachers who are covering teachers on leave:
Ms Sarah Rothwell covering Mr Brad Manczak (Term 3)
Ms Lynae Baker covering Ms Sarah Callahan (Terms 3 & 4)
Mr Greg Fisher Covering Mr Tristan Phieler (Term 3, weeks 1 & 2)
Mr Patrick Hagen covering Mr Andrew Smith (Term 3, weeks 1 – 5)
Late last night, the Victorian Government changed face mask rules across the state.
From 11:59 pm Wednesday 14 July, wearing a face mask will be mandatory indoors for all Victorians aged 12 and above.
Face masks are recommended outdoors where physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.
Therefore, masks will need to be worn indoors and outdoors where physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres cannot be maintained at our school from today onwards until further notice.
According to media reports, we expect another announcement about restrictions today. We will provide further information to parents via email as soon as it becomes available.
Best wishes for term three,
Michael Exton Principal
As we begin a new semester our students are encouraged to embrace the challenge of being a member of our Catholic community and our desire is that they seek to develop a personal relationship with Jesus. St Ignatius offers us a simple yet perfect way to proceed in his instruction to ‘find God in all things’. What is true of our God is that he is in all things and visible in the ordinary; so much so that we often do not see him.
The disciples fleeing Jerusalem for the safety of their home in Emmaus illustrate this truth perfectly. They had known Jesus, they followed him and see him crucified on the cross, yet when they encountered him they did not recognise him. In the mass Jesus is present in the Word proclaimed and physically in the Eucharist but often we fail to experience his presence fully. In our daily lives we find Jesus everywhere, in creation, in people and in experiences. Jesus is sneaky!
The work sneaky is often used in the negative. People who cheat are sneaky. People who lie and manipulate are sneaky. But Jesus in all his sneakiness again turns things upside down. Jesus is sneaky because he waits for us to realise what he is revealing. Jesus does not force us to believe. He does not appear without us seeking him. The perfection of Jesus is that he uses sneakiness for good. He changes everything and in knowing of his sneakiness we are challenged to find him everywhere.
The Bible repeatedly proclaims Jesus’ sneakiness. Jesus was born in a stable to ordinary people. He lived a ‘normal’ life until he fully understood his mission. He always wanted to keep his identity under wraps. He came as a lamb rather than a lion. He used death and humiliation to announce his victory. He revealed himself first to women. He entered a locked room and appeared amongst the Apostles. He was truly sneaky in the way he offered his truth and divinity to the world.
After his ascension, the Apostles and the early Church realised how sneaky Jesus was. St Paul, St Peter and the book of Revelation announce that Jesus will come like a thief in the night. Silently, without warning and at an unexpected time and therefore we need to be ready for his coming. The best preparation is to seek him everywhere. As an Ignatian community we are well placed to accept this challenge.
Jesus deliberately disguises himself. He wants you to find him. He is right there next to and in front of you. So close you don’t notice him. He lives within you and through you but even knowing this we don’t see him. The world around us, our busy lives and our desires obscure him. We do not need to change who we are or how we live to see him more clearly but when we do he will sneakily change our lives for us! He is truly sneaky.
Jesus was an excellent rabbi. One of his key teachings was that he wants you to be just as sneaky as he is. You are called to seek him and understand him in his sneakiness and then emulate this in your life. Jesus teaches us to be just like him to stay hidden but not be hidden under a bushel. This paradox is the perfect illustration of being sneaky like Jesus. Do good things always, forgive and give to those in need, raise others up, pray without ceasing, heal the broken, fight against corrupt leaders; and do all this in secret. Do nothing for your own benefit or ego. In being a sneaky disciple you fulfill all that Jesus came to reveal to the world; who he truly is. Jesus lives in and through you. You are called to live like him and become him for and to others. This can never truly happen, but throughout your life if you live as Jesus taught, you will offer glimpses of him more and more often to those you encounter.
St Patrick lived one thousand years before St Ignatius. He understood how sneaky Jesus was and tried to describe this in his beautiful prayer.
“Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me”.
Consider these points as you evaluate the challenge being offered. When I wake up I see my family. This perfect love is of my family members and is at the same time Jesus holding me within his love.
When I drive to work there is so much beauty. As a member of the Trinity, Jesus is seen in Creation as completely as God the Father. His desire to create world of and out of pure love for me and all people is right in front of me – but often I am in a rush and see only the clock ticking toward 8:30 am.
At the College I am surrounded by Jesus. I meet him minute by minute. Sometimes he is clearly visible when I see students become aware of him in my Religious Education class. Often though he is being sneaky again and waits for me to see him and value him in a difficult encounter with another person.
When I play music I find him there in the harmony, in the perfection of something created.
I try to find him, but so often let life cloud my vision.
As our community returns we enter routines, courses and participate in rituals designed to help us develop our faith. Although these explicit things help us as a community, Jesus waits for us individually. Sneakily he waits in the big moments and rituals and is more easily found because we enter with an understanding that he is there, but these moments are infrequent.
Jesus is sneaky because even though he told us who he was and how he would go about his work, today he continues to hide in plain sight and yet we still do not see him. He is visible all day and every day, if we wait for the ‘big’ moments we have missed the point. Jesus is so sneaky that often we don’t see him because he patiently waits for us to find him in the ordinary. Once you do accept this challenge though you will never stop trying to find him. Start today! Search for Jesus in all things. Patrick and Ignatius were on to something, listen to them!
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
The Student Representative Council is very pleased to welcome two new members.
Sarah Tolan (7 Miki) and Hector Fleet (7 Strada) have been elected to work with the group. They were presented with their badges and candles late last term. Well done to all applicants for putting yourselves forward and completing quality applications.
We look forward to your contributions to the group on behalf of the Year 7 cohort, Sarah and Hector.
Robyn Frigo Assistant Student Leader Development Coordinator
Pictured below: Hector Fleet (7 Strada), Florence Noble (President SRC, 2021) and Sarah Tolan (7 Miki)
I hope Semester 2 brings great opportunities and learning for all our students. Semester 1 reports are available on Xuno and students are encouraged to take the time to reflect on their Semester 1 learning practices as they commence Term 3. I wish them well in their studies.
The 2022 subject pathways process will commence early Term 3. As of July 23, students and parents will be able to access all subject information via Canvas. On July 23, Year 8 - 11 students will participate in Level Assemblies where they will hear about the subject selection process and the available choices. Students will also receive a copy of the subject selection form and for those interested, a copy of the accelerated studies form.
The Year 9 and 10 Senior Pathways evening will be a virtual event held on Tuesday 27 July from 6.00pm to 7.45 pm. Parents and students will be provided a link to enter Year 10 (2022) and Year 11 (2022) rooms via Zoom. The purpose of the virtual evening will be to present subject information and respond to any parent and student questions regarding subject choices. As of July 23, parents and students will be able to post questions via Canvas prior to the evening, as well as ask questions during the information session.
Year 9 and 10 students will also participate in Pathway Interviews with a senior member of staff via Zoom. The Year 10 Pathway Interviews will take place on Friday 6 August and therefore on this day, students will work remotely. The Year 9 Pathway Interviews will take place on Monday 9 August and they too will work remotely on this day. Subject teachers of these days, will set work that is to be completed. Parents and guardians are invited to attend the Zoom meeting and will be allocated an interview time.
Saint Ignatius College offers students the opportunity to undertake selected accelerated studies. Accelerated studies are academically challenging and participation in an accelerated study is not automatic. Therefore, a student considering applying to study an accelerated subject must be able to demonstrate that they can cope with the workload, have sound organisational skills, have demonstrated excellence in their chosen Year 10 or 11 subject area, and that the accelerated study will not negatively impact on their Year 10 or 11 studies.
It is expected that any student considering applying to study an accelerated study meets the following criteria:
A high level of literacy is beneficial to a student studying an accelerated subject.
A student who does not meet the criteria in Semester 1 may reapply at the end of Semester 2 but cannot be guaranteed a place.
Bernadette Donnelly Deputy Principal [Learning & Teaching]
We invite Year 9 and 10 parents, guardians and students to the Senior Pathways Information Evening via ZOOM on Tuesday 27 July.
The evening will provide you with an overview of 2022 Year 10 , VCE and VET including:
Our Senior staff will be available online to support you and your son or daughter in their decision making.
Deputy Principal [Learning & Teaching]: Bernadette Donnelly
Director of Teacher Development: Joe McLean
Religious Education: Mr Brendan Nicholls
Design Technology: Kerry Horbowsky
Digital Technology: Martin Kolka
English: Gemma Etherington
Health & Physical Education: Jason Broadbear
Humanities: Deanne Allen-Emery
Languages: Julia Hall
Mathematics: Colleen Boland
Performing Arts: Marina Brown
Science: Elise Meehan
Visual Arts: Malcolm Campbell
VCE Coordinator: Mr Michael Brown
VCAL Coordinator: Ms Kirsty Allan
WAFE and VET Coordinator: Mr Bruce Connor
Bernadette Donnelly Deputy Principal [Learning & Teaching]
The Year 11 VCAL students kicked off the term with a keynote address from Scott B Harris, the author of 'Crashing Into Potential'.
The theme for the Semester in Personal Development Skills (PDS) and Literacy is Diversity.
Scott is living with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and some physical impairments after a motorcycle accident while dirt-biking in 2008. He shared his road to recovery and gave us some insight around growth mindset and goal setting.
We are really excited to be reading Crashing Into Potential in Literacy and learning much more about diversity in PDS. This will involve a community partnership with SCOPE Victoria and hopefully also Nelson Park College.
Scott will be returning later in the term to run a resilience workshop as a well as an ABI workshop, which is definitely something for us all to look forward too.
Kirsty Allan VCAL Coordinator
In Semester 1 Year 7 music students at Saint Ignatius College began their studies on an instrument of choice. Some chose trumpet, others trombone, flute, saxophone or clarinet.
With the changing environment due to Covid19 we had lessons online, lessons at school socially distanced, and for a period of time lessons at school in a regular band formation!
The students demonstrated as they have now done time and time again their capacity for flexibility and creativity!The semester-long music subject usually culminates in a live performance for family and friends. It is a much-loved occasion, and one in which many were looking forward to.
Special thanks to the Junior Band, Honours Band, and all the amazing instrumental teachers: Will Crowther (Trumpet), Naomi Cordell (Trombone), Janice Wilding and Tim Neal (Clarinet and Saxophone) and Sally Hobbs (Flute).
Teresa Duddy Year 7 Concert Band Coordinator
In a recent write up by the Hawthorn RSL Sub Branch, the Vice President talks about one of our past students Jack Leamer-Alessi a recently returned soldier from deployment in Afghanistan.
Both Jack (pictured below) and his brother Harry are College Alumni that are currently serving in the ADF and are both based at 5RAR in Darwin .
Jack, Class of 2016 and Harry, Class of 2018.
The Article is reproduced with permission of the Leamer-Alessi family:
For Hawthorns youngest member, Jack, deploying to Afghanistan within his first 3 years in the Army was a real dream come true, “It gave me a sense of accomplishment as one of the big reasons I joined was to one day deploy overseas. It was icing on a brand new cake that I got to achieve this so early in my career and hopefully it helps set me up for the rest of it”.
Originally from Geelong, Jack now lives in Darwin and is an Infantryman in the 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. Despite his imposing size and strength, he’s a generous, selfless and humble young man. “Ever since I was young, being a soldier interested me.” Jack says, “As I grew up the interest never really faded and the more I researched and found out about jobs, the more I wanted to do it. Infantry stood out for me as its tough, hard and needs real dedication. It also gave me an opportunity to serve my country which family members before me had done as well. It’s a great feeling to carry that tradition on and hopefully I live up to it.”
Deploying as a force protection Infantryman and Bushmaster PMV driver, Jack loved the opportunity to interact with the Afghan locals and see the country, especially from the drivers seat of his Bushmaster, “As much as there was a lot of downtime due to COVID, the times when we were doing things it was always really varied. There was always something new I got to experience and that makes the down times worth it in the end”. Jack explained, “Being able to watch the footy in the middle of Afghanistan was pretty crazy too, but pretty good seeing as the Cats have been doing well this year! I’d avoid checking the scores during the day, and then usually at night the boys and I would sit down around a TV or someone’s laptop to watch the replay. That made home feel a lot closer”.
Jack met the Hawthorn RSL Sub Branch Vice President during his pre-deployment training and they bonded over having excellent moustaches. While Eamon wasn’t able to convince him to Corps transfer to Cavalry, Jack was inspired to join the RSL. “I think mateship is the most important part of the Defence Force, and Hawthorn RSL is a place that has that same mateship, regardless of the generation or service you belong too. We’re all linked by service, wherever and however we served.”
Friendships are important to Jack, and he’s passionate about looking out for his mates, “Proper mateship makes everything run smoothly and the mates I have made, especially whilst being deployed, are the single most important thing I have taken from being in the army. It’s a bunch of blokes that I know I can message or call at any stage in my life regardless of how much we see each other. And that’s why I got involved with a traditional RSL Sub-Branch. Even though I’m in Darwin, I think its important to be part of a club like Hawthorn. I really believe in what they stand for. They’re not just there for when blokes hit hard time; they provide really good social networking and its a good place to just go and chill out with people who understand what its like to do this job.”
Jack comes from a big family, and said that their support has been a huge help over the past 7 months, “My family have always been really supportive, but I suspect they weren’t too thrilled about me deploying, my mum especially! Despite that, there was never a moment they would let me see it. They’ve been positive and there for me throughout. It was always ongoing support which makes it easier being away. Its great to know I’ve got them all in my corner. It really helps.”
Currently in post-deployment quarantine in the Northern Territory, Jack will be heading back to Victoria at the first opportunity, “I’m really looking forward to just taking some time off and relaxing. Nothing crazy, just seeing my family, having a few beers with the boys, and watching Geelong win the Grand Final in a month! After so long away, I’m keen to kick back and enjoy leave”
We’re proud of Jack and honoured for him to be part of our Sub-Branch. He’s a great example of what a modern service member of the RSL looks like.
Thanks for your service, Big Chisel. The first few VBs are on us when you get back down here!
Students in Years 10 to 12 are invited to join the House Debating competition commencing this term.
This offers a great opportunity to participate in a fun activity with friends, develop teamwork skills, increase confidence in public speaking, win some fabulous prizes, and earn valuable points for your house.
To register your interest or for more information, please email Ms Dart firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of July.
Ms Dart Senior Debating Co-ordinator
Very often young people need a word of encouragement to make the move to apply for a leadership position.
You may have experienced this yourself in your life. I know I have. As such you may consider encouraging your son/daughter to apply for a student leadership role at the College for 2022.
We encourage our students to put their ‘hand up’ for all opportunities where they can be of service to the school and/or the wider (local, national, international) communities. Also, it is important for students to be pragmatic and build resilience when not successful in their application.
Students have been emailed role application forms and can access other relevant documents on CANVAS.
The leadership positions available are listed on the application form.
Applications are now open and should be emailed to me (email@example.com).
Anthony Gravener Student Leadership Development Coordinator
In 2021, schools are asked to provide information to the government about the number of students with additional needs currently attending their school.
There is a broad definition of 'disability' that includes students who require minor adjustments to those needing significant additional support to achieve success at school.
The data is provided to the Australian Government to assist in the development of a consistent, national picture of the educational needs of students with disability.
For further information related to this mandated collection process, please read the attached document in this newsletter titled, ‘NCCD Information Sheet for Parents, Carers and Guardians’.
Should you have any additional questions after reading this CEM information, please direct these to Ms Caroline Edmonds, Learning Diversity Coordinator, during school hours or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Caroline Edmonds Learning Diversity Coordinator
Do you shop at Rebel Sport? You can support our school every time you shop by linking your Rebel Active Membership to our school. 5% of what you spend is given to PFA to purchase sporting equipment for our school. If you’re not a member it’s free to join either online or ask a team member in store..
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday August 10th at 7.00pm in the Food Tech Room. We look forward to seeing you there. Even if you cannot 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 by emailing email@example.com
Uniform Shop Opening Days and Times are as follows:
Wednesday 21st July 2-4pm
Wednesday 4th August 2-4pm
Do you know the Uniform Shop also sells brand new socks, ties and hats?
Items to be sold or donated can be dropped off on any of the above days or anytime at the front office.
We are always seeking Volunteers to help in the uniform shop. If you are available and have time to help out contact Kate Callaghan by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Training is provided.
The College canteen menu uses the 'traffic light system' to inform students, staff and parents of the College the healthier choice’s available at the College canteen (See 'Healthy Food @ School Guidelines' in our 'College Policies and Procedures' section for full details).
Canteen duty provides a much appreciated service to the school. It gives you the opportunity to meet and talk with other parents and also enables you to see your child’s school in action.
Five helpers are needed each day. Helpers will need to be at the canteen by 9:00am and will generally be finished by 1:30pm. If you can only be there part of the day, your help is greatly appreciated.
If you are able to assist, please contact Sandra Woodall at the College on 5251 1136.
Week starting July 19th 2021
19th July: N. Elliston, E. Dear
20th July: R. Morris, M. Jackson, S. Twaits, K. Allchin
21st July: C. Ford, C. Poynton
22nd July: M. White, M. Farrell, C. Browne
23rd July: E. Stokie, S. Nyga, S. McKay, J. Rogers
Week starting July 26th 2021
26th July: L. Hart, K. Nailon
27th July: S. Fleet, D. Montgomery, C. Hughes
28th July: Needed, Needed, Needed
29th July: F. Ferguson, Needed, Needed
30th July: S. Nyga, K. Royle, A. Richardson
The recent rise in childhood and adolescent anxiety and its acceleration during COVID-19 has worried parents and teachers. Many ask how they can assist kids when they become anxious about seemingly routine events such as attending school camps and excursions, tackling difficult subjects, or facing the prolonged absence of a favourite teacher.
Typical responses such as ignoring their worries or encouraging them to ‘get on with it’ are unhelpful. Allowing a child to avoid an activity that makes them anxious is another unhelpful option. Avoidance may help kids feel safe in the short term, but it risks the establishment of a long-term pattern that can be impossible to shift.
Regardless of the source, every child and young person needs an adult in their life that understands them when they are anxious. It may make little sense that an activity makes a child anxious, you just need to understand that they are anxious. They need someone to witness their anxiety without dismissing or ignoring their feelings.
Anxious kids frequently look to parents and teachers for reassurance when they feel anxious. This shows in many ways, including kids continually seeking the opinion of others, wanting parents or teachers to make decisions for them, and continually asking for praise. Adults don’t have to fix kids’ problems, but we do have to understand they are anxious.
The use of ‘Ahhhh’ statements to validate how an anxious child is feeling, is a practical way to show that you are trying to understand them. It’s also a great way to help a child develop a more nuanced emotional vocabulary. Here are some examples:
‘Ahhhh, you’re feeling anxious about going to school camp . . .’
‘Ahhhh, you’re having one of those “I might mess it up” thoughts . . .’
Each child’s anxiety is unique. The first and most important response from an adult is to show a child that you ‘get’ that they are anxious. Having someone understand that they are anxious is an enormous relief, particularly if they haven’t been taken seriously in the past. Sitting alongside a child who feels anxious is an underestimated act of compassion that makes a huge difference to their immediate emotional state.
Michael Grose, founder of Parenting Ideas, is one of Australia’s leading parenting educators. He’s an award-winning speaker and the author of 12 books for parents including Spoonfed Generation, and the bestselling Why First Borns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change It . Michael is a former teacher with 15 years experience, and has 30 years experience in parenting education. He also holds a Master of Educational Studies from Monash University specialising in parenting education.
Local Community and Sporting groups you may be interested in.
Spring 2021 Netball Season
Junior team entries are now open for the Spring 2021 netball season! The Spring season starts on Monday 12th July and will finish at the end of Term 4.
Team Entry Fee - $55
Weekly Game Fee - $50
2021 VNA required
Monday: Grade 3/4 and 5/6
Thursday: Prep to Grade 2
Saturday: Junior Development, 9 & Under, 11 & Under, 13 & Under, 15/17 & Under
To register click here
Parent Education Events - Geelong Region: Term 3 2021
All Regional Parenting Services programs are free and will be offered face to face or online via Zoom, however, bookings are essential.
To book visit www.geelongaustralia.com.au/parenting or call us on 5272 4781.
There are a number of events planned for Term 3. Please see attached flyer for details: