Dear Saint Ignatius College community members,
We began the year with high expectations and a positive mindset about the year ahead. After the uncertain and unsettled year last year, our focus has been establishing a positive, respectful and effective learning environment with a strong learning culture.
I have high expectations in all aspects of the College; dedication to learning is an essential part of these expectations, as is respectful language, punctuality, attendance, work ethic, completing homework, wearing the uniform correctly and with pride and commitment to our Catholic ethos. I firmly believe that when we have high and achievable expectations of our students, they will rise to meet them and, in many cases, exceed our expectations.
I have had many opportunities to meet and greet students throughout the weeks, informally, including the swimming and athletics carnivals and when I am walking around the grounds at recess or lunchtime. Overall, I consistently find our students to be friendly, polite and cooperative. It has been pleasing that we have been able to offer many of our usual programs to support the holistic education we provide and see students' positive response.
It has been great to have their energy and enthusiasm bringing life to the buildings and grounds that were empty for many, many weeks last year. Some of the many examples that I have witnessed are the College Tennis Championships, the auditions for this year’s production – “Wicked,” the International Women’s Day activities and the College Bands performances last Friday evening. And well done to all students who attended the Annual House Athletics Carnival at Landy Field, Geelong, on Monday.
It was an enjoyable autumn day with over 1,000 students attending. Congratulations to Elliott House for winning the House Shield!
Thank you to our Sports Coordinator, Mr Andrew Philp, for his great efforts to organise the carnival.
Now that the year is well underway, I expect students to be placing the priority on their learning that it deserves. Student habits and routines should be reflecting this. As always, we seek to work with our students and families to meet our high and achievable expectations as partners. Could I please suggest you conduct a check-up with your daughter or son by asking her or him to show you their attendance and progress on ‘Xuno’ (Student Management System) and ‘Canvas’ (Learning Management System), respectively?
If you have questions or seek clarification, please communicate with your daughter or son’s Homeroom Teacher. This will help parents better engage with teachers when the ‘Zoom’ Parent, Student & Teacher Conferences are conducted at the end of this term.
A reminder that we will not be offering our usual Sunday Open Day for 2021. (It was scheduled for this Sunday.) The good news is we are running a series of tours and information sessions for visitors in late-term one, and early term two in 2021 before the Yr. 7 2022 enrolment applications close on May 7.
Please see our website https://www.ignatius.vic.edu.au/enrolment/open-day-tours for dates and booking links.
Michael Exton Principal
As we move swiftly through Lent it’s prudent to take a moment to consider how our journey is progressing and what areas we may need to pay more attention to. Over the last four weeks we have been considering how we might encounter God through prayer more, what things in our lives we need to move away from and how we might help others through generously. Each of these themes help us enter Easter transformed and like Jesus we enter into new life. This week I encourage you to consider how those at the margins rely on the largesse of those who are more fortunate to support them as they move out of poverty.
Alms giving is a form of charity that is not only ancient but central to our Gospel call. Jesus offered kindness and mercy to all the people he encountered and taught us to “do to others as you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12). In response our Church has become the largest charitable organisation in the world. In the Catholic Church the religious and laity work together to live lives of service and generosity to those in need across the world. We all have a part in this primary dimension of our faith community.
Discerning our vocation in this area is challenging though as we all have strengths and weaknesses which suit us to different roles in this endeavour. Some devote their whole life to service. Others are blessed to be able to encounter and sincerely relate to those who are at the margins of society and offer dignity and respect no matter what the circumstance. Whilst others are talented organisers who can enable others and develop frameworks that support the work ‘on the ground’ and ensure success.
Generally and on a local level parishes experience this though their local St Vincent de Paul conference. These small groups respond to the needs of local communities; regardless of their faith or walk of life. Many people think that St Vincent de Paul is a large organisation that employs their workers. The truth is that conferences rely on local volunteers. The funding to support their work comes from local parish communities via the winter and Christmas appeals, along with the ‘opportunity shops’ that distribute funds across the state.
On a more global level we in Australia encounter this charity during Lent through the annual Caritas appeal known as Project Compassion. Caritas describe the appeal as follows, “Caritas Australia is the international aid and development organisation of the Catholic Church in Australia and is part of one of the largest aid and development networks in the world – Caritas Internationalis – working in over 200 countries and territories.
Each year, Project Compassion runs during the six weeks of the Church season of Lent. We invite people across Australia to help us raise awareness and stand in solidarity with the millions of people across the world with whom we work. We ask you to join us in building a more just and fairer world: a world in balance, at peace and free of poverty.
Project Compassion is an opportunity to learn about life in different countries through the personal stories of people who have participated in Caritas Australia-supported programs. The notions of our interconnectedness as one human family are embedded throughout Project Compassion”.
With its iconic donation box Project Compassion is so much a part of our Church that at times we fail to notice the opportunity presented. During Lent the College challenges this situation by offering reminders about the importance of the project in the lives of people far from us who will never be able to thank us and how a small amount of charity in our context is magnified in communities in developing nations. Homerooms and year levels run many events and challenges to inspire our community to respond. However, donating is optional and relies upon a choice being made. Some are inspired to donate what they ‘save’ during Lent because of the things they choose to give up. Others offer a percentage of their part time wages each week and others miss the opportunity altogether in the business of school life.
As we move closer to Easter now is the time to review what steps you have made to offer alms to those in need. It may be money. Your charity could be your attention and kindness. Whatever your largesse I pray that it is truly generous and heartfelt. As Pope Francis says, “generosity enlarges the heart and helps us be magnanimous.”
If you feel inspired to donate to Project Compassion you may make a donation via the front office or electronically (securely) through the following link: https://lent.caritas.org.au/donate
Yours in Christ,
Brendan Nicholls Liturgy Coordinator
From Monday 1st until Friday 5th March, all Year 12 students travelled to the Don Bosco Camp in Dromana for their annual Retreat. During Retreat students explored their place in school and the wider community and their journey through their years of education leading to their senior years.
Students travelled by ferry across the Bay to the campsite where they enjoyed 3 days of spending time as a cohort and developing and strengthening relationships.
A beach walk, yoga, art classes, mindfulness activities, team building games and companion bracelet making were highlights of the trip. Students threw themselves wholeheartedly into all activities and the sounds of laughter and quiet contemplation were equally as prevalent.
Students also had an opportunity to reflect on their journey at Saint Ignatius College and look towards their future. They contemplated this in a manner befitting some of the values of Saint Ignatius – gratitude, respect and kindness. The values of Saint Ignatius were reflected in the many activities undertaken and students had an opportunity to reflect on these and strengthen their faith.
Delicious and plentiful meals were a highlight and it was lovely for students to share meals and conversations in this environment and slow down and take a step back from our busy schedules
The support of the staff that attended the Retreat was amazing and I can’t thank them enough for their dedication to our year 12 students by participating 100% in all activities and giving up their time away from their personal lives to share this experience with the students.
A very big thank you to Mr Paul Lewis , Mr Michael Tod and Mr Jarryd Atkinson for their support, organisation of the program and ensuring everything we needed was available.
All staff ensured a memorable Retreat was given to our students – huge thanks to Mr Michael Timms, Ms Tenille Thomson, Mr Angelo Scotto, Mrs Colleen Boland, Ms Ruth Nolan, Ms Andrea Dart, Mr Malcolm Campbell, Mr John Clatworthy, Ms Vicki Munro, Mr Brendan O’Brien, Ms Kate Kearney, Ms Stacey Learmonth, Mr Jason Broadbear, Ms Julia Hall, Mr Joe McLean, Miss Georgia Robinson and Mrs Alex Simpson
Kristin Williamson Year 12 Coordinator
Below are reflections from some Year 12 students about Retreat followed by a photo gallery.
The Year 12 Retreat was a different experience than what I expected, The environment was relaxing and it really took me out of the Year 12 mindset in a way that allowed me to focus on the present and not worry about the rest of the year.
My favourite moment from the Retreat would have to have been on the first night where a large group of us sat around an open fire, toasting marshmallows and listening to both students and teachers playing songs until the fire slowly withered out.
Another fantastic highlight was definitely Mr. Lewis’ “Lighthouse People” seminar as it helped me to understand who the important people are within my own life and how they guide me.
After this Retreat I feel refreshed and motivated to do my best and to strive for my end of year goal.
Last week the Year 12s embarked on their final school Retreat. We caught the ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento and from there journeyed on the bus to Safety Beach.
While on Retreat we undertook many activities, including a walk to the pier, Bu Hall’s hidden moral games, a yoga class, a wellbeing workshop, art with Ms Nolan, team building activities with Mr Timms and many examen sessions.
While on our beach walk we were asked to collect a small rock, this rock became representative of something we wanted to let go of in our lives. On the final night, we all walked back to the beach and discarded the rock into the water. This was symbolic of letting go.
During the week, we had opportunities to get to know others in our year level who we may not usually interact with at school. This allowed us to learn more about one another and develop empathy for the way in which we are all different.
Overall, retreat was a time for us to reflect on our past years of schooling and look forward to what our final year at Saint Ignatius has in store for us.
As the pressures of year 12 have finally somewhat sunk in, I found retreat an opportunity to form closer relationships with my peers and my teachers, as well as take some time for myself to understand how I want my year to play out. I really enjoyed participating in the wellbeing workshop as it emphasised the importance of keeping goals throughout the year as well as discussing strengths that others and yourself hold. Overall retreat was an unforgettable experience, that I am sure that I will remember long after year 12 finishes.
I had a very enjoyable time on the Year 12 Retreat. It was the perfect opportunity for a short break before the true stresses of Year 12 catch up to us all. I really enjoyed many of the activities we did over the 3 days. One of my personal favourites was the last night when we put together short plays and presented them in front of each other, usually this wouldn’t be something I would enjoy, however the welcoming people of our cohort made it easy and super fun, and of course the dance battle between Brodie and Coco was definitely the highlight. The food was great, there was plenty of it too, I don’t think I’ve even been as full as I was for those days.
I was grateful for the opportunity to develop more personal connections with teachers and to get to know people I wouldn’t normally hang out with. It was a worthwhile experience and one to look forward to in Year 12!
I went on the first Retreat when my actual homeroom attended the second, I was just put into another homeroom with none of my friends, I was kind of dreading doing all the group activities and having to share things with these people but as we started the group activities I proved myself wrong and immersed myself into the activities. I really enjoyed myself and loved finding things out about other people that I usually don’t talk to. One thing I really loved was about the wellbeing workshop, the 3 little compliments that we received, even though they were anonymous it made me smile reading what people who don’t know me well wrote. Something so small, but put a smile on my face, made me happy knowing that I could have made someone else’s day.
The Saint Ignatius College Senior School Expo has become an important annual event that provides crucial information to families in relation to pathways, wellbeing and parenting advice of senior school students.
Due to the current concerns around COVID-19, the College has taken a proactive approach and will be offering the Senior Expo as a virtual event for 2021.
Attached to this article is a detailed document that provides a short synopsis of each session, followed by a link to view that specific presentation.
The College has provided a range of presentations this year that will assist parent/ guardians to support their daughter/son through these important years.
The presentations range from:
The presentations will be available to view over the next four weeks. I would encourage all parents/guardians to familiarise themselves with all this information.
Michael Timms Deputy Principal [Students]
As we approach the end of Term 1, there will be an opportunity for parents and guardians along with Year 7 to 12 students to participate in Student/Parent/Teacher/conferences on Wednesday 31 March and Thursday 1 April. Based on positive feedback from last year conferences, we have again decided to run each student conference via Zoom.
It is essential that your son or daughter attend their Student/Parent/Teacher conferences so that they are able to lead the learning conversation. At Saint Ignatius College, we are committed to developing student independence and ownership of their learning . I ask for your support and please endeavour to make times that suit both you and your son or daughter.
Each conference will be ten (10) minutes maximum in duration to enable for internet connection and reliable access. On Wednesday, conferences will commence from 4:00pm to 5:30pm before resuming again at 5.50pm to 7.00pm. On Thursday, conferences will commence from 9.00am to 10.30am before resuming again at 10.50am to 12.00pm. Please note that Thursday will be a student free day.
Parents and guardians will receive a letter outlining the logistics of the Zoom Conferences. Prior to the scheduled conferences, students will undertake a reflection of their Term 1 learning during an extended Homeroom period on March 22. Students will be asked to share some of their reflections in each subject interview. It would be very helpful if parents and guardians could also discuss this with their son or daughter prior to the interviews.
Please note that Semester One examination dates have now been finalised. Year 9 students will sit examinations in six subjects; Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Health and Physical Education. Year 10 and 11 students will sit examinations in all subjects. The scheduled dates are as follows:
June 9: GAT examination (all Unit 3 students)
June 10 - June 17: Year 10 and 11 examinations
June 15 - June 17: Year 9 examinations
Bernadette Donnelly Deputy Principal [Teaching and Learning]
On the 4th of March the Year 11 VCAL students went to the Melbourne Zoo. We were split off into groups when we first arrived. In my group we did a workshop. The workshop was about how the Zoo saves energy, uses energy and recycles.
We had a tour of the Zoo of all the machines and different ways they save energy and recycle waste. There were 3 main ways they used, saved and recycled that stood out to me, they were:
Once my group and I finished the workshop we had a couple of hours to look around the zoo using our mapping skills that we had learnt in numeracy to know what directions we are walking in and to make sure we didn't get lost!
At the end of the day I had learnt different ways that the zoo saves energy, uses energy and recycles.
On the 9th of March 2021, one of our Year 12 VCAL classes organised a literacy excursion for our semester theme of ‘Crime’.
We headed to Melbourne to take on an Escape Room experience as well as a Cold Case Crime Tour around Melbourne.
We caught the train early in the morning and we headed to Flinders Street Station where our walk was to start. The tour guide met us at Federation Square and he then took us all through Melbourne stopping at many different places such as restaurants, alley ways and stores which had all different crimes and events that related to the area. The walk went for around two hours and we learnt about the interesting darker history of Melbourne, dating back to the early 1800’s.
We will now use the information we gathered to write our Cold Case Crime Informative Report.
Once we finished the walk we then made our way to the Escape Room at Lost. Here we had 60 minutes locked in a series of rooms, working together to find different clues and hints that eventually led us to escaping the room. It was really quite tricky and we really had to work together to successfully solve the clues; but we did have a little bit of help from the assistant. We managed to escape the room with four minutes to spare. We then started the journey back home.
Overall we had an informative and interactive day where we got to hear about Cold Case Crimes in the CBD and we then worked together in a fun and challenging way to escape later at Lost.
It was a great start to the College year when the choir, under the direction of Mrs Brown, sang “Touch The Sky”. It was also very therapeutic for a choir to be actually singing after our extended lockdown.
Many thanks to Jared Leo who sang so beautifully at our first assembly in February.
Jared achieved the top score in performance in Unit 4 last year. It was wonderful to hear him sing again for the College.
Congratulations also to Year 11 student, Sam Hines, for performing his own composition on guitar. Sam received a distinction in the Music Guild awards in 2020.
Thanks to Janelle Nichols, Emily O’Kane and Zoe Dixon for accompanying Sam.
Many talented students were thrilled to be able to perform under the marquee at the swimming sports. This opportunity was great for the students to entertain their friends and staff between events. We thank Year 12 student, Kaitlyn Eastwood, for her beautiful rendition of “Advance Australia Fair”.
Last week during the morning rehearsal for the Senior Symphonic Winds, Emily O’Kane, our senior clarinetist, was given the opportunity to conduct her fellow musicians. Emily certainly showed great promise in this area and we hope to see her with the baton in hand at future events.
Last Friday evening, the combined bands of our College joined together on the green in the Performing Arts area, for an afternoon of rehearsing and getting to know each other. The evening concluded with a short but entertaining concert to the parents. Many thanks to our band directors - Ms Caitlin Doble, Mrs Veronica Marrie and Ms Cordell who made this event possible.
We look forward to seeing parents and friends at future events.
The combined bands evening provided a lovely welcome back into what we hope is a year full of concerts and live performances.
The warm weather perfectly reflected the positive atmosphere where new friendships were being made in the midst of rehearsals and a pizza dinner! Alongside the musicians of the College’s Junior, Intermediate and Senior Symphonic Wind Ensembles, I enjoyed performing our current pieces to parents and friends after a long period of being unable to do so. I look forward to making more connections with the talented musicians at the College throughout the year.'
Emily O’Kane (Senior Symphonic Winds)
Last week, three of our Year 10 Music in Industry students recorded our Saint Ignatius jingle for our College advertisement for K Rock and Bay FM. Lily Petterwood, Mackinley Watson and Summer De Vries were a little nervous but very excited to be part of the music.
Congratulations to our College Captains, Coco Bullock, Daniel McInerney Sotomayor and public speaking students Ella Dowling and Owen McCoughtry for their eloquent words.
The students were thrilled to be in the K Rock studios and were made very welcome by the staff. We do hope you tune into K Rock and Bay FM and enjoy this advertisement!
Instrumental music lessons have commenced well and it is so good to see the students rehearsing with their teachers and not on Zoom!
We now have 18 very experienced instrumental teachers who come to our College each week. Timetables are organised on a rotating basis so hopefully students will not miss the same subject each week.
There are a few vacancies in each instrument, so if a student is keen to commence lessons next term, please collect a form from the Performing Arts office and fill it in before the end of term.
We are pleased to welcome a new piano teacher Ms Lydia Chan and also a new guitar teacher Mr Ash Ward.
We have many ensembles in the College and new students are very welcome. Students who learn an instrument outside the College are also invited.
Please contact me, Mrs Pape, firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or have any questions.
Saint Ignatius Ensembles
Intermediate Symphonic Winds
Senior Symphonic Winds
Please stay tuned for the announcement of future performances. Dates and times will be found in this newsletter early next term.
Happy Easter from the Performing Arts Team.
Linda Pape Performance & Instrumental Coordinator.
The 2021 Student Representative Council have been excited to get back into the swing of things this year. We have met twice already and have been working on a number of initiatives that we are eager to get the ball rolling on.
A key point we have focused on is working with the FIRE Carriers to get Indigenous Recognition Day up and running again at some stage this year. After last year’s success, we think it would be great to get even more schools on board with this initiative in 2021.
Something that last year’s SRC felt very passionately about was men’s mental health, so we want to make it a focus of ours this year to carry on the good work they started in 2020. We hope to support men’s mental health week and also to come up with new ways that we can start having the conversation about mental health.
An exciting day to look forward to at the end of term one is a casual day for Project Compassion. Each year level has been doing a good job of fundraising so far, and we hope to host some events such as a raffle, a cake store and a BBQ to raise money for Caritas.
It’s been a productive start to 2021 for the SRC and we can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on with you.
Year 9 SRC Representative
Ah, memories, of the bedtime reads, cuddling on the couch reading together, laughing at the pictures or story, chatting about the characters, making up stories together, maybe a visit to a library’s story time sessions.
Your child may now say reading is boring, I don’t like to read. But did you know you can help your child rediscover their enjoyment of reading?
Why not take an interest and ask your child about their book?
One of the biggest influence on having your child enjoy reading is YOU! So find a cozy spot for you and your child, grab a good book and enjoy reading TOGETHER.
For more information look at “Raising Readers: how to nurture a child’s love of books” by Megan Daley
Leonie Stephenson (ILC Coordinator), Jane Alexander (Literacy Coordinator) and Gemma Etherington (English Learning Area Leader)
Our Year 8s were lucky enough to have Jem and Mitch from Leaders in Life come out and run a ‘Mindfulness through Movement' session with them.
The session focused on how they could utilise mindfulness skills in a range of activities to reach their fullest potential.
The program was really well received with laughs and excitement and we felt the students all learned some valuable lessons around how to self regulate and tap into their skills in mindfulness.
Student Wellbeing Team
Have you sent an item/s to be sold at the uniform shop prior to 1 July 2020 and it hasn’t been sold? Can you please email Kate at email@example.com by 30 June 2021 to notify if you are willing to donate these items. If you do not contact us prior to 30 June 2021 your item/s will be donated back to the school.
Please ensure any item that is sent in for sale has been freshly laundered, if not it will be returned to you.
Can you spare an hour or more to support our school?
Do you have a passion for fundraising, selling or promoting?
Then we need you!!!!! We are always looking for volunteers to help with our fundraising events, the uniform shop and our PFA meetings. You can volunteer as little as a hour or as frequently as you like. If you would like to help please click on “Volunteer Your Services” on the PFA page of the Saint Ignatius College website. Come along and join in the fun!
Recent communication between PFA and Bellarine Police regarding local events over the summer period provided the following recommendation:
All families are encouraged to use the Police Assistance Line (131 444 or police.vic.gov.au) in case of any event or observation that might be unsettling or even slightly suspicious.
We have fridge magnets listing the Police Assistance Line’s contact details, these can be found at the school office. Please feel free to come and grab one.
Next meeting will be held on Tuesday May 11th 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Uniform Shop Opening Days and Times are as follows:
Wednesday 21st April 2-4pm
Wednesday 5th May 2-4pm
It’s nearly winter uniform time so it is a great time to purchase ready for the beginning of term 2.
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 email@example.com 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 March 22nd 2021
22nd Mar: K. Rolfs, E. Dear, Needed
23rd Mar: S. Donaldson, L. Strachan, C. Kirk, S. Twaits
24th Mar: N. Cooper, L. Vella, Needed
25th Mar: C. Browne, Needed, Needed
26th Mar: E. Stokie, G. Sabionty, Needed
Week starting March 29th 2021
29th Mar: N. Cooper, Needed, Needed
30th Mar: L. Vella, Needed, Needed
31st Mar: D. Worrell, S. Fleet, C. Holland, C. Ford
1st Apr: No Canteen. Student Free Day
2nd Apr: No Canteen. Good Friday
Local Community and Sporting groups you may be interested in.
Regional Parenting Service: Upcoming Free Webinars
The Regional Parenting Service is running a series of free webinars in late March and April.
‘Nature Week Webinar’ presented by Tania Moloney, Founder of Nurture in Nature
‘Primary School Webinar’ – Starting or Returning to Primary School
‘Secondary School Webinar’ - Starting or Returning to Secondary School
Please see attached PDFs for booking details.
Grovedale Tigers Junior Football Club: Junior Girls Football
Players wanted to come join in the fun at the Grovedale Tigers for 2021.
Age Groups: U18, U15, U12 and U10s
Wednesday at 4.30pm - 5.45pm (U10, U12 and U15s)
Thursday at 5.00pm - 6.30pm (U18s)
Grovedale College Oval, Burdoo Drive, Grovedale
We are very passionate about girls football. We want to create a fun environment for all girls to come and have some fun no matter whether they have experience or absolutely no experience at all.
If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact Kelly McCarthy on 0401 679 763 or Michael Barratt pm 0419 342 708
Repair Café Bellarine
Stuff breaks, things tear, but at the Repair Café Bellarine you can learn how to fix broken household items such as furniture, bikes, clothing or computers for free.
We have an enthusiastic group of volunteers who are happy to share their repair skills with you.
The next Repair Café is running on Sunday March 28th, 10am to 1pm at the Ocean Grove Pavillion, corner of The Avenue and Presidents Ave, Ocean Grove.
For more information fin us on Facebook at Repair Café - Bellarine or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Education Events - Geelong Region: Term 1 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 1, please see attached flyer for event details: