ATHLETICS CARNIVAL UPDATE
Unfortunately, due to the inclement weather on Monday the SICG Athletics carnival was cancelled. A new date has been confirmed for Monday 8 May (Term 2 Week 3) at John Landy Field. It has been decided that the Carnival will be for all Year 7 and all Year 8 students only. The Sports Department will offer event trials for students in Years 9 to 12 during lunchtimes onsite at school, to assist with team selection for the GISSA Athletics Carnival which is scheduled for Friday 12 May.
END OF TERM REMINDERS
All students will be dismissed at 2.20pm on the last day of term, Thursday April 6, 2023. The early dismissal aligns with the Public bus system and all the school buses have adjusted their departure times accordingly. As we look towards the commencement of Term 2, a reminder that it is an expectation that all students will be in their full winter uniform by Week 3 Term 2. There is a changeover period of two weeks when students may choose to wear either full winter or full summer uniform, not a combination of both. The holiday period is a great time to ensure that the students winter uniform is at an acceptable level and rectify if need be. All students will commence Term 2 on Wednesday 26 April, 2023.
I would like to take this opportunity to farewell two staff members Deb Pisarkis and Dave Peters. Deb was part of the Finance Department and responsible for coordinating the College’s network of buses and Dave Peters was part of our Facilities Team. We wish both these staff members all the best with their future endeavours.
We also have two new staff members to the College, Kellie-Anne Coates who will join our Finance team and Xavier Prendergast who is the College’s new Risk and Compliance Manager. We welcome both these staff and are looking forward to the contribution they have in their respective areas.
There are a number of staff who will be taking Long Service Leave in Term 2, Bruce Connor, Leesa Snookes (also Term 3) and Christian Berti. We hope these staff have an enjoyable and restful break and we look forward to seeing them return back to the College. We are grateful for the following staff who will be replacing the teachers on leave, Jacinta Lis, Sarah Smith, Ken Stewart and Dot Vajda. I am sure they will find their time at SICG rewarding.
SECOND HAND UNIFORM SHOP
The SICG Parents and Friends Association Second Hand Uniform shop has serviced the SICG community for many years. We are extremely grateful for the parent volunteers that have managed this store and provided this great service for our families. Due to a number of reasons the Second Uniform shop will no longer be operating, therefore we ask any families that have uniform on consignment if they could please collect their belongings by Friday Week 1 Term 2.
YEAR 9 CAMINO INIGO
The annual Year 9 Camino Inigo (camp) will commence next week. The entire Year 9 cohort will converge on Mt Cole, located in Western Victoria near the town of Beaufort. To ensure the College is supporting the needs of all students the expedition has two different programs, hard top accommodation and a journey based option. Caleb Ryan, the Year 9 Coordinator, has done a tremendous job in organising the trip and we wish all participants, staff and students, all the best for the week.
HOUSE SYSTEM UPDATE
It has been a busy Term with numerous events and activities organised for the students. These activities are aimed at fostering that important connectedness to the students' House and also further developing the sense of belonging to the College. The activities included House Carnivals, reading challenges, ILC quizzes, participation in College events such as International Women’s Day, production auditions and minor House competitions e.g. Tennis. Throughout the last two weeks we also held individual House Liturgies, I would like to thank all families who attended these liturgies and shared a light supper. These events provide a great opportunity for our families to engage with staff and students and celebrate student achievement. Currently Ricci House is leading the House Cup on 882 points followed by Xavier 807, Glowrey 800 and MacKillop on 721 points.
As we move towards the end of Term and celebrating the Easter holiday season, let us take a moment to reflect on the importance of this holiday. Easter is a time of hope, renewal, and new beginnings. It is a time to embrace the beauty of life and appreciate the blessings that surround us.
May this Easter season bring joy and happiness to your lives, and may it inspire you to live with purpose, passion and dedication.
Wishing you all a blessed and Happy Easter.
Michael Timms | Deputy Principal - Students
We have a number of young Jesuits from around the world in Australia for a Jesuit training program this year. One of them will be with us for 6 weeks from 13th May to 23rd June. Among his various activities he will be able to offer a Retreat In Daily Life in conjunction with a local retreat guide.
Many people have been deeply rewarded through participation in this kind of retreat. Even for busy people the time commitment each week over 4 weeks is manageable. Retreatants commit to spending about 25 minutes a day on 5 or 6 days of the week following a prayer guide text that is provided. The groups meet at the beginning of the retreat for some instruction and once a week to talk about how things are going with the prayer exercises. There may also be some Ignatian Prayer Experiences for those who feel unable to commit to the Retreat In Daily Life.
Please contact Michael Tod, Director of Ignatian Identity, for more information and an Application Form.
On Thursday, 23 March, myself and my fellow College Captains and Vice, joined by Ms Frigo and Mr Exton, attended the first CLOGS meeting of 2023 at St Joseph's College. CLOGS - standing for Catholic Leaders Of Geelong Schools, is an amazing network of dedicated fellow leaders who wish to see a change in the world as much as we do. The event began with a presentation from each of the four schools (St Joseph's, Clonard, Sacred Heart, and Saint Ignatius) about each of our schools' individual ethos, mission, and identity. This allowed us to deeply understand not only what made each of us unique, but, more importantly, what makes us similar. This was followed by a delicious dinner where we had the chance to get to know each other and also begin planning for the year ahead.
As a whole, the night made us understand that whilst we come from four different schools we all have the same drive and mission to be servant leaders, caring for others, listening to our peers, and making strides toward bettering our schools. We all enjoyed ourselves immensely and would like to extend our gratitude to all the staff who attended, especially those at St Joseph's who organised such a well-run and pleasurable evening. I am sure I speak for all myself, Matilda, Ross, and Zac when I say we cannot wait to work closely alongside the other leaders over the course of 2023.
Amy Thompson | College Vice Captain
Victorian Youth Congress: Sarah Tolan (9 Leonard)
Every year, the Victorian Youth Congress receives hundreds of applications from young leaders across the state who are eager to make a difference. Among the 197 applicants who vied for a spot in the 2023 cohort, was a Year 9 student from Saint Ignatius College, Geelong – Sarah Tolan.
…The Victorian Youth Congress is an advisory body made up of diverse young people across metropolitan and regional Victoria aged from 12 and 25 who want to share their lived experiences and create meaningful change.
…They will work alongside government to ensure a youth perspective is embedded in the policies and decisions that affect Victoria’s young people.
Being chosen as a congress member is a huge accolade and a clear sign of the magnitude of the regard in which the judges had in Sarah.
Sarah has been a representative of the Saint Ignatius College’s Student Representative Council in Year 7, Year 8 and again this year in Year 9. She was also a member of the City of Greater Geelong Youth Council in 2022.
The College community wishes Sarah well with this worthy endeavour.
Anthony Gravener | Student leadership Development Coordinator
EASTER EGG HUNT
Saint Ignatius College Geelong is 'eggscited' to host our inaugural 'SICG Easter Egg Hunt' for our College Community this Sunday April 2nd at 10.30am.
With 2 separate sections 'the Little Tackers Section' 0-5 years, and the 'General Hunt Area' 5 years +, there is bound to be fun for the whole family. Tickets are available via the below link, with families encouraged to select which section they will be participating in on the day.
With all profits going towards student resources at the College, we hope that families embrace this new initiative. The 2023 SICG Easter Egg hunt will use palm oil free Cadbury Chocolates in support of our Indonesian language students, and their research into environmental concerns in the region. Saint Ignatius College Geelong would like to thank the Parents and Friends Association for this 'eggsellent' new event.
MEGA EASTER BASKET RAFFLE
The Parents and Friends 'Mega Easter Basket Raffle' has just arrived at Reception!
Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10 - cash only. Swing past and grab a ticket and support the amazing work the Parents and Friends Association do for the College.
MANCAVE PRESENTATION | Saint Ignatius College families are invited to the upcoming 'Mancave Presentation Evening,' which is to be held on Wednesday the 26th of April at 7pm. Mancave is a preventative mental health and emotional intelligence charity that empowers boys to become great men.
Students and their parents/carers are encouraged to book their free tickets via the Trybooking link below;
We look forward to welcoming students and their families to this evening.
Elana Cole | Director of Community Engagement and Development.
Kirsty Allan | Director of Senior School.
The Saint Ignatius College Parents and Friends Association presents 'The Little Mermaid' at Village Cinemas Geelong. The new release Little Mermaid is a live-action adaptation of Disney's 1989 animated film of the same name. We look forward to welcoming members of the College Community to this evening.
Village Cinemas Geelong
194-200 Ryrie Street, Geelong
As a parent, you’ve made it to year 12 but there is one giant hurdle remaining to support your child through their final year.
This is a time that students feel extraordinary pressure and have unrealistic expectations placed upon them.
In this presentation, psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg will give advice on how parents can assist their son or daughter cope with the pressure and enjoy the final year of school.
Tuesday 9 May 2023 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (UTC+11)
WHY TEEN TRIPLE P ONLINE
CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE
FOR FAMILIES IN YOUR SCHOOL
The teen years are a big time for young people and their parents.
Working in a school, you’ll see the challenges parents face: encouraging their teen’s development, addressing behaviours, and assisting them to become more resilient and resourceful. It’s not always easy, and sometimes they need extra support.
That’s where online parenting support like Teen Triple P Online can help, and make all the difference for families in your school.
Thanks to funding from the Victorian Government, all parents and carers have FREE access to Teen Triple P Online, an online toolkit of proven ideas and tips developed by the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program®.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE
PARENTS AND CARERS AT YOUR SCHOOL?
This 6-module interactive online course offers simple, realistic ways that parents and carers can positively influence their pre-teen/teen and equip them with life skills, including problem-solving, social skills, managing emotions and much more.
They can do the course on their phone, computer, or tablet – at no cost!
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SPREAD THE WORD?
Please let parents and carers know about this program through your networks.
You could do any (or all) of the below:
- Encourage parents and carers to sign up for Teen Triple P Online
- Share this flyer with parents and carers
- Share information about the program on your social media channels. Here's an image you could use.
- Share posts from our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/triplepparenting
- Mention Teen Triple P Online (Triple P – Positive Parenting Program®) in your next school newsletter and/or app. Here’s a short paragraph you could simply cut and paste:
If you’re a parent or carer looking for practical ways to help your pre-teen or teen become more resourceful, responsible and resilient, there's online parenting support available - at no cost! Teen Triple P Online (Triple P – Positive Parenting Program®) is FREE in Victoria, thanks to funding from the Victorian Government. Start today: www.triplep-parenting.net.au/vic-en/free-parenting-courses/teen-triple-p-online/
BACKED BY RESEARCH.
PROVEN BY PARENTS.
Teen Triple P Online was developed here in Australia. It’s clinically tested and proven to work. It doesn’t tell you ‘how to be a parent’ – instead, it builds on the skills and knowledge parents and carers already have.
Parents and carers at your school can also benefit from other evidence-based online programs from Triple P – including Fear-Less Triple P Online, to support children manage anxiety and become more emotionally resilient – also offered free of charge, thanks to funding from the Australian Government’s Department of Health and Aged Care.
Find out more at www.triplep-parenting.net.au
Delivery of the Teen Triple P Online program to parents and carers of children is supported by funding from the Victorian Government.
We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we learn and work, and pay respect to the First Nations Peoples and their Elders, past, present and future.