Published on: 23 Nov 2022
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NEW ZEALAND SKI TRIP 2023

In the 2023 Term 2 school holidays, Loyola is intending to embark on a ski tour to New Zealand. The trip is open to students who will be in Years 9 – 12 in 2023.

The planned tour dates are from Tuesday June 27 to Tuesday July 4. The estimated cost of the trip at this stage of the planning is $3100 - $3600 which will cover:

  • Travel costs including NZ departure tax
  • All breakfasts, dinners, accommodation
  • Daily transfers to and from mountain
  • All ski/snowboard hire/lift tickets/ski lessons
  • Adventure/cultural day set activities: jet boating, luge rides, bowling, gondola rides, Arrowtown and surrounds tour, Lake cruise and farm tour and Skyline restaurant
  • Trip jacket

An information evening was recently held in regard to the trip outlining what is involved and a recording of that evening can be found by clicking HERE

Students interested in being a part of this trip are encouraged to join the trip LMS page and to complete an application form by clicking HERE.

See you on the slopes,

Mr Anthony Lynch
Head of Mathematics

Published on: 23 Nov 2022
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WELLBEING

With school holidays around the corner, we all have an opportunity to reinvigorate, reset and re-engage ourselves before we commence the 2023 school year.

The following article by Glen Gerreyn from the ‘Hopeful Institute’ has 5 sure ways to help you energise and renew your soul, setting you up for an inspired 2023.

So, what have you got to lose!

Simply lean in and enjoy the outcomes😊

https://www.thehopefullinstitute.com/five-fresh-ideas-for-your-summer-holidays/

Mr Sal Valentino
Wellbeing & Personal Development Coordinator

Published on: 23 Nov 2022
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ICT NEWS

Data Security advice from the ACSC

With millions of Australians impacted by recent high profile data breaches (eg. Optus and Medibank Private), it has never been more important to know how to protect your private data from being stolen.

The following recent advice from the Australian Cyber Security Commission is very timely:

  • Guidance to help you reduce the impact of a data breach and make yourself a more difficult target for cybercriminals.
  • If you believe your private data has been exposed, find out next steps you should take. At a minimum, you should change any passwords you think may be compromised and turn on multi-factor authentication to add extra protection to your accounts.
  • In the weeks and months after a data breach you should be on alert for an increase in scam emails, messages or phone calls. Scammers use the information from data breaches to create convincing tailored communications.

For example, you may receive an email asking you to reset your password because it was compromised. Do not click on any links provided in emails or messages asking for passwords, personal data or verification information.

  • How to keep your data safe?
    • Avoid reusing a password for online accounts
    • Limit the amount of personal data you share online and with other parties
    • Secure your devices and accounts. Here’s how 
  • To keep up to date with the latest practical advice, connect with the ACSC via social media:

Mr Victor Dalla-Vecchia
ICT Manager

Published on: 17 Nov 2022
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LANGUAGES

Cooking in Italian – Daniela Maitilasso 

This semester in Year 8 Italian, we have been learning about Italian food and how to describe what we like to eat. Students had the opportunity to learn how to cook Italian dishes, in particular pizzelle abbruzzesi and gnocchi. This unit has been very interactive, with the students cooking in class with their teachers and cooking at home for their assessment task. We love learning Italian while having lots of fun! 

Ms Daniela Maitlasso
Italian Teacher


James Trapani Gamelan – Jason van Leest 

On Thursday the 10th of November I attended a performance by first-year students at Melbourne Polytechnic. In the class ensemble was James Trapani, 2022 alumni of Loyola College.  

The performance was of four pieces of Balinese Gamelan music. For those who are not familiar, Gamelan music is played by a group of people on percussion instruments resembling metallophones and gongs. Balinese Gamelan is unique in that it is fast paced, intricate and varies in both volume and tempo as it is played.  

The pieces played were incredible. I was left stunned by the professional nature of this ensemble who, dressed in traditional clothing, performed amazingly complicated musical pieces. I was also very proud to see James continuing his languages journey via his music course, after being his teacher through VCE. 

I wish James all the very best for the future and congratulate him on his performance.

Mr Jason van Leest
Head of Languages

Published on: 17 Nov 2022
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TEACHING & LEARNING

2023 Jacaranda Book bundles Year 7 – 9 and Senior Textbooks

In 2023, Year 7 to Year 9 students will have access to a number of their textbooks in two formats, print and digital. In the senior years it will vary depending on the subjects taken.

The subjects that this option will be available for are Mathematics, Science, Humanities - Geography and History.  All bundles will be sent directly to your residential address prior to the commencement of the 2023 College academic year.

All students' 2023 subject textbooks and additional resource material can be ordered online and are available now using the link available on our Parent Portal.

The booklists close on:

  • 1 December for Years 10 -12
  • 9 December for Years 7 – 9

Final Day for Submission of Work

A reminder to all students who may not have completed and handed in assessment tasks that there is a final date when all outstanding work is due. If a student does not submit work prior to this date they will not have met the requirements for that unit. The following final submission date for this year isas follows - Year 7: November 29. All other years have should have no other due work as they approach their exams.

It is important for all students to complete work even if it is late. It is also good practice to complete what is expected and students can still receive feedback on their learnings.

Mrs Suzanne Pola
Deputy Principal,
Teaching & Learning

Published on: 17 Nov 2022
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PRINCIPAL'S REPORT

The end of the year is fast approaching. Students in Years 10 and 11 have now completed their examinations and are moving through their transition program.  The transition lessons are an excellent opportunity to engage with the 2023 curriculum. Students will be given homework to complete over the holiday period. We ask for parental support in ensuring that this work is done, as it sets students up well for the commencement of the school year. If students are behind the game before they start, it makes it difficult to catch up.

Students in Years 8 and 9 will be moving to their examination period next week.  Students have been preparing for these exams through their subject lessons.   We ask that students remain calm and focussed during this time.

It was a privilege to be present at their end of year masses for Year 10 and 11 on Thursday 24 November. As a Catholic school, we mark significant events with a liturgy. The mass is an opportunity to stop and be still and celebrate with gratitude the gifts of the year.

The final LCAA and School Advisory Board meetings took place this week.  I am exceptionally grateful to the parents and past students who so generously give of their time to the school community.

Preparations are well underway for the annual Loyola Christmas market and carols to be held on Friday 25 November. I encourage all in our community to come along, have dinner at the food vans, do some Christmas shopping at the stalls and enjoy the musical talents of the students as they perform some classic carols.  All are encouraged to sing along!

I also look forward to celebrating the achievements and commitment of our students at the annual Awards Ceremony on Friday 2 December.  Congratulations to all students who have received an award. 

Mrs Alison Leutchford
Acting Principal

Published on: 17 Nov 2022
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IGNATIAN MISSION & IDENTITY

November Blessing of the Memorial Plaques and Community Memorial Mass
On Tuesday, 8 November, Father Gerry Healy S.J. celebrated a community memorial mass.

In the Catholic Church, November is the month where we pray for the dead. It commences with two important feasts, All Saints, November 1 and All Souls, November 2. These feasts remind us that we are called to holiness and to live following the example of the saints and are opportunities for us to remember our loved ones and pray for them and be comforted by Christ’s words from Matthew’s Gospel.

‘Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’ Mt 11:28-30

Providing this opportunity for people to remember their loved ones, give thanks for their lives and meet together in a supportive hospitable setting is an important part of living the ethos of our College.

College Community: November 2021 – November 2022

Deceased Name

Date

Relationship

Mary Toney

29/06/20

Mother of Paul Toney (Staff)

Joyce Huggins

28/07/20

Mother-in-law of Ann Huggins (Staff)

Paul Clements

20/12/21

Loyola Staff (L:81-98)

Antonino Germano

3/01/22

Grandfather of Angelique Germano (12CLCR)

Greg Shiel

14/01/22

Loyola Staff(L:88-05)

Maria Scalora

13/02/22

Grandmother of Siena (L:22) and Luca (8ASRK) Caridi

Doreen Puther

3/03/22

Grandmother of Mia (12CVCA) and Jack (7CLCR) Lapenta

Peter Boskovski

17/03/22

Grandfather of Jesse-Leigh (L:17), Jack (L:21) and Charlie (11CLGM) Boskovski

Roy Thomson

19/04/22

Father of Janine Thomson (Staff); Grandfather of Julien Bui-Viet (L:20)

Gert Ryle

26/04/22

Grandfather of Audrey (8MCMS) and Xavier (7MPZA) Dal Cin

Ronald D'Agostino

12/05/22

Grandfather of Siena (11AMSG) and Luca (8ASRK) Caridi

Marie Blake

1/07/22

Grandmother of Patrick (L:20), Mary (12CPJK) and Maggie (7CTJM) Blake

Megan Plowright

12/07/22

Ex-student (L:88-93)

Cornelio Maddela

19/07/22

Grandfather of Nathan (10AARR), David (9AMJT) and Angelica (7AGFE) Maddela

Filomena Brogna

21/07/22

Grandmother of Martina Mattei [Exchange student]

Patricia Quinn

25/07/22

Grandmother of Darcy (11CSJH) and Patrick (7CLGM) Quinn

Robert Lay

5/08/22

Grandfather of Daniel (12FRLP) and Sophie (10FARV) Lay

Dusan Vasileski

13/08/22

Grandfather of Isabella (10ASRK) and Jacob (9ANJR) Ilijevski

Jenna Bourke

20/08/22

Ex-Student (L:04)

Jackson Car

21/08/22

Ex-Student (L:18)

Mary Simpson

21/08/22

Mother of Sean Simpson (Staff); Grandmother of Zachary (10MVLA) and Kai (9CAMA) Simpson

Jeffrey Calvert

23/08/22

Grandfather of Jasmine Fox (8FADB)

Katarina Shacklock

15/09/22

Grandmother of Louisa (10CIKE) and Thomas (8CPJK) Shacklock

Umberto Crosara

10/10/22

Grandfather of Noah (L:21) and Oliver (10CAJG) Crosara

Kristina Roussidis

13/10/22

Grandmother of Nicholas Roussidis (Staff)

Matthew Farrell

18/10/22

Ex-student (L:92-97)

Briony Kellett

24/10/22

Ex-Student (L:90-95)

Loyola Young Vinnies – Christmas Present Drive
Each year the Loyola Young Vinnies run a Christmas present drive. Families can support others in need by leaving a Christmas present for children 12 years and younger in House areas. Presents do not need to be wrapped. The Young Vinnies will do this.

Mr Chris Lynch 
Deputy Principal,
Ignatian Mission & Identity 

Published on: 10 Nov 2022
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LCAA

Notice is given of the Loyola College Alumni Association Annual General Meeting, to be held at the College on Tuesday 22 November at 6.15pm. 

Expressions of interest are invited for positions on the Executive.  Please find the nomination form HERE 

Former students of Loyola are warmly invited to be part of the committee.  A small commitment is involved, with only four meetings each year to discuss ways of supporting Loyola alumni and to organise events such as the Classic Car Show, Reunions, Dinners etc.   

Please contact LCAA Secretary on 9433 0767 or lcaa@loyola.vic.edu.au to confirm attendance. 

Ms Monica Agius
LCAA Secretary 

Published on: 10 Nov 2022
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COMMUNITY

Morning Tours – 2023
Morning Tours for 2023 will take place on Monday each month.

Dates for bookings will be available late January.



As Good As New Uniform Sale – Friday, 25th November: 5pm - 8pm
Loyola College will be holding another as good as new uniform stall on Friday, 25th November at the LPFA Community event in the foyer of Loyola Companions Hall. Good quality clothing will be sold to families.  All money raised will go to Charity.

2022 Entertainment Books
The LPFA are very happy to continue the promotion of the 2022 Entertainment Book.

2022 Loyola College Ambassadors
It has been a pleasure to work along a great group of Ambassadors who assisted with the 2022 Morning Tours and Open Day.  It is so pleasing to receive such positive feedback from prospective families on how impressed they were about the Ambassadors. For many families one important reason they select Loyola College for their child is because of the impression given by our students who fulfil this most important role of being our true representatives of Loyola College. I bid farewell to our Year 10 Ambassadors and welcome them to assist with Open Day Tours.  All current Year 7 students are invited to express an interest in becoming an Ambassador for 2023.

A special training day will take place on Wednesday, 7th December from 9am – 3pm.

Information can be found on the LMS or by completing the form below:

Mrs Dianna Alonso
Community Liaison Officer

Published on: 10 Nov 2022
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ICT

Cybersafety Part 12: Back Door Threat Actors ‘Trump’ Even The Strongest Security
From the stealing of an important government official’s email account to some random person in cyberspace controlling your baby web cam, it is well understood amongst ICT security circles that almost every significant hack begins by exploiting a weakness on an end-point device.

The cyber security of personal information, banking and communication is critically important to individuals and increasingly important to corporations and governments, too. The recent data breaches of Optus and Medibank Private are testament to this fact. Despite $Billions being spent by nations on counter-cyberterrorism measures, the strength of any chain of cyber security measures is only as strong as its weakest link, and there is usually no weaker link than how the end user manages their digital device.

Four of the major weaknesses on end-point devices include:

  • Weak passwords and easily guessed passwords. Worse still, using the same credentials across multiple devices;
  • Not keeping the anti-virus software up to date on all home and work network devices (ie not just computers, but also security cameras, baby web cams and network/wireless printers!);
  • Responding to emails that look like they come from legitimate organisations such as banks, but which direct the unwary user to fake websites where they are asked to enter their login and password, and
  • Visiting pirate software/movies/music or unsecured (ie no HTTPS) websites, which have been infected with malware.

Threat Actors (ie criminal hackers) use malware (malicious software) on infected computers to ‘scrape’ personal data, which they hope to use to gain access to a home, corporation or government network. Once in they may typically take several months surreptitiously snooping around for what they want, eg information they can sell on the Dark Web, or use to steal money out of credit card accounts, or use to steal Intellectual Property or other trade secrets in order to gain a competitive advantage.

So please be alert not to undermine your own personal or employer’s cyber safety measures and efforts to keep data safe from being stolen.

Victor Dalla-Vecchia
ICT Manager

Published on: 10 Nov 2022
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AQUARIUM

In recent months there has been major changes to the school aquarium in K Block. We have recently added over 15 species of fish and multiple plant specimens.

Studies show that looking at a fish swimming, can reduce stress and anxiety. If you want to enjoy watching a large range of colourful fish, make your way down to the Science Department.


Ms Anna Barnes 
Mathematics Teacher 

Published on: 09 Nov 2022
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TEACHING & LEARNING

2023 Orientation Period
Once again, we will run an extensive Orientation period for 2023 Years 11 and 12. Students have received a copy of their Orientation period timetable. Please be aware that the teacher or the class grouping that the student has for the Orientation period may not be the same in 2023, as there are many factors that influence this. All students will receive their holiday preparation work and commence their 2023 course.

2023 Jacaranda Book bundles Year 7 – 9 and Senior Textbooks
In 2023, Year 7 to Year 9 students will have access to a number of their textbooks in two formats, print and digital. In the senior years it will vary depending on the subjects taken.

The subjects that this option will be available for are Mathematics, Science, Humanities - Geography and History.  All bundles will be sent directly to your residential address prior to the commencement of the 2023 College academic year.

All student’s 2023 subject textbooks and additional resource material can be ordered online and are available now using the link available on our Parent Portal.

The booklists close on;

  • 1 December for Senior (Years 10 -12)
  • 9 December for Years 7 – 9

Final Day for Submission of Work
A reminder to all students who may not have completed and handed in assessment tasks that there is a final date when all outstanding work is due. If a student does not submit work prior to this date they will not have met the requirements for that unit. The following final submission dates for each year are as follows:

  • Year 9: November 18
  • Year 8: November 18
  • Year 7: November 29

It is important for all students to complete work even if it is late. It is also good practice to complete what is expected and students can still receive feedback on their learnings.

Mrs Suzanne Pola 
Deputy Principal,
Teaching & Learning 

Published on: 09 Nov 2022
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Published on: 09 Nov 2022
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PRINCIPAL'S REPORT

How time flies!  There are only four weeks left to term four and so much yet to happen.  Term four has been action packed.  It was a delight to attend the Year 7 Character Strengths evening on Monday 7 November.  At this evening, each Year 7 Base Learning Group prepared a presentation on one or more of the VIA character strengths.  This evening forms part of our whole school approach to building resilience and a growth mindset in Loyola students.  All Year 7 students complete a VIA character strengths survey in their Personal  Development class to establish their five main strengths.  They are encouraged to work to their strengths and share their gifts and talents in service to others. 

Also showcasing their strengths are the Year 12 students who have almost completed their VCAA examinations. Our students have shown great courage and perseverance as they have navigated the challenge of exams.  We are proud of them and look forward to sharing a farewell dinner with them and their parents to mark the end of their journey at Loyola on 17th of November.

As Years 8 to 11 students approach their examination period, we ask for parent support in ensuring that students remain calm and focused.   Students often feel nervous before an examination and this is normal.  The nerves come as a result of the adrenalin that is released, initiating the fight or flight response.   It is a sign that students want to do well and gives them an extra boost of energy.  It is important that this energy is focused in such a way as to enable them to work to the best of their ability.   

The Loyola Parents and Friends Association (LPFA) held their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 9 November.  The meeting was exceptionally well attended and all office bearers were appointed.   We are exceptionally fortunate to have such a committed group of parents who give generously of their time to fundraise and organise community events.  I thank all members of the committee for their hard work and support of the College.

Congratulations  to the following office bearers for 2023:

President:                                     Mark Monteneri

Vice president:                              Bryan Kearney

Secretary:                                     Priscilla Carroll

Treasurer:                                     Vicky Sartor

Assistant Treasurer:                      Des Mavridis

Maintenance Coordinator:            Brendon Carroll

I would further like to acknowledge the work of three committee members who have been awarded LPFA Life Membership, Loretta Baker, Reena Thomas and Michael O’Connell. These friends of the College will be acknowledged at our parent thank you evening on Tuesday 15 November.

Congratulations to the cast, crew and production team of Legally Blonde.  The show was enjoyed immensely by all who saw it.  We now have further validation of the outstanding performance through the Music Guild of Victoria.   The College has been nominated for seven awards and an award of excellence.   The Guild Awards take place on Saturday 10 December.

The award nominations are as follows:

              Production of the year

              Direction                                       Vanda Tolli and Michael O’Keeffe

              Music Direction                             Jem Sherwill

              Choreography                               Matt McFarlane and Gem Oktay

              Female in leading role                 Hannah Chesser

              Female in a supporting role         Rebekah Sison

              Creative Design                            Deb Bland and Maryann Pannucci

Congratulations to all involved. We are very proud of you.

We have had a few COVID cases reported in the last two weeks.   If students are symptomatic, they must stay home.   We ask for parent support in this matter. 

Alison Leutchford
Acting Principal


Published on: 09 Nov 2022
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IGNATIAN MISSION & IDENTITY

November Community Memorial Mass
On Tuesday, 8 November, Father Gerry Healy S.J. will celebrate Mass (7:30pm) in the St Ignatius Chapel.

All current and ex-members of the College community are invited to attend.

People who would like to have loved ones prayed for can email me the details lynchc@loyola.vic.edu.au or leave details on my phone which has a voicemail 9433 0227.


Loyola Young Vinnies – Christmas Present Drive
Each year the Loyola Young Vinnies run a Christmas present drive. Families can support others in need by leaving a Christmas present for children 12 years and younger in House areas. Presents do not need to be wrapped. The Young Vinnies will do this.

Mr Chris Lynch 
Deputy Principal,
Ignatian Mission & Identity 

Published on: 27 Oct 2022
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LOCAL COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Published on: 26 Oct 2022
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LIBRARY CHRISTMAS CLUB BOOK BAGS

Summer holidays are only a few weeks away! What a perfect time to catch up on some recreational reading and get stuck into those top titles you missed throughout the year.

If you’re after some suggestions, sign up for our Christmas Club Book Bag and the library staff will select titles specific to your individual taste.

Fill in the form and tell us your name, year level and favourite genres.
We will then select a range of books that you might like and loan them to you over the holidays.

Open to all staff and students, if you would like to participate fill in the form at the link below or via the Library LMS page by Friday 11th of November and let us find you the perfect summer companion.

Ms Annie Bourne
Head of Information Services

Published on: 26 Oct 2022
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LCAA AGM

Notice is given of the Loyola College Alumni Association Annual General Meeting, to be held at the College on Tuesday 22 November at 6.15pm. 

Expressions of interest are invited for positions on the Executive.  Please find the nomination form HERE 

Former students of Loyola are warmly invited to be part of the committee.  A small commitment is onvolved, with only four meetings each year to discuss ways of supporting Loyola alumni and to organise events such as the Classic Car Show, Reunions, Dinners etc.   

Please contact LCAA Secretary on 9433 0767 or lcaa@loyola.vic.edu.au to confirm attendance. 

Ms Monica Agius
LCAA Secretary 

Published on: 26 Oct 2022
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ICT NEWS

Cybersafety Part 11: Protecting Personal Data In The Digital Age
We live in a ‘Brave new [digital] world.’ How can you be sure that news items, social media feeds and advertisements you receive on your phone and browser are not part of a highly orchestrated attempt by state or private actors to influence your political or social views, not just your purchase preferences?

Governments across the world are concerned about the unprecedented volume of user information companies like Facebook and Google collect and the risk that this data could be monetised and used by third parties for targeted advertising or scams (the recent Optus data breach is a case in point), or by nefarious actors to influence the political or social decision making of unsuspecting people.

The Australian and New Zealand governments have been seeking to push through legislation that would allow law enforcers to police the algorithms companies like Facebook and Google use to determine what shows up in search results and newsfeeds, and be able to see the encrypted text messages exchanged between criminal organisations under investigation.

In this brave new digital age, our personal data is a commodity which we are increasingly forced to hand over to corporate interests in exchange for increasingly essential services. Our hapless selves are at one end, the data behemoths at the other, and our elected leaders floundering in the middle trying to stem the privacy degradation flow.

Adding to this concern, your mobile phone is possibly listening to your every word and sending back data that is being mined for targeted advertising. Or consider the Orwellian prospect that your digital footprint could, as is being experimented with in China, be used along with facial recognition technology to build a social credit registry. The system rewards with social benefits those who act as good citizens and takes social benefits away from those who are not deemed to be acting in the best interests of society.

What can we do to protect the privacy of our personal data, some of which we have control over, but also other data that is gathered without our knowledge or consent, and protect ourselves against our personal data being harvested for social manipulation or exploitation? Regulation and legislation are one part of the solution, but equally we need service providers to be good corporate citizens and play by the rules. Ultimately, it is up to us to think carefully before handing over our personal data when subscribing to online services.

Mr Victor Dalla-Vecchia
ICT Manager

Published on: 26 Oct 2022
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