1442 Ignatian Newsletter - Friday 14 May 2021
Dear Members of the Loyola College Community,
Over the last fortnight the College has been very busy with many events and activities that have highlighted the many talents of our students and staff. I am delighted to be able to share these special moments with you in this newsletter.
Mother’s Day Breakfast
The Mother & Daughter Breakfast was fully booked for Tuesday of last week. The day commenced with a breakfast and a presentation from a guest speaker. This year we invited a Loyola parent, Kellie Waldon, as guest speaker. Kellie spoke passionately of the challenges of being a mother, managing full time work and raising her children. This was followed by prayer in the St Ignatius Chapel led by Fr Gerry Healy SJ. My thanks to our Canteen Manager, Mrs Pritchard and her staff, Mrs Chapman and Ms Gartland, our VET hospitality students, and Mr Lynch for preparing the prayer service and other staff who assisted and to Mrs Alonso and Mr O’Keeffe for organising various aspects of the morning.
This week our students in Years 7 and 9 sat the annual NAPLAN tests in literacy and numeracy. This is a major event organisationally and requires much pre-planning so that the testing process can run smoothly. The student results data generated by these tests will assist the College in continuing to improve student learning outcomes in the future and will provide valuable information about the level of improvement in student literacy and numeracy skills in the College. The students were encouraged to do their best in these assessments. I thank Ms Pola Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning for overseeing the organisation of the tests.
The second of our Working Bees was held last weekend and I thank the parents and students who attended, helping to prepare the grounds for Open Day. I thank Mr O’Connell, LPFA Working Bee Coordinator, Mr Kelly, our gardeners Ms Ward and Mr Short for assisting on the morning. I thank all the parents and students for giving up their time to assist the College in this special and important way.
Last week celebrated the importance of Languages through a range of events and activities across the College. The Languages Banquet for Year 10 students was again a special highlight. I thank Mr Van Leest, Head of Languages, and the Faculty members for overseeing the various activities.
This coming Sunday we are holding our annual Open Day. This is an opportunity to showcase the College to prospective families and to the community as a whole. I thank in advance the many students who have volunteered to lead tours and assist with the day. At the time of writing this newsletter we had in excess of 1200 registered to attend the day. It is wonderful to see the level of interest in Loyola from the community.
Staff Pilgrimage 27 – 29 May
The College will be closed for two school days later in the month to allow staff to attend the Pilgrimage to Sevenhill in South Australia where the Jesuit story began in this country. The program will focus on the 4 Apostolic preferences for the Society of Jesus which are: Prayer, Caring for our common home, Journeying with youth and Walking with the excluded. Staff will also be presented with the Jesuit story in Australia. Through this professional learning experience, we hope that staff will come to better understand the mission of Loyola College and be able to impart that mission to the students and broader school community. A parallel two-day program will be run at the College for the staff unable to go to South Australia.
On the two school days, students will be set work to do by their classroom teachers on the LMS for every subject so that learning can continue over the two days. The students should be quite used to this from their experiences in lock down last year; however, teachers will not be available for contact on the two days.
Launch of Ignatian year
Fr General Sosa SJ has declared the Ignatian year commencing on 20 May and ending on 31 July 2022. It begins with recalling the famous cannonball event in Pamplona 500 years ago on 20 May and concludes with the 450 year commemoration of the canonisation of St Ignatius and St Francis Xavier. You can read more about the year elsewhere in this newsletter.
May, Month of Mary
May is traditionally the month dedicated by the Catholic Church to Mary, our Blessed Mother. Through the gospels we come to know of Mary, of her love for God and of her desire to do His will in accepting to become the mother of Jesus. In her decision to accept God’s will, Mary demonstrated her unwavering faith in what God wanted of her, and she trusted in God. She was, and is, the perfect example of motherhood and the first of the disciples of Jesus.
Last weekend we celebrated Mothers’ Day. Let us give thanks for all mothers past and present, and for all that they have done to shape our lives. May all mothers seek to follow and be inspired by Mary’s example of service. She accompanied Jesus throughout His life right unto the cross. She was there in the happy times and in the very sad moments supporting her Son. We believe that she was there to see the Risen Lord and rejoice in God’s greatness.
St Ignatius was very devoted to Mary; his own mother having died when he was a young boy; the Blessed Mother provided great comfort to him in times of difficulty in his life. He had great affection for her and prayed often for her intercession so that he could do God’s will as she had done. During this special month let us ask Mary as Ignatius did, to intercede on behalf of all who find themselves in need of consolation, asking her to help us to draw closer to our loving God following her example of trust and love of the Creator.
Mr Joseph Favrin,
KEEP THE DATES
ENHANCING CATHOLIC SCHOOL IDENTITY PROJECT
We are inviting all parents to take part in this survey to help us gain meaningful insights into how you feel Loyola views its Catholic identity today and how such identity might be shaped for tomorrow. Your responses are anonymous and your personal data is treated confidentially.
To participate, please find the instructions in the attachment below.
Mr Michael O'Keeffe,
Director of College & Community Engagement
TEACHING & LEARNING
Semester One Examinations
The Semester One examination period will commence with the VCAA GAT (General Achievement Test) for all students studying a VCE Unit 3 and 4 subject. This compulsory examination will take place in the Loyola Companions Hall on Wednesday June 9. There will be no Unit 4 classes on this day; Unit 4 commences on June 10.
The Year 8 to 11 Semester One examinations will run over the following dates:
Year 10/11: June 10 to June 17
Year 8/9: June 15 to June 17
At Year 11, this year we will again run a program of compulsory Supplementary Exams. The Supplementary Exams will take place in the term break from June 29 to July 1 for any Year 11 student who achieves below 50% on any examination. The purpose of the Supplementary exams is to have students complete more revision on any subject in which a satisfactory result was not achieved, to better prepare them for the commencement of their Unit 2 subject.
It is expected that under normal circumstances Year 11 and Year 10 students should be able to achieve at least 50% on any examination.
Parents and guardians will receive information in mid-May regarding the Examination period, from the Student Programs Coordinators. Students will receive their examination timetable through their student email. Please find this information on the Parent Portal once the letter is uploaded and you have received the notification.
The College has received correspondence on NCCD. Please look in the ‘Correspondence to Parents’ tile for relevant NCCD information.
Ms Suzanne Pola,
Teaching & Learning
PARENT PORTAL ACADEMIC OVERVIEW
What an epic week it was to celebrate Languages at Loyola! Let’s have a look at a few of the activities that took place in week 3.
Year 10 Banquet
The year 10s celebrated by taking part in the Banquet. Students enjoyed a Nasi Goreng entrée, Gnocchi main course (provided by Alumni Nick Costanzo of Nick's Gnocchi & Pasta) and an éclair for dessert! Sophie Compton-Cook won the Idioms challenge, Will Hewett won the Trivia Contest and we congratulate Rhiannon Furhmeister, Luca Casasanta, and Deanne Groom for presenting the best menus for each language.
Mademoiselle Kummerle took her year 7 French class out with Mademoiselle Gazzana and me to try our hand at Petanque...
Mackenzie: Bonjour! Today in French class we played Petanque for Languages Week.
Jonathan: So, you throw the white ball and basically it becomes “ze target.”
Tanush: You throw two coloured balls to try and get as close to the target ball as possible.
Joshua: The game is called Bocce in Italian and in French it’s called “Badonk.”
Mr van Leest: Petanque.
Crepes for Change
Students enjoyed practicing their French while ordering crepes at the Crêpes for Change van that visited this week. Crêpes for Change is Australia’s first crêpe catering food truck dedicated to supporting young people at-risk of or currently experiencing homelessness. They reinvest the profits in a hands-on hospitality training program that gives young people the confidence, skills and experience they need to be the masters of their own destiny and escape homelessness.
Expecting a lot of interest, they pre-cooked 100 crêpes in preparation for the day. However our students made short work of that stack and the chefs were cooking fast to keep up with demand. We thank the students for supporting such a worthy cause.
We checked in on a year 7 Italian class!
Giacomo: Buongiorno, mi piace mia scuola Loyola. In Italian, my class is learning about objects in class, rulers and pencils and stuff like that. Pen is pena, and student desk is il banco. The activity that we did to help us to remember words was we got some cards with English and Italian words and we had to flip them over to see the matches. The activity went well and we learnt more about the words and remembered them all. The person that won on my table was Patrick.
Prof. Daniele organised traditional half vanilla-half chocolate cannoli on Friday, supplied by Loyola family business Yummy Cannoli. Displayed on the wonderful Market Trolley constructed by David Anderson and our maintenance team, the students found them hard to resist!
Indonesian Sepak Takraw
Students had a go at playing Sepak Takraw.
Paige: Selamat datang! Sepak takraw, or kick volleyball, is a sport native to Southeast Asia.
Hayley: Sepak takraw differs from the similar sport of footvolley in its use of a rattan ball.
Matilda: Players are only allowed to use their feet, knees, and head to touch the ball.
Oliver: Sepak is the Indonesian word for kick, while Takraw is the Thai word for a rattan ball.
Jonathan: Some students had a go this week to celebrate language week. They did ... Ok... Terima kasih!
Ibu Justiana and Ibu van de Paverd shared their culinary talents by cooking up Nasi Goreng for students to try. In the end there was a whopping 78 portions prepared... and none left over of course!
Mr Jason van Leest,
Head of Languages
YEAR 7 AFRICAN DANCE
All the students studying year 7 Dance this semester were fortunate enough to participate in an African Dance workshop on Monday 10th May. The dancers from African Star, who are from Ghana, shared their dance skills with our students in a high energy performance accompanied by live drumming. The students first watched African Star and then got to learn some African dance moves in a workshop. The students enthusiastically engaged in it and learnt more about African traditions, culture, and dance. We hope to be able to do the same for the year seven students who study dance in Semester Two.
Mrs Julie Boyle,
YEAR 9 DRAMA FESTIVAL
On May the 4th Loyola College hosted the inaugural Interschool Drama Festival with Trinity GrammAr, St Monica's, Melbourne Girls Grammar and us. The students all attended a workshop earlier in the year and from that each school had developed ensemble drama pieces on the topic of Artificial Intelligence. The students explored the impact it had on mankind, both positive and negative, and the ethical implications for science and technological development. The students all took turns refining and rehearsing in the Inigo theatre and then presented to each other in a showcase. Students enjoyed seeing the diversity of responses to the one stimulus and seeing the various performances. Students are now analysing the presentations, evaluating the way they addressed criteria, used expressive skills, incorporated theatrical conventions, and engaged with the audience. This is being shared between the schools.
We believe this has been an invaluable experience and certainly gave all the students a performance to strive for and an opportunity to see where students of the same year level are at from other schools.
We look forward to participating in it again in 2022.
Mrs Julie Boyle,
YEAR 12 BUSINESS MANAGEMENT EXCURSION
On Monday, May 3, Mr Prout, Ms Murray, Mr Simpson, Mr Ramsay and Ms Storace took the Year 12 Business Management and Year 12 VET Small Business classes to Yakult in Dandenong South. Once there, the students were given an opportunity to explore first-hand the operations of a large manufacturing business. Yakult arrived in Australia in 1992, having originated in Japan. It is now sold in 40 nations across the globe.
The hi-tech Yakult facility at Dandenong incorporates food processing equipment designed to produce and fill 200,000 of Yakult’s distinctively-shaped bottles per day. These bottles are then distributed all over Australia and New Zealand. Our students were able to observe the automated filling and packaging lines, along with the culture and quality control rooms.
Our students represented Loyola admirably and our tour guide was very impressed. So much so, that she rewarded each of them with a drink of Yakult at the end of the tour… Some students enjoyed it more than others!!!
Thank you to Jonathan Carta (MDHT) for the photo.
Mr Jonathan Prout,
Business Management Teacher
2021 VICTORIAN SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS COMPETITION
On Monday May 10 we had Rohan Wein, Alex Basile, Noag Ong, Haylee Car and Xavier Basile compete in the 2021 Victorian School Associations Competition at MSAC. The highlight was the 16 and over Boys 4 x 50 relay with Alex Basile as the final swimmer. A beautiful start caught up a body length on the opposition then a strong back end created a 3rd place for the ACS team with a time of 24.88. This was the only place all night for the ACS team. Congratulations to all that swam and gave their best. The students enjoyed their competition. Thanks to Charlotte our other coach for supporting the students.
Mr Mike Gowan,
Physical Education Teacher
Welcome back to all Mannix House families for Term 2. I hope that all families had an enjoyable and restful holiday break.
On Thursday 25th March, Mannix House performed School of Rock. It was an entertaining evening full of song and dance with a high energy performance of the hit movie.
Mannix House was third overall and Matthew Harika (8 M/RAM) was awarded best actor.
Thank you to Jenny Murray, Fotini Veis and Mary Palivos who supervised the weekly rehearsals.
Our student leaders were wonderful and oversaw the rehearsals and worked tirelessly to ensure the best possible performance. Thank you to all involved, especially Lauren Bruggeman (11 M/EMK) and Alysha Prisc (11 M/LTC).
On Monday 19th April, the House Athletics Carnival took place at Meadowglen Athletics Track.
The Mannix House students were tremendous and maintained a positive attitude all day. The high level of participation was a pleasure to witness, and the efforts of our students will be recognised at our end of term House Assembly.
Mannix House placed 3rd overall, which included some outstanding individual and team results. One of the many highlights was witnessing our Year 8 Girls’ win the 4x100m relay. I was so proud of the way they worked together as a team and supported one another. A great effort by all four runners, including Jasmine Papageorgiou (8 M/CMS), Jada Baldasso (8 M/EMK), Kiara Tarevski (8 M/EMK) and Amodini Mayadunne (8 M/PZA).
Hopefully, we can build on this fantastic result and improve further in 2022.
Throughout this term, Mannix House activities and events will include fundraising for the Brosnan Centre, House Debating and Public Speaking, House Sport and a Year 12 morning tea with Mr Favrin. Thank you to all students for their enthusiasm and participation.
As always, if you have any concerns or wish to make contact, please do not hesitate to email/phone myself or your child's Mentor teacher.
Ms Kate Swift,
Head of Mannix House
On Tuesday 11 May, the Chisholm House Captains Joshua Fell (12/CPJK), Amy Clayton (12/CDAM) and Vice Captain Taj De Run (11/CMST) and myself attended the 50th anniversary celebration of Chisholm’s House Charity, the Caroline Chisholm Society. The event was held at Government House, Melbourne and the students and I had the privilege of meeting Her Excellency, the Honourable Linda Dessau, Governor of Victoria, Mr John Kennedy MLA (L:79-08), Loyola College’s foundation Principal, and Dr Jennifer Weber, current CEO of the Society. It was a wonderful way to recognise the valuable work that the Society contributes to the women and children who would otherwise go without. The Society provides much needed support for victims of domestic violence and/or women and children who live on the margins in the wider Melbourne area. We were honoured to partake in the celebrations and look forward to our continued partnership with the Society in supporting the work that they do.
Mr Adam Calderone,
Head of Chisholm House
KRISPY KREME SALE
It’s BACK! Chisholm House staff and students are again running our annual Krispy Kreme doughnut fundraiser on Monday 24 May at the Two Wolves Hub at lunchtime.
All proceeds from the sale will support the Caroline Chisholm Society, whose work involves support young mothers and their babies/toddlers who would ordinarily be without the basics to grow and nurture their child.
Students are asked to please bring cash on the day and get in quick as these will sell out fast! First in, first served. Original glazed and assorted varieties available. Purchase individually or by the box on the day.
Thank you for your support.
Mr Adam Calderone,
Head of Chisholm House
Celebrating Mothers' Day
Mothers' Day originated from humble beginnings in 1908 as a simple tradition to honour all mothers, living and deceased. However, it did not take long for florists, confectioners and card companies to jump onboard and commercialise the day, much to the disappointment of its founder, Ann Jarvis.
Mothers' Day is a good annual reminder to say thanks to the mums and other special carers who play an important role in our lives, but it is essential we mark the day with love and sincerity. This year is especially important due to the recent pandemic, where mothers played multiple roles over recent months providing care and support to those they love under difficult circumstances. Mothers will often put the needs of others above their own, so it is paramount to remind them to take care of themselves also, especially when it comes to mental health.
Research has shown that women experience some mental health conditions more severely than men and at much higher rates. There are many factors that can impact a woman’s wellbeing, physically and emotionally. Seeking effective treatment can enable her to engage more readily in everyday activities and fulfil the needs of her children and family.
This Special Report highlights the role mothers play in the developmental growth of their children and the importance of self-care for good mental health. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.
If this Special Report raises any concerns about yourself or a loved one, or about the wellbeing of your child, please seek medical or professional help.
Mr Sal Valentino,
Wellbeing & Personal Development Coordinator
Don’t scratch the ‘ish’
An ‘ishing’ attack is not fun
Click on the link and you’re done
Beware of the phish, vish and the smish
And keep the criminals shunned
They say ‘knowledge is power’, and ‘ignorance is bliss’. But in the case of cyber safety, ignorance is blish: it’s like crossing the road with your eyes closed!
There is no point wishing cybercrime would go away! Nefarious cyber actors wishing to steal your credit card or eBanking login details, or corrupt your hard drive with ransomware are employing an increasing range of methods, so broad in fact that these methods have attracted their own family of ‘ish’ sounding descriptors: phishing, vishing and smishing!
Click on the links above to find out what these words mean. Don’t worry, trust me, these links are safe! You can test the veracity of my claim by hovering over each link and checking where the link takes you: it should have a URL (ie web address) of ‘en.wiktionary.org’.
Similarly, always check the URL of any link sent you. If the link looks like an ‘ish’, don’t scratch it! Never give personal details over the phone, unless you are absolutely sure you know to whom you are talking.
Report criminal communications to the Australian Cyber Security Centre.
Report suspicious communications, particularly in relation to abuse, bullying and child safety to the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner.
Mr Victor Dalla-Vecchia,
The Quest for Knowledge: How do you find new information? Do you have the skills to locate what you are looking for? Check out this presentation created by the Head of Information Services, Alison Johnson, based on a number of presentations from experts in the field, about Information Literacy: how it can benefit you as a student and/or teacher or even parent, and how you can refine your skills to better improve your ability to locate, use and assess information, in our ever information changing world.
Ms Alison Johnson,
DIGITAL & MEDIA LITERACY
Build your digital intelligence and become not only a savvy-searcher but also a discerning consumer of information.
Hack 3 - #Trending Hashtags
We are all guilty of clicking on trending hashtags.
In a recently updated report (2020): “News and young Australians: how young people access, perceive and are affected by news media” it was reported that teens (13-16 year olds) get their news in this order: social media, family, TV.
So, given social media is #1 on the list, it is imperative that hashtags must always be taken seriously. Social media is all about the attention economy. The aim is ‘clicks and likes’, and their business (and priority) is to hold onto people’s attention. And for good or bad, hashtags do just that.
Hashtags must be questioned and scrutinised. We all – especially students - need to be more aware of how to interact with them. Whether it be serious news, a joke/meme, a celebrity, a social cause or even a TV show, we must look more deeply at the intent of the message.
And remember, AI (Artificial Intelligence) software forms part of the technologies supporting social media. So, there are times when clicking on a trending hashtag is actually generating a ‘false trend’ that’s been driven by questionable sources. And then, in turn, your ‘like’ is giving out more of your personal data and preferences. It can be a vicious cycle.
Just because something is # trending doesn’t mean it is accurate or even exists.
How do you rate your digital intelligence?
Take a look at this checklist – do you actively do any of these things when searching for information, reading the news or scrolling through your social media feeds?
Ms Alida Galati,
2021 Morning College Tours - Semester 1
Morning Tours will be take place on the following dates from 9.15 am – 11. 00 am:
- 3rd May
- 9th June
- 16th June
- 23rd June
Open Day: Sunday, 16th May 1pm – 4pm
We are very excited for our upcoming Open Day; with COVID-19 this event did not take place last year. A very large attendance is expected on the day. If you are able to assist with the BBQ on the day, please let me know.
Presentation Ball – 14th & 15th April
Despite two set backs due to COVID-19, it was so pleasing to finally have the 2020 Year 11 students participate in the Presentation Ball during the school holiday. The students did a great job completing their dance routines and the event is all the more worthwhile seeing the families enjoying the special night. I try so hard to hold back the tears when the student takes the hand of their loved ones (parents /grandparents) for their special family dance. A huge thank you to the Presentation Ball Committee, who volunteers so much of their times with rehearsals and endless organisation to ensure that the night is such a success. In particular thank you to Kellie Waldon and Natasha Mills who took on the role of Co-ordinators for the first times. Thank you also to Jenny Murray and Jared Roscioli who did such a good job assisting with rehearsals and on the night.
Mother’s Day Breakfast
A beautiful morning was had by those who attended the Mother & Daughter Breakfast on Tuesday, 4th May. A special thank you to the Canteen staff (led by Joanne Pritchard) for preparing such a nice breakfast and to the Hospitality Staff (led by Liz Gartland and Fiona Chapman) for their great job in serving. Kellie Waldon, a Loyola parent, did a wonderful job as our Guest speaker, providing an insight into the life of mum having to juggle family and work. Her special role as an Event Manager for McDonalds House provided a great insight into the importance of creating special memories for families who have a sick child. The prayer service led by Fr Gerry was warmly received and it was heart warming seeing mums leaving with a tear in their eyes. Thank you to Chris Lynch for organising the Prayer Service.
2021 LPFA/FOPA Online Wine Fundraiser
Due to popular demand, we have continued to run the fundraiser in 2021. Not only is wine nice to drink, they also make a great gift idea. There are 7 different types of wine that can be ordered through Prospect Wines. Orders can be made online and processed in lots of 6. Delivery is within 7 working days and come to your front door. The bottles range in price from $13-$16.
All money raised will be distributed to LPFA and FOPA to purchase goods for the Loyola Community.
2021 Entertainment Books
The LPFA are proud to promote the 2021 Entertainment Book.
For the first time EVER! – for a limited time only, you will receive a BONUS $20 Priceline or Woolworths eGift Card when you purchase a Single City Membership or a $40 The ICONIC or Priceline eGift Card or when you purchase a Multi City or Multi Plus Membership!
So, you’ll need to hurry! Offer ends at 11.59pm Monday, May 10 2021
Loyola College Accommodation
Just inside Gate 4, on the corner of Bungay and Kenmare Streets, sits our Aurrupe House and Manresa Cottage which are used for accommodation on a short-term basis for both overseas visitors and members of our school and local community. Accommodation rental is ideal for family members or friends who would like to attend a function or appointment in Melbourne and require an overnight stay or longer at a very reasonable price. Some of our families have extended family who live interstate and rent the house on a regular basis when planning a visit to Melbourne for 1 or 2 weeks. Loyola’s close proximity to shops and the train makes it ideal to be independent and yet close to relatives as well.
Donation of Loyola Uniform
If you have any Loyola uniform items that you no longer require, please leave them at Reception. They are great to have for families in need, student accidents and our exchange students. Blazers that are no longer required would be much appreciated.
Saturday Mornings – 24th July & 4th September
All students accompanied by Parents welcome.
Please let me know via email or phone if you are able to attend.
2021 LPFA Meetings
Wednesday Evenings – 28th April, 2nd June, 21st July, 25th August, 6th October, 10th November
2021 PWP Meetings
Monday evenings – 19th July & 18th October
Ms Dianna Alonso,
Please be advised that the library will be closed on Monday afternoon 17th May at 3.30 pm due to a staff meeting.