1445 Ignatian Newsletter - Friday 25 June 2021
Dear Members of the Loyola College Community,
The last few weeks have been busy with examinations and the preparation of Semester 1 Reports. I am pleased to report that the examination period progressed well and it was pleasing to see so many students working hard to ensure the best possible results. In this final newsletter for the term we share a number of important events and notices.
LCAA Captains’ Dinner
On Thursday evening of last week, I attended the inaugural LCAA Captains’ Dinner at Montibello Restaurant in Montmorency. Twenty past captains ranging from 1986 to 2020 attended the event, together with Mr Kennedy, our Founding Principal and members of the LCAA Committee. This new initiative is another way of building links with our past alumni, and I applaud LCAA on this new initiative.
After 18 months we were able to hold our Winter Concert on Wednesday of this week. Due to COVID restrictions we had limited audience numbers, but it was wonderful to have the opportunity to see our students perform so well. I thank our Director of Music, Ms Taylor for overseeing the organisation of the night, along with Mr Thomas, Head of Performing Arts and all the music staff who assisted. The concert was also live streamed for families to see at home.
A reminder that restrictions are still in place, indoor mask wearing, sanitising and maintaining good hygiene practices are still very important to avoid future lockdown situations.
Interviews Year 7, 2023
Earlier this week the first round of interviews took place as part of the selection process for Year 7, 2023. Two further rounds of interviews will take place next term. I encourage families intending to apply for enrolment to do so by meeting the closing date for applications on 20 August.
Our deepest sympathy goes to Mr Thomas, Head of Performing Arts, on the recent passing of his mother. Mr Thomas also recently lost a brother. This has been a very difficult time for him and his family and our prayers go out to his family at this time of loss.
We farewell the following staff:
Mrs Stringer (L: 16), Head of Student Services has resigned and will be moving to Peninsula Grammar. We thank her for her service to Loyola where she has been instrumental in shaping the department into a very successful student support area of the College. We wish her every blessing as she takes on her new role.
Mr Orton (L: 20) has resigned and will be moving to Whittlesea Secondary College. We thank him for his contribution to Loyola and wish him well in the future.
Ms Ward (L: 17), one of our gardeners, has taken a position at Ripponlea Estate. We thank her for her contribution to Loyola and wish her well in the future.
Mrs Tiberi concludes her contract position replacing Ms Nicht who will return from Maternity leave next term.
Mrs Curcio will commence Maternity leave and we wish her well over the coming months.
As the holidays approach I take this opportunity of thanking all who have contributed to the success of another busy term and I wish all who are able to take a break, a happy and safe holiday period. I look forward to welcoming back students and staff to Founders term.
Mr Joseph Favrin,
BREAKING NEWS! The government have announced that Theatres will be permitted to have 100% audiences as of July 1. The means we can now release the last 100 tickets for Mary Poppins! Don’t miss out on this wonderful show.
COLLEGE & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Walk For Others
As part of St. Ignatius Day each year, Loyola students take part in a 7km walk around the streets of Watsonia, to raise money for their house charities. We have launched the campaign and are now asking students to sign up and start asking friends and families to sponsor them. Over 500 students have registered so far; however, we need all 1400 students to get involved. More than ever our charities need our help, so we are aiming to fundraise $30,000.
Total so far: $6896
Mr Michael O'Keeffe,
Director of College & Community Engagement
IGNATIAN MISSION & IDENTITY
Loyola Vinnies Winter Sleepout at Home
The Loyola Vinnies major winter event will be the Winter Sleepout. The date for this is Friday 23 July. Any student, staff member or Loyola family can participate. Register your sleepout group at Loyola Sleep Out at Home. A suggested donation is $5 per sleeper.
Participants are asked to sleep out at home, anywhere except their beds. This could be in the garage, on the back deck, in a tent in the backyard, on the couch, on the floor etc.
You can post images of your sleepout on Instagram using the #LoyolaSleepOut21.
My thanks to Dominic O’Dowd (7FSKE) and Mr Tran for their work in producing the below video.
Loyola Vinnies Winter Sleepout at School with City Walk
Year 11 and 12 students have been invited to participate in the Loyola Vinnies Winter Sleep at school on Friday 23 July. Part of this program involves a visit to Ozanam House, Melrose Soup Kitchen and various City locations. Students return to school and sleep out under the verandahs of Old Loyola. Students are asked to register at Loyola Yr 11 and 12 Sleep Out at School. A suggested donation is $5 per sleeper. Students who participate also need to complete the expression of interest form that has been emailed.
Loyola Vinnies Winter Food and Clothing Drive
The Loyola Vinnies are conducting a Winter Food and Clothing drive. Donations of non-perishable food, winter clothing and blankets can be brought to House areas when students return to school. Here is a promotional video.
NATSICC palliative care project - volunteer knitters & crocheters
Ms Fiona Chapman, a staff member at the College, has suggested to me that some people in our community may be able to contribute blankets/blanket squares to this project to support some of our first nations people.
- Blankets to be knitted or crocheted in 8 ply acrylic yarn
- Measurements approx. 125cm x 112cm
- Any colour or any combination of colours
- If using squares, they will need to be sewn together before sending
Mr Chris Lynch,
Ignatian Mission & Identity
TEACHING & LEARNING
Immediate S for Units 1- 4 SAC's
Students will receive an immediate S for a SAC when they have demonstrated the following:
- Produce work that demonstrates achievement of the outcomes
- Submit work that is clearly their own
- Observe the rules of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and the school. (School rules may include for example, Attendance or Submission of Work policies)
If any or all of these are not satisfied at the time of the SAC/SAT a student can be awarded a ‘Provisional N’.
Students can always redeem an S for the SAC/SAT in various ways. To be awarded an S, students will need to consult with their Subject Teacher about the best way to proceed.
Letters of Concern
As part of our commitment to your child’s learning, we have a process of informing parents/guardians if a student is in one of the following situations:
- Frequent absences
- Failure to complete work, including homework
- Achieved a grade of D (54%) or below
- Failure to engage meaningfully in class work
- Failure to show work in progress
- Concern about the authenticity of the work
- Redemption of work Years 7 - 10
Parents/Guardians are still asked to contact the Subject Teacher, after the Letter of Concern is sent, either by email or phone to discuss the issue. This is another example of a way we can work together with your child to provide every opportunity to succeed.
Year 11 Supplementary Exams July 6 - 8
As part of our ongoing commitment to encourage our students to excel academically, any Year 11 student who achieves below 50% on a Semester One Examination will need to sit a Supplementary Exam. At Loyola College, we believe that students should be able to achieve at least 50% on all VCE Year 11 examinations if they complete all set work, including homework, and revise for the examination.
In all instances, Year 11 students who achieve less than 50% on a Religious Education Exam, will also be required to sit a supplementary exam in this subject.
Supplementary Exam times, where applicable, will be communicated individually to both students and parents. Students are to attend the Supplementary Exams in full College winter uniform.
Application for accelerated subjects in 2022
In Term Three our current Year 9 and 10 students will be considering their Year 10 and Year 11 subjects.
For 2022 Year 10 students
A number of you will consider taking on a Unit 1 and 2 Subject (Year 11 subject) in 2022. Acceleration requires a student to have demonstrated consistently high academic achievement and an ability to take on the demands of an accelerated subject. Therefore, a student will need to be committed to their studies, well organised and able to meet deadlines. English will be one of the subjects in which the student needs to demonstrate a consistently high level of academic performance. Semester Two reports will be checked for maintenance of consistency in academic effort.
An invitational letter, from the Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning, will be sent out to our top students and their families explaining the process for acceleration, and applications will be completed online.
For 2022 Year 11 students
An invitational letter, from the relevant Head of Learning, will be sent out to students currently studying a Unit 1/2 subject. Acceptance for Unit 3/4 is not automatic. Letters will be sent to students who have been able to sustain a high level of academic achievement and meet the demands of the accelerated Unit 1/2 subject. Students will need to re- apply for acceleration and, depending on results, acceleration may or may not continue.
The subject selection process takes place in early Term Three for all of our students and once again students will be asked to complete their subject choices online, with your guidance. All Year 9, 10 and 11 students will meet with a senior member of staff to discuss their choices. A letter outlining the process will be sent towards the end of this term.
Ms Suzanna Pola,
Teaching & Learning
WORLD'S GREATEST SHAVE
At yesterday’s College Assembly, the seven of us (Matthew Stanton, Nathan Macawili, Josh Fell, Daniel Federico, Stanley Zhou, Tom Harrison and Mr Falcone) stepped way out of our comfort zones and shaved our heads for the World’s Greatest Shave. We shaved off all of our hair down to a 2 in an attempt to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation and the work that they do.
Every day, more than 50 people across Australia are diagnosed with a form of blood cancer.
That is more than 50 people per day that have to return home to tell their families the bad news; more than 50 people per day that have to put their lives on pause as they navigate the cancer journey; and, above all, more than 50 people per day that have to hear that they may not live for more than a couple more months. This can happen to anyone, of any age, at any time.
The money raised from our shave will be going entirely to the Leukaemia Foundation and the work they do. It will go towards providing families facing blood cancer with the care that they need to make it through their cancer journey. It goes towards helping to cover the cost of treatment for those who otherwise may not have been able to afford the treatment. It helps those who are unable to work due to their cancer treatment to meet the cost of everyday necessities, such as food and rent. And, perhaps most importantly, it goes towards the funding of ground-breaking cancer research, with the aim of ending the horrible disease that is blood cancer for good.
However, we did not just raise our hair to raise money. We did it in solidarity with the thousands of Australians who have lost their hair to chemotherapy or other cancer treatments and who, unlike us, are unsure whether they will ever grow it back. We have also done it to raise awareness about blood cancer, and about the work of the Leukaemia Foundation do across Australia to combat the disease.
So please, take the time to donate to our page and join in the fight against blood cancer. We have currently raised more than $4100, just $900 short of our $5000 goal. Every cent is valuable, and no donation is too big or small!
Thank you again for all of your support.
The Worlds Greatest Shave Team supported by the 2021 Men and Women for Others Service Portfolio
In the Visual Arts, students are encouraged to have their work reach a larger audience beyond the classroom. Recently students entered the ‘Head On’ portrait competition and ‘Life Framer’ ‘In Colour’ competition.
Isabella Rosano’s portrait work ‘Frantic’ conveys the rapid thought processes and the workings of the mind.
Lily Ioannidis's work ‘Awry’ or ‘Covid Causation’ portrays a young person’s heightened expectations of an event dashed by circumstances beyond her control.
Lilliana Sideras’s work titled ‘Inviting’ captures rich yellow hues and the inviting nature of the setting.
Students who are entering the world of the Visual Arts to express their creativity are encouraged to have their work displayed in a number of forums.
The current ‘Life Framer’ competition focuses on youth and inspired expression.
Please see Mr Cuddon for more details.
Mr Mark Cuddon,
Head of Visual Arts
Friendship & Belonging
Learning how to make new friends and keep them involves a number of skills every young person needs to understand and develop. For some these skills will come very naturally, allowing them to easily move between different friendship groups, sharing their experiences and opening up to new people. For others, this can be much harder to navigate. Belonging to a group that is like-minded, with similar interests, is highly beneficial to a young person’s wellbeing. It gives them a sense of security, helping them feel valued, which in turn builds their confidence.
Positive friendships are an important part of the journey to adulthood. Adult carers can support their child or teenager by providing guidance in the many social and emotional skills required for a healthy relationship. This will help them to obtain, retain and maintain friendships. However, not all friendship are regarded as positive. Sometimes young people develop negative or toxic friendships. Therefore, it is also important for them to learn how to identify, avoid or deal with such a friendship.
In this edition of SchoolTV, adult carers can learn how to support their young person’s friendship so that they experience a sense of belonging. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and we always welcome your feedback.
If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Mr Sal Valentino,
Wellbeing & Personal Development Coordinator
Crooks look at your Facebook and Twitter
Parents and children who use social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to let friends and family know about their holiday plans, or about their birthday or wedding gifts, may inadvertently be catching the attention of would-be burglars.
Don’t be surprised if your next home and contents insurance proposal includes a question asking whether you use social media. Premiums may go up to cover the increased risk of burglary posed by the use of these technologies.
So, especially now with COVID travel restrictions for Greater Melbourne lifting, if you are about to flitter off to some holiday destination during the term break, don’t tell the world about it through social media channels. You never know who is watching or listening. A safer option might be to email, write a letter, phone, send an SMS text or, shock horror, simply go visit them.
When you get the urge for Twitter
To tell the world of your flitter
Remember the crook
Is watching Facebook
Instead, be a phone text emitter.
When you get the urge to gaggle
You don’t want insurers to haggle
So keep holiday pics
From Facebook and twits
And crooks will be kept a-draggle
Mr Victor Dalla-Vecchia,
2021 Morning College Tours
Morning Tours will be take place on the following dates from 9.15 am – 11. 00 am:
- Monday, 19th July
- Wednesday, 28th July
- Wednesday, 11th August
- Monday, 16th August
- Monday, 13th September
- Monday, 11th October
- Monday, 8th November
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.
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 no longer required would be much appreciated.
Saturday Mornings – 24th July & 11th 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
Mrs Dianna Alonso,
Community Liaison Officer
LOYOLA COLLEGE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION (LCAA)
The Loyola College Alumni Association (LCAA) hosted the Loyola Captains’ Dinner on Thursday 17 June at Montibello in Montmorency which was attended by sixteen former College and Vice-Captains. After a welcoming introduction from Director of College & Community Engagement/1997 Vice-Captain Michael O’Keeffe, and speeches from Loyola’s founding and current Principals John Kennedy and Joe Favrin, guests were treated to a beautiful meal and took home the Loyola College History Book as a gift. With a great representation of Captains and Vice-Captains spanning forty-one years of education at Loyola, it was great to witness reconnections and new associations forming among the group of former school leaders. Many stories and memories of Loyola days were shared well into the evening.
Thank you to Monique Vermeulen (L: 81-86), Craig Huntley (L: 80-86), Julie MacDonald (Righele) (L:84-89), Daniel Donahoo (L: 90-95), Ben Joss (L: 90-95), Anthony Privitelli (L: 90-95), Rebecca Meyer (Campbell) (L: 91-96), John Coghlan (L: 91-96), Michael O'Keeffe (L: 92-97, 09-12, 17-), Rachel Kenny (L: 00-05), Erica Lucci (L: 01-06), Troy Flores (L: 08-13), Dempsey Mills (L: 12-17), Renee Shannon (L: 13-18), Harrison Fell (L: 15-20), Mary Tomasiello (L: 15-20) for supporting this new initiative. LCAA looks forward to hosting this new annual event again in June 2022.
Alumni are reminded to ensure their contact details are up to date to ensure they are informed of LCAA news and events. Details can be updated at www.loyola.vic.edu.au/community-links/update-details or contact LCAA Secretary, Monica Agius p: 9433 0767 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Monica Agius,
SEMESTER ONE READING CHALLENGES
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