1450 Ignatian Newsletter - Friday 17 September 2021
Dear Members of the Loyola College Community,
This is the final newsletter for this term. We have proceeded with a number of activities that have brought us to the end of this term.
Interviews for College Captains 2022
Last week Mrs Salmic, Mrs Hartigan and I interviewed the candidates for College Captain 2022. We were very impressed by the calibre of the Yr 11 students who have offered their services for College Student leadership next year. Normally students and staff would see those shortlisted present their speeches at our end of term leadership assembly. As this was not able to happen, the candidates pre-recorded their speeches and these were presented at our Virtual Assembly instead after which voting by the current Yr 11s and the College staff took place. I hope to be able to announce the 2022 College Captains early next term and I wish all the candidates the best of luck together with the Year 11s who have offered their services for other leadership portfolios for next year.
College Masterplan Implementation
Building works on the Cardoner Building have slowed down due to COVID restrictions on building sites. This exciting project will result in significant improvements and additions to the Visual Arts and Technology areas of the College. The handover date will now be extended to November. Next year McAuley House will move into this building as the new base for their House.
Year 7, 2023 Interviews
These interviews were conducted online last week for families who had not already been interviewed. Applications for Year 7, 2023 have now closed. Once again this year we received a significant number of applications, and demand has far exceeded the number of places available. We are delighted in the ongoing community interest in the College. Offers will be posted on October 22.
We farewell Mrs Galati (L:12-21), one of our librarians who is concluding her time with us this term. Mrs Galati has been a valuable member of our College community over many years and we thank her for her contribution to Loyola. We wish her well as she moves to a new school next term.
I take this opportunity of thanking the staff for their amazing work and efforts during this very challenging term. I thank all families for their ongoing support of students and I hope that the holiday period will provide some opportunity for rest. I look forward to a more settled Term 4 ahead for all of us. Blessings to all.
Mr Joseph Favrin,
COLLEGE & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
The 2022 Scholarship Program is now open for students from Year 8-11.
The Scholarship Program recognises and acknowledges students who take responsibility for, and are proactive in, the development of their own education. Scholarships are awarded to the value of $1000 as a deduction from school fees in the following year. Scholarships are available in the areas of: Academic, Co-Curriculum and Community Spirit.
Applications close today.
Walk For Others
As part of St. Ignatius Day each year, Loyola students take part in a 8km walk around the streets of Watsonia, to raise money for their house charities. Unfortunately we will be unable to complete the walk at school this year, however we are encouraging students to complete the walk at home. So we are now asking students to sign up and start asking friends and families to sponsor them. Over 800 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: $12,422
Mr Michael O'Keeffe,
Director of College & Community Engagement
END OF TERM 3 VIRTUAL ASSEMBLY
LOYOLA LOCKDOWN Q&A: EPISODE THREE
Music Program – Amendments to the Agreement
Amendments have been made to the Music Program Agreement and are now available to view on the College Website. All omissions, additions and adjustments will take effect as of Semester 1, 2022 for existing families.
Please take the time to read the new Agreement as failure to withdraw a student from the program will be viewed as acceptance of the amendments.
Mr Mark Arnavas,
TEACHING & LEARNING
Unit 3/4 Mini-series – How to support my child as they approach their final assessments?
To support our senior learners as they approach their final studies, our Heads of Learning have provided some insight into what will be needed to achieve greater success.
Please watch our exam tip series - English / English Language / Literature to spark learning conversations with your daughter/son prior to exams.
Year 7 - 12 Subject Specific Conversations
Thank you to all parents/guardians and students who attended the recent Subject Specific Conversations. We wish all our students the best as they all work towards their final assessments and exams.
Immediate S for Units 1- 4 SACs
Students will receive an immediate S for a SAC when they have demonstrated the following:
- Produced work that demonstrates achievement of the outcomes;
- Submitted work that is clearly their own;
- Observed 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.
Unit 3/4 Trial Examinations
Unit 3/4 Trial Exams are being delivered to all students over the next two weeks. For students to receive any feedback on these exams they will need to be returned on tthe first day of return for marking and feedback.
Individual teachers will contact students if additional arrangements need to be made.
Ms Suzanne Pola,
Teaching & Learning
CO-CURRICULUM COLOURS APPLICATIONS
Loyola College recognises significant achievement amongst its student body with the awarding of Co-Curricular Colours each year. Students who achieve the Colours are being recognised for their qualities of active participation, team spirit, positive conduct, goodwill and co-operation in a particular area of College life. The Co-Curriculum Colours can be awarded in the areas of:
- Christian Service
- Public Speaking and Debating
The Colours are awarded at the 2021 Annual Awards evening, with students receiving a Certificate and the opportunity to have their blazer embroidered. Applications are currently open for Senior students (Years 10 – 12) who meet the Colours minimum requirements and criteria as outlined the Co-Curriculum Colours LMS page. Senior students who have made significant contribution over a number of years in any of the above areas may wish to apply. Online applications can be made via the Co-Curriculum Colours LMS page by Friday 15 October.
Ms Lauren Hartigan,
Head of Co-Curriculum
This week’s article, thanks to the Hopeful Institute, is titled Anchored in Hope.
Now more than ever, as we continue with our extended lockdown, it is critical that we try as best as we can to anchor ourselves in hope.
In this article, Glenn highlights the following 5 anchor points.
- Hear Hope: Listen to your self talk
- See Hope: Look for things that bring you joy and continue to be optimistic about the future
- Speak Hope: Be conscious of the words that come out of your mouth. Are they helping you or weighing you down?
- Practice Hope: Our words are only as good as actions.
- Traffic Hope: Share your hope and plant seeds of hope all around you.
Mr Sal Valetino,
Wellbeing & Personal Development Coordinator
During lockdown our instrumental students have been taking their lessons one on one as usual via Microsoft Teams.
Here we have some photos of our wonderful students and their teachers adapting to our current situation and continuing to develop their musical skills. I would like to say a huge thankyou to all our music staff for their dedication to our students and also to the students themselves for maintaining their musical studies throughout this latest lockdown. We are all learning skills that we never expected we would learn. And let’s be honest, during lockdown is the perfect time to practice, practice, practice!!
The Year 11 Music Class completed their Technical SAC online this week. The students did really well and approached their online assessment with enthusiasm. I am so proud of the resilience that our music students are displaying. Completing a practical performance assessment on a screen is not something we could have predicted.
The Annual Music Concert will take place in some form. It will be a small selection of soloists with the format dependent on COVID restrictions. So keep your eye on our social media sites for updates on this.
I hope you all have a relaxing holiday period, even if it is simply less time on your screens.
Ms Jennifer Taylor,
Head Of Music
The Visual Arts students have continued to stive for the magis during this difficult lockdown period to produce some outstanding work. Students in Year 9 Art have delved into the artistic realms of Surrealism, as well as the artists that helped the movement gain prominence in society.
Students have been extremely resourceful in generating Surrealist landscape from varying materials, and more recently, began exploring the artistic method known as, ‘Cadavre Exquis’ (Exquisite Corpse for the English speakers out there).
Exquisite corpse is a parlour game by which an artist would sketch on a piece of paper, before folding it over and handing it to another artist for further contribution to the artwork. Essentially, several artists contribute some small part to create a whole piece.
Students have enjoyed researching surrealist portraits and utilising their findings; ideas, elements, and motifs, to inform their own artworks.
Although there are few positives to come out of being stuck at home, it must be said that the students in the Visual Arts faculty have demonstrated some wonderful creativity and artistic prowess in producing artworks throughout the lockdown period.
Mr Mark Cuddon,
Head of Visual Arts
French: Madison McPhee
On the 6th of August, I participated in the Berthe Mouchette Competition. As part of this competition, I had a general conversation with my examiner and then prepared a topic on which I had to present alongside an image which matched my topic.
In preparation for this competition, I had multiple help sessions with our French language assistant. This helped me immensely, by not only building my answers, but by further growing my vocabulary.
On the day of the competition I was incredibly nervous, but under Mr McDonnell's guidance, I took it one question at a time. When I had finished, it proved to me how much French I am actually able to speak; all of the hard work I've put in over 4.5 years I was finally able to see!
It was an awesome experience to try and further develop my French skills; and gave me a glimpse of what I can expect my Year 12 oral exam to look like.
Getting through to the final has given me a boost of confidence, and I strongly believe all language students should experience this competition at least once!
Loyola College congratulates the following finalists:
- Shehan Fernando
- Calista Nguyen
- Linda Phan
- Helena Kubucki
- Lauren Trenou
- Madison McPhee
- Abbey Wilson
- Noah Iozzo
- Shireen Yelburga
- Jessica Wright
Indonesian: Jason Remi
The VILTA (Victorian Indonesian Language Teachers’ Association) Sayembara Lisan is a competition among students in the whole of Victoria who learn Indonesian Language. This competition is very beneficial for my understanding of the Indonesian language. It has given me the opportunity to use the language that I have learnt at school in a more detailed and conversational way. I received lots of feedbacks and opportunities to prepare and practice before the competition from our Language Assistant.
I recommend this competition to anyone who would like to further their learning in the Indonesian language. While I was practicing for this competition, I learnt a lot about how to really use the language and be more confident while speaking Indonesian.
I was placed third for Year 11 level, along with Alannah Tantiongco for Year 8 level.
Loyola College congratulates the following finalists:
- Martin Nguyen
- Mikayla Sangalang
- Alannah Tantiongco
- James Fitzgerald
- Sean Adi-Purnomo
- Jovan Jin
- Jason Remi
- Keanu Ana
- Jaime Metcalf
We also congratulate Jacob Lin for placing second for Year 8 category, in the 76th Indonesian Independence Day Poster competition! This competition was held by the VILTA, together with the Indonesian Consulate General in Melbourne. The winning posters were displayed at the Indonesian Consulate General as part of the 76th Indonesian Independence Day commemoration.
Italian: Julia Casasanta
On the 16th of August, I participated in the Dante Alighieri Italian Poetry Competition and placed first along with Eva Langley. The poem I chose to recite was 'I mesi dell'anno.' I chose this poem not because of the difficulty aspect but because I felt like it had a really great flow, I thought that it was a really pleasant poem.
The competition included memorising a poem that you selected out of the poems offered and then reciting the poem clearly, with enthusiasm and confidence. As well as my examiner being present in the call, my teacher Prof Manna was also listening.
A well as practicing the poem by myself I also practiced with some classmates and my teacher. This helped to make sure I was performing the poem correctly but that I sounded comfortable and assertive.
During the performance I felt overwhelmed at first and nervous but as I recited the poem, I felt calm and confident. Due to the lockdown the competition was held online, which made it a little bit more difficult because we were talking through a computer screen.
I recommend participating in the competition to everyone because it expands your vocabulary, knowledge and ability to speak better in Italian. It also helps you to build your confidence level to speak in front of other people.
Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I think it is a great way to step out of your comfort zone and do something different. I believe that this can help me to become more fluent in conversations.
Loyola College congratulates the following finalists in the competition:
Primo posto - First place
- Julia Casasanta
- Eva Langley
- Alessia D’Astolto
- Joshua Rotin
- Tahlia Porcaro
- Aimee Thorley
- Yamila Yu
Secondo posto - Second place
- Giulia Micomonaco
- Luca Casasanta
- Madison Howes
- Massimo Frisina
- Allira Husen
Terzo posto - Third place
- Leewa Wilfred
- Maddison Abela
- Christian Panucci
- Benjamin Grasso
Mr Jason van Leest,
Head of Languages
CAREERS IN CYBER SECURITY PRESENTATION
On Friday, September 10, our VCE Computing students, along with Mr Prout, Mr Tran and Mr Dalla-Vecchia were privileged to be virtually visited by a panel of cyber security experts.
The panel was led by Denny Wan from Sydney, who is a principal consultant for the National Security Express group. His presentation was focused on the future career opportunities that our students will have in the cyber security industry.
The panel also consisted of: Carol Grimshaw, a cyber security lawyer from Melbourne; John Halliday, a Technology Governance Specialist from the ACT; and Christopher Doche, the Associate Dean of the Australian Institute of Business Intelligence, from Sydney.
The presentation and the ensuing discussion were both informative and eye-opening. Our students were given insight into the fact that Law and Business qualifications would help future-proof any cyber security technical qualification. As a result, our students are now more aware of the many options available if they would like to pursue a career in IT. Who would have thought that “White-hacking” could be a career path?
Mr Jonathan Prout,
Digital Technologies Teacher
Don’t get your back up – save yourself the trouble!
There is nothing worse than losing work on your laptop, perhaps after unexpectedly running out of battery power or after spilling fluid over the keyboard and causing the electronics to short circuit!
The best way to avoid any future inevitable pain from the loss of computer work is to adopt an automatic or regular (ie at least once a week) backup regime. That way, most, if not all your lost data can be recovered, and you will have minimised any stress as a result.
The options for backing up your work, from most recommended to least recommended are as follows:
- Sync your files from your laptop to your Loyola OneDrive, which provides 1Tb worth of storage. Syncing means you don’t have to worry about remembering to back up your work, and OneDrive is available wherever you are, whether you are at school or home.
- Manually copy your files to your OneDrive, after creating/updating them, or at regular intervals.
- Regularly copy files to an external USB storage device or a drive on your home network.
It is also prudent at least once a year to do some housekeeping on old data that is not needed anymore. Space does eventually fill up and the best time to clear out old files is probably not when time is short and stress levels are high.
So, don’t let the bad bytes bite. Plan now, save more, and stress less 😊
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, 11th October
- Monday, 8th November
A decision has been made by the school to postpone the Presentation Ball until 29th & 30th November for our current Year 11 students. Communication regarding rehearsal dates will soon be sent to families.
Prospect Wines Offer
Lockdown 6.0 has certainly had its challenges for everyone on all levels. Loyola currently offers 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.
The promotions running at the moment are as follows:
- Every online order receives a ticket in the draw to win a delicious and beautiful Chocolati Chocolate and Food Hamper (pictured below) to the value of $220.00 delivered Australia wide.
- Buy 1 dozen receive a bottle FREE
All money raised will be distributed to LPFA and FOPA to purchase goods for the Loyola Community.
Ends September 30, 2021.
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 9th October from 9am – 12pm.
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 – 6th October, 10th November
2021 PWP Meetings
Monday evenings – 18th October
Mrs Dianna Alonso,
Community Liaison Officer