1452 Ignatian Newsletter - Friday 29 October 2021
Dear Members of the Loyola College Community,
The focus of the last fortnight has been the farewell to our Year 12 students. The VCE Examinations commenced this week, and we wish our students all the best over the next 3 weeks of examinations. We also give a special welcome back to our Years 7-11students who have been at home on remote learning since August. It is wonderful to see the students coming back to school.
Farewell Year 12, 2021
I wish to commend our Year 12 students on the manner in which they participated in the events organised to celebrate the end of their secondary education, which included House and Mentor farewells, dress up and lunch on their final day, and the Virtual College Assembly. We have postponed the Graduation Mass and Ceremony until after the examinations in the hope that restrictions will ease further allowing the event to be conducted onsite.
I ask you to keep our Year 12 students in your prayers as they undertake their VCE examinations over the next three weeks.
Year 7, 2023 Offers
These were sent out to successful applicants last week. Many families expressed delight in receiving an offer. Unfortunately, as has been the case in the last few years, the number of applicants has exceeded the number of places available. We have a Waiting List to select from that we will continue to maintain should some offers not be accepted.
Student Leaders 2022
The 2022 College Committee was announced at the final Full College Virtual Assembly held last week. Congratulations to all the successful candidates. The names of the 2022 College Committee are listed elsewhere in this newsletter. A complete list of all student leaders for 2022 will appear in the Ignatian early next year. Currently student leadership positions at other year levels are being finalised.
Staff Professional Development Day
On Friday of last week the teaching staff spent the day writing and updating course documentation and planning for 2022.
End of Year Assessments
As we move towards the end of this school year, I again remind all students of the importance of remaining focused on their studies. Please support your children in encouraging them to study hard and prepare well in the weeks ahead for end of year assessments.
We welcome Ms Bryans to the staff who will be taking Mrs Mulcahy’s class for the remainder of this year.
November Feast Days
This coming week we move into the month of November which in our Catholic tradition is the month of All Souls. The feast day is 2 November. We hope to be able to hold our annual Memorial Mass this year as restrictions ease. During this month especially, we pray for those members of the Loyola community who have entered eternal life.
The Church also celebrates All Saints Day on 1 November. On this day we remember the people of God throughout history like St Ignatius our patron, who have been recognised as Saints by the Church. These individuals, young and old, have lived out their faith and at times have paid the ultimate price for believing in God by giving their lives as martyrs.
This year we think again especially of those countries around the world where many Christians continue to be persecuted and are suffering for their faith. We remember the living saints of our times, the people of God who by their example live their faith out daily. We pray that the Saints past and present may inspire us all to follow their example of service to others.
Mr Joseph Favrin,
TEACHING & LEARNING
2021 Awards Evening Friday, 3 December
All families are warmly invited to celebrate our students’ achievements at our annual Awards Evening which will be held on Friday 3 December.
2022 Unit 1 & 3 Orientation Period – November 25 to December 2
Once again, we will run an extensive Orientation period for 2022 Years 11 and 12. Students will receive a copy of their Orientation period timetable and commence 2022 classes. Please be aware that the teacher or the class grouping that the student has for the Orientation period may not be the 2022 teacher or class, as there are many factors that influence this. However, students will receive their holiday preparation work and they will commence the 2022 course.
2022 Book bundles Year 7 – 9 and Senior Textbooks
2022 subject confirmation letters will be sent out from Wednesday 3 November. Please ask students to check their emails as the letters have important information on them.
In 2022, Year 7 to Year 9 students will have access to a number of their textbooks in two formats, print and digital. The subjects that this option will be available for are Mathematics, Science and Humanities. All bundles will be sent directly to your residential address prior to the commencement of the 2022 College academic year.
All students' 2022 subject textbooks and additional resource material can be ordered online this year and the relevant information will be distributed to all students later in the year or using the link available on our Parent Portal which will be available soon.
At this stage the cut off dates for the book lists are;
- Senior: 2 December
- Years 7 – 9: 10 December
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Ms Suzanne Pola,
Teaching & Learning
UNIFORM CHANGES 2022
Changes to some items of the Loyola College Uniform - 2022
Over the last 18 months the Uniform Committee (PACUR) has been busy in updating the design and fabric of some of our uniform items. This process has involved staff and student voice.
The following changes will come into effect as of 2022. Please note however, some particular uniform items will have a staggered introduction.
Introduction of Winter Shorts and Loyola socks (Optional item)
- Boys will have the option to purchase tailored College winter dark grey shorts.
- New dark grey socks with blue and maroon coloured stripes must be worn with the winter shorts.
- The shorts are to be worn only in Terms 2 and 3 as part of the winter uniform.
- Boys will have the option of wearing either the long winter trousers or the winter grey shorts.
- This item will be available to male students as of 2022.
Updated Loyola College Scarf (Optional item)
- The existing blue Loyola College scarf will be replaced by a maroon College scarf.
- Apart from the change in colour (from blue to maroon), the scarf has a knitted texture, is warmer and will not pill as does our existing scarf.
- This item will be available to all students as of 2022.
- As of 2022 – all Year 7 students and any student new to the College will be required to purchase the new scarf if they opt to have a scarf.
- As of 2024 – it will be compulsory for all students who wear a scarf to have purchased the new scarf.
Updated PE/Sport Uniform
- The following items have been updated for all students:
- Tracksuit jacket and pants
- Short and long-sleeved white polo shirt
- With the updated uniform, our Loyola colours remain; however, the design and fabric of these items have been updated and improved for comfort.
- Please note: While all students may purchase these items as of 2022, there is a staggered introduction regarding the PE/Sport uniform.
- As of 2022 – all Year 7 students and any student new to the College will be required to purchase the new PE/Sport uniform items
- As of 2024 – it will be compulsory for all Loyola students to be in the new PE/Sport uniform.
- In wearing the sport uniform, it must be noted that students are not permitted to mix ‘n match.
- Year 7 students and any new students to the College in 2022, must have all items of the new uniform.
- Students from Year 8 onwards must, in 2022, be either in the full existing PE/Sport uniform or have purchased all items of the new uniform.
Ms Anna Salmic,
2021 HOUSE SHIELD
The House Shield is always a terrific battle between the houses and this year was no exception. Despite not all events being able to run due to remote learning, a number of events contributed to the final points for the Shield. These included the House Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country carnivals, House Eisteddfod, House Public Speaking, college representation and the Summer Reading Challenge.
Flynn had a strong start to the year by winning the swimming carnival, House Eisteddfod with their performance of Annie and the Summer Reading Challenge. Chisholm and Xavier tried to peg back Flynn’s lead with wins at athletics and cross country respectively, but Flynn finished the year winning the public speaking and their points lead was too much in the end.
Congratulations to Flynn House for winning the 2021 House Shield. Flynn House Captains Callista Nguyen and Matthew Vassallo were very proud to receive the Shield at the Year 12 Assembly and would like to thank the Flynn students for their participation and Ms Bosco for her wonderful support of the House.
The final points for the House Shield were:
Ms Lauren Hartigan,
Head of Co-Curriculum
Special Report: Managing Overwhelm
Due to the pandemic, the world we now live in is a very different place. The hyperconnected nature of our current environment means that we are constantly being reminded of the challenges we face via numerous media and social media channels. Our connectivity to the digital world exposes us to a barrage of messages that can leave us feeling overwhelmed. As a result, many children and their parents are reporting higher levels of stress and anxiety.
Unfortunately, our brains have not evolved fast enough to adapt to this digital landscape. The combination of constant access to information and having little control over the situations presented, can be stressful and overwhelming. It is therefore important for adult carers to check in with their children and be aware of what information they may have been exposed to. It may not necessarily be the information itself that is harmful, but more their inability to process and make sense of it. Providing children with the skills and strategies to cope will enable them to flourish and thrive, socially, emotionally and academically.
The blueprint for parenting, based on our own experiences, is no longer fit for purpose in raising kids as citizens of tomorrow. This can be inherently stressful and overwhelming, not only for parents and carers, but children as well. If left untreated or unmanaged, constant stress and anxiety can lead to a number of behavioural issues or health consequences.
This Special Report suggests a number of strategies to help manage any feelings of being overwhelmed that you or your child may be experiencing. We hope you take a moment to reflect on the information offered, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If this raises any concerns for you, a loved one or the wellbeing of your child, please seek medical or professional help.
Mr Sal Valentino,
Wellbeing & Personal Development Coordinator
Import security advice: Update your devices to protect important information
Are your devices and software vulnerable to cybercriminals?
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and the ACSC is urging Australians to act now and protect themselves from cyber threats.
The ACSC Annual Cyber Threat Report 2020-21, released last month, revealed that one cybercrime was reported every 8 minutes. As cybercriminals increase their attacks against Australians, the ACSC has launched new Personal Cyber Security Guides to help Australians boost their cyber defences.
Cybercriminals are constantly on the hunt for poorly secured devices and accounts to exploit, which is why staying cyber secure is so important.
The new Personal Cyber Security Guides include three easy-to-understand guides on how Australians can take action against common cyber threats. The guides are designed to suit all levels of experience including First Steps, Next Steps and Advanced Steps.
The ACSC is also launching the ‘How to Use the Internet Securely - A Guide for Seniors’.
The Act Now, Stay Secure campaign
This month, the Act Now, Stay Secure campaign theme coincides with the first step outlined in the new guides - turn on automatic updates.
Why should you update your devices and software?
Cybercriminals are constantly taking advantage of weaknesses in our devices and software so they can steal data and money.
By updating your software, you’re essentially filling any gaps that cybercriminals could use to try and get in.
What can you do?
Most software will ask you to update when a new version is released. You should always do this when prompted.
The easiest way to stay on top of software updates is by turning on automatic updates. An automatic update is a ‘set and forget’ feature that updates your software as soon as it becomes available. This way you can relax knowing that you’re always using the most secure software version.
The Personal Cyber Security Series and the How to Use the Internet Securely - A Guide for Seniors, as well as easy-to-follow advice on how to update software on Microsoft, Apple and Android devices is available at cyber.gov.au.
The ACSC has developed a range of social media material to make it easy for you, your family and friends to get involved. Please download content from the ACSC website.
Mr Victor Dalla-Vecchia,
Maths Calculators for Year 10 and Year 9 Enhanced Maths Students in 2022
In 2022 all students studying Year 10 General Mathematics, Year 10 Algebraic Methods, Year 10 Enhanced Mathematics or Year 9 Enhanced Mathematics in 2022 will be required to have a Ti-Nspire CX II CAS calculator that they are expected to bring to all their maths classes.
The CAS calculator is an important learning tool for students in those classes as it will enhance their learning experience and once purchased will be able to be used by students all the way until the end of their Year 12 studies. Students will begin to learn a number of useful functions and programs that are unique to this calculator that will help them with their studies in mathematics next year and beyond.
The calculator can be purchased from a number of different retailers and students are free to purchase the calculator wherever they choose to; however, the Maths Department recommends that students purchase their Ti-Nspire CX II CAS calculator from Calculator King (https://calculatorking.com.au/collections/calculators-cas/products/ti-nspiretm-cx-ii-cas-includes-3-year-warranty-bonus-padded-wallet?variant=40382826479783).
If students purchase their calculators from here, and use the school code LOCO, they will receive a discount on the calculator, a free padded protective case for the calculator, free home delivery and a 3-year warranty on their purchase. Depending on the number of students who purchase their calculator form Calculator King the College can gain access to purchasing learning resources at a reduced cost.
Purchase instructions can be found in the linked flyer at the end of this article.
Students not in Years 10-12 or the Year 9 Enhanced Mathematics class can continue to use the scientific calculator purchased from the booklist in previous years.
Mr Anthony Lynch,
Head of Mathematics
The year 12 Italian class recently completed their Oral Exams. Ms Manna asked them how they were feeling before and after the exam...
Ms. Manna: Come vi sentite?
Karah Cammareri: Very nervous.
Annabelle Blagus: Pumped. I am Pumped.
Chanel Cesario: Freaking out
Lucy Curtolo: Excited but nervous.
Olivia De Marchi: At the same time.
Annabelle Blagus: I’m excited for it to be over.
Ms. Manna: Lucy, vuoi fare un...
Lucy takes a deep breath...
Ms. Manna: Come va?
Ms. Manna: sicure? Forse? Come va, ragazze?
Briana Zamparo: Stressed.
Ms. Manna: Stressed? Nah. You’re gonna be fine... Come va, ragazzi?
Levi Nair: Bene, graze prof. Un po’ stanco e un po’ nervoso
Ms. Manna: Come va ragazzi?
Nathan Macawili: OK.
Ms. Manna: Ok?
Bailey Grollo: va Bene.
Renato Nair: I’m alright.
15 minutes later
Ms. Manna: How did it go? You are out now!
Alessia D’Amato: Great!
Lucia Gazzana: So good. They are so nice. I didn’t have anyting to stress about, really.
Alessia D’Amato: I second this.
Lucia Gazzana: Just go in and try your best! You’ll be out in two seconds.
Ms. Manna: How about you, ladies and gentlemen?
Cody D’angelis: Yeah. It was good. It wasn’t that bad.
Alessia D’Amato: Very surprising, when they are like, “oh, we’re done” and you’re like, “really?”
Ms. Manna: Allora, ragazzi, how did it go?
Karah Cammareri: It was good! It wasn’t too bad.
Lucy Curtolo: It goes really quickly!
Chanel Cesario: It does! It goes so fast.
Karah Cammareri: Don’t stress.
Lucy Curtolo: They are very nice.
Chanel Cesario: They are so lovely. Make them laugh!
Levi Nair: Make them laugh in the first three minutes. Then you’re good.
Chanel Cesario: Then they love you.
Levi Nair: Then they love you and they are all very happy.
Ms. Manna: Bravi, regazzi,Bravissimi
Ms. Manna: How did it go?
Lara Bucella: Good.
Anna Guard: Good.
Bailey Grollo: Yeah, it was good. Don’t stress.
Anna Guard: Yeah, don’t stress.
Lara Bucella: It went really quick.
Ms. Manna: So, some tips for next year or further years?
Anna Guard: Be calm
Bailey Grollo: Yeah Don’t worry too much. As long as you have the content. It’s fine.
Ms. Manna: Bravi, regazzi,
Ms. Manna: Allora, regazze, How did it go? How do you feel after the exam?
Olivia De Marchi: We feel good. It goes fast, especially general conversation.
Annabelle Blagus: Discussion kind of drags on. I’m like, “when is this gonna be over?”
Olivia De Marchi: But they are nice! They are super, super nice. They are all really nice and you’ll be fine.
Annabelle Blagus: Even if you get a boy, it’s fine.
Ms. Manna: What about the rest of the team?
Nathan Macawili: It’s great.
Renato Nair: You should definitely stress though.
Nathan Macawili: Sweat.
Ms. Manna: RENATO!
Lara Buccella: You shoult definitely be scared.
Alannah Tamburro: The general conversation goes really quick.
Annabelle Blagus: They should change it, so the general conversation goes for longer.
Ms. Manna: No more comments?
Olivia De Marchi: We’ve finished Italian for ever! Almost.
Ms. Manna: Triste! Ciao, Bravi.
We wish all year 12s success with their exams.
Mr Jason van Leest,
Head of Languages
2021 Morning College Tours
Morning Tours will be take place on the following dates from 9.15 am – 11. 00 am:
- Monday, 8th November
Additional tours may take place subject to COVID Government regulations.
Due to the current COVID restrictions, the decision has been made by the school to postpone the Presentation Ball until 11th & 12th April, 2022 for our current Year 11 students. Communication regarding rehearsal dates will soon be sent to families.
Loyola College Carols & Food Truck Night – Friday, 26th November
The LPFA are happy to announce that this event will go ahead in the Loyola College grounds from 5.30 pm – 9 pm. A big night of entertainment and food will be organised and an opportunity to do some fun Christmas shopping. A range of food trucks will be there on the night …. Kebabs, Banh Mi, Tacos, Potato Swirls and Coffee trucks. Fun activities for children with a visit from Santa 😊
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.
2021 LPFA Meetings
Wednesday Evenings – 10th November (AGM)
Loyola College Community Meeting
Wednesday 10 November, 2021
Old Loyola (follow signs once inside) at 7.30pm
The Loyola College Board Annual Community Meeting
- Chairperson's Report
- Accountant's Report
- Principal's Report
- General Business
The Loyola Parents and Friends Association - Annual General Meeting
- President's Report
- Treasurer's Report
- Property & Maintenance Report
- Other Business
2022 PWP Meetings
Monday evening – 7th February
Mrs Dianna Alonso,
Community Liaison Officer
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.
Uniforms can also be put it in the Worn Up Recycling Box located in Ms Alonso’s office in Old Loyola, ground floor next to the uniform shop. Look out for the bright yellow box in Ms Alonso’s office to put your uniform in so it can be recycled and not sent to landfill.
LOCAL COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Support for staff, students and families who may be trying to gain access to the NDIS or who have an NDIS plan and are struggling to utilise it or find the right supports, is available through Aiim Choices.
At no cost to clients who have a disability or questions about eligibility, Aiim Choices can navigate the pathway to apply for NDIS support(s).
Aiim Choices examine the available evidence of disability, make suggestions for further information, complete (or assist clients to complete) forms and assist with the submission of paperwork.
Support is offered in many languages other than English:
Arabic, Persian/Dari, Farsi, Vietnamese, Chinese, Turkish, Sinhala, Hindi, Filipino and Polish.
Any questions regarding the NDIS pathway, the supports offered or support for clients struggling to utilise their NDIS Plan can be answered by calling 0407 201 922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org