1456 Ignatian Newsletter - Friday 4 February 2022
Dear Members of the Loyola College Community,
Welcome back to the new academic year. I hope that the summer holidays have been an opportunity for a relaxing and enjoyable break and that students are ready for an exciting year ahead after the challenging year we all had last year.
The first week of school has gone very smoothly. Our students appear to be settling in very well and I am grateful to all who have assisted in planning for their return. We are maintaining COVID safe requirements and are encouraging all staff and students to remain prudent in their interactions with others to minimise risk of transmission by following the COVID safe guidelines. A letter was emailed to all families earlier this week regarding the RA-Tests and maintaining COVID safety.
Welcome to New Students
I am very pleased to especially welcome our 252 Year 7 students and their families who join the Loyola community this year. In addition, I also welcome the 22 new students and their families who join us from other schools in Years 8-12 this year. I look forward to a long and happy association over the coming years.
Welcome to New Staff
The following new staff have joined the College this year. We welcome them and wish them every blessing as they commence their work here at Loyola.
Daniela Amore has been appointed to the new position of Enrolment and Clerical Assistant.
Anna Barnes will be teaching in the area of Mathematics.
Natalie Bell has been appointed to the new position of Accounts Assistant.
Andre Burrows has been appointed to the new position of ICT Trainee.
Virginia Casarin will be teaching in the area of Italian and French.
Peter Ciavarella will be teaching in the areas of Mathematics and Health & Physical Education.
Samantha Colaci (L: 13-16) will be teaching in the area of English.
Ashleigh D’Angelo will be teaching in the area of Health & Physical Education and Science.
Brittany D’Silva has been appointed to the position of Head of Information Services.
Yolanda Forster has been appointed to the position of Learning Support Officer.
Vincent Lam will be teaching in the area of Mathematics.
Bianca Marasco (L: 09-14) will be teaching in the areas of Science and Health & Physical Education.
Gemmila Oktay (L: 12-17) will be teaching in the areas of English and Dance.
Irena Pavlovska has been appointed to the position of French Language Assistant.
Dwayne Pearce has been appointed to the position of Learning Diversity Teacher.
Andrea Rao will be teaching in the area of Italian.
Lisa Saltalamacchia will be teaching in the areas of Italian and Business Management.
Ebony Stephen will be teaching in the area of Health & Physical Education and Mathematics.
Yolande Suffern will be teaching in the area of Humanities.
Elijah Treglia (L: 16-21) has been appointed to the position of Performing Arts Trainee.
James Vella will be teaching in the area of Information Technology.
Jacqueline Wade has been appointed to the position of Director of Sport.
Kathryn Wilson has been appointed to the position of Professional Development Coordinator.
We welcome back the following staff from leave:
Daniela Curcio and Jacqueline Salamon returning from Maternity Leave and Sarah Phipps returning from extended leave. We also welcome back on staff Justine Murray who was involved in the tutoring program last year and will now return to teaching.
The following staff have been appointed to Positions of Leadership in the College in 2022:
Alexis Winter who has been appointed to the Head of Design and Technology position.
Julianne Cummins who has been appointed to the Intercultural Perspectives Coordinator position.
Sean Simpson who has been appointed to the Senior Boys Sport Coordinator position.
Ilaria Manna who has been appointed Head of Xavier House position.
Tim Moore who has been appointed Student Leadership Coordinator position.
Justine Bell will be Acting Head of Flynn House for 2022.
Julie Boyle will be Acting Head of Performing Arts for 2022.
Peter Keegan will be Acting Sustainability Coordinator for 2022
We congratulate Mr Paul on his marriage which took place in the holiday break.
Mr Thomas and his wife on the arrival of their daughter, Maeve.
Ms Mezner and her husband on the arrival of their son, Thomas.
May these little ones bring great joy and many blessings upon their families and may God bless them and keep them safe.
We express our deepest sympathy to Mrs Van de Paverd on the passing of her mother and to Ms Scott on the passing of her stepfather.
College Theme for 2022
This year’s theme is ‘Aspire not to have more but to be more’. It is taken from St Oscar Romero, a San Salvadorian bishop assassinated for his defence of the poor while highlighting injustices and corruption during the civil war in El Salvador, a small county in Central America. This theme aligns itself with the teaching of St Ignatius on being Men and Women for others, and provides a clear challenge to all of us in a materialistic world to value the person above all things.
College Dux 2021 and VCE/VCAL Results
We congratulate the Year 12 students of 2021 on the wonderful results they achieved last year. We are very proud of their achievements particularly in light of the challenges they have had to face because of COVD in the last two years. We will be inviting our high achieving students back to the College in the coming weeks to acknowledge their achievements. In particular I congratulate the College Dux for 2021: Mathew Stanton who achieved an ATAR score of 99.45 and Proxime: Callista Nguyen who achieved an ATAR of 99.
I take this opportunity of acknowledging the hard work and effort of all our staff who worked with last year’s Year 12 students in very challenging circumstances. I know that the quality teaching, guidance and support contributed greatly to the success of the group.
A full report on Year 12 results and destinations appears elsewhere in this newsletter.
College Opening Mass
The Opening Mass will be held a little later this term, in early March, to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the canonisation of St Ignatius and St Francis Xavier. The Ignatian year declared last year will conclude on the feast of St Ignatius this year on 31 July.
Year 7, 2024 Enrolments
A reminder to all families that applications for Year 7, 2024 are now being received. The closing date is Friday 19 August 2022. Students in our Priority and Associate parishes must have applications signed by their Parish Priest. I urge all families wishing to enrol their child at Loyola to ensure they meet the closing date deadlines. All applicants and their families will be interviewed as part of the selection process.
I remind all families of their responsibility to ensure that students have the correct uniform as set out in the 2022 Student Dress Code and abide by the Dress Code regulations. If uncertain, please refer to the Student Planner. A thorough uniform check was conducted earlier this week. Families were forewarned about this in the holidays with communication from the Deputy Principal –Students. I wish to make it quite clear that the College Student Dress Code is non-negotiable. Families who accept enrolment at the College must agree to support the Dress Code. There is therefore no excuse for students coming to school dressed or groomed in a manner that contravenes our requirements. It is the parents'/carers’ responsibility to ensure that their children are correctly attired and that their appearance is in keeping with our requirements at all times. I ask for the support of all families with regard to this matter.
Wearing of the College Blazer
All families are reminded that the College blazer is the only outer garment to be worn over the uniform to and from the College. While the wearing of the blazer is optional during Term One, if students are cold the blazer and not the pullover must be the outer garment worn. The pullover may be worn under the blazer for extra warmth. Students may not wear the pullover as the outer garment to and from the College.
Compulsory ACS Program
A reminder to all families of students in Years 7-11 that students selected to represent the College in the ACS competition are obliged to do so. Families must refrain from making any outside appointments for students on their respective ACS/LCS afternoon. Permission to be exempted from ACS sport will not be given other than for serious extenuating circumstances. Compulsory involvement in the ACS program for these year levels forms part of the terms and conditions of enrolment at Loyola.
The first of this year’s Academic Conversations will be held on 15 February for all students. The focus of these Academic Conversations will be to discuss goals set by each student for this year and to reflect on the 2021 results. Discussions will take place on how parents can provide support in the learning process. Parent attendance is compulsory.
The extensions to the Cardoner building are progressing well but due to COVD completion has been delayed for another 3 weeks. We hope to move into the building by the end of February.
The College has received funding again this year to provide tutoring to support students who may have fallen behind due to remote learning in 2021. Further details regarding this program can be found elsewhere in this newsletter.
As we commence another academic year, we ask God’s blessings on our College community under the patronage of St Ignatius.
I wish all a happy and successful start to the school year.
Mr Joseph Favrin,
All attendees to the above events must show proof of vaccination on entry.
COLLEGE & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
College photos will take place on Monday. Students will bring home a slip with them on Monday that has all the details on how to order the photos. Sibling photos are available on the day at lunchtime.
Uniform requirements are as follows:
- Blazer (no jumper)
- Summer dress
- Blazer (no jumper)
- Winter shirt with buttoned up collar to accommodate school tie (Summer shirt not permitted – however students can change into their Summer Shirt after the photos.)
- School tie (Year 12 Tie is permitted)
- Trousers or shorts may be worn
- Hair that is bellow collar length must be tied up (including boys)
- No make-up
- One stud earing in each ear only
- No other jewellery
- No facial hair
Mr Michael O’Keeffe,
Director of College and Community Engagement
TEACHING & LEARNING
Welcome back to all our returning students, and welcometo the College to all of our new students, and their parents and guardians. We are all looking forward to working with you and your children in 2022. We have many new positive and exciting initiatives.
Companion Learning (the Loyola College Learning Management System)
This year Parents and Students will continue to have online access to resources, class pages, assessment calendars and to their teachers for every class. They will also be able to access their timetable and the College calendar. Please ask your child to show you their ‘Companion Learning’ page.
It is important that our students commence well and form excellent study habits not only at school but also at home. To assist with their time management and organization skills, all students (Year 7 to 12) will have access to assessment tasks, and due dates, for each subject from the Learning Management System (LMS). All parents/guardians will be able to view these using our Digistorm App.
At Loyola College, we have a detailed assessment policy that includes the principles behind assessment and the practices that we use. Assessment is an essential element of the process of learning as it allows students to understand where their learning is going, allows them to have clear expectations of what is expected of them through their learning, provides valuable feedback for ongoing learning, and informs our parent community of their child’s progress. At Loyola College, we have a consistent approach to assessment. All subjects will formally assess and report on between two and five tasks. Where applicable, these assessment tasks will include examinations. This does not include homework or other learning activities that may occur throughout the semester and will be available via the LMS. Subject teachers devise the assessment program at the beginning of the course when they conduct their planning of the semester’s work.
Heads of Learning in 2022
This year we will continue to keep our community fully informed of the terrific learning that occurs at Loyola College. There will also be important information for you to digest concerning the different activities affecting each year level. I would like to introduce you to our Heads of Learning, important curriculum leaders who can assist you throughout the year: Chris Lynch (Deputy Principal – Ignatian Mission and Identity), Alexis Winter (Head of Design and Technology), Sarah Phipps (Head of Visual Arts), Rachael Patrick (Head of Humanities), Jacob Gasparini (Head of English), Anthony Lynch (Head of Mathematics), Hayden Langford (VET Coordinator), Anthony Ventura (VCAL Coordinator), Mathew Lee (Head of Science), Julie Boyle (Acting Head of Performing Arts), Daniela Curcio (Head of Learning Pathways), David Ferrante (Head of Health and Physical Education), Jason van Leest (Head of Languages) and Dinh Tran (eLearning Coordinator and Technology). We also welcome Alexis Winter and Julie Boyle to their new role. Please do not hesitate to contact any of the Heads of Learning with any curriculum questions.
Loyola College Homework Guidelines
We encourage our students to set goals and work towards achieving them. They should always aim high and not be prepared to accept mediocrity. Homework is an important element of supporting the learning that occurs at the College. The College expectation for the first two weeks of 2022 academic year is that Year 7 students do not receive homework. However, Years 8 – 12 will receive homework from Tuesday 2 February.
We ask that parents and guardians fully support their children and assist them in completing all set homework. The Loyola College recommended guidelines for homework are as follows:
Total mins HW /night
Structure of HW time
Total hours HW per week
5 days x 60
5 days x 80
5 days x 100
5 days x 120
6 days x 150
6 days x 180
Tutor Learning Initiative 2022
Schools across Victoria have been focused on supporting students’ mental health and wellbeing, in addition to assisting students to readjust to on-site learning. Teachers have also been focusing on assessing student learning, addressing individual learning gaps and identifying those students who need extra sup-+port for their learning, using classroom-based observation and assessments.
We know that the remote learning experience was different for every student. While some students thrived, some students may not have engaged as fully with remote learning. For most of our students, regular high-quality teaching in 2022 will be enough to help them progress to the expected level of learning. Some students will benefit from additional intensive learning support in 2022.
As you may be aware, in response to this, the Victorian Government is investing money in the Tutor Learning Initiative to support schools across Victoria. Schools will determine how this initiative is best implemented for their students, and will ensure that students will get this support in a way that minimises disruptions to other learning or school activities.
By engaging additional teachers to support children with intensive learning, classroom teachers will have greater capacity to ensure that all other students’ achievement, engagement and wellbeing needs are met, so that all students receive the support they need in 2022.
At Loyola we are in the process of organising how this initiative will be implemented. Further information will feature in future Ignatians.
2021 VCE Results
All our Year 12 students last year are to be congratulated on completing their VCE/VET/VCAL Certificate in 2021. Their results were outstanding and reflected all their dedication and the hard work they had put in during the year. Our Dux, Matthew Stanton achieved an ATAR of 99.45 and Callista Nguyen was our Proxime with an ATAR score of 99. In 2021, we had close to 10% of our students with an ATAR above 90 and 28% with an ATAR above 80.
Below are the results of students who received greater than 80.
De Souza Esquivel
The following graph gives you a great sense of our Year 12 post Loyola destinations. As you can see we have 63 students continuing their learning at LaTrobe and 42 students at RMIT. We wish everyone great success in their future endeavours.
2021 Semester Two Merit Certificates
Congratulations to all students who received Semester Two Merit certificates. Merit awards are given to students who perform at a high level. Awards are based on the student’s overall result for each subject. A student will receive a Gold merit award if they have achieved an overall subject result of A or A+. A student will receive a Silver merit award if they have achieved an overall subject result of B or B+.
Here is a list of Year 7 – 11 students who received a total of four or more Gold Merits in Semester Two 2021.
Year Seven Digital Devices
On Tuesday, our Year Seven students received their Surface Laptops. Over their first two days all were engaged in a program showing them how to access the College Learning Management System and our other learning platforms, email etiquette and how to get the best out of their device. Please ask to look at the Surface Laptop: How to Guide if you would like to see what they have worked on.
Ms Suzanne Pola,
Teaching & Learning
2022 House Eisteddfod Launch
Save the date! The 2022 House Eisteddfod will be on Tuesday 5 April, 7:15pm and there is a great buzz around the Eisteddfod this year after last year’s close results. It will be a fun evening of song and dance, with high energy rock performances from Camp Rock, Dirty Dancing and The Muppet Show and musical classics with Matilda, Frozen and Grease.
For the uninitiated, the House Eisteddfod is a house-based competition with students producing, choreographing and performing a 12-minute performance, with the prize being the hotly contested House Eisteddfod Shield. Students spend six weeks rehearsing, with a final performance open to all Loyola families. All students are encouraged to be involved; performing arts experience is not required just enthusiasm and a desire to be part of the House Spirit and make new friends. In particular, a great opportunity for new Year 7s to meet students from their House.
Rehearsals are 11 and 25 February, 4, 18 and 25 March and 1 April between 3:30pm and 5:30pm. Students should speak to your House Captains for more information.
Ms Lauren Hartigan,
Head of Co-Curriculum
Supporting Students Through the NCCD
For families new to Loyola, and for those interested in the work of the Student Services Department, much of our effort is channelled into ways we can support students access curriculum where an identified need is present. This is done in a systematic way through the National Consistent Collection of Data. The NCCD is an annual collection of information about Australian school students who receive adjustments in the way curriculum is delivered as a result of having a disability.
For many students receiving NCCD support, families have alerted us to a diagnosis obtained by an external specialist. For others, an identified need may become apparent when a student presents with an ongoing need to have curriculum adjustments made so they can access learning in the same way as their peers. In such cases where a diagnosis in not present, the NCCD makes allowances for this by requiring schools to ‘impute’ disability in one of four broad categories, namely ‘social/emotional’, ‘cognitive’, ‘sensory’ or ‘physical’. Families are always consulted at such times, and whilst consent is welcomed, it is not required to impute disability.
Irrespective of whether a student’s need for adjusted support comes by way of a diagnosed disability or an imputed one, consultation between the Student Services Department and families is an important and valued mechanism in ensuring the most up to date information is shared among involved parties. At Loyola we do this formally during Program Support Group meetings which run every term or semester, depending on the level of need. These meetings, chaired by a Learning Diversity Teacher or the Head of Student Services, will begin for our Year 7 students from mid-February, and for older students, from the beginning of March. We appreciate families (and students should they wish to attend) making themselves available for these important meetings.
Ms Kelly Hussey,
Head of Student Services
We welcome back all of our students. We look forward to an exciting year in Performing arts. The year will kick off with our 40th Anniversary showcase Gala on Saturday 5th February, which will highlight some of the talented ex-students we have had at Loyola College. We will also get to see many of our current students who have been rehearsing over the holidays and will perform numbers from last year's musical, Mary Poppins. If you missed Mary Poppins, and many did, due the lockdown cutting our season short, make sure you don’t miss them perform ‘Step in Time’. They will also present an item from this year's production, Legally Blond, and will be in an opening and closing item. The rehearsals went really well and our audience is in for a great night, so don’t miss it.
We are delighted to have the following students in leadership roles this year
Nathan List - Music Captain
Jordan Greene - Music Vice Captain
Hayley Keating - Drama Captain
CJ McLeod - Drama Vice Captain
As a department, we are extremely proud of how well our VCE went despite the obstacles of the last two years. We specifically want to congratulate our Drama Students and their teacher Mrs Vanda Tolli. An amazing 50% of the class received a study score over 40. We also had two students from this class (Lauren Trenou and Hayley Keating) invited to audition their Performance solos for the Top Class Concert. We also had a student from Mr Michael O Keeffe's Theatre Studies class (Elijah Treglia) invited to audition for Top Class. This means their work was considered some of the best in the state. These are outstanding achievements and just shows how much the department and student learning is flourishing at the College.
Our year 7 students in Drama and Dance each semester will be performing in the Inigo Theatre class work from the semester, so we ask parents and students to note the date, June 9th for the Junior Showcase, on their calendars!
All students are encouraged to get involved in the many co-curricular activities on offer. There will be a Co-curricular Expo for students to find out more about what’s on offer. Please consider getting involved.
Finally, we would like to thank the FOPA (Friends of Performing Arts) parents for coming in late January and cleaning and organising our costume cupboards. They have also been up at rehearsals of the Gala concert preparing costumes for the event. They do an amazing job fundraising and assisting the faculty at our many events. At this stage we have locked in March 19th for a Bunnings fundraiser. We warmly welcome parents who would like to join this group. Please contact me if you are interested.
Top Class Dance
We also congratulate the following students who have been selected to audition for Top Class:
Kayla Icovski – For both of her Dance Performance Solos (skills based and composition)
Jayde Smyth – For both of her Dance Performance Solos (skills based and composition)
Lauren Trenou – Drama Solo
Hayley Keating – Drama Solo
Elijah Treglia – Monologue Performance
The below students have been selected to be in the Top Class Performances after those auditions
Kaylah Icovski – Skills based Solo
Hayley Keating – Drama Solo
This is an extraordinary achievement and we congratulate all students on their hard work.
Ms Julie Boyle,
Head of Performing Arts
Digital Devices Program
The purpose of digital devices is to give students access to the Internet, webmail and Companion Learning (LMS), which allows students to submit homework/assessments online. Students are also able to use printing services and access work from and save work to their 1 Tb Office 365/One Drive for Business Cloud space from their Drives tab on the LMS.
Digital devices for Years 7 – 9 students
Year 7, 8 and 9 students are only permitted to have a Microsoft Surface Laptop (Year 7 and 8) or Surface Pro (Year 9). Devices must be purchased from the mandated supplier, Centorrino Technologies (ct.com.au/Loyola), which provides hot-swap devices for warranty and accidental damage claims. The software on these devices is managed by the ICT Department and includes the System Bundle:
- InTune Mobile Device Management
- Webroot anti-virus
- Microsoft Office 365
- Adobe Create Cloud
Please note: Microsoft, under its Terms and Conditions, enforces a $110 (incl. GST) charge for every claim made for Accidental Damage, and it also enforces a strict interpretation of what constitutes ‘accidental damage’. Intentional damage is not covered under the terms of Microsoft’s policy, which includes engraving the student’s name on the laptop. A sticky label could be used, instead. Note that ownership of the device is identified by the device’s serial number.
Digital devices for Years 10 – 12 students
Year 10, 11 and 12 students are required to bring an approved digital device from the following CYOD (Choose Your Own Device, CYOD) list:
- Windows Notebook or Surface Device
- Windows 10 or later
- Core i5 Processor or greater
- Minimum 8Gb Memory (RAM)
- Wireless Network Card with AC (5Ghz)
- Apple Macbook (VA students) or Macbook Air (not recommended for Visual Arts students)
- Apple OSX Mavericks or later
- Core i8 Processor or greater
- Minimum 8Gb Memory (RAM)
- 2013 model or later
Note that Android devices are not supported on the College’s ICT infrastructure.
Recommendations for CYOD
- Anti-Virus: This should be installed and kept up to date.
- Warranty/Care: It is highly recommended that the device is maintained under warranty and that consideration is also given to protecting the device from physical damage.
- Support: Please bear in mind that as the device is parent owned, Loyola College is not responsible for diagnosing hardware issues with the device, repairing the device or replacing the device should it be lost or destroyed.
For ICT Support, contact 9433 0743 or email iCentre-ICT@loyola.vic.edu.au.
Mr Victor Dalla-Vecchia,
Happy New Year to all Loyola families. I am looking forward to an exciting year ahead with so many events to keep us all busy and engaged. Loyola College is blessed with a wonderful sense of community and I welcome anyone from existing families and those joining us to get involved. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding which area of involvement would work best from your end.
Morning Tours – 2022
Morning Tours for Semester 1 will be take place on the following dates from 9.15 am – 11. 00 am :-
- Monday 21st February
- Monday, 28th March
- Monday, 9th May
- Monday, 6th June
- Monday, 18th July
Year 7 Picnic
Blessed with beautiful weather, it was great to see over 160 families come together in the beautiful courtyard of Old Loyola. There was a great buzz in the air as parents tried to find their child to get an insight into how their first day went. The picnic was a great opportunity for students to meet new friends and for parents to meet up with primary school connections and in many cases form new friendships. It was so nice to see families with their second, third and even fourth child now starting at Loyola. A special welcome to the families who had their first child coming to Loyola College. Thank you to LPFA and PWP members who came to welcome families and to Celine for taking some great photos.
2022 House Degustation Dinners
Please join us for a wonderful event. The degustation dinners will take place over two evenings from 6 pm - 8.30 pm.
COST – $30 pp.
Drinks available at bar prices
Please book now as numbers are limited (60 people per dinner).
CHISHOLM, McAULEY & MANNIX HOUSES – Thursday, 24th March
FLYNN, MacKILLOP & XAVIER – Thursday, 31st March
2022 House Masses
We welcome your attendance to our annual House Masses. Year 7 and Year 12 students will be presented at each House Mass.
Sacred Heart (FLYNN HOUSE): Sunday, 13th February 9 am St. Thomas the Apostle (MacKILLOP HOUSE) :Sunday, 13th February 10.30 am St.Francis of Assisi (McAULEY HOUSE): Sunday, 20th February 10.30am St. Damian's (MANNIX HOUSE): Sunday, 27th February 10 am St. Mary's (CHISHOLM HOUSE): Sunday, 6th March 10 am Our Lady of the Way (XAVIER HOUSE): Sunday, 20th March 10 am
LPFA Year 7 Get Together – Friday 18th March
The LPFA are very excited to welcome all Year 7 families to a fun-filled Year 7 Family Get Together. This is a great opportunity to meet other Loyola families. Both students (siblings included) and parents are welcome to attend.
WHEN: - Friday, 19th March
TIME: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
WHERE: Loyola Companions Hall
$10 per family – includes food, drink, ice-cream, games and entertainment (free entry prize raffle ticket)
Twilight Working Bee
Please feel free to join us for our first Working bee on Friday, 25th February 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm
A BBQ will be provided at the conclusion of the Working Bee. For catering purposes, if you are interested in attending, please send an email to email@example.com
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. Donation of blazers and girls school dresses would be much appreciated.
Please feel most welcome to attend -
2022 PWP Meeting
Monday evening – 7th February 2022 7.30 pm
2022 LPFA Meeting
Wednesday evening – 9th February 2022 7.30 pm
Ms Dianna Alonso,
Community Liaison Officer