1468 Ignatian Newsletter - Friday 2 September 2022
It is hard to believe that there are only two weeks left to term three. How time flies! Students continue to embrace all that Loyola has to offer.
Italian Students from Malpighi
On Monday 29 August we welcomed students and staff from Malpighi Hospitality Training Institute from the town of Castelfranco, in the Veneto region of Italy. We thank the families who with great generosity have opened the door of their home to host a student. The Italian students enjoyed a dinner Iggy’s restaurant on Thursday 1 September. Thank you to Mrs Chapman, Ms Gartland and the Hospitality students for the delicious meal they prepared.
ACS All Stars
I had the privilege of attending the ACS All Stars presentation on Wednesday 31 August at St Leonard’s College. At this event, individual players from across the competition are named in an “All star” representative team that acknowledges the top participants in each sport. Congratulations to the students who were acknowledged at this event. We are proud of their achievements, sportsmanship, leadership and determination. Special mention to Olivia Mincione who was name as the All Stars’ Girls Basketball Captain.
FV and SSAV Premiers School Girls Football Cup
Congratulations to our senior girls soccer team who, as premiers of the ACS competition, represented the ACS at the schools senior soccer girls championship. The best eight teams across the state were chosen to participate in this competition.
D-Grade DAV Final
Congratulations to the Liam Beckett, Sienna Ganter and Jovinna Lee who qualified for the D-Grade DAV Debating final on Thursday 1 September.
Once again it was wonderful to see so many parents at the working bee on Saturday 30 August. The energy and conversation on the morning was evident as parents moved mulch to various garden beds around the College. It truly was an example of work in an Ignatian community, parents and students working in companionship for a common goal.
Mrs Alison Leutchford
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 on September 16th.
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
2022 MACSSIS Survey
In 2022, our school is participating in Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools – School Improvement Surveys (MACSSIS). MACSSIS is an annual process whereby schools listen to the thoughts and feelings students, families and staff have about how their school can improve. These surveys help inform the ongoing improvement of schools across the Archdiocese of Melbourne.
We are asking for families to check their emails for instructions to complete the survey. It takes less than 20mins and will assist us in planning as we move forward.
Mr Michael O'Keeffe
Director of College and Community Engagement
IGNATIAN MISSION & IDENTITY
This year was the daughters’ turn to celebrate Fathers’ day with their dads. The breakfast was beautifully catered for by our hospitality students. The fathers and daughters were addressed by Mr Mark Cudden, a current Loyola staff member. Mark spoke about the special moments and the quirky things he shares with his daughter. He started by playing a David Cassidy song and lighting a candle for ambience. Mark also reflected on the challenges associated with raising a family, facing and overcoming hurdles together.
Father Gerry Healy SJ, one of our College chaplains, presided over the liturgy. This year, the liturgy was supported by Mr Mangano’s Year 12 Faith and Music class. They chose the hymns, and provided most of the readers and the music. Father Gerry talked to the girls about the importance of expressing gratitude regularly to their parents and others who did things for them.
The highlight of the morning was the opportunity for the fathers and their daughters to spend time together, share memories and reflect on the gift they are to each other.
Happy Fathers’ Day to all the dads!
Mr Chris Lynch
Ignatian Mission & Identity
TEACHING & LEARNING
Year 10 to 12 Subject Specific Conversations
The final Year 10 – 12 Subject Specific Conversations will take place on September 6 (3:40 pm – 8:30 pm) on MS Teams. This will be your final formal opportunity to discuss your child’s progress prior to the final examinations. We look forward to working with you in supporting our learners as they move towards the end of this year. Please check your notifications for all information on the evening.
The Year 7 – 9 Mentor Academic Conversations will be held on 4 October.
Please check your Parent Portal for communication outlining the booking system process closer to the date. A notification will be sent to alert you of information as it is posted.
Immediate S for Units 1- 4 SACs
Students will receive an immediate S for a SAC when they complete 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.
Unit 3/4 Trial Examinations
All students studying one or more VCE Unit 3/4 subject will undertake an externally assessed VCAA written examination, commencing on Wednesday 26 October this year.
In preparation for these final examinations, at Loyola College we run VCE Trial examinations in all subjects over 3 days in the Term Three holidays. We believe that this is a part of the best possible preparation that students can undertake ahead of the November exam period.
The Trial Examinations commence on Tuesday 20 September and conclude on Thursday 22 September and are compulsory.
Students have received a copy of their Trial Examination Timetable via their school email. This schedule allows enough time to prepare for the Trial Examinations, as well as undertake other revision for their subjects.
Ms Suzanne Pola
Teaching & Learning
SPECIAL REPORT: Building Belonging Post Pandemic
Having a sense of belonging involves more than simply knowing other people. It is also focused on gaining acceptance, attention and support from others, as well as having the opportunity to provide the same to other people.
When the pandemic interrupted our lives and changed the way we live, this meant that suddenly many of our young people’s main sources of connection with peers and extended family members was removed overnight without warning. As human beings, we have a basic emotional and biological need for connection. It provides us with feelings of identity, security, support, acceptance and community.
Students who have a sense of belonging will experience these feelings, which in turn supports their academic, psychological and social development. When young people come together again after a period of instability, there is a period of adjustment. Whilst the rules of the group may be established, acceptance remains paramount and can therefore mean some behaviours become far from rational, making it difficult for their brain to focus on things, such as learning. All these factors combined, leave young people open to being vulnerable. It can sometimes tempt them into making choices or becoming involved in situations they might not ordinarily consider.
As a result of the pandemic, there are still many young people struggling to connect and regain their sense of belonging. This Special Report provides guidance to families who find themselves in this situation. 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.
RUOK? Day - A Conversation Can Change a Life
RUOK Day is our National Day of Action when we are reminded that every day is the day to ask, ‘are you OK?’ and start a meaningful conversation whenever we spot the signs that someone we care about might be struggling with life.
On this day we are empowered to meaningfully connect with people around us and start a conversation with those in our world who may be struggling with life.
You don’t need to be an expert to reach out – just a good friend and a great listener.
Use these four steps and have a conversation that could change someone’s life.
- Ask RUOK?
- Encourage action
- Check in
Mr. Sal Valentino
Wellbeing & Personal Development Coordinator
PUBLIC SPEAKING & DEBATING
Big News in Public Speaking and Debating
It’s been a high-flying Term 3 in Public Speaking and Debating, with Loyola kicking goals on a state level. Alexandar McMahon-Puce took down gold in ACS Public Speaking, delivering a spectacular speech titled To Err is Human, tackling the idea that modern day society is paralysed by a fear of failure. Alexandar argued that to be happy, we must let that fear go.
In equally impressive news, one of our Year 9 DAV Teams has progressed to Phase 3 of the Finals Playoffs. Following a victory against a formidable Altona College team, Jovinna Lee, Sienna Ganter and Liam Beckett will face off against Mount Scopus Memorial College on Thursday, debating the topic of whether we should place a tax on meat. We will be arguing the negative, and a win there will see us progress to the state Octo-Finals (top 8). Let’s wish Jovinna, Sienna and Liam luck; it will definitely be a tough debate!
Lastly, House Debating has been progressing very well with some stellar debates so far. Our final round of regular debates will conclude this week, at which point we will find out who has made the grand finals! Stay tuned…
Mr Jeremy Martino
Head of Public Speaking & Debating
ACS GRAND FINALS
On Wednesday August 24th the Senior Girls hockey, futsal, 1st and 3rds basketball teams all played in Grand Finals. It was a successful afternoon for Loyola with both basketball teams and the futsal team victorious.
The 1st basketball team started slowly, struggling to make shots, and trailed Westbourne midway through the first half but, after switching up our offence and defence, the team went on the attack and turned a small deficit into a lead and continued to grow the lead, taking the team to another Premiership.
The team was excellently led by Olivia Mincone, the team’s captain, who stepped up and performed as a true leader, ably assisted by Bonnie McCall, who always took control of leading our defence. Their leadership will be sadly missed in 2023.
Our Year 11 and 10 players of Maddison Bonney, Samantha Plunkett, Lilly Bishop, Chiara Zamparo and Abbey Griffiths all stepped up during the game and contributed to the win.
The hockey grand final day started out rainy, but everyone showed up early, raring to go for their long ride to Moorabbin to play St Leonards. With one win to each team in the earlier rounds, it was uncertain how this day would go. The girl's energy was high, and that energy was brought to the field as they began the game. Both teams started out strong, with the ball moving end to end, goalie to goalie, until St Leonards scored their first goal of the day. Our girls answered their goal quickly with one of our own, but it was withdrawn due to an earlier infraction.
Everyone played the best game they could play, even those that were feeling unwell or injured. By the second half we were down a captain (due to injury) and four goals behnid, but everyone lifted and played an excellent second half, with many opportunities for goals. The score did not reflect the game that was played, with everyone playing to the best of their ability; we commend each and every player for the way they played their game.
The senior futsal girls played an amazing match, winning 14-4. They got off to a great start with three quick goals for a nice comfortable lead. They all worked really hard and showed an amazing level of skill and execution. Big congratulations to Ehva, who scored an incredible six goals, and a great overall team-first inspired game. It was a significant team effort, and everyone played their role exceptionally well and encouraged their teammates to follow suit. The girls have shown wonderful sportsmanship and determination throughout the whole season and are deserving winners.
Ms Jacq Wade
Head of Sport
YEAR 10 SPORT RECREATION & COACHING
Year 10 Sport Recreation and Coaching
This week our Year 10 Sport Recreation and Coaching students undertook their level 2 first aid course as a part of their studies. Students learnt about CPR, bleeding, shock, head and spinal injuries, anaphylaxis and asthma management, fractures etc. Student’s had a lot fun participating in the practical component of this one day course, practicing CPR on mannequin’s, bandaging their peers, using epipens and, of course, the students' favourite: administering back blows to help someone who is choking.
Mrs Melanie Paino
Head of Mannix House
This week the Year 11 Outdoor Education students were propagating plants at Latrobe Wildlife Sanctuary.
They were investigating the impact of people on the environment and what we are doing to improve it.
Mr Mike Gowan
Careers, Health and Outdoor Education Teacher
Indonesian Independence Day: 17th of August
17th of August is always a special day for Indonesia, as it is the Independence Day for Indonesia after under Dutch colonization for 350 years and 3.5 under the Japanese colonization. Part of the Indonesian culture is to celebrate it by doing various traditional games; all 270 million people in Indonesia, they all know about these games!
Here at Loyola, we also celebrate Indonesian Independence Day by having various activities that students love to do, such as: ‘crackers eating competition’, ‘putting a pen in a bottle’ and ‘marble on the spoon race’; for senior students, they cooked the famous Indonesian Nasi Goreng all by themselves and they were proud when they had a ‘taste approval’ by their Indonesian teacher! One more thing, a few students were brave enough to try ‘jamu’ (Indonesian traditional herbs drink) and even one student chose ‘Jamu’ as his discussion topic for his VCE Oral Exam.
Mr Jason van Leest
Head of Languages
Cybersafety Part 9: Cybersecurity – “How do you protect yourself against online scammers?”
When engaging in social networking, people post pictures, make catch-up plans with friends, and generally chat about what has been going on in life.
But, sadly, particularly now in this hyper-online connected world, social networking also offers a plethora of unscrupulous individuals and organised cyber crime syndicates an irresistible opportunity to gain access to people (e.g. via Facebook, Twitter, online gaming or via email) in an attempt to exploit and defraud them of their money.
Scamming is where one person, a cyber thief, pretends to have a legitimate financial need and exploits the generosity and naivety of another in order to obtain that person’s bank account or credit card details, with the ultimate aim of ripping money off that person.
How effective is home antivirus at stopping electronic scum and villainy such as viruses, worms and trojans from infecting and spying on the home computer and passing personal information back to cyber criminals? The truth is that there is no antivirus software or firewall in the world that can secure personal bank account details on a computer if these details are unknowingly and freely offered to phishing scammers! How? Read on…
Ever gone fishing? Throw out a line and wait for a bite. Hopefully the hook does its job and, hey presto, you have caught a fish! On the Internet this is called ‘phishing’ – same sound, different spelling; one is legal and the other is not, at least in most developed nations. It is what cyber criminals do – they try to trick children (and adults) into freely handing over their parent’s or their own credit card details. No firewall needed here!
What is interesting about this type of scam is that it does not ask you for money; rather, it asks permission to put money into your bank account – to then strip the account empty before anyone realises. But don’t be fooled; if the person is a stranger, then the person is most likely not a ‘friend’, but a ‘fiend’. These scams usually originate from organised crime syndicates operating in countries such as Nigeria and Russia, where there are no laws forbidding such practices, meaning there is no way for a person to get his/her money back!
If you receive such an email, add the sender to the email ‘blocked senders list’, then delete the email.
There is no substitute for parental involvement in a child’s online activities. Parents/guardians should establish an ongoing conversation with their children about their various online experiences, providing guidance whenever necessary. Importantly, parents/guardians might consider going online themselves and joining a social networking site or getting involved with friends in a chat room. Parents/guardians should be familiar with the space their children are playing in. You would not leave your child alone in the park, would you?
To learn more about banking scams, go to https://www.esafety.gov.au/women/life-admin/banking. Complaints about general content on the Internet can be made to the new Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner at https://www.esafety.gov.au/report.
Mr Victor Dalla-Vecchia
Morning Tours – 2022
Morning Tours for Semester 2 will be take place on the following dates from 9.00am – 11.00am:
- 12th September
- 10th October
- 7th November
Father & Daughter Breakfast – Tuesday 30 August
It was so nice to have 200 people attend this event after two years in lock down; the room was buzzing as fathers and daughters enjoyed their breakfast. We were very honoured to have Mark Cuddon present to the families the important relationship he shares with his daughter, visuals, prompts and stories of joy and challenges connected so many in attendance. Thank you to Fr Gerry for the beautiful prayer service, canteen staff for the beautiful food and to the Hospitality students for the great job in serving.
Stall holders – Expression of interest re: LPFA Community – Friday 25 November
Are you, or do you know someone who may be, interested in holding a stall for the upcoming LPFA Community Event on Friday 25th November?
If you do, please send an email to Dianna – firstname.lastname@example.org
Suggestions for potential Christmas gifts… Art products, jewellery, soaps/lotions, Xmas decorations, plants etc.
Second Hand Uniform Sale – Saturday 3 September
Loyola College will be holding a second hand uniform stall on Saturday 3 September from 9am – 12:30pm in the Functions Room in Old Loyola. Good quality clothing will be sold to families. All money raised will go to Charity.
2022 Entertainment Books
The LPFA are very happy to continue the promotion of the 2022 Entertainment Book.
2022 PWP Meeting
10 October 2022 at 7.30pm
2022 LPFA Meeting
5 October 2022 at 7.30pm
Next Working Bee
Saturday 27 August from 9am – 12 noon
Mrs Dianna Alonso
Community Liaison Officer