1469 Ignatian Newsletter - Friday 16 September
In the blink of an eye, we have reached the end of Term Three. So much has happened, and staff and students alike are looking forward to a well-earned rest.
After a long and thorough appointment process, Celeste Murone and Wes Mills have been appointed as College Captains for 2023. We congratulate Wes and Celeste and wish them well on their leadership journey.
I was privileged to attend the Iggy’s family thank you dinner on Thursday 15 September. At this dinner, the Hospitality students and their families were acknowledged for their contribution in the smooth running of our restaurant. The students, under the tutelage of Mrs Fiona Chapman and Ms Liz Gartland, run a restaurant across Thursdays in Terms Two and Three. The professionalism regarding service, food preparation and presentation is outstanding. We are very grateful to the students for their hard work and for the way they conduct themselves. They are excellent ambassadors for the Loyola community.
On Monday 12 September, the College underwent a child safety audit to ensure satisfactory implementation of the new child safety standards. The reviewer spoke to CONSULT, teachers, students, parents and a member of the School Advisory Council. It was acknowledged through the review that the students are well cared for at Loyola and the students were adamant should they experience trouble in this area, they would have someone to go to in the community. This is the strength of our mentor and pastoral system. Recommendations from the review will be implemented with a view to improving our work in this very important area.
The Annual Music Concert took place on Thursday 8 September. After two years of remote learning, it was wonderful to see the rewards of the year’s rehearsal. The concert highlighted such a wide range of musical genres and talents, from the Year 7 Training Band to the Symphonic Band. It was great to see some new additions. The Brass Ensemble and Woodwind Band were certainly a real hit with the crowd! Thank you to Jennifer Taylor for her energetic, passionate and musical approach to the concert and to running the Music department at Loyola.
College enrolments remain strong. In fact, we have more applications for 2024 than we have ever had in the college’s history. This is testament to the excellent work done by our teaching staff and the wonderful ambassadorial work of our students. Parents who visit the school note the high calibre of our students and the positive relationships they share with staff.
I wish all students and their families a safe and restful break, and I look forward to an energised return in Term Four.
Mrs Alison Leutchford
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/Language/Literature to spark learning conversations with your daughter/son prior to exams.
Unit 3/4 Trial Examinations
All students studying one or more VCE Unit 3/4 subject will undertake an externally assessed VCAA written examination; these commence on Wednesday 26 October.
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 the best possible preparation that students can undertake ahead of the VCAA exam period.
Given that the Australian Government has now declared September 22 as a National Day of Mourning trial exams held on this day have moved to Monday 26 September. The exam timetables previously sent to students had the third day listed as Thursday 22 September; the only change to the exam timetable is to change that date to Monday 26 September.in the same venues, and at the same times. This schedule allows enough time to prepare for the trial examinations, as well as undertake other revision for their subjects.
Year 7 to 9 Subject Specific Conversations
The final Year 7 - 9 Subject Specific Conversations will take place on October 4 (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 Parent Portal for communication outlining the booking system process. This will go out over the next week. 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 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.
Mrs Suzanne Pola
Teaching and 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 2022 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 on 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 14 October.
Director of Operations
Head of Co-curriculum
In light of World Mental Health Month, Happow is offering a FREE webinar series over 3 nights from 10-12 October, led by Australia’s top experts, supporting parents and guardians of teens. Topics covered will be health & wellness and relationships. The series, titled 'Parent's Guide To Supporting Teens Post-Pandemic', features anxiety expert Dr Jodi Richardson, accredited dietitian Joel Feren and renowned teen educator/author Sharon Witt. To register for this FREE 3-Night Webinar Series, please scroll down below to our flyer and click on the links which will take you to the registration page.
Training has began for our Great Ocean Road hike. This week the students walked 5.5km carting two tents and enjoying Gresswell Forest. Thanks to Parade College for the wonderful backpacks. The students did extremely well as they grow in strength and courage.
Mr Mike Gowan
Careers, Health and Outdoor Education Teacher
Cybersafety Part 10: ILLEGAL Downloading
Few can resist the lure of a bargain, especially when it is free. But when it comes to the Internet, few things are genuinely free, especially highly sought- after products such as music, videos and computer games.
Unless the product has a price tag, there is a good chance it is illegal, and may also be infected with malware. If it is illegal, that makes the downloading of that product an act of ‘Internet Piracy!’ People may think they are saving money, or perhaps they are too impatient to wait for the official release, but it is still breaking the law when content is downloaded illegally.
Cybercriminals try to bait bargain hunters or impatient, enthusiastic users by setting up illegal download sites on which sought-after products are deliberately infected with trojans which, once downloaded onto a person’s computer, are designed to find passwords, email addresses and bank account details, and then send those details back to the cybercriminals. The cybercriminals may then seek to trade them on the Dark Web.
Music companies, themselves, may even supply deliberately virus infected MP3 files in order to dissuade would-be pirates and encourage them to buy legitimate products, instead.
The bottom line is: if it’s free, it most probably is not safe to download. The old adage holds true: “You get what you ‘pay’ for”, and when it’s free content from the Internet, you may indeed “get ‘a lot more’ than what you bargained for!”
So be cybersafe: pay for a legal copy and protect your privacy; do not succumb to the lure of piracy!
Mr Victor Dalla-Vecchia
VOCATION AWARENESS WEEK
In his message for the 2019 World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis said, “Every vocation is a summons not to stand on the shore, nets in hand, but to follow Jesus on the path he has marked out for us, for our own happiness and for the good of those around us.”
On 1-5 August 2022, Loyola College Watsonia celebrated Vocation Awareness Week. During this time, the College led the effort in the school community to uphold, educate and encourage the fostering of vocations among the students and staff. The week was an invitation to pray more for those called to married life, ordained ministry or consecrated life or those called to single life forever.
The Church defines vocation as a call from God to serve in religious life, marriage, single life or the priesthood. Discernment is a decision-making process that helps a person know God’s will for their life.
Some activities that materialized included the opportunity for some RE classes to be visited by Jesuit Scholatic Matthew Pinion SJ, Fr Ignatius Tan, and three Pastorelle sisters, Candida, Ignacia and Doreen. Each, sharing from their lived experience, they endeavoured to enlighten the students on the meaning of “vocation” and lead them to consider how God may be calling them. As Doreen concluded, “any response remains on the gentle urging of the Holy Spirit”. The homilies of the priests in the Eucharistic Celebrations in several class masses were focused on Vocation Week. The Year 12 students were given the chance to listen to the vocation forum on priestly or consecrated life, marriage and single forever.
The whole week was supported by the exhibits conveying the meaning of Vocations expressed in images, symbols, booklets, posters, bookmarks, and many other forms. It was located along the Via Maxima, where all students and staff regularly pass by. The Lighthouse Alpha Club and some students from Year 12 helped in the preparation of the resources, culminating with simple treats among them.
Sr Nelia Llanto (sjbp)
Loyola College Home Parish Liaison
Morning Tours – 2022
Morning Tours for Term 4 will take place on the following dates from 9.00am – 11.00am:
- 10th October
- 7th November
Farewell to the Italian Maffioli Students
They arrived on the very cold morning of Monday 29 August and soon settled into their homestays. A fun filled very busy two weeks flew by and before we knew it we were at the airport with many tears shed after many life long connections had been made. A big thank you to host families who generously opened their homes and gave so much to ensure that the experience for the students was so memorable. For many, lifelong connections have been made and future travel plans are in play.
As Good As New Uniform Sale – Friday 25 November at 5pm
Loyola College will be holding another as good as new uniform stall on Friday 25 November at the LPFA Community event in the Two Wolves Hub. 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
Monday 10 October 2022 - 7.30pm
2022 LPFA Meeting
Wednesday 5 October 2022 - 7.30pm
Mrs Dianna Alonso
Community Liaison Officer
LOCAL COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Diamond Valley Athletic Club offers a season of competition with Athletics Victoria that includes a club-based program, the AV Shield League, which runs from October to March as well as a range of Championship events that are offered to all age groups. Training and competition is open to women and men from Under 14’s through to open age.
DVAC’s home venue, Willinda Park, Greensborough is the base for training sessions that are held throughout the week. Athletes will find qualified coaches on hand to assist with their preparation.
A Trials & Registration Day will be held on Saturday 1st October 2022 at Willinda Park, Greensborough, starting at 1:00pm. For further information, check out the club website www.valleyaths.org or contact DVAC Registrar Lyn Davis on 0409 005 406.