1437 Ignatian Newsletter - Friday 5 February 2021
Dear Members of the Loyola College Community,
Welcome back to the new academic year and welcome to our ‘new look’ Ignatian newsletter. I hope that the summer holidays have enabled all to have 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.
Welcome to New Students
I am very pleased to especially welcome our 224 Year 7 students and their families who join the Loyola community this year. In addition, I also welcome the 15 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.
Tim Bland (L: 15-20) has been appointed to the position of Performing Arts Trainee.
Paul Davis has been appointed to the position of Operations Assistant and will be teaching in the area of Mathematics.
Celine Del-Re has been appointed to the position of College & Community Events Assistant.
Despina Filippidis will be teaching in the area of Science.
Antonia Gazzana (L: 12-17) has been appointed to the position of Italian/French Language Assistant.
Anna Gibson will be teaching in the area of Psychology.
Narelle La Ferlita will be teaching in the area of Textiles.
Daniela Maitilasso will be teaching in the areas of Italian, English and Humanities.
Laura Martin has been appointed to the position of Italian Language Assistant.
Antonio Mugavero has been appointed to the position of Italian Language Assistant and will join us in February.
Rebecca Mulcahy will be teaching in the areas of English, Humanities and Religious Education.
Michael Rujak has been appointed to the position of Learning Diversity Teacher.
James Tadd is a graduate and will be teaching in the area of Mathematics.
Jennifer Taylor has been appointed to the position of Director of Music and will be teaching in the area of Music and Religious Education.
Julien Vérité has been appointed to the position of French Language Assistant.
We welcome back the following staff from leave:
Lisa Bosco, Chan Mi Chung and Jacinta Lawrence returning from Maternity Leave.
The following staff have been appointed to Positions of Leadership in the College in 2021:
Jeremy Martino has been appointed to the Head of Public Speaking & Debating position.
Jacob Gasparini has been appointed to the Head of English position.
Fotini Veis has been appointed to the Student Programs Coordinator (Years 7 – 9) position.
Justine Bell will be Acting Head of McKillop House for 3 weeks at the beginning of Term 1 while Melanie Paino is on leave.
Mark Cuddon will be Acting Head of Visual Arts for 2021.
Alexis Winter will be Acting Head of Design Technology (until further notice).
We congratulate Ms Ilaria Manna who married Mr Anthony Lynch in December.
Mrs Di Santo and her husband on the arrival of their son Gianni.
Mr Mansour and his wife on the arrival of their second child May.
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 Di Stefano on the passing of her mother.
Mrs Saunders and Mrs Thomson are both unwell and will not be returning to teaching duties for the time being. We wish them a speedy recovery.
College Theme for 2021
This year’s theme is ‘See all things new in Christ’. It is taken from St Ignatius’s experiencers along the Cardoner river where after much prayer and suffering he comes to realise what God wants of him and he has clarity in his life about how best to serve God. For each of us to have such clarity is a wonderful gift and we can find it if we continue to look for it.
For us in our school context our staff have enormous capacity to provide guidance to our students in finding that clarity by seeing the world through the eyes of Jesus. As a faith community we with St Ignatius draw our inspiration from his example
I invite you all to embrace this wonderful theme for 2021.
College Dux 2020 and VCE/VCAL Results
We congratulate the Year 12 students of 2020 on the wonderful results they achieved last year. We will be inviting our high achieving students back to the College in the coming week to acknowledge their achievements. In particular I congratulate the College Dux for 2020, Mary Tomasiello who achieved an ATAR score of 99.15 and Proxime, Loujine Azmay who achieved an ATAR score of 98.25.
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 on Thursday 11 February in the Loyola Companions Hall.
Loyola History Book launch and Unveiling of Commemorative Artwork
An evening to launch our College’s 40 year History Book will be held on Monday 22 February at 6.00 pm in the Inigo theatre. Families are invited to attend. Information about booking to attend can be found elsewhere in this newsletter. On the evening will also unveil a commemorative artwork to mark the College’s 40th anniversary.
Year 7, 2023 Enrolments
A reminder to all families that applications for Year 7, 2023 are now being received. The closing date is Friday 20 August 2021. 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 2021 Student Dress Code, and abide by the Dress Code regulations. If uncertain, please refer to the Student Planner. A thorough uniform check was conducted last 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/guardians’ 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 Wednesday 10 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 2020 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. This project is estimated to be completed in October this year.
The college has received funding to provide tutoring this year to support students who may have fallen behind due to remote learning in 2020. 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.
College & Community Engagement
A warm welcome back to everyone to what we are all hoping will be a fantastic year! We have so much to catch up on and I am excited for all the events we have coming up in 2021.
College photographs will be taken on Monday 8 February in the LCH Foyer. Individual portrait photographs will be taken of all students for purchase by families, the student ID cards and for official school use. This year we will also be taking our 40th Anniversary Photo. Through the magic of Photoshop, this is done at the same time.
A reminder to parents and students about uniform requirements for Monday.
- Blazer (no jumper required)
- 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
- Trousers or shorts may be worn
- Blazer (no jumper required)
- Summer dress
Opening School Year Assembly
Our opening of school year assembly takes place on Monday 15thFebruary starting at 11.30am. Due to COVID restrictions, unfortunately guests cannot attend, however we will be streaming the assembly live via our YouTube page.
Director of College & Community Engagement
40th Anniversary College History Book & Artwork Launch
40th Anniversary Upcoming Events
Ignatian Mission & Identity
To see all things new in Christ – 2021 College Theme
How many of us can remember a moment that had a profound effect on our lives or, if not for us personally, we may have observed a change in others, for better or worse?
Sometimes the impact may not have been immediate, or we may have thought we knew the change in direction it precipitated, only to reflect years later that it wasn’t quite what we thought.
This year marks the 500 anniversary of St Ignatius’ ‘cannonball’ moment. In May 1521 Inigo de Loyola, a newly commissioned officer in the service of the King of Spain, was the leader of a small garrison charged with the defence of Pamplona, a city in northern Spain. A messenger arrived, warning that 12,000 French troops were marching towards the town. The city fathers met and decided that resistance was pointless against such a large force and negotiating a surrender was the best option.
Ignatius, upon hearing this was outraged. This was his first battlefield command, and he had no intention of surrendering meekly. Ignatius, a charismatic figure managed to convince the town leaders to hold out, arguing that the King might send relief forces.
Thus, on May 20, the battle commenced. A number of hours into the fight Ignatius was severely wounded when a cannonball hit the parapet just near him, sending a shower of shrapnel into his legs, breaking one and damaging the other. With the leader fallen, the garrison surrendered. The French, impressed by Ignatius’ bravery, bound his wounds and arranged for him to be carried to the family home, almost 100km away.
Ignatius then spent a long recovery, bedridden, in great pain and bored for much of it. During this time, he read the only two books in the house, The Life of Christ and the Lives of the Saints. These inspired him to change his life. He made three important decisions: 1. Give up being a soldier; 2. Devote himself to doing God’s work; 3. Go to the Holy Land and live where Jesus did.
Despite Ignatius’ certainty, God had other plans for him. Ignatius initially travelled to the mountaintop shrine of Our Lady at Montserrat, spending three days there. He then set out for the port of Barcelona where he intended to board a ship and achieve his aim of travelling to Jerusalem. On the first night, he stopped at a little town, Manresa, built around the banks of the Cardoner River. Here he learned that Barcelona was ‘in quarantine’, closed to visitors because of an outbreak of plague.
Ignatius was ‘stuck’ in Manresa for almost a year. Unbeknownst to him, this was to be the most formative time of his life. It was a period of profound change. He lived in a cave as a beggar, praying, doing good works, assisting with caring for the sick at the local hospice. Ignatius experienced visions, exhilaration and depression. He contemplated suicide and tried to work out which of his experiences were of God and which were from the evil one. Ignatius saw life as a struggle between good and evil.
Ignatius was attuned to his feelings and placed value on them. He wrote about his struggles, his work and prayer life. He noticed patterns – cause and effect. It was during this period where he had the following experience.
In his Autobiography, he describes an extraordinary vision:
He sat down for a little while with his face to the river—Cardoner—which was running deep. While he was seated there, the eyes of his understanding began to be opened; though he did not see any vision, he understood and knew many things, both spiritual things and matters of faith and learning, and this was with so great an enlightenment that everything seemed new to him. It was as if he were a new man with a new intellect.
Jesuit and Ignatian institutes around the world are celebrating 2021 as a special Ignatian year. The theme, ‘To see all things new in Christ’, has it’s origin in Ignatius’ transformation. It calls us to look at life, our day-to-day experiences, our relationships, our decisions, our default patterns from the perspective of Christ.
This invites unto a relationship with Jesus, asks us to develop a deep desire to determine ‘what is God’s plan for us?’, ‘What can we do to be Christ for others?’, ‘How can we build the kingdom of God?’ and ‘How can we find God in all things?’
Most of us don’t have catastrophic life-changing moments. Nevertheless, all of us are influenced by events in our time, our families, people we are in relationship with, people we work with and learn from. God gave us the gift of free will. Ultimately it is up to us how we decide to live our life.
My thanks to Kelly Rotin 12KJMJ, designer of the banner under the direction of Ms O’Brien and Ms Winter.
Year 12 Retreat and Year 12 Retreat Leaders training
There has been a change from past years in the Year 12 Retreat dates for 2021. Half the cohort will have their retreat from Monday 1 to Wednesday 3 March and the other half will be from Wednesday 3 to Friday 5 March. Retreats will be at Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff. Parents will receive notification via Consent2Go.
Students from each Year 12 group who have volunteered to be retreat leaders for their peers will attend a training session between 3:30pm and 6:15pm on Tuesday, 16 February. Dinner provided.
Relay for Life- Postponed for 2021
Loyola has fielded a Relay for Life team for many years. This year’s event was scheduled in late February but has been postponed to a date yet to be determined.
Sunday, 14 February
9:00am, Flynn House Mass, Sacred Heart Diamond Creek [Booking via Trybooking; Flynn parents emailed the link]
10:30am, MacKillop House Mass, St Thomas the Apostle, North Greensborough [Booking via Trybooking: MacKillop parents emailed the link]
Tuesday, 16 February
3:30-6:15pm Retreat Leaders Training
Sunday, 21 February
10:30am, McAuley House Mass, St Francis of Assisi, Mill Park. [Booking via Trybooking, Opens 16February – Please note: doors are closed at the start of Mass].
Sunday 28 February
10:00am Mannix House Mass, St Damian’s Bundoora
Sunday 14 March
10:00am Chisholm House Mass, St Mary’s Greensborough [Booking procedure TBA]
Sunday 21 March
10:30am Xavier House Mass, St Matin of Tours Rosanna [Booking procedure TBA]
Deputy Principal Ignatian Mission & Identity
For those students who wish to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation please register before the end of February.
Contact Sr Nelia email@example.com or 041136108
Conference on Prayer
Saturday 27th February 2021, 10:30am-12:30am
Loyola College St Ignatius Chapel / Juana Mateo Room
Free Registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The psalmist advises us: “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4)
Sister Nelia Llanto SJBP,
Parish Community Liaison
Beginning a new year always brings with it a sense of hope and inspiration. While this year arrives with some trepidation it is essential that we adopt a positive mindset helping us to create the foundation to a promising future.
In the linked article titled “Start the new year strong” Glenn Gerreyn from the Hopeful Institute provides us with 5 proven strategies to ensure that we make 2021 as positive as we can regardless what it throws at us.
Wellbeing & Personal Development Coordinator
Teaching & Learning
Welcome back to all our students and in particular to all of our new students and their parents and guardians. We are all looking forward to working with you and your children in 2021. 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, and 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.
Our First Mentor Academic Conversation February 10, 3:45 – 8:30 pm
Parents/guardians will have received an email outlining the details of the first Parent/Student/Mentor Academic Conversation. During the evening you will be able to share some important information regarding your child/children with their Mentor. If you have received any information about the evening please email me on email@example.com.
Students studying Units 1 to 4 will be asked to predict their ATAR scores and have this ready for Mentor Academic Conversations on February 10. This will give our learners the opportunity for the following;
- To provide an idea of the what study scores are required for accessing courses
- To estimate what range of ATAR’s the student is currently on track to achieve based on 2020 results
- To commence discussions with both families and teaching staff about what strategies the student has used and will need to use in 2021
Students will have access, either digital or hard copy, of the process of how to proceed. This is a great resource to start having the important conversations about learning and future pathways.
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 when assessment tasks 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 between two and five tasks that will be reported on. 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 2021
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 (Acting Head of Design and Technology), Mark Cuddon (Acting 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), Matthew Thomas (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 to their new role Alexis Winter, Dinh Tran, Jacob Gasparini and Mark Cuddon. 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 2021 academic year, Year 7 students do not receive homework. However, Years 8 – 11 will receive homework from Monday 1 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:
Tutor Learning Initiative 2021
During Term 4 2020, 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 support 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 2021 will be enough to help them progress to the expected level of learning. Some students will benefit from additional intensive learning support in 2021.
As you may be aware, in response to this, the Victorian Government is investing $250 million in the Tutor Learning Initiative to enable schools across Victoria to engage around 4,100 teachers as tutors in 2021 to support students who need extra assistance with their learning. 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 2021.
At Loyola we are in the process of organising how this initiative will be implemented. Further information will feature in future Ignatians.
2020 VCE Results
All our Year 12 students last year are to be congratulated on completing their VCE/VET/VCAL Certificate in 2020. Their results were outstanding and reflected all their dedication and hard work they had put in during the year. Our Dux, Mary Tomasiello achieved an ATAR of 99.15 and Loujine Azmy was our Proxime with an ATAR score of 98.25. In 2020, we had close to 8% of our students with an ATAR above 90 and 24% with an ATAR above 80.
2020 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 2020.
Deputy Principal Teaching & Learning
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 print as well as 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) / Pro (Years 8 and 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: From 2021, Microsoft, under its existing Terms and Conditions, will be enforcing a $110 (incl. GST) charge for every claim made for Accidental Damage. Microsoft will also enforce a stricter interpretation of what constitutes ‘accidental damage’. Intentional damage will not be 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, but in any case, ownership of the device by the student 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 Device
- Windows 7 or later
- Core i3 Processor or greater
- Minimum 4Gb Memory (RAM)
- Wireless Network Card with AC (5Ghz)
- Windows Surface or Equivalent
- 5Ghz Network Adapter
- Minimum 4Gb Memory (RAM)
Apple Macbook (VA students) or Macbook Air (not recommended for Visual Arts students)
- Apple OSX Mavericks or later
- Core i3 Processor or greater
- Minimum 4Gb Memory (RAM)
- 2013 model or later
- Apple iPad (not recommended for senior students)
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.
The Annual Fee Account has now been sent out to all families. There is only one account issued for the yearly tuition fees and levies regardless of the Fee Paying Arrangement selected.
Please note that the due date for the Annual Fee Account is Friday 26 February, 2021. Where an account is paid in full by this date, an Early Payment discount of $300 per student will apply. Where an account has been split, the Early Payment discount should be calculated on a pro rata basis. Any additional charges (eg music, library charges, specialist camps and/or excursions) that may be incurred throughout the year, may not be included in your arrangement and should be paid by the due date of the account issued.
Families that have selected the Semester or Quarterly Arrangement, must pay their first instalment off the Annual Fee Account due on 26 February, 2021. Reminders will be issued prior to the due date for all subsequent instalments.
Parents and guardians who do not have an active Fee Paying Arrangement in place, will automatically be listed for an annual payment due 26 February, 2021.
If you wish to change your listed arrangement, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As stated in the College Fee Policy, if payment arrangements are not adhered to, an Administration Fee of $30 per child, per term will be applied.
Parents and guardians facing hardship with payment of fees are asked to contact the Business Manager.
Mr Mark Arnavas,
I hope you have had a good start to 2021 and I am looking forward to a fun filled year. We are planning for exciting events and all going well, I hope to see many families on Campus.
2021 Morning College Tours - Semester One
Morning Tours will be take place on the following dates from
9.15 am – 11. 00 am :
- Monday 29 March
- Wednesday 21 April
- Monday 3 May
- Wednesday 9 June
- Wednesday 16 June
- Wednesday 23 June
House Cocktail Night – Mannix, MacKillop & Chisholm
Thank you to those who attended the quaint get together on Thursday, 18th March. It was nice to see some new families attend the event. A big thank you to the Hospitality students and teachers, Fiona Chapman and Elizabeth Gartland who did a superb job preparing and serving beautiful food and drinks.
A special thank you to our Musicians - Christian Panucci and CJ MacLeod who contributed nicely to the ambience.
2021 House Masses
- Flynn House: Sunday 25 April 2021, 9am Sacred Heart
- MacKillop House: Sunday 25 April 2021, 10:30am St Thomas
Mother's Day Breakfast – Tuesday 4th May
Included in the Ignatian is an invitation of the Mother and daughter morning to celebrate Mother’s Day. Mothers and guardians who are interested in attending are advised to book online via Trybooking when bookings open on Monday, 19th April at 7pm, as the event has proven to be very popular.
As there are limited tickets available mothers and guardians are asked only to apply if they can attend the whole morning from 7.15 am until 8.30 am. This is in fairness to the organisers and other parents who will miss out.
Students are required to be dressed in their full school uniform and to leave their bags in their locker.
There will be a special Grandparents celebration in July.
LPFA Winery Tour – Saturday, 22nd May
The LPFA are very excited to invite a limited number of people to a Winery Tour. Great places to visit and a wonderful lunch. Tickets are selling fast.
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 $14 - $17.
All money raised will be distributed to LPFA and FOPA to purchase goods for the Loyola Community.
LPFA Year 7 & 8 Get together
It was a pleasure to see 200 people in attendance for this event on Friday, 19th March. Due to COVID-19 it was decided to invite our present Year 8 families to the event to assist with connecting with other families. Michael O’Keeffe did a great job as our MC, with ice-breaker games, pizza, a wonderful performance by Celeste Murone who sang a song from Mary Poppins, and the night ended nicely with a yummy serve of gelato. Thank you so much to the LPFA members who worked so hard in making the night such a success. Special mention to Monique Grasso and LCAA representatives Monica Agius, Bec Andonovski and Michelle Morgan who also assisted on the night, as well as Mark, Ornella & Alessia Monteneri, Bryan Kearney, Loretta Baker, Claire Baker, Angela Barbuto & Pinella Lo Presti.
2021 Entertainment Books
The LPFA are proud to promote the 2021 Entertainment Book. If you are interested in purchasing a digital copy (no hard copies) of the Entertainment book, please click the link below.
Loyola College Accommodation
Just inside Gate 4, on the corner of Bungay and Kenmare Streets, sit 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.
As you are planning your 2021 Calendar, be sure to add Loyola College’s:
Saturdays (9am-12pm) – 8th May, 24th July & 4th September
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 – 28th April, 2nd June, 21st July, 25th August, 6th October, 10th November
2021 PWP Meetings
Monday evenings –26th April, 19th July & 18th October
Ms Dianna Alonso,
Celebrating our Alumni
Congratulations to Bernadette Black, nee Kennedy (L: 89-92) on her appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). The appointment recognises her significant service to youth, communities and local government in Australia with the establishment of the Brave Foundation and leading this to a national scale over the past eleven years.
In addition to this Bernadette’s further accolades include:
2006 – Author of published book ‘Brave little Bear…’
2008 – Finalist Australian of the Year
2009 - Barnados Tasmanian Mother of the Year
2009 - Barnados Australian Mother of the Year
2010 - Featured in “Who’s who of Australian Women
2010 - Ranked first in nationwide web poll ‘Australia’s most confident woman’
2019 – Tasmanian Australian of the Year
Colleagues describe Bernadette as creative and innovative with a determination and commitment to civic life.
Ms Monica Agius,
College Archivist & LCAA Secretary
LCAA Classic Car Show 2021
The Loyola College Alumni Association (LCAA) will be running its major fundraiser on Friday 19th February. Come down for food trucks, music & to see a great range of class cars.
We hope to see you there.
Mannix House News
Welcome back to another school year in Mannix House for 2021. I am very pleased to especially welcome our 38 Year 7 students and their families. I hope the year 7 students enjoyed their first few days at Loyola and it is the beginning of many happy memories to come over the next few years. I would also like to thank the Mentor Teachers and House Captains for all their hard work in supporting our students as they commence a new school year.
I would like to inform you of upcoming Mannix House events. You are warmly invited to celebrate our first House event, the annual Mannix House Mass on Sunday 28th February at 10.00am, followed by morning tea in the hall at St Damian’s Parish Hall. It would be appreciated if each family could bring a small plate to share for morning tea and these can be left in the hall prior to the mass. It is an expectation that all Mannix students will wear full summer uniform, including blazer, as this is a formal occasion and students are representing Loyola College in the local community. We look forward to celebrating this occasion with you and hope that it will be a great opportunity for you to catch up with old friends and meet new families. All members of the House are expected to attend. During Mass, the Year Seven students will participate in a blessing ceremony where they will be introduced to the parish community. They will be accompanied by their Mentor Teachers and Head of House. It is essential that all students involved attend and families make a booking.
Other important dates to be mindful of include:
- February 8th: College Photographs (boys winter shirt with tie; girls summer dress, no makeup/hair tied back - both with blazer).
- February 9th: Year 12 breakfast (7:15am).
- February 10th: Academic Conversations (ACs) with Mentors (3.45pm - 8.30pm).
- February 19th: House Swimming Carnival at Northcote Pool.
- February 28th: Mannix House Mass on Sunday 28th February at 10.00am.
- March 18: House Cocktail Evening 6pm Old Loyola Functions Room.
- March 25: House Eisteddfod Performance 7:15pm LCH.
I hope to see as many of you there as possible, especially at the Picnic, Academic Conversations and House Mass.
As always, if you have any concerns or wish to make contact, please do not hesitate to email/phone myself or your child's Mentor teacher at any time during the year. I look forward to another successful year in working with you all and I hope to see you at the many events planned in 2021.
Head of Mannix House
2021 Bell Times
We recently interviewed Tom Hewitt who reflected on his journey accelerating Indonesian by doing units 3/4 in year 11.
My name is Tom Hewitt. I accelerated in year 12 Indonesian this year.
The benefits of learning and accelerating a language such as Indonesian are that it’s a language. So it requires lots of practice. Putting it out of the way and accelerating it in year 11, making it your solo year 12 subject allows for lots of practice and lots of feedback from your teacher. You can really focus on the actual accelerated unit 4 Indonesian.
A challenge of doing accelerated Indonesian was that I missed a year of content in year 10. I jumped straight from year 9 to year 11. Missing out on that content - missing out on a year of practice, which is important for learning a language, I feel. But I overcame this through teacher’s feedback and lots more practice.
If I was back in year 9 I would definitely choose it again, because there are so many benefits as I’ve highlighted. It allows you to make it solo, and it’s a language so you need as much practice as you can for it.
Jason Van Leest,
Head of Languages
Save the date for the 2021 House Eisteddfod will be on Thursday 25 March and there is a great buzz around the Eisteddfod this year after having to cancel last year’s performance. It will be a fun evening of song and dance with high energy rock performances from Footloose and School of Rock, musical classics with Annie, Newsies and The Greatest Showman and family fun with Dr Seuss’ The Lorax.
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. Will Mackillop be able to make it a ‘three-peat’ or will another House steal their thunder?
Rehearsals are 5, 12, 18 and 26 February and 12 and 19 March between 3:30pm and 5:30pm. All students are encouraged to be involved and performing arts experience is not required just enthusiasm and a desire to be part of the House Spirit and make new friends.