1486 Ignatian Newsletter - Friday 18 August 2023
The past fortnight has been filled with much activity in the Loyola Community.
Visit from Primo Levi College
We were thrilled to host seventeen Italian students from Primo Levi College in Trieste. The students spent ten days in our community, exploring Australian culture, developing their English communication skills and building relationships with our students.
I would like to thank the families who so generously hosted students and welcomed them into their homes. Our guests were grateful to the Loyola College community for opening their homes and hearts. They enjoyed the experience enormously and we hope that the relationships built will continue to grow.
ACS Public Speaking and Debating
On Monday 14 August, Ava Reckerman (8KJAT), Annie Clarke (10FJJM) and Daniel Stanton (12FRLP) represented the College at the annual ACS Public Speaking Carnival. The students all spoke exceptionally well, and we are very proud of their contribution. Congratulations to Annie Clarke who came second, with her presentation on her recent trip to Timor Leste.
ACS Cross Country
On Friday 11 August, students from Years 7 to 12 braved the cold weather to travel to Bundoora Park to represent the College at the annual ACS Cross Country Carnival. A big thank you to Ms Wade, Director of Sport, and the Sport staff and the teachers who assisted with coaching.
Annual Music Concert
This year, our annual music concert took a slightly different format. The concert went across two evenings, Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 August. The performances showcased a great range of talents and the highlight of this year was seeing each Year 7 BLG perform as a group on stage. It was encouraging to see so many students exploring Music and we hope that some of these students choose to continue their studies in Music.
LPFA Triva Night
Saturday 12 August saw the LPFA facilitate their annual Trivia and Entertainment Night. The commencement of the trivia was delayed as all attendees watched the Matildas on the big screen, which set the tone for a wonderfully positive evening. After the trivia Louie Feltrin, past parent, perfomed with his band a series of Eighties classics. It was great to see so many parents on the dance floor!
A big thank you to the LPFA, under the leadership of Mr Mark Monteneri, and Dianna Alonso, our Community Liaison Coordinator. Thanks also to the parents who supported this event. It is further evidence of the strength of the community partnerships at Loyola.
Ignatian Mission & Identity
FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION
On Tuesday this week, the Church celebrated the Feast Day of the Assumption of Our Lady, when according to our faith, the Holy Mother, “having completed her course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory”.
The Assumption signals the end of Mary’s earthly life and marks her return to heaven to be reunited with Jesus. While the bodies of both Jesus and Mary are now in heaven, there is a difference between the Assumption and the Resurrection. Where Jesus arose from the tomb and ascended into heaven by his own power, Mary’s body was taken up to heaven by the power of her Son.
We pray for the intercession of Mary, that we may find the light of Christ in our lives as we seek to serve God in our lives.
CALLING ALL ALUMNI!
Start: Friday 1 September, 6.30pm
End: Sunday 3 September, 2.00pm
Cost: Free of charge, though donations are welcome
Make room for silence to hear the voice of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on fire with love for us. This is a live-in retreat and places are limited. Please email Fr Robin if you're interested:
- guided Gospel contemplation
- spiritual direction
- personal prayer time
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1040433110458558
Ignatian Mission & Identity
DIAMOND VALLEY DEANERY
Our Lady of the Way Parish, Kingsbury
8:00 am & 10:00am
St Francis Xavier Parish, Montmorency and Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Eltham
Saturday Vigil – Montmorency
8.30 am (Mont)
10:00 am (Eltham)
St Francis of Assisi Parish, Mill Park
St. Damian’s Parish, Bundoora
8:00am & 10:00 am
St Thomas the Apostle Parish, North Greensborough and Sacred Heart Parish, Diamond Creek
6:00 pm (Nth G)
9:00 am (DC)
10:30 am (Nth G)
St Mary’s Parish, Greensborough
8:00 & 10:00 am
St Martin of Tours Parish, Rosanna/Macleod
8:00 am & 10:00am
VCE Unit 4 Food Studies
Currently, in VCE Unit 4 Food Studies, students are being challenged to consider the impact on the environment that the production of their food has. Unless grown at home, almost all food leaves some level of environmental footprint, some more significantly than others. As a class, we have discovered, for instance, that the greenhouse gas emissions of producing 1 kilogram of beef is 10 times more than chicken, 20 times more than eggs, 4 times more than dairy and 100 times more than most plant foods.
To apply this learning, this week students cooked a lasagne that was much kinder to Earth than a traditional beef lasagne. Please see attached our ‘Planet-friendly Lasagne’ recipe, that you might like to try at home. It ticks a number of boxes in terms of health nutrition, appearance and flavour. I hope that you enjoy this recipe.
Sustainability Week 2023 occurred in Week 3 (July 24 - 28), Term 3. Throughout the week students were able to participate in the following activities:
- Movie showing of The Lorax
- Soft Plastic Basket Weaving with Emma Wade, one of the College counsellors
- Terrarium building with Ms Box
- Tree planting in Year 7 Humanities classes linked in with National Tree Day with Mr Dave Kelly, our Head Gardener.
A huge thank you to all the students who attended our events plus Emma Wade, Ms Box and Mr Kelly for running your workshops. Sustainability Week wouldn’t have been the success that it was without you.
If students are interested in continuing to participate in sustainability activities, they are invited to join Sustainability Club. The Club meets every Monday in room OL137.
Visual Art News
On Thursday 3 August, Miss Carson and Mr Jenkinson accompanied Year 12 students undertaking the Art Making and Exhibiting subject to The Monash University of Art (MUMA) at Caufield. Students, including one of Loyola’s visiting Italian students, received a tour and presentation by the gallery education and curatorial staff, designed to support the Unit 4 coursework and assessment tasks in the new study design. Students were introduced to the background and history of the Museum and then guided through the painting and mixed media exhibition titled Second Skin, with selected artworks discussed in relation to the care and preparation required for their exhibition. Other topics discussed included curatorial ideas, artist intent, project management and timeframes, contracts, travel and insurance, art crating and freight, registration, condition reporting and exhibition design. A presentation about the conservation and preservation of art was exemplified with art from the collection. The use of archival materials and specialised equipment for art handling procedures was detailed and demonstrated. Students toured behind the scenes of the museum observing the loading bay areas, temporary storage, equipment and preparation areas, and met other staff working in this space. This professional experience enables students to contextualise their studies, build knowledge, collect information for assessment and be inspired. The opportunity to directly engage with professional industry representatives expands students' knowledge about the purpose of a cultural facility in society and helps them understand further the diverse career opportunities available in the operations and delivery of programs in the Museum and Gallery Industry.
Jacqueline Di Stefano,
Head of Visual Arts
Hands on Cultural Experiences!
How lucky our Italian students have been in the past few weeks! Students had the opportunity to learn about some Italian dishes, cook them and eat them in class. “La prima lingua da imparare è la tavola!” (The first language you need to learn is the language of food!): this is a very common saying in Italy that shows how important food is in their culture.
Ms Maitilasso’s Year 10 class learnt about the region of Veneto and cooked a typical dish from the north that some students had never tried before: polenta!
Ms Saltalamacchia’s Year 9 class cooked the traditional and famous Margherita pizza. As you can see from the photos, they enjpoyed this a lot.
Ms Paterra’s Year 8 class made pizzelle: a traditional sweet from Abruzzo consisting of a thin wafer with lemon zest. All students participated in the making and eating of these beautiful sweets.
After learning about the culture of Lazio and Roma, Ms Casarin’s Year 10 class cooked pasta carbonara following the original recipe with eggs, pancetta and pecorino cheese.
We encourage our students to keep the Italian culture alive in their own kitchen and share the experience with their families.
Cybersafety Part 7: Cybersecurity – “Who goes there, friend or fiend?”
Is Social Media a tool for evil or for good? Both, actually. It is a great way to keep in touch with friends and families, particularly those overseas. But unfortunately, it is also a medium through which scammers hope by ply their nefarious trade!
What should parents/guardians be teaching their children to help keep them safe as they navigate their online world?
- Keep their contact information and location private or protected by privacy controls;
- Never send pictures to strangers;
- Passwords are private (except to parents);
- Don’t trust anyone in cyberspace unless you know them personally;
- Don’t post or email any picture that they would not want the world to see;
- Don’t post or email any material containing hate speech, alcohol or drug references. This may be detrimental to their future job prospects;
- Agree on downloads. What apps are okay? Which video sites? What games?
- Encourage critical thinking. They should ask "who posted this and why?" This will help them find trustworthy information, and it will also help avoid online scams that deliver spyware and viruses directly to your home;
- Don’t respond to unpleasant or suspicious communications. If it is of a criminal nature, save it and report it to the police; otherwise, trash it.
- Remember that parents/guardians are role models and as such they need to be mindful of their own online habits;
- Keep channels of communication open. Prevention is better than cure.
How do you protect yourself from online scammers?
When you engage in online social networking, you may post pictures of yourself, make catch-up plans with friends, and generally chat about what you have been up to and where you have been.
But, sadly, it 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, or influence them in some way for some political gain.
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 a 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 is capable of securing confidential data on a computer if these details are unknowingly and freely offered to scammers! How? Read on…
Ever gone fishing? You cast out a line and wait for a bite. Hopefully, the hook does its job and, hey presto, you have a catch! On the Internet this is called ‘phishing, smishing or vishing’ – same sound, different spelling; one is legal and the others are 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. A firewall is useless in this situation.
What’s interesting about one type of scam is that it is not asking for money; actually, it is asking to put money into your bank account, and promises to then withdraw it at a later date but leave some money in there as a ‘thank you’ for being so accommodating. But do not be fooled! If the person is a stranger, then the person is most likely not a ‘friend’, but a ‘fiend’, intent on convincing you to allow them to basically give their money away to you for nothing, when in reality what they intend to do is steal money out of your bank account. 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 you are going to be able to get your money back!
What should you do? Add the sender to the email or phone ‘blocked list’.
There is no substitute for parental involvement in a child’s online activities. Parents/guardians should establish an ongoing conversation with each of their children about his/her various experiences, providing guidance whenever necessary. Importantly, parents/guardians should go online themselves and join a social networking site or get involved with friends in a chat room. Parents/guardians should be familiar with the space their children are playing in.
To learn more about banking scams, go to Online scams and identity theft | eSafety Commissioner (https://www.esafety.gov.au/key-issues/staying-safe/online-scams-identity-theft). Complaints about general content on the Internet can be made to the How to report abuse or content to eSafety | eSafety Commissioner (https://www.esafety.gov.au/report/how-to-report-serious-online-abuse-illegal-restricted-content).
Morning Tours 2023
Morning Tours for Semester 2 will be take place on the following dates from 9:00 am – 11:00 am:
- 11 September
- 9 October
- 13 November
LPFA Trivia & Entertainment Night
A fun night was had by all who attended the event at the Olympic Hotel. The trivia, hosted by Michael O’Keeffe, was delayed due to the penalty shoot outs at the Women's World Cup match. The win to the Matildas was a great start to a vibrant trivia session followed by some great music and dancing. A big thank you to Louie and The Boyz for providing such wonderful entertainment. There were over 20 prizes, worth more than $7,000, and lots of happy winners. The LPFA are blessed to have a group of such committed parents who give so much to the school. A special mention to Lou Taneski who managed to collect over $6,000 in donations.
2023 Entertainment Books
The LPFA are very happy to continue the promotion of the 2023 Entertainment Book.
If you are interested in purchasing a digital copy (no hard copies) of the Entertainment book, please visit –
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 overseas students. Donation of blazers and girls school dresses would be much appreciated.
Please feel most welcome to attend -
2023 LPFA Meeting
Wednesday, 11 October 2023 7.30 pm
2023 PWP Meeting
Monday, 9 October 2023 7.30 pm
2023 Working Bee
Saturday, 9 September 9 am – 12 noon
Community Liaison Officer