1439 Ignatian Newsletter - Friday 12 March 2021
- PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
- ACTIVITIES WEEK
- COLLEGE & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
- IGNATIAN MISSION & IDENTITY
- TEACHING & LEARNING
- VCAL SMALL BUSINESS
- 2020 DUX SPEECH
- WELLBEING & PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
- MANNIX HOUSE
- FOPA - FRIENDS OF PERFORMING ARTS
- ACS SPORT
- ACS SWIMMING CARNIVAL
- DIGITAL & MEDIA LITERACY
- WORLD BOOK ONLINE APP
- RIDE TO SCHOOL DAY
- FEMALE UMPIRE COME & TRY NIGHT
- LA TROBE UNIVERSITY SOCCER CLUB
- TRINITY KIDS AUSTRALIA
- LETTER FROM ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE
Dear Members of the Loyola College Community,
The last 3 weeks have seen many events take place in the life of our College and I am pleased to be able to share these with you in this newsletter.
House Swimming Carnival
This event was held Friday 19 February on a warm day with a great atmosphere and a high level of involvement and competition from students making the day a great success. I congratulate Flynn House on winning the First division of this year’s carnival and Mannix House for winning Second Division. I would like to thank Mr Baxter, Director of Sport and his assistant Mr Bergantino for overseeing the organisation of this most successful event together with Mrs Hartigan, Head of Co-curriculum, the Heads of House and House Captains.
LCAA Classic Car Show
This event was held on Friday 19 February and was organised by our Past Students Association. Over 240 Classic Cars were on display with hundreds of visitors coming to view them. This was our largest ever car show ever and a resounding success! I thank the LCAA Committee and in particular Car Show Coordinator, Mr Anthony Azzopardi (L: 83 -87) for overseeing the organisation of this popular event with the assistance of other committee members, current students and members of the College staff.
Launch of 40th Anniversary History of the College
On Monday 22 February, the much-awaited History of Loyola College was launched at a special event attended by over 200 past and present students, staff and families. We were especially pleased to welcome back our Founding Principal Mr Kennedy. The evening commenced with refreshments in the foyer of the Inigo Theatre served by our Year 11 Hospitality students. This was followed by a formal session where our federal member for Jagajaga, Ms Kate Thwaites MP addressed those present followed by a panel discussion with representatives across the 40 year history each of whom was asked questions by Mr O’Keeffe who compered the event. An artwork commissioned to mark the College’s 40th anniversary was then unveiled. It was a wonderful opportunity for many memories of the past to be shared by those present. I thank Mr O’Keeffe, Director of College and Community Engagement and his many helpers for overseeing the organisation of the event.
Last week was an extremely busy week for all our students as each year level engaged in various activities and events including Science Days, STEM Day, Reflection Days and Camps for Years 7, 8 & 9, Retreats for Year 12, Resilience and Careers training for Year 10 students, Christian Service for Year 11 students. Organizationally this is an enormous undertaking! I am pleased to report that the week went very well, and I thank Mrs Leutchford with Mrs Musgrove for overseeing the staffing, the various staff leaders for each event, all the staff who worked with students and the students themselves for their cooperation and engagement in the programs. Such programs can only be successful if all involved give of their best and this was certainly the feedback that I received. I thank the staff for their incredible generosity of time, particularly on the overnight programs.
Twilight Working Bee
Many thanks the many parents who helped with the first Working Bee for the year. Much good work was completed in the planting of a large new flower bed at the front of the Grimshaw Street Carpark and around the school. I thank Mr O’Connell, LPFA Working Bee Coordinator, Mr Hall, Facilities Manager, Mr Kelly, our Head Gardener, Mr Short, Gardener, and Ms Hopgood, our Apprentice Gardener, for assisting on the afternoon.
Catholic Education Week
Sunday 14 – Sunday 21 March is Catholic Education week in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. We celebrate the significant contribution that our Catholic system has made to Victoria and its impact on the community. One in five Australian children attend a Catholic school. This year is also significant as we celebrate 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia. It is a time when we give thanks for the wonderful work carried out by Catholic schools across the country. This year Loyola College is in its 42nd year of offering Catholic Education in this community. May we always be grateful for the gift of Catholic Education and for all those who work in our schools to support the young people entrusted to our care.
We are now in the third week of Lent, a time for doing good works, making sacrifices and personal prayer. There are many ways in which students can focus on these three areas at school. These include spending some quiet time in prayer and reflection in the Chapel, giving up personal time to assist another person, such as a staff member or another student, giving up canteen money and donating it to a good cause like Project Compassion.
Lent also provides us all with an opportunity to examine more closely our relationship with God and, where necessary, restore the balance in terms of God playing a role in our lives. It creates an opportunity to take time out of our busy lives and consider what is really important.
Let us all make a concerted effort in the weeks ahead to prepare ourselves for the celebration of Easter by deepening our awareness of the presence of God in our daily lives and by seeking opportunities to serve those around us.
Mr Joseph Favrin,
Year 7 Camp
On Monday 1st March, our Year 7 students departed for Kangaroobie. Even though some students were feeling nervous, and some were homesick while on camp, they did not let this stop them from participating in any of the activities, having a great time and forming new friendships.
Students participated in canoeing, Kangaroobie survivor, a beach walk, farm activities, an obstacle course and a visit to the 12 Apostles. It was great to see many examples of students helping each other out and contributing as a team. This camp is something special and is often the beginning of many lifelong friendships. There was a wonderful spirit of ‘Can do’ throughout the camp and all students should be proud of their achievements and exemplary behaviour.
Miss Kate Swift,
Head of Mannix House
Year 8 Camp
During Activities Week, Year Seven and Eight students participated in Reflection Days, Year 11 in Christian Service and Year 12, the Manresa Retreat.
Both Year 7 and Year 8 days were facilitated by YMT (Youth Mission Team) with the assistance of Loyola staff and some of our Year 11 students as part of their Christian Service programme.
The Year Seven days focused on the theme Knowing God – Communities and belonging.
Students participated in a range of activities and reflected on their own uniqueness and worth and the potential they have to positively influence others. The day finished with Father Gerry Healy SJ celebrated Mass in the Saint Ignatius chapel.
Year 8 students explored the theme of relationships, particularly those with their peers. Activities centred around empowering students to be themselves, not having to ‘live up to’ a certain image, and to value the uniqueness of others.
The YMT team encouraged the students to think of Jesus as an intimate friend and that it is possible and desirable to develop a personal relationship with Him. Year 7 and 8 students also raised funds to support the work of Jesuit Mission.
My thanks to Sr. Nelia Llanto SJBP who supported the team. Thanks also to all the Loyola staff who worked with our young people over the week.
Mr Chris Lynch,
Ignatian Mission & Identity
Year 11 Christian Service
The Year 11 students completed their Christian service placements where they were truly ‘men and women for others’ living out our 2021 College theme “To see all things new in Christ”. Students were placed in a range of facilities including charitable goods warehouses, primary schools, opportunity shops, assisting with the Year 7 camp, schools for people with a range of disabilities, outreach centres and a number of environmental projects. This year was particularly challenging as the students could not be placed in aged-care facilities. My deep thanks to Mr Jamie McIlroy who co-ordinated the program and Ms Natalie Scott who organised many of the placements and administered the police checks.
Mr Chris Lynch,
Ignatian Mission & Identity
Year 11 Stewards of Creation
As part of the Year 11 Christian Service week, nine Year 11 students have participated in a new program – Stewards of Creation. The purpose of this week is for students to develop a love for the environment and to learn strategies that can be used to help us look after it and be excellent Stewards of Creation.Students began the week by heading to Sorrento to conduct a beach audit to see how much plastic was on the beach. They then learned about the 10,000 species that live in the Bay and had the opportunity to swim with some of them – dolphins and seals, some of the oldest breeds in the world.Students then had the opportunity to hear from guest speakers about how to organise and run an awareness campaign around a waste issue they are passionate about. Keep an eye out for these campaigns in the coming weeks.They then finished the week off with looking at sustainable housing, chalking messages to the school community about litter and participating in the schools Clean-up Australia Day at Edwardes Lake Park in Reservoir with the Friends of Edwardes Lake group.
Ms Elise Mezner,
Year 8 STEM Day
On Monday 1st March 2021, all year 8 students participated in a range of STEM workshops. Our external facilitators were from Discovery Science & Technology Centre. The aim of the day was to inspire and nurture STEM curiosity through participating and exploring in a range of interactive activities. The workshops included the following linked around the themes of innovation and entrepreneurship:
- Introduction to Design Thinking
- Rapid Prototyping with Wind Tunnels
- The human side of the innovation cycle: empathising with a problem, and pitching an idea.
- Finding creative solutions with Marble Runs
- Plus a keynote presentation on STEM/ STEM industry/ STEM career/ Future of STEM/ Application of STEM in the real world.
We received lots of positive feedback from the students who thoroughly enjoyed learning STEM through hands on activities.
Mr Dinh Tran,
Year 12 Retreat
Our Year 12 students left the pressures of academic work and the busyness of school for a few days and spent time together reflecting on who they are, the relationships they have with others and the place of spirituality in their lives. This year’s retreat themes included a particular focus of building a cohesive spirit of inclusion and support within the year level.
The retreat started with Fr Gerry Healy SJ celebrating a Commissioning Mass on Monday morning for the first group and Wednesday morning the second. He spoke about the importance of ‘Reflection giving direction’.
Staff at each venue noted a real spirit of co-operation, goodwill and purpose amongst the students. Although creating a cohesive group that worked together was an important aim, the students took on Father Gerry’s advice to use the opportunity to think about God’s presence in their lives, to reflect on their experiences, attitudes and behaviours, their aspirations and to ask themselves the important questions – Is this who I want to be? What do I need to do/change to be the person I want to be?
Our College endeavours to form graduates who are committed and compassionate men and woman living a life guided by Christian principles. The Year 12 retreat is one important step towards this aim.
Mr Chris Lynch,
Ignatian Mission & Identity
Year 7 Science Day
Year 9 Camp
Year 10 Zoo Excursion
COLLEGE & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Sibling and Catch Up Photo Day
Our photographers will return on Friday 19th March to take sibling photos and catch up any students who were absent back in February. Female students are required to be in full summer uniform with Blazer, while Male students need to the winter shirt, tie and blazer, however can wear shorts. Students who need to catch up will be emailed directly.
You may have noticed when you have logged into the Parent Portal a brand new look. This new page contains all the key information you need to know including you child’s academic progress, access to accounts and attendance logs, house and year level specific information, along with other important news and updates. There is also a live college calendar available on the site.
A ‘how to’ video will be available in the next Ignatian and released on Social Media. We will continue improving the portal over the next few months however if you have any feedback or suggestions, please email me.
Mr Michael O'Keeffe,
Director of College & Community Engagement
IGNATIAN MISSION & IDENTITY
Year 12 Faith and the Developing World Caritas Fundraiser
At Year 12 level students select a theme-based Religious Education class. Mr Lynch’s class is running Caritas’ Project Compassion campaign during Term 1. They have organised noddle, BBQs, pizza and bake sales. Donation boxes are in all mentor rooms, at reception, the library and the canteen.
St Vincent De Paul Easter Egg Drive
During the final weeks of Term One, Loyola Vinnies conduct an Easter egg drive throughout all houses. We are asking each family/student to donate a chocolate Easter egg or bunny. The local St Vincent De Paul conference will distribute these to families who are experiencing financial difficulties.
As in previous years, large containers will be placed in each house areas, so those wishing to donate are able to bring their goods to their house by the end of term.
All College families are asked to support this initiative of the Loyola College St Vincent De Paul Group.
Mr Chris Lynch,
Ignatian Mission & Identity
TEACHING & LEARNING
Subject Specific Conversations April 29 and 30
Just a reminder that our first round of Subject Specific Conversations will take place on April 29 from 2:15pm to 8:30pm and April 30 from 1:00pm – 5:30pm. Communication will be sent out shortly explaining the evening in more detail.
Term One Interim reports will only be available for you online. Therefore, I would suggest that you either print a hard copy or save as a PDF which you can access readily if you would like to refer to it during your Subject Specific Interview.
The purpose of these Subject Specific Conversations will be to discuss the learning that has occurred in Term One and, in particular, look at the academic successes and challenges that your child may have encountered in Term One.
Celebrating Academic Success at Loyola College
At Loyola College we very much enjoy celebrating student academic success. Our Vision and Mission statement states that we ‘seek the education of the whole person and strive to ensure that each student achieves his or her unique potential’. Celebrating the academic success of our students is therefore one part of developing a culture where our students work towards achieving their best, whatever that may be.
There are a number of ways in which we formally celebrate academic success. The first way is through our Merit system of acknowledgement. Merit awards are given to Year 7 to 11 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+. Students who meet these criteria receive a Merit certificate listing the subjects and awards. This certificate is part of the Reporting package.
Each semester we also acknowledge Year 7 to 11 students who have received a certain number of Silver or Gold Merits in the Ignatian. If a parent or guardian would prefer that their child’s name was not published in the Ignatian, they should inform Reception of this.
Educational Growth Mindset
In keeping with Loyola College’s commitment to Positive Psychology through an Ignatian Lens, our Heads of Learning looked at ways to further develop our student’s educational growth mindset. Students in Years 7 - 10 at Loyola College will be given the option to re-submit assessment work (not exams) if the final mark falls below 55%.
If a student decides to take up the option of re-submission the following needs to happen:
- Student contact will need to be made with the Subject Teacher in a timely manner. It is important to make that connection with the Teacher for a number of reasons.
- Firstly, to enable a conversation based around learning between the Subject Teacher and student.
- Secondly, to improve learning outcomes and look at where the assessment criteria were not meet and how best to meet them.
- And finally, to translate the conversation into improved learning outcomes for any future endeavors.
- Completion of, and resubmission of, work within designated set time frame.
Once the re-submitted work has been re-marked the maximum possible achievement level for that piece will be 55%. This will be denoted on the report as an ‘R’ and automatically adjusted in their overall mark.
Please be mindful that this initiative is about student learning growth and improving outcomes. Growth occurs when our students have been active participants in the learning process.
Mrs Suzanne Pola,
Teaching & Learning
VCAL SMALL BUSINESS
On Tuesday, 18th February VET Small Business classes were very fortunate to have Brian Chamberlin, Workplace Inspector from Worksafe, present a very interesting insight the importance of Workplace safety for young people entering the workplace.
A very engaging approach caught the attention of all students and it was great to see so many of our students participate in the issues raised in the presentation. Being made aware of the contributing factors to workplace accidents for young people will equip our students as they prepare to enter the workplace for their placements.
Mrs Jenny Murray & Mrs Dianna Alonso,
VCAL Small Business teachers
2020 DUX SPEECH
Good morning staff, students and special guests,
I’m honoured to be standing before you all giving this speech. Truth be told I have been dreaming of giving this speech since year 7. I was throughout all of high school and probably forever will be your typical nerd and try-hard, but now I wear these names with pride, to the point where I actually say thank you whenever my brother calls me them.
In preparing this speech I decided that I am not going to stand up here and bore you all with how to get a 99 ATAR as I am fully aware that not all of you want or need an ATAR. Instead I’m going to give you some advice on how to succeed in any path you may choose...
Miss Mary Tomasiello,
2020 College Dux
Adobe Creative Cloud work will be deleted at the end of March!
At the end of March Loyola College is entering into a new type of licensing agreement with Adobe for its Creative Cloud Suite of products, which will allow the College to continue to provide all students with access to Adobe’s CC applications for the next three years.
The change in licensing arrangements, which is being mandated by Adobe, will result in brand new 2 Gb Adobe Creative Cloud accounts being issued to students. But please be aware that all existing work that is currently stored in student Adobe Creative Cloud accounts will be lost! This means that any work that needs to be kept will need to be downloaded from one’s Adobe CC account and saved elsewhere before the end of March! Students have plenty of spare space (1 Tb) in their Office 365/One Drive accounts, which can be used for this purpose.
In April, students can upload their work into their new Adobe CC account, if they so wish.
Cybersafety Part 2: What is posted on the Internet remains there forever!
Once posted, it’s toasted!
Consider this true story. A teenage girl takes some photos of herself modelling and posts these photos up on her social media account (eg Facebook, Instagram) for her friends to see. Some months later she is travelling in a bus and notices an advertising billboard with one of her modelling photos on it. Shocked and curious, her concerned parents contact the advertisers only to discover that the social networking site had sold her photos to them without their daughter’s prior knowledge or consent. But when the teenager rings up the social networking site she is politely informed that when she signed up for an account and agreed to the Terms and Conditions, she in fact was agreeing to hand over to the social networking organisation the copyright and ownership of all content she posts – text, photos, videos, everything – forever! She will never get a single cent out of the social networking organisation, and she will never be able to stop the organisation using her photos or videos as it sees fit.
What about when applying for a job – does having a Facebook or Twitter account or signing up for online competitions matter? Absolutely! The Internet is like ‘Big Brother’, constantly spying on a person’s private life. It is now commonplace for employers to use Google and social networking sites to do background checks on job applicants before deciding whether to interview them for a job. There are also companies that are paid to ‘dig up’ as much online information about job candidates as possible, in order to build an accurate profile about them and therefore help make an informed decision about whether to invite them for an interview and hire them. This is known as ‘Data Mining’.
On the Internet you may be surprised at the amount of personal information available about any one person – this information is not protected by privacy laws, since it has been willingly posted onto the Internet each time a person adds their profile details to a social networking site, or signs up for free downloads, ringtones or competitions, or posts an Instagram picture, blog or tweet.
Parents/guardians, please encourage your child to think twice about posting the following online: boasting, being crude or talking about socially negative behaviours like theft, drug use, homophobia, xenophobia or getting drunk. These character blights will form part of your child’s online curriculum vitae.
It gets scarier. Even when deactivated, a Facebook account is kept forever; officially, this is so no one else can use the same name. But once a person’s information is put out there on the Internet, it can never be taken back! It is still kept on a database and can be accessed by people with sufficient authority, even if that information does not appear to be visible.
What can parents/guardians do to protect themselves and their children from cyber-theft?
- Ensure they remove any content that someone else may find valuable or which may be used to hurt or bully them in future;
- What about closing the Facebook account? Closing down the account alone is not sufficient. Delete all photos before closing it down; nevertheless, all content will still be kept in archives, and can still be indexed by Google. And if someone else has already downloaded those photos, they can still repost or do what they like with the photos without asking for permission or telling anyone about it;
- When signing up for things like social networking sites, add only the minimum information. Never fill in fields that are not asterisked. Never provide a surname, or at least a real surname. Never supply a date of birth, or at least a real date of birth. Never give out a personal email address. At the very most, use a temporary email address that can easily be dumped later on. Keep your personal email address only for important correspondences, such as for family, close friends and work.
- Never use the College email address for anything other than for school related activities.
Stay safe online. Be careful not to get burnt!
Mr Victor Dalla-Vecchia,
WELLBEING & PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Last year at Loyola we launched a wellbeing campaign to help our students to navigate a year that provided so much uncertainty and constant change to our normal way of living.
This campaign was called “Navigate your wellbeing during COVID-19 through an Ignatian Lens”
While 2020 is now behind us we are still faced with a level of unpredictability and more change as the 5 days of lockdown recently demonstrated.
It is what it is!
At a recent assembly I reminded our students about this campaign and asked them to consider to once again “Navigate their wellbeing through COVID-19” by doing Cura Personalis. This is an Ignatian term which means CARE FOR THE ENTIRE PERSON.
Your Mind: Be aware of your mindset. Listen to your self-talk. Reflect on who you can speak to about what’s on your mind.
Your Body: Exercise every day. Eat well and get 9 hours sleep a night.
Your Spirit: Pray. Practice Gratitude. Go out of your way and Do acts of kindness for others.
While we can’t control how and when Covid will finish, we can control the way we respond to it.
Have a great year and remember ‘Cura Personalis’.
Mr Sal Valentino,
Wellbeing & Personal Development Coordinator
I would like to congratulate Audrey Dal Cin (7 M/CMS) and Justin Lin (7 M/CMS) who have been appointed 2021 Year 7 Mannix Captains. I wish both Audrey and Justin well as they commence their leadership positions.
I would also like to thank the Mannix House Vice Captains – Lauren Bruggeman (11 M/EMK) and Alysha Prisc (11 M/NHW) who attended camp and showed tremendous leadership and maturity.
House Eisteddfod – Thursday 25th March
House Eisteddfod will be on Thursday 25 March starting at 7:15pm in the LCH.
Mannix House will be performing School of Rock. It will be a fun evening of song and dance with a high energy performance based on the hit movie.
Dinner will be provided for all students involved prior to the performance.
Thank you to our wonderful student leaders who have been overseeing the rehearsals and working tirelessly to ensure the best possible performance.
Good luck to all the students involved.
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.
Miss Kate Swift,
Head of Mannix House
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,
FOPA - FRIENDS OF PERFORMING ARTS
Welcome to our new, and old, families and thanks for joining us.
We are ‘FOPA’ – Friends of Performing Arts
We support our students and teachers with all things Performing Arts – drama, music, choirs, bands, dance and the list goes on...
The aim of this newsletter is to communicate with our parents.
As a parent of ‘FOPA’ you can be as active as you want! If something interests you, just put your hand up and email us and we’ll sign you up.
Term 1 already has a few requests…so read on!
So what happened in 2020?
Who knows….it was certainly a year of new experiences, new fashion accessories and new technology!
FOPA was fortunate enough to be approached to be the first community group to man a Bunnings BBQ at the Thomastown store. We had ‘COVID Training’ and had to re-learn how to run a BBQ. All was going well until the winds picked up. It was more like ‘Wizard of Oz’ than Mary Poppins when the whole gazebo lifted off!! The staff and the FOPA crew scrambled to poles and held it down while others madly packed up the drinks and bread and turned off the BBQ. Only in COVID times.
House Eisteddfod – Tuesday 25th March
This is such a fun night!
If for no other reason, come and support your daughter/son’s house. It gets very loud and very proud.
FOPA will be doing the BBQ again, COVID safe. We will also be running the usual Easter Raffle.
Sausage in bread $2.50, drinks $1.50, and raffle tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 or 6 for $10.
We will also have VIP seating available. These seats are available right up at the front of the hall, numbered and reserved. They will be available on Trybooking soon for $5 a seat. Not only do you get a reserved seat, you also get a free bottle of water!!!
We will need a couple of volunteers for BBQ and raffle so if you are available to help from 5pm until the show starts at 7:15, please email Deb.
The event starts at 7:15 but the BBQ, drinks and raffle will be on sale from 5:30pm, so bring your small change
Mary Poppins – College Musical
Production week: Monday 12th July – Sunday 18th July
If your son/daughter is involved in the musical, all the information about the rehearsal schedule, cast last, practice songs, and videos are all available on LMS to look at. Spend a couple of minutes having a look at this.
The Production Team will soon call for students who would like to volunteer to be part of the ‘Back Stage Crew’. These students will help with the construction of some of the sets, lighting, makeup and hair, and making up the Stage Crew who will help on the night to move sets around on the stage.
As for parent involvement for Mary Poppins, our roster will be out soon. Our roles include car parking, Front of House, selling raffle tickets, decorating the foyer, building, painting and moving of sets, Kiosk, costumes, and feeding the cast and crew. We have a professional make up team coming in, but they may need assistance as well.
Please make sure you have a current ‘Working with Children Card’.
No matter what you offer to do, it is so much fun and a great way to spend time with our students.
Strong Volunteers Needed – Saturday 13th March
We are fortunate to have a wonderful working relationship with Cloc Musical Theatre Company, who have produced the most amazing shows out of The National Theatre in St Kilda.
Loyola College is renting Cloc’s Mary Poppins sets and costumes and we need to go to their warehouses and prepare these huge and wonderful sets for transporting.
We need strong people as these sets are heavy and big. We will be organising them into an order ready to be loaded onto a truck(s) in the Easter School Holidays.
The actual day in the holidays is still to be confirmed but we’d love your help again if you are available.
The warehouses are in Heatherton and you will need to be there by 10am. We think we should be done by 3 pm fingers crossed.
Please email email@example.com if you are available and the address will be forwarded to you.
KIOSK @ MPAC
FOPA will be manning the Kiosk @ MPAC when there are Performing Arts events on in the Indigo Theatre. The dates are as follows:
|College Play||Thursday 13th May||7pm (TBC)|
|Winter Music Concert||Thursday 3rd June||7pm|
|College Musical||Thursday 15th July - Saturday 17th July||A roster will be available closer to date|
|Annual Music Concert||Thursday 2nd September||7pm|
|Vocal Musical Soiree||Thursday 28th October||7pm|
|Carols by Candlelight||TBC||TBC|
If you are available to help on any of those dates, just let me know.
Sometimes we don’t actually open the Kiosk, but we do sell drinks and snacks in the foyer. This will be determined closer to the event.
Trivia Night - Saturday 31st July
Last year’s trivia night was put on hold as we all came out of Covid.
This year we shall use it to celebrate 2 events: 1. It's St Ignatius Day and 2. Our ‘Post Poppins Get Together’. It will be held in the Companions Hall and it will be a night full of fun, games and crazy questions. If you work or know of a business who may like to support this event by providing gifts, vouchers or experiences, please let us know and we will give you a ‘letter of introduction’ to make a formal request.
There will also be a special ‘competition’ that night…but more about that later.
So to recap...
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your availabilities for House Eisteddfod and anything else…
- If you can find sponsorship and donations of products for our Raffles or Trivia night, please let us know and we’ll give you the correct paperwork to access these wonderful gifts.
And welcome to FOPA 2021.
Mr Matt Thomas,
Head of Performing Arts
on behalf of The FOPA Crew
After over 11 months Senior ACS Sport returned on February 24.
It was a strong display by Loyola with our First Grade teams winning 10 out of 11 fixtures v St.Michael’s!
Senior Boys Firsts Results
1sts Hockey got off to a great start with a 3-0 win. Aidan Fernandes was fantastic, keeping a clean sheet as goal-keeper while Tom Pasquali and Josh Fell controlled field play.
1st Basketball playing at the Wolves Den, hung on in a thriller by 2 points, captain Caleb Bruggeman led the scoring with 21 points.
1st XI Cricket – Our batting was below par, only making 88 off our 20 overs. (Tom Hewett 28 and Ash Ward 20 not out, were the only significant scorers). Our bowling and fielding was excellent though, and in a very tight match we restricted St.Michael’s to just 82, to win by 7 runs. James Rowley (1/6 off 4) was the pick of the bowlers, while Nick Brennan (2/14 off 4) also bowled well at the death.
1sts Softball – Made a sensational start to the year totally overpowering the opposition 24-1. Matt Georgiou got home 3 times and Tom Brooks’s fielding were standouts.
1sts Table Tennis – 11 / 4 win in the Table Tennis, Alexandar McMahon-Puce winning singles and doubles, playing at number 1.
1sts Futsal – 9 to 3 win in the Futsal, Luca Melone scored 5 and Julian Napoletano 4.
Senior Girls Firsts Results
1sts Soccer were much too strong with their opponents, taking a 5-0 advantage into half time. The girls kept on the pressure in the second half, running away with a 14-0 win. Senior players Rebecca Salvaggio and Sienna Volpe were amongst the best, while Olivia Mincone playing up front scored 8 goals!
1sts Tennis won 10-2, and swept the doubles 4-0, led by the lead pairing of Veronika Sangalang and Danielle Brodelis.
1sts Girls Softball scored a vital late run to edge over the line 12-11. Oliva Garner and Jacinta Ward were deemed our most valuable players.
1sts Volleyball – Went down 1-4 against good opposition, and will look to get on the board next week.
Our Touch Rugby team won 7-2. Riley Angel had an excellent senior debut and Hayley Keating also played a great game.
2nds Basketball, 3rds Basketball, 4ths Basketball, 2nds Table Tennis, 2nds Futsal, 2nds Soccer, 2nds Girls Softball, 2nds Touch Rugby.
Great results in our return to competition, and good preparation for some tougher matches after Activities Week.
Year teams also played last Thursday at Overnewton and registered 9 wins and a draw from 14 fixtures
Year 7 & 8
The Junior season is still not underway with our Feb 16 lost to the lockdown. March 16 is now the kick off date for matches.
Congratulations to Emily Robertson (Year 9) who has been selected in the Victorian U/15 Hockey team to play at the National Championships later this year.
Mr John Baxter,
Director of Sport
ACS SWIMMING CARNIVAL
Our 70 best swimmers represented Loyola at the ACS Swim Carnival at MSAC on Tuesday evening. After sitting in 5th place for most of the night, we passed Overnewton with a strong showing in the Breaststroke and Butterfly races. Unfortunately, we were overtaken again after the Junior freestyle relays – but three strong performances in the final 3 relays of the night, Year 11 boys, Year 12 girls and Year 12 boys, enabled us to achieve our objective of 4th place, edging ahead of Overnewton by 1 point! (1276 to 1275).
Our 4th place finish is equal to our previous best in 2017 & 2018, and put us behind only the three schools with pools on their campus. Individually, our two boys Alex Basile and Rohan Wein were again the dominant swimmers of the meet, and jointly were crowned ACS swimmers of the meet for the second year running. Alex won six events (Open 200 IM, Open 100m Free, and all 4 50m events at Year 11). In addition Alex broke the ACS record for the Year 11 50m Butterfly, setting a new record time of 26.31sec. It was the only record broken on the night, and it was Alex’s 5th ACS record, set over the past 4 years. Rohan Wein was equally as dominant, going undefeated through 5 events (Inter 100 Free + 4 50m events at Year 9).
Lucia Calderone (Year 7) was our best female swimmer, having a great debut carnival. Lucia placed in all 4 ‘A’ events at Year 7 (3 second place and 1 third). This enabled Lucia to finish 3rd in the overall female swimmer of the meet category.
Other ‘A’ race place getters were:
Hayley Car – Year 10 50m Freestyle (2nd), Year 10 50m Butterfly (3rd)
Julian Minutolo – Year 10 50m Breaststroke (2nd)
Noah Ong – Year 8 50m Breaststroke (2nd)
Haylee Street, Brodie Car, Amy Clayton & Lyla Hussey – Year 12 Girls 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay (3rd)
Our best performed team was the Year 11 boys, who came third in both the medley and freestyle relays and finished 3rd overall in the Year level section. (Year 11 Boys team – Alex Basile, Nathan List, Nicholas Toso, Daniel Lay & Riley Morgan)
Thanks to all of our competitors who competed. We were well organised, filled every race, and swam right to wall – which was vital in achieving our objective for the night. Georgia Bezkorowajnij and Dakota Wright’s performances were particularly noteworthy in swimming extra races on the night to cover for an injured teammate. Also thanks and congratulations to Team manager Elly Keating and coach Mike Gowan, for training and organising our swimmers.
Mr John Baxter,
Director of Sport
Well what a night! The 2021 Loyola Classic Car Show was a huge success. With almost 250 beautiful cars adorning the Loyola grounds, car enthusiasts, families and visitors from near and far enjoyed a fantastic night. The weather was perfect, the BBQ was sizzling and the food trucks fed the crowds. Children enjoyed the jumping castle and face painting for hours and everyone was entertained with live music from Out of Bounds, a band made up of current and past students who loyally support the Car Show every year and judging by the crowd assembled around the roundabout, have become a very important part of this event.
The night doesn’t happen without the hardworking LCAA committee members assisted by their families, and a massive team of people. Huge thank you to Rebecca & Reese Andonovski, Anthony, Alexander, Samuel & Thomas Azzopardi, Yolanda, Darren, Alegria & Arlo Cauchi, Troy Flores, Dempsey Mills, Michelle Morgan, Frank Palermo. Thank you also to Angela Barbuto, Bryan Kearney and Mark Monteneri from the LPFA, Jodi & Clyde D’Angelis, Kim & Joe D’Angelis; students Leah Calabrese, Sarah Caruana, Amy Clayton, Lyla Hussey, Joshua Lee, Olivia Mincone, Madeleine O’Donnell, Matthew Stanton, Matthew Vassallo and Loyola staff – Dianna Alonso, Chrizelle Cortina, Michael O’Keeffe and John Tran - who also gave up their Friday night and worked tirelessly after a big day at the College swimming carnival.
Thank you also to Joe Favrin for his support of the event and for presenting the Principal’s Prize in memory of Tony Chirico (L:97-03, 09-15)+15. This year LCAA introduced a new trophy called the L-Car Award. This was awarded by committee member and passionate car enthusiast Anthony Azzopardi and in future the LCAA committee hope to award the prize to former students who share an interest in classic cars. We did have a couple of cars on display belonging to former students of Loyola which was fantastic.
The four roaming photographers captured the beauty of the cars and the atmosphere of the night – thank you to staff member Trent Paul, students Nick Wilkinson and Aoife Rodden and to former student Noah Thorley who always volunteers to photograph the evening for us. A great deal of preparation took place with the Gardens & Grounds team putting in many hours throughout the week to present the stunning grounds to our guests and there were many compliments on the manicured gardens which set a beautiful backdrop to the presentation of shiny cars. The Maintenance team once again gave their time to fulfilling big requests to move equipment, furniture etc. to where it was needed.
Finally, thank you to our sponsors for the fabulous selection of prizes for the major raffle: IXL Home, Saint Gobain, Car Builders, Thermal Acoustic Insulation products, Caroma Scents and Michelle Morgan. The generosity and support from these companies and individuals of this major event in the LCAA calendar is much appreciated and the committee is so pleased to continue to support student scholarships at Loyola through this fundraiser.
Attached video courtesy of Adrian Parke (L: 88-93) from https://www.instagram.com/carbuilders/
Ms Monica Agius,
DIGITAL & MEDIA LITERACY
‘Fake news’ is not new. It’s just going by a different name. Any savvy-searcher can tell you never to believe the first thing you read or hear… that you must always go beyond when looking for the right answers and/or the fully story.
And whether your reading and information gathering is via peer-reviewed journals, the daily newspapers or – more often than not – your social media feeds – you need to keep in mind a few simple tips that will ensure you question what’s ‘real’ and can be trusted.
Year 8 HPE classes are currently studying ‘adolescent health issues.’ This unit of work is supported by a librarian, who helps guide and direct students in how to best identify which sources of health information are reliable. The first result of a Google search cannot always be trusted! The importance of questioning all sources is imperative – the author, the date… and so on.
ABC Education and the eSafety Commissioner have some very useful toolkits that students – and you – can explore, to start thinking about how to search, access news and how to go deeper, and not just stop at a headline:
ClickView also has a terrific 6-part series on this vast topic that can be streamed:
(LMS username and password are required for access).
Future editions of The Ignatian will include a hack, a simple ‘how to’ action that will build digital intelligence and help everyone become not only savvy-searchers but also discerning consumers of information.
How do you rate your digital intelligence? Take a look at this checklist – do you actively do any of these things when searching for information, reading the news or scrolling through your social media feeds?
Remember, not all news is created equal.
Ms Alida Galati,
WORLD BOOK ONLINE APP
RIDE TO SCHOOL DAY
FEMALE UMPIRE COME & TRY NIGHT
LA TROBE UNIVERSITY SOCCER CLUB
TRINITY KIDS AUSTRALIA
Trinity Kids Australia's mission is to emotionally empower kids every day. This year, they will be running an Empowerment Program for Teens during Term 2.
See the poster below for details.