From the Principal


From the Principal 

From the Principal

NAPLAN Testing

As many would be aware, NAPLAN testing is taking place currently for all Grade 3, 5, 7 and 9 students. Overall we have been pleased with the process despite a few hiccups which occurred on Tuesday! We were proactive in speaking to NAPLAN National about these issues and below is the response we received -


  • NAPLAN 2019 began Tuesday 14 May 2019 with around 50% of schools across the country taking the assessments online. Last year, 15% of schools took the assessment online.
  • Over 350,000 NAPLAN online tests were successfully submitted yesterday across the country.
  • The technology and logistics of a national online project of this size are highly complex. 
  • A number of schools throughout Australia have experienced some connectivity issues on the first day of NAPLAN.  Education Services Australia, the company responsible for the development and maintenance of the NAPLAN Online Platform, worked on resolving connectivity issues.


Thank you for all the tremendous work in administering NAPLAN Online tests in your school to date. I wish you all the best for the remainder of the test window. As of COB Tuesday 14 May, approximately 17,000 online tests had been successfully submitted in Tasmanian schools.


Education Performance and Review


Grade 8 Father/Son Evening

On Tuesday of this week our annual Father and Son evening for Grade 8 took place with 35 pairs participating. The evening was, again, a great success with wonderful discussions and relationship building between fathers, male mentors and sons. Our facilitator Mr Bill Jennings from Time & Space has been running the programme at St Virgil's since 2006 and it was pleasing to have Mr Andrew Hopwood (father of Max and Henry) present as a volunteer facilitator. This is a great sign of the strength of the programme and I thank Bill, Andrew and all the other volunteers and staff for their ongoing commitment to developing strong father-son relationships within our College community.

Board Meeting

The most recent Board meeting was held on Wednesday night where the Board of Management met to discuss the ongoing operations of the College as a Catholic school for boys in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice. A strong focus of the meeting was the ongoing work around the Hobart Secondary Review and I look forward to updating all within the community in the coming months.

Athletics Carnival – new date

Due to a crowded calendar at the start of Term 3, the College Athletics Carnival has been moved to Thursday August 8. Please modify your calendars.  More details will be sent via Parent Paperwork.


Community Football Luncheon 

The St Virgil’s College Community Football Luncheon is being held on Friday July 5, 12 noon at the Hotel Grand Chancellor. It is always a great event and the perfect lead in to the next day's AFL game.

A feature of the lunch will be the appearance of our 11 Tasmanian Devil Under 18 footballers who will be special guests. They make up 20% of the current squad which is a significant achievement and we look forward to following their progress in the NAB Under 18 competitions - the competition which produced 60% of AFL draftees each year.


All proceeds for the lunch will be donated to the Alex Gadomski Fellowship, raising funds for research into Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes. Alex was a student who attended St Virgil’s between 2008 – 2011. In 2017 he lost his life after a 5-year battle with aplastic anaemia, followed by myelodysplasia – both as a result of bone marrow failure. Alex was very keen to find a cure for his disease and his legacy will continue his goal of finding a cure.

Bookings for the lunch can be made at


Enrolments – Principals Tours

Enrolments for Junior School 2020 applications close on June 30.

Enrolment applications for Grade 7 2021 close on September 13.

If you know of anyone who may have a son wishing to enrol, please encourage them to lodge their application prior to these dates.

Principal’s Tours are conducted regularly throughout the year and the next tour at Austins Ferry is on Friday May 24 from 9-10.30am, and the Junior School Principal’s Tour is being held on Wednesday June 12 at 9am - 10.15am.

Bookings are essential for these tours. Please RSVP to




From the Principal 

From the Principal

A New Format for the Star! 

Welcome to the updated College newsletter ‘The Star’. I trust that you enjoy the new format which is hopefully far more interactive and engaging and of course is more compatible with whatever device you are accessing our newsletter on.

For newer members of our community, the name of our newsletter ‘The Star’ is very significant. The Star’ was chosen because at the heart of our College crest is a star. The star reminds us that those who instruct many to justice shall shine like stars for all eternity (Dan. 12 : 13). The star is a symbol of enlightenment, guidance and instruction.