Community

Our Shared Vision

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Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of the St Virgil’s College Community.

By deeds, not words alone, we follow his example in embracing Gospel values, demonstrating care and concern for all, and building a community that is safe, secure and just.

The spirit of Edmund Rice inspires us in our mission of Catholic education to affirm the uniqueness of our students and to develop their potential. We encourage all members of our community to work in partnership, drawing responsibly on the considerable resources at our disposal.

We treasure our blessed history and rich traditions, and welcome with hope the invitation to continued growth and new life in Christ.

Leadership is encouraged at all levels of the College from Grade 3 to Grade 10. Opportunities in outdoor education and camps are presented to all students.

Boys are nurtured, challenged and fully engaged in learning opportunities and experiences at St Virgil's. The College has a strong commitment to pastoral care, assisting the personal development of boys.

While there is a strong sense of community, boys are encouraged to look beyond their immediate experience to see and respond to the needs of others less fortunate. The College supports Edmund Rice Camps, the work of the Christian Brothers in East Africa and appeals such as Project Compassion.

Our College Crest

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The crest has significant symbolism.

The central star symbolizes Faith and Enlightenment: a faith which is the gift of God waiting to be strengthened by the enlightenment and instruction which a Catholic school should impart to its pupils.

The Star is set on the Cross, the source and inspiration of our faith and the instrument of our redemption.

The Cross, with its circle, the symbol of eternity, and its traceries are essentially Celtic in design.

The ribbon which twines round the circle appears above the Cross and bears the inscription – to Do and to Teach – which is the motto of the Christian Brothers.

The open book implies that the aim of the college is to impart religious and secular knowledge.

The Greek letters Alpha and Omega, the first and the last letters of the Greek Alphabet, signify God the Father, “The beginning and the end”, and Christ, the first and the last” respectively.

By Deeds not Words

The Motto “By Deeds not Words” stresses the point that the object of the instruction given is not merely an academic one. It is a strong, manly motto, and recalls the advice of the Apostle James, in his epistle “I will prove to you that I have a faith, by showing you my good works.”

Parents and Friends Association

Find out about our dynamic & energetic Parents and Friends Association and upcoming events.

Volunteers

St Virgil’s could not be the great school it is without all the volunteer support and assistance we receive from our parents, grandparents and community.

We have a range of areas we can greatly use your help with including:

  • Reading and learning support
  • Canteen
  • School work projects
  • School Fairs
  • Classroom help

If you have a special skill you think would be of use please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Old Virgilians

With over 6,000 ex-students our Old Virgilian's are active participants in our community.

 

 

Student Welfare Services

This is a free and confidential service available for members of the St Virgil’s Community.

It includes assessment and intervention to address educational, social, emotional and behavioural needs. Our services can be delivered individually, to groups and with families.

Services include:

Psycho-educational assessment and recommendations

Mental health and wellbeing screening and referral

Counselling

Referrals to and liaison with community agencies and other professionals

Consultation with School staff Parental consultation and counselling Case coordination

There are many issues that can impact a student’s educational progress and social/emotional wellbeing that could be addressed, such as:

Learning styles, difficulties and disorders
Behavioural issues
Stress, anger and depression
Loneliness, friendship concerns and peer relationships Bullying and harassment

Managing life with disabilities and health issues Poor school attendance, engagement and refusal Trauma, grief and loss

Family conflict
Social skills training
Study skills
Difficulties with sleep and eating
Transition and managing change
Loss of motivation and poor achievement
Coping with separation and divorce
Assessment of and meeting the needs of gifted and talented students Substance use and abuse

Parents may access support directly or through their son’s Heads of House.

Jo Morgan
College Psychologist
Email: jmorgan@stvirgils.tas.edu.au

Kelsey Odgers
Provisional Psychologist/Counsellor

Email: kodgers@stvirgils.tas.edu.au

Jacinta Waddington
Head of Learning Enrichment

Email: jwaddington@stvirgils.tas.edu.au

Murphy Scanlon Dog in residence

 

Helplines:
Mental Health Helpline: 1800 332 388 Child Protection: 1800 001/219 Youthbeyondblue: 1300 22 4636
Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Sane Australia: 1800 18 7263

Websites and Online Counselling:

www.youthbeyondblue.com

www.lifeline.org.au www.sane.org

www.eheadspace.org.au

www.reachout.com

www.inspire.org.au

www.kidshelp.com.au