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  • From the Principal

    Final Weeks of 2019

     Date:  4-Dec-19  09:58      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.39     Section:   From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Headstart Programme (HSP)

     Date:  4-Dec-19  09:57      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.39     Section:   Senior School

    Director of Identity

    Reconciliation Group Camp

     Date:  4-Dec-19  09:51      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.39     Section:   Faith & Identity Senior School

    Director of Sport

    Cricket and Touch Football Premiers 

     Date:  4-Dec-19  09:32      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.39     Section:   Senior School Sport

    From the Principal

    Final Weeks - Farewells and New Beginnings! 

     Date:  27-Nov-19  11:36      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.37     Section:   From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Reminders for Thanksgiving Ceremony this evening 

     Date:  27-Nov-19  11:35      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.37     Section:   Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Grade 6 Canberra Trip and Lots More! 

     Date:  27-Nov-19  11:34      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.37     Section:   Junior School

    Director of Identity

    Tonight, as we gather to celebrate the graduation of our Grade 10 students, we acknowledge the words and the deeds of these young men who each in their own way have lived out our College values of Community Justice and Respect.

     Date:  27-Nov-19  10:53      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.37     Section:   Faith & Identity Senior School

    Junior School Sport

    STCPSSA Athletics Sports, SVC Sailing and Sports Photos 

     Date:  27-Nov-19  10:36      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.37     Section:   Junior School Sport

    Director of Sport

    State Basketball Titles, Cricket, SVC Sailing

     Date:  27-Nov-19  10:35      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.37     Section:   Senior School Sport

    From the Principal

    Fair - Thank You!

     Date:  20-Nov-19  09:46      Edition:   2019 V.08 ed.36     Section:   From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Fair Helpers - I would like to acknowledge the group of boys who stayed behind on Monday to assist in the setting up of the Fair. 

     Date:  20-Nov-19  09:46      Edition:   2019 V.08 ed.36     Section:   Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    By the time this newsletter goes to print, the Grade 6 boys will be almost be on their way to the airport to come home after their four-day adventure to the Nation’s Capital, Canberra.

     Date:  20-Nov-19  09:45      Edition:   2019 V.08 ed.36     Section:   Junior School

    Director of Identity

    This week marked the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and yesterday, 20 November was World Children's Day; a day of action for child rights.

     Date:  20-Nov-19  09:44      Edition:   2019 V.08 ed.36     Section:   Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School
  • From the Principal

    Final Weeks of 2019

      2019 V.08 Ed.39
     From the Principal
    Junior School
    Senior School
     4-Dec-19  21:58

    Deputy Principal

    Headstart Programme (HSP)

      2019 V.08 Ed.39
     Senior School
     4-Dec-19  21:57

    Director of Identity

    Reconciliation Group Camp

      2019 V.08 Ed.39
     Faith & Identity
    Senior School
     4-Dec-19  21:51

    Director of Sport

    Cricket and Touch Football Premiers 

      2019 V.08 Ed.39
     Senior School
    Sport
     4-Dec-19  21:32

    From the Principal

    Final Weeks - Farewells and New Beginnings! 

      2019 V.08 Ed.37
     From the Principal
    Junior School
    Senior School
     27-Nov-19  23:36

    Deputy Principal

    Reminders for Thanksgiving Ceremony this evening 

      2019 V.08 Ed.37
     Senior School
     27-Nov-19  23:35

    Heads of Junior School

    Grade 6 Canberra Trip and Lots More! 

      2019 V.08 Ed.37
     Junior School
     27-Nov-19  23:34

    Director of Identity

    Tonight, as we gather to celebrate the graduation of our Grade 10 students, we acknowledge the words and...

      2019 V.08 Ed.37
     Faith & Identity
    Senior School
     27-Nov-19  22:53

    Junior School Sport

    STCPSSA Athletics Sports, SVC Sailing and Sports Photos 

      2019 V.08 Ed.37
     Junior School
    Sport
     27-Nov-19  22:36

    Director of Sport

    State Basketball Titles, Cricket, SVC Sailing

      2019 V.08 Ed.37
     Senior School
    Sport
     27-Nov-19  22:35

    From the Principal

    Fair - Thank You!

      2019 V.08 ed.36
     From the Principal
    Junior School
    Senior School
     20-Nov-19  21:46

    Deputy Principal

    Fair Helpers - I would like to acknowledge the group of boys who stayed behind on Monday to...

      2019 V.08 ed.36
     Senior School
     20-Nov-19  21:46

    Heads of Junior School

    By the time this newsletter goes to print, the Grade 6 boys will be almost be on their...

      2019 V.08 ed.36
     Junior School
     20-Nov-19  21:45

    Director of Identity

    This week marked the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and yesterday,...

      2019 V.08 ed.36
     Faith & Identity
    Junior School
    Senior School
     20-Nov-19  21:44
  • From the Principal

    Final Weeks of 2019

    2019 Thanksgiving and Prize Giving Ceremony 

    Last Thursday evening we gathered as a College community for our annual Thanksgiving and Prize Giving Ceremony at the Derwent Entertainment Centre. It is always a special evening as we farewell our Grade 10s and recognise the significant contribution they have made to the ongoing story of St Virgil's College. We also recognise our high performing students from Grade 7 to 10 with the award of Academic Excellence certificates and medals.

    The Ceremony commenced with a poignant Liturgy led by Fr Suresh which gave thanks for the many gifts received by our community in 2019 whilst also offering prayers for our 2019 graduands and the wider College community.

     

    Orientation Days

    This week we have had the pleasure of welcoming all of our new students for 2020 at the Orientation Days for Junior and Senior School. On Tuesday evening, despite the weather, our new students were welcomed with some House activities and met their new staff for 2020 whilst the parents were given a series of information sessions about the operations of the school.

    This was replicated at our Patrick Street site this morning when our Junior School students attended their full day of ‘step up’. This meant that not only our new students were involved, but all of our current students moved up to their next grade for 2020.

    At Austins Ferry this will happen next week for all of our Grade 7-9 students who will spend their final week at school in Grade 8 to 10 and begin their 2020 curriculum.

     

    Volunteer Appreciation Evening

    Our annual appreciation evening is taking place tonight from 5.30pm at the Junior School and I extend an invitation to all who have assisted in any way throughout the year to come along tonight. The evening concludes at 7.00pm and I look forward to seeing many of you there. This is a small way of thanking  all volunteers for their work throughout the year.

    End of Year Events

    Austins Ferry:

    Headstart                                           December 9, 10, 12 and 13

    House Beach Bonanza Day            Wednesday December 11   (Please refer to Deputy Principal's section                                                                  for more details)

    Students finish                                    Friday December 13

     

    Junior School:

    End of Year Assembly                        Wednesday December 11 in JPC, Austins Ferry

    Thanksgiving Service                         Thursday December 12, 7pm in St Mary’s Cathedral

    Students finish                                    Friday December 13

     

    Term Dates - 2020

    Grade 3-7 and all new students         Wednesday February 5

    Grade 8-10 students                           Thursday February 6

    Term One finishes                              Thursday April 9

    Term Two commences                       Monday April 27 - Junior School students

    Tuesday April 28 – Austins Ferry students

    Term Two concludes                          Friday July 3

    Term Three commences                     Tuesday July 21

    Term Three concludes                        Friday September 25

    Term Four commences                       Monday October 12

    Term Four concludes                         Thursday December 17

     

     


    Date: 4-Dec-19  09:58  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.39 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Headstart Programme (HSP)

    Next Monday we commence the Headstart Programme. HSP aims to give some relevance to the final days of school for the Grade 7, 8 and 9 students by commencing 2020 classes. It presents an opportunity:

    • To provide meaningful learning experiences for all boys until the last day, something often commented on by parents;
    • To set an academic tone in readiness for 2020;
    • For teachers to “get a head start” on their subject for the 2020 school year;
    • For teachers to commence a relationship with their learning groups for 2020; and
    • To examine the learning group cohorts for any perceived problems.

    With this final dot point in mind we would request that parents and boys did not request learning group changes. This is something that we can look at in early 2020.

     

    House Beach Bonanza (HBB) Day: Wednesday December 11 @ Seven Mile Beach

    Next Wednesday we will be heading to Seven Mile Beach to participate in HBB Day. As the boys know, this event offers the chance for them to gain vital House points for the House Cup. The day is designed so all boys are involved in a number of enjoyable team challenges. The following arrangements will be outlined to the students:

    Uniform: Students should wear a house coloured shirt and board shorts to school. As this is a House event appropriate coloured clothing is encouraged. If possible, they should also bring an alternative bag to the school bag. A hat, towel & sunscreen are vital. Boys need to make sure they have a change of dry clothes as they cannot travel on the bus in their wet bathers.

    Lunch: BYO Food and drinks – there will be no other options available.

    General Outline:

    • Students travel to school as normal with the exception of those who have returned notes to their Pastoral Care Teacher outlining other arrangements.
    • Buses depart for Seven Mile Beach from school at approx. 9:00am.
    • Buses arrive at the carpark at Seven Mile Beach, at approximately 9.40am.
    • Activities commence around 10.00am.
    • Boys will rotate through activities such as Rafting, Beach Flags, Ramp Building, Run Swim Run, Beach Sports and a free swim. Suitably qualified Life Saving staff will be provided.
    • Announcement of results 2.00pm
    • Dismissal to buses in grade groups at around 2.10pm. There will be buses returning to Austin’s Ferry.
    • Buses will go on reverse route, similar to Athletics Day.

     


    Date: 4-Dec-19  09:57  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.39 Section: Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    A Busy End of Year

    Band Performance
    St Virgil’s Junior School Grade 5 and Grade 6 Band students were treated to a wonderful performance by visiting Elizabeth College Trombone Ensemble students under the direction of Mr Les Johnston. The ensemble performed a wide variety of music, ranging from Beethoven through to the theme from ‘Get Smart’. Many intelligent questions were asked of the performers and all of the students enjoyed the performance. We thank Mr Johnston and his students for coming and entertaining us.

     

    Orientation
    Our Orientation Day is underway for all Grade 3s and new students in other grade levels. We welcomed all parents and boys with an information session, including a great prayer service organised by Grade 3, involving footage of boys praying, reading the gospel and a stop motion nativity. Thank you to Ms Daun for organising this. It was also wonderful to see a snapshot in picture and song of the many and varied activities our boys have been involved in this year. Mrs Read did a wonderful job in updating the photos and background music to provide an amazing showcase of our year.  We wish all our new boys and their families all the best as they begin their St Virgil’s journey.

    Grade 6 Amazing Race with St Mary’s College
    Our Grade 6 boys enjoyed an exciting afternoon mixing with the Grade 6 girls from St Mary’s College in a school based ‘Amazing Race’. They had picture clues to find areas around each school and then they were given a puzzle piece. There was much running, laughter and fun. The winning teams enjoyed prizes of chocolate. It was a great opportunity for the two schools to come together. Thank you to the staff of SVC and SMC for organising the afternoon.

    iPad collection next week
    The iPads currently used by Junior School boys will be collected next week. An outline of the inspection and collection process was distributed via parent paperwork yesterday. Please take note of the details of what needs to be returned and when this will happen for each grade.

    Reports
    Teachers are currently finalising grades and comments for End of Year Reports. These reports will be released early next week to the Parent Access Module.

    News from St Mary’s Cathedral:
    The 2020 St Mary’s Cathedral Parish Sacramental Programme will begin with an information evening on Tuesday February 25 from 6:00 to 7:30pm in the Cathedral Centre.  The program is strictly for children aged 7 and above.  Parents wishing to enrol their child should contact Jo MacFarlane at macfarlane3jo@gmail.com to register interest.

    When registering interest, please provide child’s name, birth date and school. Any queries can also be directed to the same email address.

    Calendar Dates
    December 5: Orientation Day

    Volunteer Appreciation Evening

    December 6: Primary Schools Triathlon

    December 10: Bethlehem House gift giving

    December 11: End of Year Assembly: 12.30 pm (at Austins Ferry)

    December 12: Thanksgiving Liturgy and Awards Ceremony (7.00 pm Cathedral)

    December 13: Last day for students; picnic day and Guard of Honour for Grade 6 (2.45 pm)

     


    Date: 4-Dec-19  09:52  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.39 Section: Junior School

    Director of Identity

    Reconciliation Group Camp

    This week the Reconciliation Group have been camping, and battling flood conditions at Cockle Creek in the South West. The camp aims to support Aboriginal students in learning more about their culture and has been coordinated by Mrs Bridget Jenkins, the College's Justice and Peace Coordinator and nita Education staff, Mr Craig Everett and Mitchem Everett.

    As the photos highlight the boys have experienced all sorts of weather but have battled through and had a great time. A highlight of the trip occurs on Thursday night when parents will visit the camp site for a community gathering where we will share some cultural activities, stories and an enormous feast (hopefully supplemented with fish and shellfish the boys have fished and dived for - as the photo below shows the initial signs are encouraging!)


    Date: 4-Dec-19  09:51  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.39 Section: Faith & Identity Senior School

    Director of Sport

    Cricket and Touch Football Premiers 

    Touch Football

    SVC 5 defeated CHS 3

    Congratulations to the Grade 10 Gold Touch Football team for winning the Southern Touch Grand Final against Clarence High on Wednesday. The team have been impressive all season. What a fantastic way to wrap up their SVC journey!

    Well done boys and super coach Mrs Jones!

    Grade 7&8 Cricket 

    St Virgil's College this week played in a round robin T20 competition with the Hutchins School and a visiting team from Peninsula Grammar School in Victoria. Despite a scare in Game 2 - we were 4-6, the team recorded two wins from their two matches. Star of the day was Will Simaan who made 67no and 24no - to follow up from his century in Under 15s at the weekend!

    Match Details

    Game 1: 

    SVC 1/138 from 20 overs defeated Peninsula Grammar 7/58 

    Krystian Jankowiak 28, Will Simaan 65*,  Jack Richardson 43*

    Joe McGann 2/7, Josh Cobern 2/6

    Game 2: 

    SVC 7-111 defeated Hutchins 6-101

    Will Simaan 24no, Krystian Jankowiak 20no, Jacob Goodsell 19, Harry Van Krannan 16

    Wickets - Will Simaan 2/25, and 1 wicket each to Jacob Goodsell, Jake Fehlberg, Krystian Jankowiak and Darcy Allen.


    Date: 4-Dec-19  09:32  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.39 Section: Senior School Sport

    Senior School Canteen

    Weekly Roster 

    FridayDecember 6Elisha BerryDeb McKenzie
       
    MondayDecember 9Susan Divin 
    TuesdayDecember 10Marilyn RooneyFran Kline
    WednesdayDecember 11HOUSE BEACHBONANZA DAY
    ThursdayDecember 12Lucia CampesePat King
    FridayDecember 13Jocelyn HuigslootSally Feldmanis

     

     


    Date: 4-Dec-19  09:15  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.39 Section: Senior School

    From the Principal

    Final Weeks - Farewells and New Beginnings! 

    This week we have recognised and celebrated the achievements and contributions that our Grade 10 boys have made to the ongoing story of St Virgil's College. All boys are to be commended upon the mature and good spirited manner in which they have approached exams, the OVA Memorial Mass, the Leavers' Dinner and Thanksgiving Ceremony. It has been gratifying to see the genuine love the boys have for the College and the deep connection that they have to each other. It provides strong endorsement for our strategic statement 'We Belong' which is an authentic expression of our values community, justice and respect.

    It also highlights that even in leaving, our young men will remain connected to the College, both through the OVA and through the enduring friendships that they have made. These friendships have been forged through shared experiences in the classrooms, music halls, camps, sports arenas and in lunchtime handball matches and chess games.

    In farewelling our Grade 10s I offer the following prayer:

    Good and loving God
    We thank you for the completion of another academic year. We are grateful for your guidance and love as we share in the lives of our students and their families. 

    Please bless and guide our students as they reach this end, and as they chart new beginnings.
    May what they have learned by being here with us allow them to truly be "men for
    others." May what we have learned from them enable us to be the same.

    Please help them to use all that they have learned here to make the world a better place - to
    serve others in true solidarity and kinship - to seek ways to help the poor, the marginalised,
    and those who are suffering - and to always seek the greater good.

    Finally, Father, we thank you for giving us the opportunity to build our community with these
    young men while they are here. Though they are leaving our campus, we know
    that they will always be with us as part of the St Virgil's family, and we ask that the bonds that
    have been created here remain strong despite any distance.

    We ask all of this in your name, and in the name of your Son. Amen. 

     

    Grade 7-9 Stepping Up Programme 

    From December 9 to 13, current Grade 7-9 students will commence their 2020 academic studies as part of our Stepping Up Programme. It is a great opportunity for students to meet their new teachers and find out about the requirements of the subject. It also provides an opportunity for boys to complete some tasks that will enable them to make a flying start to their studies in 2020.

    Boys are reminded that the programme is broken up this year with House Beach Bonanza Day to be held at Seven Mile Beach on Wednesday December 11.

    A reminder that the final day of classes for all Grade 3-9 students is Friday December 13.

     

    Junior School Dates 

    Whilst there are some changes in programmes and structures at the senior school, our Junior School students are still deeply immersed in studies and busy with a host of activities, celebrations and special events. In commending our Patrick St staff and students on the excellent manner in which they are approaching the end of the year, I draw your attention to the following events:

     

    November 28: Grade 10 Thanksgiving and Graduation: SRC attending

    November 29: Grade 3s to Playhouse Theatre

    November 29: SMC Disco for Grade 5 and 6 boys: 6pm – 8pm

    December 3: Evening Orientation for Grade 6 boys at Austins Ferry (5.00-6.30 pm)

    December 5: Orientation Day

    Volunteer Appreciation Evening

    December 6: Primary Schools Triathlon

    December 10: Bethlehem House gift giving

    December 11: End of Year Assembly: 12.30 pm (At Austins Ferry)

    December 12: Thanksgiving Liturgy and Awards Ceremony (7.00 pm Cathedral)

    December 13: Last day for students; picnic day and Guard of Honour for Grade 6 (2.45 pm)

     

    Welcome! 

    It was wonderful to welcome two new members to our College community this week:

    Mr Peter Rasmussen and his wife Kirsten and their two boys, William and Thomas, welcomed the safe arrival of a beautiful daughter and sister, Estelle Patricia.

    Mr Richard Wartho and his wife Lucie and daughter Helena welcome a future front rower and Melbourne supporter - Adrian Wartho!

     


    Date: 27-Nov-19  11:36  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.37 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Reminders for Thanksgiving Ceremony this evening 

    The Thanksgiving and Prize Giving ceremony is a significant event on the College calendar. It provides an opportunity for the College community to farewell the Class of 2019 as well as recognise boys who have displayed high levels of academic excellence and leadership within the College.

    Boys are reminded:

    • Please be at the DEC by 7pm, lined up in Pastoral care Groups.
    • Doors will open for parents and guests at 7.15pm.
    • Please be in full formal uniform - with shoes cleaned and hair neat.
    • The evening will conclude by 9pm.

    We look forward to a wonderful celebration.


    Date: 27-Nov-19  11:35  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.37 Section: Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Grade 6 Canberra Trip and Lots More! 

    Last week our Grade 6 students completed an education tour of the National capital. They had the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programmes with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $200 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate programme towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.

    This was a wonderful experience for all of the Grade 6 boys who embraced the opportunities at many national venues such as Parliament House, the Museum of Democracy at Old Parliament House, the Electoral Education Commission, the Arboretum, the Capital Exhibition Centre, Questacon, they Royal Australian Mint, the Australian Institute of Sport, the Zoo and Aquarium, the Australian War Memorial and the National Gallery. The boys enjoyed rooming with their mates in the Cabins at Alivio. We made the most of the play areas there on one night. The other nights we enjoyed a night tour of Questacon and a swim and slide at the Aquatic Centre. The boys enjoyed the hot breakfasts on offer and these set them up well for the extremely busy days.

    I would like to congratulate the boys on their enthusiasm in participating in all activities; for displaying a good content knowledge and remembering a lot of information from the various tours and venues we visited. Thank you to the staff members who accompanied and supported the boys on the tour, Mrs Chambers, Ms Lack, Mrs Conallin, Mrs Tollard, Mr Ellis and Mr Scanlon.

    Congratulations
    Our heartfelt congratulations to Mr Peter Rasmussen, his wife Kirsten and their two boys, William and Thomas, on the safe arrival of a beautiful daughter and sister, Estelle Patricia.

    OVA Memorial- Grade 10 Welcome Mass  1
    The Junior School together with the graduating Grade 10 class and the Old Virgilians, celebrated Mass in the Cathedral on Tuesday. This was a great opportunity for the Junior Campus boys to farewell the Grade 10s, many of whom they would know, with brothers, friends and former Junior School boys among the cohort. It was refreshing to hear the boys singing with gusto, particularly during the St Virgil’s Anthem.

    In the playground before the Mass, a great cricket game was had between the Year 10s and Grade 4s. The cheering rivalled any MCG crowd and the camaraderie between the boys was amazing to witness.

    STCPSSA (Catholic) Athletics Carnival
    On Friday November 22 St Virgil’s organised and hosted the Catholic Schools Athletics Carnival. Thank you to Mrs Kelly Dixon who spent a lot of time organising the carnival and was assisted on the day by Mr Moschogianis, Mr Terhell, Mrs Copeland, Mrs Read, Mrs Sutton and some senior school boys. The Junior School team performed extremely well. We won’t take any of Mrs Dixon’s good news away, so please read her full report in the Junior School Sport’s report. Congratulations to all boys for participating enthusiastically.

    Bethlehem House Christmas Gift Boxes
    Thank you to the Grade 5 boys who have work with their peers to source donations for Bethlehem House. We have a great collection of gifts to support the men of Bethlehem House. Ms Stary and the boys will pack and wrap these boxes next Wednesday December 4. If you would still like to donate some gifts, please send them in before next Wednesday.

    Calendar Dates
    As usual, it is a very busy finish to the year. We are encouraging boys to keep working hard in the classroom and to continue to do their best to finish the year on a positive note.

    November 28: Grade 10 Thanksgiving and Graduation: SRC attending

    November 29: Grade 3s to Playhouse Theatre

    November 29: SMC Disco for Grade 5 and 6 boys: 6pm – 8pm

    December 3: Evening Orientation for Grade 6 boys at Austins Ferry (5.00-6.30 pm)

    December 5: Orientation Day

    Volunteer Appreciation Evening

    December 6: Primary Schools Triathlon

    December 10: Bethlehem House gift giving

    December 11: End of Year Assembly: 12.30 pm (At Austins Ferry)

    December 12: Thanksgiving Liturgy and Awards Ceremony (7.00 pm Cathedral)

    December 13: Last day for students; picnic day and Guard of Honour for Grade 6 (2.45 pm)

     


    Date: 27-Nov-19  11:34  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.37 Section: Junior School

    Director of Learning and Teaching

    PB Murphy Award Winners and Leavers' Dinner Assistants 

    Joint Br PB Murphy Academic Excellence Award winners Phoenix Robey and Joseph Fracalossi

     

    2020 Student Leaders provided waiting support for the 2019 Leavers' Dinner.


    Date: 27-Nov-19  10:58  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.37 Section: Senior School

    Director of Identity

    Tonight, as we gather to celebrate the graduation of our Grade 10 students, we acknowledge the words and the deeds of these young men who each in their own way have lived out our College values of Community Justice and Respect.

    In the words of the Nobel Prize winning rock star beat poet Bob Dylan, in his beautiful tribute Forever Young, we wish them all peace and blessings for tonight and into the future.

     

    May God bless and keep you always,

    May your wishes all come true,

    May you always do for others

    And let others do for you.

    We recognise the countless hours of Service they have given to others; in their own community as sporting coaches, mentors, firefighters and peer support leaders and in the work they have done nationally and internationally through Caritas, Vinnies, Reconciliation and not least their engaging work for and presence at the Mary Rice Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.

     

    May you build a ladder to the stars

    And climb on every rung,

    and may you stay forever young

    We share in their growing ambitions and hopes for where their futures may take them and acknowledge the risks they have been prepared to take when setting themselves new challenges and goals.

     

    May you grow up to be righteous,

    May you grow up to be true,

    May you always know the truth

    And see the lights surrounding you.

    We take pride in every moment where their response has been one of integrity and truth, where they have been critical of assumptions and sought to make up their own minds about what is honourable and just.

     

    May you always be courageous,

    Stand upright and be strong,

    and may y you stay forever young

    We acknowledge the countless times and places that they have stood up for what is right, either on their own or by standing strong together, in the classroom, on the sporting field, on the buses and marching together on the streets, in parades, protests and rallies.

     

    May your hands always be busy,

    May your feet always be swift,

    May you have a strong foundation

    When the winds of changes shift.

    We recognise the hard work they have put into their studies, particularly during their recent exams and the contribution they have made to extra-curricular programmes, often while balancing part time jobs and commitments to families and friends.

     

    May your heart always be joyful,

    May your song always be sung,

    and may stay forever young.

    Most of all we celebrate the cheerful, fun, energetic and boundless enthusiasm of a great bunch of young men, and may they stay Forever Young.

     

    With credit to Songwriter - Bob Dylan, Forever Young lyrics © Emi April Music Inc.


    Date: 27-Nov-19  10:53  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.37 Section: Faith & Identity Senior School

    Assistant Deputy Principal

    Grade 10 Final Week and Head Start Programme 

    Our Grade 10s have enjoyed a really successful transition period culminating with the Leavers' Dinner on Tuesday night. It must be said the year group approached the exam period with maturity and thoroughness. Many of the boys performed well and should be proud of their efforts.
    Thursday night will see the College gather to celebrate the year of work at the annual Thanksgiving at The Derwent Entertainment Centre. This is a great chance to farewell the Class of 2019 and celebrate the academic successes of many other boys.
    Next week we welcome the young men who will make up the Grade 7 group of 2020 at the Orientation evening. This is an informal meeting designed for the boys and parents to meet with the staff who will guide them next year including their House Head and Pastoral Care teacher.
    On Thursday we will also host Grade 6 students from the Junior School for an Orientation Day. We have held similar days for many of our Catholic feeder schools during term 3.
    Boys will be given their new timetables soon, as we move towards the Head Start programme in the last week of term. It provides a great opportunity for boys to test their new option subjects for the week, as any requests for changes will only be available at the beginning of next year.

    Date: 27-Nov-19  10:52  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.37 Section: Senior School

    Junior School Sport

    STCPSSA Athletics Sports, SVC Sailing and Sports Photos 

    Last Sunday the College offered Try Sailing days at the Marine Education Centre (MEC). A warm strong breeze offered a few of the Junior school boys a chance to try their skills in the Pacers and enjoy a healthy swim from the middle of the river back to shore!

    There will be more ‘Sailing’ days on offer at the MEC next year during Term 1.  However if you are keen to experience and get involved with Sailing before then, I strongly encourage boys to get along and tackle a “Tacker Course” which are available during the summer holidays at many of the local Sailing Clubs.

    Matt Cubit, Sailing Coordinator

    Sport and Co-Curricular Photos

    The Sports & Co-curricular photos are now online for parents to order.

    To purchase photos please log on at: https://online.leadingimage.com.au/login

    And enter this shoot key: TZJ9W9ND

    All group photos are $12 plus postage and handling.

    Photos will be sent to student's home address. The link will remain open for 6 months to order these photos.

     

     


    Date: 27-Nov-19  10:36  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.37 Section: Junior School Sport

    Director of Sport

    State Basketball Titles, Cricket, SVC Sailing

    Tasmanian High School Basketball Championships

    The senior and junior teams played some determined basketball over the weekend just failing to come away with a championship medal.

    Seniors 

    The senior team won the 3rd place play off 75-18 against Riverside High School, after a close six point loss to Sacred Heart in the semi final. Prior to the semi final the team defeated Marist College Burnie and St Patrick's College, Launceston. A great team effort and a fitting end to a highly successful season.

    Juniors

    The Grade 7&8 team put in an amazing effort to finish in 4th Place.  Following a great pool win over New Town HS the boys were drawn to play a star studded Riverside HS team in the semi final, eventually losing 49-59. This took its toll and they literally ran out of legs in the play off for 3rd and 4th. Well done boys.

     

    Cricket - Grade 7&8 Finals 

    1 v 2 Play Off 

    3 v 4 Play Off

    SVC Blue 5/107 (19 overs) defeated Hutchins Black 105 (20).

    A hard fought, well played game full of strategy. Good team effort.

    SVC Sailing

    Last Sunday the College offered Try Sailing days at the Marine Education Centre (MEC). A warm strong breeze offered a few of the Junior school boys a chance to try their skills in the Pacers and enjoy a healthy swim from the middle of the river back to shore!

    There will be more ‘Sailing’ days on offer at the MEC next year during Term 1.  However if you are keen to experience and get involved with Sailing before then, I strongly encourage boys to get along and tackle a “Tacker Course” which are available during the summer holidays at many of the local Sailing Clubs.

    Matt Cubit, Sailing Coordinator

    Sport and Co-Curricular Photos

    The Sports & Co-curricular photos are now online for parents to order.

    To purchase photos please log on at: https://online.leadingimage.com.au/login

    And enter this shoot key: TZJ9W9ND

    All group photos are $12 plus postage and handling.

    Photos will be sent to student's home address. The link will remain open for 6 months to order these photos.

     


    Date: 27-Nov-19  10:35  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.37 Section: Senior School Sport

    Senior School Canteen

    Weekly Roster 

    MondayDecember 2Angela McCarthyBarbara Oates
    TuesdayDecember 3Jacqui Hickman 
    WednesdayDecember 4Annette SkellyPat Butcher
    ThursdayDecember 5Angela McCarthyEmily Devine
    FridayDecember 6Elisha BerryDeb McKenzie
        
    MondayDecember 9Susan Divin 
    TuesdayDecember 10Marilyn RooneyFran Kline
    WednesdayDecember 11House Beach BonanzaDay
    ThursdayDecember 12Lucia CampesePat King
    FridayDecember 13Jocelyn HuigslootSally Feldmanis

     

     

    Thank you to all our amazing volunteer helpers. We look forward to seeing you again in 2020.


    Date: 27-Nov-19  10:11  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.37 Section: Senior School

    From the Principal

    Fair - Thank You!

    Congratulations to all the hard workers involved in the running of the Fair at Austins Ferry on Monday evening. With a great array of food options, stalls, and music, there was something for everybody. It is always an event that requires a lot of organisation and without the help of the wonderful Parents & Friends Committee and parents, it wouldn’t be possible. Thank you to the Fair Committee so capably led by P&F President Kate Clark and Michelle Brown.

    The Fair was a great community event and also raised much appreciated funds which will, as always, be used in the ongoing education of our boys.  Thank you.

    Grade 10 Events Next Week

    The Grade 10 boys have been very diligent with their exam preparation and exams this week have been going well. The focus for the vast majority of the boys has been on studying for the exams and it is pleasing to see them emerge from exams knowing that they have done their best. I wish all boys well for their remaining exams.

    The final week for the Grade 10 students is always a fitting celebration of their time at St Virgil’s and I look forward to enjoying the significant events next week with them. key events are:

    • Grade 10/Old Virgilians Memorial Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral, 11.30am - featuring a welcome to the OVA for the Class of 2019. All members of our community are most welcome to attend.

     

    • Grade 10 Dinner Tuesday November 26, 7pm (arrival from 6.30) - Edmund Rice Hall

     

    • Thanksgiving Liturgy Thursday November 28, 7.30pm (arrival by 7.10)

    Derwent Entertainment Centre

    The events provide a wonderful opportunity to thank boys, and their parents, for the unique contribution they have made to the St Virgil's College community.

     

    Principal’s Tour – Friday November 22, 9am-10.30am

    If you know of anyone interested in touring the campus at Austins Ferry, the next scheduled Principal’s Tour is this Friday at 9.00am. It is a great opportunity to hear about the operation of the College, be taken on a tour by the students then return to the Board Room for morning tea. If you are interested in attending please advise the College Registrar – mnugent@stvirgils.tas.edu.au


    Date: 20-Nov-19  09:46  Edition: 2019 V.08 ed.36 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Fair Helpers - I would like to acknowledge the group of boys who stayed behind on Monday to assist in the setting up of the Fair. 

    I am sure the members of the P&F organising committee appreciated having the boys there to lighten the load. Well done lads!

    Grade 10 Exams

    So far we can only be positive in regard to the way in which the Grade 10s have approached their exams. As well as the obvious learning gained from the contents of theses exams, there is much to be learnt for future studies from the discipline and process of these exams. Those boys continuing to higher education will find exams are the norm so practice now can only be beneficial.

    Hats

    As the weather starts to heat up and the UV Index climbs it is crucial that hats are worn at lunch and during outdoor activities. While many boys wear the peaked cap style, it is great to see boys wearing the SVC bucket hat which offers far greater protection, particularly for the ears and back of the neck.

    Headstart Programme

    As we work towards the commencement of the Headstart Programme we have been busy ensuring that the new Learning Groups have been constructed with what is best for learning in mind. It is for this reason that I have informed the boys that there will not be any changes to Learning Groups this year. In part Headstart is designed to give us an opportunity to assess the group dynamic so that the new school year can commence in a calm and settled manner.


    Date: 20-Nov-19  09:46  Edition: 2019 V.08 ed.36 Section: Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    By the time this newsletter goes to print, the Grade 6 boys will be almost be on their way to the airport to come home after their four-day adventure to the Nation’s Capital, Canberra.

    The boys had an early start on Monday (4.20am arrival at Hobart Airport). After arriving in Canberra, their first stop for the tour group was the Arboretum, where there are over 94 forests of rare and endangered trees from around the world and Australia. The boys loved running and rolling down the massive green hill of a well-formed amphitheatre; the playground with giant acorns, rope ladders and tyre swings was also popular. Day one also saw a visit to the National Exhibition Centre and the Royal Australian Mint where the boys were mesmerised by the amount of coins they saw. Last stopover on day one was Questacon, where there were so many interactive and inquiry-based activities.

     

    On day two the first port of call was the AIS and a tour. Boys were amazed at the state-of-the-art training pool, with a multitude of cameras and even an underwater bunker for coaches to watch the swimmers. The boys also loved seeing the volleyballers in action. We were again lucky to meet up with an Old Virgilian and former Junior School boy Thomas Attrill who is training in Beach volleyball at the AIS and hoping to go to Europe next year to compete. Another point of note is that standing at 6 foot 7, Mr Brent Scanlon is the average height for a male volleyball player! The boys also visited the National Zoo and Aquarium. Many boys loved holding snakes, feeding the deer and emus and patting a swamp wallaby. In the afternoon a bike ride around Lake Burley Griffin was on the schedule. The final activity for the day was a visit to Parliament House.

    Day three for our tourists started off at the National Museum. There were so many things to see and take in. Some highlights – 55 boys squished into a massive iron ore ‘bucket’ from the mines. Many gifts for brothers, sisters and parents were purchased at the gift shop. Next stop was the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House and the highlight of the day was a visit to the Australian War Memorial.

    We look forward to catching up with our boys and staff on their return to school next week and wish them a safe journey home.

    STCPSSA Carnivals

    The STCPSSA Carnival has been rescheduled to this Friday. The boys will be hoping to capitalise on their successes from the very successful JSSATIS Carnival last Thursday, where our boys enjoyed great success. Our Grade 6 relay team even broke the Grade 6 relay record, which was a wonderful performance.

     Swimming Programme

    The swimming programme comes to an end this week. This has been a very successful four- week programme. Thank you for remembering to send in the swimming gear each day!

    Upcoming Events:
    November 22: STCPSSA Athletics at the Domain

    November 26: OVA Mass

    November 29: Grade 3s to Playhouse Theatre

    November 29: Grade 10 Thanksgiving and Graduation: SRC attending

    November 29: SMC Disco for Grade 5 and 6 boys: 6pm – 8pm

    December 3: Evening Orientation for Grade 6 boys at Austins Ferry

    December 5: Orientation Day

    December 6: Primary Schools Triathlon

     

     


    Date: 20-Nov-19  09:45  Edition: 2019 V.08 ed.36 Section: Junior School

    Director of Identity

    This week marked the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and yesterday, 20 November was World Children's Day; a day of action for child rights.

    On the weekend our friends at the Mary Rice centre hosted 215 people from child rights organisations working in Nairobi and invited their staff, families and children to celebrate this remarkable document and the achievements gained from their ongoing work.

     

    The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is a human rights treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children. Unlike a Declaration, which is an agreement among nations, a Convention is bound by international law and the nations that have ratified the UNCRC, such as Australia, have committed to ensuring that children’s rights are protected and promoted in their own country and internationally. More countries have ratified the UNCRC than any other human rights treaty in history.

     

    The UNCRC is framed around four guiding principles; that the best interests of the child will always the primary consideration, that the child has an inherent right to life and protection, education must enable each child to fulfil their potential and every child must be given the opportunity to express their opinions and be listened to.

     

    Every child has rights, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status and these rights cannot be taken away. Even although many children in Australia and around the world don’t enjoy these things, they still have the right to.

     

    The following link provides a user-friendly version of the UNCRC and is a great starting point for further investigating the rights of every child.

     

    https://www.unicef.org.au/Upload/UNICEF/Media/Our%20work/childfriendlycrc.pdf

     

     


    Date: 20-Nov-19  09:44  Edition: 2019 V.08 ed.36 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Director of Learning and Teaching

    Introduction to Hospitality Excursion

    For their final lesson, Introduction to Hospitality students visited 12 Stones Restaurant in Pontville. Brendan Walter, owner, manager and head chef spoke with the students, sharing his story of working in the hospitality industry. His story began at St Virgil’s College doing Food Technology, then onto GYC where he completed Certificate II in Hospitality. From there he started as a kitchen hand at Meadow Bank, progressing on to an apprenticeship. Once his apprenticeship was completed, he worked in France and in a number of positions overseas. More recently, he was in charge of the kitchen at Stefano Lubiana. He now owns and operates 12 Stones Restaurant.

    Brendan showed the students through the restaurant, front and back of house and talked about his philosophy on food and business - fresh, high quality, local produce and good service.

    The excursion provided students with a great opportunity to see where their hospitality skills could lead them. Brendan was an inspiration and left students with something to aspire to.


    Date: 20-Nov-19  09:43  Edition: 2019 V.08 ed.36 Section: Senior School
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    From the Principal

    Final Weeks of 2019

    2019 Thanksgiving and Prize Giving Ceremony 

    Last Thursday evening we gathered as a College community for our annual Thanksgiving and Prize Giving Ceremony at the Derwent Entertainment Centre. It is always a special evening as we farewell our Grade 10s and recognise the significant contribution they have made to the ongoing story of St Virgil's College. We also recognise our high performing students from Grade 7 to 10 with the award of Academic Excellence certificates and medals.

    The Ceremony commenced with a poignant Liturgy led by Fr Suresh which gave thanks for the many gifts received by our community in 2019 whilst also offering prayers for our 2019 graduands and the wider College community.

     

    Orientation Days

    This week we have had the pleasure of welcoming all of our new students for 2020 at the Orientation Days for Junior and Senior School. On Tuesday evening, despite the weather, our new students were welcomed with some House activities and met their new staff for 2020 whilst the parents were given a series of information sessions about the operations of the school.

    This was replicated at our Patrick Street site this morning when our Junior School students attended their full day of ‘step up’. This meant that not only our new students were involved, but all of our current students moved up to their next grade for 2020.

    At Austins Ferry this will happen next week for all of our Grade 7-9 students who will spend their final week at school in Grade 8 to 10 and begin their 2020 curriculum.

     

    Volunteer Appreciation Evening

    Our annual appreciation evening is taking place tonight from 5.30pm at the Junior School and I extend an invitation to all who have assisted in any way throughout the year to come along tonight. The evening concludes at 7.00pm and I look forward to seeing many of you there. This is a small way of thanking  all volunteers for their work throughout the year.

    End of Year Events

    Austins Ferry:

    Headstart                                           December 9, 10, 12 and 13

    House Beach Bonanza Day            Wednesday December 11   (Please refer to Deputy Principal's section                                                                  for more details)

    Students finish                                    Friday December 13

     

    Junior School:

    End of Year Assembly                        Wednesday December 11 in JPC, Austins Ferry

    Thanksgiving Service                         Thursday December 12, 7pm in St Mary’s Cathedral

    Students finish                                    Friday December 13

     

    Term Dates - 2020

    Grade 3-7 and all new students         Wednesday February 5

    Grade 8-10 students                           Thursday February 6

    Term One finishes                              Thursday April 9

    Term Two commences                       Monday April 27 - Junior School students

    Tuesday April 28 – Austins Ferry students

    Term Two concludes                          Friday July 3

    Term Three commences                     Tuesday July 21

    Term Three concludes                        Friday September 25

    Term Four commences                       Monday October 12

    Term Four concludes                         Thursday December 17

     

     


    Date: 4-Dec-19  09:58  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.39 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Headstart Programme (HSP)

    Next Monday we commence the Headstart Programme. HSP aims to give some relevance to the final days of school for the Grade 7, 8 and 9 students by commencing 2020 classes. It presents an opportunity:

    • To provide meaningful learning experiences for all boys until the last day, something often commented on by parents;
    • To set an academic tone in readiness for 2020;
    • For teachers to “get a head start” on their subject for the 2020 school year;
    • For teachers to commence a relationship with their learning groups for 2020; and
    • To examine the learning group cohorts for any perceived problems.

    With this final dot point in mind we would request that parents and boys did not request learning group changes. This is something that we can look at in early 2020.

     

    House Beach Bonanza (HBB) Day: Wednesday December 11 @ Seven Mile Beach

    Next Wednesday we will be heading to Seven Mile Beach to participate in HBB Day. As the boys know, this event offers the chance for them to gain vital House points for the House Cup. The day is designed so all boys are involved in a number of enjoyable team challenges. The following arrangements will be outlined to the students:

    Uniform: Students should wear a house coloured shirt and board shorts to school. As this is a House event appropriate coloured clothing is encouraged. If possible, they should also bring an alternative bag to the school bag. A hat, towel & sunscreen are vital. Boys need to make sure they have a change of dry clothes as they cannot travel on the bus in their wet bathers.

    Lunch: BYO Food and drinks – there will be no other options available.

    General Outline:

    • Students travel to school as normal with the exception of those who have returned notes to their Pastoral Care Teacher outlining other arrangements.
    • Buses depart for Seven Mile Beach from school at approx. 9:00am.
    • Buses arrive at the carpark at Seven Mile Beach, at approximately 9.40am.
    • Activities commence around 10.00am.
    • Boys will rotate through activities such as Rafting, Beach Flags, Ramp Building, Run Swim Run, Beach Sports and a free swim. Suitably qualified Life Saving staff will be provided.
    • Announcement of results 2.00pm
    • Dismissal to buses in grade groups at around 2.10pm. There will be buses returning to Austin’s Ferry.
    • Buses will go on reverse route, similar to Athletics Day.

     


    Date: 4-Dec-19  09:57  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.39 Section: Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    A Busy End of Year

    Band Performance
    St Virgil’s Junior School Grade 5 and Grade 6 Band students were treated to a wonderful performance by visiting Elizabeth College Trombone Ensemble students under the direction of Mr Les Johnston. The ensemble performed a wide variety of music, ranging from Beethoven through to the theme from ‘Get Smart’. Many intelligent questions were asked of the performers and all of the students enjoyed the performance. We thank Mr Johnston and his students for coming and entertaining us.

     

    Orientation
    Our Orientation Day is underway for all Grade 3s and new students in other grade levels. We welcomed all parents and boys with an information session, including a great prayer service organised by Grade 3, involving footage of boys praying, reading the gospel and a stop motion nativity. Thank you to Ms Daun for organising this. It was also wonderful to see a snapshot in picture and song of the many and varied activities our boys have been involved in this year. Mrs Read did a wonderful job in updating the photos and background music to provide an amazing showcase of our year.  We wish all our new boys and their families all the best as they begin their St Virgil’s journey.

    Grade 6 Amazing Race with St Mary’s College
    Our Grade 6 boys enjoyed an exciting afternoon mixing with the Grade 6 girls from St Mary’s College in a school based ‘Amazing Race’. They had picture clues to find areas around each school and then they were given a puzzle piece. There was much running, laughter and fun. The winning teams enjoyed prizes of chocolate. It was a great opportunity for the two schools to come together. Thank you to the staff of SVC and SMC for organising the afternoon.

    iPad collection next week
    The iPads currently used by Junior School boys will be collected next week. An outline of the inspection and collection process was distributed via parent paperwork yesterday. Please take note of the details of what needs to be returned and when this will happen for each grade.

    Reports
    Teachers are currently finalising grades and comments for End of Year Reports. These reports will be released early next week to the Parent Access Module.

    News from St Mary’s Cathedral:
    The 2020 St Mary’s Cathedral Parish Sacramental Programme will begin with an information evening on Tuesday February 25 from 6:00 to 7:30pm in the Cathedral Centre.  The program is strictly for children aged 7 and above.  Parents wishing to enrol their child should contact Jo MacFarlane at macfarlane3jo@gmail.com to register interest.

    When registering interest, please provide child’s name, birth date and school. Any queries can also be directed to the same email address.

    Calendar Dates
    December 5: Orientation Day

    Volunteer Appreciation Evening

    December 6: Primary Schools Triathlon

    December 10: Bethlehem House gift giving

    December 11: End of Year Assembly: 12.30 pm (at Austins Ferry)

    December 12: Thanksgiving Liturgy and Awards Ceremony (7.00 pm Cathedral)

    December 13: Last day for students; picnic day and Guard of Honour for Grade 6 (2.45 pm)

     


    Date: 4-Dec-19  09:52  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.39 Section: Junior School

    Director of Identity

    Reconciliation Group Camp

    This week the Reconciliation Group have been camping, and battling flood conditions at Cockle Creek in the South West. The camp aims to support Aboriginal students in learning more about their culture and has been coordinated by Mrs Bridget Jenkins, the College's Justice and Peace Coordinator and nita Education staff, Mr Craig Everett and Mitchem Everett.

    As the photos highlight the boys have experienced all sorts of weather but have battled through and had a great time. A highlight of the trip occurs on Thursday night when parents will visit the camp site for a community gathering where we will share some cultural activities, stories and an enormous feast (hopefully supplemented with fish and shellfish the boys have fished and dived for - as the photo below shows the initial signs are encouraging!)


    Date: 4-Dec-19  09:51  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.39 Section: Faith & Identity Senior School

    Director of Sport

    Cricket and Touch Football Premiers 

    Touch Football

    SVC 5 defeated CHS 3

    Congratulations to the Grade 10 Gold Touch Football team for winning the Southern Touch Grand Final against Clarence High on Wednesday. The team have been impressive all season. What a fantastic way to wrap up their SVC journey!

    Well done boys and super coach Mrs Jones!

    Grade 7&8 Cricket 

    St Virgil's College this week played in a round robin T20 competition with the Hutchins School and a visiting team from Peninsula Grammar School in Victoria. Despite a scare in Game 2 - we were 4-6, the team recorded two wins from their two matches. Star of the day was Will Simaan who made 67no and 24no - to follow up from his century in Under 15s at the weekend!

    Match Details

    Game 1: 

    SVC 1/138 from 20 overs defeated Peninsula Grammar 7/58 

    Krystian Jankowiak 28, Will Simaan 65*,  Jack Richardson 43*

    Joe McGann 2/7, Josh Cobern 2/6

    Game 2: 

    SVC 7-111 defeated Hutchins 6-101

    Will Simaan 24no, Krystian Jankowiak 20no, Jacob Goodsell 19, Harry Van Krannan 16

    Wickets - Will Simaan 2/25, and 1 wicket each to Jacob Goodsell, Jake Fehlberg, Krystian Jankowiak and Darcy Allen.


    Date: 4-Dec-19  09:32  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.39 Section: Senior School Sport

    Senior School Canteen

    Weekly Roster 

    FridayDecember 6Elisha BerryDeb McKenzie
       
    MondayDecember 9Susan Divin 
    TuesdayDecember 10Marilyn RooneyFran Kline
    WednesdayDecember 11HOUSE BEACHBONANZA DAY
    ThursdayDecember 12Lucia CampesePat King
    FridayDecember 13Jocelyn HuigslootSally Feldmanis

     

     


    Date: 4-Dec-19  09:15  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.39 Section: Senior School

    From the Principal

    Final Weeks - Farewells and New Beginnings! 

    This week we have recognised and celebrated the achievements and contributions that our Grade 10 boys have made to the ongoing story of St Virgil's College. All boys are to be commended upon the mature and good spirited manner in which they have approached exams, the OVA Memorial Mass, the Leavers' Dinner and Thanksgiving Ceremony. It has been gratifying to see the genuine love the boys have for the College and the deep connection that they have to each other. It provides strong endorsement for our strategic statement 'We Belong' which is an authentic expression of our values community, justice and respect.

    It also highlights that even in leaving, our young men will remain connected to the College, both through the OVA and through the enduring friendships that they have made. These friendships have been forged through shared experiences in the classrooms, music halls, camps, sports arenas and in lunchtime handball matches and chess games.

    In farewelling our Grade 10s I offer the following prayer:

    Good and loving God
    We thank you for the completion of another academic year. We are grateful for your guidance and love as we share in the lives of our students and their families. 

    Please bless and guide our students as they reach this end, and as they chart new beginnings.
    May what they have learned by being here with us allow them to truly be "men for
    others." May what we have learned from them enable us to be the same.

    Please help them to use all that they have learned here to make the world a better place - to
    serve others in true solidarity and kinship - to seek ways to help the poor, the marginalised,
    and those who are suffering - and to always seek the greater good.

    Finally, Father, we thank you for giving us the opportunity to build our community with these
    young men while they are here. Though they are leaving our campus, we know
    that they will always be with us as part of the St Virgil's family, and we ask that the bonds that
    have been created here remain strong despite any distance.

    We ask all of this in your name, and in the name of your Son. Amen. 

     

    Grade 7-9 Stepping Up Programme 

    From December 9 to 13, current Grade 7-9 students will commence their 2020 academic studies as part of our Stepping Up Programme. It is a great opportunity for students to meet their new teachers and find out about the requirements of the subject. It also provides an opportunity for boys to complete some tasks that will enable them to make a flying start to their studies in 2020.

    Boys are reminded that the programme is broken up this year with House Beach Bonanza Day to be held at Seven Mile Beach on Wednesday December 11.

    A reminder that the final day of classes for all Grade 3-9 students is Friday December 13.

     

    Junior School Dates 

    Whilst there are some changes in programmes and structures at the senior school, our Junior School students are still deeply immersed in studies and busy with a host of activities, celebrations and special events. In commending our Patrick St staff and students on the excellent manner in which they are approaching the end of the year, I draw your attention to the following events:

     

    November 28: Grade 10 Thanksgiving and Graduation: SRC attending

    November 29: Grade 3s to Playhouse Theatre

    November 29: SMC Disco for Grade 5 and 6 boys: 6pm – 8pm

    December 3: Evening Orientation for Grade 6 boys at Austins Ferry (5.00-6.30 pm)

    December 5: Orientation Day

    Volunteer Appreciation Evening

    December 6: Primary Schools Triathlon

    December 10: Bethlehem House gift giving

    December 11: End of Year Assembly: 12.30 pm (At Austins Ferry)

    December 12: Thanksgiving Liturgy and Awards Ceremony (7.00 pm Cathedral)

    December 13: Last day for students; picnic day and Guard of Honour for Grade 6 (2.45 pm)

     

    Welcome! 

    It was wonderful to welcome two new members to our College community this week:

    Mr Peter Rasmussen and his wife Kirsten and their two boys, William and Thomas, welcomed the safe arrival of a beautiful daughter and sister, Estelle Patricia.

    Mr Richard Wartho and his wife Lucie and daughter Helena welcome a future front rower and Melbourne supporter - Adrian Wartho!

     


    Date: 27-Nov-19  11:36  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.37 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Reminders for Thanksgiving Ceremony this evening 

    The Thanksgiving and Prize Giving ceremony is a significant event on the College calendar. It provides an opportunity for the College community to farewell the Class of 2019 as well as recognise boys who have displayed high levels of academic excellence and leadership within the College.

    Boys are reminded:

    • Please be at the DEC by 7pm, lined up in Pastoral care Groups.
    • Doors will open for parents and guests at 7.15pm.
    • Please be in full formal uniform - with shoes cleaned and hair neat.
    • The evening will conclude by 9pm.

    We look forward to a wonderful celebration.


    Date: 27-Nov-19  11:35  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.37 Section: Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Grade 6 Canberra Trip and Lots More! 

    Last week our Grade 6 students completed an education tour of the National capital. They had the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programmes with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $200 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate programme towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.

    This was a wonderful experience for all of the Grade 6 boys who embraced the opportunities at many national venues such as Parliament House, the Museum of Democracy at Old Parliament House, the Electoral Education Commission, the Arboretum, the Capital Exhibition Centre, Questacon, they Royal Australian Mint, the Australian Institute of Sport, the Zoo and Aquarium, the Australian War Memorial and the National Gallery. The boys enjoyed rooming with their mates in the Cabins at Alivio. We made the most of the play areas there on one night. The other nights we enjoyed a night tour of Questacon and a swim and slide at the Aquatic Centre. The boys enjoyed the hot breakfasts on offer and these set them up well for the extremely busy days.

    I would like to congratulate the boys on their enthusiasm in participating in all activities; for displaying a good content knowledge and remembering a lot of information from the various tours and venues we visited. Thank you to the staff members who accompanied and supported the boys on the tour, Mrs Chambers, Ms Lack, Mrs Conallin, Mrs Tollard, Mr Ellis and Mr Scanlon.

    Congratulations
    Our heartfelt congratulations to Mr Peter Rasmussen, his wife Kirsten and their two boys, William and Thomas, on the safe arrival of a beautiful daughter and sister, Estelle Patricia.

    OVA Memorial- Grade 10 Welcome Mass  1
    The Junior School together with the graduating Grade 10 class and the Old Virgilians, celebrated Mass in the Cathedral on Tuesday. This was a great opportunity for the Junior Campus boys to farewell the Grade 10s, many of whom they would know, with brothers, friends and former Junior School boys among the cohort. It was refreshing to hear the boys singing with gusto, particularly during the St Virgil’s Anthem.

    In the playground before the Mass, a great cricket game was had between the Year 10s and Grade 4s. The cheering rivalled any MCG crowd and the camaraderie between the boys was amazing to witness.

    STCPSSA (Catholic) Athletics Carnival
    On Friday November 22 St Virgil’s organised and hosted the Catholic Schools Athletics Carnival. Thank you to Mrs Kelly Dixon who spent a lot of time organising the carnival and was assisted on the day by Mr Moschogianis, Mr Terhell, Mrs Copeland, Mrs Read, Mrs Sutton and some senior school boys. The Junior School team performed extremely well. We won’t take any of Mrs Dixon’s good news away, so please read her full report in the Junior School Sport’s report. Congratulations to all boys for participating enthusiastically.

    Bethlehem House Christmas Gift Boxes
    Thank you to the Grade 5 boys who have work with their peers to source donations for Bethlehem House. We have a great collection of gifts to support the men of Bethlehem House. Ms Stary and the boys will pack and wrap these boxes next Wednesday December 4. If you would still like to donate some gifts, please send them in before next Wednesday.

    Calendar Dates
    As usual, it is a very busy finish to the year. We are encouraging boys to keep working hard in the classroom and to continue to do their best to finish the year on a positive note.

    November 28: Grade 10 Thanksgiving and Graduation: SRC attending

    November 29: Grade 3s to Playhouse Theatre

    November 29: SMC Disco for Grade 5 and 6 boys: 6pm – 8pm

    December 3: Evening Orientation for Grade 6 boys at Austins Ferry (5.00-6.30 pm)

    December 5: Orientation Day

    Volunteer Appreciation Evening

    December 6: Primary Schools Triathlon

    December 10: Bethlehem House gift giving

    December 11: End of Year Assembly: 12.30 pm (At Austins Ferry)

    December 12: Thanksgiving Liturgy and Awards Ceremony (7.00 pm Cathedral)

    December 13: Last day for students; picnic day and Guard of Honour for Grade 6 (2.45 pm)

     


    Date: 27-Nov-19  11:34  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.37 Section: Junior School

    Director of Learning and Teaching

    PB Murphy Award Winners and Leavers' Dinner Assistants 

    Joint Br PB Murphy Academic Excellence Award winners Phoenix Robey and Joseph Fracalossi

     

    2020 Student Leaders provided waiting support for the 2019 Leavers' Dinner.


    Date: 27-Nov-19  10:58  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.37 Section: Senior School

    Director of Identity

    Tonight, as we gather to celebrate the graduation of our Grade 10 students, we acknowledge the words and the deeds of these young men who each in their own way have lived out our College values of Community Justice and Respect.

    In the words of the Nobel Prize winning rock star beat poet Bob Dylan, in his beautiful tribute Forever Young, we wish them all peace and blessings for tonight and into the future.

     

    May God bless and keep you always,

    May your wishes all come true,

    May you always do for others

    And let others do for you.

    We recognise the countless hours of Service they have given to others; in their own community as sporting coaches, mentors, firefighters and peer support leaders and in the work they have done nationally and internationally through Caritas, Vinnies, Reconciliation and not least their engaging work for and presence at the Mary Rice Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.

     

    May you build a ladder to the stars

    And climb on every rung,

    and may you stay forever young

    We share in their growing ambitions and hopes for where their futures may take them and acknowledge the risks they have been prepared to take when setting themselves new challenges and goals.

     

    May you grow up to be righteous,

    May you grow up to be true,

    May you always know the truth

    And see the lights surrounding you.

    We take pride in every moment where their response has been one of integrity and truth, where they have been critical of assumptions and sought to make up their own minds about what is honourable and just.

     

    May you always be courageous,

    Stand upright and be strong,

    and may y you stay forever young

    We acknowledge the countless times and places that they have stood up for what is right, either on their own or by standing strong together, in the classroom, on the sporting field, on the buses and marching together on the streets, in parades, protests and rallies.

     

    May your hands always be busy,

    May your feet always be swift,

    May you have a strong foundation

    When the winds of changes shift.

    We recognise the hard work they have put into their studies, particularly during their recent exams and the contribution they have made to extra-curricular programmes, often while balancing part time jobs and commitments to families and friends.

     

    May your heart always be joyful,

    May your song always be sung,

    and may stay forever young.

    Most of all we celebrate the cheerful, fun, energetic and boundless enthusiasm of a great bunch of young men, and may they stay Forever Young.

     

    With credit to Songwriter - Bob Dylan, Forever Young lyrics © Emi April Music Inc.


    Date: 27-Nov-19  10:53  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.37 Section: Faith & Identity Senior School

    Assistant Deputy Principal

    Grade 10 Final Week and Head Start Programme 

    Our Grade 10s have enjoyed a really successful transition period culminating with the Leavers' Dinner on Tuesday night. It must be said the year group approached the exam period with maturity and thoroughness. Many of the boys performed well and should be proud of their efforts.
    Thursday night will see the College gather to celebrate the year of work at the annual Thanksgiving at The Derwent Entertainment Centre. This is a great chance to farewell the Class of 2019 and celebrate the academic successes of many other boys.
    Next week we welcome the young men who will make up the Grade 7 group of 2020 at the Orientation evening. This is an informal meeting designed for the boys and parents to meet with the staff who will guide them next year including their House Head and Pastoral Care teacher.
    On Thursday we will also host Grade 6 students from the Junior School for an Orientation Day. We have held similar days for many of our Catholic feeder schools during term 3.
    Boys will be given their new timetables soon, as we move towards the Head Start programme in the last week of term. It provides a great opportunity for boys to test their new option subjects for the week, as any requests for changes will only be available at the beginning of next year.

    Date: 27-Nov-19  10:52  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.37 Section: Senior School

    Junior School Sport

    STCPSSA Athletics Sports, SVC Sailing and Sports Photos 

    Last Sunday the College offered Try Sailing days at the Marine Education Centre (MEC). A warm strong breeze offered a few of the Junior school boys a chance to try their skills in the Pacers and enjoy a healthy swim from the middle of the river back to shore!

    There will be more ‘Sailing’ days on offer at the MEC next year during Term 1.  However if you are keen to experience and get involved with Sailing before then, I strongly encourage boys to get along and tackle a “Tacker Course” which are available during the summer holidays at many of the local Sailing Clubs.

    Matt Cubit, Sailing Coordinator

    Sport and Co-Curricular Photos

    The Sports & Co-curricular photos are now online for parents to order.

    To purchase photos please log on at: https://online.leadingimage.com.au/login

    And enter this shoot key: TZJ9W9ND

    All group photos are $12 plus postage and handling.

    Photos will be sent to student's home address. The link will remain open for 6 months to order these photos.

     

     


    Date: 27-Nov-19  10:36  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.37 Section: Junior School Sport

    Director of Sport

    State Basketball Titles, Cricket, SVC Sailing

    Tasmanian High School Basketball Championships

    The senior and junior teams played some determined basketball over the weekend just failing to come away with a championship medal.

    Seniors 

    The senior team won the 3rd place play off 75-18 against Riverside High School, after a close six point loss to Sacred Heart in the semi final. Prior to the semi final the team defeated Marist College Burnie and St Patrick's College, Launceston. A great team effort and a fitting end to a highly successful season.

    Juniors

    The Grade 7&8 team put in an amazing effort to finish in 4th Place.  Following a great pool win over New Town HS the boys were drawn to play a star studded Riverside HS team in the semi final, eventually losing 49-59. This took its toll and they literally ran out of legs in the play off for 3rd and 4th. Well done boys.

     

    Cricket - Grade 7&8 Finals 

    1 v 2 Play Off 

    3 v 4 Play Off

    SVC Blue 5/107 (19 overs) defeated Hutchins Black 105 (20).

    A hard fought, well played game full of strategy. Good team effort.

    SVC Sailing

    Last Sunday the College offered Try Sailing days at the Marine Education Centre (MEC). A warm strong breeze offered a few of the Junior school boys a chance to try their skills in the Pacers and enjoy a healthy swim from the middle of the river back to shore!

    There will be more ‘Sailing’ days on offer at the MEC next year during Term 1.  However if you are keen to experience and get involved with Sailing before then, I strongly encourage boys to get along and tackle a “Tacker Course” which are available during the summer holidays at many of the local Sailing Clubs.

    Matt Cubit, Sailing Coordinator

    Sport and Co-Curricular Photos

    The Sports & Co-curricular photos are now online for parents to order.

    To purchase photos please log on at: https://online.leadingimage.com.au/login

    And enter this shoot key: TZJ9W9ND

    All group photos are $12 plus postage and handling.

    Photos will be sent to student's home address. The link will remain open for 6 months to order these photos.

     


    Date: 27-Nov-19  10:35  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.37 Section: Senior School Sport

    Senior School Canteen

    Weekly Roster 

    MondayDecember 2Angela McCarthyBarbara Oates
    TuesdayDecember 3Jacqui Hickman 
    WednesdayDecember 4Annette SkellyPat Butcher
    ThursdayDecember 5Angela McCarthyEmily Devine
    FridayDecember 6Elisha BerryDeb McKenzie
        
    MondayDecember 9Susan Divin 
    TuesdayDecember 10Marilyn RooneyFran Kline
    WednesdayDecember 11House Beach BonanzaDay
    ThursdayDecember 12Lucia CampesePat King
    FridayDecember 13Jocelyn HuigslootSally Feldmanis

     

     

    Thank you to all our amazing volunteer helpers. We look forward to seeing you again in 2020.


    Date: 27-Nov-19  10:11  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.37 Section: Senior School

    From the Principal

    Fair - Thank You!

    Congratulations to all the hard workers involved in the running of the Fair at Austins Ferry on Monday evening. With a great array of food options, stalls, and music, there was something for everybody. It is always an event that requires a lot of organisation and without the help of the wonderful Parents & Friends Committee and parents, it wouldn’t be possible. Thank you to the Fair Committee so capably led by P&F President Kate Clark and Michelle Brown.

    The Fair was a great community event and also raised much appreciated funds which will, as always, be used in the ongoing education of our boys.  Thank you.

    Grade 10 Events Next Week

    The Grade 10 boys have been very diligent with their exam preparation and exams this week have been going well. The focus for the vast majority of the boys has been on studying for the exams and it is pleasing to see them emerge from exams knowing that they have done their best. I wish all boys well for their remaining exams.

    The final week for the Grade 10 students is always a fitting celebration of their time at St Virgil’s and I look forward to enjoying the significant events next week with them. key events are:

    • Grade 10/Old Virgilians Memorial Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral, 11.30am - featuring a welcome to the OVA for the Class of 2019. All members of our community are most welcome to attend.

     

    • Grade 10 Dinner Tuesday November 26, 7pm (arrival from 6.30) - Edmund Rice Hall

     

    • Thanksgiving Liturgy Thursday November 28, 7.30pm (arrival by 7.10)

    Derwent Entertainment Centre

    The events provide a wonderful opportunity to thank boys, and their parents, for the unique contribution they have made to the St Virgil's College community.

     

    Principal’s Tour – Friday November 22, 9am-10.30am

    If you know of anyone interested in touring the campus at Austins Ferry, the next scheduled Principal’s Tour is this Friday at 9.00am. It is a great opportunity to hear about the operation of the College, be taken on a tour by the students then return to the Board Room for morning tea. If you are interested in attending please advise the College Registrar – mnugent@stvirgils.tas.edu.au


    Date: 20-Nov-19  09:46  Edition: 2019 V.08 ed.36 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Fair Helpers - I would like to acknowledge the group of boys who stayed behind on Monday to assist in the setting up of the Fair. 

    I am sure the members of the P&F organising committee appreciated having the boys there to lighten the load. Well done lads!

    Grade 10 Exams

    So far we can only be positive in regard to the way in which the Grade 10s have approached their exams. As well as the obvious learning gained from the contents of theses exams, there is much to be learnt for future studies from the discipline and process of these exams. Those boys continuing to higher education will find exams are the norm so practice now can only be beneficial.

    Hats

    As the weather starts to heat up and the UV Index climbs it is crucial that hats are worn at lunch and during outdoor activities. While many boys wear the peaked cap style, it is great to see boys wearing the SVC bucket hat which offers far greater protection, particularly for the ears and back of the neck.

    Headstart Programme

    As we work towards the commencement of the Headstart Programme we have been busy ensuring that the new Learning Groups have been constructed with what is best for learning in mind. It is for this reason that I have informed the boys that there will not be any changes to Learning Groups this year. In part Headstart is designed to give us an opportunity to assess the group dynamic so that the new school year can commence in a calm and settled manner.


    Date: 20-Nov-19  09:46  Edition: 2019 V.08 ed.36 Section: Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    By the time this newsletter goes to print, the Grade 6 boys will be almost be on their way to the airport to come home after their four-day adventure to the Nation’s Capital, Canberra.

    The boys had an early start on Monday (4.20am arrival at Hobart Airport). After arriving in Canberra, their first stop for the tour group was the Arboretum, where there are over 94 forests of rare and endangered trees from around the world and Australia. The boys loved running and rolling down the massive green hill of a well-formed amphitheatre; the playground with giant acorns, rope ladders and tyre swings was also popular. Day one also saw a visit to the National Exhibition Centre and the Royal Australian Mint where the boys were mesmerised by the amount of coins they saw. Last stopover on day one was Questacon, where there were so many interactive and inquiry-based activities.

     

    On day two the first port of call was the AIS and a tour. Boys were amazed at the state-of-the-art training pool, with a multitude of cameras and even an underwater bunker for coaches to watch the swimmers. The boys also loved seeing the volleyballers in action. We were again lucky to meet up with an Old Virgilian and former Junior School boy Thomas Attrill who is training in Beach volleyball at the AIS and hoping to go to Europe next year to compete. Another point of note is that standing at 6 foot 7, Mr Brent Scanlon is the average height for a male volleyball player! The boys also visited the National Zoo and Aquarium. Many boys loved holding snakes, feeding the deer and emus and patting a swamp wallaby. In the afternoon a bike ride around Lake Burley Griffin was on the schedule. The final activity for the day was a visit to Parliament House.

    Day three for our tourists started off at the National Museum. There were so many things to see and take in. Some highlights – 55 boys squished into a massive iron ore ‘bucket’ from the mines. Many gifts for brothers, sisters and parents were purchased at the gift shop. Next stop was the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House and the highlight of the day was a visit to the Australian War Memorial.

    We look forward to catching up with our boys and staff on their return to school next week and wish them a safe journey home.

    STCPSSA Carnivals

    The STCPSSA Carnival has been rescheduled to this Friday. The boys will be hoping to capitalise on their successes from the very successful JSSATIS Carnival last Thursday, where our boys enjoyed great success. Our Grade 6 relay team even broke the Grade 6 relay record, which was a wonderful performance.

     Swimming Programme

    The swimming programme comes to an end this week. This has been a very successful four- week programme. Thank you for remembering to send in the swimming gear each day!

    Upcoming Events:
    November 22: STCPSSA Athletics at the Domain

    November 26: OVA Mass

    November 29: Grade 3s to Playhouse Theatre

    November 29: Grade 10 Thanksgiving and Graduation: SRC attending

    November 29: SMC Disco for Grade 5 and 6 boys: 6pm – 8pm

    December 3: Evening Orientation for Grade 6 boys at Austins Ferry

    December 5: Orientation Day

    December 6: Primary Schools Triathlon

     

     


    Date: 20-Nov-19  09:45  Edition: 2019 V.08 ed.36 Section: Junior School

    Director of Identity

    This week marked the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and yesterday, 20 November was World Children's Day; a day of action for child rights.

    On the weekend our friends at the Mary Rice centre hosted 215 people from child rights organisations working in Nairobi and invited their staff, families and children to celebrate this remarkable document and the achievements gained from their ongoing work.

     

    The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is a human rights treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children. Unlike a Declaration, which is an agreement among nations, a Convention is bound by international law and the nations that have ratified the UNCRC, such as Australia, have committed to ensuring that children’s rights are protected and promoted in their own country and internationally. More countries have ratified the UNCRC than any other human rights treaty in history.

     

    The UNCRC is framed around four guiding principles; that the best interests of the child will always the primary consideration, that the child has an inherent right to life and protection, education must enable each child to fulfil their potential and every child must be given the opportunity to express their opinions and be listened to.

     

    Every child has rights, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status and these rights cannot be taken away. Even although many children in Australia and around the world don’t enjoy these things, they still have the right to.

     

    The following link provides a user-friendly version of the UNCRC and is a great starting point for further investigating the rights of every child.

     

    https://www.unicef.org.au/Upload/UNICEF/Media/Our%20work/childfriendlycrc.pdf

     

     


    Date: 20-Nov-19  09:44  Edition: 2019 V.08 ed.36 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Director of Learning and Teaching

    Introduction to Hospitality Excursion

    For their final lesson, Introduction to Hospitality students visited 12 Stones Restaurant in Pontville. Brendan Walter, owner, manager and head chef spoke with the students, sharing his story of working in the hospitality industry. His story began at St Virgil’s College doing Food Technology, then onto GYC where he completed Certificate II in Hospitality. From there he started as a kitchen hand at Meadow Bank, progressing on to an apprenticeship. Once his apprenticeship was completed, he worked in France and in a number of positions overseas. More recently, he was in charge of the kitchen at Stefano Lubiana. He now owns and operates 12 Stones Restaurant.

    Brendan showed the students through the restaurant, front and back of house and talked about his philosophy on food and business - fresh, high quality, local produce and good service.

    The excursion provided students with a great opportunity to see where their hospitality skills could lead them. Brendan was an inspiration and left students with something to aspire to.


    Date: 20-Nov-19  09:43  Edition: 2019 V.08 ed.36 Section: Senior School

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