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  • From the Principal

    Time for Reflection, Time for a Re-Set!

     Date:  1-Jul-20  08:53      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed.20     Section:   From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Semester 1 has delivered to us a set of experiences that none could have imagined.

     Date:  1-Jul-20  08:46      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed.20     Section:   Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Welcome all to the final week of Term 2.

     Date:  1-Jul-20  08:44      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed.20     Section:   Junior School

    Director of Identity

    A Prayer for Uncertain Times

     Date:  1-Jul-20  08:41      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed.20     Section:   Junior School Senior School

    Reconciliation Action Plan News

    Respect with the Community - Celebrate Days of National Significance

     Date:  1-Jul-20  08:26      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed.20     Section:   Junior School Senior School

    Senior School Canteen

    Volunteers are Back for Term 3!

     Date:  1-Jul-20  08:23      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed.20     Section:   Senior School

    Community News

     

     Date:  1-Jul-20  08:18      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed.20     Section:   Junior School Senior School

    From the Principal

    A Memorable Week for St Virgil's College!

     Date:  24-Jun-20  10:56      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed.19     Section:   From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Mrs Heidi Senior

     Date:  24-Jun-20  10:35      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed.19     Section:   Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Building Works and Mary Rice Day - Friday June 26 

     Date:  24-Jun-20  10:27      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed.19     Section:   Junior School

    Director of Identity

    “Genuine healing happens here, not in miraculous cures, but through mutual respect, care, and love, where vulnerability becomes a source of strength and wholeness, a place of reconciliation and communion with others.” Jean Vanier

     Date:  24-Jun-20  10:21      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed.19     Section:   Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Reconciliation Action Plan

    Respect Around the School - Visibly Demonstrate Respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

     Date:  24-Jun-20  10:12      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed.19     Section:   Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Senior School Canteen

    New Product from Tasmanian Bakeries!

     Date:  24-Jun-20  09:58      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed.19     Section:   Senior School

    Community News

    Showtime Soccer Clinics, Uniform Shop Holiday Trading Hours, Sports Clinics and Messages 

     Date:  24-Jun-20  09:50      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed.19     Section:   Community News

    From the Principal

    It is wonderful to have all the boys back at their respective school campus and a sense of normality happening.

     Date:  17-Jun-20  09:16      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed18     Section:   From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Earlier this month, Dr Ian Lillico from the Boys Forward Institute wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald about how to best tap into boys’ strengths to enhance their learning success.

     Date:  17-Jun-20  09:13      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed18     Section:   Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Mrs Fiona Chambers and Mrs Jo Messer

     Date:  17-Jun-20  09:05      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed18     Section:   Junior School
  • From the Principal

    Time for Reflection, Time for a Re-Set!

      2020 V.09 Ed.20
     From the Principal
    Junior School
    Senior School
     1-Jul-20  20:53

    Deputy Principal

    Semester 1 has delivered to us a set of experiences that none could have imagined.

      2020 V.09 Ed.20
     Senior School
     1-Jul-20  20:46

    Heads of Junior School

    Welcome all to the final week of Term 2.

      2020 V.09 Ed.20
     Junior School
     1-Jul-20  20:44

    Director of Identity

    A Prayer for Uncertain Times

      2020 V.09 Ed.20
     Junior School
    Senior School
     1-Jul-20  20:41

    Reconciliation Action Plan News

    Respect with the Community - Celebrate Days of National Significance

      2020 V.09 Ed.20
     Junior School
    Senior School
     1-Jul-20  20:26

    Senior School Canteen

    Volunteers are Back for Term 3!

      2020 V.09 Ed.20
     Senior School
     1-Jul-20  20:23

    Community News

     

      2020 V.09 Ed.20
     Junior School
    Senior School
     1-Jul-20  20:18

    From the Principal

    A Memorable Week for St Virgil's College!

      2020 V.09 Ed.19
     From the Principal
    Junior School
    Senior School
     24-Jun-20  22:56

    Deputy Principal

    Mrs Heidi Senior

      2020 V.09 Ed.19
     Senior School
     24-Jun-20  22:35

    Heads of Junior School

    Building Works and Mary Rice Day - Friday June 26 

      2020 V.09 Ed.19
     Junior School
     24-Jun-20  22:27

    Director of Identity

    “Genuine healing happens here, not in miraculous cures, but through mutual respect, care, and love, where vulnerability becomes...

      2020 V.09 Ed.19
     Faith & Identity
    Junior School
    Senior School
     24-Jun-20  22:21

    Reconciliation Action Plan

    Respect Around the School - Visibly Demonstrate Respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

      2020 V.09 Ed.19
     Faith & Identity
    Junior School
    Senior School
     24-Jun-20  22:12

    Senior School Canteen

    New Product from Tasmanian Bakeries!

      2020 V.09 Ed.19
     Senior School
     24-Jun-20  21:58

    Community News

    Showtime Soccer Clinics, Uniform Shop Holiday Trading Hours, Sports Clinics and Messages 

      2020 V.09 Ed.19
     Community News
     24-Jun-20  21:50

    From the Principal

    It is wonderful to have all the boys back at their respective school campus and a sense of...

      2020 V.09 Ed18
     From the Principal
    Junior School
    Senior School
     17-Jun-20  21:16

    Deputy Principal

    Earlier this month, Dr Ian Lillico from the Boys Forward Institute wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald about...

      2020 V.09 Ed18
     Senior School
     17-Jun-20  21:13

    Heads of Junior School

    Mrs Fiona Chambers and Mrs Jo Messer

      2020 V.09 Ed18
     Junior School
     17-Jun-20  21:05
  • From the Principal

    Time for Reflection, Time for a Re-Set!

    As we reach the end of what has certainly been a time of great disruption and change, I wish all boys a restful break for the next two weeks and look forward to welcoming them all back on site on Tuesday July 21. This has been a year like no other and yet it has provided rich learning for all members of our College community. We have embraced new technologies and ways of learning, changed the way we engage with each other and re-defined what it means to be a faith inspired community. Some of these changes have come easily to us, particularly in regards to technology where our young men are certainly wonderful exemplars of being 'early adopters'!

    Some of the benefits of changes have been hard fought and are a great testament to our resilience, beliefs and determination. Other changes have been difficult, particularly those involving disconnection from loved ones and friends and it is important to recognise the anxiety and fear that has been associated with these events.

    Whilst the pace and intensity of change has been significant one constant is our relationship with God. As a Catholic school it underpins the sense of connection that we all yearn for during challenging times. We know that God loves us and that if we ask for his strength, his guidance and love it will be freely provided. I am constantly inspired by the Mary Rice community in Kenya, who despite the challenges of poverty, illness and food shortages, are unshakable in their faith and belief that their struggles are a measure of their faith in God and the boundless love he has for them. I pray that we can embed this faith within our own lives.

    End of Semester is an ideal opportunity to stop and reflect what we have achieved this year. Have we been thankful for the lives that we have? Have we made the most of the opportunities we have been presented with? Have we been kind to others? Have we followed the expectations we have signed up for?  Have we modelled the mission of our great College?

    These are all important questions and the great news is that all boys have the power to answer these questions in the affirmative if they have the courage to take on small deeds and re-set their goals for the remainder of the year. By simply ensuring that they comply with the College's hair and uniform expectations students are demonstrating that they value being part of our community. By being kind to others, being a good friend and making good decisions when others may not be, boys are helping build our culture as a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition. By doing their best in all endeavours, boys are acknowledging that they wish to fulfil their God given potential and are honouring the belief that parents, teachers and the wider community have in them.

    These are all noble aims and our boys need our support in being young men of deeds, not words alone. Please find some time over the holidays to check in with your son and find out how he is going. Talk to him about kindness, being a good friend, being part of our community, resilience and working hard. And then take some time to help him set goals for the remainder of the year - in all aspects of his life. This is the key to success, especially during these challenging times.

    A great medium for goal setting in the classroom are our Parent, Student and Teacher Conferences to be held on Monday July 20at both campuses. These meetings are invaluable in reinforcing the learning partnership between home and school and provide a real opportunity to set Learning Goals for Semester 2 - and beyond.

     

    Semester 1 Reports 

    As Term 2 draws to a close, we wish to inform you that your son’s mid-year Report will be available at 9:00 am Friday July 3 in the Parent Access Module (PAM). The facility to book Parent Teacher conferences for Monday July 20 will also be available.

    With the massive interruptions the COVID-19 pandemic created to our normal processes, we have been required to adapt. One of the outcomes of this adaptation is that we do not have the normal breadth of authentic assessment data that we would normally have to support accurate reporting. Under the direction of the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office, the 2020 Mid-Year report will be replaced by a Statement of Progress. More information about your son’s learning is highlighted in the regular online feedback that teachers provide via PAM. This feedback is designed to allow you to see how your son is performing in real time, and engage with both him, and his teachers in conversations about strategies for improvement and extension.

    End of Term 2

    A reminder that this Friday is a student free day to enable the staff to fulfil their requirements of Accreditation Formation.

     

    Enrolment

    A reminder of the closing dates for enrolment applications:

    Grade 3 to 6 2021 enrolments close tomorrow, July 3

    Grade 7 2022 enrolments close on September 11 2020

    Please complete the online Enrolment Expression of Interest form available from the College website – www.stvirgils.tas.edu.au

     

     


    Date: 1-Jul-20  08:53  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.20 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Semester 1 has delivered to us a set of experiences that none could have imagined.

    As the boys gathered for the Blessing of the Bags, who knew just how much resilience, creativity and persistence we needed there to be in those hearts?

    The interruptions and variations demanded by the emergency response to a global pandemic have made their impact in all aspects of our school. While some of those impacts have been temporary and are starting to return to how they  were, some of them have changed the face of our College forever. I would like to thank every member of our community who has adapted, adjusted and struggled to keep the St Virgil’s ship sailing.

    This week, you and your son will receive a brief Statement of Progress which replaces the normal Mid-Year report. This is one such example of the impact of COVID-19. With the rapid and adaptive approach we had to take to the continuing education of the boys, our focus was rightly on student wellbeing and engagement. We acknowledged the difficulty of ensuring equitable access to high-quality and valid assessment during the online learning provision and instead centred our efforts on providing feedback on the learning that was happening.

    And so, this year, more than any other, you are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the Parent Student Teacher Conferences to be held on Monday July 20. These conferences allow you and your son to take stock of the progress made to date, and set important learning goals for the remainder of the year. I look forward to meeting many of you then, and in the meantime, I hope all of the boys and their families are able to have a restful holiday time.

     


    Date: 1-Jul-20  08:46  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.20 Section: Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Welcome all to the final week of Term 2. I’m sure we would all agree it has been an interesting term, full of challenges. However, with hard work, commitment and flexibility shown by all staff and students, there have also been great learning opportunities and positive achievements.

    Supporting our friends at Mary Rice
    Last week many of the classes learnt about the Mary Rice Centre, Kibera, Nairobi and Kenya. The boys were able to look at the many photos from the last two Kenya Immersion trips and see our Year 9&10 boys and staff meeting and sharing many amazing moments with our friends at the Mary Rice Centre. From the posters the boys created and the response to the fundraising effort, it is obvious they have a better insight into life at the MRC as well as the important relationship SVC has with them and the support we are able to give. The generosity of the Junior School boys and their families came to the fore and we raised $683 in that one day, which Mr Waddington will give to Br Gerald in order to purchase much needed food items for the children and families of the MRC. The messages of hope on the posters the JS boys created were heartfelt and impacted our friends on a very deep level. Thank you everyone for your support of and interest in getting to know more about our friends at the MRC.

    Student Free Day
    Please remember that this Friday (July 3) is a student free day for all boys at the College.

    Statement of Progress Reports
    Teachers have finalised the Statement of Progress Reports and these will be released this afternoon. When you have read your son’s report you may wish to book a Parent,Student and Teacher conference time. These will be held on Monday July 20 at the Junior School in your son’s classroom. Your son’s teacher may have also requested an interview. This is a great opportunity to meet and discuss progress, as well as any areas that your son may need to concentrate on next term.

    Mid-Year Virtual Assembly
    Miss Daun and Grade 5&6 have been working hard to put together our virtual assembly for the end of term. Classes will be watching it today and parents will be sent a link to also view it. The assembly will include a prayer; class awards and our School Spirit Award for each class; the announcement of House points for the week and the Term; a message from Mrs Messer and Mrs Chambers and some other items.

    The winning House team will enjoy a Pizza Party at lunch today, so the boys will be eager to know the results. Thank you, Miss Daun, for creating this wonderful assembly.

    Calendar Dates

    Week 10                      Statement of Progress Reports released

    July 2                           Mid-Year Virtual Assembly (Grade 5/6 organising)

    July 3                           Student Free Day

    July 20                         Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

    July 21                         First day for students Term 3

     

     


    Date: 1-Jul-20  08:44  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.20 Section: Junior School

    Director of Identity

    A Prayer for Uncertain Times

    “We are beloved creatures of God, who in his goodness calls us to love life and live it in communion with the rest of creation.”

    As we come to the end of a term of learning like no other we have experienced before, we head into our holiday break safer in our common environment than pretty much any-one else in the world. When we are asked to ‘holiday at home’ this school holidays we reflect on the amazingly beautiful and precious island that we are blessed to call our home.

    And for those of us that are able to take up this opportunity to get out into our forests, climb our hills and mountains, walk along stormy beaches and enjoy the ice and snow let us take this time to give thanks and to heal. Let us take strength form our beautiful environment, let us become unafraid, rested and hopeful so that we a reenergised to continue working for and with our brothers and sisters around the world who don’t enjoy the lives that we do. Let us learn to “love our life and live it in communion with the rest of creation.”

     

    My God, I have no idea where I am going.

    I do not see the road ahead of me.

    I cannot know for certain where it will end.

    Nor do I really know myself,

    And the fact that I think I am following your will

    does not mean that I am actually doing so.

    But I believe that the desire to please you

    does in fact please you.

    And I hope that I have that desire in all that I am doing.

    And I know that if I do this,

    you will lead me by the right road

    though I may know nothing about it.

    Therefore, will I trust you always

    though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death,

    I will not fear,

    for you are ever with me

    and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

    Thomas Merton

     


    Date: 1-Jul-20  08:41  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.20 Section: Junior School Senior School

    Assistant Deputy Principal - Students and Transitions

    Uniform and Hair Expectations and GYC Transitions

    I have written previously about the College's expectations regarding uniform and hair which are clearly outlined in the Student Diary. The vast majority of our boys do the right thing and follow these expectations. Unfortunately, there are still several boys who continue to ignore our expectations. Heads of House have identified boys who require their hair to be cut over the school holidays so as to comply with our expectations. I have met with these boys and parents will receive an Edsmart letter today.

    The College's expectations, signed by parents and students at the time of enrolment are outlined below:

    Haircuts

    • Student hair is to be neat, clean and generally conform to community standards. 
    • There should be no dramatic grading in length, or undercutting. 
    • It is also unacceptable to have their hair cut with a number one blade. 
    • Hair should be no longer than collar length, and should not obstruct vision in any way.
    • Tinting and bleaching are not permitted. 

     Student should consult their Head of House or Mr Canning if they require further advice on this matter. Please note that the final arbiter on the acceptance of styles is the Principal.

     Uniform

    Some students have also not been wearing our College uniform appropriately and therefore have been required to wear the formal uniform for a period of time. A reminder that sport uniform is only to be worn when a student has HPE or a Line subject which requires them to wear the sports uniform, or if they have after school sport (which currently is not taking place due to current restrictions). I ask all Parents/Guardians to please support the College in maintaining our standards.

     

    Guilford Young College Transition

    A reminder that this week in place of the Pathways Expo there have been Course Webinars taking place which will provide information on courses that students may be considering and provide opportunities for students and parents to ask questions and get feedback in real time. The webinars will cover all courses at least once and more often for Mathematics, English and RE courses. The timetable has been sent out to students. If students miss a webinar, they are availabl through the following link;

    https://www.gyc.tas.edu.au/webinars/

     

    The two following links will also assist students in their subject selections for Year 11, and I encourage students and parents to look through these together and discuss future pathways.

     

    Subject Handbook https://tinyurl.com/y9m54vst.

     

    Careers Newsletter https://tinyurl.com/ycs4whkf

     

    Important Dates

     

     

    GENERAL INFORMATION + COURSE / FACULTY WEBINARS (FOR PARENTS & STUDENTS)
     

     

    22 June to 2 July, 5pm onward

    Further information to come.

     

    INITIAL COURSE COUNSELLING
     

     23 to 30 July

    TBA

     

     OPEN DAYS (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)
     

    Wed 12 August 9am-6pm *Govt. restrictions allowing*

    Hobart & Glenorchy Campuses

    Wed 14 October

    9am–12pm and 3-6pm

    Hobart & Glenorchy Campuses

     


    Date: 1-Jul-20  08:29  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.20 Section: Senior School

    Reconciliation Action Plan News

    Respect with the Community - Celebrate Days of National Significance

    NAIDOC Week events, activities, recognitions and awards are held in Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC originally stood for the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee which was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

    Each year, there is a different theme that provides a focus for the planned celebrations and the theme for 2020 is:

    Always Was, Always Will Be

    NAIDOC Week was scheduled to be celebrated during the first week of our school holidays (July 5 -  July 12), however the National NAIDOC Committee has decided to postpone NAIDOC Week 2020 in the interest of safety for its communities and is looking to hold the usual activities and events later in the year. This doesn’t mean that we can’t still be thinking about the important message in this year’s theme and the school holidays give us a great opportunity to do just that.

    The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre has created an interactive map of the Aboriginal names of over 180 places in lutruwita trowunna Tasmania which means that when we’re out and about holidaying at home this break, we can learn and speak the names of the places we live, work and holiday upon. The map can be used on computer, phones or tablets and the names are shown in palawa kani and English. You can access the map through the following link, scroll over each name to hear it said, and open each place to learn some history of its name. http://tacinc.com.au/pk/GIS/index.html#7/-43.902/149.963

    Always Was, Always Will Be recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years and invites all Australians to embrace the true history of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations and which we can begin to acknowledge through the very simple act of calling Country by its original name.

     


    Date: 1-Jul-20  08:26  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.20 Section: Junior School Senior School

    Senior School Canteen

    Volunteers are Back for Term 3!

    Subject to social distancing and Covid hygiene requirements of course!

    Term 3 Week 1&2 Roster 

    MondayJuly 20P/S/T CONFERENCESNo Canteen 
    TuesdayJuly 21Susan DivinAngela McCarthy 
    WednesdayJuly 22Selina Percey Help Needed 
    ThursdayJuly 23Emily DevineDanielle Mills 
    FridayJuly 24Karen McMillonGemma Chivers 
         
    MondayJuly 27Angela McCarthyBarbara Oats 
    TuesdayJuly 28Jenny Rogers Help Needed 
    Wednesday July 29Pat ButcherMaria Gerathy 
    Thursday July 30 Help Needed  Help Needed 
    FridayJuly 31Jocelyn HuigslootRachel SylvesterSally Feldmanis

     


    Date: 1-Jul-20  08:23  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.20 Section: Senior School

    Community News

     


    Date: 1-Jul-20  08:18  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.20 Section: Junior School Senior School

    From the Principal

    A Memorable Week for St Virgil's College!

    Kinder to Year 12 Becomes a Reality

    Yesterday at Parliament House the Archbishop, Premier, Minister for Education, and Director of Catholic Education delivered a joint announcement to  advise that Catholic Education Tasmania will expand its educational provision by offering Year 11 and 12 at St Virgil’s College, St Aloysius College and MacKillop College. This expands the system in Tasmania by bringing these schools' offerings in to line with St Patrick’s College, St Brendan-Shaw College, Marist College, St Mary’s and Guilford Young College.

    This expansion is an outstanding opportunity for Catholic education to provide senior secondary education to a wider demographic in Tasmania with the collaborative expansion between the colleges providing sound moderation and learning opportunities for all students. For the expansion schools, the first Grade 11 cohort will commence in February 2023 which is current Grade 8 students in Southern Tasmania.

    For St Virgil’s, with our primary school expansion well underway, it will mean that in 2024 we will have a complete Kindergarten to Year 12 cohort on the Patrick Street and Austins Ferry sites,  providing an exciting opportunity for all students and staff in the College. Earlier this week we completed our Kindergarten interviews and we look forward to welcoming our newest members and our first lifers at St Virgil’s next year.

    As part of this expansion we are currently moving into a Strategic Planning Phase from 2021 – 2024 and as part of our discernment we will be engaging the community in what will be best for our young men and their learning into the future. This process began last night with the Board of Management and Senior Leadership committing to a detailed strategic planning process which will collaborate with stakeholders in our community to develop a vision and mission for this new venture.  We look forward to working together as we explore the exciting new future for our College.

    Final Day Next week

    As part of our commitment of ongoing staff formation, the College has a professional learning day next Friday July 3. This is a student free day.

     

    Reporting and Parent, Student and Teacher Conferences

    Due to the disruptions to the learning programme caused by Covid 19, Statements of  Progress will be available next week for your son. These Statements will provide a catalyst for a goal setting conversation on Monday July 20 at both campuses. The Statements will be on the Parent Access Module (PAM) and will include a direct access link to enable parents to book a time online for Parent, Student and Teacher meetings on Monday July 22.

     

    Enrolment

    A reminder of the closing dates for enrolment applications:

    Grade 3 to 6  - 2021 enrolments close on July 3 2020

    Grade 7 2022 enrolments close on September 11 2020

    Please complete the online Enrolment Expression of Interest form available from the College website – www.stvirgils.tas.edu.au

     

    Tours

    During COVID 19 restrictions please note that the usual Open Days and Tours are not possible. Virtual Principal’s Tours are on our website

    https://youtu.be/6hvnVveLpgk (Austins Ferry campus)

    https://youtu.be/XY_d-hHOgII (Junior School campus)

     

    Twilight Tours are also being offered on June 30, July 1 and 2 from 3.30pm-5pm at the Senior Campus at Austins Ferry. With strict limitations on numbers due to Covid 19, bookings are essential and can be made via: https://www.trybooking.com/BJVVV

    If you require any specific information about enrolment please contact the  College Registrar, Mrs Monica Nugent - mnugent@stvirgils.tas.edu.au or 6249 6519

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    Date: 24-Jun-20  10:56  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.19 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Mrs Heidi Senior

    I graduated from Year 12 in the Class of ‘94 from St Mary’s College. My brothers up the hill, the Class of ‘94 of St Virgil’s College, were the last graduating Year 12s that our College has seen. I remember sitting in the back pews of St Mary’s Cathedral, witnessing their Graduation Mass. The College Captain, Shane Cracknell, quoted Percy Bysshe Shelley:

    Music, when soft voices die,

    Vibrates in the memory—

    Odours, when sweet violets sicken,

    Live within the sense they quicken.

     

    Rose leaves, when the rose is dead,

    Are heaped for the belovèd's bed;

    And so thy thoughts, when thou art gone,

    Love itself shall slumber on.

     

    The poem describes the indelible nature of memory; how it persists long after the beloved subject has gone. It articulates that while there is loss, we retain in our minds, the essence, beauty and spirit of what has gone before. Shane’s (and I’m sure the teachers who supported him in his preparation) choice of words eloquently communicated the immediate and enormous sense of loss the boys felt at being the last Year 12 cohort. But more importantly and significantly I think, it conveyed that whatever it was that made St Virgil’s so important to them would live on, in their hearts and minds.

    And so now, we are presented with the opportunity and the challenge to recreate a school for senior secondary boys. Immediately our minds run to opportunities, and ideas and reminiscences. I am sure that for many in our community, there is a sense of finally being able to regain what has been lost. But herein lies one of our most fundamental challenges. We must take our time to understand what indeed it was about SVC that those 1994 Year 12s, now grown-up men with children of their own, and all the Virgilians before them valued so highly. Was it the buildings, or the lesson structures, or the games they played? Perhaps. More likely though, it was the way being a Virgilian, and SVC Leaver, made them feel. 

    In 1994 we watched shows on TV with names like “Beyond 2000”. The future is here. We are a fifth of the way through the 21st Century that educators keep talking about preparing students for. The world has changed in ways we barely could have imagined back then. As we journey towards our goal set to be achieved by 2023, we must seek to understand how to create the same sense of belonging, spirit and passion in our current context and at the same time, seek to provide a better education than our predecessors experienced. We must respect and champion our history and also walk bravely to the horizon, taking risks to do things differently in the pursuit of learning that truly engages, activates and liberates our young men.

    Our first step in this exciting journey is strategic planning. It is time to construct as a community, our shared vision of what the Class of ‘24 will be like. The key questions are what will they share in common with the Class of ‘94, and how, thirty years later, will our graduates be different? I urge you, our wonderful community, to take up the opportunity to be involved and to lend your voice to our planning. Stay tuned for the chance to have your say!

     

     


    Date: 24-Jun-20  10:35  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.19 Section: Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Building Works and Mary Rice Day - Friday June 26 

    Supporting our Friends at Mary Rice
    Over the last few weeks, the staff of St Virgil’s College have donated money to be sent directly to our friends at the Mary Rice Centre to support their families.

    From Mr Waddington:
    The donations from staff have enabled the Centre to purchase food supplies and distribute them to the families of students at Mary Rice. As Br Gerald notes, “food parcels were given out to 111 families. Thank you so much – our parents were in tears”.

     For many families this is their only means of accessing food as due to the strict lockdowns and the closing of the Centre, most parents are unable to work and must use what little savings they have to pay for rent, water and power. The support of our staff and other friends of Mary Rice is literally saving the lives of these families – thank you!

    Sadly, there is little end in sight in terms of food shortages for the families of the MRC.

    This Friday (June 26) the Junior School boys are encouraged to bring in a gold coin donation and to wear their sports uniform. The donations will go directly to the MRC which will enable Br Gerald and his team to continue to buy much needed food supplies for families.

    The boys have been talking about the MRC in classes and looking at the photos and videos from past Kenyan Immersions. They have made beautiful posters with messages of hope for our friends. These will be included in an iMovie prayer/reflection which all the JS classes will watch on Friday and we will send it to Br Gerald to share in Nairobi.  Have a close look at some of the beautiful messages the boys have written.

    Asante sana (thank you) for your amazing support.

    Mary Rice Day 

     

    Building Progress
    We have all been watching the progress of the airbridge with excitement and anticipation. It is coming along great guns as you can see from the photo below:

    Grade 4 Artwork
    In Art, Grade 4 have been studying line, patterns and beetle and insects shapes. Artworks were completed using metallic pens, coloured pencils and black paper.They have enjoyed using their imaginations and applying the skills learned to produce some very special artwork.

     

     

    Grade 5 and 6 Poetry
    In Grade 5 and 6 we have been learning about different literary devices and using them in poetry writing.  Many boys were keen to share their very interesting poetry. Here are a few examples:

    Personification at Night – by Logan Ransley
    1. The car was suffering and was in need of the R.A.C.T
    2. The stars danced playfully in the moonlight
    3. The lightning danced across the sky
    4.The wind howled in the night
    5. The car complained as the key was roughly turned in its ignition
    6. My alarm clock yells at me every morning to get out of bed
    7. The lightning was grumbling in the distance
    8. The moon smiles at the stars in the sky

    Alliteration at the Zoo by Joseph Shanny
    Hungry hippos happily hug horses.
    Big beautiful butterflies bash bears in the backside.
    Dreadful dolphins drowned delightful dogs.
    Playful pandas piece puzzles perfectly.

    A Simile Poem by Cody Gray
    He is like an engine, always snoring when he sleeps.
    He is as tough as a bull, always protecting me.
    He is like a big smile, always making me happy.
    He is as reliable as a truck engine, never running out of steam.
    He is as trustworthy as my mum, because she is very trustworthy.
    He is my dad.

    Calendar Dates:

    June 26                        Sport uniform in support of our friends at the Mary Rice Centre

    Week 10                      Statement of Progress Reports released

    July 2                           Virtual Mid-Year Assembly (Grade 5/6 organising)

    July 3                           Student Free Day

    July 20                         Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

     

     

     


    Date: 24-Jun-20  10:27  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.19 Section: Junior School

    Director of Identity

    “Genuine healing happens here, not in miraculous cures, but through mutual respect, care, and love, where vulnerability becomes a source of strength and wholeness, a place of reconciliation and communion with others.” Jean Vanier

    Tomorrow is Mary Rice Day and one of the most important days on the College Calendar. The last Friday in June is the day when we usually hold our annual fundraising walkathon, the Hobart version of the incredible Tujenge Mary Rice Centre Walkathon in which Bro Gerald leads the entire community of the Mary Rice Centre as he champions the support of the crowded streets of Lang’ata and Kibera. Although both walkathons will be run at a later date this year we will still celebrate and remember our friends in Kibera by taking the time to pray for them, talk with them and learn about the incredible work done by the Mary Rice Centre for some of the most vulnerable children in the world.

    Living in Kibera with a physical or intellectual challenge usually means a life of almost total isolation. Unable to independently move about the narrow, unhygienic and dangerous laneways and paths between the tiny homes of the slum, children are often left alone inside throughout the day and often the night, while their parents seek work to support them. Understanding that for these children isolation is not just for a period of time during lockdown but an ongoing existence for days months and sometimes years. Contrast this hopeless existence to the hope-filled lives of the children who attend the Mary Rice Centre, playing, singing, dancing and with access to healthy food, physical therapies and a vocational education, eventually enabling them to lead independent lives.

    At the Mary Rice Centre the children’s physical and intellectual conditions are not seen as a barrier to living a full and happy life but instead the barrier is recognised as the conditions in which they are living. By being freed from a lifetime of isolation, limited by the four walls of a sum dwelling, the children are able to experience all the joys and challenges that other children can, together in a “place of reconciliation and communion with others”. I’m sure when the great humanitarian Jean Vanier said these words, the Mary Rice Centre is exactly the sort of place he was talking about.

     

    'We Belong' Programme 

    To support Grade 7s with their return to face to face learning after the Covid break, we have developed a mini transition programme focussed on the Charter touchstones. Students have had sessions with Fr Suresh and also participated in activities designed to enhance their understanding of the unique partnership we enjoy with the Mary Rice Centre.

     


    Date: 24-Jun-20  10:21  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.19 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Assistant Deputy Principal - Students and Wellbeing

    Guilford Young College Transition

    A reminder that in place of the Pathways Expo there will be Course Webinars which will run from June 29 to July 3. The sessions will provide information on courses that students may be considering and provide opportunities for students and parents to ask questions and get feedback in real time. The webinars will cover all courses at least once and more often for Mathematics, English and RE courses. The timetable will be sent out to students and parents as soon as it has been released.

     

    The two following links will also assist students in their subject selections for Year 11, and I encourage students and parents to look through these together and discuss future pathways.

     

    Subject Handbook https://tinyurl.com/y9m54vst.

     

    Careers Newsletter https://tinyurl.com/ycs4whkf

     

    A reminder that enrolments are due this Friday June 26.

    Important Dates

     

     

    GENERAL INFORMATION + COURSE / FACULTY WEBINARS (FOR PARENTS & STUDENTS)
     

     

    22 June to 2 July, 5pm onward

    Further information to come.

     

    ENROLMENT APPLICATIONS DUE
     

    Friday 26 June

    4:30pm

     

    INITIAL COURSE COUNSELLING
     

     23 to 30 July

    TBA

     

     OPEN DAYS (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)
     

    Wed 12 August 9am-6pm *Govt. restrictions allowing*

    Hob & Glen Campuses

    Wed 14 October

    9am–12pm and 3-6pm

    Hob & Glen Campuses

     

    Wet Weather

    I would like to commend students on the way they have dealt with the difficult weather this week. With the constant rain it has meant that the ovals have been closed, and there have been limited spaces for balls games and physical activity. Despite this, the students have generally handled this in a mature manner.

    A reminder that in wet weather, students are permitted to wear their spray jacket over their blazer to help keep themselves dry, and hopefully avoid the dreaded wet blazer.


    Date: 24-Jun-20  10:19  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.19 Section: Senior School

    Reconciliation Action Plan

    Respect Around the School - Visibly Demonstrate Respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

    An important Goal in our Reconciliation Action Plan is to ‘Develop opportunities to create spaces, display objects and record experiences that reflect our College's valued relationship with Tasmanian Aboriginal Communities’. One of the most peaceful and reflective reconciliation spaces at the Austins Ferry campus is Lowamakana.

    Created in 2003, Lowamakana is a place where staff, students and members of our local community can sit alone or gather together in the beautiful, natural surroundings of the unique bushland we are lucky enough to live, work and play upon.  Lowamakana means circle and it is made up of eight curved bench seats arranged around a focus stone and set amongst tall white eucalypts.  It is a unique place which encourages meaningful conversation, restorative discussions and creative dialogue, a place in which everyone has the same opportunities to speak and where no one person is an expert or authority but where decisions and agreements are able to be made by genuine consensus. This is a place in which we can learn from the meeting traditions of many First Nations peoples in how to listen and hear, in how to speak and communicate and how to decide and affirm.

    One of our RAP Deliverables is to ‘Care for and encourage the use of Lowamakana by staff and students’ and this week some of our Grade 8 students have been bringing a little refreshing colour to Lowamakana, continuing the recent care by staff in decorating the focus stone centre with gathered oyster shells and clearing and cool burning the surrounding bush. During the end of term staff will also gather at Lowamakana to reflect upon the interconnectedness of ourselves with each other and our environment.


    Date: 24-Jun-20  10:12  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.19 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Senior School Canteen

    New Product from Tasmanian Bakeries!

    Starting Monday June 29 2020

    Vegetarian Creamy Pie  $3.80

    It was thoroughly enjoyed by our Staff & Student Taste Testers!

    Please note - not listed on online order system, but you can order a M7 pie and specify in the Comments

    or for QKR,  send us a message at canteenaf@stvirgils.tas.edu.au and ask to swap to the new pie.


    Date: 24-Jun-20  09:58  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.19 Section: Senior School

    Community News

    Showtime Soccer Clinics, Uniform Shop Holiday Trading Hours, Sports Clinics and Messages 

    St Virgil's College Holiday Trading Hours

     

    The Derwent Hockey Club would like to offer any under 15 SVC boys who aren't playing hockey for a club the opportunity to participate in the club competition this season, beginning on July 20.

    This roster will run for 8 weeks, with the Grand Final being held on Monday September 21. Games are played Monday nights and training is Thursday nights.

    Unfortunately, they have lost players due to COVID-19 and are looking for a few players to top up teams.

    Financial/Uniform commitment includes:

    Uniform - Derwent Hockey Club will lend out playing tops/shorts/skorts if sizes are available. Socks to purchase $15. Plain navy blue shorts are also suitable.
    Players will be required to provide their own shin-pads, mouthguard and stick.
    Hockey Australia Registration - $31.50
    Club fees - TBC (reduced due to the shorter season)

    If any students are interested in playing club hockey this season contact Sarah Castley at scastley@icloud.com

    https://www.revolutionise.com.au/derwenthc/home/


    Date: 24-Jun-20  09:50  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.19 Section: Community News

    From the Principal

    It is wonderful to have all the boys back at their respective school campus and a sense of normality happening.

    Expectations

    Now that all students are back on site I would like to remind them of our school routines and expectations, especially in regard to the wearing of appropriate uniform. As a College community, we cannot rely on this without the help of parents and guardians and I ask for your assistance in this regard, focussing on all aspects of uniform, including appropriate shoes. The SIMON timetable, available in PAM gives a clear indication of which uniform the boys should be wearing on any given day and the uniform is listed on the College website. It would be wonderful if, with the help of parents and guardians, we can maintain the pride and identity of being a student of St Virgil’s.

     

    Mary Rice Centre

    St Virgil’s College is proud of the strong connection and partnership we have with the Mary Rice Centre in Nairobi and I ask for your support and prayers during this particularly difficult time for them. The challenges of living in an area of extreme poverty are currently exacerbated by the shortage of food supplies as a consequence of strict Covid 19 lockdowns.

    The social integration and care offered by the wonderful staff at the Mary Rice Centre is continuing with the creation of programmes being delivered in a variety of ways including sending video calls and staff visiting children in their homes to deliver services such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy.   Many of you would appreciate just how difficult it can be assisting with the delivery of online learning, particularly in Kibera with unreliable internet. Getting to students is also a challenge due to the rough and narrow roads, made worse by recent heavy rains!

    As part of our celebration of Mary Rice Day on June 26 we are looking at ways to make a significant donation to our friends in Kenya to enable Br Gerald and his team to maintain food supplies to the students.  If you would like to help please contact either campus to make a donation.  Most importantly, I ask that you keep all at the Mary Rice Centre in your prayers.

     

    Enrolment

    A reminder of the closing dates for enrolment applications:

    Grade 3 to 6 2021 enrolments close on July 3 2020

    Grade 7 2022 enrolments close on September 11 2020

    Please complete the online Enrolment Expression of Interest form available from the College website – www.stvirgils.tas.edu.au

     

    Enrolment Question & Answer Session – Grade 7 2022

    This evening a Q&A session is being held for Grade 7 2022 enrolments. Please see flyer detailing log in information. I look forward to speaking with families who may have any questions about enrolment at St Virgil’s.

     


    Date: 17-Jun-20  09:16  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed18 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Earlier this month, Dr Ian Lillico from the Boys Forward Institute wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald about how to best tap into boys’ strengths to enhance their learning success.

    In his article he covers some key strategies that we at St Virgil’s are already well aware of and always striving to emulate in our classroom. It is timely for us however to revisit these themes which apply just as certainly at home as they do at school:

    • Movement and physical activity are vital. Boys think better when they’re active and burning off their extra energy helps make time and space for learning.
    • Photos and other images help boys to be creative. More boys than girls struggle to think in pictures, and the added bombardment of images front he internet can be a barrier to boys’ imaginations.
    • Relationships must come first. Boys need to feel understood and trusted in order to feel safe to take the risks required for learning. Positive feedback and recognition from a respected person will always win over forced authority.
    • Boys thrive in situations where they can safely explore their personal qualities and demonstrate through doing their empathy and care for others.
    • Boys work best when they have tactile evidence of a concept. The same applies for the way in which they show their understanding. If they can touch it or draw it or build it they are more likely to experience success.

    Please find below the link to the article if you would like to read it in full: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/boys-education-how-to-tap-into-boys-strengths-and-learning-styles-20200601-p54yg1.html

     


    Date: 17-Jun-20  09:13  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed18 Section: Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Mrs Fiona Chambers and Mrs Jo Messer

    Visit from the Director and Deputy Director of TCEO

    This week we were pleased to have visits to the Junior School Campus from both the Director, Dr Gerard Gaskin, and Deputy Director, Mr Sean Gill, of the Tasmanian Catholic Education office. Both were impressed with our building works, how we have adapted to new classrooms, recess and lunchtimes and playground restrictions whilst the building has been going on.

    Thank You from Bethlehem House
    This week we received a thank you letter from Bethlehem House in response to our donations of beanies, socks, jocks and chocs. From the CEO Stephanie Kirkman Meilkle:

    We were so grateful to receive your donation at a time when our world is in such a crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We thank you for being so generous and kind and still thinking of and supporting the homeless men in our care. If you would like more information on how your donation is helping to make a difference in the lives of so many in our community, we invite you to visit our website at

    www.bethlehemhouse.org.au

    Thank you again to our boys and families for your kind donations and continued support of our friends at Bethlehem House.

    Kindergarten Interviews
    This week we have been lucky to meet many wonderful young boys who came in to meet us and check on the progress of our new kindergarten. It is a very exciting time to be meeting the boys and their families who will be our first ever kindergarten enrolment. The boys were excited to see the diggers and concrete trucks in action, and the parents were very interested in seeing the plans of the learning, care and play spaces that will make up our state of the art kindergarten space for 2021.

    Refugee Week
    This week we have been learning about and reflecting upon the experience of those people in our world who have been forced to flee their country because of war, violence, famine and drought. The boys were able to interact with our prayer space in the office to write a message of hope and/or welcome to the many people we know are in need of our prayers and support, as they seek refuge in a new country.

    Grade 3/4 Assembly
    Mrs Weston and Grade 3&4 have put together this week’s assembly. We thank them for their efforts in and look forward to being able to watch the assembly tomorrow.

    All Hands on Deck!

    With some staff absent this week due to illness we have called upon many of our staff to assist us with our Spelling and Reading Intervention programs. This morning, Mrs Moate and Mrs Leon took up the challenge by assisting in taking a ‘macqlit’ group in the office. Thank you, ladies.

     

    Grade 6L Woodwork Project
    Grade 6 were very pleased to be able to travel out to the Senior Campus to finish the ‘Birdhouse Projects’ they started in woodwork during Term 1, with Mr Maxwell. The boys love being able to have woodwork lessons and this is a great lead into the opportunities they will have in secondary school.  Making Birdhouses is a great way to help care for our environment and we are sure you will agree the boys have displayed excellent woodwork skills.

     

    Grade 5 Classwork
    Grade 5 and 6 students are learning about poetry. Haiku is a well-known and ancient form of poetry from Japan. Here are some Haiku poems by boys from Grades 5 and 6:

    By Casey Quayle

    Winter is so cold

    Sometimes there is lots of snow

    And sometimes it rains

     

    ‘Peace’ by Charlie Oliver

    No one likes conflict

    Everyone likes peacefulness

    War is not peaceful

     

    ‘Peace’ by Jack Toms

    The rough waves crumble

    Peace is shining through the clouds

    Fresh air flows at last

     

    ‘Peace’ by Jacob Pursell

    We have made calm peace

    We can rebuild together

    We can sit and rest

     

    ‘Sport’ by Rylan Kirk-Francis

    Sport is fun to play

    Football is my favourite sport

    Sport is good for you

     

    By Angus Young

    The grass sways in wind

    The trees are strong and sturdy

    The tall wheat rattles

     

    Enrolment at SVC
    Just a reminder that once your son has been enrolled at St Virgil’s Junior School, his enrolment is ongoing. You only need to inform us if he is not continuing his enrolment.

    Boys continuing to Year 7 at Austin’s Ferry are not required to complete another enrolment application.

     

    Calendar Dates:

    Week 10                      Statement of Progress Reports released

    July 2                           Virtual Mid-Year Assembly (Grade 5&6 organising)

    July 3                           Student Free Day

    July 20                         Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences


    Date: 17-Jun-20  09:05  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed18 Section: Junior School

    Director of Learning and Teaching

    Grade 8 Crepe Making!

     


    Date: 17-Jun-20  08:44  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed18 Section: Senior School
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    From the Principal

    Time for Reflection, Time for a Re-Set!

    As we reach the end of what has certainly been a time of great disruption and change, I wish all boys a restful break for the next two weeks and look forward to welcoming them all back on site on Tuesday July 21. This has been a year like no other and yet it has provided rich learning for all members of our College community. We have embraced new technologies and ways of learning, changed the way we engage with each other and re-defined what it means to be a faith inspired community. Some of these changes have come easily to us, particularly in regards to technology where our young men are certainly wonderful exemplars of being 'early adopters'!

    Some of the benefits of changes have been hard fought and are a great testament to our resilience, beliefs and determination. Other changes have been difficult, particularly those involving disconnection from loved ones and friends and it is important to recognise the anxiety and fear that has been associated with these events.

    Whilst the pace and intensity of change has been significant one constant is our relationship with God. As a Catholic school it underpins the sense of connection that we all yearn for during challenging times. We know that God loves us and that if we ask for his strength, his guidance and love it will be freely provided. I am constantly inspired by the Mary Rice community in Kenya, who despite the challenges of poverty, illness and food shortages, are unshakable in their faith and belief that their struggles are a measure of their faith in God and the boundless love he has for them. I pray that we can embed this faith within our own lives.

    End of Semester is an ideal opportunity to stop and reflect what we have achieved this year. Have we been thankful for the lives that we have? Have we made the most of the opportunities we have been presented with? Have we been kind to others? Have we followed the expectations we have signed up for?  Have we modelled the mission of our great College?

    These are all important questions and the great news is that all boys have the power to answer these questions in the affirmative if they have the courage to take on small deeds and re-set their goals for the remainder of the year. By simply ensuring that they comply with the College's hair and uniform expectations students are demonstrating that they value being part of our community. By being kind to others, being a good friend and making good decisions when others may not be, boys are helping build our culture as a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition. By doing their best in all endeavours, boys are acknowledging that they wish to fulfil their God given potential and are honouring the belief that parents, teachers and the wider community have in them.

    These are all noble aims and our boys need our support in being young men of deeds, not words alone. Please find some time over the holidays to check in with your son and find out how he is going. Talk to him about kindness, being a good friend, being part of our community, resilience and working hard. And then take some time to help him set goals for the remainder of the year - in all aspects of his life. This is the key to success, especially during these challenging times.

    A great medium for goal setting in the classroom are our Parent, Student and Teacher Conferences to be held on Monday July 20at both campuses. These meetings are invaluable in reinforcing the learning partnership between home and school and provide a real opportunity to set Learning Goals for Semester 2 - and beyond.

     

    Semester 1 Reports 

    As Term 2 draws to a close, we wish to inform you that your son’s mid-year Report will be available at 9:00 am Friday July 3 in the Parent Access Module (PAM). The facility to book Parent Teacher conferences for Monday July 20 will also be available.

    With the massive interruptions the COVID-19 pandemic created to our normal processes, we have been required to adapt. One of the outcomes of this adaptation is that we do not have the normal breadth of authentic assessment data that we would normally have to support accurate reporting. Under the direction of the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office, the 2020 Mid-Year report will be replaced by a Statement of Progress. More information about your son’s learning is highlighted in the regular online feedback that teachers provide via PAM. This feedback is designed to allow you to see how your son is performing in real time, and engage with both him, and his teachers in conversations about strategies for improvement and extension.

    End of Term 2

    A reminder that this Friday is a student free day to enable the staff to fulfil their requirements of Accreditation Formation.

     

    Enrolment

    A reminder of the closing dates for enrolment applications:

    Grade 3 to 6 2021 enrolments close tomorrow, July 3

    Grade 7 2022 enrolments close on September 11 2020

    Please complete the online Enrolment Expression of Interest form available from the College website – www.stvirgils.tas.edu.au

     

     


    Date: 1-Jul-20  08:53  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.20 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Semester 1 has delivered to us a set of experiences that none could have imagined.

    As the boys gathered for the Blessing of the Bags, who knew just how much resilience, creativity and persistence we needed there to be in those hearts?

    The interruptions and variations demanded by the emergency response to a global pandemic have made their impact in all aspects of our school. While some of those impacts have been temporary and are starting to return to how they  were, some of them have changed the face of our College forever. I would like to thank every member of our community who has adapted, adjusted and struggled to keep the St Virgil’s ship sailing.

    This week, you and your son will receive a brief Statement of Progress which replaces the normal Mid-Year report. This is one such example of the impact of COVID-19. With the rapid and adaptive approach we had to take to the continuing education of the boys, our focus was rightly on student wellbeing and engagement. We acknowledged the difficulty of ensuring equitable access to high-quality and valid assessment during the online learning provision and instead centred our efforts on providing feedback on the learning that was happening.

    And so, this year, more than any other, you are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the Parent Student Teacher Conferences to be held on Monday July 20. These conferences allow you and your son to take stock of the progress made to date, and set important learning goals for the remainder of the year. I look forward to meeting many of you then, and in the meantime, I hope all of the boys and their families are able to have a restful holiday time.

     


    Date: 1-Jul-20  08:46  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.20 Section: Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Welcome all to the final week of Term 2. I’m sure we would all agree it has been an interesting term, full of challenges. However, with hard work, commitment and flexibility shown by all staff and students, there have also been great learning opportunities and positive achievements.

    Supporting our friends at Mary Rice
    Last week many of the classes learnt about the Mary Rice Centre, Kibera, Nairobi and Kenya. The boys were able to look at the many photos from the last two Kenya Immersion trips and see our Year 9&10 boys and staff meeting and sharing many amazing moments with our friends at the Mary Rice Centre. From the posters the boys created and the response to the fundraising effort, it is obvious they have a better insight into life at the MRC as well as the important relationship SVC has with them and the support we are able to give. The generosity of the Junior School boys and their families came to the fore and we raised $683 in that one day, which Mr Waddington will give to Br Gerald in order to purchase much needed food items for the children and families of the MRC. The messages of hope on the posters the JS boys created were heartfelt and impacted our friends on a very deep level. Thank you everyone for your support of and interest in getting to know more about our friends at the MRC.

    Student Free Day
    Please remember that this Friday (July 3) is a student free day for all boys at the College.

    Statement of Progress Reports
    Teachers have finalised the Statement of Progress Reports and these will be released this afternoon. When you have read your son’s report you may wish to book a Parent,Student and Teacher conference time. These will be held on Monday July 20 at the Junior School in your son’s classroom. Your son’s teacher may have also requested an interview. This is a great opportunity to meet and discuss progress, as well as any areas that your son may need to concentrate on next term.

    Mid-Year Virtual Assembly
    Miss Daun and Grade 5&6 have been working hard to put together our virtual assembly for the end of term. Classes will be watching it today and parents will be sent a link to also view it. The assembly will include a prayer; class awards and our School Spirit Award for each class; the announcement of House points for the week and the Term; a message from Mrs Messer and Mrs Chambers and some other items.

    The winning House team will enjoy a Pizza Party at lunch today, so the boys will be eager to know the results. Thank you, Miss Daun, for creating this wonderful assembly.

    Calendar Dates

    Week 10                      Statement of Progress Reports released

    July 2                           Mid-Year Virtual Assembly (Grade 5/6 organising)

    July 3                           Student Free Day

    July 20                         Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

    July 21                         First day for students Term 3

     

     


    Date: 1-Jul-20  08:44  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.20 Section: Junior School

    Director of Identity

    A Prayer for Uncertain Times

    “We are beloved creatures of God, who in his goodness calls us to love life and live it in communion with the rest of creation.”

    As we come to the end of a term of learning like no other we have experienced before, we head into our holiday break safer in our common environment than pretty much any-one else in the world. When we are asked to ‘holiday at home’ this school holidays we reflect on the amazingly beautiful and precious island that we are blessed to call our home.

    And for those of us that are able to take up this opportunity to get out into our forests, climb our hills and mountains, walk along stormy beaches and enjoy the ice and snow let us take this time to give thanks and to heal. Let us take strength form our beautiful environment, let us become unafraid, rested and hopeful so that we a reenergised to continue working for and with our brothers and sisters around the world who don’t enjoy the lives that we do. Let us learn to “love our life and live it in communion with the rest of creation.”

     

    My God, I have no idea where I am going.

    I do not see the road ahead of me.

    I cannot know for certain where it will end.

    Nor do I really know myself,

    And the fact that I think I am following your will

    does not mean that I am actually doing so.

    But I believe that the desire to please you

    does in fact please you.

    And I hope that I have that desire in all that I am doing.

    And I know that if I do this,

    you will lead me by the right road

    though I may know nothing about it.

    Therefore, will I trust you always

    though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death,

    I will not fear,

    for you are ever with me

    and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

    Thomas Merton

     


    Date: 1-Jul-20  08:41  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.20 Section: Junior School Senior School

    Assistant Deputy Principal - Students and Transitions

    Uniform and Hair Expectations and GYC Transitions

    I have written previously about the College's expectations regarding uniform and hair which are clearly outlined in the Student Diary. The vast majority of our boys do the right thing and follow these expectations. Unfortunately, there are still several boys who continue to ignore our expectations. Heads of House have identified boys who require their hair to be cut over the school holidays so as to comply with our expectations. I have met with these boys and parents will receive an Edsmart letter today.

    The College's expectations, signed by parents and students at the time of enrolment are outlined below:

    Haircuts

    • Student hair is to be neat, clean and generally conform to community standards. 
    • There should be no dramatic grading in length, or undercutting. 
    • It is also unacceptable to have their hair cut with a number one blade. 
    • Hair should be no longer than collar length, and should not obstruct vision in any way.
    • Tinting and bleaching are not permitted. 

     Student should consult their Head of House or Mr Canning if they require further advice on this matter. Please note that the final arbiter on the acceptance of styles is the Principal.

     Uniform

    Some students have also not been wearing our College uniform appropriately and therefore have been required to wear the formal uniform for a period of time. A reminder that sport uniform is only to be worn when a student has HPE or a Line subject which requires them to wear the sports uniform, or if they have after school sport (which currently is not taking place due to current restrictions). I ask all Parents/Guardians to please support the College in maintaining our standards.

     

    Guilford Young College Transition

    A reminder that this week in place of the Pathways Expo there have been Course Webinars taking place which will provide information on courses that students may be considering and provide opportunities for students and parents to ask questions and get feedback in real time. The webinars will cover all courses at least once and more often for Mathematics, English and RE courses. The timetable has been sent out to students. If students miss a webinar, they are availabl through the following link;

    https://www.gyc.tas.edu.au/webinars/

     

    The two following links will also assist students in their subject selections for Year 11, and I encourage students and parents to look through these together and discuss future pathways.

     

    Subject Handbook https://tinyurl.com/y9m54vst.

     

    Careers Newsletter https://tinyurl.com/ycs4whkf

     

    Important Dates

     

     

    GENERAL INFORMATION + COURSE / FACULTY WEBINARS (FOR PARENTS & STUDENTS)
     

     

    22 June to 2 July, 5pm onward

    Further information to come.

     

    INITIAL COURSE COUNSELLING
     

     23 to 30 July

    TBA

     

     OPEN DAYS (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)
     

    Wed 12 August 9am-6pm *Govt. restrictions allowing*

    Hobart & Glenorchy Campuses

    Wed 14 October

    9am–12pm and 3-6pm

    Hobart & Glenorchy Campuses

     


    Date: 1-Jul-20  08:29  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.20 Section: Senior School

    Reconciliation Action Plan News

    Respect with the Community - Celebrate Days of National Significance

    NAIDOC Week events, activities, recognitions and awards are held in Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC originally stood for the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee which was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

    Each year, there is a different theme that provides a focus for the planned celebrations and the theme for 2020 is:

    Always Was, Always Will Be

    NAIDOC Week was scheduled to be celebrated during the first week of our school holidays (July 5 -  July 12), however the National NAIDOC Committee has decided to postpone NAIDOC Week 2020 in the interest of safety for its communities and is looking to hold the usual activities and events later in the year. This doesn’t mean that we can’t still be thinking about the important message in this year’s theme and the school holidays give us a great opportunity to do just that.

    The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre has created an interactive map of the Aboriginal names of over 180 places in lutruwita trowunna Tasmania which means that when we’re out and about holidaying at home this break, we can learn and speak the names of the places we live, work and holiday upon. The map can be used on computer, phones or tablets and the names are shown in palawa kani and English. You can access the map through the following link, scroll over each name to hear it said, and open each place to learn some history of its name. http://tacinc.com.au/pk/GIS/index.html#7/-43.902/149.963

    Always Was, Always Will Be recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years and invites all Australians to embrace the true history of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations and which we can begin to acknowledge through the very simple act of calling Country by its original name.

     


    Date: 1-Jul-20  08:26  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.20 Section: Junior School Senior School

    Senior School Canteen

    Volunteers are Back for Term 3!

    Subject to social distancing and Covid hygiene requirements of course!

    Term 3 Week 1&2 Roster 

    MondayJuly 20P/S/T CONFERENCESNo Canteen 
    TuesdayJuly 21Susan DivinAngela McCarthy 
    WednesdayJuly 22Selina Percey Help Needed 
    ThursdayJuly 23Emily DevineDanielle Mills 
    FridayJuly 24Karen McMillonGemma Chivers 
         
    MondayJuly 27Angela McCarthyBarbara Oats 
    TuesdayJuly 28Jenny Rogers Help Needed 
    Wednesday July 29Pat ButcherMaria Gerathy 
    Thursday July 30 Help Needed  Help Needed 
    FridayJuly 31Jocelyn HuigslootRachel SylvesterSally Feldmanis

     


    Date: 1-Jul-20  08:23  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.20 Section: Senior School

    Community News

     


    Date: 1-Jul-20  08:18  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.20 Section: Junior School Senior School

    From the Principal

    A Memorable Week for St Virgil's College!

    Kinder to Year 12 Becomes a Reality

    Yesterday at Parliament House the Archbishop, Premier, Minister for Education, and Director of Catholic Education delivered a joint announcement to  advise that Catholic Education Tasmania will expand its educational provision by offering Year 11 and 12 at St Virgil’s College, St Aloysius College and MacKillop College. This expands the system in Tasmania by bringing these schools' offerings in to line with St Patrick’s College, St Brendan-Shaw College, Marist College, St Mary’s and Guilford Young College.

    This expansion is an outstanding opportunity for Catholic education to provide senior secondary education to a wider demographic in Tasmania with the collaborative expansion between the colleges providing sound moderation and learning opportunities for all students. For the expansion schools, the first Grade 11 cohort will commence in February 2023 which is current Grade 8 students in Southern Tasmania.

    For St Virgil’s, with our primary school expansion well underway, it will mean that in 2024 we will have a complete Kindergarten to Year 12 cohort on the Patrick Street and Austins Ferry sites,  providing an exciting opportunity for all students and staff in the College. Earlier this week we completed our Kindergarten interviews and we look forward to welcoming our newest members and our first lifers at St Virgil’s next year.

    As part of this expansion we are currently moving into a Strategic Planning Phase from 2021 – 2024 and as part of our discernment we will be engaging the community in what will be best for our young men and their learning into the future. This process began last night with the Board of Management and Senior Leadership committing to a detailed strategic planning process which will collaborate with stakeholders in our community to develop a vision and mission for this new venture.  We look forward to working together as we explore the exciting new future for our College.

    Final Day Next week

    As part of our commitment of ongoing staff formation, the College has a professional learning day next Friday July 3. This is a student free day.

     

    Reporting and Parent, Student and Teacher Conferences

    Due to the disruptions to the learning programme caused by Covid 19, Statements of  Progress will be available next week for your son. These Statements will provide a catalyst for a goal setting conversation on Monday July 20 at both campuses. The Statements will be on the Parent Access Module (PAM) and will include a direct access link to enable parents to book a time online for Parent, Student and Teacher meetings on Monday July 22.

     

    Enrolment

    A reminder of the closing dates for enrolment applications:

    Grade 3 to 6  - 2021 enrolments close on July 3 2020

    Grade 7 2022 enrolments close on September 11 2020

    Please complete the online Enrolment Expression of Interest form available from the College website – www.stvirgils.tas.edu.au

     

    Tours

    During COVID 19 restrictions please note that the usual Open Days and Tours are not possible. Virtual Principal’s Tours are on our website

    https://youtu.be/6hvnVveLpgk (Austins Ferry campus)

    https://youtu.be/XY_d-hHOgII (Junior School campus)

     

    Twilight Tours are also being offered on June 30, July 1 and 2 from 3.30pm-5pm at the Senior Campus at Austins Ferry. With strict limitations on numbers due to Covid 19, bookings are essential and can be made via: https://www.trybooking.com/BJVVV

    If you require any specific information about enrolment please contact the  College Registrar, Mrs Monica Nugent - mnugent@stvirgils.tas.edu.au or 6249 6519

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    Date: 24-Jun-20  10:56  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.19 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Mrs Heidi Senior

    I graduated from Year 12 in the Class of ‘94 from St Mary’s College. My brothers up the hill, the Class of ‘94 of St Virgil’s College, were the last graduating Year 12s that our College has seen. I remember sitting in the back pews of St Mary’s Cathedral, witnessing their Graduation Mass. The College Captain, Shane Cracknell, quoted Percy Bysshe Shelley:

    Music, when soft voices die,

    Vibrates in the memory—

    Odours, when sweet violets sicken,

    Live within the sense they quicken.

     

    Rose leaves, when the rose is dead,

    Are heaped for the belovèd's bed;

    And so thy thoughts, when thou art gone,

    Love itself shall slumber on.

     

    The poem describes the indelible nature of memory; how it persists long after the beloved subject has gone. It articulates that while there is loss, we retain in our minds, the essence, beauty and spirit of what has gone before. Shane’s (and I’m sure the teachers who supported him in his preparation) choice of words eloquently communicated the immediate and enormous sense of loss the boys felt at being the last Year 12 cohort. But more importantly and significantly I think, it conveyed that whatever it was that made St Virgil’s so important to them would live on, in their hearts and minds.

    And so now, we are presented with the opportunity and the challenge to recreate a school for senior secondary boys. Immediately our minds run to opportunities, and ideas and reminiscences. I am sure that for many in our community, there is a sense of finally being able to regain what has been lost. But herein lies one of our most fundamental challenges. We must take our time to understand what indeed it was about SVC that those 1994 Year 12s, now grown-up men with children of their own, and all the Virgilians before them valued so highly. Was it the buildings, or the lesson structures, or the games they played? Perhaps. More likely though, it was the way being a Virgilian, and SVC Leaver, made them feel. 

    In 1994 we watched shows on TV with names like “Beyond 2000”. The future is here. We are a fifth of the way through the 21st Century that educators keep talking about preparing students for. The world has changed in ways we barely could have imagined back then. As we journey towards our goal set to be achieved by 2023, we must seek to understand how to create the same sense of belonging, spirit and passion in our current context and at the same time, seek to provide a better education than our predecessors experienced. We must respect and champion our history and also walk bravely to the horizon, taking risks to do things differently in the pursuit of learning that truly engages, activates and liberates our young men.

    Our first step in this exciting journey is strategic planning. It is time to construct as a community, our shared vision of what the Class of ‘24 will be like. The key questions are what will they share in common with the Class of ‘94, and how, thirty years later, will our graduates be different? I urge you, our wonderful community, to take up the opportunity to be involved and to lend your voice to our planning. Stay tuned for the chance to have your say!

     

     


    Date: 24-Jun-20  10:35  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.19 Section: Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Building Works and Mary Rice Day - Friday June 26 

    Supporting our Friends at Mary Rice
    Over the last few weeks, the staff of St Virgil’s College have donated money to be sent directly to our friends at the Mary Rice Centre to support their families.

    From Mr Waddington:
    The donations from staff have enabled the Centre to purchase food supplies and distribute them to the families of students at Mary Rice. As Br Gerald notes, “food parcels were given out to 111 families. Thank you so much – our parents were in tears”.

     For many families this is their only means of accessing food as due to the strict lockdowns and the closing of the Centre, most parents are unable to work and must use what little savings they have to pay for rent, water and power. The support of our staff and other friends of Mary Rice is literally saving the lives of these families – thank you!

    Sadly, there is little end in sight in terms of food shortages for the families of the MRC.

    This Friday (June 26) the Junior School boys are encouraged to bring in a gold coin donation and to wear their sports uniform. The donations will go directly to the MRC which will enable Br Gerald and his team to continue to buy much needed food supplies for families.

    The boys have been talking about the MRC in classes and looking at the photos and videos from past Kenyan Immersions. They have made beautiful posters with messages of hope for our friends. These will be included in an iMovie prayer/reflection which all the JS classes will watch on Friday and we will send it to Br Gerald to share in Nairobi.  Have a close look at some of the beautiful messages the boys have written.

    Asante sana (thank you) for your amazing support.

    Mary Rice Day 

     

    Building Progress
    We have all been watching the progress of the airbridge with excitement and anticipation. It is coming along great guns as you can see from the photo below:

    Grade 4 Artwork
    In Art, Grade 4 have been studying line, patterns and beetle and insects shapes. Artworks were completed using metallic pens, coloured pencils and black paper.They have enjoyed using their imaginations and applying the skills learned to produce some very special artwork.

     

     

    Grade 5 and 6 Poetry
    In Grade 5 and 6 we have been learning about different literary devices and using them in poetry writing.  Many boys were keen to share their very interesting poetry. Here are a few examples:

    Personification at Night – by Logan Ransley
    1. The car was suffering and was in need of the R.A.C.T
    2. The stars danced playfully in the moonlight
    3. The lightning danced across the sky
    4.The wind howled in the night
    5. The car complained as the key was roughly turned in its ignition
    6. My alarm clock yells at me every morning to get out of bed
    7. The lightning was grumbling in the distance
    8. The moon smiles at the stars in the sky

    Alliteration at the Zoo by Joseph Shanny
    Hungry hippos happily hug horses.
    Big beautiful butterflies bash bears in the backside.
    Dreadful dolphins drowned delightful dogs.
    Playful pandas piece puzzles perfectly.

    A Simile Poem by Cody Gray
    He is like an engine, always snoring when he sleeps.
    He is as tough as a bull, always protecting me.
    He is like a big smile, always making me happy.
    He is as reliable as a truck engine, never running out of steam.
    He is as trustworthy as my mum, because she is very trustworthy.
    He is my dad.

    Calendar Dates:

    June 26                        Sport uniform in support of our friends at the Mary Rice Centre

    Week 10                      Statement of Progress Reports released

    July 2                           Virtual Mid-Year Assembly (Grade 5/6 organising)

    July 3                           Student Free Day

    July 20                         Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

     

     

     


    Date: 24-Jun-20  10:27  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.19 Section: Junior School

    Director of Identity

    “Genuine healing happens here, not in miraculous cures, but through mutual respect, care, and love, where vulnerability becomes a source of strength and wholeness, a place of reconciliation and communion with others.” Jean Vanier

    Tomorrow is Mary Rice Day and one of the most important days on the College Calendar. The last Friday in June is the day when we usually hold our annual fundraising walkathon, the Hobart version of the incredible Tujenge Mary Rice Centre Walkathon in which Bro Gerald leads the entire community of the Mary Rice Centre as he champions the support of the crowded streets of Lang’ata and Kibera. Although both walkathons will be run at a later date this year we will still celebrate and remember our friends in Kibera by taking the time to pray for them, talk with them and learn about the incredible work done by the Mary Rice Centre for some of the most vulnerable children in the world.

    Living in Kibera with a physical or intellectual challenge usually means a life of almost total isolation. Unable to independently move about the narrow, unhygienic and dangerous laneways and paths between the tiny homes of the slum, children are often left alone inside throughout the day and often the night, while their parents seek work to support them. Understanding that for these children isolation is not just for a period of time during lockdown but an ongoing existence for days months and sometimes years. Contrast this hopeless existence to the hope-filled lives of the children who attend the Mary Rice Centre, playing, singing, dancing and with access to healthy food, physical therapies and a vocational education, eventually enabling them to lead independent lives.

    At the Mary Rice Centre the children’s physical and intellectual conditions are not seen as a barrier to living a full and happy life but instead the barrier is recognised as the conditions in which they are living. By being freed from a lifetime of isolation, limited by the four walls of a sum dwelling, the children are able to experience all the joys and challenges that other children can, together in a “place of reconciliation and communion with others”. I’m sure when the great humanitarian Jean Vanier said these words, the Mary Rice Centre is exactly the sort of place he was talking about.

     

    'We Belong' Programme 

    To support Grade 7s with their return to face to face learning after the Covid break, we have developed a mini transition programme focussed on the Charter touchstones. Students have had sessions with Fr Suresh and also participated in activities designed to enhance their understanding of the unique partnership we enjoy with the Mary Rice Centre.

     


    Date: 24-Jun-20  10:21  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.19 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Assistant Deputy Principal - Students and Wellbeing

    Guilford Young College Transition

    A reminder that in place of the Pathways Expo there will be Course Webinars which will run from June 29 to July 3. The sessions will provide information on courses that students may be considering and provide opportunities for students and parents to ask questions and get feedback in real time. The webinars will cover all courses at least once and more often for Mathematics, English and RE courses. The timetable will be sent out to students and parents as soon as it has been released.

     

    The two following links will also assist students in their subject selections for Year 11, and I encourage students and parents to look through these together and discuss future pathways.

     

    Subject Handbook https://tinyurl.com/y9m54vst.

     

    Careers Newsletter https://tinyurl.com/ycs4whkf

     

    A reminder that enrolments are due this Friday June 26.

    Important Dates

     

     

    GENERAL INFORMATION + COURSE / FACULTY WEBINARS (FOR PARENTS & STUDENTS)
     

     

    22 June to 2 July, 5pm onward

    Further information to come.

     

    ENROLMENT APPLICATIONS DUE
     

    Friday 26 June

    4:30pm

     

    INITIAL COURSE COUNSELLING
     

     23 to 30 July

    TBA

     

     OPEN DAYS (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)
     

    Wed 12 August 9am-6pm *Govt. restrictions allowing*

    Hob & Glen Campuses

    Wed 14 October

    9am–12pm and 3-6pm

    Hob & Glen Campuses

     

    Wet Weather

    I would like to commend students on the way they have dealt with the difficult weather this week. With the constant rain it has meant that the ovals have been closed, and there have been limited spaces for balls games and physical activity. Despite this, the students have generally handled this in a mature manner.

    A reminder that in wet weather, students are permitted to wear their spray jacket over their blazer to help keep themselves dry, and hopefully avoid the dreaded wet blazer.


    Date: 24-Jun-20  10:19  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.19 Section: Senior School

    Reconciliation Action Plan

    Respect Around the School - Visibly Demonstrate Respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

    An important Goal in our Reconciliation Action Plan is to ‘Develop opportunities to create spaces, display objects and record experiences that reflect our College's valued relationship with Tasmanian Aboriginal Communities’. One of the most peaceful and reflective reconciliation spaces at the Austins Ferry campus is Lowamakana.

    Created in 2003, Lowamakana is a place where staff, students and members of our local community can sit alone or gather together in the beautiful, natural surroundings of the unique bushland we are lucky enough to live, work and play upon.  Lowamakana means circle and it is made up of eight curved bench seats arranged around a focus stone and set amongst tall white eucalypts.  It is a unique place which encourages meaningful conversation, restorative discussions and creative dialogue, a place in which everyone has the same opportunities to speak and where no one person is an expert or authority but where decisions and agreements are able to be made by genuine consensus. This is a place in which we can learn from the meeting traditions of many First Nations peoples in how to listen and hear, in how to speak and communicate and how to decide and affirm.

    One of our RAP Deliverables is to ‘Care for and encourage the use of Lowamakana by staff and students’ and this week some of our Grade 8 students have been bringing a little refreshing colour to Lowamakana, continuing the recent care by staff in decorating the focus stone centre with gathered oyster shells and clearing and cool burning the surrounding bush. During the end of term staff will also gather at Lowamakana to reflect upon the interconnectedness of ourselves with each other and our environment.


    Date: 24-Jun-20  10:12  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.19 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Senior School Canteen

    New Product from Tasmanian Bakeries!

    Starting Monday June 29 2020

    Vegetarian Creamy Pie  $3.80

    It was thoroughly enjoyed by our Staff & Student Taste Testers!

    Please note - not listed on online order system, but you can order a M7 pie and specify in the Comments

    or for QKR,  send us a message at canteenaf@stvirgils.tas.edu.au and ask to swap to the new pie.


    Date: 24-Jun-20  09:58  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.19 Section: Senior School

    Community News

    Showtime Soccer Clinics, Uniform Shop Holiday Trading Hours, Sports Clinics and Messages 

    St Virgil's College Holiday Trading Hours

     

    The Derwent Hockey Club would like to offer any under 15 SVC boys who aren't playing hockey for a club the opportunity to participate in the club competition this season, beginning on July 20.

    This roster will run for 8 weeks, with the Grand Final being held on Monday September 21. Games are played Monday nights and training is Thursday nights.

    Unfortunately, they have lost players due to COVID-19 and are looking for a few players to top up teams.

    Financial/Uniform commitment includes:

    Uniform - Derwent Hockey Club will lend out playing tops/shorts/skorts if sizes are available. Socks to purchase $15. Plain navy blue shorts are also suitable.
    Players will be required to provide their own shin-pads, mouthguard and stick.
    Hockey Australia Registration - $31.50
    Club fees - TBC (reduced due to the shorter season)

    If any students are interested in playing club hockey this season contact Sarah Castley at scastley@icloud.com

    https://www.revolutionise.com.au/derwenthc/home/


    Date: 24-Jun-20  09:50  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.19 Section: Community News

    From the Principal

    It is wonderful to have all the boys back at their respective school campus and a sense of normality happening.

    Expectations

    Now that all students are back on site I would like to remind them of our school routines and expectations, especially in regard to the wearing of appropriate uniform. As a College community, we cannot rely on this without the help of parents and guardians and I ask for your assistance in this regard, focussing on all aspects of uniform, including appropriate shoes. The SIMON timetable, available in PAM gives a clear indication of which uniform the boys should be wearing on any given day and the uniform is listed on the College website. It would be wonderful if, with the help of parents and guardians, we can maintain the pride and identity of being a student of St Virgil’s.

     

    Mary Rice Centre

    St Virgil’s College is proud of the strong connection and partnership we have with the Mary Rice Centre in Nairobi and I ask for your support and prayers during this particularly difficult time for them. The challenges of living in an area of extreme poverty are currently exacerbated by the shortage of food supplies as a consequence of strict Covid 19 lockdowns.

    The social integration and care offered by the wonderful staff at the Mary Rice Centre is continuing with the creation of programmes being delivered in a variety of ways including sending video calls and staff visiting children in their homes to deliver services such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy.   Many of you would appreciate just how difficult it can be assisting with the delivery of online learning, particularly in Kibera with unreliable internet. Getting to students is also a challenge due to the rough and narrow roads, made worse by recent heavy rains!

    As part of our celebration of Mary Rice Day on June 26 we are looking at ways to make a significant donation to our friends in Kenya to enable Br Gerald and his team to maintain food supplies to the students.  If you would like to help please contact either campus to make a donation.  Most importantly, I ask that you keep all at the Mary Rice Centre in your prayers.

     

    Enrolment

    A reminder of the closing dates for enrolment applications:

    Grade 3 to 6 2021 enrolments close on July 3 2020

    Grade 7 2022 enrolments close on September 11 2020

    Please complete the online Enrolment Expression of Interest form available from the College website – www.stvirgils.tas.edu.au

     

    Enrolment Question & Answer Session – Grade 7 2022

    This evening a Q&A session is being held for Grade 7 2022 enrolments. Please see flyer detailing log in information. I look forward to speaking with families who may have any questions about enrolment at St Virgil’s.

     


    Date: 17-Jun-20  09:16  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed18 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Earlier this month, Dr Ian Lillico from the Boys Forward Institute wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald about how to best tap into boys’ strengths to enhance their learning success.

    In his article he covers some key strategies that we at St Virgil’s are already well aware of and always striving to emulate in our classroom. It is timely for us however to revisit these themes which apply just as certainly at home as they do at school:

    • Movement and physical activity are vital. Boys think better when they’re active and burning off their extra energy helps make time and space for learning.
    • Photos and other images help boys to be creative. More boys than girls struggle to think in pictures, and the added bombardment of images front he internet can be a barrier to boys’ imaginations.
    • Relationships must come first. Boys need to feel understood and trusted in order to feel safe to take the risks required for learning. Positive feedback and recognition from a respected person will always win over forced authority.
    • Boys thrive in situations where they can safely explore their personal qualities and demonstrate through doing their empathy and care for others.
    • Boys work best when they have tactile evidence of a concept. The same applies for the way in which they show their understanding. If they can touch it or draw it or build it they are more likely to experience success.

    Please find below the link to the article if you would like to read it in full: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/boys-education-how-to-tap-into-boys-strengths-and-learning-styles-20200601-p54yg1.html

     


    Date: 17-Jun-20  09:13  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed18 Section: Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Mrs Fiona Chambers and Mrs Jo Messer

    Visit from the Director and Deputy Director of TCEO

    This week we were pleased to have visits to the Junior School Campus from both the Director, Dr Gerard Gaskin, and Deputy Director, Mr Sean Gill, of the Tasmanian Catholic Education office. Both were impressed with our building works, how we have adapted to new classrooms, recess and lunchtimes and playground restrictions whilst the building has been going on.

    Thank You from Bethlehem House
    This week we received a thank you letter from Bethlehem House in response to our donations of beanies, socks, jocks and chocs. From the CEO Stephanie Kirkman Meilkle:

    We were so grateful to receive your donation at a time when our world is in such a crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We thank you for being so generous and kind and still thinking of and supporting the homeless men in our care. If you would like more information on how your donation is helping to make a difference in the lives of so many in our community, we invite you to visit our website at

    www.bethlehemhouse.org.au

    Thank you again to our boys and families for your kind donations and continued support of our friends at Bethlehem House.

    Kindergarten Interviews
    This week we have been lucky to meet many wonderful young boys who came in to meet us and check on the progress of our new kindergarten. It is a very exciting time to be meeting the boys and their families who will be our first ever kindergarten enrolment. The boys were excited to see the diggers and concrete trucks in action, and the parents were very interested in seeing the plans of the learning, care and play spaces that will make up our state of the art kindergarten space for 2021.

    Refugee Week
    This week we have been learning about and reflecting upon the experience of those people in our world who have been forced to flee their country because of war, violence, famine and drought. The boys were able to interact with our prayer space in the office to write a message of hope and/or welcome to the many people we know are in need of our prayers and support, as they seek refuge in a new country.

    Grade 3/4 Assembly
    Mrs Weston and Grade 3&4 have put together this week’s assembly. We thank them for their efforts in and look forward to being able to watch the assembly tomorrow.

    All Hands on Deck!

    With some staff absent this week due to illness we have called upon many of our staff to assist us with our Spelling and Reading Intervention programs. This morning, Mrs Moate and Mrs Leon took up the challenge by assisting in taking a ‘macqlit’ group in the office. Thank you, ladies.

     

    Grade 6L Woodwork Project
    Grade 6 were very pleased to be able to travel out to the Senior Campus to finish the ‘Birdhouse Projects’ they started in woodwork during Term 1, with Mr Maxwell. The boys love being able to have woodwork lessons and this is a great lead into the opportunities they will have in secondary school.  Making Birdhouses is a great way to help care for our environment and we are sure you will agree the boys have displayed excellent woodwork skills.

     

    Grade 5 Classwork
    Grade 5 and 6 students are learning about poetry. Haiku is a well-known and ancient form of poetry from Japan. Here are some Haiku poems by boys from Grades 5 and 6:

    By Casey Quayle

    Winter is so cold

    Sometimes there is lots of snow

    And sometimes it rains

     

    ‘Peace’ by Charlie Oliver

    No one likes conflict

    Everyone likes peacefulness

    War is not peaceful

     

    ‘Peace’ by Jack Toms

    The rough waves crumble

    Peace is shining through the clouds

    Fresh air flows at last

     

    ‘Peace’ by Jacob Pursell

    We have made calm peace

    We can rebuild together

    We can sit and rest

     

    ‘Sport’ by Rylan Kirk-Francis

    Sport is fun to play

    Football is my favourite sport

    Sport is good for you

     

    By Angus Young

    The grass sways in wind

    The trees are strong and sturdy

    The tall wheat rattles

     

    Enrolment at SVC
    Just a reminder that once your son has been enrolled at St Virgil’s Junior School, his enrolment is ongoing. You only need to inform us if he is not continuing his enrolment.

    Boys continuing to Year 7 at Austin’s Ferry are not required to complete another enrolment application.

     

    Calendar Dates:

    Week 10                      Statement of Progress Reports released

    July 2                           Virtual Mid-Year Assembly (Grade 5&6 organising)

    July 3                           Student Free Day

    July 20                         Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences


    Date: 17-Jun-20  09:05  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed18 Section: Junior School

    Director of Learning and Teaching

    Grade 8 Crepe Making!

     


    Date: 17-Jun-20  08:44  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed18 Section: Senior School

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