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  • Deputy Principal

    Subject Selection

     Date:  21-Aug-19  10:21      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.25     Section:   Senior School

    Director of Identity

    Feast of the Assumption - August 15 and Give Me 5 for Kids 

     Date:  21-Aug-19  10:14      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.25     Section:   Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Junior School Sport

    Basketball and Soccer News and Term 4 Sports Sign Up

     Date:  21-Aug-19  09:06      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.25     Section:   Junior School Sport

    Director of Sport

    Grade 9 Challenge Day and Centenary Football Match v St Patrick's College Launceston, Cycling Star

     Date:  21-Aug-19  09:00      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.25     Section:   Senior School Sport

    From the Principal

    2020 Enrolment - Don't Let Friends and Family Miss Out! 

     Date:  14-Aug-19  09:27      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.24     Section:   From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Athletics Carnival, Subject Selection Evening and a Reminder about Hair Styles

     Date:  14-Aug-19  09:27      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.24     Section:   Senior School

    Director of Identity

    At the core of a Liberating Education is the ability to both wonder and to reflect and this evening’s events at the Austins Ferry Campus give us the opportunity to do both!

     Date:  14-Aug-19  09:18      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.24     Section:   Faith & Identity Senior School

    Junior School Sport

    Basketball and Cross Country 

     Date:  14-Aug-19  09:09      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.24     Section:   Junior School Sport

    Director of Sport

    Badminton Grand Final and Chess

     Date:  14-Aug-19  09:05      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.24     Section:   Senior School Sport

    From the Principal

    Musical, Work Experience, Athletics and Principal's Tour

     Date:  7-Aug-19  10:50      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.23     Section:   From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Director of Learning and Teaching

    Agriculture class excursion to a working race horse farm with Brandon McShane and Harry McShane.

     Date:  7-Aug-19  10:21      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.23     Section:   Senior School
  • Deputy Principal

    Subject Selection

      2019 V.08 Ed.25
     Senior School
     21-Aug-19  22:21

    Director of Identity

    Feast of the Assumption - August 15 and Give Me 5 for Kids 

      2019 V.08 Ed.25
     Faith & Identity
    Junior School
    Senior School
     21-Aug-19  22:14

    Junior School Sport

    Basketball and Soccer News and Term 4 Sports Sign Up

      2019 V.08 Ed.25
     Junior School
    Sport
     21-Aug-19  21:06

    Director of Sport

    Grade 9 Challenge Day and Centenary Football Match v St Patrick's College Launceston, Cycling Star

      2019 V.08 Ed.25
     Senior School
    Sport
     21-Aug-19  21:00

    From the Principal

    2020 Enrolment - Don't Let Friends and Family Miss Out! 

      2019 V.08 Ed.24
     From the Principal
    Junior School
    Senior School
     14-Aug-19  21:27

    Deputy Principal

    Athletics Carnival, Subject Selection Evening and a Reminder about Hair Styles

      2019 V.08 Ed.24
     Senior School
     14-Aug-19  21:27

    Director of Identity

    At the core of a Liberating Education is the ability to both wonder and to reflect and this...

      2019 V.08 Ed.24
     Faith & Identity
    Senior School
     14-Aug-19  21:18

    Junior School Sport

    Basketball and Cross Country 

      2019 V.08 Ed.24
     Junior School
    Sport
     14-Aug-19  21:09

    Director of Sport

    Badminton Grand Final and Chess

      2019 V.08 Ed.24
     Senior School
    Sport
     14-Aug-19  21:05

    From the Principal

    Musical, Work Experience, Athletics and Principal's Tour

      2019 V.08 Ed.23
     From the Principal
    Junior School
    Senior School
     7-Aug-19  22:50

    Head of Junior School

    Mrs Chambers and Mrs Messer 

      2019 V.08 Ed.23
     Junior School
     7-Aug-19  22:22

    Director of Learning and Teaching

    Agriculture class excursion to a working race horse farm with Brandon McShane and Harry McShane.

      2019 V.08 Ed.23
     Senior School
     7-Aug-19  22:21
  • Deputy Principal

    Subject Selection

    It was a great pleasure to see so many families attend the subject selection evening last week. The conversations held on that night and subsequently between the boys and their parents and teachers is a sign of their growing independence as they take control of their educational pathway. Subject selections need to be made online by 12pm Thursday August 22.

     

    Junior House Representative Commissioning

    Last Friday we commissioned our Junior House Leaders for Semester 2, as well as recognising our academic and commendation award winners, and the service gold, silver and bronze award recipients for Semester 1. This was a fantastic event which recognised the students that have excelled in academics and given service to the community,

    I wish all our commissioned leaders the best of luck, and encourage all boys to look at where they can do service in the community in the second half of the year.

     

    2020 Leadership Seminars

    This week we commenced student leadership seminars at lunchtime for those Grade 9 boys wanting to put their hand up for leadership in 2020.  Over 35 boys attended our first session and it was great to see the amount of eager students attending this session in preparation for our election process that will commence at the start of Term 4.

    Important Dates

    August 22: Online Subject Selection closes

    September 2 -6: Grade 10 C & D Work Experience

    September 2: Grade 10 A & B Speak Up Stay ChatTY session

    September 3: Grade 10F Speak Up Stay ChatTY session

     

     

     


    Date: 21-Aug-19  10:21  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.25 Section: Senior School

    Head of Junior School

    Junior School News

    Loui’s Van Visit
    Yesterday the Grade 3 class teachers organised a visit from Loui’s Van. It was wonderful to have Simon Terhell, the Youth Engagement and Development Officer, bring the van in and speak with the Junior School boys about the important outreach work Loui’s Van does in our community. The Mini Vinnies group helped make milos for those boys who wished to make a gold coin donation. The cold day was great for sales and the money will go directly back into the van to buy petrol, food ingredients for soup or tea, coffee and milk.

    Simon then spent a lot of time with Grade 3 class and spoke to them about the work that Vinnies do in the Tasmanian community, as part of their RE learning about the work of the Church in Tasmania.  The boys learned a bit about the history of the St Vincent de Paul Society and its founder, Frederic Ozanam, who saw many poor people in Paris in the 1830s and decided he wanted to help them.  Simon taught the boys about Loui's Van, which provides hot soup, warm blankets and company to people doing it tough around Hobart.  He even showed the boys how Loui's Van is set up with special sections for blankets, clothes and food.

    The boys spent some time reflecting on why Jesus would say that the work that Vinnies does is important work for us to do, and how they can also help others in their school and how they can support the work that Vinnies does in our community.  The Grade 3 boys had some really great questions for Simon, and some very thoughtful insights into how the work that Vinnies does mirrors the stories they know about the things that Jesus did for others and taught in his parables.

    Parents and Friends ‘Spalding fundraiser’
    The P & F have organised a fun fundraiser for the boys. They have purchased 167 high bounce balls that come in 5 different colours (black, blue, green, red and yellow). These can be purchased from the office for $3. This is a great fundraising opportunity as it was quick to organise and provides fun for the boys. Please support this P & F initiative. All funds raised are used to provide invaluable resources that benefit all boys at the Junior School.

    Father’s Day Breakfast
    Another P & F supported event is the Father’s Day Breakfast which will be held next Friday 30 August from 7.00 am at the Junior School.  A note went out on Parent Paperwork this week asking for responses from those attending and also for mums to volunteer to help set up and do the cooking. Thank you to those who have sent responses in. It will be a great celebration for our fathers and their families.

    Junior School Twilight Fair Friday October 18
    The Junior School Fair is fast approaching, so please keep your eye on Edsmart for information and requests. Please note that the date has been changed. Our College Calendar now reflects the new date. We have set aside three meeting dates, specifically to discuss and organise the various elements of the Fair. This is our major Fundraising event for the year and a great school community event. It can only happen with parental support.

    Please make a note of these meeting dates:
    September 10 - 6 pm start (Junior School Library)
    September 24 - 6 pm start (Junior School Library)
    October 15 - 6 pm start (Junior School Library)

    We look forward to welcoming many eager helpers to assist with the organisation of the Fair.


    Date: 21-Aug-19  10:14  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.25 Section: Junior School

    Director of Identity

    Feast of the Assumption - August 15 and Give Me 5 for Kids The Feast of Assumption celebrates the Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, being assumed body and soul by God into heavenly glory. Mary was the first believer in Jesus to experience the promised resurrection. She is the first fruit of a great coming harvest, hence the notion of a feast day.

    Last Thursday students at the Junior School celebrated Mass at St Mary's Cathedral with students from St Mary's College and reflected on the example of Mary and the contribution of great women through the ages.

    A Prayer for the Feast of Assumption

    Father in heaven,
    all creation rightly gives you praise,
    for all life and all holiness come from you.
    In the plan of your wisdom
    she who bore the Christ in her womb
    was raised body and soul in glory to be with him in heaven.
    May we follow her example in reflecting your holiness
    and join in her hymn of endless love and praise.

    We ask this through Christ our Lord.

    Amen.

     

    Give Me 5 for Kids

    Give Me 5 for Kids is a national fundraiser which has been supporting and raising funds for local children’s hospital wards across Australia for the last 25 years. This year Give Me 5 for Kids is celebrating 25 years of fundraising, having raised $25.9 million nationally, and benefited over 40 children’s hospital wards.

    Thanks to the creative initiatives of Mrs Jacquelyn Turner and Mr Steve Aitken we have spent Week 5 at Austins Ferry supporting this campaign, raising money for the children’s wards in Tasmanian hospitals. We kicked off our fundraising on Monday with an opportunity for some of our students to have their hair reduced to a #5 shave! They had been individually fundraising for the previous few weeks and their generous donations made a tremendous beginning to the week long campaign.

    Tomorrow (Friday) is the fifth day of Week 5 and our big finale for the Give me 5 for Kids campaign. On the Principal's Lawns at lunchtime we are aiming to fill our House Flags with silver and gold coins, with the heaviest Flag winning the day. There will also be an accompanying sausage sizzle, $2 for a sausage, bread and sauce. So collect all your loose coins and small change and bring it along tomorrow to help in this wonderful cause.


    Date: 21-Aug-19  10:14  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.25 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Director of Learning and Teaching

    VET Hospitality and Agriculture

    Quality assurance testing of Cooked Breakfast - not a bad way to start the day in Introduction to Hospitality!

     

    VET Agriculture

    Adrian McShane showing the boys around the farm and teaching them more about sheep farming in Tasmania!

     

     


    Date: 21-Aug-19  09:55  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.25 Section: Senior School

    Assistant Deputy Principal (Students and Transition)

    Grade 5 Visits

    Over the past week we have met four groups of potential 2021 Grade 7s with our annual Grade 5 visit programme. The students are welcomed in to the school and experience a range of activities. Many thanks must be forwarded to the Miss Boxall and teachers of the Grade 9 RE classes who have mentored the students while on campus, and of course the PE, Outdoor Education, Science, Hospitality staff and assistants, Grounds staff and of course Mr Mark Smith, who all help to make these visits enjoyable and run smoothly.

    We will meet three more groups next week.

     

    Mid -Term Assignments

    Boys are reminded that planning over the next few weeks will reduce the stress and anxiety of having numerous assessment tasks due. All students must commit to doing work at home and using class time to advantage. Good planning will ensure assignments are completed on time and are your best effort. We need to refrain from making excuses and developing the skills we all need for success.

     

    Work Experience

    Our work experience boys report that they all really enjoyed the opportunities they were given over last week. Many of our host employers have also contacted the College to pass on how impressed they were with our young men and how appreciative they were of many of the teachers dropping in to check on each student’s progress.

    The next group of Grade 10s will head out in early September. Boys in Core C and D are reminded to see Mrs Gangell if they have any questions or issues. Boys not completing Work Experience are expected to be at school and will be provided with an alternative timetable.

     

    GYC Transition

    A number of boys are still to complete enrolment after indicating they would be doing so.

    Please remember enrolment at the College and enrolment in subjects are two separate processes.

    This can be done online. If you need assistance or are unsure please contact the enrolment officer, Mrs Pogorzelski, at BPogorzelski@gyc.tas.edu.au, or GYC Deputy, Mr Derrick at  MDerrick@gyc.tas.edu.au .

     

    If you have misplaced your login and password email Mr Webster for assistance.

     

     

     


    Date: 21-Aug-19  09:16  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.25 Section: Senior School

    Junior School Sport

    Basketball and Soccer News and Term 4 Sports Sign Up

    Basketball

    SVC Knicks V Hutchins

    Great sportsmanship from SVC boys.  Hutchins only had 3 players. so SVC stepped up and helped them out so the game could go on.

    Well done boys!

    Player Of The Week – Oliver Gillow

    Encouragement Award – Flynn Edwards

     

    SVC Pacers V TFS Red

     

    Player Of The Week – Jamie Harris for terrific defence and helping out.

    Encouragement Award – Aidan Godfrey for 100% effort and encouraging others.

     

    SVC Hornets V Hutchins

    Good game despite going down in the end.  Great to see Charlie Cubit sink his first basket and the celebrations from all the team!  Well done also Charlie for strong rebounding contributions.

    Player Of The Week – Lachlan Davey for rebounding and ball handling and keeping the scoreboard ticking over.

     

    SOCCER

     Under 10

    SVC Gold 4 defeated Mt Stuart Wilderbeasts 3

    A great game with all boys playing well

    Special mention to Lachlan Crosbie – Seabourne

    Encouragement Award: Lucas Sanders and Lewis Williams.

    Goals – Lewis Williams 2, Thomas Wilson and Sebastian Lynch

     

    Term 4 Sports Sign Up 

    To view the list of sports available in Term 4 and to sign up please visit http://sport.stvirgils.tas.edu.au/sports-overview-junior-school/


    Date: 21-Aug-19  09:06  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.25 Section: Junior School Sport

    Director of Sport

    Grade 9 Challenge Day and Centenary Football Match v St Patrick's College Launceston, Cycling Star

    St Virgil's College took on St Patrick's College on Wednesday in the return leg of the Grade 9 Sports Challenge.

    In extremely challenging weather and ground conditions the results were as follows:

    Football: SVC 3.2. 20 vs SPC 8.11. 59 (SPC winning the aggregate points to reclaim the Challenge Shield)
    Soccer: SVC 5 vs SPC 2
    Hockey: SVC 11 vs SPC 0

    Well done to all the boys and coaches. We look forward to next year.

    St Patrick's College Centenary Football Match

    Last Friday our Grade 9&10 team travelled to Launceston to play SPC as part of their centenary celebrations. In a hard fought contest SPC were the winners of the Centenary 1st XIII Football match by 7 points:

    SPC 7.8.50 defeated SVC 7.1.43

    Well done to both teams for the fantastic spirit and sportsmanship of both teams.

    For the record St Virgil's won the first clash between the schools by 4 goals!

    Swimming

    Congratulations to the following students for making the 2019 Tasmanian Swimming State Team.

    Kye Direen
    Maximillian Guilliani
    Rufus Breshehan
    Samuel Askey-Doran

    Also congratulations to Old Virgilian, Tadhg Waddington.

    Good luck to all swimmers at the Australian Teams Short Course Championships in Canberra in October.

    Badminton

    After an excellent season the Grade 10 team finished second in the Southern Tasmanian Badminton Grand Final played at South Hobart. Scores: Friends 208 vs SVC 201.

    Congratulations and great season boys!

    A Motor Bike Star! 

    Oscar O’Donovan will be competing as the only Tasmanian junior in the Victorian Road Racing Championships at Phillip Island on August 24. Good luck Oscar!


    Date: 21-Aug-19  09:00  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.25 Section: Senior School Sport

    Senior School Canteen

    Weekly Roster

    FridayAugust 23Karen McMillonKarina Halys
        
    MondayAugust 26Anita HaighBarbara Oats
    Tuesday August 27Fran Kline Help Needed
    WednesdayAugust 28Sonja FletcherPhil Jones
    ThursdayAugust 29Darren GavinHelp Needed
    Friday August 30Sally FeldmanisAngelene Arnold

    Date: 21-Aug-19  08:30  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.25 Section: Senior School

    From the Principal

    2020 Enrolment - Don't Let Friends and Family Miss Out! 

    Enrolments 2020

    The College is in the final stage of confirming enrolments for 2020. Our Junior School interviews have concluded and offers will be extended to successful applicants this week. Confirmation/Transition interviews for 2020 Grade 7 students will take place next week.

    At this stage we have limited positions available for Grade 3 2020 and we understand that some of our best information is word of mouth from you. As current parents I would greatly appreciate you letting your friends and extended family know that if they are looking for enrolment to please lodge an expression of interest as a matter of urgency. Thank you for your valued support in this area.

    Subject Selection Evening – Grade 9 and 10, 2020

    Our current Grade 8 and 9 students are about to do their subject selections for options in 2020. Tonight in the JPC we are running our information evening where parents and students will have the opportunity to engage with teaching staff and explore what options might best suit their son. All parents and students are encouraged to attend so they can make informed decisions about their subjects in 2020. The evening begins in the JPC auditorium at 7.00pm and will move to the Hamilton Wing for one on one discussions with staff at approximately 7.30pm. The evening should be concluded no later than 8.30pm.

    Old Virgilians Lunch

    The bi-monthly Old Virgilian’s lunch is taking a slight turn with a new venue being offered to accommodate our many city based workers. The OVA have moved the lunch from its traditional lunch of the JPC to the Marquis Hotel in West Hobart. The luncheon begins at 12.30pm and traditionally is concluded by just after 1.30pm. This provides a great opportunity for Old Virgilians to catch up and hear information around how the school is currently running and what is being considered in the Old Boys Association. I look forward to seeing many of you at this event.

    Please RSVP to Mark Waddington - mwaddington@stvirgils.tas.edu.au for catering purposes.

    Athletics

    Last Thursday, a cold and frosty, but dry Domain Athletics Centre greeted us for the annual House Carnival. There was a great atmosphere and the boys entered into the spirit of the day. I would like to thank all parents and friends who attended to support our young men, it was pleasing to see so many of you there. The results of the day were:

     HouseJoyceDwyerDoyleHessian
    Junior School373 – 4th382 – 3rd395 – 2nd490 – 1st
    Senior School1123 – 3rd1221 – 2nd1345 – 1st1095 – 4th
    Overall1496 – 4th1603 – 2nd1740 – 1st1585 – 3rd

     

    Work Experience

    The Grade 10A and B classes are currently out on work experience for the week and reports from staff who visit the students on site have all been very positive. This has proven to be a valuable experience for the students to consider their career options. The remainder of the Grade 10 class will be doing their work experience on the following dates:

    Week 7A                     September 2-6                        Grade 10C/D

    Week 9A                     September 16-20                    Grade 10E/F

     

    Principal’s Tour

    A great opportunity to see the College at work and play! 

     


    Date: 14-Aug-19  09:27  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.24 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Athletics Carnival, Subject Selection Evening and a Reminder about Hair Styles

    The annual House Athletics Carnival was held last Thursday. Despite the early chilly conditions, it was a great day full of House spirit, with Doyle winning the Senior Trophy ahead of Dwyer.  A big thank you to Mr Michael Moschogianis and all the HPE staff for their efforts in the organisation of the day.

     

    2020 Grade 9 & 10 Subject Selection Evening - Tonight! 

    This evening subject selection evening will take place tonight at the College at 7pm in the JPC. I encourage all Grade 8 and 9 students to attend with their parents, and to have a discussion with teachers about their future pathways, and making smart choices when selecting subjects.

     

    Junior House Representative Commissioning

    Tomorrow we have a formal assembly for commissioning Grade 7-9 Junior House Representatives for the second semester, as well as the awarding of academic, commendation certificates, and service awards.  I would like to congratulate all award winners and those boys who have been elected to these leadership positions and wish them luck in their roles for semester 2. This is always a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate those boys in our community who have excelled.

    Uniform and Hair

    I have written previously about the expectations of the College 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 a number of boys who continue to go against this.

    Heads of House have sent letters out to those boys who require their hair to be cut and have also issued detentions to those boys who have not been wearing our College uniform appropriately. I ask all Parents/Guardians to continue to support the College in maintaining these standards.

    Important Dates

    August 12-16     Grade 10 A & B Work Experience

    August 15          Subject Selection Evening

     


    Date: 14-Aug-19  09:27  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.24 Section: Senior School

    Head of Junior School

    Book Week Parade

    On Wednesday of this week we celebrated Book Week (a week early). The theme of the week is “Reading is my secret power”.  The boys were asked to wear a costume for our Book week Parade to celebrate this theme. It was such a wonderful celebration with so many of our student cohort, as well as staff joining in the fun and dressing up as characters from their favourite books.

    Prizes were awarded to the most creative, or interesting. Well, we certainly had that! In Grade 3, Archie Dixon was unrecognisable as a witch and in Grade 4 Clement McKenna had a fabulous Tigger costume. In Grade 5, Llewellyn Gray was creative and in Grade 6, Ollie Stanford was resplendent as a fairy, and Sam Murray was very creative, dressing as a dictionary. There are already some fantastic posters on display. Well done to class winners:

    3D – Ben Sheen

    3O – Jason Tang

    4R – Xavier Bearman

    4/5W – Zaph Bukuru

    5S – Riley Drew

    6C – Tyler Medwin

    6L – Daniel Mooney

    Many staff came as pirates, whilst Mrs Ogle came as her counterpart, Mrs Frizzle, and Miss Lack took-out the prize for dressing as the Queen of Hearts! Thank you to Ms Stary and Mrs Sutton for their organisation of such a wonderful day of celebration which focussed upon the importance of literacy in the development of all of our boys.

     

    Last Thursday we held our House Athletics Carnival in conjunction with the secondary campus. It was a very chilly day for all involved. Congratulations to Hessian for taking out the Junior School shield, it was a fabulous team effort. Thank you to Mrs Dixon for organising our part in the carnival and to staff and parents for helping out on the day.

     

    Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. Archbishop Adrian Doyle and Deacon Nick McFarlane will be leading us in our celebration. A class from Immaculate Heart of Mary is also joining us which will be great. This Feast is one of only two Holy Days of Obligation, the other being Christmas Day. We look forward to the boys participating in the singing and prayers to recognise the life and death of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and her assumption into heaven.

     

    Friday afternoon activities for the Grade 5 and 6 boys have been going very well. The boys have enjoyed activities such as Gymnastics at Kingborough, helping out at Foodbank and playing football against other Catholic and Independent Primary Schools.

     

    Grade 3O, 6C and 6L are off to Elizabeth College this morning to participate in more Science Week activities, such as ‘Photogram’, Gases and Logic and Truth sessions. Be sure to ask your son tonight about these sessions and something he learnt. Thank you to Miss Lack for organising these minor excursions.

     

     

     

     

    Code Camp

     


    Date: 14-Aug-19  09:26  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.24 Section: Junior School

    Director of Learning and Teaching

    Science Week - Luna Lookout and Festival of Bright ideas

    On Tonight - Please come along!

    Festival of Bright Ideas 

    Grade 9&10s enjoying the Festival of Bright Ideas.

    Government House Reception

    This week two of our senior Science students, Joshua Young and John Clapham, attended a reception at Government House, hosted by Her Excellency  Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC and Mr Richard Warner as part of the 2019 National Science Week celebrations.  There they were able to network with students and teachers from other Hobart region schools, as well as specialist scientists from the University of Tasmania and Minister for Science and Technology, Michael Ferguson MP.

     

     


    Date: 14-Aug-19  09:23  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.24 Section: Senior School

    Director of Identity

    At the core of a Liberating Education is the ability to both wonder and to reflect and this evening’s events at the Austins Ferry Campus give us the opportunity to do both!

    Commencing at 5.30pm will be the inaugural Luna Lookout, a wonderful initiative of the Science Department and led by Dr Paul Dobbie. Stargazing is one of the most profound ways we can reflect on our inter-connectedness with each other and our planet, to wonder about the immensity of the universe in relation to the intricacies of all life.

    The ability to reflect and to wonder will also be important for our Year 8 and Year 9 students as they begin the challenge of choosing their elective subjects. The opportunities created by offering a diverse range of subjects will enable our students to experience new ways of being and broaden and strengthen their ability to engage meaningfully in their world.

     Reflection and wonderment are key to helping us understand our place in the enormity of the universe, and to recognise the capacity we all have to influence our own futures. Reflection and wonderment are required to first imagine and then create a fairer more just and compassionate planet for ourselves and for others.

     

    A Prayer for Our Earth

    All-powerful God,

    You are present in the whole universe

    and in the smallest of Your creatures.

    You embrace with Your tenderness all that exists.

    Pour out upon us the power of Your love,

    that we may protect life and beauty.

    Fill us with peace, that we may live

    as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

     

    O God of the poor,

    help us to rescue the abandoned

    and forgotten of this earth,

    so precious in your eyes.

    Bring healing to our lives,

    that we may protect the world and not prey on it,

    that we may sow beauty,

    not pollution and destruction.

    Touch the hearts

    of those who look only for gain

    at the expense of the poor and the earth.

     

    Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,

    to be filled with awe and contemplation,

    to recognize that we are profoundly united

    with every creature

    as we journey towards Your infinite light.

     

    We thank You for being with us each day.

    Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle

    for justice, love and peace.

     

    Pope Francis - Laudato Si’, mi’ Signore, “Praise be to You, my Lord”

     

     


    Date: 14-Aug-19  09:18  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.24 Section: Faith & Identity Senior School

    Assistant Deputy Principal - Students and Transition

    Congratulations to the following boys who have taken up the challenge of leadership for Semester 2

    Junior House Leadership

    Congratulations to the following boys on their successful election as Junior House Leaders for Semester 2. While these boys will be called on for service, and will receive a badge, all boys are leaders and can control their effort and input in all that they do.

     

    Doyle

    Grade 7:           Thomas Quinn

    Grade 8:           Jack Johnson

    Grade 9:           Harry Cornelius

     

    Dwyer

    Grade 7:           Thomas Direen

    Grade 8:           William Simaan

    Grade 9:           Caleb Devine

     

    Hessian

    Grade 7:           Harry Sylvester

    Grade 8:           Krystian Jankowiak

    Grade 9:           Connor Mackenzie

     

    Joyce

    Grade 7:           Jacob Mitchell

    Grade 8:           Riley Griggs

    Grade 9:           Luke Turner

     

    Assignments

    The middle of term is a busy time for assignments and essays. To avoid not meeting deadlines please make sure you are organised and completing work at home during the evening or on the weekend. Take the time to enter these into a calendar, either physical or online, and block out some time when you will work on them. This will allow you to avoid the last-minute rush and substandard work. If you want to succeed or improve on past results, the only way to achieve this is through effort and hard work.

     

    Work Experience

    Grade 10A & 10B have been out on work experience this week, right across the south of the state, with boys working for the Hydro at Tullah while others have engaged in building as far south as the Huon Valley.

    All reports are that the boys are doing the College proud and really enjoying the experience.

    The next group will head out in early September. Boys in Grade 10 C and D are reminded to see Mrs Gangell if you have any questions or issues.

     

    GYC Transition

    Please remember enrolment at the Guilford Young College and enrolment in your subjects are two separate processes.

    This can be done online. If you need assistance or are unsure please contact the enrolment officer, Mrs Pogorzelski, at BPogorzelski@gyc.tas.edu.au, or GYC Deputy, Mr Derrick at  MDerrick@gyc.tas.edu.au .

    If you have misplaced your login and password email Mr Webster for assistance.

     


    Date: 14-Aug-19  09:16  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.24 Section: Senior School

    Junior School Sport

    Basketball and Cross Country 

    Basketball Results

    SVC Kings 4 lost to Friends 20

    SVC played Friends and were down to only 4 players.  SVC were at a slight disadvantage during the game  but fought hard.

    Player of the Week – Max Grave

    Encouragement Award – Connor Macdonald

     

    SVC Pacers V Dominic Black

    Player of the Week – Sam Murray for being a team player and working hard in defence.

    Encouragement Award – Ryan Hodge for listening to instructions and having a real crack!

     

    SVC Hornets V Dominic

    In a physical close game the boys did well.  A strong defence led by Ethan Leary, Lochlan Davey and Brayden Nichols paved the way for good passing and scoring involvement from the whole team.

    Player of the Week – Tom Prokopiec for hitting the score board, rebounding and passing well to team mates.

     

    SVC Hornets V SVC Spurs

    Good first game for the boys willing to share the ball amongst team mates.

    Player of the Week – Good team play and following instructions.

     

    SVC Warriors V Friends

    Convincing win to SVC. The established lads were asked to support the players with less experience by not dominating play and including into play.  Liam, Sean and Jack Byrne were responsible for dribbling the ball up the court with others as back up.

    Player of the Week – Liam Stewart for listening, doing and enjoying.

     

    The Junior School are holding trials for the Primary Regional Basketball Championships next week.

    Grade 5&6 - Monday August 19

    7am – 8am at St Mary’s Nano-Nagle Gym

     

    Grade 3&4 - Wednesday August 21

    7am – 8am at St Mary’s Nano-Nagle Gym

    A letter has been sent to all families to explain all details.

     

    Cross Country 

    Good luck to James Lyden who will represent Tasmania at the Australian Cross Country Championships in NSW from Thursday August 22 to Monday August 26.


    Date: 14-Aug-19  09:09  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.24 Section: Junior School Sport

    Director of Sport

    Badminton Grand Final and Chess

    Good luck to members of the SVC Grade 10 team who will be playing in the Southern Tasmania Grade 10A Badminton Grand Final this Friday afternoon against The Friends School at the South Hobart Badminton Centre from 4.15pm. Best wishes to:

    Noah Gilley
    Lucas Gilley
    Raphael Mackey
    Jack Green
    Will Mooney

    Raphael Mackey

    Chess

    The St Virgil’s College Chess Club had a record number of 20 students participating the Term 3 Inter-school Chess Tournament.  There was some fierce competition among the five Secondary teams, with the St Virgil’s A Team beating out Dominic College by only half a point to claim third place and a spot in the State Finals to be held in October.

    All students represented the College with pride, showing increasing confidence in their abilities.  There were some impressive battles played out, notably by Siddarth Gupta and Tom Nielsen who were participating in their very first tournament.  Our top five placing students solidified our position in third and were presented with medals.  Well done to Luke Turner, Caleb Devine, Angus Cooper, Joe Powell and Mondi Wara.


    Date: 14-Aug-19  09:05  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.24 Section: Senior School Sport

    Senior School Canteen

    Weekly Roster

    FridayAugust 16Michelle BarrowHELP NEEDED
    MondayAugust 19Jenny HilyerHelp Needed 
    TuesdayAugust 20Linda KerschbaumAngela McCarthy
    WednesdayAugust 21Kate NicholsJodi Spangler
    ThursdayAugust 22Eugene Gerlach Help Needed
    FridayAugust 23Karen McMillonKarina Halys

     

     


    Date: 14-Aug-19  08:54  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.24 Section: Senior School

    From the Principal

    Musical, Work Experience, Athletics and Principal's Tour

    The Wizard of Oz

    After six months of rehearsals and preparation, the cast finally hit the stage for our musical 'The Wizard of Oz'. Our students and the girls from St Mary's put on a remarkable performance, showing experience far beyond their years. The audience were in a toe tapping mood and it wasn’t surprising that many of them joined in with some of the more popular and memorable numbers. I would like to congratulate all  students for their commitment to this production and also commend them on their fine performances.

    These musicals don’t just occur without much toil and effort from the staff and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who were involved in giving our students such a memorable experience.

    Work Experience

    Next week is the start of Work Experience for Grade 10 students. Each boy will spend a week working at a work experience venue of his choice, gaining experience about what the real world may present to him in his working life. It also provides an opportunity for students to consolidate their thinking about their future and present ideas of what might be possible. I would like to thank all host employers who are taking on our students and providing them with such a a significant educational experience. We look forward to the many visits to check out their progress.

    Work Experience Dates

    Week 4B                      August 12-16                         Grade 10A&B

    Week 7A                     September 2-6                        Grade 10C&D

    Week 9A                     September 16-20                    Grade 10E&F

     

    Athletics

    As we go to print, students are currently involved in spirited competition as part of the 2019 House Athletics Carnival.  I look forward to giving you the results next week from a very competitive day of athletic action.

     

    Principal’s Tour

    Austins Ferry Campus - Friday August 30, 9am - 10.30am.

    2021 Grade 7 Enrolments close on September 13.

    Please RSVP to mnugent@stvirgils.tas.edu.au

     


    Date: 7-Aug-19  10:50  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.23 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Head of Junior School

    Mrs Chambers and Mrs Messer 

    Last Friday we celebrated a very special assembly which was led by 6C. During the assembly Mrs Chambers shared with us all her experience in her recent immersion in Nairobi, Kenya at the Mary Rice Centre. All boys were moved by Mrs Chambers’ recount and photos of her time in Africa. We thank Mrs Chambers for sharing this with us. It serves as a timely reminder of how very fortunate we all are to be living in such a beautiful island home, Tasmania, to have nice houses to live in and food on the table every night.

    On Friday evening, the Tasmanian School Water Polo Grand Finals were held. I am pleased, and proud, to say that the Grade 5/6 Lobsters were victorious in their division of the Primary Roster. Congratulations to the boys for their hard work and dedication throughout the season. Thank you to the team of parents who dropped them off at training every Tuesday morning and to their coaches, Matt Costelloe, Tom Messer and Mrs Jo Messer. Thank you also to all of the boys, parents and staff who came along to support us.


    On Tuesday night we saw the commencement of the JSSATIS Basketball roster. Thank you to the parents and staff members who have put their hands up to coach a team, without your help we would not be able to enter as many teams. Boys are permitted to wear their sports uniform on Tuesdays if they are participating in this roster.

    Last week our Grade 6 students were fortunate to see the matinee performance of the school musical, the Wizard of Oz. Congratulations to all boys involved in the production. It was particularly lovely to see so many of our ‘old junior’ boys in the production.

    Science Week commenced this week. As part of this, Grade Threes and Fours had class visits from Young Tassie Scientists from the University of Tasmania. On Friday our Grade 6 classes will be visiting the Festival of Bright Ideas. All of these opportunities afford our boys to engage in hands on science activities which hopefully will ignite their passion to one day becoming a scientist.

    Next week is Book Week. The theme of the week is “Reading is my secret power”.  The boys are asked to bring a costume in a bag to wear in our Book week Parade to celebrate this theme. Costumes should reflect a book character and could be as simple as hats, wigs, glasses, scarves and other accessories. All boys will earn house points with spot prizes presented on the day for unusual and creative ideas. Boys are also invited (not compulsory) to enter in our Library poster competition. Posters should include the slogan “Reading is my Secret Power.” There are already some fantastic posters on display.

    Next Thursday 15 August we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. Archbishop Adrian Doyle and Deacon Nick McFarlane will lead us in our celebration. A class from Immaculate Heart of Mary is also joining us which will be great. This Feast is one of only two Holy Days of Obligation, the other being Christmas Day. We look forward to the boys participating in the singing and prayers to recognise the life and death of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and her assumption into heaven.

    By the time this newsletter goes to print we will be well into the athletics carnival. Hopefully we’ll all be able to keep warm and dry throughout the day. Good luck to all competitors!

     


    Date: 7-Aug-19  10:22  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.23 Section: Junior School

    Director of Learning and Teaching

    Agriculture class excursion to a working race horse farm with Brandon McShane and Harry McShane.

     


    Date: 7-Aug-19  10:21  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.23 Section: Senior School
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    Deputy Principal

    Subject Selection

    It was a great pleasure to see so many families attend the subject selection evening last week. The conversations held on that night and subsequently between the boys and their parents and teachers is a sign of their growing independence as they take control of their educational pathway. Subject selections need to be made online by 12pm Thursday August 22.

     

    Junior House Representative Commissioning

    Last Friday we commissioned our Junior House Leaders for Semester 2, as well as recognising our academic and commendation award winners, and the service gold, silver and bronze award recipients for Semester 1. This was a fantastic event which recognised the students that have excelled in academics and given service to the community,

    I wish all our commissioned leaders the best of luck, and encourage all boys to look at where they can do service in the community in the second half of the year.

     

    2020 Leadership Seminars

    This week we commenced student leadership seminars at lunchtime for those Grade 9 boys wanting to put their hand up for leadership in 2020.  Over 35 boys attended our first session and it was great to see the amount of eager students attending this session in preparation for our election process that will commence at the start of Term 4.

    Important Dates

    August 22: Online Subject Selection closes

    September 2 -6: Grade 10 C & D Work Experience

    September 2: Grade 10 A & B Speak Up Stay ChatTY session

    September 3: Grade 10F Speak Up Stay ChatTY session

     

     

     


    Date: 21-Aug-19  10:21  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.25 Section: Senior School

    Head of Junior School

    Junior School News

    Loui’s Van Visit
    Yesterday the Grade 3 class teachers organised a visit from Loui’s Van. It was wonderful to have Simon Terhell, the Youth Engagement and Development Officer, bring the van in and speak with the Junior School boys about the important outreach work Loui’s Van does in our community. The Mini Vinnies group helped make milos for those boys who wished to make a gold coin donation. The cold day was great for sales and the money will go directly back into the van to buy petrol, food ingredients for soup or tea, coffee and milk.

    Simon then spent a lot of time with Grade 3 class and spoke to them about the work that Vinnies do in the Tasmanian community, as part of their RE learning about the work of the Church in Tasmania.  The boys learned a bit about the history of the St Vincent de Paul Society and its founder, Frederic Ozanam, who saw many poor people in Paris in the 1830s and decided he wanted to help them.  Simon taught the boys about Loui's Van, which provides hot soup, warm blankets and company to people doing it tough around Hobart.  He even showed the boys how Loui's Van is set up with special sections for blankets, clothes and food.

    The boys spent some time reflecting on why Jesus would say that the work that Vinnies does is important work for us to do, and how they can also help others in their school and how they can support the work that Vinnies does in our community.  The Grade 3 boys had some really great questions for Simon, and some very thoughtful insights into how the work that Vinnies does mirrors the stories they know about the things that Jesus did for others and taught in his parables.

    Parents and Friends ‘Spalding fundraiser’
    The P & F have organised a fun fundraiser for the boys. They have purchased 167 high bounce balls that come in 5 different colours (black, blue, green, red and yellow). These can be purchased from the office for $3. This is a great fundraising opportunity as it was quick to organise and provides fun for the boys. Please support this P & F initiative. All funds raised are used to provide invaluable resources that benefit all boys at the Junior School.

    Father’s Day Breakfast
    Another P & F supported event is the Father’s Day Breakfast which will be held next Friday 30 August from 7.00 am at the Junior School.  A note went out on Parent Paperwork this week asking for responses from those attending and also for mums to volunteer to help set up and do the cooking. Thank you to those who have sent responses in. It will be a great celebration for our fathers and their families.

    Junior School Twilight Fair Friday October 18
    The Junior School Fair is fast approaching, so please keep your eye on Edsmart for information and requests. Please note that the date has been changed. Our College Calendar now reflects the new date. We have set aside three meeting dates, specifically to discuss and organise the various elements of the Fair. This is our major Fundraising event for the year and a great school community event. It can only happen with parental support.

    Please make a note of these meeting dates:
    September 10 - 6 pm start (Junior School Library)
    September 24 - 6 pm start (Junior School Library)
    October 15 - 6 pm start (Junior School Library)

    We look forward to welcoming many eager helpers to assist with the organisation of the Fair.


    Date: 21-Aug-19  10:14  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.25 Section: Junior School

    Director of Identity

    Feast of the Assumption - August 15 and Give Me 5 for Kids The Feast of Assumption celebrates the Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, being assumed body and soul by God into heavenly glory. Mary was the first believer in Jesus to experience the promised resurrection. She is the first fruit of a great coming harvest, hence the notion of a feast day.

    Last Thursday students at the Junior School celebrated Mass at St Mary's Cathedral with students from St Mary's College and reflected on the example of Mary and the contribution of great women through the ages.

    A Prayer for the Feast of Assumption

    Father in heaven,
    all creation rightly gives you praise,
    for all life and all holiness come from you.
    In the plan of your wisdom
    she who bore the Christ in her womb
    was raised body and soul in glory to be with him in heaven.
    May we follow her example in reflecting your holiness
    and join in her hymn of endless love and praise.

    We ask this through Christ our Lord.

    Amen.

     

    Give Me 5 for Kids

    Give Me 5 for Kids is a national fundraiser which has been supporting and raising funds for local children’s hospital wards across Australia for the last 25 years. This year Give Me 5 for Kids is celebrating 25 years of fundraising, having raised $25.9 million nationally, and benefited over 40 children’s hospital wards.

    Thanks to the creative initiatives of Mrs Jacquelyn Turner and Mr Steve Aitken we have spent Week 5 at Austins Ferry supporting this campaign, raising money for the children’s wards in Tasmanian hospitals. We kicked off our fundraising on Monday with an opportunity for some of our students to have their hair reduced to a #5 shave! They had been individually fundraising for the previous few weeks and their generous donations made a tremendous beginning to the week long campaign.

    Tomorrow (Friday) is the fifth day of Week 5 and our big finale for the Give me 5 for Kids campaign. On the Principal's Lawns at lunchtime we are aiming to fill our House Flags with silver and gold coins, with the heaviest Flag winning the day. There will also be an accompanying sausage sizzle, $2 for a sausage, bread and sauce. So collect all your loose coins and small change and bring it along tomorrow to help in this wonderful cause.


    Date: 21-Aug-19  10:14  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.25 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Director of Learning and Teaching

    VET Hospitality and Agriculture

    Quality assurance testing of Cooked Breakfast - not a bad way to start the day in Introduction to Hospitality!

     

    VET Agriculture

    Adrian McShane showing the boys around the farm and teaching them more about sheep farming in Tasmania!

     

     


    Date: 21-Aug-19  09:55  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.25 Section: Senior School

    Assistant Deputy Principal (Students and Transition)

    Grade 5 Visits

    Over the past week we have met four groups of potential 2021 Grade 7s with our annual Grade 5 visit programme. The students are welcomed in to the school and experience a range of activities. Many thanks must be forwarded to the Miss Boxall and teachers of the Grade 9 RE classes who have mentored the students while on campus, and of course the PE, Outdoor Education, Science, Hospitality staff and assistants, Grounds staff and of course Mr Mark Smith, who all help to make these visits enjoyable and run smoothly.

    We will meet three more groups next week.

     

    Mid -Term Assignments

    Boys are reminded that planning over the next few weeks will reduce the stress and anxiety of having numerous assessment tasks due. All students must commit to doing work at home and using class time to advantage. Good planning will ensure assignments are completed on time and are your best effort. We need to refrain from making excuses and developing the skills we all need for success.

     

    Work Experience

    Our work experience boys report that they all really enjoyed the opportunities they were given over last week. Many of our host employers have also contacted the College to pass on how impressed they were with our young men and how appreciative they were of many of the teachers dropping in to check on each student’s progress.

    The next group of Grade 10s will head out in early September. Boys in Core C and D are reminded to see Mrs Gangell if they have any questions or issues. Boys not completing Work Experience are expected to be at school and will be provided with an alternative timetable.

     

    GYC Transition

    A number of boys are still to complete enrolment after indicating they would be doing so.

    Please remember enrolment at the College and enrolment in subjects are two separate processes.

    This can be done online. If you need assistance or are unsure please contact the enrolment officer, Mrs Pogorzelski, at BPogorzelski@gyc.tas.edu.au, or GYC Deputy, Mr Derrick at  MDerrick@gyc.tas.edu.au .

     

    If you have misplaced your login and password email Mr Webster for assistance.

     

     

     


    Date: 21-Aug-19  09:16  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.25 Section: Senior School

    Junior School Sport

    Basketball and Soccer News and Term 4 Sports Sign Up

    Basketball

    SVC Knicks V Hutchins

    Great sportsmanship from SVC boys.  Hutchins only had 3 players. so SVC stepped up and helped them out so the game could go on.

    Well done boys!

    Player Of The Week – Oliver Gillow

    Encouragement Award – Flynn Edwards

     

    SVC Pacers V TFS Red

     

    Player Of The Week – Jamie Harris for terrific defence and helping out.

    Encouragement Award – Aidan Godfrey for 100% effort and encouraging others.

     

    SVC Hornets V Hutchins

    Good game despite going down in the end.  Great to see Charlie Cubit sink his first basket and the celebrations from all the team!  Well done also Charlie for strong rebounding contributions.

    Player Of The Week – Lachlan Davey for rebounding and ball handling and keeping the scoreboard ticking over.

     

    SOCCER

     Under 10

    SVC Gold 4 defeated Mt Stuart Wilderbeasts 3

    A great game with all boys playing well

    Special mention to Lachlan Crosbie – Seabourne

    Encouragement Award: Lucas Sanders and Lewis Williams.

    Goals – Lewis Williams 2, Thomas Wilson and Sebastian Lynch

     

    Term 4 Sports Sign Up 

    To view the list of sports available in Term 4 and to sign up please visit http://sport.stvirgils.tas.edu.au/sports-overview-junior-school/


    Date: 21-Aug-19  09:06  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.25 Section: Junior School Sport

    Director of Sport

    Grade 9 Challenge Day and Centenary Football Match v St Patrick's College Launceston, Cycling Star

    St Virgil's College took on St Patrick's College on Wednesday in the return leg of the Grade 9 Sports Challenge.

    In extremely challenging weather and ground conditions the results were as follows:

    Football: SVC 3.2. 20 vs SPC 8.11. 59 (SPC winning the aggregate points to reclaim the Challenge Shield)
    Soccer: SVC 5 vs SPC 2
    Hockey: SVC 11 vs SPC 0

    Well done to all the boys and coaches. We look forward to next year.

    St Patrick's College Centenary Football Match

    Last Friday our Grade 9&10 team travelled to Launceston to play SPC as part of their centenary celebrations. In a hard fought contest SPC were the winners of the Centenary 1st XIII Football match by 7 points:

    SPC 7.8.50 defeated SVC 7.1.43

    Well done to both teams for the fantastic spirit and sportsmanship of both teams.

    For the record St Virgil's won the first clash between the schools by 4 goals!

    Swimming

    Congratulations to the following students for making the 2019 Tasmanian Swimming State Team.

    Kye Direen
    Maximillian Guilliani
    Rufus Breshehan
    Samuel Askey-Doran

    Also congratulations to Old Virgilian, Tadhg Waddington.

    Good luck to all swimmers at the Australian Teams Short Course Championships in Canberra in October.

    Badminton

    After an excellent season the Grade 10 team finished second in the Southern Tasmanian Badminton Grand Final played at South Hobart. Scores: Friends 208 vs SVC 201.

    Congratulations and great season boys!

    A Motor Bike Star! 

    Oscar O’Donovan will be competing as the only Tasmanian junior in the Victorian Road Racing Championships at Phillip Island on August 24. Good luck Oscar!


    Date: 21-Aug-19  09:00  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.25 Section: Senior School Sport

    Senior School Canteen

    Weekly Roster

    FridayAugust 23Karen McMillonKarina Halys
        
    MondayAugust 26Anita HaighBarbara Oats
    Tuesday August 27Fran Kline Help Needed
    WednesdayAugust 28Sonja FletcherPhil Jones
    ThursdayAugust 29Darren GavinHelp Needed
    Friday August 30Sally FeldmanisAngelene Arnold

    Date: 21-Aug-19  08:30  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.25 Section: Senior School

    From the Principal

    2020 Enrolment - Don't Let Friends and Family Miss Out! 

    Enrolments 2020

    The College is in the final stage of confirming enrolments for 2020. Our Junior School interviews have concluded and offers will be extended to successful applicants this week. Confirmation/Transition interviews for 2020 Grade 7 students will take place next week.

    At this stage we have limited positions available for Grade 3 2020 and we understand that some of our best information is word of mouth from you. As current parents I would greatly appreciate you letting your friends and extended family know that if they are looking for enrolment to please lodge an expression of interest as a matter of urgency. Thank you for your valued support in this area.

    Subject Selection Evening – Grade 9 and 10, 2020

    Our current Grade 8 and 9 students are about to do their subject selections for options in 2020. Tonight in the JPC we are running our information evening where parents and students will have the opportunity to engage with teaching staff and explore what options might best suit their son. All parents and students are encouraged to attend so they can make informed decisions about their subjects in 2020. The evening begins in the JPC auditorium at 7.00pm and will move to the Hamilton Wing for one on one discussions with staff at approximately 7.30pm. The evening should be concluded no later than 8.30pm.

    Old Virgilians Lunch

    The bi-monthly Old Virgilian’s lunch is taking a slight turn with a new venue being offered to accommodate our many city based workers. The OVA have moved the lunch from its traditional lunch of the JPC to the Marquis Hotel in West Hobart. The luncheon begins at 12.30pm and traditionally is concluded by just after 1.30pm. This provides a great opportunity for Old Virgilians to catch up and hear information around how the school is currently running and what is being considered in the Old Boys Association. I look forward to seeing many of you at this event.

    Please RSVP to Mark Waddington - mwaddington@stvirgils.tas.edu.au for catering purposes.

    Athletics

    Last Thursday, a cold and frosty, but dry Domain Athletics Centre greeted us for the annual House Carnival. There was a great atmosphere and the boys entered into the spirit of the day. I would like to thank all parents and friends who attended to support our young men, it was pleasing to see so many of you there. The results of the day were:

     HouseJoyceDwyerDoyleHessian
    Junior School373 – 4th382 – 3rd395 – 2nd490 – 1st
    Senior School1123 – 3rd1221 – 2nd1345 – 1st1095 – 4th
    Overall1496 – 4th1603 – 2nd1740 – 1st1585 – 3rd

     

    Work Experience

    The Grade 10A and B classes are currently out on work experience for the week and reports from staff who visit the students on site have all been very positive. This has proven to be a valuable experience for the students to consider their career options. The remainder of the Grade 10 class will be doing their work experience on the following dates:

    Week 7A                     September 2-6                        Grade 10C/D

    Week 9A                     September 16-20                    Grade 10E/F

     

    Principal’s Tour

    A great opportunity to see the College at work and play! 

     


    Date: 14-Aug-19  09:27  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.24 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Athletics Carnival, Subject Selection Evening and a Reminder about Hair Styles

    The annual House Athletics Carnival was held last Thursday. Despite the early chilly conditions, it was a great day full of House spirit, with Doyle winning the Senior Trophy ahead of Dwyer.  A big thank you to Mr Michael Moschogianis and all the HPE staff for their efforts in the organisation of the day.

     

    2020 Grade 9 & 10 Subject Selection Evening - Tonight! 

    This evening subject selection evening will take place tonight at the College at 7pm in the JPC. I encourage all Grade 8 and 9 students to attend with their parents, and to have a discussion with teachers about their future pathways, and making smart choices when selecting subjects.

     

    Junior House Representative Commissioning

    Tomorrow we have a formal assembly for commissioning Grade 7-9 Junior House Representatives for the second semester, as well as the awarding of academic, commendation certificates, and service awards.  I would like to congratulate all award winners and those boys who have been elected to these leadership positions and wish them luck in their roles for semester 2. This is always a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate those boys in our community who have excelled.

    Uniform and Hair

    I have written previously about the expectations of the College 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 a number of boys who continue to go against this.

    Heads of House have sent letters out to those boys who require their hair to be cut and have also issued detentions to those boys who have not been wearing our College uniform appropriately. I ask all Parents/Guardians to continue to support the College in maintaining these standards.

    Important Dates

    August 12-16     Grade 10 A & B Work Experience

    August 15          Subject Selection Evening

     


    Date: 14-Aug-19  09:27  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.24 Section: Senior School

    Head of Junior School

    Book Week Parade

    On Wednesday of this week we celebrated Book Week (a week early). The theme of the week is “Reading is my secret power”.  The boys were asked to wear a costume for our Book week Parade to celebrate this theme. It was such a wonderful celebration with so many of our student cohort, as well as staff joining in the fun and dressing up as characters from their favourite books.

    Prizes were awarded to the most creative, or interesting. Well, we certainly had that! In Grade 3, Archie Dixon was unrecognisable as a witch and in Grade 4 Clement McKenna had a fabulous Tigger costume. In Grade 5, Llewellyn Gray was creative and in Grade 6, Ollie Stanford was resplendent as a fairy, and Sam Murray was very creative, dressing as a dictionary. There are already some fantastic posters on display. Well done to class winners:

    3D – Ben Sheen

    3O – Jason Tang

    4R – Xavier Bearman

    4/5W – Zaph Bukuru

    5S – Riley Drew

    6C – Tyler Medwin

    6L – Daniel Mooney

    Many staff came as pirates, whilst Mrs Ogle came as her counterpart, Mrs Frizzle, and Miss Lack took-out the prize for dressing as the Queen of Hearts! Thank you to Ms Stary and Mrs Sutton for their organisation of such a wonderful day of celebration which focussed upon the importance of literacy in the development of all of our boys.

     

    Last Thursday we held our House Athletics Carnival in conjunction with the secondary campus. It was a very chilly day for all involved. Congratulations to Hessian for taking out the Junior School shield, it was a fabulous team effort. Thank you to Mrs Dixon for organising our part in the carnival and to staff and parents for helping out on the day.

     

    Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. Archbishop Adrian Doyle and Deacon Nick McFarlane will be leading us in our celebration. A class from Immaculate Heart of Mary is also joining us which will be great. This Feast is one of only two Holy Days of Obligation, the other being Christmas Day. We look forward to the boys participating in the singing and prayers to recognise the life and death of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and her assumption into heaven.

     

    Friday afternoon activities for the Grade 5 and 6 boys have been going very well. The boys have enjoyed activities such as Gymnastics at Kingborough, helping out at Foodbank and playing football against other Catholic and Independent Primary Schools.

     

    Grade 3O, 6C and 6L are off to Elizabeth College this morning to participate in more Science Week activities, such as ‘Photogram’, Gases and Logic and Truth sessions. Be sure to ask your son tonight about these sessions and something he learnt. Thank you to Miss Lack for organising these minor excursions.

     

     

     

     

    Code Camp

     


    Date: 14-Aug-19  09:26  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.24 Section: Junior School

    Director of Learning and Teaching

    Science Week - Luna Lookout and Festival of Bright ideas

    On Tonight - Please come along!

    Festival of Bright Ideas 

    Grade 9&10s enjoying the Festival of Bright Ideas.

    Government House Reception

    This week two of our senior Science students, Joshua Young and John Clapham, attended a reception at Government House, hosted by Her Excellency  Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC and Mr Richard Warner as part of the 2019 National Science Week celebrations.  There they were able to network with students and teachers from other Hobart region schools, as well as specialist scientists from the University of Tasmania and Minister for Science and Technology, Michael Ferguson MP.

     

     


    Date: 14-Aug-19  09:23  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.24 Section: Senior School

    Director of Identity

    At the core of a Liberating Education is the ability to both wonder and to reflect and this evening’s events at the Austins Ferry Campus give us the opportunity to do both!

    Commencing at 5.30pm will be the inaugural Luna Lookout, a wonderful initiative of the Science Department and led by Dr Paul Dobbie. Stargazing is one of the most profound ways we can reflect on our inter-connectedness with each other and our planet, to wonder about the immensity of the universe in relation to the intricacies of all life.

    The ability to reflect and to wonder will also be important for our Year 8 and Year 9 students as they begin the challenge of choosing their elective subjects. The opportunities created by offering a diverse range of subjects will enable our students to experience new ways of being and broaden and strengthen their ability to engage meaningfully in their world.

     Reflection and wonderment are key to helping us understand our place in the enormity of the universe, and to recognise the capacity we all have to influence our own futures. Reflection and wonderment are required to first imagine and then create a fairer more just and compassionate planet for ourselves and for others.

     

    A Prayer for Our Earth

    All-powerful God,

    You are present in the whole universe

    and in the smallest of Your creatures.

    You embrace with Your tenderness all that exists.

    Pour out upon us the power of Your love,

    that we may protect life and beauty.

    Fill us with peace, that we may live

    as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

     

    O God of the poor,

    help us to rescue the abandoned

    and forgotten of this earth,

    so precious in your eyes.

    Bring healing to our lives,

    that we may protect the world and not prey on it,

    that we may sow beauty,

    not pollution and destruction.

    Touch the hearts

    of those who look only for gain

    at the expense of the poor and the earth.

     

    Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,

    to be filled with awe and contemplation,

    to recognize that we are profoundly united

    with every creature

    as we journey towards Your infinite light.

     

    We thank You for being with us each day.

    Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle

    for justice, love and peace.

     

    Pope Francis - Laudato Si’, mi’ Signore, “Praise be to You, my Lord”

     

     


    Date: 14-Aug-19  09:18  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.24 Section: Faith & Identity Senior School

    Assistant Deputy Principal - Students and Transition

    Congratulations to the following boys who have taken up the challenge of leadership for Semester 2

    Junior House Leadership

    Congratulations to the following boys on their successful election as Junior House Leaders for Semester 2. While these boys will be called on for service, and will receive a badge, all boys are leaders and can control their effort and input in all that they do.

     

    Doyle

    Grade 7:           Thomas Quinn

    Grade 8:           Jack Johnson

    Grade 9:           Harry Cornelius

     

    Dwyer

    Grade 7:           Thomas Direen

    Grade 8:           William Simaan

    Grade 9:           Caleb Devine

     

    Hessian

    Grade 7:           Harry Sylvester

    Grade 8:           Krystian Jankowiak

    Grade 9:           Connor Mackenzie

     

    Joyce

    Grade 7:           Jacob Mitchell

    Grade 8:           Riley Griggs

    Grade 9:           Luke Turner

     

    Assignments

    The middle of term is a busy time for assignments and essays. To avoid not meeting deadlines please make sure you are organised and completing work at home during the evening or on the weekend. Take the time to enter these into a calendar, either physical or online, and block out some time when you will work on them. This will allow you to avoid the last-minute rush and substandard work. If you want to succeed or improve on past results, the only way to achieve this is through effort and hard work.

     

    Work Experience

    Grade 10A & 10B have been out on work experience this week, right across the south of the state, with boys working for the Hydro at Tullah while others have engaged in building as far south as the Huon Valley.

    All reports are that the boys are doing the College proud and really enjoying the experience.

    The next group will head out in early September. Boys in Grade 10 C and D are reminded to see Mrs Gangell if you have any questions or issues.

     

    GYC Transition

    Please remember enrolment at the Guilford Young College and enrolment in your subjects are two separate processes.

    This can be done online. If you need assistance or are unsure please contact the enrolment officer, Mrs Pogorzelski, at BPogorzelski@gyc.tas.edu.au, or GYC Deputy, Mr Derrick at  MDerrick@gyc.tas.edu.au .

    If you have misplaced your login and password email Mr Webster for assistance.

     


    Date: 14-Aug-19  09:16  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.24 Section: Senior School

    Junior School Sport

    Basketball and Cross Country 

    Basketball Results

    SVC Kings 4 lost to Friends 20

    SVC played Friends and were down to only 4 players.  SVC were at a slight disadvantage during the game  but fought hard.

    Player of the Week – Max Grave

    Encouragement Award – Connor Macdonald

     

    SVC Pacers V Dominic Black

    Player of the Week – Sam Murray for being a team player and working hard in defence.

    Encouragement Award – Ryan Hodge for listening to instructions and having a real crack!

     

    SVC Hornets V Dominic

    In a physical close game the boys did well.  A strong defence led by Ethan Leary, Lochlan Davey and Brayden Nichols paved the way for good passing and scoring involvement from the whole team.

    Player of the Week – Tom Prokopiec for hitting the score board, rebounding and passing well to team mates.

     

    SVC Hornets V SVC Spurs

    Good first game for the boys willing to share the ball amongst team mates.

    Player of the Week – Good team play and following instructions.

     

    SVC Warriors V Friends

    Convincing win to SVC. The established lads were asked to support the players with less experience by not dominating play and including into play.  Liam, Sean and Jack Byrne were responsible for dribbling the ball up the court with others as back up.

    Player of the Week – Liam Stewart for listening, doing and enjoying.

     

    The Junior School are holding trials for the Primary Regional Basketball Championships next week.

    Grade 5&6 - Monday August 19

    7am – 8am at St Mary’s Nano-Nagle Gym

     

    Grade 3&4 - Wednesday August 21

    7am – 8am at St Mary’s Nano-Nagle Gym

    A letter has been sent to all families to explain all details.

     

    Cross Country 

    Good luck to James Lyden who will represent Tasmania at the Australian Cross Country Championships in NSW from Thursday August 22 to Monday August 26.


    Date: 14-Aug-19  09:09  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.24 Section: Junior School Sport

    Director of Sport

    Badminton Grand Final and Chess

    Good luck to members of the SVC Grade 10 team who will be playing in the Southern Tasmania Grade 10A Badminton Grand Final this Friday afternoon against The Friends School at the South Hobart Badminton Centre from 4.15pm. Best wishes to:

    Noah Gilley
    Lucas Gilley
    Raphael Mackey
    Jack Green
    Will Mooney

    Raphael Mackey

    Chess

    The St Virgil’s College Chess Club had a record number of 20 students participating the Term 3 Inter-school Chess Tournament.  There was some fierce competition among the five Secondary teams, with the St Virgil’s A Team beating out Dominic College by only half a point to claim third place and a spot in the State Finals to be held in October.

    All students represented the College with pride, showing increasing confidence in their abilities.  There were some impressive battles played out, notably by Siddarth Gupta and Tom Nielsen who were participating in their very first tournament.  Our top five placing students solidified our position in third and were presented with medals.  Well done to Luke Turner, Caleb Devine, Angus Cooper, Joe Powell and Mondi Wara.


    Date: 14-Aug-19  09:05  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.24 Section: Senior School Sport

    Senior School Canteen

    Weekly Roster

    FridayAugust 16Michelle BarrowHELP NEEDED
    MondayAugust 19Jenny HilyerHelp Needed 
    TuesdayAugust 20Linda KerschbaumAngela McCarthy
    WednesdayAugust 21Kate NicholsJodi Spangler
    ThursdayAugust 22Eugene Gerlach Help Needed
    FridayAugust 23Karen McMillonKarina Halys

     

     


    Date: 14-Aug-19  08:54  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.24 Section: Senior School

    From the Principal

    Musical, Work Experience, Athletics and Principal's Tour

    The Wizard of Oz

    After six months of rehearsals and preparation, the cast finally hit the stage for our musical 'The Wizard of Oz'. Our students and the girls from St Mary's put on a remarkable performance, showing experience far beyond their years. The audience were in a toe tapping mood and it wasn’t surprising that many of them joined in with some of the more popular and memorable numbers. I would like to congratulate all  students for their commitment to this production and also commend them on their fine performances.

    These musicals don’t just occur without much toil and effort from the staff and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who were involved in giving our students such a memorable experience.

    Work Experience

    Next week is the start of Work Experience for Grade 10 students. Each boy will spend a week working at a work experience venue of his choice, gaining experience about what the real world may present to him in his working life. It also provides an opportunity for students to consolidate their thinking about their future and present ideas of what might be possible. I would like to thank all host employers who are taking on our students and providing them with such a a significant educational experience. We look forward to the many visits to check out their progress.

    Work Experience Dates

    Week 4B                      August 12-16                         Grade 10A&B

    Week 7A                     September 2-6                        Grade 10C&D

    Week 9A                     September 16-20                    Grade 10E&F

     

    Athletics

    As we go to print, students are currently involved in spirited competition as part of the 2019 House Athletics Carnival.  I look forward to giving you the results next week from a very competitive day of athletic action.

     

    Principal’s Tour

    Austins Ferry Campus - Friday August 30, 9am - 10.30am.

    2021 Grade 7 Enrolments close on September 13.

    Please RSVP to mnugent@stvirgils.tas.edu.au

     


    Date: 7-Aug-19  10:50  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.23 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Head of Junior School

    Mrs Chambers and Mrs Messer 

    Last Friday we celebrated a very special assembly which was led by 6C. During the assembly Mrs Chambers shared with us all her experience in her recent immersion in Nairobi, Kenya at the Mary Rice Centre. All boys were moved by Mrs Chambers’ recount and photos of her time in Africa. We thank Mrs Chambers for sharing this with us. It serves as a timely reminder of how very fortunate we all are to be living in such a beautiful island home, Tasmania, to have nice houses to live in and food on the table every night.

    On Friday evening, the Tasmanian School Water Polo Grand Finals were held. I am pleased, and proud, to say that the Grade 5/6 Lobsters were victorious in their division of the Primary Roster. Congratulations to the boys for their hard work and dedication throughout the season. Thank you to the team of parents who dropped them off at training every Tuesday morning and to their coaches, Matt Costelloe, Tom Messer and Mrs Jo Messer. Thank you also to all of the boys, parents and staff who came along to support us.


    On Tuesday night we saw the commencement of the JSSATIS Basketball roster. Thank you to the parents and staff members who have put their hands up to coach a team, without your help we would not be able to enter as many teams. Boys are permitted to wear their sports uniform on Tuesdays if they are participating in this roster.

    Last week our Grade 6 students were fortunate to see the matinee performance of the school musical, the Wizard of Oz. Congratulations to all boys involved in the production. It was particularly lovely to see so many of our ‘old junior’ boys in the production.

    Science Week commenced this week. As part of this, Grade Threes and Fours had class visits from Young Tassie Scientists from the University of Tasmania. On Friday our Grade 6 classes will be visiting the Festival of Bright Ideas. All of these opportunities afford our boys to engage in hands on science activities which hopefully will ignite their passion to one day becoming a scientist.

    Next week is Book Week. The theme of the week is “Reading is my secret power”.  The boys are asked to bring a costume in a bag to wear in our Book week Parade to celebrate this theme. Costumes should reflect a book character and could be as simple as hats, wigs, glasses, scarves and other accessories. All boys will earn house points with spot prizes presented on the day for unusual and creative ideas. Boys are also invited (not compulsory) to enter in our Library poster competition. Posters should include the slogan “Reading is my Secret Power.” There are already some fantastic posters on display.

    Next Thursday 15 August we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. Archbishop Adrian Doyle and Deacon Nick McFarlane will lead us in our celebration. A class from Immaculate Heart of Mary is also joining us which will be great. This Feast is one of only two Holy Days of Obligation, the other being Christmas Day. We look forward to the boys participating in the singing and prayers to recognise the life and death of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and her assumption into heaven.

    By the time this newsletter goes to print we will be well into the athletics carnival. Hopefully we’ll all be able to keep warm and dry throughout the day. Good luck to all competitors!

     


    Date: 7-Aug-19  10:22  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.23 Section: Junior School

    Director of Learning and Teaching

    Agriculture class excursion to a working race horse farm with Brandon McShane and Harry McShane.

     


    Date: 7-Aug-19  10:21  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.23 Section: Senior School

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