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  • From the Principal

    Mary Rice Day

     Date:  12-Jun-19  05:09      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.17     Section:   From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Grade 10 Mid-Year Exams

     Date:  12-Jun-19  05:08      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.17     Section:   Senior School

    Head of Junior School

    This week has been a rather chilly one here at the Junior School!

     Date:  12-Jun-19  05:03      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.17     Section:   Junior School

    Director of Identity

    Last month the world lost one of its great philosophers, theologians and humanitarians, Jean Vanier who died on May 7 at the age of 90.

     Date:  12-Jun-19  05:02      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.17     Section:   Faith & Identity Senior School

    From the Director of Music

    Music Quote of the Week:

                            Without Music, life would be a mistake ----  Friedrich Nietzsche

     Date:  12-Jun-19  04:52      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.17     Section:   Junior School Senior School

    Director of Sport

    Challenge Matches against Melbourne Grammar School and St Patrick's College, Launceston, Under 16 STJFL Reps  

     Date:  12-Jun-19  04:45      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.17     Section:   Senior School Sport

    Parents and Friends

    2019/20 Entertainment Book - Special Birthday Offer!

     Date:  12-Jun-19  04:30      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.17     Section:   Junior School Senior School

    Community News

    Redbanks Mud Run and July Holiday Activities 

     Date:  12-Jun-19  04:22      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.17     Section:   Community News Junior School Senior School

    From the Principal

    Principal’s Tours

     Date:  5-Jun-19  10:47      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.16     Section:   From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Biggest Morning Tea

     Date:  5-Jun-19  10:44      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.16     Section:   Senior School

    Head of Junior School

    It has been a very wet, cold and blustery week of weather. During these cold days we encourage parents to add another layer underneath the boys’ school shirts for some extra warmth.

     Date:  5-Jun-19  10:38      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.16     Section:   Junior School

    Director of Identity

    Launch of the Mary Rice Centre Walkathon

     Date:  5-Jun-19  10:35      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.16     Section:   Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Junior School Sport

    Soccer and Hockey News and Lend a hand to Hugo (LAHTH) All Abilities AFL Auskick Program 

     Date:  5-Jun-19  10:24      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.16     Section:   Junior School Sport

    Director of Sport

    A Big Week of Sport! 

     Date:  5-Jun-19  10:24      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.16     Section:   Senior School Sport

    Senior School Canteen

    Weekly Roster 

     Date:  5-Jun-19  10:23      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.16 2019 V.08 Ed.17     Section:   Senior School

    From the Principal

    EREA Principals’ National Conference

     Date:  29-May-19  10:53      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.15     Section:   From the Principal Junior School Senior School
  • From the Principal

    Mary Rice Day

      2019 V.08 Ed.17
     From the Principal
    Junior School
    Senior School
     12-Jun-19  17:09

    Deputy Principal

    Grade 10 Mid-Year Exams

      2019 V.08 Ed.17
     Senior School
     12-Jun-19  17:08

    Head of Junior School

    This week has been a rather chilly one here at the Junior School!

      2019 V.08 Ed.17
     Junior School
     12-Jun-19  17:03

    Director of Identity

    Last month the world lost one of its great philosophers, theologians and humanitarians, Jean Vanier who died on...

      2019 V.08 Ed.17
     Faith & Identity
    Senior School
     12-Jun-19  17:02

    From the Director of Music

    Music Quote of the Week:                         Without Music, life would be a mistake ----  Friedrich Nietzsche

      2019 V.08 Ed.17
     Junior School
    Senior School
     12-Jun-19  16:52

    Junior School Sport

    Cross Country 

      2019 V.08 Ed.17
     Junior School
    Sport
     12-Jun-19  16:47

    Director of Sport

    Challenge Matches against Melbourne Grammar School and St Patrick's College, Launceston, Under 16 STJFL Reps  

      2019 V.08 Ed.17
     Senior School
    Sport
     12-Jun-19  16:45

    Parents and Friends

    2019/20 Entertainment Book - Special Birthday Offer!

      2019 V.08 Ed.17
     Junior School
    Senior School
     12-Jun-19  16:30

    Community News

    Redbanks Mud Run and July Holiday Activities 

      2019 V.08 Ed.17
     Community News
    Junior School
    Senior School
     12-Jun-19  16:22

    From the Principal

    Principal’s Tours

      2019 V.08 Ed.16
     From the Principal
    Junior School
    Senior School
     5-Jun-19  22:47

    Deputy Principal

    Biggest Morning Tea

      2019 V.08 Ed.16
     Senior School
     5-Jun-19  22:44

    Head of Junior School

    It has been a very wet, cold and blustery week of weather. During these cold days we encourage...

      2019 V.08 Ed.16
     Junior School
     5-Jun-19  22:38

    Director of Identity

    Launch of the Mary Rice Centre Walkathon

      2019 V.08 Ed.16
     Faith & Identity
    Junior School
    Senior School
     5-Jun-19  22:35

    Junior School Sport

    Soccer and Hockey News and Lend a hand to Hugo (LAHTH) All Abilities AFL Auskick Program 

      2019 V.08 Ed.16
     Junior School
    Sport
     5-Jun-19  22:24

    Director of Sport

    A Big Week of Sport! 

      2019 V.08 Ed.16
     Senior School
    Sport
     5-Jun-19  22:24

    Senior School Canteen

    Weekly Roster 

      2019 V.08 Ed.16
    2019 V.08 Ed.17
     Senior School
     5-Jun-19  22:23

    From the Principal

    EREA Principals’ National Conference

      2019 V.08 Ed.15
     From the Principal
    Junior School
    Senior School
     29-May-19  22:53
  • From the Principal

    Mary Rice Day

    Last week your son received his sponsorship card for the walkathon which will take place on Friday June 28. The funds raised from this walkathon support the Mary Rice Centre in Kibera, Nairobi. A group of our Grade 10 students will be heading off on their immersion and will take the good will of our College to the Centre and also participate in the Mary Rice walkathon in Kibera on Saturday July 20.

    Preparations are well underway for our walkathon and I encourage all of our young men to get out and spread the story of Mary Rice.

    Junior School Enrolments

    A reminder that all enrolment applications will close on Friday June 28. As a part of that process, new families will be interviewed in the coming weeks. The College held a very successful Principal's Tour at the Junior School yesterday with the large numbers reinforcing that demand for enrolment int he coming years will be strong.

    If you know of anyone who is interested, please direct them to our College website so they can lodge an Expression of Interest.

     

    Grade 10 Matters

    Exams

    As we conclude Semester 1, our Grade 10 students will have a week of exams starting Monday. Each boy has received his exam preparation booklet and I encourage all of our students to be well rested, well fed, and well prepared for their first attempt at major exams.

    GYC Enrolments

    Just a reminder to families of all Grade 10 students that the enrolment applications are due to Guilford Young College by June 27. Over the past few weeks the boys have spent significant time at Guilford as part of their preparation and subject selection and this will culminate in their individual meetings with GYC staff on Monday morning at Austins Ferry. At this meeting each boy will finalise his preliminary subject selection.

    Principal’s Tours
    A reminder that enrolment applications for the Junior School close on June 30. If you, or anyone you know, would like to look at the facilities on offer at the Patrick Street campus, there is a Principal’s Tour happening on Wednesday June 12 from 9.00 to 10.30am.

    Upcoming Principal’s Tours at Austins Ferry are scheduled for Friday June 21, July 26 and August 30. Bookings for tours at either campus can be made by emailing mnugent@stvirgils.tas.edu.au

    Community Football Luncheon

    The annual lunch this year is being held on Friday July 5 with proceeds going to the Alex Gadomski Fellowship, raising much needed funds for research into Bone Marrow Failure Syndrome. If you are able to attend the lunch at the Grand Chancellor bookings can be made at https://www.trybooking.com/499096

     


    Date: 12-Jun-19  05:09  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.17 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Grade 10 Mid-Year Exams

    We wish our Grade 10 students well as they commence their exams next Monday. As exams are a formal event, students are to wear their formal uniform for each exam.

    Some boys may find this a stressful period, but I remind all boys and their families that this is an opportunity to show what they have learnt during the first Semester as well as a chance to become comfortable with exams as an assessment tool.

    There are a few tips I would pass on to assist all boys to prepare for next week:

    • Don’t ‘cram’ your study to the last moment - get study notes prepared in time that can be reviewed before the exam.
    • Ensure you get a good night’s sleep.
    • Eat a healthy breakfast
    • Keep hydrated throughout the day
    • Seek opportunities for some form of physical activity throughout the week

     

    Mary Rice Day

    With Mary Rice Day fast approaching I again ask members of the College community to please support the boys in their efforts to raise funds for the Mary Rice Centre. We ask all boys, and hopefully their families, to contribute what they can to support the education of the specially abled young people in Kibera. The impact that the Centre has upon the lives of the children and their families is significant and is something that as a fellow Edmund Rice community we should be very proud of.

    Members of the Mary Rice community will also participate in their own walkathon on Saturday July 20, and be joined by our own students and staff who are heading off on their immersion trip on July 10.

    The relationship between our College and the Mary Rice Centre grows stronger every year, and we look forward to what should be a wonderful day.

     

    Sale of Second Hand Uniform 

    Whilst the College supports parents in selling second hand uniform online, it would be greatly appreciated if the College Office is not used as a pick up point for sale items. The sale of second hand uniform is a private arrangements between families and therefore College staff cannot take responsibility for delivery arrangement or the transfer of monies. Thank you for your understanding.

    Important Dates

     

    June 17-21                 Year 10 Exams

    June 21                       End of Semester 1

    June 24                       Beginning of Semester 2

    June 28                       Mary Rice Day

    July 4 (Thursday)     Term 2 Finishes


    Date: 12-Jun-19  05:08  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.17 Section: Senior School

    Head of Junior School

    This week has been a rather chilly one here at the Junior School!

    We would like to thank parents for observing the school rule with sending boys with their jumpers on, which they keep on till recess as well as wearing tracksuit pants and with tracksuit top on PE or training days. These items add that extra layer of warmth for the cold mornings. Talking about chilly, our Cross-Country runners will be battling it out at the JSSATIS Cross Country at Rokeby Police Academy today. We wish them well for their respective events.

    Towel Tuesday
    On Tuesday of this week we had an exciting time bringing in donations of towels and pegging them up around the Futsal court. We were amazed by the number of towels donated to this cause. Each grade pegged their towels up and we covered nearly the whole fence line. This was an important way to raise awareness amongst our boys

    Welcome to our Student Teachers

    This week we welcomed two new students into our classrooms. Andrew Ellison is in Grade 4R, Phillip Woods in Grade 4&5. They join Josie Greenwood who is in her second week with Mr Scanlon in 5S. We wish them well for their time here us in the Junior School.

    Principal’s Tours
    On Tuesday of this week we had Principal Tours. We had many families attend who are interested in their sons attending SVC. This was an opportunity to find out more about how we operate and what we are about. After Mr Messer’s session with the group our student leaders had the opportunity to take groups of families around on a guided tour of the school. This was a very successful morning and our student leaders did a wonderful job.

    Upcoming Events

    Junior School Disco

    On Thursday evening June 20 we will be hosting the Junior School Disco. The Grade 4&5 disco will be between 5.00 and 5.45pm and the Grade 5/6 disco is between 6.00pm and 7.00pm. The boys in Grade 5&6 will be joined by girls invited from Mount Carmel and St Mary’s Colleges. Hopefully the boys will be practicing some dance moves!

    Go Purple for Epilepsy

    Next Friday we are asking the boys to dress up in something purple in recognition of those among us who have Epilepsy, as well as to support one of our very own students. In the morning, at 9.30am, we are holding a Parent Information Session in the Junior School Library which parents from both campuses are warmly invited to attend. This will give you an insight in what it is like to not only live with epilepsy but how to help someone who may have a seizure. At the assembly at 10.00am, SVC will be presented with an ‘Epilepsy Smart School Certificate’. We will also be selling ‘purple items’ for Epilepsy Tasmania, at recess and lunchtime which will range from purple shoelaces to fluffy animals which range in price from $5 to $10.

    Enrolment Interviews

    Next Monday and Tuesday afternoon we will be conducting enrolment interviews for Grade 3 for 2020. We are looking forward to again meeting potential new students and their parents.

     


    Date: 12-Jun-19  05:03  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.17 Section: Junior School

    Director of Identity

    Last month the world lost one of its great philosophers, theologians and humanitarians, Jean Vanier who died on May 7 at the age of 90.

    He was the founder of L’Arche an international organisation for people with intellectual disabilities. Vanier never saw marginalised people as needing sympathy and charity, instead he recognised their unique gifts and their ability to teach us about our own humanity.  He advocated for a change in thinking about people whose bodies and minds are differently abled from the rest of society and focused on the mutual strengths that can be gained through a sense of shared community.

    “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.”

    As we begin preparing for Mary Rice Day, Vanier’s words become very important for us all because our longstanding friendship with the community at the Mary Rice Centre in Kibera, Kenya has always been a friendship founded on mutual respect, care and love. Over the next few weeks we will be strengthening this friendship through sport, songs, dancing, talking and learning and in June and July both our communities will participate in our celebratory Walkathons, both in Hobart and Nairobi.

     

    The Kibera Black Stars House Soccer Tournament

     The Kibera Black Stars are the BEST football team in Kibera and play in the Kenyan National League. They come from the biggest slum in Kenya, creating a real positive and dynamic sporting success. However, they are not only just about football but also about using sport as a tool for a social improving living conditions for an entire community and their motto is: Let’s win together! Let’s shine together!

    This week at St Virgil’s we began the first rounds of the first ever Kibera Black Stars House Soccer Tournament. On Tuesday at lunchtime on the Main Oval Joyce were victorious over Doyle and today at lunchtime Hessian take on Dwyer.

    In the week leading up to Mary Rice Day two semi-finals will determine who kicks off at 9am on the morning of Mary Rice Day. This will be a whole school event which will be followed by the presentation of the Kibera Black Stars Cup to the winning team.

     

    A happy Manager - Mrs Jones with the vanquished opposition Manager Mr Lapolla! 


    Date: 12-Jun-19  05:02  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.17 Section: Faith & Identity Senior School

    Director of Learning and Teaching

    Grade 10 Examination Guide 

    Includes the Grade 10 Exam Timetable -  Mid Year Exam Study Guide 2019


    Date: 12-Jun-19  04:59  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.17 Section: Senior School

    Assistant Deputy Principal

    Grade 10 exams commence next week.

    Boys should be well in to study for all their subjects. Please have a discussion with your son to ensure they know when each exam is and what is required for each. Boys have been able to look at the finalised exam timetable so they should have already planned out a study timetable around all their other engagements, sports training and work requirements. Remember good preparation now will reduce anxiety and nervousness next week.

    If boys are ill, please make sure you contact the College so we can arrange for them to sit the exam upon their return.

    Students in all other year levels need to ensure all their assessment items are complete by the due date. It is unfair on your classmates and teachers to fail to hand in an assignment by the due date. These actions could lead to an academic detention.

    Transition

    As part of the ongoing transition to senior schooling, Grade 10 students were taken to a Pathways Expo at GYC on Wednesday to get a better idea of what subjects they need to pursue and enrol in so they can qualify for any careers, apprenticeships or tertiary courses they may be interested in. Next week senior GYC staff will come to St Virgil’s for individual subject counselling with students to start to start to lock down their choices for 2020.

    This will happen during Periods 1, 2 and 3 on Monday, before their first exam during the afternoon.

    Please see link below to download a copy of the 2020 GYC Course Handbook.  This can also be found on the College website.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/0g47tjm766osk49/00%20GYC%20Handbook%20FINAL%202020%20Web.pdf?dl=0

     

    Hardcopies were available at Pathways Expo as well as at liaison visits.

    Please note these important dates down

    Important Dates to Remember:

    COLLEGE LIAISON VISITSENROLMENTS APPLICATIONS DUE
    Monday  June 17

    9:30am – 11:30am

    Thursday June 27

    4:30pm

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Date: 12-Jun-19  04:55  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.17 Section: Senior School

    From the Director of Music

    Music Quote of the Week:

                            Without Music, life would be a mistake ----  Friedrich Nietzsche

    All rehearsals for all ensembles have been going well, with the ensembles preparing for the Clarence Eisteddfod next term. More information for dates and particular ensemble involvement will be made available once the eisteddfod program has been finalised.

    During exams next week, there will be no Senior Choir or Concert Band rehearsal. Stage Band on Monday afternoon will still continue. This is to allow Grade 10 students in particular, additional exam preparation time. Rehearsals will be back to normal in Week 9 – the following week after exams.

     

    Rehearsal details Remain the Same:

     

    Pep Band (invitation only) – Monday lunchtime

    Big Band -  Monday afternoons from 3:30pm – 4:30pm

    Junior Choir (Junior School only)-  Tuesday morning 8:30 – 9:00am

    Senior Choir - Wednesday mornings from 8:15 – 9:00am

    Senior Concert Band – Thursday mornings from 8:15 – 9:00am

     

    If you are interested in being involved in any of the general ensembles (Big Band, Senior Choir, Senior Concert Band or Junior Choir) come and see any of the Music Department staff. Also, if you are keen to be involved but there may be difficulties with transport, come and speak to us to see if an alternative arrangement could be made.

    Semester 2 assembly performance opportunities are available to any interested students. Entrance and exit music, as well as a specific music item occur each assembly. This is a wonderful way to show your skills to your peers, so come and see the Music Department staff to put your name on the list.

     

    Classroom Music Information:

    All music classes will be undergoing their assessment tasks over the next couple of weeks. Revision, revision, revision is the name of the game and utilising any time during class to make sure students are prepared, is essential.

     

    Instrumental Tuition information:-

    There are still some spots available for both private and group instrumental tuition here at Austin’s Ferry, on a variety of instruments. If students are interested, come and see Mrs Kemp or Mr Ellis for further details or for any questions about this you may have. Students undertaking additional tuition on their instruments have had vast improvements on their general music learning and academic learning at school.

    Wizard of Oz information:

    Rehearsals are continuing but have been affected by some student illness and clashes with other events. Please remember that there is very little rehearsal time left before the technical rehearsals begin. There will be additional rehearsals called for the lead roles in particular- so make sure you keep in contact with Mr Soszynsky or Mrs Kemp about this.

     

    Tickets for the show are selling well and are available at https://www.trybooking.com/BCMHE

     

    If you do have any other general questions, please email Mrs Jo-Anne Kemp at jkemp@stvirgils.tas.edu.au

     

    Yours in Music,

    Mrs Kemp and the Music Department Team

     


    Date: 12-Jun-19  04:52  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.17 Section: Junior School Senior School

    Junior School Sport

    Cross Country 

    An absolute phenomenal effort by our SVC Junior Boys last week representing themselves and SVC with heart and pride. So proud of each and every one of our 33 competitors! The determination on their faces and smiles afterwards shows it all!

    A great experience to mix it with so many other schools. Thank you to all the parents that came to support and the staff for supporting the boys!


    Date: 12-Jun-19  04:47  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.17 Section: Junior School Sport

    Director of Sport

    Challenge Matches against Melbourne Grammar School and St Patrick's College, Launceston, Under 16 STJFL Reps  

    Congratulations to all SVC Grade 7/8 boys who took on our visitors from Melbourne Grammar today in football, soccer and basketball.

    With some amazing talent and team work on display from both schools, all matches were played in terrific spirits. Team SVC prevailed in both football and basketball but lost a very entertaining game of soccer.

    Final scores and details were as follows:

    Football - SVC 12-5-77 vs MG 1-1-7

    Goals: Copper Lockley 3, Jake Fehlberg 2, Jack Johnson, Ollie Kelly, Jamerson Arnold, Colby Reid, Charlie Moore, Harry Van Kraanen, Nathaniel Sulzberger 1 each.

    Best: Reilly Ferguson, Nathaniel Sulzberger, Flynn Read, Xavier Conner, Oliver Kelly and Ryan Backhouse.

    Soccer - SVC 2 vs MG 4

    Goals: Thomas Briggs, Chris Lenga 1
    Best: William Simaan, Harris Lamb and Jacob Clovier.

    Basketball - SVC 47 vs MG 33

    A big thanks to Hutchins for hosting the matches and to all the team coaches/officials and umpires. Well done boys!

    Grade 9 Challenge Matches against St Patrick's College Launceston 

    St Virgil's took on St Patrick's College Launceston as part of our Annual Grade 9 Sports Challenge. SVC will host St Pat's for the return leg later in Term 3.

    Well done to our Soccer and Hockey teams recording convincing wins....12-1 and 12-0 respectively. The AFL boys went down in a hard fought contest 3-10-28 to 0-6-6.

     

    All matches were played in terrific spirits considering the extremely cold and very wet conditions in Launceston today.

    STJFL Reps

    Congratulations to the following students who represented the STJFL Under 16s against the NTJFA at North Hobart Oval last Sunday - Liam Donaghy, Harry Gardner, Blake Campbell, Jack Lewis, Ned Ward, Harry Fisher and Tom McGann.


    Date: 12-Jun-19  04:45  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.17 Section: Senior School Sport

    Parents and Friends

    2019/20 Entertainment Book - Special Birthday Offer!

    Entertainment is turning 25 and we want you to celebrate with us! In the lead up to our birthday, we are running a ‘gift with purchase’ campaign. The gift with purchase will be available through your Online Order Page from now until Friday, 14 June at 11:59pm 2019 (AEST). We’re sending this email in advance so you can get this promotion out to your members first thing on Tuesday and they can take advantage of this great offer!

     

     

    Buy a new Membership from St Virgil's College Senior School and receive a BONUS eGift Card!

     

    From now until Friday the 14th, when you buy an Entertainment Membership you will also receive a bonus $10 Caltex StarCash eGift Card!

    The new 2019 | 2020 Entertainment Memberships are packed with thousands of valuable offers for everything you love to do. From travel, movies and dining your Membership is sure to take you new places and help you save. The best part is that by purchasing your Membership you are also supporting St Virgil's College Senior School.

    Purchase your 2019 | 2020 Entertainment Membership today!

     

     

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    Date: 12-Jun-19  04:30  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.17 Section: Junior School Senior School

    Community News

    Redbanks Mud Run and July Holiday Activities 

    Redbanks School Mud Run is back again this year on the original and best mud run and obstacle course in Tasmania.

    Date: Friday 18 October 2019 (First Friday Term 4)

    276 Masons Road Nugent

    This purpose built course for both upper primary students (Grade 4 to 6) and secondary / colleges students (Year 7 to 12) caters for all abilities and levels of fitness.

    Please find attached the flyer with the online registration process  - Redbanks School Mud Run Flyer

    or click here – https://bit.ly/2HjwXWI

    Note schools may make changes to the registration numbers closer to the event.

    The event price of $25 per student and teacher is great value for money.

     

    Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO July School Holiday Workshop Flyer

    Lend a hand to Hugo (LAHTH) All Abilities AFL Auskick Program 
    • Sunday 16th June - Sunday 14th July
    • 10:30am-11:30am @ Cornelian Bay Oval
    • For children with a disability or accessibility challenge, aged 5-14
    • Focuses on building social skills, motor skills, hand eye coordination and providing an entry level stepping stone to every kids footy journey!
    • More info can be found via www.lendahandtohugo.org
    • You can sign up via bit.ly/2KjsjrT

    University Research Project - Request for Participants 

    Are you aged 10 to 17 years old? Would you like to take part in a research study looking at how young people think, problem-solve, and act at home and at school? University of Tasmania Psychology Honours students Katie McBain and Natalie Ling (supervised by Assoc. Prof. Nenagh Kemp and Dr Kimberley Norris) are running a study looking at these skills in young people who were born prematurely, as well as those who were born “on time”.

    If you want to take part (with your parents’ permission!), you’d come to the Uni for one session of 1- 1.5 hours, and do some face-to-face tasks with the researchers, as well as you and your parent filling in some questionnaires about how you think and act at home and at school.

    If you’re interested in learning more, please email us at nenagh.kemp@utas.edu (or phone 6226 7534) or kimberley.norris@utas.edu.au (or phone 6226 7199). We’d love to hear from you! (UTAS Ethics no. H18018)


    Date: 12-Jun-19  04:22  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.17 Section: Community News Junior School Senior School

    From the Principal

    Principal’s Tours

    A reminder that enrolment applications for the Junior School close on June 30. If you, or anyone you know, would like to look at the facilities on offer at the Patrick Street campus, there is a Principal’s Tour happening on Wednesday June 12 from 9.00 to 10.30am.

    Upcoming Principal’s Tours at Austins Ferry are scheduled for Friday June 21, July 26 and August 30. Bookings for tours at either campus can be made by emailing mnugent@stvirgils.tas.edu.au

     

    Mary Rice Day

    Tomorrow each student will receive their sponsorship form for the walkathon being held on Mary Rice Day - Friday June 28.  I encourage all the boys to dig deep and support our friends over in Nairobi. On June 28 the boys will participate in a day of activities, liturgy, prayer, music and song. The St Virgil’s community will enjoy a Kenyan style lunch of beans, rice and mandazi; finishing the day with the walkathon.

    Last Saturday was the official launch of the Mary Rice Centre Walkathon in Kibera with Br Amandi reflecting on the meaning of the term walk – walk beside me, not behind nor ahead. As the group of staff and students prepare for their trip to Kenya this year, I hope their walk beside those in the Mary Rice Centre is an enriching and meaningful experience.

    Community Football Luncheon

    The annual lunch this year is being held on Friday July 5 with proceeds going to the Alex Gadomski Fellowship, raising much needed funds for research into Bone Marrow Failure Syndrome. If you are able to attend the lunch at the Grand Chancellor bookings can be made at https://www.trybooking.com/499096


    Date: 5-Jun-19  10:47  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.16 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Biggest Morning Tea

    Last Friday Mrs Jacque Turner and some Grade 10 students organised a 'Biggest Morning Tea’, raising $564 for the Cancer Council. I would like to congratulate Mrs Turner and all students, parents and teachers that got behind the event, by providing goods for the morning tea.

    Uniform Matters

    As the colder months are upon us, I have reminded students about the College’s expectations in regard to uniform. In particular I have reminded them about the following;

    • There is no polar fleece to be worn with the formal uniform.
    • Beanie’s are only to be worn with the sports uniform, NOT the formal uniform.
    • Spray Jackets are not to be worn with the formal uniform unless it is raining.
    • Sports uniform is only to be worn when students have Physical Education class or play school sport before or after school.
    • There should be no non-school items of clothing worn that are visible.

    Parents/Guardians assistance in this matter will help so that our students are representing themselves and the College with pride by wearing the uniform correctly.

     

    Important Dates

     

    June 18-21                 Grade 10 Exams

    June 21                       End of Semester 1

    June 24                       Beginning of Semester 2

    June 28                       Mary Rice Day

    July 4 (Thursday)     Term 2 Finishes


    Date: 5-Jun-19  10:44  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.16 Section: Senior School

    Head of Junior School

    It has been a very wet, cold and blustery week of weather. During these cold days we encourage parents to add another layer underneath the boys’ school shirts for some extra warmth.

    This week we welcomed a new student to the Junior School, Xavier Mastrippolito.  Xavier has joined Grade 3D and is in Dwyer House.

    We wish our Cross Country team all the best tomorrow as they participate in the STCPSSA Cross Country event. We hope the day is slightly warmer and not as blustery as these last few days.

    Principal’s Tour

    Next Wednesday June 12, our College Principal, Mr Damian Messer will be available to take tours of the Junior School Campus between 9am and 10.15am. Please book in for these tours with mnugent@stvirgils.tas.edu.au.

    Assembly

    Tomorrow our Grade 4&5 Class will be hosting assembly at 10.15am. All parents are warmly invited to attend.

    Epilepsy Smart School

    On Friday June 21 the Junior Campus will be turning ‘purple’ for an extremely worthwhile cause. Purple is the official colour for Epilepsy. All parents have received an invitation to attend an Epilepsy information session at the College on Friday June 21 on Epilepsy. This session will be held in the Junior School Library at 9.30am. We encourage you to attend this and stay for the assembly afterwards which will be hosted by Grade 3D.

     

    Mid-Year Assembly

    On Thursday July 4 we will be holding our Mid-Year Assembly at the Senior School Campus in the Joyce Performance Centre. The assembly will commence at 1pm sharp. Please check your inboxes for more information on this.

     

    Mary Rice Day Launch

    On Tuesday of this week, Mrs Bridget Jenkins, Coordinator of Justice and Peace and old boy, Tadhg Waddington visited the Junior School to talk about Mary Rice Day and to launch this year’s walkathon.

     

    Towel Tuesday

    We are encouraging the boys to think about the fact that most of us have ready access to clean, fresh and warm towels, but there are many people in our local community who find it difficult to buy towels and who would be able to do this through the St Vincent de Paul Society. We are asking if you could please send in a spare or new towel by or on Tuesday June 11. This small action will make a big difference to a family in our local area.

     

    Parents and Friends

    On Tuesday June 11 at 6pm there will be a Parents and Friends meeting in the Junior School Library. Attending these meetings is a great way to not only get to know other parents but to find out what is happening in the school and about school events.

     

    Junior School Disco

    On Thursday June 20, the P&F will be hosting a disco for our Grade 3 and 4 boys and their siblings between 5.00pm – 5.45pm. Our Grade 5 and 6 students will have their disco combined with girls from both St Mary’s College and Mount Carmel College between 6.00pm and 7.00pm. Admission is $5. A more detailed note with reply information will be sent out today.

     

    Focus of the Fortnight
    It is wonderful to see so many boys taking on board the MJR Focus of the Fortnight which see the boys giving high fives for good deeds, using their manners and including others in their play. We are seeing many examples of this in all areas of the school. Keep it up boys.

     

    Mini Vinnies Clothing Drive
    As advertised, the clothing bins to accept donations of clothes, shoes, socks, beanies and blankets have been put into the hall. This is a good chance to sort through these items and send any donations directly into school. We will then deliver these to the St Vincent de Paul Society as part of their Winter Clothing Appeal.

     

    Cool Kids Programme 

    Mrs Jo Morgan, College Psychologist 

    The University of Tasmania Psychology Clinic will be running the Cool Kids® and Cool Little Kids® anxiety management group programs commencing September 2019.

    Cool Little Kids information sheet 2019

    Cool Kids Sept-Nov 2019 flyer

    Cool Kids information sheet 2019

    Cool Kids® is a 10 week program for parents and children aged 8-12 years. Two group programs will commence on Tuesday 10th September and Wednesday 11th September from 3:30-5pm, with a break for school holidays from 30th September-11th October. Cost: $35 per family to cover the cost of workbooks. Registrations close Friday 12th July 2019.

     

    Cool Little Kids® is a 6 week program for parents only, of children aged 3-6 years showing early signs of anxiety. Two groups will commence on Monday 14th October and Wednesday 16th October from 10am-12pm. Cost: $25 per family to cover the cost of workbooks. Registrations close Friday 19th July 2019.

    For further information or to register, please call the Clinic on 62262805 or visit our website at www.utas.edu.au/psychology-clinic.

     


    Date: 5-Jun-19  10:38  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.16 Section: Junior School

    Director of Identity

    Launch of the Mary Rice Centre Walkathon

    Our Two Walkathons

     “Walk beside me, not behind nor ahead; tujenge lets build this together”

    Last Saturday saw the official launch of the second Tujenge Mary Rice Centre Walkathon in Nairobi Kenya which will be held on July 20. This is a huge event in the lives of the students, staff, families and community of the Mary Rice Centre, with hundreds of people walking, singing and coming together throughout the streets of Nairobi. Director of the Centre, Bro. Gerald Mgalula, has created a 10 shilling campaign, highlighting the idea that even if we can only afford to give a little bit, when we all give together, we can make a huge difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in Kibera.

    Tomorrow at St Virgil’s we will also launch our Mary Rice Centre Walkathon and begin collecting sponsors to help support our friends in Kibera. Over the coming weeks we will be learning more about the Mary Rice Centre and its staff, students, history and exciting future. Bro. Gerald Mgalula has a vision to establish an integrated workshop where the children will be able to take part in various activities, such as beadwork, carpentry, tailoring, leatherwork, gardening and marketing, which will help equip them with skills for independent living. This means that the funds we raise during the coming weeks will have a very real and empowering purpose.

    Next week we will also begin playing the pre-matches of our inaugural Kibera Black Stars House Soccer tournament at both the Senior and Junior School Campuses. The Kibera cup will be contested on Mary Rice Day on Friday June 28 and literally kick-off what promises to be a wonderful day celebrating and strengthening our close friendship with all at the Mary Rice Centre.

     

    A great article about the launch of the Mary Rice Centre Walkathon was featured in the Christian Brothers East Africa News highlights why our walkathon is such a significant event in the life of our school community.

     

    MARY RICE WALKATHON 2, 2019 – OFFICIAL LAUNCH (From the Christian Brothers East Africa Newsletter)

    Last Saturday saw the official launch of the second edition of the Mary Rice Centre Walkathon. The occasion was officially opened at the centre with an electrifying speech from Br. Amandi, who set the stage by reflecting on the meaning of the term walk (i.e. walk beside me, not behind nor ahead).

     

    Bro. Gerald Mgalula, Director of the Centre, gave a short history of Mary Rice, and the tremendous progress it has made since it was established in 2007. He highlighted the vision of the centre as he talked about establishing an integrated workshop where the children would be able to take part in various activities, such as beadwork, carpentry, tailoring, leatherwork, gardening and marketing, to help equip them with skills for independent living.

     

    The Director calling “disciples” to come, follow and walk with Mary Rice!

    Then Mike, the director of Black Boy Media took to the podium to shed light on the strategies being used to enable the Walkathon meet its 2019 target of 10 million shillings – sale of t-shirts, the “ten shilling” campaign, and direct donations to the centre bank account.

    Last year’s event helped create awareness of our existence and services offered, so many people contacted us to seek our services, not only from Kibera but also from Nairobi county. However, due to lack of resources, we had to put them in the waiting list. Now the idea is to have the Walkathon raise funds so we can expand services, as well as sustain the Centre’s daily activities so that we can remain true to our mission of promoting social integration of the disabled.

    We are deeply grateful to the Christian Brothers, led by Br. Amandi; to Donum Dei Sisters (who donated the food); and to many friends from ERFA, Mirror of Hope, ERKG, Tangaza University College, God for Generation, Friends of Love Kibera, Kibera Open Discussion, and our parents and staff, who generously availed themselves to witness the official launch, and promised to walk us through the event till its success on July 20th. We hope many of you readers will join with us for the big event!

     

     

     


    Date: 5-Jun-19  10:35  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.16 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Assistant Deputy Principal (Students and Transitions)

    Grade 10 Exams

    are only a few weeks away so boys should be well in to revision and preparation. Boys have been able to look at the finalised exam timetable so they know when particular subjects will be examined and can plan their study for the next few weeks.

    Boys in all other year levels need to ensure all their assessment items are complete by the due date. It is unfair on your classmates and teachers to fail to hand in an assignment by the due date.

     

    Transition

    As part of the ongoing transition to senior schooling, Grade 10 students will be taken to a Pathways Expo at GYC next week to get a better idea of what subjects they need to pursue and enrol in so they can qualify for any careers or tertiary courses they may be interested in. A week later senior GYC staff will come to St Virgil’s for individual subject counselling with students to start to start to lock down their choices for 2020.

    Please see the link below to download a copy of the 2020 GYC Course Handbook.  This can also be found on the College website.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/0g47tjm766osk49/00%20GYC%20Handbook%20FINAL%202020%20Web.pdf?dl=0

    Hardcopies will be available at Pathways Expo next week as well as at liaison visits.  

    Important Dates to Remember:

    PATHWAYS EXPO

    (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)

    9AM – 7PM

    COLLEGE LIAISON VISITSENROLMENTS APPLICATIONS DUE
    Wednesday June 12

    12:30pm – 2:30pm

    Glenorchy Campus

    Monday  June 17

    9:30am – 11:30am

    Thursday June 27

    4:30pm

     

    Uni Discovery Day

    A group of 45 Grade 10’s visited the University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay campus to take part in the University Discovery. Boys have been able to register for a number of workshops in areas of study they are interested in pursuing. Boys went to workshops on subjects as diverse as Health Sciences, Media Studies, Engineering and Information Technology.


    Date: 5-Jun-19  10:29  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.16 Section: Senior School

    Junior School Sport

    Soccer and Hockey News and Lend a hand to Hugo (LAHTH) All Abilities AFL Auskick Program 

    Grade 6 - Under 12

    SVC  Rice 1 drew with Albuera Street 1

    This game was played in great spirit and was very competitive.  With the overall score depicting the greatness of the game.

    Player of the Week:  Archer Tully for his team play, running hard, and for scoring the teams only goal for the day.

    Encouragement Award: Ethan Briggs (keep up the good work).

     

    Grade 5 - Under 11

    Taroona defeated SVC Green

    Our boys encountered a very strong team from Taroona this week, and found it even more difficult playing with one player short.  Congratulations goes to all the players who were out there giving it their all.

    Player of the Week: Jack Austen for his persistence and his effort to chase the ball down at all times.  Encouragement Award: Jake Ransley (great team spirit).

    Grade 3/4 - Under 10

    SVC Gold 3 lost to Hutchins White 8 

    Even though a loss has been recorded the boys gave 110% and encouraged each other the whole game.

    Player of the Week: Henry Willis for a great all round performance.

    Encouragement Award: Thomas Wilson (great goal scoring and listening to the coach).

     

    Grade 3 - Under 9

    SVC White defeated SHPS Strikers Red

    After an even first half the boys went into the second half and began spreading out and passing the ball around culminating into their best half to date.  Great team effort!

     

    Hockey

    The Grade 5&6 Hockey team came up against a very strong Friends School team on the weekend and were defeated.  The boys tried their best but were kept goal less by a team of very experienced players. Well done boys for your valiant effort!

    Player of the Week:  Oliver Hall who never gave up all game.

    Encouragement Award: Connor Macdonald (for listening to the coach and sticking to his position).

     

    Indigenous Tennis Clinic 

    Tennis Tasmania are offering a holiday clinic for all Indigenous school aged children as part of the lead in to the National Indigenous Tennis Carnival in Darwin in August.

    Lend a hand to Hugo (LAHTH) All Abilities AFL Auskick Program 
    • Sunday 16th June - Sunday 14th July
    • 10:30am-11:30am @ Cornelian Bay Oval
    • For children with a disability or accessibility challenge, aged 5-14
    • Focuses on building social skills, motor skills, hand eye coordination and providing an entry level stepping stone to every kids footy journey!
    • More info can be found via www.lendahandtohugo.org
    • You can sign up via bit.ly/2KjsjrT

    Date: 5-Jun-19  10:24  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.16 Section: Junior School Sport

    Director of Sport

    A Big Week of Sport! 

    SSATIS Cross Country Champions!

    Congratulations to all members of Team SVC. A fantastic performance last Thursday in cold and windy conditions at the 2019 Southern SATIS Cross Country event at Pontville.

    SVC won age categories in Grades 7 (U13), 9 (U15) and 10 (U16) in a true show of team depth. With age categories won, SVC collected the overall win in the Junior Boys Shield, defending the title from last year and making it six years in a row. (No carnival in 2016 due to weather and joint winners in 2017)

    Well done boys!

    Sailing
    Perfect conditions on the first day of winter for the SVC Learn to Sail programme at the Marine Education Centre, Austins Ferry. A reminder that there is no sailing this Saturday due to the long weekend.
    Chess 
    Like sailing chess requires great mental skills and this week it was on show as the SVC Chess Club hosted the Inter-school Chess Tournament. The College had a record team of 14 students courageously represent St Virgil’s over seven rounds of intellectual battles. All boys performed well with chess and school networking being the winners on the day!
    Lend a hand to Hugo (LAHTH) All Abilities AFL Auskick Program 
    • Sunday 16th June - Sunday 14th July
    • 10:30am-11:30am @ Cornelian Bay Oval
    • For children with a disability or accessibility challenge, aged 5-14
    • Focuses on building social skills, motor skills, hand eye coordination and providing an entry level stepping stone to every kids footy journey!
    • More info can be found via www.lendahandtohugo.org
    • You can sign up via bit.ly/2KjsjrT

     

    Indigenous Tennis Clinic 

    Tennis Tasmania are offering a holiday clinic for all Indigenous school aged children as part of the lead in to the National Indigenous Tennis Carnival in Darwin in August.

     


    Date: 5-Jun-19  10:24  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.16 Section: Senior School Sport

    Senior School Canteen

    Weekly Roster 

    FridayJune 14Bernadette O’DonovanKaren McMillon
    MondayJune 17Michelle BaileyBarbara Oats
    TuesdayJune 18Fran KlineElisabeth Nichols
    WednesdayJune 19Meika StebbingsJodi Spangler
    Thursday June 20Sonja FletcherTBA
    FridayJune 21Michelle BarrowKarina Halys

    Date: 5-Jun-19  10:23  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.16 2019 V.08 Ed.17 Section: Senior School

    From the Principal

    EREA Principals’ National Conference

    This week I am spending three days at St Bernard’s College Essendon, attending a conference with EREA Principals, Principals in Christian Brothers’ schools in New Zealand, and EREA Associate Schools. Gatherings such as this provide invaluable networking and professional learning experiences, particularly as we collaboratively explore what schools may look like in 2030.

     

    Review of the Catholic Education System in Southern Tasmania

    Whilst in Melbourne, I am continuing to work with EREA on our response to the Southern Tasmania Secondary Review Business Case and Impact Statement. This involved making a presentation to the EREA Board who were very impressed with the careful consideration and analysis that has underpinned the College's submission.  It is extremely encouraging that the project is progressing so well and I will keep our community informed as additional information comes to hand.

     

    Community Football Luncheon

    I invite all in the community who are available on Friday July 5 to book a table for the College Community Football Lunch being held at the Grand Chancellor. All proceeds for the lunch are donated to the Alex Gadomski Fellowship. Bookings can be made at

    https://www.trybooking.com/499096

     

    Enrolments – Principals Tours

     

    A reminder of the enrolment timelines for next year and 2021

    • Junior School applications for 2020 enrolments close on June 30, 2019
    • Applications for Grade 7 2021 close on September 13

     

    If interested in a tour of either the Junior School or Austins Ferry campus, upcoming Principal’s Tours are being held on the following dates. Bookings are essential for these tours by emailing mnugent@stvirgils.tas.edu.au

     

    • Wednesday, June 12, 9am Junior School
    • Friday June 21, 9am Austins Ferry
    • Friday July 26, 9am Austins Ferry

     

    Alternatively, tours can be arranged at other times through booking on the College website.

     

     

     


    Date: 29-May-19  10:53  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.15 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School
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    From the Principal

    Mary Rice Day

    Last week your son received his sponsorship card for the walkathon which will take place on Friday June 28. The funds raised from this walkathon support the Mary Rice Centre in Kibera, Nairobi. A group of our Grade 10 students will be heading off on their immersion and will take the good will of our College to the Centre and also participate in the Mary Rice walkathon in Kibera on Saturday July 20.

    Preparations are well underway for our walkathon and I encourage all of our young men to get out and spread the story of Mary Rice.

    Junior School Enrolments

    A reminder that all enrolment applications will close on Friday June 28. As a part of that process, new families will be interviewed in the coming weeks. The College held a very successful Principal's Tour at the Junior School yesterday with the large numbers reinforcing that demand for enrolment int he coming years will be strong.

    If you know of anyone who is interested, please direct them to our College website so they can lodge an Expression of Interest.

     

    Grade 10 Matters

    Exams

    As we conclude Semester 1, our Grade 10 students will have a week of exams starting Monday. Each boy has received his exam preparation booklet and I encourage all of our students to be well rested, well fed, and well prepared for their first attempt at major exams.

    GYC Enrolments

    Just a reminder to families of all Grade 10 students that the enrolment applications are due to Guilford Young College by June 27. Over the past few weeks the boys have spent significant time at Guilford as part of their preparation and subject selection and this will culminate in their individual meetings with GYC staff on Monday morning at Austins Ferry. At this meeting each boy will finalise his preliminary subject selection.

    Principal’s Tours
    A reminder that enrolment applications for the Junior School close on June 30. If you, or anyone you know, would like to look at the facilities on offer at the Patrick Street campus, there is a Principal’s Tour happening on Wednesday June 12 from 9.00 to 10.30am.

    Upcoming Principal’s Tours at Austins Ferry are scheduled for Friday June 21, July 26 and August 30. Bookings for tours at either campus can be made by emailing mnugent@stvirgils.tas.edu.au

    Community Football Luncheon

    The annual lunch this year is being held on Friday July 5 with proceeds going to the Alex Gadomski Fellowship, raising much needed funds for research into Bone Marrow Failure Syndrome. If you are able to attend the lunch at the Grand Chancellor bookings can be made at https://www.trybooking.com/499096

     


    Date: 12-Jun-19  05:09  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.17 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Grade 10 Mid-Year Exams

    We wish our Grade 10 students well as they commence their exams next Monday. As exams are a formal event, students are to wear their formal uniform for each exam.

    Some boys may find this a stressful period, but I remind all boys and their families that this is an opportunity to show what they have learnt during the first Semester as well as a chance to become comfortable with exams as an assessment tool.

    There are a few tips I would pass on to assist all boys to prepare for next week:

    • Don’t ‘cram’ your study to the last moment - get study notes prepared in time that can be reviewed before the exam.
    • Ensure you get a good night’s sleep.
    • Eat a healthy breakfast
    • Keep hydrated throughout the day
    • Seek opportunities for some form of physical activity throughout the week

     

    Mary Rice Day

    With Mary Rice Day fast approaching I again ask members of the College community to please support the boys in their efforts to raise funds for the Mary Rice Centre. We ask all boys, and hopefully their families, to contribute what they can to support the education of the specially abled young people in Kibera. The impact that the Centre has upon the lives of the children and their families is significant and is something that as a fellow Edmund Rice community we should be very proud of.

    Members of the Mary Rice community will also participate in their own walkathon on Saturday July 20, and be joined by our own students and staff who are heading off on their immersion trip on July 10.

    The relationship between our College and the Mary Rice Centre grows stronger every year, and we look forward to what should be a wonderful day.

     

    Sale of Second Hand Uniform 

    Whilst the College supports parents in selling second hand uniform online, it would be greatly appreciated if the College Office is not used as a pick up point for sale items. The sale of second hand uniform is a private arrangements between families and therefore College staff cannot take responsibility for delivery arrangement or the transfer of monies. Thank you for your understanding.

    Important Dates

     

    June 17-21                 Year 10 Exams

    June 21                       End of Semester 1

    June 24                       Beginning of Semester 2

    June 28                       Mary Rice Day

    July 4 (Thursday)     Term 2 Finishes


    Date: 12-Jun-19  05:08  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.17 Section: Senior School

    Head of Junior School

    This week has been a rather chilly one here at the Junior School!

    We would like to thank parents for observing the school rule with sending boys with their jumpers on, which they keep on till recess as well as wearing tracksuit pants and with tracksuit top on PE or training days. These items add that extra layer of warmth for the cold mornings. Talking about chilly, our Cross-Country runners will be battling it out at the JSSATIS Cross Country at Rokeby Police Academy today. We wish them well for their respective events.

    Towel Tuesday
    On Tuesday of this week we had an exciting time bringing in donations of towels and pegging them up around the Futsal court. We were amazed by the number of towels donated to this cause. Each grade pegged their towels up and we covered nearly the whole fence line. This was an important way to raise awareness amongst our boys

    Welcome to our Student Teachers

    This week we welcomed two new students into our classrooms. Andrew Ellison is in Grade 4R, Phillip Woods in Grade 4&5. They join Josie Greenwood who is in her second week with Mr Scanlon in 5S. We wish them well for their time here us in the Junior School.

    Principal’s Tours
    On Tuesday of this week we had Principal Tours. We had many families attend who are interested in their sons attending SVC. This was an opportunity to find out more about how we operate and what we are about. After Mr Messer’s session with the group our student leaders had the opportunity to take groups of families around on a guided tour of the school. This was a very successful morning and our student leaders did a wonderful job.

    Upcoming Events

    Junior School Disco

    On Thursday evening June 20 we will be hosting the Junior School Disco. The Grade 4&5 disco will be between 5.00 and 5.45pm and the Grade 5/6 disco is between 6.00pm and 7.00pm. The boys in Grade 5&6 will be joined by girls invited from Mount Carmel and St Mary’s Colleges. Hopefully the boys will be practicing some dance moves!

    Go Purple for Epilepsy

    Next Friday we are asking the boys to dress up in something purple in recognition of those among us who have Epilepsy, as well as to support one of our very own students. In the morning, at 9.30am, we are holding a Parent Information Session in the Junior School Library which parents from both campuses are warmly invited to attend. This will give you an insight in what it is like to not only live with epilepsy but how to help someone who may have a seizure. At the assembly at 10.00am, SVC will be presented with an ‘Epilepsy Smart School Certificate’. We will also be selling ‘purple items’ for Epilepsy Tasmania, at recess and lunchtime which will range from purple shoelaces to fluffy animals which range in price from $5 to $10.

    Enrolment Interviews

    Next Monday and Tuesday afternoon we will be conducting enrolment interviews for Grade 3 for 2020. We are looking forward to again meeting potential new students and their parents.

     


    Date: 12-Jun-19  05:03  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.17 Section: Junior School

    Director of Identity

    Last month the world lost one of its great philosophers, theologians and humanitarians, Jean Vanier who died on May 7 at the age of 90.

    He was the founder of L’Arche an international organisation for people with intellectual disabilities. Vanier never saw marginalised people as needing sympathy and charity, instead he recognised their unique gifts and their ability to teach us about our own humanity.  He advocated for a change in thinking about people whose bodies and minds are differently abled from the rest of society and focused on the mutual strengths that can be gained through a sense of shared community.

    “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.”

    As we begin preparing for Mary Rice Day, Vanier’s words become very important for us all because our longstanding friendship with the community at the Mary Rice Centre in Kibera, Kenya has always been a friendship founded on mutual respect, care and love. Over the next few weeks we will be strengthening this friendship through sport, songs, dancing, talking and learning and in June and July both our communities will participate in our celebratory Walkathons, both in Hobart and Nairobi.

     

    The Kibera Black Stars House Soccer Tournament

     The Kibera Black Stars are the BEST football team in Kibera and play in the Kenyan National League. They come from the biggest slum in Kenya, creating a real positive and dynamic sporting success. However, they are not only just about football but also about using sport as a tool for a social improving living conditions for an entire community and their motto is: Let’s win together! Let’s shine together!

    This week at St Virgil’s we began the first rounds of the first ever Kibera Black Stars House Soccer Tournament. On Tuesday at lunchtime on the Main Oval Joyce were victorious over Doyle and today at lunchtime Hessian take on Dwyer.

    In the week leading up to Mary Rice Day two semi-finals will determine who kicks off at 9am on the morning of Mary Rice Day. This will be a whole school event which will be followed by the presentation of the Kibera Black Stars Cup to the winning team.

     

    A happy Manager - Mrs Jones with the vanquished opposition Manager Mr Lapolla! 


    Date: 12-Jun-19  05:02  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.17 Section: Faith & Identity Senior School

    Director of Learning and Teaching

    Grade 10 Examination Guide 

    Includes the Grade 10 Exam Timetable -  Mid Year Exam Study Guide 2019


    Date: 12-Jun-19  04:59  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.17 Section: Senior School

    Assistant Deputy Principal

    Grade 10 exams commence next week.

    Boys should be well in to study for all their subjects. Please have a discussion with your son to ensure they know when each exam is and what is required for each. Boys have been able to look at the finalised exam timetable so they should have already planned out a study timetable around all their other engagements, sports training and work requirements. Remember good preparation now will reduce anxiety and nervousness next week.

    If boys are ill, please make sure you contact the College so we can arrange for them to sit the exam upon their return.

    Students in all other year levels need to ensure all their assessment items are complete by the due date. It is unfair on your classmates and teachers to fail to hand in an assignment by the due date. These actions could lead to an academic detention.

    Transition

    As part of the ongoing transition to senior schooling, Grade 10 students were taken to a Pathways Expo at GYC on Wednesday to get a better idea of what subjects they need to pursue and enrol in so they can qualify for any careers, apprenticeships or tertiary courses they may be interested in. Next week senior GYC staff will come to St Virgil’s for individual subject counselling with students to start to start to lock down their choices for 2020.

    This will happen during Periods 1, 2 and 3 on Monday, before their first exam during the afternoon.

    Please see link below to download a copy of the 2020 GYC Course Handbook.  This can also be found on the College website.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/0g47tjm766osk49/00%20GYC%20Handbook%20FINAL%202020%20Web.pdf?dl=0

     

    Hardcopies were available at Pathways Expo as well as at liaison visits.

    Please note these important dates down

    Important Dates to Remember:

    COLLEGE LIAISON VISITSENROLMENTS APPLICATIONS DUE
    Monday  June 17

    9:30am – 11:30am

    Thursday June 27

    4:30pm

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Date: 12-Jun-19  04:55  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.17 Section: Senior School

    From the Director of Music

    Music Quote of the Week:

                            Without Music, life would be a mistake ----  Friedrich Nietzsche

    All rehearsals for all ensembles have been going well, with the ensembles preparing for the Clarence Eisteddfod next term. More information for dates and particular ensemble involvement will be made available once the eisteddfod program has been finalised.

    During exams next week, there will be no Senior Choir or Concert Band rehearsal. Stage Band on Monday afternoon will still continue. This is to allow Grade 10 students in particular, additional exam preparation time. Rehearsals will be back to normal in Week 9 – the following week after exams.

     

    Rehearsal details Remain the Same:

     

    Pep Band (invitation only) – Monday lunchtime

    Big Band -  Monday afternoons from 3:30pm – 4:30pm

    Junior Choir (Junior School only)-  Tuesday morning 8:30 – 9:00am

    Senior Choir - Wednesday mornings from 8:15 – 9:00am

    Senior Concert Band – Thursday mornings from 8:15 – 9:00am

     

    If you are interested in being involved in any of the general ensembles (Big Band, Senior Choir, Senior Concert Band or Junior Choir) come and see any of the Music Department staff. Also, if you are keen to be involved but there may be difficulties with transport, come and speak to us to see if an alternative arrangement could be made.

    Semester 2 assembly performance opportunities are available to any interested students. Entrance and exit music, as well as a specific music item occur each assembly. This is a wonderful way to show your skills to your peers, so come and see the Music Department staff to put your name on the list.

     

    Classroom Music Information:

    All music classes will be undergoing their assessment tasks over the next couple of weeks. Revision, revision, revision is the name of the game and utilising any time during class to make sure students are prepared, is essential.

     

    Instrumental Tuition information:-

    There are still some spots available for both private and group instrumental tuition here at Austin’s Ferry, on a variety of instruments. If students are interested, come and see Mrs Kemp or Mr Ellis for further details or for any questions about this you may have. Students undertaking additional tuition on their instruments have had vast improvements on their general music learning and academic learning at school.

    Wizard of Oz information:

    Rehearsals are continuing but have been affected by some student illness and clashes with other events. Please remember that there is very little rehearsal time left before the technical rehearsals begin. There will be additional rehearsals called for the lead roles in particular- so make sure you keep in contact with Mr Soszynsky or Mrs Kemp about this.

     

    Tickets for the show are selling well and are available at https://www.trybooking.com/BCMHE

     

    If you do have any other general questions, please email Mrs Jo-Anne Kemp at jkemp@stvirgils.tas.edu.au

     

    Yours in Music,

    Mrs Kemp and the Music Department Team

     


    Date: 12-Jun-19  04:52  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.17 Section: Junior School Senior School

    Junior School Sport

    Cross Country 

    An absolute phenomenal effort by our SVC Junior Boys last week representing themselves and SVC with heart and pride. So proud of each and every one of our 33 competitors! The determination on their faces and smiles afterwards shows it all!

    A great experience to mix it with so many other schools. Thank you to all the parents that came to support and the staff for supporting the boys!


    Date: 12-Jun-19  04:47  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.17 Section: Junior School Sport

    Director of Sport

    Challenge Matches against Melbourne Grammar School and St Patrick's College, Launceston, Under 16 STJFL Reps  

    Congratulations to all SVC Grade 7/8 boys who took on our visitors from Melbourne Grammar today in football, soccer and basketball.

    With some amazing talent and team work on display from both schools, all matches were played in terrific spirits. Team SVC prevailed in both football and basketball but lost a very entertaining game of soccer.

    Final scores and details were as follows:

    Football - SVC 12-5-77 vs MG 1-1-7

    Goals: Copper Lockley 3, Jake Fehlberg 2, Jack Johnson, Ollie Kelly, Jamerson Arnold, Colby Reid, Charlie Moore, Harry Van Kraanen, Nathaniel Sulzberger 1 each.

    Best: Reilly Ferguson, Nathaniel Sulzberger, Flynn Read, Xavier Conner, Oliver Kelly and Ryan Backhouse.

    Soccer - SVC 2 vs MG 4

    Goals: Thomas Briggs, Chris Lenga 1
    Best: William Simaan, Harris Lamb and Jacob Clovier.

    Basketball - SVC 47 vs MG 33

    A big thanks to Hutchins for hosting the matches and to all the team coaches/officials and umpires. Well done boys!

    Grade 9 Challenge Matches against St Patrick's College Launceston 

    St Virgil's took on St Patrick's College Launceston as part of our Annual Grade 9 Sports Challenge. SVC will host St Pat's for the return leg later in Term 3.

    Well done to our Soccer and Hockey teams recording convincing wins....12-1 and 12-0 respectively. The AFL boys went down in a hard fought contest 3-10-28 to 0-6-6.

     

    All matches were played in terrific spirits considering the extremely cold and very wet conditions in Launceston today.

    STJFL Reps

    Congratulations to the following students who represented the STJFL Under 16s against the NTJFA at North Hobart Oval last Sunday - Liam Donaghy, Harry Gardner, Blake Campbell, Jack Lewis, Ned Ward, Harry Fisher and Tom McGann.


    Date: 12-Jun-19  04:45  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.17 Section: Senior School Sport

    Parents and Friends

    2019/20 Entertainment Book - Special Birthday Offer!

    Entertainment is turning 25 and we want you to celebrate with us! In the lead up to our birthday, we are running a ‘gift with purchase’ campaign. The gift with purchase will be available through your Online Order Page from now until Friday, 14 June at 11:59pm 2019 (AEST). We’re sending this email in advance so you can get this promotion out to your members first thing on Tuesday and they can take advantage of this great offer!

     

     

    Buy a new Membership from St Virgil's College Senior School and receive a BONUS eGift Card!

     

    From now until Friday the 14th, when you buy an Entertainment Membership you will also receive a bonus $10 Caltex StarCash eGift Card!

    The new 2019 | 2020 Entertainment Memberships are packed with thousands of valuable offers for everything you love to do. From travel, movies and dining your Membership is sure to take you new places and help you save. The best part is that by purchasing your Membership you are also supporting St Virgil's College Senior School.

    Purchase your 2019 | 2020 Entertainment Membership today!

     

     

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    Date: 12-Jun-19  04:30  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.17 Section: Junior School Senior School

    Community News

    Redbanks Mud Run and July Holiday Activities 

    Redbanks School Mud Run is back again this year on the original and best mud run and obstacle course in Tasmania.

    Date: Friday 18 October 2019 (First Friday Term 4)

    276 Masons Road Nugent

    This purpose built course for both upper primary students (Grade 4 to 6) and secondary / colleges students (Year 7 to 12) caters for all abilities and levels of fitness.

    Please find attached the flyer with the online registration process  - Redbanks School Mud Run Flyer

    or click here – https://bit.ly/2HjwXWI

    Note schools may make changes to the registration numbers closer to the event.

    The event price of $25 per student and teacher is great value for money.

     

    Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO July School Holiday Workshop Flyer

    Lend a hand to Hugo (LAHTH) All Abilities AFL Auskick Program 
    • Sunday 16th June - Sunday 14th July
    • 10:30am-11:30am @ Cornelian Bay Oval
    • For children with a disability or accessibility challenge, aged 5-14
    • Focuses on building social skills, motor skills, hand eye coordination and providing an entry level stepping stone to every kids footy journey!
    • More info can be found via www.lendahandtohugo.org
    • You can sign up via bit.ly/2KjsjrT

    University Research Project - Request for Participants 

    Are you aged 10 to 17 years old? Would you like to take part in a research study looking at how young people think, problem-solve, and act at home and at school? University of Tasmania Psychology Honours students Katie McBain and Natalie Ling (supervised by Assoc. Prof. Nenagh Kemp and Dr Kimberley Norris) are running a study looking at these skills in young people who were born prematurely, as well as those who were born “on time”.

    If you want to take part (with your parents’ permission!), you’d come to the Uni for one session of 1- 1.5 hours, and do some face-to-face tasks with the researchers, as well as you and your parent filling in some questionnaires about how you think and act at home and at school.

    If you’re interested in learning more, please email us at nenagh.kemp@utas.edu (or phone 6226 7534) or kimberley.norris@utas.edu.au (or phone 6226 7199). We’d love to hear from you! (UTAS Ethics no. H18018)


    Date: 12-Jun-19  04:22  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.17 Section: Community News Junior School Senior School

    From the Principal

    Principal’s Tours

    A reminder that enrolment applications for the Junior School close on June 30. If you, or anyone you know, would like to look at the facilities on offer at the Patrick Street campus, there is a Principal’s Tour happening on Wednesday June 12 from 9.00 to 10.30am.

    Upcoming Principal’s Tours at Austins Ferry are scheduled for Friday June 21, July 26 and August 30. Bookings for tours at either campus can be made by emailing mnugent@stvirgils.tas.edu.au

     

    Mary Rice Day

    Tomorrow each student will receive their sponsorship form for the walkathon being held on Mary Rice Day - Friday June 28.  I encourage all the boys to dig deep and support our friends over in Nairobi. On June 28 the boys will participate in a day of activities, liturgy, prayer, music and song. The St Virgil’s community will enjoy a Kenyan style lunch of beans, rice and mandazi; finishing the day with the walkathon.

    Last Saturday was the official launch of the Mary Rice Centre Walkathon in Kibera with Br Amandi reflecting on the meaning of the term walk – walk beside me, not behind nor ahead. As the group of staff and students prepare for their trip to Kenya this year, I hope their walk beside those in the Mary Rice Centre is an enriching and meaningful experience.

    Community Football Luncheon

    The annual lunch this year is being held on Friday July 5 with proceeds going to the Alex Gadomski Fellowship, raising much needed funds for research into Bone Marrow Failure Syndrome. If you are able to attend the lunch at the Grand Chancellor bookings can be made at https://www.trybooking.com/499096


    Date: 5-Jun-19  10:47  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.16 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Biggest Morning Tea

    Last Friday Mrs Jacque Turner and some Grade 10 students organised a 'Biggest Morning Tea’, raising $564 for the Cancer Council. I would like to congratulate Mrs Turner and all students, parents and teachers that got behind the event, by providing goods for the morning tea.

    Uniform Matters

    As the colder months are upon us, I have reminded students about the College’s expectations in regard to uniform. In particular I have reminded them about the following;

    • There is no polar fleece to be worn with the formal uniform.
    • Beanie’s are only to be worn with the sports uniform, NOT the formal uniform.
    • Spray Jackets are not to be worn with the formal uniform unless it is raining.
    • Sports uniform is only to be worn when students have Physical Education class or play school sport before or after school.
    • There should be no non-school items of clothing worn that are visible.

    Parents/Guardians assistance in this matter will help so that our students are representing themselves and the College with pride by wearing the uniform correctly.

     

    Important Dates

     

    June 18-21                 Grade 10 Exams

    June 21                       End of Semester 1

    June 24                       Beginning of Semester 2

    June 28                       Mary Rice Day

    July 4 (Thursday)     Term 2 Finishes


    Date: 5-Jun-19  10:44  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.16 Section: Senior School

    Head of Junior School

    It has been a very wet, cold and blustery week of weather. During these cold days we encourage parents to add another layer underneath the boys’ school shirts for some extra warmth.

    This week we welcomed a new student to the Junior School, Xavier Mastrippolito.  Xavier has joined Grade 3D and is in Dwyer House.

    We wish our Cross Country team all the best tomorrow as they participate in the STCPSSA Cross Country event. We hope the day is slightly warmer and not as blustery as these last few days.

    Principal’s Tour

    Next Wednesday June 12, our College Principal, Mr Damian Messer will be available to take tours of the Junior School Campus between 9am and 10.15am. Please book in for these tours with mnugent@stvirgils.tas.edu.au.

    Assembly

    Tomorrow our Grade 4&5 Class will be hosting assembly at 10.15am. All parents are warmly invited to attend.

    Epilepsy Smart School

    On Friday June 21 the Junior Campus will be turning ‘purple’ for an extremely worthwhile cause. Purple is the official colour for Epilepsy. All parents have received an invitation to attend an Epilepsy information session at the College on Friday June 21 on Epilepsy. This session will be held in the Junior School Library at 9.30am. We encourage you to attend this and stay for the assembly afterwards which will be hosted by Grade 3D.

     

    Mid-Year Assembly

    On Thursday July 4 we will be holding our Mid-Year Assembly at the Senior School Campus in the Joyce Performance Centre. The assembly will commence at 1pm sharp. Please check your inboxes for more information on this.

     

    Mary Rice Day Launch

    On Tuesday of this week, Mrs Bridget Jenkins, Coordinator of Justice and Peace and old boy, Tadhg Waddington visited the Junior School to talk about Mary Rice Day and to launch this year’s walkathon.

     

    Towel Tuesday

    We are encouraging the boys to think about the fact that most of us have ready access to clean, fresh and warm towels, but there are many people in our local community who find it difficult to buy towels and who would be able to do this through the St Vincent de Paul Society. We are asking if you could please send in a spare or new towel by or on Tuesday June 11. This small action will make a big difference to a family in our local area.

     

    Parents and Friends

    On Tuesday June 11 at 6pm there will be a Parents and Friends meeting in the Junior School Library. Attending these meetings is a great way to not only get to know other parents but to find out what is happening in the school and about school events.

     

    Junior School Disco

    On Thursday June 20, the P&F will be hosting a disco for our Grade 3 and 4 boys and their siblings between 5.00pm – 5.45pm. Our Grade 5 and 6 students will have their disco combined with girls from both St Mary’s College and Mount Carmel College between 6.00pm and 7.00pm. Admission is $5. A more detailed note with reply information will be sent out today.

     

    Focus of the Fortnight
    It is wonderful to see so many boys taking on board the MJR Focus of the Fortnight which see the boys giving high fives for good deeds, using their manners and including others in their play. We are seeing many examples of this in all areas of the school. Keep it up boys.

     

    Mini Vinnies Clothing Drive
    As advertised, the clothing bins to accept donations of clothes, shoes, socks, beanies and blankets have been put into the hall. This is a good chance to sort through these items and send any donations directly into school. We will then deliver these to the St Vincent de Paul Society as part of their Winter Clothing Appeal.

     

    Cool Kids Programme 

    Mrs Jo Morgan, College Psychologist 

    The University of Tasmania Psychology Clinic will be running the Cool Kids® and Cool Little Kids® anxiety management group programs commencing September 2019.

    Cool Little Kids information sheet 2019

    Cool Kids Sept-Nov 2019 flyer

    Cool Kids information sheet 2019

    Cool Kids® is a 10 week program for parents and children aged 8-12 years. Two group programs will commence on Tuesday 10th September and Wednesday 11th September from 3:30-5pm, with a break for school holidays from 30th September-11th October. Cost: $35 per family to cover the cost of workbooks. Registrations close Friday 12th July 2019.

     

    Cool Little Kids® is a 6 week program for parents only, of children aged 3-6 years showing early signs of anxiety. Two groups will commence on Monday 14th October and Wednesday 16th October from 10am-12pm. Cost: $25 per family to cover the cost of workbooks. Registrations close Friday 19th July 2019.

    For further information or to register, please call the Clinic on 62262805 or visit our website at www.utas.edu.au/psychology-clinic.

     


    Date: 5-Jun-19  10:38  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.16 Section: Junior School

    Director of Identity

    Launch of the Mary Rice Centre Walkathon

    Our Two Walkathons

     “Walk beside me, not behind nor ahead; tujenge lets build this together”

    Last Saturday saw the official launch of the second Tujenge Mary Rice Centre Walkathon in Nairobi Kenya which will be held on July 20. This is a huge event in the lives of the students, staff, families and community of the Mary Rice Centre, with hundreds of people walking, singing and coming together throughout the streets of Nairobi. Director of the Centre, Bro. Gerald Mgalula, has created a 10 shilling campaign, highlighting the idea that even if we can only afford to give a little bit, when we all give together, we can make a huge difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in Kibera.

    Tomorrow at St Virgil’s we will also launch our Mary Rice Centre Walkathon and begin collecting sponsors to help support our friends in Kibera. Over the coming weeks we will be learning more about the Mary Rice Centre and its staff, students, history and exciting future. Bro. Gerald Mgalula has a vision to establish an integrated workshop where the children will be able to take part in various activities, such as beadwork, carpentry, tailoring, leatherwork, gardening and marketing, which will help equip them with skills for independent living. This means that the funds we raise during the coming weeks will have a very real and empowering purpose.

    Next week we will also begin playing the pre-matches of our inaugural Kibera Black Stars House Soccer tournament at both the Senior and Junior School Campuses. The Kibera cup will be contested on Mary Rice Day on Friday June 28 and literally kick-off what promises to be a wonderful day celebrating and strengthening our close friendship with all at the Mary Rice Centre.

     

    A great article about the launch of the Mary Rice Centre Walkathon was featured in the Christian Brothers East Africa News highlights why our walkathon is such a significant event in the life of our school community.

     

    MARY RICE WALKATHON 2, 2019 – OFFICIAL LAUNCH (From the Christian Brothers East Africa Newsletter)

    Last Saturday saw the official launch of the second edition of the Mary Rice Centre Walkathon. The occasion was officially opened at the centre with an electrifying speech from Br. Amandi, who set the stage by reflecting on the meaning of the term walk (i.e. walk beside me, not behind nor ahead).

     

    Bro. Gerald Mgalula, Director of the Centre, gave a short history of Mary Rice, and the tremendous progress it has made since it was established in 2007. He highlighted the vision of the centre as he talked about establishing an integrated workshop where the children would be able to take part in various activities, such as beadwork, carpentry, tailoring, leatherwork, gardening and marketing, to help equip them with skills for independent living.

     

    The Director calling “disciples” to come, follow and walk with Mary Rice!

    Then Mike, the director of Black Boy Media took to the podium to shed light on the strategies being used to enable the Walkathon meet its 2019 target of 10 million shillings – sale of t-shirts, the “ten shilling” campaign, and direct donations to the centre bank account.

    Last year’s event helped create awareness of our existence and services offered, so many people contacted us to seek our services, not only from Kibera but also from Nairobi county. However, due to lack of resources, we had to put them in the waiting list. Now the idea is to have the Walkathon raise funds so we can expand services, as well as sustain the Centre’s daily activities so that we can remain true to our mission of promoting social integration of the disabled.

    We are deeply grateful to the Christian Brothers, led by Br. Amandi; to Donum Dei Sisters (who donated the food); and to many friends from ERFA, Mirror of Hope, ERKG, Tangaza University College, God for Generation, Friends of Love Kibera, Kibera Open Discussion, and our parents and staff, who generously availed themselves to witness the official launch, and promised to walk us through the event till its success on July 20th. We hope many of you readers will join with us for the big event!

     

     

     


    Date: 5-Jun-19  10:35  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.16 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Assistant Deputy Principal (Students and Transitions)

    Grade 10 Exams

    are only a few weeks away so boys should be well in to revision and preparation. Boys have been able to look at the finalised exam timetable so they know when particular subjects will be examined and can plan their study for the next few weeks.

    Boys in all other year levels need to ensure all their assessment items are complete by the due date. It is unfair on your classmates and teachers to fail to hand in an assignment by the due date.

     

    Transition

    As part of the ongoing transition to senior schooling, Grade 10 students will be taken to a Pathways Expo at GYC next week to get a better idea of what subjects they need to pursue and enrol in so they can qualify for any careers or tertiary courses they may be interested in. A week later senior GYC staff will come to St Virgil’s for individual subject counselling with students to start to start to lock down their choices for 2020.

    Please see the link below to download a copy of the 2020 GYC Course Handbook.  This can also be found on the College website.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/0g47tjm766osk49/00%20GYC%20Handbook%20FINAL%202020%20Web.pdf?dl=0

    Hardcopies will be available at Pathways Expo next week as well as at liaison visits.  

    Important Dates to Remember:

    PATHWAYS EXPO

    (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)

    9AM – 7PM

    COLLEGE LIAISON VISITSENROLMENTS APPLICATIONS DUE
    Wednesday June 12

    12:30pm – 2:30pm

    Glenorchy Campus

    Monday  June 17

    9:30am – 11:30am

    Thursday June 27

    4:30pm

     

    Uni Discovery Day

    A group of 45 Grade 10’s visited the University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay campus to take part in the University Discovery. Boys have been able to register for a number of workshops in areas of study they are interested in pursuing. Boys went to workshops on subjects as diverse as Health Sciences, Media Studies, Engineering and Information Technology.


    Date: 5-Jun-19  10:29  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.16 Section: Senior School

    Junior School Sport

    Soccer and Hockey News and Lend a hand to Hugo (LAHTH) All Abilities AFL Auskick Program 

    Grade 6 - Under 12

    SVC  Rice 1 drew with Albuera Street 1

    This game was played in great spirit and was very competitive.  With the overall score depicting the greatness of the game.

    Player of the Week:  Archer Tully for his team play, running hard, and for scoring the teams only goal for the day.

    Encouragement Award: Ethan Briggs (keep up the good work).

     

    Grade 5 - Under 11

    Taroona defeated SVC Green

    Our boys encountered a very strong team from Taroona this week, and found it even more difficult playing with one player short.  Congratulations goes to all the players who were out there giving it their all.

    Player of the Week: Jack Austen for his persistence and his effort to chase the ball down at all times.  Encouragement Award: Jake Ransley (great team spirit).

    Grade 3/4 - Under 10

    SVC Gold 3 lost to Hutchins White 8 

    Even though a loss has been recorded the boys gave 110% and encouraged each other the whole game.

    Player of the Week: Henry Willis for a great all round performance.

    Encouragement Award: Thomas Wilson (great goal scoring and listening to the coach).

     

    Grade 3 - Under 9

    SVC White defeated SHPS Strikers Red

    After an even first half the boys went into the second half and began spreading out and passing the ball around culminating into their best half to date.  Great team effort!

     

    Hockey

    The Grade 5&6 Hockey team came up against a very strong Friends School team on the weekend and were defeated.  The boys tried their best but were kept goal less by a team of very experienced players. Well done boys for your valiant effort!

    Player of the Week:  Oliver Hall who never gave up all game.

    Encouragement Award: Connor Macdonald (for listening to the coach and sticking to his position).

     

    Indigenous Tennis Clinic 

    Tennis Tasmania are offering a holiday clinic for all Indigenous school aged children as part of the lead in to the National Indigenous Tennis Carnival in Darwin in August.

    Lend a hand to Hugo (LAHTH) All Abilities AFL Auskick Program 
    • Sunday 16th June - Sunday 14th July
    • 10:30am-11:30am @ Cornelian Bay Oval
    • For children with a disability or accessibility challenge, aged 5-14
    • Focuses on building social skills, motor skills, hand eye coordination and providing an entry level stepping stone to every kids footy journey!
    • More info can be found via www.lendahandtohugo.org
    • You can sign up via bit.ly/2KjsjrT

    Date: 5-Jun-19  10:24  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.16 Section: Junior School Sport

    Director of Sport

    A Big Week of Sport! 

    SSATIS Cross Country Champions!

    Congratulations to all members of Team SVC. A fantastic performance last Thursday in cold and windy conditions at the 2019 Southern SATIS Cross Country event at Pontville.

    SVC won age categories in Grades 7 (U13), 9 (U15) and 10 (U16) in a true show of team depth. With age categories won, SVC collected the overall win in the Junior Boys Shield, defending the title from last year and making it six years in a row. (No carnival in 2016 due to weather and joint winners in 2017)

    Well done boys!

    Sailing
    Perfect conditions on the first day of winter for the SVC Learn to Sail programme at the Marine Education Centre, Austins Ferry. A reminder that there is no sailing this Saturday due to the long weekend.
    Chess 
    Like sailing chess requires great mental skills and this week it was on show as the SVC Chess Club hosted the Inter-school Chess Tournament. The College had a record team of 14 students courageously represent St Virgil’s over seven rounds of intellectual battles. All boys performed well with chess and school networking being the winners on the day!
    Lend a hand to Hugo (LAHTH) All Abilities AFL Auskick Program 
    • Sunday 16th June - Sunday 14th July
    • 10:30am-11:30am @ Cornelian Bay Oval
    • For children with a disability or accessibility challenge, aged 5-14
    • Focuses on building social skills, motor skills, hand eye coordination and providing an entry level stepping stone to every kids footy journey!
    • More info can be found via www.lendahandtohugo.org
    • You can sign up via bit.ly/2KjsjrT

     

    Indigenous Tennis Clinic 

    Tennis Tasmania are offering a holiday clinic for all Indigenous school aged children as part of the lead in to the National Indigenous Tennis Carnival in Darwin in August.

     


    Date: 5-Jun-19  10:24  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.16 Section: Senior School Sport

    Senior School Canteen

    Weekly Roster 

    FridayJune 14Bernadette O’DonovanKaren McMillon
    MondayJune 17Michelle BaileyBarbara Oats
    TuesdayJune 18Fran KlineElisabeth Nichols
    WednesdayJune 19Meika StebbingsJodi Spangler
    Thursday June 20Sonja FletcherTBA
    FridayJune 21Michelle BarrowKarina Halys

    Date: 5-Jun-19  10:23  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.16 2019 V.08 Ed.17 Section: Senior School

    From the Principal

    EREA Principals’ National Conference

    This week I am spending three days at St Bernard’s College Essendon, attending a conference with EREA Principals, Principals in Christian Brothers’ schools in New Zealand, and EREA Associate Schools. Gatherings such as this provide invaluable networking and professional learning experiences, particularly as we collaboratively explore what schools may look like in 2030.

     

    Review of the Catholic Education System in Southern Tasmania

    Whilst in Melbourne, I am continuing to work with EREA on our response to the Southern Tasmania Secondary Review Business Case and Impact Statement. This involved making a presentation to the EREA Board who were very impressed with the careful consideration and analysis that has underpinned the College's submission.  It is extremely encouraging that the project is progressing so well and I will keep our community informed as additional information comes to hand.

     

    Community Football Luncheon

    I invite all in the community who are available on Friday July 5 to book a table for the College Community Football Lunch being held at the Grand Chancellor. All proceeds for the lunch are donated to the Alex Gadomski Fellowship. Bookings can be made at

    https://www.trybooking.com/499096

     

    Enrolments – Principals Tours

     

    A reminder of the enrolment timelines for next year and 2021

    • Junior School applications for 2020 enrolments close on June 30, 2019
    • Applications for Grade 7 2021 close on September 13

     

    If interested in a tour of either the Junior School or Austins Ferry campus, upcoming Principal’s Tours are being held on the following dates. Bookings are essential for these tours by emailing mnugent@stvirgils.tas.edu.au

     

    • Wednesday, June 12, 9am Junior School
    • Friday June 21, 9am Austins Ferry
    • Friday July 26, 9am Austins Ferry

     

    Alternatively, tours can be arranged at other times through booking on the College website.

     

     

     


    Date: 29-May-19  10:53  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.15 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

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