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  • From the Principal

    A Week Full of Learnings!

     Date:  1-Apr-20  09:07      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed.9     Section:   From the Principal Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    A Video Message from Mrs Senior!

     Date:  1-Apr-20  09:04      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed.9     Section:   Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Mrs Fiona Chambers and Mrs Jo Messer

     Date:  1-Apr-20  09:02      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed.9     Section:   Junior School

    Director of Identity

    As we move into the final days of our Lenten Journey

     Date:  1-Apr-20  08:57      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed.9     Section:   Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Reconciliation Action Plan News!

    Relationships Around the School - Elders and Traditional Owners Share Histories and Culture

     Date:  1-Apr-20  08:54      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed.9     Section:   Senior School

    From the Principal

    The Challenge of Being Positive!

     Date:  26-Mar-20  11:17      Edition:   2020 Vol.09 Ed.8     Section:   From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Director of Identity

    Thinking of Others!

     Date:  26-Mar-20  08:35      Edition:   2020 Vol.09 Ed.8     Section:   Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    From the Principal

    A New Dawn, A new Hope!

     Date:  18-Mar-20  08:48      Edition:   2020 Vol.09 Ed.7     Section:   From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Mrs Heidi Senior - Online Learning, SIMON and PAM!

     Date:  18-Mar-20  08:09      Edition:   2020 Vol.09 Ed.7     Section:   Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Mrs Fiona Chambers and Mrs Jo Messer 

     Date:  18-Mar-20  08:03      Edition:   2020 Vol.09 Ed.7     Section:   Junior School

    Director of Learning and Teaching

    Catering for St Bernard’s Claremont Parish, St Patrick’s Day Celebration!

     Date:  18-Mar-20  08:02      Edition:   2020 Vol.09 Ed.7     Section:   Senior School

    Director of Identity

    On Tuesday this week, March 17 we celebrated the Feast of St Patrick.

     Date:  18-Mar-20  08:00      Edition:   2020 Vol.09 Ed.7     Section:   Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Reconciliation Action Plan News

     

    Embed the Australian Curriculum Cross-Curriculum Priority Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Culture in the Curriculum

     Date:  18-Mar-20  07:59      Edition:   2020 Vol.09 Ed.7     Section:   Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School
  • From the Principal

    A Week Full of Learnings!

      2020 V.09 Ed.9
     From the Principal
    Senior School
     1-Apr-20  21:07

    Deputy Principal

    A Video Message from Mrs Senior!

      2020 V.09 Ed.9
     Senior School
     1-Apr-20  21:04

    Heads of Junior School

    Mrs Fiona Chambers and Mrs Jo Messer

      2020 V.09 Ed.9
     Junior School
     1-Apr-20  21:02

    Director of Identity

    As we move into the final days of our Lenten Journey

      2020 V.09 Ed.9
     Faith & Identity
    Junior School
    Senior School
     1-Apr-20  20:57

    Reconciliation Action Plan News!

    Relationships Around the School - Elders and Traditional Owners Share Histories and Culture

      2020 V.09 Ed.9
     Senior School
     1-Apr-20  20:54

    From the Principal

    The Challenge of Being Positive!

      2020 Vol.09 Ed.8
     From the Principal
    Junior School
    Senior School
     26-Mar-20  11:17

    Director of Identity

    Thinking of Others!

      2020 Vol.09 Ed.8
     Faith & Identity
    Junior School
    Senior School
     26-Mar-20  08:35

    From the Principal

    A New Dawn, A new Hope!

      2020 Vol.09 Ed.7
     From the Principal
    Junior School
    Senior School
     18-Mar-20  20:48

    Deputy Principal

    Mrs Heidi Senior - Online Learning, SIMON and PAM!

      2020 Vol.09 Ed.7
     Senior School
     18-Mar-20  20:09

    Heads of Junior School

    Mrs Fiona Chambers and Mrs Jo Messer 

      2020 Vol.09 Ed.7
     Junior School
     18-Mar-20  20:03

    Director of Learning and Teaching

    Catering for St Bernard’s Claremont Parish, St Patrick’s Day Celebration!

      2020 Vol.09 Ed.7
     Senior School
     18-Mar-20  20:02

    Director of Identity

    On Tuesday this week, March 17 we celebrated the Feast of St Patrick.

      2020 Vol.09 Ed.7
     Faith & Identity
    Junior School
    Senior School
     18-Mar-20  20:00

    Reconciliation Action Plan News

      Embed the Australian Curriculum Cross-Curriculum Priority Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Culture in the Curriculum

      2020 Vol.09 Ed.7
     Faith & Identity
    Junior School
    Senior School
     18-Mar-20  19:59
  • From the Principal

    A Week Full of Learnings!

    Given our week I thought it might be easier to send a video message this week!!

    Please view at https://svcpics.smugmug.com/E-Learning-Resources-/i-PJKrpjw/A

    Thank you to all students, staff and parents for your amazing support this term. Whilst it has been challenging it again reminds us of the strength of our community.

    I wish all families well for a safe, happy and healthy Easter and school holiday break.

    We will be in touch regularly to provide updates for Term 2 school arrangements.

     

    Pope Francis' Prayer for Protection from Coronavirus

    O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
    We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
    At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.
    You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
    We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee, joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
    Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
    To conform ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us:
    He who took our sufferings upon Himself,
    And bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.

    Amen


    Date: 1-Apr-20  09:07  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.9 Section: From the Principal Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    A Video Message from Mrs Senior!

    Thank you to our students, parents and teachers for their patience, persistence and diligence during our first week of online learning!

    Mrs Senior shares some thoughts on a big week at St Virgil's - https://svcpics.smugmug.com/E-Learning-Resources-/i-KDvw2Kf/A


    Date: 1-Apr-20  09:04  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.9 Section: Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Mrs Fiona Chambers and Mrs Jo Messer

    Mini Vinnies Lenten Fundraising and Easter Raffle
    The Mini Vinnies group has worked very hard to sell many raffle tickets. We made the decision to draw the raffle Friday afternoon last week. You did not have to be at school to qualify as a winner and they are as follows:
    The Easter Egg guessing competition:
    Lachlan Cannan, Daniel Mapley and Hamish McGuire all guessed there were 79 eggs in the jar. Their names were put in a hat and Hamish McGuire was the lucky winner.

    Easter Raffle winners:
    Grade 3:
    Charlie Todd; Angus Mann; Oscar Henley; Luca Brown

    Grade 4: Oscar Butterworth-Barry; Sam King; Ben Sheen; Lewis Williams

    Grade 5: Clement McKenna; Mitch Gray

    Grade 6: Charlie Cubit; Jack Byrne; Oliver Byrne; Felix Gepka; Oliver Hall; Lachlan Cannan; Jake Ransley.

    Staff: Mrs Berry; Ms Daun collected for 5&6.

    All in all, it was a great celebration this afternoon with many happy winners. I would like to especially thank the Mini Vinnies group for organising this fundraiser and Mrs Moate and Mrs Leon in our office for supporting the boys with posters, petty cash, raffle tickets and other donations. Thank you to all staff, families and boys who donated eggs and purchased tickets. The generosity of our efforts raised $224 which will be banked and then directly donated to Caritas Australia.

    Our Week
    We welcomed 20 boys at school on Monday and decided to have a classroom set up in the Library so we could spread out, guided by social distancing. Each boy has his own work- space. There are plenty of teachers and LSOs to support them in their learning. Each grade level is completing the same work that our boys at home are working through. They have also enjoyed activities such as Fitness, Art and PE lessons. Teachers have reported that yard duty was ‘easy’ and problem free and the boys have enjoyed full court cricket, soccer and basketball! The Grade 5&6 and 6L classes have been using Zoom to check in on students at home and these sessions have been going well.

    From the Archdiocese of Hobart
    As you may be aware the Archbishop, Most Reverend Julian Porteous, has suspended the public celebration of all Masses and has encouraged personal prayer. Mass and Easter ceremonies will be livestreamed from the cathedral and will be available on the Archdiocese Facebook page and YouTube channels.

    Water Bottle Flipping FUN-raiser
    Early in the week the student leaders of the College launched a water bottle flipping FUN-raiser. The College sent the details of the FUN-raiser via parent paperwork on Tuesday. This is an opportunity for students and staff to get our minds off the current coronavirus situation, and to remain connected as a St Virgil’s Community through these strange times. The challenge put to the students by the College Captain Daniel Vallerine is to send through your best water bottle flip to your class teacher. This is can be done by uploading a short video of your awesome skills to your class teacher. Entries close midnight on Thursday. The winning entries will be posted on the St Virgil’s Facebook page on Friday afternoon.

    Learning at Home
    Further to the letter that was sent via parent paperwork, you and your son will be guided by the class teacher in terms of the platforms being used to share and explain work. SIMON will be used to outline tasks and provide feedback to your son. Parents are asked to please log in to their PAM account and discuss with their son some of the learning tasks online and the feedback they have received from teachers.

    Parents requiring help logging in to PAM should email Mr Deon Scanlon – dscanlon@stvirgils.tas.edu.au

    Guidelines from the Catholic Education Office indicate that for a Primary aged child, around four (4) hours of learning is what would occur at home. Please remember that for many of you, you are not teachers and you are there to support your son’s learning in a way that best suits him and everything else you have to balance. Teachers will endeavour to provide interesting and creative activities, as well as continue to offer the important conventions of Literacy and Numeracy.

    Early Easter Fun
    Tomorrow at school we have asked the boys attending to bring in an Easter costume, simple bunny ears will do. We are having an Easter Egg hunt and a Pizza party for all staff and students. It would be great if boys at home could also dress up in something with an Easter theme and send us a picture or wear it when you check in to a Zoom session.

    Holidays
    Whilst we realise these holidays will come with challenges and not our usual shack time, travel or adventures, we wish all our families the best during this time. It is an opportunity to slow down and spend time together. Informal learning can be found in day to day activities and it is important to find what works best for you and your family.

    As a community we continue to pray for all those affected by Coronavirus and those who selflessly care for them.

    Staff will continue to work next week to finalise preparations for the possibility of a full transition to an online learning environment for Term 2.  We will communicate with all families over the holidays to confirm Term 2 arrangements.

    Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.


    Date: 1-Apr-20  09:02  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.9 Section: Junior School

    Director of Identity

    As we move into the final days of our Lenten Journey

    we begin to follow more closely the story of the Passion and its importance in our lives, particularly when things are changing so rapidly, seemingly every day there is a shift in what we thought we knew and what we can and can’t anticipate. More and more we are becoming aware of how little we can control, and yet at the same time, of how much we can still choose.

     

    This weekend we will celebrate Palm Sunday, which for many years has become a time for focusing on the plight of refugees, led by Churches around the world. Although this year we can’t join together in Palm Sunday marches and rallies we can still choose to be welcoming people of compassion and generosity, praying and advocating for the rights of all people to have a safe and permanent home.

     

    As we spend the coming weeks in the safety of our own homes and gardens, with little control over where and when we can move about, we can still choose to be optimistic people, finding strength and courage for the times ahead through our faith. In the Garden of Gethsemane, secluded, isolated and in a small and enclosed space, Jesus also made this faith choice. Filled with anguish and deep dread over what He would soon experience, He fell with His face to the ground and He prayed with all His might. This was a very human moment, when Jesus really needed comfort and companionship. He experienced very real fear for He knew the pain and suffering that was to come and begged for a way out, and yet He chose to go on.

     

    By following His example, we can fully prepare ourselves for an Easter season in which we are not consumed by dread, fear and uncertainty about the things we cannot control in our world right now. Instead we can choose to remain faith-filled and selfless, caring for and supporting our families, friends, pets and the people around the world who will continue to need us to walk alongside them.

     


    Date: 1-Apr-20  08:57  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.9 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Reconciliation Action Plan News!

    Relationships Around the School - Elders and Traditional Owners Share Histories and Culture

    The Orb is a collection of online resources designed by Tasmanian Aboriginal Peoples to assist the teaching of Tasmanian Aboriginal histories and cultures and can be accessed at  https://www.theorb.tas.gov.au

     

    It is a highly visual resource, suited to a range of learning styles and embraces a number of Aboriginal ways of being, knowing, thinking and doing including learning through Country, narrative and cultural practice.

     

    Although many of the curriculum ideas and resources were originally created for teachers to use, they are very adaptable to home learning as they pose some great investigative questions and are backed up with further research links and resources. There are many great lesson ideas organised according to grade level and various subject areas. For example, the Living Cultures page includes short video clips, quotes, stories and discussion questions about topics such as Dance, Fibres, Foods, Muttonbirding, Ochre, Shell Stringing, Shelters and Stone Tools.

     

    The best place to go first is Tips and Tricks for Locating Material in the Orb.

    It has really clear instructions on how to access the resources and how to use them and is very user friendly and practical.

     

    The most important thing about the Orb is that it has been created using the knowledge and voices of Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples and draws on the traditions of spoken knowledge. The Orb is a place where we can learn about a range of contemporary cultural practices which have been deeply informed by the past, continued, revived and now shared with us by Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples.

    “Creating a new future where our history is known, our culture is respected, and our children are proud to be Aboriginal is important to us.”

     

    So, throughout this new adventure of learning at home make sure you make time to have a look at the Orb and find out about the rich histories and cultures of the Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples of lutriwita trowunna Tasmania.


    Date: 1-Apr-20  08:54  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.9 Section: Senior School

    News from the Saint's Garage!

    Breaking news!

    The heavy lifting has been done and now, THE BOSS IS ON BOARD!

     

    Watch This Space!!!!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Date: 1-Apr-20  08:50  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.9 Section: Senior School

    From the Principal

    The Challenge of Being Positive!

    At such a challenging time for our boys, their families, staff and the wider community it feels as though we are always reporting on very serious, often negative and frightening topics. Social distancing, personal hygiene, Stage 2 lockdown, forced redundancy, Centrelink lines and flattening the curve are all terms which have dominated media communications over the last fortnight. It is therefore easy to see why we are all living with a heightened level of anxiety!

    As I sat down at my desk to start writing this article I initially struggled with the idea of finding something positive to report on. After an extended period of scratching my head and staring incessantly at the ceiling for inspiration, I was suddenly brought back to reality by the voices, laughs, shrieks, groans and measured protests occurring just five feet away from me!

    IMG_4644 - Handball Stars! (Please watch!!)

    Outside my office is a traditional gathering place for a dedicated group of Grade 8 handball players. They are renowned for their enthusiasm and considerable skill level and the occasional heated dispute over a tenuous line call or interpretation of a rule or technique. Occasionally I feel the need to venture out and mediate and I am always met with smiles and stories and a yearning for a just outcome to be realised.

    As the video link suggests this is the joy we need to focus on a this point in time. Our boys are amazing - amidst this tsunami like tide of health and economic fear, they remain positive, pragmatic and hope filled, characteristics which are a great credit to themselves and their families. This is not to under-estimate what they are going through and the range of emotions they must be feeling, but they are displaying great resilience and empathy, particularly in the face of their ever shrinking world.

    I am particularly proud of our boys, our staff and our College community as we work through this ever evolving crisis. It is significant that it has befallen our nation and our world in the middle of our Lenten journey. Fr Suresh at our staff gathering today suggested that in time we may see this as a pause that we needed to have to remind us all of what is really important. With the removal of sports and music stars and the curtailing of dining and entertainment, we are being reminded of the importance of family, of connection and our obligation to look after the poor and vulnerable in our community.

    COVID 19 does not discriminate based on income, location, gender or power, returning all to the status of children of God, made in his image. During this period of lent let us see all as our neighbours and help the poor and vulnerable. Let us spend time with our family and experience the joy of being hope and faith filled. Even in social isolation, let us look for ways to spread Christ's light through our family and friends and others we encounter. For this period of pain, suffering and isolation will end and our lives will be enriched if we take the time to learn from our 'pause' and honour God's calling to 'live life to the full'. This is our Easter gift.


    Date: 26-Mar-20  11:17  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.8 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    From the Deputy Principal

    Learning Opportunities

    In these highly challenging times, so much is changing and so much is being restricted. The boys are experiencing a shrinking world, with losses of sporting possibilities, group gatherings and social opportunities. For some, their families have decided it is time for them to remain at home, while others continue to come to school, wondering every day about whether they will still be able to come tomorrow.

     

    It is surely a worrying and confusing time for us all. As such it is more important than ever to be awake to what those of us in the teaching game call “teachable moments”. These instances occur in the action of conversation when a person observes or realises something that opens up an opportunity for a profound new learning. An opportunity for another person to connect and convey some kind of new insight or perspective.

     

    As we move more and more to the possibility of us all operating in a Learning at Home scenario, I encourage all parents and guardians and parents to see this as an opportunity to relish the possibility of experiencing some glorious teachable moments with your son. There would have been many of these when they were little, but odds on, as they have become more ‘teenagery’ the frequency of these may have dried up. In a dark and worrisome time, find the silvery learning lining and partner with your son in daily conversation and discovery of new ideas.

     

    During a time of closure, the College is committed to providing learning materials online that will stimulate, support and sustain some degree of curriculum-based learning. Please, do not feel that you and your son are constrained by this. Find a balance between the school work, and the possibilities to see your son’s creativity, empathy or ingenuity in action. Take the opportunity to dive into those teachable moments as they inevitably arise.

     


    Date: 26-Mar-20  11:13  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.8 Section: Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Thank You and an Update

    We would like to take the opportunity to say thank you for your continued understanding and patience as a member of the Junior School community. We acknowledge that this is an ongoing challenging time for all of us as teachers, office staff and parents. At all times it is the health, safety and wellbeing of our community that is our priority each day.

    In class, teaching practice has remained relatively normal, with boys putting into practice required social distancing requirements. This is also taking place at recess and lunchtime during eating time in the amphitheatre. With regards to class work, boys who are at home can access any activities that have been posted on Simon, See-Saw, or Google classroom by their classroom teacher.

     

    Sports Uniform

    As of this week, we have allowed the boys in Grade 5/6 to wear their sports uniform on Mondays and Fridays. The Grade 3s and 4s may wear theirs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

     

    Fr Suresh Visiting Classes

    Today Fr Suresh will continue his visits to the Junior School, specifically visiting Grade 3 and 3/4. Father will introduce himself and have a chat with the boys. In an ongoing role the idea will be to teach them parts of the Mass and eventually we will be able to have class masses each term. This is a very positive support of our Faith component as a Catholic School. We really appreciate Fr Suresh’s support in making time available for our Junior School.

    Footy Tipping

    Congratulations to Daniel Mapley who won the first week of footy tipping last week with a score of 8! Obviously, our footy tipping competition is suspended in line with the cessation of all AFL games.

    Mini Vinnies
    The Mini Vinnies Easter Raffle and Egg guessing competition is well underway. Tickets are one for 50 cents and three for $1. The raffle will be drawn next Friday April 3.

    Epilepsy
    Tasmania and St Virgil’s Junior School are turning purple for Epilepsy Awareness Month! This is to support the students in our school with Epilepsy. This year we are supporting the ‘Purple Finger knitters – School Challenge’. Our challenge is to drape a school structure or piece of equipment in purple finger knitting! All classes and boys have been asked to get involved. We have had one of our parents already donate some wool. So, let’s get knitting! Our aim is to collect the strands of finger knitting at the end of the month and wrap parts of the play equipment in it. Your son could do this at home as well. We have some balls of wool here but if you have some purple balls at home and would like to get on board, please do.


    Date: 26-Mar-20  11:09  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.8 Section: Junior School

    Director of Identity

    Thinking of Others!

    The challenge for us will be to ensure that the people who are at the heart of all we are and do, don’t get forgotten in the rush, confusion and chaos that is all over the nation and the planet

    Phil Glendenning - Edmund Rice Centre

     

    As we move into a second week of extremely confusing and unpredictable changes to our daily and future lives it is becoming increasingly important to remember the daily and future lives of others beside ourselves. When we find the courage and selflessness to remember others, we also find equal amounts of comfort and strength because we know that we are surrounded by close friends, whether they be standing 1.5 metres away or on the other side of the world. Social distancing is an important safety protocol, but close friends remain close when we keep them in our minds and hearts.

     

    In East Africa our we pray for our close friends, urafiki wa karibu. We know that whatever we may be suffering in Tasmania, whether it be emotional or physical, our brothers and sisters in Nairobi and particularly Kibera will be experiencing these things in extremes and numbers hard for us to comprehend. We humbly reflect their unwavering bravery, optimism and positivity even as they anticipate the scariest of times which may soon be upon them.

     

    In Italia we pray for our close friends, cari amici. We have watched in disbelief the images, statistics and data coming out of Italy and remain mindful of how important it is to remember that these are not just alarming numbers but courageous people. We pray particularly for the medical staff who have been at the forefront from the beginning. We pray for the Church, and Pope Francis and hope that he is able to bring comfort and advice to his people and we celebrate their resilience which we have seen in the popular film footage of isolated residents continuing to sing and make music together.

     

    In lutriwita trowunna Tasmania we look to our close friends the palawa pakana peoples for guidance in how we might better care for our planet, for the animal, bird and plant life we are blessed to live amongst. We become open to re-defining what a life of meaning lived in community might look like at this time of enforced simplicity, and ask the question of ourselves, what it is that really constitutes a good, happy and prosperous life.

     

    For our young close friends, in the school yard and isolated in their homes, we pray that they may remain hope-filled; that they continue to feel that, even though their world is rapidly changing, they will be an important and active part of creating a positive future.

     

    We take up this challenge to ensure that the people who are at the heart of all we are and do, remain close to us.

     

     

     


    Date: 26-Mar-20  08:35  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.8 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Reconciliation Action Plan News

    Respect Around the School - Care for Country

    Last Thursday March 19 the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Grade 9 and10 worked on the Austins Ferry property with Mark ‘Bushy’ Smith for a very special day of Caring for Country by learning and practising fire stick farming.

    We began by filling watering cans, buckets and backpacks with water and connecting several hoses together before heading down to the bushland beyond the Kitchen Garden and Ag. Studies Plot.

    Lachlan Nichols gave a very moving and heartfelt Acknowledgement of Country as we looked around at the beautiful morning sun shining on this special area, which we were soon to set alight! Among the many introduced weeds such as rosehip, boneseed and blackberries there persists a healthy amount of kangaroo grasses, native cranberry and beautiful wattle, she oak, native cherry and eucalypt trees. We set fire to the open grassy areas and slowly, bit by bit, watched it lightly burn small patches at a time without getting too hot or rapid. The boys followed with wattle branches and beat the edges to control the spread. Afterwards it was easy to see that the soil underneath had remained intact and the kangaroo grass was strong in small clumps with green shoots. The introduced weeds however were burnt, as were the twigs, sticks, leaves and other dry organic ‘fuel’ that is so dangerous in big bushfires.

     

    After a fabulous lunch of sausages, bread and mutton-birds grilled on an open campfire we spent the entire afternoon watering and soaking the whole area with our watering cans and hoses, and enjoyed having time to chat about the ordinary, everyday things, plan some good ideas for later and philosophise about the big questions. When we finally packed up and left the sodden site, we observed the insects, lizards, ants and birds all twitching and excited by the changed landscape, which had started to look healthier already.


    Date: 26-Mar-20  07:56  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.8 Section: Senior School

    Director of Learning and Teaching

    Grade 8 Integrated Arts Ms Amelia Clark took boys through some of the amazing tricks of the movie trade when she boys how to create wounds, cuts, bleeds and bruises! As the photos highlight the boys were captivated and very pleased with their handy work!

     

     


    Date: 25-Mar-20  09:05  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.8 Section: Senior School

    Senior School Canteen

    Weekly Roster With the College adopting social distancing and personal hygiene measures due to the COVID 19 crisis, it would be appreciated if food can be ordered online via QKR and the College website. Cash will still be accepted as canteen helpers will be wearing gloves for all transactions.

    ThursdayMarch 26Danielle Mills
    FridayMarch 27Karen McMillanSally Feldmanis
    Monday March 30Linda Kerschbaum
    TuesdayMarch 31Pat KingSharon Roach

     

    WednesdayApril 1Michelle BaileyOnika Shah
    ThursdayApril 2Sarah MeeAnita Monaghan
    FridayApril 3Sheree LeeRae KK

     


    Date: 25-Mar-20  08:57  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.8 Section: Senior School

    From the Principal

    A New Dawn, A new Hope!

    As the foundations and social fabric of our world appears to change on a day to day basis, I would like to commend our parents, staff and students for the considered, supportive and empathetic way in which they have conducted themselves. It has been a far cry from the ugly scenes that we have witnessed in supermarkets as individuals put their own needs ahead of others, in many cases at the expense of the most vulnerable in our community.  As we are sending daily updates to you about the COVID 19 coronavirus, I am pleased to take the opportunity in this week’s edition of The Star  to focus on the positive activities happening in our College, many of which are in keeping with the themes for our Project Compassion lenten journey; Go Further Together.

    The boys have made a very positive start to their academic studies this year and as we come towards the end of Term 1, it is encouraging to see the way the boys are engaging with their learning and taking up every opportunity afforded to them.  Walking around the playground and classrooms on both campuses, it is great to see our young men collaborating with their peers and with their teachers in enriching, joy giving curricular and co-curricular experiences. Despite the gloom that is seemingly hovering over them as their world shrinks before their eyes, boys are engaging in positive, proactive play and getting on with life. They know much of the things they love are being restricted for a period of time, but they are also mindful of the hardship faced by others in our community and our mutual obligation to work together to get through this current crisis.

    I have also been impressed with the level of conversation and the proactivity boys have displayed in regards to their own personal wellbeing, whilst also being particularly impressed with the manner in which our young men are trying to engage in positive relationships with the adults in their life. Smiles on faces and the positive commentary and greetings have bought many smiles to my face during some long and challenging days, highlighting  that our boys are caring and concerned for the wellbeing of others.

    As a young man who may have struggled to hide my feelings if my beloved tennis was taken away from me for a few months, I am buoyed by their optimism, faith and sense of hope. I encourage all in our community to be inspired by the example of our boys and look for the positives in everything we do and in every opportunity we are presented with.

     

    Our Lenten Journey 

    The gift of a Catholic education is to educate the whole person for a full and meaningful life. We strive to open up each person to God's boundless love and the hope that we will use our God given talents in the service of others. John 10:10 tells us that, 'I have come so that you may have life, and have it to the full'.

    Lent reminds us that we are not alone in the struggles of this life, as sentiment particularly poignant at this time. Indeed, we have a God who shares our challenges and suffering in Christ. The confusion and pain of this life are transformed because, through Christ, we also share in the joy of the Resurrection.

    This joy is experienced in the love of family and friends, united with Christ, so that we  are never alone on life's journey. May we receive the grace to give witness and service to others, especially those in need, whilst rejecting all temptations and proclaiming the peace and unity of God’s love for us.

    May God continue to bless us this Lenten Season.

     

    Enrolment Timelines

    Unfortunately we had to cancel our Junior School Open Day yesterday. However we are still keen to take individual tours of the junior school and highlight our exciting plans for Kindergarten from 2021 which will expand to a full K-Grade 6 junior school pathway from 2024.

    Please note that 2021 enrolments for Kindergarten and Grade 3-6 close on May 1 2020.

    To organise a junior school tour please contact the College Registrar Mrs Monica Nugent - mnugent@stvirgils.tas.edu.au

     

    Individual tours of the senior school are available at any time that suits prospective families. Please note that enrolment for Grade 7 2022 close on September 11 2020.

    Enrolments for Grade 8-10 can be made at any time with places currently available at all grade levels.

    To organise a senior school tour please contact the College Registrar Mrs Monica Nugent - mnugent@stvirgils.tas.edu.au

     

    Uniform Shop 

    MIDFORD RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

    Dear Families

    Some important points at this challenging time.

    • Your Uniform store is still open for Business as usual.
    • You can still use our online service and delivery
    • We would prefer credit card sale instead of cash at this time if in store.
    • We will be limiting customers in the store at any one time so you may need to wait outside until called in.

    Thanks for your understanding and support.

    Louise

    Uniform Store Manager

     

    Scholarships and Bursaries

    Through the generosity of Old Virgilians the College offers two scholarships to support current and past students.

    1. Estate of the late Barry William and Mary Jeanette Woods Scholarship

    The Scholarship provides partial payment of school fees for two students selected from Years 7 and/or 8 and two students from years 5 and/or 6.   It is a once only payment to assist with the costs of attending St Virgil’s College.

    Written applications to the Principal – principal@stvirgils.tas.edu.au are invited by Thursday April 9 2020.

    The criteria to be applied in awarding of the Scholarships are as follows.

    • The endeavours applied by the student to his educational studies
    • The character of the student
    • His participation in Catholic religious studies and practices
    • The financial circumstances of the fee paying parents or guardian

     

    2. GL Curtis Scholarship for Old Virgilians

    This scholarship is for first year university students.

    The GL Curtis Scholarship provides a sum of $1,000 to an Old Virgilian beginning university studies.   It is a once only payment to assist with the costs of attending university in the first year and is to be used for the purchase of essential texts or materials, the payment of university charges or the establishment costs necessary to provide university accommodation (country or interstate students).

    It is normally expected that the student will be enrolled at the University of Tasmania unless there are significant reasons why this is not the case (such as the courses not being offered there).

    There are two such scholarships provided each year.

    Criteria

    1. Recipients must be graduates of St Virgil’s College.
    2. The recipient will be enrolled for the first year of a university course.
    3. In line with the terms of the endowment, priority may be given to those enrolled in

    medicine, law or chemistry.

    Applications

    Written applications are invited to the Principal – principal@stvirgils.tas.edu.au  by Thursday April 9, 2020 in the year of intended university enrolment.   Applications should outline:

    • the intended university and course, including proof of enrolment;
    • the reason for this choice of course;
    • the intended use of the funds;
    • the personal circumstances of the applicant, particularly any relevant financial

    difficulty.

    Selection

    The selection panel will include the Principal and two Board members of St Virgil’s College.  The panel may wish to make personal contact with applicants to gain further information about the application.  As funds are held in trust by the Archdiocese the final decision will be ratified by the Archbishop.

     


    Date: 18-Mar-20  08:48  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.7 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Mrs Heidi Senior - Online Learning, SIMON and PAM!

    School exists for students to learn. We have many strategies in place to support this to happen. By far the most effective strategy we have is the action of parents in supporting their sons to learn, and complete their set tasks. 

    Our Learning Management System (LMS), SIMON can be a very powerful tool to allow students to be organised and for the teaching staff to share with parents the information about what is being taught, what students are being expected to do, and the time in which they are expected to do it.The Parent Access Module, affectionately known as PAM, allows parents to see exactly what their son has going on at school, what is being studied and what tasks are due, or heaven forbid, overdue!

    Parents can also see in PAM the important feedback that has been supplied for your son so that he can understand how he is going with his learning and what he needs to do next to improve. By accessing PAM regularly, parents can have the information they need to initiate a conversation about progress and goal setting. I also encourage parents not to wait until a Parent, Student and Teacher Conference night to address any concerns or questions. A quick email to the teacher outlining any concerns can allow a just-in time conversation that may make all the difference to your son's learning.

    All parents should have received their login credentials for PAM. If you cannot login in, please don’t hesitate to call or send an email to the College and we will provide you with the information or support you need.


    Date: 18-Mar-20  08:09  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.7 Section: Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Mrs Fiona Chambers and Mrs Jo Messer 

    Thank You and an Update

    We would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to the entire Junior School community for your understanding and patience this week.  We acknowledge that this is a challenging time for all of us as teachers, office staff and parents. At all times we are motivated by optimising the health, safety and wellbeing of our community; this is our priority each and every day.

    In light of this it is important that if your son is displaying symptoms of cold and flu that you keep him home. Whilst we currently have no members of our community with COVID 19, it is important for the journey ahead to note that COVID 19 can be transmitted through airborne particles from coughing and sneezing. It is therefore critical that students remain at home until these symptoms are no longer present and the student is cleared for a return to school by a medical professional. We ask that you be understanding of our office staff,  should they call you to inform you that your son is displaying these symptoms and the need for you to collect him from school.

    Thank you for your understanding and support.

     

    Sports Uniform

    As many of you might be washing the formal and sports uniform more regularly, we have made the decision to ‘lighten your load’. As of Monday March 23, all students may wear their sports uniform on a Monday and Friday, which is our morning fitness day. The Grade 3 and 4 classes may also wear their sports uniform on a Tuesday as it is their PE day.

     

    Student Representative Council

    I am pleased to announce the specific roles of our SRC members:

    Minister for Sport and Recreation:                                          William Anderson

    Ministers for Sustainability and the Environment:                Jack Byrne and Maverick Bradley

    Minister for the Community:                                                     Lachlan Grubb

    Ministers for Health and Wellbeing:                                        Henry Ellston and Harris Ward

    Minister for Religion:                                                                  Lachlan Cannan

    Whip:                                                                                             Sebastian Rye

     

    The SRC will meet once a week to decide on the roles and responsibilities of each of these areas and to workshop the ideas that these boys already have. Once set-up, William Anderson will be assisting Mrs Messer in the coordination of the Junior School Footy Tipping Competition.

    Our minister for Community Relations, Lachlan Grubb also has the task of raising the flag each morning and taking it down each afternoon. He is being ably assisted by Lachlan Cannan in this role.

    Fr Suresh Visiting Classes

    Following discussions with Mr Messer, Mrs Chambers and Fr Shammi, Senior School Chaplain, Fr Suresh has offered to assist Fr Shammi by taking on the role of working with the Junior School on the important task of Liturgy. To start this relationship Fr Suresh will visit all classes, this week and next.

     

    Making Jesus Real (MJR)

    Last week our boys had the wonderful opportunity to spend time with Old Virgilian and MJR Coordinator Mr Marty Ogle. The boys loved his enthusiasm and the chance to have such a hands on learning experience.


    Date: 18-Mar-20  08:03  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.7 Section: Junior School

    Director of Learning and Teaching

    Catering for St Bernard’s Claremont Parish, St Patrick’s Day Celebration!

    The VET Hospitality class assisted with the catering for St Bernard’s Claremont Parish St Patrick’s Day Celebration. Preparations began last week and were resumed earlier this week. Students prepared 60 Guinness Pies and Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Brownies to serve 90. This was part of an assessment task. The students did a great job. The final products were made to industry standard, tasty and looked very professional.


    Date: 18-Mar-20  08:02  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.7 Section: Senior School

    Director of Identity

    On Tuesday this week, March 17 we celebrated the Feast of St Patrick.

    St Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, was born in Britain (not Ireland) near the end of the fourth century. At age 16 he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and sold as a slave to a Celtic priest in Northern Ireland. After toiling for six years as a shepherd, he escaped back to Britain. He eventually returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary.

    St Patrick is remembered for explaining the concept of the Holy Trinity, three persons in one God, by showing the three-leaved shamrock plant with one stalk. Our Celtic roots are currently being explored in our labyrinth on Friday afternoons with some Grade 9 students in Ms Farron Boxall’s Religious Education class and Fr Suresh and Mark 'Bushy' Smith. Again, using nature to explain the connectedness of ourselves to each other and our faith.

    St Patrick was a humble, pious, gentle man, whose love and total devotion and trust in God should be a shining example to all. So complete was his trust in God, and of the importance of his mission, that he feared nothing. We remember his courage and faith particularly this week.

    "The Breastplate," Patrick's poem of faith and trust in God:

     

    "Christ be within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ inquired, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger."


    Date: 18-Mar-20  08:00  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.7 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Reconciliation Action Plan News

     

    Embed the Australian Curriculum Cross-Curriculum Priority Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Culture in the Curriculum

    Last Thursday March 12 the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander - Southern Network Meeting had a particular Science focus. Three teachers from the College attended, ASST Mrs Bridget Jenkins, Pathways Programme Leader Mr Mark 'Bushy' Smith and Science Teacher Mrs Jacquelyn Turner.

    The Facilitators were Joe Sambono and and Nicole Schnitzerling and we spent the day in TCEO Offices in Newtown and Cornelian Bay. Joe is an Aboriginal science teacher who has been working for ACARA embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into the Science Curriculum and Nicole is Head of Science at St James Catholic College.  Along with Sarah Lackey and Rosa Connell from the TCEO and NITA Education staff Trish Hodge and Cassius Everett we spent the day making fire, throwing spears and balls and making traditional string rope out of raffia. With all of these practical activities we measured weights, distances, strengths and temperatures and collected and interpreted this data in terms of potential scientific classroom lessons.

    In this way we learnt how easy and rewarding it can be to include this cross curricular priority in the development of units, lesson plans and resources in all learning areas and across all year levels.

     


    Date: 18-Mar-20  07:59  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.7 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Assistant Deputy Principal

    Time and Space Programmes

    Unfortunately due to the current impact of COVID 19, we have had to postpone our Time and Space Programmes. We will work with Bill Jennings to re-schedule these fantastic programmes to later in the year. Please stay tuned.

     

    Australian Defence Force Information Sessions

    At this stage Australian Defence Force Information Sessions are still going ahead. Grade 10 students are invited to attend a number of Australian Defence Force information sessions that will take place over the coming months.

     

    ADFA    March 30, 6PM, Anglesea Barracks, HOBART

    Navy    April 8, 6PM, Anglesea Barracks, HOBART

    ADF Careers  April 21, 6PM, Anglesea Barracks, HOBART

     

    Anxiety Surrounding COVID-19

    We are currently experiencing extraordinary times, and the way we move around, interact with one another and do our day to day things has suddenly had to change. This week we have spent time with all year levels talking to them about good hygiene habits, social distancing, and what we can do to stop the spread of the illness to look after those who are most vulnerable in our community.

    If your son is feeling anxious about the current global situation, please let us know and we can work together to help put his mind at ease. The link below is a great guide to help parents during these difficult times;

     

    https://schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-coronavirus

     

    Real Talk

    This week Grade 8 and 10 students have been participating in 'Real Talk' sessions. With the current situation we have had to modify this programme to smaller groups and shorter sessions. In these sessions’ boys have been talking about the impact of our choices on others, self-control and positive decision making. The four main points are that we all are a gift, sacred, made in the image and likeness of God and have a purpose.

     


    Date: 18-Mar-20  07:58  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.7 Section: Senior School
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    From the Principal

    A Week Full of Learnings!

    Given our week I thought it might be easier to send a video message this week!!

    Please view at https://svcpics.smugmug.com/E-Learning-Resources-/i-PJKrpjw/A

    Thank you to all students, staff and parents for your amazing support this term. Whilst it has been challenging it again reminds us of the strength of our community.

    I wish all families well for a safe, happy and healthy Easter and school holiday break.

    We will be in touch regularly to provide updates for Term 2 school arrangements.

     

    Pope Francis' Prayer for Protection from Coronavirus

    O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
    We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
    At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.
    You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
    We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee, joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
    Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
    To conform ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us:
    He who took our sufferings upon Himself,
    And bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.

    Amen


    Date: 1-Apr-20  09:07  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.9 Section: From the Principal Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    A Video Message from Mrs Senior!

    Thank you to our students, parents and teachers for their patience, persistence and diligence during our first week of online learning!

    Mrs Senior shares some thoughts on a big week at St Virgil's - https://svcpics.smugmug.com/E-Learning-Resources-/i-KDvw2Kf/A


    Date: 1-Apr-20  09:04  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.9 Section: Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Mrs Fiona Chambers and Mrs Jo Messer

    Mini Vinnies Lenten Fundraising and Easter Raffle
    The Mini Vinnies group has worked very hard to sell many raffle tickets. We made the decision to draw the raffle Friday afternoon last week. You did not have to be at school to qualify as a winner and they are as follows:
    The Easter Egg guessing competition:
    Lachlan Cannan, Daniel Mapley and Hamish McGuire all guessed there were 79 eggs in the jar. Their names were put in a hat and Hamish McGuire was the lucky winner.

    Easter Raffle winners:
    Grade 3:
    Charlie Todd; Angus Mann; Oscar Henley; Luca Brown

    Grade 4: Oscar Butterworth-Barry; Sam King; Ben Sheen; Lewis Williams

    Grade 5: Clement McKenna; Mitch Gray

    Grade 6: Charlie Cubit; Jack Byrne; Oliver Byrne; Felix Gepka; Oliver Hall; Lachlan Cannan; Jake Ransley.

    Staff: Mrs Berry; Ms Daun collected for 5&6.

    All in all, it was a great celebration this afternoon with many happy winners. I would like to especially thank the Mini Vinnies group for organising this fundraiser and Mrs Moate and Mrs Leon in our office for supporting the boys with posters, petty cash, raffle tickets and other donations. Thank you to all staff, families and boys who donated eggs and purchased tickets. The generosity of our efforts raised $224 which will be banked and then directly donated to Caritas Australia.

    Our Week
    We welcomed 20 boys at school on Monday and decided to have a classroom set up in the Library so we could spread out, guided by social distancing. Each boy has his own work- space. There are plenty of teachers and LSOs to support them in their learning. Each grade level is completing the same work that our boys at home are working through. They have also enjoyed activities such as Fitness, Art and PE lessons. Teachers have reported that yard duty was ‘easy’ and problem free and the boys have enjoyed full court cricket, soccer and basketball! The Grade 5&6 and 6L classes have been using Zoom to check in on students at home and these sessions have been going well.

    From the Archdiocese of Hobart
    As you may be aware the Archbishop, Most Reverend Julian Porteous, has suspended the public celebration of all Masses and has encouraged personal prayer. Mass and Easter ceremonies will be livestreamed from the cathedral and will be available on the Archdiocese Facebook page and YouTube channels.

    Water Bottle Flipping FUN-raiser
    Early in the week the student leaders of the College launched a water bottle flipping FUN-raiser. The College sent the details of the FUN-raiser via parent paperwork on Tuesday. This is an opportunity for students and staff to get our minds off the current coronavirus situation, and to remain connected as a St Virgil’s Community through these strange times. The challenge put to the students by the College Captain Daniel Vallerine is to send through your best water bottle flip to your class teacher. This is can be done by uploading a short video of your awesome skills to your class teacher. Entries close midnight on Thursday. The winning entries will be posted on the St Virgil’s Facebook page on Friday afternoon.

    Learning at Home
    Further to the letter that was sent via parent paperwork, you and your son will be guided by the class teacher in terms of the platforms being used to share and explain work. SIMON will be used to outline tasks and provide feedback to your son. Parents are asked to please log in to their PAM account and discuss with their son some of the learning tasks online and the feedback they have received from teachers.

    Parents requiring help logging in to PAM should email Mr Deon Scanlon – dscanlon@stvirgils.tas.edu.au

    Guidelines from the Catholic Education Office indicate that for a Primary aged child, around four (4) hours of learning is what would occur at home. Please remember that for many of you, you are not teachers and you are there to support your son’s learning in a way that best suits him and everything else you have to balance. Teachers will endeavour to provide interesting and creative activities, as well as continue to offer the important conventions of Literacy and Numeracy.

    Early Easter Fun
    Tomorrow at school we have asked the boys attending to bring in an Easter costume, simple bunny ears will do. We are having an Easter Egg hunt and a Pizza party for all staff and students. It would be great if boys at home could also dress up in something with an Easter theme and send us a picture or wear it when you check in to a Zoom session.

    Holidays
    Whilst we realise these holidays will come with challenges and not our usual shack time, travel or adventures, we wish all our families the best during this time. It is an opportunity to slow down and spend time together. Informal learning can be found in day to day activities and it is important to find what works best for you and your family.

    As a community we continue to pray for all those affected by Coronavirus and those who selflessly care for them.

    Staff will continue to work next week to finalise preparations for the possibility of a full transition to an online learning environment for Term 2.  We will communicate with all families over the holidays to confirm Term 2 arrangements.

    Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.


    Date: 1-Apr-20  09:02  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.9 Section: Junior School

    Director of Identity

    As we move into the final days of our Lenten Journey

    we begin to follow more closely the story of the Passion and its importance in our lives, particularly when things are changing so rapidly, seemingly every day there is a shift in what we thought we knew and what we can and can’t anticipate. More and more we are becoming aware of how little we can control, and yet at the same time, of how much we can still choose.

     

    This weekend we will celebrate Palm Sunday, which for many years has become a time for focusing on the plight of refugees, led by Churches around the world. Although this year we can’t join together in Palm Sunday marches and rallies we can still choose to be welcoming people of compassion and generosity, praying and advocating for the rights of all people to have a safe and permanent home.

     

    As we spend the coming weeks in the safety of our own homes and gardens, with little control over where and when we can move about, we can still choose to be optimistic people, finding strength and courage for the times ahead through our faith. In the Garden of Gethsemane, secluded, isolated and in a small and enclosed space, Jesus also made this faith choice. Filled with anguish and deep dread over what He would soon experience, He fell with His face to the ground and He prayed with all His might. This was a very human moment, when Jesus really needed comfort and companionship. He experienced very real fear for He knew the pain and suffering that was to come and begged for a way out, and yet He chose to go on.

     

    By following His example, we can fully prepare ourselves for an Easter season in which we are not consumed by dread, fear and uncertainty about the things we cannot control in our world right now. Instead we can choose to remain faith-filled and selfless, caring for and supporting our families, friends, pets and the people around the world who will continue to need us to walk alongside them.

     


    Date: 1-Apr-20  08:57  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.9 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Reconciliation Action Plan News!

    Relationships Around the School - Elders and Traditional Owners Share Histories and Culture

    The Orb is a collection of online resources designed by Tasmanian Aboriginal Peoples to assist the teaching of Tasmanian Aboriginal histories and cultures and can be accessed at  https://www.theorb.tas.gov.au

     

    It is a highly visual resource, suited to a range of learning styles and embraces a number of Aboriginal ways of being, knowing, thinking and doing including learning through Country, narrative and cultural practice.

     

    Although many of the curriculum ideas and resources were originally created for teachers to use, they are very adaptable to home learning as they pose some great investigative questions and are backed up with further research links and resources. There are many great lesson ideas organised according to grade level and various subject areas. For example, the Living Cultures page includes short video clips, quotes, stories and discussion questions about topics such as Dance, Fibres, Foods, Muttonbirding, Ochre, Shell Stringing, Shelters and Stone Tools.

     

    The best place to go first is Tips and Tricks for Locating Material in the Orb.

    It has really clear instructions on how to access the resources and how to use them and is very user friendly and practical.

     

    The most important thing about the Orb is that it has been created using the knowledge and voices of Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples and draws on the traditions of spoken knowledge. The Orb is a place where we can learn about a range of contemporary cultural practices which have been deeply informed by the past, continued, revived and now shared with us by Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples.

    “Creating a new future where our history is known, our culture is respected, and our children are proud to be Aboriginal is important to us.”

     

    So, throughout this new adventure of learning at home make sure you make time to have a look at the Orb and find out about the rich histories and cultures of the Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples of lutriwita trowunna Tasmania.


    Date: 1-Apr-20  08:54  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.9 Section: Senior School

    News from the Saint's Garage!

    Breaking news!

    The heavy lifting has been done and now, THE BOSS IS ON BOARD!

     

    Watch This Space!!!!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Date: 1-Apr-20  08:50  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.9 Section: Senior School

    From the Principal

    The Challenge of Being Positive!

    At such a challenging time for our boys, their families, staff and the wider community it feels as though we are always reporting on very serious, often negative and frightening topics. Social distancing, personal hygiene, Stage 2 lockdown, forced redundancy, Centrelink lines and flattening the curve are all terms which have dominated media communications over the last fortnight. It is therefore easy to see why we are all living with a heightened level of anxiety!

    As I sat down at my desk to start writing this article I initially struggled with the idea of finding something positive to report on. After an extended period of scratching my head and staring incessantly at the ceiling for inspiration, I was suddenly brought back to reality by the voices, laughs, shrieks, groans and measured protests occurring just five feet away from me!

    IMG_4644 - Handball Stars! (Please watch!!)

    Outside my office is a traditional gathering place for a dedicated group of Grade 8 handball players. They are renowned for their enthusiasm and considerable skill level and the occasional heated dispute over a tenuous line call or interpretation of a rule or technique. Occasionally I feel the need to venture out and mediate and I am always met with smiles and stories and a yearning for a just outcome to be realised.

    As the video link suggests this is the joy we need to focus on a this point in time. Our boys are amazing - amidst this tsunami like tide of health and economic fear, they remain positive, pragmatic and hope filled, characteristics which are a great credit to themselves and their families. This is not to under-estimate what they are going through and the range of emotions they must be feeling, but they are displaying great resilience and empathy, particularly in the face of their ever shrinking world.

    I am particularly proud of our boys, our staff and our College community as we work through this ever evolving crisis. It is significant that it has befallen our nation and our world in the middle of our Lenten journey. Fr Suresh at our staff gathering today suggested that in time we may see this as a pause that we needed to have to remind us all of what is really important. With the removal of sports and music stars and the curtailing of dining and entertainment, we are being reminded of the importance of family, of connection and our obligation to look after the poor and vulnerable in our community.

    COVID 19 does not discriminate based on income, location, gender or power, returning all to the status of children of God, made in his image. During this period of lent let us see all as our neighbours and help the poor and vulnerable. Let us spend time with our family and experience the joy of being hope and faith filled. Even in social isolation, let us look for ways to spread Christ's light through our family and friends and others we encounter. For this period of pain, suffering and isolation will end and our lives will be enriched if we take the time to learn from our 'pause' and honour God's calling to 'live life to the full'. This is our Easter gift.


    Date: 26-Mar-20  11:17  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.8 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    From the Deputy Principal

    Learning Opportunities

    In these highly challenging times, so much is changing and so much is being restricted. The boys are experiencing a shrinking world, with losses of sporting possibilities, group gatherings and social opportunities. For some, their families have decided it is time for them to remain at home, while others continue to come to school, wondering every day about whether they will still be able to come tomorrow.

     

    It is surely a worrying and confusing time for us all. As such it is more important than ever to be awake to what those of us in the teaching game call “teachable moments”. These instances occur in the action of conversation when a person observes or realises something that opens up an opportunity for a profound new learning. An opportunity for another person to connect and convey some kind of new insight or perspective.

     

    As we move more and more to the possibility of us all operating in a Learning at Home scenario, I encourage all parents and guardians and parents to see this as an opportunity to relish the possibility of experiencing some glorious teachable moments with your son. There would have been many of these when they were little, but odds on, as they have become more ‘teenagery’ the frequency of these may have dried up. In a dark and worrisome time, find the silvery learning lining and partner with your son in daily conversation and discovery of new ideas.

     

    During a time of closure, the College is committed to providing learning materials online that will stimulate, support and sustain some degree of curriculum-based learning. Please, do not feel that you and your son are constrained by this. Find a balance between the school work, and the possibilities to see your son’s creativity, empathy or ingenuity in action. Take the opportunity to dive into those teachable moments as they inevitably arise.

     


    Date: 26-Mar-20  11:13  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.8 Section: Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Thank You and an Update

    We would like to take the opportunity to say thank you for your continued understanding and patience as a member of the Junior School community. We acknowledge that this is an ongoing challenging time for all of us as teachers, office staff and parents. At all times it is the health, safety and wellbeing of our community that is our priority each day.

    In class, teaching practice has remained relatively normal, with boys putting into practice required social distancing requirements. This is also taking place at recess and lunchtime during eating time in the amphitheatre. With regards to class work, boys who are at home can access any activities that have been posted on Simon, See-Saw, or Google classroom by their classroom teacher.

     

    Sports Uniform

    As of this week, we have allowed the boys in Grade 5/6 to wear their sports uniform on Mondays and Fridays. The Grade 3s and 4s may wear theirs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

     

    Fr Suresh Visiting Classes

    Today Fr Suresh will continue his visits to the Junior School, specifically visiting Grade 3 and 3/4. Father will introduce himself and have a chat with the boys. In an ongoing role the idea will be to teach them parts of the Mass and eventually we will be able to have class masses each term. This is a very positive support of our Faith component as a Catholic School. We really appreciate Fr Suresh’s support in making time available for our Junior School.

    Footy Tipping

    Congratulations to Daniel Mapley who won the first week of footy tipping last week with a score of 8! Obviously, our footy tipping competition is suspended in line with the cessation of all AFL games.

    Mini Vinnies
    The Mini Vinnies Easter Raffle and Egg guessing competition is well underway. Tickets are one for 50 cents and three for $1. The raffle will be drawn next Friday April 3.

    Epilepsy
    Tasmania and St Virgil’s Junior School are turning purple for Epilepsy Awareness Month! This is to support the students in our school with Epilepsy. This year we are supporting the ‘Purple Finger knitters – School Challenge’. Our challenge is to drape a school structure or piece of equipment in purple finger knitting! All classes and boys have been asked to get involved. We have had one of our parents already donate some wool. So, let’s get knitting! Our aim is to collect the strands of finger knitting at the end of the month and wrap parts of the play equipment in it. Your son could do this at home as well. We have some balls of wool here but if you have some purple balls at home and would like to get on board, please do.


    Date: 26-Mar-20  11:09  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.8 Section: Junior School

    Director of Identity

    Thinking of Others!

    The challenge for us will be to ensure that the people who are at the heart of all we are and do, don’t get forgotten in the rush, confusion and chaos that is all over the nation and the planet

    Phil Glendenning - Edmund Rice Centre

     

    As we move into a second week of extremely confusing and unpredictable changes to our daily and future lives it is becoming increasingly important to remember the daily and future lives of others beside ourselves. When we find the courage and selflessness to remember others, we also find equal amounts of comfort and strength because we know that we are surrounded by close friends, whether they be standing 1.5 metres away or on the other side of the world. Social distancing is an important safety protocol, but close friends remain close when we keep them in our minds and hearts.

     

    In East Africa our we pray for our close friends, urafiki wa karibu. We know that whatever we may be suffering in Tasmania, whether it be emotional or physical, our brothers and sisters in Nairobi and particularly Kibera will be experiencing these things in extremes and numbers hard for us to comprehend. We humbly reflect their unwavering bravery, optimism and positivity even as they anticipate the scariest of times which may soon be upon them.

     

    In Italia we pray for our close friends, cari amici. We have watched in disbelief the images, statistics and data coming out of Italy and remain mindful of how important it is to remember that these are not just alarming numbers but courageous people. We pray particularly for the medical staff who have been at the forefront from the beginning. We pray for the Church, and Pope Francis and hope that he is able to bring comfort and advice to his people and we celebrate their resilience which we have seen in the popular film footage of isolated residents continuing to sing and make music together.

     

    In lutriwita trowunna Tasmania we look to our close friends the palawa pakana peoples for guidance in how we might better care for our planet, for the animal, bird and plant life we are blessed to live amongst. We become open to re-defining what a life of meaning lived in community might look like at this time of enforced simplicity, and ask the question of ourselves, what it is that really constitutes a good, happy and prosperous life.

     

    For our young close friends, in the school yard and isolated in their homes, we pray that they may remain hope-filled; that they continue to feel that, even though their world is rapidly changing, they will be an important and active part of creating a positive future.

     

    We take up this challenge to ensure that the people who are at the heart of all we are and do, remain close to us.

     

     

     


    Date: 26-Mar-20  08:35  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.8 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Reconciliation Action Plan News

    Respect Around the School - Care for Country

    Last Thursday March 19 the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Grade 9 and10 worked on the Austins Ferry property with Mark ‘Bushy’ Smith for a very special day of Caring for Country by learning and practising fire stick farming.

    We began by filling watering cans, buckets and backpacks with water and connecting several hoses together before heading down to the bushland beyond the Kitchen Garden and Ag. Studies Plot.

    Lachlan Nichols gave a very moving and heartfelt Acknowledgement of Country as we looked around at the beautiful morning sun shining on this special area, which we were soon to set alight! Among the many introduced weeds such as rosehip, boneseed and blackberries there persists a healthy amount of kangaroo grasses, native cranberry and beautiful wattle, she oak, native cherry and eucalypt trees. We set fire to the open grassy areas and slowly, bit by bit, watched it lightly burn small patches at a time without getting too hot or rapid. The boys followed with wattle branches and beat the edges to control the spread. Afterwards it was easy to see that the soil underneath had remained intact and the kangaroo grass was strong in small clumps with green shoots. The introduced weeds however were burnt, as were the twigs, sticks, leaves and other dry organic ‘fuel’ that is so dangerous in big bushfires.

     

    After a fabulous lunch of sausages, bread and mutton-birds grilled on an open campfire we spent the entire afternoon watering and soaking the whole area with our watering cans and hoses, and enjoyed having time to chat about the ordinary, everyday things, plan some good ideas for later and philosophise about the big questions. When we finally packed up and left the sodden site, we observed the insects, lizards, ants and birds all twitching and excited by the changed landscape, which had started to look healthier already.


    Date: 26-Mar-20  07:56  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.8 Section: Senior School

    Director of Learning and Teaching

    Grade 8 Integrated Arts Ms Amelia Clark took boys through some of the amazing tricks of the movie trade when she boys how to create wounds, cuts, bleeds and bruises! As the photos highlight the boys were captivated and very pleased with their handy work!

     

     


    Date: 25-Mar-20  09:05  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.8 Section: Senior School

    Senior School Canteen

    Weekly Roster With the College adopting social distancing and personal hygiene measures due to the COVID 19 crisis, it would be appreciated if food can be ordered online via QKR and the College website. Cash will still be accepted as canteen helpers will be wearing gloves for all transactions.

    ThursdayMarch 26Danielle Mills
    FridayMarch 27Karen McMillanSally Feldmanis
    Monday March 30Linda Kerschbaum
    TuesdayMarch 31Pat KingSharon Roach

     

    WednesdayApril 1Michelle BaileyOnika Shah
    ThursdayApril 2Sarah MeeAnita Monaghan
    FridayApril 3Sheree LeeRae KK

     


    Date: 25-Mar-20  08:57  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.8 Section: Senior School

    From the Principal

    A New Dawn, A new Hope!

    As the foundations and social fabric of our world appears to change on a day to day basis, I would like to commend our parents, staff and students for the considered, supportive and empathetic way in which they have conducted themselves. It has been a far cry from the ugly scenes that we have witnessed in supermarkets as individuals put their own needs ahead of others, in many cases at the expense of the most vulnerable in our community.  As we are sending daily updates to you about the COVID 19 coronavirus, I am pleased to take the opportunity in this week’s edition of The Star  to focus on the positive activities happening in our College, many of which are in keeping with the themes for our Project Compassion lenten journey; Go Further Together.

    The boys have made a very positive start to their academic studies this year and as we come towards the end of Term 1, it is encouraging to see the way the boys are engaging with their learning and taking up every opportunity afforded to them.  Walking around the playground and classrooms on both campuses, it is great to see our young men collaborating with their peers and with their teachers in enriching, joy giving curricular and co-curricular experiences. Despite the gloom that is seemingly hovering over them as their world shrinks before their eyes, boys are engaging in positive, proactive play and getting on with life. They know much of the things they love are being restricted for a period of time, but they are also mindful of the hardship faced by others in our community and our mutual obligation to work together to get through this current crisis.

    I have also been impressed with the level of conversation and the proactivity boys have displayed in regards to their own personal wellbeing, whilst also being particularly impressed with the manner in which our young men are trying to engage in positive relationships with the adults in their life. Smiles on faces and the positive commentary and greetings have bought many smiles to my face during some long and challenging days, highlighting  that our boys are caring and concerned for the wellbeing of others.

    As a young man who may have struggled to hide my feelings if my beloved tennis was taken away from me for a few months, I am buoyed by their optimism, faith and sense of hope. I encourage all in our community to be inspired by the example of our boys and look for the positives in everything we do and in every opportunity we are presented with.

     

    Our Lenten Journey 

    The gift of a Catholic education is to educate the whole person for a full and meaningful life. We strive to open up each person to God's boundless love and the hope that we will use our God given talents in the service of others. John 10:10 tells us that, 'I have come so that you may have life, and have it to the full'.

    Lent reminds us that we are not alone in the struggles of this life, as sentiment particularly poignant at this time. Indeed, we have a God who shares our challenges and suffering in Christ. The confusion and pain of this life are transformed because, through Christ, we also share in the joy of the Resurrection.

    This joy is experienced in the love of family and friends, united with Christ, so that we  are never alone on life's journey. May we receive the grace to give witness and service to others, especially those in need, whilst rejecting all temptations and proclaiming the peace and unity of God’s love for us.

    May God continue to bless us this Lenten Season.

     

    Enrolment Timelines

    Unfortunately we had to cancel our Junior School Open Day yesterday. However we are still keen to take individual tours of the junior school and highlight our exciting plans for Kindergarten from 2021 which will expand to a full K-Grade 6 junior school pathway from 2024.

    Please note that 2021 enrolments for Kindergarten and Grade 3-6 close on May 1 2020.

    To organise a junior school tour please contact the College Registrar Mrs Monica Nugent - mnugent@stvirgils.tas.edu.au

     

    Individual tours of the senior school are available at any time that suits prospective families. Please note that enrolment for Grade 7 2022 close on September 11 2020.

    Enrolments for Grade 8-10 can be made at any time with places currently available at all grade levels.

    To organise a senior school tour please contact the College Registrar Mrs Monica Nugent - mnugent@stvirgils.tas.edu.au

     

    Uniform Shop 

    MIDFORD RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

    Dear Families

    Some important points at this challenging time.

    • Your Uniform store is still open for Business as usual.
    • You can still use our online service and delivery
    • We would prefer credit card sale instead of cash at this time if in store.
    • We will be limiting customers in the store at any one time so you may need to wait outside until called in.

    Thanks for your understanding and support.

    Louise

    Uniform Store Manager

     

    Scholarships and Bursaries

    Through the generosity of Old Virgilians the College offers two scholarships to support current and past students.

    1. Estate of the late Barry William and Mary Jeanette Woods Scholarship

    The Scholarship provides partial payment of school fees for two students selected from Years 7 and/or 8 and two students from years 5 and/or 6.   It is a once only payment to assist with the costs of attending St Virgil’s College.

    Written applications to the Principal – principal@stvirgils.tas.edu.au are invited by Thursday April 9 2020.

    The criteria to be applied in awarding of the Scholarships are as follows.

    • The endeavours applied by the student to his educational studies
    • The character of the student
    • His participation in Catholic religious studies and practices
    • The financial circumstances of the fee paying parents or guardian

     

    2. GL Curtis Scholarship for Old Virgilians

    This scholarship is for first year university students.

    The GL Curtis Scholarship provides a sum of $1,000 to an Old Virgilian beginning university studies.   It is a once only payment to assist with the costs of attending university in the first year and is to be used for the purchase of essential texts or materials, the payment of university charges or the establishment costs necessary to provide university accommodation (country or interstate students).

    It is normally expected that the student will be enrolled at the University of Tasmania unless there are significant reasons why this is not the case (such as the courses not being offered there).

    There are two such scholarships provided each year.

    Criteria

    1. Recipients must be graduates of St Virgil’s College.
    2. The recipient will be enrolled for the first year of a university course.
    3. In line with the terms of the endowment, priority may be given to those enrolled in

    medicine, law or chemistry.

    Applications

    Written applications are invited to the Principal – principal@stvirgils.tas.edu.au  by Thursday April 9, 2020 in the year of intended university enrolment.   Applications should outline:

    • the intended university and course, including proof of enrolment;
    • the reason for this choice of course;
    • the intended use of the funds;
    • the personal circumstances of the applicant, particularly any relevant financial

    difficulty.

    Selection

    The selection panel will include the Principal and two Board members of St Virgil’s College.  The panel may wish to make personal contact with applicants to gain further information about the application.  As funds are held in trust by the Archdiocese the final decision will be ratified by the Archbishop.

     


    Date: 18-Mar-20  08:48  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.7 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Mrs Heidi Senior - Online Learning, SIMON and PAM!

    School exists for students to learn. We have many strategies in place to support this to happen. By far the most effective strategy we have is the action of parents in supporting their sons to learn, and complete their set tasks. 

    Our Learning Management System (LMS), SIMON can be a very powerful tool to allow students to be organised and for the teaching staff to share with parents the information about what is being taught, what students are being expected to do, and the time in which they are expected to do it.The Parent Access Module, affectionately known as PAM, allows parents to see exactly what their son has going on at school, what is being studied and what tasks are due, or heaven forbid, overdue!

    Parents can also see in PAM the important feedback that has been supplied for your son so that he can understand how he is going with his learning and what he needs to do next to improve. By accessing PAM regularly, parents can have the information they need to initiate a conversation about progress and goal setting. I also encourage parents not to wait until a Parent, Student and Teacher Conference night to address any concerns or questions. A quick email to the teacher outlining any concerns can allow a just-in time conversation that may make all the difference to your son's learning.

    All parents should have received their login credentials for PAM. If you cannot login in, please don’t hesitate to call or send an email to the College and we will provide you with the information or support you need.


    Date: 18-Mar-20  08:09  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.7 Section: Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Mrs Fiona Chambers and Mrs Jo Messer 

    Thank You and an Update

    We would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to the entire Junior School community for your understanding and patience this week.  We acknowledge that this is a challenging time for all of us as teachers, office staff and parents. At all times we are motivated by optimising the health, safety and wellbeing of our community; this is our priority each and every day.

    In light of this it is important that if your son is displaying symptoms of cold and flu that you keep him home. Whilst we currently have no members of our community with COVID 19, it is important for the journey ahead to note that COVID 19 can be transmitted through airborne particles from coughing and sneezing. It is therefore critical that students remain at home until these symptoms are no longer present and the student is cleared for a return to school by a medical professional. We ask that you be understanding of our office staff,  should they call you to inform you that your son is displaying these symptoms and the need for you to collect him from school.

    Thank you for your understanding and support.

     

    Sports Uniform

    As many of you might be washing the formal and sports uniform more regularly, we have made the decision to ‘lighten your load’. As of Monday March 23, all students may wear their sports uniform on a Monday and Friday, which is our morning fitness day. The Grade 3 and 4 classes may also wear their sports uniform on a Tuesday as it is their PE day.

     

    Student Representative Council

    I am pleased to announce the specific roles of our SRC members:

    Minister for Sport and Recreation:                                          William Anderson

    Ministers for Sustainability and the Environment:                Jack Byrne and Maverick Bradley

    Minister for the Community:                                                     Lachlan Grubb

    Ministers for Health and Wellbeing:                                        Henry Ellston and Harris Ward

    Minister for Religion:                                                                  Lachlan Cannan

    Whip:                                                                                             Sebastian Rye

     

    The SRC will meet once a week to decide on the roles and responsibilities of each of these areas and to workshop the ideas that these boys already have. Once set-up, William Anderson will be assisting Mrs Messer in the coordination of the Junior School Footy Tipping Competition.

    Our minister for Community Relations, Lachlan Grubb also has the task of raising the flag each morning and taking it down each afternoon. He is being ably assisted by Lachlan Cannan in this role.

    Fr Suresh Visiting Classes

    Following discussions with Mr Messer, Mrs Chambers and Fr Shammi, Senior School Chaplain, Fr Suresh has offered to assist Fr Shammi by taking on the role of working with the Junior School on the important task of Liturgy. To start this relationship Fr Suresh will visit all classes, this week and next.

     

    Making Jesus Real (MJR)

    Last week our boys had the wonderful opportunity to spend time with Old Virgilian and MJR Coordinator Mr Marty Ogle. The boys loved his enthusiasm and the chance to have such a hands on learning experience.


    Date: 18-Mar-20  08:03  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.7 Section: Junior School

    Director of Learning and Teaching

    Catering for St Bernard’s Claremont Parish, St Patrick’s Day Celebration!

    The VET Hospitality class assisted with the catering for St Bernard’s Claremont Parish St Patrick’s Day Celebration. Preparations began last week and were resumed earlier this week. Students prepared 60 Guinness Pies and Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Brownies to serve 90. This was part of an assessment task. The students did a great job. The final products were made to industry standard, tasty and looked very professional.


    Date: 18-Mar-20  08:02  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.7 Section: Senior School

    Director of Identity

    On Tuesday this week, March 17 we celebrated the Feast of St Patrick.

    St Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, was born in Britain (not Ireland) near the end of the fourth century. At age 16 he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and sold as a slave to a Celtic priest in Northern Ireland. After toiling for six years as a shepherd, he escaped back to Britain. He eventually returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary.

    St Patrick is remembered for explaining the concept of the Holy Trinity, three persons in one God, by showing the three-leaved shamrock plant with one stalk. Our Celtic roots are currently being explored in our labyrinth on Friday afternoons with some Grade 9 students in Ms Farron Boxall’s Religious Education class and Fr Suresh and Mark 'Bushy' Smith. Again, using nature to explain the connectedness of ourselves to each other and our faith.

    St Patrick was a humble, pious, gentle man, whose love and total devotion and trust in God should be a shining example to all. So complete was his trust in God, and of the importance of his mission, that he feared nothing. We remember his courage and faith particularly this week.

    "The Breastplate," Patrick's poem of faith and trust in God:

     

    "Christ be within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ inquired, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger."


    Date: 18-Mar-20  08:00  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.7 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Reconciliation Action Plan News

     

    Embed the Australian Curriculum Cross-Curriculum Priority Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Culture in the Curriculum

    Last Thursday March 12 the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander - Southern Network Meeting had a particular Science focus. Three teachers from the College attended, ASST Mrs Bridget Jenkins, Pathways Programme Leader Mr Mark 'Bushy' Smith and Science Teacher Mrs Jacquelyn Turner.

    The Facilitators were Joe Sambono and and Nicole Schnitzerling and we spent the day in TCEO Offices in Newtown and Cornelian Bay. Joe is an Aboriginal science teacher who has been working for ACARA embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into the Science Curriculum and Nicole is Head of Science at St James Catholic College.  Along with Sarah Lackey and Rosa Connell from the TCEO and NITA Education staff Trish Hodge and Cassius Everett we spent the day making fire, throwing spears and balls and making traditional string rope out of raffia. With all of these practical activities we measured weights, distances, strengths and temperatures and collected and interpreted this data in terms of potential scientific classroom lessons.

    In this way we learnt how easy and rewarding it can be to include this cross curricular priority in the development of units, lesson plans and resources in all learning areas and across all year levels.

     


    Date: 18-Mar-20  07:59  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.7 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Assistant Deputy Principal

    Time and Space Programmes

    Unfortunately due to the current impact of COVID 19, we have had to postpone our Time and Space Programmes. We will work with Bill Jennings to re-schedule these fantastic programmes to later in the year. Please stay tuned.

     

    Australian Defence Force Information Sessions

    At this stage Australian Defence Force Information Sessions are still going ahead. Grade 10 students are invited to attend a number of Australian Defence Force information sessions that will take place over the coming months.

     

    ADFA    March 30, 6PM, Anglesea Barracks, HOBART

    Navy    April 8, 6PM, Anglesea Barracks, HOBART

    ADF Careers  April 21, 6PM, Anglesea Barracks, HOBART

     

    Anxiety Surrounding COVID-19

    We are currently experiencing extraordinary times, and the way we move around, interact with one another and do our day to day things has suddenly had to change. This week we have spent time with all year levels talking to them about good hygiene habits, social distancing, and what we can do to stop the spread of the illness to look after those who are most vulnerable in our community.

    If your son is feeling anxious about the current global situation, please let us know and we can work together to help put his mind at ease. The link below is a great guide to help parents during these difficult times;

     

    https://schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-coronavirus

     

    Real Talk

    This week Grade 8 and 10 students have been participating in 'Real Talk' sessions. With the current situation we have had to modify this programme to smaller groups and shorter sessions. In these sessions’ boys have been talking about the impact of our choices on others, self-control and positive decision making. The four main points are that we all are a gift, sacred, made in the image and likeness of God and have a purpose.

     


    Date: 18-Mar-20  07:58  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.7 Section: Senior School

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