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  • From the Principal

    A Busy Week! 

     Date:  6-Nov-19  10:16      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.34     Section:   From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Boys in Public!

     Date:  6-Nov-19  09:46      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.34     Section:   Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Gala Concert, Swimming Programme, Sport and Upcoming Events 

     Date:  6-Nov-19  09:42      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.34     Section:   Junior School

    Director of Identity

    All Saints Day and EREA Renewal 

     Date:  6-Nov-19  09:35      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.34     Section:   Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Senior School Sport

    Sailing and Cricket 

     Date:  6-Nov-19  09:27      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.34     Section:   Senior School Sport

    Senior School Canteen

    Weekly Roster and Helpers Required for 2020

     Date:  6-Nov-19  09:13      Edition:   2019 V.08 Ed.34     Section:   Senior School
  • From the Principal

    A Busy Week! 

      2019 V.08 Ed.34
     From the Principal
    Junior School
    Senior School
     6-Nov-19  22:16

    Deputy Principal

    Boys in Public!

      2019 V.08 Ed.34
     Senior School
     6-Nov-19  21:46

    Heads of Junior School

    Gala Concert, Swimming Programme, Sport and Upcoming Events 

      2019 V.08 Ed.34
     Junior School
     6-Nov-19  21:42

    Director of Identity

    All Saints Day and EREA Renewal 

      2019 V.08 Ed.34
     Faith & Identity
    Junior School
    Senior School
     6-Nov-19  21:35

    Senior School Sport

    Sailing and Cricket 

      2019 V.08 Ed.34
     Senior School
    Sport
     6-Nov-19  21:27

    Senior School Canteen

    Weekly Roster and Helpers Required for 2020

      2019 V.08 Ed.34
     Senior School
     6-Nov-19  21:13
  • From the Principal

    A Busy Week! 

    Gala Concert

    What a wonderful evening was provided by our students in the Gala Concert last Thursday. The Arts Department across the College put on a wonderful display for all who attended. It was great to see the breadth and depth of talent from the age range of 8 to 16 on show last week. A big congratulations to all who performed and a thank you to all who made the time to attend.  I know the boys really appreciate it.

    First Lego League Competition

    Over the weekend St Virgil’s College hosted the Statewide First Lego League Competition at Austins Ferry. The event saw 39 teams compete over the day and the competition was very intense. The Lagooners and Bridge Bro's starred throughout the First LEGO League competition with both teams winning awards.  The Grade 7 team the Lagooners qualified second and now have the opportunity to represent Tasmania in the National competition at Swinburne University in Melbourne later in the month.

    A special thank you and well done must go to Mrs Bronwen Baume-Tarrant for her organisation of the event, as a member of the Tasmanian Lego League Committee. Thank  you also to all other staff who made the time to attend and support our young men. We look forward to big things in the future!

    Grade 10 Final Weeks

    The start of November heralds the final leg of our Grade 10 boys' journey.  In the coming weeks boys will finish their final class work, complete their exams, enjoy Valedictory dinner, and spend their last few days at the College as Virgilians.

    Earlier this week I sent a letter to parents, outlining the upcoming events and the expectations for each student. I encourage each parent to discuss the letter with their son to ensure that our young men finish their St Virgil’s journey on a very positive note.

    Details of all the final events for all Grade 7 – 9 students are included in this edition of The Star.

     

    Compulsory Senior School Student Attendance

    For senior students in Term 4, there are two compulsory evening events that all students must attend. They are as follows:

    College Fair                           Monday November 18                                   5pm

     

    Senior School Thanksgiving Liturgy            Thursday November 28 at the Derwent Entertainment                  Centre, 7.30pm

     

    On these two days, boys are to wear sports uniform to school, the day will conclude at 12.30pm providing ample time for the boys to return back to the venues in formal uniform.

    If there are any issues with these events, please contact me at the school.

     

    Austins Ferry Fair - Monday November 18

    Thank you to those who have offered support of the upcoming Fair. I encourage anyone who is available to help to contact the coordinators:

    Kate Clark                               kate.allison76@outlook.com              0437 172 500

    Michelle Brown                      brownfoxcanvas@gmail.com              0428 508 755

     

    Congratulations

    Congratulations to senior school Teacher Assistant Ayesha Welch and her partner Matt on the birth of Aran June Elliot, a little girl weighing in at 3.220 kgs. Mum and baby doing well!

    Vale Peter Imlach 

    It was with great sadness this week that we received the news of the passing of a wonderful Old Virgilian Peter Imlach (SVC 1947-51).  Peter was a tireless life member of the OVA, devoted servant of the Catholic Church and a passionate supporter of the College. Peter was a man of great faith, integrity, loyalty, determination and good humour and will be missed at all OVA and College events. He was a long standing member of the OVA Executive and with Ed Gauden and his great mate in Heaven, Dan Reardon, led the OVA's campaign for the return of Year 11 and 12 at St Virgil's. Peter was also an SVC Board Member for several years and actively served the wider Catholic community as a conference member of the St Vincent de Paul Society and as President of the Human Life Protection Society.
    Deepest condolences to Verna and the Imlach family. 
    Rest in peace Peter, securely in the palm of your God whom you served so faithfully.

    A full tribute to Peter can be found at https://oldvirgilians.org.au/the-ova-mourn-the-passing-of-peter-imlach/

    Passing of the first Principal of the Austins Ferry Campus 

    Last Friday we learnt of the passing of the founding Principal of the Austins Ferry campus Br WL (Bill) Clohesy. He was Principal at Austins Ferry from 1962-67 and was a very well regarded Principal and worked with a small but dedicated team of Brothers and lay staff to get Austins Ferry off the ground. Bill left the Brothers in the late 1960s and spent his remaining years in Adelaide. He passed away in Adelaide on October 29, aged 94. RIP.

     

     

     


    Date: 6-Nov-19  10:16  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.34 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Boys in Public!

    There has been quite a bit of negative press in Melbourne recently about the very disturbing behaviour of groups of boys in public, who have displayed what you might call tribalistic and misogynistic attitudes. These kinds of attitudes can sometimes be ingrained in boys and are very difficult to deal with. Some would consider this way of being as a very negative form of masculinity.

    I think as parents and educators we must challenge at every opportunity these kinds of attitudes, particularly when it is misogynistic and sexist. We do our boys no favours by allowing the “boys will be boys” myth. Dr Arne Rubinstein is an internationally recognised expert on rites of passage and adolescent development, particularly in regard to boys. He suggest a need for adolescent boys to move from a model of “Boys' Psychology” into “Healthy Man Psychology”. I believe the key term being “healthy”.

    What is the difference between Boy Psychology and Healthy Man Psychology?

    Boy Psychology:

    • I seek acknowledgement
    • I want it all for me
    • Power is for my benefit
    • I am the centre of the universe
    • I believe I am immortal
    • I take no responsibility for my actions
    • I want a mother

     

    Healthy Man Psychology:

    • I seek that which I believe in
    • I share with my community
    • Power is for the good of all
    • I am just part of the universe
    • I know I am mortal
    • I take full responsibility for my actions
    • Seeks relationship with the feminine

     

    Mobile Phones 

    We acknowledge that most boys have and may need a mobile phone, but for very good educational reasons we have a policy that forbids their use during school hours. The distraction that phones cause to the learning of many boys is significant. Our policy is to insist that phones are kept in lockers throughout the day and to confiscate any phone that is being used in class requiring boys to collect them at the end of the day. Phones are also not to be out during lunch and recess breaks. In short, mobile phones should be left in lockers during the school day and any necessary contact between boys and home should be done through the front office.

     


    Date: 6-Nov-19  09:46  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.34 Section: Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Gala Concert, Swimming Programme, Sport and Upcoming Events 

    Gala Concert

    Congratulations to all Junior School boys who participated in the Gala Concert last Thursday. With a lot of hard work and encouragement from their music teachers, Mrs Kemp and Mr Ellis and tutors, the Grade 5 and Grade 6 bands performed their show case pieces to an appreciative audience. The choir, under the direction of Mrs Kemp gave an enthusiastic performance and it was very pleasing to see a cross section of Grade 3 - 6 boys participate in the choir.

    Ms Stary put together a slide show to reflect the work the students have been doing in art. Boys from Grade 3 – 6 have worked with a variety of materials in the art room to produce paintings, drawings and collages of images such as seahorses, octopus, guitars, seascapes and landscapes.

    Thank you to all the boys and parents for committing to this evening and thank you to the music and art staff for preparing the students and showcasing their talents. It was very enjoyable and successful evening.

    Swimming Programme

    Grade 6s and 3s have their last couple of days at Oceana for their Water Awareness Programme. Next week the Grade 4s and 5s will commence their 2 week programme (November 11 – 22).  A parent paperwork note detailing all the requirements went out in late October and Grade 4 and 5 parents should have received a reminder note late this week.

    School Sports
    Term 4 sport is well underway for the St Virgil’s Junior School boys. We have two teams registered in Indoor Cricket, which is played every Monday afternoon at the Kingston High Performance Centre. So far, these boys have displayed great skill and team work to compete against sound opposition from Hutchins, Dominic, Southern Christian School and Friends.

    On Tuesday nights we have approximately 40 boys making up four Tee Ball teams playing on a variety of school grounds each week. These boys have played games against Fahan, Sacred Heart, Dominic and Collegiate. The enthusiasm these boys are playing with is infectious to those who come and support. This is such a great game where all boys have equal opportunity to bat, run and field.

    Touch Football is a challenging game of fitness and skill. This term we have three St Virgil’s teams registered to play in the JSSATIS competition. These boys have matched it against Dominic, Sacred Heart, Collegiate and Hutchins. It is great to see most of these boys willing to learn new skills and a new game amongst their friends. Catch these boys in action each Wednesday afternoon at various school grounds from 4pm.

    Making Jesus Real (MJR)
    Both Grade 6 classes enjoyed a half day working with Mr Paul Crennan on MJR. They reflected on what they have enjoyed over their primary years at SVC. Paul challenged the boys about the legacy they will leave behind at the Junior School with the question, ‘If you were included in the SVC Hall of Fame how would you be described?’ This sparked some interesting discussion. The boys have gained supportive anecdotes and values from their work with MJR this year.

    Sports Photos:
    On Wednesday November 13 we will be having the sports photos. Boys are to wear sport uniform to school that day. Track top, track pants and the house shirt are not required in the photo. The photos will take place in the morning session.

    Remembrance Day Service

    This year we have decided to attend the Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph. This is an important opportunity for our boys to commemorate all Australians who have suffered and died in war fare and to acknowledge the significance of this day in continuing to work for peace in our world.  We hope to meet up with the Light horsemen and nurses, whom we have had great interactions with over the last few years.

     

    Upcoming Events:
    November 8 STCPSSA Athletics at the Domain
    November 11 Remembrance Day Service at Cenotaph
    November 11 – 22 Grade 4 and 5 Water Awareness
    November 13 Extra-curricular photos
    November 14 JSSATIS Athletics at the Domain
    November 18 - 21 Grade 6 Canberra Excursion

     


    Date: 6-Nov-19  09:42  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.34 Section: Junior School

    Director of Identity

    All Saints Day and EREA Renewal 

    The Catholic Church recognises November as the Month of Holy Souls and during this time we are encouraged to pray for the souls of the departed. Last Friday at St Peter’s in Rome, Pope Francis reflected on the Solemnity of All Saints, and reminded us that holiness is both a gift and an invitation.

    “The November 1 and 2 Feasts of All Saints and All Souls remind us of the bond that exists between the Church of the earth, and that of heaven, between us and our loved ones who have passed on to the other life,” he said. “The memory of the Saints leads us to raise our eyes to Heaven, not to forget the realities of the earth, but to face them with more courage and with more hope.”

    “The Saints of all times, which we all celebrate together today, are not simply symbols, distant human beings, unreachable,” he said. “On the contrary, they are people who have lived with their feet on the ground, they have experienced the daily toil of existence with its successes and its failures, finding in the Lord the strength to always get up and continue the journey.”

    Throughout November a prayer table will be set up in the Chapel at Austins Ferry with a sheet of paper on which members of our community are invited to add the name of a loved one who has passed away in the past year.  The sheet will then be added to our ‘Book of Memories’ folder that is a collection of names from each year. Already we have a significant list of past students who will be recognised at the Old Virgilians Memorial Mass later in the month. There names are listed below and are part of our prayers at this time.

    The Chapel is open every day and everyone is welcome to come in at any time.

    Departed Old Virgilians and Staff - 2019 

    January 19

    BRYAN Michael Patrick 20.09.1951 – 28.01.2019 (SVC 1964-68)

    COETZEE, Adrian Hubert. 16.3.1935 – 12.01.2019 (SVC 1943-50)

    McSHERRY, Stephen William. 3.5.1944 – 9.1.2019. (SVC 1955-61)

    YARD Michael (Mike) Sydney 10.02.1945 - 22.01.2019 (SVC 1959-60)

    EDEN, Gerard James (Ged). 20.09.76- 8.01.2019. (SVC 1989-94)

    McSHANE David Brian 16.09.1933-4.01.2019 (SVC 1975-77)

    MIDDLETON, Peter 13.03.63 – 11.01.2019 (SVC 1975-77)

    February 19

    CRONLY, Br James Patrick, OFM Cap. 17.5.1939 - 18.2.2019 (SVC 1950 - 56).

    RALPH Jan Chaperon (1932 -Feb. 2019) (SVC 1944 - 49)

    WITEK, Stan. 17.2.1955 - 21.2.2019 (SVC 1967-73).

    BYRNE, Frederick Michael. 12.4.1946 – 27.2.2019

    March 19

    KILEY, Jordan Jackson. 9.5.2001 - 27.3.2019 (SVC 2013 – 2017)

    KAY, Damian John 1965-2019 (SVC 1975-81).

    May 19

    COOK, Athol Paul.31.07.1932 – 1/05/2019 (SVC 1941-49)

    TAYLOR, Noel Francis (Squizzy). 17.3.1943  16.5.2019. SVC 1957-58)

    June 19

    TOOGOOD  Peter. AO, MBE, 11.04.1930-6.06.2019. (SVC 1943-48)

    KITCHENER, William (Bill) 29.6.1931 - 21.6.2019 (SVC 1942-48)

    SHEA, Terry - 13.06.2019 (SVC 1952-61)

    July 19

    BUCKNEY, Rodney Thomas (Rod) 29.10.1947 – 11.07.2019 (SVC 1959-64

    CRANE, Francis William (Peter) 17.06.1928 – 24.07.2019 (SVC 1936 - 1946)

    FITZPATRICK, Matthew Edward 13.11.1984 – 22.7.2019  (SVC 1997-2000).

    LUCAS, Paul James 11.08.1948 - 28.07.2019 (SVC 1961-64)

    GASON, David (SVC 1957-64)

    August 19

    GREGG, Robert William 25.07.1932 – 15.08.2019. (SVC 1945-48)

    KELLY, John Francis ( 3.10.1939 - 16.8.2019  SVC 1952-57)

    PETERS, Ronald Glenn  4.1.1944 - 18.8.2019.. (SVC 1959-60)

    SULLIVAN, Adrian John   28.01.1951 - 17.8.2019.  (SVC 1964-69)

    WILMSHURST  John Frederick  31.10.1936 - 25.08.2019. (SVC 1945-54)

    September 19

    REARDON, Daniel Leo 14.7.1943 - 14.9.2019. (SVC 1955-59)

    October 19

    MURRELL Richard  29.04.66- 16.10.2019  (SVC 1978-83)

    November 19 

    IMLACH Peter  28.06.1937 -6.11.2019 (SVC 1946-51)

     

    Staff Members 

    ALLEN, Cleve 21.12.1936 – 31.12.2018  Member of SVC staff 1982-2003.

    SHARPE. Brother Hugh Hilary cfc Died on Friday, July 19,

    WALSH Kevin Andrew 23.09.1936 - 19.09.2019 SVC staff member 1973-7

    CLOHESY Bill    d. 29.10.2019

     

    EREA Renewal 

    Next week we will be visited by representatives of EREA as part of our four year Renewal process. The Renewal provides invaluable insights into how authentic the College is in expressing and living out the four Touchstones of the EREA Charter:

    • Gospel Spirituality
    • Liberating Education
    • Inclusive Community
    • Justice and Solidarity

    The Renewal Panel will speak to a range of people from our community including students, parents, past students, staff, Board Members and representatives of Catholic education. The process is a very informative one and will provide the College with considerable affirmation as well as some future challenges as we strive to be a high performing, authentic example of a Catholic school for boys in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice.

     


    Date: 6-Nov-19  09:35  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.34 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Assistant Deputy Principal - Students and Transitions

    2020 Transition and Grade 10 Exams

    2020 Transitions

    We are currently are in the process of developing our Core classes next year. This is a very complex process as we endeavour to place boys carefully where they will be able to make the most of their learning time. This class development will be complete in the weeks leading up to HeadStart in early December, where the boys will get to experience their core classes and option subjects for 2020.

     

    Grade 10 Examinations

    Grade 10s have received their exam booklets and been taken through the expectations for the exam period. They have been informed that they must take control of the study and learning. I would encourage parents to have conversation with their son and help develop a study calendar for the next few weeks. Boys need to get all their notes for every subject together and make themselves aware of what topics they will be examined on.

    From this position they can make solid revision notes and programmes leading up to the final weeks of classes.

     


    Date: 6-Nov-19  09:34  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.34 Section: Senior School

    Junior School Sport

    School Sports

    Term 4 sport is well underway for the St Virgil’s Junior School boys. We have two teams registered in Indoor Cricket, which is played every Monday afternoon at the Kingston High Performance Centre. So far, these boys have displayed great skill and team work to compete against sound opposition from Hutchins, Dominic, Southern Christian School and Friends.

    On Tuesday nights we have approximately 40 boys making up four Tee Ball teams playing on a variety of school grounds each week. These boys have played games against Fahan, Sacred Heart, Dominic and Collegiate. The enthusiasm these boys are playing with is infectious to those who come and support. This is such a great game where all boys have equal opportunity to bat, run and field.

    Touch Football is a challenging game of fitness and skill. This term we have three St Virgil’s teams registered to play in the JSSATIS competition. These boys have matched it against Dominic, Sacred Heart, Collegiate and Hutchins. It is great to see most of these boys willing to learn new skills and a new game amongst their friends. Catch these boys in action each Wednesday afternoon at various school grounds from 4pm.


    Date: 6-Nov-19  09:29  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.34 Section: Junior School Sport

    Senior School Sport

    Sailing and Cricket 

    Sailing
    The sailing season is in full flight and once again SVC has a team battling it out in the inter school Teams Racing. On Tuesday night the team comprising of both Senior and Junior school boys, used a few tricks out of the book to dominate their Round 3 heats. In all three races they took the wins, a gallant effort for the young team. Hopefully they can pull a few more rabbits out of the hat in the coming weeks as they match up against a couple of long standing stalwarts of the arena in Colligate and Friends.
    Cricket 
    Upcoming Fixtures
    Tuesday November 19, 10am-4.30pm Grade 9 Coyle – Clingeleffer Cup v SPC Launceston  Shoobridge Park
    Wednesday December 4

    10.30am-5pm

    Grade 7&8

    (2 x T20 games)

    T20 Day v Hutchins and Peninsula Grammar (Vic)

    Hutchins Main Oval

    Friday December 6 1st XI Saunders- Di Venuto Shield

    Hutchins Main Oval

    Monday December 9

    Tuesday December 10

    1st XI SATIS 1st XI T20 Competition

    Launceston

    January 5-12 2020 1st XI Christian Brothers Cricket Week, Brisbane
    Grade 7&8 Cricket 

    SVC Blue 1/115 (10 overs) defeated Hutchins Black 72 (14.2 overs).

    Joe McGann 68 retired, 2 stumpings and 2 catches, Ben Williams 18 retired.

    Thomas Lawler 2/16, Josh Cobern 2/13

    Will Busch took 2 brilliant catches. All bowlers got a wicket. Good team effort!

     

    Congratulations

    John Clapham of Grade 10 competed in the TERC 8 hour motorcycle enduro on Saturday in Bakers Beach. John is competing in A Grade and won the last round of the MERC series outright as well as winning A grade.


    Date: 6-Nov-19  09:27  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.34 Section: Senior School Sport

    Parents and Friends Association

    The Fair is almost here! Monday November 18 

    We need your help! Please support the P&F by donating -

    • A bottle of wine for our Mystery Wine Draw - please deliver to the Front Office at either campus. Please do not send wine to school with students.
    • Books - please drop in books to the Front Office at either campus for our Book Stall.
    • Items for the Chocolate Wheel and Silent Auctions

    We are seeking donations from members of the Senior School community for the Fair.

    The more donations we receive, the more successful the Fair will be.  Please find listed below some suggested items that would be very helpful.  If you are able to donate any of these items please drop them into the Front Office or Student Services.

    Donations could include:

    Appliances, Restaurant, Hair or Activity Vouchers, Sports Gear, Power Tools, Giftware, Wine, Hampers & Gift Packs, artworks, books, Garden and shed/tool items, chocolate and fine foods.

     

    Cake Stall

    The Cake Stall is always a favourite part of the Fair with visitors making a bee line for the stall to grab a tasty cake, biscuit or slice!
    If you can help by donating an item for the stall please contact Michelle Brown at brownfoxcanvas@gmail.com who will provide you with a plate and all labelling requirements.
    Thanks for your support of our Fair

    Raffle Books

    The oldest student in each family received a raffle book for the 2019 P&F Raffle at the end of Term 3.

    Boys learnt that the PC Group That Sells the Most Raffle Books Will Be Rewarded with A FREE LUNCH kindly provided by the Parents & Friends Association!

    If you love the taste of pizza (and other yummy treats), get busy over the holidays and sell all the tickets in your raffle book! And then come to the Front Office and ask for another book! And Another!

    The Raffle will be drawn on Wednesday November 20, with all the books to be returned by Monday November 18.

     

    Fair Helpers Needed!

    We are seeking Volunteers on the day to assist us with various jobs, including:

    • Book stall - (1 person)
    • Valhalla ice cream stall (3)
    • Milkshakes (1-2)

    If you can assist in any way possible, please do not hesitate to contact members of the Fair Committee:

    Kate Clark:                  kate.allison76@outlook.com        0437 172500

    Michelle Brown:           brownfoxcanvas@gmail.com    0438 508755

     

    Thank you for your support of our boys and the 2019 Fair.

    Kate Clark 

    President

     

     

     


    Date: 6-Nov-19  09:15  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.34 Section: Community News Senior School

    Senior School Canteen

    Weekly Roster and Helpers Required for 2020

    Weekly Roster

    FridayNovember 8Jocelyn HuigslootKarina Halys
       
    MondayNovember 11Barbara OatesElisabeth Nichols
    TuesdayNovember 12Marilyn RooneyJacqui Hickman
    WednesdayNovember 13Pat ButcherMaria Gerathy
    ThursdayNovember 14Lucia CampeseHELP NEEDED
    FridayNovember 15Michelle BarrowKarina Halys

    Volunteer in 2020

    The Senior School Canteen Needs Your Help! Volunteers are needed to help our canteen provide nutritious meals for our hungry boys! You can assist as much or as little as you like - we will work around your busy lifestyle!

    If you are interested in volunteering please complete the SVC Parent Involvement Form and we will contact you - http://stvirgils.tas.edu.au/parent-involvement-form/

    Thank you for your support.
    Carol Hilyer
    Canteen Manager

     

     


    Date: 6-Nov-19  09:13  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.34 Section: Senior School
  • Print Newsletter

    From the Principal

    A Busy Week! 

    Gala Concert

    What a wonderful evening was provided by our students in the Gala Concert last Thursday. The Arts Department across the College put on a wonderful display for all who attended. It was great to see the breadth and depth of talent from the age range of 8 to 16 on show last week. A big congratulations to all who performed and a thank you to all who made the time to attend.  I know the boys really appreciate it.

    First Lego League Competition

    Over the weekend St Virgil’s College hosted the Statewide First Lego League Competition at Austins Ferry. The event saw 39 teams compete over the day and the competition was very intense. The Lagooners and Bridge Bro's starred throughout the First LEGO League competition with both teams winning awards.  The Grade 7 team the Lagooners qualified second and now have the opportunity to represent Tasmania in the National competition at Swinburne University in Melbourne later in the month.

    A special thank you and well done must go to Mrs Bronwen Baume-Tarrant for her organisation of the event, as a member of the Tasmanian Lego League Committee. Thank  you also to all other staff who made the time to attend and support our young men. We look forward to big things in the future!

    Grade 10 Final Weeks

    The start of November heralds the final leg of our Grade 10 boys' journey.  In the coming weeks boys will finish their final class work, complete their exams, enjoy Valedictory dinner, and spend their last few days at the College as Virgilians.

    Earlier this week I sent a letter to parents, outlining the upcoming events and the expectations for each student. I encourage each parent to discuss the letter with their son to ensure that our young men finish their St Virgil’s journey on a very positive note.

    Details of all the final events for all Grade 7 – 9 students are included in this edition of The Star.

     

    Compulsory Senior School Student Attendance

    For senior students in Term 4, there are two compulsory evening events that all students must attend. They are as follows:

    College Fair                           Monday November 18                                   5pm

     

    Senior School Thanksgiving Liturgy            Thursday November 28 at the Derwent Entertainment                  Centre, 7.30pm

     

    On these two days, boys are to wear sports uniform to school, the day will conclude at 12.30pm providing ample time for the boys to return back to the venues in formal uniform.

    If there are any issues with these events, please contact me at the school.

     

    Austins Ferry Fair - Monday November 18

    Thank you to those who have offered support of the upcoming Fair. I encourage anyone who is available to help to contact the coordinators:

    Kate Clark                               kate.allison76@outlook.com              0437 172 500

    Michelle Brown                      brownfoxcanvas@gmail.com              0428 508 755

     

    Congratulations

    Congratulations to senior school Teacher Assistant Ayesha Welch and her partner Matt on the birth of Aran June Elliot, a little girl weighing in at 3.220 kgs. Mum and baby doing well!

    Vale Peter Imlach 

    It was with great sadness this week that we received the news of the passing of a wonderful Old Virgilian Peter Imlach (SVC 1947-51).  Peter was a tireless life member of the OVA, devoted servant of the Catholic Church and a passionate supporter of the College. Peter was a man of great faith, integrity, loyalty, determination and good humour and will be missed at all OVA and College events. He was a long standing member of the OVA Executive and with Ed Gauden and his great mate in Heaven, Dan Reardon, led the OVA's campaign for the return of Year 11 and 12 at St Virgil's. Peter was also an SVC Board Member for several years and actively served the wider Catholic community as a conference member of the St Vincent de Paul Society and as President of the Human Life Protection Society.
    Deepest condolences to Verna and the Imlach family. 
    Rest in peace Peter, securely in the palm of your God whom you served so faithfully.

    A full tribute to Peter can be found at https://oldvirgilians.org.au/the-ova-mourn-the-passing-of-peter-imlach/

    Passing of the first Principal of the Austins Ferry Campus 

    Last Friday we learnt of the passing of the founding Principal of the Austins Ferry campus Br WL (Bill) Clohesy. He was Principal at Austins Ferry from 1962-67 and was a very well regarded Principal and worked with a small but dedicated team of Brothers and lay staff to get Austins Ferry off the ground. Bill left the Brothers in the late 1960s and spent his remaining years in Adelaide. He passed away in Adelaide on October 29, aged 94. RIP.

     

     

     


    Date: 6-Nov-19  10:16  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.34 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    Boys in Public!

    There has been quite a bit of negative press in Melbourne recently about the very disturbing behaviour of groups of boys in public, who have displayed what you might call tribalistic and misogynistic attitudes. These kinds of attitudes can sometimes be ingrained in boys and are very difficult to deal with. Some would consider this way of being as a very negative form of masculinity.

    I think as parents and educators we must challenge at every opportunity these kinds of attitudes, particularly when it is misogynistic and sexist. We do our boys no favours by allowing the “boys will be boys” myth. Dr Arne Rubinstein is an internationally recognised expert on rites of passage and adolescent development, particularly in regard to boys. He suggest a need for adolescent boys to move from a model of “Boys' Psychology” into “Healthy Man Psychology”. I believe the key term being “healthy”.

    What is the difference between Boy Psychology and Healthy Man Psychology?

    Boy Psychology:

    • I seek acknowledgement
    • I want it all for me
    • Power is for my benefit
    • I am the centre of the universe
    • I believe I am immortal
    • I take no responsibility for my actions
    • I want a mother

     

    Healthy Man Psychology:

    • I seek that which I believe in
    • I share with my community
    • Power is for the good of all
    • I am just part of the universe
    • I know I am mortal
    • I take full responsibility for my actions
    • Seeks relationship with the feminine

     

    Mobile Phones 

    We acknowledge that most boys have and may need a mobile phone, but for very good educational reasons we have a policy that forbids their use during school hours. The distraction that phones cause to the learning of many boys is significant. Our policy is to insist that phones are kept in lockers throughout the day and to confiscate any phone that is being used in class requiring boys to collect them at the end of the day. Phones are also not to be out during lunch and recess breaks. In short, mobile phones should be left in lockers during the school day and any necessary contact between boys and home should be done through the front office.

     


    Date: 6-Nov-19  09:46  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.34 Section: Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Gala Concert, Swimming Programme, Sport and Upcoming Events 

    Gala Concert

    Congratulations to all Junior School boys who participated in the Gala Concert last Thursday. With a lot of hard work and encouragement from their music teachers, Mrs Kemp and Mr Ellis and tutors, the Grade 5 and Grade 6 bands performed their show case pieces to an appreciative audience. The choir, under the direction of Mrs Kemp gave an enthusiastic performance and it was very pleasing to see a cross section of Grade 3 - 6 boys participate in the choir.

    Ms Stary put together a slide show to reflect the work the students have been doing in art. Boys from Grade 3 – 6 have worked with a variety of materials in the art room to produce paintings, drawings and collages of images such as seahorses, octopus, guitars, seascapes and landscapes.

    Thank you to all the boys and parents for committing to this evening and thank you to the music and art staff for preparing the students and showcasing their talents. It was very enjoyable and successful evening.

    Swimming Programme

    Grade 6s and 3s have their last couple of days at Oceana for their Water Awareness Programme. Next week the Grade 4s and 5s will commence their 2 week programme (November 11 – 22).  A parent paperwork note detailing all the requirements went out in late October and Grade 4 and 5 parents should have received a reminder note late this week.

    School Sports
    Term 4 sport is well underway for the St Virgil’s Junior School boys. We have two teams registered in Indoor Cricket, which is played every Monday afternoon at the Kingston High Performance Centre. So far, these boys have displayed great skill and team work to compete against sound opposition from Hutchins, Dominic, Southern Christian School and Friends.

    On Tuesday nights we have approximately 40 boys making up four Tee Ball teams playing on a variety of school grounds each week. These boys have played games against Fahan, Sacred Heart, Dominic and Collegiate. The enthusiasm these boys are playing with is infectious to those who come and support. This is such a great game where all boys have equal opportunity to bat, run and field.

    Touch Football is a challenging game of fitness and skill. This term we have three St Virgil’s teams registered to play in the JSSATIS competition. These boys have matched it against Dominic, Sacred Heart, Collegiate and Hutchins. It is great to see most of these boys willing to learn new skills and a new game amongst their friends. Catch these boys in action each Wednesday afternoon at various school grounds from 4pm.

    Making Jesus Real (MJR)
    Both Grade 6 classes enjoyed a half day working with Mr Paul Crennan on MJR. They reflected on what they have enjoyed over their primary years at SVC. Paul challenged the boys about the legacy they will leave behind at the Junior School with the question, ‘If you were included in the SVC Hall of Fame how would you be described?’ This sparked some interesting discussion. The boys have gained supportive anecdotes and values from their work with MJR this year.

    Sports Photos:
    On Wednesday November 13 we will be having the sports photos. Boys are to wear sport uniform to school that day. Track top, track pants and the house shirt are not required in the photo. The photos will take place in the morning session.

    Remembrance Day Service

    This year we have decided to attend the Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph. This is an important opportunity for our boys to commemorate all Australians who have suffered and died in war fare and to acknowledge the significance of this day in continuing to work for peace in our world.  We hope to meet up with the Light horsemen and nurses, whom we have had great interactions with over the last few years.

     

    Upcoming Events:
    November 8 STCPSSA Athletics at the Domain
    November 11 Remembrance Day Service at Cenotaph
    November 11 – 22 Grade 4 and 5 Water Awareness
    November 13 Extra-curricular photos
    November 14 JSSATIS Athletics at the Domain
    November 18 - 21 Grade 6 Canberra Excursion

     


    Date: 6-Nov-19  09:42  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.34 Section: Junior School

    Director of Identity

    All Saints Day and EREA Renewal 

    The Catholic Church recognises November as the Month of Holy Souls and during this time we are encouraged to pray for the souls of the departed. Last Friday at St Peter’s in Rome, Pope Francis reflected on the Solemnity of All Saints, and reminded us that holiness is both a gift and an invitation.

    “The November 1 and 2 Feasts of All Saints and All Souls remind us of the bond that exists between the Church of the earth, and that of heaven, between us and our loved ones who have passed on to the other life,” he said. “The memory of the Saints leads us to raise our eyes to Heaven, not to forget the realities of the earth, but to face them with more courage and with more hope.”

    “The Saints of all times, which we all celebrate together today, are not simply symbols, distant human beings, unreachable,” he said. “On the contrary, they are people who have lived with their feet on the ground, they have experienced the daily toil of existence with its successes and its failures, finding in the Lord the strength to always get up and continue the journey.”

    Throughout November a prayer table will be set up in the Chapel at Austins Ferry with a sheet of paper on which members of our community are invited to add the name of a loved one who has passed away in the past year.  The sheet will then be added to our ‘Book of Memories’ folder that is a collection of names from each year. Already we have a significant list of past students who will be recognised at the Old Virgilians Memorial Mass later in the month. There names are listed below and are part of our prayers at this time.

    The Chapel is open every day and everyone is welcome to come in at any time.

    Departed Old Virgilians and Staff - 2019 

    January 19

    BRYAN Michael Patrick 20.09.1951 – 28.01.2019 (SVC 1964-68)

    COETZEE, Adrian Hubert. 16.3.1935 – 12.01.2019 (SVC 1943-50)

    McSHERRY, Stephen William. 3.5.1944 – 9.1.2019. (SVC 1955-61)

    YARD Michael (Mike) Sydney 10.02.1945 - 22.01.2019 (SVC 1959-60)

    EDEN, Gerard James (Ged). 20.09.76- 8.01.2019. (SVC 1989-94)

    McSHANE David Brian 16.09.1933-4.01.2019 (SVC 1975-77)

    MIDDLETON, Peter 13.03.63 – 11.01.2019 (SVC 1975-77)

    February 19

    CRONLY, Br James Patrick, OFM Cap. 17.5.1939 - 18.2.2019 (SVC 1950 - 56).

    RALPH Jan Chaperon (1932 -Feb. 2019) (SVC 1944 - 49)

    WITEK, Stan. 17.2.1955 - 21.2.2019 (SVC 1967-73).

    BYRNE, Frederick Michael. 12.4.1946 – 27.2.2019

    March 19

    KILEY, Jordan Jackson. 9.5.2001 - 27.3.2019 (SVC 2013 – 2017)

    KAY, Damian John 1965-2019 (SVC 1975-81).

    May 19

    COOK, Athol Paul.31.07.1932 – 1/05/2019 (SVC 1941-49)

    TAYLOR, Noel Francis (Squizzy). 17.3.1943  16.5.2019. SVC 1957-58)

    June 19

    TOOGOOD  Peter. AO, MBE, 11.04.1930-6.06.2019. (SVC 1943-48)

    KITCHENER, William (Bill) 29.6.1931 - 21.6.2019 (SVC 1942-48)

    SHEA, Terry - 13.06.2019 (SVC 1952-61)

    July 19

    BUCKNEY, Rodney Thomas (Rod) 29.10.1947 – 11.07.2019 (SVC 1959-64

    CRANE, Francis William (Peter) 17.06.1928 – 24.07.2019 (SVC 1936 - 1946)

    FITZPATRICK, Matthew Edward 13.11.1984 – 22.7.2019  (SVC 1997-2000).

    LUCAS, Paul James 11.08.1948 - 28.07.2019 (SVC 1961-64)

    GASON, David (SVC 1957-64)

    August 19

    GREGG, Robert William 25.07.1932 – 15.08.2019. (SVC 1945-48)

    KELLY, John Francis ( 3.10.1939 - 16.8.2019  SVC 1952-57)

    PETERS, Ronald Glenn  4.1.1944 - 18.8.2019.. (SVC 1959-60)

    SULLIVAN, Adrian John   28.01.1951 - 17.8.2019.  (SVC 1964-69)

    WILMSHURST  John Frederick  31.10.1936 - 25.08.2019. (SVC 1945-54)

    September 19

    REARDON, Daniel Leo 14.7.1943 - 14.9.2019. (SVC 1955-59)

    October 19

    MURRELL Richard  29.04.66- 16.10.2019  (SVC 1978-83)

    November 19 

    IMLACH Peter  28.06.1937 -6.11.2019 (SVC 1946-51)

     

    Staff Members 

    ALLEN, Cleve 21.12.1936 – 31.12.2018  Member of SVC staff 1982-2003.

    SHARPE. Brother Hugh Hilary cfc Died on Friday, July 19,

    WALSH Kevin Andrew 23.09.1936 - 19.09.2019 SVC staff member 1973-7

    CLOHESY Bill    d. 29.10.2019

     

    EREA Renewal 

    Next week we will be visited by representatives of EREA as part of our four year Renewal process. The Renewal provides invaluable insights into how authentic the College is in expressing and living out the four Touchstones of the EREA Charter:

    • Gospel Spirituality
    • Liberating Education
    • Inclusive Community
    • Justice and Solidarity

    The Renewal Panel will speak to a range of people from our community including students, parents, past students, staff, Board Members and representatives of Catholic education. The process is a very informative one and will provide the College with considerable affirmation as well as some future challenges as we strive to be a high performing, authentic example of a Catholic school for boys in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice.

     


    Date: 6-Nov-19  09:35  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.34 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Assistant Deputy Principal - Students and Transitions

    2020 Transition and Grade 10 Exams

    2020 Transitions

    We are currently are in the process of developing our Core classes next year. This is a very complex process as we endeavour to place boys carefully where they will be able to make the most of their learning time. This class development will be complete in the weeks leading up to HeadStart in early December, where the boys will get to experience their core classes and option subjects for 2020.

     

    Grade 10 Examinations

    Grade 10s have received their exam booklets and been taken through the expectations for the exam period. They have been informed that they must take control of the study and learning. I would encourage parents to have conversation with their son and help develop a study calendar for the next few weeks. Boys need to get all their notes for every subject together and make themselves aware of what topics they will be examined on.

    From this position they can make solid revision notes and programmes leading up to the final weeks of classes.

     


    Date: 6-Nov-19  09:34  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.34 Section: Senior School

    Junior School Sport

    School Sports

    Term 4 sport is well underway for the St Virgil’s Junior School boys. We have two teams registered in Indoor Cricket, which is played every Monday afternoon at the Kingston High Performance Centre. So far, these boys have displayed great skill and team work to compete against sound opposition from Hutchins, Dominic, Southern Christian School and Friends.

    On Tuesday nights we have approximately 40 boys making up four Tee Ball teams playing on a variety of school grounds each week. These boys have played games against Fahan, Sacred Heart, Dominic and Collegiate. The enthusiasm these boys are playing with is infectious to those who come and support. This is such a great game where all boys have equal opportunity to bat, run and field.

    Touch Football is a challenging game of fitness and skill. This term we have three St Virgil’s teams registered to play in the JSSATIS competition. These boys have matched it against Dominic, Sacred Heart, Collegiate and Hutchins. It is great to see most of these boys willing to learn new skills and a new game amongst their friends. Catch these boys in action each Wednesday afternoon at various school grounds from 4pm.


    Date: 6-Nov-19  09:29  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.34 Section: Junior School Sport

    Senior School Sport

    Sailing and Cricket 

    Sailing
    The sailing season is in full flight and once again SVC has a team battling it out in the inter school Teams Racing. On Tuesday night the team comprising of both Senior and Junior school boys, used a few tricks out of the book to dominate their Round 3 heats. In all three races they took the wins, a gallant effort for the young team. Hopefully they can pull a few more rabbits out of the hat in the coming weeks as they match up against a couple of long standing stalwarts of the arena in Colligate and Friends.
    Cricket 
    Upcoming Fixtures
    Tuesday November 19, 10am-4.30pm Grade 9 Coyle – Clingeleffer Cup v SPC Launceston  Shoobridge Park
    Wednesday December 4

    10.30am-5pm

    Grade 7&8

    (2 x T20 games)

    T20 Day v Hutchins and Peninsula Grammar (Vic)

    Hutchins Main Oval

    Friday December 6 1st XI Saunders- Di Venuto Shield

    Hutchins Main Oval

    Monday December 9

    Tuesday December 10

    1st XI SATIS 1st XI T20 Competition

    Launceston

    January 5-12 2020 1st XI Christian Brothers Cricket Week, Brisbane
    Grade 7&8 Cricket 

    SVC Blue 1/115 (10 overs) defeated Hutchins Black 72 (14.2 overs).

    Joe McGann 68 retired, 2 stumpings and 2 catches, Ben Williams 18 retired.

    Thomas Lawler 2/16, Josh Cobern 2/13

    Will Busch took 2 brilliant catches. All bowlers got a wicket. Good team effort!

     

    Congratulations

    John Clapham of Grade 10 competed in the TERC 8 hour motorcycle enduro on Saturday in Bakers Beach. John is competing in A Grade and won the last round of the MERC series outright as well as winning A grade.


    Date: 6-Nov-19  09:27  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.34 Section: Senior School Sport

    Parents and Friends Association

    The Fair is almost here! Monday November 18 

    We need your help! Please support the P&F by donating -

    • A bottle of wine for our Mystery Wine Draw - please deliver to the Front Office at either campus. Please do not send wine to school with students.
    • Books - please drop in books to the Front Office at either campus for our Book Stall.
    • Items for the Chocolate Wheel and Silent Auctions

    We are seeking donations from members of the Senior School community for the Fair.

    The more donations we receive, the more successful the Fair will be.  Please find listed below some suggested items that would be very helpful.  If you are able to donate any of these items please drop them into the Front Office or Student Services.

    Donations could include:

    Appliances, Restaurant, Hair or Activity Vouchers, Sports Gear, Power Tools, Giftware, Wine, Hampers & Gift Packs, artworks, books, Garden and shed/tool items, chocolate and fine foods.

     

    Cake Stall

    The Cake Stall is always a favourite part of the Fair with visitors making a bee line for the stall to grab a tasty cake, biscuit or slice!
    If you can help by donating an item for the stall please contact Michelle Brown at brownfoxcanvas@gmail.com who will provide you with a plate and all labelling requirements.
    Thanks for your support of our Fair

    Raffle Books

    The oldest student in each family received a raffle book for the 2019 P&F Raffle at the end of Term 3.

    Boys learnt that the PC Group That Sells the Most Raffle Books Will Be Rewarded with A FREE LUNCH kindly provided by the Parents & Friends Association!

    If you love the taste of pizza (and other yummy treats), get busy over the holidays and sell all the tickets in your raffle book! And then come to the Front Office and ask for another book! And Another!

    The Raffle will be drawn on Wednesday November 20, with all the books to be returned by Monday November 18.

     

    Fair Helpers Needed!

    We are seeking Volunteers on the day to assist us with various jobs, including:

    • Book stall - (1 person)
    • Valhalla ice cream stall (3)
    • Milkshakes (1-2)

    If you can assist in any way possible, please do not hesitate to contact members of the Fair Committee:

    Kate Clark:                  kate.allison76@outlook.com        0437 172500

    Michelle Brown:           brownfoxcanvas@gmail.com    0438 508755

     

    Thank you for your support of our boys and the 2019 Fair.

    Kate Clark 

    President

     

     

     


    Date: 6-Nov-19  09:15  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.34 Section: Community News Senior School

    Senior School Canteen

    Weekly Roster and Helpers Required for 2020

    Weekly Roster

    FridayNovember 8Jocelyn HuigslootKarina Halys
       
    MondayNovember 11Barbara OatesElisabeth Nichols
    TuesdayNovember 12Marilyn RooneyJacqui Hickman
    WednesdayNovember 13Pat ButcherMaria Gerathy
    ThursdayNovember 14Lucia CampeseHELP NEEDED
    FridayNovember 15Michelle BarrowKarina Halys

    Volunteer in 2020

    The Senior School Canteen Needs Your Help! Volunteers are needed to help our canteen provide nutritious meals for our hungry boys! You can assist as much or as little as you like - we will work around your busy lifestyle!

    If you are interested in volunteering please complete the SVC Parent Involvement Form and we will contact you - http://stvirgils.tas.edu.au/parent-involvement-form/

    Thank you for your support.
    Carol Hilyer
    Canteen Manager

     

     


    Date: 6-Nov-19  09:13  Edition: 2019 V.08 Ed.34 Section: Senior School

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