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  • From the Principal

    Laudato Si and 2021/2022 Enrolments

     Date:  20-May-20  09:43      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed.14     Section:   From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    This cartoon was drawn by Cathy Wilcox for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald this week.

     Date:  20-May-20  09:41      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed.14     Section:   Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Mrs Fiona Chambers and Mrs Jo Messer

     Date:  20-May-20  09:40      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed.14     Section:   Junior School

    Director of Sport

    The Great Australian Cross Country Challenge - Senior School Run Friday May 22!

     Date:  20-May-20  09:37      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed.14     Section:   Junior School Senior School Sport

    Director of Identity

    Laudato Si Week

     Date:  20-May-20  09:23      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed.14     Section:   Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Uniform Shop

    Term 2 Opening Hours and 50% off Microfiber Spray Jackets!

     Date:  20-May-20  08:56      Edition:   2020 V.09 Ed.14     Section:   Junior School Senior School
  • From the Principal

    Laudato Si and 2021/2022 Enrolments

      2020 V.09 Ed.14
     From the Principal
    Junior School
    Senior School
     20-May-20  21:43

    Deputy Principal

    This cartoon was drawn by Cathy Wilcox for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald this week.

      2020 V.09 Ed.14
     Senior School
     20-May-20  21:41

    Heads of Junior School

    Mrs Fiona Chambers and Mrs Jo Messer

      2020 V.09 Ed.14
     Junior School
     20-May-20  21:40

    Director of Sport

    The Great Australian Cross Country Challenge - Senior School Run Friday May 22!

      2020 V.09 Ed.14
     Junior School
    Senior School
    Sport
     20-May-20  21:37

    Director of Identity

    Laudato Si Week

      2020 V.09 Ed.14
     Faith & Identity
    Junior School
    Senior School
     20-May-20  21:23

    Uniform Shop

    Term 2 Opening Hours and 50% off Microfiber Spray Jackets!

      2020 V.09 Ed.14
     Junior School
    Senior School
     20-May-20  20:56
  • From the Principal

    Laudato Si and 2021/2022 Enrolments

    Laudato Si

    Five years ago Pope Francis released his encyclical 'Laudato Si' which focussed on the care of our Mother Earth.  As we celebrate the anniversary, we are reminded of our responsibility to care for our 'common home', protecting the natural resources we depend on, and to stand up and act to protect all people and the places in which we live. In particular we are called to stand up for those who are disadvantaged by the activities of others which has a deleterious impact on their home and capacity to live a safe and fruitful life.

    We are blessed to have two sites upon which to provide education for our young men. The opportunity through education in our context is to teach about sustainability and how we are able to set up our sites to be viable and hopefully self sufficient in 50 years time. The sustainability work involving water capture, solar power, and returning to natural habitat are all ways we can consider playing our part in this journey.

    Our Austins Ferry site in particular provides us with a unique opportunity to live out this message. With 62 acres of land with around 40 acres of it being sustainable bushland, we currently are working closely with the local Aboriginal community and adopting traditional land management practices to ensure we can restore much of this beautiful parcel of land to its native state. This has involved work with external groups to assess the flora and fauna that exists and how we can maintain it in the future.

    Later this year we will install a number of water tanks to capture our harvest water which will be used to maintain our orchard, agriculture plot and kitchen gardens. We currently have 17% of our power being generated through solar and as part of our master plan, any future developments will see an increase in the generating capacity. The great thing about these initiatives is that they can be linked directly back to the education of our young people and it does allow us, by deeds not words alone, to answer the Pope’s call to better care for our common home.

     

    Return to School

    Following advice from the Premier, information was sent via EdSmart to all parents/guardians detailing return to school arrangements. I look forward to welcoming all of our students back to their relevant campus. A reminder that students re-commence face to face teaching on the following dates:

    Grade 3-6        Monday May 25

    Grade 7-10      Tuesday June 9

     

    Enrolments/Tours

    Amidst these busy and unusual times it is easy to forget that we are in the middle of enrolment season! Please note the enrolment dates below:

    • Grade 3- 6 enrolment for 2021 - closes July 3 2020.
    • Grade 7 (for current Grade 5 boys) enrolment for 2022 - closes September 11 2020.

    Expressions of Interest for enrolment at these year levels are lodged through our website – www.stvirgils.tas.edu.au

    Tours and Enrolment Enquiries 

    Due to the COVID 19 restrictions, we have been unable to take tours on either campus. Virtual tours are currently being made for you to view the Austins Ferry and Patrick Street sites. The tour takes you into all parts of the campus and explains all of the boy focussed programmes we have in place to enhance the education of your son.

    We have also organised Enrolment Q&A sessions via ZOOM.

    On Thursday June 18 from 6pm I will speak to any families who have queries in relation to enrolment at the senior campus and on Thursday June 11 from 6pm, any Patrick Street enquiries can be discussed. Links for these sessions are:

    Junior School Q&A

    Thursday June 11       6pm

    https://catholictas.zoom.us/j/94842879508?pwd=eTBPN2tGOUx3cnY5MFZJSUJBRE1uZz09

    Password:                   svc

     

    Austins Ferry Q&A              

    Thursday June 18       6pm                

    https://catholictas.zoom.us/j/93950090162?pwd=QlFkNE5iUmFyWmxsODlXTW9PeWJ5Zz09

    Password:                  svc

     


    Date: 20-May-20  09:43  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.14 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    This cartoon was drawn by Cathy Wilcox for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald this week.

    We in the education game spend hours discussing, thinking and attending meetings and conferences to address how schools can improve their work; how we can enhance learning outcomes, increase student engagement, promote student wellbeing, and reduce staff stress and balance their workload. School improvement is important work. And yet, education  commentators around our nation and internationally have noted that for all the effort, schools are very slow to change, and the changes that do happen are often not to do with the core business of learning.

    The cartoon above, while specifically in response to our current situation, also cuts directly to one of the key things that can inhibit school improvement and change - that so often, we try to jam new ideas and practices into an existing paradigm. 

    As the students return to our grounds, it is vital that we resist the urge to simply ‘go back to business as usual’. As teachers and parents, we must pay attention to the lessons we have learned during this crisis about what is, and might be possible. We must be courageous to challenge our existing beliefs and practices, and where we need to, to change them.

    Over the last four weeks of this term, I will be encouraging our teaching staff to engage in a period of four key activities:

    • Exploration - of how what we have learned can be adapted and applied ‘
    • Reflection - on what has been effective, and what hasn’t, and why
    • Recovery - of relationships and core practices that define us
    • Vision - of the future for our school

    At the end of the term, staff will gather together to analyse our learning and co-create our ‘new normal’

     


    Date: 20-May-20  09:41  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.14 Section: Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Mrs Fiona Chambers and Mrs Jo Messer

    We are looking forward to the return of our Grade 3-6 boys and getting back to face to face teaching. You will have received communication around the return to school and the protocols and processes we have put in place in consultation with the Catholic Education Office around a COVID 19 safety plan. In addition, we have made adjustments to classroom locations, amphitheatre seating and playground times to manage during our current building works.

    As a staff we have had many thoughts and discussions around this return, in order to support the Junior School community the best way we can. We realise there will be challenges and these will be different for all boys. We sincerely thank you for your understanding and supporting your boys as we transition back to school.

    Music
    Mrs Norton’s Grade 3 and 4 music classes have been creative at home and at school researching and making musical instruments.

    From Mrs Norton:
    In Week 2 the boys learned about the percussion instrument called the Guiro commonly played in Latin American music. The task was to find an object around the house or classroom that could be used as a Guiro (eg. an object with bumps that could be scraped/rubbed to make a percussive sound like a tin can, drink bottle etc). As usual the boys came up with some very creative ideas such as LEGO, dinosaur skeleton, storage container, glass jar). It has also been really lovely to see some music videos of siblings getting together having some fun.

     

    This is a great example of the ability of staff and students to adapt and embrace technology and creativity in their learning. Thank you, Mrs Norton, for sharing these rich learning tasks and the great photos showcasing the Guiro.

     

    Laudato Si: Praise Be to You
    Thank you to the SRC for organising our sustainability challenge. We received some excellent examples of the ways the boys are caring for our environment through transport, lunch and food packaging. There was also a great banana muffin recipe demo. Hopefully, you have seen our iMovie on the SVC Facebook and Youtube pages, featuring Jack Byrne, Lachlan Cannon, Oliver Byrne, Sebastian Rye, Riley Drew, Oliver Hall.

    Thank you also to William Lowe for sending in a picture of his family’s worm farm.

    Xavier Bearman also emailed us with a list of ways he is being sustainable at home:

    - turning off lights when I’m not in the room
    - switching off powerpoints when they are not being used
    - turning the tap off when I brush my teeth
    - making sure the recycling goes in the recycling and not in the rubbish
    - saving our vegetable scraps and giving them to my Nan and Pop for their chickens to eat
    - giving my clothes that are too small to a friend who is smaller than me

    Thank you Xavier. These are all thoughtful and practical ways of caring for the environment and will provide positive ideas for other boys to follow.

    Woodwork
    Great news! Our Junior School boys will have the opportunity to continue their woodwork sessions at the Senior School. Woodwork is part of the Design Technology curriculum and has been an enjoyable learning experience for our boys. Over the next two Mondays, Grade 6L will have two classes to finish off their project and Grade 5&6 D will complete a project over the last weeks of this term. For this term, we will be hiring a large bus to allow for appropriate physical distancing. The younger grades will also have a woodwork rotation sometime during Terms 3 and 4. Thank you to Mr Maxwell for making this happen.

    Cross Country
    The Virtual House Cross Country has kicked off with many boys and family members registered. We are off and running! We look forward to a healthy competition between all boys, sporting houses and the community! Don’t forget to keep logging your kilometres!


    Date: 20-May-20  09:40  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.14 Section: Junior School

    Director of Sport

    The Great Australian Cross Country Challenge - Senior School Run Friday May 22!

    St Virgil's College has signed up to be part of the Great Australian Cross Country Challenge (GACCC) and we would like to strongly encourage all students and the wider SVC community to get involved! With our school cross country events postponed/cancelled due to the COVID isolation restrictions, this new competition will enable you to race solo or with friends and family and record your results virtually!

    Students who register will be eligible to win points for their House (separate Junior and Senior tallies), win ASICS sporting gear or vouchers and will enjoy the benefits of keeping fit and staying connected to other students during isolation.

    This Friday May 22, senior school students will run a cross country at multiple locations across Hobart.

    To be part of it simply register and download the App as follows:

    • The parent/guardian must create the free Race Roster account (via the registration button on the GACCC website) in the first instance and by using the free promo code - SVC.
    • Once this account has been created, navigate to the registration page and follow the prompts to register for the event.
    • When in the registration form, there are two options (Register Myself or Register Someone Else).
    • Simply click Register Someone Else and fill in the form with the students details as previously advised and use the free promo code - SVC.

    By doing this, it essentially creates a parental account in which the students are then linked too, thereby adhering to privacy and age consent policies.

    This process may also encourage more parents and guardians to participate along with the students since they will be registered as well.

    Further, should any student have issues with downloading the RunKeeper App or any other fitness tracker App due to their age, the student should simply use an App downloaded under a parents/guardians name, screen shot the final results (including map) and upload to the students account.

    We trust this clarification assists with getting as many of our boys registered and participating for St Virgil's College and their House in the Great Australian Cross County Challenge.

    If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Moschogianis at the Senior School - mmoschogianis@stvirgils.tas.edu.au or Mrs McCullagh at the Junior School -kmccullagh@stvirgils.tas.edu.au

    Yours in Sport

     

    Michael Moschogianis                Karryn McCullagh

    Director of Sport                         JS Sport Coordinator 

     

    Cricket Umpiring - Make $ and Meet New Friends

    For more details -


    Date: 20-May-20  09:37  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.14 Section: Junior School Senior School Sport

    Director of Identity

    Laudato Si Week

    “Each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another” (Laudato Si’, 42)

     

    From May 16-24 we join together with communities all over the world to celebrate and commemorate the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si'. The theme is ‘Everything is Connected’ and every day we have been focusing on different ways, through both prayer and action, that we can make our world a more sustainable and fairer place for everyone.

     

    Laudato Si’, is an inspiration during moments of difficulty. It encourages us to reflect on the values we share as we come together as one people around the world to prayerfully discern the lessons of this moment, to reflect more deeply on our Creator and creation. Its vision of integral ecology, which sees connections between how we treat God, nature, and each other, offers simple but profound truths about the bonds that unite us.

     

    Pope Francis chose to be named after St. Francis of Assisi, a man of poverty, a man of peace, a man who loved and protected all creation. St. Francis, who died at age 44 in 1226, was devoted to the poor, he preached God’s mercy, he sought to reform the church and he was passionate about caring for Creation. When Pope Francis wrote his second encyclical on Caring for our Common Home, he chose to title it Laudato si’ which means “Praise be to you”. It is an Umbrian phrase from St Francis of Assisi's 13th-century "Canticle of the Sun" a poem and prayer in which God is praised for the creation of the different creatures and aspects of the Earth and which provides a beautiful reflection for all of us during this important week as we reconnect with ourselves, each other, our environment and our Creator.

     

    "Canticle of the Sun" St Francis of Assisi

    Most High, all powerful, good Lord, Yours are the praises, the glory, the honour, and all blessing. To You alone, Most High, do they belong, and no man is worthy to mention Your name.

     

    Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures, especially through my lord Brother Sun, who brings the day; and you give light through him. And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendour! Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

     

    Praise be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars, in heaven you formed them clear and precious and beautiful.

     

    Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind, and through the air, cloudy and serene, and every kind of weather through which You give sustenance to Your creatures.

     

    Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water, which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.

     

    Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom you light the night and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.

     

    Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Mother Earth, who sustains us and governs us and who produces varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.

     

    Praised be You, my Lord, through those who give pardon for Your love, and bear infirmity and tribulation.

     

    Blessed are those who endure in peace for by You, Most High, they shall be crowned.

     

    Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death, from whom no living man can escape. Woe to those who die in mortal sin. Blessed are those whom death will find in Your most holy will, for the second death shall do them no harm.

     

    Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks and serve Him with great humility.


    Date: 20-May-20  09:23  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.14 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Reconciliation Action Plan News

    Cultural Competence for Students

    Outdoor Education Teaching Assistant Mr Jake Terhell has created a Numeracy in Navigation lesson and included Tasmanian Aboriginal Perspectives by applying this learning to real life scenarios.

    Working in pairs, several Grade 8 and Grade 9 students used a measuring device called a click wheel to determine a 50m length, the number of steps and how long it took to walk this distance. Back in the classroom they used topographical maps of kunanyi Mt Wellington and a ruler to determine how far the distance is between the Springs and Junction Cabin and used their recorded data to measure how long it would take them to walk this distance, include a lunch stop and return to the Springs.

    The lesson was then developed further by considering why people might walk from one place to another. A scenario was created whereby the students had to imagine they were members of the leenowwenne people of the Big River Nation, living around the area we know as Dysart and travelling to visit the muwininna people of the South East Nation, at the place we call Austins Ferry. The students had to imagine themselves tens of thousands of years ago, leading their families on a journey to find food and to trade and celebrate with other groups. They had to use maps and their recorded measurements to predict how long it would take them to walk that far, when to leave and at what time they would arrive.

    A new scenario was then introduced, to travel across the river on bark canoes, similar to today’s stand up paddle boards, and visit the moomairremener people of the Oyster Bay Nation, at the place we call Risdon Cove. Their measurements had to be adjusted again to include land and water travel and the return journey.

    The lesson also enabled discussion on how Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples would tell the time through reading the sun’s movements and navigate by reading and understanding the landscape they were travelling through and yet today we rely on maps and compasses as well as our watches or phones to tell the time or find our way. We also discussed the respectful manner in which Tasmanian Aboriginal people would arrive in other peoples’ Country and how we can be respectful too by always Acknowledging the original custodians of the Country we live and work upon.

     


    Date: 20-May-20  09:21  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.14 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Assistant Deputy Principal - Students and Transitions

    Activity and  Wellbeing Schedule Online

    This week Senior School students were sent their second wellbeing and activity schedule. Again, this provides students with an opportunity to stay active with exercise routines whilst keeping mindfully healthy with tips and videos to on mental health.

    Last week we had two House Competitions take place - A Soccer Skills juggling competition and a Lego Masters competition where House points were awarded.

    Well done to all boys who entered and congratulations to our winners below.

     

    Soccer Juggling

    Winners

    1st  Josh Divin (Doyle) – 2000 approximately!!!  Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA8SKfqFqNw

    2nd Jacob Clothier (Joyce) – 589

    3rd Arjun Sharma (Doyle) – 585

     

    Lego Masters

    1st - Thomas Scattergood (Joyce)

    2nd - Coby Stock (Dwyer)

    3rd - Daniel Mulcahy (Doyle)

     

    This week’s schedule sent to students on Monday is below.

     

    Student Online Wellbeing and Activity Schedule – Week 4B

     

    MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
    Exercise Routine with Jake Terhell

    (YouTube)

    ‘Mindfulness with Colours’ with Kelsey Odgers

    (YouTube)

    Football Skills with Mr Mark Beck‘Mindful Words’ with Kelsey OdgersSchool Assembly – Period 3

     

    Virtual School Cross Country

    SVC Virtual Cross Country – (YouTube/ Student Welcome Pack Attached)
    SVC House Skills Competition (Tennis Challenge) – All Entries to Mr Canning (bcanning@stvirgils.tas.edu.au by Friday May 22 @3pm (YouTube)

    All video content is available on the St Virgil’s College YouTube Channel via the link below;

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLJjYD_B-2GvPB5g-wG2wDg/playlists

    Speak Up! Stay ChatTY!

    Over the coming weeks Grade 9s and 10s will have the opportunity to participate in the SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY online presentations.

    The online presentations are designed for young people in Grades 9-12 who are learning from home, or still attending school. Each presentation will be facilitated by a trained Stay ChatTY Project Officer and will run online for 30 minutes.

    All three presentations are supported by the Department of Education Tasmania, grounded in evidence and are aligned with the Australian Curriculum.

     

    The online presentation schedule is:

     

    1. Understanding your mental health during COVID-19

    Uploaded on Wednesday May 20 at 9am

    Facilitated by Julia Gandy, Senior Project Officer at SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY

     

    What will be covered:

    • Understand your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Look after your wellbeing while we’re stuck at home
    • Map types of support, and what support can look like

     

    1. Keeping mentally fit during COVID-19

    Uploaded on Wednesday May 27 at 9am                                                                                                                                                                                             

    Facilitated by Kat Carter, Project Officer at SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY

    What will be covered:

    • Learn how to cope with stress
    • Understand the importance of self-care during isolation
    • Recognise ways to maintain resilience during the pandemic
    • Map where to get support

     

    1. Helping a friend during COVID-19

    Uploaded on Wednesday June 3 at 9am

    Facilitated by Julia Gandy, Senior Project Officer at SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY

     

    What will be covered:

    • Understand why a friend might be struggling
    • Recognise signs someone might not be ok
    • Learn how to start the conversation
    • Map where to get support

     

    The link to the presentation will be sent out to students to be able to access the content.

     

    Guilford Young College Transition

    On Monday Grade 10 students again had the opportunity to get some introductory information about Guilford Young College and their transition to Year 11. This time students had the opportunity to hear from former student Hayden Bakes. Hayden told of his transition to GYC, the subjects he was doing, and tips about how to best prepare for Year 11. Bernadette Pogorzelski – Enrolments Register spoke to the boys about what will be taking place over the coming months to help them prepare for GYC. If any parents or students have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

     

    A reminder also that enrolments are due on Friday June 26.

     


    Date: 20-May-20  09:19  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.14 Section: Senior School

    Uniform Shop

    Term 2 Opening Hours and 50% off Microfiber Spray Jackets!

    Term 2, Week 4 trading hours:

    • Tuesday -   8am - 1pm
    • Thursday -  8am - 4pm

    From Tuesday May 26, the Uniform Shop will return to normal hours (8am-4pm) each Tuesday and Thursday during term time.

    Orders can still be made online for collection during these times. The Uniform Shop will continue to have strict COVID 19 protocols in place to ensure the wellbeing of all students, parents and staff.

     

    Microfiber Spray Jackets

    sizes available are sizes 8- Large & X Large

    were $98.00

    Now $49.00

     

    To purchase a half price jacket please ring the uniform shop on 6249 3610 and we can do card sale over the phone and you or your son can collect it.

    (Please be mindful due to COVID-19 we are not excepting cash at this time.)

    For all enquiries:

    Louise Bennett | St Virgil's College Uniform Shop Manager

    P: 03 6249 3610

    A: 195 Main Road, Austins Ferry TAS 7011

    W: www.Midford.com.au

     

     


    Date: 20-May-20  08:56  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.14 Section: Junior School Senior School

    Senior School Canteen

    Ordering Your Lunch!

    With lower numbers of boys at the College at present we are preparing less food for sale to avoid wastage. To ensure we can prepare enough food so boys do not miss out, we ask that you please order your son's lunch in advance either by:


    Date: 20-May-20  08:52  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.14 Section: Senior School
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    From the Principal

    Laudato Si and 2021/2022 Enrolments

    Laudato Si

    Five years ago Pope Francis released his encyclical 'Laudato Si' which focussed on the care of our Mother Earth.  As we celebrate the anniversary, we are reminded of our responsibility to care for our 'common home', protecting the natural resources we depend on, and to stand up and act to protect all people and the places in which we live. In particular we are called to stand up for those who are disadvantaged by the activities of others which has a deleterious impact on their home and capacity to live a safe and fruitful life.

    We are blessed to have two sites upon which to provide education for our young men. The opportunity through education in our context is to teach about sustainability and how we are able to set up our sites to be viable and hopefully self sufficient in 50 years time. The sustainability work involving water capture, solar power, and returning to natural habitat are all ways we can consider playing our part in this journey.

    Our Austins Ferry site in particular provides us with a unique opportunity to live out this message. With 62 acres of land with around 40 acres of it being sustainable bushland, we currently are working closely with the local Aboriginal community and adopting traditional land management practices to ensure we can restore much of this beautiful parcel of land to its native state. This has involved work with external groups to assess the flora and fauna that exists and how we can maintain it in the future.

    Later this year we will install a number of water tanks to capture our harvest water which will be used to maintain our orchard, agriculture plot and kitchen gardens. We currently have 17% of our power being generated through solar and as part of our master plan, any future developments will see an increase in the generating capacity. The great thing about these initiatives is that they can be linked directly back to the education of our young people and it does allow us, by deeds not words alone, to answer the Pope’s call to better care for our common home.

     

    Return to School

    Following advice from the Premier, information was sent via EdSmart to all parents/guardians detailing return to school arrangements. I look forward to welcoming all of our students back to their relevant campus. A reminder that students re-commence face to face teaching on the following dates:

    Grade 3-6        Monday May 25

    Grade 7-10      Tuesday June 9

     

    Enrolments/Tours

    Amidst these busy and unusual times it is easy to forget that we are in the middle of enrolment season! Please note the enrolment dates below:

    • Grade 3- 6 enrolment for 2021 - closes July 3 2020.
    • Grade 7 (for current Grade 5 boys) enrolment for 2022 - closes September 11 2020.

    Expressions of Interest for enrolment at these year levels are lodged through our website – www.stvirgils.tas.edu.au

    Tours and Enrolment Enquiries 

    Due to the COVID 19 restrictions, we have been unable to take tours on either campus. Virtual tours are currently being made for you to view the Austins Ferry and Patrick Street sites. The tour takes you into all parts of the campus and explains all of the boy focussed programmes we have in place to enhance the education of your son.

    We have also organised Enrolment Q&A sessions via ZOOM.

    On Thursday June 18 from 6pm I will speak to any families who have queries in relation to enrolment at the senior campus and on Thursday June 11 from 6pm, any Patrick Street enquiries can be discussed. Links for these sessions are:

    Junior School Q&A

    Thursday June 11       6pm

    https://catholictas.zoom.us/j/94842879508?pwd=eTBPN2tGOUx3cnY5MFZJSUJBRE1uZz09

    Password:                   svc

     

    Austins Ferry Q&A              

    Thursday June 18       6pm                

    https://catholictas.zoom.us/j/93950090162?pwd=QlFkNE5iUmFyWmxsODlXTW9PeWJ5Zz09

    Password:                  svc

     


    Date: 20-May-20  09:43  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.14 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Deputy Principal

    This cartoon was drawn by Cathy Wilcox for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald this week.

    We in the education game spend hours discussing, thinking and attending meetings and conferences to address how schools can improve their work; how we can enhance learning outcomes, increase student engagement, promote student wellbeing, and reduce staff stress and balance their workload. School improvement is important work. And yet, education  commentators around our nation and internationally have noted that for all the effort, schools are very slow to change, and the changes that do happen are often not to do with the core business of learning.

    The cartoon above, while specifically in response to our current situation, also cuts directly to one of the key things that can inhibit school improvement and change - that so often, we try to jam new ideas and practices into an existing paradigm. 

    As the students return to our grounds, it is vital that we resist the urge to simply ‘go back to business as usual’. As teachers and parents, we must pay attention to the lessons we have learned during this crisis about what is, and might be possible. We must be courageous to challenge our existing beliefs and practices, and where we need to, to change them.

    Over the last four weeks of this term, I will be encouraging our teaching staff to engage in a period of four key activities:

    • Exploration - of how what we have learned can be adapted and applied ‘
    • Reflection - on what has been effective, and what hasn’t, and why
    • Recovery - of relationships and core practices that define us
    • Vision - of the future for our school

    At the end of the term, staff will gather together to analyse our learning and co-create our ‘new normal’

     


    Date: 20-May-20  09:41  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.14 Section: Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Mrs Fiona Chambers and Mrs Jo Messer

    We are looking forward to the return of our Grade 3-6 boys and getting back to face to face teaching. You will have received communication around the return to school and the protocols and processes we have put in place in consultation with the Catholic Education Office around a COVID 19 safety plan. In addition, we have made adjustments to classroom locations, amphitheatre seating and playground times to manage during our current building works.

    As a staff we have had many thoughts and discussions around this return, in order to support the Junior School community the best way we can. We realise there will be challenges and these will be different for all boys. We sincerely thank you for your understanding and supporting your boys as we transition back to school.

    Music
    Mrs Norton’s Grade 3 and 4 music classes have been creative at home and at school researching and making musical instruments.

    From Mrs Norton:
    In Week 2 the boys learned about the percussion instrument called the Guiro commonly played in Latin American music. The task was to find an object around the house or classroom that could be used as a Guiro (eg. an object with bumps that could be scraped/rubbed to make a percussive sound like a tin can, drink bottle etc). As usual the boys came up with some very creative ideas such as LEGO, dinosaur skeleton, storage container, glass jar). It has also been really lovely to see some music videos of siblings getting together having some fun.

     

    This is a great example of the ability of staff and students to adapt and embrace technology and creativity in their learning. Thank you, Mrs Norton, for sharing these rich learning tasks and the great photos showcasing the Guiro.

     

    Laudato Si: Praise Be to You
    Thank you to the SRC for organising our sustainability challenge. We received some excellent examples of the ways the boys are caring for our environment through transport, lunch and food packaging. There was also a great banana muffin recipe demo. Hopefully, you have seen our iMovie on the SVC Facebook and Youtube pages, featuring Jack Byrne, Lachlan Cannon, Oliver Byrne, Sebastian Rye, Riley Drew, Oliver Hall.

    Thank you also to William Lowe for sending in a picture of his family’s worm farm.

    Xavier Bearman also emailed us with a list of ways he is being sustainable at home:

    - turning off lights when I’m not in the room
    - switching off powerpoints when they are not being used
    - turning the tap off when I brush my teeth
    - making sure the recycling goes in the recycling and not in the rubbish
    - saving our vegetable scraps and giving them to my Nan and Pop for their chickens to eat
    - giving my clothes that are too small to a friend who is smaller than me

    Thank you Xavier. These are all thoughtful and practical ways of caring for the environment and will provide positive ideas for other boys to follow.

    Woodwork
    Great news! Our Junior School boys will have the opportunity to continue their woodwork sessions at the Senior School. Woodwork is part of the Design Technology curriculum and has been an enjoyable learning experience for our boys. Over the next two Mondays, Grade 6L will have two classes to finish off their project and Grade 5&6 D will complete a project over the last weeks of this term. For this term, we will be hiring a large bus to allow for appropriate physical distancing. The younger grades will also have a woodwork rotation sometime during Terms 3 and 4. Thank you to Mr Maxwell for making this happen.

    Cross Country
    The Virtual House Cross Country has kicked off with many boys and family members registered. We are off and running! We look forward to a healthy competition between all boys, sporting houses and the community! Don’t forget to keep logging your kilometres!


    Date: 20-May-20  09:40  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.14 Section: Junior School

    Director of Sport

    The Great Australian Cross Country Challenge - Senior School Run Friday May 22!

    St Virgil's College has signed up to be part of the Great Australian Cross Country Challenge (GACCC) and we would like to strongly encourage all students and the wider SVC community to get involved! With our school cross country events postponed/cancelled due to the COVID isolation restrictions, this new competition will enable you to race solo or with friends and family and record your results virtually!

    Students who register will be eligible to win points for their House (separate Junior and Senior tallies), win ASICS sporting gear or vouchers and will enjoy the benefits of keeping fit and staying connected to other students during isolation.

    This Friday May 22, senior school students will run a cross country at multiple locations across Hobart.

    To be part of it simply register and download the App as follows:

    • The parent/guardian must create the free Race Roster account (via the registration button on the GACCC website) in the first instance and by using the free promo code - SVC.
    • Once this account has been created, navigate to the registration page and follow the prompts to register for the event.
    • When in the registration form, there are two options (Register Myself or Register Someone Else).
    • Simply click Register Someone Else and fill in the form with the students details as previously advised and use the free promo code - SVC.

    By doing this, it essentially creates a parental account in which the students are then linked too, thereby adhering to privacy and age consent policies.

    This process may also encourage more parents and guardians to participate along with the students since they will be registered as well.

    Further, should any student have issues with downloading the RunKeeper App or any other fitness tracker App due to their age, the student should simply use an App downloaded under a parents/guardians name, screen shot the final results (including map) and upload to the students account.

    We trust this clarification assists with getting as many of our boys registered and participating for St Virgil's College and their House in the Great Australian Cross County Challenge.

    If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Moschogianis at the Senior School - mmoschogianis@stvirgils.tas.edu.au or Mrs McCullagh at the Junior School -kmccullagh@stvirgils.tas.edu.au

    Yours in Sport

     

    Michael Moschogianis                Karryn McCullagh

    Director of Sport                         JS Sport Coordinator 

     

    Cricket Umpiring - Make $ and Meet New Friends

    For more details -


    Date: 20-May-20  09:37  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.14 Section: Junior School Senior School Sport

    Director of Identity

    Laudato Si Week

    “Each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another” (Laudato Si’, 42)

     

    From May 16-24 we join together with communities all over the world to celebrate and commemorate the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si'. The theme is ‘Everything is Connected’ and every day we have been focusing on different ways, through both prayer and action, that we can make our world a more sustainable and fairer place for everyone.

     

    Laudato Si’, is an inspiration during moments of difficulty. It encourages us to reflect on the values we share as we come together as one people around the world to prayerfully discern the lessons of this moment, to reflect more deeply on our Creator and creation. Its vision of integral ecology, which sees connections between how we treat God, nature, and each other, offers simple but profound truths about the bonds that unite us.

     

    Pope Francis chose to be named after St. Francis of Assisi, a man of poverty, a man of peace, a man who loved and protected all creation. St. Francis, who died at age 44 in 1226, was devoted to the poor, he preached God’s mercy, he sought to reform the church and he was passionate about caring for Creation. When Pope Francis wrote his second encyclical on Caring for our Common Home, he chose to title it Laudato si’ which means “Praise be to you”. It is an Umbrian phrase from St Francis of Assisi's 13th-century "Canticle of the Sun" a poem and prayer in which God is praised for the creation of the different creatures and aspects of the Earth and which provides a beautiful reflection for all of us during this important week as we reconnect with ourselves, each other, our environment and our Creator.

     

    "Canticle of the Sun" St Francis of Assisi

    Most High, all powerful, good Lord, Yours are the praises, the glory, the honour, and all blessing. To You alone, Most High, do they belong, and no man is worthy to mention Your name.

     

    Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures, especially through my lord Brother Sun, who brings the day; and you give light through him. And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendour! Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

     

    Praise be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars, in heaven you formed them clear and precious and beautiful.

     

    Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind, and through the air, cloudy and serene, and every kind of weather through which You give sustenance to Your creatures.

     

    Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water, which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.

     

    Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom you light the night and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.

     

    Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Mother Earth, who sustains us and governs us and who produces varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.

     

    Praised be You, my Lord, through those who give pardon for Your love, and bear infirmity and tribulation.

     

    Blessed are those who endure in peace for by You, Most High, they shall be crowned.

     

    Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death, from whom no living man can escape. Woe to those who die in mortal sin. Blessed are those whom death will find in Your most holy will, for the second death shall do them no harm.

     

    Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks and serve Him with great humility.


    Date: 20-May-20  09:23  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.14 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Reconciliation Action Plan News

    Cultural Competence for Students

    Outdoor Education Teaching Assistant Mr Jake Terhell has created a Numeracy in Navigation lesson and included Tasmanian Aboriginal Perspectives by applying this learning to real life scenarios.

    Working in pairs, several Grade 8 and Grade 9 students used a measuring device called a click wheel to determine a 50m length, the number of steps and how long it took to walk this distance. Back in the classroom they used topographical maps of kunanyi Mt Wellington and a ruler to determine how far the distance is between the Springs and Junction Cabin and used their recorded data to measure how long it would take them to walk this distance, include a lunch stop and return to the Springs.

    The lesson was then developed further by considering why people might walk from one place to another. A scenario was created whereby the students had to imagine they were members of the leenowwenne people of the Big River Nation, living around the area we know as Dysart and travelling to visit the muwininna people of the South East Nation, at the place we call Austins Ferry. The students had to imagine themselves tens of thousands of years ago, leading their families on a journey to find food and to trade and celebrate with other groups. They had to use maps and their recorded measurements to predict how long it would take them to walk that far, when to leave and at what time they would arrive.

    A new scenario was then introduced, to travel across the river on bark canoes, similar to today’s stand up paddle boards, and visit the moomairremener people of the Oyster Bay Nation, at the place we call Risdon Cove. Their measurements had to be adjusted again to include land and water travel and the return journey.

    The lesson also enabled discussion on how Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples would tell the time through reading the sun’s movements and navigate by reading and understanding the landscape they were travelling through and yet today we rely on maps and compasses as well as our watches or phones to tell the time or find our way. We also discussed the respectful manner in which Tasmanian Aboriginal people would arrive in other peoples’ Country and how we can be respectful too by always Acknowledging the original custodians of the Country we live and work upon.

     


    Date: 20-May-20  09:21  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.14 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Assistant Deputy Principal - Students and Transitions

    Activity and  Wellbeing Schedule Online

    This week Senior School students were sent their second wellbeing and activity schedule. Again, this provides students with an opportunity to stay active with exercise routines whilst keeping mindfully healthy with tips and videos to on mental health.

    Last week we had two House Competitions take place - A Soccer Skills juggling competition and a Lego Masters competition where House points were awarded.

    Well done to all boys who entered and congratulations to our winners below.

     

    Soccer Juggling

    Winners

    1st  Josh Divin (Doyle) – 2000 approximately!!!  Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA8SKfqFqNw

    2nd Jacob Clothier (Joyce) – 589

    3rd Arjun Sharma (Doyle) – 585

     

    Lego Masters

    1st - Thomas Scattergood (Joyce)

    2nd - Coby Stock (Dwyer)

    3rd - Daniel Mulcahy (Doyle)

     

    This week’s schedule sent to students on Monday is below.

     

    Student Online Wellbeing and Activity Schedule – Week 4B

     

    MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
    Exercise Routine with Jake Terhell

    (YouTube)

    ‘Mindfulness with Colours’ with Kelsey Odgers

    (YouTube)

    Football Skills with Mr Mark Beck‘Mindful Words’ with Kelsey OdgersSchool Assembly – Period 3

     

    Virtual School Cross Country

    SVC Virtual Cross Country – (YouTube/ Student Welcome Pack Attached)
    SVC House Skills Competition (Tennis Challenge) – All Entries to Mr Canning (bcanning@stvirgils.tas.edu.au by Friday May 22 @3pm (YouTube)

    All video content is available on the St Virgil’s College YouTube Channel via the link below;

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLJjYD_B-2GvPB5g-wG2wDg/playlists

    Speak Up! Stay ChatTY!

    Over the coming weeks Grade 9s and 10s will have the opportunity to participate in the SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY online presentations.

    The online presentations are designed for young people in Grades 9-12 who are learning from home, or still attending school. Each presentation will be facilitated by a trained Stay ChatTY Project Officer and will run online for 30 minutes.

    All three presentations are supported by the Department of Education Tasmania, grounded in evidence and are aligned with the Australian Curriculum.

     

    The online presentation schedule is:

     

    1. Understanding your mental health during COVID-19

    Uploaded on Wednesday May 20 at 9am

    Facilitated by Julia Gandy, Senior Project Officer at SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY

     

    What will be covered:

    • Understand your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Look after your wellbeing while we’re stuck at home
    • Map types of support, and what support can look like

     

    1. Keeping mentally fit during COVID-19

    Uploaded on Wednesday May 27 at 9am                                                                                                                                                                                             

    Facilitated by Kat Carter, Project Officer at SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY

    What will be covered:

    • Learn how to cope with stress
    • Understand the importance of self-care during isolation
    • Recognise ways to maintain resilience during the pandemic
    • Map where to get support

     

    1. Helping a friend during COVID-19

    Uploaded on Wednesday June 3 at 9am

    Facilitated by Julia Gandy, Senior Project Officer at SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY

     

    What will be covered:

    • Understand why a friend might be struggling
    • Recognise signs someone might not be ok
    • Learn how to start the conversation
    • Map where to get support

     

    The link to the presentation will be sent out to students to be able to access the content.

     

    Guilford Young College Transition

    On Monday Grade 10 students again had the opportunity to get some introductory information about Guilford Young College and their transition to Year 11. This time students had the opportunity to hear from former student Hayden Bakes. Hayden told of his transition to GYC, the subjects he was doing, and tips about how to best prepare for Year 11. Bernadette Pogorzelski – Enrolments Register spoke to the boys about what will be taking place over the coming months to help them prepare for GYC. If any parents or students have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

     

    A reminder also that enrolments are due on Friday June 26.

     


    Date: 20-May-20  09:19  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.14 Section: Senior School

    Uniform Shop

    Term 2 Opening Hours and 50% off Microfiber Spray Jackets!

    Term 2, Week 4 trading hours:

    • Tuesday -   8am - 1pm
    • Thursday -  8am - 4pm

    From Tuesday May 26, the Uniform Shop will return to normal hours (8am-4pm) each Tuesday and Thursday during term time.

    Orders can still be made online for collection during these times. The Uniform Shop will continue to have strict COVID 19 protocols in place to ensure the wellbeing of all students, parents and staff.

     

    Microfiber Spray Jackets

    sizes available are sizes 8- Large & X Large

    were $98.00

    Now $49.00

     

    To purchase a half price jacket please ring the uniform shop on 6249 3610 and we can do card sale over the phone and you or your son can collect it.

    (Please be mindful due to COVID-19 we are not excepting cash at this time.)

    For all enquiries:

    Louise Bennett | St Virgil's College Uniform Shop Manager

    P: 03 6249 3610

    A: 195 Main Road, Austins Ferry TAS 7011

    W: www.Midford.com.au

     

     


    Date: 20-May-20  08:56  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.14 Section: Junior School Senior School

    Senior School Canteen

    Ordering Your Lunch!

    With lower numbers of boys at the College at present we are preparing less food for sale to avoid wastage. To ensure we can prepare enough food so boys do not miss out, we ask that you please order your son's lunch in advance either by:


    Date: 20-May-20  08:52  Edition: 2020 V.09 Ed.14 Section: Senior School

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