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  • From the Principal

    A Busy End of Year!

     Date:  19-Nov-20  09:30      Edition:   2020 Vol.09 Ed.36     Section:   From the Principal

    Deputy Principal

    Celebrations and Trials

     Date:  19-Nov-20  09:28      Edition:   2020 Vol.09 Ed.36     Section:   Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Mrs Fiona Chambers and Mrs Jo Messer

     Date:  19-Nov-20  09:16      Edition:   2020 Vol.09 Ed.36     Section:   Senior School

    Director of Identity

    Rituals and Ceremonies

     Date:  19-Nov-20  09:06      Edition:   2020 Vol.09 Ed.36     Section:   Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Reconciliation Action Plan News

    Opportunities Around the School - Reconciliation Awards

     Date:  19-Nov-20  08:49      Edition:   2020 Vol.09 Ed.36     Section:   Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Director of Sport

    Cricket

     Date:  19-Nov-20  08:39      Edition:   2020 Vol.09 Ed.36     Section:   Senior School Sport

    Uniform Shop

    2020/2021 Price List

     Date:  19-Nov-20  08:25      Edition:   2020 Vol.09 Ed.36     Section:   Junior School Senior School
  • From the Principal

    A Busy End of Year!

      2020 Vol.09 Ed.36
     From the Principal
     19-Nov-20  09:30

    Deputy Principal

    Celebrations and Trials

      2020 Vol.09 Ed.36
     Senior School
     19-Nov-20  09:28

    Heads of Junior School

    Mrs Fiona Chambers and Mrs Jo Messer

      2020 Vol.09 Ed.36
     Senior School
     19-Nov-20  09:16

    Director of Identity

    Rituals and Ceremonies

      2020 Vol.09 Ed.36
     Faith & Identity
    Junior School
    Senior School
     19-Nov-20  09:06

    Reconciliation Action Plan News

    Opportunities Around the School - Reconciliation Awards

      2020 Vol.09 Ed.36
     Faith & Identity
    Junior School
    Senior School
     19-Nov-20  08:49

    Director of Sport

    Cricket

      2020 Vol.09 Ed.36
     Senior School
    Sport
     19-Nov-20  08:39

    Uniform Shop

    2020/2021 Price List

      2020 Vol.09 Ed.36
     Junior School
    Senior School
     19-Nov-20  08:25
  • From the Principal

    A Busy End of Year!

    Reminder – Grade 10 Events

    I would like to remind all Grade 10 parents of the compulsory events happening for their boys in the coming weeks. A letter has been sent this week to update you on all aspects of these events.

    In line with COVID restrictions, numbers at the Thanksgiving Ceremony this year are limited and bookings are essential. Only people with a pre-booked ticket can be admitted to the event. All Grade 10 students plus 3 family members; all Grade 9 students; all award winners and their parents; Junior SRC and their parents are invited to attend in person.

    All other members of our community are invited to watch the livestream of this event. The link for this will be sent via Edsmart next week.

    Upcoming Events

    Please find listed below some upcoming events for the final few weeks of Term Four.

    • Grade 10 Mass, Photo, Dinner - Wednesday November 25
    • Grade 10 Final Day - Thursday November 26
    • Thanksgiving Liturgy - Thursday November 26
    • Principal’s Tour - Friday November 27
    • Southern Schools Orientation Day - Monday November 30
    • Junior School Assembly - Wednesday December 9
    • Junior School Thanksgiving Ceremony - Thursday December 10
    • Students Finish 2020 - Friday December 11

    Student Leaders 2021

    The following appointments have been made this week, in addition to the appointment of College Captain Caerwyn James and his deputies Riley Griggs and Myles Hall.

    I am pleased to announce the House Leaders for 2021.

    Doyle

    Prefect:                Harris Lamb

    Deputy:                Billy Hapka

     

    Dwyer

    Prefect:                Will Simaan

    Deputy:                Joe Mathers

     

    Hessian

    Prefect:                Krystian Jankowiak

    Deputy:                Charlie Banks

     

    Joyce

    Prefect:                Harry van Kraanen

    Deputy:                Riley Ferguson

    I congratulate these boys for being willing to support the College in leadership in 2021 and I am sure all the students will support them in their leadership journey.

    College Advisory Council (formerly referred to as the Board of Management)

    Earlier this week the College Advisory Council met as part of its annual meeting schedule and discussed many elements of current and future planning for the College. The major item was our strategic plan for 2021 -2024 and its launch and implementation. A key component of this plan is the move to senior secondary learning at the College for Year 11 from 2023. Both the financial and building master plans are being finalised in preparation for what will be a very busy time in the coming years. I would like to acknowledge the dedicated work of the Council members and thank them for their contribution to our community.

     

    Way to St James Cygnet Pilgrimage Goes Virtual

    The Way to St James Cygnet Pilgrimage is on again in 2021 – with a twist.

    To be held over two days in January, the pilgrimage will be offered online with people from all over the world invited to join the event.

    We have organised a special online event the ‘Way to St James Cygnet virtual pilgrimage walk’, said Fr Michael Tate (former OVA Chaplain) who is the event convenor.

    “Anyone can join us – All you have to do is walk up to 15 kilometres on Saturday 9 January, and again on Sunday 10 January.

    Pilgrims are invited to share their walk by posting images and videos to the Way to St James Cygnet Facebook page. Livestreamed events from Tasmania’s picturesque Huon Valley will support and encourage pilgrims during the duration of their walk – wherever in the world they may be located.

    You can register for the event at facebook.com/waytostjamescygnet

     

    Digital media: 2021 promotional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMZBFpBfPAE

     

     

    Fr Tate blesses scallop shells and pebbles prior to the start of the pilgrimage.

     Pilgrims walk through Grove and Ranelagh in Tasmania’s serene Huon Valley.

     


    Date: 19-Nov-20  09:30  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.36 Section: From the Principal

    Deputy Principal

    Celebrations and Trials

    I want to take this week’s newsletter opportunity to recognise the incredible work that our Grade 10 students have done to get to this point in the year.

    In any given year there are ups and downs -  this year our cups have runneth over with trials and challenges. The Grade 10s started their year expecting hard work, but also big opportunities to lead, to celebrate and to have great fun. All of this has come true but in a way and in proportions that none of us might have expected. Leadership opportunities for the boys have been subtle and unexpected and the demand for them to be creative, adaptable and resilient has been immense.

    Many boys have struggled. Many of them have had moments or longer of anxiety, frustration and sadness. At the same time though, there have been beautiful examples of boys supporting each other and raising each other up. Students have shown strengths and talents previously unseen. They have walked tall with their shoulders back and ridden the waves of uncertainty bravely.

    Today the boys arrived for their first exam. They were calm and collected -although I suspect some at times were ducks - serene on the surface but legs paddling madly under the water!  I was very proud to see them, present and correct, ready to embrace the next chapter in the story of 2020.

     


    Date: 19-Nov-20  09:28  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.36 Section: Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Mrs Fiona Chambers and Mrs Jo Messer

    Grade 3 Woodwork
    Grade 3 boys enjoyed their first woodwork lesson with Mr Maxwell this week. It is always exciting travelling to the Senior Campus on the bus and going into the woodwork room for the first time. After a rundown of the rules and safety requirements of the workshop, the boys began to plan and design their very own projects. The boys were very excited and had a lot to say:
    Alex: It was fun to design.
    Jack: Interesting to use some new tools.
    Ewan: It’s something I wouldn’t do very often.
    Paddy: It is a great opportunity to try new things.

     

     

    Visits from Fr Leonard and Sr Monica
    Grade 3, Grade 3&4 and Grade 5S have enjoyed visits from Fr Leonard and Sr Monica in the last two weeks to learn about a new boy saint and the special place for God in our lives. The boys have welcomed our visitors with lovely manners and were eager to learn. There were some interesting questions too. It was very nice for the boys to meet Fr Leonard and Sr Monica and we look forward to more visits next year.

    Gr 5&6 assembly
    Grade 5&6D hosted our final class organised assembly for the year. Technical difficulties didn’t stop the Junior School boys being able to sing the National Anthem; we celebrated recent birthdays and teachers gave out merit cards for positive behaviour and good work.
    The House points were announced for the term and the whole year, with Hessian leading the way again.

    Daily Fitness Class Reward
    As you may recall, the Aussie Sports Leaders are giving out stickers for boys who are participating with enthusiasm and cooperation during fitness activities. These stickers are pooled onto a class tally and at the end of Week 7 the class who has the most stickers will be receiving a special class prize provided by the school. There is only six points separating all classes, with three currently on equal points. There are three fitness sessions left, so it is anybody’s game.

    Congratulations
    Well done to Jacob Young in 3R who recently competed in a state-wide Judo competition and received a silver medal. This wonderful achievement takes great commitment and effort in training. Jacob should be very proud of himself, as are his parents and the SVC community.

    Music
    Grade 3 boys have been working through a mystery story called “The Composer is Dead” to learn about the instruments of the orchestra. They were learning about the string family this week and we brought out some old violins from the storeroom to try. Finn McCoull and Talyn Pringle enjoyed having a go.

    JSSATIS Athletics Carnival
    Congratulations to the Junior School boys who recently represented St Virgil’s College in the JSSATIS Athletics carnival. This is a great achievement and all boys participated positively and with enthusiasm. Thank you to Mrs McCullagh and Mrs Read for organising the team and supervising the boys at this event.

    These are some of the highlights from the day:
    Grade 3 long jump:     1st Jesse Mackey
    3rd Luca Brown

    Grade 3 400 m:            1st Jesse Mackay

    Grade 3 Vortex:          3rd Luca Brown

    Grade 4 100m:             2nd Edward Turnbull

    Grade 4 High Jump:   2nd Edward Turnbull
    3rd Harry Barton

    Grade 5 100m:             4th fastest Will Butler

    Grade 5 200m:             1st Will Butler

    Grade High Jump:      3rd Cooper Todd

    Grade 5 Long Jump:   2nd Will Butler

    Grade 5 Vortex:          3rd Samuel Robinson

    Grade 6 1500m:           2nd Felix Gepka

    Grade 6 400m:             4th Max Sylvester

    Relay results:              Grade 4 – 6 x 100 St Virgil’s 2nd place

    Grade 5 – 4 x 100 St Virgil’s 2nd place

    Calendar events:
    Friday November 20               Pre-Kinder session

    Tuesday November 24           Grade 4 excursion to Richmond

    Wednesday November 25      Grade 3s to The Nutcracker Pantomime

    Thursday November 26         Grade 10 Thanksgiving and Awards Ceremony (JS SRC invited to attend)

     

    NAIDOC Week

    Always Was, Always Will Be

    By Maxwell and Jake

    On November 12, Grade 6L went out to the senior school to do some NAIDOC week activities. We went out for a walk around SVC to find some edible plants and other different bush tucker. Bushy, Auntie Wendell, Jamie and Mrs Jenkins took us down on the train tracks showing us different plants and telling us about how the Aboriginals have lived on this land for around 42,000 years.

    Some of the highlights of our excursion were eating some of the plants that we didn’t know were edible. Jamie is an Aboriginal scientist and he taught us about how Aboriginals tested if the food was edible and how we know if it is ripe. Jamie told us stories about how he grew up learning about his culture and different Aboriginal things. He also helped us make some badges with Aboriginal symbols that showed different stories on each person’s badge. We are very thankful that we had this opportunity as a class to be taught about all of this amazing information and stories.


    Date: 19-Nov-20  09:16  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.36 Section: Senior School

    Director of Identity

    Rituals and Ceremonies

    Today we begin preparing for the rituals, ceremonies and traditions of Leavers' Week. Starting this morning with their first exam the Grade 10 students will become all too aware that this week which they have spent many years looking forward to is now suddenly upon them. With that realisation comes a range of emotions and feelings; excitement, pride, apprehension, regret, joy, anticipation, sometimes all being experienced in the same minute! This is a week where the only certainty is how quickly it will fly by, while seeming to take forever to end, and will be a time of important reflection for all of us.

    This year has definitely had its challenges but the courage, loyalty, resilience and determination, not to mention a much-needed sense of humour that this year group has demonstrated has reminded us all of the strength we gain from each other, that we belong to a very special community. We are surrounded by people who care for us and for whom we also care. We see the face of Jesus in each of us, we love one another as we are loved, and we value the dignity and worth inherent in ourselves and each other. We share a common life within, amongst and alongside each other, developing our individual strengths by being affirmed and supported by each other. We recognise the challenges faced by others, whose needs and abilities are different from ours and we celebrate their achievements as we would our own.

    Belonging to an Inclusive Community enables us to remain hope-filled that a better world is possible. We see ourselves as people with the capacity, agency and opportunity to make the world a fairer, more inclusive and just place for everyone and we acknowledge and embrace our responsibility to do so. As we prepare to farewell this extraordinary group of young Virgilians, we can be confident that they will make their mark upon the world, knowing that they will always belong to a community of good people who live their lives through deeds not words alone.


    Date: 19-Nov-20  09:06  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.36 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Director of Learning and Teaching

    First LEGO League and Grade 8 - Design Your Own Burgers! Congratulations to our Junior Saints who took out the Engineering Excellence Award at the Hobart FIRST LEGO League Regional event conducted at St Virgil's College on Saturday. Led by our own Lego Master Mrs Baume-Tarrant, the team also qualified for Nationals in the process.

    The FIRST LEGO League, for students aged 9 - 16, involved 18 teams competing to solve problems using robots to perform autonomous tasks. The FIRST LEGO event is part of a global competition that started in 1998. Last year more than 320,000 children in 100 countries participated in the competition.

     

    Grade 8 - Design Your Own Burgers!


    Date: 19-Nov-20  09:02  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.36 Section: Senior School

    Reconciliation Action Plan News

    Opportunities Around the School - Reconciliation Awards

    As the Grade 10 students busily prepare for their final days at the College, we took time on Wednesday afternoon to acknowledge the significant contribution made by our Grade 10 Aboriginal students to our College’s reconciliation journey.

    At midday we gathered in the gardens above the bushland where they have spent much of their learning and time, a place that has been cared for by them and in turn cared for them. After some footy, some chat and a fabulous BBQ lunch prepared and catered by Mark “Bushy” Smith we gathered on our circular mat beside the Aboriginal Flag to formally thank and congratulate them. Ms Sarah Lackey, Education Officer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education at the TCEO joined us to give a deeply personal Acknowledgement of Country and College Captain Daniel Vallerine came and formally thanked them on behalf of the College, presenting them with a gift and card. Afterwards several other students and staff came to say farewell and we had a few more sausages and a bit more footy!

    Throughout the last four years these students have been a courageous, proud and generous example for all of us in how to create a better community for everyone. They have led us all in ceremonies, assemblies and community events such as the Launch of our Reconciliation Action Plan, wearing ochre, dancing and speaking from the heart. Many times, they have given the Acknowledgement of Country, sometimes outside in small groups, sometimes in front of huge gatherings and even online in Zoom meetings or via live recordings. These boys have driven social and cultural change in our school and in our wider community, they have shared their culture, knowledge and feelings in classrooms, on camps, with visiting primary schools, parents, staff and in state and national forums and conferences. They have left a lasting legacy through their artwork, words and actions and inspired all of us to keep working toward a future where we can all live in a truly reconciled Australia.

     


    Date: 19-Nov-20  08:49  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.36 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Assistant Deputy Principal

    2021 Leadership

    The election process for 2021 Leadership is now complete and we have our 11 new leaders. I would like to thank all students who put their name forward and participated in the process. I would also like to congratulate those students who were successful and wish them all the best as they begin their leadership journey.

    Nominations for Peer Support will open on Friday, and I encourage students to put their name forward for this very important role, which plays a big part in welcoming out grade 7’s for 2021.

    Below are our 2021 Leaders:

    College Captain – Caerwyn James (Pictured Above)

    Vice Captains – Riley Griggs

    Myles Hall

    Doyle

    Prefect – Harris Lamb

    Deputy Prefect – Billy Hapke

    Dwyer

    Prefect – Will Simaan

    Deputy Prefect – Joe Mathers

    Hessian

    Prefect – Krystian Jankowiak

    Deputy Prefect – Charlie Banks

    Joyce

    Prefect – Harry Van Kraanan

    Deputy Prefect – Riley Ferguson

     

    Grade 10 Leavers

    We are now in the home stretch for Grade 10s with exams commencing tody. I would like to remind Grade 10s, that if there are any issues with their uniform, then this needs to be rectified now in preparation for Formal Exams and Leavers week.

    Also, a reminder that in just under two weeks the Grade 10s will be celebrating their Leavers Dinner at the College. Can I ask that if you have not yet paid for the evening can you please do so or contact me by phone on 62496555 or by email at bcanning@stvirgils.tas.edu.au


    Date: 19-Nov-20  08:45  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.36 Section: Senior School

    Director of Sport

    Cricket

    A great day of cricket today for the annual Coyle-Clingeleffer Grade 9 Cup on Tuesday. Prior to the game it was a great thrill to have SPC Old Boy Tim Coyle speak to both teams, highlighting the great cricket tradition between out two schools.
    Batting first SVC made 9-161 thanks largely to Captain Will Simaan 47, Jacob Goodsell 19, Krystian Jankowiak 19 and Daniel Cassidy 13no. Xavier Tras with 38 also helped!
    In reply we were unable to put enough pressure on the SPC batters, bowling too short and too wide for much of the innings. SPC passed our total 4 down with 17 overs to spare. Pick of our bowlers were Jake Fehlberg with 1-5 and Jacob Goodsell 1-10.
    Congratulations to SPC on taking back the Cup which we have proudly held since 2017. We look forward to its return to Hobart in 2021!

    Grade 7&8 CricketSVC

    Blue 4/162 off 20 overs defeated Friends 7-97 off 20.

    SVC Blue maintained their unbeaten run with a solid win against Friends. The team finished on top and will take on MacKillop in the Grand Final next week.

     


    Date: 19-Nov-20  08:39  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.36 Section: Senior School Sport

    Uniform Shop

    2020/2021 Price List

    Opening Times

    Tuesday 8am-4pm

    Thursday 8am -4pm

    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

    Book an Appointment: https://MidfordBooking.as.me/StVirgilsCollege


    Date: 19-Nov-20  08:25  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.36 Section: Junior School Senior School

    Senior School Canteen

    Weekly Roster

    FridayNovember 20Michelle BarrowSally FeldmanisJocelyn Huigsloot
    Monday November 23Linda KerschbaumLeighton Hilyer
    TuesdayNovember 24Jenny Rogers Barbara Oats
    WednesdayNovember 25Selina PerceyMaria GerathyLeavers Dinner
    ThursdayNovember 26 

    ALL STUDENTS

     

    FINISH AT 1PM

    Breakfast & Recess Menu Only
    FridayNovember 27Karen McMillonGemma Chivers

     


    Date: 19-Nov-20  08:19  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.36 Section: Senior School
  • Print Newsletter

    From the Principal

    A Busy End of Year!

    Reminder – Grade 10 Events

    I would like to remind all Grade 10 parents of the compulsory events happening for their boys in the coming weeks. A letter has been sent this week to update you on all aspects of these events.

    In line with COVID restrictions, numbers at the Thanksgiving Ceremony this year are limited and bookings are essential. Only people with a pre-booked ticket can be admitted to the event. All Grade 10 students plus 3 family members; all Grade 9 students; all award winners and their parents; Junior SRC and their parents are invited to attend in person.

    All other members of our community are invited to watch the livestream of this event. The link for this will be sent via Edsmart next week.

    Upcoming Events

    Please find listed below some upcoming events for the final few weeks of Term Four.

    • Grade 10 Mass, Photo, Dinner - Wednesday November 25
    • Grade 10 Final Day - Thursday November 26
    • Thanksgiving Liturgy - Thursday November 26
    • Principal’s Tour - Friday November 27
    • Southern Schools Orientation Day - Monday November 30
    • Junior School Assembly - Wednesday December 9
    • Junior School Thanksgiving Ceremony - Thursday December 10
    • Students Finish 2020 - Friday December 11

    Student Leaders 2021

    The following appointments have been made this week, in addition to the appointment of College Captain Caerwyn James and his deputies Riley Griggs and Myles Hall.

    I am pleased to announce the House Leaders for 2021.

    Doyle

    Prefect:                Harris Lamb

    Deputy:                Billy Hapka

     

    Dwyer

    Prefect:                Will Simaan

    Deputy:                Joe Mathers

     

    Hessian

    Prefect:                Krystian Jankowiak

    Deputy:                Charlie Banks

     

    Joyce

    Prefect:                Harry van Kraanen

    Deputy:                Riley Ferguson

    I congratulate these boys for being willing to support the College in leadership in 2021 and I am sure all the students will support them in their leadership journey.

    College Advisory Council (formerly referred to as the Board of Management)

    Earlier this week the College Advisory Council met as part of its annual meeting schedule and discussed many elements of current and future planning for the College. The major item was our strategic plan for 2021 -2024 and its launch and implementation. A key component of this plan is the move to senior secondary learning at the College for Year 11 from 2023. Both the financial and building master plans are being finalised in preparation for what will be a very busy time in the coming years. I would like to acknowledge the dedicated work of the Council members and thank them for their contribution to our community.

     

    Way to St James Cygnet Pilgrimage Goes Virtual

    The Way to St James Cygnet Pilgrimage is on again in 2021 – with a twist.

    To be held over two days in January, the pilgrimage will be offered online with people from all over the world invited to join the event.

    We have organised a special online event the ‘Way to St James Cygnet virtual pilgrimage walk’, said Fr Michael Tate (former OVA Chaplain) who is the event convenor.

    “Anyone can join us – All you have to do is walk up to 15 kilometres on Saturday 9 January, and again on Sunday 10 January.

    Pilgrims are invited to share their walk by posting images and videos to the Way to St James Cygnet Facebook page. Livestreamed events from Tasmania’s picturesque Huon Valley will support and encourage pilgrims during the duration of their walk – wherever in the world they may be located.

    You can register for the event at facebook.com/waytostjamescygnet

     

    Digital media: 2021 promotional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMZBFpBfPAE

     

     

    Fr Tate blesses scallop shells and pebbles prior to the start of the pilgrimage.

     Pilgrims walk through Grove and Ranelagh in Tasmania’s serene Huon Valley.

     


    Date: 19-Nov-20  09:30  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.36 Section: From the Principal

    Deputy Principal

    Celebrations and Trials

    I want to take this week’s newsletter opportunity to recognise the incredible work that our Grade 10 students have done to get to this point in the year.

    In any given year there are ups and downs -  this year our cups have runneth over with trials and challenges. The Grade 10s started their year expecting hard work, but also big opportunities to lead, to celebrate and to have great fun. All of this has come true but in a way and in proportions that none of us might have expected. Leadership opportunities for the boys have been subtle and unexpected and the demand for them to be creative, adaptable and resilient has been immense.

    Many boys have struggled. Many of them have had moments or longer of anxiety, frustration and sadness. At the same time though, there have been beautiful examples of boys supporting each other and raising each other up. Students have shown strengths and talents previously unseen. They have walked tall with their shoulders back and ridden the waves of uncertainty bravely.

    Today the boys arrived for their first exam. They were calm and collected -although I suspect some at times were ducks - serene on the surface but legs paddling madly under the water!  I was very proud to see them, present and correct, ready to embrace the next chapter in the story of 2020.

     


    Date: 19-Nov-20  09:28  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.36 Section: Senior School

    Heads of Junior School

    Mrs Fiona Chambers and Mrs Jo Messer

    Grade 3 Woodwork
    Grade 3 boys enjoyed their first woodwork lesson with Mr Maxwell this week. It is always exciting travelling to the Senior Campus on the bus and going into the woodwork room for the first time. After a rundown of the rules and safety requirements of the workshop, the boys began to plan and design their very own projects. The boys were very excited and had a lot to say:
    Alex: It was fun to design.
    Jack: Interesting to use some new tools.
    Ewan: It’s something I wouldn’t do very often.
    Paddy: It is a great opportunity to try new things.

     

     

    Visits from Fr Leonard and Sr Monica
    Grade 3, Grade 3&4 and Grade 5S have enjoyed visits from Fr Leonard and Sr Monica in the last two weeks to learn about a new boy saint and the special place for God in our lives. The boys have welcomed our visitors with lovely manners and were eager to learn. There were some interesting questions too. It was very nice for the boys to meet Fr Leonard and Sr Monica and we look forward to more visits next year.

    Gr 5&6 assembly
    Grade 5&6D hosted our final class organised assembly for the year. Technical difficulties didn’t stop the Junior School boys being able to sing the National Anthem; we celebrated recent birthdays and teachers gave out merit cards for positive behaviour and good work.
    The House points were announced for the term and the whole year, with Hessian leading the way again.

    Daily Fitness Class Reward
    As you may recall, the Aussie Sports Leaders are giving out stickers for boys who are participating with enthusiasm and cooperation during fitness activities. These stickers are pooled onto a class tally and at the end of Week 7 the class who has the most stickers will be receiving a special class prize provided by the school. There is only six points separating all classes, with three currently on equal points. There are three fitness sessions left, so it is anybody’s game.

    Congratulations
    Well done to Jacob Young in 3R who recently competed in a state-wide Judo competition and received a silver medal. This wonderful achievement takes great commitment and effort in training. Jacob should be very proud of himself, as are his parents and the SVC community.

    Music
    Grade 3 boys have been working through a mystery story called “The Composer is Dead” to learn about the instruments of the orchestra. They were learning about the string family this week and we brought out some old violins from the storeroom to try. Finn McCoull and Talyn Pringle enjoyed having a go.

    JSSATIS Athletics Carnival
    Congratulations to the Junior School boys who recently represented St Virgil’s College in the JSSATIS Athletics carnival. This is a great achievement and all boys participated positively and with enthusiasm. Thank you to Mrs McCullagh and Mrs Read for organising the team and supervising the boys at this event.

    These are some of the highlights from the day:
    Grade 3 long jump:     1st Jesse Mackey
    3rd Luca Brown

    Grade 3 400 m:            1st Jesse Mackay

    Grade 3 Vortex:          3rd Luca Brown

    Grade 4 100m:             2nd Edward Turnbull

    Grade 4 High Jump:   2nd Edward Turnbull
    3rd Harry Barton

    Grade 5 100m:             4th fastest Will Butler

    Grade 5 200m:             1st Will Butler

    Grade High Jump:      3rd Cooper Todd

    Grade 5 Long Jump:   2nd Will Butler

    Grade 5 Vortex:          3rd Samuel Robinson

    Grade 6 1500m:           2nd Felix Gepka

    Grade 6 400m:             4th Max Sylvester

    Relay results:              Grade 4 – 6 x 100 St Virgil’s 2nd place

    Grade 5 – 4 x 100 St Virgil’s 2nd place

    Calendar events:
    Friday November 20               Pre-Kinder session

    Tuesday November 24           Grade 4 excursion to Richmond

    Wednesday November 25      Grade 3s to The Nutcracker Pantomime

    Thursday November 26         Grade 10 Thanksgiving and Awards Ceremony (JS SRC invited to attend)

     

    NAIDOC Week

    Always Was, Always Will Be

    By Maxwell and Jake

    On November 12, Grade 6L went out to the senior school to do some NAIDOC week activities. We went out for a walk around SVC to find some edible plants and other different bush tucker. Bushy, Auntie Wendell, Jamie and Mrs Jenkins took us down on the train tracks showing us different plants and telling us about how the Aboriginals have lived on this land for around 42,000 years.

    Some of the highlights of our excursion were eating some of the plants that we didn’t know were edible. Jamie is an Aboriginal scientist and he taught us about how Aboriginals tested if the food was edible and how we know if it is ripe. Jamie told us stories about how he grew up learning about his culture and different Aboriginal things. He also helped us make some badges with Aboriginal symbols that showed different stories on each person’s badge. We are very thankful that we had this opportunity as a class to be taught about all of this amazing information and stories.


    Date: 19-Nov-20  09:16  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.36 Section: Senior School

    Director of Identity

    Rituals and Ceremonies

    Today we begin preparing for the rituals, ceremonies and traditions of Leavers' Week. Starting this morning with their first exam the Grade 10 students will become all too aware that this week which they have spent many years looking forward to is now suddenly upon them. With that realisation comes a range of emotions and feelings; excitement, pride, apprehension, regret, joy, anticipation, sometimes all being experienced in the same minute! This is a week where the only certainty is how quickly it will fly by, while seeming to take forever to end, and will be a time of important reflection for all of us.

    This year has definitely had its challenges but the courage, loyalty, resilience and determination, not to mention a much-needed sense of humour that this year group has demonstrated has reminded us all of the strength we gain from each other, that we belong to a very special community. We are surrounded by people who care for us and for whom we also care. We see the face of Jesus in each of us, we love one another as we are loved, and we value the dignity and worth inherent in ourselves and each other. We share a common life within, amongst and alongside each other, developing our individual strengths by being affirmed and supported by each other. We recognise the challenges faced by others, whose needs and abilities are different from ours and we celebrate their achievements as we would our own.

    Belonging to an Inclusive Community enables us to remain hope-filled that a better world is possible. We see ourselves as people with the capacity, agency and opportunity to make the world a fairer, more inclusive and just place for everyone and we acknowledge and embrace our responsibility to do so. As we prepare to farewell this extraordinary group of young Virgilians, we can be confident that they will make their mark upon the world, knowing that they will always belong to a community of good people who live their lives through deeds not words alone.


    Date: 19-Nov-20  09:06  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.36 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Director of Learning and Teaching

    First LEGO League and Grade 8 - Design Your Own Burgers! Congratulations to our Junior Saints who took out the Engineering Excellence Award at the Hobart FIRST LEGO League Regional event conducted at St Virgil's College on Saturday. Led by our own Lego Master Mrs Baume-Tarrant, the team also qualified for Nationals in the process.

    The FIRST LEGO League, for students aged 9 - 16, involved 18 teams competing to solve problems using robots to perform autonomous tasks. The FIRST LEGO event is part of a global competition that started in 1998. Last year more than 320,000 children in 100 countries participated in the competition.

     

    Grade 8 - Design Your Own Burgers!


    Date: 19-Nov-20  09:02  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.36 Section: Senior School

    Reconciliation Action Plan News

    Opportunities Around the School - Reconciliation Awards

    As the Grade 10 students busily prepare for their final days at the College, we took time on Wednesday afternoon to acknowledge the significant contribution made by our Grade 10 Aboriginal students to our College’s reconciliation journey.

    At midday we gathered in the gardens above the bushland where they have spent much of their learning and time, a place that has been cared for by them and in turn cared for them. After some footy, some chat and a fabulous BBQ lunch prepared and catered by Mark “Bushy” Smith we gathered on our circular mat beside the Aboriginal Flag to formally thank and congratulate them. Ms Sarah Lackey, Education Officer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education at the TCEO joined us to give a deeply personal Acknowledgement of Country and College Captain Daniel Vallerine came and formally thanked them on behalf of the College, presenting them with a gift and card. Afterwards several other students and staff came to say farewell and we had a few more sausages and a bit more footy!

    Throughout the last four years these students have been a courageous, proud and generous example for all of us in how to create a better community for everyone. They have led us all in ceremonies, assemblies and community events such as the Launch of our Reconciliation Action Plan, wearing ochre, dancing and speaking from the heart. Many times, they have given the Acknowledgement of Country, sometimes outside in small groups, sometimes in front of huge gatherings and even online in Zoom meetings or via live recordings. These boys have driven social and cultural change in our school and in our wider community, they have shared their culture, knowledge and feelings in classrooms, on camps, with visiting primary schools, parents, staff and in state and national forums and conferences. They have left a lasting legacy through their artwork, words and actions and inspired all of us to keep working toward a future where we can all live in a truly reconciled Australia.

     


    Date: 19-Nov-20  08:49  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.36 Section: Faith & Identity Junior School Senior School

    Assistant Deputy Principal

    2021 Leadership

    The election process for 2021 Leadership is now complete and we have our 11 new leaders. I would like to thank all students who put their name forward and participated in the process. I would also like to congratulate those students who were successful and wish them all the best as they begin their leadership journey.

    Nominations for Peer Support will open on Friday, and I encourage students to put their name forward for this very important role, which plays a big part in welcoming out grade 7’s for 2021.

    Below are our 2021 Leaders:

    College Captain – Caerwyn James (Pictured Above)

    Vice Captains – Riley Griggs

    Myles Hall

    Doyle

    Prefect – Harris Lamb

    Deputy Prefect – Billy Hapke

    Dwyer

    Prefect – Will Simaan

    Deputy Prefect – Joe Mathers

    Hessian

    Prefect – Krystian Jankowiak

    Deputy Prefect – Charlie Banks

    Joyce

    Prefect – Harry Van Kraanan

    Deputy Prefect – Riley Ferguson

     

    Grade 10 Leavers

    We are now in the home stretch for Grade 10s with exams commencing tody. I would like to remind Grade 10s, that if there are any issues with their uniform, then this needs to be rectified now in preparation for Formal Exams and Leavers week.

    Also, a reminder that in just under two weeks the Grade 10s will be celebrating their Leavers Dinner at the College. Can I ask that if you have not yet paid for the evening can you please do so or contact me by phone on 62496555 or by email at bcanning@stvirgils.tas.edu.au


    Date: 19-Nov-20  08:45  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.36 Section: Senior School

    Director of Sport

    Cricket

    A great day of cricket today for the annual Coyle-Clingeleffer Grade 9 Cup on Tuesday. Prior to the game it was a great thrill to have SPC Old Boy Tim Coyle speak to both teams, highlighting the great cricket tradition between out two schools.
    Batting first SVC made 9-161 thanks largely to Captain Will Simaan 47, Jacob Goodsell 19, Krystian Jankowiak 19 and Daniel Cassidy 13no. Xavier Tras with 38 also helped!
    In reply we were unable to put enough pressure on the SPC batters, bowling too short and too wide for much of the innings. SPC passed our total 4 down with 17 overs to spare. Pick of our bowlers were Jake Fehlberg with 1-5 and Jacob Goodsell 1-10.
    Congratulations to SPC on taking back the Cup which we have proudly held since 2017. We look forward to its return to Hobart in 2021!

    Grade 7&8 CricketSVC

    Blue 4/162 off 20 overs defeated Friends 7-97 off 20.

    SVC Blue maintained their unbeaten run with a solid win against Friends. The team finished on top and will take on MacKillop in the Grand Final next week.

     


    Date: 19-Nov-20  08:39  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.36 Section: Senior School Sport

    Uniform Shop

    2020/2021 Price List

    Opening Times

    Tuesday 8am-4pm

    Thursday 8am -4pm

    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

    Book an Appointment: https://MidfordBooking.as.me/StVirgilsCollege


    Date: 19-Nov-20  08:25  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.36 Section: Junior School Senior School

    Senior School Canteen

    Weekly Roster

    FridayNovember 20Michelle BarrowSally FeldmanisJocelyn Huigsloot
    Monday November 23Linda KerschbaumLeighton Hilyer
    TuesdayNovember 24Jenny Rogers Barbara Oats
    WednesdayNovember 25Selina PerceyMaria GerathyLeavers Dinner
    ThursdayNovember 26 

    ALL STUDENTS

     

    FINISH AT 1PM

    Breakfast & Recess Menu Only
    FridayNovember 27Karen McMillonGemma Chivers

     


    Date: 19-Nov-20  08:19  Edition: 2020 Vol.09 Ed.36 Section: Senior School

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