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Filter: Edition: 2016 V.05 Ed.23 - Section: Junior School - 6 Post(s)


  • From the Principal

    Feast of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary – August 15

    The Feast of the Assumption is observed as one of the Catholic Church’s Holy Days of Obligation. Mary was recognised as “full of grace”, “blessed among women” and “one with the Lord”. When the course of her earthly life was completed, she was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven. Mary is believed to be the greatest of all Christian Saints and the Patroness of all humanity.

    Catholic Education Week – August 14 to 20

    Sunday is the commencement of Catholic Education Week and Pope Francis has declared the theme this year ‘Opening the Door of Mercy’ through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons and instils hope. It is a time to reflect and recognise the contribution made by all who enrich Catholic education in Tasmania.

    Mass is being held in the Cathedral at 11am next Thursday August 18 for all Catholic schools and some of our Junior School boys will be representing St Virgil’s at this Mass.

    NAPLAN

    In the coming days you will receive your son's NAPLAN results in the mail. These results are derived from the single series of tests held in May. Hence they provide a ‘snapshot’ of performance on the test day. Whilst the data is valid and provides useful insights, it should not be viewed in isolation to the more extensive assessment and reporting processes of the College. Please be assured that all data is used extensively by the College in the development and implementation of programmes that best meet the needs of our boys.

    Please read the Information Pamphlet from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), ACARA_2016 NAPLAN student report brochure which contains answers to a number of frequently asked questions. 

    Should you have any additional questions or concerns regarding NAPLAN data, please contact Mr Terry Blizzard at Austins Ferry or Mr Andrew Pinelli at Patrick Street.

     

    Parent Paperwork

    I trust that by now you have received one or more communications form our new ICT system Parent Paperwork. The system will be used extensively to  deliver all information about College excursions, incursions, sporting and music trips and other events that have traditionally been communicated to you via a paper-based, student delivered form.  

    This provides numerous benefits for students, parents and staff including: 

    • Not having to search through your son’s bag for important information; 
    • A quick and easy way to give parental permission and key information for excursions including medical and transport information; 
    • Management of risk associated with school activities – teachers will have access on their device to all permission information – for example medical permission to act or swimming status; 
    • A reduction in paper and printing costs – money saved will be allocated to learning and teaching programmes … and it helps our environment; 
    • Parents will be able to easily store forms so information about excursions and events is quickly retrieved; and 
    • Parents will receive a reminder if permission forms have not been returned so as to ensure boys do not miss out on any of the great learning opportunities offered at the College. 

    Evidence from other schools highlights that Parent Paperwork further strengthens the home-school partnership, integral in enhancing learning outcomes for our boys. The system also works seamlessly with our other ICT products including the SIMON learning management system and the Parent Access Module. 

     

    To enable the system to work optimally it is essential that the College has your latest contact details. If you change details, in particular email addresses, at any time please advise the College office on soon as practicable. Thank you for your assistance in this matter - I trust you will enjoy the great benefits that Parent Paperwork and our other ICT systems provide to you. 

     

    2017 Grade 9&10 Subject Selection Evening 

    Thank you to all parents who attended the Subject Selection Evening last Thursday night with their sons. It was very pleasing to see the engagement of the students taking advantage of the opportunity to speak with teachers regarding possible pathways and access to the wide variety of subjects on offer. I urge all students to have their online selections in by the closing date, Monday August 15.

     

    Junior School Disco

    Tomorrow evening our Junior School boys will gather with students from St Mary’s College and Mt Carmel College to enjoy a night of socialising in the Patrick Street Hall. The disco is being held from 6-6.45pm for Grade 3 and 4, and from 7-8.30pm for Grade 5 and 6 students. It is always great to see the energy and enthusiasm all students bring to the disco and to see our boys reunited with girls they were in class with at our boys' feeder schools from Prep to Grade 2. 

    Community Football Lunch

    I encourage all football fans, friends and family to attend the annual Community Football Luncheon being held on Friday August 19 from 12 noon. Our special guest will be Ray McLean, founder of Leading Teams. Ray has been a highly sought after Leadership Consultant for high performing teams such as Sydney, Hawthorn and Collingwood in the AFL and the Australian cricket, basketball and netball teams. It will be a fantastic day so please put a table together. 

    Ray McLean

     

    Bookings for the lunch can be made on https://www.trybooking.com/202887 or by contacting Mr Mark Waddington – mwaddington@stvirgils.tas.edu.au

     

     Date:  10-Aug-16  05:51      Edition:   2016 V.05 Ed.23     Section:   From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Head of Junior School

    Mr Andrew Pinelli ... NAPLAN, Woodwork, Disco, The Fair and ICAS Science 

     Date:  10-Aug-16  05:49      Edition:   2016 V.05 Ed.23     Section:   Junior School

    Junior School Sport

    Mrs Jo Messer 

    Basketball, Soccer and Term 4 Sports ... 

     Date:  10-Aug-16  05:45      Edition:   2016 V.05 Ed.23     Section:   Junior School Sport

    Music

    Mrs Jodie Williams

    Old Virgilian Carl Renshaw finalist in the Triple J 'Unearthed' Competition

    carl renshaw

    Congratulations to former St Virgil’s student Carl Renshaw (OV 2015), who is now in Year 11 at Elizabeth College. He has reached the finals of the Triple J Unearthed High Competition.   This is an amazing achievement as the judges had to score through about 1000 tracks from more than 700 artists to narrow down their search for the best high school act in the country to five finalists.

    To hear Carl’s track please follow the following link –

    http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/musicnews/s4514592.htm

     

    Whilst he did not make the final, fellow 2015 SVC graduate Nick Machin was also well regarded int he competition. His music can be heard at https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/nick-machin 

     

    2016 Clarence Eisteddfod

    The College Choirs, Bands and various music ensembles have been entered into the upcoming Clarence Eisteddfod. All boys involved in these ensembles have been given the music required to rehearse. Please encourage them at home to practice their music in the upcoming month so that they are fully prepared for their performance.

    It is important that all students attend every rehearsal in the upcoming weeks. Working towards Eisteddfod performances is a team effort and everybody needs to be there to ensure that all parts are covered in rehearsal.

    The Eisteddfod runs from Monday September 5 – Friday September 9 at Citywide, Mornington.

    Parents and friends are invited to attend and support the boys.

    The following ensembles will be competing in the Eisteddfod during the following times:

    Monday September 5

    Morning:            Senior Choir

    Evening:             Concert Band (including the Grade 8 Band) and Percussion Ensemble 

    Tuesday September 6

    Morning:            Junior Choir

    Evening:             Stage Band

    Wednesday September 7

    Morning:            Grade 5&6 Bands, Flute and Saxophone Ensemble 

     

     Date:  10-Aug-16  05:37      Edition:   2016 V.05 Ed.23     Section:   Junior School Senior School

    Parents and Friends Association

    Mrs Katrina Arkley 

    President 

     Date:  10-Aug-16  04:56      Edition:   2016 V.05 Ed.23 2016 V.05 Ed.24     Section:   Community News Junior School Senior School

    Uniform Shop: Opening Hours

    2016 UNIFORM SHOP OPENING HOURS

    Tuesday and Thursday 8.00 am to 4.00 pm

     Date:  10-Aug-16  04:13      Edition:   2016 V.05 Ed.08 2016 V.05 Ed.23 2016 V.05 Ed.25 2016 V.05 Ed.26 2016 V.05 Ed.27     Section:   Junior School Senior School
  • From the Principal

    Feast of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary – August 15 The Feast of the Assumption is observed...

      2016 V.05 Ed.23
     From the Principal
    Junior School
    Senior School
     10-Aug-16  17:51

    Head of Junior School

    Mr Andrew Pinelli ... NAPLAN, Woodwork, Disco, The Fair and ICAS Science 

      2016 V.05 Ed.23
     Junior School
     10-Aug-16  17:49

    Junior School Sport

    Mrs Jo Messer  Basketball, Soccer and Term 4 Sports ... 

      2016 V.05 Ed.23
     Junior School
    Sport
     10-Aug-16  17:45

    Music

    Mrs Jodie Williams Old Virgilian Carl Renshaw finalist in the Triple J 'Unearthed' Competition Congratulations to former St...

      2016 V.05 Ed.23
     Junior School
    Senior School
     10-Aug-16  17:37

    Parents and Friends Association

    Mrs Katrina Arkley  President 

      2016 V.05 Ed.23
    2016 V.05 Ed.24
     Community News
    Junior School
    Senior School
     10-Aug-16  16:56

    Uniform Shop: Opening Hours

    2016 UNIFORM SHOP OPENING HOURS Tuesday and Thursday 8.00 am to 4.00 pm

      2016 V.05 Ed.08
    2016 V.05 Ed.23
    2016 V.05 Ed.25
    2016 V.05 Ed.26
    2016 V.05 Ed.27
     Junior School
    Senior School
     10-Aug-16  16:13
  • From the Principal

    Feast of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary – August 15

    The Feast of the Assumption is observed as one of the Catholic Church’s Holy Days of Obligation. Mary was recognised as “full of grace”, “blessed among women” and “one with the Lord”. When the course of her earthly life was completed, she was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven. Mary is believed to be the greatest of all Christian Saints and the Patroness of all humanity.

    Catholic Education Week – August 14 to 20

    Sunday is the commencement of Catholic Education Week and Pope Francis has declared the theme this year ‘Opening the Door of Mercy’ through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons and instils hope. It is a time to reflect and recognise the contribution made by all who enrich Catholic education in Tasmania.

    Mass is being held in the Cathedral at 11am next Thursday August 18 for all Catholic schools and some of our Junior School boys will be representing St Virgil’s at this Mass.

    NAPLAN

    In the coming days you will receive your son's NAPLAN results in the mail. These results are derived from the single series of tests held in May. Hence they provide a ‘snapshot’ of performance on the test day. Whilst the data is valid and provides useful insights, it should not be viewed in isolation to the more extensive assessment and reporting processes of the College. Please be assured that all data is used extensively by the College in the development and implementation of programmes that best meet the needs of our boys.

    Please read the Information Pamphlet from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), ACARA_2016 NAPLAN student report brochure which contains answers to a number of frequently asked questions. 

    Should you have any additional questions or concerns regarding NAPLAN data, please contact Mr Terry Blizzard at Austins Ferry or Mr Andrew Pinelli at Patrick Street.

     

    Parent Paperwork

    I trust that by now you have received one or more communications form our new ICT system Parent Paperwork. The system will be used extensively to  deliver all information about College excursions, incursions, sporting and music trips and other events that have traditionally been communicated to you via a paper-based, student delivered form.  

    This provides numerous benefits for students, parents and staff including: 

    • Not having to search through your son’s bag for important information; 
    • A quick and easy way to give parental permission and key information for excursions including medical and transport information; 
    • Management of risk associated with school activities – teachers will have access on their device to all permission information – for example medical permission to act or swimming status; 
    • A reduction in paper and printing costs – money saved will be allocated to learning and teaching programmes … and it helps our environment; 
    • Parents will be able to easily store forms so information about excursions and events is quickly retrieved; and 
    • Parents will receive a reminder if permission forms have not been returned so as to ensure boys do not miss out on any of the great learning opportunities offered at the College. 

    Evidence from other schools highlights that Parent Paperwork further strengthens the home-school partnership, integral in enhancing learning outcomes for our boys. The system also works seamlessly with our other ICT products including the SIMON learning management system and the Parent Access Module. 

     

    To enable the system to work optimally it is essential that the College has your latest contact details. If you change details, in particular email addresses, at any time please advise the College office on soon as practicable. Thank you for your assistance in this matter - I trust you will enjoy the great benefits that Parent Paperwork and our other ICT systems provide to you. 

     

    2017 Grade 9&10 Subject Selection Evening 

    Thank you to all parents who attended the Subject Selection Evening last Thursday night with their sons. It was very pleasing to see the engagement of the students taking advantage of the opportunity to speak with teachers regarding possible pathways and access to the wide variety of subjects on offer. I urge all students to have their online selections in by the closing date, Monday August 15.

     

    Junior School Disco

    Tomorrow evening our Junior School boys will gather with students from St Mary’s College and Mt Carmel College to enjoy a night of socialising in the Patrick Street Hall. The disco is being held from 6-6.45pm for Grade 3 and 4, and from 7-8.30pm for Grade 5 and 6 students. It is always great to see the energy and enthusiasm all students bring to the disco and to see our boys reunited with girls they were in class with at our boys' feeder schools from Prep to Grade 2. 

    Community Football Lunch

    I encourage all football fans, friends and family to attend the annual Community Football Luncheon being held on Friday August 19 from 12 noon. Our special guest will be Ray McLean, founder of Leading Teams. Ray has been a highly sought after Leadership Consultant for high performing teams such as Sydney, Hawthorn and Collingwood in the AFL and the Australian cricket, basketball and netball teams. It will be a fantastic day so please put a table together. 

    Ray McLean

     

    Bookings for the lunch can be made on https://www.trybooking.com/202887 or by contacting Mr Mark Waddington – mwaddington@stvirgils.tas.edu.au

     


    Date: 10-Aug-16  05:51  Edition: 2016 V.05 Ed.23 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Head of Junior School

    Mr Andrew Pinelli ... NAPLAN, Woodwork, Disco, The Fair and ICAS Science 

    Justice and Solidarity

    We are committed to justice and peace for all, grounded in a spirituality of action and reflection that calls us to stand in solidarity with those who are marginalised and the Earth itself.

                         EREA Touchstone

     

    As a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition we are continually called to reflect upon how justly we treat each other and those around us. Jesus was challenged about this many times throughout the New Testament by those trying to trick him or to bring him undone. We are reminded that everyone is our ‘brother’! When we are called to act justly and walk humbly with our God we are being called to treat everyone we come into contact with dignity and respect. Often we need to remind our boys of this when there is some dispute about what is ‘fair’ in one of the games that they might be playing on the playground. Our boys are so fortunate that you, their parents and guardians, have chosen St Virgil’s for their education – something that also goes beyond just the classroom walls. With this great privilege comes a responsibility for them to, in their day-to-day life, treat all of their neighbours as they themselves would like to be treated.

     

    Staff Training

    During next week, a number of staff will be involved in a variety of ways in being trained in the use of a new software package being deployed across the College between now and the end of the year. In particular, Mrs Moate will be quite involved with this training and implementation.

     

    NAPLAN Results

    Reports from the NAPLAN Assessments undertaken by the boys in Grades 3 and 5 earlier in the year have been posted to parents. You should receive them in the next couple of days. There is information with the results report as well as on the College website to help parents read and interpret the results. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your son’s teacher in the first instance. During upcoming staff meetings, the teachers will be looking in detail at the results and adjusting programmes accordingly.

    The following ACARA document ACARA_2016 NAPLAN student report brochure provides a range of  answers to the most frequently asked NAPLAN questions. 

     

    Woodwork 

    Grade 3 O have now completed their kitchen utensil and been able to take it home. I hope they are put to good use! Next week, is Grade 3 O’s last week of woodwork where they will also produce a tea light candle holder.

    IMG_4861

     

    ICAS Science Assessment

    Last Term, a number of boys undertook the ICAS Science Assessment. A number of boys, noted below, did particularly well in this assessment. Well done to:

     

     

    Merit

    Credit

    Distinction

    Grade 3

     

    Dominic Halys

    Max Toms

     

    Grade 4

    William Brazendale

    Coen Boyer

    William Faux

    Charles Lennon

    Patrick Harman

    Grade 5

     

    Caerwyn James

    Daniel Tang

    Grade 6

    Will Lukianenko

    Sahib Singh

    Connor Spangler

    John Streat

    Oliver Lacey

    Alan Maxwell

    William Mooney

    Ronan Mosenthal

     

    Enrolments

    Enrolment interviews have commenced for places for 2017. It is a rewarding time listening to the hopes and dreams of prospective parents for their sons. It is also lovely to hear the positive feedback that is passed on through prospective parents. If you have friends or family who are thinking of St Virgil’s as possible place for their son’s education, please encourage them to contact the campus and complete an expression of interest form as soon as possible if they haven’t already.

     

    Building Refurbishment

    There are some slight finishing touches to be made, but the Junior School Staffroom refurbishment is basically complete. The staff will be able to make full use of the more comfortable and larger space as of today. With the increased number of staff on our campus each week, this was a much needed enhancement.

    IMG_3060

     

    New Telephones

    During the end of Term 2 break, a new telephone system has been installed at the Junior School Campus. Some of the old line phone numbers have now been disconnected so will ring out. Please ensure that if you are trying to contact the Campus that you use the official phone number (03) 6234 2440 to ensure that your call is received.

     

    Junior School P & F Association

    Junior School Fair

    Please mark in your calendar September 11 which is our Fair Day. All boys are expected to attend and assist on their class stall wearing their sports uniform. Thank you to those families who have already been able to donate items for our upcoming Fair. There is still the opportunity for businesses to donate money and have stalls named after them. These monetary donations are a great help towards the success of the Fair. Details about these opportunities are in the letter or can be discussed with Simone Ashby (President) or Andrew Pinelli.

    The next meeting of the P & F will be Tuesday August 23 commencing at 6.00pm in the Library.

    SVC Disco – August 12

    Details of the SVC Disco to be this Friday have been sent digitally via email to all families. Thank you to those families who have replied and let us know if your son is or is not able to attend. Thank you also to all the volunteers who have offered to help out on the evening – very much appreciated. Please look out for a message on your phone and to your inbox.

     

    If you are on Facebook, please join, share and like the SVC Junior School P & F page which is https://www.facebook.com/St-Virgils-College-465593033527084/

     

    Junior School Notices

    We fully understand that sometimes your son may not bring home information in a timely fashion. Could I please encourage all parents to check out the “In the School Bag” link on the College website as it will contain any current, relevant notes that you may need.

     

    Calendar Update

    Parents and guardians are reminded to subscribe to the College’s online calendar. The great advantage of this is that if there are necessary changes to dates these changes can be made immediately. Please check the calendar at: http://www.stvirgils.tas.edu.au/calendar/

     

    Significant, upcoming events are summarised below

     

     

    August

     

    Week 4 B

     

    Assembly led by Grade 4 @ 9am

    August 12

    STCPSSA Football round 4

    August 12

    Junior School Disco

    August 12

     

     

    Week 5 A

     

    Grade 4 G Excursion

    August 15

    ICAS Maths Competition

    August 16

    Book Week Parade & Celebrations

    August 18

    Grade 4 B Excursion

    August 19

    STCPSSA Football round 5

    August 19

    Tasmanian Maths Relay

    August 21

     

     

    Week 6 B

     

    P & F Meeting @ 6.00pm

    August 23

    College House Athletics Carnival

    August 25

    STCPSSA Football round 6

    August 26

     

     

    Week 7 A

     

    Father’s Day breakfast

    September 2

    Assembly led by Grade 6 C @ 9am

    September 2

    STCPSSA Football round 7

    September 2

     


    Date: 10-Aug-16  05:49  Edition: 2016 V.05 Ed.23 Section: Junior School

    Junior School Sport

    Mrs Jo Messer 

    Basketball, Soccer and Term 4 Sports ... 

    SSATIS Basketball

    This week saw the second round of JSSATIS Basketball.  Once again all SVC teams were rostered to play one another on our home court, SMC Nagle Centre.  It does appear that we have the mix right with all teams reasonably even in their ability.  Next week we have the first of the away games with all our Grade 5&6 teams playing at either Hutchins or Dominic.  Three of our four Grade 3&4 teams are playing at the Nagle Centre next week with SVC White the only team playing away against Sacred Heart College.

     

    Term 4 Sport Sign Up

    Registrations are now open for all Term Four Sports.

    Grade 3&4: Tee-ball

    Grade 5&6: Touch Football

    Grade 5&6: Indoor Cricket

    Please follow the directions below to sign up for these sports.

    Go to the St Virgil’s College Sport Website: http://sport.stvirgils.tas.edu.au/sports-overview-junior-school/

     

    Saturday Soccer 

    SVC Saints 6 drew with Hutchins 6 

    A great game by all boys. All boys tried had with some great goals being scored.

    Goals: Charlie 4,  Jensen and Ayrton 1 

    Player of the Week - Charlie Banks for 4 goals

    Encouragement Award - Caerwyn James for his defensive pressure

     


    Date: 10-Aug-16  05:45  Edition: 2016 V.05 Ed.23 Section: Junior School Sport

    Music

    Mrs Jodie Williams

    Old Virgilian Carl Renshaw finalist in the Triple J 'Unearthed' Competition

    carl renshaw

    Congratulations to former St Virgil’s student Carl Renshaw (OV 2015), who is now in Year 11 at Elizabeth College. He has reached the finals of the Triple J Unearthed High Competition.   This is an amazing achievement as the judges had to score through about 1000 tracks from more than 700 artists to narrow down their search for the best high school act in the country to five finalists.

    To hear Carl’s track please follow the following link –

    http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/musicnews/s4514592.htm

     

    Whilst he did not make the final, fellow 2015 SVC graduate Nick Machin was also well regarded int he competition. His music can be heard at https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/nick-machin 

     

    2016 Clarence Eisteddfod

    The College Choirs, Bands and various music ensembles have been entered into the upcoming Clarence Eisteddfod. All boys involved in these ensembles have been given the music required to rehearse. Please encourage them at home to practice their music in the upcoming month so that they are fully prepared for their performance.

    It is important that all students attend every rehearsal in the upcoming weeks. Working towards Eisteddfod performances is a team effort and everybody needs to be there to ensure that all parts are covered in rehearsal.

    The Eisteddfod runs from Monday September 5 – Friday September 9 at Citywide, Mornington.

    Parents and friends are invited to attend and support the boys.

    The following ensembles will be competing in the Eisteddfod during the following times:

    Monday September 5

    Morning:            Senior Choir

    Evening:             Concert Band (including the Grade 8 Band) and Percussion Ensemble 

    Tuesday September 6

    Morning:            Junior Choir

    Evening:             Stage Band

    Wednesday September 7

    Morning:            Grade 5&6 Bands, Flute and Saxophone Ensemble 

     


    Date: 10-Aug-16  05:37  Edition: 2016 V.05 Ed.23 Section: Junior School Senior School

    Parents and Friends Association

    Mrs Katrina Arkley 

    President 

    Junior School Fair             Sunday September 11, 11am-2pm 

    Senior School Fair             Monday November 14, 5pm-8pm

    The Croon Show                Saturday November 19, 7.30pm

     

    Entertainment Book

    his is your LAST CHANCE to purchase an entertainment book or app from our school as they will be returned in the next week!

     

    Please help support our fundraiser, purchase online here or contact the office to buy one directly: www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/242878

     

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    Date: 10-Aug-16  04:56  Edition: 2016 V.05 Ed.23 2016 V.05 Ed.24 Section: Community News Junior School Senior School

    Uniform Shop: Opening Hours

    2016 UNIFORM SHOP OPENING HOURS

    Tuesday and Thursday 8.00 am to 4.00 pm

     

    Please contact Manager Caitlin Butterworth on 03 6249 3610 or Email:  st.virgils@midford.com.au for all uniform matters.

    Ms Caitlin Butterworth, Manager


    Date: 10-Aug-16  04:13  Edition: 2016 V.05 Ed.08 2016 V.05 Ed.23 2016 V.05 Ed.25 2016 V.05 Ed.26 2016 V.05 Ed.27 Section: Junior School Senior School
  • Print Newsletter

    From the Principal

    Feast of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary – August 15

    The Feast of the Assumption is observed as one of the Catholic Church’s Holy Days of Obligation. Mary was recognised as “full of grace”, “blessed among women” and “one with the Lord”. When the course of her earthly life was completed, she was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven. Mary is believed to be the greatest of all Christian Saints and the Patroness of all humanity.

    Catholic Education Week – August 14 to 20

    Sunday is the commencement of Catholic Education Week and Pope Francis has declared the theme this year ‘Opening the Door of Mercy’ through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons and instils hope. It is a time to reflect and recognise the contribution made by all who enrich Catholic education in Tasmania.

    Mass is being held in the Cathedral at 11am next Thursday August 18 for all Catholic schools and some of our Junior School boys will be representing St Virgil’s at this Mass.

    NAPLAN

    In the coming days you will receive your son's NAPLAN results in the mail. These results are derived from the single series of tests held in May. Hence they provide a ‘snapshot’ of performance on the test day. Whilst the data is valid and provides useful insights, it should not be viewed in isolation to the more extensive assessment and reporting processes of the College. Please be assured that all data is used extensively by the College in the development and implementation of programmes that best meet the needs of our boys.

    Please read the Information Pamphlet from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), ACARA_2016 NAPLAN student report brochure which contains answers to a number of frequently asked questions. 

    Should you have any additional questions or concerns regarding NAPLAN data, please contact Mr Terry Blizzard at Austins Ferry or Mr Andrew Pinelli at Patrick Street.

     

    Parent Paperwork

    I trust that by now you have received one or more communications form our new ICT system Parent Paperwork. The system will be used extensively to  deliver all information about College excursions, incursions, sporting and music trips and other events that have traditionally been communicated to you via a paper-based, student delivered form.  

    This provides numerous benefits for students, parents and staff including: 

    • Not having to search through your son’s bag for important information; 
    • A quick and easy way to give parental permission and key information for excursions including medical and transport information; 
    • Management of risk associated with school activities – teachers will have access on their device to all permission information – for example medical permission to act or swimming status; 
    • A reduction in paper and printing costs – money saved will be allocated to learning and teaching programmes … and it helps our environment; 
    • Parents will be able to easily store forms so information about excursions and events is quickly retrieved; and 
    • Parents will receive a reminder if permission forms have not been returned so as to ensure boys do not miss out on any of the great learning opportunities offered at the College. 

    Evidence from other schools highlights that Parent Paperwork further strengthens the home-school partnership, integral in enhancing learning outcomes for our boys. The system also works seamlessly with our other ICT products including the SIMON learning management system and the Parent Access Module. 

     

    To enable the system to work optimally it is essential that the College has your latest contact details. If you change details, in particular email addresses, at any time please advise the College office on soon as practicable. Thank you for your assistance in this matter - I trust you will enjoy the great benefits that Parent Paperwork and our other ICT systems provide to you. 

     

    2017 Grade 9&10 Subject Selection Evening 

    Thank you to all parents who attended the Subject Selection Evening last Thursday night with their sons. It was very pleasing to see the engagement of the students taking advantage of the opportunity to speak with teachers regarding possible pathways and access to the wide variety of subjects on offer. I urge all students to have their online selections in by the closing date, Monday August 15.

     

    Junior School Disco

    Tomorrow evening our Junior School boys will gather with students from St Mary’s College and Mt Carmel College to enjoy a night of socialising in the Patrick Street Hall. The disco is being held from 6-6.45pm for Grade 3 and 4, and from 7-8.30pm for Grade 5 and 6 students. It is always great to see the energy and enthusiasm all students bring to the disco and to see our boys reunited with girls they were in class with at our boys' feeder schools from Prep to Grade 2. 

    Community Football Lunch

    I encourage all football fans, friends and family to attend the annual Community Football Luncheon being held on Friday August 19 from 12 noon. Our special guest will be Ray McLean, founder of Leading Teams. Ray has been a highly sought after Leadership Consultant for high performing teams such as Sydney, Hawthorn and Collingwood in the AFL and the Australian cricket, basketball and netball teams. It will be a fantastic day so please put a table together. 

    Ray McLean

     

    Bookings for the lunch can be made on https://www.trybooking.com/202887 or by contacting Mr Mark Waddington – mwaddington@stvirgils.tas.edu.au

     


    Date: 10-Aug-16  05:51  Edition: 2016 V.05 Ed.23 Section: From the Principal Junior School Senior School

    Head of Junior School

    Mr Andrew Pinelli ... NAPLAN, Woodwork, Disco, The Fair and ICAS Science 

    Justice and Solidarity

    We are committed to justice and peace for all, grounded in a spirituality of action and reflection that calls us to stand in solidarity with those who are marginalised and the Earth itself.

                         EREA Touchstone

     

    As a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition we are continually called to reflect upon how justly we treat each other and those around us. Jesus was challenged about this many times throughout the New Testament by those trying to trick him or to bring him undone. We are reminded that everyone is our ‘brother’! When we are called to act justly and walk humbly with our God we are being called to treat everyone we come into contact with dignity and respect. Often we need to remind our boys of this when there is some dispute about what is ‘fair’ in one of the games that they might be playing on the playground. Our boys are so fortunate that you, their parents and guardians, have chosen St Virgil’s for their education – something that also goes beyond just the classroom walls. With this great privilege comes a responsibility for them to, in their day-to-day life, treat all of their neighbours as they themselves would like to be treated.

     

    Staff Training

    During next week, a number of staff will be involved in a variety of ways in being trained in the use of a new software package being deployed across the College between now and the end of the year. In particular, Mrs Moate will be quite involved with this training and implementation.

     

    NAPLAN Results

    Reports from the NAPLAN Assessments undertaken by the boys in Grades 3 and 5 earlier in the year have been posted to parents. You should receive them in the next couple of days. There is information with the results report as well as on the College website to help parents read and interpret the results. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your son’s teacher in the first instance. During upcoming staff meetings, the teachers will be looking in detail at the results and adjusting programmes accordingly.

    The following ACARA document ACARA_2016 NAPLAN student report brochure provides a range of  answers to the most frequently asked NAPLAN questions. 

     

    Woodwork 

    Grade 3 O have now completed their kitchen utensil and been able to take it home. I hope they are put to good use! Next week, is Grade 3 O’s last week of woodwork where they will also produce a tea light candle holder.

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    ICAS Science Assessment

    Last Term, a number of boys undertook the ICAS Science Assessment. A number of boys, noted below, did particularly well in this assessment. Well done to:

     

     

    Merit

    Credit

    Distinction

    Grade 3

     

    Dominic Halys

    Max Toms

     

    Grade 4

    William Brazendale

    Coen Boyer

    William Faux

    Charles Lennon

    Patrick Harman

    Grade 5

     

    Caerwyn James

    Daniel Tang

    Grade 6

    Will Lukianenko

    Sahib Singh

    Connor Spangler

    John Streat

    Oliver Lacey

    Alan Maxwell

    William Mooney

    Ronan Mosenthal

     

    Enrolments

    Enrolment interviews have commenced for places for 2017. It is a rewarding time listening to the hopes and dreams of prospective parents for their sons. It is also lovely to hear the positive feedback that is passed on through prospective parents. If you have friends or family who are thinking of St Virgil’s as possible place for their son’s education, please encourage them to contact the campus and complete an expression of interest form as soon as possible if they haven’t already.

     

    Building Refurbishment

    There are some slight finishing touches to be made, but the Junior School Staffroom refurbishment is basically complete. The staff will be able to make full use of the more comfortable and larger space as of today. With the increased number of staff on our campus each week, this was a much needed enhancement.

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    New Telephones

    During the end of Term 2 break, a new telephone system has been installed at the Junior School Campus. Some of the old line phone numbers have now been disconnected so will ring out. Please ensure that if you are trying to contact the Campus that you use the official phone number (03) 6234 2440 to ensure that your call is received.

     

    Junior School P & F Association

    Junior School Fair

    Please mark in your calendar September 11 which is our Fair Day. All boys are expected to attend and assist on their class stall wearing their sports uniform. Thank you to those families who have already been able to donate items for our upcoming Fair. There is still the opportunity for businesses to donate money and have stalls named after them. These monetary donations are a great help towards the success of the Fair. Details about these opportunities are in the letter or can be discussed with Simone Ashby (President) or Andrew Pinelli.

    The next meeting of the P & F will be Tuesday August 23 commencing at 6.00pm in the Library.

    SVC Disco – August 12

    Details of the SVC Disco to be this Friday have been sent digitally via email to all families. Thank you to those families who have replied and let us know if your son is or is not able to attend. Thank you also to all the volunteers who have offered to help out on the evening – very much appreciated. Please look out for a message on your phone and to your inbox.

     

    If you are on Facebook, please join, share and like the SVC Junior School P & F page which is https://www.facebook.com/St-Virgils-College-465593033527084/

     

    Junior School Notices

    We fully understand that sometimes your son may not bring home information in a timely fashion. Could I please encourage all parents to check out the “In the School Bag” link on the College website as it will contain any current, relevant notes that you may need.

     

    Calendar Update

    Parents and guardians are reminded to subscribe to the College’s online calendar. The great advantage of this is that if there are necessary changes to dates these changes can be made immediately. Please check the calendar at: http://www.stvirgils.tas.edu.au/calendar/

     

    Significant, upcoming events are summarised below

     

     

    August

     

    Week 4 B

     

    Assembly led by Grade 4 @ 9am

    August 12

    STCPSSA Football round 4

    August 12

    Junior School Disco

    August 12

     

     

    Week 5 A

     

    Grade 4 G Excursion

    August 15

    ICAS Maths Competition

    August 16

    Book Week Parade & Celebrations

    August 18

    Grade 4 B Excursion

    August 19

    STCPSSA Football round 5

    August 19

    Tasmanian Maths Relay

    August 21

     

     

    Week 6 B

     

    P & F Meeting @ 6.00pm

    August 23

    College House Athletics Carnival

    August 25

    STCPSSA Football round 6

    August 26

     

     

    Week 7 A

     

    Father’s Day breakfast

    September 2

    Assembly led by Grade 6 C @ 9am

    September 2

    STCPSSA Football round 7

    September 2

     


    Date: 10-Aug-16  05:49  Edition: 2016 V.05 Ed.23 Section: Junior School

    Junior School Sport

    Mrs Jo Messer 

    Basketball, Soccer and Term 4 Sports ... 

    SSATIS Basketball

    This week saw the second round of JSSATIS Basketball.  Once again all SVC teams were rostered to play one another on our home court, SMC Nagle Centre.  It does appear that we have the mix right with all teams reasonably even in their ability.  Next week we have the first of the away games with all our Grade 5&6 teams playing at either Hutchins or Dominic.  Three of our four Grade 3&4 teams are playing at the Nagle Centre next week with SVC White the only team playing away against Sacred Heart College.

     

    Term 4 Sport Sign Up

    Registrations are now open for all Term Four Sports.

    Grade 3&4: Tee-ball

    Grade 5&6: Touch Football

    Grade 5&6: Indoor Cricket

    Please follow the directions below to sign up for these sports.

    Go to the St Virgil’s College Sport Website: http://sport.stvirgils.tas.edu.au/sports-overview-junior-school/

     

    Saturday Soccer 

    SVC Saints 6 drew with Hutchins 6 

    A great game by all boys. All boys tried had with some great goals being scored.

    Goals: Charlie 4,  Jensen and Ayrton 1 

    Player of the Week - Charlie Banks for 4 goals

    Encouragement Award - Caerwyn James for his defensive pressure

     


    Date: 10-Aug-16  05:45  Edition: 2016 V.05 Ed.23 Section: Junior School Sport

    Music

    Mrs Jodie Williams

    Old Virgilian Carl Renshaw finalist in the Triple J 'Unearthed' Competition

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    Congratulations to former St Virgil’s student Carl Renshaw (OV 2015), who is now in Year 11 at Elizabeth College. He has reached the finals of the Triple J Unearthed High Competition.   This is an amazing achievement as the judges had to score through about 1000 tracks from more than 700 artists to narrow down their search for the best high school act in the country to five finalists.

    To hear Carl’s track please follow the following link –

    http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/musicnews/s4514592.htm

     

    Whilst he did not make the final, fellow 2015 SVC graduate Nick Machin was also well regarded int he competition. His music can be heard at https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/nick-machin 

     

    2016 Clarence Eisteddfod

    The College Choirs, Bands and various music ensembles have been entered into the upcoming Clarence Eisteddfod. All boys involved in these ensembles have been given the music required to rehearse. Please encourage them at home to practice their music in the upcoming month so that they are fully prepared for their performance.

    It is important that all students attend every rehearsal in the upcoming weeks. Working towards Eisteddfod performances is a team effort and everybody needs to be there to ensure that all parts are covered in rehearsal.

    The Eisteddfod runs from Monday September 5 – Friday September 9 at Citywide, Mornington.

    Parents and friends are invited to attend and support the boys.

    The following ensembles will be competing in the Eisteddfod during the following times:

    Monday September 5

    Morning:            Senior Choir

    Evening:             Concert Band (including the Grade 8 Band) and Percussion Ensemble 

    Tuesday September 6

    Morning:            Junior Choir

    Evening:             Stage Band

    Wednesday September 7

    Morning:            Grade 5&6 Bands, Flute and Saxophone Ensemble 

     


    Date: 10-Aug-16  05:37  Edition: 2016 V.05 Ed.23 Section: Junior School Senior School

    Parents and Friends Association

    Mrs Katrina Arkley 

    President 

    Junior School Fair             Sunday September 11, 11am-2pm 

    Senior School Fair             Monday November 14, 5pm-8pm

    The Croon Show                Saturday November 19, 7.30pm

     

    Entertainment Book

    his is your LAST CHANCE to purchase an entertainment book or app from our school as they will be returned in the next week!

     

    Please help support our fundraiser, purchase online here or contact the office to buy one directly: www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/242878

     

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    Date: 10-Aug-16  04:56  Edition: 2016 V.05 Ed.23 2016 V.05 Ed.24 Section: Community News Junior School Senior School

    Uniform Shop: Opening Hours

    2016 UNIFORM SHOP OPENING HOURS

    Tuesday and Thursday 8.00 am to 4.00 pm

     

    Please contact Manager Caitlin Butterworth on 03 6249 3610 or Email:  st.virgils@midford.com.au for all uniform matters.

    Ms Caitlin Butterworth, Manager


    Date: 10-Aug-16  04:13  Edition: 2016 V.05 Ed.08 2016 V.05 Ed.23 2016 V.05 Ed.25 2016 V.05 Ed.26 2016 V.05 Ed.27 Section: Junior School Senior School

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