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Filter: Edition: 2016 V.05 Ed.23 - Section: Senior School - 10 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

    Deputy Principal

    Mr Terry Blizzard ... Responsibility, Behaviour in Public and the Importance of Reading 

     Date:  10-Aug-16  05:50      Edition:   2016 V.05 Ed.23     Section:   Senior School

    Director of Identity

    Mrs Renee MacGregor 

    'Be Still'  and Catholic Education Week 

     Date:  10-Aug-16  05:48      Edition:   2016 V.05 Ed.23     Section:   Faith & Identity Senior School

    Senior School Sport

    Mr James Dalton .... Water Polo Champs! 

     Date:  10-Aug-16  05:43      Edition:   2016 V.05 Ed.23     Section:   Senior 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

    Canteen

    Mrs Carol Hilyer 

    Weekly Roster 

     Date:  10-Aug-16  05:36      Edition:   2016 V.05 Ed.23     Section:   Community News 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

    Deputy Principal

    Mr Terry Blizzard ... Responsibility, Behaviour in Public and the Importance of Reading 

      2016 V.05 Ed.23
     Senior School
     10-Aug-16  17:50

    Director of Identity

    Mrs Renee MacGregor  'Be Still'  and Catholic Education Week 

      2016 V.05 Ed.23
     Faith & Identity
    Senior School
     10-Aug-16  17:48

    Senior School Sport

    Mr James Dalton .... Water Polo Champs! 

      2016 V.05 Ed.23
     Senior School
    Sport
     10-Aug-16  17:43

    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

    Canteen

    Mrs Carol Hilyer  Weekly Roster 

      2016 V.05 Ed.23
     Community News
    Senior School
     10-Aug-16  17:36

    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

    Deputy Principal

    Mr Terry Blizzard ... Responsibility, Behaviour in Public and the Importance of Reading 

    College Events - Our Responsibility 

    We have spoken to the boys this week about the privilege of attending a school like St Virgil’s College and the responsibilities that come with that. I have recently examined the attendance data for our major College events for the past three years and have discovered a number of boys who have not been in attendance at these days on a regular basis. I would ask parents to do as I will be doing and remind boys of the commitment they made when enrolling at St Virgil’s. As a community we are the sum of all we do and boys cannot pick and choose which aspects they will commit to without damaging our strong sense of community and their esteem within it in the eyes of their peers who do the right thing. 

    With this in mind I look forward to the SVC Athletics Carnival with full attendance on Thursday August 25.    

    Behaviour in Public

    I have spoken to a number of groups of boys recently about how often I am contacted by members of the public willing to report St Virgil’s boys for one thing or another (often unfairly). I explained that the boys themselves can have a significant impact on changing this “boys are toxic myth” by realising that they are on display in public and the way they wear their uniform, interact with others and behave is noticed and often reported back to school. I outlined that sadly the actions of one or two reflect on all of us and to hear “those St Virgil’s boys” is often unfair on the vast majority of those who do the right thing always.

    I again remind our boys  that “sometimes we have to do things simply because it is the right thing to do”.

    Boys and Reading

    It is important to get boys interested in reading when they are young. Many boys' peer groups give boys the feedback that reading is a non-masculine pursuit. This doesn't have the same impact on your son and he tends to deal with this peer pressure if he is already an avid reader by the age of 12.

    There are many strategies that can be used to improve boys' reading habits and Tim Hawkes in his book 'Boy Oh Boy' points out techniques to support boys reading such as:

    • Using magazines;
    • Using technology to review books on the Internet;
    • Keeping journals on camps and family holidays;
    • Touching boys' emotions in books selected; and
    • Collecting vocabulary and phrases in a book or in a computerised word folder and continually adding to this.

    It is enormously beneficial when parents model reading in the home, particularly when it is more than just non-fiction. If boys start secondary school with a good reading habit they are not daunted by having to work more independently from textbooks and the like as they progress through higher year levels.

    A very important skill for boys to develop is the ability to sit in silence for a period of time reading, i.e. no background noise or distractions, particularly from electronic media. For those that find this difficult, starting small, for example five to ten minutes, may be necessary. The aim for all boys should be to be able to do this for at least 30 minutes.

    Maths Comp 3

     


    Date: 10-Aug-16  05:50  Edition: 2016 V.05 Ed.23 Section: Senior School

    Director of Identity

    Mrs Renee MacGregor 

    'Be Still'  and Catholic Education Week 

    This week I spoke to the staff about the value, and importance of taking the time to 'be still'. In doing so we are able to stand quietly with God and experience the peace that comes from knowing that we are not alone and that we are loved. 

    I encourage you to take the time to listen to this reflection by The Fray, to stop and be still and to know that God is with you. This leads well into our theme for 2016 Catholic Education Week - 'Opening the Doors of Mercy' ....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1bNzZuLjM8

     

    Catholic Education Week - August 14-20

    The theme for the week is ‘Catholic Education: Opening the Doors of Mercy.’ This year all Catholic schools throughout Tasmania are stopping to celebrate who they are and how they open their doors to welcome and value all staff, students, families, parish members and volunteers. 

    To begin this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis continued an ancient tradition in the church of opening the Holy Door at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome in a very solemn and sacred ritual. It is believed that those who enter through this Holy Door will receive special graces from God.

    The following You tube clip  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eItw6_23-q8   contains an explanation of the importance of a Holy Door footage of Pope Francis opening the door in St Peters Basilica in Rome.

    In this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has reminded us to open the doors of our hearts to receive the mercy of God and to show others God’s mercy.


    Date: 10-Aug-16  05:48  Edition: 2016 V.05 Ed.23 Section: Faith & Identity Senior School

    Senior School Sport

    Mr James Dalton .... Water Polo Champs! 

    Water Polo

    Well done to our water polo teams who last Friday evening won premierships in the Grade 7&8 and Grade 9&10 divisions. The Grade 7&8 grand final was an all SVC affair, whilst the Grade 9&10 team won a thriller 5-4 with the game going down to the final seconds. Well done to all players and coaches on a fantastic season. 

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    Grade 9&10 Premiers 

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    Grade 7&8 Premiers 

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    All our Grade 7&8 players with coaches Jake Reilly and Jack Fairhurst 

     

    Cricket

    In last Friday's Mercury the strength of our cricket programme was highlighted in a photo promoting the upcoming Australia v South Africa Test in Hobart. In promoting 100 days to the Test, the photo assembled 10 talented junior players who made 100s last season. Five of the ten were current and past students of St Virgil's! 

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    Photographed with Test star Peter Siddle are - Liam Devlin (GYC), Keegan Oates (Grade 10), Will Collins (Grade 8), Jack Fagan (Grade 10) and Declan Waddington (Grade 10). 

     

    Good Luck 

    Finlay Rossiter-Hill has been selected to represent Tasmania in the National Karate Championships in Melbourne this week. 

    Aiden van Staden has this week been representing Tasmania in the National Under 16 Hockey Championships in Melbourne.


    Date: 10-Aug-16  05:43  Edition: 2016 V.05 Ed.23 Section: Senior School Sport

    Transitions and Middle Schooling

    Mr Cameron Alexander 

    GYC Information and Grade 10 Work Experience 

    Grade 10 GYC Transition

    GYC preliminary course selections are to be made online by Friday August 19. If any boy has lost their log on details to make these selections they can contact me to have them resent. On Friday Mr Mathew Derrick from GYC will be available at recess for any boy who has any questions regarding their course selection.

    Preliminary Course Selection Due

    Friday 19 August

    4:30pm

    Guilford Young College

    Course Counselling

    Tue. 15, Wed. 16 & Thur. 17 November

    4:00pm – 6:00pm

    Glenorchy & Hobart Campuses

    Grade 10 Orientation Day

    Wednesday 7 December

    8:30am – 12:30pm

    Glenorchy & Hobart Campuses

     

    Grade 10 Leavers’ Tops

    Orders for Leavers tops have now closed, however families are reminded that payment needs to be made through the College Uniform Shop.

                Cost:                           Short Sleeve Polo                $45.00

    Long Sleeve Rugby Jumper  $65.00

                Payment:                    Due on or before Friday September 15 2016.

    • All Payments made through the Uniform Shop

    Grade 10 Work Experience

    Next week Grade 10 C and D will be on work experience. Given the reports from the first block of work experience they have high standards to maintain but will be assured of a fantastic learning experience. 

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    Date: 10-Aug-16  05:42  Edition: 2016 V.05 Ed.23 Section: Senior School

    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

    Canteen

    Mrs Carol Hilyer 

    Weekly Roster 

    Friday

    August 12

    Sally Feldmanis

    Jocelyn Huigsloot

     

     

     

     

    Monday

    August 15

    Jo  Bourke

    Fran Kline

    Tuesday

    August 16

    Rachel Kyle

     

    Wednesday

    August 17

    Goldy

     

    Thursday

    August 18

    Elisha Berry

     

    Friday

    August 19

    Linda Bennett

    Elizabeth Loveless


    Date: 10-Aug-16  05:36  Edition: 2016 V.05 Ed.23 Section: Community News 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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    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. 

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    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

    Deputy Principal

    Mr Terry Blizzard ... Responsibility, Behaviour in Public and the Importance of Reading 

    College Events - Our Responsibility 

    We have spoken to the boys this week about the privilege of attending a school like St Virgil’s College and the responsibilities that come with that. I have recently examined the attendance data for our major College events for the past three years and have discovered a number of boys who have not been in attendance at these days on a regular basis. I would ask parents to do as I will be doing and remind boys of the commitment they made when enrolling at St Virgil’s. As a community we are the sum of all we do and boys cannot pick and choose which aspects they will commit to without damaging our strong sense of community and their esteem within it in the eyes of their peers who do the right thing. 

    With this in mind I look forward to the SVC Athletics Carnival with full attendance on Thursday August 25.    

    Behaviour in Public

    I have spoken to a number of groups of boys recently about how often I am contacted by members of the public willing to report St Virgil’s boys for one thing or another (often unfairly). I explained that the boys themselves can have a significant impact on changing this “boys are toxic myth” by realising that they are on display in public and the way they wear their uniform, interact with others and behave is noticed and often reported back to school. I outlined that sadly the actions of one or two reflect on all of us and to hear “those St Virgil’s boys” is often unfair on the vast majority of those who do the right thing always.

    I again remind our boys  that “sometimes we have to do things simply because it is the right thing to do”.

    Boys and Reading

    It is important to get boys interested in reading when they are young. Many boys' peer groups give boys the feedback that reading is a non-masculine pursuit. This doesn't have the same impact on your son and he tends to deal with this peer pressure if he is already an avid reader by the age of 12.

    There are many strategies that can be used to improve boys' reading habits and Tim Hawkes in his book 'Boy Oh Boy' points out techniques to support boys reading such as:

    • Using magazines;
    • Using technology to review books on the Internet;
    • Keeping journals on camps and family holidays;
    • Touching boys' emotions in books selected; and
    • Collecting vocabulary and phrases in a book or in a computerised word folder and continually adding to this.

    It is enormously beneficial when parents model reading in the home, particularly when it is more than just non-fiction. If boys start secondary school with a good reading habit they are not daunted by having to work more independently from textbooks and the like as they progress through higher year levels.

    A very important skill for boys to develop is the ability to sit in silence for a period of time reading, i.e. no background noise or distractions, particularly from electronic media. For those that find this difficult, starting small, for example five to ten minutes, may be necessary. The aim for all boys should be to be able to do this for at least 30 minutes.

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    Date: 10-Aug-16  05:50  Edition: 2016 V.05 Ed.23 Section: Senior School

    Director of Identity

    Mrs Renee MacGregor 

    'Be Still'  and Catholic Education Week 

    This week I spoke to the staff about the value, and importance of taking the time to 'be still'. In doing so we are able to stand quietly with God and experience the peace that comes from knowing that we are not alone and that we are loved. 

    I encourage you to take the time to listen to this reflection by The Fray, to stop and be still and to know that God is with you. This leads well into our theme for 2016 Catholic Education Week - 'Opening the Doors of Mercy' ....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1bNzZuLjM8

     

    Catholic Education Week - August 14-20

    The theme for the week is ‘Catholic Education: Opening the Doors of Mercy.’ This year all Catholic schools throughout Tasmania are stopping to celebrate who they are and how they open their doors to welcome and value all staff, students, families, parish members and volunteers. 

    To begin this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis continued an ancient tradition in the church of opening the Holy Door at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome in a very solemn and sacred ritual. It is believed that those who enter through this Holy Door will receive special graces from God.

    The following You tube clip  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eItw6_23-q8   contains an explanation of the importance of a Holy Door footage of Pope Francis opening the door in St Peters Basilica in Rome.

    In this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has reminded us to open the doors of our hearts to receive the mercy of God and to show others God’s mercy.


    Date: 10-Aug-16  05:48  Edition: 2016 V.05 Ed.23 Section: Faith & Identity Senior School

    Senior School Sport

    Mr James Dalton .... Water Polo Champs! 

    Water Polo

    Well done to our water polo teams who last Friday evening won premierships in the Grade 7&8 and Grade 9&10 divisions. The Grade 7&8 grand final was an all SVC affair, whilst the Grade 9&10 team won a thriller 5-4 with the game going down to the final seconds. Well done to all players and coaches on a fantastic season. 

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    Grade 9&10 Premiers 

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    Grade 7&8 Premiers 

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    All our Grade 7&8 players with coaches Jake Reilly and Jack Fairhurst 

     

    Cricket

    In last Friday's Mercury the strength of our cricket programme was highlighted in a photo promoting the upcoming Australia v South Africa Test in Hobart. In promoting 100 days to the Test, the photo assembled 10 talented junior players who made 100s last season. Five of the ten were current and past students of St Virgil's! 

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    Photographed with Test star Peter Siddle are - Liam Devlin (GYC), Keegan Oates (Grade 10), Will Collins (Grade 8), Jack Fagan (Grade 10) and Declan Waddington (Grade 10). 

     

    Good Luck 

    Finlay Rossiter-Hill has been selected to represent Tasmania in the National Karate Championships in Melbourne this week. 

    Aiden van Staden has this week been representing Tasmania in the National Under 16 Hockey Championships in Melbourne.


    Date: 10-Aug-16  05:43  Edition: 2016 V.05 Ed.23 Section: Senior School Sport

    Transitions and Middle Schooling

    Mr Cameron Alexander 

    GYC Information and Grade 10 Work Experience 

    Grade 10 GYC Transition

    GYC preliminary course selections are to be made online by Friday August 19. If any boy has lost their log on details to make these selections they can contact me to have them resent. On Friday Mr Mathew Derrick from GYC will be available at recess for any boy who has any questions regarding their course selection.

    Preliminary Course Selection Due

    Friday 19 August

    4:30pm

    Guilford Young College

    Course Counselling

    Tue. 15, Wed. 16 & Thur. 17 November

    4:00pm – 6:00pm

    Glenorchy & Hobart Campuses

    Grade 10 Orientation Day

    Wednesday 7 December

    8:30am – 12:30pm

    Glenorchy & Hobart Campuses

     

    Grade 10 Leavers’ Tops

    Orders for Leavers tops have now closed, however families are reminded that payment needs to be made through the College Uniform Shop.

                Cost:                           Short Sleeve Polo                $45.00

    Long Sleeve Rugby Jumper  $65.00

                Payment:                    Due on or before Friday September 15 2016.

    • All Payments made through the Uniform Shop

    Grade 10 Work Experience

    Next week Grade 10 C and D will be on work experience. Given the reports from the first block of work experience they have high standards to maintain but will be assured of a fantastic learning experience. 

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    Date: 10-Aug-16  05:42  Edition: 2016 V.05 Ed.23 Section: Senior School

    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

    Canteen

    Mrs Carol Hilyer 

    Weekly Roster 

    Friday

    August 12

    Sally Feldmanis

    Jocelyn Huigsloot

     

     

     

     

    Monday

    August 15

    Jo  Bourke

    Fran Kline

    Tuesday

    August 16

    Rachel Kyle

     

    Wednesday

    August 17

    Goldy

     

    Thursday

    August 18

    Elisha Berry

     

    Friday

    August 19

    Linda Bennett

    Elizabeth Loveless


    Date: 10-Aug-16  05:36  Edition: 2016 V.05 Ed.23 Section: Community News 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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