A Busy Week!
What a wonderful evening was provided by our students in the Gala Concert last Thursday. The Arts Department across the College put on a wonderful display for all who attended. It was great to see the breadth and depth of talent from the age range of 8 to 16 on show last week. A big congratulations to all who performed and a thank you to all who made the time to attend. I know the boys really appreciate it.
First Lego League Competition
Over the weekend St Virgil’s College hosted the Statewide First Lego League Competition at Austins Ferry. The event saw 39 teams compete over the day and the competition was very intense. The Lagooners and Bridge Bro's starred throughout the First LEGO League competition with both teams winning awards. The Grade 7 team the Lagooners qualified second and now have the opportunity to represent Tasmania in the National competition at Swinburne University in Melbourne later in the month.
A special thank you and well done must go to Mrs Bronwen Baume-Tarrant for her organisation of the event, as a member of the Tasmanian Lego League Committee. Thank you also to all other staff who made the time to attend and support our young men. We look forward to big things in the future!
Grade 10 Final Weeks
The start of November heralds the final leg of our Grade 10 boys' journey. In the coming weeks boys will finish their final class work, complete their exams, enjoy Valedictory dinner, and spend their last few days at the College as Virgilians.
Earlier this week I sent a letter to parents, outlining the upcoming events and the expectations for each student. I encourage each parent to discuss the letter with their son to ensure that our young men finish their St Virgil’s journey on a very positive note.
Details of all the final events for all Grade 7 – 9 students are included in this edition of The Star.
Compulsory Senior School Student Attendance
For senior students in Term 4, there are two compulsory evening events that all students must attend. They are as follows:
College Fair Monday November 18 5pm
Senior School Thanksgiving Liturgy Thursday November 28 at the Derwent Entertainment Centre, 7.30pm
On these two days, boys are to wear sports uniform to school, the day will conclude at 12.30pm providing ample time for the boys to return back to the venues in formal uniform.
If there are any issues with these events, please contact me at the school.
Austins Ferry Fair - Monday November 18
Thank you to those who have offered support of the upcoming Fair. I encourage anyone who is available to help to contact the coordinators:
Michelle Brown firstname.lastname@example.org 0428 508 755
Congratulations to senior school Teacher Assistant Ayesha Welch and her partner Matt on the birth of Aran June Elliot, a little girl weighing in at 3.220 kgs. Mum and baby doing well!
Vale Peter Imlach
It was with great sadness this week that we received the news of the passing of a wonderful Old Virgilian Peter Imlach (SVC 1947-51). Peter was a tireless life member of the OVA, devoted servant of the Catholic Church and a passionate supporter of the College. Peter was a man of great faith, integrity, loyalty, determination and good humour and will be missed at all OVA and College events. He was a long standing member of the OVA Executive and with Ed Gauden and his great mate in Heaven, Dan Reardon, led the OVA's campaign for the return of Year 11 and 12 at St Virgil's. Peter was also an SVC Board Member for several years and actively served the wider Catholic community as a conference member of the St Vincent de Paul Society and as President of the Human Life Protection Society.
Deepest condolences to Verna and the Imlach family. Rest in peace Peter, securely in the palm of your God whom you served so faithfully.
A full tribute to Peter can be found at https://oldvirgilians.org.au/the-ova-mourn-the-passing-of-peter-imlach/
Passing of the first Principal of the Austins Ferry Campus
Last Friday we learnt of the passing of the founding Principal of the Austins Ferry campus Br WL (Bill) Clohesy. He was Principal at Austins Ferry from 1962-67 and was a very well regarded Principal and worked with a small but dedicated team of Brothers and lay staff to get Austins Ferry off the ground. Bill left the Brothers in the late 1960s and spent his remaining years in Adelaide. He passed away in Adelaide on October 29, aged 94. RIP.