Laudato Si and 2021/2022 Enrolments
Five years ago Pope Francis released his encyclical 'Laudato Si' which focussed on the care of our Mother Earth. As we celebrate the anniversary, we are reminded of our responsibility to care for our 'common home', protecting the natural resources we depend on, and to stand up and act to protect all people and the places in which we live. In particular we are called to stand up for those who are disadvantaged by the activities of others which has a deleterious impact on their home and capacity to live a safe and fruitful life.
We are blessed to have two sites upon which to provide education for our young men. The opportunity through education in our context is to teach about sustainability and how we are able to set up our sites to be viable and hopefully self sufficient in 50 years time. The sustainability work involving water capture, solar power, and returning to natural habitat are all ways we can consider playing our part in this journey.
Our Austins Ferry site in particular provides us with a unique opportunity to live out this message. With 62 acres of land with around 40 acres of it being sustainable bushland, we currently are working closely with the local Aboriginal community and adopting traditional land management practices to ensure we can restore much of this beautiful parcel of land to its native state. This has involved work with external groups to assess the flora and fauna that exists and how we can maintain it in the future.
Later this year we will install a number of water tanks to capture our harvest water which will be used to maintain our orchard, agriculture plot and kitchen gardens. We currently have 17% of our power being generated through solar and as part of our master plan, any future developments will see an increase in the generating capacity. The great thing about these initiatives is that they can be linked directly back to the education of our young people and it does allow us, by deeds not words alone, to answer the Pope’s call to better care for our common home.
Return to School
Following advice from the Premier, information was sent via EdSmart to all parents/guardians detailing return to school arrangements. I look forward to welcoming all of our students back to their relevant campus. A reminder that students re-commence face to face teaching on the following dates:
Grade 3-6 Monday May 25
Grade 7-10 Tuesday June 9
Amidst these busy and unusual times it is easy to forget that we are in the middle of enrolment season! Please note the enrolment dates below:
- Grade 3- 6 enrolment for 2021 - closes July 3 2020.
- Grade 7 (for current Grade 5 boys) enrolment for 2022 - closes September 11 2020.
Expressions of Interest for enrolment at these year levels are lodged through our website – www.stvirgils.tas.edu.au
Tours and Enrolment Enquiries
Due to the COVID 19 restrictions, we have been unable to take tours on either campus. Virtual tours are currently being made for you to view the Austins Ferry and Patrick Street sites. The tour takes you into all parts of the campus and explains all of the boy focussed programmes we have in place to enhance the education of your son.
We have also organised Enrolment Q&A sessions via ZOOM.
On Thursday June 18 from 6pm I will speak to any families who have queries in relation to enrolment at the senior campus and on Thursday June 11 from 6pm, any Patrick Street enquiries can be discussed. Links for these sessions are:
Junior School Q&A
Thursday June 11 6pm
Austins Ferry Q&A
Thursday June 18 6pm