A Busy End of Year!

Reminder – Grade 10 Events

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

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

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

Upcoming Events

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

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

Student Leaders 2021

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

I am pleased to announce the House Leaders for 2021.


Prefect:                Harris Lamb

Deputy:                Billy Hapka



Prefect:                Will Simaan

Deputy:                Joe Mathers



Prefect:                Krystian Jankowiak

Deputy:                Charlie Banks



Prefect:                Harry van Kraanen

Deputy:                Riley Ferguson

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

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

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


Way to St James Cygnet Pilgrimage Goes Virtual

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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