After much reflection and planning by all of us, it is lovely to have our students back at the College and to be back in the school routine. The best part of working in schools is working with young people in our care. The start has been smooth and students seem to be connected and engaged. I am very grateful for the warm welcome I have received from staff, students, parents and the St Aloysius community generally. Just today at recess I was playing handball with some of the students and they were conspiring not to get me out. I am certainly blessed to be a part of this community.
We give a very warm welcome to our new students this year:
|Abigail Convey||Haddie Young||Maddison Orr|
|Ajang Alaak||Harriett Atkins||Madeline Duggan|
|Alia Parkinson-Cumine||Harrison Murdock||Matilda Godfrey|
|Amelia Gamble||Harry Hay||Matthew Walker|
|Amelia Rule||Harry Roudon||Max Mansell-Hovington|
|Andrew Baldwin||Henry Allanson||Maxton Savage|
|Annaya Ann Rikku||Henry Brown||Maya Littlejohn|
|Archie Pepper||Hudson Iles-Crawford||McKenzie Young|
|Arial Dikkenberg||Indy Skinner||Meg Burman|
|Arlo Bromfield||Isabella Paydon||Mia Sullivan|
|Austin Jordan||Isla Spriggs||Mikael Swan|
|Ava Morozoff||Islay Marriott||Miki McLeod|
|Banjo O'Neill||Ivano Mazzucca||Millie Turner|
|Beau Hanson||Ivy Norris||Molly Fitzpatrick|
|Bella Holmes||Jack Wise||Morgan Woolley|
|Bella Honner||Jacob Wass||Myles Bates|
|Benjamin Bond||Jamie Smith||Myles Walmsley|
|Benjamin Munnings||Janiyah Ransom||Nelson Homer|
|Billy Madsen||Jasmine Taylor||Nina Kruse|
|Calvin Dix||Jaxson Mayes||Noein Chakkacheril|
|Charlee Henricks||Jayden Bond||Nora Bellette|
|Charlie Cowen||Jethro Penney||Oakley Clifford|
|Charlotte Alexander||Joby Evans||Oliver Arnol|
|Chase Atkinson||Joel Green||Olivia Eiszele|
|Chloe Loxley||Jonah Merlino||Olivia McLaren Kelly|
|Chloe Moore||Joseph Jeffrey||Olivia Seeber|
|Chloe Norris||Joshua Cerone||Ollie Ritchie|
|Cody Heinstman||Joshua King||Oscar Littlejohn|
|Darcy Callaghan||Kaiser Dalton||Parker Sutton|
|Darcy Marusarz||Keavy Richardson||Pascalle Dahmes|
|Dash Tusyn||Khan Polley||Patrick Suter|
|Declan Shai Smith||Kokoda Young||Phoebe Adams|
|Ebony Honner||Laagan Whalan||Phoenix Nosworthy|
|Eden Mansfield||Lachlan Atkins||Poppy Hirst|
|Elias Bourne||Lachlan Kennedy||
|Eliza Brown||Leila McMullen||Riley Seaburn|
|Elizabeth Roberts||Leyton Remess||Roxie Meir-Anderson|
|Eloise Bean||Lily Brown||Ryan Wass|
|Elsie Davis||Lily Longfield||Samuel Verdouw|
|Erin Cocker||Lincoln McLeod||Sianna Knapton|
|Estelle Coward||Lola Hevey||Sofia Martinez|
|Ethan Smith||Louis Hawkins||Spencer Best|
|Evana Mary Vineesh||Louisa Chatwin||Stanley Bertko|
|Evangeline Freeman||Luca Tilley||Summer Mirkazemi|
|Evelyn Digney||Lucas Allanson||Suzanne Turner|
|Evie Roach||Lucas O'Connor||Taylah Coad|
|Faith Parkinson-Cumine||Lucas Sullivan||Tendai Maite|
|Faith Taylor-Hursey||Lucy Wells||Thalia Ritchie|
|Fergus Curren-Hein||Thea Tsitsi|
|Finn Woolley||Tobias Adams|
|Fiona Wilson||Tommi Creek|
|Florian McLaren Kelly||Tyler Norris|
|Freya Hook||Victoria Burdon|
|Gabriel Gilley||Will Steenholdt|
|Gabriella Chivers||Willow Brown|
|George Gordon-Smith||Xavier Turnbull|
|Grace Hennessy||Xavier Webster|
|Grace McKenzie||Zachary Moore|
|Gracie Rolls||Zander Hanson|
What is Education?
The word education is derived from the Latin word educare, to ‘lead out’. The idea of education as drawing out what is within may sound a little odd, but the longer I am involved in education, the more I think there is truth to it. As teachers we want, in a sense, to ‘light fires’ in students, to draw out a passion for a particular area, whether it be maths or drawing or soccer or something else. Finding this passion not only helps with seeking career paths but also simply makes life that much more joyful when you realise you have a love for something.
Every good wish for a positive and successful year.
2021 Term Dates
Monday 1 February - Grade 5 and Grade 7
Thursday 1 April
Tuesday 2nd February - Remainder of Students
Monday 26 April
Friday 2 July
Monday 19 July
Friday 24 September
Monday 11 October
Thursday 16 December
- Good Friday: Friday 2nd April
- Easter Sunday: Sunday 4th April
- Easter Monday: Monday 5th April
- Easter Tuesday: Tuesday 6th April
Public Holidays 2021
- Hobart Regatta Day: Monday 8th Feb
- Eight Hours Day: Monday 8th March
- Queens Birthday: Monday 14th June
- Hobart Show: Thursday 21st October
Student Free Days 2021
- Friday 21 October
Congratulations and welcome to the St Aloysius Community -
Franklin John Hickey - Megan and James Hickey (Health and PE Leader)
Maggie Claire Jasmine Langley - Jacinta Castles (Learning Support) and Joshua Langley
Ava Rae Orchard - Joanna (Counsellor) and Joshua Orchard
College Captains: Inara Osborne and Hamish Ayliffe
College Prefects: Niamh Bawle, Lachlan Faella, Hamish Ayliffe, Jade Brouwer, Inara Osborne, Sophie Dance, Lily Robinson and Ruby Prichard
College Contact Details
Junior Campus K-4 - 123 Roslyn Avenue Kingston Beach TAS 7050 | 6229 0200
Middle Campus 5 - 10 - 12 Nautilus Grove Huntingfield TAS 7055 | 6229 0100
Senior Campus - 50 Huntingfield Avenue Huntingfield TAS 7055
Postal address - PO Box 353 Kingston TAS 7051
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Website – www.staloysius.tas.edu.au
Junior Campus K - 4 - Mylinda Fletcher | 6229 0200
Middle Campus 5 - 10 - Simone Skinner | 6229 0100
Email - email@example.com
The College website is a useful tool that we encourage families to utilise. College policies and documents can be found here along with the College Handbook, calendar and the newsletter.
We are happy to be welcoming some new Music tutors to the Middle Campus this year. Featured in this issue is Ben Brinkhoff, who some of you will know from the Junior Campus. Ben is now teaching guitar and bass at the Middle Campus. He is also directing the College jazz band.
Ben has been playing music for most of his life and teaching for over twenty years. His enthusiasm for music continues to grow as he sees the benefits it brings in so many ways to so many people.
As well as teaching, Ben runs music programs for people with disabilities and performs regularly in a range of styles, as one of the busiest bass players around Hobart. For the majority of his gigs, Ben plays the double bass (the "enormous violin"), often electric bass guitar, and occasionally regular guitar.
Pictured above is Ben performing at the opening of Mona Foma this year.
If your child is interested in private music lessons, the College has excellent tutors that teach piano, guitar, drums, voice and a variety of wind instruments.
A very warm welcome to the following staff members who have joined us this year -
- Mr Joel Berry - Counsellor
- Mrs Sophie Bird - English, French, HASS and Work Studies
- Mr Adam Bowden - Grade 1 Blue
- Mr Joseph Brouwer - HPE Trainee
- Mrs Emma Callanan - Prep Blue
- Mr Bradley Canning - Deputy Principal Middle Campus Grade 5 - 8
- Miss Rebecca Clifton - HPE and Maths
- Fr Michael Delaney - Parish Priest
- Mr Thomas Elkhair - Maths and Science
- Mr Rhys Endall - Maths and Science
- Miss Sally Fawcett - Grade 6 Blue
- Ms Sarah Friedman - Grade 4 Blue
- Mr Steven Geale - Maths, ICT and Digitech
- Mr James Groombridge - Lab tech
- Mrs Sharmila Holland - Counsellor
- Mrs Shari Jacobson - Library tech
- Miss Amy Nelson - Grade 2 Blue
- Mr Eamonn Pollard - Principal
- Mr Daniel Prichard - Parish Associate
- Ms Claire Richardson - Administration Officer and Reception
- Miss Rebecca Vague - Grade 4 Green
- Mrs Kate Webb - Teacher Assistant
- Ms Laura Wood - English, RE History
Congratulations to Grade 8 student Bella Oakley who won the Kingborough Council Young Citizen of the Year award for her outstanding commitment and enthusiasm as a volunteer, and supporting people in need in Kingborough.
You can read about Bella's volunteer work in the link below.
The Uniform Shop is located at the Middle Campus and is open at the following times during the Term for assistance and purchases:
8.15am – 10.00am
2.00pm – 3.30pm
1.30pm - 3.30pm
It is wonderful to have our students back to school. It is also timely to remind parents, guardians and grandparents, who use the car park at the Junior Campus, of the following rules and expectations to ensure the safety of everyone who is using this space.
• Please remember that the car park is a shared car and pedestrian zone - all vehicles must adhere to the 5km speed limit.
If using the 'DROP & GO' zone, please take note of the following requirements:
• Students to alight from the vehicle on the left-hand side only onto the footpath.
• Drivers must remain in the car. Students who use the Drop & Go zone must be capable of getting in and out of the car by themselves, including putting on their seatbelt. If they are not able to do so, parents will need to park in a designated car space and assist them.
• School bags should be in the car and not retrieved/placed in the boot. Bags need to be in the car with the students so that they do not have to go behind or in between cars.
• Teardrop flags clearly mark the allocated zone - students are not to enter or leave cars which are waiting in line to use the zone. Please be patient and wait until you are safely parked in the zone.
• Please ensure you have your handbrake on once you have pulled into the zone and stopped.
• Staff supervision will be present at the start and end of each day
• All families and students who park and walk into school please only use the pathways and crossing which are provided.
It is important that all car park users are aware of these rules and expectations to ensure a safe environment for our students and families.
We would also like to remind families to utilise the school crossing on Roslyn Avenue.
Parent/Guardian drop off & collections into classrooms
Thank you for your support of the various COVID induced health regulations that we need to maintain this year. Parents and guardians are allowed into classrooms at the Junior Campus for drop off at the commencement of each day. If you stay for more than a minute or two, we need to keep a record of your name and address in case of future records health tracing. Therefore, we ask you to limit the time in classrooms at drop off. Please come in and settle your child, greet your teacher and look briefly at work they have completed.
Grade 7 & 10 Immunisations
The Kingborough Council's immunisation team will be providing vaccinations to Grade 7 and Grade 10 students this year.
The following vaccines will be provided to Grade 7 students:
Human papillomavirus (HPV) - two doses are given 6 months apart
Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) dTpa - one dose
The following vaccines will be provided to Grade 10 students:
Meningococcal ACWY - one dose
1st June 2021
Please complete and return all the consent forms (even if your child will not be receiving the vaccines) ASAP.
If you have any questions please contact the Council on 6211 8255 or your family doctor.
Grade 8 Science
This term in Grade 8 Science, students will be looking at energy and sources of energy. Students have been investigating different forms of energy that everyday objects have.
Grade 9/10 VET Construction Students
During the first week of school, the Grade 9/10 VET Construction students assisted with the landscaping of the mountain bike area at the Middle Campus. The students planted, mulched, weeded and watered the newly purchased native plants. Thank you for your efforts, the area is looking fantastic.
Grade 7 - 10 Swimming Trials
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the College is holding swim trials to select the SSATIS representative team for 2021. The trials will be held on Wednesday, 24th February at the Hobart Aquatic Centre. The trials are open to all students and will run from 9:30am - 12:30pm. Students will be transported to and from the College. More information including the expressions of interest and permission forms will be provided soon.
SATIS After School Sport
The SATIS sports roster for Term 1 is commencing next week. All players, parents and guardians must be aware of the current COVID Safety Guidelines and follow the following protocol for home games -
- Sign in sheet must be completed and sanitising station must be used prior to entry
- Entry and exit the gym via the side door
- Entry and exit the soccer field via the left side
- Spectators are allowed but must adhere to social distancing
Players, parents/guardians and spectators must be aware of each venue's COVID guidelines for away games (provided at each venue)
Today the College is hosting TMAG staff at the Junior Campus. Two Aboriginal Learning facilitators Teangi Brown and Nicole Smith as well as Art Director Vanessa Marshall & Michael McLaughlin who is the Manager, Programs & Community Engagement.
Aboriginal students have been invited to create artwork for TMAG's upcoming new permanent Children's Exhibition. This exhibition will open in April 2021. The exhibition is being created for children aged 0 -7 years. A central feature will be a large sky screen. Every 30 minutes a 5 minute animation will play. The students listened to the creation story of Lutruwita (Tasmania) as told by Kartanya Maynard, and then responded through art. Their drawings will be incorporated into the animation.
You can find out more on the TMAG website below -
We welcome Fr Mike to his new role as Parish Priest of Kingston-Channel Parish and chaplain of St Aloysius Catholic College. Fr Mike has already had a busy start to the year blessing the College staff on their first day back at work, celebrating Mass at the SACC Staff Spirituality Day on Thursday, 28th January and welcoming our new students at church inductions on the Junior and Middle Campus.
Fr Chris has settled in well to his new unit at St Canice’s in Sandy Bay and, even though his feet are still giving him trouble, he is making the most of retirement and managing to get out and about when he can for coffees and catch ups!
A reminder that the Kingston Channel Parish Website is available to all with the latest Parish Bulletin, news from the parish, Youth Group updates and links to Fr Mike’s homily Podcast and Youtube Channel.
Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and Lent
Next week sees the start of Lent, the preparation time before celebrating the mystery of Easter. First, we have Shrove (Pancake) Tuesday traditionally held to rid the house of all the tempting, yummy goodies followed by Ash Wednesday, a day of repentance which marks the beginning of Lent. Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head symbolising the dust from which God made us.
Lent is seen as a time of solemn observance and preparation for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter. From its start on Ash Wednesday until its conclusion on Easter Sunday, Lent is a traditional time for fasting and abstinence (giving something up), prayer, and giving to charity. Just as we carefully prepare for events in our personal lives, as a wedding, or birthday; Lent invites us to make our minds and hearts ready for remembering Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.
An Ash Wednesday liturgy will be held for Grade 1 to 4 students in the Church of Christ the Priest with ashes being distributed to the Kinder and Prep students in their classrooms. Grade 5-10 students at the Middle Campus will receive their ashes in short liturgies after lunch. See the next newsletter for more information and photographs!
Below are some great online resources for you and your family.
* 40 Acts: 40acts is a community of over 100,000 people across the globe who have decided to do Lent differently. For 10 years they have asked the question: “what if Lent could be about more than just giving stuff up?”. 40 days, 40 challenges, 40 ways to make a difference. Check out https://40acts.org.uk/
* Living Lent Daily by Loyola Press: This resource also sends out a daily reflection via email. The reflections are based on Ignatian Spirituality. You can subscribe here: https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/lent/living-lent-daily
*Ash Wednesday & Lent in Two Minutes – Busted Halo – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3L3c23MfC0 . This is a fabulous quick video explaining the what and why of Ash Wednesday and Lent, from the history of wearing ashes dating back to the Old Testament, to the practices of Catholics and Christians during Lent (from the editors at BustedHalo.com)
We welcome Daniel Prichard to the College as a new Parish Associate and congratulate Hannah Donovan in her successful application to continue the role in 2021. Hannah and Daniel will play an important role in promoting the faith life of the college through assistance with masses and liturgies, outreach programs and the College-Parish Youth Group. We welcome their enthusiasm and bubbly personalities and look forward to seeing them out and about on both campuses. Best of luck to 2020 Parish Associate Robert Elkerton who is continuing his university studies in Melbourne this year.
Hi my name is Dan and I am the new Parish Associate for St Aloysius this year. Having graduated from St Aloysius in 2014, I am beyond excited to be returning to join Hannah, Mrs Marriott and the team in their fantastic work in the school and Parish. I think this year holds a great deal of potential and I cannot wait to work closely with students and collaborate in the strengthening of our already vibrant College and Parish community.
Hi my name is Hannah, I was one of the Parish Associates at the college last year and have been lucky enough to continue in the role in 2021. I’m currently studying a combined Law and Arts degree at UTAS. I’m looking forward to getting to know and working with even more members of the Parish and College community.
Kingston-Channel Parish Youth Group
Kingston-Channel Parish Youth Group is back up and running for 2021!
Youth Group is open to students from Grade 5 and above from any school or college. We meet on Wednesdays 4:00pm-5:30pm during term time in the Sisters of Charity Centre (St Aloysius School Hall) next to The Church of Christ the Priest in Kingston. Youth Group starts on Wednesday 17th February with a Lenten Kahoots Quiz, and games. This term we will be working towards a Youth Group production of ‘The Stations of the Cross’ to be performed to the Parish on Good Friday (2nd April).
Middle Campus students had their first Vinnies/Mini-Vinnies meeting this week. These will continue on Wednesdays at lunchtime in the Chapel Office with Mrs Marriott, Hannah and Daniel. All students from any year group are welcome to attend. Lots of ideas have been shared for raising money, awareness and support for those in need in our community and beyond starting with selling pancakes this Pancake Tuesday 16th February at the Middle Campus in aid of Project Compassion. It's going to be a busy year ahead!
New students from Grades 1-4 had an induction and behind the scenes sneak peek at the Church of Christ the Priest at the Junior Campus and Grade 5 students at the Middle Campus visited the Chapel and heard the stories of our beautiful custom designed stained glass windows. Fr Mike was on hand for both visits to welcome the students, explain a bit about the Mass and its significance to Catholics and answer any tricky questions!
Masses this term
Weekly Mass celebrations will start with our College Commencement Liturgy on Thursday 25th February. The Junior Campus celebrates Mass on Tuesdays in the Church of Christ the Priest and the Middle Campus on Thursdays in the Middle Campus Chapel.