A virtual term
Another term of remote learning has passed, and our students have continued to demonstrate their extraordinary resilience and to embody the Mercy values in all that they do. Despite taking place mostly off-site, the St Aloysius community has remained active in a term full of challenge and triumph. Read on to see more of what Term 3 held for our College community.
Year 12 Formal
During the term break was our year 12 formal, we were all so excited as we had been looking forward to this day since entering the college. After spending the afternoon getting ready, everyone truly looked stunning, with many of us capitalising on the chance to get all dressed up and have a good night with our friends. Due to the covid-19 restrictions we were not able to bring dates or have a dance floor, both of which were very disappointing – but that didn’t stop us from having a great time talking with our friends, taking lots of photos and busting a move behind our chairs (social distancing of course). The food was delectable, with my personal favourite course being the entrée, which was some delicious gnocchi, we also washed that all down with some tasty mocktails. Overall, we all had a great night, and we wish to extend a big thank you to all that assisted on the night. Particularly Ms Franze and supervising staff, although I wish to make special mention of Mr Ruzbacky who was not holding back on his moves, showing all of us up on the social distant dance floor.
Maggie Twyford, Year 12
Model United Nations Summit, 19th & 20th July
This year’s topic of discussion was marine conservation. Acting as delegates of assigned countries, our VCE French and Japanese students strategically discussed and debated in their respective language about the improvements that could be made in the draft resolution to suit the environmental needs of each country.
The Model UN was a very unique experience which allowed us to practice our speaking skills and interact with other very passionate French students. We were fortunate enough to have one of our amended clauses included in the Final Draft resolution, which made all our hard work worth it. Not only was it a fun day filled with the beautiful French language, we also became aware of different viewpoints on certain issues pertaining to the environment, particularly ocean conservation. Overall, the experience was very enriching which allowed us to use our skills and practice with other VCE students in preparation for the exams ahead.
VCE French Class
As the entire conference was in Japanese, we initially felt a bit overwhelmed and even shy to express our opinions on such complex environmental issues, especially in front of such a large Japanese speaking audience. However, with the careful guidance and encouragement of our beloved, Mizuno Sensei, by the end of the conference, we were both able to confidently make significant contributions to the meeting, teaching other delegates about aquaculture and even successfully amending a clause for our country. As said by the acting Secretary General in the opening ceremony: “You are the leaders of today”. Indeed, with our passion for Japanese and genuine concern for world issues, together we created resolutions that had the potential to make real differences in our marine environment today. It was truly such a privilege to partake in such an eye-opening experience and I hope every Japanese student at St Aloysius College will also have the opportunity to do so.
Trinity Foo and Andrea Soo (VCE Japanese)
Dante Poetry Competition
Congratulations to the Italian students who participated in the DANTE Alighieri Poetry competition that was hosted this year in a virtual format. St Aloysius students received remarkable results, with many awarded a First, Second & Third Placing by an external assessor. This means they made no errors in pronunciation, clarity, syntactical structure or rhythm/speed during recitation. Their delivery was outstanding, expressive and demonstrated sound understanding of the poem recited. We commend all students for such exceptional achievements.
Prefect Application Speeches
On 26th August during our Nourish session we had a whole school assembly and we were fortunate enough to come together online to listen to the 2022 prefect application speeches.
The speeches presented were very inspiring, many covering the importance of leadership and the Mercy values which is seen within so many individuals in our school community and our College Leaders.
The speeches provide the younger students with a reminder of the opportunities to come so that we can strive for throughout our years at St. Aloysius to aspire to apply for a leadership role in Year 12. We also have the opportunity to vote which allows us to have student voice. It will be a big decision to vote as all speakers were so well prepared and well spoken. The Year 9 students wish all the candidates the very best of luck.
Rory McLeod, Year 9
Wellbeing Week and Mercy Day
Wellbeing week was developed by the College psychologist, Eden Foster, with a focus on the promotion of physical and mental wellbeing through what has been a particularly challenging term. On each day of the week, students and staff focused on one of the five aspects that make up wellbeing.
To conclude Wellbeing Week, on Friday 10 September we celebrated our annual Mercy Day. We gave special recognition to those Sisters of Mercy who have significantly contributed to our present – particularly to those after whom a number of our school buildings and school areas are named. As we remain in lockdown, our staff sent their many virtual messages of thanks to the Sisters in some very creative ways! The recording of the Mercy Day mass is available to view here.
Student of the Semester Awards
The student of the semester is awarded to a student from each year level who demonstrates the following:
- excellent behaviour inside and outside the classroom
- wears their school uniform with pride
- is well-mannered, and respectful to peers and teachers
- dedication and passion in all her endeavours
- curiosity and willingness to explore interests and try new things through engagement with co-curricular activities
- development of character through exemplifying the Mercy Values
- participation in College activities
Year 7: Alexandra Fotopoulos
Year 8: Aley Pleban
Year 9: Ruby Blaney
Year 10: Lexi White
Year 11: Freweyni Abay
Year 12: Keely Mair
The Interschool Debating competition ran remotely across Term 3, with our senior team progressing through to the semi-finals and the junior teams winning both of their debates. We congratulate these students and Ms Stamboulis on this impressive achievement.
In July, St Aloysius College was delighted to announce its membership of the Association of Coeducational Schools (ACS) from Year 7 2022.
This is a fantastic next step for the College as we continue to celebrate excellence and promote the wellbeing of the whole person through a broad and inspiring curriculum enriched by a highly competitive sport program.
Father's Day Breakfast
To celebrate this special day, on Friday 3 September we hosted a virtual session with Darren Crocker. Darren is a former AFL premiership player for North Melbourne Football club and is the current coach of the AFLW North Melbourne Football Club. Darren shared with us some of his experiences, challenges and triumphs and the importance of vision, determination and commitment to achieve success. Thank you to all the families and staff who joined us at the virtual session, we also acknowledge our partnership with the North Melbourne Football Club and thank them for their ongoing support.
On the 1st September, the 2021 edition of Bloom! was released. This is a student-led magazine which this year focused on the theme of Female Empowerment. We congratulate all students involved on their exceptional contributions to the magazine and thank Rachel Stephens for her guidance and support. We also thank DMC group for their expert industry advice and for arranging the print publication of some hard-copy versions.
Online Safety Course
Across Term 3, the College shared a series of e-safety resources with our wider community. The aim of the course is to develop an ongoing conversation around online wellbeing and ensure that our wider community of students, families and staff are able to use technology in healthy, safe and sustainable ways.
Topics covered so far in the course include time spent online, cyber-bulling and general e-safety.
Olympic Change-Maker National Forum
On the 2nd of September, Chelsea Stewart (Year 12) and I had the privilege of attending the Olympic Change-Maker National Virtual Forum where our achievements as part of the change-makers programs were celebrated. The change-makers program was something that I had never heard of before until this year, but the forum itself was life changing to participate in. The forum allowed us to connect with over 900 students all around Australia, and with Olympians: Brooke Hanson, Zac Stubblety-Cook, Mariafe Artacho del Solar, Taliqua Clancy and Kyle Vander-Kuyp. Beyond gaining firsthand insight into the 2020 Olympics Games, we gained inspiration to be the positive change in our community, one of the main themes of the program. The Change-makers program brings young leaders, like Chelsea and me, together to use the power of sport to make an impact on people everywhere and the summit provided encouragement to actually put our goals into reality. Hearing about leadership, the Olympic spirit and the Olympians own experience of creating change was incredibly inspiring and was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I am thoroughly grateful for. What particularly stuck out to me was Zac Stubblety-Cook’s insight on excellence and his journey to the games, but the whole forum was an incredible thing to be a part of especially with the current circumstances we find ourselves in; it was extremely motivating to be able to keep connected to sport through the program. Learning about the experiences of the Olympians and learning about how to use my voice to create real change is something that I can now bring both on and off the field.
Lyra Veniegas, Year 12