Year 7 2023

Welcome Evening

On Wednesday, 8th June the College was delighted to host the Year 7 2023 Welcome Evening.

With more than 400 attendees made up of future students and their families, the evening commenced with a welcome from College Principal Mary Farah and an address from Christopher Houlihan, the CEO of Mercy Education LTD.

The audience was treated to a Facilities Update by Business Manager Jonathan Stringfellow who shared the exciting developments that have already taken place in readiness for 2023, including:

  • New and upgraded toilet blocks, showers and changing areas
  • New air lock Student Entrance
  • New building access ramps
  • New Health Centre, including bathrooms, private examination spaces and triage space
  • Seminar Room located in the DTIC
  • New and refurbished staff office spaces

Jonathan also gave an insight into what we have to look forward to with ongoing development and updates, including

  • New campus signage
  • Updated and refurbished gym facilities
  • Refurbished staff bathrooms, showers and change rooms
  • Upgrade of Torquay facilities
  • IT Infrastructure Roadmap
  • College Masterplan

Chris Needle shared an overview of the Year 7 Programme of Study, including an update on parent communications, assessment, subjects offered and the overall learning structure at the College. In his presentation Chris highlighted the importance of student agency and shared some information on the Universal Learning Program (ULP).

After we heard from Chris, Siobhan Bloomfield and Tom Madden shared an update on the College co-curricular program, sharing information with students on the broad range of opportunities across various clubs, performing arts, sports and student committees, activities and competitions.

Tamara Lourdes, Year 7 Leader, shared the key orientation dates for this cohort and then came the launch of the 2023 College Uniform! Thank you to Joanna Grujovski, Daniela Franze and the entire Uniform Committee for all their hard work in developing this contemporary, inclusive and progressive uniform we are sure our students will enjoy for many years to come!

The night closed out with the introduction by Deputy Principal, Rachel Valentine of the new Parents and Friends Association, Community Connect, followed by a real treat in the form of a preview of the 2023 College Musical, Aladdin JR by the College choir. Tickets are selling fast and available here.

It was truly special to see the St Aloysius College Class of 2028 community getting to know one another, and an evening like this can't go ahead without the extraordinarily hard work of a large team. We extend our thanks to all staff involved, particularly Jess Ishac and Siobhan Bloomfield for decorating the hall with Student Artwork, Theresa Daunt for her logistical support, all staff who presented on the night, and of course to Antoinette Martelli and Connie Tsironis for organising the delicious catering.

PAT Testing for the Year 7 2023 cohort began today and we are so excited to welcome them to our community next year!