Ignatian Newsletter: 2024 - Edition #1

Teaching & Learning

Written by
Kathryn Wilson
Deputy Principal, Teaching & Learning

Welcome back to all our returning students, and to those students who are new to the school this year. We are all looking forward to working with parents/guardians and your children in 2023. We have many new positive and exciting initiatives.

Companion Learning (the Loyola College Learning Management System)

This year Parents and Students will continue to have online access to resources, class pages, assessment calendars and to their teachers for every class. They will also be able to access their timetable and the College calendar. Please ask your child to show you their ‘Companion Learning’ page.

Heads of Learning in 2024

This year we will continue to keep our community fully informed of the learning that occurs at Loyola College. There will also be important information for you to digest concerning the different activities affecting each year level. I would like to introduce you to our Heads of Learning, important curriculum leaders who can assist you throughout the year:

• Adam Calderone: Deputy Principal – Ignatian Mission and Identity / Head of Religious Education

• Jacob Gasparini: Head of English (Term 1 & 4)

• Tim Moore: Head of English (Term 2 & 3)

• Anthony Lynch: Head of Mathematics

• Mathew Lee: Head of Science

• Elizabeth Gartland: Acting Head of Design and Technology (until Term 2)

• Lisa Saltalamacchia: Acting Head of Humanities

• David Ferrante: Head of Health and Physical Education

• Jason van Leest: Head of Languages

• Matthew Thomas: Head of Performing Arts

• Jacqueline Di Stefano: Head of Visual Arts

• Hayden Langford: Head of VCE VM

• Dinh Tran: Head of Technology

• Lisa Bosco: Head of Learning Pathways

Please do not hesitate to contact any of the Heads of Learning with any curriculum questions.

Loyola College Homework Guidelines

We encourage our students to set goals and work towards achieving them. They should always aim high and not be prepared to accept mediocrity. Homework is an important element of supporting the learning that occurs at the College. The College expectation for the first two weeks of 2023 academic year is that Year 7 students do not receive homework. However, Years 8 – 12 will receive homework from their first day.

We ask that parents and guardians fully support their children and assist them in completing all set homework. The Loyola College recommended guidelines for homework are as follows:

Year LevelTotal mins
 homework
 per night
Structure of 
HW time
Total hours 
HW per week
7605 days x 605
8805 days x 807
91005 days x 1008.5
10120+5 days x 12010+
11150+5 days x 15015+
12180+5 days x 18018+

2023 VCE Results
All our Year 12 students last year are to be congratulated on completing their VCE/VCE VM Certificate in 2023. Their results were outstanding and reflected all their dedication and the hard work they had put in during the year. Our Dux, Pio Abi Raad, achieved an ATAR of 97.3 and Gabrielle Liew was our Proxime with an ATAR score of 94.2.

Y12 Destinations 2023/2024

The following chart provides an overview of our Year 12 post Loyola destinations. We wish everyone great success in their future endeavours.

2023 Loyola College Year 12 Destination Data

2023 Semester Two Merit Certificates
Congratulations to all students who received Semester Two Merit certificates. Merit awards are given to students who perform at a high level. Awards are based on the student’s overall result for each subject. A student will receive a Gold merit award if they have achieved an overall subject result of A or A+. A student will receive a Silver merit award if they have achieved an overall subject result of B or B+.

Please click here for a full list of Year 7 – 11 students who received a total of four or more Gold Merits in Semester Two 2023. 

Box of Books
This academic year marks our first implementation of Box of Books, and while the majority of parents have experienced a seamless process, we recognize that some parents have encountered difficulties, and we sincerely appreciate your patience with this.
We are committed to rectifying any issues encountered during this initial phase and the College is actively working to address the challenges faced by some parents. We are implementing measures to ensure a smoother and more user-friendly experience moving forward.

As we look ahead to the academic year 2025, we are confident that the adjustments and enhancements we are making will lead to a more efficient and trouble-free experience for all parents involved. We appreciate your continued support and understanding as we strive to provide the best possible resources and tools for the education of our students.

If you have any specific concerns or feedback you would like to share, please feel free to reach out to Mr Tran at trand@loyola.vic.edu.au