Ignatian Newsletter: 2024 - Edition #7

Principal's Report

Written by
Alison Leutchford
Acting Principal

House Athletics Carnival

On Monday 29 April, staff and students took the bus to the Meadowglen International Athletics Track for the annual House Athletics carnival. Lots of fun was had by all. Congratulations to Xavier House for winning the carnival. Xavier has now won both the House Swimming and Athletics. This is definitely testament to their team spirit and commitment.

I would like to thank Ms Jacqueline Wade (Director of Sport), and her team for the tireless work and organisation that went on in both the lead up to the carnival and on the day itself.

Anzac Day

On Wednesday 24 April, the College gathered around the flagpole to commemorate the contribution of all those who have served Australia (including those who died) in time of war and in war like conflicts. We welcomed Colin Brooks, Honourable Member for Bundoora, and Lieutenant Maria Gamble, who gave the Anzac Day address. I was very proud of our students, who were exceptionally respectful, showing that they fully understand the significance of this day for all Australians. I thank Mr Matthew Luczek (Director of Community and College Engagement) for his impeccable organisation of this event.

On Thursday 25 April, Mr Luczek and I accompanied college captains Noah Iozzo (12XEJS) and Shireen Yelburga (12XDMA) to the Watsonia RSL Anzac Day ceremony. Noah and Shireen presented with great poise and dignity as they laid a wreath on behalf of the college.

Xavier Maytime Fair

On Saturday 4 May, a number of our parents and students will be selling hot jam doughnuts at the Xavier Maytime Fair. The Maytime Fair is held at Xavier College on the first Saturday in May each year. This longstanding tradition has taken place since 1952 and raises funds to support Jesuit Mission’s outreach programs overseas.

All proceeds from the day go directly towards supporting at-risk communities in over ten countries in Asia and Africa, including Cambodia, Timor-Leste, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Malawi and more.

The Fair will include entertainment for parents and children with a huge array of food, music, rides, arts and crafts, games, plant stalls, book stalls, a wine auction, sport, face painting, raffles, show bags and lots more.

Families are encouraged to go along and support the fair. I can personally vouch for the quality of the delicious hot jam treats!

Open Day

This coming Sunday 5 May the college will host the annual Open Day. We already have over 275 families registered to attend the day. Loyola remains the school of choice for many parents in the northern suburbs. Our applications and subsequent enrolments continue to be strong. However, we must not rest on our laurels. Open day is an important opportunity to promote the College. I thank the students who have made themselves available to be ambassadors/tour guides on the day. A reminder that students will finish at 2:45pm on Friday 3 May to give staff time to set up for Open Day.

Australia’s Best Teachers Campaign

A reminder that parents can nominate our teachers in the News Corp Australia’s best teachers’ campaign. Nominations can be submitted via the link below:

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