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Despite the year at Valdocco starting at a rather fast pace, our students appear to have settled into their studies very well, with the vast majority completing their holiday homework and participating enthusiastically in the range of programs on offer at our campus. “So far Valdocco has been an amazing experience. Mind and Body has

March 3rd, 2017|

ACC Swimming Carnival

It was an historic occasion on Friday 24 February, with St Joseph’s competing in their first major ACC Swimming Carnival at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Preparations for the Carnival began in Term 4 last year, with weekly before school training. The Year 7 students joined the training squad at the beginning of Term

March 3rd, 2017|

Music News

What can I be involved in? Please join us at the next rehearsal. Weekly Music Schedule Monday: Junior Band – Miss Dean - Lunch Time - Small Rock Band Tuesday: Assembly Band – Miss Dean - Lunch Time - Small orchestra that plays at College Assemblies Wednesday: Stage Band – Run by the Trumpet Teacher

March 3rd, 2017|

Mindfulness

All of us have minds that are constantly active. Our minds work hard to allow us to manage tasks and priorities in our work, home and social lives. For many of us, it can sometimes feel like our minds are racing to keep up with demands, which can feel stressful or overwhelming. Mindfulness is a

March 3rd, 2017|

All’s Well That Starts Well

Looking forward to an exciting 2017 at Valdocco Often we hear professional sports people talking about the need to start well. This can mean having a “good first touch” or “kicking the first goal” in order to build confidence in one’s performance and maintain a high level throughout. The school year is much

February 17th, 2017|

Another Exciting Journey Begins

Our Years 7s have begun this year with lots of enthusiasm and anticipation. They have enjoyed their first experiences of our College, willingly taking up the new challenges and making the most of the different opportunities available at a secondary school. The Camp at Dromana was a highlight with all the fun they had at

February 17th, 2017|

Excellence in Everything We Do

The St Joseph’s College song contains the line Excellence in everything we do, inspired by Don Bosco’s description of his pupil Michael Magone’s personal pursuit of excellence. It is an apt line to have in our song, as all St Joseph’s students are encouraged to achieve excellence, but also, and far more importantly, pursue excellence.

February 17th, 2017|

Opening Day at St Joseph’s College on Tuesday 2 February 1965

The first day of any school year is always an exciting yet anxious time. The thrill of making new friends and meeting new teachers is often tempered with the uncertainty of an unknown and unfamiliar environment (it is a natural and common response for most people in modern society). However, the boys who first arrived

February 6th, 2017|

Welcome to 2017

One of the last College events for 2016 was actually the first event for 2017 – the Year 7 2017 Orientation Day. On the morning of Tuesday 6 December almost 200 boys arrived at St Joseph’s College for their first day as St Joseph’s students. Joined by a group of Senior School Big Brothers led

February 6th, 2017|

Cagliero Immersion 2017

Cagliero Immersion 2017 - Opportunity for students Year 10 – 12 • Do you have the desire to work with those less fortunate? • Are you looking for an overseas Mission experience? • Are you over the age of 16? WHO: If you are aged 16 years or older, this mission trip is an opportunity

February 6th, 2017|

Term 4 – A Time of Celebration and Reflection

As the academic year draws to a frantic end, it is important to take time to pause and reflect on the many achievements and successes of 2016. There have been numerous events and occasions where the St Joseph’s community has recognised the great times and the more difficult moments of this year. Each year level

December 2nd, 2016|

Music Teacher: Combined Schools’ Production of Mary Poppins

Introductory Session Over the last month, auditions have taken place with cast, crew and band having been selected for the 2017 Combined Schools’ Production of Mary Poppins. On Thursday 24 November students from Mater Christi College and St Joseph’s College gathered for the official Introductory Session. Introducing a few of our participants: Orhestra: Boyan

December 2nd, 2016|

Four Season Year 8 Camp

“Year 8 camp was the last excursion of the Four Seasons Program; this program prepares us our seven-day camp in Year 9. I was placed with an awesome group who made the experience really fun. If it wasn't James' great puns cheering us up, it was our fantastic group leaders, Myka and Mr Cooper,

December 2nd, 2016|

Valdocco Reflection Days

Following the Year 9 examinations held on Tuesday 22 November, Wednesday 23 November and Friday 25 November saw staff and students engaged in two reflection days designed to allow the opportunity to look back over the Valdocco journey this year and then forward to Year 10 HeadStart. On Wednesday 23 November we participated in a

December 2nd, 2016|

VIC Baseball Team Selections

Congratulations to David Hurley (10 O’Sullivan), Riley Light (8 O’Mara), Conor Myles (9 Chambers) and Richard Kiel (11 Edwards) (pictured above from left to right) for their recent selections into the Victorian State Baseball Teams. Riley and Conor have been selected into the U16 Team, while David and Richard the U18 Team. All four

November 22nd, 2016|

What’s on in Term 4?

The Year 7s are well and truly into the swing of Term 4. It’s hard to comprehend that only eight months ago the Year 7s were the new kids on the block and now they are practically part of the furniture! It has been a busy term already with EISM sport, the Year 12

November 22nd, 2016|

The Smart Generation Parent Evening

You could hear a pin drop as the powerful, evocative stories from Sonia Karass were shared at the Smart Generation evening Thursday 27 October. Her engaging delivery left audiences captivated and enthralled. With over 100 parents in attendance, the evening was a great success. This special evening, dedicated to exploring the issues surrounding the

November 22nd, 2016|

Letter from our Kiribati Students

To the St Joseph’s Community, Please allow me to share with you a traditional Kiribati blessing of "Kam na bane ni mauri.” When I learnt last year that I had been selected to come to Australia, to study at St Joseph’s, I couldn’t believe how lucky I was! I also had no idea, at the

November 4th, 2016|

Year 11 Exam Preparation

The Year 11 cohort has their VCE exams coming up shortly in Week 6. The boys have been actively preparing for these exams, going through past papers or practice problems to help them finish off the academic year strongly. Students have been regularly attending study skills sessions on Wednesday afternoons, and should continue this

November 4th, 2016|

School Bus Management System – 2017 Travel Update from PTV

School Bus Program As most parents will be aware, the new School Bus Management System has been launched in your school bus network. From the commencement of Term 4 2016, families can now apply for school bus travel for the 2017 school year. Timeline for 2017 Applications Travel applications for 2017 must be submitted prior

October 24th, 2016|

Swim Training at St Josephs

Term 4 has seen the commencement of swim training, available to all students, in our newest sporting facility at the College. The training sessions take place each Thursday morning throughout this term from 7:00am - 8:00am followed by breakfast from 8:00am - 8:30am. The Operations Manager of the pool facility and coach of the school

October 24th, 2016|

Arts and Technology Evening

The Arts and Technology Evening started ten years ago with the launch of the very first vintage of the Pinot Noir grown, pressed and bottled at Valdocco's own winery. Just like our wine, this evening simply gets better with age. I would like to take this opportunity to invite all members of the St

October 24th, 2016|

Opening a Door to the World

“I never teach my pupils; I only provide the conditions in which they can learn” (Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955) It is widely believed that although there is a place for alternative learning environments, the most important educational experiences occur within the confines of the classroom. Often the argument for place-based learning or learning

October 24th, 2016|

Year 12 News

The Year 12s of 2016 have finished their final classes at the College and, indeed, of their secondary education. These past few weeks have provided VCE students with an opportunity to consolidate studies through trial exam papers, VCAA Assessors reports, extra teacher assistance and revision programs at universities and here at the College. It

October 24th, 2016|

Variety Night

On Friday 9 September, students from Mater Christi College and St Joseph’s College came together for ‘Variety Night’. This is an annual variety music concert performed by the students for their friends and family. One of the main focuses of the evening was to raise awareness for people in need and to raise money for

October 7th, 2016|

Year 7 Samoan Dance Workshop

Towards the end of Term 3, our Year 7 students were treated to a special dance workshop presented by the boys of Don Bosco Technical Centre in Samoa. The students loved the experience and were entertained by the skill and talent the students from Samoa shared with them. During the workshop the

October 6th, 2016|

Year 10 Retreat

On Thursday 1 September, Year 10 students and staff went on Retreat at Don Bosco Camp in Dromana. The day was focused on building good habits for VCE and VCAL. The students’ active participation meant the day was a huge success. Ms Pagon led and organised the day. Students participated in four activities. The

October 6th, 2016|

Salesian Family

Samoan Visit It was a whirlwind visit to the College but what the Samoan “Siva Dance Tour” gave to St Joseph’s College was extraordinary. St Joseph’s College hosted 55 students and staff from the Don Bosco Technical Centre in Samoa. They were in the middle of their tour of Australia when they arrived at

September 8th, 2016|

Year 8 Four Seasons Program- Mountain Biking

Over the past few weeks the Year 8 boys have participated in the third instalment of the Four Seasons Program. The boys were bussed to Don Bosco Retreat Centre in Lysterfield, to prepare for the Mountain biking component of the program. Students were sized up and received their bikes before running through some basic

September 8th, 2016|