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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|

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|

Cradle Mountain Expedition

Between Thursday 1 and Thursday 8 December ten students and three staff successfully walked the famous World Heritage Listed Overland Track in Tasmania. The Overland Track is a 65km North-South Walk from Ronny Creek (Cradle Mountain) to Lake St Clair in the southern highlands of the Tasmanian wilderness. The students spent the first day preparing

December 13th, 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|

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|

Head of Valdocco

2016 Valdocco Market a Great Success Friday 4 November saw the culmination of months of hard work in preparation for our annual Term 4 market. It was a great delight to walk around the market and see so many students actively engaged in a variety of tasks. All were working diligently to ensure that the

November 22nd, 2016|

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Congratulations to an Australian Champion Year 9 student Frankie Ferraro’s dedication to his sport including the training of other younger students each week, has once again allowed him to triumph in an important event. Frankie attended the Australian Titles of the International Sports Karate Association in Sydney on the weekend of 22 - 23 October

November 4th, 2016|

Guest Speaker for Valdocco Forensic Science

On Monday 17 October the Valdocco Forensic Science class was very fortunate to have a guest speaker. Detective Sergeant Fernando Cartagena (father of class member Dylan Cartagena) visited the class to share his experiences of his time with the police force with a particular emphasis on Forensics. Mr Cartagena started with an introduction through

November 4th, 2016|

Head Of Valdocco Article

Having returned to St Joseph’s College after three months of travelling overseas on Long Service Leave, I am very thankful to Mrs Sarah Harris who led the Valdocco community as Head of Campus in my absence, along with Miss Gina Di Stefano and Mr Tom Fay who stepped up into the roles of Year Level

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|

Valdocco News: My City Experience

On Friday 26 August, the Year 9 students spent the day engaged in a range of workshops run by our Year 9 Staff. These workshops were aimed at preparing the boys for their major assessment task for My City, the Land of In-Between Tour and Blog. These workshops covered a range of topics and skills

September 8th, 2016|

Singer-Songwriter Levi McGrath Performs at Year 9 Community Meeting

The Year 9 Community Meeting was privileged to have a special guest on Thursday 25 August. Through the efforts of Mr Patrick Van Dyk and Mr Graeme Tucker, the singer-songwriter Levi McGrath visited St Joseph’s College for the first time. It’s probably easiest to describe Levi as a person who combines musical storytelling and

September 8th, 2016|

SRC CERES Excursion

CERES in some ways is quite similar to Valdocco in its history and development. They were both wastelands that have been built through community spirit and involvement. We went to see and experience all that has been created in order to bring back ideas to implement at the campus. Two areas that we looked at

August 25th, 2016|

Smart Generation Workshops

What words come to mind when you hear the word ‘DRUNK’? This very question was posed to the class by the 2016 Smart Generation leaders, Josh Hill, Jack Moses and Will Gardam, in their first student-led Workshop. The responses rolled in and were, at first, perhaps what you would expect from a 15-year-old boy: Alcohol

August 25th, 2016|

The Changing Faces of My City

“As we can see gentlemen, Melbourne may have changed and grown over the years but it still has the same vibrant atmosphere and it will always be full of heroes and villains.”  The words of curator, Matthew Jones, echo through the beautiful halls of the State Library of Victoria as a group of excitable boys

August 12th, 2016|

Student Led Community Meeting at Valdocco

The opportunities for leadership have grown this year at Valdocco. Committees on Social Justice and Fair Trade are new as well as the continued focus on Project Compassion, Tinnies 4 Vinnies, Smart Generation and the like. With the student leadership group’s ability to take on new opportunities and make the most of them, Acting Head

August 12th, 2016|

Valdocco News

On Friday 15 July, the Year 9 students embarked on their first My City experience with The Amazing Race. This initial task assists boys in familiarising themselves with Melbourne’s CBD through clues to navigate a course of 8 checkpoints and return to their first checkpoint in record time. This was again a successful activity

August 1st, 2016|

SJC’s Social Justice Club

The recently established Valdocco Social Justice Club has been busy this term. The student-led and student-driven group was developed after an excursion to the Annual Fair Trade Conference in Term 2 where the boys were incredibly inspired by each of the presentations that explored a particular aspect of Fair Trade and its links with Social

August 1st, 2016|

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In the last weeks of Term 3, the Year 9 students embarked on their first exams. Across two days they completed four exams including English, Mathematics, Religious Education and Challenge B. To coincide with this new and challenging experience, last week our Years 7 - 9 students, were treated to an engaging and inspiring guest

July 13th, 2016|

Valdocco News

As I write this article, I note that our Year 9 students are currently sitting their first examination at St Joseph’s College, and the first of many that they will sit throughout their lifetime. Very soon we will have completed Semester 1. I am filled with a great sense of pride in our Year 9

June 16th, 2016|

Around the Bay in a Day

Around the Bay in a Day is the one day of the year where Melbourne unites to celebrate cycling. Now in its 24th year, Around the Bay has cemented its place in bike riding culture as Australia’s biggest one-day bike ride and will take place on Sunday 9 October. This year St Joseph’s College will

June 16th, 2016|

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Let’s Go Fishing Excursions Over the past fortnight the Challenge A Let’s Go Fishing class has been out on excursions practicing fishing techniques. The first of these excursions was to Lilydale Lake where students had opportunity to practise casting techniques using a range of lures. The second excursion was to the Macclesfield Trout Farm where

June 3rd, 2016|

What’s On at Valdocco?

If you were to walk through the doors of the Valdocco Campus right now, you would find a bustling and vibrant community filled with enthusiastic students taking up a range of new opportunities. The boys are immersing themselves in all aspects of College life, and enjoying the exciting opportunities and new experiences that they have

June 3rd, 2016|

Year 9 Music: Guest Performer

During Term 2, the Year 9 music class had the pleasure of working with a guest performer. Dean Carlin, a legally blind professional violinist visited St Joseph’s College on two occasions and performed repertoire from a variety of genres; music theatre, classical, jazz, blues and even rock and roll. Henry Bird and Joel Francis reflected

June 3rd, 2016|

An exploration of the visual: The Rabbits by John Marsden and Shaun Tan

Throughout Term 2, the Year 9 students have been working through a unit of work focused on the visual text, The Rabbits by Shaun Tan and John Marsden. The Rabbits tells the story of the first European settlement in Australia through animal imagery, using rabbits to represent the Europeans and possums to represent the Indigenous

May 19th, 2016|

Valdocco Student Leadership

Following the Year 9 seven day Outdoor Expedition, the Year 9 cohort participates in a rigorous process to elect our year level student leaders. After the leaders have been elected, they then participate in a second round of election processes to choose our Valdocco Captain and Vice Captain. This year we had nine of our

May 19th, 2016|

Exploration of the Spirit of Anzac

This year at Valdocco our students have the opportunity to explore the Spirit of the Anzac through one of their Discovery rotation units. This unit of work invites students to investigate the causes, impact and significance of World War One, and encourages them to make connections with their own lives as they explore the sacrifices

May 5th, 2016|

Year 9 Camp

Welcome home to all our Year 9 students who have spent seven days in the Mt Baw Baw wilderness. The boys did a great job of supporting one another and working in teams. We look forward to hearing more about their experience. St Joseph’s College would like to send a big thank you out to

March 16th, 2016|

Mind and Body at Valdocco

Valdocco The Valdocco staff are delighted to see the new cohort commence their year with a willingness to challenge themselves academically, socially and physically. An integral part of our program is Mind and Body, a 30-minute class at the beginning of the day, three days a week, which focuses on preparing our students for learning

March 1st, 2016|

Camp Preparation Days

The past two Fridays have seen Year 9 students and staff engaging in fun activities designed to help prepare us for our seven day outdoor expedition in the Baw Baw National Park and Thompson River Valley. Alternating on these days, half the year level undertook a hike through Birdsland up to the Belgrave swimming pool,

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