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  • IgnatIan

    Mid Yea r Ed it ion 2012 Volu me 21 Nu mber 1

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  • Men and Women for Others

    Welcome to our new look Ignatian magazine. For those not acquainted with the history of Riverviews primary communication to its wide-spread community, the Ignatian was first published in November 1985 and was produced by the Old Ignatians Union and distributed exclusively to Old Boys. In the tradition of Our Alma Mater, the Colleges annual magazine, it sought to keep Old Boys up-to-date with the movements of OIU members.The College took on publication of the magazine in 1992. Since then, the re-badged Ignatian has been published either two (in the early years) or three times a year. The readership has greatly expanded and, as such, approximately 12 000 copies are distributed to many different groups within our Riverview community.We are most fortunate to receive generally strong praise for a community magazine that, in many instances, differs significantly from those of most other schools. Given the high quality and the day-to-day nature of our weekly newsletter, Viewpoint, the Ignatian is able to maintain its relevance for the wider Riverview community by focusing on happenings around the College and its community, as well as the themes that underlie and demonstrate the practical outcomes of an Ignatian education at one of the finest Jesuit schools in the world. In recent times, we have themed the underlying ethos of Jesuit education and, specifically over the past five issues, the College Values Justice, Service, Discernment, Conscience and Courage. Over future issues, we will be profiling the themes of each of the new windows entered into the Dalton Memorial Chapel, in 2009. We are proud to bring to you in this issue, our central focus of

    Men and Women for Others. The sheer economic and editorial challenges of producing a high-quality, thrice-yearly magazine have also led us to move towards extending the content of the Ignatian and moving to a twice-yearly publication. This is the first Ignatian for 2012 and the second will appear in early December. We have also taken the opportunity to refresh the design of the magazine, giving it a new look and feel, but one that continues to reflect our strong visual identity and Jesuit values. We are excited about the changes we are making to this important publication, and hope that you are too!

    Peter Herington, EditorThe 1986 edition of the Ignatian

    was produced by the OIU

    Editorial Staff:Editor: Peter Herington Journalist & Media Co-ordinator: Lauren Sykes Administration: Suzie Marks Design & Layout: Peter Barker

    Alumni & Special Events Manager:Christine Zimbulis Telephone: (02) 9882 8595 [email protected]

    Contributions:Please forward to: [email protected] or Fax: (02) 9882 8200

    Published by:Saint Ignatius College, Riverview Tambourine Bay Road, LANE COVE, NSW 2066

    Front Cover:Men and Women for Others Stained Glass window in the Dalton Memorial Chapel

    Voume 1, Number 1 of the Ignatian magazine published by

    the College, in 1992

    Printed on FSC certified paper

  • Creating a better ViewEnvironmental initiatives

    Summer SportHighlights from the season

    London OlympicsOur Olympic connections

    Staff Service ExperienceService in action

    Father Generals visitPlaying a part in Gods mission

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    IgnatIan Men and Women for Others2 From the Rector4 From the Headmaster20 Riverview Bursary Program26 College Foundation Report

    Around the College27 130 Years of Debating28 HSC Results30 Ignatian Childrens Holiday Camp34 International Exchange Visits36 Music Tour 201237 Royal Easter Show 38 Sorry Day Liturgy

    Around the Community46 From the OIU President49 Jack Sheekey turns 10052 Honour Roll56 Parents & Friends57 Past Parents58 Resquiescant in Pace

    In this edition


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    Days of Our LivesA land of sweeping plains . . . of droughts and flooding rains.

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  • Men and Women for Others

    Nearly 40 years ago now, on the Feast of Saint Ignatius Day in 1973, Fr Pedro Arrupe (who was then General of the Jesuits) went to a Congress of European Jesuit Alumni (or Old Boys) in Valencia, Spain. He gave an address to those gathered. The consequences of that speech continue to reverberate around the Jesuit world today.

    The title of the address came to be known as Men for Others: training agents of change for the promotion of justice. Men and women for othersthats the watchword of all Jesuit works today. Arrupe cut straight to the chase and began by asserting:Today our prime educational objective must be to form men-and-women-for-others; men and women who will live not for themselves but for God and his Christfor the God-man who lived and died for all the world; men and women who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbours; men and women completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce.

    Pretty strong language, farce. But, not stopping to draw breath, Arrupe became even more provocative. First, let me ask this question, he said,

    Have we Jesuits educated you for justice? You and I know what many of your Jesuit teachers will answer to that question. They will answer, in all sincerity and humility: No, we have not. If the terms justice and education for justice carry all the depth of meaning which the Church gives them today, we have not educated you for justice.

    Temperatures were beginning to rise in the room, especially from the many Spanish alumni, who were the hosts. Arrupe was touching a nerve; stinging consciences. Jesuits consciences as

    well. People were shuffling in their seats. Then he went on to ask where the schools and the alumni were putting their stress: Is it justice among persons, or only justice before God? Is it love of God onlywhat about love of neighbour? Are we only performing acts of Christian charity, or working more deeply for human justice? Are we only concerned with our own personal conversion, or are we seeking a broader and more inclusive horizon of social reform? Are we only interested in salvation in the life to come, or does that include liberation for people in this life as well? Do we envision development governed by scientific technologies and social ideologies, or are we bold enough to take a stand for development through the inculcation of Christian values?Enough! Many of the delegates, from Spain and living under the right-wing Generalisimo Franco dictatorship, thought Arrupe was starting to smell suspiciously like a Marxist. The President of the Alumni Federation immediately resigned in protest. Spanish alumni subsequently withdrew from the world association

    of Jesuit alumni. When that world body had its congress here at Riverview in 1997, I remember from the hundreds of international delegates attending, there were only about two Spanish Jesuit Old Boys who came. The wounds were still festering.In fact, Arrupe was not proposing anything radically new in the long history of Jesuit schooling. Our men who taught in the first schools were often criticised for teaching pagan texts. They had no qualms about this because they believed such literature, poetry and histories all taught values and contained perennial truths. Those Jesuits regularly put before their students a quote from the great orator, Cicero, writing on civic duties: non nobis solum nati sumus, we are not born for ourselves alone. From those earliest school days, then, there was a strong sense of the connectedness of humanity, of social responsibility.And even that phrase men for others is not entirely new. It has its origins in the great twentieth century German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer who lost his life in a concentration camp

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    When Arrupe rocked the boat

  • for standing up to the Nazi regime. He first wrote of Jesus as the man for others, this way:

    Who is God? . . . Encounter with Jesus Christ . . . Jesus is there only for others. His being there for others is the experience of transcendence.

    A truth crossing cultures and faith traditions.With these words, Arrupe set in train a wave of change that continues to influence Jesuit schools and universities today. He established a precedent that, in the future the

    education imparted in Jesuit schools will be equal to the demands of justice in the world.Arrupes address, along with much of his philosophy, outraged many of the Jesuits as well who considered this integration of faith and justice to be too radical a shift. Arrupes successor as General, Fr Peter-Hans Kolvenbach noted,

    As Father Arrupe rightly perceived, his Jesuits were collectively entering upon a more severe way of the cross, which would surely entail

    misunderstandings and even opposition on the part of civil and ecclesiastical authorities, many good friends, and some of our own members.

    Yes, many did drift away. Many felt that alumni gatherings were only to be about grand dinners and stirring toasts, about reminiscences of sporting triumphs, of youthful escapades and pranks, about warm memories of significant friends and formators. All of those are fine, but many more graduates believed there are richer veins to mine. Reminiscences

    of making a difference, of sharing the lives of the poor, of learning from such accompaniment. A movement out from self. Something about a love being expressed in deeds more than in words, as Ignatius himself would have it.

    Fr Ross Jones SJ, Rector

    The Shoeshine Boy

    There is a delightful and instructive story of Pedro Arrupe whilst travelling in Latin America. A young boy off the streets asked him if he could shine his shoes. For us in the West it is a very demeaning occupation. We rightly feel embarassed that some poor person should have to clean our shoes to survive. But Pedro spoke quietly to the boy and then said yes. His minders were understandably a little edgey when they saw this. What would people say if they saw images of this? It was a potential PR nightmare.But at the end, when his shoes had been cleaned, Pedro and the boy did a reversal. He stooped down and cleaned the boys shoes. A servant leader.

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    From the Rector

    Pedro Arrupe has his shoes polished during a visit to Quito, Ecuador

    Their roles reversed

  • Men and Women for Others

    Achieving social justice for all

    M ost people would know by now that my last days as Headmaster will be at the end of Term 1, 2013. As I have said many times before, being Headmaster of Riverview is one of the best jobs in the world, however, you cant have this job forever. In the first edition of the Ignatian next year, I will reflect on my time as Headmaster over the past 12 years. This edition contains an article on the Ignatian Staff Service Experience, which saw all College staff participating in a diverse range of service activities ranging from visiting and spending time with people in nursing homes, prisons, hospitals and special schools; working on farms; cleaning houses; landscaping gardens; taking disadvantaged children on excursions; working with indigenous communities; and helping out at refugee organisations.Why did they do it? The answer to this question can be found in the words and actions of one man who, through his genuine concern for the poor and the marginalised, transformed the Society of Jesus. In 1973, at the Tenth International Congress of Jesuit Alumni of Europe, in Valencia, Spain, Father General of the Society, Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ coined the phrase: men for others. In his address, he said:

    What kind of man or woman is needed today by the Church, by the world? One who is a man-or-woman-for-others. That is my shorthand description. A man-or-woman-for-others. But does this not contradict the very nature of the human person? Are we not each a being-for-ourselves? Gifted with intelligence that endows us with power, does [sic]we not tend to control the world, making ourselves its centre? Is this not our vocation, our history?

    Yes; gifted with conscience, intelligence and power each of us is indeed a centre. But a centre called to go out of ourselves, to give ourself to others in lovelove, which is our definitive and all-embracing dimension, that which gives meaning to all our other dimensions. Only the one who loves fully realises himself or herself as a person. To the extent that any of us shuts ourselves off from others we do not become more a person; we becomes less.

    This statement was a radical challenge to all Jesuit educational institutions. In making this statement, Fr Arrupe wanted to shift Jesuit schools across the world from their theoretical approach towards social justice, to being people of action.It has always been a given that Jesuit schools give high priority to academic excellence and the education of future leaders of society. However as current Father General, Fr Adolfo Nicols SJ, said when at Riverview earlier this year:

    That excellence has nothing to do with social, financial or professional success. its an excellence in humanity. Its forming better human beings; people with a heart, with compassion, with understanding; people who can understand our society without bias, without ideological impositions; people who can be attentive, responsible and understanding.

    Fr Pedro Arrupes call back in 1973 was a call to action, a call to drive social change. This means that schools should not only teach ideas of social justice, they must also offer their students opportunities to practise it.

    Our Ignatian Service Programoriginally called a community service program until some of our boys who were completing their service in a country town, were asked what they were doing and what had they done wrongis a practical service program. When it first began it seemed relatively simple to ask all boys to perform some service for others. However, there proved to be many barriers to the smooth running of this program, including trying to find places that could provide meaningful work for 800 teenage boys such as nursing homes, aged care facilities, schools, refuges, centres run by St Vincent de Paul Society. There were also issues around insurance, OH&S, transport, and the bigger question of, would staff have to come off important duties to look after boys while they were doing their service?Over the years we have learned a lot about running service programs through our own personal experiences and through conversations with our students. When we invited our staff to take part in a service program we had a number of different goals in mind. We wanted staff to realise and appreciate what our boys and their families have to go through when they are trying to find meaningful service; we hoped they would understand how doing service provides a sense of self worth as well as a good feeling about helping others; we also wanted them to be able to

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    Shane Hogan, Headmaster with new students, at the beginning of Term 1

  • Statement from the Chair of College Council, Mr Paul Robertson AM and the Headmaster, Mr Shane Hogan

    The Chair of College Council, Mr Paul Robertson, and the Headmaster, Mr Shane Hogan, today announce that Mr Hogan has decided to conclude his term as Headmaster of the College at the end of Term 1, 2013.Mr Hogan was the first lay person to be appointed Head of School and Headmaster of Saint Ignatius College, Riverview since its foundation in 1880.Commenting on Mr Hogans decision, Mr Robertson said :

    Shane has been an exemplary leader. Under his guidance, the College has flourished.Our academic results over the past 11 years have improved significantly with our HSC average and median ATAR increasing by 12 percent. Shanes decision to develop the Learning Support and Special Education Inclusion Programs at the College has ensured that every student has the opportunity to discover and achieve his God-given academic potential.His time as Headmaster has also

    been marked by initiatives such as the introduction of the Advanced Teacher Program for staff and the construction of the early learning centre, Mirrabrook. His transformation of the boarding facilities and the physical and co-curricular landscape of the College has been remarkable.Through Shanes dedication, this College has become a place of genuine care and commitment to the poor and the marginalised, with every student reaching out to the community as part of his Ignatian Service.Today, 80 disadvantaged students, among them indigenous and refugee boys, attend Riverview thanks to the development of the schools bursary program led by Shane.To say he will be missed is an understatement. His love for the College and for Jesuit education, his deep affection for the staff and the students and his ability to always focus on the wider Ignatian perspective are qualities that have set him apart as an educational leader. However, the Council understands and respects Shanes desire to respond to the magisto use his gifts and experiences to serve God in other educational environments.

    Mr Hogan said: The past 12 years have been an amazing experience for me and it

    has been a privilege to have served as Headmaster of Saint Ignatius College, Riverview. However, while it will be sad to leave, I know this is the right time for my family and me.I have always believed that happiness is the key to teaching and learning. Young people learn best when they are happy. My hope is that when I move on next year, I will leave the College a happy, safe and secure place for students, staff and parents.

    Mr Robertson said that there would be many opportunities throughout this year for the community to formally thank Mr Hogan and acknowledge his outstanding contribution to Riverview.

    The Council will soon begin a process to recruit a new Headmaster that will seek input from various groups within the College community.Until this time next year, Shane will continue to lead the College in its mission of educating young men of conscience, competence and compassion, committed to serving others, for the greater glory of God.

    Paul Robertson AM Chair, College Council

    Shane Hogan, Headmaster12 April 2012

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    From the Headmaster

    reflect positively on that experience even though that experience may not have been positive or rewarding. Most importantly, our hope was that apart from being teachers of social justice, by taking part in their own service experience, staff would also model social justice to the boys and be able to speak first hand about their service.Writing recently in Viewpoint about our service program, the Director of Religious Formation, Mrs Carmel Shaw, quoted from Cicero, who said:

    We are not born for ourselves alone. Everything that the earth produces is made for our use and we too as human beings are born for the sake of other human beings that we might be able mutually to help each other. We ought therefore to contribute to the common

    good of human kind by reciprocal acts of kindness, by giving and receiving from one another and thus by our skill, our industry and out talents work to bring human society together in peace and harmony.

    When we ask our staff and students to do Ignatian service, its not just about being a Jesuit school, its about being good Christians and good citizens!Becoming a person for others also requires a certain degree of humility. In another speech, Pedro Arrupe says:

    Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend

    your weekends, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.

    While it is easy to fall in love and to stay close to friends and family and indeed your school community, to truly fall in love on the other side of your world or people on the other side of the trackspeople you may not know and who may live lives you do not agree withthis requires a special humility and a special selflessness. Fr Arrupes challenge was that schools must continue to be a vehicle for change in all aspects of society until true social justice for all is achieved.

    Shane Hogan, Headmaster

  • Men and Women for Others

    A true lesson in serviceA long with four colleagues (Jeremy Bennett, Bernie Winters, Brett Donohue and Damien Reidy), I was fortunate enough to spend five days in Wadeye, an Indigenous community located approximately 400 kilometres south west of Darwin. It was a simultaneously confronting, humbling and uplifting experience as we spent time conducting manual labour

    work at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Convent, celebrating mass with the local community and familiarising ourselves with staff and students from the local secondary school. Sr Teresa Ward (Sr Tess as she is affectionately known) hosted us for the duration of our stay. Aside from the physical work undertaken, it was true lesson in service, simply conversing with, and observing, Sister Tess. She is a truly remarkable, selfless person who has devoted her life to serving others. As the sole

    occupant of the convent in Wadeye, she provides spiritual direction to the local community and works tirelessly at the local school in the most unassuming and humble manner. It was truly inspirational and a genuine privilege to have had the opportunity to meet and get to know Sr Tess. She is the embodiment of true, enduring service in action and underscored why we place such importance on the Service component of the boys education at Riverview.

    Adam Lewis, Director of Students

    Service in actionOur Ignatian tradition calls for us to enter into solidarity with the poor, the marginalised and the voiceless and in keeping with this tradition, our students are required to participate in community outreach as part of an Ignatian Service Program. Biennally, staff also participate in a two-day Staff Service Experience; these are some of their experiences this year.

    a Clash of Cultures

    For my own Ignatian Service Experience, I travelled to Bathurst Island where I spent time with an amazing nun from the OLSH order. Sr Anne Gardiner has lived on Bathurst Island for 52 of her

    80 years and her understanding of the people, culture and the difficulties of this place is profound. Over the years she has seen many changes in legislation, funding, planning

    and government initiatives, yet her commitment to the people who live there has never wavered. Bathurst Island is one of the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territory off the

    Brett Donohue with an Indigenous infant

    Sr Tess was an embodiment of service in action, assisted by (from left to right) Jeremy Bennett, Brett Donohue, Damien Reidy, Bernie Winters and Adam Lewis

    at Wadeye Indigenous Community, Northern Territory.

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    Students at Murrupurtiyanuwu Catholic School, Nguiu, Bathurst Island

  • Making a differenceCana Communities (taken from the biblical story of the Wedding Feast of Cana) is a volunteer-operated organisation providing crisis accommodation for especially vulnerable, homeless people.Cana has three principal activities: Teresa and de Porres houses in Sydney and the Cana Farm at Orchard Hills, near Pen a unique concept that is centered around providing a different experience for the marginalised in our community. The organisation is now under the leadership of Presentation Sister Anne Jordan and receives no Government funding or grants and relies solely on the support of personal donations and appeals, and of course, the volunteers.As part of the Ignatian Staff Service Experience, several staff from Teaching and Administration spent a day cleaning every room and surface, reorganising, and painting some walls, as well as tidying the outside areas at Teresa and de Porres houses.

    On the second day the group ventured out to the formerly run-down Cana Farm where various marginalised, Centrelink and refugee groups have been learning English in the veggie patch and taking paving and bricklaying, and painting and decorating courses. One team worked with Farmer Bob to construct a sheep fence in time

    for the arrival of sheep that were being donated to the farm. Battling wasps, overgrown grass, mud and hills we walked away satisfied that the construction of the fence had certainly progressed with the assistance of extra hands. The second group was put to work pruning, mowing and digging, with the clear signs of sweat indicating the group had worked hard.On both days, sitting together, sharing a meal and listening to stories from the House and Farm participants was an integral part of our enjoyment and journey. The stories of how people got their lives back on track just through

    the presence of Canas work were inspiring. There was a warm sense of community definitely prevalent!At the end of the two days we walked away knowing it was great to be able to make a difference to assist the volunteers of the Houses and the Farm in some small way and to experience what our students experience during their own Ignatian Service programs and immersions.Heidi McDarmont, Business Operations Denise Slocombe, Development Officer

    Margaret Molloy, Registrar

    northern coast of Australia. Currently there are about 1500 people living there, most of them Tiwi Islanders. While on Bathurst Island I met with a variety of people including families, teachers, the nurse, police, the local priest, the women elders and a number of indigenous staff who work at the school , and of course, the students.What I witnessed while there was a people caught between two worldsthe westernised world and the world they inherited from their forebears. Their way of life has changed so much in the past 50 years. From living on a remote island which up until recent generations was substance, they now live between two economies

    one part capitalistic supported by government assistance, the other a and hunting and gathering economy. Spending time with those people who are hoping in some way to assist the local people transcend the two cultures that exist on the island as well as those families who struggle at times to understand which culture they exist in, made me more aware of the challenges we face for true reconciliation to happen. I am extremely proud of our Indigenous program here at Riverview, however, in some ways I have to acknowledge that it is far removed from the issues facing Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the remoter

    parts of Australia.I left the island in awe of people like Sr Anne who give their life to such an important cause. I also left ambivalent about Government policies that do not appear to acknowledge the clash of cultures on Bathurst Island.I also left feeling very proud of the Riverview students who, over the years, have travelled to Bathurst Island on immersions to help Sr Anne and the students and teachers at the school there. The work our boys they have done helping to build a museum and cataloguing artefacts for Sr Anne is quite amazing.

    Shane Hogan, Headmaster

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    Staff Service Experience

    Peter McLean, Peter Herington, Christine Zimbulis, Denise Slocombe,

    Mary Byrne and Suzie Marks renovating de Porres House, Surry Hills

  • Men and Women for Others

    Volunteers teach English

    A place of welcomeJosephine Bakhita was kidnapped as a young girl and sold into slavery, forgetting even her real name. Brutally treated, Bakhita eventually regained control of her destiny, choosing the life of a Canossian sister. Following her canonisation, she is revered as St Josephine Bakhita, with special relevance for slavery and oppression. St Bakhita Centre, Flemington

    is a place of hospitality,

    support and welcome for the Sudanese Catholic community.

    Recognising that an understanding of English is fundamental to the resettlement of new arrivals, volunteers teach all levels, from beginners to TAFE. Volunteers also mind pre-school children, so their mothers can attend classes including computer lessons, sewing, citizenship and driving theory.Taking advantage of my graphic design skills, Sr Maria requested that I produce a brochure, outlining the work of the Centre.St Bakhita Centre is always in need of volunteers. Many come from the Riverview community. If you can assist at the Centre, please contact Sr Maria Sullivan, at [email protected] or telephone 0408 615 671.

    Peter Barker Publications Co-ordinator

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    Juvenile justiceEntering Cobham Juvenile Justice Centre was at first a daunting experience, but Deb Williams, Bronwyn Taylor and I decided that we would challenge ourselves during the staff Ignatian Service week. The burly guards had big tats and a dont mess with me attitude, but understandably, the Centre is not a holiday camp; each door must be locked and checked before another is opened, stirring feelings of claustrophobia in me at least. We were given a 20-minute induction cautioning us about potential weapons, and the dangers of being surrounded or backed into a corner, but we were also assured that if something escalated, there were at least three guards in each classroom and a big red buzzer to hit, both of which would bring immediate help.The Centre is for boys between the ages of 14 and 18 years either awaiting trial or actually serving their sentence. Once we overcame our initial concerns and were in the classrooms with the boys we forgot that we were actually locked up and felt like we could be in any classroom in any school with a bunch of adolescent boys. Obviously some of the boys were troubled and withdrawn but most appeared as healthy, intelligent, friendly adolescents who were engaged in activity they found enjoyable.On the first day we involved the boys in drama activities that culminated in them writing some short, clever

    and amusing plays. Deb started us off with a well-designed quiz to break the ice, which successfully drew out the boys healthy competitive streak; big Tongan boys were even high-fiving and pumping fists into the air. The boys were then asked to construct and act in two short plays with similar scenarios involving a conflict that arises in a corner store and must be resolved peacefully and amicably. There were boys that not only enjoyed acting but were talented and showed high literacy skills when it came to writing their own plays, in many cases, using vocabulary sophisticated for boys of their age. I retain a lasting memory from the second day of a guard and boy sitting opposite each other, playing chess for hours in perfect harmony. For many of the boys, Cobham Juvenile Justice Centre is a safer, more empathetic and supportive place than outside.Perhaps if the same level of support and care existed outside maybe these boys would stay on the rails until they were mature enough to see what they had to lose? Because what we three reflected on most and this is the perennial issue, the unresolved dilemma of how to treat juvenile crime, is why is the re-offending rate so high?As we sat with the boys in the last session and drew pictures or played cards I asked a boy what he was going to do when he got out (we were cautioned not to ask them about why they were in a detention centre). He said, Im going to give my kids the biggest hug. Of course I was surprised to learn that he had twin two-year-olds and another on the way, saying it with great pride for a boy that was barely 16 or 17 years old. Samuel Hague, Senior English teacher

  • Helping Year 6 build a kitchen gardenSix teams of Year 6 students from Holy Trinity School Granville recently began building a Kitchen Garden with the support and help from three Saint Ignatius College, Riverview staff members: Mrs Sally Egan, Mr Paul Bevis and Miss Kate Hilyard. Mrs Egan was very supportive of Year 6, sharing her knowledge with us to prepare and build the garden with her own two hands, though with the help of the boys who Mr Mills had divided into a building team. She tried to get the whole class to participate in all the fun parts, including digging up soil and planting the vegetables and herbs. Mrs Egan allowed us to interview her so we could learn more about her and what kind of person she is. She was very helpful and happy to answer our questions, expressing that she hoped she could see us again sometime this year and wishing us a good future ahead. Mr Bevis was a great help and a very nice person who liked to help anyone with anything. We were lucky enough to interview Mr Bevis and we found out that his motto is to not steal, because he got into trouble for it when he was in Year 9. He assisted Year 6 with the stages of shoveling, leveling and patting down the soil in both garden beds; he also assisted with planting vegetables and a lemon tree.

    Like Mrs Egan, he wanted everyone to have a go at something and enjoyed getting his hands dirty. He was also very funny, and thankfully enjoyed his stay at Holy Trinity, hoping too that he could see us again.Miss Hilyard spent most of her time in the garden premises, as she was a very outdoors type of person, which we learned from the data on SharePoint. She too was very funny and helpful, and knew all about planting and digging. She helped to shovel the soil and plant our vegetables in the right order and rows that had almost the exact measurements as it said on our pieces of paper. Miss Hilyard liked to answer any of our questions and

    Staff Service Experience

    Sally Egan, Paul Bevis and Kate Hilyard helped build a Kitchen Garden at Holy Trinity School

    Life is preciousOur Ignatian Service was such a wealth of insightful experience and reflective evaluation. I believe that the most fundamental messages constantly being conveyed were:1 Life is precious2 Value the gift of life, embrace

    and cherish every second.3 Focus on the positives and appreciate the GOOD in everyone and all you experience, even if there is some issue that may present negatively, know that you are so blessed and indeed very fortunate, see this experience as a positive to fully reflect and genuinely appreciate the richness of life.

    4 Our lives are so intricately fragile and one never knows what the future may bring. Seize and enrich each day, by reaching out to someone in need by acknowledging our purpose in their joy.

    Julia Burfitt Teaching and Learning Support,

    Years 5 & 6

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    helped students with their bookwork if something was incorrect. She also encouraged everyone to do their best and try something a bit different. We also think that Miss Hilyard enjoyed her time at Holy Trinity.We are very grateful for the three staff members from Saint Ignatius College, Riverview who supported and helped Year 6 to build their Kitchen Garden. They all encouraged and believed in us, and always helped us to try and figure out the problem ourselves, in different ways.

    An edited extract from Holy Trinity School Granvilles Newsletter,

    written by Year 6 students Pauline Gerges and Simone Joseph


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  • Men and Women for Others

    Achieving independence and quality of lifeI was fortunate to do my two-day service at Parkhill Cottage Day Centre For The Aged, part of Manly Hospital & Community Health Services.The Centre provides a co-ordinated multi-disciplinary service for the aged and people with disabilities, aiming to help them achieve maximum independence and quality of life. Clients do a range of social, creative, physical and interactive activities each day, and are also provided with morning tea and a cooked lunch. I was introduced to Cathy Barber, who was in charge at this facility, through my sister Karina who does volunteer work on Tuesdays. On my first day Cathy needed help setting up a display of the craft works created at the centre, which would show new clients the variety of items made during creative workshops. I was also given time to mix with the clients, about 12 women of various ages who were very friendly, and staff throughout the day, which was lovely. I really enjoyed this opportunity to help make their craft works look good in their reception and lounge area. On the second day, there was a different clientele; 12 men and about

    four women were present, with varying degrees of both physical disabilities and dementia. While they were on a bus tour during the first hour, I helped to organise and categorise the Centres DVD collection, which Cathy desperately needed to be compiled. I was able to interact with the clients upon their return as we participated in activities to honour ANZAC Day.

    Cathy got each of the clients to wear funny Australian f lag masks, hold an Australian Flag and we sang national songs. Then, each of the men shared their war experiences, which were amazing and very moving. Overall the day was most enjoyable and the celebrations of Anzac Day were memorable.To sum up my experience, I can only say that it was most insightful and inspirational. I have asked Cathy if I can return to volunteer in the future and she said that she would love to have me help there. I felt very welcomed and valued and the atmosphere was so positive and reaffirming. Seeing these older people from all walks of life with a variety of disabilities, mental or physical, interacting in a range of activities was truly amazing. The service that this Centre provides creates a safe environment and one of dignity for these aged people who have isolated lives. It provides them with stimulation and care and they seem to leave at the end of each day feeling much happier with life. It was an uplifting experience for me, one that I would like to further pursue.

    Katia Durst, Visual Arts Teacher

    Looking into the abyssToday Im laid up on painkillers after leg surgery to remove venous clotsbut Im not complaining.Last Monday, I was helping in the Starlight Express Room at a Childrens Hospital. Little kids in surgical gowns were teaching me how to play Mario Kart on Wii, and thrashing me. Johnny was about five years old, constantly smiling and happy. I thought maybe he was in for a hearing problem, or something minor, as he was so relaxed and seemed well enough. Later in the day, he ambled in to our Uno game (old fashioned card games, with real cards, do still cut it with kids!) and happily smiling joined in. I met his mum as Johnny had the earphones on, playing the piano.

    The new craft display

    Starlight Day is the largest national fundraising event for the Starlight Childrens Foundation Australia

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  • Feeding the homelessDavid Jones, James Quiddington and I spent two days at St Canices preparing meals and feeding the homeless of the area. We started our day at 9.00am preparing sandwiches and hot meals for about 150 homeless people. This task took us about two hours. Thereafter, we set the tables, before rush hour, feeding the 100 plus homeless who came in and had their fill for about an hour. On the first day we provided soup, roast chicken, with all conceivable types of sandwiches, including ham, chicken, vegetables and cheese. The dessert for the day was chocolate cake and fruit. After the meals were served, we had to clear the tables and the room. Then, we made sure that the room and all of the cutlery were washed clean. The second day followed a similar routine. During our visit to St Canices, we also had mums, who are rostered on a regular basis, from St Aloysius and Saint Ignatius College, Riverview, to help us.

    Mathew Furtado Mathematics Teacher

    His mum said he had serious cancer, hadnt slept for three months, and that Johnny was on morphine. My stomach fell, or was it my heart, or was it my dread that something like this could happen to my only son? I was looking into an abyss and it terrified me. My venous clots and pain somehow dont mean much next to Johnnys story!The day was filled with similar scenarios, like little Jenny who I complemented on her excellent artwork, thinking she was aged two, as physically she was very small. It turned out she is much older,

    with an unusual cancer and poor prospects of recovery. Her mum showed me the long collection of iPhone snaps she had of Jennys artwork. She must have been in this room many, many times before! How do mums and dads cope with this nightmare? How do the kids do it with such grace? Lord, help me LIVE more appreciatively of my health, gifts and comfort, more appreciatively of the hell that others have to go through!

    Anthony Reilly Faith in Service Co-ordinator

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    Saint Ignatius College, Riverview staff worked with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and spent time with the NSW Boccia team at the Avalon Recreation Centre

    Mathew Furtado (foreground) and James Quiddington at St Canices

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    Mixing with Boccia championsIn late April, as part of the Ignatian experience, a group of Riverview staff travelled to the Avalon Recreation Centre to spend some time honing the skills of the NSW Boccia team in preparation for the National Championships, held in early May. Boccia is a Paralympic sport, mainly played by people with cerebral palsy, but also by athletes with other disabilities, affecting motor skills. As with most Paralympic sports, grading depends on the athletes range of movements. After two days of training and pairs competition, we played the grand finale against a couple of extremely talented female BC3 players, who use ramps to propel their balls towards the jack. Their skill and accuracy was amazing and they wiped the floor

    with us, beating Riverview 120 over four ends of competition. The following week, some of the same Boccia players formed part of the NSW team that won five out of the seven gold medals on offer at the National Championships. Playing Boccia was truly a tremendous experience. All those involved enjoyed the opportunity to become friends through sport. There is now a group of Riverview staff who will be keenly watching Boccia at this years Paralympics, held in London. Boccia is an expensive sport, from an equipment and logistical perspective, and a greater awareness will go a long way to its growth and support in years to come.

    Stuart Halsall Property Services Manager

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    Days of Our LivesFor many people Days of our Lives is a long-running daytime soap opera broadcast on the NBC television network continuously since November 1965 and focusing on the Horton, Brady and DiMera families in Salem, Massachusetts. To many of our boarding families, facing the challenges of living and working in (often remote) rural Australia, coping with the eternal vagaries of the weather and the seasons, the family dislocations with children away at boarding school for much of the year and the challenges of isolation can also surely seem to be an eternal soap opera.

    A fter a decade of below-average rainfall, much of Queensland, NSW and Victoria were devastated by widespread floods earlier this year, the impacts of which remain in many of the water-logged and lower-lying parts of NSW. While the initial rains brought many benefits, subsequent

    flooding brought flow-on effects: months of repairing fences and equipment; crop yields diminished or harvests unmanageable; a plague of pests, weeds and disease, including flyblown sheep; damaged and closed roads. And there are still those school fees to pay. With the help of three of our own boarding

    families, the Murrays, the Iresons and the Bulls, we have tried to present a photo-essay of some of the impacts of the recent floods.It will not do justice to the magnitude and challenge of the events; perhaps, though, it will show, particularly for those readers not directly impacted, the Days of Our Lives.

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    Dermot and a few thousand . . .

    It was due to the Riverview staffs effort to get me ahead in some work, and their keenness for me to get home to see an event that may not happen again for years, that I was granted leave to go home for part of the lead up to the flood peak. I was able to help Dad and Mum move sheep further away from the river and creek, and lift sheep on the chopper after the rain deluge days before I got home. Disappointingly I missed the peak of the river by four days. I know quite a bit more country was covered in those last days, but I still got a fair idea of what a significant flood looks like across our country.I consider myself extremely lucky to have been able to get back home for a week. The effort from Riverview staff was much appreciated by Mum, Dad and me.

    Dermot Murray, Year 9

    Post lunch, Dermot gets ready for the next muster

    Idalia House Island(Top left and below)

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    The Murray family Idalia, Louth

    Six generations of this family have lived with, and through, them; its quite basicyou live on a floodplain, youre going to experience floods. We live 145 kilometres, by road, downstream of Bourke on the western side of the Darling River. Our son Dermot, currently in Year 9, has been a boarder at Riverview since Year 7 and is part of the sixth generation of Murrays to live in this area. Cut him and he bleeds red-brownits a bit of the Darling flowing out of him. Its the logistics of all things flood-related that could frustrate! There are the endless preparations, remaining mindful that we have the relative advantage of weeks to prepare as opposed to those who are directly under the rains that cause the impending river-rise. Theres the shifting of stock, preceded by the strategic lying-in-bed-awake-in-the-middle-of-the-night chess game of who-goes-where. Theres moving plant and machinery, all the while strategising which work vehicle and or trailers need to be where, and remembering any nearing re-registration dates that will require trips to town for inspections during the approaching

    and predicted months of isolation. Theres the establishment of alternative fuel depots or mobile ones; the replenishment of leve banks long removed or eroded away; the gathering in of extra long-term grocery items, not forgetting the

    extra dog tucker . . . or the loo paper! and the mouse-proof storage required thereof. It involves getting the family car beyond the floodwaters reach BEFORE your road access is cut. And so it goes on, the flood-prep logistics for 270,000 acres.

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    Back to school

    Dermot gets down and dirty

    In May we began six weeks of general shearing and now continue to live life among the after effects of roughly 12 weeks of road isolation. Roads local to us were officially re-opened in late April to light traffic only, meaning nil truck access. Load-limited road accessibility inevitably has a chain reaction: nil trucks means no bulk fuel drops; the wool trucks cant enter to load and take baled wool away for sale; stock trucks cant enter to take away sold stock, or stock to sale; fencing material purchased may need to be dropped at an inconvenient site. Were at the downstream end coupled with the south-western edge of the Shire; we were the last in the Shire to come out of flooding generally, the roads nearest to us were the last in the Shire to dry out, we were the last to have the Shire graders and associated heavy machinery repair access roads. The logistics of living post-flood: it all takes time. Then inclement weather prolongs all accessibility and repair. This flood event has had a level of significance our family has not previously experienced. In December 2011 we came home from several months living in Sydney. Dermot, spindly-legged, was fresh out of a surgery-induced term of wheelchair confinement, and my husband Tim (OR73) was recovering from treatment for a serious illness. We drove home

    learning that a significant river rise was coming. The situation was not an ideal script for Tims recovery. Then, with another large rain event in the upper catchments of the Murray-Darling system it became obvious a flood of significant proportions was coming. Now, there was nothing to do but act; get organised and get on with it; coping with recovery and any associated set-backs as they arose. Come the end of January, and as with the previous year, Dermot returned to boarding at Riverview from a flood-bound home, having to fly out

    as the first peak was here.His recovery from surgery was going brilliantly. Hed also done a sterling job and shown what it is to be a man for others in aiding his father and grandfather throughout the summer. Tim had a Sydney-based check-up. All was going relatively well but slower than he wished, which was frustrating at times.Preparing for the second and higher flood peak continued

    upon Tims return. There was just one who could do the flying required to aerially muster: Tim. Only one who could do a fly-around to closely monitor stock, watering points, pipelines and fences: Tim. (While his father still flies, close monitoring is no longer Dads forte. Instead, he took on the role of the flying mailman). Tim would fly to Louth each morning, collect the workman, deliver him to his work vehicle, return at a pre-arranged time and place late in the afternoon to do a return trip to Louth,

    and then go home. The ferrying often added up to hours in a day. It meant Tim could not come home early and know he could have the rest of the day off. It made for long, tiring, dehydrating summer days for a bloke supposed to be taking it easy and trying to regain weight. He was very, very relieved when the floodwater subsided enough for the workman to drive himself out.

  • Spanning almost 15 years, these photos show Dermot and his sister Grace standing in the same spot near their home. Top: post-flood, October 1998;

    middle: during drought, April 2007; bottom: post-flood, April 2012

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    Along with other boys at Riverview whose families were preparing for, or enduring in emergency fashion, living in the flood situation, we knew Dermot would be concerned for home and his familys welfare. With the assistance of many Riverview staff associated with Dermot, he came home for a week in the lead-up to the peak towards mid-March. This was an important event for Dermot to see.Witnessing what the country goes under in such a sizeable flood is going to be of benefit to him in future with his present desire to eventually return home to work. The last flood of this size occurred when he was around two years old. Dermot was also invaluable in helping save some of our young ewes still trapped in water after a too-large overnight rain event a couple days before he came home. I was beginning to wonder if Id missed the message to build an Ark.We used our small helicopter insteadthere have been technical advances since the days of Noah! Most significantly Dermot got to see how his Dad was recovering for himselfnot just hearing the slightly dried raspy voice down the phone nightly when hed call for his daily whats-going-on-at-home progress report. Thanks Riverview.

    Jane MurrayFootnote: Tims recovery continues to progress well, with weight gain improving. Dermots also recently had a positive post-surgical visit.




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    The Ireson familyBelmont, Booligal

    While the Murrays, at Louth, saw the flood peak at the end of January, it was not until April that Sandra and Matt Ireson of Booligal, north of Hay, saw their property go under. Lochie (Year 8) and his sister, Ellie, boarding at Frensham, received flood evacuation messages on their mobiles while at school! Matt and Sandra joined forces with neighbours to help each other move and rescue sheep trapped by the floods. The following photos record much of the effort that went into saving those sheep; a tiresome, sticky, smelly but very rewarding experience.

    80 sheep stuck in water at the back of Dales Swamp. Most were walked out

    through 500 metres of 0.5 metre deep water, which was up to 1 metre deep in some spots.

    The last two sheep were boated out.

    Muggabah Swamp looking south

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    75 sheep trapped on an island walked most out, boated 30 out.

    After 84 had been dragged by hand out of the mud, 52 sheep which had become bogged down were boated out of the mud.

  • Muggabah Swamp Loading the boat with sheep

    Walking through the mud

    Loading more sheep in a boat at Muggabah

    Boat, sheep and boys being pulled in

    Dales sheep

    Happy sheep A frilled lizard saved from deep water

    The last sheep pulled out of the water

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    The Bull family Fairfield, Boree Creek

    The major flood event of 2012 literally came in waves in our part of the Riverina. The first was a wall of water produced by run-off from an unprecedented eight inches (200mm) of rain that fell across our district overnight on Saturday 3 March. This water coursed unpredictably overland, inundating areas that, in recorded history, have never experienced significant flooding. The second was the more predictable, but still severe, flooding along the river and creek floodplains as natural and man-made levies breached, unable to contain the volume of water flowing from the Snowy Mountains catchment and spilling over the major dams. The total rainfall for the week was 14 inches (350mm). Our average annual rainfall is 18 inches (450mm).Haydn and I had left our youngest son, Ned, at home with his grandparents as we were in Sydney to visit Stuart (Year 10) and Kyle (Year 9). With news filtering to us on Sunday morning, the realisation dawned that a situation was developing at home and we hurriedly

    farewelled the boys and headed westward along the Hume Highway anxious to be reunited with Ned.After an eventful drive, we finally arrived home to find the road to our front gate washed away, along with a number of fences. Fortunately, our home and pets were unaffected. The namesake of our closest village, Boree Creek, had morphed into a monster just after midnight and swallowed much of the village without warning, destroying roads, homes and the local hall. Close friends who live in the village spent the night sheltering in the cab of their prime-mover as water flooded their home. This was the

    same creek that our boys have seen flow only a couple of times during their lifetime.Monday morning presented a small window of opportunity in which we could get to town in a 4-wheel drive to stock up with groceries, fuel and other essentials before we were cut off by the overland wave of water that was working its way lower to meet up with the already-swelling mighty Murrumbidgee. It would be another week, or more, before the river actually reached its peak at Narrandera, isolating us south of the river for over two weeks in total.Ned, 11, was delighted to miss two and a half weeks of school and, having discovered his legs were finally long enough to reach the clutch, used some of the time learning to drive Dads ute on the deserted local roads.It would be weeks before we could reach our other property, north of the river, to assess the damage there. A local pilot had phoned to report that our shearing shed was now surrounded by a 3500 acre lake that had formed as a result of the run-off from surrounding hill country, but our stock were high and dry.Unlike many, our phone and internet services were preserved and we were able to maintain daily contact with Stu and Kyle in Sydney. As we described in detail the amazing

    A neighbourhood party takes place on the closed Sturt Highway

    The Bull familys shearing shed gets its feet wet for the first time in 100 years

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  • Flood relief with Blazeaid

    The 2012 Ignatian Service weekend was a chance for four staff members: myself, Sally Tranter, Adrian Byrne and Natalie Baines, to travel to Wagga to assist Blazeaid, a volunteer organisation originally formed in Victoria to assist with bushfire damage but now expanded into flood relief. There was a sense of community amongst the volunteers from the moment we first met up with them.The damage to property and peoples spirits was obvious as soon as we arrived in North Wagga and saw the aftermath of the Murrumbidgee breaking its banks a month previously. Homes were literally destroyed and the prospects of rebuilding were rendered next to hopeless for many who had discovered that their insurance policies would not cover them for the loss of material goods.We were assigned to a family

    who had not previously asked for help. It is understandable that a proud farming family would find it difficult to accept what they perceived as charity or welfare. They were sleeping in an aircraft hangar at Wagga Airport, their possessions were piled up outside their home and they had lost 33 sheep in the flood. Most of their fences were damaged, laid down or covered in the detritus, which

    leads to the problem of rusting the galvanised wire and requires an expensive and time-consuming replacement of fencing. That was where we could help, to some extent, by painstakingly removing the build-up from the wire. It is a lengthy and laborious process and we constantly wondered how people would ever get the task finished. Hours and hours of work, with only several hundred metres of fencing cleaned up, contributed to our concern for our new friends.Nonetheless, we found their gratitude to be heart warming despite the fact that the work we could do in the short time we spent there did very little to ameliorate the difficult and heartbreaking reconstruction that lay ahead for them.God was seen in many things: the spirit of the suffering folk, the camaraderie amongst us and the community that Blazeaid had built up.

    Guy MastersDirector of Boarding

    Natalie Baines, Adrian Byrne, Sally Tranter and Guy Masters volunteered to

    assist Blazeaid

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    scenes that were unfolding around us, the boys, having only known drought until the past 18 months of their lives, felt they were missing out on something special. And they were. Had travel home been a logistical possibility, it would have been difficult to keep them at school. It was however somewhat distressing for them when they realised that the home of our neighbours, their lifelong best friends, was under threat and they could not be there to lend them support or assist with the sandbagging efforts that occupied us for several days.The sandbagging operation paid dividends and, with the crisis averted, our little community turned its attention to celebrating the success of the campaign as well as the spectacle of Mother Nature at her most awesome. With the Sturt Highway

    closed in both directions between Narrandera and Wagga Wagga and central to our district (and most importantly, dry) a plan for a highway party was hatched.A week after the initial deluge, close to 150 of us converged on the highway to swap stories, compare losses and generally marvel at the turn of events. We brought portable barbecues, copious amounts of food and drink (despite not having accessed a shop for nearly a week), cricket sets,

    basketball hoops, even a ping-pong table. Music blared from one young bucks ute and any balls straying from the highway were quickly lost to the water lapping both sides of the road. Together, we reaffirmed our bonds within our tight-knit community and enjoyed each others company long into the night.Plenty of photos were taken with the understanding that this was truly a unique occasion that may never be repeatedcertainly not during the lifetime of every person present that night.I admit to pangs of regret that Stu and Kyle would never share this part of our districts historytheir faces, such an integral part of our local community, would be missing from the photos that will be a talking point for some generations to come.

    Sonya Bull

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    Ned Bull on the closed highway

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    Education is the key to a better future

    Kir Deng (OR2008) was born in Sudan, during the height of the civil war. Attending Riverview from Year 7, he graduated six years later as recipient of the Insignis awardthe highest honour which the College bestows on a graduate. Below is an extract from a speech Kir gave at Celebrate Riverview 2012, in which he expresses his gratitude for the Riverview Bursary Program, which has changed his life.

    I n South Sudan, roughly 95% of the population is illiterate. Most of the people serving in higher positions, for example in the parliament, have an equivalent of Higher School Certificate to Diploma qualification. The solution to the myriad of problems and the way forward for South Sudan is education. Education is paramount when half of the population is under the age of 25 years. At this age it is not too late to Kir Deng addressing members of the College Community, at Celebrate Riverview 2012

  • A large crowd gathered to Celebrate Riverview earlier this year

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    change or shift your future.In December last year I graduated with a bachelor of nursing from Notre Dame Universitya momentous occasion for me and a great jubilation for the many people who got me there. The first to graduate in my family, the occasion brought a great sense of hope and encouragement to my family, friends and the South Sudanese community. Im currently studying for the graduate medical admission test to gain an entry into post-graduate medicine at Notre Dame. One of the main reasons Ive been able to get to where I am today is the generosity of Riverview Bursary program. No words will ever do justice to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation of this wonderful and unique opportunity. Ive been fortunate and blessed. Part of the reason as to why I attribute this education to where I am today is because it allowed for the fullest possible development of me as a whole personhead, heart and hands. It has instilled in me an inspiration to a life-long learning and commitment to faith. There is a remarkable quote from

    the Ratio Studiorum regarding the purpose of Jesuit education. It reads, the development of the students intellectual capacity is the schools most characteristic part. However, this development will be defective and even dangerous unless it is strengthened and completed by the training of the will and the formation of the character. Jesuit education is about instructing the intellect, training the will, and forming the characterin other words, the whole man. Jesuit education calls for a life of intellect, a life of integrity, and a life of justice and loving service to our fellow men and women and to our God. This is the call of Christ to us todaya call to growth, a call to life. These

    principles are embedded within the sort of education that Riverview Bursary provides. I can also confidently say that the Jesuit education through the gift of a Riverview Bursary has the potential to be used as a weapon for change in our world. It has the potential to turn tragedy and misery into hope and victory. For most of the kids that do receive the Bursary, it will act as the road to progress and the means through which they can realize their full potential. I find that this great service challenges and motivates us to empower ourselves and do what we can to fully embrace this wonderful program. Albert Schweitzer once remarked that the purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others. The Riverview Bursary program is such an example that if we keep an open heart and stretch our arms we can fulfil this same human purpose. Riverview cant help everyone and Riverview may not be suited to everyone. However, with the Bursary Program, it provides us with the opportunity to do something great and to do it to the best of our ability.

    A large crowd gathered to Celebrate Riverview 2012, at the beginning of Term 1

    I found that this Jesuit education was uplifting and empowering. Therefore, it was able to push me forward to even greater heights.

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    Thank you to the Riverview communityaugustin Bunani (OR2011) is currently studying Information technology at UtS, while working part-time in the It Department at legal firm, Sparke Helmore.

    I have written this letter to express my gratitude in recognition of all the contributions sacrifices many of you constantly make that concerns the well being of the Riverview community. Especially for all those parents who selflessly give to ensure the growth of Riverview, I would like to personally say, thank you. To many of us, Riverview is a like a second home. It is because of you that we can be a part of such a great environment and community, that upholds and develops the integrity and generosity of young men.The opportunities I have been offered at this school have helped shape and change my views of life and my future, because of being a part of this diverse community of Riverview. Coming from a small country, such as Rwanda, and being welcomed into Riverview,

    before I could even construct proper English sentences wasnt as hard as I expected to be, simply because it was, and still is, a community that consists of people who are eager to be a part of your development and for this I would like to say thank you to both the school body and the parents because you have provided me with the best possible atmosphere to learn, engage in sports and get away from my sisters. Speaking for all the boys at Riverview, whose lives have been profoundly changed for the better, by the selfless acts you have made over the years, I would like to say that we aspire to

    grow up with the kind of courage and self-giving you have shown by example. I have loved this community since I was introduced to it in 2006, and the kind of environment this school provides is one I wish for all. Your generosity and contributions to the school have had an impact on over 85 boys [through the Bursary Fund], in many different ways. The most obvious is academic, and the quality of education that you have given to boys whom you hardly know. The co-curricular and curricular aspects of the school have provided an atmosphere where many boys can express and develop their talents and where those talents can be recognised by the community. At Riverview, many of us have made friends, best friends and people who we will know for the rest of our lives. You have made it possible for many of us, who would not normally be able to do so, to become a part of one of the greatest schools in Australia.So, on behalf of all the boys, I would like to personally thank you, because youve introduced me to a community that I have come to love and which will remain a part of me for the rest of my life.

    The Journey to JourneysIn 1888, Christopher Brennan, with financial assistance, completed his secondary education at Riverview and in so doing gave effect to a Jesuit dream now called the Riverview Bursary Program. In 2008, Ben Powell and Kir Deng stood proudly in the Rose Garden expressing their heartfelt thanks to the Riverview Community for the Program. The Riverview Foundation

    has recently published the book Journeys to celebrate the amazing success of the Bursary Program which has 84 young Riverview men in 2012 receiving bursary assistance. Journeys retells the stories of 11 past bursary recipients.There is no greater opportunity than the opportunity to receive a good education. The Jesuits at Riverview have always done this; changing the life-stories of people, who they are, and who they will becomesuccesses and failures: all these build their story. Riverview bursaries are not scholarships. The Riverview

    Augustin Bunani (OR2011)

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  • Foundation provides needs-based bursaries to families and boys who would otherwise not be able to enjoy a Riverview education. We cant help everyone, but everyone can help someone.Pure expression of gratitude is always uplifting; declared at the right time to the right people in the right measure; it transcends division and celebrates unity. At recent Bursary Thank You functions we have heard from men like Anthony Hourigan (OR 98), Cyril Johnson (OR 2009), Tom Randall (OR 2009) and Andy Roberts (OR 2010) recount their stories which are represented in

    Journeys. The growth of the Bursary Program, from 38 boys in 1999 to 84 in 2012 has been the hallmark of the Riverview College Foundations work. Today the passion and commitment of donors transcends Old Boys, Past Parents, Staff, Current Parents and the much broader Riverview Community.Those who contribute understand that small gestures can make big differences in other peoples lives. It is sometimes said that if opportunity doesnt knock, you should build a door. But sometimes we cant build a door on our own. We need help.The bursaries provide a door, and

    with the support of the community, an opportunity. We as members of the Riverview community all benefit and share from the journeys of all Riverview men, but particularly the unique and special journeys of the Bursary program recipients. Journeys gives an insight into the personal stories and life experience of only a few men who have had their lives changed by the Riverview Bursary Program, however they also represent hundreds of boys since 1888. Their journeys were, and will be, changed forever.

    Peter H McLean Fundraising Manager

    The MotherlandThe following is an excerpt from Augustin Bunanis biographical piece entitled The Motherland.

    I was born in a small town off to the South West of Rwanda known as Gikongoro, and grew up in the ashes of a terrible genocide that consumed most of the country. What differentiated the Rwandan genocide from all others of its kind was not necessarily about whom the injustice was direct towards, but rather the tainted souls who committed those tragic crimes. When it started, up to 80% of the countrys Hutus made up huge numbers of rebels whose aim was to exterminate all Tutsis. These very people who wished to harm us were not unknown soldiers set on a course, they were men, women and often teenagers my family had known all their lives; friends and people we used to be able to trust. My father was betrayed by his childhood best friend, and my brother was slaughtered by his best friend both were around 15 years of age.When the slaughter of my people finally came to an end, the country returned to its normal self, but

    the sense of forgiveness attacked the country like a plague. Such forgiveness often unsettled meI could not understand how such generosity was possible. We lived as though we ignored what our Hutu neighbours had done in those dreadful 100 days. I wasnt looking for revenge, but I always felt that my country was ignoring the big elephant in the room. Was it really so much to ask for proper apologies from those who has stripped us of what we loved, who had stolen the lives of those we depended on?Racism in the modern age is largely recognised as between black and

    white people, but what is often under looked is that discrimination is not confined within the perameters of skin colour. If I were placed next to a Hutu there would be no distinctive features to tell us apart, in fact we are of the same family lines; I have Hutu blood lingering in my veins. It is this fact that gets me: we were ready to wipe each other off the face of the earth due to the shared fear each tribe had towards the other a cause with no validity.Humans will always fear what they dont understand or what they consider different and such induced hate can easily turn people into shadows of dead souls. The power to stand up for what is right amidst the pain and destruction is the hope for our salvation.My story is insignificant; I have suffered only a speck, a minor inconvenience, in comparison to the depth of pain endured by the innocent children who lost everything. I have known street children who have lost it all completely; their entire family line slaughtered like cattle.Compared to these people who wake up every morning in the hope of a better day, my life is a complete fairy tale with the happy endings and all.

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  • Men and Women for Others

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    Playing a part in Gods mission

    The international head of the Society of Jesus, Fr General Adolfo Nicols SJ, recently spoke at Riverview as part of a visit to Australia for the Assembly of Major Superiors for the Asia Pacific Jesuit Conference (JCAP), during January. The Asia Pacific Assistancy encompasses 16 countries. A number of new Provinces have been created in recent years, and areas such as Timor-Leste and Myanmar have a growing number of young Jesuits currently undertaking their formation studies.

    T he Superior General of the Jesuits, Fr Adolfo Nicols, has identified the nurturing and formation of young people as a central concern for the Society of Jesus in the 21st century.Speaking at a gathering of Jesuits and their religious and lay colleagues and supporters at Saint Ignatius College, Riverview, in Sydney, Fr Nicols said there was a strong need for a deep and ongoing investment in youth, especially with regard to their education.We cannot build our societies unless we respect and honour the young people in our midst. They are the ones with the imagination, the energy, the desire to change things, he said.Fr Nicols said this concern for the formation of young people was shared by Jesuits around the world, and that the ongoing accompaniment of the youth as they progressed into adulthood was needed now more than ever. While young people were honest, direct and willing to ask tough questions, they were finding it increasingly difficult to make decisions, he said:

    How do we accompany them after graduation and into adulthood? This is an area where we have room for reflection. The aim of Saint Ignatius was that we would be internally transformed. If our education does not contribute to transformation then something very important is missing from our schools.

    Spiritual DirectionIn response to Fr Nicols address, Daniel Street (OR98), former Riverview student and advisor to the [previous] Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd in the field of Aid and Development, confirmed that a preoccupation with the superficial, rather than the substantial, was hampering young people in finding their spiritual direction:

    This is felt more forcefully here in Australia as there is a strong force that seeks to put God at the margins. It dissipates [young peoples] aspirations and gives them no stable points of reference and no time for Fr Adolfo Nicols speaking at Riverview

  • From the Province Ministries

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    discernment. Young people must have the freedom to find and follow their faith.

    Mr Street said that Fr Nicols presence in Australia had prompted discussion and had provided Jesuit collaborators with ideas as to how they might proceed.We do this by strengthening our Christian faith, and in the spirit of the Magis, seeking to enhance our contribution to this community. As builders of an Ignatian heritage, we will be active agents of change.a Universal approachIn her response to Fr Nicols address, the CEO of Jesuit Social Services, Julie Edwards, said that the lack of an education was felt most acutely by the young people with whom her service works:

    We know that six per cent of the people we work with in the prison system have completed their schooling. We know, as Fr General pointed out, the value of an education, Ms Edwards said. We do have some real challenges if we want to engage with young people with integrity in this country.

    One of the ways in which this process could be kick-started, she said, was for organisations to ask themselves whether they have contributed resources in a mutually respectful way.

    During his address, Fr Nicols took the opportunity to thank the Australian Province for the universal approach it had taken to its work and mission. The mission of God has no limits, the whole world is the beneficiary, he said.

    He also stressed the important role played by lay companions, saying that their contributions helped the Jesuits to remain centred on a mission for others:

    I see great depth of dedication, great desire to serve and be part of Gods mission. Like Ignatius, we want people who can be transformed and grow with us, people who have the same vision and dedication. Our concern is to keep the vision clear and to deepen this direction as we move forward.

    Catherine Marshall (From Province Express)

    Joshua De Angelis, Captain of Dayboys, and other student leaders at the Conference

    Former Chair of College Council Kerry James AM with his wife Christina and Chair of College Council, Paul Robertson AM with his wife Lenore

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  • Around the College

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    Riverview College Foundation, 2011The Riverview College Foundation was established in 1986 with a mandate to support the work of the Jesuit Community and the Province in ensuring Saint Ignatius College, Riverview remained at the forefront of education in NSW and Australia.

    E ssentially, the work of the Foundation is to raise funds to provide the College with capital which is invested to maintain a buffer against the effects of rising fees, to develop and maintain the current standards of College facilities and to provide financial bursaries for needy students and their families. Since 2001, over $33 million has been raised by the Foundation through major Capital Appeals, direct donations or interest on the Foundations corpus, all of which has contributed significantly to a wide range of building activities and the successful growth of the Bursary program. These projects would not have been possible without the generosity of the Riverview parentspast and presentOld Boys and friends of the College.2011 in ReviewThe last major Capital Appeal held at the College was in 2007/ 2008. This was a significant success and laid the basis for successfully helping to fund the building of the Christopher Brennan Library, the renovation of the Dalton Memorial Chapel and the establishment of a fund to assist the redevelopment of the boatshed. That Appeal raised over $4.2 million for capital works, primarily in pledges over the 20072012 period. Overall, to date, 95% of pledges have been forthcoming. In addition to the Capital Appeal funds raised, the 2007/ 2008 Appeal also generated pledges in favour of the Bursary Program of over $1 million over the 20072012 period. Every one of these pledges has been met to date. The Foundation reports on a calendar year basis. In total for 2011, including the Voluntary Gift donations for

    College maintenance included on school invoices, the Foundation raised $3.0 million, up from $2.8 million in 2010. Of these amounts, $1.4 million was for the Bursary Program and $1.5 million for the Building Fund (including Voluntary Donations of $0.55 million). A further $0.1 million was raised to support the Special Education Inclusion Program and the Ignatian Childrens Holiday Camp.Donations to the Voluntary Gift fund in 2011 have primarily been used for the long-overdue re-pointing and cleaning of the Colleges Main Building and to provide improvements to the St Johns boarding house and for general maintenance around the College.The 2011 Bursary Celebrationa donors thank you functionwas this year held together with the Celebrate Riverview function in January 2012 and included a most memorable address by Kir Deng (OR2008 and recipient of the College Insignis award for that year) tracing his perspective on the value of Jesuit education and Riverviews role in his growth. Bursary Program Overview83 boys attended Riverview with financial assistance in 2011. There is now significant momentum in the funding of Bursaries requiring the Foundation to raise approximately $1.6 million in new funds each year to support the education of the current number of boys on Bursaries. For the period 20122014 the Foundation hopes to increase the sustainable annual bursary giving program by $300,000 per year, to allow the annual funding of a further 10 bursaries. The Indigenous Bursary Program at Riverview continues to draw most

    favourable commentary from a wide selection of observers. In 2011 the Indigenous Bursary Fund assisted the education of 31 Indigenous boys at Riverview on needs-based bursaries. In addition, 2011 saw the establishment of a most generous Indigenous Leadership Bursary by a friend of the College to be used to identify and encourage promising indigenous student leaders post-Year 10 and into the commencement of tertiary studies or trade qualifications.Separately, the Foundation has identified an emerging need in providing guidance and assistance to Bursary boys who are graduating from Year 12 and may find the immediate transitional experience to work or further education challenging. Much effort has been put into working with individual Bursary recipients, together with their families, guardians and the wider Riverview community to assist with short-term accommodation, mentoring and practical assistance on developing job-ready skills and providing funds for leadership experiences. In 2011 the Foundation was able to assist one Indigenous student to secure an internship at Westpac and one of our African refugee students a permanent part-time role at a legal firm. Both boys are also undertaking university courses that complement these work placements. The Foundation also supported three current students in leadership and immersion experiences, a core part of their holistic education and one which Bursary boys and their families often find challenging to fund.

    Peter Cahill (OR65) Chair, Riverview College Foundation

  • Debating at Riverview

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    130 years of debatingThere would not be a lot of schools in Australia that could celebrate the 130th anniversary of their Debating Society, particularly one as successful as the Saint Ignatius College, Riverview Debating Society. James Rodgers reflects.

    On Thursday 1 March, more than 260 people attended a dinner in Ramsay Hall to celebrate Debating at Riverview. It was, as the invitation suggested, an entertaining, thoughtprovoking night of erudite debate and stretched truths. A highlight of the evening was a debate between two teams of Old Boys on the topic: that debating has been in steady decline since the 1950s. Taking the negative side were Mr Justice Anthony Whealy representing the 1950s, Mr Nicholas Greiner AC representing the 1960s and Mr Justice Tony Meagher representing the 1970s. The affirmative team was Mr Justin Greiner (son of Mr Nicholas Greiner) representing the 1980s, Mr Paul Hunyor representing the 1990s and Mr Michael Falk representing the 2000s. The adjudicators were the Most Reverend Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, Mr Peter Collins and Mr Patrick Hall, Captain of Debating 2012.It was an enlightening and amusing debate, not dissimilar perhaps to the first-ever debate held at the College on Speech Day, 1881, where a team of juvenile debaters, not only spoke intelligently, and with vigour, but they exhibited a considerable amount of style. The wonderful skills that have seen Riverview excel in debating for the past 130 years were very much in evidence on the night as the gentlemen on stage debated with eloquence and great aplomb. So convincing were both arguments that the adjudicators declared the debate a draw.Riverviews enthusiasm for, and commitment to, debating, indeed its

    success in debating, can be traced back to the distinctive approach the Jesuits have always had to education. Since the first Jesuit schools were opened back in the mid-16th century, there has always been an emphasis on the study and practice of rhetoric. The 1599 Ratio Studiorum (Plan of Studies) for Jesuit schools included certain practices for rhetoricians.Firstly, moderation in refutation: the debater shall defend his views in such a way as to allow moderate and kindly consideration of the opposing view. Secondly, honesty: he shall not bring forward any views which are useless, antiquated, absurd or patently false. Thirdly, quality rather than quantity in illustration: he shall strive to prove his conclusions not by the number of his arguments but by their effectiveness. And finally, the Ratio Studiorum said that authorities ought to be quoted only sparingly, and then with meticulous accuracy. That a school like this could celebrate debating and could have so many people attending a dinner on a Thursday evening, for something that is not even a mainstream co-curricular activity, is quite amazing. Fascinating, too, is the fact that this school has fostered such wonderful companionship among its debaters that they wanted to come back and

    celebrate the art of eloquentia perfecta, the ability to think worthwhile thoughts and to express them effectively.Of all the co-curricular activities the College offers, Debating aligns itself so well with the Jesuits desire to produce men and women for others who will go out and change the world. The person who has excellent rhetorical skills will be much more convincing in a discussion than one who has good hand-eye co-ordination. It is so important for a young man to be able to argue firmly and logically and in a gracious manner.As Saint Ignatius wrote in a letter to the Jesuit Community at Alcal, Spain in 1541: We should not dispute stubbornly with anyone. Rather we should patiently give our reasons with the purpose of declaring the truth lest our neighbour remain in error, and not that we should have the upper hand.

    James Rodgers, Associate to the Rector and Headmaster

  • Academic results and specialist programs HSC Results, 2011

    275 Riverview Students sat the HSC in 2011, 228 of whom were Year 12 students with another 47 Year 11 students accelerating in Studies of Religion 1 unit, Mathematics and Information Processes and Technology. The students achieved exceptional results, well in line with the achievement of previous years.Riverview students earned high placings across the State in a number of subjects. Jack Skillbeck was placed fourth in the State in Business Studies and ninth in the State in Economics. Michael Boyd was placed third in the State in Chinese Extension and Jason Yun was fourth in the same subject. Special congratulations go to Mr Lewis Liu who taught this class. Henry Davidson was placed third in Visual Arts.Thirteen students were recognised as Top All Rounders (with ten or more units in Band 6, or a mark over 90%). These students are: Nathan Askey-Doran, Jayden Basha, Jack Bridges, Raymond Caldwell, Jason Chow, Edward Conroy, Charles Curtin, Liam Dwyer, Nathan Lambrinos, Callum Ryan, Jack Skilbeck, Jonathan Vaux and Patrick Veyret.Our students gained 242 Band 6 results, the third highest number ever, and 51 Band E4 (the highest band for extension subjects), giving 293 in total, also the third highest on record.These results are a credit to the hard work and dedication of the students, their parents and guardians, and to all College Staff who have taught them throughout their years of schooling.advanced Learner ProgramsThe general aim of Saint Ignatius College, Riverviews educational process is to

    promote an education that assists in the full development of all the God-given talents of each person as a member of society.In so doing, this process encourages a life-long openness to growth, an openness to change, a striving for the magis (more) through a pace suited to individual ability and the characteristics of each boys own personality.Riverview recognises that within the community of students there are many groups that require specialist policies and programs that meet the specific learning needs of the student.Those students who possess superior learning abilities and potential for outstanding achievements in compa