From the Head of Campus
This week saw our 2022 timetable draw to a close, with Year 10 and 11 students sitting final exams before our entire community came together on Tuesday in the Middle School Sports and Aquatic Centre for the Senior School Presentation Afternoon. It was wonderful to welcome families back into the audience after two years of video-recorded events due to COVID-19. There was much to celebrate as we acknowledged the many achievements and endeavours of our students, as well as their contributions and service to their House, our campus and the broader community.
Prefects and House Leaders
The House System is a vital part of the life of Senior School: it fosters a sense of connection and belonging; it facilitates a pastoral network to support wellbeing and learning for our students; and it promotes active involvement in our school community. Our House Prefects play a key role in creating the sense of pride that our students feel for their House and also developing an inclusive culture that encourages our Bears, Falcons, Panthers and Tigers to get involved in the amazing opportunities that Senior School presents beyond the classroom.
It is my pleasure to be able to share with you the students who have been nominated and selected as their House leaders for 2023, and their respective Heads and Assistant Heads of House.
Year 10 Geography Fundraiser
On Friday November 18, the Year 10 Geography – Human Wellbeing class organised a fundraiser to help the local Indigenous people of Geelong. Students learnt about wellbeing of people living in Australia and other countries. The class was tasked with arranging a social action for a chosen population group and we wanted to contribute to efforts to try to help Close the Gap for our First Nations peoples.
Principal’s Acquisition Award
Eloise Wingrave was the recipient of the Principal’s Acquisition Award this year. Eloise studied Studio Arts in year 10 /11 and 12, building her skills in printmaking. The artform of printmaking involves quite a detailed meticulous process of cutting the image out of a lino block. The block is then inked up with paint using a roller, then printed onto paper. The works chosen for this award were prints depicting four prime ministers of Australia. We congratulate Eloise on her high level of skills, the works are amazing!
Senior Sport Spotlight: Will Cavanagh, Year 10
Year 10 student Will Cavanagh has once again excelled in the sport of baseball. This year Will represented Victoria in the under 16s National competition. It was great to see him cement his spot in this team and play a key role in the team’s success at Nationals in July this year.
We also congratulate Will on being selected as a member of the 2024 under 18s Victorian Baseball team, this is a huge achievement for Will as next year he will be bottom age. Will participated in a number of trial sessions to be selected. Congratulations Will, we look forward to following your successes and achievements next year.
Congratulations Daisy O’Brien!
Year 12 Product Design and Technology students are tasked with designing a product for a need, opportunity, or issue for an end user group. Daisy decided to design a user-friendly product that organises and transports a student’s home office/school resources easily and in one place for students of separated parents who move from house to house. Daisy worked with a variety of materials including wood, fabrics, and upcycled components of a discarded suitcase. She had not worked with wood before, and she enjoyed learning new transferable skills in the process. The set up and resources at the Villa and skills of the staff located there allowed the flexibility for this to happen. Daisy is to be congratulated on her work being shortlisted for the VCAA VCE Seasons of Excellence – Top Designs. The VCE Season of Excellence is a five-month annual festival held at The Melbourne Museum showcasing outstanding senior secondary student work from Victorian schools. We wish Daisy well for the final stage of the selection process.
‘Movember’ at Senior School
In 2003, two mates from Melbourne encouraged 30 of their friends to grow a moustache, for a charge of $10, as part of a campaign to raise awareness about Men’s health and prostate cancer. From these humble beginnings, the ‘Movember’ movement has grown to be a truly global one, inspiring support from over 6 million ‘Mo Bros’ and ‘Mo Sisters’ around the world, raising hundreds of millions of dollars to help fund 1250 research projects related to the three biggest health issues facing men today: mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
This year, the Senior School team, consisting of Mr David Harmer, Michael Lewis, Drew Oliver, Simon Peake and Craig White grew some magnificent facial hair, much to the dismay of their partners! Through their encouragement of friends, family and colleagues, the team raised $955 for this important cause. Thanks to the Library ladies who put up displays throughout the Library to help raise awareness. Well done to all and see you same time next year.
Qustodio App and Other Parent Resources
Last week we launched the Qustodio Parent App with our families as part of our Cyber Safe Schools Program, in partnership with Linewize by Family Zone.
We’ve been delighted by the level of engagement and uptake by parents with this tool so far. Qustodio is a tool intended to help parents and guardians be empowered to supervise and engage in positive conversations with their young people around their digital activity.
Picnic at Hanging Rock- 2023 Senior School Production
Preparations are underway for auditions for the 2023 college play Picnic at Hanging Rock. Based on the novel by Joan Lindsay, the play tells the story of a group of schoolgirls in 1900 who go on a picnic to the Hanging Rock, an excursion from which several do not return. This well known and iconic story has had a few stage iterations but is best known for the 1975 movie starring Anne Lambert and featuring many haunting melodies and images.
The Santos Science Experience ‘ Where Science Meets Fun’
The Santos Science Experience is a fun 1 or 3 days of science activities for 2022 Year 9 and 10 students run by University and Tertiary Institutions.
Canteen not Open on Last day of Term
Please note that on the last day of Term 4, Friday December 9, the canteen will not be open.
Thank you to all volunteers for your fantastic help during the course of this term, and throughout 2022.
Recycling Uniform Items
As part of the transition to our new College wardrobe it was important that we consider the environmental impact of clothing items no longer required. Whilst it is still possible for students to wear items from the traditional uniform, when items are no longer able to be worn, they can be recycled.
Any such items can be dropped off and placed in recycling bins at each campus. We are working with our wardrobe manufacturer to ensure that these can be recycled as part of the introduction of our new wardrobe over the next 18 months.
A MYTERN Thought for This Week
Things can get hectic at this time of the year, often throwing a random curve ball, making you skid out of control. At first your reaction will be extreme. That's ok. Once the panic is over, stop and breathe. Regain control. Don't judge it. Give it space to unfold... and then inspire you 👍😊
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