who returned to Gallipoli to attend the memorial service marking 75 years since the landing at Anzac Cove. Mr Alf Garland, National President of the RSL planted one of the pines at Lone Pine during the wreath-laying ceremony.
In October 2009, a seedling was presented to Mr Ray Hasler to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the planting. Mr Hasler had attended the planting in 1934 as a 13 year old Scout.
There are currently no seedlings available from the Memorial or Yarralumla Nursery.
We are very fortunate to have one planted in Caulfield Park.
ANZAC DAY – YEAR 9’s
This Friday night forty Year 9 students and eight teachers will be attending Camp Gallipoli at the Melbourne Showgrounds. The camp is a once in a lifetime opportunity to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli.
Our staff and students will experience a special night of remembrance and the ANZAC spirit by sleeping under the stars, watching movies and documentaries about the ANZACs, and a very special Dawn Service the following morning on Anzac Day. As they say we hope we are all worthy of their sacrifice.
to Warwick Meerwald (McKinnon SC cleaner) who will be leading the Ceylon Ex-Servicemen’s march as Master of the Flag on Anzac Day. Well done Warwick!
PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS
We began this week with our Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences held on Wednesday 22 April and I thank everyone for their tremendous efforts.
It was a very successful event and hopefully the timely feedback will ensure improved student learning outcomes are achieved.
It is a very important opportunity for families to meet and discuss with teachers student learning. These conversations are crucial and I thank everyone for their attendance.
All parents are invited to attend a forum being held at the school on Wednesday 29 April from 7.30pm – 9.00pm in the Lecture Theatre.
An invitation and letter has been extended to all parents via Compass. I look forward to seeing many of you in attendance.
During the last week of Term One, the Victorian Association of State Secondary Principals (of which I am a member), was involved in conducting a symposium on “What Next for Victorian School Funding”. It brought together over 170 of Victoria’s educators, parents, the not for profit sector, public servants and politicians. The event examined the state of equity in Victorian schools and the capability of our school funding model to provide an excellent education for all students.
Deputy Premier and Education Minister the Hon. James Merlino MP addressed the forum to outline his ambitions for the 'education state', announcing:
In 2016 School budgets will include a line item which specifies how much funding has been allocated as a result of the Gonski deal between the State and Federal Governments;
A full account of how Gonski deal funding has been spent to date;
Funding to Victorian schools will be raised to bring them closer to the national average.
I welcome these commitments and look forward to seeing the detail in the coming State Budget. I also want to see the Minister increase needs based funding and update the funding model to increase the equity component. At the symposium there was robust questioning concerning the recent legislation linking the non-government school funding envelope to government school funding. Many believe this undermines the core Gonski principle of sector blind needs based funding.
On Friday 8 May we will be holding our annual Cross Country afternoon.
This is a whole school event and it is an expectation that the entire school participate. Please do not write notes excusing your son/daughter from the event unless there is a specialist medical appointment or serious reason for their non-attendance. Everyone can walk the track if they don’t want to run.
I thank parents for their support.
STATE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tremendous success was achieved at the Swimming State Championships. Mr Blackwood has a detailed report later in this newsletter but I would like to congratulate Will Sharp (Year 7) who won the 50m Butterfly event, Sienna Beaves (Year 8) who came 3rd in the 50m Freestyle and the 12-14 Years Medley Relay group who came 3rd. Well done to all involved.
CENTRAL AUSTRALIA TOUR 2015
It was a great relief to welcome back 173 very weary students and 13 staff who returned from Central Australia last week, having had the ‘best time ever’!!