Copperfield College News

14 May 2019
Term2 Issue 1
Important Dates
College Principal Message
College News
Delahey Campus Principal Message
Delahey News
Kings Park Campus Principal Message
Kings Park News
Sydenham Campus Principal Message
Sydenham News
Wellbeing
College Notices
Copperfield College
+613 93075555
Delahey Campus
Delahey, Victoria, 3037
AU

Important Dates

13 May

College Council

14 - 24 May

NAPLAN Year 7 and 9

29 May

VCE GAT Practice

31 May - 7 June

Year 11 Exams 

3 June - 11 June

Year 10 Exams

5 June

Curriculum Day

7 June - 13 June

Year 9 Exams

10 June

Queen's Birthday - Public Holiday

11 June

Year 11 Course Re-counselling

12 June

Year 10 Careers Day

VCE GAT

13 June - 14 June

Year 12 Exams

14 June

Correction Day 

17 June

Years 11 and 12 Begin Semester 2 

College Council

28 June

Year 7 and 10 End Semester 1

Year 7  - 12 Last Day Term 2

15 July

First Day Term 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

College Principal Message

Robotics Teams return from the World Championship

 

Our robotics teams have safely made it home after competing in the World Championships in Kentucky.

And also the Hon James Merlino, Minister for Education, for committing $6000 to this event.

While they won some of their matches the experience of the other teams showed. It was a fantastic learning experience for them and they were great ambassadors for the school. We are proud of their efforts. I thank the School Council for their support and Sydenham Campus teachers Ita Altas, Michael Horn and Jake Stirkul who have put in so much of their time and energy to support the team and make the trip a success. You can check out their blog at: https://sites.google.com/copperfieldcollege.vic.edu.au/ccvexworlds19/home

We would like to thank all of the sponsors for their generous donations:

Lamont Books

Vision One

CSA Asset Security

Melbourne Power Sweeping

Pirtek Dandenong

Top Shelf Management

Paperchase Office Supplies

Steptina Pty Ltd

Lions Club

Melton Council 

WPC

And also the Hon James Merlino, Minister for Education, for committing $6000 to this event. 

 

 

 

Mr Anthony Sokol

College Principal

 

College News

Australian Mathematics Competition

It's almost that time of year again. The Australian Mathematics Competition is an internationally recognised competition where students can show off their mathematical and problem solving skills. Last year we had 99 students participate, so let's go for over 100 this year. It's a great opportunity for students to challenge themselves, so if they haven't done so already, any interested students should speak to their maths teachers. The competition will run on Thursday morning, August 1st at school. There is a cost of $6.50 payable at he office or on Compass.

 

 

Ms Natasha Ong

Would you like to host a Japanese Student

Copperfield College is very fortunate to have a Sister School relationship with Fuji Junior High School, in Fuji City, Japan. This relationship fosters cultural understanding and friendship between the young people of Japan and Australia. For the past twenty years, our schools have taken turns to send a group of students and staff to each other’s school.

In 2019, we expect approximately fifteen students and three teachers to come to Australia and Copperfield College for 6 days, staying overnight in a homestay arrangement for 5 nights from Thursday August 15 to Tuesday August 20.

During this time each Japanese student stays in an Australian home with one of our students, attending classes at Copperfield College and experiencing life in Australia. It is also a wonderful experience for our students and their families to welcome a Japanese student into their home and treat them as family members. Copperfield College students have made many friends with students and their families from our Sister School, developing a better understanding and appreciation of lifestyles and cultures.

In 2020, our Sister School relationship will continue with our students visiting Japan. Priority will be given to those students who host a Japanese student this year.

If you would like to host a Japanese student between Thursday August 15 and Tuesday August 20, collect a form from the Campus Office and return it with a parent/carer signature to your Campus Office or a Campus Principal by Friday, May 10.

Please talk to one of Campus Principals listed below or one of our Japanese teachers if you have a query. Further details will follow once tour details are finalised.

Ms Mullins (Delahey), Ms Chiodo (Kings Park) or Mr Nugent (Sydenham).

 

Mark Nugent
Campus Principal Sydenham
Fuji JHS Sister School Coordinator

 

Delahey Campus Principal Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to Term 2.  The Department’s Attitude to School Survey for students will be administered in the next week or two. Staff do reflect on the responses and put things into place to improve things for students.  Two Delahey specific examples of that are the work we have put into transition from Year 10 over the last couple of years as well as our current wellbeing focus.

Transition to the Delahey Campus

Last week we hosted the first of several sessions to assist Year 9 students when considering their future pathways. The information was very general, outlining the different options of VCE and VCAL. According to our feedback the most successful part of the session was when our current Year 12 students spoke about their experiences.  I would like to thank Ibrahim Chokayk, Cigdem Ismael, Alannah Bussutil and Drew Mason for sharing their reflections about their senior years with the Year 9 students and their families.  They spoke with aplomb and great insight, providing very valuable advice.

We have also hosted a group of aspirational Year 10 students in our VCE Experience whereby they spend a whole day at the campus, attending a range of VCE classes.  Feedback from them is extremely positive although they found the Year 12 classes ‘complicated’. 

Transition continues for Year 10 on the June 12 Careers Day when they will spend the day here finding out about subject options.

 

Wellbeing focus

Yoga sessions have resumed on a Wednesday lunchtime and we have started running our Balanced Student sessions about self-management, mindfulness and prioritising, for our Year 12 students in addition to the other programs we run for all students.

VCAL news

Lorenne Clarke, our VCAL Leader has finalised a film clip explaining how Copperfield College runs our VCAL course.  It is a credit to her and the college and will be available on our website soon.

Last week saw our Year 12 VCAL mini pathways presentations in which students discussed their career plans.  Teachers were generally impressed with students’ preparation and presentation skills even though it is early in the year.  We are looking forward to hearing their final ones in August.  All Year 12 VCAL students went to the Brimbank Careers Fair last week as well.

Year 11 VCAL have started working with their CHASE mentors and will visit a careers expo later in the year.

VCE news

All students undertaking a Unit 3 and 4 VCE subject will be provided with the opportunity to understand and practice the GAT over the coming weeks (May 15 and 22) prior to the actual GAT on June 12.  It is essential for students to do their best on the GAT for a range of reasons, including the opportunity to get an accurate derived score should it be required at end of year exam time.  Mid-year exams for Year 12s will be run on a condensed timetable on June 13 and 14.

Year 11 VCE students have less than three weeks before Unit 1 is complete and their mid-year exams start on May 31, running until June 7.  Please note some Year 11 exams will run on Wednesday June 6 even though it is a pupil free day for the rest of the college.

Student Reports

We are concerned that only one third of parents have accessed their child’s report on Compass.  Please contact the college if you are unsure how to find the reports or need some assistance with Compass.

Uniform

As the cold weather approaches students are wearing hoodies and long sleeved tops under their polo shirts.  This is not permitted; we have school jumpers, jackets and long sleeved polos available to ensure students are warm and any plain navy scarf may also be worn.  Please help your child comply with our uniform policy and approach us if you need some help with that.

That’s all for now,

Ms Pip Griffiths and Ms Amanda Mullins

Campus Principals

Delahey News

CHASE

Our College partnership with CHASE (Community Health Advancement and Student Engagement) continues this year with mentors attending the Year 11 VCAL PDS classes. Mentors, undergraduate students from the University of Melbourne, have been working with students and PDS teachers in an education and then onto the action phase. Students are required to research and plan a project in the area of community health. Not only does CHASE help educate students on key topics centred around health and wellbeing, but it also provides a special opportunity for the students to interact with university students on an individual basis, where students are able to speak one on one with further questions or seek clarification, which enables them to gain a deeper level of understanding of important health topics covered. These health topics include, mental health, nutrition, sexual health and physical activity. Last year, the CHASE showcase demonstrated a celebration of all students’ community projects with parents, staff and members of the community in attendance. We look forward to another fantastic showcase later on in the year.

 

 

 

Yr 12 VCAL ABCN Focus Leadership program

This year, a group of yr 12 VCAL female students will begin the ABCN Focus Leadership program working with and learning from experienced successful women in corporate Australia.  These sessions will explore current thinking about leadership and explore the skills that are needed to engage in a successful, meaningful career. Workshops will continue throughout the year.

 

 

Joan Kirner women’s and children’s Sunshine Hospital Opening

On Sunday 5 May was the opening of the new women’s and children’s hospital in Sunshine. This new facility will allow more women to give birth and families to access children’s services closer to home in Melbourne’s west.

Western health has been a strong supporter of the Copperfield VCAL program, with the partnership entering its ninth year. Yr 12 VCAL students have spent several months planning and organising a range of products and events from Sunshine Hospital, including, a trivia night to raise funds for new equipment for the hospital, outdoor seating for the Dialysis unit, therapy rugs for the Dementia ward, a community library build and a mural for external doors.

Thank you to those students who volunteered on the day of the opening, well done!

 

 

YR 12 VCAL Mini Future Pathways Presentation

On Monday 6th May, Yr 12 VCAL students presented their mini future career pathways presentations to a panel of teachers. In order to achieve their learning outcomes for Skills for Further Study and PDS, the students are required to develop a pathway plan, and consider alternative pathways for study and training and deliver a sustained oral presentation to appropriate audiences.  This presentation provided students with the opportunity to improve and build upon their oral presentation skills for the final pathways presentation in term 3. Students should be extremely proud of their achievements and focus on the feedback given to enhance their skills. All parents and guardians are invited to attend their final presentation in term 3. Well done to everyone in involved.

 

 

 

Ms Lorenne Clarke
VCAL  leader

Kings Park Campus Principal Message

A big ‘welcome back’ to everybody here at the Kings Park campus. Term 2 is an incredibly busy one; busy in a different sense to all the events we worked through last term.

 

End of Term 1 Assembly

A big thankyou to the leadership and SRC students ably led by Ms Dedes and Ms Tauber who put together a wonderful end of term assembly. We celebrated a successful term’s work and recognised students with RRR awards. Congratulations to all the students who also participated by presenting reports on class activities, excursions, extra curricular events and musical performances.

 

A special mention to all of the Year 7 students who earlier in the term participated in Iron Form Day. Iron Form Day was the culmination of the Transition Program and involved D and L Team Year 7 students and teachers. The Iron Form Day trophy was presented at the Assembly to the victorious 7D3 and their Home Group Teacher, Mr Dench. Later in the year, Year 7 students will also be attending their Camp.

 

The 2019 Western Chances Scholarship recipients were also acknowledged during the assembly. The Lord Mayor Sally Capp at a ceremony formally presented these students with their scholarships in late March.

 

Upgrades at Kings Park  

Upgrades and beautification continue on campus again this term. The area outside C Team is in Stage 2, with new concrete seating, passive recreational spaces and some new turf. There have been some minor directional changes for staff and students whilst the work is underway, but the results will be worth the minor inconveniences.

 

Events for this term

Elevate Education presenters were on campus on April 29th to work with Year 9 students to discuss Memory and Mnemonics and then again on May 6th to work with Year 10 students to discuss time management. Both sessions focused on revision and exam techniques.

 

Last week, all students were given the opportunity to complete the online Attitudes To School survey. This survey gives us quality feedback from students about their perceptions of school life and it was great to see students taking their time reading and answering the questions. 

 

The annual NAPLAN testing period for students in Year 7 and Year 9 begins Tuesday May 14 and concludes Thursday May 25th. This year NAPLAN will be conducted on line across the nation in 50% of the schools in Victoria. All students have been given an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the technology and to ready themselves for these online tests.

 

Our Year 9 and 10 students will be completing their semester 1 coursework over the next month or so in preparation for their Mid-Year Exams in June. It’s critical that parents continue to support and encourage their children to complete all CATs and assessments as well as progressive revision of the course so that they give themselves the best chance possible for a successful course outcome. Many of these strategies were discussed at parent/teacher/student interviews in the last week of Term 1.

 

Our Year 10 students are currently progressing through their Careers Classes with our Campus Pathways Leader, Ms. Bella Moore. This is an opportunity to explore the world of employment and educational pathways in preparation for VCE/VET/VCAL course selection next term. Year 10 students have also signed up for the subjects they would like to experience on the Year 10 Careers Day on June 12th on the Delahey Campus.

 

The Year 9 into Year 10 Pathways Information Evening was held on Tuesday April 30th at the Delahey campus. Again, this was an opportunity for some forward planning and family discussion around the best subjects to suit the needs of our students’ aspirations.  Students and their families were also given information about the new DET initiative – the Morrisby Profiling Tool. All year 9 students will have the chance to complete a series of on line careers modules during Year 9 exam week. Students will then be allocated an external careers counsellor who will discuss their profile with them in the lead up to 2020 subject selection. As per NAPLAN, students will be given the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the on line modules by completing a short readiness session in the lead up to the profiling.

 

This term junior campuses also begin to engage in ABCN programs. On Thursday, 20 year 10 KP students will be visiting Korn Ferry to participate in an Interview to Impress session. Other programs include; Future Thinkers, Aspirations and Innovate programs. These programs are always well received by students and the feedback from the corporate mentors highlights how engaged our students are in the sessions.

 

Lastly, Friday’s cold and wet weather was not enough to dissuade students from putting on a great effort in the running of the campus Cross Country. Thanks to Ms Brookshaw and PE staff who organised the course and students on the day.

 

Thanks for your continued support,

 

 

Mr Renato Carinci & Ms Mary Chiodo

 Campus Principal

 

Kings Park News

C and T Team News

Assessment

NAPLAN testing will be held over two weeks this year as it is being completed online. As usual students will complete testing for English and Maths over four separate sessions. The testing begins on Tuesday 14th May and the last classes will complete their testing on Friday 24th May.

All students should be busy completing Common Assessment Tasks (CATs) at the moment with all semester 1 work needing to be completed and assessed before our report writing day week 9.  If you are unsure about what your son or daughter should be doing you can contact their subject teachers at school.

Goals

An extended home group was held on Monday 6th May to get students involved with setting goals for their subjects and getting them to understand how they can achieve those goals. This is the first step in getting them to think about what they want to accomplish and then being able to show their growth when Student Led Presentations take place next term.

Exams

Exams are coming up for year 9 and 10. The year 10s begin their exams on June 3rd, while the year 9s begin on June 7th. Year 9s will be undertaking exams for four of their core subjects this year including English; Maths; Science and LOTE. These exams will take place in the morning and then two classes each day will need to complete the Morrisby Pathways survey after recess. This is in place to help guide each student to possible future pathways. During exam time students only need to be at school when they have an exam or are scheduled to do the Morrisby survey. They must be in full school uniform for every exam. Year 10 Exams will be held in the gym and year 9 exams will be held in the team rooms.

Pupil Free Days

Two pupil free days coming up this term are Curriculum Day on Wednesday 5th June and Correction Day on Friday 14th June.

Year 10 Tasmanian Camp

Permission slips were given out last week for our Year 10 Tasmania Trip in term 3. Students fly to Hobart where they are met by a coach and tour around for four days. They then sail back on the Spirit of Tasmania. Participation is restricted to the first 30 students who return their permission note and a non-refundable deposit of $100.00 to the general office.  In previous years, there have been students selected from the waiting list to go after a student has had to pull out.  If your child is interested in attending, and the 30 spots have been filled, please encourage your child to put their name down on the waiting list.

Brimbank Careers and Job Fair

Our year 10 attended the Brimbank Careers and Job Fair, on Wednesday 8th May, which gave them the opportunity to meet and discuss pathways with a variety of different University’s, TAFES, Government organisations, traineeships, apprenticeships and employment. The students found this experience extremely valuable as it allowed them to start thinking about their future pathways beyond life at the Kings Park campus.

RRR Awards

RRR Awards for February and March, were handed out in a recent assembly. Students are selected based on achievement and showing respect, responsibility or valuing relationships.

C-Team February

T-Team February

9C1 Tereza Ajing

9T1  Elizabeth Douglas

9C2 Emily Bui

Christa Nuumaalii

9T2  Jessie Tran

9C3 Chantelle Mifsud

9T3  Palavi Danthuluri

9C4 Faith Vaoga

 

 

XC1 Christa Nuumaalii

XT1  Amber May

XC2 Totti Doan

XT2  Jacinta Ah-Kau

XC3 Richard Lay

XT3  Zainab Sherasi

XC4 Jason Le

XT4 Haile Asefa

C-Team March

T-Team March

9C1 Joshua Mayall

9T1  Redya Mudesir

9C2 Zabihullah Hassani

9T2  Sorpi Chhim

9C3 Christina Singehebhuye

9T3  Ta Bawi Hlawn Chin

9C4 Vicky Uysal

 

 

XC1 Tina Sayamongkhoune

XT1 Lee-Anne Tran

XC2 Ruby Lui

XT2  Blessings Suamasi

XC3 Delilah Aiga

XT3  Florence Blah

XC4 Jimmy Nguyen

XT4 Jagroop Singh

 

Ms Deanne Geyer    T-Team Leader                        

Ms Jade Tauber       C-Team Leader                       

Mr Bradley Rankin  Year 9 and 10 Campus Leader

PI Day

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (π) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.  The Students at the Kings Park celebrated Pi Day with Ms. Ong and Ms. Miller and participated in a friendly contest at lunch time on how many digits of the Pi they can recite. The competition was tough and had strong competitors who were able to recite Pi to 100 digits. Although the memory of all competitors were impressive, it was Violet from 8D1 who was able to recite Pi to 110 decimal places. The prizes for the competition included beach balls and several boxes of chocolate. All the students involved had a great time, scoring it a 3.14.

Photo of Violet's work.

 

 

Ms Mary Miller

Year 11 Biology Ecolinc Excursion

On Monday, April 30th and Wednesday, May 1st, students studying units 1 and 2 biology travelled to Ecolinc in Bacchus Marsh. Here, students got the chance to extract and purify DNA from plants, make copies of it, identify it via gel electrophoresis and finally sequence their genome to identify their specimen.

All the students were very well behaved, worked well and had a good time.

100 Story Building Project at Copperfield College

Would you like to be involved with one of the biggest projects Copperfield College has ever seen? Are you creative enough to help? Are you game enough to get involved?

Come into a world of creative writing where ideas are endless and pens will never run out. In collaboration with the 100 Story Building we want to create a worldwide phenomenon and legacy that will change the face of education.

We have a room at the Kings Park campus that students will turn into a writing hub. In this room there shall never be a wrong or dull idea - as inspiration is oozing from the walls!

We need you to embark on a journey with a team of year 7 students to come up with a great concept for the design of the writing space. As a school it is spectacular that we get to help influence young writers and the extended community.

This will help you look amazing for your future university and job applications as you have helped build and design a world class story studio.

If you would like to be involved, then please tell your English teacher and for students at Kings Park you can also speak to Ms Grande.

For Sydenham students, you can also attend a brief meeting in the reading room next Tuesday 14/05 at the start of lunch with our epic student team, Miss Bell and Ms Zurawiecki.

Thank you for reading,

From the epic year 7 writers.

 

Ms Lucy Bell and Ms Lucy Grande

Sydenham Campus Principal Message

A warm welcome back to all of our families for the start of Term 2.

 

Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews and Interim Reports

Thank you to all parent/carers who were able to attend our Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews which took place on Thursday April 4 just before the end of term 1. We always welcome the opportunity to work with families to support the learning and wellbeing of our students and were excited to see so many of you on the day. A reminder that Term 1 Interim Reports for students are available via the Compass Portal. If you have not done so please review your child’s progress. Please note that are implementing a new Reporting System through Compass this year – if there are any issues please let us know.

 

Robotics Teams – World Championships

Congratulations to our two teams from Copperfield College who competed at the VEX Robotics World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky in late April. Both teams competed strongly and really enjoyed this marvellous experience. Thank you to the College community who all got behind this adventure, and we are pleased they all returned safe and sound albeit a little late! We are looking forward to the next instalment of the endeavours of these students who have come so far in a small number of years. Thank you particularly to Ms Altas, Mr Horn and Mr Stirkul who guided these students so skilfully through this experience.

 

College Athletics Carnival

Late last term on March 29 the College Athletics Carnival was held at the Keilor Athletics field. Congratulations to all students who attended and competed strongly, particularly to L and T Teams from KP who wrestled the crown of the past few years from E and B Teams from Sydenham.

 

NAPLAN Online

From May 14 until May 24 all Year 7 and 9 students will undertake NAPLAN testing, through the use of online tests for the first time. NAPLAN assesses students in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation and numeracy skills. The results are used by teachers to further inform instruction. Results will be made available to parents later in Term 3.

 

Fuji Junior High School – Hosting Opportunity

Fifteen students and three teachers will be travelling to Australia and Copperfield College for 6 days, staying overnight in a homestay arrangement for 5 nights from Thursday August 15 to Tuesday August 20. During this time each Japanese student stays in an Australian home with one of our students, attending classes at Copperfield College and experiencing life in Australia. It is also a wonderful experience for our students and their families to welcome a Japanese student into their home and treat them as family members. Copperfield College students have made many friends with students and their families from our Sister School, developing a better understanding and appreciation of lifestyles and cultures.If you would like to host a Japanese student between Thursday August 15 and Tuesday August 20, please fill in the EOI available from your campus office and return it with a parent/carer signature to your Campus Office asap.

 

Lastly, welcome to Mr Lance Petherick who has been appointed as Campus Principal at Sydenham. He replaces Mr Phil Coloca who has taken up a position in the Regional Team working on Statewide Literacy Initiatives. We all thank Phil for his work and wish him well!

 

 

Mr Lance Petherick and Mr Mark Nugent
Campus Principals

 

Sydenham News

Year 10 Work Experience 2019

A few students were out and about on Work Placement during the last week of Term 1.  Feedback from employers has been great; students have made valuable contributions to their work places.  Students also had a taste of the world of work, and a snapshot of life in their aspiring profession.

I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage year 10’s to undertake work experience this year, it is an invaluable opportunity, and students learn and develop many skills through the experience.  please see Jenny Zahra – Careers Advisor for further assistance.

Reminder to all year 10 students and parents the closing dates for the following placement dates close Friday May 24th 2019.

24th -28th June 2019 (LAST WEEK Term 2)

15th -19th July 2019 (FIRST WEEK Term 3)




Ms Jenny Zarah
Pathways

Challenge Day - Rock Climbing

Do you have a fear of heights? Are you comfortable to step outside of your comfort zone and engage in a new experience?  These are a few of the questions 9B1 and 9B2 students had to contemplate, in many forms, last week when undertaking Challenge Day at Hard Rock, rock climbing centre in the city.

Part of Challenge Day is to offer new and exciting experiences to Year 9 students alongside their Humanities curriculum. These activities require the students to extend themselves, challenge their abilities and trust others all whilst engaging a ‘can do attitude’.

The fantastic attitudes of these classes to this event was awe inspiring. As a new teacher to the school, I was thrilled by their approach to this task. As you can see, from the photographs they truly demonstrated many of the attributes that Copperfield College prides itself on instilling within their students.

As a part of this activity, as with many others, students travel as a class from Watergardens, they are required to be responsible for following a schedule, having a valid Myki, following instructions, directions and being ambassadors for the college.

The initial response to the facilities at Hard Rock rock climbing centre sent a chorus of “Oh, my God” and “I’m not climbing up there” amongst the students. However, after hands on instructions about how to securely and safely put on a harness, how to thread the second part of a Figure-Eight knot, the importance of the correct attachments to the  carbiner and instructing the belayer on how to use the brake position when the climber is in motion, they were ready to begin on the beginners wall.  All the students quickly moved to the higher more challenging walls with gusto. The students all took the information on board and acted responsibly, safely and with respect for each other. All in all, it was an enthralling and exhilarating session.

 

 

 

Ms Sue Hatton

E and H team News

Uniform

Welcome to Term Two and the beginning of the cold and ‘flu season.  As the temperature drops, students are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather.  Families need to consider buying their child the long sleeved/legged versions of the school uniform, if they haven’t already done so.  The College navy blue scarf is the only type allowed to be worn. Please note: hoodies, beanies and gloves are not permitted.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Many parents took the opportunity to attend Parent Teacher Interviews last term.  It is always an excellent time to discuss your child’s progress, both academic and social. A number of recommendations have come of those discussions and students are now acting upon them. At the end of this term, Semester One reports will be completed. Teachers are currently assessing students’ Common Assessment Tasks (CATS) and learning achievements in preparation for completing their reports later this term.

EVENTS

NAPLAN testing will affect all year 7s in weeks four and five of this term. Information sheets were given to students during home group. Our year 7s also have had an excursion to the Melbourne Zoo as part of the Science Curriculum.

On Monday the 13th Of May, all students of the College participated in Cross Country. We would like to congratulate E and H team students for their excellent participation and success in events for their age groups. A number of our students will now compete at a district level with students from other schools. Our students, as usual, put on a great display team spirit.

Respect, Responsibility and Valuing Relationships (RRR)
H Team Winners for term 1

7H1

Shuci (Joyce) 

Prisha 

8H1

Dizon 

Lavonia 

 7H2

Adam 

Riley 

8H2

Aleksandar 

Olivia 

7H3

Alanna 

Ivana 

8H3

Brady 

Gaurab 

7H4

Jazmin 

Mia 

8H4

Kathleen 

Mathew 

7H5

Rita (Sina) 

Tylah 

8H5

Mariam 

Lorenzo 

 

Ms Jessica Wills and Mr Brennan  White 
E Team Leaders    
Ms Karen Martin and Ms Belinda Galea

H Team Leaders

Royal Melbourne Hospital Music Excursion

On the 8th of May 2019, 23 students from Copperfield College Sydenham Campus went on an excursion to support the music festival held by the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s music therapy department. The aim of the festival is to make the hospital a more lively and enjoyable place for both patients and staff, as well as providing performance opportunities for school students to showcase their talents. The groups that performed were the year 9 rock band, the classical guitar ensemble and four vocalists with piano accompaniment.  

When the students arrived they completed an interactive workshop on music therapy where they learnt what a significant impact music can have on patients’ quality of life for the duration of their stay. One patient expressed that it brought ‘something that is alive’ to the hospital and gave him hope throughout his cancer treatment.  

The students then performed throughout the hospital: in the foyer, and through multiple wards; spreading joy around the hospital community. It was wonderful to see the smiles on the faces of patients, visitors and staff alike; it really made the hospital feel like a happier place.  

 

 

Ms Marlee Conlan
 

 

 

 

B and K Team News Term 2 2019

Welcome back to Term 2, we hope you all had a relaxing holiday and a great Easter. This term we have numerous events on for our year 9’s and 10’s as summarised in the table below.

Event

Date

NAPLAN – All year 9’s

May 14 –
May 24 

Year 10 Exams

June 3 –
June 11

Curriculum Day

June 5

Year 9 Exams

June 7–
June 13

Queen’s Birthday

June 10

Year 10 Careers Day

June 12

Correction Day

June 14

End of term 2 & Reports Published

June 28

NAPLAN

NAPLAN will be running for all year 9’s from Tuesday May 14 until Friday May 24th with your child completing a total of four online tests. These tests will be scheduled during your child’s normal class timetable within this time frame. Year 9 and 10 exams will follow this in early to mid-June.

Challenge Day

All B Team year 9 students have been enjoying the experience of Challenge Day this semester so far. In Term 1, students had the opportunity to conduct a humanities based city project where they were required to choose a specific social issue and investigate this by interacting with members of the public to gain knowledge of their thoughts and opinions.

This term students are focusing on facing physical and mental challenges by completing a range of exciting activities. Students will be partaking in ice skating, rock climbing, wheelchair basketball, self-defence and ninja warrior sessions as well as completing their CPR certificate and first aid training. We have witnessed students demonstrate great persistence and determination to face many of these challenges and love seeing the students’ big smiles when they accomplish these.

As you can see above, term 2 is going to be a busy term with many different events. If you have any queries at all, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s Team Leader.

 

K and B Team –Ms Narelle Sumner

K Team – Ms Hayley May

B Team – Mr Andrew Atherton

100 Story Building Project at Copperfield College

Would you like to be involved with one of the biggest projects Copperfield College has ever seen? Are you creative enough to help? Are you game enough to get involved?

Come into a world of creative writing where ideas are endless and pens will never run out. In collaboration with the 100 Story Building we want to create a worldwide phenomenon and legacy that will change the face of education.

We have a room at the Kings Park campus that students will turn into a writing hub. In this room there shall never be a wrong or dull idea - as inspiration is oozing from the walls!

We need you to embark on a journey with a team of year 7 students to come up with a great concept for the design of the writing space. As a school it is spectacular that we get to help influence young writers and the extended community.

This will help you look amazing for your future university and job applications as you have helped build and design a world class story studio.

If you would like to be involved, then please tell your English teacher and for students at Kings Park you can also speak to Ms Grande.

For Sydenham students, you can also attend a brief meeting in the reading room next Tuesday 14/05 at the start of lunch with our epic student team, Miss Bell and Ms Zurawiecki.

Thank you for reading,

From the epic year 7 writers.


 

 

 

Ms Lucy Bell

Wellbeing

Take a few moments for Relaxation to start off your day

Sit upright in your chair.

Place your feet flat on the floor and hands resting comfortably your lap.

Gently close your eyes,

Feel the weight of your body, being supported by the chair and simply allow yourself to relax.

Feel the weight of your legs supported by the chair.

And allow the muscles in and around your stomach to soften.

 Your arms and hands are relaxed and at ease

 It is all easy, your heartbeat slows and your breath is slow and easy.

 Relax all the muscles in your face and behind the eyes.

 Relax your jaw and the mouth will slightly open

It is all so easy

You don't have to do anything - simply be at ease and as the body relaxes the mind will follow -

 your thoughts may come and go.

Let the thoughts go - you do not need them for this moment.

 Completely feel at ease.

 You may be aware of sounds in the background and simply let them drift.

 You may sense the wonderful peace and calm within the centre core of you being.

 Simply allow yourself to experience this peaceful state .

 Sit in this calm, safe, completely secure place for the next few minutes.

 Gently open your eyes as you are ready and take this peace within you into the rest of your day. 

 

 

National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

On the 15th March, Copperfield College acknowledged the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. This year’s theme was ‘Bullying – No way! Take action every day’. This is a day to take action and empower young people to be part of the solution when addressing bullying in their school community. Unfortunately LGBTQI+ young people are far more likely to experience bullying, so Year 8’s participated in a workshop run by Minus18 about gender and sexuality diversity to encourage being respectful, inclusive, and supportive of diverse peers. Our SRC also handed out icey-poles and wrist bands during recess, which proved popular as always!

 

Skittles Stand Out Group

Our Skittles Stand Out group are busy preparing to celebrate IDAHOBIT day – the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism, and Transphobia on May 17th. Skittles lollies and temporary rainbow tattoos will be given out at lunchtime for teachers and students to show their support.

 

Games Club

At Sydenham, Friday lunchtimes are for relaxing and having fun with board games at Games Club. This year we have been lucky enough to have the wonderful James and Charity as volunteers to help out. Whether “Connect 4”, “UNO”, or “Cluedo” is your specialty or something else from the cupboard, there is always a fun game to play and friendly peers to play with. Any student wanting to get involved please see Esmerelda or just turn up. Listen out for our famous end of term Bingo party!

 

 

Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) Curious Project

Since Term 3 last year, our Kings Park and Sydenham campuses have been partaking in the CMY Curious project which aims to strengthen school belonging and improve intercultural capability across our school, as a way to prevent racism and bullying. The students involved have been committed to the project for many months and during this time have contributed a huge amount work, energy, and ideas. It was so exciting to see the hard work pay off with a student-led project of a mural that promotes belonging, inclusion, and anti-racism messages, finally come to life!  The talented artist Simon ‘Chippa’ Chiovitti helped students create the eye-catching mural which will be mounted for display soon. Well done to the Curious team!

 

 

Ms Esmeralda Lambe

Psychologist

How to use Music for Mental Health

It doesn’t matter if you love metal, pop or EDM, music can help your mood and help you cope with (or even take control of) tricky emotions. Check out some of the ways that you can use music as a tool for good in your life.

 

 

This can help if:

  • you want to incorporate music as a wellbeing strategy in your life
  • you want to learn about the connection between music and mental health
  • you want to understand the benefits of music.

How does music improve your mental health?

It has been generally accepted that both listening to and creating music can have various positive effects on mood and mental health. Incorporating music into your everyday life can help to:

  • elevate your mood and motivation
  • aid relaxation
  • increase the efficiency of your brain processing.

Ways to use music for mental health

So, we have learnt that music is more than just a form of entertainment and that there are lots of links between music and mental health. But how exactly can you use it in your day-to-day life? Check out some of the ways here:

  • Focus. Classical music is a winner at helping you focus. Music that has a tempo of 60 bpm (beats per minute) increases the efficiency of the brain in processing information. The best way to use it is to have it playing softly in the background as you get on with your tasks.
  • Expression. The next time you’re finding it hard to talk about or express your emotions, try turning to music for help. Creating your own music – whether simply strumming a guitar or composing lyrics to a song – can help you express and process your emotions. It’s more about how it makes you feel, than how it sounds. Remember that no one ever has to hear your music if you don’t want them to.
  • Social connection. Music can stop you from feeling lonely or isolated. Whether it’s sharing playlists with your friends, or meeting new, like-minded people at your favourite band’s next gig, music connects people.
  • Creativity. Did you know that listening to or making music allows your brain to think creatively? So, whether it’s a creative project you need to complete, or some new ways to improve your mood, try some different types of music and see what works best for you.
  • Relaxation. Okay, so this isn’t a huge scientific breakthrough, but it’s worth repeating: music helps you to relax. If you choose the right kind of music, change into some comfy clothes and put your feet up, it’s a safe bet that you’ll feel relaxed in no time.
  • Motivation. You need to vacuum the house/study/get some exercise, but you just can’t get off the couch? Use your favourite music as a motivational force. Crank up the volume on a killer tune and chances are you’ll find it that much easier to get started.

A personal perspective

A young person shares why she finds music so powerful:

‘It's indescribable how listening to a song can change everything. It's said that a powerful enough song can even change your life. Music can even teach what humanity cannot always – how to be human, live, feel and love. I'd recommend to anyone that if things aren't going right, and you don't know what to do, just turn up some good music, and tune out for a few minutes before you attempt to figure everything out again.’

What can I do now?

  • Try music as an aid the next time you feel emotional or lonely, or when you need some focus and motivation.
  • Make a playlist of your favourite music, either for yourself or to share with friends.
  • If music really isn’t working for you, it’s no big deal.

Mr Michael Malady
Secondary School Nurse/ Health & Specialist

College Notices

 

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Kings Park : 9365 4901

Sydenham : 9361 3891

 

 

 

 

 

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