Monday June 13, 2016
- Queen’s Birthday Holiday – SCHOOL CLOSED
The following is an excerpt from my speech at a recent whole school assembly.
Today I am also going to talk to you about football - not just any footy, women’s football. I am so pleased to see the progression of women’s football and that some AFL clubs are embracing the idea and developing their own teams.
When I was young, I loved to play footy. But I was not able to play – there were no girls or women’s teams. In fact, girls were not expected to play footy or even to be able to kick a football! I would be told time and time again: “Footy is not for girls, it is not a girls’ sport!” In fact, I was rejected by boys who lived in my street for even wanting to play kick to kick. I had to secretly practise in my back yard.
By the time I was in my early 20s, so many girls wanted to play footy that a footy league was established in WA and in Victoria. In 1996, two women started a national footy league. Those two women were Lisa Hardiman and Barb Hampson. Some of you may know Barb – she is ‘Bob’ who does some emergency teaching here from time to time.
In 1996, there were still people ridiculing the idea of women playing football and the girls who did play at the time were often called names and ridiculed by both men and women for wanting to play. It seems strange, doesn’t it, to ridicule others for doing something healthy, that is not hurting anyone and is something they enjoy.
Well, in the past 20 years women’s footy has come a long way. I am very grateful for the women who chose to play and who persisted with something they loved and believed in. Because of their stickability, in the face of criticism, lots of girls can now play competition footy.
So why have I told you about this footy story?
Well, achievement or success sometimes takes a long time. It often takes some people having the courage to challenge stereotypes or fixed beliefs. It requires people to be prepared to persist because they really believe in something. It needs people to be prepared to be resilient in the face of criticism and negativity. It takes people who will put in the effort to create change.
These are the qualities needed for success in anything we do.
I encourage you to make a conscious decision to develop patience, courage, persistence, resilience and effort – for these are the qualities we require for success.
We were delighted to receive a visit from the Premier, Daniel Andrews, on 15 May 2016, along with the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, James Merlino and our local MP Christine Couzens. They were greeted by our school leaders and taken on a brief tour by two Year 7 students, Lucy Bethune and Anneliese Anello.
The Premier was pleased to see so many of our girls involved in the learning of Science at our school, thrilled at the digital technology learning class and impressed with our community links and the learning that is taking place in the garden.
As a school we are very grateful for the strong advocacy of our local MP Christine Couzens and the $7 000 000 grant that the State Government has allocated to our school. We have received some feedback from parents, students and staff as to how they think we should use this money. Thanks to those who have provided that feedback already. Parents and careers are invited to provide some further input by means of an on-line questionnaire.
At MFG we have been working hard to develop a digital technologies curriculum.
The following links will show you some of our work.
Making Digital Postcards includes video of Matthew Flinders Maker Event
Making DigiPub: Maker Event video
Digital Technologies DigiPub: Creating new learning video
Four Year 9 students: Morgan Wood, Chloe Burgess, Eden Bacon-Hall and Caitlyn McCaffery, have attended the Leadership Camp this term. They have just returned from a trip to China as part of this program.
Mia Sheppard in Year 10 represented the Vic Country Team in the 2016 AFL Youth Girls National Championships last week. Well done, Mia!
Parents, carers and students will notice a different kind of Semester report this year. Schools can now report on student learning so that it suits their priorities and their school’s community needs.
Our priorities are to provide an end of Semester Report that:
In the past, our end of Semester Reports have been summative. In other words, the report looked back on the Semester and described what your daughter achieved throughout the Semester on various assessment and learning tasks. However, this kind of report was written with a parent audience in mind and was broadly focused.
In 2016 we are using the Learning Task feature of Compass to provide your daughter with concise and specific cumulative feedback about the main assessment tasks, as well as future learning strategies and areas for improvement. We are referring to these assessments as Common Reportable Learning Tasks (CRLTs). These are the assessment tasks that are common across all classes. For example, the Year 9 Data Investigation Task is a CRLT that was completed by all Year 9 mainstream students.
The end of Semester Report is made up of those main CRLTs. This will vary between subjects – some subjects will have 2 to 3 CRLTs, others will have more depending on the time allocated to each subject.
Our teachers are using the following guiding questions to write their feedback comments in relation to each CRLT:
One of the innovative features of Compass is that it allows us to make the CRLT feedback visible to you at the time our students receive it, instead of parents and carers waiting until the end of the Semester. So all of the feedback, grading and assessment information the students receive is visible by parents and carers at the time it is given to the student via Compass. Gone are the days of having to wait, as a parent or carer, until the end of the Semester to find out how your child performed during the Semester and their academic progress.
One of the best ways that we can prepare our Year 10 students for one of the big challenges relating to VCE (and beyond secondary school) is to give them experience with exams and teach them about the strategies that work best when revising and revisiting what they’ve learned. So this year, we are formally introducing exams at Year 10.
However, we decided that the best way of moving into Year 10 exams in a supportive and thoughtful way was to stagger the approach. So simply:
Our Year 10 students will sit a formal exam in each of their subjects in Semester 2. However in Semester 1 they’ll be doing some targeted revision and their teachers will be working with them on revision strategies, a focused ‘exam-style’ assessment as well as helping them to understand the kinds of exams, and the types of questions, they will be challenged with in VCE, VCAL and beyond school.
The Year 10 exams form part of a bigger picture and purpose:
It was interesting to note some of Jasmine’s top 10 ‘tips’…
Top 10 student tips to see you through
Jasmine Jaffar received a Premier's Award as an All Rounder in the 2014 VCE. Here's her top 10 tips for students.
It was wonderful to see our Digital Technologies curriculum living, breathing and literally buzzing when the Premier, Daniel Andrews, the Education Minister, James Merlino and Christine Couzens (Member for Geelong) visited our school.
Digital Technologies is a formal part of the Victorian Curriculum (http://victoriancurriculum.vcaa.vic.edu.au/ ) which will be implemented in all Victorian schools from the start of 2017.
Congratulations to Mr Simon Collier for his work with our Digital Technology students – these resources and our school’s programs were showcased recently as part of Education Week.
Last week about 18 of our Year 10 and 11 students participated in a virtual classroom session learning about Convergence Science. The session provided real-time synchronous communication between all participants simulating a classroom and allowed for direct Q&A. The focus of the session was on demonstrating how sciences are converging with one another to tackle important problems, particularly in health and medicine.
Convergence science is the fusion of the sciences (eg life sciences, physical sciences etc) and involves the commercialisation of new and emerging technologies. It involves scientists from different fields working together to address and build business cases around emerging problems and issues. For example, in Australia the predictions are that by 2055 there will be 40 million people and ¼ of them will be aged over 65. This presents a number of issues in relation to health care and the potential of new technologies that could lower costs to government and society. One of the examples that our students found out about was the company CNS DOSE, an organisation addressing a health care problem by embracing some emerging technologies.
How does this impact on us? In terms of schools, convergence science promotes:
The Convergence Science Network has partnered with the John Monash Science School to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and career pathways in schools throughout regional Victoria. The Scientific Convergence and Innovation in Schools Cluster (SCISC) will combine the innovative use of technology and a virtual classroom environment with scientists and entrepreneurs to share cutting-edge knowledge to teachers and students throughout Victoria. The programs will focus on STEM education and Women in STEM. We’ll be looking at other opportunities for our students to participate in these kinds of forums.
The SCISC initiative will target students in Years 9-12 studying and/or those with a strong interest in STEM from regional Victoria, with a focus to showcase female scientists to provide inspirational models for female students.
Damien Toussaint, Assistant Principal, Learning and Teaching
The sound of “little people” approaching caused a ripple of excitement through the VCE Unit 2 Physical Education class. Our girls were eagerly awaiting the arrival of Grade 1-2 C from South Geelong Primary School and couldn’t wait to meet their “little buddies” on May 5th.
Our VCE PE class is studying Learning Styles, Stages of Learning and Effective Coaching to enhance motor skill learning. Working with a Grade 1-2 buddy gave our students a hands-on opportunity to be a coach working one-to-one with a learner to progress their skill learning. This meant they assessed the Stage of Learning for any given motor skill and then coached their buddy appropriately to further their skill level. It was a high energy and happy learning environment that would have seen many grade 1-2 buddies sleeping soundly that night. I know our girls have a fresh appreciation of the energy it takes to teach and coach.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the grade 1-2 teacher, Mr Jack Cole, who happily organised his class to visit us and had confidence in our program as a worthwhile experience. Building relationships between MFG and our feeder primary schools such as South Geelong Primary School is a high priority and enriches programs in both schools.
The School Sport Geelong (Bellarine Division) Athletics Competition was held on Friday April 29, 2016.
It was a very successful day for students at MFG recently, with 19 competitors making it through to the next level of competition in one or more events.
MFG managed to win the overall girls aggregate for the day narrowly beating Geelong High School in a close second. The WMR competition will be held in Melbourne on Thursday September 15, 2016 and we wish all our competitors the best of luck as winners go straight to the SSV State championships.
Our annual cross-country event held at Fyansford Common on Friday 13th May, saw our staff and students enjoying some of the finer weather the week had to offer. This provided the setting for a beautiful run, jog or walk for everyone involved along the beautiful Barwon river.
For the second year in a row we saw Gilmore (Blue) House win the event on 269 points, smashing the other houses with Beachley (Gold) on 138, Freeman (Green) on 98 and Lipson (Red) with 95.
The quickest time of the day over the 4km course was from our youngest age group competitor - Brianna Coyle from the 13 year age group with a time of 18.47.
Our age group champions were as follows:
13 years - Brianna Coyle
14 years - Kira Winnell
15 years - Jade Kelly
16 years - Vanessa Marsh
Senior - Genevieve Visser-Hook
Well done to all those who competed and good luck to the top 8 in each age group who qualified for the next round in Geelong on the 23rd of May.
What a fantastic job the senior VCAL girls have done raising awareness for breast cancer and raising money for this great cause. The senior VCAL girls raised $357.00 for breast cancer from the bake sale that we held on the 10th of May. We held the bake sale on this day because it was so close to Mother’s Day.
The bake sale was an outcome for senior VCAL Literacy and was a fun one. This task required us to bake a sweet treat then sell it and the funds would be donated to a charity of our choice.
The colourful decorations, pink tablecloths and variety of sweet treats caught everyone’s eyes. Honestly we didn’t think our bake sale would be as successful as it was. We raised a lot more than we expected.
From cake pops, to slices, to delicious teacake, to cookies, it was so intriguing to see what everybody made. It was all so different and creative. The golden, glistening treats sitting on the table looked appetising, exquisite and rich.
Given the class completed our safe food-handling course earlier in the year we used the Foods room to bake and prepare the sweet treats for sale. This was much easier than trying to do all this at home.
Chocolate brownies- Just one of the delicious treats we sold
430 (2 cups) caster sugar
225g (1 ½ cups) plain flour
80 g (3/4 cups) cocoa powder
1-teaspoon vanilla essence
Icing sugar to dust at the end.
Step 1- preheat the oven to 180 line a 20 x 30 slab pan with non stick paper.
Step 2- melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat. Remove from heat. Stir in the sugar, add the eggs one at a time and stir until the mixture is thick and glossy.
Step 3- sift the flour and cocoa powder over the egg mixture and stir until well combined. Stir the vanilla over the base of the prepared pan.
Step 4- bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Set aside in the pan to cool completely. Once cool cut into pieces and dust with icing sugar.
A selected group of students went down to the Geelong Library and Historical Centre (The Dome) on May 26, 2016.
We met Andrew who showed us around the New Library and the Historical Centre. We learned about Geelong and the people who lived in Geelong in the past. We then went to the Youth and Children’s Floor and played Xbox One.
On Friday the 27th of May, 26 students from 9I and 9L went on the Black Rock Water Reclamation Plant excursion.
We undertook a guided tour of the plant and learned that this treatment plant uses environmentally friendly and cost-effective techniques and produces Grade A recycled water that is cleaner than the tap water we drink. Barwon Water’s aim is to educate young people like ourselves to change the perception in our community that this water is unfit for drinking.
It was a great experience, but we were happy when we got back to school (the smell was a little overwhelming at times!)
Kacey Dridan 9L
Recently Mr Apps, father of Choo In of Year 12, demonstrated and explained to students some techniques for creating decorative arrangements with moths and butterflies collections. It was wonderful to have a parent give up his time and be involved in the classroom. The Studio Arts students found the talk and display both interesting and inspiring. Thank you Mr Apps, from the VCE Studio Arts class.
MFGSC Arts students participated in a “Lets Talk Recognition” Art Workshop at the College on May 10th with Gavan Couzens, local indigenous artist, Gail Frost, Education Officer from Geelong Art Gallery, and Art teachers Ms van Galen and Mr Sherriff. The artwork that was created is currently on display at the Geelong Art Gallery and will be returned to the College for permanent display outside the General Office, in the near future. Below is the title text that explains the artwork’s connection to land and community.
Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College was established in 1856 and is the oldest school site in central Geelong. The College was named in honour of the explorer Matthew Flinders who was the first European to climb to the top of the highest point of the You Yangs, Flinders Peak. From the College grounds and buildings we are able to view the iconic landmark. This year marks the 160th anniversary of the school. The artwork we designed and created in collaboration with Gavan Couzens aims to create links with the land formation of the You Yangs, the indigenous custodians of the land the Yaawangi and Waduruwung people, Matthew Flinders the explorer and, the College and our Student House system.
The artwork was designed with three main sections in mind. The central section of black lines spreading horizonatally, depicts the You Yangs and the grey background represents granite rock. The central four-sided shape is a connection to the College House colours of red, green, gold and blue. The lower central band in grey with black lines is the identifiable symbolic, pattern markings of the Waduruwung people and, the top red band is the sunset and sunrise over the You Yangs. After hearing wonderful stories and learning about cultural aspects of the local indigenous people from Gavan, students were inspired to create their own “clan” markings and symbols. These are depicted in the lower and upper bands and are quite varied as students made their own interpretations using colours, patterns, symbols and line to connect the College with the land and its people.
By Jana van Galen
A Girl Who Never Said Can’t
Can’t is a word usually used when you are unable to do something. No is also a word usually used while being refused to do something. The negative impacts of these words may harm some people in ways where they will always think that their decisions are destructive to their life. No one should feel like what they decide to do in high school is limited to only one pathway. Donna Broadbent, a previous student at Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College in 2015, refused to accept the words ‘no’ and ‘can’t’, as she had dreams that no one could take away.
Donna was a VCAL student. If you don’t know what VCAL is, it means Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning. It is an alternative program to VCE for students who learn better ‘hands on’ rather than using pen, paper and exams. You also typically have the pathways of either working or studying further at TAFE. Studying VCAL does not give you the opportunity to obtain an ATAR score, which is what you need for university if you wish to go after secondary school. Although choosing to study VCAL, Donna wanted to become a teacher, which meant going to university.
After nagging Mrs Wright for a long time, and being told there was nothing she could do, Donna and Mrs Wright discovered a course called an Associate Degree. An Associate Degree is a course over a 2 year period, which allows school leavers and non-school leavers to transition easily into university study.
Donna’s application and interview were accepted and she is now a proud student at Deakin University, studying an Associate Degree in Education, which will lead into a Primary Teaching Degree. Donna’s determination for her dream is inspiring and shows no matter what decisions you make, you can always find a way to achieve your dreams and aspirations in life.
By Abigail Couchman (current senior VCAL student)
On Thursday 26 May, 2016 we were lucky enough to get a visit from Bu Ririn and Pak Herlambang, who ran two amazing cooking workshops for our Year 9 Indonesian students.
We kicked off with deep fried tempe. Tempe is a unique Indonesian staple food made from fermented soybeans, which is pretty delicious – but was even more delicious when Bu Rin and Pak Harry battered and deep fried it! You could eat it all day, except it’s a great source of protein and fills you up quickly.
Next we had a classic – nasi goreng with krupuk. The students who helped cook the fried rice found the smell of the terasi (shrimp paste) a bit challenging, but the end product tasted delicious. The krupuk or tapioca crackers (like prawn crackers without the prawn) were fantastic on the side.
Dessert was es buah, or a drink that was like a cross between a milkshake and fruit salad. One student described it as tasting like unicorns and rainbows and happiness - she’s not wrong!
A huge thank you to Bu Ririn and Pak Herlambang for giving up their time to give our students such an amazing experience - terima kasih banyak!
Sayembara Lisan (Speaking Competition)
Every year, the Victorian Indonesian Language Teachers’ Association (VILTA) runs a Sayembara Lisan (Speaking Competition), giving primary and secondary school learners of Indonesian the opportunity to test their skills against students from other schools.
This year, 29 students from Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 represented Matthew Flinders at Christian College, competing against students from ten other regional schools. Their challenge - to engage in a general conversation with assessors, present a prepared speech, and answer unrehearsed questions on that speech.
Everyone involved should be congratulated for the excellent effort they put in - the standard was very high and competition was fierce. The following students qualified highest in their level, making them eligible to represent the Geelong region at the State Finals of the Sayembara Lisan at the University of Melbourne on Saturday 11 June: Kim Huynh (8L), Gabi Oldham (9F), Sona Mohammadi (10A) and Niera Hazad (11C).
Congratulations to all our competitors and winners and we wish them all the best in the next phase of the competition!
Here’s what some participants had to say about the day…
If you have any supplies that might be useful for the garden (including wood, plants, seedlings, other building materials, etc), please contact Mr Paul Dangerfield.
In term 3, the school will be using a SMS notification system to inform parents when their child is away unexplained. The SMS’s will be sent to parents at 11am if their child is away for Period 1&2. If your child is going to be absent for the day, please contact the school attendance office on (03) 4243 0500 or alternatively, you can record any absences through your Compass parent portal.
MfG has available some pre-loved combination padlocks.
So if yours breaks or gets lost come to see us in the office.
Locks are available for $2
Families I am writing to notify you to please be aware that shortly you will be receiving an updated DET Application form for bus travel.
It is a mandatory requirement that this new form is completed for students to continue with free country bus travel.
The families needing to complete this form are residing in the following areas:
If you do not receive a form and believe you may be required to complete one please contact me. Leanne Goodwin – Regional School Bus Coordinator 4243 0504.
Travel back in time for a fun-filled evening of entertainment for the whole family.
BYO Picnic Dinner, to enjoy as the cabaret unfolds around you. Make a night of it!
Raid granny’s wardrobe and dust off those dancing shoes!
Beehives! Mini Skirts! Go Go Boots! Beatlemania! Lulu!
Plus lots more: door prizes, raffles. Even some audience participation!
Venue: MFG School Hall
Date: Thursday 11th August, 2016
Time: 6.30 pm for a 7:00 pm start; finishes at 10:00 pm
Ticket Cost: $20 per person
Put it in your diaries now. Get a table together of up to 12 people.
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