Wheelers News

17 June 2019
Issue Nine   respect Excellence Creativity
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What's Coming Up Next
Literacy
Numeracy
Performing Arts
Stem
Middle School Report
Student Leadership
World Challenge
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WHSC Production, 2019 - Singing in the Rain

The College Production of 'Singing in the Rain' promises to be another outstanding performance this year.  The Performing Arts Team have been working incredibly hard over recent times with rehearsals, visits to Primary Schools and production meetings being a feature of their work.  

The College Production will again be held at the Burrinja Theatre in Upwey this year from Wednesday 31/7 to Friday 2/8/19 inclusive. We again will be working with Primary Schools as part of the Production with Wheelers Hill and Waverley Meadows Primary Schools involved.

The Performing Arts Program continues to be an important part of our school and our College Community can not wait to see another first class Production in 2019. 

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (or VCAL) at WHSC in 2021

After considerable consultation and discussion, we have decided to offer the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (or VCAL) at the College from 2021.  This is an exciting development for the College Community.  VCAL is a course that allows for more applied or experiential learning in areas such as Work Related Skills, Numeracy, Literacy and Personal Development.  

VCAL is seen by some students and their families as as a viable and worthwhile course of study.  Many schools currently offer VCAL to their Senior School students as an alternative to the more academic course being the VCE. 

We have formed the view that VCAL will provide a viable alternative to the Victorian Certificate of Education (or VCE) for some of our students.  Furthermore, we have also been receiving feedback from families and students themselves that VCAL would be of interest to them as part of their senior education at the College.

We will now work to develop and implement a VCAL program with the relevant authorities in readiness for its inception at the College from 2021.  Please contact the College should you have any queries about VCAL at Wheelers Hill Secondary College.

Year 7 'Extension Program' in 2021

We are also thrilled to announce a Year 7 'Extension Program' in 2021.  The inclusion of such a Program will meet the learning needs of students and their families who are interested in extension studies across their subjects.

Whilst it is our responsibility to extend all of our students as much as we can, the inclusion of a stand alone group at Year 7 for 2021 can further meet the needs of students and their families who are wanting this type of learning Program from our College.

A Working Party is to be established as early as next term to develop, promote and implement the Program for 2021.  Families will need to formally apply to be accepted into the Program.  More details will be shared with our College Community about the Year 7 'Extension Program' for 2021 when they come to hand.  Any queries about our Year 7 'Extension Program' for 2021 can be directed to the General Office.

Cultural Activity - International Students Program

Our International Students Program (or ISP) is an important part of the College.  Our ISP provides for cross cultural understanding between students, staff and our College Community.

The ISP provided a cross cultural activity just last week with a lunch held in the Library for students, staff and families.  Importantly, ISP students invited students from outside the program to come along.  Our lunch on the day had a distinctive Chinese theme with many traditional dishes offered as part of the buffet format.  We thank our families for contributing such a delicious array of cuisine on the day.  Well done to all involved!

 

General Achievement Test (or GAT), 2019

"The General Achievement Test (GAT) is a test of general knowledge and skills in written communication, mathematics, science and technology, humanities, the arts and social sciences (VCAA, June 2019)" and it taken by all Victorian students prior to completing their VCE.

 

"The GAT is an essential part of the VCE assessment process. While it is important that you attempt the GAT, the test does not count directly towards your VCE.  However, GAT results may play a very important part in determining your final assessments for the VCE.  GAT results are used to check that your VCE external assessments and Schoolbased Assessments have been accurately and fairly assessed.  The GAT is used in these checks because its results are a good predictor of final assessment for VCE studies.  If a student has done well in the GAT, they are likely to do well in their external assessments and School-based Assessments (VCAA, June 2019)."

 

The GAT was held earlier in the week.  Typically, it is an activity for our Year 12 students to complete but some Year 11 students also embark on the GAT if they are studying a Year 12 (eg Units 3 and 4) sequence of study.  Results from the GAT are published as part of a student's final results package that they receive at the end of the year.  

Cycle Two Reporting, 2019

We are busy preparing our Cycle Two Reports for release to students and families by the end of the term.  Teaching staff continue to assess student work and develop reports accordingly.  Students and families can expect to receive Cycle Two Reports via Compass on Friday 28th of June.  Any queries concerning Cycle Two Reporting can be directed to the General Office.

Value of the Week - Creativity

Well done to all of our students who competed in the local Dance Competition at Fairhills Secondary College recently (31/5).  There was a variety of genres performed on the night from Tap Dancing to Hip Hop.

The Competition had us competing against other schools and when the results were in we found ourselves victorious!  Well done to all the students involved:

Caitlin Henry, Mia Matheas, Tarlyia Cust, Charlotte Bowley, Simone Janjua, Megan Norton, Renae Volk, Nicola Himbury, Lani Himbury, Jessica Hindmarch, Hayley Tidd and Jack Thomson

 

And finally.................

Thank you to the WHSC Parents and Friends Committee for the successful BBQ Fundraiser Activity at Bunnings (Notting Hill) last Saturday (8th of June).  We were able to raise over $1000.00 due to the hard work of the Committee.  Thank you to all of our parents and students in attendance on the day:

Sarah and Mick Gason, Andy, Seb and Daniel Watt, Steve and Carol Kourtis, Rowan Cunningham, Jenny Phillips, and Sharon and John Morris.

Special mention must go to one of our Committee members in Sarah Gason who lead and implemented this fundraising event.  Funds raised will support the purchase of sporting equipment for the College.  Well done to all involved! 

Left to Right: John Morris, Mick Gason, Sharon Morris and Sarah Gason

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aaron Smith

College Principal

Assistant Principal's Page

Thank you Cornell Notes

During our Extended Home Group session on Wednesday 29th May, our students all took part in an activity using the Cornell Note method. Our students watched a clip about the Thankyou organisation and the launch of their 'Chapter One' book.

 

'We are Thankyou, a social enterprise that commits 100% of our profit to end global poverty. Today, you can find us in over 5,500 outlets in Australia, including all major supermarkets. The Thankyou consumer movement has raised millions of dollars to get safe water, toilets and child and maternal health programs to hundreds and thousands of people in need.'

 

To understand and appreciate the video and Thankyou's journey; students used Cornell Note-taking to utilise many of the key comprehension skills. Using this method students are able to visually scaffold their learning by making connections and take steps to build on their ideas, determine what is important information and develop a deeper understanding of the content.

From this one session in an Extended Home Group, classes have embraced the note-taking method and are using it in their lessons. There has been a great buzz in the school and we are excited that the whole school are using this comprehension tool to explore deeper learning.

 

Understanding Bullying

While we pride ourselves as a college on the low incidence of bullying behaviors, unfortunately no school or work place is ever totally immune from it. This information has been sourced from DET in relation to the context of bullying in schools.

The national definition of bullying for Australian schools says:

Bullying is an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behavior that intends to cause physical, social and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power, or perceived power, over one or more persons who feel unable to stop it from happening.

Bullying can happen in person or online, via various digital platforms and devices and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert). Bullying behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time (for example, through sharing of digital records).

Bullying of any form or for any reason can have immediate, medium and long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders. Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying.

This table describes the categories of bullying.

Category Includes
Direct physical bullying
  • hitting, kicking, tripping, pinching and pushing or damaging property
Direct verbal bullying
  • name calling, insults, teasing, intimidation, homophobic or racist remarks, or verbal abuse.
Indirect bullying
  • action designed to harm someone’s social reputation and/or cause humiliation. Indirect bullying includes:
    • lying and spreading rumours
    • playing nasty jokes to embarrass and humiliate
    • mimicking
    • encouraging others to socially exclude someone
    • damaging someone’s social reputation or social acceptance
Cyberbullying
  • direct verbal or indirect bullying behaviours using digital technologies. This includes harassment via a mobile phone, setting up a defamatory personal website or deliberately excluding someone from social networking spaces.

Note: Many distressing behaviours are not examples of bullying even though they are unpleasant and often require teacher intervention and management.

 

Mutual conflict: involves an argument or disagreement between people but not an imbalance of power. Both parties are upset and usually both want a resolution. Unresolved mutual conflict can develop into bullying if one of the parties targets the other repeatedly in retaliation.

 

Social rejection or dislike: is not bullying unless it involves deliberate and repeated attempts to cause distress, exclude or create dislike by others.

 

Single-episode acts: of nastiness or physical aggression are not the same as bullying. If someone is verbally abused or pushed on one occasion they are not being bullied. Nastiness or physical aggression that is directed towards many different people is not the same as bullying. However, this does not mean that single episodes of nastiness or physical aggression should be ignored or condoned as these are unacceptable behaviours.

 

The WHSC bullying policy can be found within the Student Engagement policy as found on the college website: https://www.whsc.vic.edu.au/uploaded_files/media/2018_student.pdf

As a college we do our best to support all members of the school community and we encourage everyone to report any inappropriate behaviours so that we can work through managing these to ensure we create the best possible environment for learning and success.

 

Exams

Over recent weeks the year 10's 11's and 12's have participated in their mid year exams. These exams provide the opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills across various subject areas. While we acknowledge the examination process may cause a level of angst and distress for some students, it is  important for students to understand the value of these in the provision of meaningful feedback from subject teachers so that students can add to and refine their content knowledge and skills. Well done to all the senior students who have completed their exams and all the best to the year 9's, who will be completing their exams next week.

 

Assistant Principals

Judy Anderson and Claire Hanley

What's Coming Up Next

June
14th

  • Year 10 Exams
  • Vis Com Excursion

 

17th

  • Year 9 Exams

18th

  • Year 9 Exams
  • EMR Cross Country

19th

  • Big Day in Melbourne
  • School Council

20th

  • Queen Victoria Market

21st

  • Yr 9 & 10 Sports

24th

  • Year 10 Work Experience
  • Year 7 Monash Tech School

25th

  • Year 10 Work Experience
  • Year 7 Monash Tech School

26th

  • Year 10 Work Experience
  • Year 7 Monash Tech School
  • NADRASCA- Volunteering

27th

  • Year 10 Work Experience

Literacy

Don’t get triggered, Life’s Lit!

 

VCE English

 

I perform on stage every now and then because I enjoy it and I love the challenge. I love taking on characteristics for a particular character and engaging the audience in a story that connects with them. However, with all the positives that come from performing in a play there is one thing that happens in pre-production and during production. I have a constant dream that comes to me at night.

 

It’s an awful dream where I am on stage and I have no idea what my lines are. It usually begins where I am off-stage about to step in as my character and I have no idea what I am supposed to say or what the scene is about. I eventually step out and completely make a mess of everything. I wake up relieved that it was just a dream, but I ensure that that day I will read that script one more time. Just in case.

 

Let’s see that line again:

 

I will read that script one more time. Just in case.

 

The amount of times I read the script before rehearsals start and before we step out onto the stage with an audience can be easily 40-50 times. But that wouldn’t really surprise you because I should read the script. I am acting in the play and I should know it back to front. This would be a basic expectation. To have read the play several times.

 

It is the same expectation VCE English Teachers have for their students when they are studying a novel. We are not expecting 40-50 times. Of course, reading the text is a given, but reading the text several times would be the BASIC expectation. Unfortunately, we find ourselves in a situation where this is not the mentality for all our students.  

 

This is where the following scene occurs:

 

Parent:

(enters stage right and announces) My dear child, to pass VCE English, or not to pass VCE English: that is the question. If you have not read the novels, the result will be the latter. Surely my child is not as foolish as this? Surely!

 

Over the next few weeks parents and students will find themselves stressing and panicking over the VCE workload. There is a finish line but to get there a lot of work and practice needs to happen. Where to begin? Doing the basic thing of reading the books and looking over your notes will be the best starting point. And, as always, our English teachers are happy to talk to you and work on any areas of concern.

 

Claire Hanley - Literacy Learning Specialist

 

Numeracy

Numeracy in Science

This week we will observe how Mr Cameron Patience uses Numeracy as part of a Science Investigation. All students in Year 7 were required to complete The Bouncing Balls Extended Experimental Investigation.

The goal was to bounce 10 balls and work out which one rebounded the highest. Students needed to make a hypothesis about which ball they thought would bounce the highest. Then students work in groups of three, to carry out the experiment. They needed to use Numeracy to record how high the ball rebounded after it had been dropped from a height. Students also filmed the ball drops and recorded how long the ball took to rebound as well.

Numeracy plays a big part in Science Experiments and I thank Cameron Patience for allowing us into his Year 7 Science class.

 

Michelle Galli

Numeracy Learning Specialist

Performing Arts

Waverley Meadows Primary School Partnership!

We welcome back Waverley Meadows Primary for another year of Production Madness! Working with these primary school students is such a thrill - and we look forward to sharing the stage with them again this year! 

Details about tickets will be released soon. Looking forward to sharing this Hollywood classic with you all! 

 

Instrumental Music - Join us for Term 3!

If you want to enrol your child to participate in instrumental music lessons, download the attached form and get it into the Performing Arts office ASAP! 

Genelle Lintini

Performing Arts Leading Teacher

Stem

STEM @ WHSC

Monash Tech School Program

Mr Vincent Lam accompanied the Year 9's who participated in a STEM program called SuperHealth at the Monash Tech School (MTS) for 3 days on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of June.

The STEM program required students to perform research, plan and design a "hospital of the future" that would incorporate 21st-century skills such as collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving.

Day 1

Students visited the Yakult factory to see the hi-tech facility that incorporates some of the latest food processing equipment, which includes the manufacturing of plastic bottles, filling and packaging lines, culture and quality control rooms. Students were to use this experience to see how hi-tech equipment can be utilized in their hospital. They all also got the opportunity to taste the deliciously refreshing Yakult.

Students then visited the Biomedical facilities at Monash University Clayton Campus. Here they explored the current technologies in 3D printing and how they are being used in health care.

The last stop split the group into 2. One visited the Monash Children's Hospital to gain experience of the structure of a hospital and to understand the importance of each level, room and the required staffing among other things within the hospital. The other group visited Holmesglen to look at the technology currently available for students to learn.

Day 2

Students in groups planned and designed their hospitals putting into place the observations they obtained from Day 1.

Day 3

Students were able to experience different types of technologies that could be applied in a hospital. Students programming LEGO which could be used for patient transportation or medical transportation within the hospital.

Students designing and playing with VR. This could be used to help design the hospital and to allow patients to experience aspects of life they might not be able to if bedridden

Students engaged with the AI Robot "Alex". This robot was used as a learning tool for upcoming nurses and doctors. A conversation could be programmed into Alex which allows nurses and doctors to practice with it during procedures and get responses that matched real patients.

After the design and planning process. Students were to presented their work in a gallery walk (one student stayed with their team’s work, while others in the team walked around to explore)

Students then recorded and presented a video of what they thought "The Hospital of the Future" looked like. They also had created a floor plan of their work.

I was able to visit the group on one of these days to check in on how the program was running. It was a great opportunity for our students to participate in solving real world problems and use the technologies and expertise offered by the Monash Tech School. More groups will be participating in the program next Semester and I look forward to seeing their solutions to problems that we may face in the future!

 

Kim Hewlett

STEM Learning Specialist

Middle School Report

Middle School News

The students have been very busy in the last two weeks. Most subject areas are finishing their final Learning Tasks for the Semester. This gives a very good idea overall on how the student may be going with the school work. Please discuss their results and how they can improve next semester.

I would also like to thank the many International students for inviting the Middle School Co-Ordinators and select students to a special lunch. A lot of time and effort went into all the marvelous food presented on the table. It was a very special gift.

Year 7 

The students have been very busy over the last few weeks training for their sport teams, to represent the school in the inter-school sports. Even though the weather was not great on the day of the event, especially for the outside sports, reports back were that the students did very well and supported each other. Even the staff displayed the best that they could be and resilience in the elements! Mr Ryan Joyce and Mr Ben Shepherd.

Curriculum Activities

The Year 7 student's in Ms Field's English class have been exploring Literature Circles. These include Reading STEM questions and collaboration. They are currently all working on a portfolio to showcase their knowledge and experiences in Literature Circles for CAT 3.

 

 

Year 8

Year 8 students this week have also been involved in their sporting teams. Here is an example of the Year 8 Soccer group, getting ready to prepare themselves for the competition.

 

Year 9

Two groups of the Year 9's had the opportunity to go to the Monash Tech School over three days. Please read the report on the STEM page for all the fantastic activities that were completed.

 

 

Exams

Next week the students will embark on their first exam experience on the Core subjects. I wish you all the best in this process as hopefully you have paced out your studying. Take it as a learning experience. If your child is experiencing pre-exam jitters, Dr Michael Carr Greg on School TV (Found on front page of Compass) explains ideas and what to do. Keep scrolling down the page to address any areas that your child may be displaying.

 

Lastly, I will be away for the last newsletter of the Term, so I wish all students and families a safe holiday.

 

Mrs Melissa Robinson

Middle School Leader

Student Leadership

RYPEN presentations for Rotary

In term 1, three of our students attended a Rotary meeting to make a presentation on their experiences at the RYPEN camp, which stands for Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment. This camp is sponsored by Rotary, and Jessica Phillips, Chloe Fleming and Jemma Frisina were able to attend this camp last year thanks to the sponsorship of Rotary. They attended the Rotary meeting to thank the Rotarians for their generosity in sponsoring this valuable program, and to explain the benefits of the program to the members of the Rotary committee. Jemma Frisina attended the most recent camp as a Colour Leader, and spoke very articulately about the positive impacts of the program on the leaders and participants alike. Chloe and Jess both spoke eloquently about their experiences on the camp, and how they will both be attending the next camp as Colour Leaders themselves. All three students were able to speak confidently to a large audience, and demonstrated a commendable sense of gratitude for the opportunities they were given through the sponsorship of Rotary. It is wonderful to see our students taking the opportunity to be involved in these experiences - we thank Jemma for her contributions as a Colour Leader to last year's camp, and look forward to hearing from Chloe and Jess after their experiences as leaders this year. Congratulations to all three girls!

 

Student Voice Conference

"On the 22nd of May, five students and I, from years 7 to 10, went to a conference on Respectful Relationships held by Doncaster Secondary College and supported by Blackburn Secondary College.

We arrived there in the morning and were led to a hall with several tables set up in the middle. Each of us was assigned a table number (I was number 7), and were told to sit down and have a chat with the other people sitting there until the meeting began. I was seated with two girls from Wellington and Doncaster Secondary College, and they were lovely to talk to.

We started the meeting, and met the students who were going to be leading it. We learnt about emotional literacy, gender identity, stress management and the influences your relationships can have on you. It was informative and they included activities while you were learning that helped you get to know the people around you, like a little activity at the start where you had to make a tower out of spaghetti with the people on your table, and whoever made the tallest tower won. My table, unfortunately, did not win, but I think we made a pretty decent spaghetti tower.

There was free tea, coffee and snacks in our break, and you were free to talk to anyone you wanted. I had a few interesting discussions on veganism, the government, and the state of our environment with the other students there that day.

After our break, we broke into our school groups to come up with action plans for programs or ideas we wanted to integrate in our school. My group and I, along with Mr. Razaai, had a very productive discussion and came up with a few ideas that you all will be seeing pop up in the next few months to years.

Talking to the different people at this event really made me realise the different programs that Wheelers Hill has in comparison to these other schools. We as a school are quite focused on our community and how we connect with the people around us, and that was one of the reasons I personally came to the school. Going to this event helped me re-realise this, and motivated me to keep up the work that is being done at our school.

I want to thank Miss McMahon for giving me the opportunity to go to the Respectful Relationships forum, Mr. Razaai for accompanying us there and pushing us all to go out of our comfort zones and talk with the other people attending and Ms. Anderson for being our chauffeur there and back. Also a big thank you to the other students who came along with me to represent the school - Molly Downie, Lachlan Palmer, Seth Scholl, Mitchell Wills and Chloe Fleming."

Chelsea Gottliebsen, 10E

World's Greatest Shave

This year, the Wheelers Hill Community provided a phenomenal level of support for the Leukaemia Foundation when we participated in the World's Greatest Shave for the second year in a row. The Student Voice group organised a free dress day for the last day of Term 1 as a fundraiser for this cause, with a number of lunchtime activities to help raise more money. A hot dog sale proved to be very popular - we thank  Melbourne Food Distributors (MFD) for their generous donation of the hot dogs for our fundraiser, and to Ms Sharpe and Ms Richey for their assistance in helping the hot dog stall to operate smoothly. We also ran a braiding stall, with the assistance of one of our parents, Leeanne, who we thank for her time. Student Voice members helped to run these stalls during lunch, as well as running a hairspray stall and a face painting/photo booth opportunity. We also thank our year 10 and 11 student helpers who assisted with waxing legs!

We had many students who coloured their hair on the day - congratulations to all who participated! Special mentions go to those who raised money for colouring their hair - Shay Coxhead, Jordan Gwynne, Bailey Hopkins, Claire Inglis, Bianca Jorgic, Shanelle Langford, Jessica Saunders, Neve Sharry, Natalie Wills and Hannah Wright.

We also acknowledge the fundraising efforts of our team of leg waxers - Mr Arcaro, Thomas Bowley, Josh Richardson, Thomas Brown, Jared Cooke, Jack Thomson, Oskar Notaro, Tyler Oliver, Adam Redenbach and Lachlan Palmer.

A special shout out goes to our team of brave shavers - Liam Barnes, Zoe Hunt, Isayah Schellebeck, Ethan Smith, Yucheng Ma, Jordan Plant, Mitchell Wills, Harry Coles, Jack Steele, Kynan Wilkins, John Sharry, Mr Mat Bailey, Mr Nick Molan and Mr Ben Shepherd! We also thank our volunteers who gave up their time to come and do the shaving - student Jemma Frisina, parent Tanya Rendell and Jacinta Frisina, who took time from her own business of Jacinta Hairdressing and Make-up Artistry to help us in this cause. 

We also acknowledge the fundraising efforts of PJ Petty and Logan McKenzie, who also shaved their heads for the Leukaemia Foundation, but at external events at different points in the year. 

At the end of our fundraising deadline, which was the 31st of May, we had raised a grand total of $7354.69, which was even higher than last year! Thanks again to all staff, students, families and community members who supported this cause. 

 

Gemma McMahon

Student Leadership Coordinator

 

World Challenge

WORLD CHALLENGE 2019/ 2020 VIETNAM!

 

World Challenge is starting again soon and in 2020 we will be travelling to Vietnam! Wheelers Hill Secondary College works with the World Challenge Organisation to offer Year 9 and 10 students this once in a lifetime opportunity! Students who choose to experience World Challenge not only get to sightsee and visit some of the country’s best tourist attractions but also have the opportunity to work with small communities as part of a volunteer program and help a community in need by aiding in building a sustainable future.

The World Challenge program is available to all families, as students are encouraged to fundraise their own trip and work within a budget both leading up to and during their travel. Students learn the value of money, but the best part is they get to plan the trip themselves. The only three criteria for the trip is volunteer work within a community, a trek, and sightseeing.

World Challenge is a great learning experience for students that they would otherwise not get in the classroom. Through student ownership, this experience will inspire students to reach their full potential, shape character, build lifelong skills and strengthen bonds.

We will be running an information session for students on Wednesday the 19th of June.

Additionally there will be a parent information session Tuesday 25th June 6:30pm in the library.

If you would like any Additional information, please check the world challenge website: https://weareworldchallenge.com/australasia/

Miss Holly Jepson

World Challenge Coordinator

Careers 

OPEN DAYS 2019

Getting the most out of an Open Day

Most institutional Open Days are held in late July and August (see next page for Open Day dates). However, you are more than welcome to contact an institution to arrange a visit any time.

What happens on an Open Day?

On Open Day you can visit an institution when it’s at its best. Everyone is there – academics, lecturers, current students and information officers. More importantly, you can talk with academics, lecturers and current students about what certain courses are actually like, and what is required to get into them.

Who should attend an Open Day?

Anyone who is considering studying at a tertiary level in the next few years should attend.

Why should you attend an Open Day?

Apart from the opportunity to obtain course information there are many other reasons why attending an Open Day is a good idea:

  • · You are going to feel more comfortable arriving at a university or TAFE institute on the first day of classes if you have been there before.
  • · What is really involved in the course or courses you are interested in?
  • · If you have to move away from home, where are you going to live?
  • · Will you be happier studying in a large metropolitan institution or a smaller, perhaps rural institution?
  • · What does the place ‘feel’ like? Is it a bustling environment with lots of activity or a quieter, more relaxed campus set in landscaped grounds?
  • · How are you going to get there? Is it close to public transport or should you start saving now for a car?

If you don’t know the answers to any of these questions, then you should attend an Open Day!

How to make the best of Open Days

To make your Open Day visits fun and informative, here are some pointers:

  • Write down a list of questions you would like to ask about particular courses
  • Be there early. Crowds tend to develop as the day progresses
  • On arrival, get a map from a central point and ask for directions to the relevant faculties or schools
  • Ask questions!
  • Don’t spend the day collecting printed information only. Use the opportunity to speak directly with academics before applications close
  • Introduce yourself to selection officers if you feel it is appropriate, but don’t be pushy
  • Check out the residential colleges, if available. After all, it is you that will be living there.
  • Walk around the campus. Have a good look! See what sporting facilities and other services are available.
  • Enjoy the visit!

Not everyone can attend every Open Day and various Institutions hold their Open Days on the same date! If you can’t attend an Open Day and you are interested in a particular institution, you may visit at other times. If you wish to speak to a particular person, it is essential to make an appointment first.

This information was correct at the time of publication. Students are encouraged to confirm times themselves. Addresses of tertiary institutions are available via VTAC on www.vtac.edu.au or by ringing the institution directly or visiting their website. Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 are encouraged to go along to Open Days

Voula Jakubicki

Careers Coordinator

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Book Sale

 

Come & Try Day

 

Girls Cricket Clinic

 

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