Term 3 is a busy term and during this term, Year 7 , 8 and 9 students will be asked to make an important set of decisions – their preferences for 2017 Year 8, 9 and 10 elective subjects. This year’s Year 7 and 8 students will complete their elective subject preferences on a hard copy Course Selection Sheet. Students will be taken through the process for selecting their preferences by their Advisory teacher and will use either the Year 8 or Year 9 Electives Handbook 2017 to help complete this process. 2016 Year 9 students will complete the 2017 Year 10 course selection process using the ‘Web Preferences’ online software. Each student will receive an individual login and password and Advisory teachers will take students through this process, including a detailed guide on how to complete the web preferences process. Parents are encouraged to discuss these selections with their children and attached are the Course Handbooks for 2017 Year 8, 9 and 10.
In Term 3 many students have the opportunity to deepen their learning through a range of extra-curricular activities this term. Our teachers continue to organise a ranges of varied learning experiences that reinforce and deepen learning within and outside of the classroom, and I have reflected on a number of these occurring at each year level during this term:
Cultural Tour to Melbourne – All Year 7 students have the opportunity to travel to Melbourne to visit the Chinese Museum where they will learn about Chinese customs, traditional Chinese clothing such as clothes for wedding ceremony, what early Chinese gold diggers' life was like and some facts about famous Chinese-Australians. Students will learn about the Han Dynasty and how it influenced Chinese civilisation. A lunch at an authentic Chinese restaurant will also be part of the tour. 7A, 7B, 7C and 7D students are going on 19th August and 7E, 7F, 7G and 7H are going on 12th August - payment and consent can now be made online via compass.
Like Minds Sovereign Hill Camp – On 19th to 20th July the Year 8 Like Minds students visited Sovereign Hill in Ballarat to learn about early Chinese culture in Australia. Sovereign Hill has a Chinese camp and a model of a temple the early Chinese gold diggers used, and students learnt about what early Chinese gold diggers lives were like. As part of the camp, students translated the camp information from Chinese to English. After the event, students wrote a short essay about their camp experience, highlighting their favourite part of the camp and give reasons using Chinese phrases learnt in LOTE class.
Year 8 Olympic Day – On Tuesday August 16th all Year 8 students will participate in a special Olympic themed program. The day will be divided up into six sessions and each session will include a different curriculum area with an activity based on that subject. The students will have the opportunity to earn points for their form group. The aim is to to engage students with current events (the Olympics) while practicing their skills in core subjects and electives in a way that is both fun and educational.
Year 9 Forensic Science - On Tuesday August 16th students in the Forensic Science elective will travel to Melbourne to participate in a 2 hour CSI Forensic Workshop. The program introduces students to the role of forensic science in police investigations. They will learn about the different scientific techniques commonly used to investigate and solve crimes. Students will discuss Australian cases where forensic techniques were crucial to the police investigation. Students will examine a mock crime scene and forensic evidence in an attempt to solve the crime.
Victorian Young Leaders to China (VYLC) & the School for Student Leadership (SSL) - In Term 4 this year eight students from Year 9 will travel to China for 6 weeks through one of these two separate programs. This Term Year 9 Assistant Year Level Leaders Sharon Taylor and Sally Kardash are currently working with the students and parents in preparation for this exciting opportunity. Students are meeting regularly with either Sharon or Sally over the coming weeks to finalise preparations. Students on the VYLC program will attend a pre-departure camp in Melbourne on 27th-28th August and parents of these students were invited to an information session at the school on Thursday 4th August. Students on the SSL program will spend 3 weeks at the start of next term at a residential leadership cam in Glenormiston before leaving for China.
All Year Levels
Australian Mathematics Competition - On Thursday July 28th all Year 7, 8 and 9 students had the opportunity to participate in the Australian Mathematics competition. This annual event is run by the Australian Mathematics Trust and is the world's largest mathematics competition. All students who participate receive a certificate of participation stating their achievement. Students completed a paper test at and have the option to access online training. The school provided some subsidy towards the cost of this activity. Students will sit the test during school time under strict exam conditions. High achievers will receive relevant certificates and will be recognised at the first Campus Assembly in Term 4.
Wakakirri – Wakakirri is a state-wide competition in which students from schools compete by telling a story through a dance performance. Our team of 60 students has bene rehearsing since the start of term 1 and On Monday 1st August I was fortunate to attend the Wakakirri heat performance in Frankston. Through a student choreographed and led dance, our team explored the notion of diversity and acceptance. Their performance was outstanding and widely applauded by the judges – congratulations to all the student performers and backstage crew and a big thankyou to the school staff and fantastic parent volunteers that made it possible.