Heritage Newsletter

28 June 2019
Term 2 Week 10 2019
From the Principals
Staff Spotlight
Dates to Remember
General Information
Combined Campus Reports
From the ELC
From Narre Warren South
From the Officer Primary Campus
From the Secondary Campus
Heritage College
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From the Principals

The Culture of Heritage College

Culture - Cultus (Latin): ‘to till the ground'

 

Culture is defined as ‘a set of social practices that produce, circulate and exchange meaning’. Culture can be something that is seen to be growing, from an original Latin word, which means ‘to till the ground’.  The culture at Heritage College is always growing, always developing, but one that is found firmly in our four values of Excellence, Resilience, Respect and Service.

 

We have been looking carefully at our culture lately - firstly in our values, which we have taken the time to craft and cultivate in our own lives.  We continue to see these values played out in the lives of the students at both campus locations, and nominate accordingly where we see examples demonstrated regularly.

 

We’ve also been thinking about what our culture looks like visually: how we look.  Our uniform is a visual representation of who we are, and we are proud of what our uniform stands for. In it’s royal blue, with the crest surrounded by a wreath of achievement, the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, our uniform reminds us of the value of self-respect and always presenting our best for God.

 

The dictionary defines self-respect as:

Pride and confidence in oneself; a feeling that one is behaving with honour and dignity.

That really sums up who we are, doesn’t it? That we behave with honour and dignity because we serve a God who blesses our College with His presence in the Word of God and the Holy Spirit.  Our uniform represents this: our Christian heritage, our longstanding position within the community, along with the sense of self-respect, honour and dignity.  How wonderful that whenever anyone sees the Heritage College uniform in the community, that they would associate that with behaviour that is both honourable and dignified: a great reputation to have!

 

Heritage College Scholarships

We have revised our scholarship program to extend to students entering Year 10, 2020, existing students entering Year 7, 2020 and new students applying for Year 7, 2020. Heritage College is pleased to offer scholarship places for students who demonstrate aptitude in the following areas:

  • Science
  • Music
  • Technology
  • Sport
  • Leadership
  • Service
  • Academic
  • Creative Arts

Scholarship applications close on 2 August at 3pm, so if you are considering your application, please visit the website to ensure your documentation is in place.

 

That’s a wrap for Term 2, 2019. Have a wonderful break over the winter holidays, curl up with a good book and a warm fire, enjoy spending time with your children and we look forward to seeing you all back again for a fantastic Term 3.

 

Mr Sonny Aiono

Principal

Stepping into Secondary

The buzz on our Primary Campuses for Year 6 students is around their transition to Secondary for Year 7 next year. There is excitement building already as students (and parents) begin to join in activities at Officer Campus, and prepare to make the step out of the primary years and into secondary school. With the majority of our Year 6 students heading to Officer (Secondary Campus) for Year 7, there will be plenty of familiar faces, but there will also be some new ones amongst the group too. As the end of their Primary School years draws nearer, the number one question that I am asked as Deputy Principal (Primary) is, ‘how will I make new friends?’ My advice is simply, “You should have a go at everything. Jump in and get involved.”

 

There will be plenty of ways to become acquainted with Year 7 early in Term 3, with more orientation days for our Year 6 students taking part in activities on our Secondary Campus. Heading into Term 4, there will be an ‘all in’ day, where our students new to Heritage College also get to join in, and we hear from existing Year 7 students on what their first day was like. You will also see Mrs Lafaitele (Mrs L, for short), your Year 7 coordinator, on campus from time to time, so make sure you stop by and say hi!

 

Mr Sevenhuysen’s Top five tips on stepping up to Year 7:

  1. Be yourself and don’t pretend to be someone you’re not.
  2. Have a go and help others.
  3. Join in the after-school programs and extra-curricular activities.
  4. Show an interest in your classmates and be an active listener.
  5. Get really good at asking questions!

Mr Roger Sevenhuysen

Deputy Principal Primary

Secondary on the Move!

With a focus on assisting primary students to step into Year 7 next year, an Information Evening for Year 6 parents was held on the 28th of May and by all accounts, was beneficial in providing parents with some key points in helping their child make the move to Secondary education. Our first Orientation Day was then held in Week 8, welcoming Year 6 students onto the Secondary section of Officer campus for the first time. We look forward to getting to know both our current families from Narre Warren South and Officer Primary, along with our new families who will be joining us on campus next year. If you have any queries regarding your child starting Year 7 next year, please do get in touch with our transition coordinator, Palolo Lafaitele via email, or feel free to contact me at any time at the office.

“We had no idea of the subject offerings available to our daughter as she moves from Year 7 to Year 12. Thank you for your time and effort in running this evening for us.”  ~ Parent feedback from the 'Year 6 Transition to Secondary Information Evening'.

VIP Tours for Year 6 Families

For the first time, we have also started running ‘VIP’ tours for parents of Narre Warren South families, as we know that not everyone has had a chance to visit the Officer Campus just yet. The tour includes a handover from Mr Sevenhuysen and has been warmly received as parents become familiar with the new campus and teaching staff here at Officer. Although transition out of primary and into secondary can seem intimidating, our tour is specifically designed to meet the needs of our Year 6 families. If you would like to book in for the next VIP tour, please let our friendly office staff know and they will be more than happy to assist.

“Having only been here in the dark before, we are really surprised by the amount of space on the campus as well as the modern arts, technology, science and sports facilities available to students.”  ~ Parent feedback from the 'VIP Tours’.

A Quick Overview at the Mid-Year Point

It’s mid-year already and the staff have provided some fantastic learning opportunities and seen equally great learning outcomes throughout the year levels here on the Secondary Campus. These include:

  • Year 7 students have completed their first semester in high school. They have settled in tremendously and have plenty of new friends and experienced many new things in their time at Officer thus far. No doubt the highlight event of this term was Year 7 SEISS basketball tournament and the indoor rock climbing excursion to Clip N’ Climb for the winning group from Term 1’s camp to Forest Edge.
  • The Year 8’s have done participated in their combined schools SEISS basketball sporting event. They have also been enjoying the use of the new MPC, where lunchtime games and competitions have been run and won. Our Year 8’s continue to shine in consolidating friendship groups, and some of them have been caught mentoring the Year 7 students, helping them with life in high school.
  • Not only did the Year 9’s survive the ‘Survivor Camp’ experience, they dominated! They also enjoyed a three-day STEM intensive excursion at the nearby Casey Tech School, located on the Berwick Campus of Chisholm TAFE, where they engaged in coming up with solutions to local real world problems including presenting their ideas to a panel.
  • The Year 10’s have undertaken work experience with some amazing opportunities being taken up in various industries such as aviation, health, retail, higher education, teaching and childcare. We look forward to hearing from them about their experiences after the holiday break.
  • Year 11 and 12 VCE students have completed their first semester exams, and VCAL students are well underway in working towards the completion of their certificate courses.

 

So, with the final whistle of the quarterly staff versus student on Friday the 28th of June we draw to a close Semester One.  Well done to all on their achievements thus far in 2019! We wish our families a safe holiday period and look forward to students giving their best to achieve excellence in their second semester studies.      

 

Mr Darren Martin

Deputy Principal Secondary

Staff Spotlight

 

Dates to Remember

June

17th - 28th June

Year 10 Work Experience

 

24th - 28th June

OCP Numeracy Week

 

Friday, 28th June

Last Day Term 2

Finish 12:50pm

July

Monday, 15th July

Curriculum and Professional Development Day

 

Tuesday, 16th July

First Day Term 3

 

22nd - 26th July

Winter Festival of Faith

 

Thursday, 25th July

SEISS Years 11/12 Futsal

 

Friday, 26th July

School Fees Due

Year 10 Careers Excursion

 

Tuesday, 30th July

OCP Prep Orientation Day 1

SEISS Year 10

Year 10 Senior Pathways & Subject Expo

Evening

Years 3/4 Hoop Time

 

Wednesday, 31st July

NWS Prep Orientation Day 1

ASV Primary Basketball Tournament

August

Friday, 2nd August

Bus Fees Due

Science Extravaganza OCP/NWS

 

Monday, 5th August

Responsible Pet Ownership Program OCP

 

Tuesday, 6th August

OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE MPC @ OFFICER

 

7th - 9th August

Year 5 Camp to Sovereign Hill

 

Thursday, 8th August

Combined Schools Day of Worship (Primary)

 

Friday, 9th August

Combined Schools Day of Worship (Secondary)

 

Monday, 12th August

SEISS Year 9 Futsal

 

Friday, 16th August

SSV Disctrict Athletics (10-12yrs) or (Yr 3-6)

 

19th - 23rd August

Literacy (Book) Week

Book Parade NWS

 

Wednesday, 21st August

SEISS Year 8 Futsal

 

Thursday, 22nd August

NWS Book Fair Commences

 

Friday, 23rd August

Book Parade OC

 

27th - 30th August

Year 9 Rafting Camp

 

Wednesday, 28th August

NWS Book Fair Concludes

 

Thursday, 29th August

SEISS Year 7 Futsal

 

Friday, 30th August

Father's Day Community Walk & Breakfast (OCP)

General Information

Parent Feedback

Do you receive the Heritage College newsletter each week? We would like to hear from you.

 

We would like to know how you think we can improve. What do you read? What would you like to see more of? Who would you like to hear more from? What needs to go, what can we include? What format is the best for you? 

 

Let us know your thoughts by emailing [email protected].

PB4L Value Awards

Week 10

Year 3/4C - Theodore

Prep DH - Noah

Year 1W - Jonathan O for Respect and Cadel for Resilience

Year 3MC - Zoe Van Diemen

Year 5W - Heavenly 

Year 5/6RP - Jake for Excellence

Year 6E - Nyamer

 

Week 4

Prep DH - Grace

 

Week 5

Year 5/6K - Beatrice

Prep DH - Cohen

Year 5W - Sienna

 

Week 6

Year 1/2BV - Lavon-James

Prep DH - Ace

 

Week 7 

Year 2K - Fern

 

Week 8

Year 1/2BV - Elijah

Year 3MC - James N

Year 4CP - Given

 

Week 9

Year 2K - Peter

PB4L Report
Week 10

Mrs Isabelle Millien

Internal PB4L Coach

Digital Technology Bytes
Week 10

What Parental Controls Do You Have In Place?

Parental controls are available for most devices,through settings that can be activated on a device, or through commercial software. 

Parental controls are there to help parents monitor, limit or block access to specific sites, functions or content.

 

The iParent portal on the eSafety website has some great information and advice surrounding parental controls and the various options out there. Check out the ‘Parental Controls’ section of the iParent Portal for more information.

 

Mrs Naomi Moss

Curriculum Coordinator

ZUU

 

Dan Warlow Kids Concert

 

Term 3 Basketball Skill Building Sessions

 

Holiday Basketball Camp

 

Combined Campus Reports

Holidays are coming... time to plan for Vacation Care!

The Vacation Care program is currently held at the Officer Early Learning Centre throughout school holidays.

 

If we have interest from enough of our Narre Warren South campus families to attend, a bus shuttle service from Narre to Officer may be in place to drop off in the morning and return in the afternoon.

 

If you’re interested in this service, please email: [email protected].

 

Who can take part in the program?

Vacation Care is open to all primary students at Heritage College. Primary aged children who are not currently students of Heritage College are welcome to attend, however, they need to complete a registration form prior to attending the program.  

 

Choose the days that work for you. 

You can choose the whole program, or just choose the days that work for you. Simply notify the Vacation Care team when you register.

 

It's affordable. 

With subsidies of between 60-85% available for most families, Vacation Care is an affordable option at between $13-$34 per day (depending on subsidy rates available to each family from CCS). 

 

How do I register?

Simply pick up a registration form available at reception, complete and return. Our friendly Vacation Care Team members will be in touch to discuss further. 

 

For more information, email [email protected].

 

We can't wait to see you over the holidays!

Vacation Care Team

Applications for Scholarship 2020 are now Open 

Heritage College are now accepting applications for scholarships in Year 7, 2020 and Year 10, 2020. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of several categories in the arts, sports, academic and science. Terms and conditions apply. Please visit the website for further information and submit your application by 2nd August for consideration.

 

How to apply.

Download the Scholarship Application Pack from the Heritage College website here. Attach all relevant information, as the application will only be considered if it is complete.

 

Submit your paperwork.

Forward your completed application and attachments marked to the Principal at Heritage College. Or scan and send via email: [email protected]

 

Family Milestones

Have you celebrated a special milestone in your family?  This may be a significant wedding anniversary, a new arrival, a special birthday celebration, an award, some great news? We would love to hear from you!

 

Please send an email of the details to [email protected] with a photo, caption and 150 words (max).

Student Wellbeing

NSCP Student Wellbeing Services Consent

At Heritage College, we believe that all children have the right to attend school in a safe and caring environment where their spiritual, mental, physical and emotional wellbeing is a priority.

 

Our Student Wellbeing services operate under the National Schools Chaplaincy Program (NSCP). This means we are under government requirements that guide us to support our students. We have paired these requirements with the values and beliefs of Heritage College so you can be sure the same standard and support runs across the school community.

 

Student Wellbeing provides youth support and pastoral care services, you will find more information about our policies and procedures at http://www.heritagecollege.vic.edu.au/wellbeing/.  

 

Please note:

  • As part of the NSCP guidelines, Student Wellbeing cannot support your child if a consent form has not been signed and returned. This is to ensure you can make an informed decision for your child to receive Student Wellbeing services at Heritage College.  You can download the consent form here Wellbeing Consent Form and Referral.

  • If your child is over the age of 18 or classified as a ‘mature minor’ they may sign their own consent form.

  • For more information, please see our school website and/or National Schools Chaplaincy Program Guidelines

This form is for your information and consent only. To make an appointment or for general enquiries please email - 

[email protected].

 

Thank you.

 

Miss Lindsey Birch, Wellbeing

Miss Elsa Cangy, Wellbeing

Mr Sonny Aiono, Principal

From the Library

The library team at Heritage College would like to thank parents and students who have responded positively to our new overdue text message system.  It has been fantastic to see so many well read books make their return to our shelves. We truly appreciate your assistance in ensuring these items have made their way back into the library.  With the term drawing to a close we anticipate many more returns before the school holidays begin. 

 

Thank you again to those families that have ordered from Scholastic Book Club.  These orders have begun making their way to homes. For those that missed out, there will be a new issue arriving early Term 3.

 

We hope students have enjoyed borrowing books from the many books within the libraries at both campuses.  If any parents have any suggestions for books they would like to recommend to the library please feel free to forward these to [email protected]

 

We are always looking to expand and grow our libraries and look forward to any ideas you have.

 

The Library Team

Multicultural Day OC

Heritage College is a multicultural community. On Friday at the end of Week 8, the Officer campus hosted our annual Multicultural Day celebrations. Along with the primary school and Early Learning Centre. It was a time to dress up in our cultural outfits and also taste foods from various cultures that was on sale.

 

There were performances of dance, song and poems read by various students in the high school and primary, and the audience thoroughly enjoyed being entertained by them. Pastor Lagi did a great job being our energetic MC for the event. Funds raised from the event were dedicated to the Year 12s Nepal service trip at the end of the year.

 

Every performer received a prize and there were prizes for best dressed also. Congratulations to the Schaffers family and Mikayla who took out the best dressed awards.

Students' effort to dress up were most appreciated.

 

A special mention of thanks to Ava and Brooklyn in Year 9 who helped in the background in planning the event.

 

Mr Evan Varty

Event Organiser/Teacher

From the ELC

Read, read, read!

Literacy is a foundational element to the 3 and 4 Year Old program. Song and storytime are essential elements of the everyday curriculum used by our educators to shape a love of literacy in the early years.  In addition, weekly visits to the library on campus build a familiarity with the library space and teaching staff and allows children to select and read stories on their own or with others. These early skills continue to build through to primary and secondary, with research showing that a love of reading correlates to academic success in later years of education.

 

Raise your child to be a reader

Even just for five minutes at the end of the day has proven to yield huge results. Children who are read to from the earliest stages display considerable improvement in vocabulary and comprehension compared to those of the same age who do not. Recent studies by Ohio State University have found that young children whose parents read them five books a day enter early learning having heard about 1.4 million more words than kids who were never read to. Although five books a day is quite a number, the differences as still significant for children who are read even one book a day. They will hear about 290,000 more words by age five than those who don't regularly read books with a parent or caregiver.

 

It’s never too late to begin

One of the greatest gifts you can pass onto your child is a love of reading. And with the wintery weather upon us, there is no better opportunity to curl up with a good book in front of a fire or nearby a cosy heater with a pile of quality children’s books at hand. If there are older siblings in the family, get them involved, and have them read to their little siblings. Or they might like to take turns and listen as the little ones read back to them.

 

 

Top 10 books we recommend for early years parents:
 
  1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  2. Where is the Green Sheep? — Mem Fox and Judy Horacek
  3. Hairy McLairy series — Lynley Dodd
  4. The Gruffalo — Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
  5. We’re Going On A Bear Hunt — Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
  6. Animalia — Graeme Base
  7. Oh! The Places You’ll Go! — Dr Seuss
  8. Diary of a Wombat — Jackie French and Bruce Whatley
  9. Macca the Alpaca - Matt Cosgrove
  10. Each Peach Pear Plum - Allan Ahlberg, Janet Ahlberg

 

Make the most of these holidays with a great book (or five).

 

The Early Learning Centre Team

 

Ohio State University (2019, April 4). A 'million-word gap' for children who aren't read to at home: That's how many fewer words some may hear by kindergarten. ScienceDaily. Retrieved June 19, 2019 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190404074947.htm

Vacation Care

From Narre Warren South

Year 4 Update

The Year 4 students were visited by the Year 5 students last week. The Year 5 students explained how 24 hour time works and played a 24 time game.

 

Lots of learning and fun was had by all!

 

Mrs Cate Parkinson

Year 4CP Teacher

Juicy Oranges for Preps

Juicy and sweet and renowned for their concentration of vitamin C, oranges make the perfect snack and also make a wonderful tasty juice drink.

 

This week our Preps were busy making their own orange juice. Furthermore, they used their juicing experience to write a procedural text.

 

Playing games with words the students used in their procedural text provided students with a greater opportunity to develop oral language.

 

One activity the preps enjoy is when we have each student physically represent a word in a sentence that we create together when writing the procedural text. In this case we create a single-page size card for each student, with one word on each card. Students work together to arrange themselves into the proper order to form a sentence.  We all enjoy this activity!

 

So next time if you are not sure how to make orange juice just ask your little Preppies to show you how.

 

Tanja Dennis and Yolanda Horne

Foundation Teachers

To Vote Or Not To Vote, That Is The Question

Last Thursday, students had a visitor from the Victorian Electoral Commision come to the school during Integrated Studies classes. He built the students knowledge and understanding of the History of Federation in Australia, and ran a mock Preferential Electoral voting session on issues that are current in society.

 

Students learnt about how unfair the Indigenous Australians were treated by the white  settlement, during the early years of government after Federation. They then went through the process of casting a secret vote for a current community issue that they felt strongly about. The votes were tallied using the Preferential Voting System, and the winning class issues was “Animal Welfare in Australia”. Well done Year 6 on another great session of learning.

 

Mr Nigel Eales

Year 6 Teacher

From the Officer
Primary Campus

Welcome to Term 2 Information

We are very excited to be starting Term 2 at OCP with our new playground and MPC ready for use. Listed below are some key dates and information to help the transition to Term 2 be a smooth one for your family. Thank you for making a note of the dates and information that apply to your child/ren.

 

Uniform Term 2:

Please note the change in Sport Uniform days below:

  • Full Winter Uniform - Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

  • Sport Uniform -  Tuesday and Friday

  • Prep students wear Sport Uniform every day

Traffic Light Lunch Boxes:

  • Recess: fruit, vegetables, salad, yogurt or cheese & crackers (or other ‘green’ foods)

  • Lunch: sandwich, wrap, roll (or other savoury)

  • Water Bottle: labelled with child’s name

Thank you for continuing to provide healthy snacks and lunches for your child. We see a huge difference in their concentration and ability to learn when they have “brain food”.

 

Events & Special Days in Term 2:

(Reminders will be sent home closer to the dates)

  • 24-28th June OCP Numeracy Week

  • 28th June Last Day of Term 2. Please note a 12:50pm finish time.

As usual, we will send home flyers and reminders as each event gets closer. Please contact us if you have any questions in relation to these events.

Chapel

Chapel came alive as 1/2BV sang some of their favourite songs, dazzling everyone with their beautiful singing voices as they sang about our mighty God.

 

They then shared what they have been learning about famous people in history who have shown amazing resilience.

 

Did you know that Dr Seuss’ first book was famously rejected 28 times. By the time he died, he had sold over 600 million copies of his books, making him by far one of the most famous failures to have ever lived.  He was resilient.

 

Mrs Courtney Bennetts

Year 1/2BV Teacher

Thank you!

Thank you to the VCAL students for the creative, perfectly sized bench seat that our Prep students have already enjoyed!

Pictured: Eldina and Leighan, two VCAL students who we part of the team.

Year 1/2 Maths Lesson

How many cups of sand fill a 2L ice-cream container? Not sure? Well the students in Year 1/2BV from OCP spent their Maths lesson on Monday proposing questions just like this in their small groups and then proceeded to figure out the answers!

 

Students were learning about capacity and are building up their concept knowledge of why it is important to have an agreed unit of measurement for capacity.

 

Thank you Mrs van Dyk for planning such an engaging lesson! Students were so engaged in learning that they didn’t even notice the camera going around!

 

Mrs Kim Nuske

3IC

Books in the Spotlight

This week we would like to highlight some of the books you can find in the library.  New to the library is the fantastic series called “The Angel Said Australia”.  There are three books in the series and each outlines the history of the Seventh-day Adventist church in Australia in story book form.  They are written by Amanda Bews and accompanied with beautiful illustrations by Jade Zivanovic. 

 

While they are picture books, there is information to be found that will interest both children and adults alike.  Your child may choose this book to bring home during one of their library sessions.  We hope you enjoy reading them together.

 

Mrs Kylie-Ann Martin

Librarian

From the Secondary Campus

VCE Business Management Take a Tour

Last Friday, the Year 12 Business Management students took a trip to the Yakult factory in Dandenong.

 

This was to consolidate their learning into the Operations Management function of a business to finish off their Unit Three learning. Operations is the heart of a business where the products or services get ‘produced’, and without this critical part of a business, well, let’s just say we won’t see much on supermarket and store shelves.

 

My students have learn a great deal over the past few weeks and it was fantastic to hear our tour guide, Georgia, talking about concepts learnt about in class, and seeing a business like Yakult, actually using those processes. Yakult is a large Japanese global company who make a probiotic drink onsite in Dandenong and distribute to the entire country and New Zealand from this one site. We were not permitted to take photos inside the factory due to proprietary reasons, but we snapped this shot during the tasting session, where we got to try some of their health products. Students undertaking Distance Education at the College for this subject, were invited to attend with us.

 

Mr Evan Varty

VCE Business Management Teacher

Casey Tech School Visit

Part of the Year 9 curriculum involves a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) program. Students were involved with the latest curriculum and learned about vital skills needed for ‘Jobs of the Future’. This involves learning trips to our partner school the “Casey Tech School”.

 

Year 9 students recently spent 3 full school days solving real-world challenges that exist within the city of Casey. Students were split into groups and selected a real-world problem from a list. These included a bushfire detection system, rehabilitation wheelchair for the Casey hospital. design concepts for the National Gallery of Victoria, developing alternative materials to plastic within the medical industry.

 

All groups worked on a solution to the problem which included a marketing pitch and prototypes. The high-tech equipment and facility were a highlight of our partner school program.

 

Mr Scott Camps

Technology Teacher

Year 10 Work Experience Program Begins

Over the next two weeks, Heritage College students will take part in Work Experience as part of their Core Year 10 study.

 

Developing further independence, the Work Experience program this year sees students working with local organisations across a number of areas, ranging from trades and retail to health and higher education, childcare and aviation.

 

Over the course of the next two weeks, teaching staff with visit each student at their workplace and check in on their progress. Today, we spoke with Tasharni this week about her first day of Work Experience.

 

What is your chosen workplace for Work Experience week?

Heritage College Early Learning Centre.

 

Why did you want to choose this work?

Had a lot of experiences with kids at church we have childcare over the holidays so I already have some experience. It helps that it was at my school and somewhere that I was familiar with. I feel like I’m surrounded by children, I have a baby sister and lots of cousins!

 

What are you hoping to do in the future after you leave school?

I’m not quite sure about what I want to do just yet. I want my work to be enjoyable, though.

 

What have you enjoyed about your experience so far?

The children! They are so funny - we have a lot of interesting conversations about what’s going on in their heads.

 

What electives did you choose as part of your Year 10 studies?

I’ve chosen Metal Tech and Food Tech as my electives. I wanted to choose two things that I didn’t really know much about. The electives I’ve chosen this year have definitely helped me to build skills in those areas. I’m getting better at cooking.

 

I have never really done Metal Tech, so I wanted to try it out. Lots of my friends were doing it and they encouraged me to do it too.

 

I chose Food Tech as I wanted to get better at cooking. I really enjoy cooking. The first time I made curry, I burnt it the vegetables, but my friend suggested to put coconut milk in. It ended up tasting pretty good with my friends asking for the recipe!

 

At the start of the year, I didn't really know any of the names of the tools in metal work, or what they could do. Now I’m getting better at knowing what each tool does and I’m currently making an electric scooter with two friends, Esther and Jessica. 

 

Books in the Spotlight

This week we would like to highlight some of the books you can find in the library.  New to the library is a teen series by Brad Watson.  The books are set in Australia and explore what it is like to be a teenager developing in their walk with God while navigating friendships, family and the other challenges of life. 

 

These thought provoking, adventure filled stories are aimed at readers between the age of 12-16.

 

Mrs Kylie-Ann Martin

Librarian 

House Basketball Competition

During four weeks of Term 3, we have been running a lunchtime basketball competition in our spectacular new MPC. Each week we had students from junior and senior levels getting involved and doing their house proud by displaying sportsmanship and excellence through sport.

 

The junior grand final was held between Elliot and Court in which Court emerged the eventual victors. The senior grand final was between Elliot and Landy in which Elliot emerged the winners. Thanks to everyone who played, cheered, reffed and coached our teams. The House Basketball Competition will continue in Term 3 with futsal being the chosen sport.

 

Mr Reuben Sleight

Sport Teacher

VCAL Environmental Sustainability & Community Excursion

Myuna Farm Environmental Sustainability Excursion was very interesting. 

 

We learnt new things about how to manage our rubbish, waste and improve our environment, grow community gardens and care for the animals they had on site. 

 

The tour guide showed us all the many ways they manage the waste on the farm and grow plants and vegetables in their community gardens that people from the local community maintain. Alpaca droppings are the richest fertiliser used to grow all the produce!

 

We learnt how to save energy by using solar power, windmills and the value of rainwater tanks in our homes and in farming, as well as many examples of how grey water can be re- used.  

 

The Dandenong Market was a great learning experience and a fun way to celebrate our class research focused on the development of the Casey area and beyond. 

 

We learnt about the rich history of the market dating back to 1866, when farmers and surrounding villages would travel into the city of Dandenong to sell their cows, sheep, chickens and fresh produce like fresh flowers and fruit and vegetables and more.

 

We all enjoyed ourselves, it was a very educational trip. 

 

Mrs Bower challenged us with an ‘Amazing Race’ team activity, based on thirty clues she had given us on an activity sheet. We learnt that whip cracking horsemen would get the cattle sorted for sale, and that historically people would travel by either a horse and buggy, lorry, or few by car. We enjoyed ourselves but needed more time to explore all the street food and shops! Our excursion ended with buying a couple of fresh plants for our VCAL classroom, so  it was a packed trip and we all enjoyed ourselves so much and needed a full day.

 

Joshua

VCAL Intermediate student

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