Mount Eliza Secondary College  ​ 'Educated for Excellence - Prepared for Life’  

21 May 2019
Issue Three
PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
SCHOOL INFORMATION 
STUDENT UPDATE  
STUDENT ACTIVITIES    
ANZAC DAY 2019 
SPORT UPDATE  
            MESC Learning Commons
Mount Eliza Secondary College
03 9787 6288
Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza, Victoria, 3930
AU

PRINCIPAL'S REPORT

Dear Parents and members of the Mount Eliza Secondary College community

 Since returning to school this term we have been inundated with requests for school tours, and ran a second enrolment information evening in response. This is a real positive for the college and I am delighted that all the work we have done in recent years is receiving recognition.

The key factors that represent our ‘point of difference’ seem well understood by those who come to visit as represented in the feedback we receive:

‘It is clear that this school places the students first’

‘The young people at this school seem very happy, confident and impressive’

‘The school is very calm and orderly and the students seem relaxed but on task in class’

‘There is a very good relationship evident between students and teachers’

 It is a great cause for pride that we are achieving all of this whilst providing a very high quality learning environment and some of the best academic results in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula areas. Our involvement with the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program means that our teachers are challenged to reach the highest global standards, and that our students are genuinely supported to achieve their potential in ways that are relevant to the future into which they are heading.

We are confidently providing a school where our students are

‘Educated for Excellence and Prepared for Life’

 

Angela Pollard

Principal

SCHOOL INFORMATION 

ATTENDANCE INFORMATION
  

If your child is sick or absent, you are required to notify the school as soon as possible on the day of absence using one of the following methods:

  •  Online: log the absence directly using your Compass log in and password 
  • Telephone absence line: leave your  child’s name, class, date of absences and reason – 9788 6290
  •  Email: absent@mesc.vic.edu.au

Notifying the school of your child’s absence either prior to, or on the day that they will be away, helps ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and will fulfil your legal responsibility.

COMPASS INFORMATION

 

CAMPS/SPORTS EXCURSIONS/ FUND (CSEF)

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible students to attend activities like:

  • school camps or trips
  • swimming and school-organised sport programs
  • outdoor education programs
  • excursions and incursions.

Applications for 2019 are now open and will close on 28 June 2019 (end of term 2).

 

TERM DATES 2019 

 

STUDENT INSURANCE 

Parents are reminded that Department of Education and Mount Eliza Secondary College do not provide personal accident insurance for students. Parents and guardians are responsible for the cost of medical treatment for injured students and transport costs including Ambulance transport in an emergency situation.

Student accident insurance policies are available for purchase through a number of insurance companies. Mount Eliza Secondary College is not in a position to recommend an insurance company as this is a personal choice depending on your circumstances.

Parents are also reminded that Department of Education and Mount Eliza Secondary College do not provide insurance for personal possessions of any description including motor vehicles, for damage or theft at the College or on the College grounds. If insurance coverage is required we recommend you contact your insurance provider for further information.

 

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program at Mount Eliza Secondary College Parent/Student/Community Information Session.

If you would like to hear more about how MYP is being implemented into MESC, please attend our information session on

Tuesday 28th May, 6.30PM in IDEEA LAB

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZPi2-x0zkc

 

"TELL US WHAT YOU THINK"

WE WANT OUR STUDENTS TO TELL US WHAT THEY THINK!

We value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing, and quality instruction, and are conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of our school. The Attitudes to School Survey is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training to assist schools in gaining an understanding of students' perceptions and experience of school. Our school will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve your child's schooling experience.

Students from Year 7 to 12 at our school will participate in the survey. Your child will complete the survey online during school hours using a purpose built secure online survey tool.  It is important to note that we are not in any way “testing” your child. Your child has the right to refuse or withdraw from the survey at any point before, during, or after completion of the survey.

Your child will be provided with a unique login to complete the survey. The student login is an assigned identifier that may be used to link data for statistical and research purposes only. All responses to the survey are kept anonymous in the response file. Personal identification data will not be recorded in the survey response file. This ensures that the confidentiality of your child’s responses is protected at all times.

This year the Attitudes to School survey will be conducted at our school over the period Monday 27th May to Friday 7 June. The survey only takes up to 20 minutes to complete and occurs during your child's class time.

The survey results will be reported back to the school before the end of term 2. All survey data that is made available in reports are for groups of students only so that no individual student can be identified. Data suppression rules are used for schools with low student numbers per year level.

Last year we used the survey results to develop our current Strategic Plan, this year’s Annual Implementation Plan and our goals:

  • Improve learning growth and outcomes for every student.
  • Enhance opportunities for student voice and learner agency to maximize student engagement.

If you would like more information, please speak to your child’s teacher or visit: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/management/improvement/Pages/performsurveyat.aspx

Gavan McCabe | Assistant Principal

STUDENT UPDATE  

FOOD AND TECHNOLOGY 

In Year 7 the students undertake one Term of Food and Technology. The students are really excited and enthusiastic about working in the Food Studies kitchen. For some it’s expanding knowledge and skills learnt previously at home and Primary School and for others it’s their first opportunity to get involved in food preparation. At the end of the Term the students have the opportunity to bake a full sized cake and decorate it any way they choose. Certificates are awarded to those whose final product stand out as being the most creative or best decorated. Below are the students who received certificates for Term 1.

Sophie Peach  7D - Most Creative

Lily Whistlecroft 7B - Most Creative 

 Melody Pascoe - 7B - Best Decorated Cake 

Zeth McIntyre 7B - Best Decorated Cake 

Heidi  Marshall - 7D Best Decorated Cake 

Harry Doughton 7D - High Commenced 

STUDENT LEADERSHIP 

The next project for our  Leaders is MUNA – a mini United Nations competition run by Rotary. Trinity Joseph and Callum Mann have stepped forward to take on this task and have put a huge number of hours into preparing their responses to 6 resolutions which will be discussed at the competition. Last Tuesday they attended the Rotary dinner to thank them for their sponsorship and to outline some of their key arguments. To the delight of our Rotary group, the boys have chosen to represent North Korea at this competition- this was applauded at the Rotary meeting as was the presentation the boys gave. I think the Rotary members were actually blown away by the boys ability to not only speak amazingly well in front of an audience, but also the manner in which they interacted with the members. They will travel to Phillip Island this week for the competition and have been promised extra rewards by Rotary if they “score highly”- fingers crossed that they manage to get some countries to support them in the resolutions- I know they will have a wonderful time and will again be great ambassadors for the College.

 

ASPIRANT LEADERS DAY 

Aspirant Leaders day is fast approaching and our Leaders are preparing with Ms Lombardi to run this day. Two days are planned with 60 grade 5 students to attend on each day. Our students have a range of activities planned and are excited about the opportunity to share their knowledge and skills about leadership and practice their public speaking skills.

This week all our students will be receiving a badge which represents the house they are in. With and increased push to make house events more meaningful we have this year decided to present each house member with a badge we hope they will wear proudly on their blazer. Our house captains will be handing these out across the week – let them know if you do not receive yours.

The design and ideas for these badges has come from one of our fabulous leaders- Suzie Eckert- she took the Aboriginal meanings of the house names and created a design which represents each beautifully. Well done Suzi – these will be great reminders of our heritage and will help our students feel more connected to their houses.

 

MATTHEW KAPP

Matthew Kapp has been selected to represent Victoria in the upcoming Australian National Gymnastics championship to be held in Melbourne at the end of May. 

Matthew recently won the 2019 ‘Victoria state Gymnastics Men’s Artistic Level 8 Open all Around Championship winning Gold medals  on High Bar, Parallel Bars, Pommel Horse and Rings. 

A fantastic achievement from one of our own students!

STUDENT ACTIVITIES    



TRANSITION TO SECONDARY

This term, several of our Year 7 students have been really excited to go back and visit their primary schools to share their experience of transition to secondary college. Liam, Gracie, Sadie, Monty, Alex and Genevieve confidently led discussion groups to answers questions from the Grade 6 students and help them feel more prepared for exciting changes over the next 12 months.

They were able to share how well they have settled into the routines of high school and how many different experiences they have all had in only one term including camp, swimming sports, athletics carnivals, interschool sports, leadership opportunities, music and so much more! It was an incredibly proud moment for their primary school teachers to see how much these students have grown in maturity (and height) in just under 6 months.

We would like to thank Andrew Gill for generously donating his time and expertise to create engaging snapshot videos of what Orientation Day and Year 7 Camp looks like at Mount Eliza Secondary College.  We loved being able to show off the amazing experiences our school has to offer!

 

SENIOR SCHOOL 

It’s been a busy start to Term 2 for Senior School as students work towards the completion of their Unit 1 and 3 studies. We are very pleased about the high number of students who attended both their teachers’ and external organisation revision workshops on the Term 1 holidays and hope that students continue to take advantage of these opportunities throughout the remainder of the year as they become available.

 In Week 7 (June 3rd to June 7th) , all Year 10 – 12 students will be partaking in mid-year practice exams. The rationale behind these formalised practice exams are to provide students with an authentic exam experience to better prepare them for their official VCAA exams. We encourage all students to make the most out of this opportunity so they’re able to get a thorough understanding of their progress thus far in their subjects, and what they need to do to improve moving forward.

 On Wednesday our Senior students participated in their first of two Elevate session where students learnt of effective study techniques they can utilise in their preparation for VCE assessments. Students will participant in a follow up ‘Time Management’ workshop in two weeks’ time in preparation for their practice exams in Week 7.

During Mentor, our Unit 1 and 3 students also participated in a GAT preparation workshop with experienced VCAA assessor, Deb Marshall. The GAT is an exam that ALL students enrolled in one or more VCE or scored VCE VET Unit 3 and 4 sequences must sit. Whilst the GAT does not always count directly towards a student's VCE results, it plays a very important role in checking that school assessments and examinations have been accurately assessed, and in determining derived examination scores for students whom for unforeseen circumstances are unable to sit their exam. During Practice mid-year week all Unit 3 and 4 students will therefore be sitting a practice GAT exam in addition to their subject exams

 

ANZAC DAY 2019 

ANZAC DAY 
 

What a busy start for our leaders. Over the first week members of the Leadership team participated in or ran 4 services to mark ANZAC day.

Beginning with our Lone Pine service for the Year 7 cohort, our Junior Leaders organised and ran a service outside at the Lone Pine. They proudly spoke of its significance, read messages of gratitude written by students from across Years 7- 9 and finished with a poem reminding us of the importance of this day to all Australians. Those leaders who spoke or helped set up and pack up are to be commended on the excellent way they both respected the importance of the service as well as how they worked together and supported and congratulated each other. They are an amazing group and it is very exciting to see that passion and skills of our juniors.

Following the morning service, our Senior leaders ran a service for the whole school on Wednesday afternoon. Based on the notion of the values of the ANZACs, the students reflected on these values and how they are still of importance to each and everyone of us today. Although we had a hiccup with the music Samantha Howlett saved the day by leading our whole school in an emotional singing of the national anthem- so lovely to see this reinstated at assemblies. Again the leaders showed a great deal of respect and sincerity when speaking of the ANZACs and they are to be commended on the solemn and thought provoking service. 

Early ANZAC day morning 25 of our leaders marched proudly at the head of the parade in Mornington. This was a reflection of their dedication and willingness to be representatives of our College and they are to be congratulated for their attendance at both the march and the service to follow. Tom Gibson and Oliver Heavey- our College captains, recited an emotional tribute and Lauren Sexton and Sophie McQuie lay a wreath from our College to give thanks for the service our men gave. It was a delight to see our students proudly representing our College and I congratulate all of them.

 

Finally , the Mt Eliza service held at 2pm in the Village saw Phoebe Baker and Samantha Howlett-  give a reading and Abbey Bradley and Amelia Gill lay a wreath. Our local community were delighted to see the professional and respectful involvement of our students and again I thank the girls for their contributions and for representing the College in the community.

 

STUDENT LEADER 'S - ANZAC DAY SPEECHES - 

Tom Gibson and Oliver Harvey- School Captains

Every April 25, since 1916, Australians and New Zealanders have been gathering together, like us today, to remember the men and women who have served our country in the military.

In today’s Anzac Assembly, we will not be celebrating – but remembering and perhaps learning from the great tragedy of WAR.  Some say that War is altogether useless, should never ever be entered into… never should we fight – Ever.   Others say there is a time we should fight… say to protect or defend.   People fall on both sides of this argument- you all will have your own views.

Courage, loyalty, compassion, mateship, endurance – the ANZAC spirit is something that lives on long after the battles are fought. Whether it is helping on a national scale in communities after a natural disaster, supporting people at risk of homelessness or racial abuse, or providing a hand up to those affected by a tragedy, loneliness or hardship or on a more local level where we support those who need help with their homework, to fit in, to make friends - every Australian, young or old, can uphold the spirit of the ANZACs.  So let us honour our soldiers in the best way possible by remembering the sacrifices they’ve made and embodying the ANZAC spirit in everything that we do.  Let us be a voice for those suffering injustice or hardship.  Let us transform our school and perhaps even make some steps towards change in our community and our country.

If we are to live in a world where there is equality and peace, where everyone has a chance to have a fair go and where we leave the world a better place when we leave it- then us all need to live by these values- we need to not only appreciate them- but actually actively embrace them

The ANZAC spirit exists in each of us- we are capable of being brave, putting out a hand to others and giving up our selfish desires for a more equal world- so therefore let us be guided by the ANZAC spirit in facing the national and personal challenges ahead of us, and let us strive to be worthy of the sacrifices made for us.

 LEST WE FORGET

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trinity - Boy soldiers

During the First World War, the Australian Army's enlistment age was 21 years or 18 years with the permission of a parent. Although boys aged 14-17 could enlist as musicians, many gave false ages in order to join as soldiers. Their numbers are impossible to determine.  Enlistment of boys was normal practice for the Navy and several died on service during the First World War.

Private James Charles ('Jim') Martin is the best known boy soldier. He is believed to be the youngest soldier on the Roll of Honour. He was born on 3 January 1901. Keen for all things military, Jim joined the cadets at school and the year after leaving school he took up work as a farm hand.

In 1915, Martin was eager to enlist with the Australian Imperial Force. His father had previously been rejected from service and Jim, the only male child of his family, was keen to serve in place of his father. Anyone under the age of 21 required written parental permission when Jim threatened to run away, join under another name and not to write to her if he succeeded in being deployed, his mother reluctantly gave her written permission for him to enlist. Jim succeeded in enlisting at the age of 14 years and 3 months.

In June 2015 Jim and his Unit were deployed to Gallipoli. Their transport ship was torpedoed en route by a German submarine and Jim and several others spent hours in the water before being rescued.

Jim eventually landed on Gallipoli in the early hours of the 7th September. In the following few months’ casualties from enemy action were slight, but the front-line work, short rations, sickness, flies, lice, and mosquitoes took their toll on the unit. Jim sent several letters to his parents from Gallipoli. In late October he contracted typhoid fever and was evacuated to a hospital ship. By this time he had lost half his weight and was in a bad state. Despite the best efforts of the medical staff aboard, Jim died of heart failure just under two hours later. He was three months short of his 15th birthday. Jim was buried at sea and is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial on Gallipoli.   While he may not have been the youngest Australian to serve during the First World War, Jim Martin is considered the youngest to have died on active service. He was 14 years 9 months old when he died at Gallipoli.  Those of you who turn 15 this year or who are older take a moment to reflect on this.

Thankfully, most young Australians today are spared exposure to military conflict. But that doesn’t mean we should forget those who continue to serve their country or forget the sacrifices made by earlier generations. These men and women helped make Australia the great place it is today.

Anzac Day gives us time to reflect on what really makes our country special.  Like it or not, much of the character of the Australian nation – mateship and sacrifice, resourcefulness and devotion, pride in our country and ourselves, even our cheeky larrikin spirit – was forged in a war no soldier ever wanted. Although these young boys are long gone- the spirit and resolve they demonstrated has many lessons for us today.

 

Katrina Ward

Many of you and other young people across Australia may be asking yourselves -Is the spirit of the ANZACs still important to us today?

Do you ask yourself why we bother to gather each year when the war was over decades ago?

While it may be harder for us to relate to the experiences of the war veterans and to know their names and battles they fought, every Australian can embody the qualities of those young boys, like Jim, who CHOSE to go to war.  Anzac Day is a day to remember the strength of the human spirit.  Because of our soldiers we know that ordinary people are capable of extraordinary things.   It is inspirational and humbling for all of us to remember this.

But ANZAC Day is not merely a date, or some remote campaign fought against insurmountable odds, but rather a spirit. Something that was special and important and continues to echo to us more than 100 years later.   It is a time when each of us is asked to reflect on the qualities of those who have served our country in uniform.

To be an ANZAC was to show the human qualities of courage, mateship and sacrifice, all qualities that continue to have meaning for each of us today. I would like to introduce Sophie, Lauren and Phoebe to reflect on those qualities and the reasons why we gather each year to give thanks and to reflect on our contributions to our school, community, country and the global world.

 

Sophie McQuie - What is Courage?

The ability to do something that frightens one; bravery.  Strength in the face of pain or grief.  Courage is one of the greatest qualities displayed by the ANZACs. This won them admiration from both their allies and their enemies. At the battle of Beersheba, the Germans never believed that they would charge against an entrenched army with machine guns and artillery. The ANZAC men went where others feared to tread. They sent fear into the hearts of their opponents because of their reckless courage, earning them nicknames as ‘madmen’ and ‘devils on horseback’. Even at Gallipoli, they fought bravely and kept fighting even unto death. There are countless examples of one man, grossly outnumbered, taking on the enemy and winning because of his sheer audacity and fearlessness.

Courage is not only a physical quality but also a moral one... Courage is being willing to stand one’s ground for what is right, even when you are in the minority. It does not fear man or fear consequences. It is willing to swim against the tide and be mocked, ridiculed and persecuted for righteousness’ sake.

We desperately need a new generation of Anzacs who will stand to change what is wrong in our world now- to stand up for those who are marginalised, to take on those who are damaging our people and our environment, to have the courage to see a way to be better global citizens and to then take action to make change happen

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.

Courage- the ANZACs had it- do you?

 

Lauren Sexton-  Mateship  

 Every year, on this day, we ask ourselves that one fundamental question: Why did they fight? And why do we still fight? Is it about glory? Is it about nation-building? Is it about making one's mark? Or is it about something more?

What emerged from those terrible battlefields was a moral code that rapidly established itself as a national virtue - a combination of bravery, resilience, the ability to improvise, and sticking together in hard times no matter what. Looking after your mates.

Since our earliest days as a nation, mateship has had a powerful hold on the Australian psyche. It's our national story, a story about being there for others when they need help, no matter where they are, or who they are. It's about defending anyone's right to pursue their own small patch of equality.

As Aussies we recognise that individual achievement rarely occurs without a helping hand from others. We value independence in a community minded way. Despite our differences we all know that when adversity strikes, whether in the form of bushfires, floods or international conflict, there’ll be a fellow Aussie to help out. It’s the tradition of the digger, the character of mateship and it’s still the essence of the Australian spirit- but What does this mean to us today? What does it suggest you and I should do?

 Stand up for each other, support each other, and work on joining rather than dividing our society? Being there – in the tough times and the good times- being reliable as a friend and as a citizen? Rejecting the nastiness of social media, stepping in when help is needed on an individual or community level and embracing the notion of a fair go for all? The soldiers only survived because they could rely on mateship.

Can your friends rely on you?

Can your community rely on you?

What are you prepared to stand up and support?

Who will you help- there are many even within this school who would value the gift of mateship. - Let us all continue to strive to embody this spirit.

 

Phoebe Baker- Sacrifice

What does this mean? To me it means giving up something I value for the sake of someone else’s benefit.

The sobering reality for everyone on ANZAC Day comes when we pause to remember every soldier, airman or sailor who lost their life defending Australia. It’s also a time to pause and think about those who are currently serving our country across the world. When you pause to remember those heroes who braved the gunfire that fateful morning in Gallipoli, and every Australian soldier who has followed in their footsteps to defend our country, take a moment to reflect on the incredible sacrifice that has helped shape our country into the great place it is today.

Sacrifice is part of life- it is not something to regret, it should be something to aspire to. Our soldiers aspired to protecting their homeland, no matter what it took.

If we want to make the world a better place, we can do it. We just can’t do it all alone. We have to influence and cooperate with others to make a shift in the way the world works. This takes hard work, time, energy, attention and focus- and giving up some things- it takes sacrifice from almost ALL of us!

We need to sacrifice some of the immediate, short-term pleasure and gain in our personal lives if we want to work towards making things better for ourselves and everyone else. This means our individual wants, whims and desires have to often go second.

What are you prepared to sacrifice to make this a better world- we are not asking for your life, like our soldiers gave, but-  a little effort, generosity, love, kindness , thoughtfulness.

 It will require effort and a change for many of you- your individual focus may need to broaden to encompass others in your class, your school, your community or even the wider world. Are you prepared to sacrifice some of your time and energy to improve the world?

Sacrifice – lest we forget those who sacrificed their lives so we can enjoy our freedom today- and hopefully we are moved to remember a sacrifice you make in honour of another in your life someday.

SPORT UPDATE  

BADMINTON

 

On Tuesday May 14th, 13 year 8 girls and 6 boys went to Mornington Secondary College to compete in the Southern Peninsula division badminton competition. All students represented the college brilliantly by displaying excellent sportsmanship and having a red hot go. The boys played consistently but the opposition was very strong and our boys did not win a match. We had two teams in the girls competition and the A team had a fantastic day, coming first in the competition. Good luck at the next level girls.

Alan Piper (coach)

 

TEAMS :

BOYS:

Tyler Johnson, James Richards, Tom McEvoy, Lachlan Whitehead, Ben Robertson, Saul Akester, Nick McHardy

 

GIRLS:

A team

Luci Curry, Chloe O’Neill, Louise Henley, Hayley Richards, Elise Laurent, Georgia Wilkinson, Aria Chidambaranathan

B team

Tori Ward, Hannah Robinson, Grace Wilson, Olivia Cole, Aisling Wilkinson, Milly Verhagen

 

CROSS COUNTRY 

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the whole school cross country event.  Whether you ran, walked or cut halfway through the race to go to the canteen. It’s great to see everyone getting out there and having a go. 

Congratulations to all the winners. We all wish you luck for the district event to be held on May 25th, at Hastings Foreshore.

 

HOUSE RESULTS 

 

1st

  Kirrang

2nd

  Warringa

3rd

  Kimmuli

4th

  Manyung

 

HOUSE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONS 2019:

 

Year 7 Boys:                          Ochre Devis-Scott

Year 7 Girls:                           Gracie Fielden

Year 8 Boys:                           Nicholas Davis

Year 8 Girls:                            Emmy Smith

Intermediate Boys:            Nathan Acheson

Intermediate Girls:            Tilly McMillan

Senior Boys:                          Rupert Anastasio

Senior Girls:                          Katrina Ward

 

 

SENIOR BOYS SOCCER DISTRICT WINNERS 
 

 

On Monday 29th April, Mount Eliza Year 11 & 12 boys participated in the Soccer inter-school sports day. Everyone gave everything to win the day, especially given the rivalry which has developed with Mornington over the years and this year was no different. As always both Mornington and Mount Eliza had picked up maximum points from all of their opening games and the day came down to the Mount Eliza - Mornington match to decide the day.

Heading into the game it was expected that it would be a close encounter, and it didn't disappoint. After Mornington dominated the opening 10 minutes, Mount Eliza got a counter-attack and broke away, and a sloppy handball allowed Mount Eliza to go ahead from the penalty spot through Patrick Briggs. The match from then on was very close with attacks end to end from both sides, with Nathan Mann running the wings destroying the Mornington defenders the whole match, and Ryan Scott, Tom Gibson and Tom Wesley solid in defence Mount Eliza held out, until Mornington got a corner kick and scored from the set piece.

In the second half Mount Eliza would receive another penalty after a clumsy tackle in the box, which was converted again by Patrick Briggs. The game then got extremely competitive and emotions were high. Mount Eliza were set to take a throw when the ball was thrown away by the Mornington player, who then retrieved it and threw it at one of our players in frustration, this got a couple of our players frustrated and then the game entered a bit of an altercation between the sides. The game was then cut short and Mount Eliza were crowned champions of the day! Well done to all the team! On to the next round.

By Patrick Briggs (Year 12)

2019 ATHLETICS DISTRICT TEAM 

 

           
MESC Learning Commons

Welcome to the MESC Learning Commons

The MESC Learning Commons comprises the Library and ICT Team who support both staff and students.  

Librarian - Mrs Lynn Swannell

ICT Manager - Mr Kevin Hunter

ICT Technician - Mr Sam Karagiannis

Opening Hours

The Learning Commons is open from 8.00am to 4.00pm each day, including recess and lunchtime.  However it is closed at recess each Friday.

Please DO NOT bring in food or drinks and we ask that you tidy up after yourself.

 

 

Overdue Library Books

Please remember to check the 'due dates' of all items borrowed and ensure that they are returned promptly.  Overdue reminders are sent via Compass news and individual notices are sent out to students via their school email which should be checked regularly.  If there are any concerns regarding late and/or lost items then please contact  Mrs Swannell asap.

Victorian Premiers' Reading Challenge 2019

Students in Years 7-10 are still able to sign up for the Victorian Premiers' Reading Challenge 2019.  This challenge involves reading a minimum of 15 books.  Please contact Mrs Swannell if you would like to sign up for this challenge and to receive further details.  

 

'BookFlix' and  'Have you seen a good book lately?'

Check out our great displays this term, from the Library Team.  Lots of colour and reading choices for everyone and even a few movies you may want to revisit.  The Library team work very hard coming up with ideas and creating these displays so do take time to check them out next time you visit the library.

Lachie suggested this particular display and worked hard with others in the Library Team to put it together.  "Have you seen a good book lately?" matches movies with their books and includes a few QR codes/links to scan for trailers.

Book Reviews

Reviewed by Lachlan Harrison (Year 10)

 

"The Land of Stories and The Wishing Spell"   Chris Colfer

 

"The story involves Alex and Connor, siblings that have been transported to this magical world, who have to find items to create a spell that will return them home. This book was written by the actor who played as Kurt Hummel from "Glee". This was his first book, the first of a series of books. Like JK Rowling’s "Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone", this book introduces us to a fairy tale world. This book has interesting interpretations of the classic fairytale characters we’ve grown up with, and makes this world very realistic, whilst still sticking with its fairytale theme." 

Look out for this and other titles in the series on our shelves now.

 

"Dinosaur" by Steve White

 

Written by Steve White, this fascinating book acts as a guide for hunters who plan on hunting Dinosaurs. Each chapter describes locations that you can hunt, explaining the environment that they’ll be hunting, the wildlife they’ll encounter, and the beasts they can hunt. Thanks to this book being recent, the information in this novel is up to date with our current understanding of Dinosaurs.  At the end of each chapter, there’s a story told of a hunter's own experience, each one acting as a cautionary tale. If you want education and a thrilling story about dinosaurs, this is it!

 

Talented Library Team

Bella and Hannah are two members of our very talented Library Team and last term they spent many hours transforming an old coffee table into a work of art.  Old comics were repurposed to create this 'decoupage' table which has been admired by many since it was finished.  Well done girls on a fantastic job.

 

 

Mount Eliza Secondary College  ​ 'Educated for Excellence - Prepared for Life’  
Zeth McIntyre
Lachie with his book display