EAL News

24 March 2016
Term 1, 2016
Swim Carnival
Cultural Diversity Week
Harmony Day
VICSEG Scholars
EAL Updates
New EAL Staff
What's Next?
Staughton College
9743 4622
26-46 Wilson Road
Melton, Victoria, 3337

Swim Carnival

April 22 @
Melton Waves

On April 22, the whole school went to Melton Waves for a day of swimming competitions, music, fun and games.

A lot of people really got into the spirit of things and dressed up in their house colours.

The VCAL students had a great spread for us that day.

The music was great, and it was a fantastic day to hang out with friends.

There were so many fun things to do!


Cultural Diversity Week

March 15-18



We have recently celebrated Cultural Diversity week, and are happy to share that this year was even bigger and better than the last.


We started off with a sausage sizzle last Friday, March 11th, where we catered for the hungry crowds of the S-Factor Finale.

On March 15th, Mr. Abdi Aden, guested through the Melton Youth Services, spoke to the year 8 cohort about his refugee experiences.  You can learn more about his story by following him on Instagram @shining_thestoryofaluckyman, Twitter @inspiredbyabdi and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/inspired.abdi.

The Soccer World Cup was held from March 15th-17th, with Bol Dengdit (7.4) as the victor.  

We've also had our first female competitor. Good on you, Rwan Abelaziz for making it to the semi-finals!

DJ Will Cachia also had fun playing international hits during lunch time radio on the 15th.


On March 16th, the weather was in our favour as the ice cream and gelati truck rolled in just as a music concert was set up in courtyard 3.  Massive thanks goes out to Ms. Lauren Moore and DJ Will for making this happen.  Our very own Henry Lal Din Mawi and Sharie May Castillo were among the performers.

On March 17, the henna tattoo booth was set up alongside the Rubik’s Cube Challenge.  This year’s winner is Gabriel Manalastas (9.6) and a big thank you once again to Ms. Shelley Eckel and Ms. Angela Watters for organising the henna.

From March 17-18, parents and students were busy preparing authentic international cuisine for the Tastes of the World.

We opened our doors to sell $5 meals to a massive crowd that Friday.  Our food included Sudanese kebab and dabough, Samoan chop suey and taro, Sri Lankan cutlets and samosas, Filipino spring rolls, and much, much more!



We'd like to acknowledge Mrs. Nyanawut Magok for helping us prepare the Sudanese food, Mrs. Ruta Tulaga, Ms. Grace Hawke and Anna Stowers for the Samoan food, and Mr. Lebbe Nawaz for the Sri Lankan food.


Overall, it’s been a massive success enjoyed by students and staff.  Everyone is raring to go again and we won’t make them wait a full year.  Please lock it in --- Thursday October the 13th  will be our Annual Cultural Family Picnic.  We hope to see you all there!


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email [email protected]


Harmony Day

March 21, 2016

“Our diversity is our strength” is not just this year’s theme for Harmony Day, but it is also something that we believe here at Staughton College. 


On Harmony Day, we awarded Reinier Restrivera for his submission for the Art Wall Competition.  His piece now graces the windows of the EAL room, along with the other finalists. 


Nyibol Atoc, this year’s Cultural Captain, hosted the Cultural Fashion Parade and Dances.  This is her third year directing this event, and it has been the biggest one to date.


There were two Samoan performers and the dancers were: Celine Aiulu, Malouamaua Faaola, Grace Taulamago, Suitupe Seu, Christine Papalii Seu, Rosanna Faaola, Ramona Tuiletufuga, Lily Taulamago, Stacey Tulaga, Tuputala Tulaga, Afioga Kainano and Adoralyn Papalii Seu.

Sharie May Castillo sang her rendition of Charice's "Reset".  It was interesting to hear an English song with a Filipino rap.

The models and Indian dancer include: Isabela Battaglia, Nandita Prasad, Alisa Chakik, Amira Kid, Jasraj Singh, Rose Mary Lauchai, Ro Da Thangaw, Maria-Rose Kalafatis, Lily Pun, Serge Mwaka, John Riak, Racheal Aleer, and Alieu Chol.


Matthew Pamintuan edited the music and Ashley Gould created the visuals.



VICSEG Scholars

Welcoming the scholars for 2016

It is the third year for the Multicultural Student Engagement and Scholarship Project here at Staughton College.


We welcome back Anyieth Mabiei, Asyai Luk, and Delsey Hiram, in the hopes that they will take the lead with the new students in the program.


We are joined by Hannah Mamo, Sakir Nawaz, Sharie May Castillo and Christine Papalii Seu.


The scholars set five milestones per term that they need to accomplish.  These include keeping work up-to-date, maintaining an attendance rate of at least 95%, and organising or participating in an extra-curricular activity at school.



EAL Updates

Tutorial Group

We are pleased to share that we continue to work with volunteers from the Brookfield Lifestyle Village for our EAL tutorial group.


The ladies volunteer Monday through to Wednesday every week and complete  reading conferences with the students.  Their presence allows us to run a successful reading program with a ration of 1 adult to 2 students.

CALD Haven

CALD Haven is a lunch time activity that was set up to support students with their academic, social and extra-curricular work and activities.  We are receiving more aid this year, with teachers coming in on different days to help students in the EAL room.


Monday: Ms. Lynette McAlpine

Tuesday: Ms. Tanele Spiteri

Wednesday: Ms. Erin Favero

Rising Star

Henry Lal Din Mawi is not only smart, funny and a talented artist... he's also a good singer.  Here he is performing for Staughton families and staff at the Year 7 BBQ.


New EAL Staff


We are joined by new staff this year to continue addressing the needs of our EAL students.


Ms. Annette Davis is a local of Geelong Victoria, with grandparents from the UK.  After her BA in Education, she started as a primary school teacher and moved up to secondary teaching with Maths and Science. She also taught Year 7 to 13 Maths for 12 months in London. We are very fortunate to have Ms. Davis in our team. She helps to further develop the numeracy skills of our students.


Ms. Tanele Spiteri  was born in Australia, with an Italian Mum and a Maltese Dad. Interestingly enough, she hasn't been to either country, though!  After her BA in Social Work, she enrolled in Arts/Education.  She also did a Master EAL course online and taught English briefly in Thailand and Japan. 


We are also joined this year by Ms. Tigist Kebede. She is an aspiring counsellor currently taking her Masters at Victoria University.  She has volunteered for AfroCare, the Mental Illness Fellowship of Victoria, Smiles for Miles and Save a Soul.  She comes in for placement on Wednesdays and Fridays, and works with the Wellbeing and EAL Team.


Other members of the department include:

EAL Coordinator:  Ms. Felicity Hemiak

EAL Teachers: Ms. Nicole Jowett, Ms. Erin Favero
MEA: Ms. Yvette Medina



This was a well received dish during Tastes of the World.  The good news is that it's easy to make!



4 medium potatoes 
1½ cups vegetable oil 
1 small onion, finely chopped 
½ tsp garlic paste 
½ tsp ginger paste 
½ tsp turmeric powder 
1 tsp of coriander powder 
1 tsp of cumin powder 
½ tsp ground black pepper
1 fresh chilli, finely chopped (optional) 
425g tuna (canned or fresh)
1-2 eggs, beaten 
Breadcrumbs, to coat 



Peel and quarter the potatoes. Place the potatoes in water and boil until tender. Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes. Set aside to cool.

Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large frying pan. When hot, add the onion and fry until brown.

Add the garlic, ginger, turmeric, coriander powder, cumin powder, ground black pepper and chilli. Fry all the ingredients until well combined.

Over low heat, add the tuna and potatoes to the mixture and combine. Set aside and allow to cool.

Once mixture is cooled, make 2cm balls and flatten slightly with the palm of your hand. Dip the cutlet pieces in the beaten egg and coat in the breadcrumbs. 

Heat the oil in a frying pan. When hot, add the cutlets, a few at a time, and cook until golden brown.


Source of recipe: 


What's Next?

Parent Teacher Interviews

The first Parent-Teacher Interviews this year is scheduled on Wednesday the 20th of April.


Mark your calendar and don't forget to book in to see all teachers!

Teenage Holiday Program


Tree-Top Surfing Belgrave

30 March (Wednesday, 10am - 6.30pm)


Australia’s Premier Tree Top Adventure Ropes Experience. Glen Harrow Park features exciting and challenging obstacle courses high up in the tree shelter, which will have everyone swinging, leaping, climbing and flying through the forest. 2 HOUR SESSION - Including training. Please Wear Comfortable & Enclosed Shoes. FOOD & DRINKS PROVIDED.


Movies and Shopping Trip at Werribee Plaza Shopping Centre

31 March (Thursday, 9.00am - 5.35pm)


MOVIE TITLE : BATMAN VS SUPERMAN  (2 hours and 31 Minutes) POPCORN , DRINK & CHOCTOP provided during the movie

Come along to Werribee Plaza Shopping Centre, watch the latest movie and hang out with your friends.


Jurassic World Exhibition, Museum Visit & IMAX Movie

1 April (Friday, 9.00am - 6.00pm)


IMAX MOVIE TITLE : PREHISTORIC PLANET 3D  (45 Minutes) . Get closer to dinosaurs than ever before in Jurassic World: The Exhibition. Travel to Isla Nublar as a VIP guest. Visit the John Hammond Creation Lab, stare in wonder at a towering Brachiosaurus and get a rare up-close look at the most vicious dinosaur of them all Tyrannosaurus Rex.


Kemizo Entertainment Centre

4 April (Monday, 9.00am - 6.00pm)



KEMIZO Australia’s newest indoor Entertainment Centre. Australia’s Largest Laser Tag arena over 15 massive levels, decked out in a nuclear waste theme, including the latest lighting, audio and fog effects.


Rock Climbing – 8 climbing courses of varying difficulty.  Enjoy Roller Skating games, prizes during sessions and Skate Hire.


Galactic Circus - Crown Entertainment Complex

5 April (Tuesday, 2.00pm - 9.30pm)


Come and challenge your friends on the latest games at Australia's Largest Indoor Theme Park. Activity Package Includes 2 HOURS OF UNLIMITED ARCADE GAMES & 1 GAME OF TEN PIN BOWLING.DOES NOT INCLUDE TICKETED MACHINES. BYO DINNER OR MONEY


Street Art Tour of Melbourne and Stencil Workshop

7 April (Thursday, 9.00am - 6.00pm)


Street Art Tour will be led by one of Melbourne’s elite street artist.  Discover some of the most interesting street art and galleries in the world from hidden laneways with the tour finishing at Blender Studios. 2 HOUR STENCIL WORKSHOP. Learn the do's, don’ts and the secrets on stencil art. Certificate of participation with be given at the end of the Stencil Workshop.BYO LUNCH OR MONEY


Youth Week Celebration at Melton Youth Services

8 April (Friday, 12.00pm - 7.00pm)


Melton Youth Services will be celebrating Youth Week Event.  Performances by “Limbs to Riddims” and a Hip-Hop Workshop.  FIFA tournament on Xbox One & PS4. Pool competitions and Test your basketball skills with our free throw shootout!  Art therapy and Pot Plant Painting. Many more workshops and performances on the day.  PRIZES TO BE WON! & FREE BBQ AND DRINKS.


Bookings open at 10:30am on THURSDAY 17 MARCH 2016. Bookings will only be accepted by Customer Service on 9747 7200.

Please complete the permission form (.docx 57kb).


To have your name added to the program mailing list, contact Youth Services on 9747 7200. 


This information is available at http://www.melton.vic.gov.au/Services/People/Youth/Stuff_to_do/Teenage_Holiday_Program



We acknowledge and thank the following people for using their images and videos in this issue of the EAL iNewsletter:


Adam Weise


Shelley Eckel


Nicole Jowett


Sharie May Castillo


Yvette Medina




This newsletter is produced by Yvette Medina.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email us at [email protected]