06 September 2019
Issue Seven
Dates to Remember
From the Princpal's Desk:
New Performing Arts Centre Courier Article
Art & Science Fair 
Visual Arts Academy Students-Terracotta Warrior Exhibition in Melbourne
VCAL - Geoffrey Cutter Centre
Community Advertising 
Woodman's Hill Secondary College
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1 Fussell Street, Ballarat East, Victoria 3350

Dates to Remember

College Calendar:

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11th Wed      -    Art & Science Fair

12th Thur      -   Year 10 "You Think" Excursion

16th Mon      -  (added 28th Aug)  PTSC - Parent, Teacher, Student Conversations                             1.00 - 7.00 pm on Campus. Parents can make Compass Bookings                           online now.

20th Fri        -    Last day of Term 3

27th Fri        -    AFL Grand Final Day



7th    Mon    -    First day of Term 4

24th  Thur    -    Yr 12 Celebration Assembly

24th  Thur    -    Year 12 Graduation

25th  Fri       -    Year 12 Formal

30th Wed      -    VCE English Exam



8th Fri         -    Ballarat Show Day Holiday



20th Fri        -   Last day of Term 4 







From the Princpal's Desk:

Principal Report

At all times, it is important to be aware of things that define us and the values that make us who we are. A school community is unique in the sense that it provides an opportunity for many people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to come together to secure a common goal. When we reflect on our college values of respect, determination and excellence we know we are promoting the right values that can act as a foundation on which to build a school that can get the best out of every student.


If we respect one another then we are able to get along and see other perspectives. We can recognise the rights of others to an education and a life free from bullying or discrimination: by respecting others we can learn to respect ourselves.


If we are determined we understand that there are no barriers that can hold us back. We can set ourselves goals and push through the obstacles that others, or even ourselves, might put in our way. We can embrace failure as learning and see the hard times as temporary. We can aim for something better and work with others to achieve it.


And in aspiring to excellence, we need to realise that this is more about being better than we were yesterday, but not as good as we are going to be tomorrow. Excellence is about giving things your best go and never judging success by comparing what you have achieved to someone else: true fulfilment comes from knowing that you have given your all and knowing that life will provide further chances to regroup, grow and go again.


The power of a school community- and the power of sharing common values- means that you do not stand alone. At Woodmans Hill, we look after our own and we support each other through good times and bad. We have a clear sense as to what is right and what is wrong because our values reflect those of our families and our wider community. As principal, it is my job to ensure that our students learn from their mistakes and are able to do so in an environment that is driven by high expectations and is safe, supportive and respectful. We know, as experienced educators, the journey that teenagers are on; we know that they will make mistakes but that they also have an incredible capacity to learn and grow. The best part of my role is to see this in action and we are incredibly lucky at Woodmans Hill to have so many students who get what we are about and want to make a massive difference.


You just need to read the local press to see our values in action, but that is only the tip of the ice-berg: we’ve got great kids doing amazing things every single day.


But I do get goose-bumps when I read the words in the Courier from our VCAL students as they describe, with incredible maturity and empathy, their work supporting members of our community who suffer from dementia. I am equally as proud when I see our musicians light up the stage and give it their all during performances- each one thankful for the support and facilities that they have which are there to provide the best learning environment in which to grow and soar.


And our values in action are confirmed whenever I walk around the college and witness the learning first hand.


We are working towards something special at Woodmans Hill and it is our values and our belief in our students’ capacity to learn and grow that drives us. I challenge all of our students to learn and grow alongside us and to always remember what we stand for and what we believe in.


Stephan Fields


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New Performing Arts Centre Courier Article

Courier Article - New Performing Arts Centre


Art & Science Fair 

Art & Science Fair Invitation


Practicing experiments for the Art & Science Fair


The Art & Science Fair is not far away now Wednesday 11th September. Year 7 students are having a great time with their Science experiments. Here is an example (above) - making Elephants toothpaste.  Make sure you put the date in your calendar and we will welcome you to between 6 - 7 pm on the 11th.

Visual Arts Academy Students-Terracotta Warrior Exhibition in Melbourne

Terracotta Warrior Exhibition Visual Arts Academy

 On Monday 2nd September year 7, 8 and 9 Visual Art Academy Students visited the National Gallery of Victoria to see the Terracotta Warriors/Cai Guo-Qiang Exhibition.


Students experienced a rare opportunity to see a selection of China's terracotta warriors, discovered in China's Shaanxi province. The life-sized warriors, accompanied by horses, chariots, and a large collection of precious objects including priceless gold, jade and bronze artefacts are amazing to see close up. The artifacts date from the Zhou dynasty (1050 – 256 BCE) through to the Han dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE). These precious artefacts were presented in parallel with work by the contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang, whose exciting and dynamic works connect China's ancient history with China today. ​Students learned about the connection between ancient and modern day China and discussed how Cai Guo-Qiang’s work is able to connect China’s cultural past and present.


The exhibition is divided into four sections:​


Section One: Ritual Objects and Ancestral Treasures​

Section Two: Imperial and Daily Life in the Qin Dynasty​

Section Three: Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality​

Section Four: Journey to the Afterlife, a Han Dynasty Tomb


Students also had the opportunity to explore street art in the famous Hosier Lane. Students were also able to watch a street artist creating a work right in front of them. Students and teachers alike had an enriching and enjoyable day.



VCAL - Geoffrey Cutter Centre

VCAL - Geoffrey Cutter Centre article in the Ballarat Courier this week   

Picture: Lachlan Bence


A relationship between Woodman's Hill Secondary College VCAL students and Ballarat Health Services aged care residents has provided an opportunity for hands on learning while bridging a generational gap.


BRIDGING A GAP: Woodmans Hill Secondary College students Kaylah Tucker, Year 11 and Alice Ashley, Year 12, play checkers with Geoffrey Cutter Centre resident Terry McGarry.


The school's VCAL students have been visiting aged care residents, including those with dementia, at the Geoffrey Cutter Centre once a week as part of their literacy class.


The students have also spent time at school in their personal development skills class creating activities to be used during their visits.


When The Courier visited during a session at the Geoffrey Cutter Centre on Monday, students were in groups with residents playing checkers, helping them with an activity like trivia or bingo while others set up a steering wheel and accelerator pedal to help a resident drive a car in a computer game.


The residents are stimulated by the students and it is uplifting for them that the students want to spend time with them.


Margo Cunningham, Geoffrey Cutter Centre Woodmans Hill VCAL coordinator and VCAL Literacy teacher Patrick Cleary said the students spent time getting to know the residents in an effort to create activities that matched with what the resident likes to do.


"The relationship we have established is a win for everyone - students and residents enjoy the time together, and it is a really unique, meaningful and rewarding way for students to get a 'tick' for their oracy outcomes for VCAL Literacy," he said.


"Traditionally this is done in the classroom with oral presentations and powerpoints, however through this program teachers observe student interactions with residents and staff and oracy competencies can be demonstrated." The activities students created have been based on a Montessori approach, a method of education based on hands on learning that engages cognitive function, fine and gross motor skills, sensory engagement and a sense of achievement.


The approach was designed for young children but more recently the value of using the approach in working with the aged and those with dementia has gained traction.  Geoffrey Cutter Centre Acting Nurse Unit Manager Margo Cunningham said the students were a breath of fresh air for the residents and provided a link to the world outside the Geoffrey Cutter Centre. "When the students spend time one on one with the residents, it gives the residents a sense of self-worth and purpose," she said. "The residents are stimulated by the students and it is uplifting for them that the students want to spend time with them."


VCAL Personal Development Skills teacher Tegan Crosbie said a flow on affect of the project was the opportunity to show empathy and understanding of elderly members of the community.


Year 11 VCAL student Kai Trafford said he enjoyed spending time with the elders and hearing their stories while they played card games together.

Year 12 VCAL student Fiona Browne said visiting the Geoffrey Cutter Centre had changed her perspective of aged care facilities.


"The VCAL group has gained an understanding of the challenges a resident with dementia may face," she said. "We have gained a sense of achievement seeing these residents light up when we arrive and it feels rewarding when we see them involved in activities."


The collaboration between Woodmans Hill VCAL students and the Geoffrey Cutter Centre has been running for more than three years.



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