Welcome back to Semester 2, Term 3. There is another very exciting term ahead of us with a great deal happening.....
Production – Addams Family
With just under 2 weeks to the launch of this year’s College Production my message to you is book your tickets now to avoid disappointment!!! I have sat in on rehearsals at various stages over the last few months and based on what I have seen, I can confidently say that our students and staff have outdone themselves again this year.
Our talented cast will dazzle you with their impressive music and dance abilities and the sets and costumes will leave you awestruck. The storyline is full of highlights and laughs and will keep you engaged to the very end. The Addams Family production journey began all the way back in February, and the performances over a fortnight will be a culmination of many months worth of preparation and many hours of dedication and hard work.
I encourage all members of our College community to get along and support our large cast in this year's production. You won’t be disappointed.
I am very pleased to report that both our major projects that have been constructed over the last few months are only days away from completion. The Covered Outdoor Learning Area (COLA) has been completed, however we are finalising some fence repairs, concreting and path works before opening it to classes. The colossal 2000sqm project will allow year round use for PE and Sport allowing coverage from rain in winter and sun in summer. It will be a home for future whole school assemblies in the warmer months. In the future, surface and lighting upgrades will complete the project and provide us with an outstanding facility that can be used day and night for a multitude of different sports.
The D block toilet rebuild is days away from being completed. The only remaining loose end is the installation of the automatic door which is expected to be completed by the end of this week. I anticipate us formally opening this world leading facility early next week. Our community will also get an opportunity to have a look at the completed project when it is open for use during the production.
In recent times there have been a number of staffing changes for a variety of different reasons. At the start of the term Mr Oudshoorn began a six months secondment with the Department of Education’s curriculum team and he has been replaced by Katherine Reynolds. In a week and a half we say goodbye to Mr Seedeen who unfortunately leaves us to take up a position with Eltham HS. Mr Seedeen is a well respected teacher and Year Level Leader who will be sorely missed by students and staff. We expect to have a replacement finalised before Mr Seedeen’s departure. Bethany Gaschk will be the Year Level Leader replacement, joining Phuong Le.
We also have a number of staff joining us for varying periods of time to replace staff on leave this term, I would like to welcome and thank Patricia McGready, Yibo Zhao, Timothy Cawthorn, Polycratis Sofianopoulos, Ahmet Latifoglu, Gloria Chen and Kallum Wallace.
A real life hero in our midst
Last week at Boronia train station a sight impaired elderly man, Jim, fell from the platform onto the tracks causing significant injuries. Fortunately a number of bystanders jumped to action, leaping onto the tracks to rescue the man and carry him to safety before a train arrived. I am proud to say that one of the heroes who leapt into action was Year 11 student Max Thomas. Max downplayed his role but the elderly man’s wife was in no doubt that Max and the other heroes “saved his life.”
As a school and community we are extremely proud of Max who is an outstanding representative of a school. His humble nature and care for others is something that needs to be recognised and applauded. This week Max met Jim’s wife Janet, who gave him a hug, presented him with a small gift and testimonial and thanked him on behalf of her family.
Well done Max, what an outstanding representative of our school you are!