Dear Parents, Staff, Students & Friends
Last Sunday I joined 220 students and parents to see the movie ‘Wonderwoman’. This event was organised by the Sports Leadership Team and SLC as a fund raiser for Relay for Life. Approximately $3,500 was raised which will add to an already impressive tally and will be put to great use in helping to improve cancer research and the treatment of cancer. Through such activities, our students are learning about the importance of giving and being kind to others. Thanks to all those parents and students who were in attendance, showing how prepared our community is to give generously to others.
Accolades to Ms Chloe Edwards, Ms Carly Douglas and Ms Sarah Bahramis for inspiring our student leaders to organise this highly successful event.
SUCCESSFUL VISITS BY OUR SISTER SCHOOLS FROM JAPAN AND FRANCE
This term we have had the pleasure of hosting staff and students from our sister schools: Kawaguchi Kita High School in Japan and Jean Zay Lycee in France. The students from these schools had a great time and generously shared their cultural background with our students, whilst our students had the authentic opportunity of practising their second language skills. A sincere thank you to the many families who generously opened their homes to host our guests and took the time to show them many of the sights of Melbourne and the Peninsula. A group of students who are studying French and another group who are studying Japanese are already gearing up for their trips to our sister schools in 2018. They will be great ambassadors for our country and school, just as our visitors have been.
A WHIRLWIND OF MUSICAL EVENTS HAVE CONTINUED TO INSPIRE STUDENTS WITH A LOVE OF MUSIC
I recently was a very proud Principal in the audience to witness the Senior Concert Band provide superb performances and be awarded GOLD at the Victorian Music Festival. Many thanks to Mr Peter Sharp for his expert leadership of this band and for giving up a Sunday for rehearsals.
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One of our highly talented percussion ensembles travelled to Sydney for the weekend to perform in the National Percussion Eisteddfod. This involved top notch percussion ensembles from across Australia, mostly from private schools, performing and learning together. Congratulations to Jerry Cheng (Year 10) who was awarded a silver for his very talented performance. Special mention to Mr Ben Braithwaite who coached this ensemble, resulting in breathtaking performances, and who organised this great experience for our students.
Hundreds of parents, students and friends filled our hall to support our concert bands perform at the annual Winter Concert.
Our concert bands were sublime, with the audience providing much encouragement. The smiles on our students’ faces were priceless, especially those of the many Year 7s in our Training Band who are learning a musical instrument for the first time. Thanks to our instrumental music teachers and classroom music teachers for constantly lifting the quality of performances provided by our students and for engendering a love of music in our young people. As Mr Sharp said: "This was a very historic night because it was the last time the hall would be used for musical/drama performances, since it will now be transformed into a STEM Centre".
BRAND NEW ‘MARGARET MACE’ CENTRE OPENED THIS WEEK
It has been very exciting as our brand new ‘Margaret Mace’ Centre has been handed over by the builders for student and staff use. We now have three classrooms overlooking our beautiful Japanese Garden, with these classrooms able to be converted into an open function area for public and school use. Also in the Centre is a modern bright silent study space with adjacent international student and well-being support areas. Once landscaping is undertaken to complement this building, a truly state of the art indoor and outdoor learning area will be available for use by our senior students and staff.
ATHLETICS DAY: A GREAT DAY OF COMPETITION THAT KEPT THE COLD AT BAY!
A huge thank you to Ms Chloe Edwards, Ms Carly Douglas and Mr Lachlan Avery for organising a highly successful house athletics carnival. The level of student participation was inspiring, with students having fun whilst demonstrating great sportsmanship throughout the day. Many outlandish costumes were adorned to reflect the house spirit of competition and were seen racing down the track. Well done to Ms Sarah Bahramis, Ms Kate Burgess and student leaders for raising significant funds for Relay for Life. A great day all round. Students from our VET Sport and Recreation classes assumed major responsibility for running the day, which formed part of their learning program. They did a brilliant job!
MS BAILEY IS ON A WINNER WITH HER MASTERCHEF CLASSES.
Every Wednesday evening Ms Ally Bailey stays back with a group of enthusiastic students and a guest chef to provide ‘MasterChef’ classes. The students are thoroughly enjoying this course which really enhances their sense of belonging to our great school. The dishes students are producing are first rate; take it from me as the official taste tester. This is a sensational program and wouldn’t happen without the generosity of time and energy provided by the wonderful Ms Bailey.
DANAI HARAWA AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS ROY WARD LEADERSHIP PRIZE
I am thrilled to announce that Danai Harawa (Year 12) has been awarded the prestigious Roy Ward Leadership Prize for outstanding school leadership and community service from The Order of Australia Association. This prize acknowledges Danai’s outstanding leadership as a leader on the VicSRC where Danai is a student leader on a board representing all students from secondary schools across the state. In particular, Danai has worked as an ambassador with Project Rockit on anti-bullying and has also been an ambassador of ‘Share the Dignity’ which has a priority of providing sanitary items to homeless women across Australia.
COURSE COUNSELLING IMPORTANT IN IDENTIFYING FUTURE LEARNING PATHWAYS
Intensive course counselling sessions have been undertaken with parents and students to ensure students are well informed in selecting their senior years learning pathways. Similarly, course counselling has been provided for students from Years 8 to 9 and Years 9 to 10 to support students in choosing the best learning pathways that match their interests and strengths but also keep their options open in preparation for choosing tertiary learning pathways. Many thanks to parents for taking time off work to attend these course counselling sessions to support their children as they make these important life decisions.
I am sure spring is around the corner with blossoms appearing and a warm day now and again. I hope everyone is keeping warm and recovering from the many colds and viruses this cold weather seems to have given us. The weather may be cold but we continue to celebrate and enjoy the wonderful students we are blessed with, who keep inspiring us to provide them with exceptional learning experiences.
Mr John Albiston