Aitken College Newsletter

25 October 2019
Issue Sixteen
Important Diary Dates
Principal's Message
Deputy Principal
College Head of Learning
Parents & Friends 
Extension Program
Performing Arts
Physical Education
Visual Arts
College Activities
Business Directory
Aitken College
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Important Diary Dates

2019 Term Dates

Term 4:  7 October to 13 December

Important Diary Dates for 2019

Monday 4 November

Mid Term Break


Tuesday 5 November

Melbourne Cup Day Holiday


Friday 22 November

Report Writing Day (no students)


Monday 9 December

Presentation Night


Friday 13 December

Term 4 ends

Principal's Message


                                                       Mrs Josie Crisara

Year 12 Celebration Day

The Class of 2019 completed their formal education this week and we wish them well as they either complete their VCE exams or their VCAL outcomes. It is always an emotional time for students, their teachers and families. At the final Chapel and Assembly, students were reminded that school has probably been one of those stable and predictable elements in their lives and as that time draws to a close to look  forward to what is to come. I started with one of Shakespeare’s soliloquies from the play “As You Like It”  ( paraphrased a little)….


“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one person in their time plays many parts,
Their acts being seven ages.”


Students were asked to cast themselves as a Director of  their own play and like in any good drama production,  life will include elements of the absurd, comedy, romance and tragedy along with expected highlights and lowlights. However, as the director they will be in charge of their own performance. This will bring its challenges; there will be major decisions to make, as they review their time here at Aitken College and determine how it has shaped and guided them. Students were reminded that those people in their  play that you cast in the leading roles will be significant choices and that they need to choose wisely. The quality of life’s production will depend on the strength of character of self and of those around you. A great adventure awaits them as they go from the safety of a controlled environment to one where you are far more at liberty to choose their paths. The joys of greater freedom and responsibility await them and hopefully school has prepared them well to take on this challenge.  A few words for thought were given:

  • Treat success as a privilege and remember success comes from all the things you do not see - dedication, hard work, persistence, discipline, sacrifice, failure, disappointment
  • Be hopeful and optimistic and be willing to accept adversity as a challenge but never be afraid of seeking advice
  • Be courageous and set yourself goals
  • Reflect on any mistakes you make
  • Do things because they are right
  • Develop a sense of justice towards others.

The students were reminded that they had the capacity to direct their own life; use the tools of compassion, honesty, integrity, kindness and respect. The College is very proud of the achievements of the Class of 2019. From great scholarly achievements, to the cultural pursuits of performance and music, in sport, in leadership and in service to others both formal and informal.


Finally they were reminded of the words in Jeremiah Chapter 29:

God declares this: For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.


The students leave the College with all our blessings.


Congratulations to the following Year 12 students who were awarded Brookhill Colours :

Congratulations to Graeme V on receiving the Long Tan Award for service and leadership. 

Parents and Friends Association Annual General Meeting

Research shows that parent involvement in the school has a positive impact on children. It highlights the value they put on their children’s education and also the value of service in volunteering to assist wherever they can. It is that time of the year for the Annual General meeting for the Parents and Friends Association. The meeting will be held on Monday 25 November in the seminar room located in the Chapel and Performing Arts Centre. I encourage parents to nominate for the committee and can do so by emailing If you would like to volunteer, please send an email to


Deputy Principal

                                                        Mr Kim Forward

Open Evening

The College’s annual Twilight Open Evening is on Tuesday 29 October from 4.00pm to 7.00pm. Come along and enjoy music performances on the lawn, tour the Art & Design Exhibition and purchase BBQ meals, ice-creams and coffee. Please tell friends who may be considering enrolling children at Aitken; there will be school tours happening throughout the evening.

2019 Presentation Night

Please ensure that Monday 9 December is in your diary for Presentation Night. Attendance is compulsory for all Year 3 to Year 11 students; Year 12 students are strongly encouraged to be there for their last occasion, even though their celebration as a cohort is the Valedictory Dinner. Of course, all College families are encouraged and welcome; why not enjoy dinner at one of the many eateries along South Wharf or at Crown earlier in the evening. A letter with all details about Presentation Night will be emailed to parents later in the term.

Parent Information on My Aitken

In the Resources / Parents section on My Aitken, there is much information for parents of Aitken students, from term dates and calendar to canteen and uniform. Also included are policy statements that we encourage parents to be aware of. The Homework policy provides guidelines on what can be expected at each year level. The College Code of Conduct sets out the expected conduct of all members of the College community – staff, students and parents.

Parenting Ideas Webinar

Parenting Ideas are offering a free webinar, 'Strengthening Kids’ Self-Esteem in a Digital World' on Wednesday 30 October at 8.00pm. This webinar will look at how we can best equip our young people to thrive both online and in real life as they grow up immersed in online spaces. Key learning from the webinar will include:

  • How young people use social media to socialise
  • The effects of social media on self-esteem & wellbeing
  • How young people can avoid the pitfalls of social media
  • Nurturing self-esteem and digital resilience – Learning to thrive online.

To register for the webinar:

  1. Click this link:
  2. Click ‘Add to cart’
  3. Click ‘View cart’
  4. Enter the voucher code DIGITAL and click ‘Apply’. Your discount of $37 will be applied to the order. This voucher is valid until 30 November 2019.
  5. Click ‘Proceed to checkout’
  6. Fill in your account details. These are the details you will use to login to your account and access your parenting material
  7. Click ‘Place Order’


Cars observed doing the wrong thing recently have been:

  • BAL 576 - Travelling in excess of 20km/hr speed limit
  • DSL 202 - Driving the wrong way and dropping off in the loading zone during morning peak
  • ATV 491 - Parking in the loading zone to drop off and leaving vehicle unattended during morning peak
  • 1EL 2IM - Ignoring stop sign
  • XRE 253 - Driving the wrong way during afternoon peak and ignoring instructions from staff

College Head of Learning

Booklists for 2020 Students


Year 11 & 12

Students entering Year 11 and Year 12 next year have been given booklists for 2020 via their Homeroom teachers earlier this week. For students in these year levels, orders must be completed online at using 'FEAV' as the access code by Thursday 7 November 2019. Orders must be prepaid by credit card to Campion. This will ensure that students have their textbooks in time for Early Commencement classes, which commence on Monday 26 November.


Textbooks that are ordered from Campion by the due date (7 November) will be available for collection by students on Monday 25 November in Common Room 1, at recess and lunchtime and during students’ timetabled study periods in periods 2, 3 and 4.


As the booklists will have been paid for online, there is no need for parents to visit the school for collection of these materials.


The boxes are expected to contain all of the available texts for the Early Commencement classes. Please note that there may be some texts that have not yet been published; these will be distributed to students by subject teachers as soon as they arrive, usually very early in Term 1.


Information about how to access Edrolo resources will be given in classes during Early Commencement. Please note that the Edrolo resources are compulsory for all subjects where listed on the booklist. Students whose Edrolo access is not paid for via the booklist will have the cost added to their 2020 term fees with an additional processing fee.

Any student who is unsure about their 2020 subjects should speak with their Head of House as soon as possible.






Prep to Year 10

Booklists for students in all other year levels in 2020 are being distributed as follows:


Prep Orientation Day

Saturday 26 October

Year 7

Year 7 Parent Information Session

Tuesday 12 November

All other year levels via Homeroom teachers later this term


Once the booklists have been distributed, orders must be completed online at using 'FEAV' as the access code by Friday 29 November 2019. Orders must be prepaid by credit card to Campion.

Texts ordered by Friday 29 November can be collected from the College on Wednesday 22 January between 8.30am and 5.00pm, or can be delivered to your home. Please refer to the information on the Campion website to select your preferred delivery option.

Texts ordered after Friday 29 November will also be handled by Campion; please contact Campion to submit late orders and to arrange for alternative delivery dates and methods. Please note that books ordered after 30 November cannot be guaranteed to arrive in time for the commencement of the 2020 school year.

Additional copies of the booklists are available from Reception, should they be required.


Students in Years 7 to 9 will be given confirmation of their 2020 elective subjects in time for booklist ordering. Any queries about student elective subjects should be directed to your child's current Assistant Head of School.

Ms Pauline Malkoun 

Acting College Head of Learning

Parents & Friends 

Donations for the Twilight Open Evening BBQ

We are currently looking for families within our community who are in a position to donate some of the items needed to make the Twilight Open Evening BBQ event a success. We are seeking 250 gluten free beef sausages and 50 hamburger patties. If you would like to make a donation of any amount, please email All donations large or small would be greatly appreciated.

Twilight Open Evening BBQ

Make sure when you are at the Open Evening on Tuesday 29 October from 3.00pm - 6.00pm, you stop by the Pre-loved Uniform sale held in the Library (Primary room). We have lots of new things in stock, so come and grab a bargain. We will also be holding a BBQ for those staying to enjoy the entertainment from the school's very talented music students. If you would like to help out at this event, please contact us via the Facebook page or email us at

Fun Run Only 3 Weeks To Go!

The school Fun Run promotes healthy and active lifestyles while helping us raise funds! It is all about participation, with students treated to a great day as a reward for their fundraising efforts. Family support is a key to our fundraising success and we encourage everyone to get involved. Please remember to return your Registration form by Friday 1 November to the Accounts office.

Go to to create a student profile page. Everything to do with your fundraising revolves around this page.


Not only can you support the school and students with your sponsorship – but you can join in on the fun! We would love to welcome parents and family members to attend. There will be a FREE Fun Zone Activities area which will be run by Kelly Sports. For a gold coin donation, you can have your face painted and a jump on the jumping castle. You can purchase food and drinks on the day. There will be a coffee van, ice-cream van and a sausage sizzle


If you would also like to volunteer to help on the day, please email 


Cannot wait to see you at this fun event!


Fun Run Raffle Time

This year there will be three chances to win, with three great prize hampers up for grabs.


You will have the chance to win vouchers for Schooltrenz, Scoozi Restaurant in Ascot Vale, Greenvale Laser & Skin Clinic, Rooster Rocks in Greenvale, Salon Nine in Greenvale for a child’s haircut and Tatts Ticket from Greenvale Lotto and Private Lesson at Guccione Tennis Club in Greenvale. Each prize hamper will also have sporting goods and many other great items.


Raffle Tickets Cost:

•  1 ticket for $2.00; or

•  3 tickets for $5.00


If you would like to enter the raffle, please fill in the reply slip attached below and return the completed form with the correct money to the Accounts office by  Thursday 7 November. The draw will take place at the Fun Run. You need to be in it to win!


Cumberland and Fairview Tea Towel and Apron Drive

Do not forget to return the Cumberland and Fairview Tea Towel and Apron Drive form by Wednesday 30 October, as we will not be able to extend this date due to the printers requirements.


Fairview Order Form

Cumberland Order Form


Entertainment Book Fundraising

We still have 5 books left to purchase at the school Accounts office! Entertainment Publications is the publisher of the popular Entertainment Books and the brand new Entertainment Digital Memberships. These products are excellent guides to all the things you love to do...dining, attractions, shopping, travel and more! Filled with up to 50% off or 2-for-1 style offers, they are a great way to discover new favourites and enjoy the value at the same time. You can purchase your 2019/2020 Entertainment Book from the Accounts Office or a digital copy by following the link:

Parents & Friends Association – Annual General Meeting Nominations

The Annual General Meeting for the Parents & Friends Association will be held on Monday 25 November, upstairs in the Chapel and Performing Arts Centre (seminar room P24) commencing 7.30pm.


Please note, should you like to nominate yourself or on behalf of someone else, all nominations for the following vacancies must be received by 4.00pm on Monday 18 November.

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Assistant Secretary
  • Treasurer

If you would like to volunteer as a P&F helper, please advise accordingly via


Mrs Melinda Gallicchio

Vice President - Parents & Friends Association


                                                                                     Mr David Murphy

Year 12

On behalf of the entire Aitken College community, I would like to thank the departing Year 12 students for their outstanding contribution to the Aitken community during their time here. I congratulate them on all they have achieved and extend the best wishes of myself and the Senior School team to each and every one for their future beyond Aitken.


I also thank the parents who contributed to the success of the Year 12 Celebration Day.


                                                     Mrs Francis Scuderi

Dunhelen Writing Awards

The annual Dunhelen Writing Awards presentation took place this week at Assembly. It is always very hard for staff to declare a winner and this year was no exception. The English teachers of Years 7, 8 and 9, led by Mr Politini, read through the submitted pieces and then met to determine the overall winners. Our Principal, Mrs Crisara, also reads all the pieces and determines a Principal’s Award. The work submitted was wonderful. The pieces consisted of explorations into human nature and the world, addressing issues that young people face, memories, reflections and fictional pieces. The writers were able to convey their perceptions so eloquently, whether it was presented in the form of a story, letter, diary or poem. Congratulations to all the budding authors.


This year the awards were presented to:


Year 7 Excursion to the Melbourne Zoo

This week the Year 7 students attended an excursion to the Melbourne Zoo. The zoo is always a fun place to visit and this year was no exception. Even though the students were expected to complete some Indonesian work, they still managed to have a great time and got a taste of independence. Teachers were based around the zoo and students, in groups, made their own way around. A big thank you to all staff that attended, especially, Mr Simon Adams, who organised the day.



Mid-Term Break

A reminder to parents that the Melbourne Cup Weekend is upon us. Monday 4 November is a student free day, as is Tuesday 5 November. The four-day break will provide an opportunity for students to catch up with any work. It is also a time for them to refresh and be ready for the rest of the final term for 2019. The rest of the year will go very fast and I encourage students to try their hardest, be the best they can be and finish the year on a positive note.
















                             Mrs Leanne Schulz

PE Week

Last week Cumberland students had the opportunity to participate in the basketball shoot out in the gym and bat tennis on the basketball courts during lunchtimes. The Year 6 students and selected Year 5 students also attended the Sports Awards Assembly where many of them received awards for their outstanding performance in sport throughout the year. A very big thank you to Mr Nigel Keegan for co-ordinating sport in Cumberland and to the PE team for providing such fantastic opportunities for our students.

Aitken Can Dance

During the first week back at school, several Cumberland students performed in the Aitken Can Dance competition. The talent was amazing and lots of fun was had by all involved! Thank you to Mr Ward and Miss Healey for organising the competition, Mr Forward and Mr Keegan for judging, and all the students and their families for supporting the event.


I enjoyed every moment of doing Aitken Can Dance! It was a great experience to do it for the first time. I was wearing my Taekwondo uniform and danced to ‘Up Town Funk’. I was doing hip hop and taekwondo as I added both kicks and dance moves and at the very end I broke a wooden board with my hand. During the night, we played limbo and it was super cool to see how flexible some kids were! I also enjoyed the end where we got to eat FOOD!!

Claudia C 3A


My name is Owen and I will be sharing my experience with dance. I am the 2019 Aitken Can Dance winner. I started dancing when I was six. I joined a dance acrobatic class and I loved it so I started to join all the classes I could. Dance makes me happy. My dance in Aitken Can Dance was about being put down and overcoming it. I hope that I have inspired you. I couldn’t believe that I won and I was so happy and proud.

Owen M 4C

Serving Others

One of the aims at Aitken College is to instil in students a sense of service. As part of the Year 6 RVE Program we participate in Operation Christmas Child, a project run by Samaritan’s Purse Organisation. It partners with local churches in developing nations to reach out to children by providing gift-filled shoeboxes and bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Please see the following link for further details:

Operation Christmas Child

Wow! Isn’t it amazing with Christmas right around the corner, operation pack your shoebox is on the go. The Year 6 classes are doing an amazing job packing their very own shoebox in groups. Operation Christmas Child is when you pack a shoebox with presents in them to give to children who are underprivileged. The Year 6 students are packing a bunch of different varieties in their shoebox for all different ages like 2 all the way to 14 years old and are packing for boys or girls. Some groups included items such as small balls, stuffed animals, pens or stationery. Other groups included items like clothing, dolls, a hairbrush and toiletries. The Year 6 students have so far done an amazing job with this and should feel very proud. Maybe this year or even next year you should try this too! Now Operation Christmas Child is on the go!


Gabrielle G 6A (Community Service Captain)


What does it mean to serve others?

Service is giving your time to someone or listening to another person. This can even just be helping a friend when they are confused. This means to me that you pray and support everyone (even if you do not like them very much). Service is not about doing kind things for credit but to make a difference, big or small. People like doctors, teachers, firemen and nurses serve everyday just by doing their jobs. Things like running charities and donating to others is also another form of service. I am always wondering about different ways to serve others! Mark 12:31 Love your neighbour like you love yourself.


Jayda C 6A (Community Service Captain)


Doing service for people is the reason God put us on this earth. By serving others you are not only benefiting the person, you are making your heart pure. I do this activity called Junior Youth every Saturday for two hours where our goal is to do selfless acts out of kindness. We are on a project to raise money for homeless people and buy them the necessities they need. Service to me is helping people that really need it, it can be a big act or something small. You can donate to a charity, raise money or help people in need. Even just something small, like a smile or hang out with someone who does not have friends. It is that simple! Believe me, doing service is more fun than people think, and the joy that you feel after is so amazing!


Here are some quotes about service and what it means:

  • “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” Albert Schweitzer
  • “Being of service to others is what brings true happiness.” Marie Osmond
  • “The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.” Leo Tolstoy
  • “There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.”  Woodrow Wilson
  • “Some of our finest work comes through service to others.”  Gordon B. Hinckley

Lana G 6A


I know that you have heard about spirit filled people like Buddha, but what does it really mean to be spirit filled? Being spirit filled has many steps, such as being grateful, kind, respectful, helpful and more! But an important thing to remember is that being spirit filled is not a competition. Some ways to serve others are to volunteer, donate or create a charity, or just be a kind and respectful person and help others out in the community.

Tanisha S 6A


I started helping with the ‘Make a Wish Foundation’ by simply selling sausages outside the supermarket in Pascoe Vale with a couple of friends and my family, which made it even better! I have really begun to like it and I am happy to be involved. I hope that more of my friends can get into it so we can all sell and eat sausages ‘For Make a Wish!’

Alejandro Y 6A


Serving others. Mark 12:31 "Love your neighbour as you love yourself". I think this quote represents serving others perfectly. Serving others is similar to having empathy. There are many ways to serve others, including volunteering, donating, or even doing a simple good deed for someone can turn someone’s day brighter. Just giving a bit of time to someone is enough to serve others. To me serving others can be as simple as giving back, or being empathetic to others. Serving others is not hard, it can be as simple as picking up pencils or being nice to your friend.

Michael Z 6A


This term in RVE, we learnt about serving others. I think that to serve others you need to have empathy towards them and to help without being asked. It is like a random act of kindness. The meaning of serving others is to ‘Put interests of others before yourself’. This can be done by giving what you have and take for granted and give (donate) it to others less fortunate. People will never forget how you help. This was said in Hebrews 6:10, “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”

Suveer C 6A

Assembly Roster

Classes are assigned to share some of their learning during Assemblies.  Parents are always welcome to attend Chapel and Assembly that is timetabled from 10-11:00 every Monday morning.


Term 4 Assembly Roster


Important Dates



                                                  Ms Kerrie Neophytou

What does “NO” mean?

‘NO’ is an empowering word, however, it depends on how we view it. On many occasions, I have explained that responding with NO to a child is empowering and leads to the future YES responses. We are providing children with options, and encouraging an opportunity for them to understand their environment. NO should not mean the end of a conversation, it is the beginning of engaging in dialogue concerning the issue/topic. NO in this context means:






We aim to develop autonomy in our children, and this takes growth, interaction and engagement. Our modeling and ‘teaching’ explicitly supports this process.


Some parents are not comfortable in saying NO to their children, however, it is reasonable. We may not notice, however, the occasions we say YES, will be more than NO, as we add an action to the response. We add an action of responsibility:

  • Yes, you may play outside after you pack up.
  • Yes, you may have a treat when you eat your dinner.

The discussion of how is also important, for example asking your child:

  • How can I say yes, when you need to tidy your room?

The consequence is a discussion which provides opportunities of responsibility and being a valued member of the family. The discussion is respectful and all family members are valued for their contribution.


When we respond in this manner, it allows us to focus on the options and opportunities our children may have, it is a learning step. By encouraging dialogue and providing an understanding of action, we are developing:

  • options
  • choices
  • responsibility
  • resilience
  • independence
  • and self-regulation.

The children grow and their dialogue and responses will have age appropriate purpose to meet their needs. Establishing a caring, honest, respectful and open relationship from a young age will be extremely beneficial as the children become young people and adults.


A Well-Balanced Diet!

All children require a well-balanced diet. Parents are required to provide their children with a variety of food types to develop excellent eating habits. This stage in children’s development is crucial.


We are reinforcing a healthy diet with good habits in Fairview. We are encouraging children to have the following in their lunch boxes:

  • two to three pieces of fruit or vegetables
  • “brain food”
  • a healthy and nutritious sandwich or equivalent
  • healthy snacks are encouraged e.g. cheese slices
  • one treat per week
  • a bottle of water (not cordial).

I appreciate the difficulties a supermarket trip may be with young children, they become extremely excited when you walk down their favourite supermarket section. It is our responsibility to monitor what the children eat and ensure they are being provided with a balanced healthy diet. We must endeavour to instill healthy food habits in our children and this will directly influence their learning capacity.


Fairview has made a commitment to a healthy diet. We will be monitoring the content of the children’s lunch boxes. We all deserve a treat and please remember that one per week is appropriate for the children. Therefore, it is crucial that we think about what your child will bring to school and whether their diet appropriately matches recommendations in the food pyramid, from Nutrition Australia.


Fairview Concert

All Fairview students will be performing in their annual concert incorporating music, dance and drama. This year the theme and title of the show is ‘World of Colour’. There will be two performances, the first on Tuesday 26 November and the second on Thursday 28 November. Both shows will begin at 6.30pm. Performances will be held in the Chapel and Performing Arts Centre at Aitken College.


This year, there is a maximum of six tickets per family across both performances. This is monitored, to ensure all families can receive their allocation. You will be notified via email, should any extra tickets become available for sale. Tickets (adults and children) are $5.00 and are available via the website: The students performing in the concert do not require a ticket.  Tickets will be on sale from Monday 4 November. Tickets will not be available at the door and must be pre-booked.


Please note you will need to print out your own tickets when booking.


Please refrain from leaving empty seats beside your booking and note that building regulations require all audience members over the age of 18 months to occupy their own seat.


The taking of video and photographs during the performance is not allowed. This becomes distracting to other audience members and the children performing. The performance will be filmed on the Tuesday and copies will be available for purchase.


At Aitken College, acquiring skills in all aspects of performance is important and the teachers aim to teach audience members to also display appropriate theatre etiquette. We hope that you will support us in this endeavour and ensure that your children follow the required protocol and display skills as a polite audience member or performer.

Dates to Remember



Year 12 Students

Students who have applied through VTAC and not yet paid their timely application fee of $39.00 are reminded to do so as soon as possible. Direct applications for TAFE courses (ie. applications which are not through VTAC) are now open and can be made online via the institution website. We hope all goes well for our students over the next month or so as they study for, and undertake, their final exams. Careers staff in B21 are available to assist with any queries right up until the middle of December.

Year 11 Students

Advance Notice: Careers and other Senior Staff will be accompanying the Year 11 cohort to RMIT for the ‘Future Finder’ excursion on Tuesday 26 November. Please put the date in your diary now - more details to follow shortly.

Career News 15

Career News Issue 15 is now available. It includes information about a career in Motorsport through studying at Kangan, courses in Health and Community Services which pathway to degrees at Universities from Kangan Institute, a new Bachelor of Speech and Language Sciences / Master of Speech Pathology course at VU for 2020, the VU on campus accommodation guarantee, Year 11 VU Guaranteed applications, a new RMIT pathways tool, the importance of soft skills when interviewing for employment, a Career as an Actuary and much more.

Contact Details

The Careers office is staffed most days except when we are at meetings or professional development seminars. Please contact us on 9333 9100 or email:


Mrs Clare Borg & Ms Rae Gibbs

Careers Counsellors


Extension Program

2019 Galway Mathematical Olympiad

Select students from Years 7, 8 and 9 competed in the Annual Galway Maths Olympiad held at Southern Cross Grammar on Thursday 10 October. This event was hosted by Southern Cross Grammar and schools from the North-West region participated. The Olympiad involved students working in teams to tackle three challenging mathematical problems within a time frame. These consisted of:

  • A maths relay where students had to work together to solve as many worded problems of increasing difficulty.
  • A STEM activity which required the students to work collaboratively against a criteria and budget constraints to design and build a model of the next skyscraper for the City of Melbourne.
  • Logical and spatial reasoning tasks that required the students to visualise and manipulate shapes to solve mathematical puzzles. 

It was a fun day with all students enjoying the fast- paced challenges and the social interaction with students from other schools. Our teams performed well throughout the day with our Year 7 team finishing equal third place, our Year 8 team finishing fourth place, and our Year 9 team achieving second place in this event. Below are some student reflections of the day:


On Thursday 10 October, teams of 4 competed against each other in their year levels at Southern Cross Grammar. Our Year 7 team was made up by Luke, Abhay, Rohan and me. The first task was to make a tower using assorted materials which would contribute to building our structure. We had roughly 40-45 minutes to complete this task. We took 20 minutes to plan and then we started constructing our design. We did not do as well as other teams but we managed to accomplish something. The second task was to complete a booklet with problem solving questions. Our team got two booklets and two sheets of boxes to fill in for our solutions. We split up and did half of the booklet each, 2 team members doing one part and the other 2 doing a different part of the booklet. We found most of the questions quite challenging but we managed to solve most of them. The third task was a relay. We were given the questions one at time. We had 3 guesses for each question and a hint on our last guess. We completed 13 questions and got most of them right. When the day came to an end we got told what places we came; our team came 3rd. We all enjoyed doing Maths somewhere else and we were most grateful for the privilege of being able to participate in this event.

by Chenul K (7I)


On Thursday 10 October, we went to the Annual Galway Maths Olympiad. My fellow peers Andrew, Xavier and I represented our year level for our school and participated in a series of events testing our mathematical capabilities. We were up against other schools and took part in three separate sessions.

Personally, I found the problem-solving relay the most successful and the spatial problems the most difficult. The day included much teamwork, cooperation and exercised our limits in Maths. We came fourth place, however, I feel we gained much from the experience and learnt a lot from pushing ourselves and working under a time limit.


by Malinsa H (8P)


On Thursday 10 October, eleven students from Years 7 to 9 travelled by bus to the Galway Maths Olympiad at Southern Cross Grammar. We competed against other schools in three different events. One of the events was the Spatial Awareness Challenge where we worked to complete 20 questions in a limited amount of time. Another event was the Maths Relay in which problems were given to teams one at a time. Once teams solved the problem, a team member had to run the answer to the judges table and if the answer was correct, the judge would give us the next problem, until time was up. The final event was the STEM Challenge where teams had to create model skyscrapers using set materials and a limited budget. The skyscrapers had to be at least 30cm high and hold as many blocks as possible while also being cost effective. In the end, our Year 9 team managed to achieve second place across all events. Overall, the excursion was a great experience which allowed us to develop our mathematics capabilities through a healthy competition.


by Eshan P (9A)


Well done to all the students who took part in this event.


Year 7 Team:

Abhay M, Chenul K, Luke G, Rohan K


Year 8 Team:

Andrew S, Malinsa H, Xavier P


Year 9 Team:

Eshan P, Sophie H, Tristan C, Zachary G



Mrs Mary Ann Di Martino

Head of Faculty – Extension Programs


Performing Arts

College Play

The students involved in this year’s College Play, Moliere’s 'Tartuffe' surprised many with a slick and very funny production under the direction of Ms Jacquelyne Armstrong. The students were required to handle some complex and fast-paced rhyming dialogue as well as detailed physical movement. The set design by Year 10 students, Manisha A and Sarah K, was delightful and the costumes, coordinated by Isabelle D, were some of the most lavish we have seen. The make-up team, Mia C and Dilra U, also had their work cut out for them as did the Props Crew, Alanna S, sourcing some vintage pieces. While much of the glory goes to the cast, the work of many students behind the scenes cannot be underestimated. We also recognise and congratulate Molly R, (Stage Manager), David N, (Lighting), Sean B, (Audio) and Lewis M, (Publicity and Marketing) and their teacher, Ms Jacqueline Flood.

Twilight Outdoor Concert - 29 October

Tuesday's forecast is for a mostly sunny day with an expected top temperature of 27 degrees. That sounds like a perfect opportunity to come out and support the College and its students while enjoying some great music. This year’s Twilight Concert moves back to where it all started, in the Chapel and Performing Arts Centre Plaza. Held in conjunction with the College Open Evening, students from most year levels in the school will be featured on the outdoor stage, including a number of our ensembles; Aitken Songsters, Voices Choir, Guitar and Strings Groups, Year 6 Music Students and our Year 10 Music Performance Class.


Entry to this performance is free. A BBQ will be available for purchase from the Parents and Friends Association and an ice-cream van will be on site and the Cafe2U coffee van. Or bring your own family picnic! Bring a blanket to sit on, or a fold-up chair and join us anytime between 3.30pm and 7.00pm. All welcome to this wonderful school community event.

Vision Outbreak

From 6.15pm on Tuesday, towards the end of Open Evening, we will be proudly launching our second Kool Skools Album, containing 10 original tracks, written and recorded by Aitken students at Studio 52 in Collingwood. A limited number of CDs are on sale now from TryBooking. Go to the Kool Skools Launch at and register your attendance and then for a ‘$10 Donation’ you can secure your copy of the album. During the launch, six of the 10 songs featured on the album will be performed.

Director’s Choice Gala Concert

I am very excited about the diverse line up for our end of year showcase event, The Director’s Choice Gala Concert. Starting at 7.30pm on Thursday 31 October, I will be presenting some of my favourite acts from throughout the year. Students are invited to perform in this concert which aims to provide the breadth of performing arts experiences across the year from Media, Music and Theatre. As always, we will preview a song from next year’s College Musical as well as enjoying some of our best senior students, many performing for the final time. Our Year 4 students will reprise their number from the Cumberland Concert and we will be joined by a former student who has continued in his pursuit of a career in Performing Arts. Tickets are $11.00 each (including booking fee) or ‘4 for the price of 3’ or five tickets for $35.00. If you are thinking of coming along, I encourage you to invite someone else and make a group booking at:

2020 Instrumental Music Lessons

Taking private instrumental Music lessons is one of the best ways to foster and develop students’ love of music and has flow on benefits in other academic areas. Aitken College offers a range of opportunities for students to undertake lessons with highly qualified and dedicated tutors. Applications for 2020 lessons are now available through My Aitken. Here you will find the Instrumental Music Handbook with all the information you require as well as the application form for 2020. Go to


Mr Michael Cooper

Director of Performing Arts

Physical Education

Cumberland House Orienteering

The Year 3-6 Cumberland House orienteering competition was completed on Friday 20 September with sunny conditions on the Aitken College grounds. Students had been learning about orienteering and training in Physical Education classes leading up to the competition. Orienteering involves navigating, in sequence, to different control points that are located on a special course, using a specially-drawn map. The Year 5-6 students also found punch markers along the course.


Congratulations to the following students:


Cumberland Orienteering House Points:














Congratulations to all the winners and people who participated. Thank you to all the staff who assisted. Full results of each year level are posted on the House notice board at the side of the gym.


Mrs Julie Wachter & Mrs Emma Dowling

House Sports Coordinators

Primary Interschool Sport October 2019

Woodlands Division Basketball

The Year 5/6 Boys Basketball team competed in the Woodlands Division Championships recently. Although the team did not win, they represented Aitken College incredibly well and enjoyed the experience. Well done to Miss Crole and Miss Jackson and the boys team for progressing this far in SSV sport.


Hooptime Basketball - State

A huge congratulations goes to our Year 3 & 4 Future Stars Hooptime Basketball team who competed at their Regional tournament recently and qualified for State! What an incredible achievement! Thank you to Mr Mackrell for his involvement with the team and to Lily and Chloe who were ‘Assistant Coaches’ on the day. The team will attend the State Finals in late November; we wish them well.


Year 3 & 4 Future Stars Hooptime Team

Zachariah B, Divjot S, Riley P, Chanelle Y, Ben B, Koen G, Luke M, Nikka G, Kassi V and Nicholas P.


NMR & State Athletics

Well done to the following students who competed at the Northern Metropolitan Athletics Championships - Sienna D, Chelsey C, Georgia D, Luca S, Tarik B, Kaylin A, Alex M and Jai G.


Kaylin A qualified for State in the High Jump and represented Aitken incredibly well. Well done on such an outstanding achievement Kaylin!


Mr Nigel Keegan

Primary Sports Coorindator

Visual Arts

The Art and Design Exhibition Opens on Tuesday 29 October and Closes on Friday 1 November

You are invited to the annual student Art and Design Exhibition at Aitken College. Featuring imaginative, creative and surprising artwork by students from Prep to Year 12. It will be held next week in VCE building 1. The Opening Day for the Exhibition is Tuesday 29 October. The College hosts the Open Evening on the same day. The Exhibition continues for the week and closes at 5.00pm on Friday 1 November. There will be guided tours during the Open Evening to visit the whole school and fabulous Performing Arts events during the week. Please see the Art and Design Exhibition posters for dates and details. There are some photos here of some of the art work that will be on display. I hope you enjoy the 2019 student Art and Design Exhibition.




Mrs Michelle McKay

Acting Head of Faculty Visual Arts

College Activities

Ten Year Reunion - Class of 2009

Are you a member of the Class of 2009 or know someone who is? Join us for a trip down memory lane on Friday 8 November from 7.00pm - 9.00pm to catch up with familiar faces, reminisce and share your post Aitken adventures. Looking forward to seeing you soon! Please RSVP to:


See attached invitation for full details.


Parenting Evening: Student Distraction and Technology in the Classroom

The next parenting evening is on Wednesday 6 November. We will be looking at how technology, available to us all, can distract us from the things we should be doing. At school this can be an issue for students. This presentation is for parents, not students. A room adjacent will be available for unsupervised children if you need to bring your child with you. They must be able to look after themselves for the evening. We will be meeting in Common Room 1 at 7.30pm. If you would like to attend please let me know via email at: or 9333 9100. There is a reply slip for this evening attached below. Please complete it and return as requested.

Mr Chris Ward

Director of Chaplaincy & Student Services

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Hany Amin Maths Tutor

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The Dance Room

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Mathematics Pointt

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