Aitken College Newsletter

16 December 2019
Issue Twenty
Important Message
Important Diary Dates
Principal's Message
Deputy Principal
College Head of Learning
Parents & Friends 
Performing Arts
Community Activities
Business Directory
Aitken College
(03) 9333 9100
1010 Mickleham Road
Greenvale, Victoria, 3059

Important Message

Office Closure

The Aitken College office will close at 4.00pm on Tuesday 24 December 2019 and will re-open on Thursday 2 January 2020 at 9.00am.

Important Diary Dates

2020 Term Dates

Term 1:  31 January / 3 February  to 26 March 

Term 2:  15 April to 18 June

Term 3:  14 July to 18 September

Term 4:  5 October to 11 December

Important Diary Dates for 2020

Monday 9 March

Labour Day Holiday


Tuesday 17 March

Parent Teacher Interviews (Prep-Year 12)


Thursday 26 March

Parent Teacher Interviews (Prep-Year 12)

Term 1 ends for students


Friday 27 March

Assessment Day (no students)


Monday 13 April

Easter Monday Holiday


Tuesday 14 April

Professional Learning Day (no students)


Wednesday 15 April

Term 2 commences


Monday 8 June

Queen's Birthday Holiday


Thursday 18 June

Term 2 ends


Friday 19 June

Assessment Day (no students)


Monday 13 July

Professional Learning Day (no students)


Tuesday 14 July

Term 3 commences


Tuesday 4 August

Parent Teacher Interviews (Prep-Year 12)


Thursday 13 August

Parent Teacher Interviews (Prep-Year 12)


Friday 14 August

Assessment Day (no students)


Friday 18 September

Term 3 ends


Monday 5 October

Term 4 commences


Monday 2 November

Mid Term Break


Tuesday 3 November

Melbourne Cup Day Holiday


Friday 20 November

Assessment Day (no students)


Thursday 3 December

Presentation Night


Friday 11 December

Term 4 ends



Principal's Message


                                                       Mrs Josie Crisara

Presentation Night

Presentation night is an opportunity to showcase some of the great work our students do throughout the year. We congratulate award winners who are listed below and I reminded students about something they have read by A.A.Milne.


His famous characters, Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin live in the Hundred Acre Forest with a group of friends. Things do not always run smoothly because sometimes they argue and difficulties arise but in the end the friends find acceptance, strength and encouragement in each other.


Students were asked to remember:

You are braver than you believe

Stronger than you seem

Smarter than you think

And loved more than you know.

Final Assemblies

At the final Assemblies this week, Subject and Colours Awards were presented. Congratulations to those students who worked hard to achieve these awards.














  • Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award:  Abigail V.

Thank You

We thank the following staff who will be leaving Aitken College.

  • Mr Michael Slee (retiring)
  • Mrs Caron Flynn (relocating Interstate)
  • Miss Mikayla Millane (Watsonia Height PS)
  • Mr Ian Francis (Lowther Hall)

And the following staff who have acted in replacement positions this year:

  • Mr Josh Sibley
  • Ms Beverley Carlton
  • Mrs Tineal Trethewey
  • Mr Sam Vaiano
  • Ms Mandy De Lacy
  • Ms Veronica Wang
  • Mrs Christine Hutchinson
  • Mr Andrew Mackenzie

We also thank Ms Kerrie Neophytou for all her founding work in Fairview over many years. She will be moving into a new role as Director of Community Engagement at Aitken College for 2020.

Merry Christmas

I wish the whole College community a holy Christmas. May the love, peace, joy and hope of the season fill your homes.  Happy New Year! 

Deputy Principal

                                                        Mr Kim Forward

Presentation Night

Thank you to all families for your presence at Presentation Night. It was pleasing to see so many in attendance. In such a large gathering of the school community, it was good to highlight the wonderful achievements of so many of our students; we always hear of younger students who are inspired to dream of also receiving College Colours one day. I hope that you enjoyed the entertaining musical items presented, featuring our talented Primary and Secondary students.

Preparation for Term 1, 2020

Families of students moving into Years 5, 6 and 7 in 2020, will receive further details about iPad “onboarding” which will happen on Book Collection day, Wednesday 22 January. Students who are unable to attend then will have other opportunities. On 22 January, there will also be a pre-loved uniform sale hosted by the Parents and Friends Association.

Merry Christmas

Best wishes to all Aitken families for an enjoyable and refreshing Christmas and New Year.

College Head of Learning

End of Semester Reports

Parents of students from Prep to Year 11 have been issued an end of semester report on Friday, accessible via the Community Portal. The report is intended as a summary of student achievement in all subjects throughout Semester 2. Further details about individual assessment tasks, including assessment criteria and comments about the progress a student is making and areas for further improvement, can be found on My Aitken in the “Marks and Feedback” section for each of your children.

Campion Booklist Collection - Wednesday 22 January 2020

A reminder that booklist orders for those who have selected the pick-up from school option when ordering, can be collected from the College on Wednesday 22 January 2020 between 8.30am and 12.30pm and from 1.00pm until 5.00pm. The distribution centre will be Common Room 1 – in the first Senior School building. The busiest times are always the start and the end of the day, so if you do not need to come at those times you might find you have a shorter wait time.

iPad Onboarding

Students entering Year 5, 6 and 7 in 2020 will need to visit the school with their iPad at any of the times listed below, in order to set up their Aitken College WIFI access, email accounts, security certificates and digital textbooks. We will have a team of IT specialists on hand to assist with the process, which should only take about 15 minutes.

  • Wednesday 22 January between 8.30am and 5.00pm – in VCE 1 – near the Campion book collection area.
  • Tuesday 28 January to Thursday 30 January, between 9.00am and 4.00pm – please visit Reception

Having their iPads set up and ready to use on Day 1 of 2020 with their textbooks downloaded will, we hope, ensure that some of the inevitable first-day anxieties are minimised so students can focus on getting to know each other and their teachers.


Students in all other year levels will be given instructions on how to set up their iPads for 2020 WIFI access and how to download their digital books, in class on the first day of school.


We will also have a number of IT technicians available to help students overcome any IT problems in the first week of school. Details on how to access this IT help will be advertised to students via their Homeroom teachers.

Ms Pauline Malkoun 

Acting College Head of Learning

Parents & Friends 

2019 P&F Activities

As the year comes to a close, we look back on the year that has past. We have had a really successful year, from the Mothers Day and Fathers Day Breakfasts and Stalls, the Hot Cross Bun and the Towel and Apron drives. The countless canteens we have held for performances in the Chapel and Performing Arts Centre. The Movie Night, Comedy Night, Fun Run and the Cumberland and Fairview Discos.  We are very grateful for all of the support that has been received from the committee and from all the volunteers, a little or a lot of help makes a huge difference.

Stuck on You Fundraising

We have  teamed up with Stuck on You, where you can buy all your back to school needs for 2020! They include labels, to Bento Box, Lunch bags and much much more. The products on the Stuck on You website can also  give you great Christmas gift ideas.


Go to and go crazy designing  your child's labels and all their back to school needs. At the same time you will be helping raise money for  Aiken College. We will earn 20% commission and 5% commission on promotional  items. When you log on to the Stuck on You website enter our fundraising code: AITKEN at the checkout.  Happy shopping!


Pre-loved Uniform Sale/Donations

Our upcoming Pre-loved Uniform sale will be held on Wednesday 22 January 2020  in CR1. It will be held on the same day as booklist collection. The sale starts at 9.00am  and we will be there until 3.00pm


If you have Aitken College uniform items at home that are no longer in use and are in wearable condition, we would love to have them. The Parents and Friends Association clean and iron the donated uniform items and re-sell them at our quarterly Pre-loved Uniform sales with all the funds going back to the Parents and Friends Association fundraising account. The items can be dropped off in our clothing bin near main Reception. Please remember that the items need to be in a wearable condition and we do not have a market for re-sale of Aitken College socks.

Please Save the Dates!


First Meeting in 2020

Our first meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday 18 February 2020 at 7.30pm in the Chapel and Performing Arts Centre, seminar room (upstairs room P24).

Merry Christmas and Thank You

We wish you all a happy and blessed Christmas. Stay safe over the holidays. I look forward to a productive and fulfilling 2020 and would like to thank everyone for their support throughout the year.


Mrs Melinda Gallicchio

Vice President - Parents & Friends Association



                                                                                      Mr David Murphy


I would like to congratulate our year 12 VCE and VCAL students on their excellent achievement this year. The VCE final results were very pleasing and I am sure there were some excited families last Thursday morning.  Our VCAL students also finished the year with some fine achievements and are moving on to work, apprenticeships or further study.


Congratulations also to the Year 10 and Year 11 students on their excellent work during the VCE Early Commencement Program. Students’ attitude and work ethic has been first class and the hard work during these two weeks will pay off when students return next year already ahead on their VCE studies.

2020 Year 12 Learning Conference

All 2020 Year 12 students are reminded that they will start the year with our annual Student Learning Conference at Essendon Fields on Friday 31 January. This compulsory event is an exciting and worthwhile day, which equips the new Year 12 students with study and personal management skills needed for the year ahead. Permission forms for the Student Learning Conference have been distributed to students and emailed to parents; can I ask families to please ensure these are returned to the Senior School Office promptly.


Duke of Edinburgh's Awards

Congratulations to the Year 11 students who were recently awarded their Bronze Award by Duke of Edinburgh’s Award representatives at the Brookhill Final Assembly. The Award is an internationally recognised and valued program that encourages and empowers young people to engage with their community, explore their potential and challenge themselves to achieve personal excellence.


During the VCE/VCAL Early Commencement Program, the students had numerous speakers - including the Greenvale Fire Brigade and excursions to two TAFE institutions. The week was concluded with a celebration event for staff run and organised by the students.

Mrs Jenny Lilley

VCAL Coordinator


                                                     Mrs Francis Scuderi

Presentation Night & Final Assembly

We enjoyed wonderful celebrations of College life at the Presentation Night and Final Assembly this week. These events allow us to come together as a community and celebrate what the students have achieved throughout the year. Congratulations to all Dunhelen students and particularly students who were awarded School Colours, Encouragement or Subject Awards. Your hard work is recognised and you should be very proud of your achievements.

Community Activity

Last week the Food Studies students hosted 13 visitors from the Pascoe Vale Retirement Village. It was truly a lovely afternoon. The students prepared all the food and engaged in conversation with our visitors. Congratulations to all students and staff involved. It was a huge success and we plan to host a lot more of these in coming years.



Dunhelen Classes for 2020

Students will be notified over the holidays about their Homeroom and teachers for next year. Please note that the allocation of homerooms is not an easy task and many factors are included in the final decision making. If your child is not with their ‘friend’ there will be a reason for this. Our aim is to compose homerooms that we think, in our professional capacity, will be productive. We encourage all students to widen their friendship circle and to remember that the classroom is a place for work, learning and fun. There is plenty of time throughout the day for social chit chat, play and more fun.

Year 9

The Year 9 students are leaving Dunhelen and heading up into Brookhill. We wish them all the very best and hope that they hold good memories of their time in Dunhelen. I know that they are ready for the next phase of their journey.  Good luck to all!

Thank You

A big thank you to all Dunhelen students for a wonderful year and enormous gratitude to the Dunhelen Homeroom teachers, who go above and beyond. A very big thank you to Mr Eleftheriou, Mrs Flynn and Mr Patchell who are always on hand to assist and support. My job is made so much easier by the Homeroom teachers and Assistant Heads of School. Thank you!

Dunhelen Staff Leadership Team

Next year will see a little bit of a change in the Dunhelen leadership team. Mrs Flynn leaves us to move up North and we thank her enormously for all she has done in and for Dunhelen.  We welcome Ms Jacquelyne Armstrong as Year 8 Assistant Head of School.

Merry Christmas

Wishing all the Dunhelen community a blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Please ensure you get to spend lots of time with loved ones. I look forward to another busy Dunhelen year in 2020.

Dunhelen Sports Day

On Tuesday 10 December, we held our annual Dunhelen Sports Day. The Year 8 and Year 9 students were lucky with the weather. Unfortunately, the rain and mist cancelled the Year 7 student’s timeslot in the morning. It was a fantastic day, with students performing well and displaying a great amount of effort in basketball, tchoukball and soccer. Teams were awarded points on the day for winning matches. Each sports teams total was then combined with the rest of their houses score to form an overall total.


The results were as follows:

Overall Dunhelen results:

Well done to Clarke House! Thank you to all the staff who helped and the students for performing to the best of their ability.


Mrs Emma Dowling and Mrs Julie Wachter

House Sports Coordinators



                             Mrs Leanne Schulz


Cumberland Day of Excellence

Last Friday, students participated in our final Day of Excellence for 2019. Focusing on coding and robotics, students had the opportunity to select the activities of interest to them. Throughout the day, students moved with their group to participate in a variety of activities. Students used their iPads to code dance parties, land reindeer, sketch with robots, play Sphero golf to name just a few of the activities on offer. A big thank you to Jayne Boon for organising the day; her creativity and expertise helped make the day an overwhelming success and showcased ICT in the Primary School.


Liana K 5K

Day of Excellence in Term 4 was great because there were a lot of fun activities to do throughout the day. There were robots and coding. The day was a lot of fun day for everyone to enjoy because it had challenges and easy activities so everyone could be involved!


Maya D 5K

On the Day of Excellence, everyone did different activities in different rooms instead of our own. We did Tynker, Dance Party and much more! Year 3-6 were in groups of 5 and chose 4 different coding activities. Each group had to name their group by saying ideas and agreeing on a name for their group. Everyone had so much fun; now that day might become a memory for all of Cumberland to remember!


Jasiah C 4A

Day of Excellence was amazing! We got to code, draw and create our own designs. My favourite activity was Sphero because we got to code it to follow the path, talk and played games with it. I also liked Day of Excellence because I got to do it with my friends. It was a great experience!


Brandon S 4A

Term 4’s Day Of excellence was so much fun! For the day, we were put into different groups to do different activities such as Dance Party, Scratch, Tynker, Sphero, code your hero, ozobots and dash/dot and you also got to choose team names. My groups’ team name was Footprints on the Moon. If I had to choose a favourite, I would choose the Ozobots. For ozobots, you can create lines by coding the ozobots to use markers. Black is the main marker and you can also make lines using red, blue and green to create special movements like speeding up, spinning, slowing down, doing the moon walk and much more! In my group, we created two tracks and made a race. I lost! It was really fun and I hope to do it again next year!

Step Up Day

Thursday’s Step-Up day was a busy day in the Primary School. All students moved into their 2020 class to meet their new teachers and classmates and spent the day completing activities in their new class. We also welcomed our gorgeous new Preps to school for their first school day experience.

A lot of time and consideration was put into creating class lists and the Primary School team has worked hard to ensure students are placed in classes that best support each child’s learning needs. Some children may be emotional as we come to the end of the school year and families are encouraged to talk to their children about coping with change and help them focus on an exciting year of learning that awaits them in 2020.


We welcome two new members to the College for 2020, Miss Brittany James and Mr Tom Marks. 

Year 6 Celebration Evening

The Year 6 Celebration Evening was a night to remember! The Year 6 students presented their reflections of their primary years and entertained families with some outstanding performances. Each student was awarded a certificate to commemorate their precious years in Fairview and Cumberland. The Year 6 cohort have been incredible leaders of the Primary School and are a credit to their families. They are kind, caring, compassionate and hard- working students who have been a pleasure to teach and get to know. The staff and I wish them well with their transition to high school.


I would like to say a very big thank you to the Performing Arts Staff, Michael Cooper, Beth Thompson, Jevon Scandrett and Jade Leonard for organising such an outstanding evening. Also, a final thank you to our dedicated Year 6 teaching staff, Maria Koullas, Emma Dowling and Ron Rees who care deeply about the students in their care.

Final Assembly

At the Final Assembly, we were entertained by three talented students. Suveer livened up the CPA with a catchy saxophone medley, Owen captivated the audience with his entrancing creative dance, and Ezel wowed the audience with her beautiful voice! Thank you to all three performers!


Many awards were presented to students. Awards included Sport, House, Service and Cultural Colours, 2019 Semester 1 and 2 Class Captains, and 2019 Cumberland Leaders.


The new Year 6 2020 leaders were also announced. Congratulations to the following Leadership Team:


Fun Run Award

Congratulations to Isabel P in 5K for raising an amazing $1209.70 for the Fun Run Fund Raiser. What a wonderful achievement! She received a certificate, medal, a laptop and a lava lamp.

Yuroke Award

Congratulations to Emilee S for receiving the 2019 Yuroke Award from the local Member of Parliament. This was awarded to one Year 6 person for:

  • Having a positive attitude and growth mindset
  • Forming good relationships with peers and teachers
  • Going out of her way to be helpful and supportive of others
  • Being diligent, conscientious and trying her hardest in all areas of the curriculum

In the Spirit of Giving at Christmas

Rather than students receiving a token gift at the end of the school year, the teachers and classes decided to give to others and be grateful for the things that we have in our life.


I would like to thank all the Cumberland students for showing compassion and giving to others by donating to several charities.


Each student as a parting gift for the year was given a certificate acknowledging their generosity.

  • Year 3 students donated $200 to Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
  • Year 4 students donated $200 to WWF Wildlife Foundation.
  • Year 5 students donated $200 to The Royal Children’s Hospital.
  • Year 6 students donated $200 to Wildlife Victoria.

At the Farm this Week

This week, some Cumberland students visited the farm during lunchtime to watch a sheep shearing demonstration! Students also got to say hello to our four new alpaca’s!! It was very exciting!



We farewell Mr Josh Sibley as he is moving to another school in 2020, and thank him for his contribution to Aitken College and the work he has done with 3S. Also, thank you to Ms Amanda De Lacy who stepped in seamlessly to teach 5M in Term 4 when Ms Samantha McAdam went back home to Scotland.

Christmas Wishes and Thank You

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the families for such wonderful support throughout the year. It is always very much appreciated. I am very excited to be the Head of the Primary School in 2020 and look forward to establishing positive relationships with you all throughout the years.


I would also like to thank the amazing Primary staff that we have for their dedication and hard work throughout the year. We are all very blessed to have such skilled and caring teachers. Finally, I would like to thank all the wonderful students we have in Cumberland. They are kind, thoughtful and caring towards each other. They all work so hard and always strive to be the best people they can be. We are all very proud of them! We are very blessed!


I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the new year. On behalf of the Primary Staff and myself, thank you for the support and take care over the Christmas break.


                            Ms Kerrie Neophytou


A journey of reflection begins with one’s ability to own their path.

Where will we go?

Why will we go?

How will we go?

As our Lord holds our hand we take the next step, we pray, adventure and smile!

By Kerrie Neophytou

Final Report as Head of School

The time has arrived to complete my final report as Head of School - Fairview. I share one of my quotes, as many times before I have included quotes in my publications. I also have included my speech which I presented at Presentation Night on Monday 9 December. It is with excitement, I take on a new College role in 2020 as the Director of Community Engagement and will continue to oversee the Primary Religion and Values Education Program.


Presentation Night Speech:


“Good Evening!

I have been extremely blessed and fortunate, to have held the position as the Head of Fairview - Preparatory School from 2000 to 2019, a twenty-year journey!


As a new chapter unfolds for the Primary School in 2020, I share my reflection and celebrate of an amazing community. Fairview has a strong philosophy and program framework, in which it introduces families and their children to school-life.


The Fairview teachers and support staff, are highly skilled professionals, who put the foremost needs of the children first. My joy and honour has been to work with the College staff, parents, children and local community.


The Fairview family is based on the virtues of our Christian beliefs. Focusing on the Fruit of the Spirit, we all model our school values and reinforce The Golden Rule - Treat others, the way you would like to be treated.


In Fairview, we have developed a strong engagement model, in which it promotes limitless capacity of growth. As we journey through a continuous era of change, we focus on capabilities and essential skills, that will prepare the children for today and tomorrow. The world will continue to evolve and our children are the 21st century travellers.


We are fortunate to be able to experience diversity within our school environment. The uniqueness of an inclusive school community provides an opportunity for individuals to grow and develop in many ways.


A strong focus, which Fairview advocates, is a commitment to accept, care, embrace, understand and celebrate the difference, in which we all bring to our community.


I regularly convey to our community, that with courage and vision, we become our own drivers. The door will always open with love, faith and kindness. We therefore, have the ability to engage in a limitless capacity and our children model this.


This is the journey; we all undertake in our everyday lives, we are learners. The opportunity to explore is essential to maintain a healthy mind and productive life. To continue the learning journey, is the path we all aim to achieve!


Wishing all many blessings during the Christmas period and a happy New Year.


Thank you and God Bless!”

Good Times!

I am hoping that at this spiritual time of the year, we are encouraged to stop and reflect. Today, I had the opportunity to share many of my favourite images of 2019; in the reflection of celebrating the Year 2 students’ achievements in Fairview. There were many images of the children sharing moments together; representing their joy and excitement of their friendship and community. We want children to learn and achieve, however most importantly to feel loved, have faith in their hearts, be safe and happy! Young children have a beautiful ability to see good in all and to enjoy the moment. They do not immediately stop and reflect; they live the moment and share their blessings. It then becomes our responsibility to stop, share and celebrate the treasures the children bring to our lives.



Time, is a treasured asset! As a child, I could not wait for the year to end and Christmas to arrive. I would complain the year would take too long to end. My mother would remind me, that as I aged, the years would travel faster, events and time would be missed. She was very right! I believe we need to reflect and cherish our greatest achievements and assets - our children and family.

My final parenting advice is that you continue to allocate ‘family time’, being scheduled outings, shared mealtimes, reading or game times. Also ensure the time to talk and listen, this is rewarding; as this seed will grow into a fruitful relationship. Small chat with your child is the foundation for discussing the bigger issues and incidents. Taking the time to support, react and respond is also crucial as it develops trust and security.


Make memories, take photos, and print and display them. Your children will grow up very quickly and in a blink they are adults. Time is the greatest source of enriching a relationship - to share, laugh, cry and celebrate together forms permanent and sustainable engagement! 


I have included one of my favourite clips, reflecting family time. It is beautiful, please take the time to view the clip (4 minutes).

Annual Eye Check

A reminder to have your children’s annual health eye check during the Christmas break and ensure minimal gadget time. Playing games and exploring the outdoors helps the body and mind engage, and develop resilience and conversation language.

Thank You

We also take this opportunity to thank Miss Millane for her wonderful work and commitment and wish her all the best at her new school.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I thank all the Fairview parents, staff and children for their hard work and commitment. The Fairview family is extremely supportive and is always available to support each other. The parent community is an integral part of the school. I will always be proud and blessed to have guided its growth and experience, its strength of love and commitment.


The Fariview team are a beautiful and highly professional group of talented individuals. They are extremely supportive and have made everyday a pleasure! I thank them dearly for their dedication, loyalty and support.

Wishing our wonderful community, a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year. May the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ bring you all love, peace, hope and joy. God Bless you all and thank you!


Best Wishes 2019 Year 12 Students

As we approach the end of 2019, Careers staff would like to wish all Aitken students and their families a happy and healthy Christmas season. We hope all students have a good rest over January and return refreshed for a positive start to 2020.


For our 2019 Year 12 students, we are hoping 2020 will bring great excitement and joy as they embark on a life beyond Aitken. For those waiting on VCE results, we wish them all the very best of outcomes and remind students that Careers staff are available in B21 until Friday 20 December as per the details outlined in the Information pack posted home in November. 


We also remind students who have submitted VTAC applications to accept their first offer. If a “better“ offer, one you are happier with and would prefer is received in a subsequent offer round, you can withdraw from your first offer and enrol in your second offer. 


All Universities and TAFEs offer Hotlines, Live Chat, information sessions and/or one-on-one consultations; especially during the period 12 to 14 December. Again, we refer you to the pack of information posted home to you in November. If you need help on Saturday 14 December, contact the institution of your choice or ask to speak to the VTAC representative on duty at the PRAS (2019 Post Results and ATAR Service);;  9637 3877.


We are looking forward to working with all the Brookhill students in 2020 and assisting them with their course and career research and are excited to see the decisions they make about their future.


Mrs Clare Borg & Ms Rae Gibbs

Careers Counsellors

Performing Arts

Songsters Do Christmas At Craigieburn

Our Primary Choir travelled to Craigieburn Central this week to entertain the shoppers with some Christmas Carols. Students also got to meet Santa and ride the Christmas Carousel. Thank you to Mr Scandrett, Ms Leonard, Ms Thomson and the students for the way they represented the College.

2020 Performance Season

With only a few days remaining this year, we have locked down the choices for major shows for next year.

Many will already be aware that the College Musical will be 'The Addams Family' which opens on Friday 24 July. The stage musical depicts the ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre. Although numerous film and television adaptations of Addams' cartoons exist, this musical is the first stage show based on the characters. The story revolves around the daughter, Wednesday, who has fallen for the less-macabre Lucas, and the time comes for the two families to meet. An information session for those interested in auditioning will be held on Thursday 6 February, with auditions following a week later. Addams Family will be directed by Mr Michael Cooper, assisted by Mr Jevon Scandrett, with choreography from Ms Jacquelyne Armstrong and Musical Direction from Ms Robyn Cole.

On 14 and 15 May, we will open the Middle School Play. In 2020, Ms Jacquelyne Armstrong, will be directing a stage adaption of Rudyard Kipling’s, 'The Jungle Book'. The play tells the story of Mowgli, an orphaned human boy who, guided by his animal guardians, sets out on a journey of self-discovery while evading the threatening Shere Kahn, the Bengal Tiger. Students from Years 7-9 can join in the information session on Monday 10 February.

Two weeks later, our VCE Theatre Studies class will present an enchanting modern take on characters from Greek Mythology. Written in 2003, 'Eurydice' retells the myth of Orpheus from the perspective of Eurydice, his wife. The story focuses on Eurydice's choice to return to earth with Orpheus or to stay in the underworld perhaps in part because of her fear of re-entering the world of the living and perhaps as a result of her desire to remain in the land of the dead with her father.

Our College Play to be presented in October will be a stage adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s novel, 'Picnic At Hanging Rock'. Set in 1900, it is about a group of female students at an Australian girls' boarding school who vanish at Hanging Rock while on a Valentine's Day picnic, and the effects the disappearances have on the school and local community. First published in 1967, it is widely considered by critics to be one of the best Australian novels. Although the events depicted in the novel are entirely fictional, it is framed as though it is a true story. Its irresolute conclusion has sparked significant public, critical, and scholarly analysis, and the narrative has become a part of Australia's national folklore as a result. It will be directed by Ms Jacqueline Flood, and auditions will take place early in Term 3.


Apart from these four major shows, the Performing Arts Captains’ Concert will be held on 25 March, Winter Music Soiree on 10 June, followed by the inaugural Battle of the Bands on 11 June and the Emerging Performers Showcase on 17 June. Cumberland and Fairview Concerts will be staged in Term 3 and Term 4 respectively. While The Twilight Outdoor and Director’s Choice Gala Concerts will be held at the end of October.

Instrumental Music Enrolments

Many students have not returned their Music Enrolment forms for 2020, and so we are unable to engage the tutors for days next year. Please drop these into Reception as soon as possible, so we can negotiate availability with the tutors. If you leave it until next year, we cannot guarantee a place as many of the tutors also work at other schools. If you have not received a form or are interested in signing your child up for lessons for the first time, additional forms are available from the school office or online through My Aitken.


Mr Michael Cooper

Director of Performing Arts

Community Activities

Hume City Council Youth Summit

Calling all young people aged between 12-25 who are passionate about mental health. The Hume Youth Summit will provide a space for young people to share their ideas on how to improve youth mental health and emotional wellbeing. The Working Group will start planning in February to deliver the summit in June 2020.


If interested, please see attached flyer.


Bubbles Art Studio Christmas School Holiday Workshops

From Wednesday 18 December to Monday 23 December daily activities have been scheduled. Please contact Natalie Parker on 0433 512 108 if interested.


Please refer to attached flyer for full details.


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Mobile: 0401 334 599




The Gut Detective

I offer naturopathic consultations by appointment only, utilising my extensive pharmacist and herbalist knowledge. I treat conditions such as thyroid disorders, anxiety, depression, sleep issues, auto-immune disorders, migraines, weight issues, fatigue, allergies, skin conditions, chronic pain, fertility issues, infections, hormonal imbalances, digestive problems, stress related issues and more. BOOK ONLINE at:

Contact details: Alida Deligeorges

Address: Unit 1 / 6 Hotham Road, Niddrie 3042

Telephone: 1800 962 020


Hany Amin Maths Tutor

Is Maths too hard? Do you need help with your Maths homework? Would you like someone to extend your mathematical knowledge? Do you need help setting a strong mathematical foundation for VCE? Just give me a call and through my passion, experience and teaching techniques you will achieve great results.

Contact details: Hany Amin

Address: 2 Perugia Ave, Greenvale 3059

Mobile: 0420 660 611



Lincoln Cleaning

All domestic and commercial cleaning. Specialising in carpet and rug steam cleaning, window washing, driveways and patios. Please contact us for a free quote.

Contact details: Eileen or Lupco Arsovski

Mobile: 0412 119 168 or 0404 799 780


Hire A Hubby Greenvale

All handyman works - painting, plaster repairs, door and window repairs, maintenance and renovations, prep for sale, gates and pool fencing, welding. We also have an electrician and a plumber.

Contact details:  Richard Robinson

Mobile: 0414 825 127




Inspire Physio Care

Physiotherapy for children and adults for any musculoskeletal injuries. Education about posture, aches and pains. Advice on sports related injuries. Allied Services - Dietician / Podiatry / Diabetes / Exercise / Physiology.

Contact details:  Tara Kosuri

Address: Shop G12, 1 Greenvale Drive, Greenvale Shopping Centre, Greenvale 3059

Telephone: 9333 6846




CB Clothing Co.

Wholesale Clothing - 100% Australian Cotton Garments of exceptional quality - T/shirts, Hoodies, Polos, Muscle Tanks - for men, women and children. Huge range of colours and sizes. Great for fundraisers and sporting events. Call for more information.

Contact details: Lauren

Address: 26A Ovata Drive, Tullamarine

Telephone: 9335 6606

Mobile: 0407 582 082




The Dance Room

At 'The Dance Room' we love to Dance! If your child loves to dance, then we have the perfect class for them. Our aim and passion is to introduce children to the joy of dance through a friendly but structured environment; and to help children develop co-ordination, rhythm, strength and confidence. Book your free lesson today!

Contact details: Marnie Nelson

Telephone: 9077 0097

Mobile: 0418 883 608



Mathematics Pointt

Mathematics Tuition - Is your child scoring low in Maths or needs a push to be accelerated? Contact Mathematics Pointt, a results oriented Maths tuition for Grade 6 and onwards. Classes available face-to-face and online.

Contact details: Ujjwal Gulati

Address: 10 Northleigh Avenue, Craigieburn

Mobile: 0449 095 574



Urban Tech Design

Residential concept design and development. Pre-contract quality assessments for new home plans. Design, advice and reviews for proposed development  marketing material.

Contact details: Ian Pumpa

Mobile: 0408 061 672




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Kelly Club Holiday Program December 2019 / January 2020

The Kelly Club holiday program will be running at Aitken College from Monday 16 December to Monday 23 December and then again from Monday 6 January to Thursday 30 January, commencing 7.15am to 6.00pm. Kids enjoy fun activities, games and structured free time. During the action packed daily program, qualified and experienced Kelly Club staff will be running a range of cooking, sports, arts, free time, dance, games, crafts, movie time and chill time. Boys and girls aged 4-12 years. 


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