Our School Newsletter

28 October 2016
Issue Nine
Important Dates
Principal's Report
Learning @MFG
What's On @ MFG
 
Matthew Flinders GSC
03 4243 0500
Lt Ryrie St
Geelong, Vic, 3220
AU

Important Dates

Monday October 31, 2016

Year 12 exams

Unit 2 exam preparation classes

Year 8 Trisport to Kardinia Park

Year 10 ACHE to Eastern Beach

Tuesday November 1, 2016

VCE study day

Melbourne Cup day – classes running today

Sweethearts performing at Market Square

7L and 7I to Geelong College pool

Wednesday November 2, 2016

Year 12 exams

Unit 2 exam preparation classes

Arts Exhibition in Multi-Purpose Room

8N to Geelong Lawn Tennis

Thursday November 3, 2016

Year 12 exams

Unit 2 exam preparation classes

Arts Exhibition in Multi-Purpose Room

Year 9 Gym Junkies to Kardinia Park

8I HAPE to tennis

Sweethearts performing at Cherry Bar

Friday November 4, 2016

Year 12 exams

Unit 2 exam preparation classes

Arts Exhibition in Multi-Purpose Room

Last day for submission of all Unit 2 and VCAL work

7D and 7N to Geelong College pool

8F and 8L HAPE to Geelong Lawn Tennis

Monday November 7, 2016

Year 12 exams

8L and 8N to horseriding camp

Unit 2 study day – no timetabled classes

7F to Kardinia Pool

Tuesday November 8, 2016

Year 12 exams

8L and 8N to horseriding camp

Unit 2 study day – no timetabled classes

7I and 7L to Kardinia Pool

House Assemblies

Wednesday November 9, 2016

Year 12 exams

8L and 8N to horseriding camp

8F and 8I to horseriding camp

Unit 2 and Year 10 exams commence

Selected students to Geelong Regional Library

Thursday November 10, 2016

Year 12 exams

8F and 8I to horseriding camp

Unit 2 and Year 10 exams

Year 9 Outdoor Adventures to Geelong Basketball Centre and snorkeling at St Leonards

Year 10 ECO snorkeling at Eastern Beach

Year 9 Gym Junkies to Rippleside

Friday November 11, 2016

Year 12 exams

8F and 8I to horseriding camp

Unit 2 and Year 10 exams

7D and 7N to Kardinia Pool

Remembrance Day ceremony

Principal's Report

Principal’s News

 

Below is an extract from my recent final assembly speech to Year 12.

 

Hail Year 12!

 

Hail is a word I learnt when I was at school when I studied Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar. In that famous play, Julius Caesar is greeted with the words ‘Hail Caesar.’ 

Nice word that – ‘hail!’  It’s actually an old Scandinavian word meaning "health, prosperity, and good luck." So to the Year 12 class of 2016, “Hail!”.  Hail is, of course, a vocal greeting. You don’t write ‘hail’ to someone. You have to say it, or call it out to them. It is a greeting of the voice.  “Hail Year 12!”

Now hold that information for a moment; I want to come back to the word ‘hail’. But let’s think for a moment about our voices and how well we use them. By this I do not mean how well we sing or yodel, but how well we use our voices when we interact with each another. Our voice has enormous power – to express love and appreciation by saying ‘I love you’ or ‘thank you’; to save a life by calling out ‘STOP’; to build community and harmony with words like “Come and join us. We have a spare seat.”

We also have the power with our voice to create harm and unrest, and to hurt others. Often the greatest hurt we experience in life comes from the voice of another person. So Year 12s, as you leave us to embrace the next chapter of your lives, how can you make sure that you use your voices to speak powerfully and positively, so that the world will be a better place for others and for yourselves?

First of all, I think there are four ways of behaving that you need to resist.

1. Gossip - Speaking ill of somebody who's not present. It’s a horrible habit! Gossip causes a lot of grief and pain. Someone I know gave some very wise advice about gossip. “Whenever you hear it, she said, make sure you never pass it on. That way, the circle of gossip is broken. You have to be the one who ensures that the bit of gossip you hear dies with you then and there.” Always determine to break the circle of gossip.

2. Judging – Making a negative decision about something or someone. It is all too easy to judge others on what they wear, how they look or behave but I implore you to work at resisting this and be a person who strives to not make negative judgements about others.

3. Negativity - You can easily fall into this bad habit. My grandmother would always respond to “how are you going Grossmamma” (that’s what I called her), with “not so bad”, in a very forlorn voice. In the final years of her life, she became negative about absolutely everything. It became very hard to listen to her and, as a consequence, harder to spend time with her. I remember I said to her one day, "It's January 1 today," and she said, "I know, isn't it dreadful?"

Another form of negativity is the habit of complaining. Take some time to listen to other people - and perhaps yourself - and you may hear yourself complaining a lot. We complain about the weather (if it is not too hot it’s too cold), sport (How bad was our footy team on the weekend, and as for the umpires…) about politics (those politicians are really so useless…), even about school and teachers and homework and everything…  Complaining is viral misery! It’s like a vocal version of the flu! Complaining makes the world an unhappy, dingy place. Complaining doesn’t spread sunshine and lightness in the world.

4. Excuses - The fourth bad habit is making excuses. We all know the person who likes to blame everyone else and make excuses and not take responsibility for their actions. “I did not make the netball team because the selection panel are biased. I came late because the traffic was bad”. Or your teachers’ old favourite: “I did no complete my homework because I the dog ate it.”

Year 12s, these are the four ways of behaving that I encourage you to avoid in terms of how you use your voice.

Conversely, there are four really positive concepts that you can embrace if you want your voice to be a powerful and positive force in the world. And that’s where the word ‘hail’ comes in:  that ancient word which means to greet or acclaim enthusiastically; to wish someone health and prosperity and good fortune.  

Year 12s, I want to take the four letters of that word to emphasise the four things that you can do to make your voices strong and encouraging.

The H – honesty; being true to what you say, being straight and clear.

The A - authenticity; just being yourself. A friend of mine described it as ‘standing in your own truth’, which, I think, is a lovely way to put it. 

The I - integrity, being true to your word, actually doing what you say, and being somebody people can always trust. 

And the L -  is love. I don't mean romantic love; I mean always wishing people well, always looking out for the feelings and reputation of others, always choosing kindness over condemnation.

L is the most important letter of the word ‘hail’ because love tempers or modifies or controls the other three – honesty, authenticity and integrity. 

Let me give you an example: absolute honesty may not be what we want on every occasion.  My goodness, you look ugly in that dress!  That may be true, perhaps, but love would soften such brutal honesty.

Tempered with love, honesty is a great thing. Likewise authenticity and integrity will be controlled by love, that commitment to always wishing people well, always wishing them health and good fortune.

So if you have the pleasure of seeing the play Julius Caesar, remember that word ‘hail’ - and determine as you look forward and move forward with your lives  that it is your voice that will make this world a better place.

Student News

Brynnie Rafe

Brynnie’s entry entitled, All the Way Up has been awarded First Prize at the La Trobe University’s Young Writers’ Awards. Her story is included in this newsletter for you to read.

 

Lani  Kasperovic and Tyla Gibson

Lani and Tyla took part in the ‘Schools Poetry and Short Story Competition 2016’ and have been informed that their pieces of writing will be published in a book titled ‘Word Zone’. In addition, they are in the running for prizes which will be announced later this month.

 

Neisha Hunter

Neisha Hunter has been successful in gaining a fully funded position in the December Earthwatch Student Challenge Program that will take place in South Australia looking at the Ecosystems of the Murray River. Flights, accommodation, food, insurance and all resources paid for!

 

Year 12 Celebration Day

On Monday 17 October the Year 12s had their final assembly at MFG. It was wonderful to see parents and friends also attending this formal event; your presence was appreciated – thank you! Our Year 12s showed their maturity and their wonderful sense of fun on Tuesday 18 October - their celebration day. They came dressed in a range of costumes, danced, laughed, took part in fun activities and were very inclusive, respectful and safe. There were a few clever pranks, one was decoration of the open area with bras and a banner saying – ‘thanks for your support’. The bras have now been donated to a worthy cause. I would like to thank our Year 12s for the respectful way they celebrated their school end and I commend the school leaders on the way they led these activities.

 

VCE 5.0

As I indicated in a letter to parents of students in Years 10 and 11, in order to support student learning in 2017 (and in the Early Commencement Program) VCE and VCAL classes will have 5 lessons per week. There will not be a Study Day once a fortnight.

Michelle Crofts

Prinicpal

Learning @MFG

Discover Engineering Day at Deakin

I had the pleasure of attending a ‘Discover Engineering Day’ recently with 10 of our Year 9 students at CADET – the Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training at Deakin University. The purpose of the day – part of Design and Technology week and in partnership with Engineers Australia – was to raise awareness of engineering, give students a ‘taste’ of different strands of engineering and inspire students to maintain their studies in STEM in the senior years of schooling.

 

Our students had a great day and participated in a Building Challenge where they had to work in teams of 3-4 and use the materials supplied (marshmallow connectors, spaghetti and blutack) to construct a building that could withstand the forces of an earthquake simulator. The students were challenged with some design constraints including a base that fitted within a 20cm square, a height only of 60cm and the structure had to be fixed to the table with blutack. Eza’s group’s building passed the earthquake test!

 

The students also participated in a workshop about mechatronics and learned about Arduinos and toured the amazing CADET facility. Did you know that, as part of an Engineering degree at Deakin, that one can study Virtual and Augmented Reality?

 

http://www.deakin.edu.au/engineering/cadet

MFG an eSmart School

eSmart Schools is a behaviour-change initiative in over 2, 200 schools across Australia. The eSmart Schools Framework is designed to help schools improve cyber safety and reduce cyber bullying and bullying. eSmart Schools provides a framework that guides the introduction of policies, practices and whole-school change processes to support the creation of a cyber safe or eSmart environment.

eSmart Schools was developed by RMIT University in consultation with cyber safety, bullying, education and industry experts from across Australia. In 2010, eSmart was piloted in 159 schools across Australia with funding from the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. In 2013 our school began its journey towards having eSmart status. As of January 2014, over 2,200 Australian schools were participating in eSmart.

An eSmart school is a school where the smart, safe and responsible use of information and communications technology is a cultural norm. Students, teachers and the wider school community are equipped to embrace the best these technologies can offer, while being savvy about the pitfalls.

We have recently achieved eSmart Status as an eSmart School. This involved creating a range of resources, policies and processes related to the safe and responsible use of technology at our school.

Maker Faire 2016

On October 6th we had 80 enthusiastic Grade 4-5 students from Geelong South, Geelong East, Leopold and Clifton Springs Primary schools attend our second annual ‘Maker Faire’ (not an official Maker Faire event). Each of the students participated in 3 x 45 minute workshops and many of these were designed and led by our students including our students from our Digital Technologies classes and our VCAL students. These workshops included coding using the Spheros and drones, Lego Mindstorm robotics, an environmental technology activity in our Living Garden and two engineering themed workshops run by Julia and Ines, two Deakin Ambassadors.

The primary school students had a fun, challenging and enjoyable day and our students did us proud. This is now an important promotional event for our school and gives some prospective students an opportunity to experience a day at MFG and some aspects of our Digital Technologies curriculum. Many thanks to Simon Collier for his design and coordination of the day, Jo Toone for her work with our VCAL students who ran a science experiment workshop called ‘The Thirsty Candle’ and Robyn Myers who organised morning tea and a showbag for each of the primary school students.

 

 

Lia Hills – writer in residence

About 20 selected budding authors and writers from Years 7-12 recently participated in a ‘writer in residence’ workshop with author and poet, Lia Hills. Lia has been working with our students and teachers for a number of years now as part a grant we received through the Invergowrie Foundation. 

Our students had an opportunity to learn about some poetry / creative writing strategies relating to generating ideas, developing character and incorporating an abstract/conceptual focus into their writing. They also had an opportunity work 1:1 with Lia and do some cross-year-level sharing, which is often rare in a secondary school. The sharing of student writing and ideas at the end of the residency was memorable and moving. We have some real talent at our school.

The students involved have planned to develop a publication of their writing and poetry.

http://www.invergowrie.org.au/

Victorian Virtual Learning Network (VVLN) 2017

Our involvement with the Victorian Virtual Learning Network continues into 2017 with a number of our students studying VCE Units through the VVLN.

  • Unit 1-2 Physics = 5 students
  • Unit 3-4 Physics = 6 students
  • Unit 1-2 Spec Maths = 2 students
  • Unit 3-4 Spec = 1 students

 

Emma, one of our VVLN students, is also part of their promotional material!

 

 

Introduction of Year 10 exams in Semester 2

We are introducing formal Year 10 exams this year for the first time. These will run alongside the Unit 2 exams between November 9 and November 11, followed by an opportunity for our Year 10 students to reflect on their exam experience in class.

One of the main focuses of the Year 10 exam experience is to build their capacity as ‘assessors’ – that is, use the exam reflection time in class to encourage our Year 10 students to assess their exam responses, analyse their performance (for example errors they made) and reflect on areas for improvement. It’s also an opportunity for them to understand the structure and demands of an exam that is designed with the Unit 3-4 exam in mind. It will be interesting to collect some feedback from our Year 10 students and their teachers about their exam experiences.

 

Deakin STEM Conference

A group of our teachers presented at the STEM education conference at Deakin University during the 5-7 October. Sharon Hogan, Paul Dangerfield and Kim Morris presented some of the work and thinking they have been leading with our Year 7 and 8 students including sharing some of our students’ learnings as part of the Year 7 and 8 STEM investigations. As part of the conference, 20 visitors also came to our school to speak with Sharon, Kim and Paul about the projects, the teacher and student learning and the use of the Living Garden as a context for STEM learning. Sharon, Paul and Kim have promoted some rich thinking and been wonderful ambassadors for our school.

 

Literacy Support

Our Literacy Coach, Ms Kellie Walker, continues her work with a range of students to support them with their reading, writing and literacy learning and confidence. Ms Walker is now also working with a small group of students in Year 8 to provide further support in literacy.  These sessions focus on the 44 sounds in the English language.  They are a starting point for the embedding of the THRASS practices into the school with the aim of improving our students’ foundational phonetic skills.  

The THRASS Institute (Australasia & Canada) is an Australian based company that has developed a Specific Pedagogical Practise (SPP) for the teaching of literacy, marketed as THRASS – an acronym for ‘Teaching Handwriting, Reading And Spelling Skills’.

THRASS is a phonetics teaching-tool that has made a paradigm shift in the teaching of phonetics. It has a phonographic, multisensory focus, complemented by an analogous learning model that makes reading and spelling acquisition much simpler, faster and more sustainable than conventional ‘phonic’ approaches. http://www.thrass.com.au/about-thrass/

 

Damien Toussaint, Assistant Principal, Learning and Teaching

What's On @ MFG

Mathematics Competition and Mathematics Challenge

This year we have had a number of students undertake the Mathematics Challenge and Mathematics Competition.  Both of these Mathematics competitions are conducted by the Australian Mathematics Trust, so are National competitions.

 

The Mathematics Challenge involves the students working through six extended problem-solving tasks independently over a 3-week period in term 2. This year we had five students undertake this challenge, and all managed to complete it in the time allowed.  Most of the work for this Challenge was completed in the students’ own time.  We are very pleased to announce that two of these students were awarded recognition for the work they completed. They are:

  • Olivia Butel (Year 7) who received a Credit award
  • Leila Ducret-Santi (Year 10) who received a Distinction

A big thank you to Mrs Melissa Walker who supported these students during this three week period and completed all the administration work involved.

 

The Mathematics Competition was conducted in August.  This competition involves students working through a variety of Mathematical questions in a set time.  It was great to see how all the students involved approached this competition with great endeavour and tried their best.  Again it is pleasing to announce that several of our students achieved great results for this competition. They were:

  • Madison Taylor                   (Year 7) – Credit
  • Amelia Taylor                      (Year 7) – Credit
  • Susan Goedegebuur           (Year 8) – Distinction
  • Brooke Trotter                    (Year 8) – Distinction
  • Samantha Hovey                (Year 8) – Distinction
  • Annie Stephens                   (Year 8) – Distinction
  • Julia Lawrence                    (Year 10) - Credit

I would like to congratulate all our students who participated in both of these Maths extra-curricular activities this year.

 

Mrs Sharon Hogan

Maths Learning Area Leader

Woo hoo!  Congratulations to Niesha Hunter

Niesha Hunter of Year 12 has been successful in gaining a fully funded position from 11th – 18th December in the Earthwatch Student Challenge Program.  

 

This fabulous program will take place in South Australia, where Niesha will be looking at the ecosystems of the Murray River.  She will be working alongside researchers and other students to carry out small mammal and reptile trapping, vegetation studies, wetland and water surveys and grazing pressure surveys…..so EXCITING for her!

 

Flights, airport transfers, accommodation, food, insurance and all resources are fully funded under the program!

 

 

SSV Western Metropolitan Region Athletics 2016

It was ‘four seasons in one day’ as our athletes battled the weather conditions in Melbourne on Tuesday October 4.   We had some successful students who managed to win themselves a medal but unfortunately no one progressed to State finals for this year.

Well done to everyone involved.  Check out the table below for the list of results.

 

Name

Results of Event

Bella O’Neil

2nd - 15 year 100m

3rd - 15 year 200m

Jakiya Rathgeber

5th – 15 year Discus

Jade Powell

3rd – 16 year 100m

Vanessa Marsh

3rd – 16 year 800m

2nd – 16 year Long Jump

2nd – 16 year Triple Jump

Genevieve Visser-Hook

4th – 17 year 800m

6th – 17 year 1500m

Caitlyn Sager

3rd – 15 year Long Jump

4th – 15 year Javelin

3rd – 15 year Triple Jump

Tahlia Hirst

5th – 16 year 200m

Molly Driscoll

2nd – 14 year Discus

Kirra Winnell

8th – 14 year Javelin

Ebony Berg

4th – 16 year 400m

Bella O’Neil

Caitlyn Sager

Tanayah Nuredini

Sophie Newell

4th – 15 year Relay Team

 

Vanessa Marsh

Tahlia Hirst

Jade Powell

Ebony Berg

 

Mr Lehmann

Sport Leader

 

4th – 16 year Relay Team

Defying The Drift

During the holidays on the 26th-28th of September, we took part in an agriculture program called
‘Defying the drift’. We stayed at Marcus Oldham where we stayed in uni-students rooms. This
program was for students in rural Victoria, interested or looking for a career in agriculture to find
out more.
On day 1, we got to meet everyone and had a couple of classes to get to known one another. On
day 2 we had a 4:30 am wake-up for a 5:00 am breakfast and then we went to Colac to a dairy
farm, where we watched the last of the milking process and talked about their calving procedure.
We then had our second breakfast of the day. We visited the co-op at Colac, then headed to Bulla
for a tour. At Bulla we learned about what happened when the milk came from the dairy into the
factory and how, after it was processed, it’s packaged and sent away. The factory we visited was
only handled ‘chilled products’.
We then headed to Inverleigh to meet a bio-dynamic farmer and his methods of how to farm. The
final tour of the day was in ‘Murnong’ where we were shown a presentation about a farm and how
technology and genetics are impacting how things are done. That night we had a formal dinner
with our sponsors who had helped us to get to this camp.
On our 3rd and final day, we presented 3 minute speeches in front of the class. Straight after we
had three panel speakers who told us about their careers and pathways in agriculture or
agribusiness.
We really enjoyed this program. Not only did we learn more about agriculture, we learned more
about ourselves and made some life long friends. This program gave us public speaking skills and
a taste of University life. We recommend this program to not only students who live on farms or
live in rural parts of Victoria, but to the the ‘city kids’ who want to learn more about agriculture. It
was a great experience and we ended up getting a lot out of the course.

 

Cassidy Plier and Ebony Bath

DEAKIN SINGERS

The Deakin Singers, once again, have done a fabulous job of representing the school at the Deakin Graduations.

 

They did six performances over 3 days in the first week of this term.

Congratulations to all the girls for singing so well to perform with Michael Cristiano, Jess Markovski and Janeva Burrill.

 

 

LIFE IN ANCIENT EGYPT

All Year 7 students are currently learning about life in ancient Egypt as part of their study of history.   They have been discovering some amazing facts about the way that these extraordinary people used to live and have immersed themselves in their learning.  This was really evident during 7F’s mummification race, which was a team event with the goal of wrapping the neatest ‘mummy’ in the shortest amount of time.  All teams soon discovered that this was not as easy as it sounded!

 

The students in 7F have also mummified some apples by slicing them up and placing them in containers full of salt.  Once the mummification process has been completed, the apples will last indefinitely.  Ms Myers has one on her desk that is about 10 years old!

 

Here are some interesting facts about life in ancient Egypt that we have discovered:

 

  • If a family cat died, all members of the household would shave off an eyebrow as a sign of mourning
  • Many Egyptians shaved their heads, but they wore heavy wigs made out of wool
  • Only scribes were allowed to write in hieroglyphics
  • During the mummification process, the brain was removed using a hook inserted through the nose

 

Robyn Myers

Class teacher

Matthew Flinders Poetry Club:  The Weird Sisters

We meet every third Friday lunchtime in the Library to share poetry and support each other in writing and crafting. Sometimes we end up having a good old chat about writing, life, the universe and everything. Students from all year levels are very welcome.

 

Here’s an example of a Group Poem inspired by the image below.  It was a fabulous merging of group members’ responses to the intensity of the visual.

 

Ms Jones

 

Empty Once More

 

Chairs and wardrobes in a room so bare,

Withered paint, withered soul, gazes on without care.

So be it! Let the world shatter like windows,

Let it all come down and disappear to where the wind blows.

 

Books flutter in the broken breeze,

Where did it all go wrong?

 

Former grandeur plays hide and seek,

With velvet green mould and rotten wood.

 

Creaks and moans fill the empty space,

No love for the place.

It took a life or maybe two,

No one knows of the empty space.

Stale air caught between my eyelashes,

Underwater, peeling wallpaper and dust mites.

A scene drowning in the colour of decay,

Of jealousy, of frozen time and holding your breath.

 

Your empty shadows whisper,

Longing to cast off your cloak of decay.

 

Lively laughter, quickened steps, child’s squeals of joy.

Dulled by the ever-changing light.

Taken by the monster’s moans of the age-old supports.

 

The echoes of voices,

A breath of fresh air.

Faint sound of laughter,

Food the table used to bear.

A bustling environment,

Explorers take care.

 

An ancient writer’s emporium,

Filled with mystery and heartache.

 

Cracking ceiling, dirty floor,

A once full house, empty once more.

Laughter filled the hallways,

Light came from every door.

A once cheerful house,

Empty once more.

 

Some of “The Weird Sisters”:  Molly Bridger, Bec Cocking and Penny Woods

 

SEPARATED AT BIRTH?

You may have recently seen a very cute clip on YouTube that was posted after a film crew visited a wildlife sanctuary to make a promotional film.  During the photo shoot, one of the koalas had a very close encounter with a butterfly and the clip went ‘viral’.  Jade Kelly of Year 9 had a similar experience on a recent Indonesian trip to the Melbourne Zoo.  Can you spot the difference?

 

 

GEELONG SHOW SUCCESS

On Thursday the 13th of October we went to the Geelong show. First up we went to see the chickens, sheep, cows and then the baby animals. Then we went to the horticulture and arts and crafts sheds to try and find all of our entries we had made to see if we had won any prizes.

 

We came away with lots of prizes in cooking, photography, decorative and vegetables. After that we had free time to go on some rides and buy some show bags.

 

Everyone had an amazing day full of lots of fun!

 

Gracie Goodman 7F

 

 

 

Saver Plus

 

Homework Club

 

Tree House Family Fun Day

 

Basketball Players Wanted

 

France Trip 2017
 

Our planning for this exciting trip during the last week of term 3 and the September school holidays next year is really starting to take shape.

 

After discussions with Clonard College, we have decided to combine forces! By doing this, we hope to increase the number of students wishing to participate, making the trip more viable and less costly!

 

We have decided to combine the best of both schools’ itineraries and this has resulted in a varied and fascinating program.

 

The trip will last for 18 days and will include 5 days in Paris (The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Versailles Palace, Sacré Coeur and Montmartre, the Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe, shopping and strolling through the beautiful streets). After our stay in the most visited city in the world, we will head for Mont St Michel, an island off the coast of Normandy with a mediaeval monastery that looks like it has come straight out of a fairytale. From there, we travel to a picturesque mediaeval walled city called Dinan and then on to Guingamp to spend a day with students and teachers from our informal sister school, walking along the beach and having fun at a small theme park dedicated to the Gauls, the inhabitants of France before the invasion by the Romans. This low-key day was a highlight for students who participated in the trip in 2014.

 

We will then travel to the Loire Valley to visit Chenonceau, arguably the most beautiful château in France, and Clos Lucé, the grand home of the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci during the last four years of his life. And then we will head for Lyon, which many people prefer to Paris because it has all of Paris’ charm without the hectic pace. It is here that students will stay with a French family for several days gaining many insights into everyday family life. During the day they will discover the beauty of this city, visit a kindergarten, visit local museums on themes such as the Lumière brothers (the inventors of cinematography), the silk industry, the Roman foundation of the city two thousand years ago and the deportation of Jews during WW2. Lyon is the gastronomic capital of France so there will be lots of delicious treats to try and a visit to the famous Halles Paul Bocuse!

 

On our return to Paris, we will spend a day at the famous French theme park Parc Astérix before heading to the airport the next day for our return to Australia.

 

The cost for this trip will be approximately $6,500, which includes all expenses except for spending money.

 

The trip will be open to all students who will be in Years 9-11 in 2017.

 

Mauritius and Reunion Island Trip
March/April 2017

It’s not too late to get on board!

 

Following on from the successful visit from our French sister school, Lycée Sarda Garriga, in March this year, the Languages Learning Area is now calling for expressions of interest from members of the school community who are keen to participate in our trip to Reunion and Mauritius. These two exotic French-speaking tropical islands are located just off the east coast of Africa.

 

Please submit the expression of interest form below to one of the French teachers as soon as possible!

 

The proposed dates of this 18-day trip are:

 

Sunday, March 26 – Wednesday, April 12, 2017.  The dates include the last week of term one and most of the term one holiday.

 

Cost: $3,900

 

Who can participate in this trip?

 

Students who will be in Year 9-12 in 2017 are eligible to join this trip. It is open not only to students of French, but also students who enjoy outdoor activities, in particular hiking and camping. Adult members of the school community are also welcome to participate.

 

What’s involved?

 

  • Take part in a three-day visit to Mauritius Island in the Indian Ocean where you will explore the island during two day-long excursions;
  • Visit attractions such as the tea plantation, the famous botanical gardens, the Sugar Museum, a local market and the monument erected in honour of Matthew Flinders who was held captive on the island for four years;
  • Stay in a beach-side hotel in Mauritius for three nights;
  • Spend thirteen days on Reunion Island during which time you will live with a host family, alone or with a friend;
  • Sit in on some classes at our sister school and help the English teachers teach English to their students;
  • Learn and practise French at your own level in many authentic contexts, especially with your host families and at school;
  • Participate in an overnight hike in a picturesque landscape of waterfalls, tropical rainforest, peaks and gorges;
  • Visit the key attractions of the island with MFG students, including the volcano, beaches, markets, the amazing valleys and mountains, the vanilla plantation and the rum distillery.

 

Please submit the expression of interest form to one of the French teachers as soon as possible if you are interested.

 

 

 

All_The_Way_Up.docx
Bethany_Amanda Vernon_High school_newsletter notice.pdf
Geelong Library Homework Club .pdf
YG_Treehouse_Family Fun Day_2016_Poster.pdf
Girls Flyer 2017 (14,16,18).pdf
France Trip 2017 .docx
Mauritius and Reunion Island Trip 2017.docx