SAFE MINDS FREE WORKSHOP FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY COLLINGWOOD COLLEGE PARENTS
A new date of Tuesday, 5 September has been set. Please see the Wellbeing Page for more details of this informative and enlightening workshop rewarding adolescence
EARLY SPRING WORKING BEE
Saturday, 2 September
Morning Tea and Lunch provided
- Finishing the rock gardens at the front entrance of the school
- Tree planting. Collingwood College will honour the National School Tree Day planting (29 July) at our working bee. Donate a shrub / tree for the school grounds. Come along and plant it with your child. Your family can help care for the plant by watering and watching it grow. Children will feel delighted to see their plant grow to maturity over their primary / secondary years at Collingwood College.
FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHT
August 14th-18th is National Science Week. The secondary science teachers would like to invite you to a Family Science Night to help celebrate this week. The night is aimed at students in year 2-7. So 'Save the date' for 'Thursday 17th August, 4.00-6.00pm in the school Library'. The focus in on Future Earth. Get ready for lots of fun and excitement as you become a Scientist for the night and take part in our amazing activities. We are happy to tell you that Nao will be there to meet all of the students. The rest will be a surprise.
We look forward to seeing you on the night!
Secondary Science Team
PRIMARY PLAY EQUIPMENT & MASTER PLAN
Thank you to all those parents that helped by sharing contacts for suitable play equipment and the school grounds masterplan. All proposals will be finalised by the 18th August and shared with the BES committee.
Please take a moment to read about some news relating to the Primary School:
Prep 2018 Enrolments are filling fast. Please make sure if you have a child that is eligible for Prep in 2018 that you come to the front office and collect an enrolment form. Both Steiner and Reggio places are filling faster than expected. Enrolments are taken on a 'first in-first served' basis.
Acting Primary Principal
Please take a moment to read about some news relating to the Secondary School:
On Thursday 10th August we held the Senior Pathways night at Collingwood Town Hall for our year 10 students transitioning to year 11. Combined with Fitzroy High School's year 10 there was over 350 people in attendance. There was a lot of information to digest from the evening for families. Lots of new terminology to understand. Every student had the chance to talk to teachers from both Collingwood and Fitzroy about the subjects on offer next year. A glossy handbook was handed to all those attended. If you missed the night there are spares in the Senior Office. The electronic link is here.
Thank you to the VCAL Kitchen Operations students for the wonderful catering and to Harold Miller who combined his questions with taking some great shots of the night.
So what happens next?
Senior teachers are visiting classes this week to share snapshots of their subjects.
On the 14th-18th August students will present their preferred pathway to a panel of senior teachers from both schools. If the pathway looks like it will lead to success then a parent/carer signature will be required.
YEAR 9 AND VET INFORMATION NIGHT
Our Year 9 students are invited to attend a transition evening on Tuesday 15th August 6.00-6.30pm in the school Theatre. The focus will be on moving to year 10 and the options available.
Following the year 9 into 10 information session there will be a VET focussed information session for year 9, 10 and 11 students who wish to undertake a VET study next year. VET subjects are a vocational subject that students undertake at another school. The subjects are offered through an external provider called Inner Melbourne VET Cluster. They are not easy and require dedication and strong attendance. There is also additional costs. It is important if you are thinking about studying one of these subjects that you attend. More information can be found here:
Further VET Information
SCIENCE BUILDING WORKS
The plans to update the Science and Technology rooms are well underway on the third level. The Technology rooms are 50% complete and have new desks, chairs, computers and audio visual equipment. These are all essential upgrades for our Digital, ICT, Media, Visual Communications and Animation classes. This work has been completed by our talented team at Collingwood, Trevor and Simon Andrews. We offer a huge thank you for their efforts.
The Science works will be completed by an external company. The tender is about to close. We anticipate work to begin in 2 weeks. There will be minimal disruption to classes as most of the demolition work was completed during the last school holidays. The Science classes in the secondary school are running in a temporary area complete with it's own prep area.
The estimated time for completion is December 2017 in time for the new school year. The Science facilities will put us on a par with the best in the state and will allow us to continue to build our excellent ESTEME program that partners us with Melbourne University and our local primary schools. Next week I will be able to share our new ESTEME website.
Once the building works begin and the weather improves we will be completing the entrance works and the Hoddle Street fence line. We are currently waiting for artwork to be finalise by a local artist and parent. Once finalised we will share a sample with the community.
If you have any questions about transition or the new building plans drop me an email [email protected]
CHINA TRIP TRIVIA NIGHT
The China Trip Trivia Night Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, 19th August from 6:30pm until 9pm. There will be a silent auction and prizes to be won! Bring your own food and a plate of sweets to share with coffee and tea provided for you. Drinks can be purchased from the bar including beer, wine, soft drinks, orange juice and water. You are encouraged to wear red or Chinese costumes.
If you have any donations (nothing is too big or too small) for the silent auction please contact Lijuan, Will or Liria.
Can be purchased from the office staff, or from the china trip students at their weekly stall at the Thursday market.
Adults $15, Secondary aged students $10, Primary aged students $5.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Classroom Teacher and Health Promotion
HEALTH & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT CLASS EXCURSION
On 26th July, the Collingwood College Health and Human Development class ventured to the Mercy Hospital to delve into the exciting world of prenatal development for their Unit 2 studies. Students were able to speak to and learn from an experienced midwife at the hospital. The group was able to see a placenta that was delivered on that very same day as well as say hello to a one day old baby girl as well as the new parents! This experience has opened up many of the students eyes to their thoughts on being in the health services area for their future endeavours.
Classroom Teacher and Health Promotion
CYBER SAFETY AND PARENTING
Please click on the link below to read several articles regarding cyber safety and parenting.
YEAR 12 LAKE TALI KARNG SNOW HIKE
The Year 12 Outdoor Ed class had an exciting week hiking in the snow. There wasn't enough snow on Mt St Gwinear for a ski tour, so we hiked to Lake Tali Karng instead. While there, we had a huge dump of snow that turned the whole High Country into a winter wonderland. The cold was intense, the swimming by two intrepid girls brave, and navigation challenging in the conditions. But we had a great time in the mountains, and we're thankful to have such amazing places on our (distant) door step.
YEAR 9, YEAR 10 & YEAR 11 INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS' SNOW TRIP TO LAKE MOUNTAIN RESORT
Our Y9, Y10, Y11 international students had a wonderful trip to Lake Mountain Resort on Thursday, 3rd August, 2017. Below are what some students say about the trip:
The Lake Mountain snow trip was absolutely amazing. My favourite part of the trip was Tobogganing; Sliding down the hill in the snow was an exciting experience. The beautiful environment was also incredible. The ground, trees and plants were all covered in the pure white snow and looked like a paradise from the fairy tales. I even made a snowman with my friendly international schoolmates. I made a lot of friends and had a lot of fun. I hope I'll be on another excursion with my international squad again soon.
The snow trip to Lake Mountain this year was a blast. It was my first time seeing snow. Although it was slightly cold, we enjoyed throwing snowballs, going tobogganing, then enjoying a nice hot chocolate in the cafe. We were given a chance to bond and get to know each other. One of the most unforgettable trips for me, with the accompaniment of great friends and a stunning scenery having a wonderful time together.
My favourite season is winter because I can see snow in winter. I like the white and beautiful snow, and I enjoyed the snow trip at Lake Mountain although it was very cold. First, we did tobogganing and it was really fun. So we played it for a lot of times. Next we enjoyed throwing snowballs to each other. And we also took a lot of funny photos during our playtime. Then we had a yummy lunch at the resort Café. We really didn't want to go when it was time to jump onto the bus to return. It was snowing on top of the mountain and everywhere was covered by the pure white soft snow. Some of us danced saying go bye to the snow. Pack off this time and wait for next year's snow trip. I think the trip was really good to make friends and to get to know each other. Thanks a lot for organising this activity for us.
AUSTRALIAN MATHEMATICS COMPETITION
On Thursday morning, 27th July, 65 students competed in the Australian Mathematics Competition. Interestingly this is the same number of students as last year!
This year we set up the small gymnasium with tables and chairs, so all students could do the test together.
There were 15 students from Years 3-4, 17 students from Years 5-6, 8 students from Years 7-8, 21 students from Years 9-10 and 4 students from Years 11-12.
We as a school community are very proud of all these students. They listened very carefully to the instructions, behaved exceptionally well before, during and after the test, and tried very hard to do their best. Their results will be available later in the year, and I will report on how they fared in the Newsletter.
I would very much like to thank the teachers and students who came in early to help set up that morning. Without their help, we would not be able to run events like this. I would also like to especially thank all the secondary students who after doing the test, remained and helped pack up all the tables and chairs so that PE classes could continue after recess. It is actions and deeds like these that show how wonderful our students are.
PE / SPORT ATTIRE (revised 03/08/17)
Dear Parents / Carers,
It has come to my notice that students are continuing to wear the incorrect PE/Sport attire for their PE/Sport lessons.
Collingwood College has a compulsory PE/Sport attire policy for students from Yr 7 – 10. We have an embroidered Collingwood College PE/Sport polo shirt that is available to purchase from our reception at the cost of $35.
Students will wear Collingwood College polo shirt / T shirt, blue or black sport shorts, leggings, tracksuit pants or compression wear and runners only. No denim material (shorts or long pants), cargo shorts, jeggings, over the knee shorts, board shorts or short shorts are to be worn.
If students wear the incorrect clothing for any PE/Sport lesson they will have a consequence for their actions and placed into an after school detention.
Thank you for your assistance with this. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any clarification.
Head of Physical Education and Sport
MESSAGE FROM 'CATERING BY LISA'
We wanted to Thank everyone for welcoming us so warmly into your community. We have had such a lovely time familiarising ourselves in the kitchen and meeting so many of you and really appreciate all the feedback and suggestions.
If we haven’t met you yet, we would love to see you at the canteen soon.
We are making coffees (Griffith coffee), hot chocolates (organic Kingston), Chai and Tea (tea drop) from 8am every day.
We have a loyalty program happening, for every 5 drinks you order you get the 6th one free.
Hot drink and muffin special $5.00
(Our muffins are baked fresh every morning)
A message to all the senior school students, especially the VCE students:
We will set up a table at reception with a small selection of our food for you to purchase before going on the bus. If there is something you would like, come and see us in the kitchen first thing and you can pre order and we will have it ready before the bus arrives.
See below for our menu:
Lisa, Rebecca & Jacky
METRO TRAINS PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWSLETTER AND RAIL SAFETY INFORMATION:
Please find below the Term 3 Metro Trains Primary School newsletter. This contains essential information about Rail Safety, including education links and Railway Project updates.
A Rail Safety incursion is being organised for students in Year 3-6. Further details will be provided at the earliest opportunity.
COLLINGWOOD COLLEGE CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK ACTIVITIES - 21-25 AUGUST, 2017
See below for activities pertaining to Children's Book Week at Collingwood College:
PRIMARY SCHOOL BOOK PARADE
The annual Primary School Book Parade will be held on Wednesday, August 23rd at 9:00am on the front oval.
Students are encouraged to bring their favourite book to school and to dress as their favourite literary character on the day. Please contact your child's class teacher for further details.
THE GREAT BOOK SWAP
Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th August, 2017
The Great Book Swap celebrates books and reading and raises much needed funds for the Foundation’s literacy work.
All the money raised is donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
At Collingwood College we have raised more than $2500 in the past five years and we are doing it again.
Please donate books. Bring books to the library before 23 August. Come in on the day of 23 or 24 August to buy a new book for a gold coin donation.
Did you know that only 25% of Indigenous students in very remote areas are at the minimum reading standard, compared to 90% of non-Indigenous students?
The vision for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation is equity for opportunity in remote communities across Australia, by lifting literacy levels and instilling a lifelong love of reading. They do this through their three core programs: Book Supply, Book Buzz and Community Literacy Projects. Their Book Supply program has delivered more than 200,000 new books to over 250 communities nationally, and in 2017 they aim to gift another 65,000 books!
The Great Book Swap is a fantastic way to celebrate reading locally, and raise much-needed funds for remote communities. Schools, workplaces, book clubs and all kinds of organisations can host one. The idea is to swap a favourite book in exchange for another, for a gold coin donation.
SECOND-HAND STRINGED INSTRUMENTS (REVISED LIST 3 AUGUST)
There have been some revisions to the musical instrument list. If you are wanting to buy an instrument for this year, or move on from an outgrown one then have a look at this list. There is no point in buying a brand new one if you can get one second hand! And if you have one you want to sell, contact me at [email protected] and I will add it to the list.
Please click on the link to see full list of instruments for sale:
KITCHEN GARDEN RECIPES
This week's Recipes:
Please click on the links below to read the current recipes being prepared in kitchen-garden classes:
Homemade Beetroot Pasta with Roasted Pumpkin & Herb Puree Sauce
Winter Coleslaw: Apples, Cabbages, Celery, Herbs & Carrot.
Shaved Carrot Salad with Agro dolce & Date Dressing
Roasted Potatoes with Spices & Fresh Turmeric Yoghurt Dressing.
PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) is an extensive and holistic program for encouraging social skills and emotional literacy in Primary and Secondary students. PATHS is designed to be used by educators and psychologists and effectively addresses behavioural problems.
PATHS was implemented in the Primary School at Collingwood College in 2014 and later adopted by the Lower Secondary School.
Lessons in the PATHS program are adapted to the disparate pedagogies within Collingwood College and include guidance in identifying and articulating emotions; appropriate emotional expression; interpreting social cues; controlling impulses; using strategies for problem solving; developing a positive sense of self and learning to value the perspective of others.
PATHS lessons often form the basis for rich class discussion and assist students of all ages to develop emotional intelligence.
The PATHS focus in the Upper Primary School this term has included conflict resolution; learning de-escalation strategies; stress management; and developing awareness and respect for divergent views and beliefs.
Please speak to your child's teacher about current PATHS lessons in their classroom.
Year 3-6 Leading Teacher
THURSDAY MARKET ROSTERS
See below for Thursday Market Rosters for Terms 3 - 4