It’s hard to believe that we are almost at the end of Term 3! This is undoubtedly one of the busiest times for the Year 12 students. They are finishing up their last SACs for Unit 4, starting to look ahead to the exams and they are also counting down to their final day of high school.
At the Year 12 assembly earlier this term, Lisa Smith, one of our school counsellors, spoke to Year 12 students about the importance of getting enough sleep, of eating well and exercising to maintain a strong mental state during the stressful exam period. We urge parents to support students in sustaining healthy habits over this period.
As always, there have been plenty of other things happening aside from SACs and Outcomes. A number of students in the Senior School have been participating in public speaking events such as the Evatt Model UN competition, the Rotary Model UN competition and Chinese Debating. We congratulate Thomas White and Rose Hensher of Year 11, who participated in the Rotary National Model UN competition in Canberra and were awarded the Peace Prize.
Our Chinese Debating team – Muller Peng and Jim Hanning of Year 10 and Siheon Dong of Year 11 - also deserve our congratulations as they were awarded the popularity award during a recent Chinese debating competition.
We also congratulate Rose Hensher for recently winning the Debating Victoria Swannie Award in the Camberwell region of the Debating Association of Victoria and for having her essay on Public Housing shortlisted for the Melbourne University John Button Prize. She also recently participated in a week long camp for the Tasmanian Youth Parliament where she participated in seven days of debating bills as deputy leader of the opposition. It’s clearly been a busy couple of months for Rose!
Michael Zhao, Bernhard Andersson and Mckinley Keys also recently competed in Sydney for the Progcomp finals after competing against 200 teams to reach the finals. We are excited to announce that they came 2nd in Australia in this highly competitive and prestigious problem solving and coding competition. See more information as well as a photo in our Student Achievements section.
Our Senior Boys Netball team recently competed in the State Netball Championships and walked away the winners. Well done to this team of absolute champions – Joshua Black, Wesley Harding, Hamish Harding, Kieren Hubber, Eden Hunt, Joshua May, Conor Ryan-Simmons, Jamie Simpson and Jack Smith!
Lastly, Hannah Li of Year 12 was the recipient of the 2019 John Marsden and Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival in the Fiction category, which had over 450 entrants. This is an outstanding achievement from a very talented writer!
Read an excerpt and link to the full piece below.
The steady hum of the electric lights overhead stutters, and the train station is cast briefly into full darkness, the lull of night settling wary and uneasy over the railways. Overhead, the trees are silent.
I moved here after you died.
It’s a little seaside town, flanking the edges of wide cliffs overhanging the ocean. There’s an air of cautiousness to the way these buildings were built, with a delicacy that seem to suggest the intention of pearly white walls and rosy cottage roofs. The kind of thing you loved.
The reality is somewhat different. The greyed paint and dark tiles appear to sink into the earth, as though they’re huddling together against the sheer matt cliffs, hiding.
Oh, and the birds here, they keep dying. It’s a morbid little detail, isn’t it? But maybe you’d appreciate it, the little clawed and winged beasts to keep you company wherever you are.
Read the rest of Hannah's winning fiction piece.
See our Students Achievements section, for an article on Ting Tang of Year 11, who also won a prize in a competition for International Students at this year's Melbourne Writer's Festival.
On Wednesday 28th of August, our school captain Thomas Yakubowksi and vice-captain Ananya Sehgal participated in a School Captain’s tour of Parliament House. The honourable Bruce Atkinson MLC extended this invitation to school captains from local schools in the area. It was a fascinating tour of Parliament House and Tom and Ananya were introduced to a multitude of MPs.
There are several events coming up, particularly for Year 12 students, such as Year 12 Sleepover, Final Assembly and Valedictory. We will post more information about these events on Compass so please keep your eye on the newsfeed.
Year 10 and 11 students will shortly begin the process for applying for leadership positions such as House Captains, Year 11 Leaders and Prefects. These are important positions for ensuring students have a strong voice in many of the issues and events at school that directly impact them and we wish all students intending to stand for a position the best of luck with the application process.