Princes Hill Secondary College Newsletter

27 March 2019
Issue One
From the Principal
Term Events & Dates
From the School Council President
Secondary School vaccinations 2019
Year 7 Camp
Swimming Sports
 Intermediate Sports Day 
Spirit of ANZAC prize
Top Arts 2019
Fringe Festival performance
Streets alive Yarra
Pathways at PHSC
2019 Book Club
The VCAL year that was
Years 7's Design & Technology
Grow Week 
Cradle Mtn Walks
PHCC: Bees & Rooftop Honey
PHCC: Amess Street & Churchill Island
Vale Olive Hamilton
Princes Hill Secondary College
03 93890600
Arnold Street
North Carlton, Victoria, 3054

From the Principal

Principal's Message

Welcome to the launch of our new College Newsletter.


Newsletters will be out monthly with a focus on celebrating student activity and achievement. We hope you enjoy the new newsletter format! We will continue to use Compass News Feed as a primary means of communicating key information relating to events, dates and school operations.


The image featured in the banner is of a balloon floating above the school during a regular school day last year.  To rise very high and to see from a distance, both literally and metaphorically can be a powerful way to gain perspective and see more clearly.  In doing so I recognise how much we have to celebrate as a school community.


In the last week of the school year our Y12 Class of 2018 received their VCE results and we were delighted to celebrate their impressive achievements with them. With more than 25% of students receiving an ATAR above 90, and our highest ever mean VCE scores in English and across Maths subjects, we can as a community be justly proud of the efforts and achievements of our students. Our 2018 Dux Joseph Rowan was one of the small number of students in the state with a 99.95 ‘perfect’ score - congratulations to Joseph and to our entire class of 2018.

We are also pleased to see students accessing their preferred tertiary courses with more than 97% receiving a tertiary offer and 68% gaining their first choice. Please also see the article in this newsletter on the successes of our renewed 2018 VCAL program.


Manisha’s speech at our 2018 Y12 Graduation class of 2018 can be found at this link.


While Year 12 students were awaiting results, Year 9 students and staff were out on Wilderness Week. We celebrate with students the achievement of conquering a diverse program of outdoor activities; from bushwalking at the Prom and Tasmania’s Overland Track; to rock-climbing at Mt Arapiles; sea kayaking at the Gippsland Lakes; horse-riding in the High County; and surfing on Victoria’s West Coast.  Students are privileged to participate in activities that help pare back what is most important in life.  These opportunities to experience the beauty of our natural environment, appreciate wilderness values and develop self-reliance and resilience alongside peers are often profound and memorable. Our particular thanks goes to those staff who helped prepare and lead students in these remarkable learning opportunities.

On a different note it was my privilege to participate in a  well attended celebration of the "Our School Alumni Project" that we have been part of over the last 12 months. The program is intended to connect government schools with their past students to support the learning opportunities for current students. It has been most rewarding to see students from the last 25 years returning to the school and meeting with current students to discuss their learning and career journeys. The event, held at Southbank,  involved all the school in the program. On the four person panel extolling the virtues of the program were two members of our school community: Manisha Blencowe class of 1996 and lawyer at Slater & Gordon, and Peter Doherty, Nobel Laureate and grandparent of current students. As government school students, Manisha and Peter spoke of their personal desire to support students in the government sector through the program and spoke glowingly of Princes Hill and the opportunities it provides. If you would like to support the wider work of the Our School program or our PHSC alumni, please contact Liz Welch at [email protected] or via the Our School website at


As we move into 2019 our focus for our students and school are reflected in our new School Strategic Plan 2019-2022:

1- To maximise the learning and growth of all students;

2- To develop high levels of student motivation, engagement and wellbeing, and

3- To build the capacity of all staff as leaders of learning for improved student outcomes.


We look forward to the journey together.


Trevor C Smith


Term Events & Dates

Events & Dates

First day of term 2

Tuesday April 23

State Swimming competition

Wednesday April 24

ANZAC DAY public holiday, no school

Thursday April 25

Senior Sports Day

Friday April 26

Boot Camp Camp

Wednesday May 1- May 3

Division Athletics

Wednesday May 1

Intermediate Sports

Thursday May 2

Music Camp concert, at school

Thursday May 2, evening, tba

Generations in Jazz music competition, Mt Gambier

Friday May 3-Sunday May 5


From the School Council President

A welcome from School Council

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you to a new school year on behalf of the PHSC School Council.


I’d particularly like to take this opportunity to welcome those of you who are new to the PHSC community and give you a brief introduction to School Council and its role. 


Last year saw some significant commitments by Council, particularly in the area of buildings and grounds. These included major upgrades to the middle school staff room and a complete refurbishment of Science room R302. There was also a commitment to begin the first stages of the Landscape Masterplan in line with the areas designated by the students and parents as the best places to start.


On the other side of the ledger is the change in the contracting of cleaning services. School cleaning is now centralised, with a few large companies contracted by the Department rather than locally sourced. This change has concerned Council and we continue to work through some issues with the new contractors.


One of the regular roles of Council is to approve camps and excursions ensuring they are relevant and run safely. I'm pleased to note a full and diverse range of camps happened last year and they all ran smoothly and safely.


Council was also pleased to support a couple of initiatives that came from the new Student Council. These included a proposal for the provision of a gender-neutral toilet and a vertical garden initiative to enhance and green an area of the building’s façade.


I'm often asked by members of the school community what it involves to be on School Council. With the start of a new year there are quite a large number of students, parents, and carers new to the school, so I’d like to take this general opportunity to explain. 


The function of School Council is to establish the broad direction and vision of the school; monitor the school plan; approve the school budget and monitor expenditure; develop review and update school policies; raise funds; maintain the schools grounds and facilities; enter into contracts (for maintenance and construction for example); regulate after-hours use of school grounds and premises; create interest in the school in the wider community; and, report annually to the school community.


The Act governing School Councils ensures a distinction between what is Council’s role and what is the responsibility of the school principal.  The principal is responsible for leading curriculum development and implementation; determining teacher, subject and time allocations; managing all matters of student wellbeing, discipline and academic progress; employing and managing teaching and other staff; and, overseeing management of maintenance and monitoring of contracts.


Supporting Council are a number of subcommittees. These subcommittees have an open membership, though you do need to attend the first meeting of the year to be a voting member of the committee. In reality, consensus is the decision making model of these sub-committees and votes are rare, in fact, I can't recall an instance when a decision has come down to a vote. All decisions become recommendations to Council and require Council endorsement.


The four subcommittees are: Buildings & Grounds; Education; Finance; and, Fundraising, Events & Community Connection.

  • Buildings & Grounds looks after the physical environment of the school and develops and oversees maintenance, minor capital works and improvements.
  • Education considers all issues that relate to the learning program at the school including policy, research and camps.
  • Finance reviews the school’s budget and advises on the school’s discretionary expenditure.
  • Fundraising, Events & Community Connection looks to ways for the school to work more actively with parents and carers, past students and the wider community.

I strongly encourage you to consider participating on School Council or one of these subcommittees. If you would like to participate, or have further questions, you can email either myself [email protected] or our Principal, Trevor Smith [email protected]



Mark Wilkinson


School Council


Secondary School vaccinations 2019

The Secondary School Vaccine Program

Year 7 - 1st Injection - Tuesday 12th February

2nd injection – Wednesday  23rd October 2019

Year 10 - Tuesday 7th May 2019


The Secondary School Vaccine Program offers free vaccines to Year 7 and 10 students. These vaccines provide protection against:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) – one dose for year 7 students
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – two doses for year 7 students
  • Meningococcal A,C,W,Y – one dose for year 10 students

Parents/guardians of year 7 and 10 students should look out for the vaccine consent card booklet coming home from school with your child. You need to read the information, complete and return the card regardless of whether your child is being vaccinated at school.

The Yarra City immunisation service may contact you about the Secondary School Vaccine Program. Schools are authorised to provide basic parent/guardian contact details to local councils for this purpose. Contact the school by 28 February 2019 if you do not want your contact details given to the Yarra City immunisation service.

To learn more about the Secondary School Vaccine Program, the vaccines, the diseases they protect against, or how you can prepare your child for vaccination, go to

Additionally, the Commonwealth government is funding vaccinations for all children under 20 years of age who missed any scheduled vaccines, including a catch up program for Meningococcal ACWY vaccine for adolescents aged 15-19 years of age who have not already received the vaccine in school. If students have missed vaccines, either in childhood or adolescence, and require catch-up vaccines, they should speak with their immunisation provider. (ie. local council or GP).

Year 7 Camp

7A at Mirimbah

With an enthusiastic class of year 7's, we launched the Mirimbah Camp experience for 2019. 7A had a full compliment of students + Year 10 buddies as Day 1 was a mix of excitement, some afternoon drizzle, startled wildlife and restless students.

The bleary eyed bunch woke up Tuesday to four consecutive days of sunshine and perfect mid-high 20's country weather. The 15km hike down Mt.Buller along the Delatite River, a swim in the famous Mirimbah pool, fireplace games and a delicious canteen curry all filled a busy Tuesday schedule. The following days included several new swimming holes, a student talent show, horse-riding, tunnel walks, the Amazing Race on top of Buller, a movie night & some telepathic fame-games. The food was tasty, the swimming holes refreshing, the table-tennis competitive, the staff tired, the horses smelly and, most of all - the kids happy!

Thanks to all those staff who organised it, the Year 10 helpers, the Year 7's for their great energy and the parents for trusting us to look after their kids.


7B through 7F camps have proceeded each subsequent week of this term culminating in week 9 (March 25-29).

Swimming Sports

Well done to all students who participated in the Princes Hill Swimming Carnival.

The House spirit and enthusiasm from all participants made for an enjoyable day at the pool. With an emphasis on participation and understated competition, students showed their House pride by swimming in a range of 50m races, relays and novelty races. A big congratulations to the Frogs - 7F, 8F, 9F, 10F and 11F, who won the house point tally for the day, closely followed by the Anacondas and the Dragons.  The top two student results


Division Swimming Carnival Results March 6

The top 2 swimmers in each age group per event from the school swimming carnival went on to the Division Swimming carnival on Wednesday 6 March.  A big congratulations to those 30 students!  A special shout out must go to Will Edwards in Year 7, who placed 1st in the Fly, Free and Backstroke and both the boys 15-16 years Medley relay and the boys 16 years Freestyle relay placing 1st in their age groups.


Twenty five students have qualified for the Regional Swimming Carnival on Wednesday 27 March.  Best of luck to our swimmers!  Below are some of the categories and students continuing in the competition:


Individual Events

Will Edwards - 50 Breast, 50 Fly,  50 Free, 50 Back

Jade Gibson - 200 Free, 50 Back

Gideon Gunn - 100 Free, 50 Breast, 50 Free, 50 Back

Luca Martinucci - 50 Fly, 50 Free

Arthur O'Neill - 200 Free, 50 Fly, 50 Free, 50 Back

Abigail Ralph - 50 Breast, 50 Back

Alyssa Thompson - 100 Back

Kara Thompson -  200 IM, 100 Breast, 50 Breast, 50 Fly, 50 Free

Louis Woods - 50 Fly



Girls 12-14 200 Medley - Abigail Ralph, Anna McLeod, Ana Balic, Alyssa Thompson

Boys 12-14 200 Medley - Will Edwards, Gideon Gunn, Louis Woods, Michael Casey

Boys 15-16 200 Medley - Coco Browne, Edie McMaster, Jade Gibson, Kara Thompson

Boys 12-13 200 Free - Will Edwards, Daniel Shepherd, Lachlan Hayden, Tama Martin

Boys 14 200 Free- Gideon Gunn, Louis Woods, Claudio Todaro, Michael Casey

Boys 15 200 Free - Luca Martinucci, Lucas Moore, Nereus Antoniades, Rupert McCarthy

Girls 16 200 Free - Coco Browne, Jade Gibson, Kara Thompson, Thea Edgar

Boys 16 200 Free - Arthur O'Neill, James Batterbury, Alex Shields, Joel Calia


Results from the school swimming carnival:

12/13 BOYS


1 Will Edwards 29.12s

2 Daniel Shepherd 35.97s

3 Tama Martin 38.03s


1 Will Edwards 39.81s

2 Lachlan Hayden 49.86s

3 Daniel Shepherd 51.05s


1 Will Edward 50.23s

2 Joel Calia 54.34s

3 Cohen Sketcher 54.60s


1 Will Edwards 39.87s

2 Daniel Shepherd 46.46s

12/13 GIRLS


1 Abigail Ralph 34.62s

2 Anna McLeod 38.12s

3 Anna Balic 38.57s


1 Abigail Ralph 42.80s

2 Anna McLeod 48.79s

3 Ella Sinclair 49.47s


1 Abigail Ralph 47.47

2 Anna Balic 48.29

3 Anna McLeod 51.88


1 Abigail Ralph 43.57s

2 Anna Balic 44.99s

3 Anna McLeod 45.47s



1 Gideon Gunn 32.83s

2 Louis Woods 32.93s

3 Michael Casey 35.02s


1 Gideon Gunn 39.38s

2 Louis Woods 39.48s

3 Michael Casey 40.45s


1 Gideon Gunn 45.35s

2 Louis Woods 45.93s

3 Maxim Tronnberry 52.05s


1 Gideon Gunn 40.48

2 Louis Woods 40.76

3 Michael Casey 44.37



1 Alyssa Thompson 34.70s

2 Zoe Bennett 36.40s

3 Erin Gleeson 37.79s


1 Alyssa Thompson 43.62s

2 Mazey Taylor 44.05s

3 Erin Gleeson 48.76s


1 Alyssa Thomson 50.19

2 Grace McClennan 53.69s

3 Zoe Bennett 54.13


1 Alyssa Thompson 43.62

2 Annika Horsey 47.98

3 Erin Gleeson 51.94



1 Luca Martinuci 30.03s

2 Lucas Moore 33.71s

3 Nereus Antoniades 33.78s



1 Luca Martinucci 41.39

2 Lucas Moore 43.54

3 Nereus Antiniades 48.51


1 Luca Martinucci 34.35s

2 Andrew Dixon 1m.00.64s




1 Coco Browne 39.24s

2 Thea Edgar 43.40s

3 Maeve Saw-Martin 49.81s


1 Coco Browne 47.51s

2 Mika James 50.54s


1 Coco Browne 54.07

2 Mika James 1m07.67s


1 Mika James 1m05.36s



1 Arthur O'Neill 29.13s

2 Finn Morrissey 33.23s

3 Alex Shields 33.36s


1 Arthur O'Neill 37.06s

2 Finn Morissey 50.75s

3 Charles Sarah 53.20s


1 Lewis Bonneymuckenzie 1m24.24s

2 Charles Sarah 1m24.50s

3 Aydin Dib 1m24.86s


1 Arthur O'Neill 31.8s

2 James Batterbury 45.69s

3 Mac Lippe 45.99s



1 Kara Thompson 32.13s

2 Jade Gibson 35.88s


1 Jade Gibson 50.54s


1 Kara Thompson 42.53

2 Jade Gibson 55.99


1 Kara Thompson 36.96s

2 Edie McMaster 47.63s

3 Jade Gibson 49.19s



1 Declan Dooley 31.19s

2 Jack Murphy 35.79s

3 Lucien Ibanda 42.11s


1 Callum Figgis


1 Jack Murphy 48.17s


1 Jack Murphy 44.72s



1 Tilly Shepherd 32.42s


1 Tilly Shepherd 42.51s


1 Ruby Ayliffe 50.27s


1 Tilly Shepherd 40.59s

2 Ruby Ayliffe 48.78s

 Intermediate Sports Day 

The first Intermediate Sports Day of the year was held on Monday 25 February.

Princes Hill entered 1 Mixed Cricket team, 2 Boys Volleyball teams, 3 Girls Volleyball teams, 6 Tennis doubles pairs and 1 Mixed Baseball team. Despite the skills, fitness and teamwork on display by Princes Hill, no teams made it through to Regionals. Congratulations to all students who participated, and hoping to see even more Intermediates involved in Term 2.
A reminder to all students who have not yet registered for Sport in 2019, please complete the online Sports Selection Form to make your selections for Term 1, 2 and 3. Term 1 registrations close for Year 8 on Friday 1 March, and Year 7 on Friday 7 March. Sport is compulsory for Year 7 and 8 students and optional for Year 9-12. 
If you have any questions, please contact Sport Co-ordinator, Alana Bratby at [email protected]

Spirit of ANZAC prize

Spirit of ANZAC State Prize Winner

One of our year 10 students, Matthew Bannon, has been awarded as a regional finalist in the Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC prize!

Matthew entered the 2018-1019 Spirit of ANZAC prize with a 15,000 word story that he researched about “G for George”,  an Avro Lancaster bomber operated by No. 460 Squadron RAAF during World War II. It is now preserved at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Matthew attended the Grand Hyatt on 14th Feb 2019 where he was presented with a certificate for Achievement as a Regional Finalist.  Member of Parliament Robin Scott, Minister for Veterans and The HON Daniel Andrew, Premier of Victoria awarded the certificate to Matthew . Since the start of this prize in 2005 only 280 students have had the privilege of being awarded and going on the study tours.

 If you see Matt around the school please pass on some kudos!

Top Arts 2019

Top Arts 2019

Congratulations to Talulah Chauvin-Cunningham, Ariel Reyes and Grace Robinson whose artworks were selected for the 2019 TOP ARTS exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. TOP ARTS is a show case of the best artwork produced in 2018 and we are very proud to have 3 students representing Princes Hill in this exhibition.

Talulah Chauvin-Cunningham for her large still life painting, Ariel Reyes for her portraits based on her DNA results and Grace Robinson for ‘The Women’ photographic portraits.  


We encourage you to support our student achievements and visit the exhibition.


NGV Australia, Federation Square, Ground Level, NGV Design Studio

22 Mar 19 – 14 Jul 19  Open 10am–5pm daily   Free entry


Ariel Reyes - Sterotypical 2018

Grace Robinson - The Women 2018

Talulah Chauvin-Cunningham - Still Life 2018


Fringe Festival performance

Have you heard the one about......

Year 10 student Vincent Meyrick spent last week at the Adelaide Fringe Festival performing a stand up comedy routine as part of the 2019 ‘Next Generation’ show.

 He wrote all his own material, performed it, and contributed to the marketing of the production - appearing on Adelaide radio.  Aged only 15, he has been doing professional stand up for two years now.  He is the youngest participant in the Melbourne Comedy Festival ever (at 13) and has appeared in that Festival twice.  This year in Adelaide, however, he did a “10 minute set”, which is an adult-length set, pitched at an adult level.  As part of this, he had to ‘host’ a night himself, where he was also responsible for introducing the other comedians. Well done Vincent and congratulations.


Streets alive Yarra


Streets alive Yarra is a group of parents advocating for safe routes to school.  They are keen to meet up with parents from all schools. Please Contact them via their website

Streets Alive Yarra is about you – residents, ratepayers and stakeholders – advocating for thriving neighbourhoods that make better use of our public land, i.e. our streets. With 30 km/h superblocks we can calm our local streets, keeping through-traffic to the VicRoads arterials

Pathways at PHSC

Pathways & Careers at PHSC

Today’s students will need to adapt to multiple career transitions and a changing world of work throughout their life.   This is why PHSC aims to help its students engage in career development and provides a range of programs, resources and support to students.  

One resource all students, parent/guardian(s) are encouraged to familiarise themselves with is the  PHSC Careers website  which contains comprehensive career related information. 


Year 10 Work Experience

Held during the last week of Term 2 (24th – 28th June), work experience provides Year 10 students with the opportunity to:

  • develop their employability skills, e.g. communication, team work, interpersonal skills;
  • explore possible career options;
  • assist with their career planning and subject selection;
  • obtain a better understanding of the work environment and employer expectations; and
  • increase their self-understanding, independence and self-confidence.


Students are in the process of arranging their placements and if any parent/guardian(s) is willing to host a student in their workplace for the 5 days, please contact Maria Floudiotis, Career Practitioner,

PH:  9389 0629 E:  [email protected]     


Careers Newsletter

Sent as a Compass Newsfeed every two/three weeks, the Careers Newsletter keeps students, and parent/guardian(s) up to date with a range of important career information.  The latest edition included information on The University of Melbourne Hansen Scholarship The Hansen Scholarship (applications close 21 March) and the National Youth Science Forum (open to current Year 11 students with a passion for science).  Please keep an eye out for the Careers Newsletter which is predominantly sent to Year 10, 11 and 12 students, and parent/guardian(s).

2019 Book Club

2019 Book Club - All Welcome!

2019 in the PHSC Library has kicked off with one very full book club, loads of new books, and lots of displays and chats about our wonderful, varied collection.

Book Club meets in the library after school once a month (Monday or Thursday). If you enjoy reading and books, please join in to explore a different theme each month, sharing food and thoughts. Dates and themes are posted in Compass and in the Library. You can also keep up to date via our Instagram account, phsclibrary

A big thanks to everyone who came to the February Book Club, which was a great chance to rave about summer reading. It was awesome to see so many new (and not so new) faces, including teaching staff. Many recommended books are already here in the Library - others are now on their way - and include:

  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (“devastating”)
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go (“Patrick Ness is brilliant!”)
  • The Night Circus (“Magical!... Dark!”)
  • When the Lights Go Out (adventure)
  • A Murder Most Unladylike ("detective society in a school, investigating a murder")
  • Little Monsters (murder in an American high school)
  • The Normal People (“a love story… but not mushy”)
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull ("a great book and an easy read")

... plus a few book series:

  • The Mortal Instrument  fantasy series
  • The complex mixed genre Sythe, which is followed by Thunderhead
  • The espionage story Six of Crows, sequel to Crooked City)
  • The very creepy Asylum series
  • The Kingdoms and Empires series, especially The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars
  • And anything by Laura Ingles Wilder

... and for those interested in non-fiction:

·         The Trauma Cleaner ("unexpected and fascinating")

·         The Tall Man (about the death of an indigenous man in police custody)

The March 25 Book Club theme is ‘Books to Film’. Hope you were able to make it!

2019 Book Club dates:

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Thu Feb 14

Thu 16 May

Thu 18 Jul

Mon 14 Oct

Mon Mar 25

Mon 17 Jun 

Mon 12 Aug

Thu 28 Nov (end-of-year party)


Thu 12 Sep



The VCAL year that was

2018 marked a new VCAL program at PHSC...

with the beginning of a partnership with the North Carlton Neighbourhood Railway House. Our students worked there every day except Wednesdays in periods three and four. We established community connections by washing cars for local residents as well as offering a Helping Hands service in which students helped out elderly residents with their cleaning or gardening. We also started a composting system for the house and have managed to divert staffroom and canteen foodscraps from landfill. Students also planted and maintained a citrus and herb garden which is still thriving.

We were also very fortunate to work with Di Mattina Coffee who trained our students in barista skills and have loaned us a coffee machine and cart which the students operate at the Railway House every day.

This has been very popular with the Railway House community and staff as well as the teachers who visit from school. Students who run the machine keep the profits and they have begun a very successful small business which we hope to build even more in the future.

VCAL students must complete a VET or apprenticeship course in order to be eligible for the Intermediate or Senior certificate.  In 2018 the areas that students completed certificates in were engineering, plumbing, horticulture, community services, childcare, music production, automotive and building and construction. In these courses students learnt practical skills which create a pathway towards employment.

Projects are also a big part of the VCAL program and this year our students completed a significant number of collaborative projects which raised funds for charities, helped out the school or created an enterprise opportunity. Some of the highlights included a film night, toastie and pyjama day, a school op shop and a VCAL band (a first but hopefully not last for PHSC).

Overall 2018 was a very busy and productive year in VCAL and there is lots more to come in 2019. Keep your eye out for interviews with this year’s VCAL students in future newsletters to hear what they’ve already accomplished and what they’re hoping to achieve before the year is out.

Years 7's Design & Technology

Visual Communication Design

Some highlights from our Year 7 Visual Communication Design class: Exploring Design Elements & Design Principles through Visual Texture.
Noah Nieuwenhuizen

Indie Coates

Eva Chirnside

Sid Barnes


Grow Week 

Grow Week 24th -28th June


We are currently looking for Parents to be Interviewers for our Year 9 Students.

This will consist of being at school from approx. 8.15 am to 12.30 pm

You will be required to interview Year 9 students as your potential employees.

This will take place on Friday 28th June.

Grow week is designed to support students career development.

If interested please email me on [email protected]


Cradle Mtn Walks


As part of the 2018 Wilderness Week program eleven students and two staff set off on a 6 day trek along the Overland Track route in Tasmania. Here are some images taken along the way.


PHCC: Bees & Rooftop Honey

Princes Hill Community Centre

Don’t miss this chance to learn about bees, how they produce honey and amazing order of the hive, and how important they are to our environment. Taste some local urban honey & take home a packet of seeds to plant a Bee Friendly Garden. Honey available to purchase. Refreshments included.

Saturday 23rd. March, 2pm to 4pm.

Princes Hill Community Centre, 5 Bagung Lane, Princes Hill.

$5 per person   

Bookings essential – please enrol online at

PHCC: Amess Street & Churchill Island

Princes Hill Community Centre Heritage Festival

The Princes Hill Community Centre is pleased to give a presentation on the History of Churchill Island and its connection to Amess Street, North Carlton. Dr. E. Rebecca Sanders an Australian Historian who completed her PhD on the History of Churchill Island will give an engaging and interesting talk on the History of Churchill Island and its prominent place in Victoria’s Settlement.  Refreshments included. 

Sunday 28th April, 2 to 4pm.

Princes Hill Community Centre, 5 Bagung Lane, Princes Hill.

$5 per person   

Bookings essential – please enrol online at

Vale Olive Hamilton

With sadness we hear of the passing of Olive Hamilton on 22 March aged 86

Olive was a teacher, Senior Mistress (1967-1970) and past principal (1981-1989) of Princes Hill High School. The image, above, of "distraught Senior Mistress, Olive Hamilton" was taken by an Age photographer after a fire destroyed the Princes Hill High School building in 1970.

Above, in her time as PHHS principal (1981-1989).

Olive with the members of the 1985 school council.

Olive died peacefully at RMH Palliative Care.


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