Nossal News 2018

13 March 2018
Issue Three
From the Principals' Desk
Important dates
General News
Health & PE News
Science News
Student News
English News
NHS & Community Events and News
Connecting with Nossal
Nossal High School
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From the Principals' Desk

The Nossal Community

As mentioned in the first newsletter, the school year began with the Foundation Assembly in which the new Year 9 students were welcomed into the Nossal Community, along with a few Year 10 and 11 students and eleven new staff members. Each new member of the school was presented with their Nossal butterfly badge to establish a strong connection and sense of belonging to Nossal. As one of the new staff members I now reflect on how quickly the first term has passed, how significant events, such as the Foundation Assembly, are in creating a culture of pride and tradition and how easily I have felt able to adapt to and become a part of Nossal High School. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Nossal Community – staff, students, parents and the wider community – for being so friendly, welcoming and supportive to all ‘Nossalonians’ in making a smooth and positive transition to the school.


Nossal is a vibrant and energetic school that offers a multitude of opportunities for all, particularly students. Every day there are opportunities for involvement in sporting events, leadership, music programs and debating, to name a few. Last week it was wonderful to see 88 students working collaboratively, outside of school hours, challenging themselves to solve difficult problems in real languages in the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OzCLO).


On Monday February 26, students who achieved outstanding results in their VCE studies in 2017 were welcomed back to share a lunch with their teachers and to be acknowledged and celebrated by their peers. It has been astounding to reflect that the thirty students invited to the High Achievers Assembly were students who scored an ATAR of 97 and above, showing the calibre of excellence at Nossal. Mr Page introduced each student, individually inviting them to the front of the assembly while he announced their ATAR in conjunction with the numerous clubs and activities that they had engaged in during their school life and their courses for further study in 2018. Each of these students were rapturously applauded by their peers providing not only a sense of reality in what can be achieved but also becoming a source of inspiration. This outstanding achievement by the Class of 2017 reinforced the Nossal message that a key component of high academic performance is supported through each student’s involvement in wide range of extra-curricular activities.


I look forward to the many exciting events that are coming up and in celebrating student participation and involvement in continuing to build upon the foundations of the Nossal culture and community.

Camps and Pathways Week

Next week, Tuesday March 20 – Friday March 23, will be very exciting and busy for students and staff at Nossal.


On Tuesday March 20, we farewell our Year 9 students as they leave for their camp at Roses Gap, in western Victoria. The campers will depart Nossal at 8.30am on Tuesday morning and are expected to return before 3.30pm on Friday. We wish them a safe journey and hope that they engage positively in the many challenges that they will face to enhance their resilience and sense of achievement. Year 9 students have been provided with information regarding what to take with them.


Year 12 students will have an Asynchronous Digital Delivery Day on Tuesday March 20. On this day, Year 12 students will be undertaking their studies at home, with all lessons provided by their teachers online. 

Then on Wednesday 21, we farewell this same group as they travel to Lord Somers Camp. We wish them a safe journey also and hope that they use this opportunity to prepare themselves for the year that lies ahead and develop a strong sense of community with their fellow students.


Year 10 and Year 11 students will participate in their Careers and Pathways events from Tuesday March 20 until Friday March 23. A wide range of activities have been planned to guide students in considering future subject selections, completing Work Safe modules for Work Experience, providing frameworks for successful study techniques etc. Students and families can now view their full program for the week on Compass. Please take the time this week to look at each of these events. Some will require parental consent which can be provided online through Compass. Students who have elected to participate in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) program will also need to finalise payment prior to the end of this week. Year 10 and 11 students will be provided with more information on what they are doing, what they need to wear or bring to each session during their assemblies on Thursday.

Congratulations to a Community Leader

I would like to take this opportunity to recognise and commend Prachi Beniwal, a current Year 10 student, for her recent appointment as Deputy Mayor in the Cardinia Shire’s Youth Council. Prachi wants to encourage youth to make the most of opportunities that are presented. She will co-lead the nine-member youth council through a range of projects focussing on driving change in the key areas of concern identified by youth; the environment, education and improving crime and public safety. The full article on Prachi can be read at:


Looking for some Jazz?

Nossal High School is hosting a Jazz Night on March 28 at 7.00pm in The Meath Auditorium. There will be an array of performances from Nossal’s musical bands, choirs and ensembles, featuring a guest vocalist, Michelle Nicole. Information on how to purchase tickets appears in the flyer below and at the end of this edition of the newsletter. This promises to be a great night, so purchase your tickets quickly, as they will sell out fast!


School Leaders Photos

On Thursday, (March 15) a professional photographer will be in attendance to take the School Leadership photos and large group photos. Students who are involved in these groups are reminded to wear full academic uniform and to be aware of when their photos will be taken during the day.

NAPLAN Online Practice Test

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) for Year 9 students is held in May each year. NAPLAN tests assess student knowledge and skills in Writing, Reading, Conventions of Language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy.  The results of the tests provide information for students, parents, teachers and principals which can be used to improve student achievement.


This year Nossal High School has been selected to conduct the NAPLAN Online test. To ensure that this testing runs smoothly, and to familiarise staff and students with the test, all Year 9 students will participate in a practice Online test on Wednesday, March 28 2018.  The test is scheduled to be held during Period 4.  Please be aware, however, that if there are unforeseen issues with the Platform provided, that the testing may continue after school. 


A letter explaining the NAPLAN Online practice test will be sent home to all Year 9 families this week. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Ms Fiona Vanstan (Assistant Principal) [email protected] or Ms Catherine Loel (Director of Year 9) [email protected]

Student Safety still an issue

As mentioned in the last newsletter, there have been some recent reports from members of the public concerned about risky student behaviour at the Berwick Station. In an attempt to catch an earlier train, students are forcing the emergency gate open when it has been closed, so that they can cross the line and board the train waiting in the station. 


We are concerned about your safety and ask that students challenge each other on this practice. We would like to prevent the tragic circumstances that can result from such risky behaviours. Do not put yourself and others at risk by forcing the emergency gate open when it is closed.  The next train is always just 20 minutes later, so be safe and wait.


The following family is looking for someone in their area of Rowville to assist with student transport by carpooling. Please contact Nandhini directly via email ([email protected]) if you are able to assist.   



Fiona Vanstan
Assistant Principal

Important dates

March 2018

2018 GRIP Student Leadership Conference

Tuesday March 13


Casey North Division - Snr & Inter Sports

Wednesday March 14

Girls' Softball


Year 11 Eng - 'Twelve Angry Men' Presentation

Wednesday March 14


Leadership & Large Group Photos

Thursday March 15

Full academic uniform required


The Arnold Secondary Inter-school Chess Tournament 2018

Friday March 16


French Film Festival - Alliance Francaise

Friday March 16

Year 10, 11 & 12


RAAF Hornet Simulator

Monday March 19


Camps & Pathways Week

Mon March 19 - Fri March 23


Year 9 Roses Gap Camp

Tues March 20 - Fri March 23


Year 12 Asynchronous Digital Delivery Day

Tuesday March 20


Year 12 Lord Somers Camp

Weds March 21 - Fri March 23


Casey Student Leaders Reception

Thursday March 22


Top Arts excursion

Monday March 26


Nossal HS Cross Country House event

Tuesday March 27 - Period 4


School Council Meeting

Tuesday March 27 - 7pm

All welcome


Unit 1/2 Biology - Royal Botanic Gardens

Wednesday March 28


Southern Metro Region - Swimming

Wednesday March 28


Jazz Workshop - Michelle Nicole (Guest artist)

Wednesday March 28


Nossal Jazz Night

Wednesday March 28

Tickets on sale next week!


Autumn School Holiday Break begins

Thursday March 29

And beyond...

Term 2 Commences

Monday April 16


South East Feast

Saturday April 21


House Athletics Carnival

Monday April 23

Select Entry Network Day

Tuesday April 24

No classes on this day


School Council Meeting

Tuesday April 24 - 7pm

All welcome


ANZAC Day - Public Holiday

Wednesday April 25

No classes on this day


MUNA Conference

Sat 28 & Sun 29 April


Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

Thursday April 26


PFA Meeting - AGM

Wednesday May 2

All welcome


Generations in Jazz Tour

Fri 4 - Sun 6 May


Year 11 Ball - TBC

Friday May 18


ICAS English Reading Competition

Tuesday July 31


House Performing Arts Festival

Tuesday August 28

Compulsory event for all students


Unit 1&2 Legal Studies Court Visits

Wednesday October 31


Valedictory Dinner

Wednesday November 22


Speech Night 2018

Tuesday November 27

Compulsory event for all students

General News

Being prepared

Last week we held a trial evacuation as part of our readiness for an emergency.  The event held on Monday, was as much about practicing exiting the buildings in such circumstances, as it was also about learning because approximately 25% of our total school student and staff population have not been through this exercise at Nossal.

When the call to evacuate was made, within 10 minutes all students, staff and visitors had left the buildings and had gathered in the Emergency Assembly Area at the front of the school ready to be accounted for.  This was an effective and efficient outcome and was achieved through the combined efforts of all on campus at the time.

While we would hope that Nossal High School never has to carry out such a procedure under the pressure of a real emergency, Last week's training means we are better prepared and ready for such a response.

Thank you to everyone for playing their role.  

South East Feast

Our first South East Feast is fast approaching and we sincerely hope you have the event marked in your diary for Saturday April 21.  


The day promises to be a great one with a large number of food trucks/vendors in attendance, the chance to sample some wines and local beers, cooking demonstrations, musical and cultural performances on our two stages and the opportunity to win a $2,000 getaway thanks to Grand Ridge Brewery.


Soon we will be calling for volunteers to help us make the day a huge success so please consider how you might be able to help on the day.  However you can make a big impact right now by going onto social media and sharing the links to our posts with friends and family. 


Facebook Event:


It's going to be a great celebration!

Term 1 Working Bee

We will be holding a Working Bee at the school on Saturday March 24 commencing at 8:30am.  We would greatly appreciate the help and support of all members of the Nossal community as we tidy the campus not only at the end of the first school term but also prior to the South East Feast in April.


On the day we will be focusing on tidying garden beds and re-mulching them, trimming plants, cleaning up along the factory line on the eastern boundary of the oval, sweeping paths and painting seats in the Library Courtyard.  Tasks like these need to be done regularly and the cost of having professional trades people do the work takes financial resources away from other areas of need, so a working bee attended by a big team of volunteers helps us maintain our school for the benefit of all who study and work there.

To meet health and safety requirements, volunteers will need to register on arrival on the the day.  This will be done outside the Library Courtyard, near the Reception area of the school.  Please watch Compass for an update on the tasks and an indication of what tools or equipment we would appreciate being made available on the day.

We look forward to getting your support.  

Keith Butler
Assistant Principal

Health & PE News

Unit 1 and 2 Physical Education Surf Camp

On Wednesday, February 28, 39 students headed off on a fun three day adventure at Phillip Island. The annual Unit 1 and 2 Physical Education Surf Camp was back and bigger than ever.


Students were able to experience many aspects of the Physical Education course in a practical setting as well as learning more about beach awareness and surfing. It was a great way to start the year bonding as group to further their connections to the class.


It was inspiring to witness all of the students certainly ‘Embrace the Challenge’ and support each other throughout all of the activities.  The weather was picture perfect and we had some amazing surf lessons with Island Surf School each day. Other activities included sandboarding down some steep sand dunes, beach sports, walking around the Nobbies, visiting Cowes and San Remo as well as eating 36 pizzas.


As always it was a pleasure to spend time with the students and their cooperation, and enthusiasm were exemplary. A big shout out also to Mr Gareth Campbell and Mr Andrew Hamilton for attending and assisting with the running of the camp.


Miss Shelley Veale
Health & PE Teacher


Science News

The Science and Ethics of Genome Editing Lecture

The possibility to precisely and accurately change almost any part of any genome, even in humans, could become reality through genome editing; but this raises many ethical issues.


These issues were brought to light during the Science and Ethics of Genome Editing event at the Melbourne Convention Centre which a few Unit 3 & 4 Biology students were lucky enough to attend. The event comprised of an interactive lecture, followed by a cocktail party where we were able to speak with some of the leading scientists in the field as well as other enthusiastic students.


We heard from Professor Doudna, who is easily one of the most significant biologists in the world, due to her co-invention of the gene editing technology CRISPR/Cas9.  The use of this tool means that genetic material can be added, removed, or changed at particular locations in the genome, even in humans. While this could offer the prospect of treating hereditary diseases, it may also be used to modify human embryos; which could possibly result in what has been termed ‘designer babies’.


This has worried many, including Professor Doudna, who has called for a moratorium on the use of CRISPR/Cas9 on human embryos. Also presenting was Professor Kevin Esvelt from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, who was also highly interested in the ethical aspects of the discussion; including whether current regulations are adequate.


The lecture was of great interest to us, as we received an insight into what is happening at the forefront of science. However, I found that the best part was the section where people from the audience had the chance to ask the biologists their own questions. Some highly interesting points were raised to discussion, such as the possibility of biological warfare or a socio-economic divide.


The concept of CRISPR/Cas9 is something that we will be studying as part of Unit 4 Biology and the ethical implications of its use are critical not only for the course, but for the broader fate of humanity.


Following the lecture, there was a cocktail / networking event that some students were able to be a part of. There were many adults and professors who were leaders in their field and we were able to have amazing conversations with other students that were present as well. Students from John Monash, Melbourne High and Mac. Robertson Girls - though not surprising - but also Gleneagles Secondary College and Methodists Ladies College were there.


The most amazing part of the networking event was the wonderful and thought-provoking conversations that we had. Students that were present, wanted to be there and talk about the Convergence Science and the implications that this has on our lives. Personally, I found the entire event to be refreshing, to talk about intelligent topics with intelligent people from different schools, background and perspectives.


The sharing of knowledge that happened at that event, was wonderful and inspiring. It is definitely a event that we would love to be a part of again.



Shalini Menon and Riya Rajesh
Year 11

Student News

From the Editors: New name and increased readership!

Hello everyone and welcome to the third issue of this year’s Student News. 


At the time of writing, this could be the last time we will say that! No, don’t cry yet, we’re not closing - but rather, we have a new name: from the next issue on, we will be known as ‘Parallel’. Submitted by an anonymous student, it is abstract, whilst also representing the parallel nature of the school’s two buildings. 


This marks an exciting period in our relatively short history, as we move to a more unique branding and more autonomous writing. We are also welcoming students interested in design (Unit 3/4 VCD students, this is for you!) in order to help develop our branding and create a new logo.

We have had a number of students approach us over the last fortnight to say that they enjoyed reading the last issue. This is a great sign that our readership is increasing, and we want to develop it even more. Share articles with your friends and encourage them to contribute to this exciting project. 


As always, if you’d like us to write any particular articles, have any suggestions in general or would even like to join our team, please do not hesitate to get in touch! 


We hope you enjoy reading this issue, particularly the articles by our newest journalists. 


Jordan and Leo 

The Explainer: Casualisation and the “gig” Economy

Uber, Airbnb, Lyft. We’ve all probably heard of at least one of these apps, and some of us may have even used them. But beyond their easy-to-use features and convenient nature, is there a darker side to this trend?


The rapid acceleration of globalisation and technology has brought about many changes to the way in which the workplace is perceived. Autonomation is a great example of this - making it easier for companies to obtain the same amount of labour whilst not paying a single cent.

However, industrial relations laws have often not been able to keep up with these sudden alterations to the norm. Ridesharing services, to use Uber as an example, have balanced on the fine line as to whether they should be considered an employer in the eyes of the law. Despite them recruiting workers for the services they provide, taking a certain amount of their wage-labour in order to make a profit, many jurisdictions have not yet categorised the relationship between Uber drivers and the company as a worker-employer one. This has resulted in a grey market in the economy, devoid of regulation, and having adverse impacts on the rights of workers. 


Apps which recruit workers in this sense claim that their platform allows them to maximise “flexibility” and “productivity”. This is the standard refrain, however, from those who seek to undermine the protections the workplace has. Flexibility inherently benefits the employer, who already has the balance of power in the relationship, as they are able to commodify labour without any consideration except the greater acquirement of profit, working around existing safeguards. The Uber drivers, who are treated as ‘lucky’ in order to be able gain any money at all, are simply ignored in the whole process of the app’s operation - specifically through the wage they receive and the casualisation impact the ridesharing service has. A report released last week by the Australia Institute’s Centre for Future Work revealed that the average Uber driver was working for less than $15 an hour, half of the standard $30 award Fair Work Australia has determined for casual drivers. This once again highlights the failure of the market to ensure fairness on its own. 


Casualisation is the ultimate result of this - workers moving from secure positions such as working in a taxi company, to having to rely on temporary and non-guaranteed jobs or “gigs” for performing the exact same task. This, combined with the playful and interactive method of essentially contracting a person to do work, dehumanises the action performed, and makes the obvious worker-employer relationship more detached. This is why Uber and Lyft attempt to portray their workers as “contractors” - in order to minimise their rights.


Similarly, community groups have raised concerns about the impact of Airbnb on the already-fragile housing market. Airbnb has made it easier to lease short-term accommodation, rendering every homeowner as a potential landlord. Although some have praised this as assisting more people experiencing housing difficulties, others claim that this undermines and and subsequently tries to claim credit for what should be a human right. Within Melbourne specifically, house prices surged to the point that one in three suburbs have a median price of over $1 million. In the face of stagnating wage growth and privatisation of public housing estates in Northcote, Abbotsford and West Brunswick, the argument that Airbnb is a short-term fix to a wider problem becomes more justified and the view that private developers and landlords are contributing to society through their own benevolence is increasingly ridiculous. 


The rapid acceleration of technology has brought a wealth of new possibilities for the future. It is easier than ever to do things seemingly unimaginable only a decade ago. In the midst of this, we must nevertheless ensure that this progress is for the benefit of all - rather than a select few individuals who wield all the control and profit.  


Leo Crnogorcevic

Editorial: Republic, Now

Across our country, a fierce debate has been raging for the past one hundred and seventeen years, since Federation in 1901.


You’ll hear opulent rhetoric on both sides of the debate, but really the whole debate boils down to a single question: “Should Australians have a say in who represents them on the global stage?” To this question, some will answer yes, others no. They propose different models for how our leader should be chosen.


As it is now, the Queen of Australia (that is, Queen Elizabeth II - her other gig is being Queen of the United Kingdom, as well as fourteen other countries) appoints a Governor-General to be “Her Majesty’s Representative in the Commonwealth,” subject to the advice of the Prime Minister. That means that the highest-ranked person in the country, who has the legal authority to dismiss a Prime Minister or prorogue an entire Parliament, is subject only to the authority of the head of state of another country more than half a globe away. That’s not to detract from the considerable public service contributions the Crown has made to this country during her reign, nor from that made by the Governor-General.


But in the 21st century, the title “Queen of Australia” (and soon, “King of Australia”) seems a world away from the Australia I know: a modern, vibrant country with a fiercely independent people. The Australian monarchy is a remnant from a different Australia: a vassal of the British Empire, one which treated its native people like cattle. Fortunately, Australia has changed since then - how far we still have to go in repairing the damage notwithstanding. A modern Australia needs a modern leader, chosen by its people.


Those who support the republican cause are generally hesitant to nail down a time for the transition to the republic - they propose, perhaps, that we wait until the end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, or maybe after the end of King Charles' reign.


But the fact of the matter is this: there will never be a perfect time to transition to a republic. As long as republicans keep dragging their feet on the specifics, the monarchic institution will remain in place. Rather than waiting for the perfect time, Australia needs to begin the process of becoming a republic now. 


There is no time to waste. 


Jordan van Rhyn

Story Corner: 12:10

This fortnight’s theme: Horror 

The darkness engulfed as she switched off the light. She had never had a fear of the dark, nor fathomed the number of people who fell victim to it. The darkness was her haven, in which she could relieve her senses of the traffic of everyday life. She reached out her arm and walked forward slowly, feeling for the edge of her desk that would signify her close proximity to her bed. Her eyelids dropped downwards, feeling heavy as tiredness seeped through her body. With her eyes closed, she was no blinder than she was before.


Suddenly the air around her felt cold. Her silk nightgown did nothing to stop the chill that sent a shiver down her spine. Suddenly she didn’t feel so safe.


Just as she was about to climb into the comfort of her bed, she froze as she felt a cold breath on the back of her neck. The blood rushed out of her face. She waited for a second to see if more would come. But nothing did. I imagined it. I imagined it. These were the last thoughts in her head before she drifted off into a slumber. That slumber – it did not last long.


Scrape. The sound of nails on a blackboard. The hour was past midnight. Her eyes fluttered open and she sat upright in bed, trying to locate the sound’s origins. Slowly, she climbed out of bed and advanced towards her bedroom door, reaching out her arm and turning the door knob. The door creaked as she pushed it open. She fumbled for the light switch and when she turned it on, the hall didn’t flood with light like she’d hoped. She assumed it needed a new bulb, because the light above was dim and flickering, making the hallway feel uncomfortable. She paused, silent, and the quiet scratching noise was audible once more. The fact that it didn’t sound mechanical, but rather, imperfect and human scared her. But curiosity compelled her. And she had always been told to never stand down to fear. 


She followed the noise to the next hallway and suddenly, all was silent except for the sound of her quiet breathing. Today the hallway looked different. She turned her head to gaze at the familiar family portraits that lined its walls and her breath hitched in her throat at the sight before her. A cloud of confusion filled her eyes and they turned dark with fear. Slowing lifting up a hand, she brushed the oil work on the canvas with the nameplate ‘George’ beneath it. It no longer formed the shape of her little brother’s smiling face, but instead, formed the outline of the large oak tree in her backyard. Upon one of the tree’s branches, a rope. And hanging from the rope, eyes wide and lifeless, was an image of herself. The corpse stared at her and she stared back. It was like she was looking in a mirror, only her reflection was limp. Dead.


She tore her frightened gaze from the painting and looked at the next one, her heart beating furiously out of her chest. The next was no better than the first.


Dark blood. A lifeless body. Her lifeless body.


Hyperventilating, hands shaking, she continued like this, staring at each portrait along the wall. Altogether, there were six. Six different paintings, six different deaths, all in which she was the victim.


The last was the most haunting. For unlike the others, she was not yet dead in this one. Instead, her face pale, eyes wide, mouth screaming, she was facing the viewer. Around her neck, a pair of hands. Inhuman. Dark, long, fingers. Protruding bones. Unlike the others, this painting depicted her last moments before death.


The grandfather clock in the hallway suddenly chimed, sounding hauntingly different than usual. It snapped her out of her frightened gaze she jumped away from it.


From down the hall, a vase shattered on the floor. The campaign of fear inside of her could no longer be contained and she let out a blood-curdling shriek, taking off down the hallway. Another bang. A crash metres behind her. A frame falling off the wall. The distant sound of the closet in her bedroom slamming shut.


She ran so fast that her legs screamed at her to stop. The horrible faint sound of a woman’s wails came from somewhere behind her.


Just as she turned into the hallway that lead to the back door, she stopped dead in her tracks. In the middle of the hallway stood a dark figure. The image before her was from the darkest of nightmares. A woman whose age was indistinguishable beneath the peeling skin of her face, hollowness of her eyes and ripped white dress upon her body. Her hair draped upon her shoulders, dark, very dark, and greasy. Tangled. Blood seeped from the dark voids that were her eyes. Her nose was non-existent, with only the protruding bone of her skeleton visible. In the place of her lips were threads of stitches, adorned with gaping holes the skin around them rotting. She stared forward lifelessly. And her hands. Dark. Long fingers. Protruding bone.


No longer could the girl bare to look. She let out another scream, letting it out at such a volume and force that her eyes squeezed shut in the process. When she stopped screaming, she kept her eyes closed. Suddenly she felt a searing pain around her neck. She began to struggle for air, and her eyes flew open as a reaction. The nightmarish woman was suddenly so close to her face that the blood seeping out of her eyes dripped onto the tip of the girl’s nose.  Loose shreds of skin exposed the tender flesh of the woman’s face, dark and rotting. Her dark, long fingers wrapped around the girl’s neck possessively. Her face turning purple and unable to scream, the last sound that the girl would hear were the words airily whispered in her ear. “12:10”. 


The world went dark just as the grandfather clock made its last chime.


Nalini Jacob-Roussety

2018 Surf Camp

Surf Camp has been known to be, ‘the best,’ student camp at Nossal and after just three short days at Phillip Island, spending most of our time in the water and on the beach, I can confidently say, on behalf of this year’s Unit 1&2 PE class, that I would love nothing more than to go back.


Wednesday, February 28 was the beginning of a very brief but life-changing experience. After packing our bags into the trailers and saying our goodbyes, the two Unit 1&2 PE classes, Ms Veale, Mr Campbell and Mr Hamilton, all got ready for a 2-hour bus ride down to Phillip Island for our very first surf lesson. We were taught many basic skills like how to properly hold and lie down on our surfboards whilst also going through several steps that would assist us in standing up properly and safely for the first few times. The Island Surf School coaches were all very kind and encouraging which only made the experience more memorable. After our second and third lesson many of us had already learnt to comfortably stand up and balance on our surfboards.


However surfing isn’t the only activity provided on this fantastic camp. During the three days we were all able to go sandboarding, participate in beach activities like trenches and rugby, go on the Nobbies walk where we got to see a beautiful view of the ocean and most importantly, get to know one another to create and strengthen friendships with our fellow peers. 


Surf camp not only taught all of us to get out of our comfort zones when we are in the water, but also when we’re socialising with people who we have probably never talked to before. The friendships that we’ve made, the bonds that we’ve created, the inside jokes, the wonderful memories that we’ll be able to cherish forever, that is the real reason surf camp is as amazing as everybody says it is.


Somathyda Rim

Literary Ramblings: ‘A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet’
by Becky Chambers

Book Review 


A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet opens with the introduction of the Wayfarer, a worn-down yet unique ship with an even more eccentric crew and the place Rosemary Harper is soon to call home. In a glimpse of the future in which numerous species have colonised the stars, the crew of the Wayfarer spend their days creating portals within space-time, enjoying copious amounts of the beverage ‘mek’ and greeting various alien life forms across the known galaxy.

Becky Chambers’ debut novel is an incredibly joyous read, and though exploring interesting and quite serious topics of morality, deeply-rooted societal customs, the autonomy of artificial intelligence and the fundamental definition of family, the dialogue and overall ambience the novel provides maintains humour and a particularly uplifting tone. Unlike many other science fiction novels, this is not a narrative about human endeavour, but rather explores the possibilities and benefits of forming partnerships with individuals dissimilar to ourselves. It highlights how cooperation is and will always be essential to survival, and questions whether this extent of co-dependence is something human beings are inherently capable of. These insightful and thought-provoking discussions make the novel incredibly unique, but it is ultimately the vast array of characters that drive the events and circumstances within the narrative.

Through a peculiar mixture of third person and documentative writing, A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet can be seen as appealing to many – filled with scientific exploration, comedic characterisation and LGBT+ inclusion, it truly encapsulates the views, values and issues faced within the 21st century, including those staring hopefully towards the future. Nonetheless, it is a humbling tale of choice and possibility, which provokes crucial underlying questions; what kind of people do we individually strive to be, and is our collective society one we are compelled to leave behind?

So I urge you, fall in love with a quirky set of inspiring characters and an incredibly well weaved narrative that manages to fulfill and transcend all expectations and stereotypes maintained within Adult Fiction, through Becky Chambers’ “quietly profound” new series.


“We are experts of the physical galaxy. We live on terraformed worlds and in massive orbital habitats. We tunnel through the sublayer to hop between stellar systems. We escape planetary gravity with the ease of walking out the front door. But when it comes to evolution, we are hatchlings, fumbling with toys. I think this is why many of my peers still cling to theories of genetic material scattered by asteroids and supernovae. In many ways, the idea of a shared stock of genes drifting through the galaxy is far easier to accept than the daunting notion that none of us may ever have the intellectual capacity to understand how life truly works.”

Do you have a text you’d love everyone to know about? Feel free to email me at [email protected] and I’ll do my best to recommend or review it in the next edition!


Chaya Wajntraub
Senior Contributor

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OZCLO 2018

Computational linguistics. When my team and I first heard that term, we thought to ourselves how are we ever going to solve any of these problems? Despite the initial concern about our inability to answer the practice problems, we had signed up for OZCLO 2018 and therefore we dedicated ourselves to attend every training session in preparation.


Throughout the training sessions, Hayden, Kahn and Jack showed us some useful strategies and tips to be able to combat whichever problems were given to us. We even had a training session with Yong Si Foo (Class of 2016), who made the problems seem so easy, but gave us some much-needed advice and motivation.


Then finally, the day arrived sooner than anticipated and some degree of stress began kicking in. But ultimately, we and all the other OZCLO teams knew that it was all about teamwork and giving it our best shot, so we sat there for two hours trying to divide and conquer the six problems we were presented with. Five minutes left before we had to submit our answers and we had no clue as to whether they were even remotely correct, but we pressed submit with a sigh of relief.


And that was the OZCLO experience. Now looking back at the competition day, I don’t know how much computational linguistics we had mastered, but we had mastered teamwork.


Thanks to Mr Mahalingam, Ms Banaag, Ms Lloyd and the rest of the English staff for their support throughout the competition as well as the opportunity to participate in OZCLO. It was a great learning experience!



Elita Pinto

Year 11

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Moonlit Sanctuary Keeper Club

Kids enjoy environmental activities, animal encounters and native animal care.


Day includes: interactions with dingo, python, off-limits animals, feeding animals & food prep, animal enrichment activities. Learn about our animals, their conservation and the environment. For ages 7-14 years.


Easter 2018 school holiday dates:

  • Week 1: Tues 3rd Wed 4h Thurs 5th Fri 6th April
  • Week 2: Mon 9th Tues10th Wed 11th Thurs 12th Fri 13th April
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Cost: $75.00 per day, or $210 for 3 days (pro rata for additional days).

Maximum 16 children per day.


Bookings essential as spaces are limited

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Moonlit Sanctuary

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Phone 5978 7935

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Bunjil Place Library

Check out these great new programs at the Library!


Teen Advisory Board

If you have great ideas to share, then here is your chance to get involved and become an ambassador for your library. Champion library services created by you, for you!


Teen Book club

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We are pleased to announce that the commemorative pavers ordered in 2017, have now arrived and been added to our paved area at the front of the school.


Thank you to the PFA for organising this program which is now open to accept orders to be delivered in 2018.. Order forms are available from the school's office. 

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