Photo: Huntingtower wins EISM Division 1 Swimming for the 11th year in a row!

The Huntingtower Bulletin

05 April 2019
Issue 566
Message from the Principal
Diary Dates
Huntingtower Parents & Friends
HT Uniform Shop
Music Notes
Sport News
The Simunye Project 
Events and Notices 
CSEF Application Forms
Huntingtower School
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Mount Waverley, Victoria, 3149

Message from the Principal

Thought for the week:

'Dream of possibilities that thrill you; be happy and know that you are loved - always.'


Competition can be a two-edged sword. The desire to be better than someone else, rather than the desire to be the best that you can be, can turn one from being a positive team player and one who benefits everyone, into someone for whom win at all costs becomes the only goal. The trouble with that kind of desire for 'winning' is that you discover that even if you do win, the achievement is hollow because you have not loved everyone involved and wanted the best for them too.


Watching the Huntingtower swimming team compete in the EISM Swimming Carnival and then the Champions Carnival, I was struck by the willingness of each team member to sacrifice personal 'glory' for the success of the team, whether a relay team or the whole school team. The focus is on 'personal best' and not just winning – although winning can feel very good when done with the right spirit.

Every one of our swimmers showed a selflessness that made me very proud of all our students. Thank you and congratulations to everyone.


Talking of competition, our students take part in so many competitions because by competing we are forced to bring the best out of ourselves and so they really do shine. We have had some incredible ANZAC results:

  • I mentioned last year that Hugh Perry won the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Victorian State Final and I now have pleasure in telling you that Hugh was invited to present his speech at the Annual ANZAC Commemoration Ceremony for Students on Wednesday 3 April at the Shrine of Remembrance. He shared the stage with The Governor of Victoria, The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Air Vice Marshal Chris Spence AO and the President of Melbourne Legacy, Hugh Robertson. What an honour! Congratulations to our Hugh. I have asked Hugh to also give his speech at our simple ANZAC service here at school which will be held on Wednesday 24 April at Midday in our PAC.
  • I have also asked Isambard Knox-Johnson and Logan Ratnarajah to present a precis of their winning essays in the 'Spirit of ANZAC' Competition. As State Winners, Isambard and Logan both won an all-expenses paid trip to Vietnam with the other 'Spirit of ANZAC' State winners. Jasmine Ngo and Martin Grozev were regional winners in the competition and have won a trip to Canberra to visit the Australian War Memorial later this year. What a wonderful achievement. Grateful thanks to Ms Denny, Mr Sankey and Mr Shave, who ran the competition last year.  Special thanks also go to Mrs Goddard for her work with and support of Hugh.


Congratulations to everyone on a wonderful House Athletics Carnival. The Quiddich team was excellent and the way they controlled their broomsticks was impressive (must have been written on April 1). Thanks to all the teachers and students involved and to Miss Buhagiar and Mr Green we say a special thanks. We now look forward to the EISM Athletics Carnival early next term. Congratulations to Mather House on winning the Carnival and to all the students for their sportsmanship, determination and support of one another.


A number of students recently raised funds for the Red Cross Doorknock Appeal. Thank you to Mr Wroe and the other teachers who gave up their time to assist and to all the students involved; congratulations on raising over $1400.


We wish all those students and staff going on our educational tour of New Zealand a very happy and constructive time. Thank you to Mr Jones, Miss Ohlert and Mrs Power for supporting this trip.


After a very busy term, a well-deserved break is in order. I wish everyone a happy holiday.


Sholto Bowen    OAM


Diary Dates

Huntingtower Parents & Friends


Our friends at Bensons in Mount Waverley have been an amazing financial contributor to Huntingtower over the last 2 years.  A favourite haunt of HT staff and parents alike, this week Bensons presented the P&F with a cheque for $500, which will be a valuable addition to our fundraising.  Please support our Bensons reward initiative – 20% of every dollar spent at Bensons on The Highway, Mount Waverley is donated back to the school.  All you need to do is to present your Bensons Reward Card (available at the HT office, Uniform Shop or P&F) or mention Huntingtower at the time of your visit.  Bensons provide great experiences from a morning coffee fix through to full-blown functions and celebrations.  Enjoying Bensons hospitality and directly supporting HT is the thing to do!  Once again, the P&F extend sincere thanks to Brent Manning and his team at Bensons for their generous support.

Junior School Donation

Further to our 2019 AGM, we are happy to report that Dr Helen McDonald has already found good use for the $10,000 of fete proceeds donated to Junior School!  Recently, two air conditioner units (valued at $7,000) were installed in Junior School After Care and two laptop computers (value $3,000) will soon be purchased.  We are sure that these acquisitions will enhance an already excellent program.  Thank you to Dr McDonald for identifying these needs so quickly!  We trust the benefits are already being enjoyed by students and staff.

Trivia Night Teaser

Following a very successful HT Fete in 2018, the P&F and the school have agreed that the fete will occur every second year to help ensure its continued support and success.  This leaves the day customarily occupied by fete (the first Saturday after Melbourne Cup Day) free for another flagship event.  The P&F would like to continue the HT tradition of a major school event on this day so have committed to running a school-wide HT Trivia Night on the evening of Saturday, November 9.  HT Parents (Junior, Middle and Senior Schools) are all welcome!  Please watch this space for further details – we have formed a special Trivia Night Committee and the night is sure to be an event not to be missed.  Please save the date,  and support the school by coming along to this a fun, community-building evening.

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Honey Fundraiser

The P&F will be running the popular Honey Fundraiser again this year.  We are waiting for our beekeeper from Cathedral Valley Honey, Robert van der Graag, to give us the thumbs-up that he will be able to meet the demand generated by this fundraiser.  We anticipate launching the fundraiser in early April. It will be run over a number of weeks, with orders being available for collection in June (shortly after the Queen’s Birthday weekend).  We will distribute order forms via the HT Bulletin, Junior News and class representatives as soon as we are ready to go.

Next P&F Meeting

Wednesday 1 May at 7.30 pm in the Senior School Library. All welcome!

HT Uniform Shop


Alter It The Glen are offering specials on all school uniform alterations. If you require any personal clothing alterations, please mention Huntingtower School for a discounted price.



Photo: Winners are grinners! Warrell House Music Captains Felix Gould, Rachel Ko, Mia Wu and Jay Sun

Music Notes

Photo: Winners are grinners! Warrell House Music Captains Felix Gould, Rachel Ko, Mia Wu and Jay Sun


An immense thank you to all students, staff and families for your work and support of the 2019 House Music Festival. The Solos, Instrumental Ensembles, Chamber Choirs, House Choirs and Orchestras were all amazing. All of this was due to the diligence and dedication of the House Music Captains and their team.

The Robert Blackwood Hall was the perfect venue for the Final Evening which was a wonderful celebration of the school’s musicians, their talents and hard work. 



Music lessons are well and truly up and running and we have many students across Junior and Senior School learning woodwind, brass, strings, piano and singing.


On Monday 1 April, many students from Years 5-10 interested in learning more about playing a percussion instrument attended a lunchtime demonstration.

Mr Steve Falk showed the students the vast array of possibilities available to a percussionist as well as some of the incredible skills that a percussionist learns.

The Music Department will offer percussion lessons in the near future. We recommend that students who are keen to be part of an ensemble playing any of the following: timpani (kettle drums), xylophone, glockenspiel, vibraphone, marimba, snare drum, bass drum, auxiliary percussion (triangle, maracas etc) should consider taking up lessons.

In addition to bands and orchestras, we plan on developing a Percussion Ensemble which in the future will ‘set the music world on fire’! This will be as a brilliant option for piano players and a way of getting involved in an ensemble. These are exciting times.

If your child is interested in percussion lessons, an instrument tuition form is attached to this newsletter which should be completed and returned to the Music Administrator (Vivienne Perry – Room MU8 or email [email protected]). There are many great opportunities for students to be a part of this fabulous Music Department, so come along and give it a go!


CHOIR – Shivani Mahendran and Emma Russell

ORCHESTRA – Kathryn Bourozikas, Cynthia Ge and Diana Jiang

CONCERT BAND – Tomi Byrnes, Ronald Liao and Vivian Zhang


We are looking forward to presenting some wonderful concerts, participating in various community events and dividing into smaller ensembles for eisteddfods and festivals this year.


Music ensembles are now rehearsing and we are busily preparing for the Annual School Concerts (Junior and Senior School) to be held in Term 2. More details to come in Term 2.


JUNIOR SCHOOL CONCERT   -    Thursday 6 June       Time to be confirmed

SENIOR ANNUAL CONCERT   -   Thursday 20 June     7.30 pm


Auditions for the Junior Production Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and the Senior Production Godspell are well underway and lead roles will be announced early in Term 2.




Mrs Major-Gough has done a wonderful job in auditioning for the Junior School. She is looking forward to involving all her classes in JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, and most magical and fun musical.

Performances: 11 & 12 September



Lead role auditions for ‘GODSPELL’ will be completed at the end of this term and will be announced early in Term 2 after ‘call backs’. 

Students wishing to be a part of the Chorus are guaranteed a place but still must attend a group audition. They do not need to prepare for this as everything will be learned at the audition.

Chorus Auditions for Godspell will take place at lunchtimes and during Period 6 during the first week of Term 2. Performances: 6, 8, 9, & 10 AUGUST




Classes have commenced on Monday afternoons for Music Theory.

  • Period 6 – Years 7, 10, 11, 12
  • 4.15 – 5.00 pm – Years 8 and 9

We have had an excellent response, but it’s never too late to start. AMEB requires a certain level of Theory for the higher grades so that a student can receive their practical certificate.

You can enrol in Music Theory using the Music Enrolment Form.



Instrumental/Singing Recitals will occur throughout Term 2 and 3.

Students who learn both in and outside of Huntingtower are welcome to perform. The Music Department will liaise with music staff and email parents so that we can ensure that your child will have an opportunity to perform should they wish.

Information and dates to be announced soon.



If you are hiring a school instrument, please ensure your child visits Miss Vivienne Perry in MU8 before or after their music lesson as we are in the process of updating and checking off the inventory of hire instruments. We would appreciate your help in making sure that all students who are hiring are on our system.

Sport News

Summer Sport

We have reached the end of Term 1 with many fine achievements from our sporting teams. Swimming has been completed with Huntingtower taking home it’s 11th consecutive title at the EISM Carnival. We also took home numerous medals from the Champions Meet and seven students were invited to represent the EISM at the Victorian Schools Association Competition. Those students are:

Abby Harrington

Giorgio Karanasios

Jordan Le Blanc

Ronald Liao

Marcus Nielsen

Vicky Tan

Xavier Tan


Our Senior Sport teams finished their seasons with a total of 7 teams representing the school in grand finals.












There were another five who were all within one game of the finals teams. The results were as follows:

  • Senior Girls Softball – Huntingtower 10 defeated Alphington 7
  • Senior Girls Tennis (central) – Huntingtower defeated Knox, 7 sets to 2
  • Senior Boys Volleyball 'A' (central) – Huntingtower defeated Eltham, 3 sets to 1
  • Senior Boys Volleyball 'B' (central) - Huntingtower defeated Bialik, 3 sets to 1
  • Senior Girls Volleyball 'B' (central) - Huntingtower defeated Eltham, 3 sets to 1
  • Senior Girls Volleyball 'A' (central) – Huntingtower lost to Eltham, 3 sets to nil
  • Senior Boys Tennis (central) – Huntingtower lost to Kilvington, 2 sets to 7













Well done to those involved! A special mention is made of the coaches and the finals' Most Valuable Players:

  • Softball – Kate Culbert best on field and coach Nic Green
  • Girls Tennis – Shivani Mahendran best on court and coaches Angela Glare and Danielle Jones
  • Boys Tennis – Robert Phillips best on court and coach Keith Clapp
  • Boys Volleyball 'A' – Brandon Griffiths best on court and coach Jimmy Carlisle
  • Boys Volleyball 'B' – Luka Torlak best on court and coaches James Banh and Daniel Borbely
  • Girls Volleyball 'A' – Eleanor Bentley best on court and coach Rob Apps
  • Girls Volleyball 'B' – Kylie Eddy best on court and coach Julieanne Douglas

SSAV Independent School Golf

We had two students who took part in the annual SSAV Golf Tournament this term. Joshua Gong and Rachel How went along to Waverley Golf Course to compete against other students from organisations including SIS, ACS, CSEN and SCSA. It was a beautiful afternoon for golf and both our students played in a polite and positive manner throughout their rounds. Well done to both students and Rachel for placing second in the girls' section.

House Athletics Carnival


We were blessed with great weather for our House Athletics Carnival held on the last Tuesday of term. Carly and Nic from the sports department would like to thank everyone involved, from the students who participated in all their events to the staff who raked pits, measured throws and made sure that all ran smoothly.

The final points on the day were: Warrell 2027, Bruce 2091, Rayner 2106 ... and although we had a number of lead changes during the day, at the grand total of 2197 points, there was just one winner….










The Simunye Project 


Events and Notices 

1. Christian Science Lecture


2. Sophie's Pantry


CSEF Application Forms

Please click on the link below to obtain relevant forms


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