Aitken College Newsletter

22 June 2018
Issue Nine
Important Diary Dates
Principal's Message
Deputy Principal
Parents & Friends 
Brookhill
VCAL News
VET News
Dunhelen
Cumberland
Fairview
Agriculture Program
Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF)
Careers
College Activities
Environmental Programs
Extension Program
Humanities
Performing Arts
Physical Education
Primary LOTE
Business Directory
OSHC
Aitken College
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1010 Mickleham Road
Greenvale, Victoria, 3059
AU

Important Diary Dates

2018 Term Dates

Term 3: 16 July to 21 September

Term 4: 8 October to 12 December

Important Diary Dates for 2018

Monday 16 July

Term 3 commences

 

Tuesday 7 August

Parent Teacher Interviews (Prep-12)

 

Thursday 16 August

Parent Teacher Interviews (Prep-12)

 

Friday 17 August

Professional Learning Day (no students)

 

Friday 21 September

Term 3 ends

 

Monday 8 October

Term 4 commences

 

Monday 5 November

Mid Term Break

 

Tuesday 6 November

Melbourne Cup Day Holiday

 

Friday 23 November

Report Writing Day (no students)

 

Monday 10 December

Presentation Night (Years 3-12)

 

Wednesday 12 December

Term 4 ends

 

 

 

Principal's Message

 

 

 

                   

 

 

 

 

                 Mrs Josie Crisara

Church For Life

Last Sunday at "Church for Life" we pondered the question, 'Who Am I in this Universe?'. A small but enthusiastic group of ours and the broader community, were in attendance. This is capably led by Mr Ward and families are encouraged to participate. The next service, 'Dealing with Guilt' is on Sunday 22 July  at 10.30am in the Chapel and Performing Arts Centre. Please come along.

Semester 2 Preparation

As Term 2 comes to an end, students are encouraged to use the winter break as a time for rest and relaxation. They should prepare for the remainder of the year by considering the feedback provided by teachers during the semester as a focus for areas in which they can improve.  For senior students completing VCE and VCAL this is a time to reenergise, get prepared and reflect on feedback received so far. 

Co-curricular Activities

It has been impressive to see the large number of students who contribute to the co-curricular offerings at school. In many ways, these demonstrate characteristics such as initiative, commitment, adaptability, social and emotional intelligence and creativity. There have been many examples of this through participation in Sports Activities, Community Service, Plays, Music Concerts, Environmental Initiatives, Hospitality Group, Debating, Public Speaking, Leadership activities and the list goes on.

Student Reports

Teaching staff have been finalising reports this week.  An email detailing when reports are accessible on the Community Portal will be sent out early next week. The Reports give a summary of assessments for subjects, describe students approaches to learning (some of the skills described above) and a Homeroom teacher comment which may include, where appropriate, their contributions to the life of the College.  

Farewells

Ms Laura-Anne Portella and Mr Daniel Kuppe have completed replacement contracts with us. We wish them well in their future endeavours. We wish Ms Julie Hester, Mr Cameron McGregor and Mr Michael Slee an enjoyable time as they take Long Service Leave in Term 3. Ms Hester will also be retiring and we wish her well for the future.

 

Ms Bianca Duell and Mrs Jacinta Mocko will be taking Parental Leave as they wait to welcome new arrivals

 

Returning next term are Mr Mike Arthur from Long Service Leave  and Ms Brigitte Seivers from Parental Leave.

 

New Staff for Term 3

  • Mr Branko Lukic (Maths)
  • Mr Tristan Kostraby (Maths and Science)
  • Mrs Joyce Tabone (Indonesian)
  • Ms Jessica  McDermott (Food Technology Assistant)
  • Mrs Felicity Donohue (Primary)
  • Ms Carla Grbac  (Art)

Mickleham Road

Please continue to write letters to people and organisations below in relation to Mickleham Road.  On Thursday afternoon at school dismissal time, works on Mickleham Road caused significant disruption and delays particularly, with school buses, but also with access in and out of the College as well as impacting the rest of the community.  I have contacted VicRoads regarding this matter. Last week, the local member was presented with another set of signatures on the Greenvale Residents Association petition, for tabling in parliament. 

Rain Events

The rain event last Sunday caused significant flooding of four teaching spaces and the workshop. The College insurers have commenced restoration works.

Deputy Principal

                   

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Kim Forward

Kelly Sports Holiday Program

A reminder that Kelly Sports will be running a holiday program at Aitken College throughout the school holidays. For more information, phone 0403 149 391 or book online at www.kellysports.com.au.

Parenting Ideas Article

This week’s article that you can access from this newsletter is on 'Getting the Screentime Balance Right'. 21st Century parents struggle with children and the question of how to decide what is appropriate for time spent on devices. Please take the time to read this article.

Go to  www.parentingideas.com.au  for more useful parenting resources - you can subscribe to their blog and newsletter.

Traffic

Cars recently doing the wrong thing in the school grounds:

  • S4N GH4 – turning right into Mickleham Road when not permitted
  • ZOU 936 – not watching for pedestrians at the marked crossing
  • RWY 273 – parking in staff car park
  • SYF 187 – speeding through the pedestrian crossing


Parents & Friends 

Trivia Night

Aitken’s Annual Trivia Night will be held on Saturday 11 August. Raffles, Gold Coin Toss, Prizes and lots more. Come and have a go at the "across the generation’s" trivia. All are welcome; we will be putting tables together to mix it up. Great way to meet other Aitken College parents. Start saving up your $2 coins for the coin toss. The flyer will be issued at the beginning of next term but lock in the date in your social calendar now.

 

All funds raised from the Parents and Friends Association activities goes back into running events and purchasing additional equipment for the school. Thank you for your support.

 

Mrs Kathryn McKenzie

Parents & Friends Association - Vice President

 

Brookhill

 

 

                   

 

 

 

 

 

                    Mr David Murphy

Mid Year Exams

All Year 10 and Year 11 students have completed their mid-year exams. Formal exams at Years 10 and 11 are an important part of the Aitken College Senior School program. The majority of students who complete VCE will have their ATAR result determined largely by their performance in formal Year 12 VCAA exams. It is important that students use Year 10 and Year 11 exams to learn exam preparation skills. Some important points that students should be learning from the exam process are:

  • How do I best prepare for formal exams? What forms of study and revision work best for me?
  • How can I manage the stress of the exam room? What things should I be doing on the morning of exams to ensure I am in a mental state conducive to optimum performance?
  • How should I use reading time effectively?
  • Exam technique: do I always have to do question 1 first? How do I ensure I don’t miss any easy marks?

These ideas, and other important exam preparation tips, are covered in the Elevate Education Study Skills seminar on exam preparation, delivered to all Year 12 VCE students at the annual Year 12 Student Learning Conference; a video explaining the educational outcomes of the Year 12 Student Learning Conference can be found in the Senior School section of the College website:

http://www.aitkencollege.edu.au/structure-of-the-college/senior-school/

Absence from Exams

It is worth noting that, while arrangements can be made for missed exams in Year 10 and  Year 11, it is an entirely different matter when it comes to official Unit 3-4 VCAA exams. Re-sits or make-up exams do not exist in Year 12. If a student misses a Unit 3-4 VCAA exam because they stayed home sick, in most cases they will be awarded zero for the exam and have their ATAR score dragged down significantly. It is a harsh reality that illness is not catered for when it comes to VCAA exams. A student who wakes up on the day of an exam feeling sick must just turn up and do their best.

Piercings, Hairstyles and Dress Length

I remind parents about College expectations and standards regarding piercings, hairstyles, facial hair and dress length:

  • I ask parents not to send students to school with piercings, other than a single stud or sleeper through the ear lobe. All other piercings, including clear plastic items, are against the College grooming policy. Students who claim they cannot remove fresh piercings will have to stay home until the piercing can be removed.
  • Hairstyles that are exaggerated or designed to attract significant attention are not acceptable. In particular, I refer to hairstyles that are shaved at the sides and much longer on top. Students presenting with hairstyles of this nature will be asked to modify their hairstyles, or stay home until it grows out.
  • Boys are expected to be clean shaven. Boys presenting with facial hair will be required to shave before being allowed into class.
  • Girls’ dresses must reach the kneecap. Girls with unacceptably short dresses will be asked to lower the hemline or purchase a more acceptable dress. Girls persistently presenting with unacceptably short dresses will be removed from class.

VCAL News

Wheat Heat Bags

Over the course of the year, the VCAL students undertake a number of projects. This year, an ongoing project has been designing and creating wheat heat bags. The students spent time researching the benefits of the product and investigated the processes needed to create it. This has included: purchasing suitable material; buying the wheat; cutting out, pinning and sewing; filling the bags with wheat; sourcing ideas on how to attractively package the product; creating a label and finally preparing the wheat bags for sale in the community.

 

The wheat bags are on sale for $10.00. If you would like to purchase one, please email [email protected]. Profits will support the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.

 

Mrs Jenny Lilley

VCAL Coordinator

 

 

VET News

Introduction to VET

Full details will be presented on the VCE Information night - Wednesday 18 July. Please see attached flyer.

 

Dunhelen

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Mrs Francis Scuderi

Student Reports

You will be receiving your child’s report early next week. Do take the time to sit down with your child and read through it. Discussion should not only be about the grade they received for their subjects but also about their progress on the Approaches to Learning Rubric. The skills outlined in the rubric are ones that students will require for life and, as such, are also considered important. At an Assembly recently, I went through the approaches and discussed what each of them means and what things students could be doing to improve in all the areas. Self-improvement, perseverance, respect, creativity and collaboration are lifelong skills which will be of great benefit to students long after they have finished school.

Family Holiday

Holidays with family are very important and students are given quite a few weeks off every year to enjoy this quality time. Students should not be taking time out of school to go away. The school will not approve absences due to holidays as missing school can have a detrimental effect on, not only students results, but their social circle.  Being absent from school means missing instruction in every class, missing practical work, missing assessments and missing social interaction with same age students. Please do keep this in mind when thinking about a family holiday.

College Emails

Teachers at Aitken College use email extensively to communicate with each other, with parents and, at times, with students. As professionals, we always attempt to keep our emails professional, this includes addressing the recipient, addressing the issue, signing off, remaining courteous and, sometimes, having to cool off before sending the email. This is something that we also try to instil in the students. Unfortunately, of late, I have had the misfortune of reading some emails sent to teachers, by parents, that are quite negative in tone. Please do be mindful that email messages can come across not as they are intended and if there is a serious or sensitive issue to discuss it is usually better handled face to face or over the phone. Teachers are working hard to ensure your child is receiving the attention they require. They are never singling out your child or being deliberately rude. Like you, teachers do genuinely want the very best for your child.  Please bear this in mind when meeting, talking with or emailing staff. As educators, we try to teach the students that all issues can be resolved in a calm and logical way. We are trying to equip the youth of today with skills that will stand them in good stead for the future, and that means that we must always lead by example.

Meditation/Mindfulness Sessions

This year Dunhelen students have been able to attend a lunchtime meditation/mindfulness class once a week. The classes run by Mrs Vlahopoulos, are designed to expose the students to mindfulness and breathing exercises. Mindfulness involves a series of attention-training practices that can help stop negative thoughts. Research has shown that mindfulness can reduce stress and anxiety, develop resilience, enhance concentration and improve overall wellbeing. Thank you to Mrs Vlahopoulos for conducting these sessions and they will continue into Semester 2. There are free mindfulness apps to download if your child, or you, would like to practice some mindfulness over the break.

Thank You

It has been a very busy term, in fact, a very busy semester. The Dunhelen students have been working and behaving amazingly. They should be very proud of this first half of the year. A very big thank you to them. A big thank you to the Assistant Heads of School and the Homeroom teachers for their tireless devotion. A big thank you to parents as well for your support and willingness to work with the school.

 

Wishing you all a safe, relaxing and well-earned break.  

Cumberland

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Ms Karen McArdle

How Should Parents Communicate with The College?

The first point of contact for parents, depending on the nature of the concern, is with the classroom teacher. If it is an urgent or delicate matter, you should contact the Head of School. Email is the most effective mode of communication throughout the day, as teachers are often in front of a class and cannot take a phone call. Emails enable parents to raise issues and also allow teachers to see the message at a time that is convenient to them. Whole College issues or those of immediate danger to staff and students should be addressed to the Deputy Principal.

 

You are most welcome to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss any issues affecting your child / children. Meetings can be arranged by emailing the teacher using their contact details found in the front of your child’s diary. We strongly advise parents not to come to the College to see a teacher without first making an appointment.

Cumberland Dance

Last Friday saw many students venture out on a cold night to warm themselves up with some dancing. Fun was had by all at this well attended event.  Thanks goes to the Parents & Friends Association and the mothers who helped out to make sure the event ran smoothly.

 

Mid-Year School Resources Check

We are halfway through the year - can you believe it? The time has passed so quickly; however, as I look back I can see it has been a busy semester and much learning has taken place. This means your child may be in need of more pencils, erasers and exercise books. Please check your child’s pencil case and ask about books that have been filled, and replace any so the second half of the year starts off smoothly.

Emerging Performers Showcase

Congratulations to the students who performed on Monday – we certainly have some talent at this school.

Day of Excellence: Film Festival

Cumberland students will participate in a Day of Excellence focusing on film making. They will be tasked with creating a short film or animation. On the day, the students will learn about storyboarding, camera angles, script writing, team roles such as director, editing and using audio effects and backing tracks.

 

Each group of four students must include the phrase “Elephants Never Forget” into their script. Seeing how teams use this phrase will be very interesting. The students will receive a rubric indicating how well they achieved across a number of areas for this task. This will be in preparation for the next film-making day towards the end of the year when they will actually be assessed. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and we look forward to seeing some highly creative films and animations produced by the students.

 

Happy Holidays

It has been a very busy term and students deserve a break to recharge their batteries in preparation for Semester 2. I wish all students a safe and happy holiday period. The teachers and I are looking forward to teaching and working with you all next term – we have much planned. I also hope parents get to spend some time with their children during this break and create wonderful memories to cherish for a long time.

Fairview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Ms Kerrie Neophytou

A Special Thank You

Well done to all! It has been a very busy and hectic term and you all deserve a wonderful break. The children, staff and parents have worked extremely hard and the strong commitment and support of the College is witnessed amongst our school community.

Child's Report

As you read your child’s report, take the time to celebrate their wonderful achievements. They have worked extremely hard and achieved individual growth, which contributes to our fruitful community. We have focused on the “Approaches to Learning”, which concentrates on your child’s capabilities to learn. It is important to take the time to read this section, as it allows parents to identify how your child has progressed.

 

In Fairview, we not only focus on student's academic growth; but also how they establish and maintain friendships and develop their long lasting social network.

The Gift of Reading

Reading is a wonderful gift; it permits us to gain information for leisure, education, business and day-to-day purposes. As adults, we model reading to children and the importance of this necessary skill. We encourage children to read for meaning and try to gain as much information as possible. In Fairview, we develop skills and reading strategies for the children to use in a variety of situations. Children actively participate in the home reading program, encouraging parents to engage in their learning and the process of exploring the text via questioning and discussion. Reading with your child every evening should be a very special time to share as a family.

 

When you listen to your child read, these strategies are very useful:

  1. Before reading with your child, discuss the cover, title, the pictures and what the book may be about.
  2. While reading with your child, discuss the events that are occurring and what may happen next.
  3. After reading with your child, talk about the story and the pictures e.g. “What was your favourite page?”
  4. When your child encounters new words:
  • Pause to give your child the time to work out the word.
  • Prompt - Go to the beginning of the sentence and read to the difficult word.

Look or discuss the clues in the pictures or words.

Look at the first letter and talk about the chosen word “Does this word make sense?” or “Can you see that word in the picture?”

Try to sound out the word.

If necessary tell your child the word.

It is recommended that you choose one or two strategies, not all of them for working out one unknown word.

  • Praise your child for trying (even when errors are made).

Please ensure that home reading occurs at the same time after school and in a quiet place. Establishing a routine is crucial for developing consistent home reading habits.

 

The Homeroom teacher will hear the children read during the week, they are not hearing them read their home reading book, but a book from a guided reading activity or similar task. The children are reading an unseen text and the teacher is assessing the skills and strategies they are using. The teacher gains an enormous amount of information from this process. This monitoring process occurs via a variety of learning experiences and amongst all learning areas. There is a strong focus on comprehension, prediction, fluency, questioning, retelling and self-correction.

 

We try not to focus on the reading levels the children are currently reading at, however the skills they are establishing and utilising. There is also no rush for the children to change reading levels or even skip them. At such an early age, reading needs to be an enjoyable process for the children.

 

Enjoy this shared process, as many memories are made when reading as a family!

Bedtime

Young children utilise and need quite a lot of energy and concentration during their school day. It is crucial that they are provided with a healthy food diet and adequate rest and sleep. Late nights can have an immediate or a delayed impact on the children; they feel lethargic and lack concentration. The Fairview children require a reasonable bedtime. Prep children should be in bed between 7.00pm and 7.30pm. Year 1 and Year 2 children should be in bed no later than 8.00pm. Adequate rest has a great impact on how children learn and relate to their learning environment. During the holiday break we tend to allow the children to go to bed later. Please ensure this does not become a daily event, as trying to establish the school routine will be difficult.

Term 3 Assembly

The Term 3 Assembly schedule is attached.

Chapel (9.00am) and Assembly (9.30am)

 

The Fairview staff wish you all a safe and relaxing holiday. I hope you enjoy the time with your children.

Agriculture Program

Cows Create Careers Program

Aitken College Year 10 Agriculture students have had the pleasure of caring for two calves as part of the Cows Create Careers Program, organised by Dairy Australia.  The calves had a big trip from Gippsland to the school, but were greeted by enthusiastic students.  The calves were at Aitken for a total of 3 weeks, with Year 10 students taking on the responsibility of feeding the calves twice a day, checking their health and monitoring their weight gain. Both calves put on a whopping 20kg over the three weeks, which was more than expected. The program highlights responsibility, empathy, science, technology and dairy industry careers. The calves were a big hit within the school, with many students and many of the staff visiting for a selfie also.  We look forward to having them again next year.

 

Ms Sarah Dennis

Coordinator Agriculture Program

 



Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF)

Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF) – Final 2018 Applications

Do you have an eligible Centrelink Health Care Card / Pension Concession Card or Veterans Affairs Gold Card? The Victorian Government has established a Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF) to provide payments to eligible students to attend camps, sports and excursions. Families holding a valid means-tested concession card or temporary foster parents are eligible to apply. An amount of $125.00 per year will be paid for eligible Primary school students, with $225.00 per year paid for eligible Secondary school students. Payments will go directly to the school account and be tied to the student. If you have not applied for 2018, application forms may be obtained from the College or downloaded from: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/about/programs/health/csefapplicationform.pdf and must be lodged at the school by Thursday 28 June 2018.  Eligibility criteria apply. For more details please refer to http://www.education.vic.gov.au/csef.

 

Mr Petar Gajic

Finance Manager

Careers

Year 10 Students

We have almost completed our time in the Year 10 Life Skills classes.  The 2019 VCE / VCAL Handbook is now available and has been distributed to students in class. Do not forget there is a lot of assistance available to students when making their important decisions over the course of Term 3 and beyond. No one should feel anxious or worried – we are here to help! Visit us in B21.

Gradaustralia
 

Gradaustralia have produced a hard copy of a book titled: 'The Girls’ Guide to a Great Career in STEM.'  Year 10 girls are being given a copy of this book during Careers classes. For female students in other year levels and for boys who may be interested, an electronic version of the guide is available at: yumpu.com/en/embed/view/vukofCz0eQB2RHpi 

Career News 9

Career News Issue 9 is now available and includes information about school holiday programs at ACU, Swinburne, Deakin, the University of Melbourne and Monash Universities, new sport focused courses at ACU commencing in 2019, a career as a Diplomat, in Human Resources and as an Event Planner, Animation and Gaming courses, the Volvo Group Apprenticeships Program, workshops at the Victorian College of the Arts to assist students with preparing for auditions and much more.

Contact Details

The Careers office is staffed most days except when we are at meetings or professional development seminars. Please contact us on 9333 1866 or email:  [email protected].

 

Mrs Clare Borg & Ms Rae Gibbs

Careers Counsellors

College Activities

2018 Kitchen Garden Program

Volunteers are required in Semester 2 for the Kitchen Garden Program with the Year 5 students.

 

Please see attached  flyer for more details.

 

Environmental Programs

Revegetation

Aitken College has done lots of revegetating in the past year! Over 800 native and indigenous plants have been added to the College grounds as part of two separate initiatives.

 

In late 2016 we teamed up with Melbourne Water to begin a 5-stage process for revegetating Brodies Creek. You may have noticed the portion of the creek near the College entrance which has been cleared and progressively revegetated over the last year. The photo shows the initial revegetation efforts which, compared to how it looks now, highlights how far we have come since starting in 2016.

Mr Glenn Hudson, Environmental Programs Assistant, has also worked hard in the greenhouse to propagate native species to contribute to the ever-growing bush block near the picnic tables behind VCE building 3. He has worked with Year 10 elective classes to plant dozens of grasses, trees and shrubs in an effort to extend and bulk out the swale from the edge of the bush block to the gravel road that leads to the Barn. Photos below show the revegetation guards which have been installed to protect the seedlings as they grow into established plants.

We are excited to share these photos with the Aitken Community and plan to keep you updated as these areas continue to develop and thrive through the revegetation efforts of staff and students.

 

Ms Cristy Herron

Head of Environmental Programs

Extension Program

Aitken College attends G.A.T.E.WAYS - Eureka Program at Southern Cross Grammar

On Thursday 31 May, Aitken College was invited to participate in the G.A.T.E.WAYS- Eureka Program at Southern Cross Grammar. The students participated in three hands-on workshops based on the theme: ‘Equations that Changed the World’. They inquired into the brightest minds in history and discovered new facts about rebel numbers, the speed of light, e=mc2, integers, multiple ways of answering questions, lattice method of multiplication, polyhedrons, Pythagoras theorem and many more.  Here is what the students thought of the day:

 

My favourite workshop was ‘Farmer Pythagoras’ because we had to use ropes to measure triangles to build paddocks for the pigs. I would like to go to G.A.T.E.WAYS again because it was really fun and challenging!

Francesca A (Year 1)

 

My favourite part of G.A.T.E.WAYS was when we worked in groups to learn about 3D shapes. It was fun learning about the patterns in the different shapes.

Charlie D (Year 1)

 

It was fun learning about 3D shapes I have not seen before. I really liked learning about the pyramids and solving the riddle of the ‘Seven Bridges of Konigsberg’. We did a lot of Maths activities and I got to make new friends.

Tim C (Year 2)

 

At G.A.T.E.WAYS I liked learning about Pyramids and Postmen because I thought they had nothing to do with Maths, but I actually found out that they have lots to do with Maths.

Archer H (Year 2)

 

My favourite workshop at G.A.T.E.WAYS was number 3. It was called ‘Pyramids and Postmen’. I liked it when we played with blocks and used blu-tack to count the sides and corners. It was fun learning about Pyramids and 3D shapes.

Tamanna S (Year 2)

 

Mrs Mary Ann Di Martino

Head of Faculty - Extension Programs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humanities

WW1 Incursion

Our Year 9 students were enthralled by Robert Brooks, from History Up Close, talking to them about the Great War. He brought a huge number of artefacts so the students could feel history in their hands. They even tried that staple of the Aussie trenches – bully beef!

 

Ancient’s Day

An Aitken College first, our Year 7 students fought, competed and dressed their way through the Classical Period of history. A re-enactment crew came and gave our students some experiential learning of Ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece. Students were taught about ancient warfare, the original Ancient Greek Olympics and the clothing and lifestyle of all three of these fascinating cultures.

 

Mr Ben Lawless

Head of Faculty Humanities

Performing Arts

Emerging Performers Showcase

Close to 70 performers, including our Primary Choir, Aitken Songsters, took to the stage on Monday night for the Emerging Performers Showcase. The one hour show featured students from Prep to Year 12, some performing to an audience for the first time. Congratulations to all involved, especially Ms Beth Thomson, who put the show together and all of the Music and Performing Arts staff who were involved.

Winter Music Soiree

On Wednesday night, the Winter Music Soiree showcased another 70 students, in a wonderful two hour performance of the best musical talent in the College. Curated by Mr Nick Frampton, there was some amazing talent on display including a number of students who stepped up to larger roles. The show also featured a sneak peek of this year’s College Musical. Thanks to all involved.

College Musical

Do not forget to get in early for tickets to Disney’s High School Musical On-Stage! Already 250 tickets have been snapped up across the five performances which commence on Friday 27 July. The cast had a full run-through last Saturday and the show is looking and sounding great. Mr Nick Frampton is once again at the helm of the band which are sounding amazing. Tickets are available from trybooking.com.

Two of the cast of this year’s production are Kaylee M as Sharpay and Nicholas C as Ryan. Kaylee has been seen in the past two Aitken Musicals as one of Major Stanley’s daughter in Pirates and playing a lead role of Urleen in Footloose last year. Nicholas first took to the stage as one of our Tommy’s in 2014 and has appeared in the three musicals since. Both are currently in Year 10.

 

Mr Michael Cooper

Director of Performing Arts

Physical Education

Year 7-10 Girls AFL Gala Day

On Tuesday 5 June, girls from Years 7-10 represented Aitken College in the annual AFL Gala Day against Gladstone Park Secondary College and Roxburgh Park Secondary College. The girls fought hard on the beautiful, sunny winter’s day at Jacana Football Reserve with a lot of enthusiasm and excitement. Unfortunately, neither of the teams will progress through to the Northern Metropolitan Region Finals; however, it was fantastic to see the growth in girls AFL and the increase in skills as more girls participate outside of school.  Results were as follows:

 

Junior Girls - Year 7 and Year 8

  • Defeated by Gladstone Park - 6-7 points
  • Defeated Roxburgh Park - 21-15 points

Intermediate Girls - Year 9 and Year 10

  • Defeated by Gladstone Park - 102-0 points

 

Mrs Natalie McNamara

Secondary Interschool Sports Coordinator

Primary LOTE

French in Year 2

I am pleased with the initiative that one of my Year 2 students took to prepare herself for a French test. I would like to share this with the school community so that other students could follow her example and use the same technique to revise for French as well as other subjects. In this case, Zara B of Year 2 made a drawing of a house and family members to revise the words associated with these learning topics and then she labelled her drawings with the correct French words. Obviously, her test result matched the hard work!  Well done, Zara.

 

Mrs Mona Harsan

French Teacher

 

Business Directory

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Telephone: 9333 4370

Mobile: 0401 334 599

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.mortgagechoice.com.au/chris.howitt

 

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Contact details: Alida Deligeorges

Address: Unit 1 / 6 Hotham Road, Niddrie 3042

Telephone: 1800 962 020
Website: www.gutdetective.com.au

 

Vision Complete Optometrists

Family owned optometry practice specialising in children’s vision and contact lenses. We also offer the latest in spectacle lenses, technology and frame fashion.

Contact details: Amir Shenouda

Address: 2 Theresa Street, Tullamarine 3043

Telephone:  9335 5775

Mobile: 0413 000 192

Email: [email protected]

Website:  www.visioncomplete.com.au

 

Splash Painting and Decorating

Painting and decorating – interior, exterior, residential and commercial.

Contact details: Shayne McDonall

Mobile: 0458 514 621

Email: [email protected]

 

Hany Amin Maths Tutor

Is Maths too hard? Do you need help with your Maths homework? Would you like someone to extend your mathematical knowledge? Do you need help setting a strong mathematical foundation for VCE? Just give me a call and through my passion, experience and teaching techniques you will achieve great results.

Contact details: Hany Amin

Address: 2 Perugia Ave, Greenvale 3059

Mobile: 0420 660 611

Email: [email protected]

Enviroblinds Melbourne

At Enviroblinds Melbourne we pride ourselves on supplying premium quality, custom made products including roller blinds, curtains, shutters and external shading systems. Enviroblinds impressive selection of curtains, blinds and shutters will make a perfect addition to your home.

Contact details: Alan

Mobile: 0474 071 717

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.enviroblinds.com.au

 

Lincoln Cleaning

All domestic and commercial cleaning. Specialising in carpet and rug steam cleaning, window washing, driveways and patios. Please contact us for a free quote.

Contact details: Eileen or Lupco Arsovski

Mobile: 0412 119 168 or 0404 799 780

Email: [email protected]

The Studio

The Studio provides Drawing and Painting Tuition for students of all ages. Small personalised classes are run by a qualified teacher. All materials are provided for. Our aim is to encourage confidence and creativity in each student, as they produce beautiful take home works of art.

Contact details: Silvia Parisi

Mobile: 0414 466 572

The Beauty Palette And Co

We are a mother-and-daughter team, with a passion for the beauty industry. What we love the most is the way it allows us to have fun with make-up and hair. We cater for all occasions.  We also have an extension to our company – we love creating grazing tables for any special occasion.

Contact details: Rosetta Mantesso

Mobile: 0409 806 033

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.thebeautypaletteandco.com.au

Interior Design

I am passionate about Interior Design. Are you considering redecorating and don’t quite know where to start? I can work with you to create your dream interior space. Are you selling? Then restyle to create an interior that appeals to a wider demographic. Other services available.

Contact details: Debbie Grima

Mobile: 0414 759 491

Email: [email protected]

 

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OSHC

Kelly Club Holiday Program

The holiday program will be running from Monday 25 June to Friday 13 July. We are taking bookings now. Please phone/text 0467 772 667 or email us at: [email protected]. See attached flyer.

 

Kelly Sports Holiday Program

The holiday program will be running from Monday 25 June to Friday 13 July.  Program suitable for 4-12 year olds. $40.00 per day. Phone 0403 149 391 or book online www.kellysports.com.au

 

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