Aitken College Newsletter

08 June 2018
Issue Eight
Important Diary Dates
Principal's Message
Deputy Principal
College Head of Learning
Parents & Friends 
Brookhill
VCAL News
Dunhelen
Cumberland
Fairview
Careers
Chaplain's Corner
English News
Environmental Programs
Extension Program
Humanities
Performing Arts
Physical Education
Business Directory
OSHC
Aitken College
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Greenvale, Victoria, 3059
AU

Important Diary Dates

2018 Term Dates

Term 2: 16 April to 21 June

Term 3: 16 July to 21 September

Term 4: 8 October to 12 December

Important Diary Dates for 2018

Monday 11 June

Queen's Birthday Holiday

 

Thursday 21 June

Term 2 concludes for students

 

Friday 22 June

Report Writing Day (no students)

 

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

Year 9 Camp

Year 9 students went on camp to Central Australia last week.  It was an opportunity to give them an understanding of the vastness of our country and an appreciation for places such as Coober Pedy, Woomera, Alice Springs, Ulura and Kata Tjuta.  Students experienced elements of independence, resilience and an understanding of Aboriginal culture. Parents should be very proud as the conduct of students was commented on by many whose paths we crossed.

Hospitality Students

The Hospitality students have been busy honing their skills and this week catered a coffee and biscuit session for staff, where they made the coffees and biscuits. It is great seeing students volunteer and commit to broadening their skills. The students learn skills in fortnightly and after school sessions and are to be complimented on their work.

Reach Out Community

Students this week had a Games night in the Gym. ROC is an important part of our community building and it is great to see the number of parents supporting this. The young people were full of energy running relays, team building by saving themselves from the lava flow and running from “Mr Wolf”.

 

Congratulations

Congratulations to Sean B in Year 9 upon receiving his Australian Scout Medallion on Sunday 3 June at Tullapark Scouts Hall.

 

Interact Club Food Drive

The Interact Club ran a Food Donation Drive over the past few weeks for FareShare and yesterday Mrs Prendergast and Mr Forward, with 4 interact students, took two cars loaded with 12 to 14 big plastic tubs of food to FareShare. There was 400kg of donations and they were overjoyed to get that much food from one school. FareShare gave the students a tour of their facilities which were very impressive. They produce 5000 meals a day and it is all run by volunteers working three shifts each day. Thank you to our families who donated food for this worthy cause.

 

Deputy Principal

                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

                    Mr Kim Forward

School Holiday Dates

A reminder that Term 2 ends for students on Thursday 21 June; Friday 22 June is Report Writing Day for staff. Reports will be released to parents early the following week, after checking; an email will advise when reports can be accessed online.

 

Note that Aitken College now commences mid-year holidays a week before the Victorian Government Schools; previously our third week was after the Government school holidays. This has been done to even up the lengths of each Semester and enable Semester 2 to commence on the first day of Term 3.

Parenting Ideas Article

This week’s article that you can access from this newsletter is on Independence Building; the pathway to your child’s resilience. Teachers often observe children, including teenagers, displaying little resilience when faced with a challenge or a setback. Their independence and ability to confidently accept difficulty, deal with it and move on needs encouragement and practice. 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:

  • ANI 195 - collecting a student without parking - twice
  • UNY 066 - smoking on school grounds (this is illegal)
  • YGF 591 - dropping off student in loading zone
  • 1BW 1SL - dropping off student in loading zone
  • 1BP 8NS - collecting a student without parking
  • STR MY7 - driving the wrong way during one-way time, dropping student in bus zone
  • RYU 450 - parking incorrectly in parent car park and speeding
  • ZUU 840 - parking in visitor parking to collect student
  • XMF 649 - parking in visitor parking to collect student
  • 1HK 2YW – speeding
  • 1BW 1SL - parking in visitor parking to drop off student 
  • ULK 300 - driving wrong way and dropping student in loading zone
  • 1IS 9UO - driving wrong way, speeding, dropping off students in loading zone

College Head of Learning

Semester 1 Reports

As Semester 1 assessment officially ends for students on Thursday 21 June, the final day of Term 2, this year the Semester 1 Report will be published early in the holiday break. Teachers will be finalising results and assessment for all students on Friday 22 June. We are expecting to publish the reports at the end of the day on Tuesday 26 June. All parents and guardians will be emailed once the reports are available for viewing on the Community Portal, with instructions on how to access them.

 

The Semester 1 Report will provide you with summary information about your child’s achievement and attitudes to learning in each of their subjects, along with a Homeroom teacher’s comment. The report is designed to be read in conjunction with the continuous feedback provided to parents and students via My Aitken.

 

As students complete end of semester assignments, tests and exams in the coming days, you can expect to see many new pieces of assessment feedback being published on My Aitken. Please try to take some time to look over them so that you are well informed about what your children are learning and how they could be trying to improve in future tasks.

 

More details about the Assessment and Reporting program, including a sample of the End of Semester report, can be found at https://myaitken.fireflycloud.net.au/reporting-and-assessment. You may wish to read this information so you know what to expect when you receive the report in approximately two weeks.

 

Parent Teacher Interviews will be held on Tuesday 7 August between 3.30pm and 6.00pm and on Thursday 16 August between 3.30pm and 8.00pm, which will provide an opportunity for you to discuss your child’s progress with his or her teachers. I encourage you all to keep at least one of these evenings free so that you can attend. Information about booking Parent Teacher Interview times will be emailed to all parents early in Term 3.

 

Please feel free to contact your child’s teachers at any time if you are concerned about how things are going.

 

Ms Kerri Batch

College Head of Learning

 


Parents & Friends 

Cumberland Dance Party - 15 June

The Cumberland kids are really excited about the Cumberland Dance Party! Parents - this is a drop and go event and only parent helpers on the evening will be permitted to stay.  The Dance Party is from 7.00pm to 8.30pm and entry is $5.00. There will also be chips, drinks and glow sticks for sale on the night, so do not forget to bring an extra couple of dollars for some snacks. We still need 4 volunteers to help on the night, please email us at [email protected]. Without these extra helpers the event may not go ahead. 

What’s happening before the end of Term:

Pre-loved Uniform Sale

Pre- loved Uniform Sale will be held on Thursday 21 June from 3.00pm to 5.30pm in the Chapel and Performing Arts Centre Foyer. Remember, this is a cash only event. 

Coming up Next Term - 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

Mid year exams are almost upon us. Year 10 and Year 11 exams will take place from Friday 15 June to Thursday 21 June. The GAT, for all students studying a Unit 3-4 subject, is on Wednesday 13 June; all Unit 3-4 students have been briefed on the GAT during Assembly on Monday 4 June.

 

It is very important that all students make mid year exams their highest priority over this period of time. The exam timetable is quite tight and students will have more than one exam on a day on some occasions. This means that Year 10 and Year 11 students will have to prioritise study over the next few weeks. Organisational skills and forward planning will be important; study cannot be left to the night before an exam, particularly, if there are two exams on a particular day.

 

I strongly encourage all parents to talk to their children about their preparation for the upcoming exams. At this stressful time, students need loving support and gentle encouragement from their families; parents should focus on helping children to achieve their own best personal performance.

VCAL News

Duke of Ed Camp

Last week the VCAL students completed their five and six day Bronze and Silver Adventurous Journey component of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Anglesea. Students travelled to Waurn Ponds by train and then a mini bus to Anglesea. Throughout the week they completed challenging activities which included hitching tents, team building exercises, exploration hikes, bike riding, canoeing and archery. Students also had to organise the campsite which included carrying their backpacks, setting and packing up the tents, cleaning the cabins after use and preparing group meals and cooking them on trangia stoves, camp kitchen stoves or on an open fire, as well as completing all the cleaning up duties.

 

Blanket Donations Wanted

The VCAL students are continuing with their sewing project work for this term. The students are accepting donations of clean blankets which are no longer needed at home or any thick cloth or fleecy material. The community project involves the students creating and designing smaller blankets from them. They will be cutting and hemming the material before they are donated to the Cat Protection Society. The blankets will be placed with a newly adopted cat, so that they can go to their new home complete with a comfy blanket.

 

The students are hoping to receive a generous amount of blanket donations as the students, along with Mrs Harsan, are planning to make at least 100 blankets. Please help our project by donating any material or old blankets. We would gratefully appreciate your support. Donation boxes will be situated at Reception and the Senior School office for your convenience.

 

Mrs Jenny Lilley

VCAL Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dunhelen

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

                Mrs Francis Scuderi

Year 9 Camp

Thank you to all students and staff who attended the Year 9 camp to Central Australia. It was a great experience and one where I hope many wonderful memories were made.  Students were a long way from family, sleeping in tents, facing the cold nights and mornings, eating food that they do not necessarily like, sharing bathroom facilities and enduring long coach trips. Along with all of this, they also got to spend time with friends, see beautiful places in Australia, develop new friendships, work on independence and team spirit and learn a lot about parts of our country and the indigenous people. Most of the students coped amazingly well away from the comforts of home and many were so willing to help others and look out for each other. It was truly remarkable for teachers to see ‘growth’ right before their eyes. By the end of the week students were able to put up and pack up tents, they were able to wait patiently for their turn in line, were able to recognise and assist anyone who needed a little help, and were able to display independence and establish a relationship of trust with other students and staff.  It is always a proud moment when members of the public congratulate us on our students and their behaviour, and on this trip, we received many, many compliments – well done Year 9!  I congratulate all students on their efforts and positive attitude. I certainly hope that many of them came away with a little something. A very big thank you to all staff who gave up their time and attended camp with us and a huge thank you to Mrs Gail Sims, our First Aid Attendant, who ensured all students, and staff, were looked after. Central Australia is certainly a most beautiful place and I encourage you to go and visit.

 

Homework Club

It is a very busy time in the term and students will have work to attend to. If your child is feeling overwhelmed, please remind them that Homework Club runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunchtimes. Ensure that your child maintains a proper work, rest and play routine and encourage them to speak to or email their teachers if they have any concerns.

Cumberland

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Ms Karen McArdle

Children at School Before 8.00am

Many of the staff arrive at school around 7.30am to find some children already on the school grounds. This is concerning as there are no staff either at school or on duty in the Cumberland area.  If anything was to happen to these children there would be no-one there to help.

 

Parents are requested to drop their children at school no earlier than 7.50am. If parent's work commitments require them to drop their children off at school earlier that 7.50am, the school has an Out of School Hours Care service (OSHC) for this purpose. All students found on the school grounds prior to 7.50am will be taken to OSHC.

Assessments and Reports

Teachers are busy assessing students and writing reports. It is important that students are in high attendance during these periods so that your child’s report is an accurate reflection of their learning. We ask parents to ensure children are at school if they are fit and able to be here so these assessments can be finalised. Reports will be uploaded to My Aitken during the holiday period. Parents will be notified when this has happened via an email. Questions related to student grades should be directed to the class teacher on their return in Term 3.

AFL Gala Day

Last Thursday, students in Years 5 and 6 competed in the annual Gala Day Competition. It was a cold and blustery day; however, the students gave their all. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend one of the boy’s matches, to see them win convincingly against their opposition. Congratulations to all players on the day – you represented your school well!

 

Sovereign Hill Excursion

On Monday, the Year 5 students set off for Sovereign Hill to learn about the 'Gold Rushes', a topic they have been learning about in Integrated Studies. Imagination can only play a small part when learning about a topic, but going and seeing the theme park was a marvellous learning experience. The students saw the settlement layout, the types of housing and business that operated on the gold fields, the mines and gold mining processes, the Chinese protectorate and about the way of life in the 1850's, particularly, how to behave in a school.  Great fun and much learning was the theme for the day!

 

Improving Vocabulary

One of the key indicators of students' success in school, on standardised tests, and indeed, in life, is their vocabulary. The reason for this is simply that the knowledge anyone has about a topic is based on the vocabulary of that information (Marzano and Pickering, 2005). 

 

Researchers, Hart and Risely (1995) state that the biggest difference of children entering school is economic, not race, ethnicity or gender. They argue that the greater and higher levels of vocabulary used in more professional families leads to children having better vocabularies and understanding of the language and ultimately greater knowledge and success.

 

Studies showed that by the age of 3, children in:

  • Professional families would have heard 30 million words
  • Working class families would have heard 20 million words
  • Welfare families would have heard 10 million words

 

The research also found that:

  • Children in professional families heard 450 different words and 201 questions in 3 hours
  • Low income: 200 different words and 38 questions in 3 hours
  • Between Grades 1-3 disadvantaged students’ vocabularies increase by about 3000 words per year while middle class increase by 5000
  • Children’s vocabulary doubles between Grades 3-7

 

What can we as parents do to increase our children’s vocabularies:

  • Read, read, read to your children
  • Read non-fiction books about topics they are interested in
  • Go to museums, science centres - anywhere they will be exposed to new vocabulary
  • Talk about words, what they mean, how they can be used
  • Speak to children as adults and use adult language – continuing to use simple language does not help them grow and develop great vocabularies
  • Have fun with words – choose a word and make a game of it e.g. how many times can I use that word properly in sentences in the next hour
  • Show your child how to use a dictionary and thesaurus
  • Show your child how to find synonyms (words that mean the same) on the computer so they can use better words (we call these Tier 2 or 3 words)
  • Play crosswords together

 

 

Fairview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                Ms Kerrie Neophytou

Do You Want A Challenge? Raise A Child!

I am the first to declare, 'I do not have all the answers!'  However, our society is constantly changing and one of the consequences is the way in which our children interact with their environment.  Was it better when we were children, or is it better now that our children have so many choices?  A debatable question and answer.

 

Our lives have become extremely busy with work and daily routine and rituals.  We sometimes overlook how we can structure our day to ease the pressure and support our greatest asset, our children.  I believe that our children require the following in all aspects of their lives:

  • Love and Friendships
  • Respect
  • Fun
  • Praise
  • Engagement
  • Structure
  • Consistency
  • Routine
  • Discipline
  • Limitations

Successful engagement and learning focuses on all of these areas.  They are also guidelines to help any child in their learning and home environment.  As much as I accept that a caring and supportive environment has the ability to help a child to achieve their potential, they also require structure in their lives.  This includes consistency, routine, discipline and limitations.  These are incorporated in your management and discipline approach.

 

It is imperative to remember that we must not compromise our discipline beliefs and structure due to external demands and pressure.

 

Points to remember:

  • It is important to respond to your child in the manner that feels right to your belief and values.
  • Model the expectation of how you and others wish to be treated.
  • Talk with your child about your family’s beliefs, rules and consequences.
  • Use appropriate and non-ambiguous language (including tone).
  • How much time does your child spend unsupervised, watching TV in their bedroom or on internet/gadgets?
  • When was the last time you played a board game together?
  • Do not give in quickly, because children do not forget the time they ‘won’. 
  • Constantly meeting their demands, reinforces challenging behaviour.
  • Implementing discipline strategies is difficult and home rules must be consistent and fair. Both parents must work together.
  • The home routine and structure needs to be clear and understood by all family members. Providing limitations makes a household flow easier.
  • Ask that visitors (e.g. grandparents), respect your home routine and rules.
  • Body language and eye contact is crucial when talking to children.
  • Rewards are always appreciated by children.  It is imperative that you do not bribe your child; they then have control over the situation.
  • A child should not be making a crucial family decision; this is left for the adults!
  • Children should not be told of their parents’ concerns/problems, this is where we need to protect them.
  • Most importantly have fun, enjoy your children while they are young!

The following African Proverb is very true:

“IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD”

 

Therefore, please do not forget the Aitken College community and how we are here to support your family.

Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)

As stated in previous communication, it is time for the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC). This week, our Prep teachers completed the AEDC Census. It is a nationwide census of early childhood development. This census helps schools and the community understand how children are developing before they start school, what is being done well, and what can be improved. The AEDC is an Australian Government initiative run by the Department of Education and Training.

 

The children did not need to do anything different  during the census and attended school as usual. During the census, teachers recorded information (including children's names and dates of birth) based on their knowledge and observations of each child in their class. The questions to be used by the AEDC in the Census are available at www.aedc.gov.au/instrument.

 

Please refer to the previous information emailed to Prep parents on the detail of the AEDC and we thank parents for supporting the AEDC.

Careers

Year 12 TIS Excursion To La Trobe University

We were very fortunate with the weather on this excursion.  On Thursday 24 May we took all the Year 12 VCE students to La Trobe University, where it was cold but it did not rain! This made it much easier for students to navigate their way around the campus and to get the most out of this opportunity.

 

The day began with a seminar in the beautifully refurbished Union Hall at the Bundoora campus of La Trobe University. Students heard about the 'Careers' timeline for the remainder of this year and into 2019 when offers are made to students who have applied for places at University and TAFE.  They were told about the application process through VTAC, things they should consider when making an application for a course, including having a safety net in case their ATAR is not sufficient to gain entry to their first preferences, the importance of attending Open Days and of undertaking thorough course and career research.

 

At the conclusion of the seminar students were able to visit a Tertiary Expo where representatives from all the Universities and most TAFE's were available to answer questions.  Students made excellent use of this opportunity and also used the time to collect printed material on the courses and institutions which were of interest to them. 

 

Following this, students took part in a 'Race Around La Trobe' activity designed to assist them to find their way around campus and to learn more about the facilities and opportunities on the Bundoora campus.  A lunch break was built into this time. After lunch students attended a workshop about the La Trobe Aspire program and learned what they needed to do to be able to apply for Aspire. The program looks for applicants who have gained valuable skills, knowledge and experience through volunteering or making a positive contribution to their community.  Successful students can be made an early, conditional offer in September. The ATAR required for an application through Aspire is lower than the Clearly – In for that course (minimum Aspire ATAR) which makes the program very attractive for students keen to undertake a course at La Trobe. 

 

The day is designed to provide a supportive environment for students to become comfortable exploring a tertiary campus so that they feel confident to attend Open Days later in the year, to have the opportunity to meet with tertiary representatives and ask questions one-on-one and to kick start, or further, the course and career exploration necessary for students to be able to make wise decisions about their futures post Aitken.

 

The students, as always, were terrific ambassadors for the College and we were very proud to be out and about with them. Thank you to the wonderful staff who came with us on the excursion – your help was invaluable – and thank you, also, to all the staff who assisted with the planning and organising which was required in the lead up to this activity and which contributed ts success.

  

Year 12 Students

The Year 12 Tertiary Information Service (TIS) excursion to La Trobe University has generated a lot of questions and interest among the Year 12 cohort. It is pleasing to see so many of them visiting B21. A report of the activity is in this newsletter.

Year 11 Students

We are continuing to have discussions with the Year 11 students about subjects for Semester 2 and expect to consult with more students before the end of term.

Year 10 Students

We have commenced working in the Year 10 Life Skills classes.  The aim of the Careers classes is to provide students with the information they need and to teach them the skills necessary to undertake thorough course and career research, so they are able to make wise decisions about their study and working life beyond Year 10 at Aitken and ultimately post Year 12. In Term 3, students will choose to study either VCE or VCAL in 2019. The 2019 VCE / VCAL Handbook is now available and will be distributed in classes over the next week. There is a lot of assistance available to students when making these important decisions including, as previously mentioned, Information Evenings, the Year 10 Careers Panel, interviews with the Head of House and a one-on-one interview with a member of the Careers team. No one should feel anxious or worried – we are here to help! We are very much enjoying working with, and getting to know, the Year 10 students.

Career News 8

Career News Issue 8 is now available and includes information about studying Law at Swinburne, ‘Experience Clever’ at La Trobe University and the ACU ‘Experience Days’, the many events taking place at Monash University, including Information sessions, an Audition preparation (jazz) workshop and a Journalism workshop, Trades at RMIT and in the Defence Force, studying Science or Agriculture in Victoria, the new performance degrees at Federation University, the AIT Open Day 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

Chaplain's Corner

Church For Life at Aitken College

A warm invitation is extended to all family, friends, students and members of the wider community to join the new and growing Church for Life at Aitken College. We currently meet once per month, with an aim to meet weekly in term times. The format is relaxed, but always with something for the kids and the adults. As Church for Life meets at the College, it is a non-threatening environment which allows easy access and connection for anyone wanting to belong to a Christian community. The benefits are many, particularly, for families wanting their children to grow up within the Christian faith. The next Service is on Sunday 17 June at 10.30am in the Chapel and Performing Arts Centre foyer.  The topic is great... 'Who Am I in this Universe?' If you have any questions, please contact me on 9333 9213 or [email protected]. Please see attached flyer for further information.

 

Mr Chris Ward

Director of Chaplaincy & Student Services

English News

VCAA Plain English Speaking Award 2018

Last Tuesday, two talented and brave Year 10 students, India L and Helena R went to Overnewton Anglican Community College to compete in the VCAA Plain English Speaking Award. The competition requires students to present a six-minute prepared speech on a topic of their own choice and to present a three minute impromptu speech, after only four minutes preparation time.

 

India presented an enlightening speech about the benefits of learning languages to all members of society and Helena explored the impact assessment is having on the mental health and well-being of young people. The impromptu topic required all competitors to speak on the topic ‘A Time to Shine’; India even managed to make the judges laugh when she was able to work Harry Potter into her speech.

 

On the day, the girls competed against primarily Year 11 and Year 12 students from a variety of schools, with topics ranging from ‘Juvenile Crime’, ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder’ to ‘Capitalism and Workers Rights’.

 

The standard of competition was incredibly high, and despite both India and Helena having previously competed in the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Competition in previous years, both girls commented on how much more of a challenge this competition was.

 

The judges were impressed by the quality of the girls’ speeches especially given how young they were compared to the rest of the competitors. As the adage goes ‘age ain’t nothing but a number’ and this proved the case with Helena declared the winner, which means she now goes through to the State Semi Final later this month.

 

I would like to thank both girls for their tireless efforts in preparing for the competition. Trying to do this while negating a heavy workload at school is not easy. Well done India and Helena!

 

Mrs Belinda Jarvis-Dymond

English Speaking Coach

Environmental Programs

Solar Panel System

Here at Aitken College, we already have a 16 Kilowatt (Kw) solar panel system to generate clean energy for the Aitken community. That means every day we reduce the amount of coal which is required to run the school, thus resulting in reduced greenhouse emissions and ultimately, a more sustainable future.

 

Our long-term goal is to install enough solar panels to power the entire College, but this will not happen all at once. This year, we plan to add an additional 10 Kw system to our existing solar panels which will increase our solar energy production by 50%! Stay tuned for more updates on when and where the panels will be installed.

 

Do you have solar panels at home? How much energy do they generate? Are they saving you heaps on your energy bills? Or maybe you choose to purchase green power through your energy provider. These are great conversations to have with your children to get them thinking about how families can have a positive impact on the environment by using green energy.

 

 

Ms Cristy Herron

Head of Environmental Programs

Extension Program

Da Vinci Decathlon 2018

On Friday 25 May, we had eight students from Year 10 work through the demanding day of academic challenges that was the 2018 Da Vinci Decathlon. This event was held at Methodist Ladies’ College and involved over 20 schools from across the State.

 

The Da Vinci Decathlon, inspired by the work of Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519), is an academic competition designed to challenge the minds of students across 10 different disciplines, with particular emphasis on higher order thinking skills, problem-solving and creativity. These include: Art and Poetry, Cartography, Code Breaking, Creative Producers, Engineering, English, General Knowledge, Ideation, Mathematics and Science, with this year’s theme being 'The Unexpected'.

 

All students spent time in Term 1 and Term 2 engaged in mini workshops within each of the disciplines and we are very grateful to the following teachers for their support with preparing our Year 10 team for the challenge: Mr Cooper, Mr Politini, Mr Oreo, Mr Bernes, Ms Koukoullides, Mr Lawless and Mrs Di Martino.

 

The students representing our College this year were: Kays B, Taylor C, Hasan F, Stephanie H, Aashni K, Aaron R, Helena R and Flynn T. Their team work and impressive performance earned them 3rd place in Creative Producers, 5th place in Art and Poetry, and 14th place overall.

 

Here is Helena's account of this year’s academic inter-school event:

“The Da Vinci Decathlon enabled us to enhance our team skills and helped us form a very close bond with each other. Throughout the workshops held leading up to the day itself, we built upon not only skills related to the disciplines, but interpersonal skills which translated well on the day. By the day of the competition, we were extremely confident in our ability to function independently but most importantly as a group. We had formed a strong team for the Da Vinci Decathlon and an even stronger rapport together. We are all very grateful for what we consider to be a very successful day.”

 

Well done to all the students who took part!

 

Humanities

Year 9 World War 1 Incursion

On Monday 4 June and Tuesday 5 June our Year 9 students gained hands-on experience of life in the Australian Army in World War 1. Robert from History Up Close enthralled students with stories of Australians in the Great War. They wore the clothes, heard the jokes and even ate the food! This has been a huge few weeks for our Year 9 students. They recently returned from an epic hands-on lesson in Australian history from indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.

 

Mr Ben Lawless

Head of Faculty Humanities

 

 

Performing Arts

College Musical

Tickets for the much anticipated 'Disney’s High School Musical On-Stage' will go on sale next week. Get in fast to secure your seats to this popular show featuring 40 students and directed by Ms Beth Thomson. Mr Nicholas Frampton is once again at the helm of the band which are sounding amazing. Tickets are available from trybooking.com

Leading the cast of this year’s production are Holly B as Gabriella and Roberto-Jose B as Troy. Holly is no stranger to Aitken Musicals having played a lead role in 'Footloose' last year as well as in a featured singing role in 'Pirates of Penzance'. She is often seen performing at Music Concerts. This is Roberto’s first College Musical although he too has performed at a number of Music Concerts over the past few years. Both have taken Music classes at the College through most of their secondary years.

Year 9 Music Technology

Students in Year 9 Music Technology, have been working on developing Audio Books this semester. Using the works of author and illustrator, Elise Hurst, students sourced audio, recorded narration and edited content to create their Audio Books. Students this week were able to meet Elise Hurst in person to show her their work. They participated in a workshop to perform a live snippet of narration with sound effects they created. The experience of discussing their work with the author gave students an insight into how they can interpret text for a given audience and use all the senses to communicate ideas. It was a valuable experience and we would like to thank Elise Hurst for taking the time to meet with our Year 9 Music Technology students.

End of Semester Music Concerts

We finish the semester off with two of our annual concerts. The newly introduced Emerging Performers Showcase provides an opportunity for those who may not have performed in Music Concerts or who are just commencing instrumental music lessons to get a taste of performing in the Chapel and Performing Arts Centre. It will be held on Monday 18 June, starting at 3.30pm and will take just over an hour to present. As this will be the first time for some of these students, your support is always appreciated.

The Winter Music Soiree will be a showcase of the best musical talent in the College. Twenty-one acts auditioned for nine places. The rest of the concert will feature students in senior music classes. It will take place on Wednesday 20 June commencing at 7.30pm and will run for approximately 90 minutes.

 

Both concerts are open to all, free of charge and do not require a ticket.

2018 College Play

This year’s College Play will be directed by Mr Mike Arthur, on his return from Long Service Leave. The 'Diary of Anne Frank' is a popular and well-known text chronicling the life of one family forced into hiding to escape the Nazis in World War II. A cast of fifteen will be required in bringing this play to the stage and an information session followed by auditions is planned for early in Term 3. Some pre-audition information will also be available through My Aitken shortly. There will be three performances of this play; Thursday 18 October, Friday 19 October and  Saturday 20 October. Until Mr Arthur returns, please see Mr Cooper with any questions.

RACV Safe Mates Competition

For the fourth (or is it fifth) year running, Aitken College students have been selected as finalists in this annual awareness campaign. Congratulations to Liam M, Andre A, Mikayla B, Nikola V for being selected as one of the three finalist groups for the RACV Safe Mates Competition. The judging panel were very impressed with their Fatigue social media campaign - #napwise.

Congratulations also to their teacher, Mr Linden Koodravsev, and their peers in Year 11 Media who all contributed to the process. The students will now undertake a workshop with advertising experts to refine their campaign before it is launched for a two week voting window on the RACV Facebook Page.  Stay tuned for how you can support them.

 

Mr Michael Cooper

Director of Performing Arts

 

 

 

Physical Education

School Sports Victoria Year 8 Winter Sports Day

On Monday 28 May, students from Year 8 represented Aitken College in School Sports Victoria Woodlands Division. Students competed against schools within the Hume City Council area. See attached results:

All teams participated well in the winter sports. Next sports will be Basketball, Hockey and Table Tennis available in Term 3. Students and parents can keep up to date with the latest information, sports dates and rules, via the School Sports Victoria website www.ssv.vic.edu.au.

 

Mrs Natalie McNamara

Secondary Interschool Sports Coordinator

 

Business Directory

Mortgage Choice

A free service to find the best mortgage to suit you. We also provide an extensive Financial Planning Service for your needs.

Contact details: Chris Howitt

Address: PO Box 2139, Greenvale 3059

Telephone: 9333 4370

Mobile: 0401 334 599

Email: [email protected]

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

 

The Gut Detective

I offer naturopathic consultations by appointment only, utilising my extensive pharmacist and herbalist knowledge. I treat conditions such as thyroid disorders, anxiety, depression, sleep issues, auto-immune disorders, migraines, weight issues, fatigue, allergies, skin conditions, chronic pain, fertility issues, infections, hormonal imbalances, digestive problems, stress related issues and more. BOOK ONLINE at:  http://gutdetective.com.au/consults/

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]

 

Business Directory Form

 

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

 

Curriculum Day

We will run care on the Student Free Day, Friday 22 June, depending on numbers. So please let us know if you are interested.

Room Change - 15 June

Due to the Cumberland Dance Party being held in Common Room 1 on Friday 15 June, we will be relocating to Common Room 2 (near the computer room).

Kelly Club Newsletter

Please click below for the full version of the Kelly Club newsletter

 

Aitken College Newsletter
Help your child become a better reader.pdf
insight-how-independence-building-is-the-pathway-to-your-childs-resilience.pdf
Business Directory Form 2018 - Jan version.pdf
Year 8 Winter Sports Result.pdf
Info Page for Holiday Program June-July 2018.pdf
Holiday Program June-July 2018.pdf
newsletter kelly club May.pdf
kelly club newsletter.pdf
kelly club newsletter.pdf
Kelly Sports Holiday Program 2018.pdf
ROC Church Flyer.pdf
ROC Church Flyer.pdf