Brentwood Newsletter

28 June 2019
Issue Ten
Upcoming Events
Principal's Report
College News
Around The College
Sports
Sustainability
Performing Arts
Brentwood Community
Brentwood Secondary College
(03) 8545 0300
65-71 Watsons Road
Glen Waverley, Victoria, 3150
AU

Upcoming Events

July

16 July - Start of Term 3

18 July - State Cross Country

24 July - Yr10 Immunisations

25 July - Duke of Ed Info Night

1 August - Maths Comp

13 - 16 August - College Musical - Wicked

Principal's Report

Mobile Phone Use

On Wednesday, June 26, the Minister for Education James Merlino announced mobile phones will be banned for all students at Victorian state primary and secondary schools from Term 1 2020. From a Brentwood perspective, this has been very timely. During term 2 the Principal Team have been consulting with students and parents regarding the issue of mobile phone use at our school and have written a new policy that will come into effect on the first day of Term 3, July 16. As of this date during class time, students' mobile phones must be switched off or locked securely in their locker. Phones cannot be used in class. To read the new policy please click  here.

Capital Works Project

As previously reported, Brentwood Secondary College has been allocated $4,600,000 in the 2019-20 State Budget as part of the Government’s Capital Works Program. This program is are providing students and teachers across Victoria with 21st-century learning facilities.

 

This funding will be used to demolish and rebuild the existing VCE Centre at Brentwood Secondary College. The timeline to the beginning of construction is currently September 2020. Whilst this seems quite a long time, there is a lot of planning that needs to be done to ensure Brentwood gets the best possible outcome for our students. The teaching staff have already been engaged in identifying the future needs of teaching spaces at Brentwood by reviewing the current teaching spaces and identifying areas for improvement that will enable greater enactment of the Brentwood GROWTH instructional model. Further consultation will continue into next term. As the project develops we will keep the community fully informed with its progress.

Works Over The Holidays

The Watson’s Road entrance has improved markedly and will hopefully be completed with new signage over the holiday period. This will be complemented by much needed fencing to replace the old wire fence around the school. This will not only increase the look of the school on Watsons Road, but it will also help foster pride in our school and provide a safer waiting area for students who catch the bus after school.

 

We are also expecting a new relocatable building to replace the building lost in the fire earlier in the year. Hopefully, this will be operational early in term 3.

Careers Day

The Careers Day at Brentwood is a significant event to support students and parents in navigating the various future pathways options either in Years 11 and 12 or beyond school. According to the Foundation for Young Australians, our students, on average, will have 17 jobs over 5 different careers. They also report the changing nature of our the future workforce with our students competing in a global market for skills and knowledge. This, along with automation and a flexible working environment is resulting in it “now taking young people on average, 4.7 years to transition from full time education to full time work”. Preparing our students for this rapidly changing world may sound challenging, however, I am confident Brentwood students will be well prepared.

 

As an example, during the Careers Day, our students heard from a number of past Brentwood students who shared their journey after Year 12 at Brentwood. All of whom, are successful in their own right. Whilst they may all have a different story to tell, there are always similarities. For example, many have changed careers or are working in fields they didn’t expect they would be when they were at school. This is consistent with the reports from the Foundation for Young Australians who report that students will need ‘a set of transferable enterprise skills, such as digital literacy, problem solving and creativity ….. to thrive in the future of work”. Please see the graphic below from the New Work Order Report Series from the Foundation for Young Australians.

 

 

This highlights the importance of our educational programs to keep evolving and for schools to ensure students are exposed to the future needs of the workforce during careers days. Thank you to the Careers and Pathways team for organising such an informative day for students in Years 10 – 12.

A Great Semester!

Finally, I would like to congratulate all of the staff, students and community for such a wonderful Semester. The way in which our community has embraced the new House System and engaged in the four period day has been impressive, to say the least. In addition, the 50th celebrations along with the capital works investment has given the school the opportunity to not only reflect back on the rich history of our school but to plan forward knowing that there will be future investment in the learning spaces to better support the Brentwood GROWTH Instructional Model. 

 

Most importantly I have visited a large number of classrooms this semester and witnessed students engaged in their learning and teachers striving to provide the best opportunities for their students. I am very proud of our students and staff and wish everyone an enjoyable and well-earned break over the next two weeks.

 

A reminder that students start back on Tuesday, July 16. Staff will be participating in a Professional Development Day on Monday, July 15, which is a student free day.

 

John Ballagh, Principal

College News

Secondary School Vaccinations in 2019

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

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

Parents/guardians of year 10 students should look out for the vaccine consent card booklet that has been sent home from school with your child. Year 7 cards were in the show bags distributed last year. You need to read the information, complete and return the card regardless of whether your child is being vaccinated at school.

 

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

 

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

 

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

Discounted School Uniforms

Brentwood has minimal stock of the following items to be cleared out at reduced prices.  Please note these items are ONLY available at the reduced price through the school, NOT at PSW.  If you are interested in purchasing some items, please visit reception during business hours or contact Kellie Barbary [email protected]

Excursion Payment and Consent

It is a legal requirement that consent is given for students to attend and or participate in events such as excursions and sport. Payment and consent on the day or the day prior to an event is not sustainable for the college. Teachers and coaches need to know who is attending events with sufficient notice for buses, providers and fielding sporting teams.

 

From the beginning of Term 2, 2018 – consent and payment for events will be due two school days before the event at midnight – for example if an event is on a Friday, consent and payment will be due by midnight on Wednesday. If the event is on a Monday the consent and payment will be due by midnight on the Thursday prior.

 

Parents and students will no longer be able to consent and pay for events on the day before an event or on the day of an event. If consent and payment are not received by midnight two school days before an event the student will not be able to attend.

 

Payment and consent can be completed on Compass, if you do not have a Compass log in please contact the office on 8545-0300.

 

For families who would like to use Camps Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF) for payment of an event, please print out students excursion form via compass, complete the written consent and have students hand forms in to the general office with an instruction to use CSEF for the payment using the same timeline as above, two school days prior to an excursion or sporting event. Students can print their excursion forms in the library.
 
The college appreciates your cooperation and if you have any questions, please contact the general office on 8545-0300.

Around The College

7Y3 & 7G4 Monash Tech School Excursion

On Monday 17th of June, mentor groups 7Y3 and 7G4 left for a 3-day excursion to Monash Tech School to study about superhumans. At the Monash Tech School, we had learnt about certain disabilities such as arthritis, scoliosis and kidney disease. Our job for the 3 days we were there was to find a way to permanently solve one of the disabilities allocated to their needs to be able to pursue their dream. Every group had the use of Laser Cutting, 3D Printing and electronic circuits to help the patient. While designing our final prototype we went through the process of researching, thinking of ideas, empathizing, designing our prototype, creating our prototype, and designing the pitch to present. For these certain medical scenarios we were allocated, we had to try and implement bionic devices, wearables, smart clothing and implants to be suitable and comfortable. This was a great experience for us as we learnt more about the process of prototyping, understanding how people with disabilities feel, and careers involving STEM.

Saif Qureshi, 7Y3

Mathematics News

In March 115 Brentwood students participated in the hour long Computational and Algorithmic Thinking competition. Our achievements are as follows: two High Distinction, eight Distinctions, and forty-two credits – a wonderful effort.

 

Congratulations to Daniel Zain, Year 7, and Mitchell Pentreath, Year 8,  for being awarded a High Distinction. Daniel also earned the best in school award.  This is an outstanding effort.

Congratulations also to our 8 Distinction recipients:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Alvin Wu

Yudong Lei

Rhys Wright

Callum Thompson

Jonathan Wheelton

 

Sebastian Eitzen

Julius Lee

Ngaio Sadler

 

Well done to all our participants and best wishes for the Australian Mathematics Competition in August.

 

Ramona Holmes, Head of Mathematics and Numeracy Learning Specialist

Aviation Class, Semester One 2019

It’s been a very exciting semester this year with the seventh Aviation Sciences class running successfully. We have incorporated so many key learning areas in to this special course and looked at the physics and mathematics of flight and fluids, geography, history, Information Technology and how technology is making flying safer for all. The students have come ahead in leaps and bounds, mastering so many flying sorties in a real aircraft. Last week, we had a bought of very cold weather with thunderstorms, hail and rain which meant we could not fly to our planned fly-away destination at Point Cook RAAF Base. Instead, we were treated to a tour at the Moorabbin Air Museum which gave us an insight in to the history of flights and allowed us to sit in some of the most advanced fighter jets for that period of time. It was also great to sit in the cockpit of the Boeing 737 which was due to be scraped (once the place reaches it maximum flight hours, it is cut up for recycled metal) but fortunately, it was rescued prior to being destroyed and placed at the museum for us all to enjoy.

Subject selections for 2020 will be occurring soon. I would encourage any potential pilots, engineers or those interested in any aspect of the aerospace industry to look at joining the 2020 class. There are limited places available. Zonta International is willing to sponsor a female student which will cover the majority of costs. Females are particularly encouraged to complete the course as there are abundant career opportunities available in all areas of the industry. For more information, please contact the program coordinator Chris Barry by email [email protected] or by calling the school on 8545 0300. Of course, if you have any questions or if you’re interested or need more information, please send an email or come up and see me.

 

Mr Chris Barry, Aviation Sciences Coordinator

New House Names Wanted!

After 50 years in Brentwood history we are looking for the new names of our Houses that can guide us into the next 50 years. We are looking for name suggestions from our community for our current four Houses at Brentwood, known as Blue, Green, Red and Yellow in 2019. The top suggested names will be shortlisted by the Leadership Team at Brentwood and these suggestions will be released to the community for a vote and School Council will use this information to help guide the final decision. 
If you would like to suggest a name for the four Houses, please complete the link below and include your contact details and the suggestion of the four House names.  
Suggestions (these are not requirements): Consider names that mean something to the Brentwood community, names that will stand the test of time and be relevant in decades to come. Be careful when considering naming the Houses after people, as future actions of these people could tarnish that name.  
Prizes: If your submission is shortlisted you will receive two movie tickets and will be considered in a vote in the Brentwood community. In consultation with the community vote and school council decision, the overall winner will receive a Gold Class Experience. 

All submissions need to be entered before Friday 19th July 2019. 

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=qBpWYjMmWUWDEajlBrhrqDxMTT5w0PRAo7ZxMx3ufJ1UN0lQNlkzOVVBNjM4VFZON1RQSlFFT0UzQi4u (link also available on the Compass newsfeed)

Monash Women’s Business Network Lunch

On the 28th May, we had the opportunity to attend the Monash Women’s Business Network Lunch at Riversdale Golf Club. With the guest speaker, Penny Locaso, discussing ‘Fear is your future’. First, we got into groups to introduce ourselves with other women who attended. This was an interesting activity, as we had opportunity to meet women from different careers, from a small business owner to a celebrant and other students. Getting to know other women helped develop our confidence.

 

Penny was voted one of the most influential entrepreneurs in Australia and is a self-proclaimed happiness hacker, who taught us to accept our fears, and use them in positive way towards our future. Especially us, as teenagers we overthink everything and let the fear of not knowing what was going to happen in the future stopping us from doing what we want to do.  As the world, continues to develop, mainly with technology, 75% of the careers we have in the future have yet to be invented. As Penny said, “fear is the greatest lever available to us”, using it to make a meaningful and impactful change to our lives, in a future of unknowns. She presented with confidence and was inspiring and hilarious. We both had an amazing time, finding the event fun and informative. It was a privilege to be part of this experience.

Isabella Pang and Annika Guruparan

Careers Day

On Wednesday 19th June our senior students took part in Brentwood’s annual Careers Day. Year 11 and 12 students were treated to expert guest speakers presenting information about interview skills, study skills and life at university. Students also listened to a panel of alumni from various different walks of life. We were extremely fortunate to have our wonderful alumni come back to school and share their pathways journey with our students. Our alumni line up included pathways in trade (electrical), health care, beauty, criminal justice, modelling, sleep science, sales/marketing and finance. Tertiary study information was provided to our Year 12 students in the form of an extremely engaging presentation, followed by the opportunity to speak to university and TAFE representatives. Other careers representatives were present, in the form of the Police Force and the Defence Force.

 

After lunch, year 10 students and parents were invited to the School Hall and were given the opportunity to speak to teachers about VCE subjects on offer for the following year. This enabled students to begin to make informed decisions about subject choices for their Year 11 studies in 2020. Also present were representatives from various tertiary institutions, including Monash University, Deakin University, Holmesglen TAFE and Kangan Institute. The intention being to help students make connections between what they study at VCE and courses available at university and TAFE.

The feedback from the representatives was extremely positive and they commented on the fantastic questions and courteous nature of our students.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents that attended this Year 10 Career Expo. The partnership between parents and teachers is extremely important when it comes to helping students achieve their personal best and be future ready. I would also like to thank the staff at the school that helped make the event run smoothly, from the teachers who represented their subjects on the day, to the Principal Team organising the car parking! Finally, I would like to acknowledge the work of Tracey Campion and Sarah Jolly, who worked tirelessly to make the event the success that it was.

 

The High Five Principles of Career Development:

  1. Change is constant – Embrace it!
  2. Learning is ongoing.
  3. Focus on the journey.
  4. Know yourself, believe in yourself. Follow your heart!
  5. Access your allies.

Bill Exton, Director of Pathways, Partnerships and Community Engagement

Moot Court Experience

On Tuesday the 4th of June, Ms Roberts, Nancy Huang, Juwy Delos Trino and myself went to Monash University to compete at the Monash University High School Moot Court Competition. For those that don’t know, a moot court is a mock court where law students argue imaginary cases for practice.  Around a month ago, when teams were selected, we received our case – 18-year-old Jacques Ganguly was at a post cricket season pool party, where alcohol was being served, when he saw an esky lid land in the canal located outside the boundary of the owner’s (Leo Tandulka) property. Upon seeing this, Jacque decided to go down to the jetty and into the canal via an unlocked child-safety gate, where he jumped into the canal thinking the water wasn’t shallow – which it was – and sustained injuries. He then sued the owner of the property and was successful. However, the owner of the property believed that the trial judge made an error in law by awarding the plaintiff (the person in civil cases who brings forward the issue) in damages, as the canal was not strictly on his property. Our task was to represent the respondent, or in this case the previous plaintiff, Jacques Gangully, and submit submissions that proved that there was a duty of care owed, that that duty of care was breached, and that the breach of duty of care directly caused our client’s harm.

For four weeks, we worked incredibly hard to produce submissions, include relevant caselaw to apply precedent to our case and understand court proceedings. Finally, on the day of the Moot, we versed Scotch College, and our court was heard by the Honourable Nahum Mushin AM, who was a Family Court of Australia Judge for 21 years before becoming a professor at Monash University. Scotch College was representing the Appellant, Leo Tandulka, and did an amazing job presenting their submissions and answering questions the Judge asked. For our side, Nancy was the Senior Counsel, I was the Junior Counsel and Juwy was the solicitor. As it turns out, Brentwood was successful in round one, and we were in the running to compete in the grand finale against either Nossal High School or Ivanhoe Grammar School. Unfortunately, the Judges found Nossal and Ivanhoe to be better contenders for the grand finale, but we were still able to watch what happened in Monash’s own Moot Court!

Overall, the competition was an amazing experience and I am very proud of all our achievements as we worked so hard for the competition and we are all extremely grateful for Ms Roberts’ support of us.

 

Jodhi West

Sports

Junior Girls (Yr 7 and 8) AFL Football

The EMR matches were held at Springfield Reserve on Monday 24th July. The day started off foggy, but became sunny mid to late afternoon. Nice weather for footy. The centre of the oval was a mud bath!

We played our first game on this oval. Unfortunately, we lost to Canterbury Girls in the mud bath.

 

Game 1 v. Canterbury Girls

Canterbury 1.6.12 to Brentwood 0.1.1

Game 2 v. Ringwood (BSC lost)

Ringwood 2.2.14 to Brentwood 1.0.6

Goals:  Lisa Peacock

Game 3 v. Blackburn (BSC won)

Brentwood 3.2.20 to Blackburn 0.0.0

Goals:  Lisa Peacock 2, Charlotte Darragh 1

 

Well done to the whole team: Madison Bromley, Emily Collins, Grace Cunningham, Charlotte Darragh, Olivia Durbridge, Amber Durbridge (goal umpire extraordinaire), Piper George, Summer George, Isabella Hook, Tahlesha Kulle, Emily McLaren, Lisa Peacock, Emma Peacock, Iliana Skantzos, Isabella Soundy, Judy Staebe, Ellie Stratikopoulos, Shelby Vicic, Paige Whitfield (scorer).

 

Thanks to the student coaches Lily Wise and Jorja Porter for coaching on the day. Thanks to Mr. Parkes for his coaching insights and motivational speeches.

 

Sue Bach, Coach

Intermediate Girl’s Netball

On Friday the 21st June two teams of year 9 and 10 girls competed at Waverley Netball Centre in the Monash division netball tournament. Both teams played against teams from John Monash, Wellington, South Oakleigh and Wheelers Hill. Both teams displayed fantastic sportsmanship and enthusiasm throughout the day and should be commended for their efforts on the day.

 

The A team played at a very high level all day and worked together tremendously all day despite an interrupted training schedule. They started the day off strong, winning 31-4 in their first game against John Monash. Their dominance continued with a 52-4 win over Wellington. The girls showing that they worked together like a well-oiled machine from the defensive end down to the shooters. This continued into the third game against South Oakleigh with the A team winning 46-3. They entered their fourth and final game having only had 11 points scored against them at that stage. The final game was against Wheelers Hill, who were also coming into the game undefeated. With the winner going through the EMR round. The girls were nervous to begin with and had a few clumsy mistakes but the defensive unit of team Kaitlyn and Caitlin held strong in the goal circle against two sharp shooters from Wheelers Hill. Forcing them into making mistakes and the outstanding midcourt of Hayley, Ella, Tilly, Olivia S and Amelia working it up into the shooters. Chelsea, Olivia R, Jorja and Bridget all made key shots when under the pump from Wheelers Hill. The girls were able to capitalise on the mistakes of the other team and utilise them to their advantage. The match finishing with a win to Brentwood 28-15, with the result being more one sided than the game appeared from watching. Even one of the Brentwood girls thinking they had lost.

 

The B team also had a very successful day with outstanding coaching from student coaches Lara and Annabelle. The team did not lose a game and only had 16 points scored against them all day. They started the day off with a 36-5 win against John Monash, followed by a 34-1 win against Wellington. They showed their dominance against a C team from Wheelers Hill winning 46-0 and finishing off the day with their final win against Wheelers Hill B 23-10. The team should be extremely proud about how they played throughout the day!

 

Congratulations to both teams and good luck to the A team when they compete in the Eastern Metro Region finals on the 9th of August!

 

 

Special thanks to Charlotte Durbridge who came as a scorer because she could not play due to injury.

A team members: Caitlin Shaw, Kaitlyn Cavangh, Olivia Renshaw, Jorja Porta, Hayley SmitH, Amelia Bishop, Tilly Allan, Ella Whitfeild, Chelsea Leach, Bridget Hollard, Olivia Smith

B team members: Beth Weinbergs, Chelsea Oliver, Ella Deaness, Jessica Keecha-Milsom, Kiahna Crawley, Ingrid Ung, Lauren Thompson, Carmeltina Yanko, Emily Boatman, Zali Wagner

Student coaches: Lara Stackpoole, Annabelle Scott

 

Meg Wrench Joseph, Coach

EMR XC

The EMR cross country was held last week on Tuesday in true cross country conditions – cold,

miserable and wet. However, our runners blocked out the conditions and ran their best and our overall school results were amazing. The team that qualified from the Monash Division XC had been training twice a week before school with Carla Caminiti and Eliza Chancellor, and they were fed a well-earned bacon & eggs breakfast after each training session.

 

We had teams (consist of top 4 students) on the podium all day. So lots of medals came back to school!

13 years boys – 1st

13 years girls – 4th

14 years boys – 2nd

14 years girls – 2nd

15 years boys – 1st

15 years girls – 3rd

16 years boys – 6th

17 -20 girls – 5th

 

A special mention to :

Eric Trinkle - 16 yr 5km event – won the race one minute ahead of 2nd place in a time of 16.42min (his time would have won and blitzed the 17-20 age group)

Alex Vujmilovic – 13 yr 3km event – came 2nd with a sprint finish only just pipped at the post.

Spencer Storan – 14 yr 3km event – placed 2nd in his event

 

We have 16 students qualify for the SSV State XC Championships on Thursday July 18. (Students in bold below)

 

All results:

13 Boys team - 1st

Place

 

13 Girls Team - 4th

Place

Alex Vujmilovic

2nd

 

Grace Cunningham

13th

Jordan Gilbert

16th

 

Vivian Lam

15th

Max Taborsky

19th

 

Shelby Vicic

54th

Moritz Dommenget

25th

 

Natasha Winbanks

65th

Joshua White

40th

 

Aisha Woon

88th

Aiden Mcleod Sheridan

54th

 

Molly Lowe

104th

Cooper Millard

87th

 

Sofia Villalba

inj

Kai Van Suylen

89th

     
     

 

 

14 Boys Team - 2nd

Place

 

14 Girls team - 2nd

Place

Spencer Storan

2nd

 

Sofia Galletti

4th

Mitchell Pentreath

7th

 

Alexandra Peterson

8th

Sam Goodwin

abs

 

Charlotte Smith

24th

Sebastiano Tartaglia

32nd

 

Jacinta Jenner

51st

Damon Hope

85th

     
         

15 Boys Team - 1st

Place

 

15 Girls Team - 3rd

Place

Josh Jensen

4th

 

Charlotte Gervasoni

7th

Sebastian Eitzen

inj

 

Olivia Smith

12th

Luke Molinaro

6th

 

Ella Dearness

19th

Brayden Ryan

inj

 

Milli Gilson

33rd

Ryan Coulter

15th

 

Sara Gilbert

63rd

Lachie Williamson

39th

 

Maddy Lowe

66th

Cy Hodge

45th

     

Aaron Linton

69th

     

Kaiden Browne

78th

     
         

16 Boys Team - 6th

Place

 

16 Girls Team

Place

Eric Trinkle

1st

 

Charlotte Hay

dnc

Maty Morrissey

45th

 

Kiana Tango

34th

Kevin Kim

49th

 

Sarah Van Holsteyn

inj

         

17-20 Boys Team

Place

 

17-20 Girls Team - 5th

Place

Byron Browne

4th

 

Gemma Dearness

7th

Joshua Burns

inj

 

Lauren Tran

23rd

     

Monica Chen

35th

 

Well done team

Kim Nash

Intermediate Boy’s Badminton

The level of interest to make the Brentwood Intermediate boys badminton team is extremely high. We had a number of selection trial sessions with a large number of students that were extremely competitive. We finally decided on our strongest two teams who competed at the Monash Division round robin day last week. All schools in our region fielded teams to compete, which is fantastic!

 

The A team started the day with a bye and a good chance to warm up and to watch the competition. The A team them had 4 matches to win if they wanted to progress to EMR. They won against Wheelers Hill 6-0, South Oakleigh 6-0 and Wellington 5-1. In our last match, both Brentwood and John Monash Science School were undefeated throughout the day. So the winner between these two teams would progress to EMR. The Brentwood A team played so well and won 4-2. Well done!

 

The B team also had a full draw with the inclusion of a mixed team. There were 5 games to win today. The B team defeated Wheelers Hill B 6-0, Wellington B 5-1, South Oakleigh mixed team 6-0, South Oakleigh B 5-1, and John Monash Science School. Brentwood’s B team also won their pool of teams. Well done!

 

A team members – Richard Pham, Ian Kim, Nicholas The, Davin Cheng, Dustin Kim

B team members – Andrew Park, Jasper Chen, Dinesh Mohan, Jun Gao, Isaac Lee

Best of luck at the EMR finals on Friday August 2.

Kim Nash, Team Manager

Sustainability

RSS Awards

Brentwood was nominated as finalists at this year’s ResourceSmart Schools awards. The awards ceremony was held on 13 June at the MCG. We were unable to bring any award home; however, we had the opportunity to network with other schools, winning schools and Sustainability Victoria staff. It was a perfect time to collaborate with other schools, gain ideas and learn about products which can help make our school eco-friendly.

 

The Minister for Energy, Environment, Climate Change and Solar Homes, Hon. Lili D’Ambrosio and ‘War on Waste’ TV host, Craig Reucassel, commended the Green Team for our work and successes in sustainability at Brentwood.

 

The Green Team would like to acknowledge the hard work and support put in by students, staff and parents in all sustainability projects at Brentwood. With your ongoing support, we are hopeful in making Brentwood a five-star ResourceSmart School in the future.

 

Biodiversity Audit

On Tuesday the 18th of June, the Green Team participated in the Habitat Quality Assessment of Brentwood as a part of the Biodiversity Module of the ResourceSmart Schools program. The audit of the college grounds included identification and recording of indigenous plants, animal habitat quality, linkages of school vegetation and habitats with surrounding areas.

 

The Habitat Quality Assessment score for this audit was calculated as 68 out of 100. The previous score calculated in 2016 was 51. This significant increase in the biodiversity assessment score is the result of the planting and caring of natives done by our college gardener, Mr. Collin King. The Green Team has planted several native trees in the past few years at the Brentwood Tree Day. The team will continue to work on the school’s biodiversity throughout this year to hopefully achieve the fourth star of the Resource Smart Schools certification, by the end of this year.

 

Plastic-free Brentwood

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Plastic Free July provides resources and ideas to help you (and millions of others around the world) reduce single-use plastic waste every day at home, work, school, and even at your local cafe. Their movement has inspired over 120 million participants in 177 countries.

Students at Brentwood have the opportunity to win prizes by participating in this year’s ‘Plastic-free July challenge’. As a part of the challenge, students are required to record the actions taken to refuse and reduce plastic usage in their daily lives and the challenges and successes they had from taking up this challenge. For more information regarding the challenge, please click here.

 

Please head to www.plasticfreejuly.org for getting involved and gather ideas to reduce plastic usage. We encourage every individual to reduce the amount of plastic brought to the college to create a plastic-free Brentwood.

 

Please forward your suggestions and feedback to [email protected].

 

Aanya Bedi, Dominique Elliott and Jude Mann - Green Team Captains

Performing Arts

Closing Night Sold Out!

With only 7 weeks until we open, our closing night performance is officially SOLD OUT!
Some tickets are still available for our 4 other performances but they are selling quick, so don't miss out! www.trybooking.com/BACOD

 

Brentwood Community

Copic Marker Workshop

 

Pizza Making Workshop

 

Monash Student Space Newsletter

 

Brentwood Newsletter
MSS July Newsletter web.pdf
Monash Division Cross Country.pdf
Monash Division Cross Country.pdf