EAL News

29 March 2017
Term 1, 2017
Principal's Report
Transition Evening
Cultural Diversity Week 2017
CDW 2017 Performances
Junior Tutoring, HWC, and WAR
Dream Big Art Club
New EAL Staff
Information for Parents of Newly Arrived Students
Absence Line
Staughton College
9743 4622
26-46 Wilson Road
Melton, Victoria, 3337

Principal's Report

Cultural Diversity Week

Cultural diversity is a very important part of life at Staughton College. Last week, we celebrated Cultural Diversity Week. Activities have included a Cultural Fashion parade and Performances, World Music on Staughton radio and a ‘Tastes of the World’ event.


I would like to thank our Cultural Captains Halina Alama and Sakir Nawaz for their hard work, enthusiasm and dedication in promoting and organising the events. 

I would also like to thank the our staff Felicity Hemiak and Yvette Medina, for their coordination of the week, including being flexible when the weather was not helpful! It has been a great week of celebration of the diversity of our Staughton College community.

Key Dates

The key dates for Term 2 are listed below. I have also sent all families a copy in the interim reports that you will receive shortly.



18th April – 30th Jun


Key Dates

Easter Monday Holiday: Monday 17th April

Student Free Day: Friday 21st April

Anzac Day Holiday: Tuesday 25th April

Parent Teacher Student Conferences: Tuesday 2nd May

Athletics Carnival: Friday 26th May

Queen’s Birthday Holiday: Monday 12th June

Early Dismissal at 12.50pm: Thursday 29th June




Transition Evening

Transition Evening

On Tuesday the 15th of March, Staughton College hosted its annual Grade 6 – Year 7 Transition evening for families in Melton. The night provided families with an opportunity to tour our school and see what we have to offer. Our College Captains, Maggie and Chelsea spoke to families about the events and day to day running of our school and two of our Year 7 Leaders, Braedon and Jack spoke about their experience in Year 7 so far. Families were able to see some amazing science experiments, make stress balls, play maths games, watch student artists at work and get an overview of all that we have to offer our Year 7 students.

A massive thank you to our dedicated staff who always go above and beyond on this night and to the student helpers who demonstrate our motto of Try, Persevere and Achieve.

‘Being new to the school I don’t know a lot of the teachers and I haven’t visited all the room. Ir eally enjoyed this part of the night.’  Capressce 8.8


‘Well organised and welcoming to the grade 6 students.’ Zeke 9.3


‘It was great that students got to find out different thing we offer and they got to see them through real life experiences.’ Jade 9.3


‘The passport were a great opportunity to learn about our school. And they will be helpful for students coming to Staughton next year.’ Caitlyn 9.3



Cultural Diversity Week 2017

Cultural Diversity Week 2017

At Staughton, we value inclusiveness and celebrate our diversity in many different ways.  A lot of planning goes into our events, and unbeknownst to most, our students actually had a professional shoot the week prior.  We were featured on the cover of the Melton & Morrabool Star Weekly paper for our CDW 2017.


Last week, we had our Cultural Diversity Week. 


Thanks to DJ Will Cachia, the Radio Crew, and Cultural Captain Halina Tavita-Alama, we had an amazing playlist for World Music on Monday. 

Everyone had fun with the cultural performances on Tuesday.  We would also like to thank Ms. Abby Grace and Ms. Farrugia who organized their Year 9 Music and Theatre classes to perform Moana inspired dances and songs.

Wednesday was French Day.  The French teacher, Ms. Favero, said, “French Day was a great success. Year 9 SEAL students had a fantastic time cooking and selling crêpes and there was a great turnout to the movie played at lunch time.”


On Thursday, we had our biggest Cultural Fashion Parade to date.  Villani and Delsey Hiram also performed a Nauruan dance for us, and Sharie May Castillo and Shayan Syed sang “Empire State of Mind” and “Be Alright”.  Staff and students alike enjoyed the gelato truck as well.

Friday was our annual Tastes of the World lunch, and we had a mix of Italian and Asian food for only $5.

If you missed it, you needn’t worry.  The Cultural Family Picnic happens in Term 4, and is open to staff, family, and friends of Staughton College.   More information will be sent out  later in the year.



Multicultural Education Aide

CDW 2017 Performances

CDW 2017 Performances

Enjoy some outtakes on performances that happened during Cultural Diversity Week 2017 here at Staughton College.


Sharie May Castillo - Empire State of Mind (Cover)


Samoan Cultural Dance - Lau Hani (Pacific Soul)


Shayan Syed - Be Alright (Cover)


Villani and Delsey Hiram - Te Vaka (Nauruan dance)


Junior Tutoring, HWC, and WAR

Junior Tutoring

Staughton College offers additional tutoring sessions in Mathematics and English for all students from years 7, 8 and 9. In these sessions, students have the opportunity to work one on one with teachers and student mentor tutors.


This is a fantastic opportunity for students to seek additional help and extension in these core subjects. Junior Tutoring runs every Tuesday between 3:15 pm and 4:00 pm. Math tutoring is located in C2, and English tutoring in M6.


Attending tutoring counts towards your child’s attendance and taking advantage of this extra support can be helpful in improving your child’s learning progress.

Homework Club

Homework Club sessions provide an opportunity for students who require additional time to complete their homework tasks and to improve their attendance by counting as a make-up towards missed classes. Students may either ask their teachers to be booked into homework club, or be approached by their teachers to attend. For their attendance to count, students must ensure that they are completing work throughout the session. Homework Club runs each afternoon from Monday to Thursday in the library. Homework Club starts at 3:20 pm and ends 4:00 pm.  


For further information please contact either Brooke Martinuzzo or Katherine Lofts directly at the school.


In order to better prepare our Year 10 students for VCE or VCAL pathways, Year 10’s will now do WAR (which was previously only for Year 11 and 12’s),  instead of Homework Club (HWC).


WAR stands for Work and Attendance Redemption, and is the senior school equivalent of HWC. This will enable Year 10's to see firsthand how VCE students work and independently study, give them more time to complete tasks as WAR runs until 4.30 and be in a more focused environment. WAR is on Monday to Thursday in D12.


For further information please contact either Katherine Lofts or Sarah McLachlan.



Learning Coordinators

Dream Big Art Club

Dream Big Art Club


Are you interested in getting involved in a new After-School Program with your kids at Staughton?



Artists from the Dream Big Festival have been running weekly lunchtime workshops with the Year 7’s at your school. We’ve been doing CIRCUS, MUSIC, ART & FILM-MAKING.

Can you help us to run these activities as a regular after-school program on Tuesdays at Staughton?


Do you...

  • Love making food that kids want to eat?
  • Like to paint, draw, or make things?
  • Take good photos or videos, or like editing movies?
  • Want to help your kids have an enjoyable, safe and friendly time at school?
  • Play a musical instrument?
  • Like to sing? Or dance?
  • Used to know how to juggle or do tricks with a hula hoop?


Come along, if you can, to our AFTER SCHOOL WORKSHOP on Tuesday, the 28th of MARCH from 3.15-4.15 pm. Further inquiries, please contact Dream Big Coordinator, John Lane, at 0417 332 132, or email [email protected] or have a look at www.dreambig.org.au


New EAL Staff

New EAL Staff

Ms. Dallas McGuinness was born in Australia, with English and Irish heritage.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from Queensland University of Technology and a Post Graduate degree in Dance (choreography) from Victorian College of the Arts.


Ms McGuinness has spent more than fifteen years living abroad (mainly in Asia) where she taught in High Schools, Universities, and worked with a number of dance companies as a teacher and performer.  She has also worked extensively with a number of Non-Governmental Organisations in Nepal, India, Japan, Cambodia, Ghana and Thailand.


She currently teaches VCAL, EAL and is the current Year 9 Coordinator.


Palak Paneer

We asked Ms. McGuinness what her favourite dishes are, and we found Palak Paneer to be very interesting. Here's the recipe for you to try at home:



  • 1 long green chilli, chopped
  • 2 cmpiece of ginger, chopped
  • 2garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tspground coriander
  • 2 tspground cumin
  • 2bunches English spinach, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbspghee
  • 200 gpaneer (see Note), cut into 3 cm cubes
  • 1large onion, finely chopped
  • 2tomatoes, chopped
  • 125 ml(½ cup) pouring cream







  • Process chilli, ginger, garlic, coriander, cumin, half the spinach and 60 ml water in a food processor to a rough paste; add more water to loosen if necessary.
  • Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a large, deep frying pan over high heat. Add paneer and cook, turning occasionally, for 3 minutes or until golden on all sides. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  • Heat remaining 1 tbsp ghee in the same pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes or until softened. Add spinach paste and cook for 2 minutes or until fragrant. Add tomatoes, cream, 60ml water and the paneer, and cook for 3 minutes or until tomatoes are starting to soften. Add remaining bunch of spinach and cook for 3 minutes or until just wilted. Serve seasoned with salt and pepper.


Note: Paneer is an Indian cheese available from select supermarkets and greengrocers. 


Source: http://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/palak-paneer


Learning Together: Parents and Children English Literacy Program

LEARNING TOGETHER offers English classes for parents, early learning and care program for pre-school children, and a playgroup for parents and children after the English class.


This runs in the Melton Library on Thursdays, from 10:30-1:30 pm, and lunch is provided.


Theatre Holiday Program

Do you like to act? Create Visual Art? Create Screen content? Enjoy writing? Or want tech production skills? Be part of a new crew creating an original theatrical multi-media show about what it means to be BELONG, to be performed in November.


The Project includes a free 2-day creative development beach camp in Term 3. This is your chance to make a difference in your community!


For more information contact Dave on 0411 710 081


Teenage Holiday Program

Archery, Horseback riding, excursions to Bounce, ACMI, dance parties and more! If you're a young person who lives or goes to school in Melton, have a look at this teenage holiday program for lots of exciting activities and events over the school holidays.




Information for Parents of
Newly Arrived Students

Information for Newly Arrived Students












Absence Line

Absence Line

If in doubt, call the 24 hour Absence Line.


24 hour Absence Line: (03) 9743 5061



ON THE DAY,  call 9743 5061 and leave a clear message, including:

  • child's name
  • year level
  • your name
  • reason for absence


Walk student to the office OR provide a note for them to hand in at the office. 



Contact the relevant year level coordinator TWO WEEKS PRIOR to the holiday.


Medical Appointment

Call the absence line and leave a message. Drop medical certificate or certificate of attendance at the office.


Leaving Early

Students MUST have signed a note in their diary to leave class. Students report to the office. Parents collect students from the office.   


NOTE: Office staff will only collect students for genuine emergencies, and announcements cannot be made during class time.



Photos and Videos

Thank you to the following for the use of their photographs and videos for this issue of EAL News:


CASTILLO, Sharie May

CURREY, Nicole


MEDINA, Yvette




This newsletter is produced by Yvette Medina.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email us at [email protected].


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