Collingwood College

16 March 2018
Issue Seven
Dates To Remember
School News
Kitchen Garden News
Community News
Collingwood College
Corner Cromwell St and McCutcheon Way
Collingwood, Victoria, 3066

Dates To Remember

Important Dates 2018

Term Dates 2018

Term 1: 29 January to 29 March

Term 2: 16 April to 29 June

Term 3: 16 July to 21 September

Term 4: 8 October to 19 December


Public Holidays 2018

Labour Day: Monday 12 March

Anzac Day: Wednesday 25 April

Queen's Birthday: Monday 11 June

Melbourne Cup: Tuesday 6 November






Saturday, 17 March

Working Bee - 9:00am - 1:00pm



Monday, 19 March

Year 7 and 10 Immunisations


Tuesday, 20 March

3-Way Conferences / Parent-Teacher interviews Prep – 12 @ Collingwood College



Thursday, 22 March (NB: New Date)

School Photo Day Catch Up + siblings 9:30am


Thursday, 29 March

Last Day Term 1 - 12:00PM Finish


Sunday, 16 September

SPRING FAIR: 11:00am - 4:00pm

School News





Dear Parents & Guardians, please note that Year 7 and Year 10 Immunisations are happening on Monday, 19th March. 

Jessica Kelly

Adolescent Health Nurse




On Tuesday, 6th march we held our Annual Collingwood College Swimming Carnival at Fitzroy Pool for students in Years 5 – 10.

We had a full day of swimming and novelty events in glorious sunshine, finishing with the Student / Teacher relay race. All students raced and cheered throughout the day. The SRC cooked in excess of 200 sausages and the pool sold out of Cornetto ice creams!

2018 House honours went to: 1st Red House 54 points, 2nd Blue & Green House 52 points, 4th Yellow House 47 points.

The Teachers won the Student / Teachers relay – AGAIN

A BIG thank you to everyone, students and teachers, for making the day such a success.


Our next carnival will be the Athletics Carnival for all students from Years 5 – 12 on 24th May at the brand new Collingwood Harriers Athletics Track.

James Agombar

Head of Physical Education and Sport




Photo 'catch ups' now 22nd March

Dear All,

School photo 'catch up day' and 'sibling photo day' has been rescheduled to be held on Thursday, 22nd March.

At present, no camps, excursions, or school-wide swimming programs are organised for the same day!

Sam Luck
Assistant Principal
Collingwood College




There will be a Working Bee at the school on Saturday, 17 March from 9:00am - 1:00pm.

Tasks will include:

  • Clean up of Hoddle Street area
  • General grounds tidying
  • Slats cut to size and fixed on front fence
  • Clean up of Prep playground, asphalt areas and undercroft
  • Plants relocated from stadium entrance to new garden beds
  • Discard unwanted costumes and pack and sort into boxes for long-term storage
  • PE equipment to be packed into wheelie bins and circus equipment to be moved to dance studio (in preparation for new stadium works in school holidays
  • line marking for disabled signs, kerbs and no parking signage
  • planters relocated to mezzanine
  • drains cleaned
  • sandpits raked and leaves cleared
  • window cleaning on ground floor
  • makers club relocated to new science area
  • garden weeding, pruning, mulching

Please bring along any work tools including whipper snipper, shovels, rakes; carpentry tools, brooms.

Lunch and Morning Tea are provided. Families are encouraged to come along and help beautify our school grounds. You are welcome to come for an hour or two if you can't manage the whole time.




Last week, Reggio year 1 and 2 went to The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) to view the fabulous Triennial exhibition.

Our current project title is Pattern.  We wanted to explore patterns in a variety of ways and see how different artists create patterns.

Here are some of the student’s reflections on their favourite parts of the excursion:








The excursion was a great success and the children came back with lots of enthusiasm about the different artwork they had seen. We wonder what our Reggio class will create?


The teachers would like to give a big thank you to all our parent helpers, as without you we could not have gone on such an amazing excursion. Thank you,

Simon, Emma & Katie

1-2 Reggio Class Teachers





Homework Club runs in the school library for secondary students from Monday - Thursday (3:00-5:00pm). 


Primary students are welcome to attend homework club with approval from their parents, the Principal, or the Homework Club Supervisor. 


NEW to Homework Club - English Support

If English is an additional language for you and you would like some extra support, book in for a one-on-one hour with a volunteer tutor. 


You can choose between three options: 

  • 1. Reading and Understanding
  • 2. Writing and Spelling
  • 3. Proof Reading and Planning

 To book a session, click on the following link and enter your details:

Hannah Young





The date has been set for Sunday, 16 September. A Class stall list has been distributed to teachers to be completed by the end of term 1 in conjunction with Class Carers and Parents.


Sponsors & Donors

If you have any contacts who may sponsor part of the Spring Fair or be able to make donations of goods or services please see the attached documents below that you can print out and share.


Calling All Bakers...

This year we will be organising a cake bake/stall committee for the fair. If you are interested, please contact [email protected] 

Silvana Tsipiras

Spring Fair Coodinator




As a school we are registered for the Sports for Schools campaign run by all Coles supermarket outlets and have a collection box located in the school reception area. The campaign starts on 7th February and you can collect 1 voucher for every $10 dollars you spend in store.

These vouchers will be used by the school to purchase new sporting equipment. Can you please collect these vouchers at the checkout if you are a Coles shopper and place them into our collection box.

Thank you for your help and assistance with this campaign.

James Agombar

Head of PE and Sport




Please click on the link below to view the Term 1 Menu at the Collingwood College Canteen (Catering By Lisa)





Meet at 3:15pm

on the ‘stage’ area (near the front oval).


All welcome!

No singing experience necessary.


For further information, please contact Alison McKean (Year 7 teacher) on 0428 346 491.


Kitchen Garden News

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation Newsletter

Click here to read the March edition of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation newsletter.






This Fortnight's Recipes


Summer Curry; Zucchini, Tomato, Sweet Potato & Purple Congo Potato


Rice Pilaf with Garden Herbs, Greens & Toasted Seeds


Shaved Carrot, Radish, Apple & Herb Salad

***This dish allows the children to improvise with the ingredients to create their own salad.


Baked Polenta, Tomatoes & Herbed Ricotta


Fried Green Tomatoes



About the Kitchen Garden Program

Collingwood College students participate in our Kitchen Garden Program as part of their school curriculum in Grades 3-6. Garden classroom occurs outside in all weather conditions, with students learning, exploring and practising the skills and knowledge to grow a diverse range of vegetables, fruit and herbs using organic growing methods. Students then harvest our seasonal produce for cooking a range of (95% vegetarian) delicious dishes in their kitchen classroom. The students learn and practise kitchen skills, techniques and terminology and also importantly, their communication skills, creativity and teamwork while dishes are being prepared.


Students, staff and volunteers sit at beautifully set tables sharing the dishes created, voicing opinions respectfully, as all students can benefit from sharing their individual learning efforts. Knowledge is documented in Kitchen garden books and shared to our school community via email, newsletter, display boards and importantly by our students.


For our students, an integral part of the enjoyment and richness of the classroom experience is the depth and loyalty of volunteering we have for our school program. These exceptional people of all ages, interests, backgrounds and skills ensure our curriculum goals are supported for our students.  Potential volunteers do not need garden or cooking experience! Attributes we seek are a personal interest to support our K.G program philosophy, assisting students in their learning around food diversity, seasonality, sustainability, garden and cooking skills. The K.G learning importantly supports and explores student’s emotional connection and enjoyment in regards to growing and cooking seasonal food. Good humour and the excitement of learning new skills and knowledge in a shared environment, the ability to commit to a day/time are also attributes we seek in our volunteers.


We welcome applications from persons in our school community, or friends/family who wish to apply to be a Kitchen garden volunteer. Please send an email to me at

[email protected]

(see forms below)


Please look at our school website (K.G page), if you are new to our school community for more information. Classes run in the kitchen Monday-Wednesday and garden Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

For those who may want to support our students and teachers in another way-we are always thankful for people to garden outside class times or on other days. Please feel free to email me with any questions. Tours for potential volunteers will usually occur after school hours with arrangement.


With thanks,


Desley Insall

Kitchen Garden Specialist Teacher & Volunteer Coordinator


Volunteer Information Kit

Permission Forms, Media & Allergy for Volunteers




Not sure what this is? Here is some information from the governments e-safety site





Yarra Youth Services have a group in partnership with The Drum youth services called Euphoria Youth which is a social and creative group for young LGBTIQ people and their friends or allies. This group meets up on the last Monday of every month between 3:30pm-5:30pm at the Yarra Youth Services on 156 Napier Street, Fitzroy.

Jessica Kelly & Stephanie Moussi

Adolescent Health Nurse & Health Promotion Leader




As Australia’s largest national education-oriented charity, we support disadvantaged Australian children to participate fully in their education, giving them the best chance at breaking the cycle of disadvantage. Our learning support and mentoring programs help children in need to fit in at school, keep up with their peers, and build aspirations for a better future for them. The smith Family can provide financial support for families and children in need to assist them through school and education.

To get in touch with the Smith Family go to:

Or call them on; 1300 326 459


Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.  

Information and services for young people, their families and friends as well as health professionals can be accessed through this website; , headspace centres, online counselling service eheadspace, and postvention suicide support program headspace School Support. 

Ph: 1800 650 890.


Since 1877, Berry Street has chosen to work with children, young people and families, with the most challenging and complex needs, including those for whom we are often the last resort. Last year, we helped over 18,000 of the most disadvantaged children, young people and families across our community.

We believe all children should have a good childhood, growing up feeling safe, nurtured and with hope for the future.

Services include; Family services (ChildFirst), Education and training, Family violence, Foster and Kinship care, residential care and youth services.

To contact Berry Street go to their website or call them on; 9429 9266


3 million Australians are living with depression or anxiety

Beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

Beyondblue has a 24hour helpline 1300 22 4636 and their website is



The Centre for Multicultural Youth is a Victorian not-for-profit organisation supporting young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to build better lives in Australia.

Their purpose is to ensure that young people have every opportunity to succeed in Australia. Through a combination of specialist support services, training and consultancy, knowledge sharing and advocacy, we are working to remove the barriers young people face as they make Australia their home


Community News







Auditions are happening on 24 March for an exciting new children's choir in North Fitzroy.


The Yarra Voices is looking for students aged 7-16 who love to sing and would like to extend themselves musically. 


Please contact artistic director, Renee Heron at [email protected] or visit our website,"





4th & 5th May, 2018

Dear Collingwood College families living or working in Banyule,

We all know how important our community groups, schools and other organisations are in making a difference to​ the vibrance and liveability of​ our local area​.

Here is an opportunity for you to participate in ​a joint community initiative to do something together to improve our environment. 


We invite interested members of ​the Collingwood College​​ school community to be part of the Transition to a Safe Climate: creating a new story for Banyule ​conference at Macleod College on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 May​ 2018.​

This event will bring together a diverse group of residents representing all of Banyule’s suburbs and its varied ​residents and ​community groups. 

It is being organised by the local network of Transition groups – Transition Banyule, Transition 3081, Transition Warringal, Sustainable Macleod, Sustainable Greensborough, and Montmorency Community Group. 

The conference is supported by both Macleod College and a Banyule City Council Environmental Sustainability Grant, auspiced by Olympic Adult Education.​

‘Transition’ is a movement of communities coming together to re-imagine and rebuild our world. It is about local people coming together to address the big challenges we face. We hope members of ​the school community will be able to join in the conversations about the concrete action in response to climate change that we might take across our suburbs.

Bookings are essential: 

More info: ​www.​


Yuki Cameron
Transition Banyule and Transition 3081

0414 489 814




The Homework Club is located in the Fitzroy Library, 128 Moore St, and is open:

Monday: 4-6pm
Tuesday: 4-6pm and 6-8pm (Year 10 and up)
Wednesday: 4-6pm and 6-8pm (Year 10 and up)
Thursday: 4-6pm
Friday: 4-6pm

Fitzroy homework club provides support for VCE subjects including maths and science.








Please click on the link for information on these classes in  Carlton and how to make a BOOKING.




Apply now for new training beginning in April, 2018. Click on the attachment for more details.




Friendship, fun, challenge and achievement!

Girl Guides is a volunteer-run not-for-profit youth organisation that aims to empower girls and young women to grow into confident, self-respecting, responsible community members. We do this through our unique non-formal education programs – fun, games, experiences, under the care of trained volunteer Guide Leaders.


Yarra City District Girl Guides meet weekly during school terms:

  • Junior Guides ages 7-10 (Mark St. Hall North Fitzroy, Wednesday  6.30-8PM)
  • Girl Guides ages 10-14 (Edinburgh Gardens Community Rooms North Fitzroy, Tuesday 7-9PM)
  • Senior Guides ages 14-17 (Edinburgh Gardens Community Rooms North Fitzroy, alternate Mondays 7-9PM).

Our units are open to girls and their parents to visit– come and see how you like it. Adult volunteer enquries are also welcome.

Find us online at or email [email protected].





The Collingwood toy library is a community-owned resource for families in the City of Yarra and surrounding areas, operated on a non-profit basis and managed by a committee of volunteer members who are elected annually.

We are getting in touch with local schools in the area to promote our activities and resources for school-age children.

We have recently added a large collection of  board games for school-aged children and more games in foreign languages including Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Vietnamese. We also have a board games club and holiday activities, as well as other family-friendly community events throughout the year.


Collingwood College
Girls footy flyer.pdf
The Yarra Voices.pdf
transition to a safe climate.pdf
Mangala Creative Dance 2018.pdf
Eurythmy Course.pdf
Medication Authority Form.pdf
SF Donations Form 2018.pdf
Sponsorship Letter Dale Perichon 2018.pdf
Collingwood College Menu.pdf
Choir Notice.pdf
Curry; Potato, Sweet Potato, Zucchini, Greens & Tomato 5.3.2018.pdf
Rice Pilaf-our Herbs, Corn, Shallot & Greens 24.10.2017.pdf
Soft Polenta to set.pdf
Baked Polenta Vegetable Stacks.pdf
Pan-fried Green Tomatoes.pdf
Volunteer Information Kit Collingwood College.2018 doc.pdf
Permission forms-media & allergy for volunteers 2018doc -.pdf