Lowanna College

07 November 2019
Issue Seven

The Lowanna College community is committed to high expectations and believes students will achieve excellence in their endeavours.

Principal's Report
College Updates
College Calendar
Junior School 
Middle School 
Senior School 
Careers
Community Updates
Lowanna College
(03) 5127 9200
72- 96 Newark Avenue
Newborough, Victoria, 3825
AU

Principals Report

Principals Report

Approaching the middle of Term 4, we start to reflect on our progress for the year, and refine our strategies for further growth next year.

The staff, students and community should be incredibly proud of our achievements. At the start of this year we set some ambitious improvement targets, and I am pleased and proud that we have achieved all of these targets – ranging from growth in reading and writing results, to positive feedback from students, staff and parents (via department surveys). We have also improved our attendance across the board, which is pivotal to student learning.

 

Numeracy Program

One area which we have recently identified for increased support and resourcing is numeracy (mathematics). We believe numeracy is a complimentary core skill that all students need, along with reading and writing. Together, these skills lay the foundation for all other learning, and are strongly linked to student success in VCE/VCAL, and later in life.

 

We are trialling a numeracy support program this term with small groups of Year 8 students, and thus far the feedback from our students has been positive thus far. We have also appointed Kirsty Speirs, formerly of Maffra Secondary College, as a Learning Specialist in Numeracy. Kirsty has provided some expertise to the college already, but will formally join us from the start of next year.

 

Literacy Strategy

Literacy, or more specifically reading, writing, vocabulary, spelling and grammar, continue to be one of our highest priorities. Following a great deal of work this year from key staff and leaders, this Monday we launched our whole-school literacy strategy. This strategy aims to support all teachers in all areas to be teachers of literacy – through integrating reading, writing and vocabulary strategies, specific to their discipline, into their classes. We are confident that this will have a significant positive impact for our students in the years to come. 

 

Year 7 Laptop Program

We have had a great response to and feedback on our new Year 7 Laptop Program, commencing next year. We have doubled the number of students who will enter Year 7 with a device (compared to this year), and are not far away from our goal of all Year 7 students being equipped with a device to support their learning. To further build our students’ digital literacy, we need to ensure our teachers are well trained and equipped. Last week we had the Microsoft Education team from Melbourne in our school, working with our teachers on the latest evidence and research regarding Microsoft Office 356, the ‘cloud’ environment, how Microsoft Teams can strengthen collaboration between teachers, and how devices can enhance student learning.

 

Booklists from 2020

We received some strong feedback from our students and parents when we reviewed our laptop program earlier this year. One of the strongest queries was “Why do we have to purchase a device, plus purchase and carry several heavy textbooks… can’t they be on the device?” We believe this is a very reasonable query, and we felt we could do more to provide digital options for our students. While the requests for digital textbooks was strong, we did come across a few instances where students indicated they still prefer a hardcopy book, thus, having flexibility in a solution was also important.

After much research and investigation, I am pleased to announce that from next year, we will be moving to a new booklist platform, known as Box of Books. The college is providing a subscription so that all students can access the Box of Books platform on their device. The platform has a simple, user-friendly layout for students, and integrates beautifully with our new laptop program. Not only can students access all of their books at a touch of the screen, but they can highlight or write notes on the textbooks using the active pen available as part of the new laptop program.

 

In most cases, parents/students will be able to choose between either a print (hard copy) version of a text book (which will generally include a digital copy at no extra charge), or just purchase the digital version at a reduced cost. Parents can continue to purchase second-hand textbooks through informal channels – just keep in mind this option won’t include a digital version via your child’s device.

 

Parents will receive more detailed communication in the next fortnight, but as an overview – parents will be able to preview and order from our booklists online. Rather than being available for collection in late January, they will be shipped to homes, and in most cases, within a few days of placing your order. Stationery is also available via the booklist, but as always, families are welcome to purchase stationery from anywhere they choose.

 

VCE Exams

Year 12 exams are underway, and our students have worked hard over the preparation and study period at the start of this term. Students were positive after their English exam on Wednesday, and we trust this momentum will continue throughout the period. It is important students continue to study by completing past exam papers. We wish our students the very best, and look forward to celebrating with them later this year.

 

Headstart

Our Year 11 and 12 Headstart program commences in a couple of weeks, and it includes two weeks of important learning for our VCE and VCAL students. Attendance is required across the full two week period, as students will be essentially engaging in the first two weeks of their 2020 program, including material that will be assessable and linked to their outcomes.

Our Junior Headstart program will follow, being a great opportunity for our 2020 Year 8 to 10 students to become acquainted with their new teachers and classmates. We also look forward to welcoming our 175 new Year 7s across two transition days… an exiting time of the year ahead.

College Updates

Year 8 Melbourne Camp Travel Update

The Year 8 Melbourne Camp has departed for three days full of fun! 

V/Line have had to alter our Friday return booking.

We will depart Southern Cross Station on the 2:20PM train, and arrive at Moe Station by 4:30 PM. Please make arrangements for your child to be collected at 4:30 PM.

Middle School Camp- Queensland

Not long to go now!

All consent forms have been received which is fantastic!
Final payment was due Thursday, October 31st.
Please finalise all payments as the company must be paid today.

Any issues please contact the general office on 5127 9200.

2020 Laptop Program

If you haven't already purchased a laptop for 2020, please see the flyer below for information and prices. Please contact the General Office on 5127 9200 for more information.

 

Welcome Jen

Please join Lowanna College in welcoming Jennifer McQuade to the administration team.

Basketball Court Logos

During the Term 3 Holidays the college finished its 2 year project of the revitalisation of the Indoor Basketball courts.  These courts now are in line with the FIBA regulations (as seen here on page 7 https://www.fiba.basketball/documents/official-basketball-rules.pdf) and have high quality polyurethane coating on the floors.  These courts are now one of the best locations for Regional Basketball in Victoria.

Wellbeing Team Report

2019 has been a successful year for the Wellbeing Team with many different programs being offered to our students.

 

In July we collaborated with Mental Health practitioners to conduct a series of Youth Mental Health First Aid sessions for students from years 8 and 11. This program was offered to staff also and assisted people in coping with and recognising signs of basic mental health concerns. Student participation was outstanding. Students and staff are often reminded to be mindful of our peers and look out for each other’s wellbeing.

 

More recently we have engaged with Quantum who are promoting their ABC programs and running a series of sessions for a variety of students. Focus is primarily on early intervention and proactive learning.

 

Wills Mana, our Chaplain, has moved onto a new area and has left the College. We thank Wills for his contribution and time working with students, especially in the areas of soccer and music. Wills will be missed by many staff and students.

 

Breakfast Club continues to operate for students each Tuesday and Thursday morning in the Dining Room near the Food Tech. Rooms. Students are welcome to join us for warm milo and toast, in a relaxed environment.

 

The Green Tradies Programs is again running smoothly this term with volunteers Ernie, Lillian and Kathryn. Our team of students work in the garden planting seeds and vegetables, and are then taught to cook their produce.

 

Regards,

Donna Perkins

Student Wellbeing Co-Ordinator

2020 Italy Study Tour

 

The 2020 Italy Study Tour is offered to students from years 9 to 11. If you would like further information please see Amy at the General Office.

 

Beleza VIP Sale

 

Blood Donations

Did you know that many of our staff donate blood regularly?

Ann Prokopiwskyi donated for the first time. 

Liam Coglin signed up for his first donation in Australia. He has previously donated whilst traveling overseas.

Helen Haughton has returned to making donations 

Judith Stewart is up to her 37th donation. 

Julie Sheahey: 101 plasma donations

 Nicole Taylor: 97 plasma donations

Ross Jackson: regular donor

Steven Abramovitch: regular donor 

Tim Campbell: regular donor 

 

The Blood bank suggests that for every donation we make, we save 3 lives. On that basis, our staff has saved the lives of roughly 1000 people. Imagine that!

 

If you are over 18 and would like to be involved in donating blood, please contact The Australian Red Cross Blood Service on 13 14 95.

What is the Problem with Boys and Reading?

It is common sense that a good secondary education can lead to better employment opportunities and further study options, but did you know that increased levels of education are linked to greater life expectancy? Research shows a link between educational outcomes and increased physical and mental health. Education, and particularly reading, is good for your mind and your future!

 

Positive experiences of reading at school and at home contribute to the ongoing development of reading skills and educational outcomes. Literacy is fundamental to success in life. It is important for children to not only read the words on a page but to engage with and understand the text. Better results in literacy leads to better results in other classroom subjects. This generates improved self-esteem and self-confidence which are both essential building blocks in all areas of life.  

 

Unfortunately, but perhaps not surprisingly, research shows that boys trail girls in literacy. This is supported by NAPLAN results in Reading and Writing with girls more likely to be in the top two bands of NAPLAN and a greater percentage of boys below the minimum national standard. This is not an isolated phenomenon at Lowanna but an Australian and global concern. Other studies have shown that boys’ reading and writing enjoyment reduces as they get older and that the differences in literacy achievement between genders increases with age.

 

Boys learn differently than girls. So, how can we ensure that we get the best outcomes for them and increase their enjoyment of reading?

Find authors boys can relate to

  • Introduce them to writers who they can connect with, ideas that make them think, worries they will share, voices they recognise and characters they understand and laugh with.
  • Consider the male perspective when selecting appropriate reading material. If there is a hobby or sport he likes, find relevant fiction and non-fiction books that will appeal to him.
  • Encourage them to try a variety of books and authors to see what suits their taste.

Male role models are essential

  • Who do boys aspire to be? Role models may be dads, grandfathers, brothers, coaches or actors.
  • If men share their love of books and read aloud to them then reading will be valued by boys. Leave the technology at home, go camping, enjoy a campfire and a good book.  

Inspire boys at home

  • How often do secondary students see parents reading at home? Are there books and bookshelves lining the walls in your home? Do you take the time to visit the local library or read to your child? If we want our children to read, we must value books in our homes.

Think about it like sport

  • Reading, like any sport, takes time and practice. The brain is like a muscle that needs to be trained, effort and persistence is necessary to improve.

Do it together

  • Talk about books that you have both read, gather information and problem solve together.
  • Take books on holidays so that it shows reading as fun and recreation.   

Remove the stereotype

  • Male attitudes to reading are not innate but develop in response to their reading experiences. A positive attitude towards reading influences boys’ engagement with reading. Boys that read are cool, masculine, imaginative and creative.

Reading is reading

  • It doesn’t always have to be just books; magazines, newspapers, recipes all stimulate curiosity and help develop boys’ reading skills at home.

Give lots of praise

  • Boys love attention and positive affirmations.  When they read well give them encouragement and be specific with the praise. If a boy understands exactly what he has done to earn the praise, he will learn more quickly. Also make it clear that if he makes a mistake reading, he is not a failure - that’s the way you learn.

Build regular reading time into his day

  • Set aside a regular time for them to read, to read with them or listen to them reading. Don’t stop reading with boys because they have finished primary school and started secondary school. Reading is important at all ages.

 

College Calendar

NOVEMBER

Wednesday November 6

Year 8 Melbourne Camp

 

Thursday November 7

Year 10 OE5 Lake Tyers Canoe Camp

Year 8 Melbourne Camp

 

Friday November 8

Year 8 Melbourne Camp

Year 10 OE5 Lake Tyers Canoe Camp

Year 9&10 Sandown V8 Supercars

GPA Reports released to parents

 

Monday November 11

Year 10 OE6 Lake Tyers Canoe Camp

Year 11 Exams

 

Tuesday November 12

Year 10 OE6 Lake Tyers Canoe Camp

Year 11 Exams

Year 8B & 8D Tech Taster Day

 

Wednesday November 13

Year 11 Exams

Year 10 Exams

Year 8B & 8D Tech Taster Day

 

Thursday November 14

Year 11 Exams

Year 10 Exams

Year 8C & 8E Tech Taster Day

 

Friday November 15

Year 11 Exams

Year 10 Exams

Year 8C & 8E Tech Taster Day

PreCAL Woorabinda Program

 

Monday November 18

Year 11 and 12 (2020) Headstart Program (Runs for two weeks)

 

Tuesday November 19

Year 8A & 8F Tech Taster Day

 

Wednesday November 20

Year 8A & 8F Tech Taster Day

VET Orientation Day

World Expedition Challenge

 

Thursday November 21

Yr11 Federation University Visit

Year 8G Tech Taster Day

Year 12 Graduation Ball- 7pm Premier Function Centre- Traralgon

 

Friday November 22

Yr11 Federation University Visit

Deakin Engineering Roadshow

Year 8G Tech Taster Day

PreCAL Woorabinda Program

 

Monday November 25

Whole School Assembly (Captain Speeches)

 

Friday November 29

Industry Thank You Breakfast

STEM Sisters celebration lunch

PreCAL Woorabinda Program

December

Sunday December 1

Nationals Basketball

 

Monday December 2

Middle School Queensland Camp

Nationals Basketball

 

Wednesday December 3

Middle School Queensland Camp

Nationals Basketball

 

Thursday December 4

Middle School Queensland Camp

Nationals Basketball

 

Friday December 5

Middle School Queensland Camp

Nationals Basketball

 

Monday December 9

Year 8-10 (2020) Headstart (runs for one week)

Year 7 (2020) Transition Day

 

Tuesday December 10

Year 7 (2020) Statewide Transition Day

 

Friday December 13

Year 12 results released to students

 

Monday December 16 

Year 7-9 End of Year Program

Gumbuya World Day Trip

 

Wednesday December 18

Last day of school for students

Whole School Presentation Evening

 

Friday December 20

Semester reports released to parents

Junior School 

Junior School Report

Hello and welcome to the final term of the 2019 school year.

 

It has been great to spring has most definitely arrived, along with a touch of summer (and a dash of winter thrown in for good measure) the last few days.

 

Thank you to those parents who took the time to attend meetings with teachers at the end of last term. I hope you found the process informative and of assistance to you in supporting your child with their learning.

 

As we head into these final weeks, assessment and reporting are in focus. Term 4 is a time for consolidating the years learning and students should be focusing on demonstrating the skills and knowledge they have been developing during the year. As such, it is extremely important that students remain as determined, motivated and hard working as ever and do not ease off in their efforts pre-emptively. Term 4, Cycle 1 GPA results will be released next week and it is my challenge to every student in the Junior School to see if in the last 5 weeks of term they can commit to improving their GPA score – even in just one subject. As discussed in Year 7 and Year 8 level assemblies, the goal is always just to be better than you were yesterday and small incremental gains add up to great personal achievements. Our ACE Award winners in the last fortnight have shown that they are committed to this endeavor – congratulations to Cohen Shiels (Year 7) and Jaymee-Lee Barnes (Year 8).

 

At the Year 7 assembly this week, we celebrated the successes of many students in their NAPLAN results this year. The following students received either Perseverance Awards for high growth or Excellence Awards for being in the top 2 bands in at least one (but in many instances more than one!) of the areas of Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation or Numeracy.

Perseverance Awards (High Growth)

Excellence Awards (Top 2 Bands)

 Aaron

Abuan

 Maddison

Ashton

 Brooklyn

Ason

 Lillyana

Bailey-Jackson

 Shavonne

Beecher

 Ashton

Bennett

 Connor

Cheesman

 Ebony

Clark

 Keelin

Cooper

 Remi

Davis

 Nicole

Demetriou

 Abby

Dennison

 Haydn

Edwards

 Sarah

Ellis

 Mason

Embleton

 Indiana

Farrell

 Sabuai

Ger-Pau

 Elise

Gibbs

 Matilda

Glen

 Ibrahim

Glibanovic

 Charleigh M

Goode

 Brooklyn

Gore

 Cara

Grose

 Benjamin

Hall

 Brandon

Hansch

 Nicholas

Hansch

 Ryan

Heily

 Baylen

Holmes

 Brooke

Hunter

 Jayme

Hutchison

 Mark

Jackson

 William

Jenkinson

 Tanesha

Johnson

 Jharyn

Kaschke

 Emily

Kealy

 Kristyn

Krznaric

 Lucas

Laidlaw

 Owen

Lee

 Kayla

Lelievre

 Jonah

Lerstang

 Jane

Lietzau

 Jayden

Ling

 Archee

Long

 Charlotte

Long

 Jessica

Mangion

 Tamzyn

Miller Atkin

 Sienna

Mosqueda

 Grace

Murray

 Maycee

Murray

 Caitlin

Neal

 Cody

Niblett

 Malaya

Noppert

 Rhyan

Oloughlin

 Shantae

Ormerod

 Logan

Ouchirenko

 Ashley

Philip

 Rawry

Porter

 Zara

Pudney

 Seth

Rowbottom

 Jack

Shanks

 Aaron

Sherriffs

 Cassandra

Shields

 Jackson

Shields

 Cohen

Shiels

 John

Stephens

 Trent

Strong

 Alex

Styles

 Liam

Sultana

 Brodie

Surman

 Logan

Troughton

 Azariah

Vaivai

 Lockie

Vaninetti

 Hayden

Waack

 Lachlan

Wallace

 Izabelle

Williams

 Charlie

Wilson

 Jack

Wolf-Somerville

 Nicholas

Xuereb

 Jack

Zealley

 

Aaron

Abuan

 Lillyana

Bailey-Jackson

 Shavonne

Beecher

 Zack

Christou

 Keelin

Cooper

 Imogen

Dawes

 Nicole

Demetriou

 Haydn

Edwards

 Sarah

Ellis

 Matilda

Glen

 Brooklyn

Gore

 Benjamin

Hall

 Brandon

Hansch

 Ryan

Heily

 Baylen

Holmes

 Lillian

Hornsby

 Brooke

Hunter

 Bailey

Inger

 Tanesha

Johnson

 Emily

Kealy

 Robert

Kippen

 Kanyanat

Krutbangyang

 Kristyn

Krznaric

 Owen

Lee

 Jonah

Lerstang

 Jayden

Ling

 Charlotte

Long

 Jessica

Mangion

 Tamzyn

Miller Atkin

 Sienna

Mosqueda

 Cody

Niblett

 Malaya

Noppert

 Shantae

Ormerod

 Logan

Ouchirenko

 Ashley

Philip

 Seth

Rowbottom

 Jack

Shanks

 Jackson

Shields

 Cohen

Shiels

 Alex

Styles

 Liam

Sultana

 Lockie

Vaninetti

 Lachlan

Wallace

 Izabelle

Williams

 Nicholas

Xuereb

 

                       

 

The commitment of these students to their education and trying to be just that little bit better than they were yesterday is extremely commendable and I hope their efforts can inspire all of their peers.

 

Our Year 8 students have headed off for their Melbourne Experience camp. The 3 day camp is jam-packed with a variety of activities that will help students to develop independence and a belief in their abilities as well as being a valuable opportunity for staff and students to interact outside of a classroom setting. I look forward to hearing all about their experiences upon their return. A reminder that for those students not attending camp, you are expected to be at school as usual. An alternative timetable is in place for these students, with the usual 7 forms collapsed to 4.

 

Lastly, I would like to make mention of one of the key values that I wish to be evident within our Junior School community – respect. Our students are encouraged to develop respect for self, respect for others and respect for Lowanna College. Respect is important because it contributes to a context of safety, openness, and reflection which is crucial for the brain to effectively process and encode academic material, rather than being preoccupied with emotional concerns. Showing respect towards self and others can be as simple as greeting each other with kind words - ask someone how they are, say please and thank you, ask if you can help! It also means engaging in friendly exchanges, in appropriate tones, with all members of the school community and ensuring that the majority of your interactions with others are positive. It also means taking good care of your personal belongings as well as the belongings of others around you. As we head towards the end of the year, I would really like to see every individual within our community (teachers, staff members, students, parents and visitors) acting respectfully towards each other at all times – both inside and outside the classroom.

Kind regards,

 

Nicole Taylor

Junior School Leader

Middle School 

Middle School Report

Welcome to our newsletter for Term 4.

 

The Middle School team hope that everyone had an enjoyable break and are refreshed ready for Term 4.

 

The second group of Year 10 students have now participated in the Work Experience program, which ran from Monday the 21st until Friday 25th of October. The work experience program is a wonderful opportunity for students to obtain an understanding of employment in a field they have chosen, along with building employability skills.

 

From the 13th to the 15th of November, year 10 students will sit their end of year exams. These exams provide valuable experience for the students to transition into Senior School.

A letter out lining which subjects are compulsory for students has been sent home to parents.

 

After the exams, Year 10 will head into two weeks of the head start program attending their 2020-year 11 classes.

 

Students and staff are looking forward to the Middle School Camp to Queensland, which departs on the 2nd of December. We wish them a safe and enjoyable time at the theme parks and other attractions.

 

Students are reminded of the importance of school attendance! All students should strive for 100% attendance, as this will give them the best opportunity to achieve successful outcomes in their learning. Please ensure that all absences are recorded on Compass or a phone call/note is given to the Middle School Office.

 

With the warmer weather upon us, I urge all parents to support the school by encouraging your child to be in the correct uniform as per the Lowanna College uniform policy.

 

Darren Mitchell.

Middle School Leader                                                                        

Senior School 

Senior School Report

Right in the middle of the action in the Senior School right now.

 

Year 12 VCE students are currently right in the middle of the exams, and it’s great to see so many of our students stepping up when it counts. 13 years of schooling has lead them to this point, and no matter what comes next, we at Lowanna are incredibly proud of our students and their endeavours.

 

Exams continue through to the 18th of November for our students, after which we will come together for our Graduation Ball on the 21st. Don’t forget to purchase tickets at the Main Office, and pick up tickets and organise tables at the Senior Office ASAP.

 

For our Year 11 students, only a short time left remaining of your time in Year 11, with end of year exams occurring from the 11th to 15th of November. These opportunities to demonstrate your learnings from 2019, as well as getting invaluable practice in preparation for this time next year cannot be understated.

As a new addition, we are looking to have our Year 11 VCAL students sit a practice Aptitude Test during the exam week. This will be a legitimate aptitude test, very similar to what our students could come across while applying for many of the apprenticeships and traineeships in our local community. This way we are helping prepare our students as best we can for transitioning from school to their next opportunities.

 

From the 18th our current Year 11 students will begin Head start, and for two weeks they will be Year 12s. They will be beginning the coursework for 2020 and setting up the foundations for what will hopefully be a successful year. Our current Year 10s will also be stepping up, and beginning their journeys as VCE and VCAL students. As per usual, attendance is vital, as any student missing time here will find themselves potentially weeks behind at the start of Term 1.

 

Keep up the great work everyone, and lets work towards finishing 2019 on a high.

 

Regards,

Justin Rea

Senior School Manager

Careers

Careers Report

Year 12

I would like to wish our 2019 Year 12 cohort the best of luck after successfully completing 13 years of school. This is a great achievement and you should be proud!

ATAR results are released on Thursday 12th December and after this time I will be available for students to help with any course preference changes or sourcing different pathway options.

As I have previously mentioned to the Year 12 group, I am here to assist everyone with careers support regardless of whether they are current students at Lowanna College. I want students to know they can contact me anytime in the future and I will be here to help in any way I can. This could include resumes, TAFE courses, or job applications just to name a few. The Careers door is always open to past and present students!

“Success doesn’t just find you. You have to go out and get it.”

 

BrainSTEM 12 week Food & Fibre challenge

The BrainSTEM mission is to ‘build a global STEM collaboration platform where students from all over the world are inspired to think and innovate by solving real world problems that matter to them – Engage – Inspire – Innovation’

On Wednesday 30th October the BrainSTEM Regional Innovation Challenge presentation event was held. Lowanna had two teams representing the College and they did a fantastic job! Both teams worked extremely hard over the 12 week challenge and did themselves and Lowanna proud. The BrainSTEM challenge area of participation included South Gippsland, East Gippsland, Baw Baw Shire and Latrobe Valley, with 9 teams being a part of the challenge. Participating schools included catholic, independent and the public sector.Taking this into account having 2 teams represent Lowanna is a fantastic achievement.

Teams:

‘Reducing greenhouse gases in the world’ : Ian Savige, Bibek Gaire & Malakai Ross Spicer

‘Measurement and control of Botrytis cinerea in Greenhouse Tomatoes’ : Mackenzie Moir & Talisha Egginton.

Our students gained some valuable skills from this challenge including team work, critical thinking, problem solving, initiative, research and presentation skills along with developing working relationships with their mentors.

Well done!

 

VEET Program (Victorian Energy & Education Training)

A Celebration evening was held to acknowledge the students participation along with thanking the businesses that support this fantastic program. It was a great way to wrap up after some amazing experiences for our students.

Congratulations to Zac Skinner, Zoe Mitrovic and Jacob Johnson for undertaking and successfully completing the 2019 VEET program.

A huge thank you to AusNet, AGL and Baw Baw Latrobe LLEN for making this program possible.

 

Ecolinc

Ecolinc is a Science and Technology Innovations Centre in Bacchus Marsh which provides sustainable environmental programs for students. It was an early start at 5.30am to ensure we arrived by 9am to attend the “Emerging Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for Women Program” The day consisted of guest speakers, a range of workshops and a ‘STEM Careers speed-dating’ session where the students got to meet, talk with, and learn from, a range of women in the STEM fields. Some of the fantastic activities included making green biodegradable plastic, which is made from potato starch, vinegar and glycerine. Students then learned how this impacts our environment and which parts of the world this plastic is being used. Careers speed dating was a great opportunity for our students to ask lots of questions to the guest speakers about their careers, likes, pathways and journey. Another activity was the ‘space glove challenge’, this involved students using their design thinking ability to problem solve and create a glove that could withstand the testing process of space requirements. Students needed to ensure the glove included all 4 elements: dexterity, flexibility, temperature control and comfort all while collaborating within their group. Please see the link below to the Ecolinc website for further information about this program.

https://www.ecolinc.vic.edu.au/news/ecolinc-women-stem-program-2019

 

Work Experience

Group 2 completed their work experience placement last week. We conducted site visits or calls to see how students were enjoying their time and chat with them about their experience in the workforce. It was great to see and hear so many students giving positive feedback. The employers also gave great feedback on how well the students had been working. Congratulations Year 10’s on a wonderful week of discovering the world of work and learning new employability skills while establishing a great rapport with local businesses.

On behalf of Lowanna College I would like to thank and recognise the following local businesses:

Moe Veterinary Centre, Moe Childcare and Kindergarten Centre, Trafalgar Primary School, Gauci’s Electrics P/L, Valley Computer Solutions, Safetech, Robbie J’s Automotive, Little Saints Early Learning Centre, Curly & George Hair on Rutherglen, Evolution by Ebony, South Street Primary School, Onsite Machining & Pipeline Services, Moe Bowling Club, Newborough East Primary School, Latrobe Community Health Services, Latrobe City, Newborough Primary School, Coles, Jump & Climb, Powersauce Electrical, Images Skin and Waxing Centre, Harvey Norman, Ridley’s Plumbing, DELWP, Hydraulic & Pneumatic Pty Ltd, Preston Coe & Ring, Petbarn, Paul Graham Building, Hot FX, AGL Loy Yang, Narracan Primary School, Bunnings, Paint Spot, Speedweb, old Sale Road Veterinary Services, Latrobe Valley Machining, Prezioso Transport Pty Ltd, Elizabeth Street Primary School, Nuggies Roofing, McDonalds, The Dark Horse, Sparrow Early Learning, Leicester Plumbing, Albert Street Primary School, Deans Smash Repairs, Billie Vic Pty Ltd, Vinnies, Gippsland Tennis Coaching, Willow Grove Primary School, Indulge Yourself Beauty Therapy Spa & Laser Clinic, Latrobe Regional Hospital and Verhoeven & Curtain

 

HMAS Cerberus

HMAS Cerberus is a Royal Australian Navy base that serves as the primary training establishment for Royal Australian Navy (RAN) personnel and is located adjacent to Crib Point on the Mornington Peninsula. Lowanna students had the opportunity to visit and participate in a tour of the base and it was amazing! We started the day with at ‘recruitment school’ where students heard about the entry requirements into the defence force and what is needed to be a successful recruit. Following this we moved into the dormitories to see how a ‘recruits’ reside, seeing how their beds need to made, wardrobe organised and general expectations of the RAN. Next was a visit to the School of survivability and ship safety. Students watched training demonstrations that included ‘plugging holes’, fire management and water flooding drills. Lunch was held in the Sailors Café and students dinned with all defence force personnel experiencing what it would be like in real life. After lunch we went to the marine technical workshop where students looked at all the different trades available through the defence forces. Students were shown the weapons unit and had the chance to look at torpedos, how they are stored and the process in firing. A demonstration was given to manage a fire given this part of a ship is high danger risk to fire outbreak, this included working the sprinkler and hose system. RAN personnel conducted a ‘dry’ firing from the torpedo case – it was really loud! Once this concluded we then moved on the Boatswain facility to hear about seamen sailors training, which includes all aspects of safety along with some of their other duties. Students participated in a simulated boat driving drill which sailors train on. To conclude the day we went to Music Hall to hear the RAN band in action. Who would have thought you could join the Navy as a musician? The band were very entertaining. It was a great day and a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain an understanding of a career in the defence force.

Thank you HMAS Cerberus and Chief Petty Officer Danny Mulheron!

 

Upcoming Events:

Deakin Engineering Roadshow – The school of Engineering at Deakin University is travelling to Moe for an Engineering Experience day on 22 November. This exciting day will include hands-on workshops relating to engineering and design, experiencing cutting-edge research and technology in virtual reality, renewable energy, robotics and environmental engineering. Students will also be able to participate in a Q & A session with Deakin University students. Any Year 7 – Year 10 students that are interested please see me in the careers room to put your name down.

 

Careers Website

Please follow below link or access through the Lowanna College website under ‘Careers’

www.lowannacareers.com

 

Kirsty Mitchell

Careers Coordinator

Community Updates

FREE Dyslexia Seminar

These seminars are in Moe, Morwell, Warragul and other surrounding areas.
For more information and to register please follow the link http://dyslexia.com.au/register/ 

Mental Health First Aid Course

 

Churchill Family Fishing Day

 

Parentzone Gippsland- Term 4

 

Latrobe Streetgames November

 

Student Exchange Scholarships

 

Relationships Australia

 

Zumba

 

Saver Plus

 

Teen Boxing

 

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