Princes Hill Secondary College Newsletter

12 September 2019
Issue Three

Term 3 2019

PHSC @ 130
Senior Boys Division Winners
Billy Murray Visit
Congratulations Edgar!
Senior Footy Day v Melb High
Alumni News
Fitzroy Primary Open Day
Veteran News
Princes Hill Orchestra
PHSC Kangaroos lounging in the Alpine environment
Mixed Hockey at Yr 8 Sports
School holiday Gardening
Arnold St Band takes out GOLD
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PHSC @ 130

Milestone Anniversary

On the morning of 2 September 1889 two hundred and fifty youngsters dressed in their Sunday best, parents, teachers, dignitaries and honoured guests braved the weather to witness the inauguration of State School 2955, Princes Hill. The school on the Arnold St site is one of the oldest, continuously operating schools in Victoria and was conceived as a continuation of the Lygon St School established in the 1860s.

If you'd like more information regarding the history of the Princes Hill schools, check out the Princes Hill Project.

The Princes Hill block in the 1940s

Students in 1903

Students playing on vacant ground opposite the school in Arnold St, c1900.

Student Prefects, 1959.

Eager youngsters, ready to learn. 1903.

The 1965 Baseball team including Air Supply singer Russell Hitchcock, second from left in the front row.

Brigadier-General Harold "Pompey" Elliott unveils the Princes Hill School Honour Roll in 1921. The Honour board is on display in the college foyer.

Senior Boys Division Winners

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Congratulations to all players who represented the school at the SSV (School Sport Victoria) Northern Region Finals. This was after our boys won the Division Finals earlier last term.

 

On a tough day against quality opposition, the boys played some excellent football.  After late withdrawals, we were only left with 17 players to start our first game against Viewbank. Despite working hard, their bigger bodies and more experienced players led to a 6-2-38 v 0-0-0 scoreline at half-time. The second half was a different story, however. The late arrival of Nat (our 18th man), a willingness to work hard and support each other  created multiple scoring opportunities. The play of the day was a desperate and outnumbered Prinny Hill defense winning back possession, switch the play to the open side, link up through the middle and capped off by a wonderful running goal by Theo. We tied the half, 3-1-19 apiece. Better players were George, Theo, Dion, Max B, Alex & Jim.

 

The second game was against Northcote High, who were fresh playing their first game of the day. They had a number of TAC and club-standard players, so it was always going to be a difficult task. Despite the 16 goals to 2 (both long bombs from George) scoreboard, again I was extremely proud of the work rate, willingness to protect each other and general attitude of our team. With no bench and both games fast paced, there were no complaints (that I noticed anyhow, I did zone out a couple of times) and all boys represented themselves and the school extremely well. A special thanks to all the Year 12's, many of whom have been involved in every game possible with PHSC over the past 6 years. I wish you all the best with your future football endeavours.

 

Bernie Dinneen, Football Coach and PE Teacher

Billy Murray Visit


On Thursday May 16th former student William Vyvyan Murray, known to past teachers as Billy, gave a stunning lunchtime performance on Viola.

Since leaving PHSC Billy has studied music in Berlin, Paris, Switzerland and Amsterdam. Billy is an active chamber musician and continues to tour the world playing festivals, including, on this occasion the PHSC music department!

We were extremely lucky to have Billy come and perform for us and it was greatly received by students and teachers alike.  One excited teacher claimed bragging rights about touching the hundreds year old viola!

 

 

Congratulations Edgar!

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Year 12 student Edgar Ford loves school so much that he's signed up for year 12 again in the United States as of last month.  Edgar has left his long time high school, PHSC, to incorporate a burgeoning lacrosse career with his final year of high school at Rutgers Preparatory School. Relocating to New Jersey to attend year 12 and play high level lacrosse Edgar was a top defender in both the Australian Junior and Senior lacrosse competitions.  Edgar has terrific prospects to play in the American Division 1 league.

We wish Edgar all the best despite missing him in our school and lacrosse community and look forward to hearing of his future successes.

Above, 2019 under 18s Victorian State team national finals.

Below, 2017 National under 15s Tournament, Perth.

Senior Footy Day v Melb High

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Last month, the Senior Boys football team played against our old rival, Melbourne High (formerly the Ludowyke Cup). Due to many late "unavailabilities", it was only a squad of 16 players that ventured across town on a cold, grey Melbourne afternoon.

 

Inspirational skipper Luca Prenesti lost the toss, which many pundits had tipped as our best chance for success on the day. Those same scribes were eating their words five minutes later when Clarrie Kilkenny-Jones unnecessarily booted the opening goal of the quarter (from an open goal) over the fence, running down the clock in clever tactic against the breeze. Unfortunately, this was soon followed by 3 consecutive goals to the home side, as their pace and willingness to share the ball sliced through the Prinny Hill defence.  Theo Streader steadied the ship with a nice snap from 30m, before a late goal from Melbourne High pushed the margin back out to 14 points.

 

The second quarter was a far more defensive battle, with repeat stoppages and strong tackling from both sides in the wet, muddy conditions. Nat and Dom had tightened up on the small MHS forwards, Kaspar was working hard in the ruck and Oscar was running hard on his wing. Finn L, who has been providing a strong forward target all game, was rewarded with a nice goal midway through the term, but again MHS answered with one of their own. The main break had MHS 5-2-32 still leading PHSC 3-0-18 by 14 points.

 

They say that the Carlton boys have always considered the 3rd quarter to be the premiership quarter. As a Blues man, it felt like throw-back Thursday as we piled on the first 3 goals, hit the front and controlled the flow of play. Finn B and Darcy controlled the air in the back half, allowing Clem and Alex G to repel everything out of defence. Oscar and Clarrie's work-rate through the midfield was phenomenal, as was the tackle pressure of Dom, Nat and Luca P. Finn B-Z was working hard to hold the ball in across the half-forward line, creating multiple scoring chances. When Theo, who had been holding his wing perfectly on the small ground, kicked his second running goal in 2 minutes, we had edged within a point of an MHS team who appeared out on their feet. After a rushed point to MHS, we transitioned the ball perfectly down the far wing. With a loose ball at half-forward, Dion and MHS defector Cohen linked to get the ball out to George with 3 minutes left, and his long bomb saw us take the lead by 4 points. To their credit, MHS rallied and, for the 3rd consecutive quarter, kicked late goals. This time it was 2, but we'd won the quarter and only trailed by 8 points at the final change.

 

Our boys, with no interchange, were exhausted but could smell victory. We continually surged forward against a desperate opposition who defended with grit. After being directed to persevere, run and look to find loose players, our boys ignored me and kept kicking long to George. After the third time we'd sent the ball to him, outnumbered 5-1, I gave up. I still don't know if that's because I thought they wouldn't listen or I'd realised I was wrong - he kept marking the damn thing! Finn L's quick snap midway through the term reduced the margin to 5 points. A couple more consecutive surges by MHS could have easily ended the game, but our dour defence and pressure allowed them only minor scores. With 45 seconds on the clock and 4 points down, we had one final roll of the dice. A long kick-in to Kaspar, a knock-on from Alex, well roved by Clarrie and we had it past the wing. Finn L gave a strong contest, Dion laid a tackle and George pounced on the loose ball. He fended off 3, piggy-backed one and possibly had another around his waist. The long kick across his body faded like a candle in the wind... as did school footy for all of the Year 12 boys involved.

 

I would like to thank this year level for their commitment to the PHSC Sport program and specifically the football days over the past 6 years. They have been outstanding representatives of the school, our values and our ethos around sport - try hard, respect everyone and have fun.

 

I wish you all the best with your future pursuits, enjoy the misfits pic.

 

Supercoach 🙂

Alumni News

Learning how to build a successful career in the arts.

 

Three alumni who’ve forged successful paths as artists and designers returned to school recently to give some practical tips to our Year 11 students studying art and visual communication and design.

Emma de Clario, is an actor and visual artist, who was a student at Princes Hill in the late 1980s.

Emma’s paintings have been exhibited in more than 30 exhibitions – from community spaces to commercial galleries and her acting career includes roles in theatre, tv and film. 

Daniel Sutton, of the Class of 2011, is a graphic and multimedia designer at Arterial Design, specialising in exhibition and public space design. And Sophie Fox, class of 2015, is a sculptor, finishing her fine arts degree at Melbourne University’s VCA. Sophie recently held her first solo exhibition at a gallery in North Fitzroy.

The students heard some great pearls of wisdom from our guests – from how to increase your chances of getting accepted into an arts course of your choice; how to get your work noticed, how to survive rejection; how to build your career and lots more.

Thank you to our generous alumni for giving up their valuable time to help our students. The Q&A panel and small group discussion session was organised by our alumni program coordinator, Caroline Milburn and art teacher, Julie Davies.

The photos show our alumni guests and students at the career pathways session.

 

Fitzroy Primary Open Day

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Veteran News

Welcome to PHSC Brendan, and thank you.

On Thursday 8th of August, the two year 11 20th Century History classes were visited by Vietnam Veteran, Brendan. Brendan bought along with him countless, genuine Vietnam War memorabilia, such as photos, his pack, helmets, ammunition and fiberglass models of other weapons that were used in the Vietnam War. He helped the students understand just how harsh and intense the Vietnam War was, not just for Australians but for the Vietnamese too.

Brendan shared his own personal story with the classes, which was moving and incredibly sincere of him, whilst still creating a humorous learning environment for the students. He shared many precious moments of his with us, which we are very grateful for, as we all understand just how hard it is for Veterans of any war to speak so openly about their time and service.  

Nellie Rowan and Luci Whitelake were two students who were able to wear the pack, ammunition and helmets for some pictures.

 

On behalf of PHSC and the 20th classes, thank you again Brendan for sharing your story with us, as well as your service.

Princes Hill Orchestra

West Melbourne Schools Orchestra

Congratulations to The Princes Hill Orchestra who performed in concert with the West Melbourne Schools Orchestra on Sunday the 4th of August at Essendon Baptist Community Church. It was such a wonderful experience for all. A big thank you to conductor Jenny Going for creating such a fantastic  opportunity for our students.

 

PHSC Kangaroos lounging in the Alpine environment

Year 8 Cross country ski camp

Three one week camps ran again this year.  The first week the snow was attainable after some hiking!  It made for tired year 8 students and for reduced on-snow experiences.  But learn they did and were rewarded with beautiful snow fall and memorable camp experiences.

As Winter finally set in weeks two and three of camp were treated to less rain and with snow right from the starting point.

Despite the frustration that often comes with learning a new and demanding skill participants persevered and were rewarded by reaching great heights on the mountains.  Students were incredibly supportive and proud of each other too.

Click here for a quick video of great skills on the snow.

Mixed Hockey at Yr 8 Sports

Year 8 Sports Day

A great day and a great performance from all the teams. The sun shining down already for the first boys game, almost no coaching was required for the team that was well organised and effective. Winning the first game against uni high 2-0. For the second game the boys and girls combined, with Kiki, Grace, Kate and Louisa proving to be a significant boost to the overall team strength. And while working together Princes Hill achieved a 6-0 win over the strong opponent of Richmond. At half time the scores were only 2-0 but after a half time talk sharing knowledge across from the more experienced players the team improved out of sight scoring 4 uncontested goals. Players both experienced and not had a good time with smiles all round supporting each other and encouraging team work along with impressive individual skills resulting in a strong performance from both teams. The day ended with the sun still shining and both teams, Mixed and Girls, successfully passing through to Regionals.

 

Ben S
Year 10 Middle School Coach

School holiday Gardening

Gardening Term 3 School Holiday Program

Students might be interested in an upcoming school holiday program hosted by the Ecological Justice Hub located behind the Brunswick Public Library.  This is for students aged 13 and over. It’ll be three activity-packed days,  learning about sustainability, ecosystems and getting hands-on experience in the woodworking studio. Students will build and design their own garden box, learn skills to grow fresh veggies at home, and join in a healthy lunch cooked with produce from the garden.

 

The course runs over three days, Mon 30th Sept , Wed 2nd October, and  Fri 4th October, from 9:00am – 3:00pm.

 

For more details about trainers, activities and booking: https://weteachme.com/jesuitcommunitycollege/1033449-hands-on-gardening-school-holiday-program?date_id=210345

 

Arnold St Band takes out GOLD

Congratulations to Arnold Street Band members

CONGRATULATIONS to the Arnold Street Band for their recent first place finish at the Victorian School Music Festival.

The last two or three festivals PHSC' Arnold Street Band has been recognised with silver and bronze places but this year our Band shone and was rewarded accordingly.  The band rehearses weekly and performs at many of our school concerts and Princes Hill Primary School fetes.  This disciplined group of students, some of whom have been studying their instrument since year 7 or before, performed 

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