College Times

16 August 2019
Issue Seven
From the Principal's Desk
Upcoming Events
Seniors Years Report 
Junior Years Report 
Sport Report 
Lara Secondary SRC Report 
Library News 
Community Notice Board 
Barwon Health Immunisations 
Year 9 Connections, Community Links 
VCE & VCAL Update 
Year 9 Alpine School Update
Science Report 
I'll Be Right Back - Lara SC 2019 Production 
Lara Secondary College
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Lara, Victoria, 3212

From the Principal's Desk

From the Principals Desk 

Active Learning is the key to a Deeper Understanding 


2019 Attitudes to School Survey 

Early in Term 3 we received the pleasing results from the student 2019 Attitudes to School Survey (see below).


These results show that the students have noticed (in all cases) a significant improvement in comparison to their views at the same time last year. The students in particular have noticed a positive change in areas such as how the school is managing situations of bullying (up 11%), Student Voice (up 7%) and also significant positive changes in classroom behaviour (up 6%). All variables have improved over the past 12 months, however it is pleasing to see that there are some very significant and positive results starting to emerge for Lara Secondary College.


Term 3 Parent Teacher Interviews 

I wish to remind all parents that Parent/Teacher Interviews are scheduled for Thursday 22nd August (4.00pm – 7.00pm) and Friday 23rd August (9.00am – 12.00pm). Parents will be able to make bookings with teachers via the Compass portal. All Parent/Teacher Interviews will be held in the 311 Building. Please be aware that students are encouraged to attend the interviews with their parents and as such no formal classes will operate on Friday 23rd August.

Staff Professional Development Day 

I wish to advise all parents that our Term 3 Staff Professional Development Day has been scheduled for Thursday 29th August and as such this day is a ‘Student Free’ day.

Wayne Terrill


Upcoming Events

Monday August 19th

VCE Chemistry Diversity of Carbon Ecolinc Excursion

Tuesday August 20th

Yr 10 RSW & Victorian Police incursions

Wednesday August 21st

Living Skills to Village Cinema
Yr 9 Connections Animal Welfare to RSPCA Burwood
Yr 9 Connections Homelessness to The Big Issue Melbourne
Yr 9 Connections Mental Health Project Excursion to Lifeline Geelong
Yr 10 Fit to Play to Derrimuts Corio

Thursday August 22nd

Yr 11 Incursion Latitude Global Volunteering Presentation
VYL Indonesian Student Workshop
Yr 10 FTP Anytime Fitness Excursion
AIME Tutoring

Friday August 23rd

VCAL to GenU Lara

Wednesday August 28th

Yr 10 FTP Anytime Fitness Excursion

Friday August 30th

AIME Program Day 2
Yr 11 Outdoor Ed Cross Country Skiing
Yr 8 Project Rockit Workshop
VCAL GenU week 4
Year 9 Sport Elective to Anytime Fitness
Yr 10 FTP Yoga Incursion

Monday September 2nd

Yr 12 Outdoor Ed to Live Wire Park Lorne 

Tuesday September 3rd

Unit 4 Biology Excursion GTAC
Centre Stage excursion 100 Years of The History of Dance
Yr 10 RSW & Victorian Police incursions

Wednesday September 4th

Dress as a Book Character/ The Great Book Swap Day

Yr 9 Connections Mental Health Project Excursion to Lifeline Geelong  

Thursday September 5th

Kelly Cartwright motivational speaker for Yr 11 & 12 students
AIME tutoring

Friday September 6th

VCAL to GenU

Sunday 8th of September – Saturday October 19th

Victoria Young Leaders to Indonesia

Wednesday September 11th

Year 8 Market Day

Friday September 13th

Yr 9 Sports Elective Personal Challenge

Tuesday September 17th

Yr 10 RSW & Victorian Police incursions

Thursday September 19th

WMR Athletics Finals

Seniors Years Report 

2020 Subject Selection 

Throughout the early part of Term 3 students across year 8, 9, 10 & 11 have undertaken course counselling seminars at school which have been led by our Careers Advisor, Ms Anna Kelly. Families have also been invited to attend information evenings which educated parents and students on the curriculum options for 2020, and showcased our Key Learning Areas which allowed access to classroom teachers for question and answers. Ms Kelly has held one on one meetings with students to ensure that they are making informed decisions about their future pathway.


Junior & Senior Years Honours Evening 

In week 2 of Term 3 we also held our inaugural Senior and Junior Years Honours evening. This was a celebration of all the hard work and dedication that our students have put in to their studies over the first half of the year. There was over 100 students who received an award and acknowledgement at the Senior Years evening. I am hopeful that this will maintain high motivation levels and academic results throughout Semester 2, and hope to see even more students invited to our end of year awards evening.

Junior Years Report 

Junior Years Report 

The beginning to Term 3 has been a busy one for our Junior School students. Earlier in the term, Year 7 students enjoyed a science excursion to Serendip Sanctuary. Parks Victoria ran a specialised program for our students focusing on exploring food webs within the natural bush and water environments/habitat of our Western Volcanic Plains here at Lara. This was in line with their current curriculum learning for Term 3, Biology. All students enjoyed the day, walking, exploring and learning all there was to offer.


At the end of Term 2, students participated in the second Indonesian language competition for 2019. The competition was intense as students were quizzed on Indonesian vocab questions and earned points for each correct answer. During the 2-week competition, 34,238 questions were answered, a huge amount! Pak brought home prizes from his last trip to Indonesia and the winning students were able to select from the “Indonesian shop”.   


The winners:


First place: Mika M 7A (1,195 points)

Second: Dalton T 7D (1,162 points)

Third: Milly B 7A (1,142 points) 

Third: Jacko F 7B (1,142 points)

Fourth: Lily R 7D (864 points)

Fifth: Alannah C 7A (811 points)


The competition will be running again at the end of Term 3 so we look forward to recognising the next winning students. Well done to all students who participated.


Our Year 8 students have also been busy, developing ideas and planning for the upcoming Market Day, which forms part of the Humanities curriculum. The 2019 Market Day will be taking place on Wednesday, September 11 and will see students running activities and creating and selling items as part of their small business.


The Year 9 students have been learning about different charities as part of the Connections Program and developing ideas for fundraising activities. Students will be attending full day excursion next week, visiting charities and relevant places to learn more about their causes. This week, students will also be attending a presentation from Project Rockit, where they will learn about respect for others. This term we have six Year 9 students attending The Alpine School- Snowy River Campus, where they are working at developing leadership and teamwork skills. Mr Hebbard and Mr Baker are looking forward to visiting Amelia, Paige, Jasmine, Ben, Deegan and Kaelan later in the term.


Congratulations also to our recent Success Pass draw winners, Caiden S (Year 7), Gone S (Year 8), Des M (Year 9).

Sport Report 

Sport Report 

On Monday 12th August our Year 8 Volleyball teams took part in the Geelong Interschool Volleyball competition. After weeks of training and team organisation, both the boys and girls teams were confident and looking forward to the challenge ahead. The girls started with a strong performance against Belmont winning both sets comfortably. Next they took on Bellarine and after a slow start and dropping the first set, the girls fought back to claim the second and then serve out to win the third and the game. This win sent them through to the semi-finals where they met a very strong Surf Coast side. Again after a slow start the girls dropped the first set but like their previous game fought back to narrowly claim the second. After a very strong start to the third set and holding a 5 point lead, the Surf Coast team managed to string a number of strong serves together to unfortunately topple the girls by 1 point in the third and claim the victory.

Meanwhile the boys were putting in a fantastic effort of their own. After a tight game against North Geelong in the first game which went down to the wire, they cruised past Grovedale in a very strong performance, taking both sets comfortably to finish top of their pool and advance to the semi-finals. Taking on Belmont looked like a challenge but our boys held their nerve and played outstanding. Some brilliant serving was followed by some unbelievable saves and calculated shots, allowing the boys to take victory and set up a rematch with North Geelong in the Grand Final. Unfortunately, the fairy-tale finish ended here for our boys, with North Geelong reversing the result from earlier to topple our boys in a very tight game. Both teams represented the school brilliantly and should be proud of the results they achieved. Well done to all involved.


Lara Secondary SRC Report 

Buddies Session   

On Wednesday 31st of July the SRC held a buddies session aiming to improve connectedness between students across all year levels. Students met up in their houses and were allocated into different groups run by either an SRC member, house captain, or recruit with a teacher supervising. The groups consisted of approximately 2-3 student from each year level. Three games were played in each of the groups:


  1. An interactive get to know you activity allowed students were able to get to know the people they were with and comfortably talk to them.
  2. Games – Spoons and Mafia brought the students closer together as a group and they were able to have fun and work together. 

The feedback we received from teachers and students was really positive, and we are now planning another Buddies session for Term 4.


Felicity Hutchinson – Buddies Project Group


Leadership Summit 

Tuesday the 6th of August representatives from the SRC attended The World Of Work summit held by the Young Workers Centre at Trades Hall in Carlton, Melbourne. The free program was designed for high school students who wanted to develop their leadership skills and take action in their school community.  This year’s theme was around the changing nature of work, how growing concerns over economic, social and climate injustice will affect what it means to ‘work’ and how through working collectively we can stand up for our rights as current and future workers.


We got to hear from a panel of youths who work for a variety of companies and organisations, we heard from gig workers (like Uber eats drivers) and climate change activists who are a part of school strikes for climate. We were allowed to ask questions and talk to them about what they think the future will look like for us as workers. We also learnt about how to structure, plan and run a campaign on a number of different issues. The day was really enjoyable and a lot was learnt. Thank you Ms. Smith for organising and taking us to the event. 


Marley MacDonald – School Captain



This week we have had a significant focus on post-schooling possibilities and pathways. It is exciting to realise how many opportunities are out there but it is also quite daunting. As always, asking questions, seeking clarification and gathering knowledge can be key to making empowering decisions.

University Open Days

A large number of universities and tertiary institutions will be hosting general and specific faculty Open Days over the coming weeks. Advertising material is placed in the Study Centre and Careers Library but access to every date is available on the LSC Careers Website on the calendar of events.


Our closest university, Deakin, has its open days at both Geelong campuses this Sunday.


                                                             Anna Kelly

                                                        Careers Advisor

VTAC Applications

VTAC Applications opened on August 5, allowing our students intending to enrol in university to make their preferences. All Year 12s have been briefed on the process and one-on-ones have commenced. These will be continuing into this week and the next, with follow up meetings as required. If there are any questions about the process, or anything Careers and Pathways related, please always feel free to be in touch.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Post-schooling traineeships and apprenticeships are a viable and preferred option for some students. One website that is particularly useful in this area is Apprenticeships Matter.


From a local perspective, Lara Quality Meats is looking to put on an apprentice butcher so if this is an area you might like to pursue, please get in touch.


What Are We Reading?

With all of these thoughts on post-schooling education and training, it is also interesting to consider the impact that trends and innovations will have on future employment. This article about automation and what jobs will be around in 20 years is quite eye-opening.


Library News 


New Ebooks include 


Introducing SORA, our new Ereading App 

If you enjoy reading on Overdrive, you’ll love reading on SORA,  SORA is the new mobile and desktop reading experience from OverDrive, designed with students and educators in mind.  The App is available from the school's Intranet page or can be downloaded free from the Google Play and Apple App stores or try online at   


Students now have a choice as to which App they’d like to use for ereading.  They can continue to read on Overdrive or switch over to SORA.


At Lara Secondary College, students can access our erReading library, which provides 24/7 access to books.

eReading is ideal for reading on iPads / tablets / phones

Download the Sora app. Set up an account using your network login. Select Lara Secondary College as your library and you are ready to borrow.

Log into Sora using your network login

Books available 24/7

Over 700 titles to choose from

Easy to use

No overdues

Chill Out and Read 

Thank you to the students who took part in the “Chill out and read” event on   SORA, our ereading App.  We look forward to participating in this event again next year.

This event allows us to access a number of pre-selected ebooks / audio books for multiple users at one time.  This selection of books is offered to Overdrive library schools in many countries throughout the world.


New traditional books available for borrowing 


From Ms Porter and Ms Thurman 

Community Notice Board 









Barwon Health Immunisations 


Accessing your child's immunisation record


Year 9 Connections, Community Links 

Year 9 Connections Community Links 

At the end of last term our Year 9 Community Links class was fortunate enough to learn about the wonderful work that the Little Teapot Café & Play does to support our local community and also complete some voluntary work. Some of the work we performed included: kitchen service, serving food and drink to customers, clearing and cleaning tables, preparing colouring sheets and tidying the café. They also planned and facilitated fun activities for pre-school aged children during four afternoons. Children in the Lara community were able to create masks, personalised letters, drawings and participate in a mini obstacle challenge thanks to the work of our students.


A special thanks to the beautiful team, especially Sarah, Chris and Jorja for being so kind, patient and nurturing with our students while they undertook their duties. We look forward to visiting you again soon!


VCE & VCAL Update 

VCE & VCAL Update 

The Year 12 cohort have been a busy bunch during Term 3. The VCE students have participated in exam preparation sessions run by Elevate Education. They are busily completing assessments and participating in activities such as the pictured Vo2Max fitness testing run by METS fitness as part of Year 12 PE.


VCAL students have been all over Geelong thanks to the VCAL teaching team headed by Ms Gerdtz. They have been involved in supporting residents of St Laurence part through a partnership with GenU, interview executives from Cotton On Head Office, interviewed police officers who have presented as part of the VICPOL presentations at the college and in general have been out and about completing work placement.


I look forward to presenting families with information about the end of the year in the coming weeks, including information for the graduation on Thursday November 21st.


Mr Hassett


Year 9 Alpine School Update

Year 9 Alpine School Update 

Our six Alpine School representatives (Ben Westwood, Deegan Leech, Kaelan Gravett, Paige Smart, Amelia Matthews and Jasmine Cox) had a successful arrival to the Snowy River Campus on Sunday 21st July. They have been settling into their new accommodation and have made friends very quickly with students from throughout the state. They are continuing to develop their Community Learning Project based on homelessness, and are currently looking at options such as setting up a Soup Kitchen in the Lara Community Centre. Here are some of the weekly reports the students complete at the campus, written by Ben Westwood and also one from Paige Smart:



Hi I’m Ben, I was one of the students from Lara selected to take part in the Snowy River Campus Program. The Snowy River Campus is a School for Student Leadership (SSL) located in East Gippsland. There is a total of 45 students at this school this term only six of which from Lara. The reason we came here is so that we could develop our public speaking and leadership skills as well as gaining new experiences away from home.

Every day, to develop our leadership skills, two students are selected to be student leaders. The student leaders are responsible for announcing what is happening during the day and what we need to bring, they also remind people of their duties for that day, announce the weather etc. They also find a quote and a global news story that is relevant to us.

It is different to normal school in that we don’t study the regular subjects like mathematics and English. Instead are classes are focused around self and social awareness, cultural diversity, asking question and other classes about how we can become good young leaders. A part of our time here is living together, so we can do that we each complete different duties each day. These include things like setting up for meals, washing dishes, cleaning toilets etc.

During our time here we all sign up for committees. These are groups of people that do different things during spare time like the library committee, shop committee, sports committee and the cooking committee. These all give us something to do during our spare time, as well as help the staff run things.

While we are here we go on several ‘Expos’. These include us leaving the campus for a few days, hiking and canoeing and camping in the bush.


Ben Westwood




What is SSL? What do we do here? 


Student Leader 

Here at the Snowy River Campus we all get the opportunity to be student leaders. Every day we have two people from different schools to stand up to announce classes and tell you what you need, if we are going on expo and what you need, run head counts, read out who’s on duty, ask if the chooks have been let out / put away and ask if students and teachers have any announcements.

In the morning at 8:15 the student leaders for that day and the student leaders for the next day meet in the meeting room and call the other two campuses, Alpine campus and Gnurad campus and talk about our goals and what we will do to achieve them, our goal for the whole community and the quote of the day.

Before our first class the Student Leaders film themselves reading out their goal and the community goal and quote of the day. After we do Student leader we write a little reflection about how well we did and some advice for the next Student leaders. This is usually about what we saw in the video.


Snowy River is like a large home. Just because we aren’t at home doesn’t mean we get out of doing chores. Keeping things clean is a big priority and here we take it seriously. No free time or games until duties are done. Some duties are:

  • Washing and drying dishes after every meal.
  • Sweeping, mopping and washing the tables in the common room after every meal.
  • Washing up the bathrooms and sweeping the halls in the dorms.
  • Morning and afternoon tea setup and pack up.
  • Feeding and letting the chooks out.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner setup.

Bathroom duties are always fun when Mr Allen makes his silly dad jokes.


A way to get involved is joining a comity. We have lots of committees here and all of them are fun to be a part of. Some committees are:

  • T-shirt committee.
  • Doco committee (organising the documentary at the end of term).
  • Library committee.
  • Shop committee.
  • Sports committee.

These comities are a good way to get involved in the Snowy River community and have choices and decisions about what happens here.


We go on expo twice in the time spent here at Snowy. The first expo has already been and gone and the next expo is in week 5. For the first expo we had to walk 7 km through sand and too the camp site and we only stayed for 1 night. On the way back to where we started is a hilly sand and dirt track measuring 8km in length. The second expo is a little longer, 3 days and sleeping at the camp site for 2 nights. We canoe for half the way and hike the rest. We spend a day in advance organizing our gear, food and clothing.


By Paige Smart 


The Alpine School students would also like to acknowledge the following businesses for sponsoring them to complete the program and assist with their Community Learning Project:


Gold Sponsorship

Bisinella Developments

Lara District Community Bank.

Josie’s Transport Group

Lara Chamber of Commerce


Silver Sponsorship

Lara Hotel

Lara RSL (they actually donated $300 for some reason, so we maybe could put $300 on their certificate?).


Bronze Sponsorship

Trifixx Lara

Wyngate Cara

Lara Lodge

Lara Physiotherapy

Science Report 

Science Report 

This term has seen the Year 7s visiting Serendip to observe animal habitats and looking at the relationship between species. The day allowed the students to go ponding and see many different types of mini beasts, including the introduced mosquito fish. Students were also very lucky to see the nocturnal Quoll on their habitat walk.  We look forward to celebrating Science Week in Week 6.


I'll Be Right Back - Lara SC 2019 Production 

I'll Be Right Back 

I’ve been a part of the Lara Secondary productions for as long as I can remember, and have never passed up an opportunity to be involved. They have been amazing for my confidence. As a girl who never liked to partake in class discussions, performing has helped me completely come out of my shell. 


The best thing about being involved is the amazing fellow drama students, past and present, who I openly recognise as my drama family. It’s a really awesome feeling being a part of a group who all actively express themselves and feel comfortable in the presence of people they personally may not be familiar with. 


Our school productions are extremely inclusive. Everyone is able to get involved in whatever way they like, whether it be as an actor, dancer, singer, all three or even behind the scenes. No previous experience is needed - there is always a place for you. As a group we devise numerous scenes to create a script in a professional theatre environment, everyone’s input is appreciated and recognised. 


This year the drama family have been working extremely hard every Wednesday after school and every second Sunday to develop our new musical ‘I’ll Be Right Back’ a horror sequel to one of our previous musicals ‘Scream on Screen’. ‘I’ll Be Right Back’ is a hilarious parody of stereotypical horror tropes, that is guaranteed to make you laugh and jump all at once. 


However this production would never have been possible without our wonderful Director and Producer Miss Fitzgerald, our amazing Director of Music Ms Ladd, our extraordinary choreographer Leigh Rhodes and all the ex-students that take time out of their day to support our production, we can’t thank you enough. 


Tickets for our production can be purchased via the link below:


We hope to see you all there!


Mikaela Gordon 12C



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