The Hamilton and Alexandra College Newsletter

27 July 2018
Issue Twenty-one
Principal's Report
Associate Principal, Operations Report
Deputy Principal, Senior Years and Wellbeing
Teaching and Learning  
Myrniong - Early Learning and Primary
Middle Years 
Dates to Remember 
Parents and Friends
School Information
Connecting with the Community 
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Principal's Report

College continues to punch above its weight and it would be remiss not to acknowledge some of our more recent outstanding sporting achievements.  In Basketball, Pat Burgoyne (Yr 10) played a major role in ensuring the Victorian Country team finished second at the U/16 National Championships. In Hockey, Maddi Mutch (Yr 11) helped the South East Zone Under 18 women to make the final in the South Australian Championships while across town Isaac Hocking (Yr 7) represented South Australia in the U/13 Boys’ team.  In Soccer, Charlie Keiller (Yr 8) was named in Football Federation South Australia’s U/14 Development/Identification Squad; meanwhile in Football, Magnus Howells, Charlie Johnston and Mitzi Adamson (Yr 9s) were selected in the Greater Western Victoria Rebels U/15 Squad to compete at the Victorian Championships next September holidays.  I would also like to congratulate Charlie Beggs (Yr 6), Zoe Addinsall and Ava Mould (Yr 5s) on reaching the State Cross Country tiles held last Friday.  Charlie finished 45th in a field of over one hundred runners while Ava and Zoe also ran strongly, finishing mid field in the Girls’ 3km race. Tremendous accomplishments indeed!  Finally, I commend the success of our Myrniong Hockey 7s teams who both won the SSV Hamilton and Portland Division Hockey Championships and next compete in the Western District Regional Final!

In staffing news, please be aware that Mrs Jen Hutton, Mrs Jane Bromley and Mr Ian Clare have decided to retire at the year’s conclusion.  While there will be time to formally farewell all three staff members at the end of the year, I must acknowledge Jen’s integral role as Director of Community Relations and Development for close to eighteen years and Jane’s sterling service as Head of Mathematics for twelve. I am also very pleased to confirm that Mr Nick Palmer will continue to teach 6N until the end of 2018.

May I remind all parents that our Annual Parent Survey is open and we invite your input. The survey will close on Friday 3 August 2018.  Should you have any problems accessing and/or completing the survey, please call Mr Mitchell Clode on 03 5551 4456. 

Finally, I warmly invite all our South Australian families to catch up with me for coffee next week as I visit Edenhope, Bordertown, Keith, Naracoorte, Penola, Millicent and Mt Gambier.  Last year’s visit provided me with a wonderful opportunity to listen and better understand current parents’ needs while meeting prospective new families along the way. 

Dr Andrew Hirst

Associate Principal, Operations Report

Modern Technology Has Many Positives

As someone interested in family history, I enjoy being able to view digitised images of census records, birth, death and marriage records and other material on the “scotland’s people” website.  It is much easier being able to do so at home rather than having to travel to Edinburgh or trying to find a scratchy old microfilm to view.

Similarly, the fact that copies of the Hamilton Spectator for the first fifty years of the school’s existence are available on the National Library of Australia’s “Trove” website makes research into The College’s history as we near our sesquicentenary much easier also.

As teachers, my colleagues and I can share material sourced from within and without the school readily.  Information, advice, practical demonstrations, examples of student work, resources and more can be found to assist us to help students through the lessons we plan.

But, it is not all wonderful.  There are some bad people out there who use the technology for less positive purposes.

Susan McLean’s visit earlier this week alerted us again to many of the pitfalls which can be found.  We have a responsibility to try to help our young people navigate the technological world safely.  It was good to see many parents at the session on Monday night.  I hope they will take Susan’s advice and tell ten others about what she said so that the word is spread.

To assist with this, I have left a copy of her new book Sexts, Texts and Selfies at the front desk.  Parents who wish to read it are welcome to borrow it – please ensure it is returned within a week so others can access it also.  It is good reading and contains some excellent information and advice.

Neil MacLean

Deputy Principal, Senior Years and Wellbeing

Susan McLean

Our Years 6-11 students were very fortunate on Monday to hear from Susan McLean on the crucial issue of cybersafety. Susan stressed to the students the importance of the three “Rs” when online:

  1. Respect
  2. Responsibility
  3. Reputation.

She reminded the students that nothing can be totally deleted, that you are never anonymous online and that posts can be found years later.

She stressed the importance to the students of NEVER sharing your password (except with your parents!)

I think one of her strongest messages was a very simple one – Be Kind.

She asked the students to be “Upstanders” to speak up and speak out when they know something is not right.

I encourage all parents to visit Susan’s website and the website of the safety commissioner where parents will find a number of very useful resources.

My thanks again to the Parents and Friends Association for making this day possible.

Dealing with Video Game Crazes:Fortnite and Fanaticism

by Martine Oglethorpe

Working with kids in schools these past weeks, and indeed having five children of my own, has alerted me to the seemingly unprecedented obsession with the new online game Fortnite. Not since Pokémon Go has something seemed to take the world by storm, leaving parents wondering when it will ever stop.

The answer to that last question is probably that it will stop when the next big thing comes along. These fads may well be a modern day version of the Rubik’s Cube, elastics or swap cards, though of course the effects of the obsession can be much more pervasive than with my childhood obsession with PacMan.

If Fortnite is the latest craze to hit your household, or you are being nagged and cajoled to let them have the game “that everyone else is playing”, then here are a few things you should know:

  • It is violent. The aim of the game is to be the last person standing, and in order to do that you must kill all the other players.
  • However the violence is portrayed as less real and almost cartoonish. There is no blood and gore as such, and so the violence is not comparable to that portrayed in other games such as Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto.
  • You can work in a team or on your own; working in a team can develop some effective teamwork skills.
  • You can chat to team members but also random strangers who make up the remainder of the 100 players who are playing at the time.
  • You can turn the chat function off by going to the settings and clicking on Audio options. This limits chatting to a player’s friends or team members.
  • Kids will be very loud playing this game so there is little chance of them playing it behind your back!
  • Each game goes for about 20 minutes so it is an easy one to put time limits on by stipulating the number of games.
  • It is frequently described as addictive so it is unlikely they will leave a game midway through.

As with any new game, social network or fad, it is crucial that we familiarise ourselves with it. Have a game with them, play around with the app or read about what the possible dangers may be so that you can have the right conversations and put the right boundaries in place.

Whilst there are certainly many areas of video gaming to be concerned about, it is also important to recognise that most video games can build skills and can also have social, emotional and cognitive benefits.

Now of course in order to enjoy these benefits parents need to ensure that gaming remains under control and that the games being played are at an appropriate level for their child.

Five things to keep in mind

  1. Discuss any themes or concepts you are concerned about to see if your child has a grasp on the reality (or lack thereof) when it comes to certain games.
  2. Monitor how your individual child is coping with a game and the amount of time they are playing. If their mood is changing, they are having a fight to come to the dinner table or they are staying up all night and neglecting other areas of their lives, then you will need to step in and make some changes.
  3. Remember it is your house and your rules. But making these rules and boundaries from a place of knowledge and understanding makes them a lot easier to enforce.
  4. If a child is struggling with time limits, warnings may help and you may wish to slowly reduce the time being played (rather than go cold turkey). However, some parents have had success with giving their kids a total break from games when things were getting out of hand.
  5. Always go to the settings area of any game or network as there you will find ways to make the experience as safe and positive as possible. Minimising the number of people they have the ability to connect with and who can make contact with them is a good place to start.

Remember that every child is different and so the effects that gaming has on each child will be different. The key to enjoying a positive experience with whatever game or craze comes your way is to ensure your child maintains control over their play, that they are playing safely and that they are still leaving plenty of time to do all of the many other things they need to experience on any given day.

Kristen Waldron

Teaching and Learning

ASX Sharemarket Game 2018

Game two of the Australian Stock Exchange sharemarket game is open for registrations. Students receive a virtual $50,000 they can invest over a 10 week period, in 220 companies listed on the ASX. The prices students buy and sell at are the same prices as they would get in the live market so this is as close to real life share trading as you can get. Students can enter individually or as part of a syndicate.  The person or syndicate who earns the highest amount in the the week trading period can win up to $600.


It is a great way to learn about share trading without losing money. If you would like to register please e-mail Mr Clare with your details; you do not have to be enrolled in Accounting or Business Management to enter. Registrations must be received by August 15; trading begins on August 16.

Further details can be found at .

Ian Clare

Myrniong - Early Learning and Primary

Visible Thinking Routines

The first day of Term Three saw all Senior Campus and Junior School teachers attend a professional learning session on Visible Thinking Routines with ISV (Independent Schools Victoria) consultant Jackie Macreadie. Visible Thinking makes extensive use of learning routines that are thinking rich. These routines are simple structures, for example a set of questions or a short sequence of steps, that can be used across various grade levels and content. What makes them routines, versus merely strategies, is that they get used over and over again in the classroom so that they become part of the fabric of classroom' culture. The routines become the ways in which students go about the process of learning. Throughout Term Three, Junior School teachers will trial four visible thinking routines from Harvard University’s ‘Project Zero’.

The four routines we have chosen to trail are ;


‘Step in, Step Out, Step Back’

‘+1 Routine’

‘Make Note’

‘See Wonder Connect x2’

IPSHA Tickets

A reminder to all Year 3 and Year 4 parents that they have until Friday July 27th to purchase tickets to the IPSHA Choral Musical Festival in Melbourne on Wednesday August 15th. Tickets are $30.00 and can be purchased from Mrs Povey at the Junior School reception.

Cross Country Success

Congratulations to Ava Mould, Zoe Addinsall and Charlie Beggs who all competed at School Sports Victoria’s State Primary Cross Country Championships in Melbourne last Thursday.


Ava placed 46th in the 11 Years Girls’ 3km in a time of 13m22

Zoe placed 71st in the 11 Years Girls’ 3km in a time of 13m44

Charlie placed 45th in the 12/13 Years Boys’ 3km in a time of 11m43


A great achievement by all three athletes.

Hockey Success

Last Friday, College Girls and College Boys won the Western District Hockey 7s held at a cold and windy Pedrina Park.

Both finals went to extra time, with the Girls defeating Dunkeld 2-1 and the Boys defeating North Hamilton 2-1. Both teams will now head to the Greater Western Regional Finals in Dimboola on Thursday August 2nd.

Junior Hockey Results - Round 10

College Numbats defeated College Drop Bears 5-4. Both teams played strongly and certainly didn’t show signs of a 5 week lay-off. Best for Numbats were Harry and Jack Austin, Ben Walker and Thomas Stratmann. Best for Drop Bears were Isaac Hocking, Ciaran Nelson and Cairo Callinan.


College Bandicoots defeated Dunkeld 6-1. Dunkeld played strongly and took the game to Bandicoots. Best for Bandicoots were Finley and Charlie Hiscock, Olivia Rees and Izzi Adamson.


College Tassie Devils defeated Coleraine 3-1 in an entertaining clash. Both teams played high energy hockey, with plenty of end to end ball movement. Best for Tassie Devils were Tom Templeton, Chloe Baker and Hamish Jeffery.

Mr Stephen Nelson

Head of Junior School

S.R.C. - Little Library

Take a book, replace a book. It is that simple! The Junior School S.R.C led by captains Oscar Hausler and Hugh Foster have brought a ‘Little Free Library’ to our Junior School.


The Little Free Library has been set up between Myrniong homestead and the Vines Year Two Classroom.  All Junior School families can participate in the book swap. All you need to do is bring a book that you enjoyed and swap it for another book that is sitting in the ‘Little Library’.


At the moment our ‘Little Library’ is looking rather bare. If you have any books from home that you would like to donate please bring them in to Mr Mirtschin.


The S.R.C would like to thank Mr Dopheide for making and installing the Little Library. 

Mr Mirtschin (On behalf of the SRC)

Seeking Knitting Needles

If anyone has knitting needles that they aren’t using or wanting, the Junior School is looking for donations so that Mrs Drummond can teach knitting this term in Craft Club.

Mrs Lou Drummond

College Magpies Football Report - 25/7/2018

This year the College Magpies U13 team are currently sitting in 2nd position with 6 wins and 2 losses. Jock Barrie leads the overall College goalkicking with 14 while Harry Austin leads the ‘Myrniong Goalkickers’ with 4, followed by George Huf with 2, and Jock Nicholls with 1.


On Friday night we got a chance to play under lights at Melville Oval against the St Andrews Bombers in wet and windy conditions. After quarter time we were up by 1 point and the margin remained the same at the half time break. At three-quarter time we found ourselves in a tough position because we were down by 9 points. We needed to kick more goals in this quarter than we had for the whole game if we were a chance to win.


Christian te Boekhorst gave us a good start by kicking a goal and then Jock Nicholls kicked a crucial goal to put us up by 3 points.  After locking the ball inside our 50m arc for most of the quarter we kept them scoreless as we managed to pull off an unlikely victory. The final scores were  4 goals 5 behinds 29 points to 3 goals 4 behinds 22 points.


We were all so happy to win. We all played a great game but some of the better players were: Jack Austin (Year 7); Lachlan Rees (Year 7); Ben Vallance (Year 6); Christian te Boekhorst (Year 7) and Izack Mayfield (Year 7). The goal kickers were Christian Te Boekhorst 2, Jock Nicholls and Jock Barrie who both got a goal each. When we got inside the rooms to get warm we sang our song loudly and proudly.

George Huf – Junior School Football Captain

Stephen Mirtschin

Middle Years 

Last Monday Susan McLean spoke to all Senior School students and I would like to thank the Parents and Friends for bringing this important message to our community. She encouraged our school to develop a culture of kindness and have zero tolerance to mean behaviour.

Her tips to parents were;

  • Make sure there are no phones in bedrooms
  • Set up family social media contracts
  • Know your child’s passwords
  • Use filters, and set up phone restrictions
  • Talk to your child about cyber safety
  • Learn about the sites and apps your children are using
  • Be a parent not a friend, and say ‘no’

Susan McLean stressed that it is illegal for students under 13 years of age to be signed up to various apps. She stressed that thesev students should not be on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram or other apps. Students who are underage were encouraged to delete their apps.

Last week I came across this article by Dana Kerford, The Four Facts of Friendships. I like the messages in the article and felt this was very relevant to all Middle Years Students. (website -

Friendships are central to our students’ lives and are among the most important relationships they experience, in school and beyond. When children face challenging friendship issues, their wellbeing and ability to learn is inhibited. 
So, how do we teach our students to have healthy relationships and guide students to bring healthy relationships to life and successfully navigate inevitable challenges? The answer: Focus on friendship skills. When we teach children how to form deep and meaningful friendships, they learn universal strategies that will apply to relationships in their lives. There are four simple truths allow our students to develop realistic expectations and feel successful in their friendships:

1. No friendship (or relationship) is perfect

Our students need to understand that conflict is a normal, natural part of a friendship – and they can survive it. When children learn to face their Friendship Fires, as we call them, and resolve conflict in a way that respects themselves and others – they are less likely to engage in unhealthy behaviours. Helping our students become master conflict-resolvers, rather than conflict-avoiders, fundamentally helps shift a school culture to a place of kindness and respect. 

2. Every friendship is different

This seems like common sense, but children often expect every friendship to operate in the same way. They need to understand that every friendship is different because every person is different. This means, what works with one friend may not work with another. If your students are experiencing a challenging friendship, encourage them to describe when they feel most comfortable with that friend. What are they doing when it feels difficult or complicated? Help your students become strategic about their friendships by identifying what works and devising a plan to address things that are not working. Our students need to understand that each friendship is unique and requires its own set of instructions. 

3. Trust and respect are the two most important qualities of a friendship

Trust and respect are the foundation of a strong friendship. When mistrust or disrespect develops, the foundation starts to crack. Ask ‘What does trust look like in a friendship?’ Discuss topics like secrets, reliability, loyalty, honesty and promises. Ask them: ‘What does respect look like?’ Discuss topics such as listening, inclusivity, discrimination, stereotypes, family values and religious beliefs. Exploring what trust and respect looks like in action, helps our students identify the key ingredients of a healthy friendship.

4. Friendships change… and that’s okay

Friendships are constantly evolving because people are always changing. Sometimes we change, learn and grow alongside our friends; sometimes we simply grow apart or friendships become unhealthy, even toxic. Our students need to become comfortable with this natural ebb and flow of friendships and accept that some friendships may only last a brief time. Remind your students they deserve feel-good friendships and, as hard as it is, sometimes even the ‘best’ friendships change… and that’s okay. 

Teaching and reinforcing these concepts empower students to create strong boundaries and make smart choices within their relationships; helping them set the stage for healthy friendships to grow. When friendship skills are explicitly taught, our students learn how to manage the realities of all their relationships and schools become a place of harmony and belonging.

In our Wellbeing lessons, we teach about friendships, to improve the understanding of the skills required and to build social- emotional intelligence in our students.

Julia Winter Cooke


Anna Spaull is one of our most compassionate boarders and this was once again evident when she baked cupcakes for Bonnie’s birthday. They were delicious and she even let both of my daughters have one. They were bouncing off the walls for hours!


There was lots of sport this week with both the Junior and Senior Girls’ Inter-School Footy on Monday and Wednesday. The Junior Girls’ came second overall and there were some standout performances by Lucy Roberts, Alyssa Hocking, Airlie Bowes and Grace Austin. The Senior Girls’ were undefeated on Wednesday with all boarders playing well. Claudia Roberts was once again motivated to excel after her little sister’s efforts on Monday and took out the medal for Best College Player. The team was stacked with boarders and Kate Jessop and Emily Michelmore were also standouts. Juliet Page, Eliza Jagger and Tori Dunstan played netball on Wednesday in Geelong and all played admirably.


I loved seeing many boarders on stage during the International Week Assembly. Sky Zhang opened the assembly with a breathtaking solo acoustic guitar performance. Marcus Chu interviewed Mr Guez and Mr Burmeister, and Eric Zheng spoke eloquently about his time here at College and the cultural differences he has experienced. Sky and Eric were very nervous the night before while they practised but there were no signs of this while they were on stage. It was an extremely enjoyable assembly with Alec Jagger and Tim Gilling performing a musical item to conclude.


It was great to see lots of parents at Susan McLean’s Cyber Safety presentation on Wednesday night. She clearly outlined the multiple threats and implications devices and internet have on our young people. We will be discussing this topic and how we can incorporate safeguards in boarding during our staff meeting this week. If you have any thought or ideas in this area please do pass them on. It was a very sobering discussion and a good reminder for us all to be very conscious of our children’s online activities. 


It has been a busy start to the term but a very good one. All the new boarders are fitting in extremely well and adding a new dynamic to our community. Thanks to all the Boarding Buddies, roommates and boarders in general who have made the effort to help these students settle.

Alex Smith


Football Report

As the school holidays ended the Hamilton Kangaroos Junior Football Association started up once again, with the under 13 College Magpies taking on Coleraine. College once again proved too strong for the Coleraine side coming away with the victory by 57pts. Izack Mayfield was a strong contributor kicking three goals while Jack Austin and Christian te Boekhorst each kicked two. Oscar Hausler was named first best while Jock Barrie was named second best. College Magpies took to Melville Oval, the heart of Hamilton football, going under lights against archrivals in St Andrew’s. It was shown to be a real nail biter, as the Magpies had to storm home after being down at 3 quarter time. As the boys came home with the win by just 7pts. Again, Christian te Boekhorst hit the scoreboard with two majors. Jack Austin proved his class running home with best on ground. As the under 16’s picked up where they left off defeating rivals St Andrews by 109pts. Ferg Roberts and Hamish Cameron kicking 4 goals each, while Nick Gunn kicked three. Zac Cunningham was named best on ground while Nick Gunn and Ferg Roberts were also named amongst the best. The under 16 boys took the field after the under 13’s playing Coleraine under lights in what turned out to be one of their closer games for the year -  only getting up by 45pts. The lights seemed to suit Michael Crowle as he kicked four of the finest while Jack Sharp kicked two. Sharp was named best on ground while Gunn and Cunningham were once again named in the bests player list along with Magnus Howells and Crowle. With finals only two weeks away, both sides look in good position to be a contender for the premiership. With the college under 13’s sitting in second position and the Under 16’s sitting well out in front yet to lose a game on top of the ladder.

Last week saw our keen Year 7s and 8s take to Pedrina Park in the annual GD Football round robin competition. The young men took to the ground up against Baimbridge College. Being tight all game our boys were able to come home with the win by 1pt. Our only goal kickers were Tyler Hateley and Dougal Doery. Better players where Tyler Hateley, Zac Pringle and Dougal Doery. Game 2 saw us take on Monivae Blue, which we proved too strong, defeating Monivae by 16pts, having young Henry Bensch and Izack Mayfield being our only goal kickers. Better players being Will Robinson, Tyler Hateley and Jack Austin. Game 3 saw the young men take on Balmoral/Good Shepherd. This game saw the College 3.3.21 def. Balmoral/ Good Shepherd 0.3.3. Tyler Hateley again hitting the scoreboard with two majors and Zac Pringle kicking one. Better players again were Zac Pringle, Will Robinson and Christian te Boekhorst. Our last game going up against Monivae Red was seen as a grand final for the boys. Going undefeated until this game, going down to Monivae red 6.3.39 def. College 0.0.0. Overall, our boys came second and the player of the day was awarded to Tyler Hateley who received the medal.  Zac Pringle, Will Robinson, Izack Mayfield, Jack Austin and Dougal Doery were other consistent performers.

Congratulations to Year 9 students Charlie Johnston and Magnus Howells on being selected in the Greater Western Victoria Rebels Under 15s team to play in state schoolboys champs in the September holidays. Tyler Hateley was close to making the team but just missed out. Mitzi Adamson made the girl’s team which is a terrific achievement.

Seth Fiegert (Football Captain)          


Hockey Draw - Week 11

Division 1 Women – 27/7

College Thundersticks v Coleraine Black – 6.00pm @ Pedrina Park

College Strikers v Coleraine Red – 6.00pm @ Pedrina Park

Division 2 Men – 28/7

College Gold  v Monivae – 9.00am @ Pedrina Park

College Blue v Coleraine Demons – 10.30am @ Pedrina Park

Division 4 – 28/7

College Numbats v Coleraine  – 12 noon @ College

College Bandicoots v Monivae – 1.10pm @ Pedrina Park

College Tassie Devils v Demons – 1.20pm @ College

College Drop Bears v Dunkeld – 2.30pm @ Pedrina Park

Division 2 Women – 29/7

College Blades v Monivae Saints – 12 noon @ Pedrina Park

College Scorchers v Demons – 1.30pm @ Pedrina Park

Division 1 Women – 29/7

College Strikers v Dunkeld – 3.00pm @ Pedrina Park

Division 1 Men – 29/7

College v Monivae – 4.30pm @ Pedrina Park

Girls' Hockey

Last weekend’s game against Coleraine Red proved to be a challenging match with the loss of Chloe and Hannah Russell. The game started slowly due to our long holiday break, but after a while we got our groove back thanks to Peter Musson’s fun cheering with an end result of 9-1 win. Goal scorers were Nikita Cavill, Phoebe Russell, Izzy Musson, Shayleigh Ingelse, and Chloe Anderson. Better players for the game included Izzy Musson, Maddi Mutch, Phoebe Russell, Ruby Cush, Olivia Allen and Erin Powell. 

Abby Hayes – Captain


The Thundersticks were also a little rusty in their first game back defeating Monivae 1-0. Hannah Nichols scored from a strong short corner strike. College defended very well allowing Monivae few scoring opportunities. Hannah Nichols, Lucy Roberts and Lily McCure were all strong across the half line. Phoebe Sweeney and Gracie Austin were very dangerous up forward, both working tirelessly to create a number of opportunities.

The College Scorchers continued their good run defeating Monivae 3-1. Thanks to Hannah Russell for stepping in to coach this side. Captain Claire Dempsey is leading by example and she continues to be well supported by Phoebe Russell, Sylvia Page and Emily Ash in Goals.

The College Blades without star goalie Julia Howells found Demons way too strong on the weekend. Credit to the girls for fighting back in the second half.

Kristen Waldron

Boys' Hockey

The Open team resumed its season with a fine victory over top-team Bulls on a cold Friday night last weekend.  Two goals each to Sami Zehir and Tane Nelson, and a single to Ferg Roberts, were the result of effective forward play.  The boys worked hard to control play for much of the night in a good standard game but there were several moments when it was evident both teams had not played for a while.


Goalie Marcus Munro made a couple of excellent saves; Lachie Holcombe and Josh Read were consistent in the middle of a fine defensive unit; Mr Carolan was a fine player in mid field whilst the goal-scorers provided run and skill up forward.  Perhaps my highlight was the team goal which Ferg finished off after a pass from James Sutherland, who in turn was the recipient of a quality pass.


It was a great way to start the second half of the season!


The two Division 2 teams resumed well also with sound wins.  Reports from their coaches follow.

Neil MacLean


College Gold played Demons and won 7-0. Gold players were rusty after the 3-week break, ball control and passing improved during the second half. There were pleasing passages of play that showed good teamwork and positional play.


Jock Adamson and Zac Cunningham scored two goals each, with Harry Austin Nick Gunn and Jack Wall each scoring single goals. Best on ground were Clancy Munro, Isaac Hocking and Harry Austin. Thanks to David Merrin who played in goals for Demons and to Gabe Marshall who is playing Goalie for Gold for the rest of the season.

Julia Winter Cooke


After a four week break the College Blue boys started the second half of the season in a less than convincing manner against Monivae, as they dominated play in the forward line but did not always choose the best scoring options. At half time the boys had been held to a 3-0 lead and needed to regroup and focus on the team play that had been so successful in the first half of the year. With great run provided by Tane Nelson and Ferg Roberts and excellent work by the halves, including Eren Zehir and Euan Sutherland, the boys opened up the play, scoring 7 goals in the second half. Max Green was dominant in the forward line and Tom Stratmann made some fine clearances in the last line of defence.

Belinda Nichols

ICCES Netball

On the 20th of June, the selected team for the senior netball ICCES competition (consisting of Amy Waters, Georgia Hodgetts, Emily Michelmore, Sophie Hines, Louise Millear, Kate Millear, Lauren Richards, Ayleish Beaty, Alannah Sander and Ella Rees), travelled the 5-hour bus trip to Shepparton.

On the first day of competition we faced playing the 5 other teams in our division, and our aim was to set ourselves up to be in a good position for finals the next day. We started off the day well by winning our first game, then put in a big effort for our second game, narrowly losing by 3 goals. Our 3rd game was the second win for the day and was quite convincing. Our 4th game was quite tough, as we were all beginning to tire from our previous games and it become a fight with not only our oppositions but our mindset to play as hard as we could. We ended up losing this game, but this team also went on to win the Grand Final the next day. We were positive heading into our 5th and last game but the team didn’t show up to the court, which funnily enough happened last year, but this time instead they didn’t get there in time and as soon as the starting buzzer went it was an immediate forfeit from them. Although we were keen to play our last game of netball for the day, we took it as a win, as we would then rest up for the next day.

On the day of finals, we won our first game in a very tight competition that finished goal for goal with us holding on for the win. Our next game we also won, which put us into the preliminary final, which we were all quite excited for. We were set to play the team we lost to by 3 the day before.  Despite the good netball played, we didn’t win this game and it meant we finished 3rd in our division.

I’d like to thank all the girls for their commitments to training and the trip, as well as a special mention to our coach, Mrs Caroline Waters, for her enormous commitment of giving up her time to coach the team each week at training and to travel to Shepparton.

Sophie Hines

Dates to Remember 

Monday 30 July

Coffee and Conversations with the Principal

Tuesday 31 July

Coffee and Conversations with the Principal

ICCES Cross Country and Debating

Wednesday 1 August

Coffee and Conversations  with the Principal

Portland Information Night, 6.00pm

Thursday 2 August

Year 5 Sovereign Hill excursion

Friday 3  August

Year 5 Sovereign Hill excursion

Monday 6 August

Sheepvention (No classes)

Thursday 9 August

School Production - Wizard of Oz, 7.00pm

Friday 10 August

Old Collegian Meeting, 12.30pm

School Production - Wizard of Oz, 7.00pm

Saturday 11 August

School Production - Wizard of Oz, 7.00pm

Thursday 23 August

Open Morning, 9.00am

Friday 24 August

College Has Got Talent, 7.00pm

Wednesday 29 August

Year 9 & 10 (2019) Information Night

Monday 3 September

Junior School Fathers' Day Bbq, 8.15am - 9.30am

Saturday 15 September

Hockey Dinner

Monday 17 September

Grandparents' Day at Myrniong

Friday 21 September

Term ends - early dismissal

House Music Festival, 12.30pm - 2.30pm




Winifred Berry and Handbury Libraries

Reading super heroes:

In terms of adding academic strength to children, reading is the most crucial element. Children who read widely, choose the books and immerse themselves in them regularly perform far better at school and attain university entrance more easily. Along they way they learn about amazing places, empathy for others outside their own lived experience, and develop an understanding of the power of language.

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is designed to encourage school aged children, including Early Learning 4, to read. It is not a competition, nor is it excessively difficult to achieve the set number of books for each age group. In a school such as ours, where reading is valued, it should be a case of almost everyone meeting the Premiers’ challenge.

This year we are well up in terms of active participants and excelling in the number of books read per class, and in some individual cases we have caused the organisers to face the challenges of an ageing website!

So, here are our heroes:

  • Grade 1 – the highest number of books of any class with enrolments – 857 books. This is also the highest average number of book with 78.
  • Grade 2 – 580 books overall and an average of 64.
  • Readers of note by class level:

Aida Adamson (40)

Rhiognach McClure* (192)

Kierun McClure* (279)

Lachlan Reid* (100+)

Harley Willis (60)

Alison Foster* (64)

Ned White (20)

Harriet Nicholls* (80)

Evie Kennedy* (35)

Hugh Foster* (58)

Emma Donovan (26)

Sybil Fleetwood (11)

Lily Bradbeer (25)

And my questions:

                Why are so few Senior Campus students involved?

                What might entice more students to meet the challenge?

It is worth noting: those students marked with an * are participating in our family book bag program. All it takes is an email to me and your family will be sent a bag of books for family members to enjoy. Once the bag comes back, it is replenished with more titles worth enjoying!

Margaret Simkin


Careers Newsletter

Mrs Louise Manifold

Parents and Friends

Sheepvention Drinks 

Escape the crowd and cold at Sheepvention and head to the Middle Years Positive Education Centre for drinks and canapes at 4pm on Monday August 6th. This event is a great opportunity for our whole College Community to come together. We hope that you will be able to join us. 

Film Fundraiser Night Success

The noise of laughter and flat out talking during drinks and nibbles on Friday night before the film even started, set up a wonderful evening followed by a very entertaining film, Ocean’s 8.

Thank you to the following people who provided plates of beautiful food: Georgie Mann, Katrina Boyd-Walsh, Sally Allen, Jo O’Sullivan, Sarah Heazlewood, Anna Delany, Penny Stewart, Megan Mould, Kristina Hirst, Kate Headlam, Emma Cush and Marnie White; to Nick Dopheide who set up and ran the bar and to Jane Evans and Rachel Vallance for managing the lists,



money and raffle tickets at the busy door; and to Ashlyn Hiscock, Fi O’Shannessy, Nat Povey and Jenni Pike for advertising and sales.

A very big thank you goes to our wonderful raffle prize donations from Presence, Darriwill Farm and Tosca Browns.  We are so grateful to you all. 

1st Prize - $200 Gift Voucher from Presence - winner Christine Elliott

2nd Prize - $100 Gift Hamper from Darriwill Farm - winner Stacey Balkin

3rd Prize -  $25 Gift Voucher from Tosca Browns -winner Simone McVicker

Also thank you to all those who were able to attend.  We managed to have a very enjoyable evening and made over $1,500.00 towards the Middle Years Activity Space.

Katie Dopheide (Egg)


School Information

Tuckshop - Specials for the Week

Monday 30th – Chicken Burger

Tuesday 31st – Baked Potato

Wednesday 1st August – Tuna Mornay & Rice

Thursday 2nd – Crispy Chicken Wrap

Friday 3rd – Spaghetti Bolognaise

Tuckshop - Roster for the Week

Monday 30th – ?

Tuesday 31st – Bindy Whitehead

Wednesday 1st August – Sarah Roberts

Thursday 2nd – Anthea Sutherland

Friday 3rd - ?

Riana Beardsall

2019 European Art Tour Information Evening

With the planning and organisation of the 2019 European Art Trip well underway, we are inviting all interested students and their parents and/or guardians to attend the Tour Information Evening on Wednesday 15th of August.  The session will be held in the Tim Murray Room and will begin at 5pm.  To assist with the planning and coordination of the evening, could you please register your interest via email or phone with either Miss Helen Reiher ([email protected]) or Miss Amy Andrews ([email protected]). 

Helen Reiher and Amy Andrews


Connecting with the Community 

Makers Festival


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