Aitken College Newsletter

06 March 2020
Issue Three
Important Diary Dates
Principal's Message
Deputy Principal
The Art of Parenting
Parents & Friends 
Brookhill
VCAL News
Dunhelen
Primary
Careers
Environmental Programs
Library
Performing Arts
Physical Education
Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)
College Activities
Community Activities
Business Directory
OSHC
Aitken College
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Important Diary Dates

2020 Term Dates

Term 1:  31 January / 3 February  to 26 March 

Term 2:  15 April to 18 June

Term 3:  14 July to 18 September

Term 4:  5 October to 11 December

Important Diary Dates for 2020

Monday 9 March

Labour Day Holiday

 

Tuesday 17 March

Parent Teacher Interviews (Prep-Year 12)

 

Thursday 26 March

Parent Teacher Interviews (Prep-Year 12)

Term 1 ends for students

 

Friday 27 March

Assessment Day (no students)

 

Monday 13 April

Easter Monday Holiday

 

Tuesday 14 April

Professional Learning Day (no students)

 

Wednesday 15 April

Term 2 commences

 

Monday 8 June

Queen's Birthday Holiday

 

Thursday 18 June

Term 2 ends

 

Friday 19 June

Assessment Day (no students)

 

Monday 13 July

Professional Learning Day (no students)

 

Tuesday 14 July

Term 3 commences

 

Tuesday 4 August

Parent Teacher Interviews (Prep-Year 12)

 

Thursday 13 August

Parent Teacher Interviews (Prep-Year 12)

 

Friday 14 August

Assessment Day (no students)

 

Friday 18 September

Term 3 ends

 

Monday 5 October

Term 4 commences

 

Monday 2 November

Mid Term Break

 

Tuesday 3 November

Melbourne Cup Day Holiday

 

Friday 20 November

Assessment Day (no students)

 

Thursday 3 December

Presentation Night

 

Friday 11 December

Term 4 ends

 

 

Principal's Message

 

                                                       Mrs Josie Crisara

Student Councils

This week the College Student Council involving the College Captains, School Captains from Cumberland, Dunhelen and Brookhill and the Student Council Captains met for the first time.  The council has been established to give students voice on ‘big picture’ topics that impact their experience at school.  The Class Captains contribute ideas to their school captains. Some interesting topics were discussed including: student wellbeing and mental health, improving student peer relationships, encouraging students to contribute to co-curricular events and homework clubs for junior students. The student leaders will go back and explore ideas to bring them to fruition.

Alumni Classes of 2004 and 2005

Last week the Alumni from the Classes of 2004 and 2005 had their 15 year reunion. The young men and women had the opportunity to share stories from the times at school; their work lives post school and many of their experiences with raising young families.

 

 

Landscaping

The landscaping outside of VCE2 and towards the parent car park has been completed and has provided an improved recreational area for students. Further landscaping is nearing completion at the back of the Kitchen Garden Centre.

 

Deputy Principal

                                                       Mr Kim Forward

Myki Cards for Public School Buses

Please ensure that children are using their Myki card correctly and that the card is topped up regularly; it is frustrating to see many students attempting to board their bus without any credit on their cards. Cards should be registered online and topped up regularly; too many children ask for a top up of only $2. A balance of at least $20 should be maintained on cards.

Cybersafety Online Training for Parents

At parent information nights recently, I promoted to parents the Cybersafety training modules from Internet Safe Training; their presenter Brett Lee, has spoken to our Secondary students during the past few years. There are modules to suit parents of all ages of children, from Prep School to Senior School. Parents were emailed access details; go to http://learn.internetsafetraining.com and use the access code aitkencllge.

Girls’ Uniform Winter Slacks

A high demand on girls’ winter slacks has meant that a new supply of material has been ordered to replenish stocks in the uniform shop; this has not been necessary for many years, so the price of the slacks had been maintained at the same level. However, to ensure the quality of the material and also with the addition of some lining, the prices of some of the sizes of slacks will be increasing.

Student ICT Acceptable Use Agreement

When students log onto the College computer network, they are agreeing to abide by the ICT Acceptable Use Agreement. As responsible members of the College community, this agreement also extends to their use of personal devices. Students are being reminded of their responsibilities in assemblies; attached here in the newsletter is a copy of the agreement for parents to view and possibly discuss with their children. It is also available on the parent resource section in My Aitken.

 


The Art of Parenting

Art of Parenting

Three ideas about parenting from the web…

 

1. How to support kids' mental health throughout the school year

https://www.kidspot.com.au/school/primary/real-life/how-to-support-kids-mental-health-throughout-the-school-year/news-story/86950f3fe8c494dd6873db8315ff9a1f

 

2. Building healthy relationships with teachers

https://www.parentingideas.com.au/blog/building-healthy-relationships-with-teachers/

 

3. 5 things about raising teenagers our parents forgot to tell us

https://raisingteensblog.com/5-things-about-raising-teenagers-our-parents-forgot-to-tell-us/

 

Mr Ben Lawless

Researcher


Parents & Friends 

Moonlight Movie Night - Friday 13 March!

Come along and enjoy the screening of the remake of the Disney classic 'Aladdin'. The event will commence at 7.00pm and the movie will start at 8.00pm on Friday 13 March at Aitken College on the sports field behind the Gym. Tickets are $10.00 each or 5 for $45.00 and children 3 and under are free! Pack a picnic dinner, blanket and enjoy a great night out under the stars. You are welcome to bring a chair but we ask that you are mindful in your placement of the chair, as there will be a lot of people sitting at ground level and we would not want their view to be blocked. There will be popcorn, fairy floss, drinks, coffee and ice-cream available for purchase. In the event of wet or windy weather the movie will screen in the Chapel and Performing Arts Centre. Should you have any queries or would like to volunteer at this wonderful event, please feel free to email pandf@aitkencollege.edu.auDo not worry if you have not returned your order form as you can still purchase tickets on the night. Do not forget to bring a jacket!

One a Penny, Two a Penny Hot Cross Buns!

We are excited to be supported by Bakers Delight Craigieburn Central, for our Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser. Enjoy the wonderful taste of Hot Cross Buns this Easter, while also helping to raise funds for fantastic facilities your child(ren) get to enjoy whilst at school. Enjoy warming them up in the toaster and spreading butter on top, or eating them on the run, anyway you eat them they are totally Yummy! Keep an eye out for the flyer!

 

Pre-loved Uniform Sale

The Pre-loved Uniform sale will be held on Thursday 26 March in the Chapel and Performing Arts Centre foyer. The sale starts at 3.00pm and will finish at 6.00pm as there are late night Parent Teacher Interviews. If you have Aitken College uniform items at home that are no longer in use and are in wearable condition, we would love to have them. The Parents & Friends Association clean and iron the donated uniform items and resell them at our quarterly Pre-loved Uniform sales with all the funds going back to the Parents & Friends Association fundraising account. The items can be dropped off at our clothing bin near the main Reception. Please remember that the items need to be in a wearable condition and we do not have a market for re-sale on Aitken socks.

Community Business Directory 2020 Fundraiser

Many families in the Aitken College community manage or own a business. Each year as a Fundraiser the Parents & Friends Association compiles a community Business Directory to provide a way in which we can support local business. The 2020 Business Directory will take effect from the commencement of March for a 12 month period. Aitken College families may purchase a space for $50.00 to promote and advertise their business. You can find the  Business Directory on the College website and in the newsletter. Please support this fundraiser by completing the form below and returning it to the Accounts Office with your payment by Friday 20 March 2020.

 

Stuck on You Fundraising

Do not forget the 'Stuck on You' Fundraising run all year, so if  run out of your labels you can order anytime. Go to www.stuckonyou.com.au/affiliate/fundraiser/AITKEN and go crazy designing  your child's labels. At the same time, you will be helping raise money for  Aiken College. We will earn 20% commission and 5% commission on promotional  items. When you log on to the Stuck on You website enter our fundraising code: AITKEN at the checkout. Happy shopping!

 

Committee/Volunteers Wanted

We welcome all new parents, guardians and/or grandparents and invite them to join us, either as a committee member or a volunteer. Even if you only have one hour to give, we appreciate all the help we can get. Please find attached a Parents & Friends Volunteer Form and a College Volunteer Form; use these to express your interest in assisting with various school activities. Please note: All helpers must have a valid Working with Children's Check. Please provide a copy of your WWC Card when submitting this form.

 

Next Meeting

If you would like to join the Parents & Friends Association, then come along to our next meeting, Tuesday 10 March at 7.30pm in the Chapel and Performing Arts Centre Seminar room (upstairs P24). It is a great way to interact and get involved with your school community.

 

Mrs Melinda Gallicchio

Vice President - Parents & Friends Association

Brookhill

                                                                                      Mr David Murphy

Year 12 Students with Study Period 1

Parents and students are reminded that Year 12 students must attend Homeroom every morning, even if they have a study class Period 1. Year 12 students coming in late when they have a study Period 1 will be issued with detention.

Parent Teacher Interviews

I urge all families to make appointments with all of your child’s teachers for the upcoming Parent Teacher Interviews. Even if everything is going well, it is a good chance to put a name to a face and establish lines of communication for the future. In particular, parents of Year 12 students should be taking this opportunity to meet with all of their child’s teachers. For Year 12 students, now is the time to get on top of any little (or big) problems; by third term, it is too late to make any changes that may need to be made.

Smart Watches in Assessment Tasks

Many students are now wearing smart watches; these are watches with 4G/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth capability. It has been policy that students must place mobile phones on the teacher’s desk during assessment tasks; this policy must now be extended to include smart watches. This is in line with VCAA rules, which state that smart watches must not be taken into VCAA exams.

VCAL News

VCAL Students Assisting at Cumberland Swimming Carnival

Over the course of the year, the VCAL students participate in several community events and activities. At the recent Cumberland Swimming Carnival, VCAL students supported the teachers by being place line judges, helping with the novelty events, ribbon presentation and assisting the students in the water. The activity formed part of the assessment tasks in Personal Development Skills and Work-Related Skills for VCAL students. The students’ focus was on conducting non-instructional sport, fitness or recreation sessions. Part of the assessment tasks involved having students provide minimal instruction to allow for maximum participation of students. A great day for everyone!

 

 

Mrs Jenny Lilley

VCAL Coordinator

Dunhelen

                                                     Mrs Francis Scuderi

It has been a very busy few weeks in Dunhelen.

Year 7 Camp

The Year 7 students enjoyed their time away at Phillip Island. Students participated in high ropes, raft making, crate building, rock wall climbing, giant swing and the trivia night, just to name a few. The students got to know others from their year level and also learnt a little bit about their teachers. It was a lovely three days. Thank you to all the students for their exceptional behavior and to all staff who gave up their own time to be with us.

 

Dunhelen Swimming Carnival

Despite the weather, the Dunhelen swimming carnival went very well. Students had a great day in the water and earning points for their Houses. The final results were:

  • Millar: 1690
  • Cameron: 1612
  • Clarke: 1605
  • Brodie: 1214

I congratulate all the students who attended and participated. Their behaviour and attitude on the day was exemplary. It was a pleasure to share the day with them.

 

Events such as these develop house spirit and team work. They also allow students who have talents in these areas to shine. Those who don’t have a ‘natural flair’ are always encouraged to participate and they may surprise themselves. They are fun days, and the main objective is not ‘winning’ but having a good time.

 

Semester 1 Class Captains

The Semester 1 Class Captains were awarded their badges at Assembly this week.

  • 7B:  Cruz S and Grace W
  • 7C:  Gabrielle C and Abdullah. T
  • 7I:  Kaylin A and Yanisa B
  • 7K:  Alex M and Lauren P
  • 7S:  Rianne E and Ellile G
  • 8C:  Abhay M and Stella T
  • 8M:  Thalia A and Rohan K
  • 8O: Adam B and Emily G
  • 8P:  Luis C and Zane T
  • 8S:  Nikhil R and Paige R

 

  • 9B:  James B and Jasmine E
  • 9J:  Chantelle A and Jonathan Z
  • 9L:  Rhiley D and Kailey MG
  • 9P:  Kaden H and Sebastian M
  • 9S:  William B and Keeley MP

I congratulate them all and look forward to working with them this Semester.

Drop Off / Pick Up Times

It has come to my attention that quite a number of Dunhelen students are being dropped off at school before 8.00am. Please note that the school grounds are not supervised before 8.00am and students should not be arriving before this time. Students should also be picked up by 4.00pm. If students arrive before 8.00am or are picked up after 4.00pm, they will be sent to the Out of Hours School Care. Your assistance with this is appreciated.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Semester One Parent Teacher Interviews are on Tuesday 17 March and Thursday 26 March. This is an opportunity for you to meet with your child’s teachers. Each interview is 5 minutes, however, if you feel you need to discuss something that will need longer than that, please contact the teacher to arrange an alternative time. It is important that we all adhere to the 5-minute schedule on the nights so as to avoid others being held up and waiting.

Mobile Phones

Students in Dunhelen have been told that if their phone is confiscated five times, then a parent will need to come and collect it. After this, the student will be required to sign their phone in to the Dunhelen Administration in the morning and collect it after school. Most students are doing the right thing in regard to use of their mobile phone and that has been very pleasing to see. Managing mobile phone usage is an important life skill, as is communicating and socialising with others without the distraction of a phone. Your assistance with this is appreciated.

First Aid

Students who feel ill at school MUST present to First Aid. Students are not to contact home (unless directed by a staff member) to be picked up. Once the student is in First Aid, the staff member on duty will decide whether they should be collected or not. Students who call parents directly, and have not been to First Aid, will receive a detention.  For the safety of all, there are processes that must be followed and we appreciate your assistance with these.

 

 

Primary

   

                             Mrs Leanne Schulz

 

Parent Helpers Information Session

The College offered Fairview and Cumberland School parents the opportunity to partake in the Parent Helpers’ Information Session. It outlined the following:

  • Parent Helper Policy / Volunteer Policy Statement
  • Direct Contact Volunteer Agreement, including the Child Safety Code of Conduct and Volunteer Agreement
  • Code of Conduct for Volunteers

We also explored how to help children in the classroom (and home environment), focusing on Literacy and Numeracy strategies. We celebrate and congratulate the parents for their enthusiasm and commitment, and look forward to their College engagement.  If you were unable to come to this parent helper session, we will be offering another one in Semester 2.

Fairview Open House

Thank you to all our recent visitors for attending our Fairview Open House Afternoons. It was wonderful to see the excitement of the children and the visitors!

 

Year 1 and Year 2

It was great to have parents and family members come in for the Year 1 and Year 2 open afternoon last week. Parents of Year 1 and Year 2 were helping with different cutting and gluing activities. Thank you to those parents and family members who were able to come in and help with the learning. It was busy, but lots of fun!

Prep/Year 6 Buddies

 

Last week we did an activity with our Prep buddies. The activity we did was making a flower for the class tree. We had to glue a picture of our buddy in the middle of the flower cut-out and arrange small squares of crepe paper on the petals. We then had the flower stuck on the class tree. It was a lot of fun and everyone enjoyed working with each other.

Darcy M 6K

Preps Learning about Two-dimensional Shapes

During the week, the Preps have been busy learning about two-dimensional shapes. Last week, all the Preps went on a shape walk around Aitken College and found many shapes in the environment.

 

Prep Parents Morning Get Together

Just a reminder to all Prep parents that you are welcome to join us for a gathering in the Chapel and Performing Arts Centre foyer every Friday from 9.00am to 9.45am during Term 1 for a chat and a cup of coffee. We would love to see you there!

Cumberland Class Captains

Congratulations to the students elected as Class Captains for Semester 1, 2020. The Class Captains were presented their badges and certificates at Assembly on Monday. They were reminded that being a Captain is not about the badge, but it is about being a good leader. To be a leader you have to have courage, cooperation, dependability and confidence. Class Captains act as role models for others and embrace our College values of respect, integrity, kindness, honesty and compassion.

  • 3A       Aaron B and Mia P
  • 3T        Sara T and Charlie D
  • 4A       Nikka G and Roman P
  • 4M       Lauri K and Claudia C
  • 5A       Anushka S and Evren H
  • 5M       Sam M and Owen M
  • 6C       Mason G and Stefanie R
  • 6K       Oliver K and Eve P

Cumberland Swimming Carnival

The Swimming Carnival last week was a huge success! Students competed enthusiastically in a variety of events and should be proud of both their behaviour, competitive spirit and positive attitude. A big thank you to the PE Department and all staff who ensured everything ran smoothly and to the parents for providing their support and encouragement.

 

The swimming carnival was so much fun! My friends and I had fun playing ‘Memory Tag.’ Brodie came second and I came 1st in freestyle.

Aanya K 4A

 

I am so proud for everyone that has achieved this high in swimming. Well done Cameron for winning the swimming carnival. It was an awesome day and I hope everyone enjoyed it.

Zara B 4A

 

The swimming carnival was excellent! The Year 4 swimming events were fantastic. There was freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and the novelty event. What I loved the most was the novelty and the soccer. The reason why I loved the novelty is that you had to swim to the middle of the pool and grab something from the pool. Then you went back to your House area in the pool. The reason why I loved soccer is that… well, I already love soccer.

Ashlyn K 4A

 

At the swimming carnival we did novelties, sports and races. We all did very well! Cameron came 1st, Brodie 2nd, Clarke 3rd and Millar 4th.

Thomas D 4A

 

When we arrived at the swimming carnival we did some fun games, like we had to get all the toys from under water. When we waited for our races, it was nerve-racking! The water was freezing! When they announced the winning House, everyone did a drum roll. It was a great day!

Nicholas P 4A

 

On Tuesday 25 February we had an awesome swimming carnival at Oak Park Swimming Pool. There were novelty and soccer activities. There was freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and also butterfly. We all had a radical time; it was a lot of fun and such a warm day. I had an amazing time and  cannot wait for next year!

Zachariah B 5A

 

On Tuesday 25 February the swimming carnival took place at Oak Park Swimming Pool. You had to swim 25m in Year 3 and  Year 4 and 50m for Year 5 and Year 6. The activities were soccer, novelty events and swimming. The swimming events were breaststroke, freestyle and butterfly. We all had fun and I am looking forward to next year’s carnival.

Max  K 5A

Year 4 Chariot Races and the use of Digital Technologies

Over the last two weeks, we made chariots which were powered by Spheros. We tried to make them as strong as we could but we did not know what would happen in the race. We made predictions on a sheet and after that we added a few more things. In the 9th lesson we had our race but some of the chariots did not move and some won and that is ok. On the last lesson (which was our 10th) we finished off the question sheet. The next day, the winners got a trophy and the people who still participated got a slinky, rubix cube, dice or another knick knack of their choice.

Agam R 4M

 

During the first week of school, we started learning about chariots and what they were used for. Back in the day, chariots were used for racing. In 4M we had to make chariots using technology to make our chariots move. We used Spheros as our horse and we used things such as lego, paddle pop sticks, cardboard, plastic cups, blue tack and glue etc. We had to use different materials to make a chariot but it also had to look as if it was a chariot it could not look like a car because it was a CHARIOT race!! 4M had 5 lessons to build their chariot and we managed to finish. On the day of the race we all agreed that the race track would be 3 metres and a straight line. There were three races and then a Grand Final. Everyone had a great time and we thought it was a fun experience!!

Claudia C 4M

 

Woodlands District Tennis Tournament

On Friday 28 February, eight Year 5 and  Year 6 students participated in the Woodlands Division Tennis Competition which was held at the Greenvale Tennis Club. It was a round robin event and the top two winners out of the boys and the girls draw will represent the Woodlands Division at the Northern Metropolitan Region on Monday 16 March, which will be held at Eaglemont Tennis Club. Well done to all the students who participated including Keira M, Aaron D, Harry D and Pasidhu G. Congratulations to Georgia D and Sienna D from Year 6K who made it through in the girls draw, and to Ronan K from Year 5A and Adriel Y from Year 6C in the boys draw. Thanks to all parents and teachers who came to support on the day.

Georgia and Sienna D 6K

Parent Teacher Interviews

The up-coming Parent Teacher Interviews provide a great opportunity to discuss student achievement and future goals. To empower students and enable them to take responsibility for their learning, it is important that they attend the interview with parents. This enables students to be accountable for their learning and realise that we are all working together in partnership.

Term 1 Chapel and Assembly Roster

 

Reminder Dates

17 March 

Parent Teacher Interviews

(3.30pm ‐ 6.00pm)

23 March  Chapel Easter Services
26 March 

Parent Teacher Interviews

(3.30pm ‐ 8.00pm)

26 March   Term 1 Ends
​​​​​​​27 March  Assessment Day (no students)

  

Careers

Year 12 Students

We have just commenced visiting the Year 12 students in their Life Skills classes. During this time we will be talking to the students about the two important parts to Careers education. The first is knowing / understanding yourself and the second being able to undertake appropriate career research.  As part of this process we will be providing the students with the Year 12 Careers timeline, a Glossary of common Careers terms, some useful resources to aid in their career research and a refresher in using some of the readily available, free career tools to assist them with this research.  As we are fond of saying in B21: Careers is not something you pass or fail, it is something everyone can be good at.  It simply takes some time and energy on the part of the student for successful research to be undertaken.

Career News 3

Career News Issue 3 is now available and includes information about the UCAT, applying to be a Police Officer or PSO, Gap Year and Cultural Exchange programs, a US and UK university Expo, how learning a foreign language can give you a career edge, VU information evenings, a new Diploma of Screen and Media at SAE and much more.

 

Contact Details

The Careers office is staffed most days except when we are at meetings or professional development seminars. Please contact us on 9333 9100 or email:  careers@aitkencollege.edu.au.

 

Mrs Clare Borg & Ms Rae Gibbs

Careers Counsellors

Environmental Programs

Clean-Up Australia Day

Clean-Up Australia Day was a hit! Several students got together and tackled the little problem along Brodies Creek and in the native garden that borders it. The Dunhelen Environment Captains, Dekoda and Bailey, were proud to lead their peers in such a worthwhile initiative! Thanks so much for all those involved. This has even inspired Dekoda and Bailey to start a regular little clean-up session for anyone interested. Just think of all the rubbish they are preventing from ending up in our oceans and waterways.

Plastic Wipe-Out

Also headlining this week in Environmental Programs - The Cumberland Environment Monitors and Environment Captains participated in an Environmental Leadership Excursion, ‘Plastic Wipe-Out’, that is run by Earth Crusaders. In this session students learned about how long it takes various types of rubbish to breakdown in landfill. They also made their own re-usable beeswax food-wraps (photos below). The things they learned will now be shared with their classes and at home to continue spreading the word on how to be more environmentally friendly in our everyday lives.

 

 

Ms Cristy Herron

Head of Environmental Programs

Library

Lamont Bookfair

The Lamont Book Fair is coming soon to the Aitken Library! It will be commencing on Tuesday 17 March (12.00pm) and runs until Thursday 26 March. There will be a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, new releases and classics for sale to engage all reading interests and ages. The Book Fair is a wonderful opportunity for children to purchase books they love to read! It is also a positive way to give back to our school, as every book sold at the Book Fair earns free books for the Aitken College Library. The Book Fair will be open late on Parent Teacher Interview days. So please come along and support our Library, and your child’s reading.

Ms Laura Capraro

Head of Faculty Library

Performing Arts

Performing Arts Captains’ Concert

There are very few people who do not experience anxiety or depression in their lives, either themselves or someone close to them. Dancing With The Black Dog was established as a means of trying to eradicate the stigma for those who often suffer in silence. It’s simple motto, “It’s Okay To Say….”

 

The 2020 Performing Arts Captains have chosen this as their cause for this year’s Captains’ Concert. Join Anthony R, Max H and Filipe F on Wednesday 25 March from 7.30pm in the Chapel and Performing Arts Centre for a night of varied performances designed to lift your spirits. There are always some surprises during this concert and there is a chance for you to join in and spread some joy to those around you.

 

Entry is $3 per person which will get you a Dancing With The Black Dog lapel badge. For an extra $1, stickers are also available allowing you to show your support to those around you who might need it. All welcome and bookings are not necessary.

 

College Middle School Play

Rehearsals have also commenced for this year’s Middle School production, 'The Jungle Book'. This production will feature a cast of 25 students from Years 7-9 led by Year 9 students, Mary Rose A as Shere Khan and Simona M as Bagherera. Year 8 students, Mustifa will play Baloo and Luis as Mowgli, while Year 7 student, Tanisha S will feature as Akela.

 

The Year 10 Theatrecraft class spent a wonderful day with puppet creator, Danny Miller, who assisted the students in building some wonderful animal creations and will continue to advise them on puppet skills. Their creations are something to behold. 'The Jungle Book' opens on 14 May with tickets going on sale at the start of April. It will be a show for the whole family.

Top Class Music Performance

Congratulations to 2019 College Captain and all-round music star, Holly B. Her VET Music Performance Practical Examination was so impressive that the VCAA Assessors have included her in the program highlighting the most outstanding performances in 2019. Holly will perform alongside the top students representing many other schools around the state on Friday 13 March at Melbourne Recital Centre. We wish her a wonderful performance.

College Musical

This year’s College Musical, 'The Addams Family' has already thrown up many pleasant surprises and we are only two weeks into rehearsals. Leading the cast as Gomez and Morticia Addams are Roy J and Sarah K. Playing Lurch is Max H and Clarice C steps into her first principal role as Grandma Addams. The fun role of Pugsley is being shared by two Year 7 students, Cruz S and Luke M. The story is narrated by the follically-challenged Uncle Fester, played by Lewis M.

 

'The Addams Family' musical is really a love story between Wednesday Addams and her very ‘normal’ boyfriend Lucas Beineke. These pivotal roles will be played by Samantha S and Filipe F. Completing the principal cast are Marcus M and Charleigh M along with a company of almost 35 others. The production opens on Friday 24 July and tickets will go on sale at the end of Term 2.

 

Mr Michael Cooper

Director of Performing Arts

Physical Education

School Sports Victoria Year 9/10 Summer Sports Day

On Thursday 20 February, students from Years 9-10 and Years 11-12 tennis players represented Aitken College in the School Sports Victoria Woodlands Division. They competed against a number of different schools within the Hume City Council. The results from the day were:

All teams participated well and in great sportsmanship. Congratulations to the Senior Girls Tennis team who have progressed to the Northern Metropolitan Region on Tuesday 21 April. Students and parents can keep up to date with the latest information, sports dates and rules, via the School Sports Victoria website www.ssv.vic.edu.au

Mrs Natalie McNamara

Secondary Interschool Sports Coordinator

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) Term 1 2020 Applications

The Victorian Government has established a Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) to provide payments to eligible students to attend camps, sports and excursions. Families holding a valid means-tested concession card, Centrelink Health Care Card / Pension Concession Card or Veterans Affairs Gold Card or temporary foster parents are eligible to apply. An amount of $125.00 per year will be paid for eligible Primary school students, with $225.00 per year paid for eligible Secondary school students. Payments will go directly to the school account and be tied to the student. If you have not applied for 2020 application forms may be obtained from the College or downloaded from: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/about/programs/health/CSEF-Application-Form-2020.pdf  and must be lodged at the school by Friday 19 June 2020.  Eligibility criteria apply. For more details please refer to https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/Pages/csef.aspx 

 

Mr Petar Gajic

Finance Manager

College Activities

Kids ROC Easter Egg Hunt

The Kids ROC Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Aitken College on Tuesday 24 March from 3.30pm to 6.30pm in the Food Technology Building. There is a free sausage sizzle and bring your own drinks.

Class of 2018 Alumni 1 Year Reunion Friday 21 February 2020

What a happy bunch they are/were! More than thirty Alumni returned to the College to reconnect, reminisce about their recent history and share news about their lives ‘beyond Aitken’. Overseas/interstate travel, work commitments, and prior engagements accounted for another thirty apologies.

 

When asked about their most special memories of Aitken, responses included:

  • Meeting lifelong friends & having some great teachers
  • A particular highlight was the last few weeks of Year 12 including Celebration Day which I’ll remember for a long time
  • The abundance of clubs, activities and events. It really helps you build the skills and gives you experience that you can use later in life
  • The peace & quiet of the natural environment
  • The safe environment with teachers to really help and guide you.

Most of these Alumni are continuing their studies across diverse fields of interest. Some will be opening textbooks for the first time since finishing their VCE studies in 2018, having taken a GAP year. VCAL Alumni are enjoying their apprenticeships which combine on and off the job training.

 

The whole group photo captures the laughter in response to Mr Perri yelling ‘GO TO HOMEROOM’ which resonated more than a ‘say cheese’. The happy atmosphere of the occasion and the enjoyment of catching up with old friends was obvious.  When they gather next in 2023 there will be even more to share. Special thanks to the many staff in attendance. 

 

 

Class of 2004 & 2005 Alumni 15 Year Reunion Friday 28 February 2020

This reunion combining the Classes of 2004 & 2005 was an opportunity for Alumni to return to the College and share their ‘since Aitken’ news. It also provided a chance for us to show them what we’ve been doing while they’ve been conquering the world. Suffice to say that College staff were delighted to hear of Alumni success stories and Alumni were amazed (and a little jealous) of the new facilities and amenities on show.

 

Visiting Alumni represented a wide range of industries and occupations, too numerous to list in entirety. Some included:

Account/Sales Manager Event Manager
Builder General Manager Fashion
Computer Scientist Librarian
Counsellor Medical Scientist
Diesel Mechanic OHS officer
Director Secondary Teacher
Engineer Warehouse Manager

 

Cohort sizes in 2004 and 2005 were vastly different to those of today. Students completing Year 12 in 2004 were part of a group that numbered 57 in total. They believe firmly that this smaller number contributed to a ‘connectedness’ within the group and a greater sense of belonging. Perhaps that was why we couldn’t get them to leave the function!

 

Special guests at the reunion were Pam Robertson, Ron Lok and Rev Jeanne Beale whose contributions to the College and these Alumni during formative years is greatly appreciated.

 

When asked what made Aitken special to them Alumni responses were:

  • Lifelong friendships made – I still see many of my high school friends today
  • Strong sense of social justice I received from the school – I am an active Rotarian and a strong campaigner for LGBTIQ inclusion
  • The bond we had with the teachers
  • The musicals, camps and teachers. I am so blessed to still keep contact with many of my friends from the Class of 2005.

Congratulations to the Alumni of 2004 & 2005 on ll that you have achieved, and the people you have become. We look forward to seeing you in five years’ time.

 

 

Ms Rae Gibbs

Alumni Coordinator

Community Activities

New Players Welcome 2020 - Greenvale Football Club

Interested in playing football? New players welcome in all age groups.

 

Please see attached flyer for full details.

 

Business Directory

Mortgage Choice

A free service to find the best mortgage to suit you. We also provide an extensive Financial Planning Service for your needs.

Contact details: Chris Howitt

Address: PO Box 2139, Greenvale 3059

Telephone: 9333 4370

Mobile: 0401 334 599

Email: chris.howitt@mortgagechoice.com.au

Website: www.mortgagechoice.com.au/chris.howitt

 

JC Scaffolding Pty Ltd

Commercial Scaffolding

Contact details: Jason Charlton

Address: 41 Lara Way, Campbellfield 3061

Mobile: 0413 756 952

Email: jason@jcscaffolding.com.au

Website: www.jcscaffolding.com.au

 

Urban Tech Design

Pre-contract quality assessments for new home plans. Design, advice and reviews for proposed development marketing material.

Contact details: Ian Pumpa

Address: Kookaburra Close, Sunbury 3429

Mobile: 0408 061 672

Email:  info@urban-tech-design.com.au

Website: www.urban-tech-design.com.au

 

Fortitude Insurance Group

Fortitude Insurance Group are a boutique insurance advisory firm. Our breadth and depth of understanding across a large number of commercial insurance markets enables us to provide a variety of insurance solutions for commercial and corporate companies.

Contact details: Nicola Eyvaz

Address: 1/445 Keilor Road, Niddrie 3042

Telephone: 8548 3810

Mobile: 0412 235 941

Email: nicola@fortitudeinsurance.com.au

Website: www.fortitudeinsurance.com.au

 

Elite Partyz

Online Business - Elite Partyz makes organising events stress free and more convenient – all in one easy to use App. Invite guests, receive rsvp’s, manage budgets, purchase goods and book services directly through the App. You can set up your profile so users can start purchasing from listed businesses. Enjoy more features on our free to download App.

Contact details: Melissa Molinaro

Mobile: 0403 003 781

Email:  calabresemelissa@yahoo.com.au

Website: www.elitepartyz.com

 

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OSHC

Kelly Club Newsletter

Please click below for the full version of the Kelly Club newsletter

 

Aitken College Newsletter
Student Leaders 2020.pdf
2020 Career News 3.pdf
Student ICT Use Policy and Agreement 2020.pdf
Aladdin Order Form 2020.pdf
Business Directory Form 2020.pdf
Parents & Friends Volunteer Form 2020.pdf
College Volunteer Form 2020.pdf
2020 Hot Cross Bun Form.pdf
Business Directory Form 2020.pdf
Business Directory Form 2020.pdf
Stuck on you Flyer.pdf
Parents & Friends Volunteer Form 2020.pdf
College Volunteer Form 2020.pdf
Business Directory Form 2020.pdf
OSHC newsletter term 1 week 3.pdf
OSHC newsletter term 1 week 5.pdf
CSEF application form 2020.pdf
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