MWSC College News – Issue 7

17th May 2019

Read all the latest news and events happening at Mount Waverley Secondary College in this edition of MWSC college news.

Photo: Staff and students at Generations in Jazz Festival – Mt Gambier 3 – 5 May

Upcoming Events

Sep
2
Mon
German Study Tour
Sep 2 – Sep 29 all-day
Sep
6
Fri
VYL India Program
Sep 6 – Sep 28 all-day
Sep
17
Tue
Year 9 Food Studies – QVM & Botanic Gardens
Sep 17 all-day
Sep
20
Fri
Term 3 ends
Sep 20 all-day
Year 9 Wellbeing Day
Sep 20 all-day

Wellbeing day aligns with the strategic goal to improve the wellbeing and resilience of all students. Year 9 students will participate in activities to improve their emotional awareness and build capacity to self regulate by developing effective coping strategies. The activities will have a focus on positive wellbeing.

College Principal’s Report

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District Cross Country   

Our students have continued the Mount Waverley Secondary College tradition of participating in large numbers in sport by their active involvement in the school cross country event.  It is rewarding to see our students committing themselves to leading a life of fun and fitness through participating in sport whilst also learning the life-long skills and values of team work and good sportsmanship.

The District Cross Country event took place on Tuesday 7 May.  Mount Waverley Secondary College performed extremely well on the day with over 150 students participating. I congratulate all of the students who competed and represented our college with pride.  Thanks to Mr Matt Cara and Mr Danny Gwynne for all of their hard work in getting the team ready for this event.

Well done to the following students who will now compete at the zone level on Tuesday 18 June:

Oliver C Reilly B Imogen T Johanna L
Charlie B Kyle N Connor S Maruf A
Jeffrey N Stefan M Jessica B Emily H
Hannah R Jaquelyn G Sonya M Nathan T
Nick F Joseph H Dhashan N Thomas S
Monique L Emma T Merryn H Caitlyn B
Stefanie C Richard A Jack A Izak B
Ashwin B Nicholas C Harrison C Alec F
Sam G Viola H Tom H Gabby H
Hannah K Lilly R Alannah T Vidushi W
Isabella D Morris D Taya F Elise H
Tessa L Zali M Ethan K Mitch F
Dulith M Luke F Blair G Daniel B
Venla-Linnea K

 

Ourschool Program

On Thursday 9 May we hosted visitors at the college who made an election promise re the Ourschool Program. This is a pilot program that we have been involved in for the last two years.

Labor has committed $3.5 million over four years to fund a national pilot program called Ourschool. Ourschool is a not-for-profit program that helps public schools to build thriving alumni communities to benefit current students, future students and public schools.

Shadow Assistant Minister for Schools, Andrew Giles, was joined by Member for Lalor and former state school Principal, Joanne Ryan, and Labor’s candidate for Chisholm, Jennifer Yang, at Mount Waverley Secondary College to commit a Shorten Labor Government to supporting a national pilot of the Ourschool program.

“Ourschool has been a great success, effectively communicating success stories of alumni with students, and providing a meaningful pathway for alumni to engage students through career advice and work experience,” Mr Giles said.

Caroline Milburn, Ourschool’s director and founder said, “We established Ourschool to meet these needs and we’re delighted that this funding would allow us to help more students in public schools”.

 

 

Bond University Mooting Competition

Three of our Year 11 Legal Studies students; Devnish D, Lucas B and Yadukulan B attended a Mooting Competition at Bond University on the Gold Coast last week. Over 100 teams from Queensland and interstate were involved. Special thanks to Mrs Ersilia Bruno, one of our Legal Studies teachers who accompanied them. It was a very long and tiring day and the students represented the college with pride. We will find out shortly if they have reached the finals which will be held in June.

 

 

Generations in Jazz Competition

Congratulations to all of the students and staff who attended the New Generations in Jazz Competition recently in Mount Gambier. This is a wonderful experience for our students and all of the bands; Stage Band, Jazz Combo and Jazz Band, performed extremely well and received great critiques. This musical experience would not be possible without the efforts of our dedicated and hard-working instrumental music staff who gave up their weekend to drive and supervise our students at this prestigious competition. My sincere thanks goes to Mrs Tijtje Keatley our Director of Music, Mr Nathan Liow, Mr Damien Maughan, Ms Alahana Somerville, Mr Joseph Yu and Mr James Davies.

 

Magnificent Work of College Support Staff                               

On Thursday16 May Education Support staff were acknowledged and celebrated for their contribution to the college.  We are very fortunate to have a terrific team of support staff helping to care for and education your children, and run our college.  Our Education Support staff, to mention a few, include our friendly and caring Admin and Finance staff, Integration Assistants, Nurses,  Interpreter/EAL Assistants, Resource Centre, Science Laboratory and Food Tech staff, as well as skilled maintenance and ICT staff.
It is such personnel who are quiet achievers and who so admirably support our teaching staff in effectively delivering the curriculum.  This large team of personnel are ably led by our talented Business Manager Ms Gabe Windsor.  On behalf of the college community I wish to thank our Education Support staff for their significant contribution to our college.

Term 2 Working Bee

Our Term 2 Working Bee will be held this Sunday 19 May on the Junior Campus. There are many tasks we need to attend to including planting, mulching and weeding. If you have any time to spare between 9am and 12 noon on this day we would love to see you.

 

Preparing for Examinations

At this time of year our students are diligently studying for their outcomes and exams.  It has been pleasing to see students studying in the library and VCE Centre, attending Homework Club, catching up with teachers for additional support and attending revision classes to ensure they are thoroughly prepared for their exams.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish each student all the best for their SACs and exams.  I am sure they will be rewarded with results that reflect the hard work that has been undertaken throughout the first semester.  Our learning community is proud of the way our students approach their learning, whether it be academic studies, learning a musical instrument, mastering a drama performance, or representing our college in one of our many leadership programs.  Our students and teachers approach all activities with great enthusiasm, matching this with hard work and knowing they will achieve success by giving their best.

 

Exam Dates

Year 9 :  Monday 3 June – Friday 7 June
Year 10 :  Monday 27 May – Friday 31 May and Tuesday 11 June – Thursday 13 June
Year 11 : Monday 3 June – Thursday 13 June
Year 12 SACs :  Monday 4 June – Thursday 13 June
General Achievement Test (GAT) :  Wednesday 12 June

 

 

Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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Mount Matters

Our 2019 Mount Matters on the Junior Campus are up and running for both Year 7 and Year 8 students. These sessions have provided an opportunity for those student representatives from each home group to discuss what is going well at the college and how we can further develop. The sessions were expertly run by our Year 8 Student Leaders which has been great to see them develop the leadership capacity of their peers and younger students. We look forward to the next sessions which rotate and run on a fortnightly basis for each year level. Thank you to Miss Sarah Smith, Miss Hayley Dureau, Mr John Simon and Miss Lauren Kelly for their efforts in leading this initiative. Thank you to our Junior School Coordinators for their efforts in supporting this program.

 

Positive Education

Last Tuesday our Year 7 students undertook the Character Strengths Survey which followed a presentation from Miss Emma Kerr, our Acting Head of Positive Education, at their Year Level Assembly. Thank you to Miss Kerr and our Period 1 teachers for their efforts in providing this opportunity for our students, along with the Junior School Team for their support of this initiative.

 

NAPLAN

This week our Year 7 students have commenced their NAPLAN testing. This testing provides a snapshot for students on their performance in Literacy and Numeracy, with students receiving results later in the year. We look forward to analysing these results, along with the other learning data such as On Demand and classroom data, to reflect on the improvement and growth of students and our learning and teaching programs. Thank you to Mr John Simon and Mr Jason McCrae for overseeing this on our Junior Campus, and Mr Greg Campbell for supporting this testing period with excellent organisation.

 

Student Attitudes to School Survey

On Friday 10 May we conducted the Student Attitudes to School Survey on the Junior Campus. Thank you to Mr John Simon and Miss Lauren Kelly for overseeing this. Thank you to our teachers for their flexibility in supporting this as we aim to gain feedback from our students related to their learning and experiences at the college this year.

 

World Challenge 2020

Next week we are hosting an information session for interested (current Year 9 and 10) students and families regarding the World Challenge Expedition to Borneo in September 2020. Over the past week representatives from World Challenge have spoken with our Year 9 and 10 students at their Year Level Assembly. We look forward to launching the expedition in the near future.

 

Guardian Angels

Over the coming weeks we will be launching our 2019 Guardian Angels program which includes a number of Year 12 students coming back to the Junior Campus and running activities with our Year 7 students during home group on one day a week. This is a wonderful program and provided further support to our Year 7 students from our Senior Students. Thank you to Ms Linda Crook, Year 12 Coordinator, for her efforts in working with the Year 12 Student Leaders to organise this program.

 

 

 

Mr Andrew Batchelor
Campus Principal – Junior School

 

 

 

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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Year 11 Careers Expo

On Friday 3 May the Year 11 students and teachers attended the Careers Expo at Caulfield Racecourse. It was great to see the students talking to staff at different university stands, collecting resources and attending seminars on VCE.

Thanks to the students for their co-operation and excellent behaviour, thanks to the staff who attended and Mrs Stephanie Thomas for her work in co-ordinating the excursion.

 

Year 10 and 11 Applications for Northern Hemisphere Timetable (NHT) VCE

On Wednesday evening the college ran an information evening regarding the NHT VCE. The program provides students with an opportunity to start a VCE subject mid-year. Thanks to the parents and students who attended. Mr Jason Nicholas (Head of Senior School) and myself presented options for students to consider. There is an application form and a selection process. The form is due in by 4:00 pm on Tuesday 21 May, 2019.
Please email Jason (nic@mwsc.vic.edu.au ) or myself (caj@mwsc.vic.edu.au) if you were unable to attend the evening or if you have any questions.

 

Year 11 students – Mooting Competition at Bond University

Three of our Year 11 Legal Studies students; Devnith D, Lucas B and Yadukulan B attended a Mooting Competition at Bond University on the Gold Coast last week. Over 100 teams from Queensland and interstate were involved. Thanks to Ms Ersilia Bruno (Legal Studies teacher) who took them. It was a very long and tiring days and the students represented the college with pride. We will find out shortly if they have reached the finals which are held in June.

Year 12 SAC Week

Our VCE students studying a Unit 3 & 4 subject will be completing a number of their Unit Three SACs in ‘SAC Week’ which starts on Monday 3 June. It provides students with an opportunity to focus on their assessment exclusively and also ensures that subjects with multiple classes are able to have all students completing the assessment task at the same time.

 

Professional Learning Week

Next week our staff have been attending workshops and sessions run by their colleagues. It provides an opportunity for staff to collaborate, share their expertise and improve their teaching and student learning. The sessions highlight the skills and experience of our staff at the college.

 

The Arts

Drama Performances

Audiences will have the opportunity to attend performances by our Year 11 Drama students (this evening) and next week the Year 10 and 12 Drama students. Performances will take place in the Theatrette and staff, students and family are invited. Thanks to all of the students involved and to our Drama teachers Ms Jane Abley and Ms Jane Carter.

Year 10 and VCE Music Recitals

Our Music students will be performing next week. There are two recitals on the 20th and the 24th May. Some of our Year 10 students performed last week in a new soiree introduced this year. Thanks to all of the students for their hard work in preparing for this and to Mrs Tijtje Keatley, Director of Music and our hardworking Music and Instrumental Music staff.

 

Reporting – First Semester

Reports will be distributed via Compass at the end of this term. As communicated previously to parents. The reports will contain detailed feedback on each of the Common Assessment or Learning Tasks or School Assessed Coursework, in the case of VCE subjects, completed by students and the grade for the semester exam (Year 9, 10 and 11 students). There will also be information on student learning behaviour and reporting on Victorian Curriculum progress where applicable. Please check Compass to keep up to date with information regarding this.

 

Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal-Senior School

 

Student Voice Report

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Victorian Young Leaders to India (VYL India) Pilot Program

Congratulations to Year 9 students Charlotte, Yianni, Nivethan, Kes, Talyssa and Lachlan, who have been selected to take part in the Department of Education and Training’s Victorian Young Leaders to India (VYL India) Pilot Program. They will travel to India in September this year, along with students from seven other Victorian schools.

 

The McWhirter Conference 2019

The McWhirter Foundation has been holding its highly regarded Year 11 student conference at Oxford University each year for the last forty years. More recently the Foundation has also been holding a second annual conference at Cambridge University. Building on the success of the conferences in the UK, the Foundation is expanding its network to include students in Australia, and Mount Waverley Secondary College has been invited to select two Year 11 students to the McWhirter Conference this year.

The inaugural Australian conference will be held at the University of Melbourne on 11 & 12 July 2019.  The theme for the conference in Melbourne is “Who should set the limits on free speech?”, and Dame Quentin Bryce is the Patron for the conference in Australia.

The conferences offer a unique educational opportunity for the next generation of school leavers, providing a forum where students listen to others, put forward their own ideas, debate and gain confidence. The conferences aim to encourage students to think about how they may be able to participate in shaping the future. Many past students describe the experience as ‘life changing’ and have been inspired to pursue further education and career options they may not have otherwise considered.

Year 11 Student Leaders have been invited to apply for this amazing opportunity, and we look forward to announcing the successful applicants in the coming week.

 

Student Voice – Teacher Feedback Surveys

The Teach the Teacher Feedback survey was created in 2015 by a group of students who worked with teachers to develop the survey in an effort to enhance student voice, and strengthen student-teacher relationships. The survey was first implemented in 2016, and a second edition of the survey was released in 2017 after consultation with students, teachers and school leaders. The survey is now used across the college by teachers in all learning areas to collect feedback from their students.

In 2019 Mount Waverley Secondary College is excited to be involved in a Research Project with Monash University, looking into the impact of student feedback on classroom practice.

At the end of Term 1, students in Years 7, 9 and 11 provided feedback to their English and Science teachers through the Panorama platform. In the coming weeks, the teachers involved will receive a summary of their students’ feedback.

On Tuesday 28 May staff across both campuses will be involved in a Professional Learning Community meeting with a focus on student feedback. Staff involved in the Monash University project will work with lead researcher Dr Ilana Finefter-Rosenbluh to work through their data, and the remaining staff will be involved in a separate session, reflecting on their Teach the Teacher survey data.

 

Mount Matters

Mount Matters sessions are running fortnightly at Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11, and also with Grade 3-6 representatives at Mount Waverley North Primary School. Thank you to all of the staff who continue to support Mount Matters. A special thank you to the Junior School sub-school team for their time and effort in mentoring our Year 8 student leaders to facilitate the sessions. Thank you to our Business Manager Gabe Windsor for attending many of the session so far this term, to Matt Cara for working with our Year 10 Mount Matters team this week to plan for the upcoming Middle School Uno Competition, and of course to Deb Munro, who continues to make countless hot chocolates on the Senior Campus each week!

 

Term 2 Casual Clothes Day

The Term 2 Casual Clothes Day will be on Friday 21 June. Money raised will go towards supporting our College Production – The Adams Family. Our Year 11 Leadership Team are in the process of organising a range of lunchtime activities on the day.

 

Very Special Weeks

Our Year 12 Prefects and Captains have been planning a number of activities and events for the last two weeks of Term 2, with the aim of raising money and awareness for Very Special Kids https://www.vsk.org.au/

 

 

Miss Hayley Dureau
Head of Student Voice

 

 

Music Director’s Report

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Generations in Jazz – Mt Gambier   3 – 5 May

34 students and 5 staff traveled to Mount Gambier for the annual Generation in Jazz Festival. This year MWSC took 3 ensembles, a wonderful achievement and growth from 2018 where we only took one. All three ensembles had to prepare a “test song” that all the bands in that division played.

The Stage Band, directed by Mr Nathan Liow, went up a division after placing 2nd in division 4 in 2018.  Division 3, was a step up with much harder set music and tougher competition. The ensemble did the college proud, placing 6th out of 28 ensembles that consisted largely of music schools and private schools. The stage band also scored the highest in the division for their ballad, featuring Year 10, Chris R on the trombone.

The Jazz Band, directed by myself, entered the festival for the first time in Division 5, the non-competitive division. Despite this, the ensemble, comprised of over half, who have only learnt their instrument or a little over 12 months, rose to the occasion, and played a challenging program of a swing song, a ballad and a song in a Latin style. The adjudicator had nothing but praise for the young ensemble which also included a music mentor student, Noah K  from Mount Waverley Primary School on the Baritone Saxophone.

The College also entered a Small Jazz Combo for the first time, directed by Mr Damien Maughan. This small group of 5 students, played wonderfully demonstrating the students love of jazz and improvisation. Placing 10th out of a pool of 20 schools, it was a valiant effort for the group and once again, the adjudicator had nothing but praise for the ensemble.

Over the weekend the students had the opportunity  to attend concerts and workshops with Australian and International Jazz Artists.
A huge thank-you to the ensemble directors, and the staff who volunteered to drive the buses, Ms Alahana Somerville and Mr Joseph Yu.  Also to  all of the music staff who helped to prepare the ensembles giving up time in the holidays to come and take sectional rehearsals.

All staff and students who attended Generations in Jazz

Students with Ross Irwin – Assistant Music Director – Generations in Jazz

 

  

Royal Melbourne Hospital Performance – 9 May

 On Friday, the clarinet and flute ensembles along with the junior choir travelled the the Royal Melbourne Hospital for a very special performance. Our students participated in a workshop on Music Therapy and how it is incorporated in the hospital to make a positive influence on the lives of patients.

Our students was then able to perform in a concert for the patients, families and visitors of the hospital. It was truly a wonderful and rewarding experience

The group have planned upcoming lunchtime concerts at both Campus’ to showcase the musical talents of the students at the college.

Thank-you to ensemble directors: Ms Alahana Somervile, Ms Melissa Knowles and Mr Tom Frost who supervised this excursion for these music students.

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Music Mentor Program 2019

Our Music Mentor Program has continued to grow and develop in 2019, with 8 students across 4 ensembles joining the program from local primary schools. The primary aged students who are advanced on their instruments are given the chance to play in a MWSC ensemble and participate in weekly rehearsals, concerts and festivals. These students are matched with a mentor from the college. Congratulations to these 8 students who are contributing to the success of music at the college.

 

Year 10 Recital

On Friday 10 May, the Year 10 classroom students performed in the first ever, Year 10 recital. Family and friends were invited along to see these students perform a musical work. Congratulations to these young students who performed with musicality and poise after much preparation.

 

Reminder – Music uniform

A reminder that all students enrolled in the music program must be dressed in FULL music uniform for performances. Please see below for the details and note that black pants must be tailored (not tracksuit pants, leggings or jeans). In future concerts, failure to wear the correct uniform may result in the student not being able to perform:

BOYS:

  • MWSC music shirt (tucked in)
  • Black tailored pants, no denim, tracksuit pants or grey school trousers
  • Black belt
  • Black socks
  • Black leather school shoes (polished)

GIRLS:

  • MWSC music shirt (tucked in) Black Tailored Pants, no denim, tracksuit pants, grey school trousers or leggings
  • Black Socks
  • Black Leather School Shoes (polished)

 

MUSIC – Upcoming dates  

Please check Compass Permissions to see if your child is involved

  • 20 & 22 May Soirees, Senior Campus Theatrette, 6:30pm Gold Coin Donation for audience members
  • 23 May Year 12 Recital, Senior Campus Music Centre, 6:30pm free entry
  • 28 May – NEVR Concert, Hamer Hall (Selected students involved)
  • 30 May – Year 11 Recital, Senior Campus Music Centre, 6:30pm free entry
  • Week 6 (commencing 27 May) – Internal CAT Assessments all MWSC Instrumental students 7-12 (school hours)

 

 

Mrs Tijtje Keatley
Music Director

From the Sports Desk

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Division Cross Country – 8 May

Tuesday 8 May, Norton’s Park was host to the annual Waverley Division Cross Country competition. Over 150 students from both campuses participated in perfect conditions with over one third making it through to the regional finals! Congratulations to all who participated and a special mention to the below students who won medals in their age groups and to the 17-21 year old girls who made it through as a team!

Go Mount Go!

GOLD: 
Nathan T : 17-21 boys
SILVER:
Izak B : 14 boys
Gabby H : 14 girls
Ethan K : 16 boys
BRONZE:
Charlie B : 15 boys
Jess B : 16 girls
Nick F : 17-21 boys
Monique L : 27-21 boys
17-21 Girls Team
Monique L
Venla-Linnea K
Merryn H
Caitlin B
Stefanie C

Mr Matt Cara & Mr Danny Gwynne
Sports Coordinators

 

 

Senior Girls Netball – 10 May

The Senior Netball girls had a great day on Friday 10 May.  Team A won all of their early games but unfortunately just missed out on the overall win with a nail biter match against Vermont SC to finish off the day. The B team also placed first in their division.  Special mention to Rylee P  who scored 47 goals over the day – what an amazing achievement.   ~ Ms Emma Kerr

Careers News

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All families

Attached is a PDF of tertiary open days  for parents to use for planning purposes. Open days occur throughout the year at some of our local TAFES and annually for many universities and private providers. Students can collect promotional material about 2020 courses from the Careers room. Parents are encouraged to attend open days with students. If you start attending over the course of a student’s schooling it enables students to investigate the many campuses and options available for consideration. Many institutions offer other visit and engagement opportunities and these are promoted through the Careers newsletter and directly to relevant aged students by email.

Year 12 families

For example Year 12s were this week emailed about an opportunity to attend a breakfast organised by “Our School(a not-for-profit alumni program that will help former students connect with their old state schools) at PwC  in June for students interested in considering working full-time in Business or Technology whilst obtaining qualifications that can pathway to a degree. A copy of the information is attached so you can talk to your Year 12 about attending the breakfast. Interested students need to email Stephanie Thomas regarding their interest in the next week to confirm their place. MWSC has 10 places available and they will be allocated as students respond.
Mrs Stephanie Thomas
Careers Coordinator

The Careers Expo

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The Careers Expo – 3 May 2019

by Rebecca M  (Year 11)

The Careers Expo was a great educational experience that allowed me and my peers to think about our future. It gave us the opportunity to talk to universities, TAFEs and potential career areas that we could pursue after school or even begin looking into currently in Year 11. Seminars were held all throughout the day about each and every course so every student could attend one or more that they were interested in. Information booths providing pamphlets, giveaways and the answers to the many questions we had were engaging, exciting and presenters were approachable and encouraging of our future pathways. I was able to discuss my ideas and decisions with people representing institutions such as Deakin, Swinbourne and Monash University, however, there were Universities from all over the country. 

Overall, the experience was very enjoyable and I was enlightened by opportunities and new ideas for my future.

VCE Geography Fieldtrip to Volcanic Plains

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Students Lead an Expedition along Lava-Laden Landscape

 By Jack T (Year 10)

On Tuesday 30 April , Mrs Thomas‘s VCE Geography class boarded a mini  bus driven by Mr Laan and drove off to the Newer Volcanic Province of South Eastern Australia to investigate the ways the ancient volcanoes affected the landscape.

On a trip fraught with snacks, naps, and definitely (at least somewhat) occasional research, twelve students, Mrs Thomas and Mr Laan went for a overnight field trip that aimed to investigate our research question: “What was the effect of volcanic activity on the environment and on past and present human use? Are people prepared for a future eruption?” This question was carefully chosen for our Unit 1 in VCE Geography, hazards and disasters.

The trip went to such areas such as Penshurst and Colac and we visited many incredible natural formations such as Mount Leura and Mount Sugarloaf, Red Rock, Byaduk Caves, and my personal favourite, the Budj Bim lava flows in the Indigenous Protected Area near Portland.

The whole group learnt so many fascinating things about volcanic activity through our multitude of local guides, including (but not limited to) Jill from the Penshurst Volcano Discovery Centre; Farmer and self taught volcanologist Darryl, who is also from the centre, but additionally took us to Mount Rouse and an old scoria quarry to see the rock strata in the quarry walls; and Leigh, an indigenous educator who took us around parts of the Indigenous Protected Area and taught us so much about how Aboriginal Australians lived off the land and about their culture.

For example, did you know that the oldest works of engineering ever discovered on the planet was from indigenous people using scoria boulders to funnel fish downstream into a waiting net? Or that indigenous Australians have recently been discovered to have had long-term settlements proving that they weren’t as nomadic as we originally thought? It was fascinating to see how history was being rewritten in our own backyard.

And at night, many people had their first ever experience eating camp food (some delicious burgers, courtesy of Mrs Thomas and student cooks) and of sleeping in a tent. We also went to a cemetery after dark so we could investigate past settlers lifespans!

After all the fun was had and field trip booklets filled, we were absolutely exhausted when we crawled in the bus and headed back home.

Many thanks to Mr Laan for being an awesome bus driver the whole time and to Mrs Thomas for organising an awesome trip.

 

Message from the Nurses

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I Don’t Feel Well…

School is not only an environment for sharing knowledge but also the ideal environment for sharing micro-organisms and students will get sick from time to time. The decision on whether to keep your child home from school is often difficult to assess in the rush of the daily morning activities.

A student with a fever (temperature over 37.5oC) should be kept home from school and not return until they have been fever-free for 24 hours. 

Students with vomiting or diarrhoea should be kept home until symptoms are absent for 24 hours.

Skin rashes and eye infections should be assessed by a GP before your child returns to daily contact with other students.

Coughs, sore throats and runny noses can be treated symptomatically. If there is no fever, and your child feels well, then they can attend school.

Emotional stress can manifest itself as physical symptoms such as abdominal pain, headaches, diarrhoea and even vomiting. It is important to monitor school activities in regards to homework, exams, project deadlines and friendship groups as these can often be a cause of disharmony and anxiety in some children.

When assessing whether your child should attend school you should also consider whether your child can participate comfortably in school activities or whether keeping them home will enable them to recuperate faster, together with the need to balance the student’s school attendance with the risk of spreading the illness to other students and staff.

If in doubt, “Nurse on Call” Tel. 1300606 024, is available for expert health information and advice 24 hours, 7 days.

School nurses can be contacted to discuss any health concerns.

 

 

College Nurses

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