College Principal’s Report
We have been working hard on sourcing some great prizes for our college raffle this year. Nearly $2800 worth of prizes have been donated including Microsoft surface pro, Apple IPad, Sony Speaker, Toshiba portable hard drives, Bunnings, Kmart Gift cards, Campion Education Voucher and Book Hamper, Texas Instruments MathPrint Calculators and Peridot Theatre Company Tickets.
The college raffle is running online this year and tickets can be purchased via compasstix. Please support the college by purchasing either a $10 (5 tickets) or $20 (10 tickets) book. Feel free to forward the compasstix link to family and friends.
All proceeds will go towards supporting the college production ‘Seussical the Musical.’
Raffle tickets can be purchased online now via compasstix link: https://compasstix.com/e/v2ygbp7aym
Our online college raffle is due to close on Wednesday 4 August. Raffle to drawn and winners announced on Friday 6 August.
I would like to congratulate Sherry W of Year 9 who was awarded the golden medal in the 18 years and under category of the Melbourne division of the ‘Cultures of China-Water Cube Cup 2021 Chinese Songs Contest’.
Sherry has qualified to participate in the global grand final contest at the Beijing Olympic Water Cube. (This year it will be held online). This contest is a very important international singing contest for the global Chinese community, and we are so proud of what Sherry has achieved!
Sherry had this comment to share with us –
“The competition I participated in is an international singing competition for the global Chinese community. I came to know about it through one of my father’s friends, and decided to participate in it. I had been learning for 3 months this year under an Opera singer who has helped me increase my skill in singing drastically over that short period of time. Due to my lack of experience on stage, I found it difficult to overcome my stage fright. Thankfully, my father helped me prepare for the stage and I was able to pass the first rounds successfully with the highest score. The second round was more difficult, with a harder song and a shorter time limit. Fortunately, I was able to successfully polish my singing by then, and also won this time with the gold medal. Now, however, I am going into the international rounds, and if not for COVID, I would be in Beijing by next month, and I hope to be able to achieve a high score and make it past the preliminary international round.”
Australian Society of Medical Research School Quiz
I am delighted to announce the winners of the Victorian ASMR School Quiz 2021. There were three categories of years 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 and eight winners overall.
Our school had the highest number of participants in this year’s ASMR Quiz in Victoria and the most brilliant outcome with 3 winners! Congratulations to our talented students and thank you to the staff who supported this quiz.
Winners of ASMR School Quiz 2021:
Victoria State 1st Prize Winner for Year 8 – Presented to Kayden L
Victoria State 2nd Prize Winner for Year 8 – Presented to Adith D
Victoria State 2nd Prize Winner for Year 11 – Presented to Sophia C
Congratulations Kayden, Adith and Sophia!
Australian Business and Community Network Accelerate Scholarship Program
Applications are now open for a scholarship supporting Year 10 students facing economic, family or social challenges that impact their studies or capacity to achieve their tertiary pathway.
The three-year Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN) Accelerate Scholarship program provides students with a dedicated corporate mentor and financial support.
This includes time with the mentor to help set goals and develop valuable workplace skills and $7000 in financial assistance over a three-year period. Students can spend the financial assistance on study materials, education costs and transport.
All Year 10 students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply.
Students must also meet two out of the three categories to be eligible:
- demonstrated commitment and high engagement in academic schoolwork
- demonstrated responsibility and organisation as a leader at school or in extra-curricular activities
- demonstrated commitment and dedication to community service and sports, including those in need and their extended family unit or team.
How to apply:
Interested students should speak to Miss Dureau, Head of Student Voice about the application process and their eligibility.
As part of the application, students must submit a short essay addressing the topic ‘The difference this ABCN scholarship will make to my life and the community around me’, and include the following responses:
- the benefits of having a mentor
- what the student would use the scholarship funds for
- the impact they would have in their community.
The application must be submitted by the principal on behalf of the student. Applications close Friday 20 August. Scholarship recipients will be informed in October 2021.
Get Active Victoria
When children participate in regular physical activity, it boosts their physical and mental health and improves academic performance. Physical activity throughout the day also improves concentration, and the ability to retain information and solve problems.
There are many benefits to being active and getting your move on, but a lot of children aren’t moving enough, particularly while learning from home.
15 minutes 4 times a day is all it takes.
To help support your children to stay active while learning from home, families can access a range of free COVIDSafe ideas to stay active and games through Get Active Victoria.
Families should remember that whatever gets children moving, gets them active.
The Get Active Kids Voucher Program
Does your child love sport and being active? Does your family have a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card? You may be eligible for up to $200 to put towards the cost of your child’s participation in physical activities. The Get Active Kids Voucher Program helps eligible families get their kids involved in organised sport and active recreation activities.
Under the program, children may be eligible to receive up to $200 to help with the cost of membership and registration fees, uniforms, and equipment.
Special consideration also applies for children named on their own Australian Government Health Care Card or residing in care services as well as temporary or provisional visa holders, undocumented migrants or international students.
Applications for vouchers in round two of the program close at 5pm Friday 30 July. For eligibility requirements and to apply, visit the Get Active Victoria website.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources
It can be challenging to process and manage changes to routines and the uncertainty that comes with COVID-19 and related restrictions – including moving to remote learning.
To support our school community during this time, resources and support are available for parents, carers and families.
These resources will help to support the mental health and wellbeing of our students and the young people in our care during this time.
I encourage everyone in our community to access these resources and take care of themselves during this time.
Services and support for students and their families
A Quick Guide to Student Mental Health and Wellbeing resources is available for students, parents and carers looking to access expert guidance and resources to support wellbeing.
Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our students remains our priority this year, especially during the continued COVID-19 pandemic and while students are learning from home during the current circuit breaker restrictions.
For students, the guide includes resources to support their own mental health and wellbeing.
- Advice and resources for students about ways to adapt their learning during COVID-19, to look after themselves and where to get help.
- Wellbeing activities featuring AFL and AFLW players with tips on managing stress, staying active and gratitude.
- Kick it with Victory physical activities with Melbourne Victory Football Club.
- Smiling Mind mindfulness activities for senior secondary school students, including short videos, online tip sheets and meditations
The guide also includes resources and supports for parents and carers to help them build their child’s physical and mental health and wellbeing. This includes:
- resources to support children’s physical, mental health and wellbeing
- wellbeing activities and conversation starters
- Raising Learners podcast series
- how to talk to your child about COVID-19.
Wellbeing guidance for parents and carers is also available on the Department’s website, or through the confidential parent support hotline, Parentline, available 8am to midnight, seven days a week. Phone: 13 22 89.
Mrs Karen Wade