A great finish to Education Week with Walk to School Day, a super breakfast from our Wellbeing team and delicious fried rice at lunchtime.
On Friday 19th May nine of our students took part in a VicSRC Student Voice Workshop in Warrnambool. The day was designed to allow students to work with other schools to identify common issues and share ways of dealing with these issues so that student voice is heard and acted on. Ideas from the day will now be shared with the senior student leadership team and house groups so that the next step to taking action can begin. I would like to thank the following students for their open-mindedness and enthusiasm on the day: Reggie Sciascia-Kennedy, Jordan Loader, Leah Johnson, Keely Moore, Sam Williams, Ali McKenzie, Issac Fowler, Jack Lehmann and Jackson Boyden.
Anthea Good—Student Leadership Co-ordinator
Week 3 was mental health week. It was a very successful week, in fact we successfully raised close to $500 which will be donated to Headspace in Warrnambool.
We held many events during the week. We sold jelly with lollipops in it to celebrate the start of the week. There was a daily colouring in competition and we had a quiz question on two of the days. The P-4s were lucky enough to have a yoga session and the 5-7s did some mindful colouring in during housegroup. Both the 8-10s and 5-7s had a talk about mental health with a focus on stress and some things you can do when you are feeling stressed. We had wake n shake for the P-4s which was a lot of fun and we finished the week off with a free dress day and sausage sizzle.
We would like to say thanks to the following people:
The whole leadership team for the support, you guys where amazing and really spiked our confidence to help us keep going.
Mr. Good, Mrs. Good, Kerry Boyden & Mrs. Carmody for making sure all things we wanted to do would be achieved.
A special thanks to Jenni Goddard for her talk, it was amazing.
Jo van den Huevel who volunteered her time and ran a yoga session for the P-4’s.
The mentors and P-4 teachers for allowing us to use some of your class time.
Mr. DeManser, Lucy Barry, Nirvana Cameron and Mia Richie for making the Jelly.
Lucas Johnson & Simon Atkinson for help with the barbeque and clean up on Friday.
Mrs.D for helping take photos and keeping our heads around the right way.
Jack Lehmann, Keely Moore and Sam Williams for all your help though out the week and the preparation.
The office ladies for all their help.
Prize winners for the week were:
for our Quiz we have two winners - Hailie Coladonato and Brooke Harfoot.
For the coloring competition - Holly Fowler, Katy Jarvie, Khyana Burges, Julia Mann, Vana Cameron & Steevie Collins
We would like to say a huge thanks to the whole school community for their generosity.
The 5-7 Leadership Team
Zoee Boyden, Liam Schuuring, Grace Wareham, Oliver Martin, Tasha Killen and Mitchell Hughes
Anzac Day commemorations
Monday’s Anzac assembly was a special occasion for all at Mortlake College. Our school captains, Erin McGuigan and Sasha Frith welcomed members of the Mortlake RSL branch and President, Merv Hampson spoke about the importance of Anzac Day and, in particular, the courage and bravery shown by young members of the armed services during war. It is always a privilege for our school community to have the RSL members lead a special assembly for both Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.
Special thanks to President, Merv Hampson and Vice President, Steve Hubbard, Secretary Bill Vale, and also members Errol Harris and John McGuigan for giving up their time to attend our special assembly and address students and staff.
On Anzac Day it was wonderful to see so many Mortlake College students proudly representing their school in the Mortlake march and paying their respects to our servicemen and women. Our school captains, Erin and Sasha laid a wreath on behalf of the school community.
Thank you to all the students who attended and also the parents who ensured that their children were able to participate in such an important occasion.
Tuesday’s student leadership assembly formally inducted students appointed to a leadership role in 2017. Presentations were made to our senior leaders, our house captains and our bus captains. As always a highlight of the assembly was the introduction of the Prep children by the Year 12s.
Our guest speaker at the assembly was former pupil, Ellin Stewart. Ellin completed Year 12 in 2007 and after a number of years working in the retail sector she undertook further study and began work in the field of beauty therapy. Ellin has continued to study and last year she combined full-time work with a course in make-up which was held in Melbourne each Monday and Tuesday. The salon Ellin works for, “Miss Kit,” won an Australia-wide competition in 2016 as the ‘Salon Team of the Year’ at the Australian Beauty Industry Awards. Ellin highlighted how important it is to enjoy the work you do and she said she loves her career and every morning looks forward to the day ahead. It was great to hear Ellin’s story and I’m sure what she said will have resonated with many students.
Last Wednesday at the Lighthouse Theatre in Warrnambool the 2016 Youth Achiever Awards for Warrnambool City and Moyne Shire were announced. Congratulations to the following students for being nominated:
Bree Cummins who was nominated in the Academic category
Erin McGuigan who was nominated for Community Leadership
Isaac Wareham who was nominated for Sport
Cooper Lower and Jacob Pugh who were nominated in the Arts and Culture category.
Special congratulations to the following four students who were the recipients of significant awards on the night;
Jacob was the overall winner in the Arts and Culture section for Moyne
Isaac and Bree were runners –up in the Moyne Overall Achiever of the Year
Cooper was the winner of the Warrnambool Overall Achiever of the Year.
Congratulations also to our Moyne Youth Council members- Jackie Cooper, Sam Williams, Jackson Boyden and Issac Fowler who all played an important role on the night and in the period leading into the presentations.
On Thursday 3rd November, all students from Years 8 to 10 attended the Questacon Science Show. Because of our long-standing tradition of hosting Questacon science shows, they contacted us asking if they could trial a new show before they go Australia wide. Two university students (Tyrone & Miz) from the Australia National University (Canberra) conducted a show based on “Liquid Nitrogen”. If you don’t know, Liquid Nitrogen boils at -196oC (compared to water which boils at +100oC). So when you put liquid nitrogen into contact with things at room temperature, some amazing things happen. When you put them into contact with boiling water, a spectacular vapour cloud forms.
Pictured Above: Tyrone and Miz put some Liquid Nitrogen into a coffee container. Within seconds, the lid is blown off.
Pictured Left: Students get some hands on experience from the result of pouring boiling water on to liquid nitrogen.
The students found it very entertaining but they also learnt about some practical applications of using liquid nitrogen and why it is important to understand the science behind very cold substances.
Miz and Tyrone also spoke about why they each chose to study science at university and what they are currently doing at University. They work at Questacon part-time and encourage families to visit Questacon if they are ever passing through Canberra.
It was probably the best performance I have ever seen from the travelling Questacon Road Show and I would like to thank Questacon for wanting to visit our school.
On Friday the 28th of October the year 4,5 and 6 students took a bus to Deakin University in Warrnambool. When we first got there we watched a slideshow about the Uni. After that we had a tour of most of the campus. Then we split up into year levels and went off to do an activity. Our group did an activity about law and what happens in a courtroom. We acted out a court scene and dressed up as well.
After that we all went to the dining area and had our lunch, we then explored outside and saw the view from the campus. After lunch we did another activity where we compared a day in the life of and Indonesian child to a day in the life of an Aussie kid.
After that we did some reflection and thanked everyone for having us. Then we went back on the bus and went home. Thanks to Mr Croucher, Mr Boyden, Ms Coate and Mrs Partridge for making the day possible.
by Tasha Killen and Grace Wareham
The Vocational Education & Training in schools (VETis) ‘High Achieving Award’
I would like to congratulate Shona McGuigan who received an important award at the SWTAFE Awards ceremony last Wednesday. Shona won ‘The VETis High Achieving Award’ for outstanding achievement in her TAFE studies this year. Shona has successfully combined her VCE studies with her Certificate 2 in Building & Construction (Plumbing). Well done Shona!
This award is based on:
· Achievement throughout the course
· Positive attitude
· Maximum effort
· Unpaid work experience to build up knowledge