On Tuesday the 13th of March, three Essendon players came to the grade 3/4 classes. Their names were Ben McNiece, Matt Dea and Kyle Langford. We asked them lots of questions, played a couple of games such as kicking and handballing, relay races and games, sneak up on granny, and octopus. At the end we asked questions as well and got their autographs. A photo opportunity was the last thing that we did and we are very lucky they could come.
Monday’s student leadership assembly formally inducted students appointed to a leadership role in 2018. Presentations were made to all our student leaders, including 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, Tayla Hobbs who graduated in 2014. Tayla began her Bachelor of Early Childhood/Primary Education in 2015 at the Australian Catholic University in Ballarat and although she was enjoying the whole experience of university, mid- way through her second year of studies Tayla felt the need for a personal challenge in her life. She began to think about working overseas and after a period of investigation and questioning she decided that in 2017 she would spend the year abroad working as an au pair for a family living in London.
After three months, Tayla decided that, despite enjoying aspects of the position, the role of au pair hadn’t worked out as well as she had hoped and so she began working for a different family as a nanny for young Arthur. She described how close she became to the family and that she found Lucy, Arthur’s mother, a very inspirational woman, someone who had a significant influence on Tayla’s thinking, particularly about women’s role in the workforce.
Tayla travelled widely whilst based in London and said that she arrived back in Australia in December feeling uplifted and positive. Her message to our students was that if you challenge yourself, you will appreciate the struggles and opportunities you’ve experienced.
Tayla concluded her presentation with the following quote which she felt reflected her feelings and experiences;
“When you leave here today, you can follow someone else’s script, try to make choices that will make other people happy, avoid discomfort, do what is expected and copy the status quo. Or you can look at all that you have accomplished today and use it as fuel to venture forth and write your own story. If you do amazing things will take shape.”
It is always great to hear from former students about the pathways they have followed after leaving school and we really appreciated Tayla taking the time to speak at our special assembly.
On the 22nd of February, the year twelves travelled down to Deakin university in Warrnambool to complete a study retreat, to assist them in their studies throughout the year, coming up to numerous SACS and end of year Exams.
First, they attended a lecture by Ross Huggard, which broke down the year into outcomes and areas of study, to prepare students by indicating what they should prioritise and focus on. Students were able to engage in detail with what was to come in their year of study, acquiring notes and resources to assist them.
Afterwards, the students completed a program by elevate, an organisation that teaches study skills to students all over Australia. Elevate, research the habits of top scoring students in the country, to encourage more students to improve their study techniques, increase motivation and lift exam performance.
A big thank you to Mr Jones and Mr Morcombe, for organising this opportunity for the year twelves.
After school on the 8th of February, all of the VCE students had ‘night in’ excursion which was a chance to get to know each other better. While the girls stayed at the Bushfield oval and the boys stayed at the Reed, each group did the same sort of team building activities. This included a competition on the beach to see who could fill up a bucket of water the fastest working in teams of four and running across the beach. Jenni the school nurse also ran a session with us about intimacy and some relationships issues that we face can face as teenagers. It was a very insightful session.
The next day, both groups had a personal training session which was challenging but also very rewarding, tying in with the teamwork and support themes from the night before. The payment for the session was being donated to charity which was an extra push to keep going. Through the day, both the girls and the boys met up at the Reed Oval and had a guest speaker- Matty Stewart from Coast FM. He spoke to us about the challenges we might face through VCE and he told us his journey from year twelve to where he is now. We learnt a lot from him and were all very grateful to hear so much about his life and the issues he faced. To finish the day off, we all went down to Lake Pertobe and ended the camp playing a giant game of cricket together.
The Year One/Two students are engaged in the Daily Five program completing a range of reading tasks. These include reading conferences with the teacher, games, reading response tasks, developing reading stamina through read to self, word work including iPad tasks and selected reading tasks using the Literacy Planet program.
On Friday 9th February the Year 3/4 students made their annual pilgrimage to the Allansford Sungold Field Days. It is a great day filled with learning, meeting new people, trying new things, filling our bags with freebies – much to the delight of parents and family members alike, and plenty of sunshine, sunscreen, cool drinks of water and walking. This year was no different. It was a fantastic learning experience where we found out about septic worms, old cars and machinery, new farm machinery, guessing the weight of a bull, how to whip crack, growth rates of cattle (and what size they are at different stages of pregnancy), and lots of other useful and interesting. We were able to sample food at different stalls and were given flavoured milk at another. Some people got their faces painted while others entered all sorts of competitions. A few of us enjoyed checking out the toys while others loved all of the motorbikes and sitting on some of the BIG farming machines.
Overall, we had an awesome day, a day that wouldn’t be possible without the help of our parents. So a MASSIVE thank you goes out to Katherine Stephens, Mel Carr and Lizzy Fowler for your help on the day. We can’t wait to do it again next year.