A group of our Year 9 leaders recently did an excellent job supporting the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal. They spent an hour at Waverley Gardens collecting for the annual appeal and found it a very rewarding experience.
Dina Diamantis, Alex Vu, Jacky Fulcher, Alison Hughes, Elma Fekovic, Ramzi Ghandour, Eftalya Coskun, Eddie Osmanovic, Domenic Suriano and Dulara Weerasinghe collectively raised well over three hundred dollars. Thanks to all of these students for taking the time out to support a very worthy cause and for representing the school so well.
On the weekend of the 30th April and 1st of May, two of our Year 11 students, Tommy Grounds and Kirsten Hallett, represented our College at the Model United Nations Assembly sponsored by the Moorleigh Rotary Club. MUNA is an International Rotary project which educates senior students about the way the United Nations organisation contributes to world peace, health, education and living standards. It gives students an opportunity to develop their debating skills as well as learn about the culture, customs and problems of the world’s nations.
2016 MUNA was held at the Victorian Parliament House with 41 teams of students representing 41 countries from all over the world. Our students, Tommy and Kirsten, were allocated to represent the country of Sudan requiring them to become acquainted with the history, culture, customs and current political situation of this country. The students worked closely with our English Coordinator, Daniela Szlawski, who coached them to understand the issues faced by the people of Sudan and to prepare a response to several resolutions representing the interests of the Sudanese people and other countries in their bloc.
It was a pleasure to see Tommy and Kirsten addressing the Assembly with great confidence on issues such as the rights of refugees, the use of drones and robots for military purposes and the development of renewable energy resources, all current issues facing countries all over the world.
“The Model United Nations Assembly was by far the best experience of my entire schooling so far. While I did GREATLY enjoy the political aspect of the debates, actually meeting the other delegates was the highlight of the experience.” – Tommy Grounds, Year 11
VCAL students had a day to remember when they visited both the Shrine of Remembrance and the Jewish Holocaust Centre on the one day.
Students were given a guided tour of the Shrine during which they saw one of the two remaining boats from the 1915 Gallipoli campaign. They learnt other facts such as the significance of the Eternal Flame and viewed videos and a range of war memorabilia. “It was very interesting,” said Year 12 student Stephanie. “I would love to go back to the Shrine one day.”
The Holocaust Centre in Elsternwick was the afternoon’s destination. Students joined other schools for an opening talk before heading off to the museum in small groups, each with its own guide. The real highlight was an address by the spritely 94 year-old Holocaust survivor Max Stern who was an absolute inspiration.
Viran: “Meeting Max was a great pleasure. He was a bubbly individual that made me think about life.”
Lillianna: “Max truly inspired me. He was so strong and courageous.”
Gavin: “After listening to Max and his story, it hit me deep down that he had lost his family but he came here and continued to live a full life.”
Incredibly, Max joined us for part of our journey home on the train. Where was he headed? Back to work, of course, at his international stamp and coin dealership in Flinders Street in the city. A truly amazing man!
Following this year's introduction of Carwatha's innovative V3 program, planning is now under way for the second year of our personalised approach to learning, which provides students with broader choices and opportunities to extend and consolidate their learning, with the aim of improved outcomes for all.
Meet Shadow, the youngest member of our Student Wellbeing team. His role includes: supporting students; visiting classes and the Inclusion Centre; meeting parents; yard duty; participating in Student Support Group meetings . . . and much, much more. These are some students' comments about Shadow and his work:
Shadow sits by students as they receive counselling in the Student Wellbeing Centre. His achievements have included:
EAL students in years 7, 8 and 9 celebrated diversity as part of the unit ‘Understanding Identity’. Cultural Diversity Week provided an opportunity for students to celebrate Australia’s rich cultural and linguistic diversity, while helping them develop an insight into the shaping of their own identities. A multicultural lunch was organised and students were asked to bring a plate of food from their cultures to share. Students decorated the venue with flags from their background countries, taking pride in their cultural heritage, showcasing facets of their multicultural identity. The event helped students celebrate communal harmony and promote mutual understanding and respect.
Students also had an opportunity to visit the ‘Melbourne Story’ exhibit at the Melbourne Museum. Prior to the excursion, students researched significant events, places and historical figures that have shaped Melbourne as we know it today. They applied the fundamental communication methods in pooling their ideas to create a timeline of these significant events. This was followed by the visit to Melbourne Museum, where students accessed stimulus materials on different cultural groups, and learnt about their contribution to the Australian way of life and the development of Australian multicultural society.
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