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!
Secondary students who excelled in their studies during first semester were recognised at the High Achievers Assembly held on Tuesday, August 2. In front of secondary students, staff and a large number of parents and family members, these students received certificates from our principal, Bronwyn Hamilton. They were then invited to the library to share morning tea with their families
The High Achievers Assembly has become a significant event on the College calendar. During the assembly, photos of the high achievers are placed in the gallery area through which family members walk to reach the library for the morning tea. It is wonderful to witness their pride as they stop and see their sons and daughters in these photos.
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