Parent Bulletin 5
School Council 2023
I am delighted to announce our Council for 2023. I am grateful to the members of our community who have chosen to support the school in such an important way.
Pam RobertsonMichael GrantHeidi FitzpatrickPaul GauciAlana SearSarados PapadopoulosMelissa Brown
Jill English – PrincipalAngella DavisMaia MartucciMichael PakakisLauren Zovi
Elizabeth WottonTo be confirmed
To be confirmed
On behalf of Council, I would like to thank the retiring members– Jim Kounetas, School Council President for 5 years and a member of Council for 13 years, also Evaline Keves, Alex Smaragdiou, Emma Pasierbek, Heather McKenzie, Boyd Maplestone and Anh Le, who have made a valuable contribution to Council.
Jillian EnglishCollege Principal
School Sport Victoria - Aidan Lowe
Aidan recently participated in the Regional Trials for the School Sport Victoria 12 & Under Boys Cricket Team. A big congratulations to Aidan who has been selected to progress through to the Initial State Squad for the School Sport Victoria 12 & Under Cricket Team.
It was an incredibly difficult task to cut the squad from over 420 players down to just 50 and over 8 zones – so we are all very proud of Aidan. We wish him all the best at the final trial session to be held on Monday 3 April. Only 13 players will be selected to form the official team.
Keep an eye on this space for updates on Aidan’s progress.
Year 8 Food Technology
Over the last 3 weeks students have been using the design process in their theory classes to investigate, plan, generate and produce a creative muffin recipe with the added challenge of incorporating a vegetable in their recipe.
We had many original savoury and sweet flavour combinations using vegetables such as zucchini, beetroot, carrot, capsicum, corn and many more. Well done Year 8’s!
Year 7 & 8 Swimming Carnival
Special thanks must go to the staff, Year 10 leaders and Year 9 Coaching and Fitness class who all took on specific roles of responsibility to make sure the day ran smoothly.
The final results of the carnival -
VCE VM "The Amazing Race"
In personal development skills, we did the amazing race. The prizes were a huge block of chocolate for both the winners, who spelt out the letters in the correct order and a sentence in the correct order.
Everyone was enthusiastic to win the block of chocolate but only two people could win, but everybody got a chocolate Freddo in the end. The word we had to spell out was "teamwork" and the sentence was "The load is lighter when everyone lifts together."
Mali Hamilton VCE VM Student
Year 7 Parent Meet & Greet
In Unit 1 of the VCE Vocational Major, the overarching theme is Rites of Passage.
Students have been completing coursework across their four subject areas. In addition to this, they have also been working towards their major integrated project, which was to plan and run an event.
On Friday 17th of March the VCE VM students hosted the Year 7 Parent Meet and Greet. This is the first time the event has been held on the one night across all the junior teams and I am pleased to say it was a big success. We had a great turn out from parents and the VCE VM students did a fantastic job of planning and organising the event. Not only was it a great opportunity for parents to meet the team leaders and coordinators, but also a chance to connect with other year 7 parents.
A huge thank you to all the VCE VM teachers and students for their tireless work, in particular Mr Whittle, for putting all the camp footage into videos for the parents to watch (a huge undertaking in his own time!). I would also like to thank Mr Steward and the music faculty for providing the live music, the wellbeing team who attended the event and the Junior School Teams for supporting the event.
Last but certainly not least, I would like to congratulate our 2023 class captain Sebastian Speranza for delivered the welcoming address. Ms Hutchison and the VCE VM Team
Senior Boys Cricket
Straughton College 7/144 (20 Overs)Mitchell Higgs 2/20 (4)defeated byStrathmore SC 2/147 (15.1 overs)Harry Ryan 68Jack Cook 36
Strathmore SC 3/204 (20 overs)Wil Haste 100 retiredLukas Christian 27 retireddefeatedSpringside West SC 10/64 (8.5 overs)Jack Cook 3/0 (incl hat trick) (0.5)Sam Houston 3/16 (2)Mitchell Higgs 2/3 (2)
The following week we played the Region Final against against Belmont College in Geelong. In a closely matched game, our boys fell to Belmont. All 6 of the bowlers we used claimed at least one wicket, and all were economical throughout the innings. In reply, we started steadily in our chase, but regulary lost wickets in the middle overs, with our chase losing momentum and being bowled out in the 19th over 23 runs short.
Belmont SC 10/127 (20 overs)Michael Anthony 2/25 (4)Lukas Christian 2/29 (4)defeatedStrathmore SC 10/105 (18.1 overs)Harry Ryan 26Daniel Robertson 22
Overall, this was a very strong showing from a core group of students who are still in year 11. Well done to the group and a great achievement to make it to the final 16 schools remaining in the state.
Senior Girls Volleyball
The girls played some excellent volleyball. They managed to win the first two games in straight sets against Mount Alexander and EKC. Unfortunately, the girls fell short against Rosehill Secondary.
The girls played so well together and demonstrated exceptional teamwork skills. A special mention to Chloe Hamilton for being a great captain, Eden Curcija and Arianna Davoli for their exceptional serving, Kyla Forbes for her excellent defence work on the court, as well as Faith Kassis and Zoe Taylor for their work at the net.
The girls had such a fun day and put in such a great effort! They should all be very proud.
Ms Ferraro and Mr Bates