Official Opening Barwick Park

After months of planning and hard work, the college’s new multi-surface sports facility was officially opened last Tuesday. The facility has been named “Barwick Park’ in recognition of the huge contribution made by Chris Barwick over more that twenty years of working at the college. Staff and students gathered to watch School Council President Mr Dave Sanders declare the new facility open and to see School Captain Jackson McDonald cut the ribbon. The efforts of a number of our VCAL students in helping Chris with much of the work at the new facility was also recognised, with students being awarded certificates of appreciation at the whole school assembly held to celebrate the opening.

9/10 Advance Program

This semester 10 students have chosen to participate in the Advance program which is promoting community engagement and leadership skills. Other schools offer variations in their activities, but if our students are successful they gain their Level 2 First Aid, CPR, Defibrillation and Pool Lifeguard qualifications. Anthony Mellors, a staff member from Pinnacle, delivers the course.

Year 7 Camp 2017

Last week, from Wednesday to Friday, the Year 7 students went to camp at Roses Gap. We did activities such as canoeing, abseiling, raft building, archery, trivia quizes and more. It was a great way to get to know each other better. The Year 7 students would like to thank Mr Ward, Ms Andrew, Mr Stevens, Mr Spalding, Miss Henry and especially Mrs Roberts who organised the event and looked after us all. James My favourite part of camp was the giant swing, and I liked how we got to meet and be with different people in our groups and our cabins. Layla I did the giant swing and didn’t scream! Tash My favourite part of camp was abseiling. I liked the part at the start when we had

VALE Bob Saunder

As a school community we were able to honour and remember ex Principal Bob Saunder. In accordance with his wishes, on Monday the hearse drove past the school on the way to a private cremation in Ballarat. The school captains, as well as current and past staff, formed a guard of honour and threw rose petals. On Tuesday a Memorial Service was held to celebrate Bob’s life at Alexandra Oval. I would like to thank the students who served afternoon tea to over two hundred people following the service. The students worked tirelessly and efficiently during the afternoon. Their efforts were greatly appreciated by Bob’s family. The students were Jess Dickson, Melanie Sporton, Jess Anderson, Taylah H

Maths Pathways

Students from Years 7-9 have been learning Mathematics a whole new way this year. Students have been participating in the Maths Pathway program. This program allows every student to have their very own maths curriculum targeted at their own individual learning needs. In every class, students are getting work generated for them based on where they are up to. This means that everyone in the room is given the best chance to succeed in Maths. While students are working, their teacher is spending more time one-on-one with students and running mini-lessons with small groups. The program also gives parents a chance to monitor their child’s progress in the subject by logging onto the parent’s portal

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