Many podium finishes at EISM Swimming competition

33 students from Years 7-12 competed in the EISM swimming carnival at Ringwood Aquanation yesterday. There were some stand-out performances including Livia Lazarow’s victory in the 50m Freestyle and Nina Kanat’s many freestyle events including the 100m Freestyle where she scored 3rd as well as a 50m second place. Our u13 Boys relay team placed 3rd and Skyla Howard and Ethan Cohen placed 2nd qualifying for the champions event. Amelie Vorchheimer placed 3rd in both butterfly and breaststroke, Tobi Taranto ...

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Insights – a partnership between school and home

Dear Community,

At the Parent Information Evenings at the beginning of the school year I stated my belief that the best way to raise a child was in furious agreement between home and school. In saying this I hoped to emphasise the power of establishing genuine partnerships between parents and students.

I am reminded of an anecdote surrounding a discussion I had with one of my children’s football coach after his first game of football many years ago. At the conclusion of ...

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It’s all in the genome – plant cyanide!

Our science enthusiasts enjoyed an engaging and rewarding work experience recently. The program, known as Science Immersion Research Experience (SIRE) program, provided students the opportunity to work within the Gene Technology Access Centre (GTAC) team. This involved using research grade equipment to conduct cutting edge science experiments, pursuing a small research project on plant cyanide.

A fabulous science enrichment opportunity for those with a strong passion and curiosity for both the biological and chemical Sciences.

The final day of the program entailed ...

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A valuable educational experience

Year 7 camp was an opportunity for our students to explore their connection to country and understand the connections they have between themselves. During the week of camp, students had body boarding and surfing lessons. These sessions covered wave and rip formation to assist students to make informed decisions when in the surf. Then with some instructions on how to use the boards, they went out into the gentle surf break. While some students were quickly onto their feet looking ...

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Big band experience

Last Friday, students from Years 9 and 10 Classroom Music attended a performance by the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra together with some students from other years levels with a special interest in this style of music. The Orchestra, led by Grammy Award-winning trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis, performed a number of tunes by the composer Thelonius Monk in the form of an illustrated lecture. This was an unparalleled opportunity to hear some of the world’s greatest big bands.

Adam Yee
Head of Music

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Debating hat trick!

Congratulations to all three debating teams (Year 12: Josh Brill, Ari Feldman, Avishai Conyer; Year 11: Daniel Lindros, Joshua Mitelman, Max Sandler; Year 9: Alex Cowen, Charley Cowen, Kobi Mowszowski ), on their debating hat-trick this week (all three teams won their round).

Congratulations to Best Speakers Daniel, Avishai and Ari. Thanks are extended to Margaret Pagone for attending and to Oscar Black for chairing.

Peter Julian
English Learning Area Leader Yrs 6-12

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Insights – decoding the teenage brain

Dear Community,

How many of you have asked an adolescent (or have been asked as an adolescent): “If all your friends jumped off a bridge, then would you too?” My guess is many of you – so many in fact that the comedic website ‘Uncyclopedia’ dedicates a whole page to the question.

It begins by stating that this question “is a Zen koan [a riddle without a solution] posed by parents to children whenever a child cites popular opinion as the reason ...

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Year 7 parents get together

This week, while our Year 7 students have been on an exciting outdoor education experience learning to surf and exploring the area near Angelsea, their parents met at the home of Joanne Loewy Irons and David Irons for a get together.

The Parents’ Association have facilitated this event annually as there are many new families joining the School in Year 7. It is a perfect opportunity for everyone to get to know each other in a relaxed environment. Carrie Kausman, President ...

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A highly sensory experience!

Gan Seorah chose the best day this week to venture to the Royal Botanic Gardens. They were treated to a guided tour of the Ian Potter Children’s Garden, observing a variety of flora and fauna with a focus on native plants. They learned more about the Boonwurrong aboriginal people and were shown tools and artefacts used by our first people. Their guide, Linda, showed them how to create paint using a soft rock called ochre and the children enjoyed the ...

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Top of the class!

As part of the VCE Systems Engineering Units 3 & 4 course, students are required to complete a School-Assessed Task (SAT) which contributes 50% to the subject’s study score. This SAT is a year long project which requires each student to identify a problem, need or opportunity, and then develop a plan that will allow the student to solve that problem, or address the need or opportunity that has been identified. Students will then design and build their project which ...

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