Together We Achieve PARENTS' BULLETIN 2021

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‘Together We Achieve’




February No. 4

2021 Calendar of Events Term 1


Fri 26th School Photos – POSTPONED to 16th Tuesday 16th March


Thurs 4th NCD Triathlon at Boort

Fri 5th MIPs appointments with Sue Clay Mon 8th Labour Day Public Holiday Wed 10th MIPs appointments with Sue Clay Tues 16th School Photos – NEW DATE Thurs 18th LMR Swimming Sports

Tues 23rd MIPs appointments with Sue Clay Tues 23rd Yrs 8 & 9 Surf Camp commences Fri 26th Yrs 8 & 9 Surf Camp concludes Tues 30th Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences


Thurs 1st Last day of Term 1 – 2.30pm finish Fri 2nd Good Friday

Term 2

Mon 19th Term 2 commences

Principal Kelvin Baird School Council Elections

At the close of nominations for the College Council there were five nominations for five positions in the Parent Member Category. Andrew Wright, Felicity Boyle, Troy Heenan, Matt Holmes-Brown and Kris Dixon are declared elected to Council for the next 2 years. In the DET category there was one nomination

and there exists one vacancy. For the Student Member Category, there were two nominations for the two vacancies, Angus Jablonka and Zara Jenkyn being declared elected.

Novel Night

This term, the College has introduced a new event to support students with reading and understanding their class novels. All students from Years 7–12 are expected to read their class novel prior to learning the unit in class. To support this goal, Novel Night will run every Tuesday afternoon from 3pm. All students are welcome to attend and can use this time to read their class text or any novel they wish, work with their peers/other students, receive support and practice various reading strategies to assist them with their individual texts and reading abilities. This week was our first Novel Night event and it was great to see students taking the opportunity and empowering their reading. Pictured below are Abby, Amy, Mason, Lucinda and Maddi participating in “Novel Night”.

(See poster at the end of this Bulletin.)


Student Wellbeing Natasha Saunders Lego Club has started!

After our starting date being pushed back a week due to lockdown, Lego Club finally launched. Our participants were excited by the fantastic range of Lego available, and were keen to start building. For a few weeks we will ‘free build’ and enable everyone to get to know what sorts of bits and pieces we have in our tubs. In coming weeks we hope to set some challenges to test everyone’s skills and creativity.

New members are welcome to attend. You can come along whenever you feel like it - you don’t have to join in every week.

Harrison Wright

Joe Monaghan

Harrison’s scene is starting to take shape!

Smile Squad Dental Van

It is great to see that many new students to the College have returned their Smile Squad forms. The dates that the Smile Squad van will visit are:

• Monday 15th March – Friday 19th March

• Monday 22nd March – Friday 26th March There’s plenty of time to return forms if you have not done so already.

Helping Kids with Big Emotions- Catholic Care Sandhurst (CCS) Workshop (Free)

In 2020, a number of parents attended workshops offered by CCS & the feedback was very positive.

CCS is offering the Term 1 workshop ‘Helping Kids with Big Emotions’. Details are as follows:

Dates & times

Day session: Wednesday 10th March, 12.30pm – 2.00pm

Evening session: Wednesday 10th March, 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Sessions are free & delivered by Zoom. A minimum number of people will be required for the event to go ahead & maximum numbers also apply, so registration is strongly encouraged: (03) 5438 1300.

(See poster at the end of this Bulletin.)


Supporting young people during COVID-19 webinar

headspace Swan Hill, in partnership with headspace National, are hosting a webinar for parents & carers of young people to support their mental health through COVID-19.

Information presented will:

• Strengthen your understanding of mental health and mental health literacy.

• Build skills and strategies to support the mental health and wellbeing of your young person, including their transition to work and study.

• Build awareness of local, state and national supports available to young people.

• Showcase local headspace centre community resources.

The webinar will consist of a presentation on youth mental health, followed by a panel with guest speakers.

When: Monday 15th March 2021 7pm – 8.15pm AEDT How do I register? Click here to register via Eventbrite, or type the URL below into your web browser: hill- covid-19-parent-and-carer-webinar- supporting- young-people-registration- 133044735385

Following registration, you will receive an email confirmation which will include the Zoom meeting link to access the webinar.

Contact For more information email:

Foundation – Year 6 Kim Fitzpatrick

F-6 Upcoming Events:

March 8: Labour Day Holiday March 16: School Photos

March 30: Tennis Hot Shots (Boort)

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences April 1: Last Day Term 1


At assembly Monday the students demonstrated a Kung Fu dance that they learnt on Friday during the Chinese New Year celebratory activities.

Star Students

Year 2: Sophie Roberts - for making great progress with her reading.

Thomas Judd - who wrote a captivating story about the most magnificent thing.

Year 3/4: Cooper McGrath – for taking pride in his bookwork.

Year 5/6: Josie Larmour – for being a great role model as house captain at the swimming sports.

The following students have achieved the target of and average 20 or more questions with at least 90%

correct during the week.

Level 3: Heidi Start

Level 4: Mitchell Boyle & James Fitzpatrick


Reading Awards

Reading helps us build our vocabulary and books are a treasure trove of knowledge.

This week we

acknowledge our first students for 25 nights reading.

Congratulations to Heidi Start and Leigh Van Boven. I am sure we will have many more in the next couple of weeks.

Chinese New Year

Last Friday the F-6 building was a sea of red as we celebrated the Chinese New Year. We made and tasted some Chinese buns (which were beautiful by the way), undertook some Chinese related ‘minute to win it’ challenges, made an ox and had a go at kung foo dancing, which you will get to see a bit of later. A big thank you to all staff, especially Ms Yap who did all the organising and to the wonderful parent helpers who assisted to make the day a success.

Above: Sam, Thomas & Eli

Archer using chopsticks

Above: Kung foo dancing

Fatiha & Marley using chopsticks

Students busy making masks


Mary enjoying Chinese buns

The Chinese buns

Foundation attendance on Wednesdays

Yesterday was the last rest day for Foundation students. From next week, they will need to attend school on a Wednesday. Students are doing a great job making it through the full days so far.

Contributed by the Flaming Chillies (Leigh, James and Kiara.)

This week in SAKG we made carrot and coriander dip, roti and spaghetti with kale, leek, pine nuts and ricotta. We made the spaghetti from scratch, using the pasta machine. Some of the things that we harvested from the garden were; kale parsley, coriander and mint. This week’s recipe we have shared is the Spaghetti dish (at the end of this Bulletin). We hope you enjoy it as much as we all did!

Kiara, Leigh & James rolling the homemade pasta

Our meal

Years 7 - 9 Coordinator Darcy McCallum Congratulations

Elise Fitzpatrick has been selected to play in the Victorian State Under 15 girls hockey team. Elise will now travel to Bathurst to represent Victoria

competing in the National Championships from 9th to 14th April.

Years 8 & 9 Surf Camp: 23rd – 26th of March. Please see Compass for details - if you would like a hard copy information and permission form to return, please contact me at the school.


Years 10 - 12 Coordinator Meaghan King

University of Melbourne Hansen Scholarship Program

Applications for the University of Melbourne Hansen Scholarship Program are now open.

The program brings together an unrivalled package of benefits for high-achieving students who may otherwise struggle financially to access higher education.

It offers free accommodation, living allowances, funds for an international exchange, internship or voluntary opportunity, plus a tailored development program including academic orientation, study skills, mentoring and cultural activities.

“Twenty exceptional students from around Australia will be chosen for our most generous scholarship to date, starting their undergraduate studies at Melbourne in 2022”.

Applications are now open, and close on 11 March 2021.

For more information, or to apply, go to: scholarship

The 360° Virtual Workplace

See what it's really like working in some of Australia's most exciting industries. Skillsroad’s Virtual Reality career advice platform lets you explore different workplaces in a completely new and exciting way.

There is no need for a VR headset to access the experience, but if you happen to have an Oculus headset on hand, you can download an app on the Oculus app store by searching for ‘Skillsroad Virtual Workplace’.

Visit: National Institute of Dramatic Art holiday course

The National Institute of Dramatic Arts are now taking bookings for their April school holiday workshops. These workshops are aimed at Year 11 and 12 students.

If you want to learn more about acting, performance, design, theatre, singing, writing, and more, these workshops are the perfect chance to get a taste of NIDA and expand your skills.

Victorian Workshops will be run in Melbourne.

To find out more and book, visit: Job Profile – Aged Care Worker

Aged care workers provide care, supervision and support for aged people in residential establishments, clinics, hospitals and private residence. They assist with the maintenance of personal care, domestic duties and management of illness. They also provide companionship and emotional support, and promote independence and community participation.

Duties & Tasks

Assist people with self-medication

Implement care programs for those in residential establishments

Provide in-home support with health issues and daily living tasks such as washing, dressing, eating, transport and budgeting

Assist with the delivery of activities to enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of those in their care

Ensure those in their care are washed, dressed, fed and ready for educational and recreational activities

Assist during domestic activities such as eating meals and showering

Provide companionship and support during daily activities

Cook and serve meals, clean premises, wash, iron and perform other household tasks

Organise refuge accommodation

Implement appropriate strategies for managing problems related to dementia

Work with a team of health professionals, family, friends and carers to implement a support program.

Assist in personal hygiene and dressing.

Provide companionship, friendship and emotional support.

Accompany aged and disabled persons during daily activities.

Perform housekeeping tasks such as vacuuming and cleaning.

May live in with the person.

Assist clients with their mobility.

Arrange social activities.

Prepare food for clients.

May do shopping and run errands.

Related Courses

Certificate III Individual Support, Certificate IV Ageing Support, Other study options - Diploma of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing

For further information visit: care-worker or


7-12 Sports Coordinator Damien McIntyre NCD Swimming

On Monday we sent a team of 15 students down to St Arnaud for the NCD Swimming carnival. Although it was a slightly chilly start to the day, Jordan and Ebony Start got the day off to positive start with a first and second respectively in the butterfly events. Jordan continued to dominate his peers, winning 7 individual events, 3 records and age group champion. Ebony came up against some tough competition but managed to win 2 events. The highlight for the day came in the 4th last event with our 17yrs boys’ team winning the 4x50m Freestyle relay. This is the first relay team to win in more than a decade. Well done to all students that competed and good luck to those going on to compete at the LMR Swimming event.

Jordan Start: 1st 50m Butterfly, Freestyle, Backstroke (new record), Breaststroke, 100m Freestyle and Breaststroke (new record), 200 IM (new record), 4x50m Relay team.

Ebony Start: 1st 50m Freestyle (new record) & 100m Freestyle.

Community News


Is seeking an Under 13 coach for season 2021.

Must be available Thursday afternoon for training and Saturday morning for games. Joint coaching is encouraged. We have a very enthusiastic group of players looking to improve their skills and play competitive footy.

Seeking players for U13 & U16 Under 13 - 2008 to 2012 Under 16 - 2005 to 2007

Please contact Luke Zagame 0457 759 608.

Charlton College NCD Swimming Team

17 Boys 4x50m Relay team: Angus Johnstone, Jordan Start, BK Swallow & Jacob Olive

CWA Cabaritta Commencing for 2021 on

Friday 26th February (TOMORROW) at 3.00pm at Charlton College

Annual fee - $30.00 Enquiries to Bernice Kenny.