Welcome to this week’s newsletter,
I’m Rebecca Richards – Acting Junior School Principal. It is hard to believe that we are already halfway through Term 4. It is both an exciting and very busy term. As the end of the year is approaching there are many exciting events coming up.
On Friday 25th of October it is our Prep Breakfast. Students wore their pyjamas to school on this day and ate breakfast together in their classrooms. Students took part in breakfast related activities throughout the day. This is always a very special day, as it is part of Hazel Glen College’s camping program.
Year 1 Dinner and Disco
On Thursday 14th November, our Year 1 students will be having their dinner and disco at school. On this day students are invited to return to school at 5:00pm in casual clothes for some games and activities, dinner of chips, potato cakes and dim sims and fruit for dessert. Following dinner, there will be an exciting disco in the gym before heading home. This event is part of our College camping program and is a step towards students attending camp in Year 3.
Year 2 Sleepover
Our Year 2 Sleepover took place on Friday 18th of October. This is the next step in our College camping program. This exciting event allowed our students the opportunity to engage in an overnight stay before participating in the College camps in Year 3 and 4. Students were required to return to school at 5pm for a fun night where they engaged in activities, games and watched a movie before sleeping over at school. Dinner and breakfast was provided. The students and teachers had an absolute ball.
Last week, our new preps for 2020 commenced their very first Prep Transition Session, the session ran extremely smoothly. It was so lovely to see great big smiles on all of our students and parents faces. There will be three more sessions over the following three weeks.The session run for one hour and are held for a total of four consecutive weeks. The final week is when our students will meet their teacher for 2020.
Sustainable October – Nude Food Day and Walk to School Day
Sustainability is a cross curriculum focus in the Junior School, in order to drive awareness into our school community, the Junior School promoted Sustainable October. Our two major events included Nude Food Day and Walk to School Day. Both events encouraged student understanding around how they can support sustainability. On World Nude Food Day, 3H was the class with the least amount of rubbish in their lunchboxes and have earned a casual dress day later in the term. The Walk to School Day was extremely successful. Students were encouraged to walk, scoot or ride to school to promote physical wellbeing and sustainability. The SRC handed out Walktober calendars to all classrooms; helping teachers and student to track when they walk or ride to school. The class with the highest percentage of sustainable transport for the month of October will also win a casual dress day.
The Junior School are looking forward to celebrating HGC STEAM Week this week!On the 7th of November (4-8pm), we will be holding our annual STEAM Evening, which is open to our families and and members of our wider school community to come and learn more about our school and STEAM. There will also be a twilight community market on this evening with food trucks. During the evening, the Junior School will host a Sustainable Art Show, STEAM showcase and student performances. The Kinder, Middle School and Senior School will also be showcasing their STEAM work.
STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. It utilises and integrates these learning areas to engage and guide students to be involved in inquiry, as well as develop 21st century learning skills, including: collaboration, communication, self managing, thinking, researching and curiosity. The aim and outcomes of a STEAM approach includes developing students who: take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. Through STEAM we want to develop the next generation of innovators, educators, leaders, and life-long learners. We are extremely proud of our STEAM program and welcome our community to attend this amazing event to help us celebrate the amazing work completed across our College.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Acting Junior School Principal
5 – 11 Athletics Carnival
Last Thursday, there was no sign of the rain and wind that caused our Term 1 Athletics carnival to be postponed. It was a day for sunscreen, shade and plenty of water, but the heat did little to dampen the enthusiasm of those who competed in the many track and field events that ran throughout the day. As well as all of the track and field action, many students were also able to represent their House by participating in activities such as chess, open mic and novelty events. It was fantastic to see so many students getting into the spirit of the day.
We look forward to the announcement of the winning House!
Thursday 7th November is a date for all families to add to their calendar for the upcoming College STEAM Expo. This a great College event that showcases the wonderful learning in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.
Our Year 8 students will also be running Market Stalls as part of their Humanities inquiry. Classes have been hard at work preparing a business to run on the night, with all profits donated to a charity chosen by the students. Please come and support our students by purchasing some of the many items on offer, including fairy floss, face painting, snow cones and a sausage sizzle, while supporting a worthy cause.
The STEAM Expo will run across the College from 4pm to 8pm.
Year 8 Camp
Term 4 was off to a great start, with our Year 8 students participating in an amazing camp to Merricks Lodge in Balnarring. Activities included surfing, snorkelling, bike riding and team building. The Year 8s are to be commended on their positive attitude, with some students really stepping out of their comfort zone during these experiences. The camp also provided a great opportunity for students to further build relationships with their peers in readiness for Year 9. A big THANK YOU to our Year 8 leaders, Mr Milne and Mr Bruton, as well as all staff who participated in order to make the camp such a success.
A reminder that all students should be wearing their Hazel Glen College summer uniform every day unless they have a timetabled PE class. For Year 7 and 8 students, blazers must be worn, both to and from school. In extreme hot weather, there will be an announcement if blazers do not need to be worn home.
Acting Middle School Principal.
As Senior School moves into the middle of Term 4, it is a busy time for all of our Senior students. Year 10 and 11 students are preparing for their exam periods which will occur in the next few weeks and mark the end of formal classes for them. After the exams the Year 11 and 12 Early start programs will start, where students will be inducted into their VCE and VCAL classes, introduced to some of the first topics and be set holiday homework to be completed over the summer break.
Our Year 9 students are currently finishing their community projects and are still undertaking City experience with classes visiting the Melbourne Zoo and Botanical Gardens over the past few weeks. Year 9 students will then sit their exams before undertaking their Year 10 early start program and then heading off on the ever popular Luna Park day as an end of year celebration.
Victorian Young Leaders to China program
8 of our Year 9 students along with Mr Ho left Melbourne on Saturday 2nd November for a six week trip to China as part of the Victorian Young Leaders to China program. Here they will develop their language skills and learn about Chinese history, customs and culture whilst also travelling to a number of tourist highlights including the Great Wall. We hope that they have an exciting adventure in Beijing and Shanghai.
World Challenge Cambodia
In December a small group of Year 10 and 11students, along with Miss Crosthwaite and Mr Milne will be travelling to Cambodia as part of a World Challenge expedition. The students have spent 18 months planning, preparing and fund raising for this incredible 3 week trip. The students will lead the trip which will take in trekking in the Cambodian countryside, community service at a small school in Siem Riep and tourist exploration of the rich history and culture in Cambodia. We wish them a safe and enjoyable trip as they become our first World Challegne expedition at Hazel Glen College.
Thursday 7th November – STEAM showcase evening
Monday 11th – Friday 22nd November – Year 11 Exams
Monday 11th – Friday 15th November – VCAL End of Year program
Wednesday 13th November – Yr 10 Drama showcase
Mon 25th – Friday 29th November – Year 10 Exams
Mon 25th – Thursday 28th November – Year 12(2020) VCE Early start program
Mon 2nd – Thursday 5th December – Year 11(2020) VCE / VCAL Early start program.
Wednesday 4th / Thursday 5th December – Year 9 Exams
Monday 9th – Wednesday 11th December – Year 10 (2020) Early start program