Melton Mail - Issue 1
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Outdoor Education Sailing Excursion to Geelong Eastern Beach
On the 12th and 13th of May the VCE Outdoor Education class ventured to Geelong Eastern Beach to participate in 2 days of sailing with the Victorian Sailing School. Due to the weather conditions the students were challenged to say the least. They braved some tough winds to learn some new and challenging skills, and all came out winners.
On day one we went out in 35-knot winds in 2 larger sailing boats (Dolphins), with assistance from 2 experienced sailors. At 35 knots, these sorts of winds require significant knowledge and skills with working the boat and reading the weather conditions, so it made sense to go out with the instructors in larger, safer boats. We all came home that day dry and happy to go out for day 2.
Day 2 brought with it lighter, 25 knot winds and smaller sailing boats (Envy 4.3 Dinghies). This time the students were left to their own devise to manage the smaller 3-crew boats with guidance from the 2 instructors in their neighbouring speedboats. The students did me proud to go out in these winds and quickly, developed skills necessary to make turns and navigate their boat through a course. We lasted the session with only one boat going for a swim. The students session with only one boat going for a swim. The students came in with smiles on their faces, some more wet than others.
This Outdoor Education class had fun, participating in a thrilling activity, designed to develop their skills and confidence in an outdoor activity thereby improving their relationship and bond with the outdoors. I believe all students walked away from these two days with a strong sense of achievement and learnt with perseverance new skills can be developed where most would not have these opportunities.
A great class, a great excursion in great conditions!
Head of VET Sport and Recreation
INDIGENOUS = SUCCESS
Thursday 19th May marked the first AIME session at Federation University for our Indigenous students. 12 current students in years 9, 10 and 11 joined Mr Reynolds, ex-student and college vice captain Alyssa-Kate Hanson and I to participate in discussion and activities based on Indigenous culture, identity and goal setting. The students enthusiastically contributed their ideas and shared personal insight to what it meant to be Indigenous. It was a fantastic introductory session for the commencement of the program and set a warm welcome for following sessions. The AIME mentors and coordinators were extremely encouraging and supporting and will be attending our Koori Homework Club at the college each Thursday afternoon from 3:15pm to maintain their rapport and support for our students.
ANZAC Day Commemoration
It was great to see that Melton Secondary College contributed to a good turn out at the ANZAC Day Dawn Service outside the Melton town hall. Our school captains were accompanied by our leader for Student Voice and Leadership Mr Tom Nice and paid their respects by laying a wreath at the cenotaph. A highlight of Tuesday’s school assembly was an outstanding speech given by Mr Kevin Murray secretary of the Melton RSL. Mr Murray reminded students of the great sacrifice made by many thousands of Australian service men and women over the past century since Armistice Day in 1916. Thank you to Mr Stevenson for playing the Last Post and for students who made a point of thanking Mr Murray for his service at the end of his speech. It was wonderful to see such high levels of respect at a whole school level.
In the Victorian Budget announced in parliament yesterday Melton Secondary College was listed as receiving funding to start planning and preparations for capital improvements to our facilities. This is an excellent boost to our hopes that funding will be provided to begin work on our Master Plan. Congratulations to our neighbours, Melton Specialist School for receiving funding of $5.4m. I will be offering Principal Mr Savage all of the assistance our school can provide as they enter the process of design and construction.
Curriculum Day – 9th May
Parents are reminded that next Monday 9th May is a student free day for the purpose of continuing our training in the Berry Street Education Model. Our Positive Education Leader, Kate Smith has been working with staff to implement strategies in the classroom. More information about this program will be provided to parents via the Community Engagement Committee and newsletters.
The next edition of the Melton Mail will look quite different with the introduction of our iNewsletter. The iNewsletter will be available via our website and via emails. This will mean that only a small number of copies will be printed and available at the school and a considerable saving will be made on photocopying. Please contact the General Office if you have any queries about the newsletter in the future.
The Wellbeing Team would like to congratulate Tyson and Jandamara Atkinson and Amielia Wall for being recognized for their outstanding contributions to culture!
After one AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) excursion to RMIT, Tyson was selected to be a Victorian representative at the Sydney GAME ON project where we worked collaboratively to design a smart phone application. His story has been documented and will be aired on Saturday 30th April at 9:00am and Tuesday 3rd May at 8:30pm on ABC3.
Jandamara has also been selected as MSC’s AIME Ambassador and will be working with AIME mentors to further develop his leadership skills for VCE and promoting the AIME program to our junior students at MSC. Jandamara has also been nominated for a YAC grant with Melton City Council and so we wish him luck for being a winning recipient!
After participating at an AIME excursion, Amielia’s artistic flare was soon noticed and she was selected to be flown to Sydney for a COLLABORTAION project where Amielia was able to contribute ideas for artwork to be printed onto the infamous AIME hoodies.
CONGRATULATIONS to Tyson, Jandamara and Ameilia!
StartUP: TopArts and Ai Wei Wei – Andy Warhol
Year 12 Studio Arts excursion
Beginning our day by taking a stroll down one of the city’s ‘hidden’ laneways; students were exposed to an explosion of street art graffiti styles and concepts in the ever-changing alternative art space of Hosier Lane.
Crossing the road to the NGV Australia, students were escorted to a lecture theatre where they were given a private insight into the themes and ideas, working methods, materials, techniques and sources of inspiration of a range of exhibiting artists who completed their VCE studies last year and were selected to take part in the StArt Up: Top Arts 2016 exhibition. Prior to viewing the exhibition, students had the opportunity to look closely and gain inspiration from the outstanding folios developed by the exhibiting students, giving the Year 12 an insight into the quality and quantity of work required by students undertaking Studio Arts to produce a cohesive folio of finished artworks.
The last stop on our jam-packed itinerary was the NGV International’s summer blockbuster show Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei. The exhibition showcased more than 300 works by the renowned artists in a variety of art forms including painting, printmaking, sculpture, film and photography. Highlights for this exhibition included the opportunity to view Warhol’s famous ‘Campbell Soup Can’ series in person, as well as the chance to be immersed within Ai’s ‘Bird and Caonima’ balloon installation interacting with the floating red and gold metallic balloons. The excursion has left students feeling inspired and ready for the hard work ahead of them this term!