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Principal’s Welcome

WELCOME BACK

I would like to extend a warm welcome to our many new families and students who will join our great school community over the next few days. I would also welcome back the many familiar faces after a well deserved summer break.  The planned school start looks like being our best for many years with high levels of excitement and enthusiasm at all levels in the school. Our projected numbers indicate an increase of 20-30 students at this stage.

The school will continue with the new structure of operation which will allows each of the primary and secondary sectors to be more autonomous in operations.  I welcome the following new staff : John Gioskos (LT Maths), Sam Luck (Primary AP), Martin Poeder (Cl5), Catherine O’reilly(Tec), Madonna Holmes (Foundation Steiner), Tristan Pierce (Cl3), Elizabeth Muldoon (Eng/Hums), Amy Reid (Cl1), Charlotte Ghaie (MP5/6), Suzie Batten (ES), Silvana Tsipiris (ES), Bruce Martyn (Admin), Phoebe Lam (Foundation Assistant), Wendy Lucas (Ma/Sci). The office admin and IT positions still remain unfilled and will be readvertised. We are very pleased with our recruitment program over the summer with a good mix of graduates and experience. More information relating to new staff will be released over the coming weeks.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – SCHOOL TIMES

PRIMARY SECONDARY
8.45 -10.45 am SESSION 1 & 2 8.45-10.45 am Advisory + SESSION 1 & 2
10.45 -11.10 am RECESS 10.45 -11.10 am RECESS
11.10 -1.05 pm SESSION 3 & 4 11.10 -12.40 pm SESSION 3 & 4
1.05 – 1.55 pm LUNCH 12.40 – 1.30 pm LUNCH
1.55 – 3.00 pm SESSION 5 1.30 – 3.00 pm SESSION 5 & 6

***Classrooms will open their doors in the Primary School from 8.30am To ease the possible congestion in the corridors the School library will be open and supervised each morning from 8am.  Students who attend early are welcome to attend the library area for quiet comfort and before school study.

ASBESTOS AUDIT

The state government is current ramping up its promise to address the issue of asbestos in schools. Schools in Victoria have a major asbestos audit once every 5 years. As part of this audit, schools that contain asbestos must now display signage indicating such. Please do not be alarmed by this signage – “This school contains asbestos”- as most schools built before 1980 now share the same signage.  The most common forms of asbestos are found in eave sheets, AC cladding sheets (Pre 1980), mastics and insulations. Most of our asbestos items are in the service shafts, plant room insulations and in the raised eaves. Students and staff do not have access to these areas. Asbestos items are not generally removed from schools unless they present a risk by being broken, exposed or damaged. Our school has been very vigilant in conducting regular asbestos inspections of asbestos items. All staff have been briefed on our asbestos obligations and risk management.

POSITIONS VACANT

The College has the following positions vacant and seeks expressions of interest for:

  • Teacher Aide  – Food Tech (Regular 4-8 hrs per week with no specific training required).
  • Casual Integration Aide (Training preferred but not essential).
  • Casual Office Assistance (Training provided).
  • Garden Caretaker

Preference may be given to applicants who are seeking payment relief of fees and charges as part of payment plans or to parents seeking re-entry into work. Casual positions can be tailored to School hours.

Dale Perichon

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Principal’s Report – December

Please click on the link to read important news about staffing: Principal’s report – December

Regards

Dale Perichon

Principal Collingwood College

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Important News – School Fees Online for 2016

Important News – School Fees Online for 2016 – Open Friday 20th November @ 5pm. 

You can now pay for your 2016 School fees online using the Compass Parent Portal. Please follow the easy steps below to confirm your child’s attendance next year and to pay the 2016 fee.

  •        Visit www.collingwood.vic.edu.au or search for us on Google
  •        Click on the Compass Parent Portal link and enter your username and password
  •        Lost your password? That’s ok. Click the ‘Forgot password’ link
  •        Under ‘My News’ click on Course/Fee payment
  •        Follow the steps, make the payment or choose to ‘Pay at school’

Payment can be made online for school fees in full or via two payments. The first payment of 50% will be accepted on 10th December 2015, and 50% on the 26th February 2016.

If you wish to pay at the office, EFTPOS, or via bPAY, you will need to follow the prompts online and then select the pay in person option. Important – Print the order page and return it with your payment.

Families who do not have an immediate capacity to pay are encouraged to enter into an alternative and confidential payment arrangement with the school. Please see a Principal who will be happy to help.

The Victorian Government provides for some of our school’s basic operational requirements with a financial grant paid quarterly to the school. The money goes toward funding items such as contract cleaning, gas and electricity, school administration, water rates, facilities, telephone, furniture, building and grounds maintenance and professional development. Any remaining funds help support some of the educational programs.

The amount anticipated from Government sources is not sufficient to provide our children with educational programs of the standard and quality expected by our community today.

Therefore we ask you to contribute towards the difference between total expenditure and Government funding, so that the load may be shared equally and fairly amongst families.

Thanks in advance your prompt payment and for supporting us move to a simpler system. If you require any support please ask at our general office, they will be happy to help you.

Best wishes,

Craig Bradley

Secondary Principal

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MIDDLE SCHOOL PHILLIP ISLAND CAMP

What an amazing time 7A, 7B and 8A experienced last week. Thirty- nine students happily departed from the school on Monday, December 16th for a three day adventure at the Phillip Island Adventure resort ….so appropriately named! The trip there was full of singing, laughter and certainly a high spirited group of teenagers! The drivers to this delightful spot were the irrepressible Ken and effervescent Gareth, two very capable drivers and well-loved members of staff. The teachers accompanying the classes were the youthful Steph and wise old Liria.

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It was quite entertaining seeing how fearful the students were of the attacking pelicans at San Remo, to the wonder on the students’ faces when entering their five star accommodation. Camps are such a wonderful experience for students and to be as part of this joyful enthusiasm is always a buzz for the teachers.

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Our activities were challenging and varied, including the Giant Swing, Flying Fox, High Ropes and Initiative courses to Canoeing, Swimming and many more great events. A twilight walk to the beach, Campfire and toasting of marshmallows, as well evening movies and delectable food all added to the positivity and success of this camp.

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The major complaint was referring to the shortness of the camp……most of the students wanted it to last for the whole week, but I am not sure if the teachers could have lasted the distance. A wonderful time was had by all!

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Cheers,

Liria Stratus

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Important News – School Fees Online for 2016

Important News – School Fees Online for 2016 – Open Friday 20th November @ 5pm. 

You can now pay for your 2016 School fees online using the Compass Parent Portal. Please follow the easy steps below to confirm your child’s attendance next year and to pay the 2016 fee.

  •        Visit www.collingwood.vic.edu.au or search for us on Google
  •        Click on the Compass Parent Portal link and enter your username and password
  •        Lost your password? That’s ok. Click the ‘Forgot password’ link
  •        Under ‘My News’ click on Course/Fee payment
  •        Follow the steps, make the payment or choose to ‘Pay at school’

Payment can be made online for school fees in full or via two payments. The first payment of 50% will be accepted on 10th December 2015, and 50% on the 26th February 2016.

If you wish to pay at the office, EFTPOS, or via bPAY, you will need to follow the prompts online and then select the pay in person option. Important – Print the order page and return it with your payment.

Families who do not have an immediate capacity to pay are encouraged to enter into an alternative and confidential payment arrangement with the school. Please see a Principal who will be happy to help.

The Victorian Government provides for some of our school’s basic operational requirements with a financial grant paid quarterly to the school. The money goes toward funding items such as contract cleaning, gas and electricity, school administration, water rates, facilities, telephone, furniture, building and grounds maintenance and professional development. Any remaining funds help support some of the educational programs.

The amount anticipated from Government sources is not sufficient to provide our children with educational programs of the standard and quality expected by our community today.

Therefore we ask you to contribute towards the difference between total expenditure and Government funding, so that the load may be shared equally and fairly amongst families.

Thanks in advance your prompt payment and for supporting us move to a simpler system. If you require any support please ask at our general office, they will be happy to help you.

Best wishes,

Craig Bradley

Secondary Principal

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2015 Second Hand Book Sale Years 7-10

2015 Second Hand Book Sale Yr.7-10 in the Library 23rd – 27th November

 

Monday – Friday

12:40 – 1:00pm (first part of Senior School Lunch)

plus Thursday

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Please check the list of books being sold as they are the textbooks on 2016 booklist and bring correct change. Due to Yr.9 & 10 exams we might not have as many of their books, the sale of Yr.9 & 10 books will continue on 30th of November to 2nd of December.

2015 Second Hand Book Sale

YEAR 7 BOOKS TO SELL:

“Once” by Morris Gleitzman   – $8 or less

“Ruins of Gorlan” Rangers Apprentice series            – $9 or less

Maths Quest 7            – $30 or less

YEAR 7S BOOKS TO SELL:

“Ruins of Gorlan” Rangers Apprentice series                        – $9 or less

Maths Quest 7            – $30 or less

YEAR 8 BOOKS TO SELL:

“Ads R Us” by Clare Carmichael                     – $9 or less

Maths Quest 8            – $30 or less

 

YEAR 8S BOOKS TO SELL:

“Ads R Us” by Clare Carmichael                     – $9 or less

Maths Quest 8            – $30 or less

YEAR 9 BOOKS TO SELL:

“Shadowboxing”         – $12 or less

“Romeo and Juliet” Parallel text 3rd ed.         – $12 or less

“Of Mice and Men”    – $10 or less

“Parvana”        – $8 or less

Maths Quest 9            – $30 or less

Science Quest 9          – $30 or less

 

YEAR 9S BOOKS TO SELL:

“The Messenger”        – $9 or less

Maths Quest 9            – $30 or less

Science Quest 9          – $30 or less

YEAR 10 BOOKS TO SELL:

“Macbeth” Parallel text 3rd.ed            – $12 or less

“Twelve Angry Men”   – $12 or less

“Frankenstein”            – $6 or less

“Book Thief”   – $10 or less

Maths Quest 10          – $35 or less

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Class 9C Student Wins Songwriting Award

Congratulations to Mabel of Class 9C who recently won the highly sought after Darebin Music Feast’s Songwriters Award for her song “Paper and Ink”. She performed it with her sister Ivy from Class 7C (they have a duo called Charm of Finches who played at the Spring Fair).

Mabel was the youngest ever winner of this award.

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A Most Satisfying China Experience……PART 4!

They’re back!!!! Our wonderful students have arrived home from China! What an amazing experience! Six long, but enjoyable weeks taking in beautiful sights, experiencing delectable dishes and simply being immersed in a unique and wonderful culture. The students are very excited to be reunited with their loved ones, but there has been an element of sadness as well. As happy as they are with life returning to normal, there is a realisation that they have had an enormous privilege and an extraordinary experience in their young lives. A number of students have stated that this journey has changed their lives…..and in such a positive way.

Twelve students, accompanied by their teachers, touring magnificent sights, living in generous host families’ homes, attending foreign schools, learning, observing and experiencing another way of life. It is true to say that these Year 9 students have lived together harmoniously for the last six weeks and undoubtedly forged a very close friendship. They have shared many lovely moments, sometimes caught up in interesting situations, but always with a happy outcome. Such is the adventure and challenges of such a journey.

Parents, teachers, families and friends have been kept informed through the accessibility of the Social Media site, ‘We Chat’. The students and teachers have accessed this throughout the trip, posting photos and reporting events and happenings as they experience them. There was constant communication, not just on a daily basis, but even hourly…..a constant connection between those travelling and those at home eagerly following the unfolding adventures. My report this week will be snippets of ‘We Chat’ over the last few weeks, just to give everyone an insight into the chatter that has been consistent.

‘The last 48 hours have been hectic and full of emotion. The students had a great weekend in homestay and then they had to say goodbye once again to their homestay buddies and families…..this is always a sad moment.  We then encountered the rush to the railway station for our long overnight sleeper transfer to Beijing.  What was going to be a long and enduring journey become another common opportunity to make new friends…38 German kids quickly become our newest pals.  As has become the trend, our students were again a hit. Today after a difficult night’s sleep we visited the summer palace, a yummy lunch where every plate was cleared… a rare occurrence and then we spent the afternoon strolling around the Olympic Bird’s Nest area.  We are now enjoying some downtime before heading out for some dumplings. General disappointment about missing Spring Fair but some managed to catch much of the action on Facetime …l guess this is the power of the connected world. ‘(Dale)

‘This morning, my homestay Judie and her father took me to a beautiful part of Suzhou, where we visited the largest lake in Suzhou known as Taihu Lake. We then went to the Western Hill, where we visited Linwu Cave, and climbed a large hill that gave us an amazing view! For lunch, we went to a common restaurant that most people visit after climbing the mountain.’ (Kyra)

‘After school today I went out to dinner with my home stay and 10 of her relatives. We had such a good time although we couldn’t fully understand what the other person was saying, we laughed so much anyway. Then we went to my home stay’s  aunty’s  restaurant. We went into the kitchen and of China that we would never see without the home stays. I’m going to be so sad to say good bye. ‘ (Brydie)

‘After having our delicious and nutritious lunch at the school canteen, we headed off to Lion Forest Garden (a garden full of rocks that look like lions) and a silk factory to learn more about silk worms’ lives, silk production process and silk products. It was another day that our students were busy with learning and walking. They all looked very tired at the end of the day. Sleep well everyone’ :) (Lucy)

‘Yey!  I love the freedom and creativity! It’s great! I just love everyone’s paintings — inspiring to hang out with such creative kids (Ant) Awesome, but tiring day today. I had Physics, PE, Literature and Economics, all of which were taught in English. I learnt quite a bit! The Lit teacher reminded me of an English teacher back home! Lunch was yummy and after that we had three hours to do our own work, nearly finished all my English work!’ (Jelena)

‘The punishment for being late 15 minutes Dale, is to buy everyone lunch, but since you already do that, you have to do the punishment for 5 and 10 minutes late which is sing a song and buy us double ice-creams. ‘(Della)

‘I can’t believe we have only been back in Australia for 2 days and I already feel like we have been back for ages! I just want to say a massive Thankyou to Dale, Lucy, Liria, Anthony and Jenny for looking after all us students while we were in China! And to everyone who made this trip possible! It has been such an amazing experience (and I think I can speak on behalf of all of us when I say this) and it has helped us improve our language and understanding of the Chinese culture. So again, thank you so much to all the teachers, parents and students who went. It really was a life changing experience.’ (Kianna)

‘So happy I came. It has been an amazing experience that will stick with me for the rest of my life. I knew I would regret not coming. I find it so strange to be back home. My surroundings are all familiar but so weird. It’s a whole a new world that I have just been shoved back into.’ (Ruben)

Our homeward bound travellers are still smiling! We look forward to reading their happy recollections and anecdotes!! 

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A Most Satisfying China Trip Experience….. (Part Three)

The China trip continues to be a resounding success. The students are still happily immersed in their wonderful life of travelling the vast plains of China. School experiences have continued to be amazing and the students have really created excellent connections with many Chinese locals. They have had three different Homestay experiences in three different schools and have really enjoyed sharing their lives with all these new families.

Dale and Lucy have found our Collingwood students an absolute delight to spend time with, totally impressed with their positive attitudes towards all aspects of this journey. They have developed a very close connection, making this adventure even more enjoyable as they share such a unique experience. The students, as well as Dale and Lucy, post pictures and comments about their experiences and the day’s events, which has been so wonderful for all of us at home. It is a journey that has been truly shared by all of us.

Our Collingwood students are now on the last leg of their journey. They will be returning this Saturday, 24th of October and ending what has been a six week experience of a lifetime. I am sure they will be happy to be reunited with family and friends and ready to share amazing anecdotes and stories of great moments. But they will also be realising that they have been extraordinarily lucky to have had such a fantastic opportunity as well.

I have included many photos on the link below this week of a variety of different events and experiences our travellers have enjoyed and look forward to adding highlights of their trip in next week’s E News.

China Photos Part 3

 

Thank you,

Liria

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