Congratulations to our Science/Maths teacher, Mrs Britt Gow, who has just been awarded the Mecu Secondary Teacher of the Year. This award was given at the recent DEECD Victorian Excellence Awards in Melbourne. A proud and excited school participated in a special assembly to congratulate her on her return from Melbourne.
Well done, Britt!
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Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming Dr Michelle Salmon and her colleagues from the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne to the school. Their mission was to install a seismometer, which is an instrument for measuring local, regional and distant earthquakes, up to 6,000 kilometers away. We were one of 42 schools chosen from across Australia to host this equipment, funded by the Education component of the AuScope Australian Geophysical Observing System. The main aims of this project are to:
- Increase community awareness of earthquakes
- Raise awareness of seismology and geoscience as fields of study
- Promote science as a possible career
- Provide tools and resources to assist in teaching physics and earth science in schools
- Provide real-time, research quality data to the seismological community
Teachers will be able to use the data obtained with students and also arrange class presentations from the AuSiS researchers via Skype or Blackboard Collaborate. You can ‘Like’ the Australian Seismometers in Schools page for more information about the program or check out their website at Australian Seismometers in Schools.
A great day was had by all despite intermittent showers of rain.
Thanks to Jing for putting together this wonderful collage capturing the discus events.
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On Monday 22nd April, Years 5 and 6 had a special Polycom linkup with Lismore Primary School, another small rural school, over an hour’s drive from us. Both schools had been researching Australia’s involvements in past wars. Five students spoke about a relative who had been involved in a war. As Lismore students had created a movie of some of their interviews with past war veterans, they shared the movie presentation using the Smart boards. It was wonderful to share what each school had learnt with each other.
One of our students brought along her great Grandfathers army blazer, complete with badges and medals. This was proudly shared with each class together with the accompanying story.
Students have found 11 relatives who we will find on the Honour Roll at the Australian War Memorial when the students go to Canberra later this year.
World War 2 Army Jacket
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Students paid tribute especially to all Australia men and women for all our men and women who have fought and died in all wars. Our school held a solemn ceremony of remembrance, gratitude and national pride in tribute especially to our Anzac soldiers. Amongst the readings was a tribute read out by Jemma from grade 6 who shared her research into her great grandfather’s involvement in World War 1. Year 6 students had spent a lot of time researching the Wars and their impact on those who were involved.
Floral tributes adorn the flag draped steps
Towards the end of this special service, a year 10 airforce reserve student laid an Australian flag over the steps to our stadium stage. Each year level was individually called forward and students laid flowers on the flag. This was a very moving feature of our ceremony. It was completed by the singing of our national anthem, led by the grade 6 choir.
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School captains pay respect
It was with grateful thanks and a sense of national pride that more than 150 community members including many of our Hawkesdale P12 College community attended the Dawn Anzac Day service at Hawkesdale. Anzac Day is a day and time for reflection, to acknowledge those who have fought in wars to defend our country. According to our Australian War Memorial site
ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia’s most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.
It is 98 years since the Anzacs landed in Gallipoli. Hawkesdale now has a reflection space as part of its main streetscaping. This is the second year that a Dawn service has been held. More than 200 people attended. The scout and cub group had a sleepover at the local hall and were in force as part of the gathering. An ANZAC requiem, Reflection Poem – Ode to the Anzacs by K. K. Linton, an ANZAC prayer, a student reflection and the Ode were read by Hawkesdale P12 College students and members of the Scout group. Wreaths were then laid by community groups and community members. The service finished with the Last Post, a one minute silence and finally the Reveille or Rouse as the flag was raised by the scouts. After our national anthem, the flag was lowered to half mast until lunchtime.
At the end of the service HADDAC (Hawkesdale and District Development Action Committee) offered a sausage in bread, hot drinks and anzac biscuits to those who attended.
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Primary school students were treated to a football clinic from two Geelong Football Club players after recess today. Daniel Menzel and Josh Caddy, a new recruit from the Gold Coast, ran some skills and drills activities with students from three different schools. Year 7 and several year 11 boys also helped out with the exercises. A big thank you to Mr Huglin for his wonderful organizatio of the day.
Daniel Menzel and Josh Caddy
The student leadership team spent time with them engaged in motivational and leadership conversations.
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Today, all students in years 9-12 were given the opportunity to work with Arthur Bolkas, a guest speaker who specialises in helping students to achieve their best at school and in wider life. Arthur has presented at countless schools across Australia, and has had varied life experiences as a taxi driver, factory worker, men’s group facilitator, freelance writer, youth worker, university tutor and lecturer, restorative justice practitioner, international speaker, consultant criminologist, juvenile/adult correctional worker and prison inmate.
Arthur’s time at our school was a welcome addition to the work that we do with students in terms of engagement, motivation and getting the most out of their senior school years. Year 11 and 12 students spent periods 1-3 with Arthur in the Library; year 9 and 10 students will spent periods 5-6 with Arthur in the same location. Please chat to your student(s) about their experiences with these workshops.
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