About margm

I am a teacher at Hawkesdale P12 College in South West Victoria. I teach literacy and humanities with students across the P-8 sector of our school. I am really excited about the possibilities of where we can go with web 2.0 and I look forward to posting work on our blogs in 2008.

Model United Nations conference

Sarah, Emma, Elly, Porcha, Jim, Aaron and Ben representing our school today, in Mortlake at the Model UN conference.


Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Model United Nations conference in Mortlake today. We saw some very articulate, well informed, teenagers, debating the issues surrounding the issue of Refugees responsibilities and risks. It was a privilege to have been a part of this amazing experience. The role of secretary general was very competently taken by Mr David Hawker and Sudanese Refugee Otha, spoke eloquently, about his experiences as a refugee in Australia. Congratulations to the organisers of this awesome event.

Spreading some Christmas cheer

Singing at the Penshurst Aged Care facility

Singing at the Penshurst Aged Care facility

On Friday 9th December, 30 choir members plus 8 year 9 musicians, along with Ms Murnane, Bob Grey, Miss Rogers and Mrs Dart, trekked up to the Penshurst Aged Care facility, to spend time entertaining the clients. The students were outstanding, with both their music and with their interaction with the elderly. We sang a mix of Christmas carols and modern songs and the audience were most appreciative of our efforts. Congratulations to Jess who did a solo on Travelling Soldier. Congratulations to the entire crew for their enthusiasm and energy.

What a wonderful world


As the 2011 school year draws to its conclusion in a whirl of week long bike rides, Christmas carol performances, public speaking challenge, picnic day activities, swimming, special Christmas movie and a walk from Killarney to Port Fairy (phew) I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and happy Christmas holiday season. This video reminds us about the wonderful world we live in.

Opening of the new P-4 Learning Centre and Signing of the Beacon Foundation Charter

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Caitlyn sings the National Anthem at the Opening of our P-4 Learning centre

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Reggie and Kailyn express gratitude, on behalf of the students, for their beautiful new building.

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Ben Cooper from Melbourne, addressing the audience, on the role of the Beacon Foundation

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Would the real Ben Cooper, please stand up! Oh, ok – maybe there are two of you!

School council President, Chris Hines, officially opens the new P-4 Learning Centre

School council President, Chris Hines, officially opens the new P-4 Learning Centre

Happy faces watch the opening celebrations

Happy faces watch the opening celebrations

Equestrian Games

Equestrian Games participants

Equestrian Games participants

Hawkesdale P12 was represented at the annual Hamilton College Primary schools Equestrian games day last Friday.
A wet day but a good day had by all. Riders who competed in the competition were George Pern, Nina Pern, Caitlyn
Morden, Nicky Oosthuizen, Lisa van Someren, Amy van Someren and Jelena Thomas.

Congratulations to all these participants. It is wonderful to have our school represented with such talent at an Equestrian event such as this.

Run For Kids – congratulations

Mariessa Morrison, Debbie Lenehan, Maria Linke, Brooke Lenehan, Maxine Keane, Sarah Hines, Emily Hausler & Tracey Gordon.

Mariessa Morrison, Debbie Lenehan, Maria Linke, Brooke Lenehan, Maxine Keane, Sarah Hines, Emily Hausler & Tracey Gordon.

On Sunday 17th April, a brave group of women from Hawkesdale set off for the big smoke of Melbourne to compete for the first time in The Run for The Kids race. The main aim of the run was to raise money for the Good Friday Appeal and we are proud to say our little group raised $5785! The other aim of the run was to set a personal goal and really push ourselves out of our comfort zones. At a distance of 14.38km, this was certainly an event that required considerable preparation. We followed the 10 week training program provided by Steve Moneghetti which helped us keep motivated and gradually build up our endurance.
Race day was very exciting and many of us were lacking in sleep due to the nerves kicking in. The day was not without its dramas, but in all the girls should be very proud of their achievement. It was an amazing experience to run through the Domain Tunnel, over the Bolte Bridge and around Docklands. Having 33,000 people all there for the same reason was very uplifting.
Special thanks must go to our sponsors who helped supply our team shirts and cover some of our costs: Green Hills Murray Greys, Southwest Ag Services, Melville, Orton & Lewis Solicitors and bid chartered accountants. And also thank you to anyone who contributed to our fundraising efforts – your support and encouragement were greatly appreciated! So who is in for 2012??

NAPLAN week

NAPLAN

NAPLAN

This week our students in years 3,5, 7 and 9 have been sitting NAPLAN tests in the areas of English – Reading, Writing and Language Conventions, and Maths – one test with a calculator allowed, one test with no calculators allowed. Our students sat the 5 tests over 3 days and make up a small number of the 1 million students across Australia, who are sitting these tests this week.