2015 Investiture Ceremony

Mr Bob Handby (left) with Senior College Captains.

Last Wednesday we conducted the school investiture ceremony to recognise our school leaders. Mr Bob Handby, Victorian State Finalist Senior Australian of the Year in 2011, with 25 years in the Red Cross, gave us an insight into what it means to be a good leader, with examples from his experiences in disaster zones across the world.

Senior College Captains: Nick Hausler and Leah Drendel

Senior Vice Captains: James Gow and Stephanie Tanner

Junior College Captains: Charlie Edney and Destiny Kelly

Spring House Captains: Aaron Seabrook and Chris Gurney (Vice) Shiloh Capuano and Leah Drendel (Vice) Emily Gordon and Fletcher Cozens (Juniors)

Mitchell House Captains: Lachlan Tanner and James Gow (Vice) Carly Watson and Che Johnson (Vice) Angela Sanders and Alexandra Lewis (Juniors)

Bus Captains: (Broadwater) James Cassidy, Jobe Hollard, Carly Watson (Koroit) Tamiko Walter-Stones, Kiri Barber, Tayla Love (Macarthur) Aaron Dyson, Leah Drendel, Sarah Herring, Stephanie Tanner (Minjah) Kaylee Beard, Sam Bruce, Shilo Capuano (Penshurst) Rubylee Fuss, Daniel Rentsch, Matthew Rentsch

Student Leadership Group: (Year 6) Charlie Edney, Destiny Kelly, Ashleigh Mansell, Zahli Adams (Year 7) Kiara Esh, Milla Fuss, Emersen Fuss (Year 8) Kailyn Edney, Dharma Bailey (Year 9) Sophie Hines, Harrison Cozens, Hayley Keane (Year 10) Sarah Cassidy, Nikki Milgate, Peter Amess (Year 11) Jobe Hollard, Elektra Scholtz-Talbot, Sam Bruce and Tayla Love.

Beacon Foundation: Nikki Milgate, Toby Bruce, Isaac Walker, Sarah Cassidy, Kirsty Hausler, Alannah Gow, Matthew Rentsch.



Free Polycom Seminar – “The Plastic Brain”

As part of Education Week next week, we have the opportunity to link up with a special seminar to be held at the Gene Technology Access Centre in Melbourne. Associate Professor  Chris Reid from The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health will be presenting “The Plastic Brain” on Wednesday 21st May 2014, 6:30 pm. You can participate at school using our Polycom video-conferencing equipment. Dinner will be provided,  if there are enough people interested.

The brain is remarkable. Just how do we remember the colour of our first car, what we had for lunch yesterday or who our Prime Minister is? We don’t have all the answers but we have come a long way. In this lecture I will take you on a journey about how we think brain cells work. We will discuss how brain cells change when we learn, what we can do to learn better and what might be going wrong in disease. I’ll finish with exciting new ways we are looking into brain function that will tell us more about how this fascinating organ works.

 This talk is a special event during education week, and teachers and students (as well as the community) are especially encouraged to come along.  Chris Read is head of the synaptic plasticity lab at the Florey. Plasticity is the capacity of the brain to change with learning. Can an adult retrain their brain after injury? Can we train our brains to improve our performance? What are the implications for medical research?

I hope you will consider this opportunity to listen to an expert in neuroscience and learn more about this fascinating organ that defines our personality, drives our body and determines our very survival. Please contact Britt Gow by email at brittgow(at)gmail.com or by phoning the school.

School/Community Partnerships

The stunning tiled mural

The stunning tiled mural

When school and community groups work together the outcomes can be significant. One such example came to fruition this afternoon as three members of the Moyne Shire Youth Council, in conjunction with Hawkesdale P12 College staff and students and the Moyne Shire Youth Councillor unveiled their project – a tiled mural depicting our local farming region. This was three years in the making.

Three proud youth councillors!

Three proud youth councillors!

Students wanted to do something to  beautify the southern facing wall of the Hawkesdale Memorial Hall. Once the initial ideas were consolidated, a competition was organised seeking designs for the mural. From more than 100 entries, three were chosen and ideas taken from each to complete the final design. Four boards proudly display the tiled mural with the  Moyne River linking each mural together.

Some local fauna

Some local fauna

An artist in residence was employed to help students add tiles to build the pictures. The result is stunning. Congratulations to all involved.

Local Farming Scene

Local Farming Scene


Can you share with us some other school/community partnerships?

Junior CFA

This week, year 9/10 CFA students learnt how to draw water out of a dam using a fire pump  to fill a tanker. This is a necessary skill in fighting fires in country areas. The students were undertaking this exercise at a fire dam at the back of Hawkesdale. They were placed in groups of four.

Local CFA members were in attendance to help teach these skilsl with two trucks in attendance. The pictures tell the story!


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.