On Wednesday 26th May 2010, we had our Open Day for prospective student enrolments for 2011. Below is a voicethread, made by some of the students in years 6 and 7, about life in our school. I found the student comments to be extremely informative and interesting. It was fabulous to hear about the things that matter to the students. Obviously they appreciate the little things like having an increased choice of menu in the canteen, new furniture, individual netbook computers and teachers modifying work to suit all abilities, as real strengths of our school.
Yesterday was Blog Action Day, when thousands of bloggers united to discuss a single issue – poverty. The aim was to raise awareness, initiate action and to shake the web! Many of our students are participating this week by writing about the issue on their blogs – you can see their responses by clicking on the links on the right hand side of the page.
My husband and I met these children on the roadside near Nairobi in 2007. We were visiting Africa on a three week conference and safari trip and travelled through South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania. We had left our own two children at home in Australia; safe, warm and well fed by both sets of grandparents. Many children in Africa become orphans due to HIV-AIDs, malaria, drought, war and famine. From our comfortable homes in south-west Victoria, it may be difficult to imagine the lives of children in the poorest developing countries, challenged by inadequate water, sanitation and power supplies, poor housing, few employment opportunites and insufficient health services. These children were thrilled to receive exercise books and pencils; but what they really needed was ongoing support and opportunities to give hope for a better life. How can each of us make a difference?
Students in year 7, were asked to write on the topic “Why I am glad I chose Hawkesdale p12 College. Here is one of the responses.
Why I’m pleased I came to this school
Hawkesdale P12 College has 2 ovals, 1 tennis court and a few fun playgrounds, 4 sandpits and lots more fun stuff.
The differences between secondary and primary
We have lockers.
You have to carry books to classes.
You get to have more classes and different teachers.
You have more classes to go to.
At Hawkesdale College, we have smaller classes so that the teachers can spend more time helping us out with work. We have not as many students at our school so we have more opportunities.
There are less students here so when it comes to things like athletics, debating, winter sports, SRC and leadership roles you are encouraged to say I’ll do that. Some really shy kids go on to participating in things that they wouldn’t normally have the chance to, at a school where there are heaps more kids jumping in to do it.
Also, at Hawkesdale, we are encouraged to work really hard in class coz our teachers don’t have so many students to share themselves between. If you want to work really hard and do really well, then it’s pretty easy to do that here.
I suggest that you all come to our kool school- plus we have a canteen – how rocking kool is that?