Girls Football

the team

Last Friday saw the VCAL students organise a Girls’ Football match as part of their studies. Girls from Year 7 through to Year 12 formed two teams and under the guidance of two VCAL umpires played an afternoon match. Surprisingly for many, the girls were quite skilled and an enjoyable game was held. The oval was quite muddy after the recent rains and rain fell in the last quarter but this did not deter the girls from their enjoyment and involvement.

Well done to all concerned!

kicking the footy shannon

Anzac Day Ceremony


IMG_1061Our  ceremony began with our two junior school captains carrying the Australian Flag across the stage, draping it over the steps leading up to the stage and then standing beside the flag.

The program was as follows:

    1. Welcome and introduction by Mr Ralph
    2. ANZAC Requiem (In memory of the Fallen) presented by Ruby and Elektra
    3.  P-6 students, then 7-12 students/staff/parents came forward to lay their flowers on the flag –  symbolic of the beauty that exists in the world around us, and of respect to those who are no longer able to enjoy that beauty.
    4. Sarah  read The Ode (traditional element of every ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day ceremony;They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
      Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
      At the going down of the sun and in the morning
      We will remember them.
    5. Students listened to the Last Post, then observed one minute of silence – heads bowed –  at the conclusion of the Ode)
    6. REVEILLE  was played as heads were raised … note that flags are raised to full mast at this point in proceedings
    7.  Kailyn  – recited ‘In Flanders Fields’ (poetry is another traditional element of every ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day ceremony):
    8. The Classroom Work was demonstrated (see below)
    9. Closing remarks by principal Colan Distel explaining the significance of the Lone Pine and the tree that has been donated to the school by the Moyne Shire


P/1       Mrs Davey                           Poppies … students place on stage Explanation by HARRISON

1/2       Mrs Brown                           Soldiers and writing pieces … class will hold up Explanation by REGAN or TYSON

3/4       Mr Huglin                            Gallipoli mural … class holds up Explanation by class

4/5       Mrs McCartney                   Cardboard wreaths … displayed Explanation by BAILEY

5/6       Mrs Butters                          School Honor Roll; ex-scholars and local

Hawkesdale residents who enlisted in the Great War … students read out individual biographies of those included on the roll; play Thalia Ubergang’s PhotoStory about the Gallipoli Landings

Please listen to the research from our year 5 and 6s


School Houses

spring girls

At the recent house sports it was great to see students getting into the spirit of competition and belonging. Although Spring House did not win the swimming, they did win points for their house for their active and obvious allegiance to their house. The girls in the photo above obviously belong to Spring – the blue house. Mitchell – the second house – is yellow but signs of yellow were not easil seen. Well done Spring on a fine house spirit!

Points will be awarded through the year for various other acitivities including public speaking and debating, so that the houses will not be seen purely as sporting competitions

Rubicon Camp – 9/10 students

The cold, icy weather of the past few days will ensure that there are good snow falls and cover at Lake Mountain, where the students who are attending the Rubicon camp will ski.

Remember that you can check out any required information by visitingthe Rubicon Outdoor Centre website. Students need to be in Warrnambool to catch the early morning train at 5:40am. Once they arrive at Southern Cross station,  Fallons buslines will take them onto Rubicon. All costs of transport, food, snow gear and hire, activities and accommodation are covered in the camp fee that has been paid.

Minimal pocket money is required for breakfast on Monday 13th May and for lunch on Friday 17th May on their return journey home. Thank you to Mrs Gow and Mr Grey for being the staff in attendance. Best wishes for a great camp to the year 9/10 students who are going.

Pancake Day

Pancakes are traditionally made on this day, Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent for Christians. Students, from years 8 to 11 at our school, under the leadership of Mrs Gow and Mrs Keith, cooked pancakes, selling them for 50 cents each to raise money for the bushfire appeal. Toppings included sugar, lemon juice, jam or maple syrup. They were yummy!! More than $100 was raised towards the appeal.

On Russian TV – such an exciting day for our school!

A baby cockatiel

A baby cockatiel

The girls involved in the student summit

The girls involved in the student summit

We had so many exciting activities today, that took us from one end of the earth to the other, and so much in between.

The student summit

Today was such an exciting day for us, and further posts will be written on the separate events, when time permits. First, my girls had their flatclassroomproject student summit online through elluminate. Steve Madsen from Sydney (who did a lot of the administrative work for the project) and Lorraine Leo from Boston, USA joined the classroom with the five year 9 girls involved and and several of their fellow class mates.

The girls reflected on the project and after a nervous start, they soon relaxed and spoke very well of what it meant to them, in a school where

mobile phone service is non-existent, unless you turn the phone upside down, go to selected windows, face the right direction and you may be able to send/receive a message.
monoculture is the norm – just a few NZ students and a couple of Koori (aboriginal students)
is classified rural remote by the Victorian Education Department.
They spoke of the highlights, some of the problems and issues and thanked everyone concerned. Questions were asked of them and they were able to answer them well. The recording of the session can be viewed by clicking on this link.

Virtual classroom with Manila

We were quickly able to link up with Manila, even though we had confused the times and show them some Australian native animals – a blue tongue lizard, a bearded dragon and a baby cockatiel. Thank you to Emalee and her Mum for bringing them in.

Skype videoconference with Russia

Our Russian classmates

The class in Russia

After the success of our previous linkup with Russia of last week, I got a request to bring a kangaroo or an emu into the library so they could see them. Unfortunately, we could not arrange that, so instead we showed a blue tongued lizard, a baby cockatiel and a bearded dragon. However they were excited and we were too, that their local television station came in to televise us and put us on the Russian TV station. I wish we could have seen the coverage. The Russian students, demonstrated some of their national crafts and objects, their wooden dolls Matrioshkas and beautiful ceramics. Next, they surprised us with some younger students, in national costume demonstrating their traditional dances. That was just a wonderful sight to behold. Another treat for us was hearing one of their guitarists play some wonderful Spanish music on his guitar- a very clever 15 year-old musician. Then we exchanged national foods. We saw their pancakes and we, of course showed them our vegemite and anzac biscuits. Soon, the different monies were displayed and they were asking us about our capital, why we had the Queen on our monetary notes etc.