The !dea 2008 Conference

The !dea 2008 conference is being held at the Melbourne Convention Centre. Hawkesdale P12 College is a finalist in the 2008 IMS GLC Learning Impact awards. There are 11 finalists involved and we are so proud that we are the only school featuring in these national awards. 

Yesterday, we were involved in speed dating. People attending the conference formed small groups and  were rotated around finalists’ booths. We were given 4 mins to speak to our product – our school blog. Conference participants then voted and the judges’ took their votes into consideration.

 Judging was based on the following criteria:-

  • access
  • affordability
  • quality
  • adoption
  • accountability
  • organisational learning
  • interoperability
  • innovation

Here is our  abstract :-

Connecting to the Globe at Hawkesdale P12 College

A blog which was initially seen to be an online journal and writing tool, has gone from being a backyard blog to being fully utilised across the staff, classes and students of Hawkesdale P12 Colleg in rural Western Victoria. The blog initially recorded the evidence of volcanic activity in local backyards, as grade 6 students were producing podcasts for the Penshurst Volcano Discovery Centre. Our area is now a geopark, Kanawinka, in the Western District of Victoria

This blog became global and encouraged blogging to be taught and used as a communication tool in ICT classes and LOTE The powerful learning outcomes that this has provided, encouraged the majority of staff to blog and manage class blogs. Class blogs for years prep to nine are also maintained.

A container blog, or Hawkesdale p12 College webpage, to manage local, countrywide and global access to these blogs has been set up. Blogs allow pages, post, blogrolls, url links, comments, widgets to be featured and have allowed us to connect, communicate and share with each other, our parents, our community and the globe.

Last day for year 12s, 2008

Thursday, October 24th was the last day of formal school for our year 12 students. Two of these students have been with us from grade prep. To celebrate their last day, students came dressed in heroes costumes. A special bbq lunch for the year 12 students, with all staff invited, provided a social occasion for reminiscing. To conclude the day, a special whole school assembly fairwelled our year 12 students, thanked them for their particpation in school activities, wished them well in their future aspirations and all the best for their final VCE exams. See the movie below, by clicking on the link.


Why I am glad I chose Hawkesdale P12 College

 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?

by  Matt