NEWSLETTER Braybrook College 352 Ballarat Road BRAYBROOK 3019 Phone: 9312 2900 Term 4, 2008 Edition no. 7 Principal’s Report NEW make her welcome when you have an opportunity. April Waleryszek has been appointed to the position of Youth It has been a very busy time since the last newsletter Support Officer to replace Colleen Allen who has become PRINCIPAL was posted home at the end of Term 3. We have a fulltime Secondary Teacher Assistant at our school. Both Colleen and April have been long time employees. farewelled our current Year 12 students, set in place the Teaching and Joy, our Canteen Manager, is set to resign to begin an Learning program for 2009, almost indefinite period of travel, with her husband, around finalised our Annual Implementation Australia. She has been an outstanding contributor to Plan and school wide Literacy our school and will be very difficult to replace. strategy, replaced our Attendance & Tracking and Youth Support Officers Finally, teachers are currently identifying students at and are about to interview applicants risk of failing course work and Year Level Coordinators for the position of Canteen Manager. will make contact with parents where there are serious One can never say that our school is concerns. However, please do not hesitate to contact a not dynamic. Year level Coordinator if you need support in any way. One of the highlights of the school year Gerraldine Moloney is the Year 12 Graduation Ceremony Ms Geraldine Moloney has been provisionally appointed as the next Principal of Braybrook and the Class of 2008 exhibited the exemplary behaviour that has become the tradition of LIONS YOUTH OF College, the college’s seventh Principal in its 48 year history. Ms Moloney has been teach- our senior students. It was also the first time that we presented the Year 12 Awards at this ceremony and to THE YEAR accommodate parents and guests we required a bigger ing at the college since 1976. During this time venue at the St Albans Campus of Victoria University. she has taught and co-ordinated at all year levels Our Year 12 students have worked extremely hard and had numerous positions of responsibility in- and on behalf of the wider community I would like cluding: Transition, Integration, Public Relations/ to offer them our congratulations and to thank them Publications, Humanities and Middle Years of for their contributions to the many successes of Schooling Co-ordination. Ms Moloney has also Braybrook College over the past six years. I would like been a Leading Teacher (1998-2002), Assistant to particularly thank the organisers of this event, Petti Principal (2003-2007) and Acting Principal of the Hadzisavas, Toula Hristoforidis and key supporters, college in 2008. Phil Rogers, Barry Scheele, Arlene Bailey, Nada Peric, Jan Boyd, Claire Manning, Pepe Gillies, Tony The School Council wishes to congratulate Ms Booth and Colleen Allen. Whatever the final levels of Moloney on her appointment and looks forward academic achievement attained by individual students to continued progress under her leadership. and the whole cohort, I have every confidence that this On October 27th Braybrook College students group of young adults is well prepared for life. Attributes Julie Flores Greg Thiveos of Year 11 and Scott Ficknerski of such as - pride, good will, friendship, generosity, hard School Council President Year 10 participated in the Sunshine Lion’s Club work and loyalty - will ensure that they can embrace the challenges of the future. I feel proud to be part of a Youth of the Year competition. Both boys spoke Important Dates school that has delivered such a positive and optimistic future generation of Australians. eloquently and powerfully. Congratulations to Scott who won the Best Public Speaking award to Remember Evidence of the passion people bring to this college is and to Greg who was announced the overall win- ner of the competition. Greg will will now go on to clearly visible at Curriculum Committee meetings. This represent Sunshine Lions Club in the next round group argues long and hard about what we need to do WEDNESDAY 3RD DECEMBER in February 2009. The College is very proud of to deliver better outcomes for our students and at the end, whilst we do not always agree on the means we both boys and we wish Greg the best of luck in MUSIC CONCERT EVENING rarely dispute the end. I am pleased to advise parents the next round. that one of the significant improvement areas for 2009, THURSDAY 4TH DECEMBER will be the requirement that all Year 11 subjects run for five lessons instead of four. Staff believe that this will HOUSE AWARDS be the best way to prepare students for the rigours of the Year 12 curriculum. As a result Year 11 students THURSDAY 4TH DECEMBER will not have private study in 2009. We are all close to finalising the Literacy Review and I hope to announce our final decisions and directions in the last newsletter STUDENT AWARDS EVENING for 2008. Further, we have increased the amount of time allocated to Homegroups each week from FRIDAY 5TH DECEMBER 15mins to 30mins. The staff is currently developing the curriculum to underpin this change and it will focus on REPORT WRITING DAY developing strategies to improve student well being, organisation and connectedness to school. If you TUESDAY 9TH DECEMBER would like further information please contact Mr Sean McMahon, the 7/8 Sub School Leader. Ms Bailey is GRADE 6 ORIENTATION DAY also completing the consultation process to develop and complete the Annual Implementation Plan for FRIDAY 12TH DECEMBER 2009 and we wish Ms Panousieris and Ms Nghiem well in their work, in Vietnam, reporting to the parents of our International students. FINAL DAY FOR BOOKLISTS TO BE RETURNED Some staffing changes that you will need to know. Ms Robotham, our Attendance and Tracking Officer, has THURSDAY 18TH DECEMBER taken leave for twelve months to explore a rural change and has been replaced by Katrina Romanyk. Please STUDENTS’ LAST DAY Science Talent Discovered! This year, for the first time ever, Braybrook College entered students into the Victoria-wide Science Talent Search Competition. This competition is open to all Victorian students at all year levels from Prep to Year 12. This year’s overall topic was “Planet Earth – Plant of Change”. BRAYBROOK PRIMARY SCHOOL Of the nine different possible categories, our Reunion/Gathering for past students / parents and teachers students produced entries To be held on Sunday 23rd November for Creative Writing in at Braybrook Primary School Science, and Game Construction. Between 2 – 4pm All of our students’ excellent work has been recognised by the Science Talent Search Competition. The board game “Who killed the Animals?” RSVP by 15th November on 9311 1346 made by Dalina Pho and Nhi Tran from 7H, earned merit certificates. Cathleen Pho and My-Linh Hoang from 8I created a game called “The Changing World” which earned them a minor bursary award. Kadra Hagi (8I) and Jenny Nguyen (8I) also won minor bursary awards for their creative SECOND-HAND BOOKSTORE writing pieces “It’s never too late!” and “Is it too late?” respectively. The students worked diligently on their projects for 2 months, and had to present their work in person to a panel of judges. They were judged THE SECOND-HAND BOOK STORE on their creativity and presentation as well as their knowledge of their will be located in Room 2 scientific content. Once again this year, we will be running a second-hand book store to assist families to sell text books and therefore offset the cost of books The bursary winners attended an exhibition day at LaTrobe University for the following year. (27th October) and were presented with their awards. Congratulations • A price (not negotiable) is set for each text book title. This girls, I can’t wait to see what you produce next year! price list will be published prior to the dates for receiving • second-hand text books. Students must pay cash for all books purchased. ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE • Only textbooks in good condition will be received. It will be the responsibility of the buyer to ensure that the text book is NEWS not faulty in any way. • A $2.00 fee will be charged for each book sold. This will be The Braybrook College Environment deducted from the money received for the sale of the book/s. Committee has been meeting regularly throughout 2008. During the year we THE COLLEGE WILL NOT PURCHASE TEXTBOOKS have been working on a number of FOR RESALE. important environment initiatives for the College community. We are very pleased to report that the school will DATES TO DEPOSIT DATES TO PURCHASE receive a $50,000 grant through the Federal Government’s Solar Schools BOOKS BOOKS FOR SALE Programme. With this money we will be able to install solar panels for generating electricity on the roof of the school. The committee is currently Students must deposit Students will be able to finalizing the use of the remainder of the grant, with water tanks likely to be their text books on purchase second hand text installed as well. these days – Room 2 books on these days 9.00am – 5.30pm 9.00am – 5.30pm Earlier in the year the College completed the Schools Water Efficiency Programme (SWEP) which will help to reduce our water usage. A sign indicating our completion of this important milestone has been placed on Years 2008 Year 11 & 12 2009 Year 11 & 12 Students the front fence. 11&12 Students From Friday 28th November Thursday 27th Students in the SRC assisted with the collection of disused mobile phones November within the College – which were sent for recycling through the Mobile Muster programme . Years 2008 Year 9 & 10 2009 Year 9 & 10 Students The committee is working hard 9 &10 Students From Tuesday 2nd on many other areas related to Monday 1st December December sustainability. We invite input from anyone interested in joining our 2008 Year 8 Students 2009 Students in Year 8 committee or making suggestions in Year 8 regard to environmental issues in the Tuesday 2nd From Wednesday 3rd December December school. Year 7 2008 Year 7 Students 2009 Year 7 Students Ms Bailey and Ms Archer – on behalf Thursday 4th December From Friday 5th December of the Environment Committee s Year 7 Fright Night c Fright Night was a highly successful scavenger hunt organised by the Year 11 leadership team (LOL) for the Year 7’s. It was about m developing bonds between Year 7 and 11, therefore, creating a better connected school. Each Year 7 picked a partner and then were put into groups. Then, students were given clues to find certain areas in the school, only to be accosted by Grim Reapers who lurked behind corners just waiting to jump out and stop teams. When each team had finished all of their tasks they went back to the library to be awarded their prize. Everyone had a great time and will have fond memories of Fright Night for years to come. Sheridan Hollo Year 12 Dress up day The Year 12s celebrated the finish of their VCE with a Graduation and Awards ceremony at Victoria University on Thursday 23rd October. The next day students arrived in a wonderful array of fancy dress costumes including, Darth Vader, many cuddly animals, fairy tale characters and even a killer clown. The whole year level is to be congratulated for the hard work and commitment demonstrated throughout 2008. The college community wish the Class of 2008 well with their exam results and the pursuit of their future pathways. 2008 YEAR 12 GRADUATION AND AWARDS EVENING Congratulations, well done and all the best for the future.