352 Ballarat Road
Phone: 9312 2900
Term 3, 2008 Issue no. 5
Acting Principal’s Report YeAR 9
Important Dates Welcome to term 3! CelebRAtiOn
to Remember I hope that the new reports were well received and that the bReAkfAst
information they revealed about your student’s progress was
MONDAY 18TH AUGUST valuable. I would urge you to consider the identified ‘Areas for
Improvement’ and if required contact the Year Level Coordinator
ADVANCED YEAR 7 CLASS 2009
for advice. We are evaluating the reports at present and would
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST DUE DATE welcome your feedback. Our recent Year 12 external mid
year examination results were really pleasing. I would like to
WEDNESDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER congratulate all students and staff involved and remind students
PARENT / TEACHER that persistence, pride and performance do make a difference.
Over the term break we had a significant upgrade to our ICT
10.00am - 12.00noon
equipment which has been very well received by all. This
1.00pm - 3.00pm equipment facilitates student involvement in their learning
We were invited on Tuesday 22nd July
4.00pm - 7.00pm to a Celebration Breakfast. It was to
and enables staff to use ICT as an integral part of lessons. In
congratulate the students who have
FRIDAY 19th SEPTEMBER addition, the state government provided an unexpected grant
done exceptionally well in semester
of $21,000 for more computer equipment. I can assure you that
LAST DAY OF TERM 3 one. The breakfast consisted of a
this money has been well spent to provide more equipment for
variety of appetisers, including mini
MONDAY 6TH OCTOBER teacher/student use to reach the improvement targets identified
doughnuts, croissants, apple juice
in our Annual Implementation Plan. I would like to thank Ms
and many other delicious, nutritious
Bailey and Mr Laming for the many hours of work invested
FIRST DAY OF TERM 4 foods. We thank the Middle School
in delivering this outcome for our students. Equally exciting
Team for the breakfast. It has given
THURSDAY 23rd OCTOBER is the ongoing ICT teacher professional learning provided by
us more energy for semester two and
Ms Habgood and Mr Dong. They are currently completing the
something to aim for.
YEAR 12 GRADUATION Intel in-service training they started with teachers at the end of
2008. Binh Vo and Christopher Luong 9B
WEDNESDAY 29TH OCTOBER
YEAR 7, 2009 You will be given more details later this year about some very YeAR 10
important work being undertaken by people at the college. The
Staff has recently endorsed a proposal to increase the amount
EVENING of Homegroup time for students in 2009 from 15 minutes bReAkfAst
College Music Centre per week to 30 minutes per week. It is strongly believed that
7.00 - 8.30pm if we invest time in working with our students in areas such
as personal learning we will achieve overall, better
outcomes. A second initiative will focus specifically
on literacy development. Mr Shute, Ms Marich and Mr
McMahon are currently undertaking research around
models used in a range of schools and will put a proposal
to the college Curriculum Committee later this term. We
will keep you posted.
Ms Panousieris has been given permission to investigate Croissants, muffins, doughnuts, carrot
the installation of CCTV in certain areas of the college. cake, poppy seed cake…Mmmm!!! On
A number of parents have advised that this is common the 23rd of July forty two intelligent,
practice in many schools now and adds to students’ hardworking students in Year 10 were
sense of well being. It is planned to install the cameras invited to join in a delicious breakfast,
in some corridors and near the drink vending machines which acknowledged their hard, consistent
but not in classrooms. It should be noted that this process work throughout semester one.
is overseen by the Department of Education. If you Although it was early for some (8.00am),
have any queries please ring Ms Panousieris for further the irresistible food won them over. Slowly
information. and half asleep, they walked through the
Finally – our new phone system. We have introduced Ms Liokos outdid herself once again and
OMG! Are you serious? a voice mail option for our community for a number prepared an array of tasty treats and a
of reasons including alleviating the work load of our colourful arrangement.
Our students have produced an anthology of It was good to see old faces that continue
receptionists, ensuring that teachers/coordinators receive
writing and illustrations reflecting on experiences to shine, as well as newcomers to
your messages in a timely fashion and to save you time
of living, learning and growing up in Melbourne’s the school, who have already shown
waiting. However, we welcome the personal contact
West. The book, OMG! Are you serious? will be their commitment to their schoolwork.
that a conversation affords and if you need to speak to
launched by Alice Pung, author of Unpolished Coordinators and teachers, including
someone please follow the prompts. (We do live in the
Gem, at the Festival Club, ACMI Function Space, Ms Moloney attended to congratulate
21st century – warts and all!)
Federation Square, 10 - 11am August 29, and at students with their efforts and attitude to
Braybrook College library, 1.45pm on the same study. Can’t wait till the next breakfast!
Geraldine Moloney Ismeme Thiveos
Copies will be available from the school.
step to the future
youth forum the entertaining and inspirational stories
told without pretence by the speakers
captivated everyone’s attention.
Tim McCallum, Michael McQueen,
Bernadette Black, Armondo Hurley and
Eric Bailey were the five speakers of the
day - each delivering their presentation
with different zest, utilising their talents
to engage students and deliver their
message. They offered life experiences
in dealing with teen pregnancy, racism,
growing up and living with disabilities.
The speeches were honest and touched
students, offering inspiration and a fresh
On Tuesday 29th July, 1,500 students from perspective that may have otherwise
Melbourne’s regional and metropolitan areas been overlooked.
descended upon the Melbourne Convention The witty flamboyance of Armondo Hurley
Centre to attend the Step to the Future Youth and Eric Bailey were of particular delight
Forum. Among those lucky enough to attend to students, with their messages of
was the entire Year 11 student body from encouragement and leadership the most
Braybrook College. Although the day began well received of the day. It was a great
with little enthusiasm from many students, opportunity for students to share in the
amazing stories of ordinary people who
have conquered adversity, motivating us
to strive for something higher.
Overall, the Forum was a success with
many students communicating their
thorough enjoyment of the day with their
teachers and peers. It is our sincere hope
that next year’s students will enjoy the
unique experience of Step to the Future
as much as we did.
During the first week of the school holidays, I, along with nine other students from across
Australia participated, in an Earthwatch expedition, based in the dense rainforest of
Paluma, Nth Queensland. Earthwatch is an international environmental organisation
that engages people worldwide in scientific field research and education.
Departing from Melbourne airport, with six other members of the team, we arrived
in Townsville, Queensland, where we were met by our research team, Principal
investigator, Steve Williams, and six Ph. D students all specializing in Biology, along
with the three Queensland participants.
We were stationed in Paluma, where for the next week, our study and research took
place. We investigated the changing conditions of the rainforests due to global warming
and the effects on native species. Investigations varied from, waking up before dawn
to survey the different types of birds, setting up and recording different insect traps,
leaf litter and significant changes to the habitat of many endangered insects, plant
and animal species. After dark, each night, we would walk through the rainforest to
spot many mammals, which were rarely seen during the day. Many of these mammals
were possums and bandicoots. On Wednesday 30th July, parents and Year 10
students from Braybrook College, joined in a
Finally it was time to head back home, after a week of presentation by Vic Roads designed to make the
non-stop adventure, learning, laughter and fun. This learner driving experience safe, beneficial and
expedition was a great learning experience which I pleasant (as much as is possible!). New laws for
enjoyed and had a wonderful time. I made many new learner drivers were explained and parents and
friends and learnt many skills involved in researching teenagers were encouraged to work together to
the dangers of global warming. I have even been understand each other’s concerns. It proved to be
able to incorporate the data I collected in one of a very informative session. Many of the students
my work requirements for Year 11 Biology. I would and parents left feeling positive and confident
like to thank Victoria Electricity and Gaye Hamilton about this new learner driver experience.
who made this opportunity available to me. It is an
experience that I will not forget. Ms Brereton and Ms Liokos
What an exciting term for us in Maths.
We have staged our annual Australian Mathematics Competition and 161 students participated across all
year levels. Congratulations to all those who entered and are now eagerly awaiting the results which will
come out in September.
A few weeks ago a determined group of Year 9
students went to Wesley College to participate
in the statewide Maths Games Day. We scored
18th and 39th position out of almost 60 teams.
Well done to all students who had a great time
and enjoyed the challenge!
The day after that saw a group of year 8
students go to Penleigh and Essendon
Grammar School to participate in the Year 8
Games Day. Our students gained 60th position
out of 120 teams and had a fantastic time.
Congratulations to all students who participated
in these great competitions.
Ms Bacak Year 9 Representatives
Year 8 Representatives
YEAR 8 MATHS GAMES DAY
On the 23rd of July, 8 students were chosen to participate
in the Year 8 Maths games day. The event was held at
Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (PEGS) in
East Keilor. The games were simple, yet fun and mind
challenging. We played 3 different games, did puzzles
and answered a WHOLE lot of questions.
In the end we did our best and enjoyed the educational
contest. Some of the highlights of the day were meeting
new people, getting free lunch, having a live band for YEAR 9 MATHS GAMES DAY
entertainment and all the cool prizes that were won.
Some where near the end of the day, there was a
competition to see who could sing the best, and who
ever won got a free ipod shuffle. It was funny to see,
but they gave it their best try. We thank Ms Bacak for
supervising and being our teacher for the day, Mr Booth
for driving us to the event, Ms Hristoforidis for photos
and Mr Rogers for letting us know we were chosen
to take part in the fun. BIG thanks to everyone who
supported the teams! J
Cyrus, Tina, My-Linh, Danny, Cuong, Cindy, Jenny and
2008 Maths competition
YeAR 10 COURse
TERM 3, 2008
WEEK 3 - 6 “Introduction to the VCE” lesson to each Year 10 class.
The VCE and Managed Individual Path-
ways staff have provide an extensive VCE WEEK 4 VCE handbook distributed to Year 10 students.
counselling and subject selection process WEEK 5 Year 11 and 12 Information evening for students and parents.
for Year 10 students. Counselling of ESL classes re: 3 Year VCE. (Including a letter sent home)
Elective faculty workshops for Year 10 students are held.
However, if you or your child requires ad- WEEK 5 - 7 Homegroup session will contain information / course counselling activities.
ditional support please contact either Ms
Liokos or Mr Rogers WEEK 6 - 10 Individual student counselling and course selection.
YeAR 7, 2009
ADVAnCeD YeAR 7 ClAss 2009
A select entry program which enriches the
WinneRs learning of students with high academic ability.
Congratulations to all our scholarship winners! Is your child of ‘above average’ academic
Braybrook College has awarded ten scholarships for ability and starting Year 7 in 2009?
Grade 6 students entering Year 7 in 2009. These
Would you like the opportunity for your child to
scholarships are sponsored by the school council and
be selected for an advanced Year 7 class?
the recipients receive a cheque for $500 to go towards
school expenses. Contact Ms G. Gafar - Program
The successful students have demonstrated that they Coordinator on 9312 2900
are ‘good citizens’ who have been positive role models
for others. They were selected from a large number YOUR GUiDe tO tHe sCHOOl
of applicants from 13 primary schools, based on their
written application, references, school reports and
DentAl seRViCe At WesteRn ReGiOn
teachers’ comments. Students had the opportunity HeAltH CentRe
to apply for four types of scholarships – Academic
Achievement, Music/Performing Arts, Sport and WHO CAN USE THE SCHOOL DENTAL SERVICE (SDS)?
Leadership. • All children from birth to grade six
We would like to thank all applicants for their efforts • Children in Years 7 to 12 who have or whose parents have a valid pensioner con-
and we look forward to their contributions to Braybrook cession or health care card
HOW OFTEN CAN I USE THE SDS?
NAME SCHOLARSHIP TYPE Once enrolled, your child will receive a notice of offer every 12 or 24 months, accord-
Thao Nguyen Academic ing to their identified oral health risk status.
Vivian Linh Vi Pho Academic
WHAT DOES IT COST?
Andrew Tran Academic •The service is FREE for children who have or whose parents have a valid pensioner
Matthew Van Academic concession or health care card
•Eligible non-card holders pay a fee of $27.50 per child (maximum of $110 per family)
Steven Firth Leadership per course of care which includes a checkup and all general treatment
Krystyn Raymundo Leadership
HOW TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR YOUR CHILD?
Tammy Le Music
Contact Western Region Health Centre Dental Clinic on telephone 8398 4100
Peter Tu’ulakitau Music 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday - Friday
Natasha Djulic Sport
An Tran Sport PARent teACHeR inteRVieWs
It is important that every parent makes an effort to attend Parent /
Teacher interviews, scheduled for Wednesday, 10th September 2008.
neW COlleGe blAZeR It is recommended that your children accompany you so that they can
be included in the conversations. If you have any concerns prior to
this interview, please contact the relevant Year Level Coordinator.
The School Council has recently Please note that these Interim reports are not posted home and they are designed as the
approved the addition of an optional basis of a dialogue for developing improvement strategies for the remainder of the year.
blazer as part of our Year 7-12 school
tRAVellinG tO AnD fROM sCHOOl
uniform. The blazer is maroon in
colour, fully lined and costs $165.00. It is important for parents to reinforce road safety with students. A number
of drivers have alerted us to the fact that students do not always ride
A fitting and full payment is required
appropriately or wait until the traffic lights indicate that it is safe to cross
at time of placing an order. the road.
See Ms Bailey or Ms Panousieris, if
• Students are reminded that they must use the overpass when crossing Ballarat Road
interested. • Students who ride bikes to school must wear a helmet and use the overpass and or the
traffic lights to cross Ballarat Road.
UnifORM COMbinAtiOns ReMinDeR
WARM / COLD WEATHER UNIFORM COMBINATIONS Terms Term
THE FOLLOWINg COMBINATIONS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED 1, 2 & 4 3
1 • School Dress • Woollen Jumper/Windcheater • White socks • Black shoes
2 • Pants • Polo Shirt • Woollen Jumper/Windcheater • Socks • Black shoes
3 • Skirt • Polo Shirt • Woollen Jumper/Windcheater • Tights • Black shoes
4 • Skirt • Polo Shirt • Woollen Jumper/Windcheater • White socks • Black shoes
5 • Shorts • Polo Shirt • Woollen Jumper/Windcheater • White socks • Black shoes