Issue #3/2023

September 2023
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BORONIA K12 COLLEGE NEWSLETTER

Foundation 100 Days of School

KEY DATES:

Fri 15th SEPTEMBER:
Mon 2nd OCTOBER:
Mon 2nd OCTOBER:
Mon 9th OCTOBER: Wed 15th NOVEMBER:
Mon 30th OCTOBER:
Fri 20th OCTOBER:
Tues 24th OCTOBER:
Wed 15th NOVEMBER:
Thu 7th DECEMBER
Tues 12th DECEMBER:
Tues 12th DECEMBER:
Fri 15th DECEMBER:
Wed 20th DECEMBER:
LAST DAY OF TERM 3 - 2.30PM FINISH TIME
FIRST DAY OF TERM 4
FOUNDATION HENNY PENNY HATCHING PROGRAM
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC CONCERT
YR 3-6 CAMP ARRABRI LODGE
PRIMARY SWIMMING PROGRAM BEGINS
YR 12 VALEDICTORY DINNER
YR 12 EXAMS BEGIN
YR 11 EXAMS BEGIN
JUNIOR SCHOOL CHRISTMAS CONCERT
YEAR 7 ORIENTATION DAY (YR 6 STUDENTS)
FOUNDATION 2024 ORIENTATION DAY
WHOLE SCHOOL ASSEMBLY & REPORT DISTRIBUTION
LAST DAY OF TERM 4 - 2.15PM FINISH TIME

PRINCIPAL'S REPORT

    POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR EXPECTATIONS 2024: A NEW LEARNING CULTURE
    In the spirit of continuous improvement and dedication to providing the best possible educational experience for our students, we are thrilled to announce the introduction of a new framework for supporting positive behaviours, School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS), at our school in 2024. This milestone comes after a year of intensive professional learning and preparation by our dedicated staff, and it represents a significant step towards fostering a more positive, inclusive, and thriving school culture.

    Over the past year, our teachers and school leaders have engaged in extensive professional development to equip themselves with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement evidence-based approaches to promoting positive behaviour and culture at our school. Online learning, reading, collaborative discussions and using our recent student free curriculum day have been at the forefront of this transformative journey. The year of professional learning was a commitment to ensuring our entire school community could fully embrace the SWPBS framework – which we will refer to as Positive Behaviour Expectations.
    WHAT IS SWPBS
    SWPBS, or School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support, is an evidence-based framework designed to create a school environment that supports the academic, social, and emotional growth of all students. It focuses on promoting and reinforcing positive behaviours, teaching social and emotional skills, and providing support to students when needed. SWPBS is a proactive approach that emphasises prevention over reaction, with the ultimate goal of enhancing the overall school experience for both students and staff.

    THE ROAD AHEAD: IMPLEMENTING SWPBS IN 2024
    With a strong foundation of professional learning and a shared commitment to our students' success, we are now prepared to implement SWPBS at our school in 2024. This transformative journey will include the following key components:

    1. Clear Behaviour Expectations: We will establish clear and consistent behaviour expectations across all school settings so that students understand what is expected of them.

    2. Teaching Positive Behaviours: Our educators will actively teach and reinforce positive behaviours, creating a culture where these behaviours become the norm.

    3. Data-Driven Decision-Making: We will collect and analyse data to identify trends and areas where additional support may be needed, enabling us to intervene promptly, e.g., locker areas, the end of lunch, primary line up time.

    4. Tiered Support Systems: Our school will implement tiered support systems to provide targeted assistance to students who require additional support, ensuring that every student has the opportunity to succeed.

    5. Family and Community Engagement: We recognize the importance of collaboration between the school, parents, and the wider community. We will actively involve all stakeholders in the SWPBS initiative to create a united front for positive change.

    As we embark on this journey towards implementing SWPBS, we envision a school where every student feels valued, respected, and empowered to reach their full potential. By creating a positive and inclusive school culture, we aim to reduce disciplinary incidents, improve academic outcomes, and enhance the overall well-being of our students and staff. Together, we will create a school culture that celebrates positivity, growth, and success, ensuring that every student has the opportunity to thrive.
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS
    It has been an excellent term at the college, but we are all certainly ready for a break. We hope that students are able to recharge over the break to be ready for the longest Term Four that I can recall – packed full of learning and events.

    Stay safe and we will see you next term!
    Matthew Scammell
    Principal

    ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL'S REPORT

          This term has included a huge range of inspiring and engaging learning experiences for our students. I would like to extend a huge thank you to our fantastic staff for their commitment to organising activities, excursions, and events to enhance classroom learning and life at school for our students. Students across all levels were involved in various events across the term including the VM students Zoo and Local trades walking excursions, Visits to KIOSC by students in Years 7, 8 10 and 12, Soul Sonics music incursion, Mt Buller Snow trip, Interschool Basketball and a visit by the Lizard Wizard as part of an insight into how young people can set up a successful business. A small group of year 7 and 8 STEM enthusiasts had a very successful day at the KIOSC Science Conference whilst our year 9 girls participated in a very inspiring, hands-on Women in Trade incursion. Finally, a special mention and big thankyou to the VET music students who along with Ms. Cumming and Ms. Wells performed at the Boronia Mall on Saturday 9th September as part of their 50th Celebrations.
          Year 12 Final Weeks
          This is a crucial time for Year 12 students as they complete final assessment tasks. For Vocational Major students this includes ensuring they have completed the tasks required for them to be assessed as ‘competent’ across a range of skills. For VCE students these final weeks include their last SACs for Unit 4 subjects and finalising products and artworks for Technology and Art subjects.

          For our VCE students, this holiday period is a vital time to begin focusing on exam preparation. This preparation should include mapping out an exam study schedule for the coming weeks, preparing study notes and resources, accessing past VCE exams and examiners reports, attending revision lectures and completing practice exams.

          There is no doubt that our students are heading into a challenging time of year. If you have any concerns whatsoever with regard to your child’s preparation for exams or progress on assessment tasks, I encourage you to reach out and speak with your child’s teacher at any time.

          A reminder to all year 12 students and their families that bookings for the Valedictory Dinner to be held on Friday 20th October must be made no later than Tuesday 3rd October. Please see Compass newsfeed for all details.
          2024
          Planning for 2024 is well underway with student subject choices completed and timetabling commenced. Ensuring all our students can access the learning pathway of their choice, while maintaining learning programs that balance an academically rigorous core curriculum with specialist learning opportunities is definitely a logistical challenge.

          We are happy to share that 2024 will see the College maintain breadth and depth of subject offerings, flexible pathway opportunities and exciting co-curricular programs. We are also exploring ways to expand student learning supports, enhance physical learning environments and ensure our teachers have the highest levels of expertise in the subjects they are teaching.

          A reminder to any students in years 8 -11 who have not provided their subject choices to their relevant Sub School to do so as soon as possible. Alternatively, they can email to me directly Kathryn.middleton@education.vic.gov.au
          Uniform
          Thanks to all parents, carers, and families for their support of our processes and expectations regarding student school uniform. There continues to be a noticeable improvement in our students arriving for school in full school uniform ready to learn. I would like to remind everyone again that if families are experiencing any barriers or challenges regarding uniform, they are encouraged to contact the school so we can provide support. Many thanks again for your ongoing support of the College and our students in Term 3. Students in years 7 -10 are permitted to wear their Full PE unform on the days that they have a scheduled PE/Health class only. Runners worn for PE and/or normal classes should always be black.
          Mobile Phone Policy Reminder
          Lately, we have needed to remind students more often about the DET Mobile Phone Policy and have experienced a ‘spike’ in confiscations that result when students are found to be accessing their mobile phone during the school day.

          Boronia K-12 College understands that students may bring a personal mobile phone to school, particularly if they are travelling independently to and from school. In accordance with the Department’s Mobile Phones Policy issued by the Minister for Education, personal mobile phones must not be used at Boronia K-12 College during school hours, including lunchtime and recess, unless an exception has been granted. Exceptions are usually only granted for medical or safety reasons.

          Mobile phones owned by students at Boronia K-12 College are considered valuable items and are brought to school at the owner’s (student’s or parent/carer’s) risk. Students are encouraged not to bring a mobile phone to school unless there is a compelling reason to do so. Please note that Boronia K-12 College does not have accident insurance for accidental property damage or theft.



          At Boronia K-12 College:

          · Students who choose to bring mobile phones to school must have them switched off and securely stored during school hours – this includes during recess and lunchtime. Phones should always remain in the students’ locker during the school day.

          · When emergencies occur, parents or carers should reach their child by calling the school’s office on 03 9760 4900.

          Repeated instances of a student being found accessing their mobile phone in school time will result in parents being asked to attend a meeting to plan for how the phone will be managed at school moving forward. We appreciate you working in partnership with us to ensure that the College, and its students, are compliant with this legislative requirement.

          Parent/Student/Teacher conferences
          If families were unable to attend the recent conferences on Thursday 14th September, we encourage you to reach out to relevant class teachers by phone or email. End of term Progress Reports can be found on Compass under your child’s profile page and give an overview of how they have progressed across Term 3. Year 10 and 11 students will also have Mid Term Progress Reports completed in week 5 of Term 4. This is to assist in ensuring students are ready and capable of accessing their chosen pathway in 2024.

          I wish all students and families a safe and relaxing holiday and we look forward to what will be a busy yet exciting Term 4 commencing on Monday 2nd October.
          Kathryn Middleton
          Secondary Assistant Principal

          CARL AWARDS

          At Boronia K-12 college, we have 4 fundamental college values, consisting of Community, Achievement, Respect, and Life-long Learning. Often these 4 values are abbreviated to CARL. Every term, as a college, we place extra focus on one of these values and recognize both its importance and the students who have displayed this value in an exceptional manner.

          This term we are focusing on the value of Respect. As a college and a community, it is important that we acknowledge and celebrate those who have displayed a high regard or respect for not just their peers but also for community spaces, personal property, school rules, and our community.

          The following students have embodied these attributes to the best of their abilities.
          Year 07 07A Mitchell K 07B Melina G 07C Jackson D
          Year 08 08A Matthew W 08B Keira C 08C Jorja V
          Year 09 09A Mia D 09B Curtis L 09C Rui L
          Year 10 10A Lucinda E 10C Pawarit N 10C Renee S
          Year 11 11A Jasmine C 11A Vinice B 11B Cody S 11V Shayla P
          Year 12 12A Gabby A 12B Chris M 12B Patrick H 12V Xander S

          JUNIOR SCHOOL

          ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL'S REPORT

          As usual, we have had a jam-packed Term 3, filled with learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. All classes started the term with a brand new unit of inquiry and have been exploring lots of concepts and connection as we have travelled through.
          Foundation
          Foundation students have been learning about how we use our senses to learn about ourselves and to discover the world around us. They started the term with some different learning experiences that tuned them in to thinking about what our senses are, what body parts we use to access them and how they help us to learn. They were introduced to many different learning and thinking skills including understanding how reflection helps as make connections in our learning. Then we had the Mad About Science people visit to share with us their “Come to Your Senses” incursion that enabled us to apply and extend our learning that meant we could explore more deeply elements like sound waves and lenses! Did you know, our Foundation students have been learning with us for over 100 days! Thank you to the parents and friends who came to celebrate at our 100 Days of Learning afternoon.
          Year 1 & 2
          Understanding How the World Works has been a big focus in Years 1 & 2 – they have been exploring the science of the weather and having lots of fun doing so. They made weather in a bottle, explored the seasons in Australia and around the world and making connections to the weather and how we react to it – in how we feel, what we wear and how we act. The Mad About Science experts helped the Year 1s and 2s take their learning further too in a Wicked Weather incursion exploring how air in the atmosphere is always on the move, carrying clouds, rain, and snow around the globe. They had a chance to model and experiment with these air and water movements; and even erupted their very own flurry of snow! Channelling our favourite weather people, they even conducted their own weather news report!
          Year 3 & 4
          Following along with their friends in F-2, the Years 3 & 4 have been exploring biodiversity, the human impact of ecosystems and the consequences when ecosystems are not balanced. This has lead to some fantastic student action – making plans to improve and extend the veggie patch and to have other sustainability improvements with ideas for better bins, worm farms and so much more. This unit has been amazing to drive other skills like mapping, information texts and even as inspiration for stories.
          Year 5 & 6
          In year 5 and 6 we have been delving into some deep learning about Who We Are. Big ideas such as how our mind and body are interconnected, how our behaviours and choices impact our lives & relationships and taking control of our future. Important concepts such as sleep, mindfulness, persistence and growth mindset have been instrumental in us understanding many of the influences on how we think, feel and act. It’s also been a big term for interschool sports, Hoop Time and representative sport. These and the successful path of the Matilda’s were a great inspiration to unpack different learner profiles such as risk takers, communicators and how to be balance. The Building Better Brains sessions have helped us to grow prosocial and communication skills, teamwork and resiliency skills which are so important for success in all areas of our life.
          Book Week
          We love Book Week! Mrs Young had all of the books for us to explore leading up to and during Book Week. We celebrated in lots of wonderful ways. including our Book Week Parade character dress up. Everyone looked amazing and it was great to see so many of our family and friends celebrating with us. Bernadette at Boronia Library was so generous at giving her time to share Book Week books and activities with the 4 Year Old ELC, Foundation and some of our Children’s University participants. It is such a wonderful space to explore stories and information. If you haven’t already, I would encourage you to head on down.
          Fathers Day
          Thank you to the members of School Council who organised the Fathers’ Day Stall. I hope all of the dads, step-dads, grandparents, carers or single parents who were lucky enough to receive gifts enjoyed them. It was amazing to see these same people for breakfast and a chance to spend time looking at learning, playing games and enjoying a cuppa and a conversation on our open morning as well. We appreciate all of those who took time out of their busy day to spend time with us.
          Looking towards 2024

          Isn’t the year rushing by! Term 3 is the term where we start to organise some of the important beginnings at our school – Foundation and Year 7 for 2024.

          Year 7 2024 - In August our Year 6 students and incoming 2024 Year 7 students from other Primary schools, were invited to an Afternoon Tea at the college to meet staff and other new families. It was a great opportunity for them to get to know each other and connect, prior to starting Year 7.

          Foundation 2024 – This year marks the first formal timeline for the Foundation application for enrolment process. All Foundation 2024 enrolments receive a confirmation letter and had the chance to come for a “Meet and Greet” to meet some of our staff and view the space. We look forward to welcoming them in Term 4 for formal Transition sessions.

          BYOD – As our BYOD program begins in Year 5, we invited our Year 4 parents and carers to 2 information sessions to explore the concept of BYOD and share some information about different options and devices to get organised for 2024.

          Cassandra Wright
          Junior School Assistant Principal

          3 YEAR OLD ELC

          Our inquiry "Exploring Our Natural World" led us to explore about the creatures, stories and plays of the lands, waters and sky. We explored and played with the patterns and changes in Seasons and the importance of nature.

          Our children were also excited to venture more within the community and around the school grounds in Term 3. Through our nature walks, STEM Room visit, emergency drill practices, PE sessions and Buddy program.

          4 YEAR OLD ELC

          WELLBEING & INCLUSION

          In Term 3 we often implement programs that we have been planning earlier in the year. The two new programs we have implemented this term are “Building Better Brains” with Tony Vallence and “Intergen” in partnerships with Swinburne University.
          In Term 3 there is a real focus on acknowledging mental health and how we can best support and equip our community to respond.

          BUILDING BETTER BRAINS
          Boronia K-12 College has been very fortunate over the past 4 years to secure funding from School Focused Youth Services (SFYS). This year we approached SFYS to fund a Grade 5/6 program that targeted attendance, dysregulated behaviour and disengagement using a three-way approach. We identified the Grade 5 and 6 students as needing additional support as they move either into their final year of primary school or their first year of secondary school. It is identified that these transition points are where there is potential of increasing disengagement from education.

          Building Student Capacity
          “Building Better Brains” workshops have a key focus on supporting the students to grow their prosocial and communication skills, teamwork and resiliency skills. The sessions have focused on hands-on-learning and based on small groups of 2-3 creating their own ‘make a difference’ project. The students have had the opportunity to work on scaffolded design challenges that focus on areas of their own interest. The third session will culminate in an opportunity to showcase their design or idea to an audience of their peers/staff.

          Staff Capacity Building
          Trauma Smart Training will be delivered to all Boronia K-12 primary staff, to ensure consistency across the school both in the classroom, in the playground and with leadership. The sessions will deliver brain wise, trauma smart approaches to teaching and learning with a focus on practical play, creativity and super skills.


          The Brain and Behaviour Toolkit - Demystifying behaviour through understanding of essential neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology for the classroom. Learning why behaviour is a symptom of a dysregulated nervous system and exploring a range of evidenced based strategies that help improve safety, connection and regulation.

          Connected Classrooms - Practical evidenced based strategies to build calmer, more regulated classrooms and strengthen relationships which are the basis of pro social functioning and academic resilience.

          Sustainable Practice Exploring how the school can build a foundation of wellbeing for their staff and encourage sustainable, emotionally intelligent professional practice by becoming the role models for change, self-regulation, compassion and self-care.

          Parent and Carer Capacity Building
          All parents and carers will be invited to participate in a 90-minute live, evening webinar aiming to engage, educate and empower them with evidence-based strategies to support their young people in Term 4. The session will be recorded and slides and resources made available to share with the school community.

          Demystifying Brain, Behaviour and Trauma Families will learn how stress and trauma impact brain and behaviour, regulation capacity and relationships in our children and ourselves. They will explore practical ideas that can help restore regulation, calm, safety and connection to their families and help process traumatic events.

          An invitation to attend will be sent out early Term 4.
          RUOK DAY
          RUOK? Day is a day we have always acknowledged at the College.

          R U OK? Day 2023 was on Thursday 14th September and is our national day of action when we remind Australians that every day is the day to ask, ‘are you OK?’ and start a meaningful conversation whenever they spot the signs that someone they care about might be struggling with life.

          R U OK? is calling on all of us to let the people you care about know you're here, to really hear them.

          By taking the time for an R U OK? conversation and genuinely listening with an open mind, we can all help the people in our world feel supported and connected.

          Let the people in your world know you’re here, to really hear, because a conversation could change a life.


          THE INTERGEN PROJECT: COMMUNITY BASED APPROACHES TO INTERGENERATIONAL SOCIAL CONNECTION
          In partnership with Knox City Council and Swinburne University, Boronia K-12 College was invited to participate in a 12 week research project focusing on improving community approaches to intergenerational social connection.

          Project aims
          The aim of the InterGen Project is to activate a sustainable model to support intergenerational social connection and wellbeing in the Eastern Metropolitan Region of Victoria. The project will use co-design, implement and evaluate a model for local government and community services to develop or improve out intergenerational social connection programs.

          An invitation was extended to our Year 7-9 students to be a part of this program. A group of 14 students from year 7-9 attend the Knox Library every Friday afternoon and play games with a diverse group of older Knox residents. The playing of games is the mechanism that drives the social connections amongst the group. The interactions between our students and the older participants is heart-warming. The relationships have deepened, the conversations are free-flowing and there is a growing appreciation of the knowledge that each one brings to the table.

          The success of this Project is the commitment our students bring. They are kind, open-minded and very respectful to the older members and look forward to this session time every week. We are incredibly proud of Hannah C, Ashley D, Tillie B, Aine O, Mia D, Paige S, Matilda M, Sophie W, Cailey F, Isabel B, Matthew P, Mitchell K, Boyd H and Cam B for being a part of this very special project.
          WEAR IT PURPLE DAY
          On Friday 25th August we celebrated “Wear it Purple Day”. Student Voice in collaboration with the Wellbeing Team put together a day of fun and celebration as part of our commitment to Inclusion at Boronia K-12 College.

          The Purpose of “Wear it Purple Day” is to strive to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people.

          THE PRINCIPLES are to:
          · Advocate for and empower rainbow young people
          · Celebrate and promote the value of diversity and inclusion in all community setting
          · Raise awareness about sexuality, sex and gender identity and challenge harmful social cultures
          · Champion rainbow role-models to help young people establish the confidence to be who they are

          We acknowledged the day by encouraging:
          · students to wear purple on the out of uniform day
          · staff to present their PowerPoints with a purple background
          · use purple whiteboard markers
          · correct work in a purple pen
          · decorating staffroom doors in a creative, resourceful and “purple” way
          · finger painting and bead-making during lunchtime.
          We raised over $400 dollars which was donated to Minus 18 and Victorian Pride Centre.

          Our Ally group had a visit from Ange and Luis from Knox City Youth Services where we had a lovely lunchtime creating melted bead art and personalised badges over snacks and a chat. We hope we can invite Ange and Luis back soon to continue the connection with Knox City Youth Services.

          Adrienne Tanner & Nicole Costa
          Assistant Principal Wellbeing and Inclusion & Wellbeing Leader

          CAREERS

          This term has been busy for Careers at Boronia K-12. We’ve had many events and excursions that have allowed students to experience the possibilities beyond school. From the Women in Trade incursion to a visit to the National Skills Championships, our students have seen some opportunities that they wouldn’t have previously imagined.
          There have also been many students taking part in work experience. It’s been such a pleasure to see students exploring a wide variety of career paths from trades to train driving, beauty to business, hospitality to hairdressing. I’ve been so impressed with the exceptional feedback I’ve had about our students on work experience. Employers often comment on their kindness, work ethic and focus. Some have even been offered part time work or apprenticeships when they finish school and this just shows the exceptional nature of our students and the high regard with which they are viewed in the community.
          Alongside the many excursions and experiences our students have had, they have also been making some big decisions about their futures. Years 8-11 have needed to select subjects for next year, and our year 12s, who we will soon farewell, are also making decisions about their futures. Many have applied for their courses through VTAC, the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre. VTAC helps students with their university applications, ATAR calculation along with SEAS and scholarship applications. Our students have a great variety of ambitions and there are some applying for everything from teaching to medicine to engineering and science. It has been a huge pleasure to work with these students over the last few years and see how their hard work has helped get them through to this important moment. Other students have already lined up apprenticeships or work for next year and are keen to get a foothold in the labour market. There may also be some planning to take a gap year and explore work or travel. We will all be eagerly anticipating results and offers in the coming months and wish every student, no matter their pathway, the very best of luck in their future career paths.



          Fiona Bennett
          Careers, Pathways & VET

          SENIOR SCHOOL

          KNOX GOVERNMENT SCHOOL UNIT 3 & 4 VCE REVISION PROGRAM
          This year the Knox Government schools – Boronia K-12 College, Fairhills High School, Rowville Secondary College, Scoresby Secondary College and Wantirna College - are proud to once again offer an extensive Unit 3 & 4 VCE Revision Program for students at no cost. This program will be conducted face to face during the upcoming term holiday break from Monday September 18th to Wednesday 20th September. The venue for these sessions will be the Australian Indian Community Centre, 16/18 Kingsley Close, Rowville. This is a fantastic opportunity for our students at no cost to parents/carers.




          The program will include lectures by experienced presenters for a number of the subjects that we offer at BK-12 and students attending sessions will receive excellent resources in the form of information packs prepared by each of the presenters.
          Please refer to the program dates and session times.

          Wayne Judge
          Director of Senior School

          SPORT

          Congratulations to our Junior Division Football Team who finished 6 out of 32 schools in our Division!
          Intermediate Girls Basketball team
          Intermediate Boys Basketball team
          Year 8 Basketball Team
          Year 5/6 Hoop Time Basketball Teams
          Year 5/6 Round Robin Tennis
          Year 5/6 Round Robin Volleyball

          Mt Buller Snow Day

          MIDDLE SCHOOL

          Year 9 City Experience

          Year 9's ventured into the city from Monday to Thursday visiting different sites and undertaking a range of engaging activities each day such as the MCG, Melbourne Museum, Old Melbourne Gaol and the Shrine of Remembrance. Throughout Term 2, Year 9's researched the City of Melbourne based on a theme of their choice. They mapped out a city tour and presented it to a panel of teachers. On the last day of the City Experience program, students completed their planned tour in groups on their "Independent Day". Students were required to send check in photos at each of their planned sites and to check in with teachers through-out the day. A fantastic way to end a great week.

          B-Active

          Rock Climbing session at Hard Rock - Nunawading

          SENIOR SCHOOL

          Get Wild

          Mornington Peninsula Day Trip
          1000 steps Kokoda Track Memoral Walk
          Bourke's Look-out
          White Water Rafting

          PUSH INC. MUSIC CAREERS EXPO

          VET Music students attended the Push Inc. Youth organisations careers expo held at the iconic Corner Hotel in Richmond. Students saw performances from musician Tanya George, listened to a talk from band The Grogans, setup audio equipment at the venue and met with industry experts including Killing Heid's founding member and guitarist Jesse Hooper.

          Amy Cumming
          Classroom Music
          Instrumental Music Coordinator

          SECONDARY ART

          Matthew P - Year 7
          "Zalty medyje"
          Found object sculpture paper, coloured pencils, wire, modelling clay
          My artwork, Žalty medyje, is a stance against climate change, and genocide. I think that these two issues are intertwined, because, if you can‘t be nice to people, then how can you be nice to the environment? You may be wondering how my art has such a deep message, and the answer is simple; a Žalty is a sea serpent in Lithuanian Mythology. Now, of course, sea serpents shouldn‘t be stuck in trees, however, with rising sea levels, particularly on the low-lying Baltic coast, trees are regularly being submerged, due to climate change. As for the message about genocide, well, the Lithuanian people have been through many, the most recent during the Soviet occupation. The “west” doesn’t know that much about it, and unfortunately, that means that it was at least partly successful. I want to work on changing that. Lithuanian Mythology has been almost destroyed, so what remnants of the past we have left, we have to hold onto, and preserve for the future. Now, you may be wondering what Žalty medyje even means? It is Lithuanian for “Žalty in tree”.





          Emily O - Year 10
          Pavilion 2023 Design







          Jessica M F - Year 10
          "Untitled"
          Modelling clay, poster paint & acrylic paint
          Adele B - Year 10
          "The Journey to Beyond"
          Pencil on Paper





          Brodie R - Year 10
          (clockwise top left) "Beauty Within", "Gratitude", "Connections", "Faith" & "Friendship"
          Pencil on paper
          Year 12 Art
          Art Making and Exhibiting Excursion
          Senior Art Making and Exhibiting students (Year 11 & 12) went on an excursion to the city to see different types of galleries. We went to the Hellenic Museum to observe Greek art, history and culture - from contemporary art to pieces that were over 8000 years old. Students then visited the Artist Run Initiative and West Space where they viewed art from some of Melbourne's best up and coming artists.
          Art Garden

          LIBRARY NEWS

          Book Week Celebration
          2023 Book Week Theme: Read, Grow, Inspire
          The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) celebrated its annual Children’s Book Week© on the 19 August to 25 August, 2023.

          Book Week Dress Up Day
          On Tuesday 22nd August our Junior School held a Book Week Dress up Day and Parade in the Gym. Our Kinder to Year 6 staff and students, were invited to dress up as their favourite book character or Disney character.
          Boronia Library Visit
          As part of our Book Week celebrations, some of our ELC and Junior School students were lucky enough to visit our local Eastern Regional Library Boronia Branch to attend a Book Week Storytime and activity session at the Boronia Library with the librarian, Bernadette.

          Students walked with their teacher and support staff to and from the library.
          2023 Boronia K-12 College Student Choice Book Awards
          This year our students at Boronia K-12 College read the 2023 CBCA’s shortlisted books and nominated our very own Boronia K-12 Student Choice Book Awards for Best Story and Best Illustrations.

          The books were on display in the Library from the start of this term and were read during library sessions and lunchtimes when the library was open. The students read as many of the books as they wanted to and filled out a voting slip for each book they read and placed it in the ballot box.

          The students of Boronia K-12 College have voted for the following books as their Book Week 2023 Boronia K-12 College Student Choice Book Award for Best Story and Best Illustrations.

          Winners for our Boronia K-12 College Student Choice Book Award for Best Story are:
          1st Snap! written and illustrated by Anna Walker
          Equal 2nd Bev & Kev written by Katrina Germein, illustrated by Mandy Foot
          Equal 2nd There’s No Such Book written by Jessica Dettmann and illustrated by Jake A. Minton
          3rd Paradise Sands written and illustrated by Levi Pinfold

          Winners for our Boronia K-12 College Student Choice Book Award for Best Illustrations are:
          1st Snap! written and illustrated by Anna Walker
          Equal 2nd Bev & Kev written by Katrina Germein, illustrated by Mandy Foot
          Equal 2nd There’s No Such Book written by Jessica Dettmann and illustrated by Jake A. Minton
          3rd Paradise Sands written and illustrated by Levi Pinfold
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          OFFICE NEWS

          Parent Payments 2023 and 2024

          As parents are aware schools provide students with free instruction to fulfil the standard Victorian curriculum and we assure you that all contributions are voluntary. Nevertheless, the ongoing support of our families has ensured that our school could continue to offer the best possible education and support for our students. On behalf of the school, I thank the many families who have taken the opportunity to contribute by way of voluntary contributions for items such as curriculum, ICT, wellbeing, School ground improvement etc.

          The parent payment arrangements for 2024 will be released early in Term 4. In the meantime, families are still able to contribute to our voluntary contributions for 2023 and we would appreciate any contribution at this time.

          If you have any questions regarding Parent Payments, please feel free to contact me.

          Maria Jansen
          Business Manager

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