The Latest news and images, together with links to photo galleries of activities and events that occur during tthe term, will be published below. Links to News Archives from earlier this year as well as to Sale College facebook pages, also appear on this page
Many students have been participating in events for National Recycling Week, including a screening of the documentary 2040, zero waste bathroom hack workshops, and a visit to Araluen Primary School for their well renowned Sustainability Tour. Thirteen students accompanied Miss Cook and Mr Wytkamp to Araluen for a student-guided tour of their gardens, compost facilities, bug hotel, and chicken pens. It gave us heaps of ideas about things we can introduce at our own school, as an educational opportunity for students as well as to improve the biodiversity of Sale College. Thank you to Ms Sharon Ray and the Araluen Green Team.
This week at assembly we celebrated the Year Seven students that have achieved 99 and 100% attendance for the 2019 school year. Each student was given an invitation to a celebratory lunch with Mr Staple that will take place on the 28th of November at the Fauna Park. We would like to congratulate these students for the commitment to their education. This fantastic attendance record has allowed them to embrace every possible learning opportunity in the 2019 academic year. Well done to all these students, you should be very proud of this wonderful achievement!
Year 9.7 Applied students travelled to the Tonimbuk Fire Relief Centre. They met and talked with people who had lost homes and/or businesses in the Bunyip fires earlier this year, and were able to see the regeneration of flora in the affected areas. The students had made many batches of biscuits which they donated to the centre.
During their class time students have designed and produced a 3D model to help others understand their responsibilities in preparing for the upcoming fire season. The model will be displayed in the cabinet in the foyer of the OLC early next week. Well done 9.7 Applied class!
Successful students demonstrate their exceptional leadership and social skills at Breakfast Club. Cooperating with adults and peers to provide a nourishing and tasty array of food.
We have Samantha (Sam) cooking toasties with an inviting warm smile for everyone, Shaun flipping pikelets with ease after initially unsure about flipping one. Millie with her can do attitude holds down the dish washing department with successfully getting everyone to do their share. Zoe is happily toasting raisin bread.
On offer is porridge, apple crumble, fresh fruit and muesli bars for those that want something different or maybe have later at recess. Breakfast Club is a wonderful place to enjoy good food, each other's company or just have a positive start to the day.
This week Year 8 students had the option of attending either The Adventure Park at Bairnsdale or the Den of Nargun as part of our end of term pastoral program. The aim of the program was for students to take some time out of school to work with peers and teachers in a different environment. Students who went to the Den of Nargun walked in and looked at the cultural significance of the area with one of our students explaining why this site was important to local Aboriginal communities. The group then did a loop via the Mitchell River, and ended the day with lunch in Bairnsdale.
The second group took a number of our students to the Adventure Fun Park and rotated through a range of activities, giving students an opportunity to compete with and against peers and have a day developing relationships outside of the classroom. It was an excellent day for all who participated and it was great to see students outdoors and having fun.
- Ms Ellis
Last Friday, a team of four Year 8 boys represented Sale College at the Gippsland stage of Table Tennis in Traralgon, after winning the earlier event in Term 3. Jack Love, Ronald Kong, Jayden Taylor and Brodyn Taylor played extremely well against the fierce competition of St Thomas Aquinas, Nagle College with whom there was some rivalry, and Wonthaggi Secondary College. The team had good, hard fought wins over St Thomas Aquinas and Nagle College, and a narrow defeat to Wonthaggi Secondary College. Overall the team came back with a runners up flag and look forward getting through to state level in 2020 with the Sale College Academy of Table Tennis!
The Year 11 OES class had their last camp of the year this week hiking in Wilsons Prom National Park. They hiked the southern circuit walking to Sealers Cove then to Little Waterloo completing a total of 36kms over three days. The students are studying the impacts of humans on outdoor environments. The group would like to thank Mr D. and India for attending the camp as it would not have been possible without them.
In Chemistry, water is referred to as the 'universal solvent', meaning it readily dissolves many different substances. Our water ways therefore contain many dissolved substances that can be beneficial or harmful and sometimes even toxic to humans and other living organisms. A common question asked by chemists and environmental scientists is what is dissolved in our water and how much is present.
Year 11 chemistry students have researched, designed and conducted their own water analysis investigation on water samples from local water ways. Questions investigated and answered were:
During this investigation, the students enhanced their scientific skills, such as planning an experiment, using research to predict results, analysing data and demonstrated many analytical chemistry techniques.
This week was Halloween and because of this everyone had the chance to dress up on Thursday. We saw so many different famous characters and figures from many avenues of pop culture. Some of our favourites included: The Joker, Edward Scissorhands and many, many Zombies. Additionally, there were many staff members who got involved as well. One of the highlights were Puk Wytkamp who dressed up as our one and only Cherie. ‘Gerrie’ was certainly a big hit and helped to lift spirits across the school.
The Year 9 Outdoor Education Camp took place last week at Mount Arapiles. Mount Arapiles is a dramatic quartz and sandstone landmark that from the top affords soaring views of the surrounding Wimmera Plain. Rising 230 metres, it is widely regarded as Australia's best rock climbing area. There are over 2,000 different climbs on offer on its many cliffs, crags and pinnacles.
"With packs filled with the essentials of lollies, chocolates, chips and charger packs we headed off. The 8 hour drive had us arriving just in time to set up camp, cook our first meal and settle in for the night. During our trip the students had the opportunity to abseil down a 15m drop, before advancing to a 30m drop down the cliff face. They went rock climbing at Bushrangers cliff, ascending numerous climbs ranging in difficulty from beginner to /beginner intermediate. The now experienced sale college rock climbers got to experience a highly strenuous hike, which was more like a 7hr scramble up the rocks, but we all made it. Once at the top, the views made every step worth the effort."
Today is a special occasion for our Year 12 students to celebrate together, the conclusion of their formal schooling.
The class of 2019 has been an energetic, engaged and creative group of young people. Thank you for all you've done to enrich our school and well done on all that you have achieved. We will miss them greatly.
Thank you to all the staff who helped make today a successful and enjoyable day for the Year 12's. THANK YOU to the staff who stayed back last night to help the students and to those who organised and prepared the food for the students today. Thank you to all school staff for generously giving so much of themselves each and every day to help our students achieve success and to prepare them for the world outside.
We wish the Year 12's all the very best in their exams and subsequent choices and remind them that talent and opportunity can only take them so far in life. It's the other qualities of passion, resilience, commitment, determination and sheer hard work that will take them the rest of the way to achieve their dreams.
We wish students all the best as they sit their first written exam (English) on Wednesday October 30th .
We luckily get to celebrate all our Year 12’s achievements in a more formal way with families and friends on Thursday 21st November at the Wedge (tickets can be purchased from the front office for $20) for their Valedictory. Well done and congratulations to the class of 2019!!
A big congratulations to Jackson Smythe-Evans who has Graduated from the QuickSmart Literacy Program, and was presented with his certificate at Year 7 assembly on Tuesday.
Last week, two Year 10 students, Lauren Wheeler and Jessica Erbs, had the wonderful opportunity to become real researchers at the Gene Technology Access Centre (GTAC) in Melbourne.
They were trying to identify a mutation within a gene in fruit flies as part of a larger study to discover which mutations might cause cancer. Firstly they were assigned to a science mentor who helped them with the complicated experiments, which involved extracting DNA from fly larva, 'photocopying' the DNA and then analysing its gene sequence.
They studied the genetics of fruit flies and viewed them under a range of very powerful microscopes during a tour of the Peter McCallum Cancer Centre.
VCAL Night Market The VCAL market was held on Wednesday night and was a huge success. It was wonderful to see the market all come together and the students were exceptional in their interactions with the wider community. Most students sold out of their products and took orders on the night to make more in the coming week. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who supported us, it is truly appreciated.
Below is a glimpse of last night's market. Click here to see more photos.
Want to take one last nostalgic look back at more of this year's Year 12 class groups with their teachers for 2019? Well now you can!
The Year 12 Class Groups Web Gallery contains many of the class photos that were taken during the last couple of weeks of Term 3.
During September a number of our VCAL students participated in a workshop for young people who are in the throes of making crucial decisions about life after school. The program was organised and facilitated by the Beacon Foundation and hoped to improve job readiness and employment opportunities. Students also had the opportunity to meet with industry mentors from VLINE and discuss recruitment trends and build on self-awareness for individual and team success.
I had the pleasure of sitting back in the audience at The Wedge and being entertained by the members of our Music Department (by Department I mean family). A lot of obvious things were on display and many others happened behind the scenes. What was obvious was; the talent of our students, the variety of musical styles and instrumental groups, the camaraderie and respect students had for each other regardless of their instrument or their skill level, the rapport the students enjoy with their teachers.
What was less obvious was; the dedication and hard work that goes on over a period of time to develop these talents. The time it takes to build genuine relationships where young people can take risks and grow. The support of parents and the teachers from both campuses who came along to support their students and colleagues and in return enjoy the entertainment.
Thanks to eveyone for making this year's Music Gala Evening such a celebratory event.
- Brendan Staple (Principal)
Local Paramedics, Life Saving Victoria and Seaspray Surf Lifesaving Club came to the Guthridge Campus on Wednesday to speak to Year 7 students about the importance of early call for help and early CPR.
Congratulations to Abby Lee and Bailey Ireland who had their media films selected for screening at the Sale Cinema last night. Abby's film titled 'Past Time' re-lives the memories of an old man and features a few of our past and present students as actors, whilst Bailey's Spaghetti Western inspired film 'The Duel of Chicken Hill' features a stand off between two rugged cowboys.
It was fantastic to also see the work of one of our previous students Matilda Mansfield. This is an annual event held by the Wellington Youth Council and I encourage more students to enter next year. Check out the Sale College website over the coming weeks to view these and other films.
The Sale College Academy of Badminton (SCAB) Year 7 girls had a really good day at State Badminton championships held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. We learnt so much throughout the day, our opponents were so nice to us and showed really good sportsmanship. Throughout the day we continually improved and hit some excellent shots. We are in the top 7 schools in the state of Victoria which is a massive achievement. It was a really good experience for all of us to go all the way to state in badminton and now we know the standard we need to be at for next year to do even better! Lots of thanks to Cherie and Mr Curtis for taking and supporting us. Go SCABs!!
-Written by Marti Fahy
Blessed with perfect conditions for a fun filled day with their equine partners, lots of East Gippsland Secondary students converged on the Bairnsdale Pony Club grounds for their annual Interschool Gymkhana.
Our four riders, Tenille Page riding Maluka, Nickyra Burley riding Tonto, Chelsea Page riding Dutchess and Charli Mowbray riding Gally, were ready to rock bright and early. Their horses were well presented for their first event, the 'Rider' class, demonstrating finess and skill in working calmly with their horse to create a harmonious picture, all of our girls placing very well in their sections. The day scattered a little after that, there was a selection of other events to compete in; three different novelty events (the Bending Race, the Sack Race and the Modified Barrel Race), an Activity Course (filled with streamers, pool noodles, bridges, letter box, and a host of other goodies), Showjumping events (AM7 & One Round Stakes), Handy Mount and Pairs.
Whilst we didn't place overall, the girls all came home with a host of ribbons and had a great day out!
Congratulations to Finn Staple for achieving his Bronze in the under 14 boys 400m at State Athletics!!!
Congratulations to the Sale College Athletics Team who represented the school at the 2019 Gippsland Regional Athletics carnival. They all displayed great sportsmanship and encouragement towards each other and competitors. Overall, the results were excellent, the students brought back 16 podium finishes. Six students worked hard earning themselves a spot for the Victorian State Athletics event (18th October 2019). These students should be proud of their efforts; Finn Staple, Hollie Ryan, Cody Lee, Krystal Archer, Brysen Nottle and Kimberley McMahon.
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