News and images, together with links to photo galleries of activities and events that occur throughout the year, will be published below.
Links to News Archives for Terms 1, 2 and 3, Sale College facebook pages and the school App, Tiqbiz, also appear on this page.
If you want to look back at the 2017 Sale College year highlights, you can download the Awards Day 2017 Slide Show by clicking here.
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If you received an Academic, Sporting or Citizenship Award at the 2017 Sale College Awards Afternoon, you are probably featured somewhere in this web gallery.
Sale College is proud of the students who have successfully completed their VCAL or VCE certificates this year. There are many examples of students who have succeeded against the odds; an achievement which cannot be defined by the score or certificate they achieved.
In particular, our Dux for 2017 is Constance (Connie) Doust. We are so proud of Connie who has worked consistently from Year 7, where she started in our Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program, to the end of her Year 12.
Well Done Connie and to the Class of 2017.
Sale College Dux for 2017 Connie Doust (centre) pictured with Darren Chester, Federal MP for Infrastructure and Transport and last year's Sale College Dux, Luka Corrigan.
After another meal of sticky rice we made our way to the Huoi Sang school. Here we split into groups, teaching different classes ranging from kinder to Grade 6. There was also a group playing soccer with some of the older boys. We taught the kids a range of English words from body parts to getting them to sing Happy Birthday to a boy from the other school that came with us. After a 45 minute class we swapped classes. After the two classes the kids then got their break time where we played and taught them how to play duck, duck, goose; which they loved! We then got a photo and got the whole school to sing Happy Birthday to Tyler again. As part of their tradition, the village had a ceremony wishing us safe travels and good wishes and thanks for helping them with digging the trenches to lay the water pipes and for their new school supplies. They tied cotton threads around our wrists and said a prayer, these were to stay on for three days and either have to fall off or be pulled off, never cut.
At about 6:30pm the entire village came back and we all danced with each other until 9pm. Sunday morning we packed up all our belongings before heading back to the boat and to Luang Prabang. That night we went to the night market once again. On Monday we spilt into two groups, one group went to the swimming pool while the other group went around to look at all the temples and the old palace.
On Tuesday and Wednesday we took the slow boat down the Mekong river so we could then cross the boarder to Thailand on Thursday (we even passed elephants having a swim in the river!). That day we took private transport to Chiang Mai where we got fast food for the first time in two weeks. Friday we prepped for our trekking which took place on the Saturday. On Saturday, after breakfast we headed on the start of our four day trek in Thailand heading up towards the top of the mountain. We had overnight stays in villages, the last night, Monday, we spent in hammocks. After the trek we headed back to Chiang Mai where on Wednesday we went on a sleeper train to Bangkok. From the train station we travelled for a few more hours before getting on the ferry. The ferry took us to Koh Chang and we headed up to the Cliff Cottage Resort we got our rooms, which were yurts. We had to make sure we packed away our scented belongings, so that monkeys wouldn't get into our belongings in the yurts. Today we will spend the day snorkelling. On Sunday we will make our way back to Bangkok, before we fly back home on Monday.
The experiences we've had have been wonderfully life changing. We have also learnt lots of 'fun facts' by Hayley. We will leave with lots of memories, new friendships and inside jokes.
What an awesome week visiting Wet N Wild, Australia Zoo, shopping at Harbour Town, watching the amazing Outback Spectacular show, exploring Sea World and running a muck at Movie World. The week was filled with adrenaline rushes on mighty water slides and roller coasters. All the animals provided unforgettable experiences with most students watching the dolphins flip in the air and a crocodile snap it's jaws shut so loudly it echoed through the stadium. Playful polar bears, towering giraffes (and an adorable 6 week old baby giraffe), mischievous tiger cubs and raging rhino's were all a hit.
Students got some extra entertainment at Outback Spectacular watching Miss Mowbray, Mr Buckley, Kara and Miss Beath race lawnmowers around the arena. Top job Miss speedy Mowbray for winning the race. All students have had a fantastic time, gained independence and personal growth learning new fundamental life skills. Yes ladies, the irons do have settings.
This week the students have been enjoying Activity Week. It has been a great opportunity for our students and staff to wind down and spend time outside of the classroom. Melbourne Aquarium: On Monday a group of 5 students from Year 7-9 travelled down to the Melbourne Aquarium. The students enjoyed looking at all the different animals with their favourite being the penguins. Luna Park: On Wednesday a large group of students travelled down to Luna Park for the day. There were lots of rides including a Ferris wheel, the Enterprise, the Bumper Cars, the Scenic Railway and the Pirate Ship.
During Headstart, the new Year 10 Applied Learning students have been investigating disadvantage at Christmas time. They explored how different members of our community celebrate the holidays, and who, within the community, could we do more for during the festive season. As such, the students got to creating delicious Christmas treats and delivered them to Ashleigh House in Sale. Here they stayed for a few hours, having wonderful conversations with the residents and bringing some cheer.
The World Challenge team started their journey on the 26th of November from Melbourne Airport, to Laos. We had a long wait at Bangkok airport and finally made it to Laos arriving at Luang Prabang in time for an early dinner.
We started the 2nd day with an early breakfast before meeting our in-country agent Son, following this we made our way to the Tat Kuaang Si waterfalls. We climbed our way to the top of the mountain and went swimming in the water. We then made our way back to Luang Prabang and sourced new accommodation. After settling in our new hotel we made our way up one of the mountains to the Monks temple. Here we saw views of Luang Prabang, and enjoyed the sun set. As we walked back down the mountain we could hear the monks chants. We returned back to our favorite restaurant for dinner, the blue corner shop. The son of the owners gets sent to school so he can learn English so he can help them in the business. When they need him, he comes in to work to help translate for the family. That night we all did some shopping at the night market before returning to Sabaidee guest house.
The next morning we had a meeting with Siong and Dong our community project liaisons. We then shopped for supplies for our project, which included purchasing supplies for the local school. Returning to the hotel after lunch we made our way to the village via van and crossed the Mekong river where we were welcomed with flags and individual bunches of flowers by the children in the community. Son showed us a bit around the village before tea. After tea we had a group meeting to talk over our roles/responsibilities before preparing for an early night.
On Thursday we worked on the group project which involved us helping the community to build their water and sanitation systems. We spent time digging trenches in the heat with the locals and explored the village. Tomorrow we will spend the day at the school, engaging with the community and the school children. During our second week of the journey we will be making our way down to Thailand....
Congratulations to Year 10 students Abbie Cordell and Calvin Fahy who have just been selected into the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program at Melbourne University for 2018-19. Last year, Nicole Danks and Georgia Alcock also became KLD scholars, so Sale College is fortunate to currently have four students involved in this program.
What does this mean and why is it a big deal?
The Program is an academic enrichment program designed to support high-achieving students through their VCE. Those involved can:
Attend special events at the Parkville campus designed to build leadership, problem solving, decision-making and presentation skills.
KLD students are guaranteed a place to study at Melbourne University, provided they meet the entry requirements. They can receive a $2,500 relocation allowance to make the transition to the city and are also eligible to receive a $2,500 scholarship to study overseas. Nicole has found the mentoring and networking she has received this year an invaluable aid to her studies and highly recommends the program.
On Thursday, students from 7.3 and 8.1 travelled to Federation University to take part in a fire awareness program along with students from Traralgon College, Yarram Secondary College and Trafalgar High School. The students were divided into groups to act as stakeholders during a real fire scenario. As part of the "Tomorrow when the fire began" program, students considered a high fire danger day in the Latrobe Valley and tracked how the day progressed as new fires start and move through the environment. An incident management team shared and discussed their decisions as the day progressed. The exercise allowed participants to consider their preparedness and fire plans in a realistic scenario, to share their thoughts and learn from each other. This program is designed for students to use their critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration skills – all skills that are highly valued and sought after in businesses internationally.
Students in the Year 9 Outdoor Education class recently had the experience of hiking and camping along the Mitchell River. You can see more images from the trip in the web gallery by clicking here.
On Monday we enjoyed a wonderful evening for the Year 9 Graduation. Many students commented that the highlight of the evening was the photo booth where they were able to take away photos of themselves with their friends and family. What a wonderful celebration of a fabulous year. This afternoon staff and Year 9 students will enjoy a basketball game as well as a BBQ followed by a relaxing afternoon at the park. To finish off a wonderful day, we will return to school for a farewell assembly. Congratulations to the Year 9 students for a fabulous three years at Guthridge Campus and all the best for Year 10 Headstart at Macalister Campus over the next two weeks and for your future studies and beyond.
Last week Chloe Bethune and Kaleb Moore had the opportunity to be involved in a 5 day live-in work experience program at the RAAF Base East Sale. They learnt about specific Air Force roles and career opportunities, took part in physical training and leadership workshops, experienced flight through simulators and real time flights, visited different squadrons and Units at the Base and enjoyed other activities that developed team work and communication skills. Well done to Chloe and Kaleb for an outstanding week.
The Hands on Learning students recently rebuilt the Koorie Garden in the area adjacent to the oval at the rear of the Guthridge Campus.
The Hands on Learning students together with the assistance of Steve Walsh who is the Koorie Co-ordinator for the Wellington Shire and some of Sale College Koorie students, reconstructed the seating area and planted a number of native plants in the surrounding space.
The students worked hard with great results. The seating area will be well used over the coming years and its beauty will be enhanced as the plants grow to full term.
Another great addition to the outside environment by the HOLs team. Well done!
Thursday the 9th and Friday the 10th of November saw this years' Duke of Edinburgh 'Bronze Award' students step out and complete their last commitment towards completing their award. They travelled day 1, by bus to Nowa Nowa, where they set up their campsite, went paddling in canoes from Mingling Waters heading towards Lake Tyers, stopped off for a bite to eat and a break then paddled back to the boat ramp.
Cooking dinner was much more fruitful this trip, with less food casualties compared to the previous journey. Toasting marshmallows on the campfire was a lovely relaxing way to end the day. Day 2 saw the camp packed up and loaded in the bus and trailers, bikes prepped, our class handy-man Charlie made sure that tyre pressures were all a-ok, to which I am certain the rest of the group were grateful! Then they were off and peddling on the Rail Trail, headed for Bruthen. The weather was quite warm and though the majority of the first section of the ride was uphill, it was fantastic to see the teamwork and comradery within the group. Assistance with running repairs, bike swapping to ease the strain & share the pain, caring, sharing, encouragement and enthusiasm were freely given from one and all, and the jubilance of knowing the last 6.2km was all downhill was evident. Lots of smiling faces came through the gates of the Bruthen footy oval, knowing they were done and dusted.
The Year 10 Science Class at Macalister Campus have taken the opportunity this week to enjoy some beautiful sunshine in the outdoors and also learn a thing or two whilst catching some rays.
As part of their Physics unit, Mrs Daff's class have been measuring the power of the sun's rays as captured by miniture solar panels. By hooking their solar panels up to a multimeter device they were able to measure the amount of amps and volts being outputted. It was exciting for the students to see in real time how when light energy hits the solar panels it excites the electrons, moving them around and creating energy.
In VCAL, Personal Development Skills (PDS) class, Kyah Penkara-Bush, Zac Hider and Dylan Salisbury were required to plan and implement a community awareness project. On Monday the 13th of November, Peter from WheelTalk, visited Sale College, Macalister Campus, to share his story as life as paraplegic. Peter also introduced the participating students to wheelchair basketball. Peter's overall message, 'it's not where you start, but where you end up'. Therefore he encourages everybody to make the right choices and continue to take on the endless opportunities available to all Australians.
Last week students travelled to Apprenticeships Group Australia Trade Training Centre in Bairnsdale to attend their last day of VET in Electrical and Plumbing for 2017. Students pictured are: Jamin Norkett (1st year electrical), Marques Guedelha (1st year electrical), Lachlan Whitewood (1st year plumbing), Kadin Jarvis (1st year electrical), Riley Cashin (1st year plumbing) and Brad Rodgers (2nd year electrical). Mitch Whykes and Brady Kennedy also completed their 2nd year in Electrical but were unable to attend. Congratulations to all.
In PDS students are given the task of choosing a community issue to bring aareness to. Hayden Russell and Tashce Havinga chose the community issue of bullying. Multiple students in the College were surveyed then a PowerPoint was created from the findings. The PowerPoint was then displayed on the TV's in the student lounge and to the heads of the school. It is hoped that the findings will assist both staff and students in resolving issues related to bullying that may arise in the future.
VCAL students Bobby, Kadin and Darcy have chosen the school community issue of what staff and students at Sale College would like to see sold in the school canteen. They surveyed 100 people and presented their findings to the Macalister Principal Mr Malone and the Canteen Manager. It is hoped their findings will be taken into consideration and perhaps some of the students' suggestions will be available for sale in the school canteen in the future.
Year 10 Student Jacob Thompson Hope is currently on exchange in Japan. Here is an excert from an update on his travels:
" My host family is really nice and kind. My school is great, but I was surprised by the size – its larger than I’d imagined. So much happened. These have possibly been the most intense/busy months of my entire life, and I've loved it.
If you would like to read Jacob's complete update on his travels, please click here.
Over the past two weeks, a group of Year 9 students, joined students from Maffra Secondary College, Sale Catholic College and Gippsland Grammar to head along to this year's Inspiring Young Men and Women conferences. Students listened to ten guest speaker's talk about their different career paths and their journey from high school into the workforce. The students then enjoyed a morning tea and split into small groups where they had the opportunity to ask the presenters questions. All students had a great day and gained some great ideas for their future.
Click here to see over 100 images taken on the day
On Wednesday, the Year 12 students spent their last day at the Macalister Campus before preparing for exams. The night before there were some staff and student spaces decorated with string, balloons, streamers and glad wrap, etc. This was done in a very sensible and fun way. All of the students made the effort to come along on the Celebration Day dressed up. Unfortunately the weather wasn't kind, but they still managed to have their BBQ and plenty of fun was had on the jumping castles. Special thanks to Miss Mrad and Mrs Staple for organising the day and making it such a success.
Year 12 classes had informal group photos taken with their teacher late in term 3. If you are feeling nostalgic for your class that was (even at this early stage) you can see these photos by clicking on the link below:
On Tuesday, 54 Year 8 students visited Loy Yang B power station to find out lots of information about how brown coal is turned into electricity. They were shown where the coal comes up the conveyor belt from the mine. One of the huge pulverisers was out for maintenance, showing the size of the grinding wheel that crushes the coal into dust. The dust is then sent into the tall boiler tower, where the coal is burnt, and where the slurry from the burning is precipitated out. The students got to touch the housing around one of the generators, feeling the vibrations (3000 per minute) and the heat generated through friction. Each generator is producing 500 MW and Loy Yang B contributes 17% to Victoria's electricity. In the building the students got to try a few activities related to electricity.
The end of the year is rapidly approaching, and with that the Year 9 Personal Learning 'Duke of Edinburgh' students are getting to the final stages of completing their Bronze Awards. One of the final requirements is completing an 'Adventurous Journey' which they undertake twice, students completed their Practice Journey on the 12 & 13th of October, riding their bikes from Bruthen to Nowa Nowa along the Rail Trail, camping at Mingling Waters, and paddling towards Lake Tyers on the second day. Many 'tetris-like packing skills' were tried and tested to get all of the gear into the trailers, and then their determination, peer support and perseverance throughout the ride was also challenged. We enjoyed being out and about finding baby turtles, frogs, jellyfish, baby magpies and plenty of goanna's just to name a few!
Congratulations to Bakhtawar Ahmad, Jamie Borg, Codie Powell, Madeline Swarbrick and Tooba Ahmad who have successfully completed the Monash Mentor Program. Students are paired with a current Monash University student to help our students with their year 12 studies and transition to university. Our students have found the program to be extremely useful and recommend our 2018 VCE students to apply.
Congratulations to Tyler Griffioen, Cameron Hood and Draven Taylor who made it to the State Athletics at Alberton Park. All boys placed 5th in their event!
Year 9 students involved in the Cows Create Careers program went to Bairnsdale on Thursday 11th October for a celebration day of all their hard work. Congratulations to each student for having a go at competitions and activities offered. We are very proud of the students who participated in this program, being awarded a 'Winning School Team" ribbon.
Some of the student comments about the Celebration Day included:
"It was great competing in some fun activities against other schools" Chloe Baker
"It was great to finish off our dairy industry learning in a fun way" Chloe Bethune
The Sale College Annual Production for 2017 was again held at the Wellington Entertainment Centre and was a great success. The performances by the students were outstanding and the live band and solos that accompanied it were just fantastic.
Congratulations to all those involved with the 2017 production, either on stage or behind the scenes for all their hard work in putting on such a terrific show. It is certainly testimony to the wealth of creative talent that we have in our students at Sale College.
Members of the Educational Support team at Sale College, Guthridge Campus.
The Educational Support team at Sale College, Guthridge Campus has been shortlisted for a Victorian Education Excellence Award: Outstanding Education Support Team.
The Victorian Education Excellence Awards recognise inspirational teachers, principals, business managers and support staff who improve young lives and give Victorian children the skills, courage and curiosity they need to be their best.
Twenty-eight individuals and teams from government schools across Victoria have been shortlisted for the 2017 awards which will be presented on Friday 27 October at the Plaza Ballroom, Melbourne.
As part of their VCAL Personal Development Skills (PDS) class, Connor Hughes and Jackson Day are required to plan, implement and evaluate a community awareness project. The boys have identified that their classmates aren't eating breakfast and believe this impacts negatively on their individual abilities to focus and ultimately learn. Therefore they have decided to run a breakfast club for their class on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning, in which they make delicious ham, cheese and tomato toasties.
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