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Respectful Relationships is a core component of the new Victorian Curriculum. Sale College has been selected as a Lead School to help deliver on this part of the new curriculum. Find out more by going to the new Respectful Relationships page.
On the 8th of September The University of Melbourne gave Nicole Danks, and myself the rare opportunity to attend a Biomedical Science day at the Gene Technology Access Centre in Melbourne. The day consisted of looking in The Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology, which is a special museum dedicated to donated human remains used for research and education. It was a privilege being able to walk through this museum as very few people are able to access this delicate, controversial space. The rest of the day involved looking through fluorescent, electron and light microscopes to study cells and delve into the art of photographing life at the molecular level. The photographs of our chosen cells are now in the editing process as there is a prize for the best photograph, edited or not. Fingers crossed that we win!
Have you ever tried a bowl of Pho or eaten Bun Ga Nuong (lemon grass chicken)? Have you ever experienced the euphoria and buzz from downing a glass of Cà Phê Dá (Vietnamese iced coffee)? Well a group of Humanities students' senses were put to the test on Tuesday as they took in the sights, smells and tastes of Springvale. Still reeling from this experience students travelled to China town in Melbourne where the unfamiliar again challenged their senses. Overall the day helped students understand the cultural diversity and history of our country. And more importantly how the various family businesses and franchises that generate employment for all Australians make our country what it is today.
This week, the Year 12 Outdoor Ed class went on their last camp of the year. The class went to Dargo and the Mitchell River National Park to investigate sustainable actions that maintain healthy outdoor environments. Students have been looking at different strategies that land managers both public and private use to keep the outdoor environment healthy. The trip was an opportunity to see examples in the field and collect evidence for the upcoming end of year exam. The students thoroughly enjoyed their last camp, exploring and relaxing before the rush of the end of the year.
We have had some great results at this year's Gippsalnd Secondary Schools Athletics Competition. Congratulations to all those students who took part and represented Sale College so well.
Congratulations in particular go to the following students who achieved either a placing in their event.:
Boys 15 years
Ist in Discus
Bryson Nottle Boys 14 Years
3rd in both 1500m and 800m
Draven Taylor Boys 14 Years
1st in High Jump
Rhea Conde Girls 15 Years
3rd in Shot Put
Cameron Hood Boys 17 Years
1st in Long Jump
2nd in Javelin
3rd in Shot Put
3rd in Triple Jump
Matilda Korbman Girls 17 Years
3rd in Discus
Jacob Mezenberg Boys 13 Years
3rd in Long Jump
Congratulations to the students who represented the school at the Interschool Gymkhana on Wednesday.
On the 14th of September, it was National R U OK? Day, which is about taking time to make sure others around you are ok and to give them support if they need it. At Macalister Campus, I started a campaign to raise awareness for mental illness. The goal was to get 50 people to allow me to write an 'R U OK?' on their arms or hands. By the end of the day, 56 willing people joined in and supported our cause. I want to thank everyone who supported my campaign in any way, especially Abigail Cordell and Nikkita Jones for spreading the word about it. I hope everyone took a moment to ask someone if they are ok, because one conversation can save a life.
Sixteen Year 9 students kindly volunteered their time to help out with the Rural Primary School Athletics on Friday 1st of September. The Year 9 students who went, represented Sale College fantastically. On the day students were paired up and sent to different activities to either give a demonstration, hand out ribbons, write down points or over all helping staff run the particular activity that they were assigned too. Sale College students were praised for the effort and work that they put in on the day. Primary school staff and teachers thanked Sale College and were very glad that they showed terrific leadership skills and were perfect role models for the Primary School students.
On Monday and Tuesday, the Year 10 Outdoor Education classes went on their rock climbing camp to Gelantipy and Buchan. The class stayed at Karoonda Park where they participated in indoor rock climbing, using the flying fox and rope initiatives. On the second day, the class went into Buchan to Rocky Knob where they tested their skills on the rock wall and pushed their comfort zones on the abseil. The class had been working on their knowledge of rock climbing throughout the term and the camp was an opportunity to put it into practice.
On Wednesday, the Year 11 Outdoor Ed class went to Blores Hill Mountain Bike Park in Glenmaggie to participate in mountain biking to investigate the rationales of codes of conduct and impacts of recreational activities. The group rode a total of 10km that consisted of tight turns, logs and long ascents. The group had a great day out learning new skills.
On Thursday 14th September the Year 11's and 12's had study skills sessions presented to them by Elevate Education. The Year 11's had a Time Management presentation where they learnt about developing routines to balance study and lifestyle, utilising study groups and techniques for overcoming procrastination. The Year 12 sessions were focused on The Finishing Line. These sessions covered how to identify and overcome weaknesses in the lead up to exams, the role of study groups, stress management techniques and productive study routines. The students found the sessions to be very useful and provided positive feedback following their presentations.
Science Club students went to Sale Wetlands recently to collect some feathers! The Feather Map is a joint project of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and University of New South Wales (UNSW), which is used to track the movement of waterbirds around Australia from wetland to wetland based on an analysis of the feathers. The feathers collected by the students will be analysed using nuclear techniques, such as mass spectrometry and high resolution X-ray fluorescence, to identify stable isotopes and minerals that are incorporated into feathers through the ingestion of food. Students will be putting Sale Wetlands on the map!
State Politician Danny O'Brien (National Party) spoke to VCAL students this week regarding the proposed new law related to Assisted Dying. Mr O'Brian explained how laws are made and the issues related to politicians having a conscience vote. The depth of understanding the students had gained about the issue through their their class work was evident and Mr O'Brien commended them for their quality of their questions.
Senior VCAL students, Jade Begovic, Dylan Blyswyk and Warrin Thimchai, who have been researching and investigating the effects of road trauma on all those affected by it, presented their road trauma awareness project to the VCAL Intermediate and Foundation students recently.
You can see the video the students produced on the Sale College Facebook page using the link below.
On Tuesday morning the Year 12 Outdoor and Environmental Studies class participated in a tree planting session with the Wellington Shire at Ross Street Reserve organised through Landcare. The students are studying actions to sustain and maintain healthy outdoor environments. The planting is part of the council's goal to improve the health of the area and to provide places for recreation. The students were able to plant 83 native trees in one period. The students are looking forward to seeing the impact this activity has on the health of the environment in years to come.
On Thursday a team of Year 7 girls travelled to Churchill for hockey. Whilst we only had one student in the team who had played hockey before, the girls effort and enthusiasm was a credit to them. They were extremely competitive and played the game with fantastic spirt and sportsmanship. We played one game against Kurnai and lost 4 – 0. The girls gained a good knowledge of the game and are now keen to practice and continue to improve to play again next year. Well done team you made us very proud!
The Year 7 & 8 boys table tennis teams went out to compete against Maffra on their home turf on Thursday. The students had a full day of competition and all students took at least one win home. Both Year 7 & 8 teams won and therefore will be progressing to the next round. The students engaged in the competition with enthusiasm and terrific sportsmanship.
Early Thursday morning a group of 18 students from Years 10-12 ventured off on a two-day snow trip to Mount Hotham. Students spent the two days on the mountain working on their skiing and snowboarding skills. All students were able to see progression in their skills from the previous years. The group was fortunate to have amazing weather conditions with two blue bird days and plenty of snow to ski on. Thank you to all the staff that helped to make it a memorable trip.
On Thursday, Year 9 Outdoor Education students went to Mount Hotham to ski and snowboard. We were extremely lucky to have great weather and fantastic instructors who managed to get our students up and moving quickly. Students had a great day with many snow balls thrown and even managed some time to make a mini snowman.
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On Wednesday, Year 9 students at Sale College had a wonderful opportunity to test out their Forensic Science skills with a visit from members of the Bairnsdale Crime Scene Services from the Victoria Police. Students taking part in the Forensic Science and Social Experiments Personal Learning subjects were thrilled to be able to pick the minds of Senior Constable Steve Anderson and Lou Jones as well as getting to try out some of their professional equipment.
They tested out different fingerprinting techniques, using white powder compared to black magnetic powder, and discovered how difficult it is to lift a useable print without smudging it. They then analysed the fingerprints to try and identify more than 4 ridge characteristics, which is required for formal fingerprint identification. Students also undertook a criminal profiling activity, narrowing down a pool of suspects from information gathered through witness statements.
Ms Beath's Year 8 Science class has been investigating at what temperature solids turn to liquids and back to solids as well as time required for various materials to burn. Students heated and cooled wax, recording the temperature every minute as the wax melted from a solid to a liquid, and cooled back into a solid. They graphed their results and observed the constant temperature during the phase change. They also recorded the time it took to burn different fabrics and note any observations such as melting of fabrics or if they turned to ash, comparing wool, cotton, nylon, fire blanket and other materials. Comparing the flammability of fabrics led to a discussion about the importance of non-flammable materials in certain industries such as car racing, and for those whose lives depend on materials to not ignite at high temperatures, such as astronauts and fire fighters.
Click here to see more images taken during the Cows Create Careers project
As part of the Cows Create Careers project students will meet with industry advocates. On Monday HICO (Herd Improvement Co-op) are coming to visit our class. Students will conduct experiments with the liquid nitrogen and will use the digital microscopes to view the contents of the artificial insemination straws. Students are required to take a funny photo. We think Chloe and Kaleb’s photo is hilarious. More funny photos to follow next week.
Recently the Year 11 Outdoor Education class travelled to Melbourne and participated in rock climbing at Hard Rock Indoor Climbing Centre at Nunawading and Bubble Soccer at Action Indoor Sports Box Hill. You can see more photos in the web gallery.
On Thursday, students went on a History Excursion to The Knob Reserve Stratford. Cassie Leatham and Stephen Walsh conducted various activities that allowed students to touch, taste and explore various artefacts. Students greatly enjoyed the day. History teachers also conducted a walk of the cultural site where some students found some inspiration for Haiku poems.
On Wednesday a group of Year 9's went to Melbourne to watch a shortened down Macbeth performance where the actors not only performed but interacted with the students. The students were amazed that the whole performance was played by a cast of just 8 actors.
The Sale College Visual Arts, Media, Drama and Music Departments combined to put on a fabulous Arts Expo at the Sale Memorial last Friday night.
There were performances throughout the evening by a variety of Sale College Bands to entertain the crowd. The diversity of music styles and instruments heard throughout the evening showcased both the breadth and depth of our talented music students and staff at Sale College. There was a wide range of Visual Art on display by students from both campuses, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and visual communication and design pieces. The diversity of styles and media used showed the depth of talent and creative approach taken by students.
There was also an extensive display put together by the Drama Department of Production Story boards, Concept sketches, Props and Posters. This display afforded viewers a glimpse into the enormous amount of work that goes into putting on a Drama Production. Year 10 Drama students performed monologues and Yr.11 and 12 Theatre students also performed monologues/short scenes before an appreciative audience.
There were some terrific short films created by senior Media studies students on the big screen, with content that ranged from the whimsical to reflective.
Despite what turned out to be a bitterly cold evening, the Arts Expo drew a warm crowd. Delicious hot food, organised and sold by the SLC was a very welcome addition to the evening entertainment.
Many thanks to all the Arts staff and students for their hard work whether putting up displays or performing on the evening itself. You made this year's Sale College Arts Expo a great success.
The VCAL students have achieved a lot so far this year. Find out about just a few of the many projects they have been involved in so far in 2017.
The Intermediate Girls basketball team played two very tough teams in their first two games at regionals, but despite being out matched they played hard and showed great improvement as the games went on. In their third and final game, they played Bairnsdale who were a lot more evenly matched. The experience gained from the first two games was clearly coming out as the Sale team really connected well and outplayed Bairnsdale with great team work, coming away with the win to finish off their tournament.- Josh Backway
On Monday 45 students from Year 7 through to Year 12 travelled down to the annual Yarram Eisteddfod. This Eisteddfod is run by a very loyal, dedicated and friendly committee who are committed to bringing a wonderful community event to local people and schools.
The Big Band came second in their section and the Little Band got an honourable mention.
The Senior Concert Band came first in their section and once again received the Bertram family School Band perpetual trophy.
The Senior Sax group won their section and the string ensemble received third place.
Year 12 Biology students were treated to a visit of scientists from the Gene Technology Access Centre this week. The workshop looked at human change over time and the characteristics shared with recent ancestors. Students enjoyed the hands-on activities and working with some real scientists.
The Sale College Big Band along with the Bairnsdale Secondary College Big Band performed to a packed venue on Saturday night. The venue was the Nicholson Pub which overlooks the river. Friends and family enjoyed a meal before the music started at 7.00pm. Each band performed a set on their own and then combined forces for an awesome Big Band sound. The dance floor was overflowing with people dancing. It was a fantastic night and was also a great fundraiser for both schools. $2000.00 was raised on the night and we received half of the money. Well done to Brett Glover and all of the students in the school Big Band.
Congratulations to the Year 7&8 Boys soccer team who came runners up in the Gippsland round. The boys played extremely well and showed excellent school spirit. A big thank you to Mr. Leeson for training and taking the team to the competition.
On Tuesday 1st August the year 12 English classes visited the Guthridge Campus - Harold Watson Theatre to watch The Complete Works theatre company perform extracts from the texts they are studying for Unit 4. Two actors performed parts of the play 'Bombshells' and 'The Penelopiad' for the year 12 cohort. The students gained an insight into the texts themes and ideas, allowing them to understand the texts more clearly. They were also given the opportunity to ask questions and mingle with the actors and director after the show, which many students took advantage of. Well done to the year level for highlighting strong examples of respect and leadership. A big thank you to Miss Wood for organising this fantastic opportunity for the year 12's.
The girls travelled to Trafalgar on Wednesday 2nd August to compete in the Gippsland round. They had a hard fought game against Bairnsdale's Nagle College. Jess Cull scored first for Sale College but the girls ended up with a 3.1 loss. This was their first game together as a group. Their second game saw the girls come out firing with a 5.0 win against Mary McKillop. Goal scorers were: Tahlia Campbell x 1; Jess Cull x 2; Tahleah Taylor x 1; and Shantelle Kennedy-Hills x 1. The team demonstrated communication, teamwork and persistence. The team were runners up for the competition. Well done girls!
On Thursday our Year 8 Boys Badminton team travelled to Morwell to compete in the Gippsland Round Badminton competition. This was the second level of competition after they had won the Wellington division last semester. The boys started off with a very convincing win before being beaten in their second game by a strong Wonthaggi side. The boys played very well against Wonthaggi but unfortunately they were defeated. In the final game the boys had another convincing win. The team was a very close second on the day and did our school very proud. Well done to Max, Liam, Brendan and Kyson.
On Friday the 28th of July, Ben, Vince, Connor and Thomas ventured to Morwell to represent Sale College in the Gippsland Senior Boys Badminton team. The boys played hard in every game and won a few of the single matches. The double matches provided some nailing biting results with the boys finishing 3rd overall. Well done on a successful day out at sport.
The intermediate (Year 9 & 10) Sale College basketball team competed in Traralgon last week in a pool consisting of 7 other schools. In our half of the draw we came up against Maffra, Yarram and Sale Catholic College.
Though our team only consisted of Year 9 boys they stood tall on the court and played together like a well-oiled machine. Their use of the ball and willingness to wait for an open shot was impressive and showed on the score board.
The first two games reflected the team effort with wins over Maffra (36-18) and Yarram (42-26). The traditional grudge match against Catholic College saw our boys initially shell shocked by the bigger bodies of the mostly Year 10 squad and they took an early lead. Once our boys settled into the match and realised that size didn't matter at all and went on to win the second half. Unfortunately we lost the game over all 14-26. I am looking forward to seeing our team go one (or two) better next year with more training and experience. Well done Sale College.
Every term, the Sale College Diabetes Group meet in the Macalister Food Technology rooms with Sue Kewming, the Diabetes Educator with Central Gippsland Health. Students from schools within the Sale district get together.
During these sessions, one of which was held recently, Sue runs small information sessions with the students which can involve short video presentations, games, management issues and general discussion. The students have made short videos about their feelings on diabetes and these will be used to help other children with diabetes. Sheryl, the Food Technology assistant puts on a delicious spread for morning tea with all diabetes friendly foods. Sheryl and the students organise what sort of food they will have for each session, which can have the students making their own food.
The Sale College Diabetes Group provides a great bonding session for all of students as they have a common issue about which they can freely discuss their feelings. Students are able to bring a buddy and that has been very helpful to the buddies as they get to understand the disease and how to help when their friend/diabetic has a hyper or hypo.
A phone app called 'Game Changer' was the beginning of a major game changer in the life of one of our Year 9 students, Kade Eicke. A keen Baseball player for the Sale Rangers, Kade was invited to Melbourne Ball Park along with 45 other hopeful players to try out for the Australian team. Out of a possible 14 players selected, Kade got the call that he had made the team! After six months of training and getting to know his team mates Kade was off to the USA to play against some of the USAs top teams.
Kade and his team mates departed Melbourne on the 3rd of July, landing in Dallas, Texas just in time to celebrate the 4th of July. After watching 5 movies and having just 4 hours sleep Kade found himself watching his first live Major League Baseball game on one of America's most celebrated evenings.
The group were lucky enough to tour the home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium. Their first matches were played at Myrtle Beach where they won the second match 5 to 3. This was followed by two night matches the next day, the team fought hard but were defeated in both matches. The next match was hosted by Coastal Carolina College Stadium, the best college stadium in the USA. The team won their game 9 to 3 with Kade a star player catching the game and hitting two doubles. The team made the championships but were seeded against the number one team and lost their match.
Besides the excitement of playing baseball for Australia, Kade also experienced life as an American teen by being hosted by Bobby Hollands family. He also visited many exciting places whilst over there, including Disney Land with his favourite ride being Space Mountain.
The whole Sale College Community is super proud of you Kade and your efforts. What an absolute champion! Verdict on the 'Game Changer' App is that it really is a game changer.
The Year 12 Biology class had an opportunity to try DNA manipulation in the Federation University laboratories this week. They performed gel electrophoresis, a technique that can help solve crimes and test for paternity, and inserted foreign DNA into bacteria to make them resistant to an antibiotic. University staff were impressed by their knowledge, skills and questions. Students will continue to apply their microbiological skills in the coming weeks as they explore the effectiveness of antibiotics.
Year 11 student, Kaitlyn Francis is holding her second solo exhibition called 'Zenskost' at the Brunswick Street Gallery in Melbourne from 21st July until August 2nd. 'Zenskost' which translates to 'femininity' in English is a series of photographs on film. Kaitlyn and has curated the exhibition herself and it is free to view. Congratulations Kaitlyn!
Towards the end of last term, Mr Taylor's Year 11 class were given a Master Chef style Mystery Box challenge. All students were given the same Mystery Box of ingredients and challenged to each create something that was both unique and flavoursome. An inventive range of dishes were produced as a result.
Mrs Daff's VCE Biology class have been studying some pretty interesting pathogens recently to discover how the body responds to them. As a result of this study the class has produced a range of posters that are designed to educate people about how the human body reponds to various pathogens such as Bird Flu, Pneumonia, Malaria, SARs, Ebola, Leprosy and many more.
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