Below you will find the Sale College News from Term 1, previously published on the Latest News Page.
College Principal Brendan Staple and Guthridge Campus Captains, Amy Ryan and Murray Erbs pictured with the Governor of Victoria.
On Thursday March 30th there was a civic reception for the Governor of Victoria, Her Excellency The Honourable Linda Dessau AC. To represent us at this important occasion, were our Guthridge Campus Captains, Amy Ryan and Murray Erbs. Amy and Murray met the Governor and her husband, Anthony Howard QC and discussed issues affecting young people in our region.
In the last week of Term One all the Year 9’s went to the Ninety Mile Beach and investigated the succession of plants from bare beach to established communities back in the campground. Next Term will look at how this is linked to the change in abiotic factors that they also measured (soil pH & type, temperature, UV, humidity, soil moisture etc). The dune system was sketched and the number of sand animals was compared above and below the high tide line.
The Year 11 Debutante Ball was held on Friday the 24th of March. It was a special night. All of our debutantes and their partners looked amazing and had a brilliant night. A HUGE Thank You to the front office staff for all their hard work in ensuring a great event, Ron and Pauline Wilson for the training, Leanne Chester for the lovely decorations and Lorraine Raffety, Kylie Spiller, Maree Ghaida and Kirsten Anderson from the parents committee.
The debutantes and their partners have practised after school throughout the Term and the many hours of practice paid off with their amazing dance moves. We would also like to thank all our staff for ensuring a special night for the Year 11 Debutantes and their partners. Well done to all the 2017 debutants and their partners!
On Friday the 24th of March, Sale College ventured to the valley to compete in the Wellington division for volleyball and tennis.
A huge thank you to our senior girls volleyball team who assisted in scoring and umpiring for the day. The senior girls will be competing in the Gippsland division next Term. The highlight of the day was when the senior boys took on Maffra Secondary College and displayed some exciting rallies and exceptional skills. In the end, our boys went down by 1 with a final score of 49-50! Additionally, the Year 8 boys had a great day winning 3 of their games and unfortunately going down to Kurnai in a 3 set thriller. All teams fought hard during the day and were unlucky not to be going through to the second round.
Seven other Sale College teams also competed last week and represented the school with outstanding enthusiasm and great sportsmanship. You can see some of our many Sale College sporting teams pictured above.
Recently students from the Macalister Campus attended an 'Experience Fed Uni' day at Federation University Churchill Campus. Students engaged in a range of interactive activities under the guidance of university lecturers. The lecturers were ably assisted by current Federation University students from a range of year levels. Our students were split into two groups. One group was under the tutelage of the Health and PE Department. These students got physical and were guided by Sale College alumnus Jacob Farquhar. Setting up tents whilst wearing a blindfold can be quite a challenge! Team work was the focus. The second group were engaged and entertained by the IT and Engineering faculties. They programmed robots in the Mechatronics Lab, wrote code in the Computer Lab and constructed bridges in the Engineering Workshop. Several students commented that their eyes had been opened to possible education and career pathways when their secondary education reaches its conclusion.
Recently the Year 8's headed to Buchan Caves as afinish to their unit on Geology. Prior to the excursion they had seen how limestone caves are made, and this allowed them to see the full sized version. They toured Royal Cave and saw different features: stalactites, stalagmites, bacon, popcorn, columns and flowstone.
The setting next to the ocean was stunning and the band were supported heavily by The Royal Australian Navy Big Band with equipment and players. Once again the students filled the wonderful music with energy and a great sense of fun. A big thank you must go to the parents and friends who transported the students over the weekend so that the band could showcase the time that they have put into producing the show.
Congratulations Sale College Musos.
The Year 11 Outdoor and Environmental Studies class went on their surf camp around South Gippsland recently. The first stop on their surfing adventure was to Sandy Point for a surf. The conditions tested the group as it was very windy but most were able to adjust their skills to be able to surf. They even got to share a shower with an echidna. Their first campsite was at Bear Gully near Walkerville South. They enjoyed cooking by the fire and the wildlife that visited them. The next day they ventured off to Inverloch for a stand up paddle board from Mahers Landing into Inverloch. The conditions were perfect for stand up paddling and they even got to paddle over stingrays. From here they headed to their last place Wilsons Prom to stay the night, snorkel and surf. The conditions were not the best for surfing as there was no swell but they enjoyed snorkelling. Thanks to Mali and Brandon for coming along to help on the camp.
See what the scientific processes the students in the Guthridge Campus Science Club have been investigating since the start of this term. You can see more images in the web gallery.
Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 have had the opportunity to be a part of Science Club where enthusiastic individuals get together every Tuesday lunchtime to get involved with interesting experiments that promote exciting learning opportunities. It has been an exciting start back to the year in Science Club with students already making explosive elephants toothpaste, having their hair stand up exploring how static electricity works and are now designing and creating their own personalised elastic band cars.
Click here to see more photos of the Outdoor Education Camp at Wilson's Promontory.
The Year 9 Outdoor Education class recently had a camp at Wilson's Prom where they spent time surfing and snorkelling. They also did some hiking through the pristine environment of the Promontory and were rewarded for their efforts with some magnificent views of the Prom and the surrounding coastline.
Many thanks to Ms Lang for the amazing photos she took during the camp. Around 50 are featured here in a web gallery of the camp.
On Monday the 27th of February the Senior Cricket Boys travelled to Yarram to take on Yarram Secondary College in the second round of the Wellington division. Captain Ben Wilkinson lost the toss but was sent into bat. The boys started off strong with Connor Hughes top scoring in the batting line up. The magic continued as the boys went out into the field. Brady Kennedy was a part of 6 of the 10 wickets. Blake Spiller and Brady Kennedy had impressive bowling figures both taking 3 wickets. The boys had a win and travelled to Traralgon on Wednesday the 1st of March to compete in the Gippsland round. The competition was tough! The boys played against Nagle College and Mary MacKillop Secondary College. Unfortunately it wasn't the boys day at the office, losing both games by minimal margins. Well done to all the boys who were a part of the Senior Boys Cricket team!
The Sale College Annual House Swimming Carnival was recently held at the Sale Outdoor Swimming Pool. It was a great day filled with plenty of spectator enthusiasm as students cheered on their House from the sidelines. To add to the carnival atmosphere there was a bombing event, novelty events, live music and much more. A great day was had by all with the final results as follows:
1st- Grainger 953
2nd- Guthridge 932
3rd- McIntosh 893
You can find the results of the House Swimming individual age champions on the Sport Page.
Brett Glover conducts the Sale College Big Band at the 2017 Paynesville Jazz Festival
Click here to see a web gallery of images of the Big Band performing at the festival.
The Sale College Big Band put on a great lunchtime performance before a very appreciative audience during the recent Paynesville Jazz Festival. Included in their performance repertoire were crowd favourites such as Hit the Road Jack, Mercy and Can't take my Eyes off of You.
The last couple of weeks have been busy with the Outdoor Education students first round of camps for the year.
Year 12s were off first to Wilsons Prom to investigate relationships with outdoor environments. They visited The Cape which is a sustainable community on sustainable living and healthy outdoor environments, the best part was tasting the fresh veggies out of their community garden. Then off the Prom to enjoy the beach and practice their surf skills.
Year 10s went to Waratah Bay on Monday and Tuesday for their surf camp. The weather wasn't the greatest but that didn't stop them enjoying the surf. They all did great improving their surf skills with most able to begin to turn.
Recently Year 9 students from the Forensic Science and Social Experiments PL classes were treated to a presentation from members of the Gippsland Crime Scene Unit. Students learnt about evidence collection, criminal profiling and the role of the crime scene officer at a crime scene. They then took part in a practical fingerprinting activity, testing out black fingerprinting powder to collect fingerprints off paper and then testing white fingerprinting powder to lift fingerprints off glass. Students also learned how uncomfortable it is wearing face masks and gloves over long periods of time! The afternoon ended with a fascinating question session, with lots of interesting questions being asked by all the class, particularly about the various weapons carried by Victoria Police. It was exciting for the students to get some hands on experiences and speak to people who work in these fields.
Year 11 Biology students recently went to the Gene Technology Access Centre (GTAC) in Parkville. The program delved into the structure and function of cells, and students were able to prepare and observe a range of specimens under state-of–the-art microscopes. Small groups worked with young 'scientist-mentors' and were able to develop skills with micropipettes and stains. Lunch at Melbourne University enabled students to have a taste of university life. Even though it was a really long day, it was a fabulous experience to learn from experts and make of use specialised equipment not available in schools.
Sale College has received a visitor from Bali in Indonesia in the past week, as part of the Australia Awards Indonesia program funded by DFAT.
Gede Suweca has stayed in a home stay in Sale and attended many classes in the college, sharing his culture and meeting with the students. Students have thoroughly enjoyed seeing Gede around the school in his traditional Balinese dress. He has taught students within the college how to play the Angklung which is an instrument originating from the Indonesian island of Java.
Whilst here Gede has also visited Sale Specialist School and Guthridge Primary School. The visit has been very rewarding for all involved and Gede thanks the wider Sale Community for making him feel welcomed not just within school but around the town also. Sale College students will be embarking on a Study Tour to Indonesia in December where they will visit Gede’s school in Bali.
Our School Captain Connor Hodges would like to thank all the supporters of the Valentines Day event on Tuesday. It was a huge success as we sold a total of 130 chocolates. The love was definitely all around.
Below are a great group of new teachers to our College, many of whom are starting their careers with us. We welcome them to our College for 2017.