Term 2 2015



Adam and Jemima's Leader Moments Print E-mail

On the 31/06/15 Jemima and I were student leaders. We had a plan to make sure every room was clean the whole day but what didn’t go as expected since the south class room was being used for classes that day so it was already clean. The wings on the other hand weren’t spectacular but it stayed clean (To student standard).

In the morning we got through headcount without any interruptions and everyone got to the room safe and sound. With book in hand we read our lines and told them how today was going to run, there was a good response in the room and everyone seemed to have been listening.

Lunch was amazing and the food that the cooks had given us was like food out of heaven. The headcount was the same, didn’t have to restart or anything.

Dinner headcount ran smoothly we choose the tables that were the quietest. The only trouble we had was for seconds people thought they all could go up at once but they were sadly mistaken and they were last to go >:D. 

Evening class was CLP Pitch It Up which went well but we have nothing to report there.

The experience as student leaders were pretty moderate I on one hand had a tough time getting the guys to stop play fighting and get to bed so Mr. Stafford didn’t get mad. The girl’s wing was reasonable and there was gossiping in the bathroom.

Adam-Phoenix P-12 and Jemima- Kaniva College




A Night of Skits and Talent Print E-mail

Evening class was run by 1b, we were put into groups of six. We were given 15 minutes to make a little skit of anything we wanted. After the 15 minutes were up we made our way to grandma (the fire spot) and we performed our skits. Group one went first, they played charades; group two said some puns; group three did a fashion parade; group 4 they sang a song; group five made up a little dance and group six sang a short song. After that we had a little sing along. A couple of kids that brought their instruments were, Leah with her trumpet, Josh with his guitar, Freya with her ukulele, Jarrod also with his ukulele. Laura, Indiah, Will, Leah and Jemima sang us a song. After a bit everyone started to join in. Corey and I both found the night really fun and we hope we can do it again sometime.

 Chloe -Horsham College and Corey - Kaniva




Excited about new experiences Print E-mail
Excited about new experiences

This week has been really busy! It’s been fun coming back and I cannot believe how fast it’s been going!!

Some of my favourite parts from this week have been: meeting Barry Heard, photography with David Tatnall, surfing, caving, and surviving Enviro. bike. Barry Heard was an amazing and inspirational person! He has written three books (two of which I am buying) and his story of being in the Vietnam War and his life before the army was amazing! I cannot wait to read his books!

Now photography was hands down, one of the best things that I’ve done here and to top it off I saw dolphins for the first time. When I saw some of the photos that Mr. Tatnall has taken I thought there was no way I’d ever be able to take photos like that with a manual or my own camera. Turns out there was nothing wrong with the camera…but maybe there was with me! I am now loving photography and I think I’m going to take photos at every opportunity now!

Surfing is getting better every time but last rest day is a completely different story. There was next to no waves and when there was they were only tiny but somehow I still managed to stand up and I had the best time.

Caving was so much fun! The Royal Cave was beautiful and I absolutely loved it although I don’t know how much I loved the wild cave. It was a good challenge although it really pushed my limits at times – tight spaces and heights aren’t exactly my thing! Surviving Enviro.

Bike was a major achievement as I haven’t really gone for a bike ride in a couple of years and surprisingly I made it (with the encouragement of my friends)! I have had an amazing week and cannot believe that it’s almost over!

Chloe -Hopetoun P-12 College




Rest Day - A small Haiku Print E-mail

Going for a fish,
Reeled in a bit of seaweed,
Totally pro now.

by Freya M



Last NAPLAN and Food for Thought Print E-mail

Today we did our last ever NAPLAN test which was kind of difficult but we’re glad it’s over now. After NAPLAN math with and without a calculator we had Food For Thought. This was both a great and horrible experience for everyone. I was placed in the country of Somalia so we had to go and collect firewood and then weed the garden (not that there were any weeds) but after that we got one little bucket of water to divide between me and 4 others. After this we had to go to lunch although we had to sit and watch the upper class eat their fancy three course lunch and then watch the middle class Aussies eat their two course lunch and then an hour later we finally got ours. It was exciting to be called up but when I got there I was a bit disappointed as our lunch was COLD rice (about one cup) with spices to represent leaves and dirt and with this one cup we had to divide this food between 5 people!!! There was a few people complaining as some of the upper class people didn’t eat all of their food and it went to the bin (mind you I was complaining a bit too). But I now see that I have learnt how bad life can be for some people while other people are living in the lap of luxury. The amount of rice we had (which was cleared in less than 3 minutes) is what some families live off for a month. I felt so bad and just felt like crying having the first-hand experience but I am now even more grateful for what I have!! Thanks!!

Chloe McGee- Hopetoun College

Food for Thought

Today we started our day with our very last NAPLAN.  You could feel the amount of satisfaction to everybody after completing the 2 final math tests for NAPLAN. In the afternoon we had Food For Thought. This session was about teaching us about daily lives in poverty countries. I was a part of Ivory Country and Hannah was a part of Afghanistan. We had to complete several tasks before we were allowed to come inside and after that we had to watch 4 rich people eat magnificent meals followed by the usual meals we have eaten by 6 people. Then the rest of the people ate on a roll of paper and had to split 1 cup of rice between 4-5 people. After we had the session we had a discussion about how people felt and how we think we could help out to stop this from occurring again in other countries for the following years. We talked about sponsoring children, donating money to buy water treatment, seeds to farm or animals to breed. The day ended with a well-deserved movie ‘The Sapphires’. Our view about the movie was that if you want something you need to stick to it until you have achieved what you have set out to do.

By Ethan - Camperdown SC and Hannah - Phoenix Community College

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