I would like to remind parents and students about the importance of feedback about student learning that will be provided at parent/student/teacher interviews on Thursday 26 th  April, 4:00pm to 7:00pm. These opportunities are more than just an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress, but to also share strategies for improvement during Term 2. Interview bookings can be made by parents on Compass. If you need any help booking your interviews, please call Phyllis Finlayson on 5595 1202.

All parents, if you haven't yet, would you make a booking for the start of the year interviews on Compass on Tuesday, 30 January. If you can not make a booking on Compass, please contact the general office on 5595 1202 to arrange a time.

The year 11 2017 exam timetable

Wednesday 29 November

  1. AM English
  2. PM Health & Human Development

Thursday 30 November

  1. AM Mathematics - General
  2. AM Mathematics - Methods
  3. PM Product Design & Technology

Friday 1 December

  1. AM Biology
  2. AM Legal Studies
  3. PM Agriculture
  4. PM Physical Education
  5. PM Studio Art
  6. PM Systems Technology

We would like to congratulate Douglas Jackson on being accepted into the Melbourne Spark Engineering Camp at Melbourne University. Throughout the week long camp students will attend lectures, take part in hands on practicals, and socialise, similar to a University student.
Some of the most popular activities include the Story Bridge Climb, keynote speeches from prominent engineers, the disco, and the powering cities workshop in which teams of students are given the opportunity to put their skills to the test in constructing an electrical network for a suburb. Well done Douglas.

On Thursday 23 February fourteen of our student leaders attended the GRIP Student Leadership Conference in Melbourne. The students joined about 2000 other students at the Melbourne Convention centre for the conference. The theme of this year?s conference was RESPONSIBILITY. Responsibility in leadership means accepting the duty to contribute to others and follow through on expectations. After the keynote session, The Compass of Leadership? the students split up to attend smaller sessions with a specific focus. The optional workshops attended by the students included: 

Option 1: Generating Ideas that are Outside the Box 

Student leaders seem to like the concept of being creative, but often default to only replicating the events and activities of previous leaders. This workshop taught leaders how to use a valuable tool for generating new and exciting ideas that meet the necessary balance of being both creative and realistic.

Option 2: Overcoming the Challenges of Leadership

The journey of every leader will involve challenges of some kind. This workshop explored challenges leaders face in the form of people, places and personal struggles. Students learned practical ways to show resilience so that challenges can be embraced and become a positive experience in a leadership journey.

by Ryan McCluggage

We were extremely lucky to welcome dual Paralympian gold medallist Josh Hose to our school community on Friday. For those unaware of Josh’ story, he spoke to Year 9-10 students and staff about how on 26 January 2005, he was involved in a car accident that left him a C6 – C7 paraplegic: Josh dislocated a vertebra when the roof of his car collapsed after a rollover. He ended up spending two weeks in amedically induced coma during his recovery. His subsequent paralysis is from the waist down. Josh shared the recovery process; returning back home to Camperdown; and his subsequent inspiring journey towards playing and representing Australia in Wheelchair Basketball at both the London and Rio Olympics. Students were given an explanation of the game and the different classifications of disability and had time for questions and photos with the GOLD medals that Josh was a part of at both Olympics. He provided many succinct takeaway messages about the kids and is a local role model for our students to draw strength from.

Student comments:

“It was really good, really inspiring. Just because he had a major setback it didn’t stop him from achieving something great” Rose Morrisey “He made the most of his challenges – he turned a bad situation into something he could be proud of” - Tarnya Gration “A great role model – it just goes to show that you’re not invincible and car accidents can happen to anyone. Still a happy go lucky bloke even though he was wheelchair bound” Brad McKenzie

by Todd Baxter

I would like to thank all Glenfyne Gold students who participated in the swimming sports last week, all students who swam did so to the best of their abilities. I suspect it was only Tandarook’s underhand techniques during the cork scramble that gave them the lead! I especially need to highlight the efforts of our leaders; Marcus Watson, Natalie Meade, George Gay and Rose Morrissey. They led by example and encouraged and promoted a co-operative atmosphere.

In other sporting news one of our Glenfyne students, Lachlan Stephenson recently represented Terang in a basketball team in a Dandenong and Eltham basketball tournament. 1400 teams competed and Lachlan’s team won their division! Lachlan said they have never competed in a big city tournament before and when they won the organisers had no idea where Terang was. Well done Lachlan, a quiet achiever. Keeping on sport, this Friday students will be placed in events for the house athletics on Tuesday the 7 th of March. We hope to see lots of Gold/yellow in every event and on the side lines supporting and keeping the other houses honest.

The Glenfyne Pot of Gold

This is a small kitty of money to which any student can donate any amount at any time. The student leadership team, under teacher facilitation, will be able to spend this money as they see fit. Fitting with the phrase, ‘charity begins at home’, we are try to encourage the idea that we should be taking some responsibility for the place we live and work in, be it the physical environment, the atmosphere or the sense of camaraderie.


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