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.

SRC REPORT by Jason Beveridge

The SRC held its first meeting for the year on Friday 10 February. The meeting was well attended and we encourage interested students from all year levels to attend the next meeting. The first order of business was to elect a leadership team. The leadership team in 2017 comprises of; President – Sage Robbins, Vic-President – Georgina Jackson, Treasurer – Brad McKenzie, Secretary – Skye McKenzie.

The next order of business was to organise a best dressed competition and barbecue for the swimming sports. Many students went to the effort of dressing up, many more wore their house colours, and this ensured the swimming sports were a colourful event. The best dressed male was awarded to Marcus Watson and the best dressed female to Rose Morrissey. Congratulations to both of them and they received a $20 voucher courtesy of the SRC. The best dress from each house also received $5 canteen vouchers courtesy of the SRC. The swimming sports barbecue was also a huge success and raised over $200 for the SRC. Well done to everyone who supported the barbecue and a special well done to the senior boys who did a great job of preparing, cooking and managing the barbecue. Thankyou Douglas Jackson, Harley Reynolds, Jason Coverdale, George Gay, Michael Russell and Lachlan Price.

Maths News by Margo Horan

During third term, the following students participated in the UNSW Mathematics Competition. I would like to congratulate and thank the following students who took up the challenge of being involved in this extra-curricula activity.

  • Year 7:   Lilley Ayres (Proficiency)  Peter Bell (Credit) Tanner Fratantaro (Participation) Tyson Kelly (Participation) Kurt Merrett (Proficiency) 
  • Year 8 :  Ingrid Bellman (Proficiency)  Kris Duynhoven (Participation) Hunter Reynolds (Proficiency)   Raymond Tindall (Proficiency)  
  • Year 9 :   Leigh Ball (Participation) Seth McIntosh (Proficiency)  Tess McKenzie (Participation) Ryleigh McVilly (Proficiency)  
  • Year 10 : Grace Dawson (Proficiency)  Jacinta Henriksen (Credit) Molly Hutt (Participation) Georgia McDonald (Participation) Jazmine Negrello (Participation)  Chloe Watson (Participation) Briony Ziegelaar (Proficiency)  
  • Year 11 :  Jacob Howard (Participation) Douglas Jackson (Participation) Georgina Jackson (Participation) Joshua Perry (Proficiency) Harley Reynolds (Credit)  Michael Russell (Proficiency)  Marcus Watson (Participation)

As this will be my last Maths report for the year, I would like to thank all the Maths staff for their support.  I would also like to acknowledge the wonderful work of Sarah Oakley, Blaire Plowman and Ellen Podbury.  These wonderful teachers are leaving us this year and they will be greatly missed by staff and students at Cobden Tech. Thank you to Justin Staunton for taking over Ms Podbury’s classes – what a coup for the Maths Department!  Finally, a huge thank you to Gill Hampson for her guidance and encouragement to me throughout this year.

Leadership camp 

Our 2017 student leaders will be attending a leadership camp at Camp Cooriemungle on Friday 9 December. Following the success of our inaugural leadership camp in 2015, the camp will provide an opportunity for our new school leaders to work together and do some House and whole school planning for 2017.

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