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Principal’s Update
UPCOMING
EVENTS
Year 12 VCE Results
 Last Day for Students
18th December
 Office Open for Book Collection
20th January 8am to 7pm
 Office Re-opens 8:15am - 4:15pm
23rd January
 Australia Day - Public Holiday
26th January
 First Day Term 1 - All Students
Thursday 29th January
 Musical Auditions
9th February
 Year 7 Melton Wave Pool
10th December
 Photo’s Whole School
13th February
 House Swimming Sports Whole
School - 17th February
CONTENTS
Congratulations to all our VCE students on their results.
A record nineteen students achieved an ATAR score of 90 or above, with the
Dux, Adam Barresi, receiving a score of 99.60. FANTASTIC!
Our Top Nineteen VCE students for 2014 are:
NAME
Adam Barresi
Jeremy Siaw
Jared Towers
Jason Tjahyadi
Scarlett Do
Motaz Ismail
Tishan Paranahewage
Matthew Adamo
Mario Masino
Jordan Sanford
Shezlie Malelang
Isabella Scordamaglia
Christina Karagiorgis
Tijana Trifunovich
Jessica Grgat
Sarah Casauria
Georgina Matta
Kaveen Pandikorala
Shenea Borg
ATAR
99.6
97.95
97.85
97.75
97.55
97
97
96.7
95.85
95.65
94.5
94.4
94.2
94.2
92.05
91.7
91.2
90.75
90.6
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Principal’s Update
1&2
End of Year Awards
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Success for the Rogers’
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Surf Camp
6
Year 8 Excursion to Lygon St
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Year 8 Geography
8&9
Career Agenda 2014 - 2015 10
Learn to Play Tennis
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Important Information
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Congratulations to these students. The hard work, sacrifices and study really
paid off for you all.
One of the pleasing aspects of the results is that students who received a
score of 90 or above increased from 6.6% in 2013 to 9.1% in 2014. This is
fantastic news.
I am very proud of the efforts and achievements of all our students. Now
you can all take a deep breath and start planning the next step towards your
chosen careers. If you are at all concerned about your results and VTAC
selections, please contact Ms Kurrle in Careers for advice.
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Principal’s Report cont...
Awards evenings
We recently held our Junior School and Middle/Senior School Awards evenings, which were both a
great success.
Our guest speaker, Chris Dyer, ex-student of Gladstone Park and good mate of Cameron Baird, gave
a heartfelt speech about his time at Gladstone Park.
It was lovely to see Mr Lamb return to present the Robert Lamb Award for Contribution to the
College to Aida Zepcan.
Our inaugural Cameron Baird Memorial Award was presented by Warrant Officer Robert Drew to
Nathan Barry. Nathan was very proud to accept this great honour.
Many prestigious awards were presented to our students, but the highlight is always finding out who
the Dux of each year level are. These are students who achieved the highest scores in their year
level.
Congratulations to the following Duces:
Year 7 – Taylor McNeil
Year 8 – Allison Rogers
Year 9 – Jordan Brebner
Year 10 – Okan Ozer
Year 11 – Bianca Roberts
For those of you who missed out on an award, I challenge you to do your best with an aim to
achieving an award next year.
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday break.
Merry Christmas!
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End Of Year Awards
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Awards
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End Of Year Awards
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Athletic Success for the Rogers’
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Surf Camp
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12th December 2014
Year 8 Excursion to Lygon St
As part of their study of Italian Food, Year 8 students
participated in an excursion to Lygon Street, Carlton,
on either Wednesday 3rd of December or Friday 5th of
December. Students firstly completed a walking tour
of Lygon Street, which included visiting the iconic
“Brunetti” pasticceria and “Piazza Italia” in Argyle
Square.
Next, students enjoyed a lunch at
“La cacciatora” restaurant which serves “pizza a metro” (Pizza by the metre).
Many students enjoyed “un gelato” after lunch from
one of the “gelataria” on Lygon Street.
A big thank you to Ms Morales, Ms Kowalyk, Ms
Sellitti, Mr Tosi and Mr Balestra who supervised students on the excursion.
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Year 8E Geography
8E Volcanologists!
8E students have been learning about the natural
disasters as part of their Geography studies.
Australia experiences a range of 'natural disasters'
including bushfires, floods, severe storms,
earthquakes and landslides. These events cause
great financial hardship for individuals and
communities, and can result in loss of life.
Although, Australia is relatively safe from damage
and destruction of major volcanoes, to understand
the various types of volcanic landforms, 8E
students worked in pairs to create paper mâché
volcano models! The eruptions were conducted in
their science class where students also had the
opportunity to learn about acid-base reactions.
These lessons have been messy but fun!
For a holiday project, try building your own
volcano at home! Ms Li
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8E Volcanologists!
What you will need?
Volcano
Cardboard (for the base)
Chicken wire (to mould the volcano)
Empty bottle (for the magma chamber)
Masking tape
Water, flour, salt (paper mâché glue)
Newspaper (torn to strips)
Paint
Lava
Bicarbonate soda
Red and yellow food colouring
White vinegar
Directions
Using the masking tape, secure the empty bottle to the centre of the cardboard base.
Carefully, wearing gloves, use the chicken wire to mould the shape of the volcano around the bottle (leaving the
top of the bottle open).
Mix your paper mâché glue mixture – equal parts water and flour and a pinch of salt to prevent your volcano
from going mouldy!
Dip each strip of newspaper into the paper mâché glue and cover the chicken wire. Repeat this process until
you have a thick shell. Let it dry overnight.
Paint! Let it dry overnight.
Working outside, fill the bottle half way with bicarbonate soda (you may need a funnel). Mix a few drops of food
colouring with a cup of vinegar. Pour the vinegar in the volcano and watch it erupt!
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Year 12 Career Agenda – 2014/15
Monday 22/12/14
VTAC Change of Preference close
2pm Monday 19/01/15
Round 1 VTAC offers online
Holidays and Technology
Gladstone Park Secondary College is an eSmart school. eSmart is a program run by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation
that provides resources and knowledge to create a school culture that embraces the positives of the ever-changing cyber
-world. The foundation has released some summer time eSmart tips to spread their knowledge and help young people
and families to be smart, safe and responsible over the holidays.
The summer holiday period is an important time for children and families to think about being eSmart. As many parents
search for activities for their children to do – some of these will inevitably be online. It is also a time when our young
people may have received new technologies as gifts and will be learning how to use them.
Here are some valuable on-line resources:
The parents guide to online safety (via ACMA)
A ‘technology contract’ that could be included in a gift of technology for a child (via Safechild)
'The 5 myths and truths about kid's internet safety' (via Commonsense Media)
'online games parents can say yes to' (via Commonsense Media)
'The best movies, games, books and more of 2014' (via Commonsense Media)
'9 video game heroines to inspire your daughter' (via Commonsense Media)
'12 Best YouTube Channels for Kids and Teens' (via Commonsense Media).
Uniform
Lowes Broadmeadows now have on-line sales:
http://lowes.com.au/categories.aspx?deptid=130
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2014 Important Dates
Monday 15th December
Year 9, 10 & 11 Awards Night
Wednesday 17th & Thursday
18th December
Year 7 & 8 Activities
Thursday 18th December
Last Day for Student
Tuesday 20th January
Office Open 8am to 7pm for Book Sales
and Payments
Friday 23rd January
Office Re-Opens 8:15 am- 4:15pm
Office Hours
Monday—Thursday
8:15am to 4:15pm
Friday
8:15am to 4:00pm
Monday 26th January
Australia Day Public Holiday
Thursday 29th January
First Day Term 1 for ALL Students
Monday 9th February
Musical Auditions
Tuesday 10th February
Year 7 Melton Wave Pool
Friday 13th February
Photo’s Whole School
Tuesday 17th February
House Swimming Sports—Whole
School
The office is CLOSED during all
school holiday periods
All upcoming dates can also be
found on our Website:
www.gladstoneparksc.vic.edu.au
HAVE YOU CHANGED YOUR DETAILS ?
Please immediately notify the College of any changes to your address or contact details.
-Thank You-
ATTENTION YEAR 11 & YEAR 12 PARENTS
Parents are reminded that where a Year11 or Year 12 student is absent from school due to a family
holiday, this will be considered an unapproved absence.
VCE and VCAL have attendance requirements which must be met in order for a student to pass.
STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE
Parents are reminded that the school does not provide personal accident insurance for students. Parents/
guardians are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including any transport
costs.
Reasonably low cost accident insurance policies are available from commercial insurers should you require one.
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