EDUCATIONWEEK 2018 ACTIVITYDAY
‘Celebrating the Arts’
WEDNESDAY 23rd MAY
On Wednesday we celebrated Education Week in periods 1-4 with a variety of exciting multi-age activities designed around this years’ theme- ‘Celebrating the Arts’.
Students participated in Indonesian Gamelan music and learnt how to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. There was a Family Tv Game show asking questions all about the ARTS which was won by Team Golden Goose. A maths color by number painting masterpiece was created in the art room and we all learnt how to make a Pom Pom which will be made into a class rug.
Students dressed up as their favourite ‘artist’ on the day which included a magician, artist, roadie, back dancers and not one but two Wally’s! Famous musicians including Delta and PINK took time out of their busy schedules and Slash from Guns and Roses made an impressive entry. Movies stars who shone on the red carpet included the Wicked Witch from the West – Wizard of Oz, Agent J – Men in Black, Cruella Da Ville -101 Dalmatians and of course the leading stars Elsa and Ana from Frozen.
We all enjoyed a BBQ lunch which was kindly organised by Missy and Marni – thank you! We raised just over $150 which will go towards this years’ school production of Aladdin Jr.
What a great day the primary students had celebrating the Arts together.
From the Primary Team alias- THEWIGGLES !!!
The Guinea Pigs have arrived
Thanks go to Tom Gilbert and Jan Ratcliff who were responsible for organising the arrival of our new school pets, guinea pigs ‘Mouse’ and ‘Two-Tone’.
They are receiving lots of love and attention. Thanks also to Peter Growney who generously donated them to the school.
The Early Years students have drawn up a list of guinea pig “regulations” and would be happy to tell you about them.
This is the culmination of one of Tom’s Primary Captain election promises from 2016. It’s been a long journey but well worthwhile.
Swimming Carnival 2018
The Inter-House Swimming Carnival was held on Monday 19 February. Some very keen students from Years 5 to 12 participated and there were some very close finishes. The outstanding improvements in the swimming ability of our students is due to our free swimming program provided by the College in the indoor heated pool. The swimming teachers Michelle Ferrari, Jan Ratcliff and Kath Speirs should all be congratulated.
At the end ERICTHERED (362) DEFEATEDLOCHARDBLUE (273).
The current practise is to award the best two performing participants in four sections, the Primary and Secondary for both boys and girls, with a Champion and a Runner-up. This year there were insufficient primary swimmers to award a runner-up.
GROUP Male Female PRIMARYCHAMPION Dean Constantinou, 11 yrs (30 pts) Chloe Ewert, 11 yrs (37 pts).
SECONDARYCHAMPION Angus Vance, Open (60 points) Zoe Brauer, Open (60 points)
RUNNER UP Bryce Bridgeman, 16 yrs (37 points) Ella Brauer, 13 yrs (54 points)
Further news next week about the Interschool Swimming against Lorne and Apollo Bay Colleges. We had five of our students successfully win a place to progress to the next level! Good luck to Zoe Brauer, Angus Vance, Teaghan Vance, Isabelle Abraham and Bryce Bridgeman who will compete against Colac Secondary and Trinity Colleges, as well as Apollo Bay and Lorne again, this Friday the 2 March.
New roof, new corridor
Leadership would like to thank staff who worked tirelessly to tidy up the corridor and the foyer after the building works, and for students and their patience whilst it was being completed.
The west corridor is now amazing, we are very happy with the result, as are our students.
Leadership would like to thank Adi Gilbert and Andrew Kohane for all their work in getting these works planned and organised.
Catering With Chemistry
Middle Years students have been learning about chemical processes like fermentation, coagulation and separation techniques through our unit ‘Catering With Chemistry’.
In the photos, the students are learning to make cheese (feta and a soft spreadable cheese called quark). They are also using the process of fermentation to make ginger beer and sour dough bread. It’s been great to learn how chemistry works in everyday situations.
Sending out a huge thank you to Katherine for all her help. Thanks also to Sue and Ron Harrington for supplying the creamy milk to make the best cheese and to Melissa Potter, Kirrin Brown and David Gilbert for sharing their scientific expertise. Thanks also to the team at Apostle Whey for showing us the ropes.
Professional Learning Day
Lavers Hill staff had a most productive Professional Learning day on Friday June 10 2016. It was a valuable chance to reflect together on how all our students are progressing, our achievements together and future planning.
Our New School Improvement Team (Missy, Helen, Kirra & Eve) facilitated our reflection on what we thought were the current strengths (balloons) and challenges (weights) facing the College.
After a detailed and engaging process that came up with over 20 suggestions we synthesised areas and came up with a leading focus. Together we agreed to work on developing a ‘school culture based on a love of learning and pride in learning’ and how we can support and inspire our ‘students to take responsibility for their learning and develop their capacity as independent learners’. This goals aligns well with our College vision and we look forward to keeping parents and our community in touch as we build these invaluable qualities and skills.
In the afternoon all staff worked together on plans and for a unit of work based around the concept of ‘Diversity’. We used hexagons to identify connections across the Learning Communities and to explore shared learning experiences for Term 3. Students will also be actively involved in planning the unit and we look forward to sharing the developing ideas with parents and involving our community.
Resilience Project 2016
A group of six students from Grade 5 – Year 11 formed our project team in Term 4 2015.
After a few brainstorming sessions the idea of redesigning the Canteen space emerged. This has included the painting of 2 new murals and purchasing new furniture.
Dakota, Zoe, Tom, Harrison, Ella and Sophie – the core team met together each week to brainstorm, gather input from other students, design and implement the project.
The Launch Day is planned for Friday May 27th and will include a Pancake Breakfast for the whole School. The core team are sleeping over at the School the night before the launch to make all the preparations for the
Launch. We can’t wait to celebrate with the whole School Community!
Denise Hooke Colac Otway Shire’s 2016 Australia Day Citizen of the Year
Denise’s vision and leadership pioneered the Turning Point education programme, which provides young people with an alternative pathway to completing their education. A team of teachers, social workers and business volunteers support the students to help them realise their potential.
Lavers Hill Consolidated School was Denise’s first teaching appointment (1977-79) and she has taught here again since 1988.
Denise has also contributed to many other areas of the local community, including 20 years on the Otway Health Board, a member of the Southern Otway Landcare Network for 14 years. She is also a life member of the Apollo Bay Pony Club, and the Apollo Bay & District Agricultural Society.
Denise says ‘I feel very proud and honoured to accept this award on behalf of our Lavers Hill K-12 College and the community organisations I have volunteered with. Volunteering makes a community “sing”.’
Korean partner school
Lavers Hill K-12 College continues to forge ahead with innovation and relentless quest for excellence.
Students from the Middle Years 5-8 program joined our Korean partner school in a highly successful digital link last Wednesday.
Gancheon Elementary School in Daegu, South Korea taught us a traditional dance featuring elaborate costumes and traditional music. Our students responded with a comprehensive video presentation featuring the unique flora and fauna of our local environment. The response from the Korean students was quite animated and they were clearly engaged in activity.
This was followed up on Friday when our school was represented in a formal signing of a memorandum of understanding between all the schools in both countries involved in the project. This was again facilitated by the use of digital technologies.
It was very moving to witness the genuine commitment all participants have to promoting respect, understanding and educational opportunities for students.
Greater Western Regional Athletics Secondary Team
On 9th October 2015 we had 4 students Dylan, Anthony, Amy and Zoe represent Lavers Hill and our Coastal Cluster in the Regional Athletics. This meet was all students who qualified (first place only) in their respective divisional athletics from the western district region. Each event had 8 competitors that qualified.
All students had a competitive and very rewarding day with all our students placing in their individual events. Thank you to Tracy Brauer who came as our Team mum, we are unable to go to such events without volunteers.
We are so proud of each student’s achievements and look forward to seeing our school again being represented at the State Championships. A big congratulations to Dylan who came first in 18-20yrs Javelin who proceeds straight to the states. We await the results to see if Zoe, Amy and Anthony join him on 20th October to also compete against Victoria’s best.
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Children’s Day
We were very fortunate to have Richard Collopy come in and share with us his knowledge of Aboriginal culture.
Here is a picture of our artwork that we created with Richard to celebrate National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Children’s Day.
The gold in the centre of our artwork represents the school, the brown represents the land and the dots on the land represent each child who was involved in the painting. The artwork was divided in half, the bottom half represents the ocean and the top half represents the trees. The students then put their handprints on the side that best showed where they belong.
A beautiful piece of work that is on display with some of our writing down the corridor.