Term 4 - 13 December 2017

From the Head of Middle School

Michael Nelson

As the year draws to an end, our focus is on reflecting and celebrating the year – as well as providing engaging learning activities that are designed to broaden the scope of understanding and test some of the classroom learning skills we have developed throughout the year. The Year 7 students will definitely extend their teamwork skills, along with their design, mathematics, science and creative abilities, in the wonderful ‘Christmas by Design’ activity. If last year is anything to go by, the ‘houses’ they produced will be an incredible illustration of what is possible when we draw together learning areas and present students with a challenge. A huge thank you to the wonderful staff involved for their creativity, planning and implementation. Another terrific aspect to the Year 7 program has been the work that the students did in relation to gaining a greater insight into the way the brain works.

The Year 8 students will spend a day on a geography field trip, and will support various organisations that at this time of the year can do with some help making the world a better place. While the Year 9 students have been encouraged to think about their personal safety and gained their Level 1 First Aid certificates, after a full day of …

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Chaplain’s Corner


This week in Chapel we had the privilege of artist, storyteller and Baptist Minister Lynton Allan speaking about the Christmas story. Some staff and students also had an opportunity to gather for a final Year 9 Assembly. Using the words and experiences of Saint Paul in his first letter to friends in Corinth (Chapter 13), those in attendance were encouraged to begin the process of saying their farewells, speaking graciously, honouring those who worked for their good, not assuming they know more than others, and loving others even after …

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Sports News


It was a peculiar end to the 2017 year in sport, with a complete cancellation of fixtures last weekend due to the heavy rain. That said, the sport train keeps chugging with our rowers still on the water and two international tours about to embark: the Spain Soccer Tour and the USA Basketball Tour. We wish these students and staff a memorable trip.

Please note that Firsts teams will re-commence matches on Saturday 3 February 2018 along with ALL Year 7 students who will be involved in the annual Year 7 Sport Trials Morning at Bulleen from 8.30–11.00am. All other teams/squads will commence training in the week starting Monday 5 February, with matches on …

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Music News


What a wonderful year of music making we have had in Middle School! It is such a busy program. From the wonderful growth made by our many Year 7 beginners, to the sophisticated achievements of our more advanced musicians, there is so much to celebrate. Hopefully Presentation Night gave a sampling of the wonderful range of genres, covering wind bands, strings, guitars, choral music, dance and solo performance. It has been pleasing that our young composers are also getting more prominence, with three original pieces being heard through the night.

I would like to personally thank the many students and staff who have contributed to our program. To our outgoing Music Leaders – Johnny, Sarah, Gloria and Thomas – many thanks for all of your work this year. We welcome our new leaders Max, Vanessa, Oliver and Poppy, and we are delighted that the leadership portfolio is now expanding to …

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Middle School Calendar

Late Start

Friday 8 December


Monday 11 December

Students finish at 12.00 noon

Tuesday 12 December

Christmas Service

Tuesday 12 December

MSPA: Thank You Lunch for Staff

Wednesday 13 December
Staff Room

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