9 04, 2020

An Easter thank you

2020-04-09T10:18:25+10:009 April, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

We arrive at Easter after what has been an extraordinary period in everyone’s lives.

Personally, I am reminded of the stories my parents told me of the Great Depression and World War II, when everyone’s lives were turned upside down and individuals, families, communities and countries the world over had to adjust to a ‘new normal’. Similarly, over the past four weeks, we have had to adjust to our new and confronting way of life and with changing daily directives that vary from state to state, it has definitely been a surreal […]

8 04, 2020

Does your parenting rulebook still apply?

2020-04-09T09:21:04+10:008 April, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Author: Michael Grose

The current social isolation policy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has confined people to their family cocoons. Life for parents is very different now that we can no longer share the parenting load with relatives, friends and professionals outside the family home.

Parenting success will require you to quickly adapt to new circumstances, by replacing some of your current parenting practices with methods more in tune with close-quarter living. This may seem uncomfortable at first, as you may be going against some current beliefs that are in vogue. In effect, you may have to create a […]

7 04, 2020

Posting materials home

2020-04-09T14:43:20+10:007 April, 2020|Categories: Middle School, Senior School|

On Thursday 9 April the College will be posting home books to students.

Year 7 will receive A Long Walk to Water ready to Term 2
Year 9 will receive Of Mice and Men ready for Term 2

These books are set texts for English classes.  The loan period will be for as long as the English course requires.

Last week we posted out the following:

The Wave for Ms Poynter’s and Ms Lester’s Year 10
To Kill a Mockingbird for Mr Hughes’ Year 10
Various titles for Year 6 literature circles.

If you believe you should have received […]

3 04, 2020

Do you have an Orchid or a Dandelion?

2020-04-03T08:43:47+11:003 April, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Over the past few weeks, I have been speaking to many parents about the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health. Some have asked why one of their children is far more effected than their others, other parents are concerned that their child doesn’t seem at all concerned about the pandemic.

In my response to them I recall a metaphor developed by Dr Thomas Boyce where he compares children to dandelions and orchids. In it, Dr Boyce estimates about 20 per cent of children are “orchids”. They are the ones who are more sensitive and reactive to environments, […]

3 04, 2020

From the Middle School

2020-04-03T09:39:13+11:003 April, 2020|Categories: Middle School|

3D Shapes

Year 6 Auton students have been making masks this week as they focus on 3D Shapes.  Isla Lifshen created this amazing mask above using a Cornflakes box. Some amazing creativity being seen.

Fiona Auton


Clay Creativity

Year 6 Goosen have also spent time away from screens being creative.  Claudia Beaumont creation above.

Clyde Goosen


Cooking up a storm

Year 6 Goosen continued their creative flair in the kitchen, cooking up a storm and feeding the family!

Clyde […]

2 04, 2020

Thrive Inside

2020-04-03T09:40:03+11:002 April, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing OK.

I’d like you all to know that Smiling Mind (an app that many of our students access) has just developed a special COVID19 initiative called Thrive Inside. This free program will help you stay calm and healthy in the physical constraints of your home, while remaining calm and healthy inside your mind.

If you already have the Smiling Mind App it will already be there as a program option. If you don’t have the app I’d strongly encourage you to download it. It’s suitable […]

2 04, 2020

Progress Reports and Virtual Parent Student Teacher Conferences (Year 8-12)

2020-04-03T10:51:14+11:002 April, 2020|Categories: Middle School, Senior School|

Next week, parents will receive a Progress Report for Term One for your son or daughter.  You will have originally received an email containing booking instructions for the Parent/Student/Teacher Conference Day scheduled for held on Monday 27 April.

Because of the current restrictions in place, face-to-face interviews will not be possible. Instead, we can offer you the choice of:

  • A Microsoft Teams video conference (these will take place on the scheduled day of Monday 27 April)
  • An email from the teacher providing thorough feedback on the progress of your son/daughter
  • A phone call from the teacher

Details of how to book one […]

2 04, 2020

2021 Term dates

2020-04-03T07:50:20+11:002 April, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

Please note that the 2021 Term dates have been updated with a minor change to the student start date at the beginning of the year.  The school year starts on Monday 1 February.  These dates can be found anytime on our website or The Dash.

Term 1 starts Monday 1 February
Term 1 ends Friday 9 April

Easter – Good Friday 2 April to Tuesday 6 April (inclusive)

Term 2 starts Monday 26 April (Junior School)
Monday 26 April – Middle and Senior School Parent/Student/Teacher conferences
Term 2 starts Tuesday 27 April (Middle & Senior School)
Term 2 ends Friday 2 July

Term 3 starts Tuesday 27 July
Term 3 ends Friday 24 September

Term 4 Starts […]

2 04, 2020

Student Achievement

2020-04-03T07:41:13+11:002 April, 2020|Categories: Middle School|

Maya Martin (Year 8) placed fifth in the Under 15 National MTBA XCO championships, held in Bright Victoria in early March.  Congratulations Maya on your national achievement.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School