- A Well-Deserved Break
- Give yourself a break: Practicing self-compassion as a resource for resiliency.
- Research partnership with the University of Melbourne
- VCE Key Dates Term 2 2021
- Field Gnats to Mount Rothwell
- State School Sailing Championships
- Miniature Goat Breeders Association (MGBA)
- Homestead 2 Camp Reflection
- Camp Reflection
- Foodies Camp
- CSEF (Camps sports and education fund)
A Well-Deserved Break
Dear Woodleigh Families. Having reached the end of term with only one hiccup along the way, it is with great enthusiasm and relief that I wish you all a very happy Easter break. Term 1 has been incredibly busy, and I know that our students, staff and parents are ready to pause and take stock of everything we have achieved so far.
Getting Away Brings Clarity
I'm writing this article, sitting in the dust at Hattah, enjoying some time with the Year 10 students as they navigate their way across the semi-desert expanse. To see these iconic Woodleigh experiences first-hand has been incredibly reassuring and exciting for me. When we talk about being a holistic school, we refer to the development of character that students experience as they make their way through the years.
The adventures I have witnessed during Term 1 have consolidated my belief in the importance of Woodleigh's Outdoor Education and Camp experiences. This is where students learn about challenge, empathy, leadership and compassion. It is also where our students can have voice and time to express their opinions and fears and share their optimism for the future.
Speaking and Listening
Throughout this term, I have also had the opportunity to speak with many Senior Campus students, both in larger year level groups and in class. Often, I've been talking about our school culture and the 3R's – Respect for Self, Respect for Others and Respect for The Environment.
I spoke of how we all carry the responsibility to protect our culture and live the 3Rs, both at school and in our wider lives.
For staff and parents, as the adult members of our learning community, we must not underestimate the impact that the past 12 months of tumult, both locally and globally, has had on the beliefs, feelings and behaviours of our students and society in general.
For me, time spent speaking with students about the many issues currently portrayed in our media and opening up a dialogue about the minor issues we've recently seen at school has been time well spent. Leadership at Woodleigh is not dictated by formal structures. It shows in how we live our lives, how we interact with others and support the individuals and causes that require voice. So it gave me great joy to hear that students continued these conversations beyond their sessions with me. Likewise, I was most impressed to have students contact me directly to express their support and commitment to the concepts of selflessness and service.
Connecting with Community
I want to thank our Penbank staff and students for a fantastic Harmony Day Twilight Picnic. This event was a brilliant example of a community coming together to celebrate diversity and inclusion. Students were engaged in activities all day, and families danced the night away on what was a beautiful Autumnal evening. It was great to celebrate being together and also to provide a sense of connectedness for all. Unfortunately, due to the recent lockdown, we have not had the same opportunities at Senior Campus and Minimbah. However! We will look for opportunities to bring these groups of our community together again in Term 2.
Once again, I would like to wish you all a wonderful break, and offer my thanks to our staff, students and parents for what has been an amazing term.
Stay safe over the break,
Life is busy, often messy, and sometimes challenging, but after the annus horribilis that was 2020, we have had a solid start to 2021. However, the transition back to full-time on-campus teaching and learning has provided an exciting learning landscape, particularly in terms of social & emotional wellbeing. As if time moved on and the predicted understanding, developing, and strengthening relationships were interrupted or setback.
As we embark on the Easter school holidays, I encourage everyone to take the time to reflect, rest & reset, to give yourself a break before we begin again!
An explosion of research into self-compassion over the last decade has shown its benefits for wellbeing. Individuals who are more self-compassionate tend to have greater happiness, life satisfaction, and motivation, better relationships and physical health, and less anxiety and depression.
According to preeminent researcher Kristin Neff, people who respond to life’s challenges by practicing self-compassion become more resilient. They also have the resilience needed to cope with stressful life events such as relationship breakdowns, health crises, academic failure, and even combat trauma.
“It is only when we take care of ourselves that we can take care of others. Self-compassion provides an island of calm, a refuge from the stormy seas of endless positive and negative self-judgment.”.
Instead of becoming defensive, blaming others, or shirking responsibility, none of which is conducive in responding to setbacks or unmet expectations, and undermines personal development, Neff suggests responding with self-compassion entails these three behaviours to promote resilience:
- Practicing kindness & understanding rather than judgment and criticism about failures and mistakes;
- Acknowledge shortcomings and failure as experiences shared a shared human experience;
- Being mindful, they take a balanced approach to negative emotions and keeping things in perspective
How is self-compassion related to parenting?
Self-compassion is rooted in centuries of the Buddhist tradition. Still, it’s been only within the past decade that researchers, led by Dr. Neff, have subjected the concept to empirical scrutiny. Numerous studies have shown that self-compassion is strongly linked to overall wellbeing. Recent studies of parents found that self-compassionate parents tend to have lower levels of stress and depression, which, in turn, positively influences relationships, productivity, and more life satisfaction, hope, happiness, self-confidence, and re-engagement with life goals.
Here are three ideas to build compassion for yourself (and role model to your children. )
- Take routine self-compassion breaks by treating yourself as kindly as you would treat a friend who needs support. Simply ask the question, “What do I need now?” and allow yourself a moment of self-compassion, even if you can’t find an answer or can’t meet your needs at the time.
- Practice loving-kindness meditation: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/mindfully/time-for-self-compassion/12450302
- Write a Letter to Yourself: You can find your compassionate voice by writing a letter to yourself whenever you struggle or feel inadequate or when you want to help motivate yourself to make a change. It can feel uncomfortable at first but gets easier with practice.
Mindfulness and self-compassion are resources that give us the safety needed to meet challenging experiences with less resistance. The reality is that by being kind to ourselves, we become stronger, more resilient, and less focused on our problems which in turn serves to make us more present for our children and energized to engage with our communities.
Acknowledgements & further resources
- Consent - https://www.qt.com.au/videos/respectful-relationships-video-about-consent/98983/?cspt=1616387678%7C994de9904f952b3f14374ce63976003a&fbclid=IwAR3wE45BW9hj6mxvh8B7ww8r6Fm_hlg9ZZrAApWBav5YOvp3_UEDq7umF8g
- Vaping - https://doingdrugs-darta.blogspot.com/2021/03/what-should-parents-say-when-their-teen.html?fbclid=IwAR1ZMbDoEmQDxM7MOQewOwdyEdBeCwSfTLtfQu01MvPQJk99orhxlD0jB28
On behalf of the Counselling team, Happy Easter!
Director of Counselling
New Metrics for Success is a ground-breaking research-practice partnership between the University of Melbourne and selected Australian schools focused on expanding assessment practice to improve a range of holistic outcomes for students. I am delighted to let you know that Woodleigh School has been chosen as a founding member of this project to recognise our strong reputation as an innovative learning place. The collaboration seeks to provide excellent and valuable ways of measuring growth in the capabilities that sit at the heart of a Woodleigh Education, such as creative thinking, intercultural understanding, self-management, and collaboration. As well as benefitting teaching and learning at our school, the project aims to inform new ways of measuring student success at a school, state, and national level.
The schools selected for this partnership have been chosen as they are seen as leading thinking at a national level concerning providing education relevant to the contemporary social, economic, environmental, and technological environment in which we live. The leader of the project, Professor Sandra Milligan, has noted that: "the distinctive 20-century version of schooling is past its use-by date". She argues that education in Australia needs to move beyond the narrow definitions of success offered by NAPLAN and ATAR towards the measurement of both subject knowledge and the kinds of attributes that families, communities, businesses, and higher education are looking for in our young people. In this way, the project can be seen to build upon the work we have been doing over several years on the development of a curriculum that supports students to think critically, solve complex problems, drive their learning, and engage productively in a rapidly changing world.
The New Metrics partnership will initially run for two years. It will provide our school leaders and teachers with the opportunity to collaborate with globally recognised researchers and experts to explore new approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment. Significantly, the partnership will help us find new ways of capturing, communicating, and celebrating our young people's unique strengths, passions, interests, and achievements.
I look forward to sharing regular updates on our progress with this project in the years ahead.
DR. RICHARD OWENS
Director of Learning, Strategy, and Innovation
VCE Key Dates Term 2 2021
Term 2 is a significant hurdle for our VCE students as Unit 1 for Year 11 subjects and Unit 3 for Year 12 subjects will be working towards their conclusion. All students must be fully aware of their responsibilities in working towards their ‘S’ for these respective Units. They will be advised before the end of Week 4 if there are any outstanding concerns and allowed to rectify them immediately.
Many subjects will have significant SAC/SAT deadlines at various points, particularly during Weeks 5 & 6 (May 17-28) as outlined in the Term 2 SAC Calendar (on SEQTA under Documents) first major external VCAA assessment is the GAT which is outlined below.
General Achievement Test (GAT) – Wednesday, June 9, 10 am - 1:15 pm
This is the first external VCAA assessment that is compulsory.
- All students enrolled in a Year 12 subject or a scored VET program, including unscored students
- Duration – 10am-1:15pm
- Location – Senior Homestead
Some further information about the GAT can be found here, and students will have an information session during Homestead in Term 2 concerning rules, required materials, expectations, and purpose.
Year 11 Examination Period – Tuesday, June 1 through Wednesday, June 9
All students completing a Year 11 (Unit 1 & 2) subject will have an examination (or two for General Maths, Maths Methods, and Specialist Maths) scheduled into a timetable for this period. Students will receive a personalised timetable for their exams to know when they are required at school. Exams will be held in Senior Homestead.
During this examination period, no Year 11 classes will be running, and Year 11 students will not be expected at school unless they have an exam scheduled. More information will come in a formal letter and/or Operoo in the early weeks of Term 2 once all details have been finalised.
Acting VCE Coordinator. Senior Homestead Tutor
ARCHERY AND OTHER OLYMPIC SPORTS
I recently started trying archery on my own and wanted to get better, so I chose Archery and Other Olympic Sports for my first Activity. I have learned better skills in archery and will remember the games we played in the last session. My funniest moment was watching someone firing three arrows at once. Thomas N
BEACH GAMES AND FITNESS
I chose Beach Games and Fitness for my first Activity because I love sport and I especially love ball games - I have been playing soccer since I was four years old. During the sessions, I learnt teamwork, patience, fun, hard work, and resilience. My most memorable moment was when we had a beach soccer game, and I scored a couple of goals. I loved this Activity. Tilly B
BRIAN HENDERSON RESERVE
Brian Henderson Reserve was my first Activity, and I chose this as I enjoy being in the outdoors in a beautiful Australian environment. I learned about teamwork, animal feeding, and many more exciting facts about flora and fauna of our wonderful land. What I will remember about this Activity is the sheer amount of time spent out in the reserve exploring. Thomas C
For my first Activity, I wanted to work with the amazing animals in the Brian Henderson Reserve.
I learnt how to give a quoll tick treatment, what the animals eat, and find my way around the reserve. I will remember most about this Activity was the quolls, especially Savannah (the quoll) running around. Isobel C
I chose the Brian Henderson Reserve for my Unit 1 Activities because I love anything to do with nature and wildlife. I gained a lot of knowledge, for example, how to identify different types of weeds and how to build a basic fence. It put a smile on my face when I got to pat the quolls, especially the blind one Savannah. Overall, it was a great learning experience, and I found it fun and exciting to be a part of. Safari M
GRAPHIC NOVELS AND COMIC BOOK CREATION
Amazing! I loved creating comics. I have always wanted to make a comic the professional way. It was great to make new friends in this Activity. My funniest moment was when I made a mistake and freaked before realising that it wasn't permanent. I was just sketching. Angelo P
I chose this Activity as I love comics and movies and drawing very much. I learned that when writing a comic, it has to be big and powerful, and you have to use exaggerated words like Kapok! Smash! and Pow! I also learned some new drawing skills. The Activity was fun, and making up characters you can go wild. The funniest thing was when we all had to do our scripts, and we were all talking about what could happen. We had mad ideas. Anthony P
I chose Creative Chillax for my first Activity as I wanted to make art. I learnt how to paint a phone case properly, and I made a lot of drawings. My funniest moment was when I accidentally stuffed up one of my drawings by smearing paint on it. Isabelle C
I have never played real cricket, but I love to go down to nets in my town and play cricket with my friends, so I thought Outdoor Cricket would be good for my first Activity. The skills I learnt were when to attack the ball when batting and how the game is played. Harry I
I wanted to do the Outdoor Cricket Activity because I like playing cricket and backyard cricket. I learnt how to catch a real cricket ball without breaking my hand. My favourite memory was when I bowled an off-seam to my friend, and I middle-stumped him. Angus S
I chose this Activity as I enjoy debating and thought it would be a cool thing to do. During the sessions, I learnt the skills of debating, teamwork, and fluency. My favourite memory was when we were playing the "If I ruled the World" game. Hywel M
GLAM UP MY ROOM
I chose Glam Up My Room as my first Activity as I love DIYs. The skills I learnt were how to make a Kokedama ball, terrariums, clay work, and not giving up. I made many new friends, and my funniest moment was when my friend and I realised we had been doing the macramé wrong the whole time. Juliette L
PHOTOGRAPHY, LIGHTROOM AND PHOTOSHOP
I chose this Activity as my granddad is a photographer, and I wanted to get on the same page as him.
I learned how to be good at photography, and I also learnt patience when waiting to get a good photo. I got a close shot at a flower. Micah L
I wanted to do the Photography Activity to learn more about art in different forms and learn more about photoshop and Lightroom to edit photos. I learnt to double-check what photo I took and to ask others for help if needed. I will remember the opportunity that I was given. I enjoyed it a lot. Grace N
I enjoy photography, and I wanted to learn to make my photos better, so I chose this for my first Activity. I learnt angling, patience, and how to express my creativity better. I will never forget the feeling of when I got an amazing photo. It was really fun to learn Photoshop. Rachel T
MUSIC AND THEATRE TECHNOLOGY
The Music and Theatre Technology Activity seemed intriguing, and I love musical theatre, so I chose it as my first Activity. I learnt how to use the lighting in the hall, along with the audio console, and how to mic up different instruments and the lectern. It was amazing!! I loved my first Activities unit! Tobi C
SHORT FILM PRODUCTION
Short Film Production was my first Activity, and I chose it because I love being creative, and I wanted to learn how to use Premiere Pro. I learnt basic Premiere Pro tools, teamwork, and cooperation. It was great to make a movie with my mate. My funniest memory was when my friend dressed up as a mother. It was a fun Activity but also challenging. Edward L
I thought this was a good idea for my first Activity because I like movies and series, and I like making up my storylines. I learnt how to use Premier Pro and how to use lights and things around you. Tobias E
I wanted to learn more about marine life and the creatures near where I live, so I chose this for my first Activity. I learnt how to snorkel as well as how to be organised and on time. My favourite memory was when my partner and I saw the massive stingray that was underneath us. Trying to walk in flippers was funny, so too was when my friend picked up a cushion starfish, thinking it was a rock. Allegra M
I enjoyed water sports and was excited to go snorkelling around some lovely beaches on the Mornington Peninsula. I learned a lot about organisation and also how to problem solve, i.e., when forgetting gear or being in a scary situation. I also built stronger connections with my peers. I remember when my partner and I spent about 20 minutes trying to find a ray one day only to look back and realise there was one right where we started, we just weren't looking closely enough. I really have enjoyed Activities so far and am grateful for the experience to do snorkelling. Maya W
THE WOODLEIGH FARM
I love animals, and I have horses so I thought it would be a great activity to do! I learnt about teamwork, animal handling, how to raise chicks, and how to look after certain animals. What I will remember most was trying to walk goats on a leash and training Seiba to do agility! It was awesome! Esther F
I enjoy looking after animals, and I thought this Activity would be fun because of the upcoming goat show. I learned how to hold a stick insect to respect animals more, and I got to wash multiple miniature goats with soap which was fun, even though it was hard since goats don't want a bath. Isla G
It took us 18 months to get back to Rothwell and continue this excellent relationship we started back in 2008 (thanks to the great work of Karen S, Glenn O, and Charlie C).
Thank you to Mt Rothwell for all the help they had given us (and animals) to set up our Reserve. The Field Gnats decided we should volunteer to help Annette and her team. March 2009, a small group of adults and students made our first trip and had a fabulous time, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Well, the history continues. Last weekend, a group of 20 current and past students and Kelly Smith, our new Animal Keeper, her son Reef, and myself worked very hard.
We started with a rabbit control presentation and workshop. We learnt all about rabbits' problems on agricultural land and for conservation reserves, how the dogs have been trained to sniff out the rabbits and how to then either fumigate or dig up the warren. The students also learnt about how the rabbits were then used to feed the captive Eastern Quoll and Bush Stone Curlew populations.
The rest of our weekend had us cleaning up 40 breeding pens. The last time we were at Rothwell, they were full of Eastern Barred Bandicoot and five curlews. Now the EBB's are roaming free at Tiverton and able to organise their breeding, and there are 42 Curlew, 10 Quoll (destined for Tiverton this year), and one Easter Bettong – George. We trimmed the shrubs out of the wire rooves and sidewalls, hedged the shrubs, grasses, and sedges within the pens for ease of Keeper access and to clear the doorways, and weeded and mulched the pens – not that easy for the pens with the Curlew who don't like so many human visitors. The pens now look fabulous. The 20 of us spent 8 hours doing this job. I'm so proud of them all for their persistence and commitment to this task.
It wasn't all hard work. We got to walk the Dingoes and had a great walk Saturday night hunting for frogs (Molly and Lucy recorded five species). Spotlighting for marsupials – lots of EBB, Brush-tailed Rock Wallabies, Brush-tailed Possums, Rufous Bettongs, and Easter Quoll were spotted. There was also a huge, curious Barn Owl keeping an eye on us.
Thank you to Rose S, Ava D, Grace A, Rebecca J, Anika G, Annabella C, Milla L, Lily L, Lily C, Allegra M, Brett K and Thomas C (all current students), Molly F (Year 12, 2013), Lucy D (2015) and Alex S and Liam T (2017), and Kelly and Reef Smith. They should be proud of the fantastic way they represented their school.
Thank you also to Dale Crisp, manager at Rothwell, Anika, Sandi, and Andy, part of the regular volunteer team who worked so well with our students.
DR. GARY SIMPSON
Director of the Brian Henderson Wildlife Reserve
Woodleigh competed in the State School Sailing Championships (March 26-28) held at the Royal Victorian Yacht Club. The Woodleigh crew came away with 4th in their Division, which is a fantastic result for our sailors from Year 7 to Year 9. We had a couple of novice sailors step up and fill the team at the last minute, as some of our experienced sailors were unavailable as they were on Hattah.
They competed in 10 races for the first-round robin, qualifying in 4th for the finals. Woodleigh beat Scotch college in the qualifying final to come up against Peninsula School in the Semi. We only just went down to Peninsula, who went on to win the Grand Final. We raced off for 3rd and 4th place and only narrowly were beaten by Toorak. It is all credit to our team, working hard all term with our sailing coach Sophie Jackson, attending training sessions, and competing in the John Middleton Series at Davey’s Bay.
Even though we were taking a younger team to states, we were confident the experience would be beneficial for them, and they had a great weekend, and we are so delighted to have come away with Most Improved School Award.
A huge congratulations to our Woodleigh Crew, Digby T, Huia M, Andre Na, Cooper B, Cate F, who were led by captain Patrick C on your achievements weekend and this term. Also, a special mention to our coach Sophie J on her efforts and all parents and guardians behind the scenes.
On Saturday, March 27, Woodleigh hosted the Miniature Goat Breeders Association (MGBA) first Woodleigh School Show. Fourteen students attended, along with other MGBA members, to learn more about miniature goats, handle them, and show them.
The show was the culmination of many weeks of work through activities and lunchtimes over the term. The students have spent many hours getting to know the goats and having them used to be handled. As the goats arrived during our remote learning phase last year, they were not accustomed to having many people around them. The students prepared our goats to show and were also responsible for putting together all the prizes for each of the show categories – 28 all up. They helped to make beeswax wraps, they carefully wrapped and labelled all the prizes, and Ben Noxon took on Co-Steward's role on the day, which involved handing the prizes out to the lucky winners.
Here is one of the AgHort Activity students account of Term 1 at the Woodleigh Farm:
"Hi, I am Miah. I was put into the Farm Activity for this term. As soon as I opened the gate to the goat pen, I have really felt like I belong at Woodleigh. We have been doing some really fun and exciting things up at the farm, like hatching chicks and stick insects, preparing for the goat show, and building an agility course for Seiba.
The goat show was so much fun, and I learnt so much about the goat's stance to how I move around the goat. But this was the easy bit. Preparing for the show was much more challenging as we had to wash, shave and clip them. All of the goats hated it. After the show, I felt a sense of accomplishment. I was tired and wanted to go to bed, but I was happy that I had tried something new and enjoyed it. I think that this is what the Woodleigh kids are known to do, have adventurous minds, and try new things, but the farm has helped me feel a sense of belonging at Woodleigh."
Homestead 2 Camp Reflection
"On the first of March at 9.00 am, an exhilarated group of Homestead 2 kids were departing Woodleigh on a 2-and-a-half-hour bus-ride to Cumberland River. We arrived to find the campground was a beautiful pristine site, with towering cliff faces only 100 metres away. The river was adjacent to our camp and right next to a forest. The water was so translucent and glassy you felt you could drink from it.
Over the next few days, we did some great activities. We surfed at Lorne with a company called ‘Go Ride a Wave,’ catching some towering waves that took our breath away. Though the waves were small, smiles were shared.
We kayaked through the untarnished swamp-like river at Anglesea, the instructors informing us that there were plenty of bull sharks in the river. We had to make sure not to fall in. We also did a few hours of weeding on the cliffs at Lorne as an activity to give back to the environment.
Minding my own business at camp one day, suddenly, a bird pooh plummets down from the sky and lands ‘bang ‘on my head. I hoped to forget this memory, but my friends have ensured it stays prominent.
We were forced to bunker down at camp during a storm while soaring 40km winds blew through the camp. It kept everyone on high alert.
I loved walking through the forest on a hike. Ms. Murr led the expedition to a waterfall. While we were there, a sudden occurrence happened. I peered over my right shoulder to see Archie hanging off the waterfall. The teacher was rattled, but Archie was as relaxed as anything.
One of the things that camp offered was that we are learning to cook, or at least for some of us to refine our skills. The first night’s dinner consisted of tacos or pasta, and the second night a mystery box competition, which Sophie, Micah, and Dash won.
On the last night of camp, there was a talent contest. It consisted of six performances led by Maya and Aurelia, with their lip-syncing and dancing of a song called “Slipping Through Your Fingers” from Mama Mia. Later through the night, a rap battle begun between Max M and Ms. Murr, with both of their bars (and burns) - it was quite the show!
On our last day, before we got on the ferry, we had an hour to shop at the rustic, timeless town of Queenscliff. On that day, the fish and chip shop, IGA, the bakeries, and the overpriced Lolly Shop were all purged by Homestead 1, 2, and 6 students. As it was the first time seeing each other in a week, warm hugs and tears were customary.
We arrived home a tired group, somewhat relieved to look forward to a good relaxation and sleep at home. While great memories of our camp will stay with us for weeks, our only focus on that night was dinner." Dash R, Y7
"Our week at camp was unforgettable for many reasons. From having fun on the kayaks to shredding the gnar on the waves with Mr. Baker. From cooking our dinner to taking the win at the camp concert. These activities strengthened and created many friendships that will last a lifetime. We were lucky enough to camp in the beautiful caravan park on the Cumberland River. Not that Cumberland River didn’t have its challenges. Dealing with the night-time wind made for some grumpy students and teachers after the loss of sleep.
Apart from a few fly-away flies and broken tents, Cumberland River itself was worth it. Being close to waterfalls and beaches was a highlight. Although we learned the dangers of hiking near waterfalls, the views and scenery were something we’ll never forget.
Being Woodleigh, we had to help out the local environment by weeding a plant called Mediterranean Broom. We were supervised by “Possum Pete,” who worked for the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee. It felt great to do something for the Lorne community.
Towards the end of the week, we all missed our comfy beds and our families as expected. But camp gave us a new appreciation for those things and the fantastic opportunities and teachers here at Woodleigh." Aurelia P & Maya W, Y8
"A constant noise, recognisable to many; hammer to peg, peg to ground—a tent on the grass, waiting for completion. Much laughter to be spread, but work to be done. A make-shift village, rising from the very ground on which I stand. A moment to step back, to reap the rewards of our hard work. Positivity and excitement in the air.
I sit on the soft, powdery sand, their minuscule size and infinite number hard to comprehend. I watch the waves crash against the shore, smothering the beachline with whitewash, but no, that won’t stop me. Grabbing the board, I wade through the shallows and make my way to the ominous deep, dark water, and then for a moment, everything stops, like the world around me has gone to sleep. For a short time, there was peace - this only leads to the unexpected board flipping, blasting me back to life in a torrent of white water.
History. More specifically, Maritime. Old tales of the sea. Machinery at work. A passion for the ocean. Mysterious, filled with life. The unknown lies ahead, waiting to be discovered. A thought. Curiosity. Temptation. Risk. Lots of risks.
With a click from the cooker and sizzle from the pan, dinner is something to look forward to. Mouth-watering aromas begin to fill the air, much joy to be spread, and compliments about meals to be shared. Delicacies from Japan, classics from France, and unique flavours from all around the world - the international cooking night was a blast.
Homestead 6 - Ocean Grove 2021 – adventure, challenge, resilience, and respect - friendships strengthened and new connections forged, memories of which will last forever."
Joshua L Year 8
Foodies Camp this year started on a high note as we met at the Space Hotel on Monday morning and headed off to our first activity of the week; a Vietnamese Cooking Course at Otao Kitchen in Richmond. Throughout the week, we were exposed to many different beautiful cuisines such as Moroccan, Nepalese and Greek, just to name a few. We had many opportunities to learn about food production and all the work that goes on behind the scenes that makes it possible for us to have these remarkable food experiences every time we go to a market, restaurant, or café. My Foodies camp experience opened my eyes to the connectivity food allows and the importance of the food industry in our society. It was an excellent opportunity, bursting with eye-opening and fun experiences, unlike any other camp!
The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible students to attend activities like:
- school camps or trips
- swimming and school-organised sport programs
- outdoor education programs
- excursions and incursions.
From 2020, the Victorian Government is investing an additional $160.9 million for the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund over the next four years. This has been bolstered further with an additional $28.6 million announced in the 2020-21 State Budget for the 2021 school year. This funding will help ensure more than 220,000 government and non-government students from lower-income families are able to participate in camps, sports and excursions each year.
Please find more information here for financial assistance information for parents.
Application and eligibility form can be found here.