- Issue 5: The Astonisher
- THE SEND TRAIN – HANG BOARD
- THE WARRIOR GENE
- The Hitler Rant
- WOODLEIGH'S ENTREPRENEURS!
- Cool Dudes with Cool Glasses Doing Cool Stuff (with Cool Explosions and Cool Action Scenes)
- Science – nitrogen, electrons, atomic mass... awesome video!
- WORDS@WOODLEIGH – ROBERT NEWTON
- REFLECTIONS AND POETRY – DA VINCI DECATHLON
- NEW HS6 GARDEN AND BOARDWALK – NICE!
- THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC
- Photography, HTML, CSS and coding
- 2U Tech – HTML, CSS and coding
- Cultural exchange – my time at Woodleigh
- FOODIES CAMP – ON 35MM FILM
- Indigenous Mapping
- SIS Swimming Carnival
- Vic College Basketball Championships – Junior Boys
- PE – fun with Yoga, Zumba, Spin and Lawn Bowles!
- AGHORT AND MINIMBAH
- Cows Create Careers
- Year 8 Round Robin Music Performance
- CITYBOUND – SNIPPETS FROM MY DAYS
- CITYBOUND TIME LAPSE
- CITYBOUND PERSONAL PROJECT
Issue 5: The Astonisher
Dear Parents, Students and Friends,
It's wonderful to celebrate the diverse learning experiences on offer here at Woodleigh. This term, our students have been incredibly hardworking, creative and resourceful in their efforts. I hope you enjoy this mere 'glimpse' at what has been achieved at Woodleigh in Term 2.
All the best for a wonderful holiday break!
Head of Woodleigh Campus
OSCAR LANDMAN – YEAR 10
Oscar worked on this project with David Burton. He is hoping to actually construct it and put it in the Woodleigh gym.
YEAR 9 GENERAL SCIENCE
ISABELLE HOFFMANN, LILY SHEPPARD, NICCI TWENTYMAN
ANIMATION AND FILM
BEN MYATT – YEAR 10
This term in Animation and Film we were looking at different ways of editing film in Adobe Premier Pro. For my final project, I chose to add subtitles and special effects to the Hitler Rant. The subtitles related to Richmond losing Round 1 of the 2013 AFL finals.
SPECIAL EFFECTS INCLUDED:
- Cut and repeat
- Fade out and in
- Fade out and in
- Cut and repeat
LILY SHEPPARD – YEAR 9
During business studies this semester, we were set with the task of creating our own individual business. I came up with the idea of a business called “The Wellness & Beauty Bus” and created a professional business plan for it that we would have the opportunity to enter into a competition later on in the year. The Wellness & Beauty Bus is essentially a bus that is fitted out with certain equipment in order to provide quality beauty and wellness treatments to people with limited mobility. This project was brilliant as I got to explore a passion and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in exploring entrepreneurship.
MORE EXAMPLES FROM OUR BUSINESS MANAGEMENT STUDENTS...
GRAPHIC NOVEL & COMIC CREATION ACTIVITY
JOSH MACDONALD – YEAR 8
YEAR 9 NEW MATERIALS (SCIENCE)
JAMES LEPPITSCH & HUGO SMITH
ELLA ADAM – YEAR 7
On Wednesday 24 May, Anna, Rupert and I interviewed Robert Newton about one of his many books, ‘Mr Romanov’s Garden in the Sky’.
Mr Romanov’s Garden in the Sky is about a girl called Lexie who lives in the commission. She is left to fend for herself as her mother is absent most of the time, searching for something to help her forget and cope with the recent death of Lexie’s father. Then, after witnessing the aftermath of a shocking incident, Lexie finds solace in the most unlikely of places – in a troubled old man known as the “Creeper” by the other commissioners. A chance, life-saving encounter (for both Lexie and Mr Romanov) on the commission’s roof seeds a friendship between the two and when they enlist the help of Lexie’s friend Davey, the three set off on an epic journey; one that will change their lives and the lives of those around them. This book is for anyone who is wanting a good read.
To become a member of the panel to interview Robert Newton, we needed to first read the book and then come up with at least three questions. We then sent these set of questions to Ms Farquharson and Ms Billett. It was then just a matter of practising these several times with each other.
Robert started off explaining who he was, about his books and his job.
Robert Newton has three daughters, one of who encouraged him to write from a girl’s perspective. He works as a firefighter and hoses cats out of trees. He lives in Mount Eliza. He has a brother in Sweden who was the first person he ever wrote a story for and is who he wrote about in his first ever book.
Then, the panel (Rupert, Anna and I) asked him questions about Mr Romanov’s Garden in the Sky. Here are some of our questions:
What do you consider to be the most unique aspect of your writing style?
Honesty, I always try my best to be truthful in what I write.
I have read one of your other books and they seem very dark, why is this?
I write in this way because it is real. These things actually happen to people.
Are you influenced by other authors?
Yes, definitely Morris Gleitzman. The book the shop assistant recommended to me was by him and it was called Two Weeks with the Queen. It was the book I started on to get some ideas for my writing.
What do firefighters do at the station when they aren’t fighting fires (or hosing cats out of trees!)?
We generally watch Netflix, read and sometimes I write my books.
Was the gun ever going to be real, or was it always going to be fake?
Mr Romanov’s gun was always going to be fake, it was never going to be a real gun.
Do the characters in Mr Romanov’s Garden in the Sky have a personal connection to you?
Yes. For some reason, I was always posted near commissions – like where Lexie lives. One day at the fire station, we were called to the local commission because of a drug overdose. When we got there, the ambulance hadn’t arrived and a woman lying on the floor with her daughter, who was about 7-years-old in her pyjamas, crying next to her. The ambulance soon got there and sorted it out. We didn’t get too involved in the situation so we don’t know what happened to that girl.
Lexie is the girl in the pyjamas and her mum is the mum who had a drug overdose. I wrote this story for myself, to give the little girl living in the commission a story.
It was an amazing experience to have and I encourage you to be on the panel next year for Words@Woodleigh. I would like to thank Ms Farquharson for running the night, Ms Billett for being our Lit Club and English teacher and encouraging us to do this and Ms Grigg for the pizzas— it was amazing (the night I mean!).
ELLA ADAM, BRIDGET RICHARDS, RUPERT O'NEILL – YEAR 7
Each year, Woodleigh School sends a team of Year 7 students to an interschool competition known as the Da Vinci Decathlon. This competition emphasises higher order learning skills and academic rigor. Ten different categories are covered: Mathematics, English, Science, Code Breaking, Engineering, Ideation, Creative Producers, Art & Poetry, Cartography and General Knowledge – so the students involved need to quickly develop their skills in these diverse areas.
After an intensive Activity Unit of tutoring, the ten different categories are covered on one gruelling competition day where each area is systematically tested. This year’s team, Ella Adam, Callum Lee-Smith, Rupert O’Neill, Lally Penna, Lyla Perkins, Bridget Richards, Ryan Smit and Alex Stapleton performed extremely well and, in a pool of twenty different schools from the surrounding region, was placed in three categories: 1st in Ideation, 2nd in Code Breaking and 3rd in Art & Poetry. They came 4th overall, which is really excellent!
Although the work is very difficult, and sometimes tiresome, all the students had a great time on the competition day and should be commended for their achievements and hard work. They were a great team to work with!
Here are reflections from two students and the haunting poem written on the day by Rupert O’Neill, plus a few photos of the day’s activities.
M.Ed. B.Mus.Ed. B.Mus.Perf.
Da Vinci Decathlon Coordinator
Early in Term 2, a group of Year 7s were, well, doing some very important 'stuff'. This included visiting another school and competing against other local schools in the 2017 Da Vinci Decathlon.The host this year was Flinders Christian College in Carrum Downs. There are eight students in each team, ten events and a main topic which was “Power”. At this state level Woodleigh competed against another twenty schools from around the region.
As we were driving through the gates, it was like a ghost town with high fences. We were welcomed by a student and the principal and then taken to the space we were using to compete in. We started not too long after we got there. The first events were: English, Art and Poetry, Science and Ideation. The next set of events were: Maths, Cartography and Creative Producers. The final set of events were: Code Breaking, General Knowledge and Engineering. My favourite events were Code Breaking and Ideation.
We won Ideation, came 2nd in Code Breaking and 3rd in Art and Poetry. Overall, we came 4th out of the twenty schools there, which was really impressive. Unfortunately, that meant we wouldn’t proceed to the next level, but we were very happy and impressed with ourselves (we even beat Haileybury). Overall, it was a fantastic experience and I would recommend it to anyone, especially if you are looking for a challenge.
I would like to thank Ms Pope for running this Activity, being a great coach and most of all making this all possible. Thanks also to Ms Kaindel and Ms Holt for driving us to and from Da Vinci.
Something you mightn’t know about Woodleigh is that every year, a small group of Year 7s go off to compete in an event named the Da Vinci Decathlon. It is an academic competition consisting of 10 events: English, Science, Art and Poetry, Ideation (problem solving), Cartography, Maths, Creative Producers, General Knowledge, Engineering and Code Breaking. Woodleigh won the Ideation category, came second in Code Breaking, and third in Art and Poetry.
This is the poem I wrote to answer the Art and Poetry question.
The bang of the gun hangs in the air,
Silencing all noise,
The world now grieves the wasted life,
For nothing can help him now.
And even as the soul is dying,
His anger is most fierce,
For no harm is done,
To his wrong-doer.
And this will go on,
Like time itself,
Until something is done.
CASS TUTTON – YEAR 9
Over the past semester, our Landscape Design class has been working on the makeover of the Homestead 6 portable building. After a brief brainstorm, we set off to Mornington Tip Shop and Bunnings to find all supplies needed. We thought long and hard about how we could add some colour to the dull building. Armed with native plants and creeping vines and a great abundance of free wood pallets, we began construction. A lot of the design was done on the job, and once given our freedom we had all sorts of ideas come to us. After many hard hours of labour, us young kids were proud creators of a new and welcoming Homestead exterior.
Our class also continued work on the construction of a boardwalk for the Brian Henderson Wildlife Reserve.
YEAR 9 GENERAL SCIENCE
TOM BURTON, RILEY PAUL & HARVEY ROCHE
This fun video explains the serious nature of the obesity epidemic.
JOEY BUTLAND – YEAR 10
The class was Software Programming with Mr Allsop. We studied HTML and CSS to create websites. We had to learn code, use Dreamweaver software and document the design and create process. My website features my own photography.
HARRISON CROFT – YEAR 9
At the start of this term, Mr Allsop tasked us with designing and building our own websites. The catch? We had to code it all ourselves. We got started using the online service Codecademy right away. It was a great foundation for learning HTML and CSS. After we’d done some work in Codecademy, we started our websites in Adobe Dreamweaver. We had about 8 weeks to finish this project, as well as accompanying documentation to describe what we did. I was the only Year 9 in this class so I’m sure some of the other guys knew quite a bit more about HTML and CSS than I did (in fact I knew nothing). But here is an image of one of my final pages.
In hindsight, I should have known that creativity is not my strong point, and thus spent more time actually designing my website, rather than fussing about with fancy code. The end product, I feel, is well optimized (mainly due to lack of features) yet still delivers the information required by a site of its type. I learnt a ridiculous amount this term, I came in with no knowledge of HTML or CSS, and am now able to code independently in both languages. This class has taught me to do deal with problems and figure out ways to solve them, rather than giving up or giving it to somebody else. It also unearthed a new hobby. I think I’ll definitely make more websites in the future.
ARCHIT 'SUNNY' ASAWA – YEAR 10 DALY COLLEGE, INDIA
Unlike what I had expected, the CityBound programme was totally different. It made me feel as if I am a man working in an office. Our rich task was 'Tastes of Melbourne'. That's all got to do with food and tourism. While visiting different famous places of Melbourne, we started exploring the food cultures of various places in Melbourne. It served a great job of keeping me busy all the time in Melbourne. I also learned to work in group and how to share work with different types of people. All the teachers were very friendly and the students were techno- savvy. Our group also got a chance to interview a brand manager of a famous company in Melbourne. We enjoyed facing lunch challenges, catching trams, crossing pedestrian just in the nick of time and much more. After days of research and walking and interviews, our rich task board looked awesome which gave me a deep feeling of satisfaction.
VISIT TO THE WOODLEIGH SCHOOL
Our group of exchange students were astounded to see the variety of flora and fauna as soon as we entered the school. We each got our student buddies in the School. We visited an animal reserve which was created in the school and we saw a variety of animals like quolls which are indigenous to Australia. We got to know about the aboriginal culture in Australia now and what it was like years ago. We were also amazed to see how modern and how techno-savvy the students of Woodleigh were when we attended some of their lessons. They rarely write and all their homework and notes are typed on Macs. Fortunately we got a chance to talk to the Principal of Woodleigh, Mr Jonathan Walter. We attended a Round Square program in which we had to compare how things like funerals and weddings are performed in India and Australia. We shared some of our observations about Aussies and their culture and what we found strange in them. Although we only went there once we enjoyed it a lot.
EXPERIENCE WITH THE HOST FAMILY
Staying with the host family, I got to know what real kindness and courteousness is. The house in which I was staying was very comfortable. The host family took care of my needs just like my real family but I did not forget to be independent and I also helped them in their daily chores and other daily things. Every night we had discussions over the dining table as to how the day went for everybody. I enjoyed staying with the family. I went to visit many tourist attractions whilst staying with the family. My host family was determined to make me enjoy everything in and around Melbourne. Some of the places we visited were the Melbourne Aquarium, Phillip Island and seeing a live AFL (Australian Football League) match at the MCG, the Moonlit Sanctuary and many more. Overall my experience in Melbourne was amazing and I did not get a chance to be homesick or get bored. These days were the best days of my life as I got to learn and enjoy at the same time and at the same place.
SPENSER PAUL – YEAR 12
My photos are meant to be enjoyed, and that’s the only way I would have it. My name's Spenser and I’m in Year 12. Taking photos on a medium such as 35mm Film gives you an appreciation for the process, makes you stop and think more than anything. Having only 36 photos that you can take is a liberating feeling. As you can only take so many photos it rewards patience and attention to detail. Something that is often neglected in 2017. These photos were taken on Foodie’s Camp in Term 1. I had my camera with me for most of the camp and tried to capture my environment around me.
YEAR 7 HUMANITIES
Throughout Term 1, Year 7 Humanities students developed their mapping skills, experiencing the life of a cartographer. To celebrate the end of the unit, Peter Aldenhoven gave Mark Adam's class an Indigenous Australian perspective, exploring how maps can also make connections to culture.
TEALIA HOLMES – YEAR 7
“ON YOUR MARKS! GET SET! GO!”
SIS swimming was off to a start. Adrenaline pumped through my body as I walked up to marshalling for my first ever SIS race representing Woodleigh.
I had little idea what to expect; in my head, I was running through the different things I needed to do. Standing on the block and looking out on the MSAC pool, I could feel the freezing wind whipping around me. Birds screeched and over their noise I could hear the Woodleigh Swim Team cheering for me. The starting gun went off, and I dived in. Dolphin kicking madly, I surfaced and began to furiously kick my legs, splashing water everywhere. I could hear the frenzied voices of the crowd encouraging everyone in the race, and pushed myself to go even faster. Nearing the finish wall, I tucked my head down and blocked out everyone else, there was just me and the water. I hurled myself at the wall, using all my remaining energy. I wanted to win this race for Woodleigh, and I was going to. I propelled myself to the finish, and smacked the wall with all my strength. I came up gasping for breath, taking in great gulps of air. When someone handed me the little blue ball indicating I came first, I was so surprised that I dropped it. It fell into the water with a little splash and started bobbing back the way I had come. I started to swim back, following the little blue ball. I managed to grab it though, and hauled my exhausted body out of the lukewarm water and into the icy breeze. I shivered, as the cold blast of air hit me.
It was a fabulous day, with everyone getting well into the team spirit. We may have not had the largest school, with Woodleigh being approximately 1/6 of the size of Saint Francis Xavier, and 1/4 of the size of Padua, but we didn’t let that get to us, trying our hardest and delivering: the U13 Girls Pennant and a 3-way win for the U13 Boys Pennant. Woodleigh came 3rd overall which was a real team effort, and an amazing result for everyone involved.
Thank you to Mrs Donaldson and Mr Macindoe for training and organising the team, and Mr Elmi, Ms Rudolph and Mr Davenport for helping out on the day. We can’t wait for next year’s carnival!
Results for U13s
The U13s Girls Team:
- Charlotte Gray (1st – 50m Freestyle B, 50m Butterfly, Medley Relay, Freestyle Relay)
- Momo Guest (3rd – 50m Breaststroke, Medley Relay, Freestyle Relay)
- Nikki Sartori (Freestyle Relay)
- Izzy Jones (Freestyle Relay)
- Tealia Holmes (1st – 50m Freestyle, 1st – 50m Backstroke, 2nd – 100m Freestyle, Medley Relay, Freestyle Relay)
The U13s Boys Team:
- Ethan Bam (1st – 50m Backstroke, 4th – 100m Freestyle, 2nd – 50m Breaststroke, Freestyle Relay, Medley Relay)
- Finlay Benallack (50m Freestyle B, Freestyle Relay)
- Callum Lee-Smith (Freestyle Relay)
- James Charlton (4th – 50m Freestyle, Freestyle Relay)
On Wednesday 14 July, a team of Year 7/8 students represented Woodleigh in the Victorian College Basketball Championships at Dandenong Stadium. Students involved were: Asher Magree, Nicholas Gordon, Joel Quick, Tom Lewis, Noah Barnes, Ben Fewster, Lachie Marshall and Jack Wittingslow-Miller.
The team competed in Division 2 along with 14 other school teams from across Victoria.
After being defeated by the barest of margins in game one against Flinders, the boys fought back strongly and managed to secure three successive victories over Berwick, Patterson River and Mornington Secondary Colleges. These wins catapulted the boys into the qualifying final where the winner would secure a place in the state finals to be held next month at MSAC.
In the final the team was pitted against an undefeated Berwick College, who have a strong Basketball Academy. We started strongly and registered an early 9-0 lead before Berwick responded well to share the lead at half time. It was an intense match and fatigue was definitely beginning to have an influence on the game. To our boys credit, they continued to work extremely hard and came away with the win (29–16).
All eight students made a valuable contribution to the team throughout the day and they are all very excited to be heading to the state finals at MSAC on July 31.
Well deserved, boys
AGHORT & MINIMBAH – LEADERSHIP ACTIVITY
AGHORT AND SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP STUDENTS
A group of Year 5 and 6 Minimbah students come to the Woodleigh farm every Wednesday, for five weeks, accompanied by Mr Boundy for their Activity sessions. They were an amazing bunch to teach. We all truly enjoyed having them up at the farm and working with each and every one of them.
They worked really well with both the animals and each other. They were calm and quiet around the animals and were always listening to the instructor, student or person speaking. The Minimbah students paid a lot of attention when we were talking about many things, including fleece.
The students were always eager to give things a try and we never heard one person say, “I don’t want to” or “I can’t”. They gave it a go no matter what it was, from holding a goat to sticking their hands inside a calf’s mouth.
Over the past few weeks we have done many things with the Minimbah students which include: doing a sustainability scavenger hunt, extracting strawberry seeds and planting them to grow a strawberry plant, showing them the calves and talking about dairy products. We instructed them on fleece and goat and sheep showing where we looked at the important things to look out for in these situations. We also took them on a tour of the Brian Henderson Wildlife Reserve.
Several of us were learning as we went as we didn’t know much about the farm and the animals— e.g. sheep and goat showing. We had to learn it first so we could then teach the Minimbah students.
Both the senior and junior students learnt a lot from each other. For example, we got taught by a Minimbah kid about why goat’s pupils are rectangular among several other things and, of course, we taught the Minimbah students lots of things. Well we hope we did, it was kind of our job.
It was a good opportunity for us to share leadership.
On the final Thursday of Semester 1 the Year 8 Round Robin Musicians performed to each other. Each group prepared a piece and then we all listened to what had been achieved. Many different styles of music were performed, ranging from Up Town Funk, Pirates of the Caribbean, Thomas the Tank Engine, Sky Rim and Variations on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
Despite a few nerves we were all very pleased with the students’ efforts.
Marney Pope, Michael Scott, John Beckley, Haydn Brown, Lisa Wallace and Anne Bridgeman
The Year 8 Music Teachers
CITYBOUND INDIVIDUAL ASSESSMENT
MIMI NUTT – YEAR 9
For my individual assessment, I chose to make a video, made up of small snippets from my days on CityBound. The video focuses on the ever-changing nature of the city. During the two weeks in Melbourne, it became very obvious to me that the city differs every day. There is not a day that is the same. When looking up in the city, you see buildings, sky and birds, all so peaceful. When you look back down at eye level, you’re surrounded by people, busy roads and public transport. Everything is moving and everything is changing. You never completely know what’s going to happen next and this is exciting.
ANTHONY AHTYPIS – YEAR 9
My individual project focused on various time lapses around the city. My primary focus of the project was to show that people who work in the city always seem to have their heads in their phone and don't take advantage of the beautiful surroundings. The fast pace takes over, and people move quickly, looking for their place in the world, yet they can't seem to look up. The music is a slow RNB type; I used this as I find it rather calming, which I use to show how although the city is constantly moving, you always seem to remain calm.
JAZZY EVENDEN – YEAR 9
Before I came on CityBound, Melbourne to me was just a pretty skyline on the horizon. I thought of Melbourne as an overwhelming vast rabbit warren of shops, streets and skyscrapers. I wasn’t confidant with public transport, and only rarely came to the city. On my first day up in the city, I reflected that “the city was a hive of activity, which I expected but wasn’t accustomed to.” As the days flew by on CityBound, I got to know the city streets more, and became familiar with using trams and trains. CityBound has broadened my knowledge of the city, public transport, and issues within our community by doing the Rich Task.
I really enjoyed learning about my rich task topic on Melbourne’s disadvantaged. I found by doing our two interviews I gained a lot of insight into our topic. The best interview was with Michael from Urban Seed. He talked a lot about the huge issue of homelessness in our city. He opened my eyes to the many different stories and reasons for homelessness. I have learned about the ever-increasing rates of homelessness in the city, especially for young people which is mainly caused by domestic violence. This issue is only going to increase with the rising house pricing market, which will make it harder for people to live in their own home and make it almost impossible for the homeless to improve their situation. I also enjoyed our second interview with Lorraine from Mobil Exxon. She provided us with great insight into Melbourne’s facilities for people to access the city in wheelchairs and those with other physical disabilities.
Throughout the two weeks, I have loved the lunch challenge. I found Degraves St to be the best place for lunches. It was a narrow, hustling, bustling street full of delicious smells, smoke and busker’s music. My favourite place was the noodle shop in which you got to choose your noodles, meat/vegetables and sauce to go with it. By doing the lunch challenge I got a chance to further explore the city and enjoy some different cultured foods.
Over the two weeks I have enjoyed visiting iconic places in Melbourne. My favourite iconic place was the courts as I found it very interesting to see how the courts run. I watched a very interesting case where forensic science was involved to discover whose fingerprints where on a weapon. The Urban Seed tour was also an eye-opening experience for me. I found the living conditions for the homelessness and the drug issues within Melbourne confronting but very helpful for our topic. The speech that was given on Thursday was also another eye-opening experience as I didn’t realise what an issue gambling was in our community. I enjoyed the iconic places visits for they were both intriguing and made me realise some issues in our society.
During my time up in Melbourne, I have learnt a lot and enjoyed working with my group. I think that we have worked very well together and am pleased with our final product. The fact that we were a big group of 6, made it hard for us all to come to interviews and participate, so we found it best to spit up so some could do surveys and others work on the board. During the two weeks, I have become more confident with public transport and much more familiar with getting my way around the city. I have really enjoyed my CityBound experience and now know there is much more to the city than just a skyline on the other side of Port Phillip Bay.
ROISIN O'CONNELL – YEAR 9
As part of her personal project while on CityBound, Roisin O’Connell created a video diary of her experiences and those of her group.