- ISSUE 9: THE ASTONISHER
- UN day
- Year 7 Maths Investigation
- Beanie festival
- Winter Musicale
- What does inclusion mean to you?
- The Art of a Novel
- A Symbol of Power
- Male vs Female Athletes' Salary Comparison Report – Independent Project Activity
- Yarrawonga Golf Camp
- Fishing Camp
- Photography Camp
- Mt Buller Snow Camp
- Falls Creek Snowsports Race Team
- Cross Country Ski Camp
- Snow Camps
- Pre-Driver Ed Camp
- ENERGISE AND REVIVE CAMP
- The Amazing Race
- Leather Workshop
- Horse Riding in the High Country
- Surf Camp
- Mt Hotham Camp
- Daylesford Dreaming
- And More Camps! Urban Adventure, Helping Hands, Bay Play, Gunnamatta Horse riding, NT and Arapiles!
ISSUE 9: THE ASTONISHER
Dear Parents, Students and Friends,
Enjoy this peek at some of the interesting and incredibly diverse learning experiences from Term 3, in the ninth edition of ‘The Astonisher’.
Activities Week camps have been a highlight yet again, with Drama performances, Athletics highlights and all manner of in-class experiences providing a huge array of challenges for our students to investigate and overcome.
Have a wonderful holiday break. We'll see you back, refreshed and revived, for a huge Term 4!
Head of Senior Campus
Year 7 students produced some fantastic work for the unit 'The Art of a Novel'.
CREATIVE RESPONSE TO 'PARVANA' BY DEBORAH ELLIS
ANITA LANG – YEAR 7
CREATIVE RESPONSE TO 'PARVANA' BY DEBORAH ELLIS
INIDIGO GARDE – YEAR 7
CREATIVE RESPONSE TO 'THE IRON MAN' BY TED HUGHES
LUKE REYNOLDS – YEAR 7
CREATIVE RESPONSE TO 'THE IRON MAN' BY TED HUGHES
BEN FILIPPONE – YEAR 7
The 7CD English class voted on creating a piece that explores the Woodleigh leaf. Students wrote two lines of poetry each, then put them all together in a random order.
During the Unit 4 Activities I decided to complete my own independent project researching the gender pay gap between male and female participants.
In today’s society gender pay gap is a constant issue that commonly gets overlooked. Especially in sports. If you were unaware, the gender pay gap in sports is at an all-time high. There is a significant difference between males and females earning in sports, in the list of the top 100 highest paid athletes in the world there is only one women (Serena Williams) who is listed at 51st, the other 99 highest paid athletes are all men, which I find ridiculous. Here are some comparisons.
The 2016–2017 NBA most valuable player (Russell Westbrook) earned $28.5 million from a player’s contract.
The 2017 WNBA most valuable player (Sylvia Fowles) earned $109,000 from a player’s contract.
Although male basketball players earn a substantial amount more than female players they do play 48 games more than WNBA players in the regular season, which is more than double their games, trainings and meetings.
Even the most skilled WNBA players earn just a fraction of what an NBA player who is benched for the majority of the season would earn.
WNBA = 34 games a season
NBA = 82 games a season
For the US women's football team, their win in the 2015 World Cup got them a $2m (£1.5m) reward. Meanwhile in the male version of the tournament, the winners were handed $35m (£26.5m) just a year earlier.
The highest paid PGA (professional golf association) golfer is Justin Thomas who is earning US$9.9m
The 10th highest paid PGA golfer is Brian Harman, who is earning US$4.3m which is more than the highest paid LPGA female golfer which is Sung Hyun Park who is only earning US$2.3m
In conclusion the gender pay gap in our world is something that needs to be looked at and changed for the better, we can’t have equality in our society if things aren’t equal!
Golf Camp was an exuberating and fun-filled adventure. Despite being an extremely rural country town, Yarrawonga was full of life and energy.
Although the resort was a tad outdated, many memories were created and so much fun was had. Many of us were dreading the idea of walking around the golf course for hours but it turned out to be a great bonding experience. Many of us were ultimate beginners and, as we continued to play, we improved. I would recommend Golf Camp to anyone of all ages and experience. It has a chilled and social environment that included everyone.
Golfer of the Week – Year 11
As we got on the bus, away from the freezing cold weather, we started talking about where we were going, Lakes Entrance. Once we got there we found out what cabins we were in. It was the Year 7s in one cabin, Year 8s and 9s in another cabin and just Year 9s in another.
On the second day we went fishing on the grassy banks, but we had to leave early as fire trucks arrived because some random people, in a light blue Ford, came and started fishing, lit a fire and then drove off. So we went somewhere else where there was a lot of eels. On the second last day we went back to the grassy banks and caught thirty plus fish, one after the other. On the way home on the bus, we were all exhausted, but after stopping at Macca’s for breakfast we were all hyped up. When we got back to school we were greeted by our family and friends. We all had a lot of fun.
The Activities Week Photography Camp brought out some exceptional creative talent. Click on the images below to view Rory's, Celeste's and Marlon's digital portfolios.
You Beauty!!! How good was Mt Buller camp? Five epic days of skiing and snowboarding. We went from sliding down the mountain on our faces, to doing jumps and 360s and ultimately getting down the slopes without falling over. Sprinkle in some epic banter and you’ve got the Beginners Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding camp.
Just when we thought we were on the improve, we would catch sight of Miss Mac nailing a 360 or get a face full of snow from Mr Geisler. It may sound like all laughs but the challenge always kept us on our toes (or butts). At the lodge we were able to make heaps of new friends and chat about some of the best stacks of the day. Looking back on the week, we had good snow, great times and amazing people.
Ben Myatt and Gretel Friedlander
I had a brilliant time at the Snowsports camp. We got to ski every day for the whole week. In the mornings we had lessons for four hours, lunch at the lodge, and then a free ski in the afternoon.
The lessons were heaps of fun, some days we would be training on the race course and other days we would be touring the mountain. My favourite part of the camp was the lessons, we had a great teacher who gave us some really helpful tips on how to improve our skiing. I think that this camp will be really great for anybody who loves skiing and would like to improve, or is already really good and would like to compete in the interschools. Even if you are really good at skiing, you will still be challenged in the lessons. I wish I could have stayed longer because it was so much fun and I would love to do this camp again next year.
Cross Country Ski Camp was an amazing experience into this unique way to explore the snowy wilderness. We spent most days skiing out to a beautiful place to stop and have lunch, then we would return. On the first day, we went out on the local tracks and practised (some learnt) to ski! On the last day, we caught the bus up to Hotham then skied all the way back to Dinner Plain. This was definitely my highlight of the camp. The good thing about this camp is seeing how much I improved my skills over the camp. Personally, I came into the camp as a beginner and by the end, I was confident about skiing on blue runs.
Going into this camp I didn’t have any of my close friends with me but by the end, I was chatting with people I never knew before the camp. Overall the camp was a great start to my Activities Week camp program and I highly recommend it to anyone considering it.
Seeing snow for the first time is enchanting, feeling it crunch under your feet is exciting and having your friends tackle you into last night’s soft, powdery snow is absolutely perfect. With my face pressed up against the icy glass, dozing on the bus ride to Mount Hotham, I woke up to a tap on my arm and stared in awe at a wintery landscape coated with something a bit like icing sugar. Lucky for me, I was about to spend the next week falling onto, tripping over, faceplanting into (and sometimes managing to glide atop of) this glistening, snowy sheet with some wonderful people.
Skiing through the snow tipped trees of Dinner Plain, Paw Paw Plain and even the enormous journey from Mount Hotham back down to Dinner Plain, gave both experienced and inexperienced skiers alike the opportunity to escape into a Narnia like world. With our lovely and knowledgeable guide, Colleen, we skied, skated and tried to tally-mark our way up and down the winding hills of the Alpine National Park and for five days, laughing at and helping each other up along the way. Everything from getting out and skiing in the freshly fallen morning snow to getting back to the lodge, having a nice warm shower and then playing pool all night made the camp so much fun but it was getting to know the people we were with which made the camp so enjoyable.
We began the week tripping over our own skis and we finished it having made friends with some beautiful people (and being slightly better skiers!).
This Activities Camp Week, I chose the Driver Education camp. Going into this camp I was excited yet nervous to be hitting the roads with my friends, but happy to be in the hands of qualified driving instructors to teach us the rules of driving and how to properly drive.
We started off the week with getting to school at around 8:45am, once we were all ready we hopped on the bus and made our way to the Metec driving school in Bayswater North. When we arrived we spent an hour on theory work, being taught about the road rules, once that hour was up we hopped into our groups and found our cars and started driving with our instructors. All of us students learnt to drive in a manual, at times it was difficult to figure out some things but overall it was a much more fun driving experience! Once that hour was up, we had lunch and got back into the cars for another hour. We finished the day off with another theory session with Darren, then made our way back to Woodleigh to go home.
Throughout the week we followed the same routine but each day we learnt something new on the road and in the classroom. We completed a list of different tasks in the car such as reversing, parking, 3 point turns, comprehensive manual driving and the list goes on. To top the week off in the last day we did an ABS braking test with all the instructors, and that was a lot of fun! The whole week was amazing.
I want to say a big thank you all the instructors and staff that helped us improve and learn so many new driving skills, especially car 3’s instructor Daryl, thank you Daryl! And thank you Ms Stuart for setting up the week, wouldn’t have been as fun without you! I would recommend this camp to any Year 9 and 10s who are interested in doing this camp next year, definitely a worthwhile experience. It will be hard for next year to top it!
For Activities Week 2018 a group of 12 to 13 students travelled from Woodleigh to the Metropolitan Traffic Education Centre (METEC) at Bayswater North every day to learn the ins and outs of driving. The days were divided up into theory work and driving safely and practical driving sessions. Our instructor was called Darren, he was a funny, chatty guy with an enthusiasm for teaching new drivers the basics of the road and keeping us safe from stupid mistakes.
For the theoretical part of the week we learnt road law, such as different road signs, right of way and the role of the police on the road, car maintenance, where we learnt the importance of knowing our own car, examining the engine and the benefits of being able to maintain or mend our car, and safety on the roads, such as the danger of distractions while driving like music or phones, fatigue, being aware of everything around you and alcohol and drugs.
Darren would show us videos and slide shows to illustrate the importance of road safety and to teach us right of way, we also learnt what it would look like if we were on drugs or alcohol with the help of special green goggles, a glass of water and some traffic cones.
For the practical driving sessions we would be divided into smaller groups each with an instructor and drive around the course for 2 hours a day, usually every student had 40 mins a day each although on Thursday we had 50 mins each. Most of the time we all drove manual cars which was initially a challenge since we often had to do 5 things at once such as indicate, change gears, head check, remove our left foot from the clutch slowly etc. My group was able to drive an automatic on Tuesday. The course had sharp turns, traffic and railway lights, stop signs, a round-about, hills (where we learnt and performed a hand brake exercise), dips, bends and areas to practise skills such as 3-point turns, side parking, reversing through cones, snaking through cones, supermarket parking and braking exercises.
The most fun I had on the camp was probably our classroom conversations, driving on Wednesday (one of the instructors ordered his driver to follow me wherever I went which although was annoying and slightly stressful it was also pretty funny, I should have tried to lose them by snaking through the cones!) and just the thrill of getting behind the wheel for the first time in my life!
This camp has undoubtedly taught me much about driving, road law and road safety. Our thanks to Darren who has supported and taught us so much during this camp and made us laugh more than once!
Over the week I really loved the yoga and meditation. I never before considered yoga as something that I’d enjoy. I felt like after these sessions I was more relaxed and had a positive energy. Over the week I worked on a passion project in our amazing accommodation. I created a painting that I had started at home, it was great to be surrounded by other people working on creative projects at the same time.
Working together to produce nutritious and good quality group dinners was great fun. We needed this energy as most days we went bike riding through the local bush. We even caught a Steam Train from Castlemaine to Maldon with our bikes one day, and then rode all the way back.
I loved this camp, especially the yoga and the time allocated for personal projects. The yoga allowed me to relax and re-energise for the rest of the day to come. I am utilizing the yoga skills that I learnt throughout this camp – including the visit to the Ashram – now back at home. It was special to get time to work on a personal project that I don’t normally get time to work on. I did a painting inspired by the concept of dreams. Hepburn Springs was an inspiring creative place, cold(!) but beautiful.
Monday morning, the race begins...
Google Maps became our best friend as we traversed the city to get to the required locations. Our creative sense was utilised as the heart of our team was born: Samuel, the golden Eureka tower. Our first activity of the week was an exciting and intense game of lawn bowls. The second day brought with it fast paced go karting, with students battling it out against the teachers not only on the real, but virtual track. At the end of each day, checking in, and the lack of, put a strain on the team. Bouncing and dancing our way to victory, our ‘funky’ moves earned us pity points while our awesome flips and dips brought us to the top. And now, as the week comes to a close, we are excited to learn our final scores.
Pia Murray and Team Eureka (who were the overall winners)
I chose to do the Leather Workshop Camp as I was interested in creating something out of leather. I had so many ideas, but I didn’t know which one to choose. After talking to Kylie our instructor, I decided to make a clutch and a wallet. I made a diagram of what I wanted to make using correct measurements. I cut the pieces from the hide and embellished them with stamping techniques, making it unique.
The most challenging experience was sewing the pieces together because I didn’t want to miss a stitch, and I was hand stitching. After stitching my pieces my fingers were numb, but it was worth it because my creations looked amazing. This camp taught me a lot about myself and what I can do if I put my mind to it. I absolutely loved every moment and wish I could do it all over again.
High Country Horse Riding was a great experience, from riding through rivers to forests, including amazing views and bonds with people throughout all year levels. I personally learnt so much whilst horse riding such as trotting, cantering, steering and more. We all made strong bonds with our horses and it was hard to say goodbye. High Country Horse Riding is a camp I will never forget.
Surf Camp at Anglesea was an amazing week of recreation, relaxation and returning to nature.
Twenty excited Year 7–10 students enjoyed an awesome week of different activities including surfing, mountain biking, hiking, tree surfing and an indigenous walk and talk. We also had a freezing ‘Polar Bear Challenge’ for the bravest of the brave. We prepared our own delicious food and shared meals in groups.
An adventure to remember - not only for the late night visit to the hospital for a suspected broken wrist!
Obviously, we couldn’t have had such a super camp without the friendly and supportive teachers who came on camp with us - a huge thanks to Ms Robinson and Mr Allsop.
Overall, this was an excellent camp where we learned new skills, honed existing ones and forged new friendships.
Kowabunga, dudes and dudettes!
I went to Mount Hotham this year for my Activities Camp. Every day we had an hour lesson in the morning and in that lesson, I learnt how to carve and how to improve my turns.
We also got time to ski in our friendship groups which was a lot of fun. I got to know the people in my cabin a lot better and also the people in my year level that I didn’t know too well. The benefit of going on a cross-aged camp is that you can make friends in different year levels. I really enjoyed it.
Some musings from this term's Daylesford Dreaming Writers' Camp...
So this is the life I'd forgotten?
The vibration while driving and seeing the trees whiz by.
The sound of the fridge humming all throughout the night.
The pain of stubbing your toe against the table leg and trying not to scream.
The joy of being around people that make you laugh, and the pride of making them wheeze of hilarity until their face is red.
Having your Mother tell you to wash your hands after eating Cheezels, but just licking off the orange residue instead. And missing her when you leave to study something you don’t care about.
Trying coffee for the first time as a kid, because you thought it was chocolate milk, and spitting it right back out again.
Playing an innocent game of Monopoly with friends and family, but having it end with unprecedented rage and maddened laughter from the champion.
Giving your whole heart to someone, because you’re too young to know that love at first sight doesn’t exist.
Falling asleep as soon as you come home from school, only to wake again to the smell of dinner cooking and stumbling out of your room like a zombie to eat.
Finding something as a teenager, and becoming absolutely obsessed with it, then finding all of your posters and merchandise decades later and remembering every detail, as if you never stopped loving it.
Getting a strike in bowling at your 12th birthday party and having all of your friends cheer for you, despite the fact that you aren’t even close to winning.
Learning the word ‘antidisestablishmentarianism’ exists, and spending the rest of the day trying to spell it.
Dear User, your laptop has been on for 5 days.
Dear User, your camera has been on for 5 days.
Dear User, you haven’t left your room for 5 days.
Dear User, your microphone has been on for 5 days.
Dear User, you haven’t stopped crying for 5 days.
Dear User, you haven’t closed google in 5 days.
Dear User, you have been at some concerning sites for 5 days.
Dear User, you haven’t closed messages in 5 days.
Dear User, you haven’t texted anyone in 5 days.
Dear User, I am worried.
This Caked Face
Behind this caked-on face I hide, too scared to look inside. This caked-on face keeps me safe. Keeps me confident keeps me sane. As I apply this lipstick, I find it’s not me trying to hide, but instead an expression of who I am inside.
‘THUMP! THUMP! …’ is the sound of my tired feet and my pounding heart. I feel sweat dripping down my neck, drenching my clothes. The trees are whipping menacingly in front, the markings appear like faces watching every move I make. My house looms somewhere far in front of me, too far. I jump at every sound, reminding myself of what lies behind. I glance back and hear boots scrambling up the steep hill, the muffled voices out of breath. I push myself to keep going, breathless. The sun burns as I tackle another hill. My throat, parched, is begging for water. I see a water fountain in the distant park, but I know I need to keep going. I mustn’t stop for anything now, I need to get home. I need to see my family for one last moment, I need to tell them that I love them one last time…