Newsletter 12th November, 2021

Issue 35


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We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and pay respect to the ongoing living cultures of First Peoples.


Principals' Report 12th November, 2021

VCE Exams

Year 12 students have nearly come to a finish with only one exam remaining. The last exam occurring on Wednesday 17th November. All students have taken on the exams with maturity and we wish those who are yet to finish all the very best with their final exam.

Year 12 Graduation Dinner

Year 12 students and their parents/guardians have been invited to attend a Year 12 Graduation dinner on Thursday 18th November. This event will be held at the St. Arnaud Racecourse in compliance with Covid operational guidelines. Invitations have been emailed and sent via the regular post; RSVPs are due back on Monday 15th November. If any parent/guardian has not yet received and invitation, they should contact the Year 12 Coordinator, Mrs. Rebecca Reynolds.

Year 10 Work Experience

Year 10 students will commence Work Experience next week. This is a critical time for students to begin thinking about their future career pathways and gain experience in the field of their choice. We wish them all the best.

Years 9 & 11 Exams

During Week 7, students in Years 9 and 11 will be undertaking their end of year examinations. These provide an important opportunity for students to experience formal assessment situations and get final feedback on knowledge developed in subjects throughout the year and Semester 2 particularly.

Student Free Day

Friday the 19th November will be a student free day. This will provide teachers with the opportunity to prepare for the College’s Step-Up program beginning Week 8 (22nd November 2021) and finishes on the 3rd December for Year 10 and 11 students and the 10th December for Year 7-9 students. This will prepare students with their 2022 studies, many classes starting and finishing a work task.

Year 9 Attendance NCTTC

There are only two days remaining for Year 9 students attending the NCTTC those dates are Wednesday 17th November and Wednesday 1st December. On the other Wednesdays, when they are not attending Charlton, students should be attending St. Arnaud Secondary College, where they can receive additional support for their ongoing work.

COVID-19 Requirements on-site

When on site, all staff and students are required to have a mask, engage in social distancing and be using hand sanitiser in and out of the classroom unless a medical certificate is supplied. In line with COVID operational requirements the following activities can resume: school assemblies, formals, graduations and other ceremonies (including events held off school premises and/or with parents/carers and other guests), NCTTC (with a modified timetable), Year 10 work experience, school tours, visitors (consistent with vaccination requirements and other health and safety controls) excursions, swimming and other pool use, incursions (vaccination requirements apply), camps and overnight stays, transition, and interschool activities.

Year 7 2022 Enrolments

Just a reminder, that if families have not received an enrolment pack, they are available at the General Office here at the Secondary College. It would be greatly appreciated if enrolment packs with all required documentation could be returned as soon as possible.

Thank you, Mrs. Ezard

During this term, Mrs. Ezard has retired from her work with the school. She has contributed enormously to the school over 23 years, in Educational Support, both in the Science, Library, Food Technology and other roles throughout her tenure. She began her career as ES support in 1995. We wish her all the very all the very best for her retirement.

Remembrance Day

St. Arnaud Secondary College hosted a Remembrance Day celebration, every year at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month we pause to remember those men and women who have served and those who have died in all wars and peacekeeping operations. School Captain, Berrie Walsh, hosted the occasion though a whole school Webex beginning with the importance of why we remember and finishing with a minute of silence.

Calvin Taylor & Russell Marland

Acting Principals

Year 11 Outdoor and Environment Studies Excursion

Outdoor Ed Excursion Pics...

In the afternoon on Wednesday 10th of November, the Year 11 Outdoor and Environment Studies students went to Lake Wooroonook for an outdoor practical experience. Students are looking at the human impacts on the environment, with some good examples evident at Lake Wooroonook which can inform their journal assessment. We had a BBQ lunch with some snacks, but the weather was discouraging for any water events. Josie and Skye hopped in their blow-up rafts for a short moment and Ned looked to go fishing, but the hook never entered the water. We spoke about the different things that will be in their journal whilst there to gain a practical understanding. We returned to school by 3:05pm. 

India Griffith

Girls Cross Country Team Places 3rd

Back in Term 3, St. Arnaud hosted the Loddon Mallee Region Cross Country carnival.

Our 16 Yrs Girls team consisting of Keegan Amos, Morgan Shields, Phoebe Hendy and Charli Young placed third. Unfortunately, they were not presented medallions on the day due to a shortage, but we have since received them.

Congratulations girls on your efforts at the Loddon Mallee Cross Country!

Year 9 Science - Body Systems

Like those of other multicellular organisms, human body systems work together to keep you alive. Each body system is made up of organs with specific functions. An important function of your body systems is to supply your cells with energy and nutrients, and to remove wastes that are produced. To achieve this, your body systems do not work independently of each other — they work together. This requires organisation, coordination and control.

Over the last few weeks, the students have been investigating the interdependence of the circulatory and respiratory systems, and the digestive system. The respiratory system allows gas exchange between cells and your environment; the circulatory system moves substances around and between body systems; the digestive system breaks down food and absorbs nutrients.

Year 9 Science - Body Systems Pics

Grade 6 Transition Day

Grade 6 Transition Day Pictures..

On Thursday the 4th of November, 22 Year 6 students from St. Patrick’s and St. Arnaud Primary Schools came to the College to experience their first day of Year 7. This day consisted of 4 periods of classes and then they left at lunchtime. Upon arrival students were given a name tag and greeted by staff at the College. Mr. Marland and Miss. Griffith then went through some housekeeping and what they were to expect for the day. To break the ice, we completed a ‘Marshmallow challenge’, creating a free-standing structure in 10 minutes. This tested the student’s abilities in a team setting, communicating and problem solving with other members. From here a quick school tour was conducted, although cut short due to time. Second period, students created scones with all the trimmings in the cooking room with Mrs. Reynolds in which they got to eat and share with others. Third period, students explored the Art room with Ms. Tehan, creating a magazine movement collage in which they got to keep. Lastly, students got to experience English with Mr. Lobley, participating in a game show task, testing their literacy skills. After this, students headed back to their school, excited for another day on Wednesday the 17th of November.

A big thank you to the teachers and education support staff that helped out on the day, it made the day run with ease.


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Careers & Pathways - 12th November, 2021

Office News

Pfizer vaccination clinic for students aged 12+ at the school

As part of the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out, all Victorians aged 12 years and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Getting vaccinated is the best way you can protect yourself, your family and our school community from further outbreaks and the spread of COVID-19.Vaccination is not mandatory, but it is highly encouraged, except where your medical practitioner advises you otherwise.
Our school is now offering the opportunity for all eligible students to be vaccinated through the Doctors in Secondary Schools program. You can make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination by contacting Mrs. Chapman at the College. Phone 54951811 or email Please do so by the end of school Friday 12th November. Consent Form to fill out and return.

Year 9 and 11 Exam Timetable