Newsletter 3rd December, 2021

Issue 38 - College Fruit Tree Orchard


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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 3rd December, 2021

Step-Up Program

The Step Up Program concluded today for those students in the 2022 Year 11 and 12 classes (2021 Year 10 and 11 students). They now begin their summer holidays and, particularly for the VCE students, individual preparation for their 2022 studies, including such things as reading their set English texts.

There remains one more week of Step Up classes for those students in 2022 Years 8 to 10 classes (2021 Years 7 to 9 students). All classes will be undertaking learning that is directly related to the 2022 course, so it is vital that students continue to attend and continue to strive to achieve their best.

We look forward to seeing all students for our Presentation Evening on Thursday 16th December, at the Town Hall. Students need to wear school uniform.

Activities Week

The first two days of Week 11 (December 13-14) students will be participating in two extra-curricula activities. The students have the choice of attending the Geelong Adventure Park and mountain bike riding at Harcourt. These two activities have been very well received by the students and we are excited to be able to facilitate the events as a reward for all their efforts this year and give them a break from screen time.

Booklists – online

Booklists are now available to access through our the College webpage and Compass. Hard copies are also available at the Front Office. We know there have been several families who are trying to get organised early in preparation for the 2022 school year and we apologise for the delay.

Year 7 Transition

Next week beginning Tuesday 7th December, Year 7 students for 2022 will spend full two full days at the College. We have been impressed by the number of students that will be attending next year and we thank the community for their continued support. Students will be able to meet their teachers and begin work and assessments in preparation for the 2022 school year.

Presentation Night

Presentation Night is scheduled for the 16th December at 7 pm – please arrive at 6.45 pm for seating. The location for the night is at the St. Arnaud Town Hall. Due to Covid requirements all attendees over the age of 16 years old are required to be double vaccinated.

Year 8 Attendance – Wednesday 8 December

The 2022 Year 9 students (2021 Year 8 students) will not be required at school on Wednesday 8 December. In 2022 they will be attending the NCTTC in order to undertake technology and trade subjects. As such, there are no timetabled classes at St. Arnaud Secondary College on Wednesdays during Step Up.

Vaccine Requirements

In accordance with the current guidelines from the Department of Education, all visitors to the school need to meet double vaccination requirements; this does include parents. Evidence of vaccination or medical exemption need to be shown at the Front Office. Families need to be aware many camps and excursions will need students to be vaccinated or evidence of a medical exemption. This is because of the vaccination requirements at venues and accommodation facilities used as part of camps or excursions, not because of a school requirement.

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.


Calvin Taylor & Russell Marland

Acting Principals

Year 8 Food Technology

This week in Year 8 Food Studies we were looking at why we eat and what is nutrition. We looked at eating to help build and repair our body and its systems, along with the 5 main nutrient groups of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals. This week we cooked Pasta Carbonara and Apple Crumble.

Year 8 Food Studies Pics...

Year 11 Food Studies

Year 11 Food studies students have begun their Unit 1 work looking at the origins of food.

Firstly, the students individually made Tahini and Honey cookies. These biscuits use a mixture of seeds (Pumpkin and sesame) and grains (Oats) that would have been important ingredients grown in Mesopotamia.

Then the students made Chicken Tacos.

Wheat was one of the first cereal crops to be domesticated and cultivated in the region of ancient Mesopotamia. 

Early agriculture: 

  • In 5,000 BCE Sumerian farmers developed irrigation canals which allowed wheat to grow. 
  • Corn was grown in Mesoamerica from 3500BCE (Before Common Era)
Food Studies Pics...

2021 Presentation Night

Thursday 16th December, 2021
Commencing - 7.00pm sharp


School Sports Singlets and Polos

Over the past couple of years the College has purchased sets of green and yellow sports singlets and polos for students to use at sports events but unfortunately they do not always return. If any families have seen a singlet or polo floating around the house that you have no idea where it came from, or know it is not yours could you kindly return these to Beau Knight (clean or not) at the College. This will ensure they can be used in the future.

Community News

Careers & Pathways - 3rd December, 2021

2022 St Arnaud Secondary College Booklists

Booklists are now available to access through our College Webpage and Compass as well as this edition of the eNews.  Please see the links below:

How to order your resources online

2022 Year 7 Booklist

2022 Year 8 Booklist

2022 Year 9 Booklist

2022 Year 10 Booklist

2022 VCE/VCAL Booklist

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