Welcome Back to Term 4

 

“It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about”

`Henry David Thoreau

Term 4 in schools is always a hive of activity and this year will be no different. The challenge for all of us at Kardinia is making sure that we are busy doing what is the most important work. Of course, for all of us, that work is student learning. This term will see students and staff working closely together across the College as we all try to maximise the amount and quality of learning experiences available.

Our younger students in Pre-School and our Year 6 students will be busy preparing for the transition to their next stages of learning in the Junior School and Senior School respectively. Our Year 6 students will also be heavily focussed on their upcoming PYP Exhibition on October 31 which marks the end of their journey in the life of the Primary Years Programme. This is a significant event as our students embark on their own individual and collaborative inquiries and work with staff to take action in their chosen area of interest.

In the Senior School we have our Year 12 students juggling the challenge of preparing for their final exams and enjoying their last few months as school students. We will continue to emphasise the importance of balance to our oldest students as they deal with the pressures that are associated with Year 12 exams. Balance in the form of getting plenty of sleep and rest, ensuring they make the time for relaxation with family and friends and maximising their study time so that they are able to do themselves justice in their final exams. Not an easy task but one that we are all very experienced with and one we take very seriously.

This weekend also marks the beginning of what we hope becomes a Kardinia tradition. In the past we have had reunions spread out across the school year but for the first time we will set aside an entire weekend each year, the first weekend of term 4, for Kardinians to come together. This week begins with our now annual Parent Development Spring Ball on Friday night, followed by our 5 and 10-year reunions on Saturday night and concluding on Sunday afternoon with a staff reunion. The students and staff reunions will both take place at the College.

I look forward to seeing many parents at the Spring Ball on Friday evening and at the various end of year events that we have scheduled throughout the term.

 

All the very best for a productive and enjoyable term 4!

David

International Mindedness

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

– Nelson Mandela

International Mindedness: How can you help develop this in your children?

International Mindedness is one of the Kardinia cornerstones and one reason many parents have chosen to send their children to our College. International Mindedness is something that we try to embed in both the curriculum at Kardinia and also within our co-curricular and camp programs. We also have a teacher Professional Learning Community as well as a student initiated community (Council for Global Representation) who both meet regularly to look at defining what international mindedness at Kardinia means and how we can better develop this mindset across our community.

In short, international mindedness is understanding, respecting and valuing one’s own culture as well as other cultures. It is embracing diversity and seeking out and respecting different perspectives. Parents can help develop international mindedness in their children in a variety of ways. Reading stories from around the world and watching foreign films and documentaries is one way to explore different cultures and perspectives together. Learning a new language is also a window into another culture and with all students at Kardinia having the opportunity to learn a second language, why not take advantage of this and discuss current global issues from the perspective of the country whose language they are learning.

The world we live in is fascinating and opportunities arise every day to explore issues from multiple perspectives. By introducing this habit into your children’s lives at a young age you will be doing your bit to further develop the concept of international mindedness in them. You might also be setting them up for a successful future in an increasingly global world.

 

Kardinia Spring Ball

The annual Kardinia Spring Ball is taking place on Friday, October 13 at The Pier, with tickets selling fast. It promises to be a wonderful evening and a great opportunity to meet other Kardinia parents as well as Kardinia staff members. This year we have some great raffle prizes as well Auction items so be sure to buy your tickets from the link below before they are sold out.

https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=308200

Have a great week!

David

Gotemba Nishi Exchange Visits

“The future is always beginning now”

  • Mark Strand

 

Over the past week we hosted a visit from 15 students and 2 teachers from our Sister School in Japan, Gotemba Nishi High School. The students attended school for the week and enjoyed spending time with their Kardinia host families exploring Geelong and the wider Bellarine area.

Next week we are fortunate enough to be able to return the visit by sending 16 students and 2 staff members to Gotemba Nishi for a week where our students will attend school and spend time with their Japanese host families.

These exchange visits play an important role in both building international mindedness amongst the students and host families and also in solidifying the partnership between our two schools. I would like to thank the Kardinia host families for their enthusiastic support of the program and for providing our visiting students with such wonderful memories.

I would encourage all students to keep an eye out for future exchange programs so that they truly do take advantage of the international component of our College.

Have a great week!

David

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Healthy Schools

Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much; Wisdom is humble”.

William Cowper

Healthy Eating Acknowledgement

Over the past twelve months, our Centrepoint Cafe staff, led by our manager, Sam Nevin, have been working towards improving our menu choices to meet Victorian regulatory requirements. I am delighted to share with you the following information that we received from the Healthy Eating Advisory Service this week:

Congratulations! The menu you have provided meets the requirements of the School Canteens and Other School Food Services Policy. This menu has been assessed by the Healthy Eating Advisory Service and meets the requirements of the Department of Education and Training’s School Canteens and Other School Food Services Policy”.

 We will ask the Advisory service to analyse our menu again in 2018 and continue to make changes aimed at improving the nutritional choices available to our students.

 

Have a great week!

 

David

Life-Long Learning

“In spite of all wanderings, happiness is always found within a narrow compass and among objects which lie within our immediate reach”

Bulwer

Life Long Learning

One of cornerstones at Kardinia is individuals as life- long learners”. As part of our commitment to this cornerstone all teaching staff at Kardinia belong to a professional learning community based around a strategic priority. These learning communities meet on a monthly basis after school and involve our teachers inquiring into a range of strategic priorities such as: flexible learning spaces, the effective use of data, formative assessment, increasing the number of girls taking STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects, international mindedness and many more. In the case of our international mindedness learning community this has meant forming a partnership with our student led Council for Global Representation (CGR) and having students and teachers meeting to discuss this cornerstone and provide solutions to current challenges. This has been a wonderful example of how our entire learning community are working together to achieve our strategic goals. Over the remainder of the term Paul Dowie will be sharing the work of our professional learning communities through enews. Keep an eye out for these articles.

Voices for Change 1965-2000 by [Grout, James, Curran, Cecily, Peel, Geoff]

Another recent example of our staff commitment to life-long learning is three of our history teachers collaborating to write a text book for VCE History students. James Grout, Cecily Curran and Geoff Peel recently published, “Voices for Change: 1965-2000″. The textbook aims to provide VCE history students and teachers with a quality resource to support their learning. All current unit 4 VCE History students will receive a copy of the book for free and all proceeds from the first sale of the book have been kindly donated to the Staff Karen community refugee fund which will support our ongoing commitment to the local Karen refugee community.

Have a great week!

David

July 24

The secret of happiness is not doing what one likes to do, but in liking what one has to do”

-Sir James M Barrie

Strengthening our relationship with Gotemba Nishi

During the recent school holidays I was fortunate to be able to visit our Sister School, Gotemba Nishi High School, in Japan, and spend time with the Katsumata family and Gotemba Nishi staff. It was obvious that the relationship between our two schools is a very special one with Kardinia work and pictures prominent throughout the campus. I also had the opportunity to discuss the recent visit to Kardinia by a number of Gotemba students. All the students who had visited Kardinia and spent time in our College spoke with great enthusiasm about their experiences both at school and with their home stay families.

This year we had five Kardinia students spend a term at Gotemba Nishi, all of whom thoroughly enjoyed their experience. I would love for more of our students to take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience the Japanese culture and would encourage students to discuss this possibility with their families and their Japanese teachers. As I said to the Senior School students at the Assembly today, take advantage of what is on offer here at Kardinia and don’t sit back and watch these opportunities pass you by.

Sport Uniform now available at Bellarine Uniforms

I am delighted to inform the community that our Sport Uniform is now available through Bellarine Uniforms alongside the remainder of our College uniform. Bellarine have purchased the remaining stock from Canterbury and will be selling our Sport uniform going forward. I would like to thank the community for their patience over the past few months as we have dealt with this issue.

New Website for Young People Living with Food Allergies

 The Australian Assistant Minister for Health, David Gillespie, has encouraged the estimated 250,000 young Australians living with severe food allergies to ‘start a conversation’ with their peers via a new website.Â

Assistant Minister Gillespie said that research showed that many young people felt embarrassed to talk about their allergy with their peers. He said the Australian Government funded website, 250k.org.auaimed to address this:Â

 The website operates just like an app, and allows young people to develop their own avatar and use it to talk to their friends or others with severe allergies about their experiences. There’s also practical information for young people on how they can manage their severe allergy.

 He said that the website, developed under the National Allergy Strategy, could potentially save lives: Managing severe food allergies can be a significant challenge for teens and young adults, particularly in social situations, or when starting new relationships. If others are aware of their allergy and what to do, it can potentially save their lives in the event of a severe allergic reaction.

Have a great week!

David

Welcome to Semester Two

 

Only in growth, reform and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found”

Anne Morrow Linbergh

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Welcome Back to Term 3

A very warm welcome to term three to all families although the weather is certainly anything but warm at the moment! This term begins with school photos being taken throughout the College this week. All students should be aware of when they are scheduled for learning and tutor group photos. If you are unsure, please contact the respective Junior and Senior School Administration offices.

15 Year Service Awards

At the end of term 2, we held a celebration for all Kardinia staff who had reached 15 years of Service at Kardinia. The following staff members were acknowledged for their commitment to the students of Kardinia:

Julie Mason

David Aulsebrook

Michelle Ormrod

James Powell Tony Richardson

Sue Siketa

Paul Wigglesworth

Miki Okuda

 

Adolescents, Digital Media and Sleep Deprivation

The overuse of digital and social media by students is a concern for all parents and schools. The world’s first long-term assessment of mental health effects from adolescents late-night mobile use has shown some concerning results. Research conducted by Griffith University and Murdoch University tracked changes in late-night mobile phone use, sleep, and mental health indicators over three years in a large sample of Australian teens.

They found that adolescents late-night mobile phone use was directly linked to poor quality sleep, which subsequently led to poorer mental health outcomes, reduced coping, and lowered self-esteem.

The following link provides further details regarding the study along with some practical tips on how to work with your children on ensuring they develop good sleep habits during their teenage years.

https://app.secure.griffith.edu.au/news/2017/05/30/night-phone-use-a-danger-for-adolescent-mental-heath/

Have a great week!

David

Happy Holidays

 

“Persevere…..because on the road to success there is never a crowd on the extra mile!”

                                                                             Charity Gibsons

KICFEST Funds

 

Thanks to another highly successful KICFEST, we will be installing more reverse cycle air-conditioners across both Junior School and Senior School classrooms during both the June/July and September school holidays. KICFEST raised a profit of over $15000 this year and this combined with school capital funding will enable us to fast track our classroom air conditioning project. I would like to once again thank all parents who supported KICFEST this year and especially acknowledge the work of the KICFEST committee. Our classrooms will be more comfortable spaces as a result of your hard work and support.

 

Happy Holidays

 

As we near the end of the semester I would like to take this opportunity to wish all Kardinia families, a relaxing and enjoyable school holiday period. Our students have worked extremely hard once again this semester and will no doubt enjoy a well-deserved break. Term 3 is shaping up as another very hectic term so I would encourage all students to balance their holidays with relaxation, family time and a little schoolwork. Of course, this balance will be harder to achieve for our Year 12 students as they head towards end of year exams however, I do hope that our Y12 students take time out for themselves and their families and recharge their batteries ready for the busy period ahead.

Have a great holiday!

 

David

 

“Let’s Take The Next Steps”

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week celebrates and builds on the respectful 50 years since the 1967 referendum and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision. As we commemorate these significant milestones, we ask the Kardinia community to be part of the next big steps in our nation’s reconciliation journey.

Our Senior School students were treated to a moving and personal Sorry Day Assembly last Friday where we heard from three of our very own Aboriginal students. Ricardo Gallagher, Shimalya Turner and Shirley Turner shared their story with the Assembly and shared what Reconciliation Week meant to them. The Assembly concluded with a call from our Deputy College Captain, Gemma Crosby, for all of us to be part of the solution towards achieving true reconciliation.

The Assembly was another wonderful example of the Kardinia spirit in action and of our students living our motto of “Wisdom leads to respect and friendship”.

This week our student led Council for Global Representation (CGR) have organised variety of activities and events to help celebrate National Reconciliation Week and to build deeper understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. This is a significant week for all Australians and I encourage our students to take advantage of the opportunities this week presents to build understanding, respect and ultimately take action to be part of the solution towards achieving true reconciliation.

 

Canterbury Sport Uniform update

I am pleased to inform the community that we have negotiated with Canterbury and Bellarine Uniforms to have the Sport uniform sold from Bellarine Uniforms alongside our Academic uniforms. Bellarine Uniforms are in the process of purchasing the current stock from Canterbury and hope to have the items in the store in the coming weeks. Once the stock has arrived and is available to purchase I will inform the community. As stock levels of Canterbury items run out Bellarine Uniforms will replace all items with locally made garments of exactly the same design as the current Sport uniforms. This will ensure that stock levels are maintained and turnaround times between orders and production significantly reduced.

The sport uniforms will sell for roughly the same price as Canterbury sold them for online when the credit card fee and shipping costs are taken into consideration. Bellarine Uniforms have committed to holding current pricing for Academic and Sport uniforms until the end of 2018, which provides certainty for parents regarding both stock levels and pricing. I appreciate that this has been a rather difficult period for parents and students and thank the community for their patience as we have worked our way through these issues.

Have a great National Reconciliation Week!

David

 

 

Teacher Professional Learning Communities

All the world is my school and all humanity is my teacher”

George Whitman

One of the Kardinia cornerstones is the ideal of the individual as a life-long learner. This belief extends beyond our current students to staff and the wider community. Last week we held a highly informative cyber safety evening for parents as part of our continuing education program and we will continue to look for opportunities to keep parents informed on a variety of topics.

Our teachers have also been engaged in ongoing learning this year through our K-12 Professional Learning Communities. These communities meet on a regular basis after school and inquire into areas related specifically to our Strategic Plan. As a staff, we have found these learning opportunities to be a wonderful way to both learn from and with each other. Each Professional Learning Community consists of teachers from across the K-12 spectrum so it allows a topic to be discussed and analysed from a range of perspectives, which ultimately means that any school-wide decision that results from these communities has a K-12 lens.

Our 2017 Professional Learning Communities are inquiring into the following areas:

  • The use of College wide data to inform teaching and learning
  • Well-being
  • Teaching for Understanding and Visible Thinking (These groups are working through Project Zero which is part of Harvard University’s online learning program)
  • Boys in Education
  • Girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)
  • Flipped Learning
  • Formative Assessment
  • International Mindedness
  • Innovative Learning Spaces
  • The development of a Pedagogical Framework
  • Restorative Practices
  • Sustainability
  • ELearning

I look forward to sharing the work of the Professional Learning Communities with parents later in the year.

Have a great week!

David