Monthly Archives: July 2017

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”


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!


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, 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!


Welcome to Semester Two


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

Anne Morrow Linbergh


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.

Have a great week!