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!


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