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From the principal. I would like to add my congratulations to Georgina Jackson, Jazzie Negrello and the Cobden Technical School Lawn Bowls team for being recognised in the 2016 Corangamite Shire Youth Awards. Georgina received her award in the Visual Arts category in recognition of her talents and passion for photography. Jazzie received an Individual Community Service award for her extensive involvement in the local community through the Youth Council and as a volunteer and organiser of various local events. Our Lawn Bowls Team received their Corangamite Shire Sport (Group) award for winning the State Championship in 2015, competing against both regional and metropolitan schools. The following excerpts are the “Judge’s Comments on the winners”
Georgina Jackson – Visual Arts
All the entries in this category were really impressive and I’d like to encourage each and every one to keep practising and finding their creative voice. My task was to choose just one so my decision is to award it to Georgina Jackson. Georgina has an eye for communicating where she lives through her photography. She has a good understanding of light, colour and composition and her images tell the story of her life. It’s important to interpret where we live or what our story is through art, and I encourage Georgina to continue to dig deep into her passion for capturing the landscape and life around her.
Jazzie Negrello – Community Service (Individual)
The young person selected to receive the award this year is an example to us all in terms of their willingness to give up so much of their personal time to service their community both locally and on a statewide level. This persons’ involvement in the community is extensive. They participate in local government as a Youth Councillor & member of Dan Tehan’s Reference Group, they are always a willing volunteer to organise local youth events including the Rainbow Run, Battle of the Bands and Movie Days, they provide support & encouragement for their peers as a mentor in the Dream Catcher Program – where they are known for their compassion & empathy, as well as supporting local sporting clubs in various voluntary capacities including as a volunteer for the Sarah Wall’s Netfit program.
In addition to all of this, our young achiever also makes time in their busy schedule to make a weekly visit to spend time with an elderly neighbour – this visit being one of the highlights of his week. There is no doubt that Jazzie Negrello is dedicated to servicing the communities of Corangamite and is a very worthy recipient of the 2016 Youth Award for Community Service by an Individual.
Finally, the Cobden Technical School Lawn Bowls Team – Sport (Group) Outstanding result to win the School Sport Victorian State Championships and competing against both regional and metropolitan schools. Well done to all the team members (picture are Brad and Jayde Campbell and Jack Hookway)
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At the end of last term, 14 students along with Ms Formby, Mr Simmonds and Veronica Hickey travelled to Indonesia on the first Cobden Technical School Indonesian Tour.
We landed in Bali and were picked up at the airport by Agung, our host for the next five days. We stayed in Ubud in Central Bali and took part in various tours and activities. We travelled to Kintamani for a view over the mountains, visited the monkey forest where Sophie Hickey made a new monkey friend and rode bikes down from the mountains stopping along the way to learn about rice fields and how local people live.
We also learnt Balinese dance, self-defence and bargained in the local markets. A highlight was spending a day at a local children’s support centre, where children from poor families and kids with disabilities attend classes and receive support and guidance. During the morning we helped tidy the teachers’ room, worked in the vegie garden, prepared food for lunch, helped with the students in the classrooms and Simmo and Veronica even did some concreting.
On Friday September 16 we headed down from Ubud to Waterbom Park. After a few hours of water slides and swimming we flew out to Yogyakarta, Java. We were met at the airport by our host families and then we headed to our individual homes. The students really enjoyed the time with my family and look forward to continuing contact with them for a long time to come.
We spent our next week dividing our time between our host families, our sister school and places around Yogyakarta. We visited the temples of Borobudur and Prambanan, went shopping for goods needed for a local support centre and went to the Kraton, the king’s palace.
In the evenings we had the chance to hang out with our families and other students from Cobden Technical School. We had spa and facial treatments, went to the local shopping malls, went to the movies, sang at the Happy Puppy Karaoke centre and rode crazy illuminated pedal cars around the city square.
We rode becaks (three wheeled pedicabs) around Yogyakarta and went shopping … a lot. There were traditional items to bargain for along with anything else you could wish for in the shops and markets.
Thanks to Mr Simmonds, Veronica Hickey and Mr Keert for coming along on the tour and helping to make it happen. Students are encouraged to listen out when plans are made for the next tour in 2018 and get on board.
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Toward the end of Term 4 it has been a part of our school’s program to conduct upgrade classes for students entering or continuing VCE studies. This has provided a start on VCE Units 1 and 3, commencing subject coursework so that students understand the nature of the subjects they have selected, and so that they can do some productive work over the summer break.
This year we will extend this program to become a whole school upgrade for all students. This means that Year 7 students will commence their Year 8 subjects, Year 8 students will commence Year 9 studies, and so on throughout the school.
This means that we effectively end 2016 classes a week early for Years 7 to 10, and remove the end of year activity program, to create the 10 days of upgrade program for all students. Doing this will make staffing the program easier, and students in Year 10 that take on a VCE subject will not miss classes to attend the upgrade. Although students may not have their textbooks, teachers will provide meaningful learning experiences in keeping with the course outline for each subject.
It is expected that all of our current Year 7 to 11 students will attend the upgrade program as they will be normal school days, and are part of the normal attendance days.
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We seek your support as families of students at the school to ensure that correct uniform is worn. When your child does not have the correct uniform, a note should be provided for your child’s Mentor (House Group teacher). Uniform…
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Congratulations to all winners of awards at local Club level, well done.
- Cobden Bombers Football - Leading Goal Kicker - Sam Giblett
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Congratulations to Jack Hookway, Mitch Reed and Joshua Worboys on their selection into the Ballarat Rebels Football U15 boys team which recently competed at Moe.
Also congratulations to Brett Robbins on his selection in the Geelong Falcons Football team, which also recently competed in the Country Cup. Brett received a medal for his best on ground performance.