As we find ourselves midway through Term 3, it is heartening to see our students enthusiastically embracing the diverse opportunities our school offers. Their active participation in various programs brings vibrancy to our campus and reflects their eagerness to learn and grow.

This week marked a captivating learning experience for our Year 9 students who ventured into the picturesque Dandenong Ranges for a Geography Fieldwork Trip. Their primary objective was to investigate the relationship between human and natural features. Through visits to sites like the Hardy Gully Nature Trail, Margaret Lester Walk, Coles Ridge Track, and Grant’s Picnic Ground, they meticulously observed, collected data, and analysed diverse features of the environment – from the atmosphere and soil to leaf litter, flora, and fauna.

In the realm of academic achievements, we proudly congratulate Kayla, Elizabeth, and Linda for securing coveted spots in the Monash Scholars Class of 2023 – 2025. This program, designed for high achievers, empowers students to explore their passions, develop essential study skills, and make informed decisions about their future paths. We thank them for sharing their journey with our Stage Community, inspiring their peers to strive for excellence.

Our students’ talents extend beyond academics, as demonstrated by their exceptional performances at the Victorian Schools Music Festival Stage Band and Big Band events. The harmony and teamwork displayed during these musical showcases exemplify the spirit of unity that characterises our school community. We are proud to announce that both the Stage Band and Big Band were awarded Gold for each of their performances. Adding to this accolade, our Senior Guitar Ensemble was awarded third place in the Senior Large Ensembles section at the Monash Youth Festival.

National Science Week provided students a platform to explore the theme of innovation and its potential to create positive change. Through engaging activities, students explored their innovative talents by constructing bridges, creating water filters, and crafting water pumps. This hands-on approach to learning reinforces our commitment to nurturing creative thinking and problem-solving skills.

Furthermore, this week’s Stage Community time was dedicated to celebrating our diverse student body and promoting connectivity on the occasion of the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. Our Year 9 YLead Leaders collaborated with our Head of Students, Mrs Lindi Chiu, to organise activities that not only fostered camaraderie but also celebrated the uniqueness of each individual.

It is with events such as these that our school’s commitment to building a tightly-knit community truly shines. The dedication, camaraderie, and accomplishments of our students continue to exemplify the transformative power of education beyond the confines of the classroom. With that being said, I am truly #proudtobelong.

Ms Nicole Wong
Head of Academics
Years 8 to 10