On Tuesday 29th May, the students of the Year 10 Gifts From the Kitchen Elective class made a hamper for their CAT. The class was divided into groups of 3 each and each student was asked to create two items which went towards the hamper. When it was completed, the hampers were donated to the Transit Soup Kitchen on Webb street in Narre Warren where the staff were incredibly grateful for the gift.
Well done to the students.
The Weights Room Upgrade Project went out for tender and we can happily announce that the contracts have been accepted and signed. This amazing extension to the existing gym will commence in mid-June and will see the construction of a larger Weights Room, an additional office and a new classroom on the second floor.
Our Year 8 students have the wonderful opportunity to attend a week at Rubicon Camp located in Thornton from Monday August 13 until Friday August 17. Permission slips have been distributed to students. Please ensure you complete the form and pay your deposit asap to secure your attendance at this popular camp. Camp cost is $300 with a $100 deposit required by this Friday.
Some of the great activities on offer to the students are:
Back in April, the school held its annual ANZAC Day ceremony where we were privileged as always to host members of the City of Casey. So impressed they were with the school's commemorations that one councillor - Rex Flannery felt compelled to honour us with a very special gift that he'd bought himself - a guilded book called 'The Victoria Cross'; personally signed by the author, Michael Madden himself. This special authenticated edition is one of only 400 copies.
For those who may not be familiar, the Victoria Cross is the highest award that can be bestowed on a member of the British Armed Forces who has demonstrated absolute gallantry and military bravery "in the presence of the enemy". It is the absolute highest award that any serving member can receive in the Australian honours system; higher than the Order of Australia or even a knighthood.
In writing this book, Michael Madden travelled across Australia and around the world to interview families, peers and friends of 100 remarkable Australians who received the VC award since it was first created by Queen Victoria in 1856. In the book, those closest to these men give their perspective on the men they knew, how the Victoria Cross has affected them and how families coped after the fighting had ended. The profiles reveal just how much these men came from every walk of life and the rich colour of the families and communities they came from.
What made this presentation even more special was having the book introduced and presented by the author, Michael Madden, himself, who spoke to our Year 7 and 8 cohort about the origins of the book, its purpose and the importance of remembering those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
One man Michael spoke of was Cameron Baird, who was a soldier in the Australian Army who was posthumously award the VC after being killed in action on his fourth deployment to Afghanistan and leading his Special Operations Task Group team; the 100th Australian to receive the prestigious award since 1856.
We thank Councillors Flannery and Susan Serey and author Michael Madden, for donating this wonderful gift to our school - we will no doubt treasure and value its contents and proudly continue our school's annual commemorative activities.
Week 1 of dance lessons began for these Year 11 couples who will be working hard over the next couple of months to perfect their moves for the annual Deb. Good luck, guys!
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