Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews visited our great College last Wednesday with Minister Luke Donnellan. They were met by the College Captains and Vice Captains Matthew Jerram, Hayley Hickey, Shalini Perera, and the Principal Team.
The visitors began a tour of the College weights room presented by Mr Orange, Justin Iaulualo and Keeley Mitchell and then walked up to view the College Rugby oval.
Jacob Eisho who was successful in the Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize which provides 22 students with the opportunity to participate in an overseas study tour to sites where Australians have served times in war and peacekeeping spoke to the Premier about his experience to date.
Then the group visited one of the Technology rooms for a coding demonstration. The students have been learning C+ coding to control lights and motors, and the demonstration included students programming the movement of a robotic arm. The Year 8 students involved were: Jade Clay, Eliana Giannikopoulos, Jessica Grohnert, Jazmyn Norton, Christian Vejar and Sylvia Xhilaga.
Then the College captains along with Daniel Prinzi and Eric McGuire explained to the ministers the plans for the new STEM building.
This announcement is critical to our College as the demands for these subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is set to grow. Research shows that 75% of the fastest growing occupations will require these four subjects. A critical component of STEM is the ability for students to learn computer coding across a range of different year levels. Research is showing at least 50% of workers will need, advanced skills to configure and build systems. Coding involves the algorithmic language of computers and teaches students how computers are built, how they work, helping them to construct their function and behaviour.
This is why it is so important as a progressive Secondary College we get in at the ground level and become a leader in this field allowing us to maximise learning opportunities for students.
The Premier has given the College a commitment for planning money to engage consultants in costing up elements for the rugby program such as external lighting for the oval, seating, oval upgrade, weight room extension, extra gym equipment etc.