The Mountain Ear
    Term 1 Issue 1   February 6th 2004
A warm welcome to all our College community members to the start of the 2004 school year . Once again there has been a smooth start for both staff and students. Staff have been putting in extra time during their holiday period, planning curriculum and putting processes into place, ensuring a great start to the year. Thank you staff.

You may remember that both Ray and Heather Waller have taken leave. In Ray’s absence I will be Acting Principal and Bob Flower will be Acting Assistant Principal. We have also welcomed three new members of staff to the College. Both Paul Incani and Sue Tilley have joined our Science/Maths department and Le-Anne McCraw (English/SOSE) is filling in for Marg Trnka who is on leave.

It is certainly a great relief to the entire valley that we are not faced with the difficult conditions we had to tolerate this time last year with the smoke associated with the bushfires. The bushfire crisis brought to the forefront the issue of government policy, which provided air conditioning to Wodonga schools but not to Mount Beauty. Since then the air conditioning issue has been actively pursued through the Education Department and through local politicians. I am pleased to inform you that the Department has recently advised me that the Kiewa Valley will now be included in their air conditioning zones. However we still need to be patient, as the budgeting for the program still has to be considered for the 2004/5 financial year. We will keep you informed of any new developments.

During the school holiday break a number of building improvements were carried out in time for the start of the school year:

  • A new Student Welfare office has been built at the end of the library
  • Next to the Student Welfare Office the Careers room was enlarged
  • The previous Student Welfare office has been converted to a First Aide room
  • A disabled shower has been installed
  • Both the girls and boys toilets have been painted
  • And the steps down to the Les Peart oval have been paved.
I invite our College community to make the time to see some of these improvements

As this is the first newsletter for the year, may we take the opportunity to offer a few reminders? Please request a newsletter from your children every Friday. The newsletter is the major avenue of communication from the College to our families, and hence is particularly important. Don’t forget that if you have missed out on a newsletter, you can access past copies on our College web page - Students should have begun the school year equipped with items listed on the booklist. These items have been listed because they will be required in class. Parents are asked to ensure all students are equipped with the listed books and equipment. If items have not yet been purchased, or if parents need help in obtaining items, they should contact the College Office as soon as possible. Parents are also reminded that students require a note from parents to leave the school grounds. A particular reminder to parents of bus travelers that students are not allowed to go down the street before school starts. The Assistant Principal’s report will have further details on the processes later in this newsletter.

Any parents wishing to discus any aspects of their children’s education are warmly invited to contact the College to make a mutually convenient time.

We trust the coming year at the College is rewarding for all students and their parents.

Tony Valente,  Acting Principal




I was lucky enough to spend Tuesday of this week accompanying the outdoor education class on a walk to Mt Buffalo. This was an introductory walk, designed by teacher Matt Moon to lead on to lengthier expeditions later in the semester. The students were given a talk by a National Parks ranger on the way the plant life is recovering from the fires. This was followed by an active day walking (mostly uphill) and visiting lookouts. I commend the students on their behaviour and the respect they showed for the environment.

Our new School Planner has been received well by students. Please take the time to look through the introductory pages which contain information pertaining to our college. The Planner may be used by parents to communicate any concerns to school, and should be used to let us know the details of absences (even though the lines are dotted, the slips stay in the book – don’t cut them out). The students have been told to restrict any personalization of the planners to stickers on the back or inside of the covers – and no graffiti. A big thank-you to our Curriculum Coordinator Ms Betheras for getting the school planner off the ground.

During the first week staff have been chasing up the last of the students without correct uniform. At this stage the uniform around the school is starting to look really good, and I would like to thank parents for making the effort to be ready for the start of school. I would also remind you that cooler weather can hit at any time during this term and so you should have the navy windcheater or the rugby top ready to wear. cont’d...

...Students are aware that if some unforeseen event prevents them from wearing uniform that they need to bring a note to me in the morning to avoid a detention.
Please note that uniform definitely is required on excursions (unless otherwise stated) and when students are attending only part of the school day.
It is very pleasing to note on walking around the school that classes have settled quickly into work. All students will already have some homework to complete. The homework is set in junior years to assist students in developing organisational skills and good working habits, as well as to allow parents to be involved in some of the schoolwork. In senior years the homework provides the extra practice that is so vital to success. I am aware that supervising your child’s homework can be a real challenge, and so I invite any parents experiencing difficulties with homework to contact me at the college.

Bob Flower,   Acting Assistant Principal


Tue  10 Feb 	- House Swimming Sports
Mon  16 Feb to
Wed  18 Feb     - Year 7 Buffalo Camp
Thu  19 Feb     - VYDP Day - Mt Beauty
Wed  25 Feb     - College Council Meeting
Tue   2 Mar     - Year 7 parent Participation Evening
Wed   3 Mar     - Interschool Swimming Wodonga



Watch this space for helpful tips on how to use our new Student Planner!


The Rotary Murray Darling School of Freshwater Research offers students the chance to work alongside Australia’s leading environmental scientists. The 5 day residential program runs in Albury over Easter, from the 18th to the 23rd April. Mt Beauty Rotary will part or fully fund the $400 cost, depending on student numbers, covering all accommodation and meal costs.

Interested Year 11 students may talk to Mr. Matthews and further information is available at

‘PUSH OVER 2004’

Luna Park
Monday 8th March
Cost $65

This big event at Luna Park is a highlight for Youth Entertainment in Victoria. It includes big band names, unlimited free Luna Park rides and many more activities..
There are a limited number of tickets available -
Forms are available outside the Principal’s Office where the extra newsletters are kept and need to be filled in and taken across to the Mt Beauty Youth Office in Lakeside Community Care, 2 Lakeside Ave with a deposit of $20.


The annual house swimming sports are on this Tuesday the 10th of February. Please note that these are earlier than usual. Any parents who are able to help at the swimming sports please contact Miss Farrington first thing on monday morning.
Lunch orders can be done at the pool. They need to be handed in at the Kiosk on the way into the pool at the start of the day.
The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is provided to assist eligible families with the costs associated with the education of their children. To be eligible for receipt of the EMA you must:
  • be either a parent or guardian of a primary or secondary student up to the age of sixteen; and
  • be an eligible beneficiary of a Centrelink pension, allowance or benefit within the meaning of the State Concessions Act 1986 or be Veterans Affairs (TPI) pensioner or be a foster parent.
The eligible criteria must be met as at the first day of Term 1 (28 January 2004 which is the first day for teaching staff) and Term 3 (12 July 2004).

The EMA application must be submitted to the school by 27th February 2004 for the first payment and 6th August 2004 for the second payment.

The EMA provides an annual amount of $127 for primary students and $254 for secondary students and is paid in two instalments.

Parents with continuing eligibility, who are paid the first instalment of 2004 through this school will not be required to complete a new application for the second instalment. Parents who transfer children to another school after 27 February 2004 and prior to 6 August 2004, must reapply at the new school for the second instalment. Application forms are available from the school office.


The following is required by students in the following subjects:
An A4 Visual Diary/Sketchbook is required in each of the following-
AT01: Art Methods and Techniques
AT05 Sculpture
VC03: Design and Make

An A4 exercise book is required for -
All woodwork electives




A practical and enjoyable program to help parents understand and cope better with the challenges of early adolescence.
Dates: Wednesday 25th February - 17th March
Times: 1.00 - 3.00pm
Venue: Mt Beauty Secondary College
For more information:
Contact: Rhonda Gargan on 57 544005


“Working Together Towards Healthy Communities”
Parent Support Program
For Parents of Young People using Alcohol or other Drugs.
Are you finding your child’s alcohol or drug use difficult to cope with?
Do you feel isolated and alone?
Would you like someone to talk to?
This 2 hour a week (8 week) program is a free program for parents who have a child using alcohol or other drugs and aims to:
  • educate parents on alcohol and other drugs
  • improve communication between parents and their children
  • help parents to cope with emotional distress and isolation.
The program ensures a confidential non-judgemental and supportive environment.

Sessions are scheduled to commence in Wodonga on;
10th Feb - 11am - 1pm
12th Feb - 6-8pm
27th April - 11am - 1pm
29th April - 6-8pm

Depending on demand, courses will be scheduled in other areas.

Want more information?
Please contact; Tanya Paech or Belinda Maloney on 02 60 22 8888


Over 100 Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) students from schools across the North East will gather at Catholic College, Wodonga this Friday to find out what career pathways are offered locally.
This is the second year VCAL has been operating in this region as a Year 11 and 12 qualification. VCAL provides students with an alternative to the VCE. Based on “hands on” learning, it sits alongside the VCE and provides a flexible opportunity for students to engage in learning suited to their interests and career aspirations, with a strong emphasis on work based learning.
This Friday 6th February, representatives from 12 different industries will talk to students about the qualifications needed to work in their industry, the different career pathways available and the personal qualities necessary for successful employment in these industries. The industries involved include Jacob Toyota, Hume Building Society, ION Automotive, Norvic Foods and Riverview Childcare.
Last year local employers enthusiastically embraced VCAL, providing over 120 students with work placements. Both students and employers benefit from this and as a result, a number of students were offered full-time employment.
This year’s VCAL students will also have the benefit of an address by Adam Smith, Australia’s Youth Ambassador to the United Nations, who delivered Australia’s statement on young people and social development to the UN General Assembly in 2003.
Mt Beauty Secondary College has eight first year VCAL students attending on Friday and hopefully we will have a report in the next newsletter.


Our class in ‘SE13 - A World Trip’, needs to borrow, or have donated, Travel Guides, e.g. Lonely Planet, Europe on $100 a day etc, for 1st semester. We would like guides from anywhere in the world and we will look after them and return them after use. If you have any at home please contact Mrs Betheras on 57 544005.




1 school uniform rugby top
size medium
Never  been worn.
$75 new - sell for $50
Phone 57 544 219


New Members
Expand your Mind and Body
Meet new and exciting challenges
Lots of fun

Mt Beauty guides (for girls of all ages)
7-9 pm Thursday
Maddison St Hall, Mt Beauty

For more information contact Sandra Woolley on 57 541 880.

School assembly on first day at school for 2004.


What could feel better than saving a life? First Aid is fast becoming an essential skill. Glen McIlroy is a certified trainer with many years of experience. The next course is scheduled for Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th March. Get in early as these courses fill up very quickly.
Full Level 1 - $90 Level 2 update $125
Full Level 2 - $155 CPR update $35
Alpine Massage and Health invites you and your friends to learn the art of creating your own skin and hair care products. We will be holding regular workshops at the premises 5 Hollond Streeet, Mt Beauty starting on:

Thursday 12 February - From 10.00am - 12.00noon
Cost $5.50 per session.
You will learn to make:

  • revitalising eye gel
  • light cleansing cream
  • talk about the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar.
Plus you will receive take-home sample pots.

Monday 16th Feb - From 1.00pm - 3.00pm

  • Lavender Lip Balm
  • Lavender Face Cream
  • Talk about Lavender properties

Thursday 19th Feb - From 10am - 12 noon

  • Pure Plant Moisture Cream
  • Virgin Hand Cream
  • Talk about Juice Power
NB: Organise your own group of friends or associates and book your private workshop today.

Call in to see us or phone 57 541 477 to book your place.


Huge 20% discount on selected stock until February 29th.

Also new stock just arrived including
- Lord of the Rings - rings
- Children’s bracelets & rings
plus more.
So come on in and have a browse.
All welcome




This Saturday 7th February
9.00am - 1.00pm
Interested stallholders can phone Bev on 57 544 097
All Welcome.


“Kindermusik for the Young Child” - a comprehensive music & movement program for 5-7 year olds which gives children an enjoyable, fun and engaging experience while providing them with a solid foundation for future music instruction and life-long love of music. Enrolments now being taken. Small classes, big on fun! Classes commence on Feb 16th; Mondays @ 4pm at Mt Beauty Singing teacher/vocal coach - enquiries to Rose on 57 541 537

Singing for grown-ups!; Have you always wanted to learn how to sing? Classes will include some instruction, group singing, and lots of laughs. Come along and find out how much fun you can have discovering the greatest instrument of them all - your voice! Commencing Tuesday Feb 3rd @ 37 Diggings Rd, Tawonga.

For further information and enrolments, please phone Rose Heystek on 03 57 541 537 or email:


Commences this Saturday on February 7th at the Tawonga Hall.
Times are the same as last year.
For information phone Carolyn on 0418 628 301


2001 Kawasaki ZX6R 600cc Motorbike.
Registered until Dec 2004.
Phone John on 0407 295 210
2 Novels both in excellent condition
1 x Blueback by Tim Winton
1 x Boy by Roald Dahl.
Price: $11 each or $20 for both.
Phone: 57 544 385 or contact Luke Powell in year 7.


Year 9 Maths Link
and Year 9 English Text books
Year 10 Maths Link
Phone: Debbie McGregor on 57 544 407


Year 10 Maths Link
VCE Food and Technology Book 1.
Phone 57 544 920


A junior netball competition is once again running in Bright on a Friday night this year. We are keen to enter 2 teams this season; an Under 13 team and a High School team (years 7-10). An “expression of interest” session will be held at the Primary School netball courts from 3.45pm - 4.30pm on Monday February 9th. It is important to remember that parents are required to assist with the transport on a rotational basis.
We are also looking for experienced netballers who are willing to give up a little bit of time to assist on training nights or to umpire several games throughout the season. Please keep your ears open for such people!
Training will be held on a Monday afternoon at the Primary school netball courts from 4-5pm.
Hope to see you there.
Jodee Betheras
Note: Parents of younger children may want to participate in the NETTA programme in Bright on a Wednesday afternoon. See this week’s Alpine Observer for details.