The Mountain Ear
    Term 4 Issue 33   November 14th 2003
Local Member of State Parliament, the Honorable Bill Sykes, MP, visited the school on Tuesday. One of the main issues discussed with Mr Sykes was the school’s concern at the apparent lack of action in response to our attempts to secure funding for air-conditioning for the school. Unfortunately the news is not positive. Nevertheless we shall continue our attempts to provide an appropriate working and learning environment for students and staff. We are very grateful to Mr Sykes for his very active support in this battle.

Mr Sykes accompanied Mrs Waller and two year 7 students, Sarah Simpson and Phoebe Thompson to the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Cenotaph. Sarah and Phoebe represented the College at the ceremony by reading the poem In Flanders Fields. Congratulations to both girls on being such positive ambassadors for our College.

Most of our year 12 students have now finished their VCE exams, and the secondary component of their education is nearly complete. We wish them well as they wait anxiously for their results, which are due in December. Year 11 exams commenced today, and conclude on Tuesday. The annual year 11 excursion to Melbourne will be conducted from Wednesday until Friday next week. We are confident students will use the trip to start to develop a realistic idea of life in the city, and look forward to a full report appearing in a future newsletter.

Ray Waller,  Principal

Fri  14-18 Nov  - Year 11 exams commence
Wed  19 Nov	- Year 12 Graduation Evening
Wed  19-21 Nov  - Year 11 Melbourne Trip
Fri  21 Nov	- End of classes - Year 11
Mon  24-27 Nov  - Year 8/9 Beach Camp
Mon   1- 5 Dec	- Band Week
Tue   2 Dec	- Year 7 Orientation
Thur  4 Dec	- End of classes - Year 10
Fri   5 Dec	- No students required at school
		  Report Writing
Fri   5 Dec	- End of Year Music Concert
Mon   8-16 Dec  - End of Year Program
Wed  10-12 Dec  - VYDP Camp
Mon  15 Dec	- Presentation event
Wed  17 Dec	- School Picnic- Reports issued


Mr Waller, Sarah Simpson, Phoebe Thompson and the Honorable Mr Bill Sykes on Remembrance Day.


Unit Name                                        Task and Due Date
EN08 year 8	          Spelling and short story write up
EN09 Year9	          wide reading & various books	
EN10 Year10	          wide reading & various books
LOTE  Year 7	          Vocab. Lists for 5 mins, 3 nights per week, tested weekly
LO01  Continuing Indo.	  Vocab. Lists for 5 mins, 3 nights per week, tested weekly
LO03  Intermediate Indo.  Vocab. Lists for 5 mins, 3 nights per week, tested weekly
LO05  Advanced Indo.	  Vocab. Lists for 5 mins, 3 nights per week, tested weekly
MA Years 7-10  Maths	  Weekly Mathsmate sheet due each Friday
SC10 Chemical Change	  Homework sheet 3   25/11
TF02 Around the World	  What & Where in the World is that 12/11
DR01 Into Scripts         End of year program
AT26 Intro. to sculpture  Crossswords 1,2 & 3   21/11
AT28 Intro. to ceramics	  Newspaper article  21/11
Yr7Art                    Ceramics, Art in Newspapers,  21/11
Yr7Art                    Signwriting  28/11


Next week from Wednesday to Friday, year ll’s will be travelling to Melbourne where they will participate in a variety of city orientation activities. They will be given the opportunity to familiarise themselves with public transport, (trams, buses, trains) and will navigate their way around Melbourne visiting various places including University campuses. The trip is being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mt Beauty with assistance from the Neighbourhood Centre and the 20 students will be accompanied by two staff and two adults from the Neighbourhood Centre. The bus departs from Pyles at 5.15am SHARP on Wednesday morning, travelling to Wodonga to join up with the train.


Students who expressed an interest in part-time school based apprenticeships last Friday; Gayle Costigan will be visiting the school to interview these students individually on Tuesday 18th November.
Interview times will be posted on the Cafe window. Parents are welcome to come along as well if they wish.
Please let Mrs Bellingham know if you wish to change your appointment time.


This year the Graduation Dinner will be held at the Bogong Hotel at 6.45pm on Wednesday evening.


On 20th - 23rd of November a group of Mt Beauty students - Josh Thompson, Josh Seymour, Mallory Warner, Alison Law, Ryan Mason and Ian Bottomley - will be attending the RACV Energy Breakthrough at Maryborough. This annual school event is attended by up to 5000 students from Victoria and is a chance for school age students to develop their Design and Technology skills, presentation skills and fitness. Our students will be involved as the film crew and accompanying them will be Graeme Bottomley and Jim and Rhonda Oastler. The college was approached through the Country Education Project to make the movie and is very fortunate to have Jim and Rhonda (from Bright) assisting as they have both been involved in the film and T.V. industry. Jim is currently conducting a film course at the Neighbourhood Centre.


Delicious Summer recipes perfect for hot summer days. Each recipe book has over 60 sensational recipes. It it brought to you by YUM - a business made up from year 9 students attending school.
A recipe book will cost $6.00 with all profits going to the Make A Wish Foundation.
To place an order ring the College on 57 544005.


A reminder to parents that Rhonda Gargan is available next week for help in understanding the AIM test results. Please ring Susan or Judy in the General Office for appointment times.




The Secondary Collge will hold the annual Presentation Evening on Monday 15th December at the Community Centre from 7.00pm - 8.30pm.


It is sad in a way that the last days of 12 years of schooling are drawing to a close, but there is a small group of VCE students that will be taking with them something to be very proud of. This year my VCE Design and Technology (wood) students have excelled and their work is on display at the brand new Information Centre.
Craig King produced a versatile bedside table made from plantation radiata pine. Joel Sauervein used recycled redgum and old hardwood floor boards to create a very attractive telephone table. Michael Maddison’s lounge room coffee table features old blue gum slabs carefully machined and fitted together.
Lachy Hill’s secretaire writing desk is outstanding. He used Fijian Kauri’s strong grain and colour combined with bold mitre joints to create a deep 3 Dimensional effect on the front, doors and matching top.
His work is of a sufficiently high standard that I have nominated him for the “Season of Excellence” awards where the best of the best VCE students work is put on display at the Melbourne Museum. In the five years of teaching at this school we have had three students work short listed with Josh Clarke’s work actually being selected and displayed. I personally feel that Lachy’s work is outstanding.
The student’s work will be on display at the Mt Beauty Information Centre through till the school’s Presentation Evening on 15th December, so come down and see what our students have achieved.
C. Timma
Note that additional photographs of the above cabinets are on this site under Student Success/Work Examples/Wood.


Year 12 Design & Technology work


Special offer for students doing exams!
Need to relax?
Alpine Massage is offering a special student rate of $27.50 for half an hour massage.
Alpine Massage and Health,
5 Hollonds St,
Mt Beauty
Phone 57 541477 for appointments.


Help install NEW walking track signs and seating around Lake Guy in Bogong Village.
When: Saturday 15th November 9am - 12.00
Meet at Bogong Outdoor Education Centre, Bogong Village.
Please Bring: Sunhat, sunscreen, sunglasses, garden gloves, boots, water to drink and old clothes.
Also, if you have a shovel, mattick, crowbar or wheelbarrow.
Drinks and lunch provided afterwards.
Please phone 0438 002 416 ASAP if interested.



Handcuff the students? YES!!! Bradley obviously thought that he had the wrong one!
Seriously, it was all in the name of education. Senior Constable Don Mason had come to give the Forensic Science class a rundown on crime scene protection. Naturally the students wouldn’t let him go until they’d tried some of the hardware out for themselves, and Nathan was the ‘closest’ to try the handcuffs on!