The Mountain Ear
    Term 3 Issue 28    October 10th 2003
Welcome back for the new school term. I have again been pleased at the smooth manner in which students and their teachers have resumed school life. As this is the beginning of fourth term it is wise for us all to realise just how little time students have left at school. Year 12 classes will finish on Friday 24th October, with exams beginning a week later. Year 11 students will finish their year on Friday 21st November, and Year 10’s will finish on Thursday 4th December. The remainder of the school will finish after the school picnic on Wednesday 17th December.
Attached to this newsletter is a survey designed to gauge parental preference for the timing of our end of year presentation ceremony. During the past years our Presentation has been held in the afternoon and in the evening. Each option has been successful, but each also has its draw-backs. Before we finalise the details of this year’s Presentation, we would like to hear the preferences of our parents. Please complete the very simple survey and return it to the College with your child.
One of our senior students, Ian Bottomley has been a steady but quiet sporting achiever through his time in the College. Ian recently continued that tradition when he won the 800m at the Victorian All Schools Athletics Championship. Well done to Ian.

Ray Waller,  Principal

Fri  17 Oct	- VYDP
Wed  22 Oct	- VCE Information Evening
Thur 23 Oct	- General Assembly
Fri  24 Oct	- End of classes - Year 12 
Tue  28 Oct	- Middle School Information Evening
Fri  31 Oct	- Year 12 exams commence
Thur 13-17 Nov  - Year 11 exams commence
Tue  18 Nov	- Orientation for 2004  Year 12’s
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


We are beginning planning for our end of year presentation to acknowledge student achievement. A survey is attached to this newsletter to determine whether you prefer our end of year presentation to be held in the afternoon or evening.
Please consider your preference and return the sheet to your home group teacher by Monday 13th Oct.


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




On Thursday 14 students competed in 19 events at the Eastern Zone Athletics in Albury.
In the 19 events, eleven medals were won. Congratulations to all athletes who competed in the cold windy conditions. The results were-

Evan Van Der Ploeg  2nd  U21  3000m
		    1st  U21  1500m
Ian Bottomley	    1st  U21   800m
		    1st  U21   400m
Paul Van Der Ploeg  1st  U14  Triple Jump
(These three will continue on to Melbourne to the Victorian Secondary Schools Athletics on Oct 21.)
Mark Van Der Ploeg  2nd  U21 Triple jump
Cheyne Van Krieken  3rd  U16 Triple jump
Kelli Prime	    3rd  U15 Triple jump
Neil Van Der Ploeg  3rd  U16 1500m
		    3rd  U16 800
(in an exciting race against, and just ahead of,Campbell Townsend)
U21 M Relay -		2nd place
and a great run from Jason Gentile, Andrew Hill, Evan VDP and Ian B.

Some personal bests were obtained from our other competitors - Nathan Cooper, Melissa Gentile, Julia Mitas, Keiran Gregory and Harley Preston. Great effort everyone!


Congratulations to Ian Bottomley who competed in the Victorian All Schools Athletics competition last weekend in Melbourne. Ian placed 1st in the 800m run in a time of 1.58.34.


Year 10 and 11 parents are invited to an information evening regarding VCE course selection for 2004 on Wednesday 22nd October. .
Staff will outline the two certificates now offered by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority - VCE and VCAL. Parents will have the opportunity to finalise their child’s course through discussion with teachers. The evening will commence at 7.30pm and will be held in room 9.


Year 12 students should have completed their tertiary entries through the VTAC website. Those who have not may still process their applications. However there will be an increased fee. Parents or students needing assistance should see Mr Bottomley immediately.


U14’s and U16’s training will be at the Mt Beauty Cricket Ground on Wednesday 15th October at 4.30pm - 6.00pm.
We encourage any parents who can offer assistance on Saturdays re: transport, scoring, etc., to contact the coaches.



Year 11 Physics students Sam O’Shea and Latham Deans doing an experimental research project. Sam constructed a water rocket while Latham constructed a solid fuel rocket.


Parents and students are reminded that our College is a Sunsmart school. Each year in terms 1 and 4 our Sunsmart policy requires students to wear a broad-brimmed hat whenever they are out in the sun, including during sport or PE classes, and including recess and lunch breaks. Parents are asked to assist us by ensuring students attend school next term with an appropriate broad-brimmed hat.
“A Career Day for High School Students highlighting exciting careers within the Interactive Entertainment Industry”.
Find a career and employment opportunities at the only career market day exclusively for the interactive entertainment industry!
Meet with industry companies and visit their expo booth including Whispering Tree Studios, ATI Technologies, Inte Discreet and nVidia.
When: Thursday 20th November 2003
Where: Level 3, Melbourne Convention Centre, cnr Siddeley and Flinders Streets, Melbourne Vic 8005
Time: 0900 - 1730 hrs
Who can attend?: Years 9-12 High School Students (boys & girls), teachers and parents, anyone interested in starting a career in the interactive entertainment/computer game development industry.
Admission is Free (all attendees must pre register. No registration at the door).
Registration Deadline: 13th November, 2003
Anyone interested must contact Mr Bottomley so he can register your name.


Over the course of this year, our teachers have become increasingly concerned about student attitudes towards submitting homework, so we have decided to trial a universal set of rules. This will be trialled from now.

Year ll: Submission of late work.
For work which MUST be submitted with AT LEAST a week’s notice

DUE DATE       =  Possible ‘A’ can be gained
1 class late   =  Possible ‘B’ can be gained
2 classes late =  Possible ‘C’ can be gained
3 classes late =  Possible ‘D’ can be gained
4 classes late =  Possible ‘E’ can be gained

Year 9 & 10: Submission of late work.
For work which MUST be submitted with AT LEAST a week’s notice.

DUE DATE       = Possible ‘A’ can be gained
1 class late   = Possible ‘B’ can be gained
2 classes late = Possible ‘C’ can be gained
3 classes late = Possible ‘D’ can be gained.


* Aromatherapy
* Crystals
* Books
* Soaps
* Wheat bags
* Childrens gifts
Plus more.....
Come in and save yourself some money! Offer ends 31st October 2003.

5 Hollonds Street, Mt Beauty. 57 541 477


Opening weekend 2004.
This is a major fund raiser for the school (10% of all sales), but ‘where everyone is a winner’.
* If you have any ski gear which you are thinking of selling, please consider placing it in the sale.
* If you would like to be rid of any ski gear which is taking up valuable room, we would be more than pleased to accept this stock as a donation to sell in the sale. We are able to arrange pick up of donations at any stage prior to the Ski Sale in June 2004.
For more information or to arrange pick up please phone
Linda Carter 03 57 541388 or
Helen Mathew on 0419 399 737.
Mt Beauty Primary School


October 13th - 28th

Everything reduced (except newspapers and magazines). Up to 50% off - buy up for Christmas. Bikes, parts, etc - great stocking fillers! Fridges, shelving, microwaves, filing cabinets and much more. Call in and see for yourself!
Contact number: 57 544 509
Soccer Skills, Drills for Boys and Girls 5 - 15 years
Mt Beauty Junior Soccer Club
Mt Beauty Football Oval, Lakeside Avenue, Mt Beauty.
Running from October 12th

Further information contact Ron Crawford on 57 544886 or Peter Van Gastel 57 545277

Learn basic soccer skills,
Boys and Girls welcome
All equipment supplied
90 minutes each week for 5 sessions
$18 (inc. GST) for 5 sessions including giveaways and achievement certificates
Parent participation is requested and greatly appreciated.

If you can’t make it for registration day but still want to be involved for the rest of the program call the above phone numbers to register.
The Bethanga game is set for Sunday 2nd November.
Due to insurance reasons the Bethanga game can only be played by registered Victorian Soccer Federation players. By joining this program your child is registered.


Are Back!
Please see BEN KOETSVELD for change of date.
See them in Shepparton at the North Eastern Battle of the Bands.
New EP out late October.
NBP Website: