The Mountain Ear
    Term 3 Issue 26    September 12th 2003
Our interschool athletes represented the College at the annual OMDSSSA Athletics in Albury on Wednesday. Reports I have received indicate our students were excellent ambassadors for our school. Well done to all members of our team, and to those staff who volunteered time to make the trip possible. A full report of results appears elsewhere in this newsletter
Students in years 10 and 11 have been receiving advice and counselling regarding their choice of VCE courses during the past weeks, and planning for the 2004 curriculum is now well under way. Information sessions for parents of students entering, or continuing with VCE studies, will be held early in the new term. Similar information sessions will also be held for parents of years 7- 9 students to assist their understanding of our Middle School course selection procedures.
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.
We mentioned last week that the College may be affected by statewide Stopwork action by teachers next Wednesday. Should school programs be affected by the proposed industrial action, parents will receive notification through their children on Monday.
Term 3 will finish next Friday. Students will be dismissed from the College at 2.30pm. Term 4 will commence on Monday October 6th.

Ray Waller,  Principal


Fri 19 Sept	-	Last day of Term
			2.30pm dismissal
Mon  6 Oct	-	Term 4 commences
Thur 9 Oct	-	Eastern Zone Athletics


Black with a Splash was a success, even though there were parent-teacher interviews the day before. Many people did forget to wear casual clothes, however these people still made a donation to help our sponsorship child, Ani. In total we raised just under $140 and some small prizes were given to those who made an effort in what they chose to wear. This much-needed money will go towards Ani’s education, books and school uniforms. Thanks to all those who participated.

“Thumper” alias Charlie Timma ready for action on ‘Black with a Splash’ day.


Unit Name                                        Task Due
EN08 year 8	        Spelling and short story write up
EN09 Year9	        wide reading & various books	
EN10 Year10	        wide reading & various books
EN12 Writers Workshop	Short story (drafting and final) W8
LOTE Year 7	        Vocab. Lists for 5-7 mins, 3 nights per week, vocab. testing weekly
LO01 Continuing Indo.	Vocab. Lists for 5-7 mins, 3 nights per week, vocab. testing weekly
LO03 Intermediate Indo. Vocab. Lists for 5-7 mins, 3 nights per week, vocab. testing weekly
LO05 Advanced Indo.	Vocab. Lists for 5-7 mins, 3 nights per week, vocab. testing weekly
MA Years 7-10  Maths	Weekly Mathsmate sheet due each Friday
SE01 European Studies	Current Affairs Summary 12/9
SE14 Future Directions	Letters of Application  8/9
SC22 Forensic Science	Solving a Crime 12/9
SC10 Chemical Change	Homework Sheet Due 12/9
SC15 Simple Machines	Engine Type/Under bonnet check  17/9
CM Your Future Wealth	Coverage of the Stock Market  Wk10
TF08 Food 2003 & Beyond	Tenancy 11/9 




Having been awarded the Division A winning trophy on Friday, we were unfortunately told on Monday that there had been a recount and we had lost by 1 point.
Nevertheless, it was a fantastic group effort by the 16 skiers and we congratulate them. Results were: Alpine:

Giant Slalom (B & G)	 Mt Beauty     4th
Girls Slalom		 Mt Beauty     2nd
Boys Slalom		 Mt Beauty     4th
Reserve Slalom		 Mt Beauty     3rd
Combined  Alpine	 Mt Beauty     3rd
Snowboard Slalom (B & G) Mt Beauty     3rd

Classic (B & G)		 Mt Beauty     1st
Boys Freestyle Relay	 Mt Beauty     1st
Girls Freestyle Relay	 Mt Beauty     2nd
Reserve Freestyle	 Mt Beauty     1st
Combined Nordic		 Mt Beauty     1st

Girls			 Mt Beauty     1st
Boys			 Mt Beauty   = 1st
Overall 1s t - Snowy Mountains Grammer 115 points. 2nd - Mt Beauty Secondary College 114 points.


Each year approximately 160 scholarships (ranging in value from $200 to $1900 per year) are awarded to primary and secondary students. The scholarships are available for any student achieving outstanding academic results. Provision is also made for some scholarships to be allocated to students with outstanding academic results and whose parents are eligible for the Education Maintenance Allowance.
Some of the scholarships currently available include:
- approximately thirty-nine scholarships valued at $600 for students from year 7 to 12
- a scholarships for year 10 Koorie students
- scholarships for year 12 students (which provide financial assistance for the full length of any university course) and,
- scholarships for students about to commence year 11 or 12 for the final years of school and tenable for the course of teacher training. Students applying for this scholarship are requested to advise the Department’s Student Scholarship Coordinator that they have been recommended by a panel composed of the school council president, principal and assistant principal.
A detailed description of the scholarships is available from the Department of Education and Training’s website at
The closing date for most scholarships is 31 Dec 2003..


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.

Year 7 students Teagan Whitehouse, Emma Brew, Tamara Furey and Stephanie Hedt enjoying a book during literacy week.


On Wednesday of this week a large group of our athletes competed in at the OMSSSDA Athletics in Albury . Well done to all competitors. The following students were successful in their events and will go on to compete at the next round in the Eastern Zones on Thursday October 9th:
Evan Van Der Ploeg	U21 3000m & 1500m
Liana Lee		U15 Triple,Long jump
Nathan Cooper		U16 100 & 200m
Cheyne Van Krieken	U16 Triple jump
Kelli Prime		U15 800m & Discus
Neil Van Der Ploeg	U16 800m & 1500m
Julia Mitas		U16 High Jump
Ian Bottomley		U21 800m & 400m
Keiran Gregory		U16 200m
Mark Van Der Ploeg	U21 Triple Jump
Alice Bellingham	U15 Shot Put
Harley Preston		U17 Shot Put
Paul Van Der Ploeg	U14 Triple Jump
Melissa   Gentile	U16 Javelin
Under 21 boys Relay	100m x 4,
			Jason G,Evan V,
			Andrew H,Ian B

In Overall age results the U16 & U21 boys came 2nd and Liana Lee was 4th in the U15, while Keiran Gregory and Cheyne Van Krieken were both 5th in the U16 age group.


This Friday 12th September, a dance party created by year 10 students will be held at The Hanger, La Trobe University, Parkers Road, Wodonga. Supported and run by the Albury/Wodonga YWCA, the dance party is a fundraiser for disadvantaged young people in the area. Ages from 14 to 20 years, starting 7.30pm until 2.00am. Tickets cost $8 prepaid or bought for $12 at the door. Prepaid tickts can be collected from the Wodonga YWCA or The Hanger at La Trobe Uni. No entry without covered up shoes. No drugs or alcohol permitted.


The award night is being held this Friday 12th September starting at 7.30pm at the Bright Entertainment Centre. The event was a great night last year, celebrating the achievements of not only our students but those of the Alpine Shire.


Are Back!
See them in Shepparton on October 18th at the North Eastern Battle of the Bands.
New EP out late October.
NBP Website:


Scouts will resume on Monday 6th October meeting from 7.30pm - 9.00pm at the Mount Beauty Scout Hall. Any enquiries to Ian Hall on 57 544 412


We have it from reliable sources that the 4ths have a very good chance of winning the Grand Final this weekend at Sandy Creek. Anyone thinking about going along to support will need to be there bright and early as the game against Kiewa is due to start at 8.45am. Good Luck ! Congratulations to Frank Iaria on being the Club’s Best and Fairest in the thirds and Paul Cooper on being runner up. The Seniors will also be playing in the Grand Final this weekend against Mitta, so Go Bombers!
Year 12 Year 12 students have less than 20 days of secondary school classes remaining.
In that time they need to complete their tertiary selections for 2004. The closing date for timely applications is September 30th. Students who apply after that date will have to pay $40 rather than $16. Parents who feel they would like to discuss matters relating to tertiary courses, accommodation issues, costs, scholarships etc should not hesitate to contact either Mr Bottomley or Mrs Pike before the end of term.


Congratulations to former student Lauretta Alfieri who has recently been awarded ‘outstanding learner of the year’ at the Goulburn Ovens Murray Regional Awards.
Lauretta has been offered a traineeship at the Mt Beauty Neighbourhood Centre following on from her involvement in programs offered at the Centre.


“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.