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Year 12 Court Excursion

Court TripNo, not the driving of Mr. Cheal on the way! The Unit 3 Legal Studies students awoke before the birds to head down to a ‘Day in Court’, literally, on Friday 11th May. Following some ‘Top Gear’ driving and maneuvering into a parking space we were treated to a fascinating morning in the Supreme Court before, initially Justice Harper for some fascinating personal time, and then in a murder case before presiding Justice Emmerton. The case R.v Wajibi involved the charge of ‘incitement to murder’ whereby the accused had enlisted the help of a ‘hitman’ for $15000 to kill the boyfriend of his promised wife (it was to be an arranged marriage). The accused had pleaded ‘guilty’ so we heard a plea hearing where the defence tried to minimize the sentence Justice Emmerton applied. Fascinating stuff and so much better than all that CSI American TV!

In the afternoon, the students took part in a scripted mock court at the ‘Crime and Justice Experience’ in the old City Magistrates Court. Judge John Arnott-Vincent presided with Tipstaff Teagan Masterton assisting. SC Bethany Young prosecuted and SC Joel Shillinglaw was defending culpable driver Kim Tran(Daniel Ottrey) with all students playing other legal roles. The students not only showed the benefit of their legal experiences but took part in a compelling discussion about the possible sentence at the conclusion of the plea hearing, impressing the facilitator hugely.

Following a role play City Watchhouse experience we headed home, a tired group, but with plenty to contemplate, both legally and warily, as the spectre of the consequences of culpable driving hung over us all following our fascinating day. Hopefully we gained a little more insight into our legal system and the huge responsibility that comes with driving!!

Clearly, Amy had a cullinary treat at lunchtime too, choosing good ol’ Maccas over the more than two dozen cultural delights that were available.                                              

We should be both proud and impressed with the intelligent input of our students, though their ‘power shopping’ over the lunch break was singularly disappointing!              Stewart Cheal

 

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund

CSEFEvery Victorian child should have access to the world of learning opportunities that exist beyond the classroom. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund will ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities.

School camps provide children with inspiring experiences in the great outdoors, excursions encourage a deeper understanding of how the world works and sports teach teamwork, discipline and leadership. All are part of a healthy curriculum.

CSEF will be provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.

If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. The allowance will be paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions, or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

The annual CSEF amount per student will be:

  1. $125 for primary school students
  2. $225 for secondary school students.

 

How to Apply

Contact the school office to obtain a CSEF application form or download from www.education.vic.gov.au/csef

Closing Date

You should lodge a CSEF application form at the school by 26 June 2015.

For more information about the CSEF visit www.education.vic.gov.au/csef

 

Erik makes Australian Team

Pizzey CupErik Holt-Crossman recently represented Victoria at the Pizzey Cup in Hobart.  The Victorian team came second overall in an outstanding effort. 

Erik also played in the singles event, in which he was unseeded, he won through to the final round and lost in the final.  He was runners up in the Under 18 Australian Cup.

Erik's efforts earnt him a place in the 2015 Under 18 Australian Team comprising of 8 females and 8 males.

Erik is now committed to continuing his tennis and competing in the Prizzey Cup has confirmed his passion for the sport.