Echuca College News
Dear Echuca College Student, Parents, Staff and Friends,
It was with great regret that we had to cancel the 2014 Echuca College Celebration Night at the last minute. Although I believe it was the safe option given the weather conditions, I would like to apologise for any inconvenience that this decision has caused. I would also like to apologise to our students who were receiving awards and to their parents for the lost opportunity of seeing their student accept their award in front of the College community. In particular I would like to apologise to our Dux for 2014, Bryce Robertson and to our Year 12 students graduating from the College this year.
We will be holding a special assembly for our Year 12s on Thursday at 10.15am in the Year 12 Neighbourhood and inviting our Dux Bryce Robertson to make his speech to his peers and College staff, parents are welcome to attend.
The background to the decision to hold the Celebration Night in the piazza area came as a result of the declining condition of the College stadium. The College has battled for the last few years with DEECD and the government to have the roof and the floor of the stadium repaired/replaced. During the recent state elections politicians visited the College and were directed to the stadium in an endeavour to get support for these much needed repairs. The campaign to get the stadium improved has been continuous and even this morning more emails were sent to the Department of Infrastructure at DEECD, outlining our concern that due to the condition of the stadium our Celebration Night had to be held outside.
The late decision to cancel the evening’s event came when damaging winds blew various pieces of heavy equipment off the stage knocking over large speakers and other items into where the audience would have been sitting in an hours’ time. Given that many staff members, students and contactors have spent weeks preparing for this evening, the decision was a hard one and not taken lightly. At this stage of the year we can’t reschedule an evening such as our Celebration Night and although we are very upset that we have not been able to acknowledge every student receiving an award tonight; the safety of students, parents, guests and staff is of the utmost importance.
In closing, I would like to congratulate our award winners, wish our year 12s all the best for the future and also congratulate those students not acknowledged with an award but who did their personal best in their studies this year.
Echuca College is very excited about the prospect of a Soccer Program with Echuca Primary School. The program is being developed with the assistance of Dave Coward-FFV Zone Development Officer and Border Raiders Head Coach and Darryl Brown- Vice President and coach of U14’s and U16’s from the Border Raiders Soccer Club.
We recognise a fantastic opportunity for students from our school to develop key skills as players/mentors, whilst utilising the amazing facilities of Echuca College. We are working towards developing a pathway for players to realise their potential in a professional and organised environment. We hope to provide challenges as we work towards access to interschool and state level competitions. We are also promoting our students in our community, with all of the positive qualities that they can bring.
Echuca College welcomed students from Echuca Primary School on December the 12th, both boys and girls from Years 4 and 5. The session involved one hour of drills and mini games. The clinic was a great success and the students from both schools benefitted. The programme will also provide pathways for students exhibiting prowess in football to take their game to another level.
This program will continue in 2015 and will build towards school and interschool participation.
Echuca College is committed to enhancing our relationships with primary schools and creating a real sense of community in Echuca.
Our final day in China (last week) was at the Utahloy International School and this involved packing and saying farewell in the afternoon to all of the Utahloy staff who have looked after us so well. However that morning, all students were treated to a demonstration of Chinese Kung Fu and were also taught a simple routine of manoeuvres. This was done with a lot of energy and was also a lot of fun.
Our students were also presented with an Utahloy International School ‘Certificate of Global Achievement’ which was based around four categories of criteria; Participation, Leadership and Contribution / Critical Thinking and Inquiry / Reflection / and their project Presentation. Dignitaries presenting certificates were Dr Michael Wylie, the Principal of Utahloy International School and from the Australian Embassy in Southern China the Australian Consular General, Mr Dominic Trinidad. Dominic gave a wonderful speech and summary of his career leading to his travels and current position before presenting our students with their certificates. It was a terrific afternoon of celebration and recognition and a very positive way to depart from our month spent in China.
All of our students arrived safely back into Australia on the morning of Sunday November 30th. We had no trouble passing through customs after a bit of a lengthy wait to collect our bags and the bus trip back to Dinner Plain was quiet as all of our overseas travellers slept for much of the journey. The journey was long as expected and students and staff arrived around 5.30pm that evening. Sleep and rest were high on the agenda.
This week our students have already been involved in the review process giving feedback with Dr Michael Dyson, the researcher from Federation University (who also visited them at Utahloy International School in China a fortnight ago) and they have had discussions about reintegration and have done group presentations as well. The students will continue this week with doing community service and a rogaine around the Dinner Plain area just to help get them familiar with the beauty and natural surroundings of the Alpine Region. Then they will once again start packing and cleaning up their rooms at the Alpine School before they return home on Saturday December 6th.
This journey has been continuously filled with highlights, challenges and most of all learning. Their development of intercultural understanding, themselves, self-confidence, leadership and language just to mention a few has been very positive.