iPads in Studio 9

The Year 9 students have been getting familiar with their iPads during workshops today. It’s been great to see how well they have taken to using these innovative devices.

 

iPads are fun!

iPads are fun!

 

Busy recording with our iPads

Busy recording with our iPads

Lions Youth of the Year

Congratulations to School Captain Mitchell Bell, who won the second round of the Lions Youth of Year on the 28th February. Mitchell spoke on his topic of bullying and impressed the judges in this hard fought event. Mitchell will now compete in the regional final at Trafalgar in late March- well done.

Round winner Mitchell Bell

Round winner Mitchell Bell

Staff writing PD

WPSC staff have been busy completing professional development on understanding writing structure and how to improve writing complexity. It’s been great to share ideas and hear what has been working in different classes.

Staff hard at work sharing ideas

Staff hard at work sharing ideas

Bobby Kupsch remembered

On Thursday 21st February the school remembered Bobby Kupsch at a lovely memorial service on the anniversary of his passing. A group of Bobby’s friends created a garden in his memory which was unveiled on the day. The school would like to thank Bobby’s family (Jo, Rob, Delaney & Bridgette) for attending and the work Matt Bodley, Hannah Lewis and music staff did with students in preparing for the day.

 
 

The band playing for Bobby

The band playing for Bobby

 

A minute silence to remember Bobby

A minute silence to remember Bobby

 

Memorial garden

Memorial garden

LOTE house projects

It’s that time of the year again where many Year 8 students are bringing in tremendous house projects they have created for LOTE. Thuy Ta always brings the best out of WPSC students- well done to all students on their projects.

Maximilien Di Costanzo 8D with his house project

Maximilien Di Costanzo 8D with his house project

Swimming sports

The annual WPSC swimming carnival was held in glorious weather on the 8th Feb. Students participated in many events with a number of age group records broken on the day. Students enjoyed sausages from the senior students and had fun getting into the various activities throughout the day. Congratulations to all the students who participated. The age group champions and house winner will be announced at the whole school assembly.

Thanks to Mrs Hall and the PE staff who organised the event.
  

 

Senior BBQ

Senior BBQ

 

Fun in the cork race

Fun in the cork race

 

Some participants on the day presented with their ribbons by Mr Nicholls

Some participants on the day presented with their ribbons by Mr Nicholls

 

Swimming sports

House captains

It’s been a great day at the swimming sports with all students having fun participating in events. The weather has been brilliant and everyone is enjoying cooling off. Pictured with Mr Nicholls are the house captains for 2013.

 

Year 7 visits

It has been great meeting our new students in Year 7 this week. Today I visited 7C in music where they were learning about breathing techniques to play wind instruments. It was fun to see all the different sounds that came out when they tried playing!

7C trying the trumpet

7C trying the trumpet

Beacon speaker recognised in Australia Day honours

Last year former Hastings resident Beth Wilson spoke at the Western Port SC Beacon Charter signing. Beth was an inspiration to our students telling her story of raising a family on her own and returning to university. Eventually she went on to become the  Victorian Health Services Commissioner. Beth acknowledged Western Port SC and the positive work we are doing to improve outcomes for all students with increased rates of school completion. We wish to congratulate Beth on being awarded Member of Order of Australia (AM) for her work with the Victorian community.

Beth Wilson

First assembly

A big welcome back to all students and I hope everyone had a restful break. We started the day with a wonderful whole school assembly and our new captains welcomed our students and in particualr the new Year 7’s back to school. We look forward to an exciting year ahead.

2013 School Captains

Congratulations to our new school captains pictured at our recent awards night. They were introduced by outgoing captains Tyler Winkler and Jarryd Lymer. We look forward to seeing these students grow into their new roles for 2103.

Captains: Mitchell Bell, and Casey McDonnell

Vice Captains: Jackson Cox and Hannah Herbert

Annual Awards Night

On 7th December Western Port Secondary College celebrated the Annual Awards night at Frankston Arts Centre. There were many students recognised for high achievement in a range of areas including community service, academic studies and sports.

A highlight of the night was the first presentation of the Tim Bridge Scholarship for Music to two senior students in memory of Tim who died of cancer earlier this year. This award was presented to Robert Lucas- Year 11 (pictured) and Matthew Vowell- Year 12. The College was delighted that Tim’s wife Helen Booth was able to present this new award. We wish both students the best of luck in their music studies in 2013.

Japanese School Visitors

On 30th November WPSC hosted another visit from a school in Japan- Nara University High School. We have previously hosted a visit from this school and it has been great for our students to gain another inter- cultural experience. The students had a great time participating in a variety of school activities during their visit.

Year 12 students finish the year

Congratulations to our Year 12 students on finishing the school year. Staff, parents and friends celebrated with them at the Valedictory Dinner at Mornington Racecourse on 19th November.

Secondary Experience Day

On the 15th November we had our new Year 7 students for 2013 visit the school for secondary experience day. Students participated in a normal day of classes to help ease the transition to secondary school life next year. The students had a great time and got to meet many of their teachers for 2013.

Grade 5 Discovery Day

Recently many students from our local feeder primary school visited WPSC for Grade 5 Discovery Day. This day gave students a taste of secondary school life for the first time. They were involved in many activities and especially enjoyed their time playing on the new playground!

Sister School Visit Kuala Lumpur

Recently the Leadership team and LOTE teacher Thuy Ta visited our sister school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. WPSC has had a sister school relationship with SKM Aminuddin Baki since 2008, and this visit was seen as important in enhancing these ties.

While there we observed classes, worked with staff on curriculum projects and completed preparation for our student school tour there in 2013.

Students raise money for the Wheel Chair Foundation

At our recent school assembly it was pleasing to hear from Tenee Schneider (Yr 7) and Tash Green (Yr 9) who spoke about the amazing fund raising effort they completed with their student groups to raise money for the Wheel Chair Foundation. They presented a $500 cheque to Jeff Harvey who represented Hastings Rotary. Jeff was very thankful to the students who were involved and Helen Smith who helped coordinate the event, along with parent Joanne McDonald who assisted in the cupcake making that was part of the fund raising.

Pictured is Jeff Harvey representing Hastings Rotary who was presented with a $500 cheque from Tenee Schneider (Yr 7) and Tash Green (Yr 9)

Southern Zone athletics at Ballam Park

Congratulations to all the Western Port Secondary College students who competed in the Southern Zone athletics at Ballam Park on the 6th September. All students represented our school very well and had an enjoyable day competing against other local schools. Pictured are the U15 Girls relay team after their victory.

Thanks to Tracey Hall, John Heffernan, Steve Walsh, Kevin Berry and Robyn Stephenson who helped coordinate our students on the day.

A visit from Kadokawa City Junior High School

Recently Western Port Secondary College hosted a visit from Kadokawa City Junior High School. This was great opportunity for our students to meet students from a Japanese high school.

The cultural experience is important for many of our students and we hope to continue these visits into the future. While in Australia the students attended some classes at the College and went sightseeing to various local attractions. We would like to thank Tim Ward and Thuy Ta for their effort in organising this visit for our students.