YEAR 9 - 12, VCAL & VET NEWS
SENIOR HOMEWORK CLUB | Jessica Kei and Anna Romeo from Swan Hill Rural City Council are providing our senior students with an additional Homework Club, specifically targeted to our year 10-12 students who are preparing for exams and end of year assessments.
These sessions will occur every Tuesday and Wednesday 3:05-4:30pm, starting Tuesday 13/10/2020
Students will be provided an afternoon snack and transport home if they would normally catch the bus.
Rats of Tobruk Tour
Year 10 Humanities
28th March 2019
Year 10 students completed a full term of history studies with an excursion based on Robinvale recently. It was marked with perfect weather and a fitting end to some excellent research which has been done by the students. ‘Caught like Rats in a trap’ was a description of the Australian soldiers who grimly defended the shorelines of Tobruk in World War 2. Many took on that depiction and fashioned their own medals depicting a Rat enjoying itself on that shoreline of Tobruk. These soldiers went on to become legends for their tenacity, mateship and the desire to finish a job that was given to them.
Out tour focussed on the soldier settlement blocks of Robinvale. Each road had been researched and each theatre of war was recounted by students as our bus wound its way around the Grape and Avocado district that is modern day Robinvale. A special thankyou to Mr and Mrs Rhoden who operate a dried fruit block in Darwin Road. Here we stopped and heard Mr Dennis Rhoden speak of his family’s history of the area. His own father, Corporal John Alfred Rhoden VX38440, was indeed a Rat of Tobruk and the recipient of one of the highly prized soldier settlement blocks in Robinvale. Lest We Forget.
The finale of the tour was to be lunch in the Robinvale –Euston Memorial Park. A collaboration between the school and the Returned Services League (RSL) president, Mr Brian Handreck, saw the students have a traditional ‘soldiers meal’ in the fantastic setting of our new war memorial park. Miss Emily Knights and her team of students had prepared both a stew and curry with some mashed potatoes for us to eat. So while passing motorists wondered who we were, it was decided by all that the park is a great place to finish our learning in History for term one.
A special thankyou to Leon Johnson and Travis Bussell of the Clontarf Foundation. Their efforts ensured this excursion both went ahead and was a success. And while the veterans that were present observed the students, we all realised the future of ANZAC day and the ANZAC’s rests with these young people. It is very fitting that these students are the first ones to have a meal and some time in our new memorial park.
Select Harvests Inspiration Program
19th March 2019
Year 10 students were at Select Harvest for the annual Work Inspiration Program. Students were touring at the CoGen Plant with Dan Wilson.
Robinvale College Careers
Do you have an action plan to get you into the career you want? This is a perfect way to start.
Head to the dedicated website to start you on your path to your chosen career.
How do you like to learn? is a one-minute video that supports the self-reflection that takes place during Year 7 and 8 career education. Students are encouraged to reflect on what they like to learn and how they like to learn, whilst being introduced to the wide range of opportunities available in secondary school through VET.
Hear what VET students say is a three-minute video that takes students on a visual journey through a diverse range of VCE VET programs while VET students talk about their experiences and outcomes. This video is an effective way to introduce students and parents to the valuable opportunities that VET can provide students during secondary school.
VET prepares students for the future is an informative four-minute video (perfect for information nights and staff meetings) that is designed to inform parents and school staff about the opportunities and outcomes that VET can offer students during secondary school. Former VCAA CEO, Dr David Howes, and VET teachers from across the state share success stories and valuable insights about VET in the VCE and VCAL.
Alpine School of Student Leadership
25th July 2018
The college is once again fortunate to have sent two Year 9 students to the ‘Snowy River Campus’ of the ‘School for Student Leadership’ for Term 3. Vatiseva Vatulawa and Sylvia Carter are now in their third week at the 9 week residential camp. The girls are living with another 43 students from across the Loddon and North Metropolitan school regions. During their time at Snowy, the girls will develop a Community Learning Project to put into place, on their return in term 4. The girl’s project is as follows:
‘Our vision is to express the different cultures within our community of Robinvale. With the help from local bakeries, churches, schools, family and friends, we aim to create a multicultural cookbook filled with family recipes and stories form the diverse community of Robinvale. This is an opportunity to showcase what this small town has to offer.”
If you are willing to part with some of your family and or cultural recipes for the cookbook, please contact Mrs Heather Conner, our SSL School Liaison Teacher, who will send your details to the girls so they can make contact with you to gather your recipes and your stories behind the recipes.
Newsletter - August
Hello & Welcome
My name is Vatiseva Vatulawa and I’m from Robinvale College. The reason I wanted to get involved with the School of Student Leadership (SSL) at the Snowy River Campus was so I could expand my knowledge and skills of being a leader, a better person in mind and body, and so that I could experience the things kids my age would love to do in their later years of growing up. But I guess the main reason was I wanted to show my family, mostly my Mum and younger sister, that I could take that big step to achieve what I've always wanted to do and so that they know I'm willing to try and be open-minded, strong and be a leader in my future life.
My highlights so far that I’ve enjoyed learning are, that I’m able to do morning boxing outside, go fishing on my rest day, climb a sand mountain, do surfing and snorkelling and heaps more.
The SSL is a lot different from a normal school because it doesn’t do the normal subjects like English, Maths, Humanities and other subjects, what they do teach us, are the skills for trusting your peers through trust exercises and games, bridge building where you work together in two different teams to make a bridge over an invisible river, expo skills for later on overnight expo’s, presentation skills where you talk about something you love or am interested in and so on.
Each student will have a couple of days where you have to stand up with a different school peer and be student leader for the day so to be exact you have to make announcements, call out who’s on duties and more. As I said, every day, every group like Core 1 and Core 2 or even everyone else who wants to, has a duty like Breakfast setup, overnight supervisors for bathroom and laundry, breakfast pack-up, morning tea setup and packup, lunch setup, serve and pack-up, afternoon tea setup and pack-up, and dinner setup and pack-up, plus we have chicken duties. There are also committees like bikes maintenance, library duty, T-shirt design, building, and sports committees. The meals are amazing here there is Pasta Monday, Chicken Tuesday, Vegetarian Wednesday, Pastry Thursday, Fish Friday, and Barbeque Saturday.
Now the bedrooms aren’t too bad there’s a bunkbed, and underneath the bunkbed are two separate closets, and a medium sized bed that’s attached to the bunkbed. Recently we had our first expo, we started at Point Ricardo, we had to walk along the beach to reach Salmon Rocks by lunch and continue towards one of the Marlo campsites. While we were walking along the beach we saw a baby seal waddling towards the beach, it was so small, later on we arrived at Salmon Rocks. Once we had lunch we packed up and continued the walk once where we came across a wombat that was close by near the bushes. Finally, we arrived at the campsites, we set up the tents and afterwards had dinner which was really nice and after that we had milo and marshmallows.
The next day we had to ride bikes all the way back to Snowy River Campus, it was difficult but we made it, it was exhausting but we achieved it.
I would highly recommend anyone who has the guts to come here, gain experience and heaps more. My indoor activity would be playing card games a lot, and my outdoor activity would be going to visit our spirit spot every Saturday evening.
Being here on campus is amazing but when you are away from family it’s upsetting, but we’re able to send letters and emails which is really nice when family at home get it and they send letters or emails back, it’s just heart-warming.
Being a part of a community here at SSL is really different and we all have to pitch in on helping each other out in all situations. While being here I guess I’ve achieved some minor things like being able to not be shy and get out there and talk to other school kids on my own, and just trying your best and such, but what I’ve achieved still needs working on so that I’m finally able to stand up in front of my peers and make important announcements and be a leader.
It is still a work in progress but I feel like I’m actually achieving things while here at Snowy River Campus. Best decision I’ve made and that my family was able to support me in coming such a long way from home and wanting to accomplish many things.
So thanks to my family back at home in Robinvale, to the teachers at Robinvale College, and the teachers here at Snowy River Campus.
World War I & World War II Boxes
14th March 2018
It's important for our young people to know where we have come from, what has shaped our country in the past, and what our grandparents and great grandparents fought for. That's why having access to two boxes from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra is something extraordinary for our students.
Mr. Hughes gained access to a box of memorabilia from WWI & WWII for our Year 9 & 10 students to study as part of the new Victorian curriculum. Daniel, Harry and Vaughan were all being particularly careful, complete with white gloves whilst handling some of the photos, uniforms & medals contained in the box.
With some immersive, hands on learning such as this before ANZAC Day, it is hoped that the students will gain a greater appreciation for the day, for our returned solider's, and for our recent Australian War History.
The boxes will be on display for the whole community to view in the library from this Friday 16th March until next Thursday 22nd March when they will be returned to the Australian War Memorial.
Work Inspiration Program
14th March 2018
Our year 10 students travelled to Select Harvests today to learn all about our local almond industry in the "Work Inspiration Program".
90% of the worlds almonds are grown in Australia, and Robinvale is a significant player in the market so it is important that our students and community know about this vital industry and all of the career paths associated with it.