Year 12 had guest speaker, Natalie Plane, in to speak to them, an experience that they will be thinking about as they transition into adulthood. The Monterey Alumni discussed her journey from year 7, to the young lady she is today. Natalie Plane is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Carlton Football Club in the AFL Women’s competition. She was drafted by Carlton with the club’s eleventh selection and the eighty-third overall in the 2016 AFL Women’s draft. She discussed her career in football as an aboriginal woman, the boundaries of the women’s league, her landscaping apprenticeship, confidence and more. Her discussion about how she got to where she is in Football and Cricket were both inspirational for the group. Her talk was used to show our students that no matter where your journey begins, you can be great. Natalie had a positive attitude and kept the students engaged. Her story is one of handwork and persistence, something that the group will take away. Natalie’s talk to the group is particularly impactful for the group as she started at the same place as them. We wish Natalie all the best with her future and hope to see her kicking some goals this year. Many thanks, Maddison Jennings.
On a cold, rainy morning of Wednesday the 24th of April, the College Captains and Acting Principal Ms. Cavey ventured out to attend an ANZAC day ceremony held at the Seaford RSL. Our morning was filled with guest speakers, including a veteran who gave us an insight on his life during his experiences of being in the war. Our College Captains spoke on how we feel about war and how instead of just using the public holiday as an excuse to have a barbeque with a few beers, we use the day to celebrate, congratulate and commemorate the sacrifices and consequences the soldiers had faced for us to live in a free country, and how we will forever be filled with gratitude towards those who have fought past, present and future. Lest we forget.
Well done to all those who participated in Monterey Secondary Colleges athletics day on the 21st of February 2019 – The day was a great success and lots of great fun!
Senior VCAL students Kyle Krause and Christopher Witham were awarded School-Based Apprentice Awards today at a graduation event at Carrum Downs. Six Monterey students completed their School Based Apprenticeship experience in Parks and Gardens, hosted by ATEP ( Apprenticeship Training Employment Program).
At a recent ceremony at Mornington Race Course Jemma Millhouse, Senior VCAL, received a certificate of recognition of achievement as Monterey’s top VCAL student for 2019 and a cheque from the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Local Learning Employment Network (FMPLLEN). Senior VCAL student Joshua Davies was recognised for his achievements and was also awarded a cheque and certificate. Josh set a precedent for the LLEN by live streaming the event so that all of the class to could listen to the awards and speeches. Jemma, who has worked at the LLEN for her structured workplace learning placement this year, was asked to present the annual VCAL address on behalf of all VCAL students. She did a great job!
VET Sport & Rec have arrived at Mt Buller and the snowball fights started straight away! They have picked up their equipment and are finally ready to head out to their first lesson.
On Wednesday 29 August, a group of our Year 9 students attended the Australian Business and Community Network’s Goals Program, hosted by the prestigious Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers.
In this program, students have a one-on-one mentor from a large corporation working with them to achieve their goals, helping students by increasing their confidence, communication, goal setting and interview techniques.
Monterey Secondary College works in partnership with Ardoch, an education charity which provides support through a variety of different means and programs. Ardoch screens, trains and places Education Volunteers, sponsors Broadening Horizons activities such as visits to Arts Centre/Melbourne Museum/Scienceworks, provides Robotics equipment to enhance the STEM curriculum, and provides Pathways Beyond School activities such as ‘Speed Careers’ and university visits to support students’ growing aspirations for study and employment pathways by connecting them with adult workplace volunteers.
Ardoch values our partnership and Education Partnerships Coordinator (for the Frankston & Western Port region), Angela Knox Carter, looks forward to continuing to support our students and staff this year.
Our Year 11 VCE group met together at Kananook Train Station. at 8.30 on Tuesday 5thJune to head up to the CBD. There at 10.30 they had a session booked with the Law firm, Gilbert & Tobin, where a seminar was run on “Interviews”. The students had a great day out learning how to groom well and how to understand the skills required to be successful in an interview for a potential job. Thank you to Miss Gladstone and Kris Rizzo who took the students out.