Building works are continuing throughout Term 4 on our new administration and classroom wings. Work has also commenced on the new Senior Centre, which will house offices, classrooms and a senior common area. The refurbishment works are running to schedule and expected to be ready for the start of the 2018 school year.
Along with students from Aldercourt Primary School, our Robotics students attended a Coding and Robotics lesson at the Apple Store Southland. Our students learned the fundamentals of coding and were able to get hands on with robots and solve problems collaboratively with each other using Swift Playgrounds and Sphero robots.
Coding and programming skills are becoming more and more in demand by employers as we move to a digital world. By learning these skills as a part of our STEM program, these students are setting themselves up for success in the future and leaving school with the skills they need to succeed.
Thank you to the team at the Apple Store Southland for making the session possible and helping our students succeed!
On Wednesday the 15th of November some Year 9 and 10 students from ‘Sports Performance’ and ‘Fitness Development’ attended an excursion to RMIT University in Bundoora to explore the Exercise Science and Physical Education courses that they offer.
The students attended a brief lecture that provided knowledge about their courses and told some inspiring stories about the pathways that some students had taken to get into tertiary education. They then participated in an ‘Amazing Race’ event around the campus. Students then got to participate in some ‘ultimate frisbee’ and ‘kin ball’ games that were run by Physical Education students. Some physical testing of agility, vertical jump and reaction time was coordinated by RMIT Exercise Science students.
On Thursday the 2nd of November some of our Year 11 VCAL Sports Connect students attended the Frankston District Primary School NRL Gala Day in Frankston. Their job was to assist the event organiser by collecting score sheets, assisting with coaching the younger students and helping to take photos and further promote the day. All students did an outstanding job! Our students had already received their NRL coaching qualification during the year and we look forward to continuing to strengthen the relationship between Monterey and the NRL into the future.
Congratulations to Jozef Djeri who has completed his Grade 4 Alto Saxophone exam through the Australian Music Examination Board. Jozef received a pass with a credit (B+). Jozef started playing saxophone in Year 7 (2016), he has worked extremely hard to progress quickly through the grades. He has already dived into his Grade 5 repertoire! In addition to working on his exam repertoire Jozef plays in the Intermediate Concert Band, Monterey Soul Traders and various other small ensembles.
It’s been a busy few weeks for the concert band students at Monterey Secondary College and Aldercourt Primary School. Students attended a combined band day at Healesville High School, on Tuesday 31st of October. They workshopped pieces with students from Healesville High School and Healesville Primary School, in preparation for upcoming performances (stay tuned!).
Last Friday our Monteract students attended the Student Leaders Forum at the Nepean School. As well as participating in a number of sessions building on their leadership skills, the students had the opportunity to speak with Mike Rolls, a survivor of Meningococcal Septicemia which left him a double amputee. Mike spoke of his journey back to full health, and how he embraced the challenges he faced with open arms, positive outlook and adaptive mindset.
Last Wednesday our Year 7 & 8 students participated in a LEAP Higher session, which aims to encourage students to think about the link between school, higher education and careers. Students think about professional careers as future options, covering business, design, engineering, health, ICT law and science and how higher education can help them attaining their career goals and pathways into professions.
Students took part in an interactive play and it was enjoyed by them all and will take part in other LEAP Higher activities throughout their time at Monterey.
Year 11 Exams: Monday 20th November – Friday 20th November
Year 10 Exams: Monday 4th December – Thursday 7th December
Year 9 Exams: Thursday 7th December – Friday 8th Decmber
Rollover: Monday 27th November – Friday 3rd December