Creating Learners, Growing Good People, Giving Something Back
Inclusion –Every face has a place.
Responsibility – we are responsible for our choices, actions and mindsets.
Commitment to learning – we are here to learn and improve our skills and performance.
Respect – show respect for others, for learning, for the rules of our society.
High expectations, high support – we aim high and help each other to succeed.
Download the latest newsletter here: Newsletter -25.11.15
Congratulations to our Energy Breakthrough team on their debut in last week's Energy Breakthrough challenge. Gathering together schools from all over Australia, the scene at Maryborough last weekend was certainly an eye-opener for our students as they pitched their tents amongst the throngs and steered their vehicle through 290 laps of intense action, competing against 90 other vehicles on a tight and tricky course. The efforts on the track were preceded by a detailed academic presentation during which students had to explain the design of their vehicle, detail its safety features and answer impromptu questions from the scrutineers.
In a remarkable effort, Avenel Primary School took out the Judy Parker - Best First Year School Award and also covered 300 kilometres during the 16 hours of racing. As I have said to the team many times, getting to the start line is a major achievement in itself for a school of our size. However in true Avenel style, we have aimed high and succeeded once again. This has been a remarkable team effort and I would like to pay credit to Leigh Eeles, Bree Thomas, James Athorn, our 10 students and the many parents who helped out along the way.
Personal Passions Evening and Bernard Mangakahia Performance
What a wonderful evening we had last Wednesday, firstly being inspired by the great learning that our Grade 3 to 6 students had achieved during Term 2 and then being treated to an inspirational performance by Bernard. Over the week I have received an enormous amount of feedback from the community on the themes within Bernard’s performance. In summary, people were struck by tho key messages. Firstly, the role of parents as “village elders” and the vital part we play in linking the past and the present for our children. Secondly, the importance of having goals and working towards those goals, or as Bernard said “working your dream, not dreaming your dream.” One of my highlights this week was when a Grade 1 student said to me that he “believed in himself and he was going to make it happen.” During Term 3, we hope to have further evening performances at school and welcome the broader community back to school.
Division Cross Country
Yesterday, ten of our students travelled to Yea to compete in the Division Cross Country event. All of our runners put in fabulous efforts and represented our school with distinction. Well done to Meg, Grace Taylor, Sadhbh, Angus Murray, Finbar, Blake Ezard, Ed, Ryley, Gus and Neo on their representation of our school. Grace, Angus and Gus have qualified to compete at the Regional level and Finbar and Ed are on standby as emergencies.
ANZAC Centenary Commemorations:
It is with a great sense of pride that I reflect upon the role played by the students of Avenel in our community’s commemoration of the centenary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli. Our students and student leaders displayed great respect and dignity in how they conducted themselves last Saturday as they laid wreaths on the graves of Great War veterans and participated with exemplary behaviour during the ceremony at the cenotaph. Our commemorative assembly on Monday was also a tremendous illustration of the traits of our Junior School Council. In conducting the ceremony, they displayed great preparation for their role and understood the solemnity of the occasion. As a school, we are committed to honouring our local history and heritage and our students are to be commended for the respectful role they have played in commemorating the lives of our servicemen and service-women.