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5 February 2014, (Volume 25 Number 01)

Principal's Report

Welcome to 2015. This is the first edition of Connections this year and this will be a weekly newsletter sent home with students on a Thursday. This is the main form of ongoing communication that the school will use to maintain contact with our community. Communication is essential in ensuring that we are all able to effectively work together for the benefit of the students.

The start to the year has been extremely positive thanks to the staff and administration teams that have worked tirelessly over the holiday period. We welcomed 16 new staff and 60 Year 7 students at the commencement of the year.

First term will be especially important for the school community with the appointment of a new Principal. In the interim, my appointment as Acting Principal has resulted in Peter Durance being appointed to the Acting Assistant Principal role. Aaron Dalziel completes the administration team as the other Assistant Principal. I look forward to working with all staff and students over term one.

The school year has started well. The staff and students have started their studies with enthusiasm and have quickly settled into the routine of the school. The Year 12 students attended their camp at Halls Gap this week with VCE Coordinator, Mr Aaron Dalziel, and VET/VCAL Coordinator Mr Frost. The aim of the camp is to help set positive study habits, inform them of ways to deal with the inevitable stresses of their final year at school, develop them as individuals and as a group and also to inspire them to achieve their very best.

Mention should be made again of the success of the 2014 Year12 students. We were very pleased with the results achieved, including the fact that seventeen of the nineteen students received their first university course preference. Along with their VCE results, this has indicated that our VCE program and delivery is one of the best in the area.

Another success story that was brought to my attention involves Anna Knights, our school captain. Anna was selected from a field of over 60,000 applicants to join 39 other successful applicants in becoming part of the "CREW", the working membership of the nationally recognised Reach Foundation. The "CREW" are a group of young people who conduct workshops Australia wide. Reach is a for-purpose organisation for young people. Each year 50,000 young people aged 10-18 experience Reach through workshops that are 100% youth-led - designed and delivered by "CREW". Young people say they can relate to the CREW because they speak honestly and openly about their own journey and challenges. Anna will now undertake extensive training in Melbourne over the next twelve months in preparation for her role in delivering the Reach program. We wish Anna the best of luck in her journey.

I look forward to informing the school community of many more success stories in the future.

Murray Hart

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Parent Welcome Evening

Parent Welcome Evening will be held on Tuesday 17 February with a BBQ dinner commencing at 6.30pm.

The evening provides parents and/ or guardians with the opportunity to meet their son/ daughter’s teachers as well as other significant members of the College.

There will also be a short information session on the Parent Portal system which is used for reporting and parent teacher interviews, the College music program and Cyber Smart strategies for parents.

This is a valuable opportunity for staff and parents to share and coordinate their support for the students of Stawell Secondary College and we encourage all parents to attend.

Katy Jewell

Welcome to our new staff at Stawell Secondary College in 2015

  • Ms Rosie Anastasio - Technology / Humanities
  • Ms Meena Chandak - Maths / Science
  • Ms Romana Dalgleish - English
  • Mr Scott Driscoll - PE / Health
  • Mrs Tracey Gudde - Administration
  • Ms Kerrie Hamilton - English / Humanities
  • Mrs Jo Hemley - Technology
  • Mr Simon Lewis - Maths / Health
  • Mrs Michelle Lindsay - Cleaner
  • Mr Jordan Main - English / Humanities
  • Mrs Pamela Martin - Cleaner
  • Mr John Nichols - Maths / Science
  • Mr Thomas Pearce - DOTS
  • Mr Jesse Poulton - Maths / VCAL
  • Ms Alyssa Roberts - Art
  • Mr Colin White - Technology 

Stawell Secondary College Health Clinic

Private, confidential & free health service.

Each Tuesday 10.30 am – 2 pm (in the room opposite sick bay).

Students, teachers and parents welcome

Bronwen (Clinic Nurse) can also be contacted at Grampians Community Health Ph. 5358 7400 or 0437 686 002

Health and Physical Education Swimming Program

All students in years 7, 8, 9 and 10 are required to participate and will need to bring bathers and a towel on days where their double HAPE lesson falls.

Permission/Medical forms should be returned to your child’s Home Group teacher as soon as possible. Thank you for your support.

HAPE Staff


The following dates have been set for Work Experience in 2015:

  • Year 10: 14-18 September, 2015
  • Year 11: 10-14 August, 2015

All above students were given work experience paperwork at the end of last year. Each student is to approach employers within their chosen career to gain a placement with completed forms to be returned to me by 6 th March, 2015.

The following days have been set for VCAL Work Placement:

  • Year 11 VCAL – Every Friday commencing Semester 2
  • Year 12 VCAL – Every Friday commencing week 3, Term 1
  • VCAL students were given work placement forms at the end of last year.

Any student who would like assistance in obtaining the above placements please come and see me.

Both work experience and work placement are compulsory components of the school curriculum.

Cindy Bibby, Registrar

Events in and around Stawell and district for February

We have some fantastic events coming up in February around the Shire, so make sure you save the following dates:

  • Halls Gap Jazz Festival: 13-15 February
  • Grampians Rod Run: 20-22 February
  • Leisa Cassidy Fundraiser: 15 February Crazy Day: 28 February
  • St Arnaud Football Netball Club Triathlon: 20 February
  • Region 19 Fire Brigades Championships: 22 February

For more information regarding the events listed above please go to

“THE TALK” withcomedian Nelly Thomas


11 March 2015 6.30pm (for a 7pm start) to 9pm


Alexandra Oval Community & Recreation Centre, Warratah Avenue, Ararat


Free - please register at


Parents of primary and secondary school students. Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Event enquries

Please contact Women’s Health Grampians or 1800 013 432

Dates to remember

  • 4-6 February 2015
    Yr 12 Study Camp - Mr Dalziel
  • 12-13 February 2015
    Yr 11 Biology Camp - Mr Bester
  • 13 February 2015
    VCE English Seminar - Ms Mackay / Ms Hamiton
  • 16 February 2015
    School Photos
  • 17 February 2015
    Boys Tennis - Mr Illig
  • 20 February 2015
    Senior Cricket - Mr Driscoll
  • 25-27 February 2015
    Yr 7 Camp - Mr Hart
  • 26-27 February 2015
    Music Camp Mrs Hemley

Festival of Small Halls

On March 11, Glenorchy Memorial Hall are playing host to "Festival Of Small Halls", a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists performing in tiny halls in communities all over Australia.

Performing on the night will be two acts Gordie Mackeeman & His Rhythm Boys from Price Edward Island, Canada and Siskin River a duo from NSW, Australia. For more information you can go to


If you have any old buttons, fabric, wool which you no longer need, the textiles department would love to take it off your hands.

Please drop articles into the General Office for the Textiles Department.

Jo Hemley

(03) 5358 1700
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