Building works - August update

Building works - August update

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  • August 2019 The FALCON Editor S.Steegers Lyndale Secondary College Newsletter Gladstone Road, Dandenong North 3175 | Phone: 9795 2366 | Fax: 9790 1466 | lyndale.vic.edu.au | lyndale.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au Building works - August update The Lyndale Secondary College building works continue with the recent completion of the new administration building, This building was formally the school library but has been completely refurbished. Further developments include the completion of the new Food Technology classrooms which are located by the Cafeteria and Performing Arts building. The demolition of the rest of B-Wing which included the old Administration Office and Staffroom plus the Middle School Office and Locker Bay along with most of C-Wing has recently been completed. This will make way for the new Visual Arts and Materials Technology building. Concurrent to this building activity, is exterior finishing and interior fit-out of the new Library Building which includes some general-purpose classrooms and a new Visual Communication and Media Studies classrooms. Shane Steegers - Editor
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  • Lyndale Secondary College Gladstone Road, Dandenong North 3175 | Phone: 9795 2366 | Fax: 9790 1466 | lyndale.vic.edu.au | lyndale.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au 2 New front office location - Halton Rd Please note: The Lyndale Secondary College front office now has been relocated. The entrance to the front office is now on Halton Road (via the gate 7, opposite Bland Street and the Halton Road school crossing). Pictured with this article is the external access for parents wanting access. There is another access point for students during the school day that is near the S wing. The building was formerly the library. Soccer – Thursday 6th June Boys made it through to the Grand final where they won this match. Outstanding day, they now go on to compete at the Southern Metro Region Finals on the 13th August. Netball – Friday 7th June Congratulations to the girls who won the Division day and also go on to compete at the Southern Metro Region finals on the 13th August.

Year 8 Sport Badminton – Wednesday 12th June Girls – finished 5th – Well done to Fatima Hakimi. She was expecting to play in doubles only for the day, but was require to play in all singles matches also. She pushed herself in every game. Boys – finished 2nd place for the day. Came down to the last game against Keysborough. A great effort from all the boys who played. Southern Metropolitan Region Cross Country Finals – Monday 17th June Congratulations to all students who competed on the day. Was the last sunny day left in winter and we were lucky enough to get it. An enjoyable day of great talent shown from a range of schools.

UP AND COMING - Term 3 Sports Futsal, Basketball & Table Tennis Good luck to all those involved Greater Dandenong Division Athletics: Monday 16th September With over 100 students who made it into the Division athletics team we are hoping that Lyndale Secondary College brings home the Greater Dandenong Athletics Trophy. Watch this space to see the outcome for the day. Selected students can now consent for the day and training will begin in the coming weeks. Diana Kennedy - Sports Co-oridnator Sports News update

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  • Lyndale Secondary College Gladstone Road, Dandenong North 3175 | Phone: 9795 2366 | Fax: 9790 1466 | lyndale.vic.edu.au | lyndale.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au 4 In May, students from Year 11 and 12 Art went to the Top Arts exhibition at the NGV in the city. The Top Arts exhibition is a showcase of the best of the best of Victoria’s 2018 VCE Art students. This was a great opportunity for students to see the range of mediums that students have chosen to develop such as photography, drawing, painting, print making, sculpture, digital and mixed media.

An addition to viewing the folios and final art pieces from Top Arts, we had a VCE Education session at the NGV where a guide showed us some of their collection and we discussed the art in terms of the four frameworks which are the foundation of VCE Art. We then headed across to check out the iconic laneway graffiti art in Hosier lane and ACDC lane. By chance we met a photographer who asked us to participate in his photographs as blurry figures, so we had a truly immersive experience and got to take part in his art making process. Rachael Seaton - Art Teacher Top Arts Exhibition

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  • Lyndale Secondary College Gladstone Road, Dandenong North 3175 | Phone: 9795 2366 | Fax: 9790 1466 | lyndale.vic.edu.au | lyndale.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au 5 On Thursday 25th July, the Year 12 Biology class went in to Melbourne University to attend a Genetics workshop. The day started with a session where students discussed some biotechnology issues such as the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO). Next on the schedule was a 2-part laboratory session. The first session involved setting up a gel electrophoresis in order to check for the presence of an inserted gene in a bacterial plasmid. The gene was thought to be one that allowed bacteria to be resistant to certain antibiotics. Next, the students observed bacterial colonies to see if they were able to grow in the presence of antibiotic, and how the gene for antibacterial resistance affected their growth or not.

The second session involved the students anaesthetising Drosophila flies and then sorting them according to wing appearance. Students tracked the changes in wing appearance over 20 generations of flies as a model for evolutionary change. The excursion was fun and informative and allowed the VCE Biology students to put into practice some of the concepts that they have been learning this year. Anna Watts - Science Teacher Melbourne University Genetics Workshop

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  • Lyndale Secondary College Gladstone Road, Dandenong North 3175 | Phone: 9795 2366 | Fax: 9790 1466 | lyndale.vic.edu.au | lyndale.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au 6 All of the 2019 CBCA books are on display in the Library and are available during book week. Please come along to the Library and check them out. Congratulations to all of the Authors and Illustrators for 2019. BOOK OF THE YEAR: OLDER READERS Entries in this category may be fiction, drama or poetry and should be appropriate in style and content for readers in their secondary years of schooling. Ages 13-18 years (NB: These books are for mature readers). Between Us Atkins, Clare Black Inc. Books Small Spaces Epstein, Sarah Walker Books Australia Lenny’s Book of Everything Foxlee, Karen Allen & Unwin Changing Gear Gardner, Scot Allen & Unwin The Bogan Mondrian Herrick, Steven University of Queensland Press The Art of Taxidermy Kernot, Sharon Text Publishing BOOK OF THE YEAR: YOUNGER READERS Entries in this category may be fiction, drama or poetry and should be appropriate in style and content for readers from the middle to upper primary years. Ages 7-12 years. Brindabella Marwood, Lorraine University of Queensland Press Leave Taking Dubosarsky, Ursula Illus. Joyner, Andrew Allen & Unwin Black Cockatoo Merrison, Carl & Hustler, Hakea Magabala Books The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars Moriarty, Jaclyn Allen & Unwin The Peacock Detectives Nugent, Carly Text Publishing His Name Was Walter Rodda, Emily HarperCollins Publishers BOOK OF THE YEAR: EARLY CHILDHOOD Entries in this category may be fiction, drama or poetry and should be appropriate in style and content for children who are at pre-reading or early stages of reading. Ages 0-6 years.

Heads and Tails: Insects Canty, John Berbay Publishing The Dress-Up Box Guest, Patrick Illus. Eckstrom, Nathaniel Hardie Grant Egmont Rainbow Bear King, Stephen Michael Scholastic Australia Noni the Pony Rescues a Joey Lester, Alison Allen & Unwi Tricky’s Bad Day Lester, Alison Affirm Press Here Comes Stinkbug! Riddle, Tohby Allen & Unwin PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR Entries in this category should be outstanding books of the Picture Book genre in which the author and illustrator achieve artistic and literary unity or, in wordless picture books, where the story, theme or concept is unified through illustrations.

Ages 0-18 years (NB. Some of these books may be for mature readers). Note: Picture Books are listed by the illustrator, followed by the author The Feather Blackwood, Freya text. Wild, Margaret Hardie Grant Egmont The Mediterranean Greder, Armin Allen & Unwin Girl on Wire Hurst, Elise text. Estela, Lucy Penguin Random House Australia Chalk Boy Ord, Mandy text. Wild, Margaret Allen & Unwin The All New Must Have Orange 430 Speechley, Michael Penguin Random House Australia Cicada Tan, Shaun Hachette Australia EVE POWNALL AWARD Entries in this category should be books which have the prime intention of documenting factual material with consideration given to imaginative presentation, interpretation and variation of style.

Ages 0-18 years. Bouncing Back: An Eastern Barred Bandicoot Story Cleave, Rohan Illus. Tulloch, Coral CSIRO Publishing The Happiness Box: A Wartime Book of Hope Greenwood, Mark Illus. McLean, Andrew 2019 CBCA Short listed books

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  • Lyndale Secondary College Gladstone Road, Dandenong North 3175 | Phone: 9795 2366 | Fax: 9790 1466 | lyndale.vic.edu.au | lyndale.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au 7 Year 8 Coordinators have developed a comprehensive lunchtime program for Year 8 students. The program encompasses a broad range of activities. So far over 40 students have signed up to take part in one or more of the activities on offer during Terms 3 and 4. We have a team of six Year 8 girls training to compete in the First Lego League Tournament in November. The girls are working hard to build a robot that is capable of completing the 10 required missions in a 2 minute timeframe. They are also researching for the major project component of the tournament that follows the theme of City Shaper. We have a team of boys and girls training for the VEX Squared Away Challenge. This is a new undertaking for Lyndale and this team will be pioneering our entry into the VEX IQ robotics tournaments.

We have 12 students undertaking a drone program. As part of this program they will learn to program drones for autonomous flight and will compete in a range of inschool challenges. Another group of students will take part in an external IT Challenge. They complete a series of Challenge Quiz activities in teams before moving on to identification of a real-world problem that they then solve using information technology. For those students who don’t want to take part in competitions or heavily structured activities we are offering the opportunity to work with electronics, 3d printing, laser cutting and robotics.

These activities will be determined by the students based on their individual areas of interest. It also provides an opportunity for students to complete tasks they are working on in their Technology subjects in a supervised environment.

The Year 8 Coordinators, Matthew White and Julie Snowden are conducting these sessions and are enjoying working closely with the students in their Year level. Ms Shariat, Assistant Principal in charge of Middle School has asked Year 8 Coordinators to coordinate and assist a teamofYear8studentstoidentifyideas,prepareproposals for consideration by School Council and ultimately develop some form of mural or artwork that depicts the College values and culture. It is anticipated that this would be displayed on an external or internal wall in one of the new buildings. A team of interested students will meet and commence planning soon.

Matthew White Year 8 Coordinator Julie Snowden Year 8 Coordinator Engineering Technology Domain Leader Year 8 Lunchtime Program Walker Books Australia Waves Rawlins, Donna Illus. Jackson, Mark Potter, Heather Walker Books Australia Make Believe: M. C. Escher for Kids Ryan, Kate Illus. Bennett, Cally National Gallery of Victoria Our Birds: Ŋilimurruŋgu Wäyin Malanynha Stubbs, Siena Magabala Books Sorry Day Vass, Coral Illus. Leffler, Dub National Library of Australia CBCA AWARD FOR NEW ILLUSTRATOR This Award aims to recognise and encourage new talent in the field of Australian children’s book illustration.

Ages 0-18 years.

Australian Birds Chun, Matt Hardie Grant Egmont Grandma Z Gray-Barnett, Daniel Scribble Kids’ Books Dingo Harricks, Tannya Walker Books Australia The Singing Seal Langton, Allison Affirm Press Carmichael’s Journey Metcalfe, Samantha Little Steps Publishing Red House, Blue House, Green House, Tree House! Reiseger, Jane Affirm Press Mrs Angela Boundy – Arts Domain Leader/ Teacher-Librarian

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  • Lyndale Secondary College Gladstone Road, Dandenong North 3175 | Phone: 9795 2366 | Fax: 9790 1466 | lyndale.vic.edu.au | lyndale.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au 8 New and old creativity at Lyndale Every time you came into the administration building at Lyndale you had to pass this wonderful mural. This 20 year old mosaic has disappeared. With the construction of the new administration building complete and all staff relocated, the building and art work has been demolished We were unable to save this artwork but we want to plan for new art works and collaborations.

Soon we will be asking for ideas and suggestions. We will also need volunteers to make it happen. Show us your creativity, your designs and your school spirit. All ideas welcomed. Alexis Haeusler Mosaic Mural - With Ryan Rooney - a former student at Lyndale and assisted in its construction in 1999 On Friday, 14th of June, Lyndale Secondary College hosted the first Lyndale SC Debating Day. Schools from the local area were invited to attend a day of training and competition. Silverton, Wooranna Park, Lyndale Greens and Dandenong North all responded to the call and fielded two teams each, led and supported by student mentors from Lyndale Secondary College.

At the end of three rounds of debates addressing topics such as NAPLAN, artificial intelligence and the flexibility of school hours, the top two teams, Dandenong North and Wooranna Park, were invited to participate in the final in the school auditorium, later that afternoon, in front of parents and teachers. Wooranna Park went on to narrowly win the competition, successfully arguing in favour of NAPLAN.

Thanks to all who participated and made the day possiblefrom the primary schools to our own students and administration staff. We’ll be back next year for a bigger and better Debating Day, 2020! Kirk Weeden - Debating Co-ordinator Lyndale Debating Day 2019

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  • Lyndale Secondary College Gladstone Road, Dandenong North 3175 | Phone: 9795 2366 | Fax: 9790 1466 | lyndale.vic.edu.au | lyndale.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au 9 Library News - August Amazing Race Competition The Library hosted its second annual ‘Amazing Race’ competition on Wednesday 5 June. Our very talented and enthusiastic Literacy leaders wrote a series of questions about each of the Continents of the World and a novel set on the Continent. . There were questions from ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ for Europe, ‘The Patchwork bike’ for Africa, ‘Sadako and the thousand paper cranes’ for Asia, ‘Storm Boy’ for Oceania, ‘Top Gear Awesome Adventures: South America’ for South America, ‘The Hunger Games’ for North America and ‘Lord of the Rings’ for an Imaginary Continent/Antarctica. Tables were set up as ‘Continents’ in the Library and the students had access to an Atlas and the novel for them to refer to when answering the questions. The participants were not allowed to ‘Google’ the answer or find out the answer electronically! Students had to register a team of players and complete the circuit answering all of the questions correctly. The teams were issued with a ‘Passport’ which had to be stamped when all of the questions were answered correctly about that ‘Continent’. First team to finish was the winner!

These are some of the questions from the 2019 Amazing race competition. The largest ocean at 166 241 000 square kilometres is the Pacific. True or False? The tallest mountain in Oceania when measured from the base is: a. Mt Everest b. Mt Wellington c. Mauna Kea d. Mt Etna Congratulations to all of the winning teams and participants. It was the second year in a row for our winning team! 1st place team: Lochlan Ayre 8H, Aleksandar Japranin 8H, Blake Boswell 8E & Zachary Magoga 8E 2nd place team: Thevatharsini Meenu Porinthas 8H, Lithurshny Vijaykanth 8H, Jasmine Wagner 8H & Megan Frost 8H 3rd place team: Marie Ruamoana 7G, Naomi Teiona 8H 4th place team: Freshta Rizaee 7D, Aruzou Alizadah 7D, Manizha Yousufi 9E & Azada Yousufi 8F Guest Author Speaker - Maxine Beneba Clarke On Thursday 13 June the Senior School cohort and the Literacy Leaders were privileged to listen to our guest Author speaker Maxine Beneba Clarke.

The Guest Author speaking program is a very important part of the Library program offered to our students. It provides the College with the opportunity to show case talented and award winning Australian Authors to our community and promote reading and writing for pleasure. It also provides an enriching experience and insight for everyone to hear first hand about the writing and creative process involved with producing and publishing a book. Maxine spoke

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  • Lyndale Secondary College Gladstone Road, Dandenong North 3175 | Phone: 9795 2366 | Fax: 9790 1466 | lyndale.vic.edu.au | lyndale.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au 10 about her personal experience of growing up in a time when urban Australia was predominately a white society. She was the only person in her class of African diaspora at Kindergarten and Primary School and how she tried to fit in. These experiences ultimately inspired and prepared her to write heartfelt fiction stories, poetry and non-fiction and collect other people’s stories for Anthologies who grew up feeling like an outsider and trying to fit into society. Maxine is an award winning and widely published Australian writer of short fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Her critically acclaimed short fiction collection Foreign Soil won the 2015 Australian Book Industry award which celebrates the achievements of authors and publishers in bringing Australian books to readers. It also won the 2015 Indie Book award for debut fiction and was shortlisted for the Matt Richell Award for new writing at the 2015 ABIAs and the 2015 Stella Prize. Maxine was also named as one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Novelists for 2015.

Maxine has published three poetry collections including Carrying the world, which won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry 2017. The Hate Race, a memoir about growing up black in Australia won the NSW Premier’s Literary Multicultural Award in 2017 and was shortlisted for an ABIA, an Indie Award, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and Stella Prize. The Patchwork Bike, Maxine’s first picture book with Van T. Rudd was a CBCA Honour Book for 2017. Growing Up African in Australia which was the Library’s book of the month for June was compiled and edited by Maxine with assistance from writers Ahmed Yussuf and Magan Magan.

It is an anthology bringing stories together from different parts of the world about people of African, Caribbean and the Americas diaspora. It’s an insightful read with Authors sharing their short stories of their experiences of what life has been for them pre immigration, born in Australia or post immigration and opens our eyes to the African community. It was an absolute delight to host Maxine and our students thoroughly enjoyed listening to her. Her speech resonated with so many of our students coming from a diverse multicultural background. We have multiple copies of her books in the Library available for borrowing.

Guest Author Speaker - Cath Crowley On Tuesday 23 July the College welcomed the Award winning Young Adult Fiction writer Cath Crowley to speak to our Middle School cohort. The Guest Author Library program presents guest Author speakers catering to both the Middle and Senior School cohortsone each semester. It was our pleasure to introduce Cath Crowley to our students. Cath is a young adult fiction author based in Ballarat, Victoria who has been published in Australia and Internationally. She is the Author of The Gracie Faltrain Trilogy , Chasing Charlie Duskin, Graffiti Moon and Words in Deep Blue.

She has been shortlisted and received numerous literary awards for Young Adult fiction. Her awards include the 2011 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Young Adult fiction for her novel Graffiti Moon, the Griffith University 2017 Young Adult Book Award at the Queensland Literary Awards for Words in Deep Blue. Her latest book Take Three Girls which is a novel about friendship was cleverly written in collaboration with her Award winning Author friends Simmone Howell and Library News - August continued 1

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  • Lyndale Secondary College Gladstone Road, Dandenong North 3175 | Phone: 9795 2366 | Fax: 9790 1466 | lyndale.vic.edu.au | lyndale.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au 11 Fiona Wood. It’s an honest, raw and funny narrative that explores friendship, feminism, identity and belonging of three year 10 girls at St Hilda’s College. All of which are targeted in a toxic website with bullying, gossip and lies. Ady who is not the confident A-Lister she appears to be, Kate the brainy boarder taking risks to pursue the music she loves and Clem who is the disenchanted swim-star losing her heart to the wrong boy. This compelling book Take Three Girls was the winner of the 2018 CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers. It was also shortlisted for a gold Inky Award in 2018 and for the Indie Book awards for Young Adult fiction in 2018 Cath’s award winning Romance novel Words in Deep Blue was the Lyndale Library’s book of the month for July and multiple copies are available for borrowing as are her other books. So please check them out when you are next in the Library. Cath is inspiring a new generation of young writers. She also teaches a creative writing course at RMIT and is involved in many writer’s festivals around Australia. It was fabulous having her here as our special guest speaker and our students picked up many tips on how to improve their own writing!

Multicultural WeekCultural Connections On Wednesday 26 June at lunchtime the Library hosted a Cultural Connections session involving our very culturally diverse student cohort. Books about different cultures were on display highlighting the Arts, Sports and Food as well as biographical novels from Authors around the world. The Lyndale Library has a broad selection of fiction and non-fiction catering for the Multi-Cultural genre and are available for borrowing. There was also a display of textiles from various Continents and information about multiculturalism in Australia. Special thanks to all of the Library team, Ms Helen Grey and Ms Paniotis and her team for this wonderful collaborative effort which was enjoyed by all!

CBCA Book Week – 17-23 August Each year across Australia, the CBCA brings children and books together celebrating CBCA Book Week. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrator and children celebrate Australian children’s literature. This year’s theme is ‘Reading is my secret power’. Lyndale will be celebrating this wonderful week with the short listed books display, short story writing competition on ‘How is reading your secret power?’ There is also a competition to redesign a book cover of a mystery book that the student has read. Winners of the various competitions will be announced during Book Week on Thursday 22 August.

Please come along to the Library and join into the festivities and competitions. Please check the student bulletin during the month of August for the details. Write a book in a day – Tuesday 6 August This year there will be 4 teams joining up to write a book in a day on Tuesday 6 August. A book must be planned, written, illustrated, printed and bound by a team of writers in a day. Once the books have been written they are published and distributed around children’s hospitals throughout Australia providing hours of entertaining reading for children. The Kid’s Cancer Project has been able to donate more than $34 million into childhood cancer research since 1993.

It is so fabulous that our students are willing to participate in this fun and creative competition for such a worthwhile cause. Thanks and good luck to all of our teams participating in this worthwhile event! Happy Reading Everyone!

Mrs Angela Boundy – Arts Domain Leader/ TeacherLibrarian Library News - August continued 2

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  • Lyndale Secondary College Gladstone Road, Dandenong North 3175 | Phone: 9795 2366 | Fax: 9790 1466 | lyndale.vic.edu.au | lyndale.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au 12 Maths at Lyndale Pi Day Students and staff had a great day on the 14th of March (3.14) celebrating our favourite irrational number – pi! The activities included a perfect circle drawing competition, circumference estimation competition, pi digits scavenger hunt and pi recital competition. All students who got involved were also rewarded with a delicious apple pi – yum! Thanks to the Maths staff and STEM Captains for running the day.

Year 7 & 8 Kahoot Comp On Friday the 14th of June our STEM Captains ran a Kahoot Maths Competition for our Year 7 and 8 students. It was hotly contested by our keen student mathematicians who had to answer some tricky maths questions as quickly as they could. Congratulations to our winners (pictured) who received certificates and prizes from Principal Mr Moir. Lyndale Maths Legends This year we have introduced “Lyndale Maths Legends” – these are students who have shown persistence and a hard work ethic in their maths learning. Our Legends then go into a draw to win a Canteen voucher – a tasty reward for a job well done.

Below is a list of our Maths Legends from Term 2 - if you missed out make sure you’re a Legend next Coming up: In the next few weeks our students will be competing in the Australian Mathematics Competition and the Statewide Maths Games Days – Go Lyndale! 10 Core C: Applied Mathematics Maths students of Year 10 Core C have been using the garden area behind the Stadium to practice applied mathematics through the development and use of a vegetable garden. Students have designed, costed and built several projects in that area. The current project is the most ambitious: students are building a garden bed of their own design using posts, concrete and sleepers.

Students have applied measurement for length, area and volume. They have also applied Pythagoras’ theorem for constructing square corners and ratios and scaling to produce accurate scale diagrams of their work. Financial maths is also included in developing accurate costing for the project. Along the way students have also developed a set of useful practical skills including using a variety of hand tools effectively, caring for food plants, mixing concrete, and more. This has been a very productive year so far - well done to our Core C students and our brilliant Maths staff!

Greg Heaton - Maths Co-ordinator

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  • Lyndale Secondary College Gladstone Road, Dandenong North 3175 | Phone: 9795 2366 | Fax: 9790 1466 | lyndale.vic.edu.au | lyndale.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au 13 Building Bridges Support Year 7 training with Melbourne Victory FC With the support of the Australian Sports Commission initiative ‘Sporting School’s’ Lyndale Secondary College was successful in promoting school connectedness through physical activity and competitive sport. The program is designed to help schools to increase children’s participation in sport, and to connect them with community sporting opportunities.

Sporting Schools committed to helping our school by providing coaching, training and equipment to increase sport delivery and participation at our school. An example of this opportunity was on Tuesday the 2nd of April when interested Year 7’s attended half a day of soccer training with Melbourne Victory coaches. The day would not have been such a success without the Wellbeing Student Leadership Group, Building Bridges. The student lead group of 10 students took initiative in promoting by supporting multiculturalism, diversity and building connectedness within the school community. Wellbeing what to acknowledge our Building Bridges group and congratulate their success in hosting the event and showing their leadership skills to the 55 participating year 7 students.

Thank you to those involved, the day was a success and it could not have been achieved without you!

Marisa Panotis - Student Engagement and Wellbeing Educational Student Support

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  • Lyndale Secondary College Gladstone Road, Dandenong North 3175 | Phone: 9795 2366 | Fax: 9790 1466 | lyndale.vic.edu.au | lyndale.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au 14 Building bridges is a multicultural leadership group, that supports and endorses the socializing of all the different nationality students throughout Lyndale Secondary College. The group was formed in 2018 to to help international, EAL and mainstream students to come together and create a bridge between them. Our aim is to support both mainstream students and those who are new to Lyndale and Australia to find new friends and feel connected to the people around them.

Diversity is a key part of this college, and we are here to help those coming from all around the world socialize and communicate with each other. With this, there comes new friendships and new bonds that will last a long time, if not a lifetime. We encourage students to seek comfort in discomfort and communicate with others outside their social group. With 80% of students have language background other than English, Lyndale Secondary College is a community that represents amazing displays of cultural diversity. Students are able to learn about different cultures and backgrounds, allowing them to feel a greater sense of comfort with these differences which will be an important asset for them to use in real life.

We strive for each and every student to know each other and respect each other for who they are and where they come from.

  • Our leadership group decided to re-introduce the celebration of multiculturalism within the college. During the last week of Term 2 we hosted the celebration of the different nationalities our students. Each day of the week there were different programs run during lunch;
  • OnMonday,theSportsDepartmentheldtwoEuropean sports; indoor soccer and European Handball.
  • Tuesday 25th of June was one of students and teachers’ favourite day of multicultural week. The Art Department helped us host a fashion show. Students dressed up in their cultural clothes and show them off, whilst others performed a traditional song or dance from their cultural background. It was so nice to see the the hall filled with applause and support.
  • On Wednesday, the Library Department held activities such as trivia and scavenger hunt, in which students could compete in and win prizes. Throughout the week the Library did an excellent job in displaying a multicultural showcase of books, with a beautiful and colourful decorations from around the world.
  • On Thursday we provided all students with two Middle Eastern food trucks during lunch time and hosted a refugee and asylum seeker assembly to celebrate those who have recently arrived.

Throughout the week during recess and lunch, the canteen also supported us by providing different types of food according to the diversity of the student body. Multicultural week created an opportunity for internationals and locals to express their pride for where they came from, and their ability connect with one another. With your support, we will likely be able to make this event an annual event. We saw that the school community reacted really positively toward all the effort we put into making this a possibility, and to see the way in which people reacted made all the work even more rewarding.

Building Bridges supports unity in diversity! Sanuber Akbari, Zohra Bahaduri, Sakhada Chhem, Jiewen (Mark) Dai, Fazila Jafari, Cunheng (Eric) Ma, Dang Hong Ngoc (Ruby) Ngo, Chan Hung (Peter) Pham, Masoumeh Qasemi, Pattar Rungcharoenrod, Yuhe (Jason) Xue Asari Ekanayake Arachchillage, Muhammad Hashim & Mustafa Abdul Hakim Building Bridges program

  • Home stay accommodation families are needed for the Lyndale International Students Program.
  • Are you interested in welcoming an international student into your home and family?
  • Is your family looking for a culturally enriching experience?
  • Do you have a spare room in your home? Would you like to have an international student be part of your family?
  • Lyndale Secondary College has international students in Years 7-12.
  • Most of our students stay for about 18 months - 3 years to complete their VCE and require a homestay.

Students pay $260 a week for full board (individual bedroom and 3 meals a day).

NOTE: This payment does not have to be declared to the tax office as the tax office considers this money to be reimbursement, not income. Some of our families already offer home stay, but we need more. Our host families are all different. Perhaps you (or a friend or a relative in a nearby suburb) would be willing to try this experience. If you are interested in offering home stay or know someone who may be interested, please contact Mr Hua as soon as possible on 9795 2366, mobile 0407 303 399 or Email hua.chuc.n@edumail.vic.gov.au Are you interested in welcoming an International Student in your home?

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  • Lyndale Secondary College Gladstone Road, Dandenong North 3175 | Phone: 9795 2366 | Fax: 9790 1466 | lyndale.vic.edu.au | lyndale.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au 17 The Tutoring and Homework Support Program at Lyndale Secondary College is designed to provide assistance to students in Years 7-12 in specific subject areas relevant to their learning needs and also to promote a broader positive and active attitude towards learning. Please note that the main aim is to promote active thinking and research skills NOT to specifically answer student's homework and/or test and exam preparation questions.

The program operates every Monday and Wednesday in the cafeteria from 3.10pm-4pm. There are NO early dismissals from the program unless otherwise determined by parents. The program is staffed by four proficient teachers who rotate through the program on a fortnightly basis. They generally have an English and/or Mathematics expertise. Parents and students who wish to attend MUST have the Parent/ Consent Form (page 56 of the Student Diary) signed by their parent and returned prior to or on their first day of attendance.

Staff are encouraged to communicate with parent/caregiver(s) via student school diaries or phone if they recommend that a student be referred to the tutoring program as this will promote parent interest and involvement in their child’s study and the College community, as well as increased likelihood of student attendance in the program.

For any additional information about the program please contact Middle or Senior School Co-oridnators. Tutoring and Homework Support Program

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