May 21, 2024

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Principal's Message

Notices from the Deputy Principal


SEQTA Assessments

Careers Night

2025 Italy Study Tour

The Urban Experience

Student Leaders’ Afternoon Tea at Korowa College

Justice Corner - Weekly Hero

Year 11 Modern History - Excursion to the Holocaust Museum

Women in Construction

British Consulate general for a day

Sports Update V

Victoria Police Community Sentiment Survey

Important Dates

Principal's Message

Vale Sr Angela Burke

Some of our families may have already heard the sad news of the passing of Sr Angela Burke last week. Sr Angela worked at the College in various roles, and was the author of a great book that captures the history of this College. She is remembered fondly by staff members as a gifted woman, with an abundance of love to give. Stories have been shared about her love of music, Irish dancing (very accomplished in her younger days), the Performing Arts, and Archives.

In her introduction to the History of St Columba’s College 1897 – 2012, Sr Angela wrote:

At the end of January 2003 I arrived at Moonee Ponds and presented myself at St Columba’s…. When the students returned, I immediately felt very comfortable with them and began to marvel at the skills, passion and commitment of the Music staff and students. In the Archives I uncovered a wonderful story, carefully documented and arranged by Sr Josephine Cannell. Clearly the mission of the Sisters of Charity was being carried on and the students knew much more about Mary Aikenhead than I did while at school and shared her desire to serve the poor. I pray each one that read this book becomes more aware of the blessings of the past, the beauty of traditions and the challenge of carrying the lessons learned from life into the future.

We hold the Sisters of Charity in our hearts and our prayers as they continue to farewell their beloved Sisters. We offer a special prayer for all the Sisters who have died,  for those who remain, who are the carers and the carriers of a deeply shared grief.

The following recollection is thanks to Fiona Hili and Therese Chapman.

Sr Angela Burke was a gifted woman and Sister of Charity who served St Columba’s with full heart and a passion beyond words from about 2003 to 2013. As an only child (even without cousins) music was her constant companion and first love. She attended St Vincent’s Potts Point in Sydney and was an avid student of the violin. She became an accomplished violinist and talented singer. She always spoke of the influence and encouragement of her mother very fondly in this regard.

On arriving at St Columba’s, under the Performing Arts Leadership of Darren Emerson, she administered the incredible Instrumental Music Program and Music curriculum, Concerts, Recitals, Drama and Dance Events, Musicals and was a constant on the ground. She always managed to be in the middle of the fun, performing and sharing her expertise in Violin ensembles, the College Bands, the Orchestra and Choirs. She was the spotlight act in many of the Staff Choir recitals.

Many staff who worked with her over these years remember her as ‘a first responder’, so welcoming, so invested and genuinely interested in all our lives. She called Sydney home and often pined to be back there, but threw herself into life on every level at the College, knowing families and staff as extended family.

History was another love and she immensely enjoyed her work with Gail Harris in Archives. Her ‘crowning jewel’ and gift of dedicated research was ‘History of St Columba’s College’ which can be found in our Library and in many offices all over the College. It is a work of love, tireless research and utmost care drawing together with extraordinary detail, the fascinating story of the expansion of our College from its humble beginnings.

Angela was a rare and precious gift to so many St Columba’s students, families and staff who remember her kindness, willingness and dedication with great fondness.

2012- Sr Angela – St Columba’s Day, 2012 with April Honeyman dressed as an original Sister of Charity.

2007- Sr Angela Burke – Musical Genius, Music and Performing Arts Administrator, College Archivist and author of ‘ The History of St Columba’s College’

2005- Sr Angela and some of the Performing Arts Crew

Notices from the Deputy Principal


We were thrilled to have so many amazing mothers and mother figures who joined us bright and early to celebrate their special day at our Mothers’ Day Breakfast. 🌟

A big thank you to our dedicated team of staff who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure everything ran smoothly.

To all the mothers out there, whether you were able to join us or not, we hope you enjoyed a wonderful Mother’s Day! Your love, strength, and guidance are the foundation of our community, and we are so grateful for everything you do. 💐

Here’s to celebrating mothers not just today, but every day. Thank you for being the heart and soul of our school community! ❤️



Millie has a Core Group of staff who have been working hard in the implementation of the Dogs Connect program and working with Millie to ensure that she is progressing well in her learning. The Core Group consists of:

Primary Carers: Mariya Saric and Tammy Colson

Brigitte McDonald

Nakkita Egan

Deb Randall

Jen Mahony

Kate Fitzpatrick

Kath Hicks

Nicola McCaskill

Kate Macpherson

Emma Ferguson

May 7- Millie on her visit to the College

Common Q & A for Families

For the remainder of term 2, Millie will be attending school each Monday from 8:00am to 1:10pm. We will build on this in term 3.

If you have any queries regarding the program, please don’t hesitate to contact us via

PARENT EDUCATION PROGRAM: Carrots & Sticks – Dr Justin Coulson

We are incredibly fortunate because we will be hosting Dr Justin Coulson at St. Columba’s College on Thursday 30 May – be sure to save this date so that you can meet Justin in person. St. Columba’s has joined with Ave Maria to provide this event for our parents. The session will run from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at St. Columba’s College. We will facilitate this session in the Hall as we have had a wonderful response to this workshop and the Theatrette will not accommodate everyone!

The session is called Carrots & Sticks – Better ways to build boundaries with your kids

Please view this video from Dr Justin: St. Columba’s & Ave Maria Colleges | 30 May 2024 and use this Trybooking link  to register your attendance at this Parent Workshop. You only have two more days to register as the link will close on 23 May.


Every parent in our community is a member of the PEC and we welcome your involvement. If anyone is interested in joining the PEC or learning more about what we do you can join us in person or online – 7.30pm – Here are the PEC meeting dates and events planned for 2024:             

  • Tuesday 21 May                       Male Mentor Night
  • Wednesday 19 June                 Mother/Child Movie Night (more information to follow)
  • 16 July
  • Saturday 31 August                 Trivia Night
  • 20 August
  • 17 September
  • 15 October
  • Friday 15 November                2025 Yr 7 Parents’ Welcome
  • 19 November

This year, the PEC will use our events as opportunities to raise some funds for the upkeep of our beautiful wellbeing dog, Millie.

If you have any questions or feedback for the PEC, please contact us at

Dr Justin Coulson – Managing Fatigue as a Parent 

To download this article click here – Managing-fatigue-as-a-parent

Moonee Valley in 2040: Shaping our Future

Council is embarking on a refresh of the MV2040 Strategy and the development of a number of important plans, including a new Council Plan and Health Plan.

The MV2040 Strategy is Council’s long-term plan for improving the health, vibrancy and resilience of our city over the next two decades. It has been prepared to shape the type of city and neighbourhoods we want to live in. The community vision in MV2040 provides Council with an anchor for guiding what it does and how resources are directed.

Much about our lifestyles has changed since the MV2040 strategy was developed. The pandemic challenged our health, wellbeing, resilience and sense of community. It caused many of us to reassess what we seek from our neighbourhoods and our communities.

Council wants to hear from our young people to understand what type of community you want Moonee Valley to be in 2040. Resetting the community vision will help us to set our priorities and focus our activities to ensure we are taking steps to help build a future that everyone is proud of.

To find out more head to or scan the below QR code.


God of creation, Breath of life itself, We hear the cry of the earth, our common home, groaning under the weight of our neglect and abuse. Open our ears to hear this cry echoed in the cries of the poor, the vulnerable, and the marginalised who suffer most from the desecration of Your gift.
In the spirit of the Sisters of Charity, who vowed to serve the poor, teach us that caring for our fragile planet is a sacred duty, a service to our sisters and brothers in need. For the earth and its people are inextricably linked, their wellbeing intertwined.

As good stewards, imbue us with the wisdom to live simply and sustainably, preserving the earth’s rich resources for all, honouring the human dignity of each person we encounter. Transform our hearts to courageously undo the injustices that scar Your creation and afflict so many of Your children.

United with the spirit of Christ, our Redeemer, instill in us a passion to renew the face of the earth. May we bring Your compassionate love to all living beings, working tirelessly to build a world of justice, peace, and equality for all.

Sculptor of mountains, Painter of sunsets, we praise You as the Source of all life. Guide us to care for our common home, for in doing so, we serve the poor and the earth itself, now and forever. – Anon

Mary Aikenhead, pray for us

SEQTA Assessments

A reminder to all families that all assessment results are available to view on SEQTA. 

This can be completed using the Assessments Tab on the left hand side of the SEQTA. 

SEQTA Engage website as follows

You will notice that for each subject there are four different drop down options.

  1. Under “Upcoming”, you will be able to see the assessments that are in the future so that the student can plan accordingly. 


  1. “Results Pending” means that the date the assessment is due has passed. When a student has an assessment, on that day the assessment will appear under “Results Pending.” Any assessment will appear as “Results Pending” regardless if the assessment has been completed or not. A teacher has two weeks to mark the assessment after the due date as per the Assessment and Reporting Guidelines. 


  1. “Feedback Released” will occur when the teacher has released the written feedback to the students without the numerical percentage result. The rubrics of each unit of work will appear under this area. 


  1. “Results and feedback released” is the section where the assessment has been marked by the teacher. The student and their family will be able to see the mark and teacher feedback on the assessment task.  

In 2023, many assessment tasks were left as “Results Pending” instead of results and feedback released or invisible to the student and their family. This issue was caused by many classroom tasks that were for other classes and were not relevant to the student. While it is too late to go back to the previous year and update the system, teaching staff are working on this for 2024.  

We apologise for the inconvenience caused by this issue. Please see your child’s subject teacher if you require any further information about the assessment on SEQTA relevant to the subject. 

A reminder to all families the 2024 Assessment and Reporting Guidelines for Parents and Students is provided through the SEQTA website. You can access this document through the SEQTA Welcome page Parent Resources > Learning and Teaching > Reporting and Assessment. 

If you have any further questions, please contact the College. 



Thank you for engaging in the Parent-Teacher Interviews with your child. We strongly believe in learning partnerships and the benefits of communication between parents, students and teachers. These interviews were designed to provide an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and how you may support learning at home. If you have any feedback on the Parent-Teacher Interview process please do not hesitate to contact me via Direqt Message. 

Careers Night

Is a career in Real Estate for you?
Here’s your chance to find out for FREE.
If you, (or someone you know), wants to find out about all the career options in real estate, this is your chance!
Hear all about every aspect of being a successful agent or property manager with a down-to-earth presentation on what’s needed to succeed in this exciting but demanding field.
If you are curious about an industry where you are rewarded for your efforts, we are looking for people with drive and determination who are keen to join a successful and supportive team. So come along and find out what it takes to kick off your career on the right foot.
When: Tuesday 28th May, 6:00pm – 7:15 pm
Where: Barry Plant Real Estate, 877 Mt Alexander Road, Essendon
Email or call 9373 0000 by Tuesday 21st May to register your attendance.

2025 Italy Study Tour



Tuesday 1 April – Tuesday 15 April 2025 

Forthcoming Information Evening Tuesday 28 May 2024 in the Theatrette

Interested students and their parents are invited to an Information Evening for the 2025 Italy Tour to be held on Tuesday 28 May at 7.00pm in the College Theatrette. The students who attend the trip will be accompanied by three College staff members and a member of the Leadership team. The tour is open to all students who are currently in Years 9 to 11 who will study Italian in 2025. Interested students will be asked to write an application and a number of criteria will need to be met for eligibility. Eligible students who submit an application form by the due date may be asked to participate in an interview with the Tour Leader and a member of the College Leadership Team.

This experience gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in, and develop a greater awareness and understanding of the language and culture of Italy. The tour includes visits to Milan, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Rome and Pompei. While in Florence, the students will attend language classes at a language school on three mornings.

At the information evening, families will be presented with the itinerary,  important information about the tour and information about pricing. A representative from G.E.T travel will be present to answer any questions.

Please complete the Google Form to indicate your attendance at the information session.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 28 May at 7:00pm in the Theatrette. Please enter via the Nicholson building.

If you have any questions before the meeting, please contact Ms Scollo at

The Urban Experience

Throughout our time in the city with the St Bernard Boys, we’ve learnt and kept many qualities such as learning not to be afraid of taking new types of transport but also to be more persistent, responsible and resilient in unknown/new situations. In this overview we’ll be describing our experience in detail and how we’ve learnt and earned these qualities.

Monday & Tuesday:

On Monday we had an informative discussion about what our week was going to look like, we also had time to meet our partners from our counterpart school, St Bernards. After we had gotten into our groups we had collaborated for short, and fairly awkward activities such as creating a working car made out of various scrap materials and guiding our partners to draw specific images with their eyes closed (slightly). After the icebreakers, we quickly got to the main event, going to the city and teaming up for the amazing race, although it was awkward and somewhat confusing we managed to find some of the multiple landmarks in the city, taking selfies in each location.

On Tuesday, we were separated from the Bernard boys and taken to two different locations, St Vincent’s hospital, where we had an enlightening tour about the history of their facilities and it’s connections to Mary Aikenhead. We also got to do a scavenger hunt on St Patrick Cathedral Grounds (respectfully), later on in the day we had a very informative and empathetic meeting about homelessness and the struggles people sleeping rough have to go through on a daily basis to support their basic needs like sleep and safety.

Wednesday to Friday:

  • On Wednesday we were once again paired with the St Bernard boys. We started the activities that we had picked on Monday. There were a variety of these activities that were given to us such as “The Lens” tour in ACMI and the “Chinese Museum”. The activities that me and my group had picked spanned to 11 hours in total for the duration of the whole week. On wednesday our group were assigned 4 Learning Activities;
  • Changing Times, a tour around the city highlighting buildings in the past and how much they’ve changed or not changed along the years
  • Laneways and Arcades, a journey uncovering the hidden pearls of Melbourne, like vintage stores and laneways as the name suggests
  • King’s Domain Gardens, an informative visit to a garden that from the outside seems like a plain old park, but from the inside is far from that
  • Ian Pottery, a fascinating excursion around a gallery full of indigenous art pieces and paintings

Thursday held the same values as the previous days, leaving us captivated and curious with all all the new things we had discovered. In this day we had the following activities;

  • China Town and Museum, in this experience we got to walk around the bustling streets of China town and learn more about the history of Chinese people here in Australia
  • Older Treasure – Yarra Stories of Melbourne’s River, in this tour we got to learn more about the history of the Yarra River before European colonisation and settlement
  • Street Art Walk 2, an interesting tour pin-pointing wacky street art around the city
  • What a load of Rubbish, in this observational experiment we got to study everyday city people and how they deal with their rubbish. We also got to analyse in detail
    Melbourne’s litter problem and how serious it really gets

Finally, we got to the last day. Friday was an explanatory, chill and surprisingly sad day. Today was the last day that we were going to be in the city (away from all the exams and tests ☹︎), although it was an upsetting day our group made the most of it, luckily for us, all of these activities were not too difficult and were quite fun (not giving shade to the previous activities);

  • The Australian Music Vault, this fun yet surprising exhibition reveals that there’s more to
    music, particularly Australian music than funny lyrics and catchy beats
  • ACMI, this tour puts moving images and it’s many characteristics under a magnifying
    glass, uncovering it’s deep and lengthy history
  • Queen Victoria Market, this exhausting yet enjoyable hunt in the market gives us more
    insight on the history of this well-known mart

Although we were very upset to finish the program, the Urban Experience has been a fulfilling and fun adventure that has extended our values/traits that we thought needed more improvement. It helped us socialise more and overcome the hesitance of taking new ways of public transport.

Student Leaders’ Afternoon Tea at Korowa College

On the 30th of April, Madison (Sports Captain) and Charlotte (Liturgy Captain) took up an insightful opportunity to attend a Student leader’s Breakfast at Korowa College. With both of us being a part of the Student Executive Team, we were both invited to attend the afternoon tea with 13 other schools at Korowa College in Glen Iris.

This posed us both an opportunity to get to know other students in similar leadership roles, as well as hear about some proactive ways to resolve leadership and similar issues.

We had a fun bingo to start – which we both won! – followed by a brilliant problem solving task about leadership and school related issues compiled into 5 questions:

1) What are some strategies to balance schoolwork with leadership?

2) How can we manage larger leadership groups in meetings?

3) How do you balance everyone’s needs and desires when making decisions?

4) How can we encourage participation in school and house activities?

5) How can we work together as a range of schools to create successful events that benefit the community?

We hope to report back to the rest of the Student Executive Team to discuss what we learnt and the various insights we obtained.

It was heaps of fun to also learn about how some of the schools were quite different to ours! Some of the differences can include:

  • one school has no detentions, but mainly puts suspensions in place instead
  • some other schools have 4 or 12 houses (compared to our 7!)
  • some schools have boarders, where some students live as well as study at their school campus
  • some schools only have 1 school captain and 2 vice captains, in comparison to our college which shares the role of college captain with 2 students and no vice captains
  • at a particular school, 1 student came back after year 12 to pursue the role of college captain and only does 2 subjects a day!

We also found that many of the students were involved in the Maytime Fair fundraiser, at Xavier College later that week, which was exciting when one of us performed at that to already know a few students.

We felt incredibly appreciative of this incredible opportunity, especially considering we were from the school furthest away! We would strongly recommend this to anyone if the opportunity arises in the coming years as we could both connect with like minded students. In the future, we plan to stay closely in contact – via a whatsapp group chat – to hopefully meet up again or share our ideas. This would form a space where the leaders can touch base throughout the year to discuss what they have been up to.

Justice Corner - Weekly Hero

To showcase our Everyday Heroes in our own community we will interview someone for each Iona issue to highlight how blessed we are to belong to a community inspired by the life of Mary Aikenhead. We aspire to carry on her legacy of service to the poor and vulnerable and alleviating poverty in all its forms in society today. 

This week’s Everyday Hero is Harriet C.

For four years now, I’ve been making and selling cookies at Ocean Grove Caravan Park. I specialise in sugar cookies topped with fondant icing. It’s one of many passions of mine, and I love seeing the happy faces of people and children enjoying my treats by the beach.

I’ve had some incredible success raising money for the Good Friday Appeal over the years. In total, I’ve managed to raise an amazing $1,877, all going towards a fantastic cause. But this year, with all the donations and support I made, a whopping $700, the most I’ve ever raised in a single year. It’s heartwarming to see the community come together and support such a meaningful cause and something that is so close to my heart, and I’m proud to have played a part in making a difference.

I came into the world with a cleft lip, a condition resulting from incomplete formation of the lip or palate during pregnancy. It’s the fourth most common birth defect, affecting about 1 in every 1,600 babies in Australia. Essentially, it’s a split in the upper lip that can affect one or both sides. My journey with healthcare began almost immediately, as I found myself in the halls of the Children’s Hospital at just two weeks old. Early surgeries were necessary, with two procedures completed within my first two years of life. Later, at age 10, I underwent my third surgery, this time for a bone graft. These frequent hospital visits have been a consistent thread throughout my life, shaping my resilience and reinforcing the importance of accessible healthcare for all.

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of forming strong bonds with many individuals who, like me, have relied on the services of the Royal Children’s Hospital. Among these friends is Jess Hosking, a remarkable individual who has overcome numerous challenges related to her cleft lip. Jess, now an AFLW player, has undergone a staggering 17 surgeries throughout her life to address the effects of her condition. Despite facing adversity, Jess has shown incredible resilience and determination, inspiring not only those within our circle of friends but countless others as well. Our shared experiences have forged a deep connection rooted in understanding and mutual support, illustrating the strength that can emerge from adversity.

These experiences have shown me how much we can achieve when we work together. From baking cookies to raising money for charity, each activity has taught me something important. My own challenges, like being born with a cleft lip, have helped me understand the importance of accessible healthcare for everyone. And the friendships I’ve made, especially with people like Jess Hosking, who has faced similar challenges, remind me of the strength we have when we support each other. Overall, these experiences have taught me that we’re stronger when we come together, and that even small actions can make a big difference in the world.

Year 11 Modern History - Excursion to the Holocaust Museum

Our Year 11 History class visited the Melbourne Holocaust Museum in Elsternwick to deepen their understanding of life in 1930s Nazi Germany. Through powerful reflection pieces, they grappled with the immense sorrow and horrors endured by Jewish people under Nazi rule. Listening to Holocaust survivors share their experiences provided our students with profound insights into past events and the importance of telling these stories so future generations can learn and understand the impact these events have made to the world we live in today.

Here are some of their reflections on the day:

As I was reading through the many horrific facts and details about the Holocaust in the museum, I learnt many eye opening things I could never imagine, such as the fact that Jewish people were described by the Nazis as Untermenshen (sub human)

– Zara 

Hearing about Judy’s experience in the Holocaust, gave me new insight and a new viewpoint on the torment and struggle that Jewish people experienced during this time, Talking to a Holocaust survivor made me more appreciative of our lives after now understanding how difficult it was for the Jewish people. 

– Paris 

Listening to Judy’s story was absolutely eye opening. It provided me with a deep sense of respect to all those who died due to the events of the Holocaust and allowed for me to sympathise with the immense suffering of the Jewish community.

– Martine 

Throughout the Holocaust, Jewish children were given falsified documents to hide as Christians. Christians were motivated to help the Jewish community by their beliefs, and helped the Jewish children to adjust to Christian traditions. Overall, during my visit to the Holocaust Museum, I was able to gain a deep understanding of how the Jewish community survived and avoided detection through numerous means, and due to our insightful talk with Holocaust survivor Judy, I was able to see what it was like for a young Jewish child growing up during such a negative time, but the happiness she was able to find throughout her journey.


The Holocaust Museum enhanced my overall knowledge of the Holocaust. Throughout the walkthrough, we were shown many different aspects of the Holocaust especially what life was like before and after. Our speaker, Judy, illustrated her experience throughout the Holocaust and painted a picture of what it was like for young children.

– Amelia 

At the Holocaust Museum, I was able to gain a better understanding of life prior to the Holocaust for Jewish people as well as the experiences of hiding and moving around during it. Judy, a survivor of the Holocaust, really helped me to recognise the difficulty that a family would have faced in order to keep their children safe and even unaware of the circumstances taking place.

– Elizabeth

Hearing about Judy’s experience during the Holocaust, provided new perspective and insight into the sufferings of Jewish children at the time. It reminded me that in order to prevent anything like the Holocaust happening again, we must not forget about the past. 

– Zara 

Overall, listening to Judy and her perspective during the Holocaust made me realise that everyone experienced the Holocaust differently and it also gave me a new insight into what happend during this time like people moving around, hiding and changing identities.

– Hannah 

Throughout my experience at the Holocaust Museum I was exposed to a life story portrayed by Judy, a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust. She exposed us to her life’s sufferings and haunting lifelong memories that she has to carry forever. From there a guide from the museum took us on a short tour educating us on the history of the Holocaust. This expanded my knowledge on the topic and educated me about why this is to stay in the past and not to happen again.


The Holocaust Museum was an experience that allowed for a perspective I hadn’t seen before, with Judy’s story about her survival in the Holocaust. The guide that took us around also was really informative and it was really eye opening to actually hear directly about the Holocaust from survivors and their descendants.

– Aislin 

During my experience at the Melbourne Holocaust Museum, I was able to hear Judy’s story, as a survivor of the Holocaust, a perspective I have never heard from before. It opened my eyes to the horrors Jewish children experienced during this time. Seeing the photos and information about what happened in the camps allowed me to visualise the horrors and dehumanisation that went on there. One particular piece of information that stuck with me was the labelling on their uniform, categorising them, and putting the groups against each other, preventing them from all joining together.

– Luka

The Holocaust Museum was really interesting and informative because I was able to hear a survivor’s story about using counterfeit documents and the many people that helped to support her and her sister during the Holocaust. I also learnt about the ghettos which Jewish people were kept in, which had lots of disease and harsh conditions. The guide also placed emphasis on the fact that no one died in the holocaust, they were all systematically murdered. This means that ghettos ensured the spread of disease to murder Jewish people.

– Scarlett 

At the Holocaust Museum, my peers and I were informed regarding traditions, culture and the oppression of Jewish communities under the Nazi Reign in Germany during the 1930’s further expanding our knowledge of this time period. It was also an engaging and emotional experience as we got to speak to a Holocaust Survivor, Judy, regarding her childhood and life experiences. 

– Bella 

The Holocaust Museum expanded my knowledge about the impacts of the Holocaust, and through speaking to a Holocaust survivor, my experience was opened to the real and authentic implications on Jewish people.

– Katerina 

The experience at the Holocaust Museum provided us with insight into the reality of the Holocaust and the adversity that Jewish people faced throughout the 1930s. The conversation with Judy personified all of our knowledge regarding Nazi Germany and helped us to understand the real long term effects of such a horrifying event. 


Overall, our guide was very informative and engaging which made the experience much more intriguing. During the excursion we got to speak to a Holocaust Survivor which was a very eye-opening experience. – Avia 
The Holocaust Museum was an amazing experience. Learning from a Holocaust survivor, Judy, we were given a new perspective of what it was like to live in Poland during the Holocaust as a Jewish person. 


At the Holocaust Museum, it was nice and organised the way they taught us the information. The Holocaust survivor, Judy’s story, taught me that there were still some good people in Nazi German society, even though looking at the Holocaust we think of how people could do that and why ordinary Germans didn’t stop it, but there were some people like the people who helped Judy.


Women in Construction

On Monday the 6th of May, I along with a group of other students were given the opportunity to walk through the construction site of the Foxford Innovation Centre. We were able to talk to the team on site and along with the presentation given the week prior, gave us all an insight into what happens on a construction site. We were able to specifically talk to the women on site and their experiences in a male dominated field. We were given a lot of insight into what the new building was going to look like in its final stage. Overall, our walk through of the Foxford Innovation Centre was an incredible experience and I encourage students to seek out opportunities similar to these in the future.


When Building Engineering came in for their presentation, I found it very surprising to learn about all the jobs women are involved in. We typically aren’t shown the types of construction jobs open to us, so it was really interesting to understand and acknowledge the different types of jobs we are offered within the industry. When Building Engineering walked us through the Foxford Innovation Centre construction site, it enforced that to get into construction, you don’t have to do a laborious job. I learned that there are so many different jobs in the background, even people who aren’t in the actual construction such as the people who visit sites to ensure that the site is safe and up to standard. 


On Monday the 6th of May, a group of students from Years 10 -12 had the opportunity to walk through the construction site of our Foxford Innovation Centre, which is being built by Building Engineering. We safely explored each level of the building while learning about the different features and rooms it will have. It was particularly interesting to learn about the challenges that were faced by those onsite during the construction process. For example, requiring a different crane length than what was initially planned. We also enjoyed being able to ask questions about the Foxford Innovation Centre, including questions regarding the interior as well as the building process so far. It was amazing to learn about the various tasks that different workers are assigned both on and off-site and how they all fit into each other. Overall, it was an amazing experience and everyone got a very interesting insight into what’s going on in the construction site. We can’t wait to see the finished building!

Alessia, Jasmine, Tiana 



British Consulate general for a day

I saw an opportunity and I took it. Around the first week of term, I saw an advertisement. In the school notices which was particularly interesting to me – it was that I could have the chance to become the British Consulate general for a day. I chose to apply because it combined my passion for politics and public relations with new experiences and meeting new people and making connections that could last a lifetime. So I applied via a form, answering two questions, which were, what does inclusive mean to you and what would you do if you were in the role? So I submitted the form and then I got an email one day saying that I had secured a position as one of two winners of the competition.

On the 9th of April 2024 I went to spend a day on British territory and worked with the British Embassy, specifically the British Consular General and his team. I arrived at 90 Collins St, Melbourne at 9:30am and I was super tired as I had to get up really early to beat the traffic. I also met the other winner of the competition and my new friend, Fathya, from Mount Waverley Secondary School. Then we went inside, set our belongings aside and went on a tour of the office, with The Consul General’s secretary, Philipa. I went around and met some of the staff, got to know a little bit about what happens in the office and what work they actually do. 

First on the agenda was to meet the British Consulate General for South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania, Steph Lyghsat. We sat down with him to talk about what his job was and how he makes an impact as the Head of the British Consulate. We gained some insight into what a Consulate does: defence deals such as the AUKUS nuclear alliance and about what happens if British nationals get into trouble. 

Next we had a citizenship ceremony to attend, which showed us the process in which people become new citizens of a country. We also met the newly granted citizen who had an interesting case because of the policy change to allow the people of Seychelles to become British citizens due to their past history with British decolonisation of their nation. 

The next thing on the agenda was learning about how Scotland was contributing to Australia and vice versa with April, who worked for the Scottish Department International. We learned about what they wanted to see from Australian companies in terms of the renewable energy market as they are making a gradual transition to green energy with their biggest contributor being offshore wind, and how Victorian or Scottish companies can contribute to the renewable energy scene in both countries. Their gradual transition is also attributed to their values model in the economy, which allows them to all have one common goal under the values that they seek to uphold which are having fair work and employment, inclusive growth for the economy, and to be net zero by 2025. 

Then the next hour was an online meeting with Australia and New Zealand representatives who work for the British embassy about the past month’s worth of work, how much money they have put into the economy and how many new jobs they have created through their line of work. We also heard about the new British Business Advisory Board (BBAB), the many upcoming events to attend, and also the monthly finances.

Then just before lunch, Fathya and I caught up with Catrina Boyd, the Deputy Consulate General, to hear about her role and the other roles that she has worked in. She was able to answer most of the questions we had regarding all of the overseas work they do such as security, the way that they promote themselves to the public, consular crisis mode and long term aid which was particularly interesting as it described how the governments of

countries distribute aid, like food and medicine, through organizations like the World Health Organisation(WHO) and the United Nations(UN) and World Bank(WB) to get through to war torn, or countries struggling with malnourishment. 

After lunch we both met with Janette and Ben to talk about Trade and investment relations. Janette focused on investment and Ben focused on trade with other companies, but we also got to hear about the other roles that he has worked in such as dealing with defence matters and other sectors like civil security, cyber security and space innovation. We learned about some of the projects that he helped commission for example, getting the nuclear propulsion engines with Rolls Royce for the nuclear submarines in South Australia and getting some new train stations built. I found it really interesting because I was able to hear about quite a few of the political trade agreements that are going on around us such as the AUKUS defence deal and what they actually mean in depth, but also at a level that young people can understand, instead of all of the technical terms and acronyms that are used when referring to the trade and investment in other companies and countries. 

Other meetings were about how the British Council focuses on all of the arts projects that are in collaboration with Australia, the UK and also NZ. 

As the penultimate item on the agenda, we had a chat to Ran and Steve about how the consulate will help British nations when they get into trouble in Australia and how they can help and work with both governments to try and get them out of danger or even back home. They do this by working with the governments on both ends, but also, if needed, the consulate team can issue a temporary passport which will allow them to get into Britain and therefore be out of danger. They manufacture and print the passports at the British Consulate facilities and deal with all different types of cases. These could be natural disasters, marriage, death, birth, or even things like domestic violence. 

At our final meeting of the day, we went out of the office and to the Higgins Meeting Room on Exhibition Street to hold talks with members from the Victorian government, Tanya Williams, Danni Jarret and Paul O’Hogan. We talked about all of the upcoming events that the British Consulate is able to participate in to be able to secure business deals with other companies to support both the Victorian, Australian and United Kingdom’s economic growth such as The Melbourne Grand Prix in 2025, the Women’s Arsenal team game and the Lions vs Rebels Soccer team game, so there’s lots of networking to be done in order to secure deals with other companies. 

I thoroughly enjoyed my day out with the British Consulate General as it covered many things that I have an interest in such as politics, public relations, trade and international affairs, whilst also making lifelong connections and memories that I will cherish 

for quite some time. I definitely recommend the competition because it was quite easy to apply and overall I am very pleased that I took the opportunity to enter.


The team at the British Consulate Office

Symbol of the organisation

Sports Update V

At this year’s Multi Sports Day we had two competitors take out the awards for Year Level Champion Year 7 & 8) at the Junior Swimming Carnival.  Congratulations to the following students:


Year 7 champion: Amelia M

Year 8 champion: Katherine A

We also had four students that competed earlier in the year in the CGSAV Swimming Competition, go on to represent the association at the VSAC Swimming Competition at MSAC on the 6th May.  The below four students continue to excel with their swimming and contributed to the CGSAV team placing 3rd.  It was a great night watching them compete and represent the association with other students from Catholic Girls Schools around Melbourne.

Congratulations to:

Emily T

Frances B

Ava B

Katherine A


Victoria Police Community Sentiment Survey

From 1 May to 31 May 2024, Victoria Police is inviting Victorians to complete the Community Sentiment Survey.

 The annual survey supports our commitment to Neighbourhood Policing, and asks Victorians to tell us their key safety concerns, how they would like to interact with police (outside of an emergency) and where we can focus efforts to prevent and deter crime.

The survey is quick, anonymous and for people of all backgrounds who live, work and socialise in Victoria.

Accessing the survey

The survey is available from 1 May 2024 via the Engage Victoria website at:

This year we also have accessible survey formats available.


How we’ll use responses

Survey responses help us identify the issues our communities care most about, and help us develop local ways to tackle them. This includes working with partners on local safety plans to understand and address the key drivers of local crime and safety concerns.

In the coming months, Victoria Police will share a summary of key findings on the Engage Victoria website. Local summaries will also be shared on Victoria Police Facebook (Eyewatch) pages.


If anyone wants to find out more about the survey, they can contact Victoria Police at

Important Dates

Tuesday 22 May – Instrumental Music Concert 1

Tuesday 22 May – CGSAV Athletics Competition

Saturday 25 May – Year 7 2025 Intake Testing

Tuesday 28 May – O’Brien House Celebration Day

Thursday 30 May – Year 9 Exams commence

Thursday 30 May – CGSAV Cross Country

Thursday 30 May – Parent Education Night – Dr Justin Coulson

Friday 31 May – Year 10 & 11 Exams commence