The College is looking forward to the commencement of the construction process of our new gym in 2022. The design process has been completed and the project is currently being tendered.
The new building will include two competition size basketball courts, two classrooms, a weight room a staffroom, change rooms and retractable seating for large assemblies. The new gym will be located between the outside basketball courts and the existing gym and theatre.
The first steps will include the construction of a temporary access road and the removal of all buildings currently located on the construction site. We anticipate classes using the new gym at the beginning of 2023.
For Term 3 & 4 2021, Frau Ankenbrand’s class has been working on creating new and innovative products as a part of the Unternehmen Deutsch Goethe Institute competition. More than 300 students from 18 schools participated in the popular Australia-wide ideas competition Enterprise German. Three groups from Vermont Secondary College entered the competition and collaborated with their chosen German company in Australia.
There were three stages of the competition,
Module 1: Getting to know the domestic economy and finding a partner company. The students researched their chosen companies and began to form product ideas
Module 2: Each group contacted their chosen companies and got advice on product advertisement and development
Module 3: Students finalised their product details and created a poster and video advertisement in German.
Throughout these stages, students had the opportunity to develop their writing, reading and speaking skills in German, as well as getting insight on how businesses create and advertise successful products.
Of the 97 innovative ideas, the product designed by Year 10 students, Edric C, Summer S, Abbey S, and Jack W made it to the top 2 inventions. It was then up to public vote to decide who won the competition.
A big thank you to all involved, especially to the students of Vermont Secondary College who cast their vote online for the ‘BOSCH – Spülmaschine der Zukunft’. We would like to thank Fiona Thornton from BOSCH who helped the winning group develop their product, and the Goethe Institute for running the competition and sponsoring the prizes.
Vermont's production Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has been nominated for 5 Lyrebird Youth Awards. This involves a number of judges coming to see school shows across the state, and then voting for 'the best' of in particular categories.
Best Sound Design in a Youth Musical - Mitch Tabe
Outstanding Technical Design in a Youth Musical - Vermont Secondary College
Outstanding Stage Crew - Vermont Secondary College
Best Actor in a Youth Musical - Lachlan Rae
Best Actor in a Youth Musical - Spencer Macleod Finke
Congratulations on this outstanding achievement to everyone involved in the production and all the very best of luck to our nominees. The awards ceremony is on Sunday, December the 8th
Congratulations to the winner of the “Sarah Bussu Award” Tamara Barton with her VCE Studio Artwork “Confronting Perfectionism” which was developed from her folio theme “Perfectionism in the media vs reality”. The artwork “encompasses the idea that the more a person tries to force themselves into fitting the ideals of beauty, it increasingly damages their identity.
Congratulations to Emmalee Eastwood of 7M1, Winner of the “Inaugural People’s Choice Award” with her exceptional self-portrait.
Last Wednesday our Symphonic Band travelled into The Hawthorn Town Hall to perform 2 pieces for an audience of other competing schools and adjudicators, as part of the Victorian Festival of Bands. Our students played wonderfully and did the college proud with beautiful and measured renditions of HEAVENS LIGHT by Steven Reineke and Australian composer Brian Hoggs ACCELCIUS. Students were given some wonderful feedback on their music approach to the pieces and were awarded gold for their performance. We’d like to thank Mr. Tony Jacobs for driving the bus on the day and to Mr. Jeremy Shannon for his work with the Symphonic Band throughout the year so far. Well done students!!
On the 28th August more than 100 students, staff and friends of the Vermont Secondary College community gathered in the Fallon Centre. This event was the first of its kind and aimed to celebrate outstanding writing amongst our junior students. The evening received great praise and all the students and staff involved deserve a congratulations, for it really was an outstanding event to celebrate literacy. In this newsletter we would like to take note of those students who were awarded with certificates and book prizes.
This award is given to students who were selected to participate in The Night of Readings. The pieces were recognised for their creativity.
Alish Dragonestti Stone
The students who receive this award are recognised for their incredible writing…
7H1 Skylar Lee
7H2 Alanah Trefz
7H3 Amber Denford
7M1 Abby Serpant Wilcock
7M2 Amy Dai
7M3 Ben Slater
7M4 Sophie Vourgoutzis
7S1 Ava Dennis
7S2 Mia Lowe
7S3 Finn Marshall
The students who receive this award demonstrated originality and exceptional writing
Yan Ran Tan
The students who receive this award are in Year 8/9 and are recognised for their outstanding contributions to The Night of Readings
Best Speaker on the night
International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the largest, oldest and most
prestigious scientific Olympiad for high school students and this year Vermont
Secondary College had our very own Preet Patel competing. The history of IMO
dates back to 1959, when the first edition was held in Romania with seven
countries participating: Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, Czechoslovakia,
East Germany, and USSR. Since then, the event has been held every year (except
1980) in a different country. Currently, more than 100 countries from 5
continents participate. Each country can send a team of up to six secondary
students or individuals who have not entered University or the equivalent, as
of the date of celebration of the Olympiad, plus one team leader, one deputy
leader, and observers if desired.
competition, contestants have to solve, individually, two contest papers on two
consecutive days, with three problems each day. Each problem is worth seven
points. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded in the ratio of 1:2:3
according to the overall results.
At this year’s
International Mathematical Olympiad held over the term break in Bath, England
from the 11 to 22 July, 2019, Preet Patel (Year 12) received a Bronze medal,
missing the Silver medal by one point.
Each country is
allowed six members and the Australian team, of which Preet was a member,
ranked 18th overall in the competition out of 112 countries.
Preet’s individual ranking was 148th out of 621 competitors (76th
percentile). The Australian team consisting of six competitors received 2 Gold,
1 Silver and 3 Bronze medals between them for their efforts.
Preet and his
family are extremely happy with his, and the team’s success, and have been
celebrating since. Well done Preet on such an outstanding effort in being
selected to represent Australia in such a prestigious competition. Well done
also on your final ranking and overall outstanding effort!
featured on the front page of the Whitehorse Leader in the Monday July 8th