Information for new families interested in Gilson College Mernda.
Information for new families interested in Gilson College Mernda.
Acacia Room – Junior Building
16: Primary Regional Swimming Carnival
17: Yr 9/10 Food Technology Excursion – Peppermint Ridge Farm
17: Public Information Night
21: Working Bee
23: SSV Primary District Softball
24: Parents and Friends Committee – Annual General Meeting
Optimism is a mental attitude reflecting a belief or hope that the outcome of an endeavour will be positive, favourable, and desirable.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Some years ago, I was driving the road from New Gisborne to Hanging Rock. The road goes over the ranges and past Mount Macedon and the views are quite spectacular in places.
As I reached the crest of the range and began the descent over the other side, an echidna waddled across the road in front of my car. Pulling to the edge of the road to avoid the animal, I ran back to have a closer look.
Within seconds he had burrowed straight down below the surface of the soil, showing only its spines along its back, and holding on below the surface with its claws. Although I tried, he or she was unable to be pulled out of the ground
The main danger to Echidnas is ‘man’ especially his motor car, which kills hundreds every year on our roads. Also, goannas eat young echidnas. Dingoes, foxes as well as feral cats and dogs are also responsible for reducing their population. Lastly as with most Australian animals, bushfires and droughts are a natural enemy. (I must add at this point, that I was planning to do no harm to the animal – I simply wished to have a good look at it!)
God has given all creatures some form of protection against enemies, and the echidna is able to use its abilities to protect itself from potential harm. In the same way we can protect ourselves from enemies by doing as Paul says in Ephesians 6.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Today we are increasingly finding that our society has lost its moral compass and we need to identify the things that will do us harm and protect ourselves and those we love from these dangers.
It’s worth a thought.
Mark B Vodell
Dedication Night 2021 was a cool but very happy evening for students and families together on the school oval. Senior students led the program with both warmth and commitment, leading younger students in example and words.
Families and students were delighted to greet our retired Head of Campus – Mrs Jakupec – and to wish her well for her plans to relocate to Brisbane in 2021 to support her parents.
The Secondary Choir, led by Mrs Jess Beattie, were amazing, preceeding the program and sharing a number of special items. The Junior School students all sparkled, performing 2 special items with the support of their music teacher, Mrs Kat Bourjaili.
Thanks to our new Head of Campus – Mrs Raelene Delvin – for leading our community pledges of support for our 2021 year of learning: Cassandra and Tony Preston led the Family & Friends pledge; Mrs Maree Shaw led the Staff pledge; and our School Captain – Grishma Tamang – led the Student pledge.
A special thanks to Y12 students Grishma and Tala, Y11 students Danai, Nikita, Chloe, Mohammad and Stephen, and our Primary Captains Gurneer and Daniel, for leading this delightful evening.
Dedication Night is our commitment to step into the year under God’s care and His true peace. We can be certain of His leading through all we work towards and together this year.
What is it and what does it do?
The Parents and Friends Committee helps the school community with “extra” functions that the school requires. The committee builds strong working relationships among parents, teachers and the school. With guidance from the Gilson Staff the committee comes up with ideas for fundraising events that aids in the school’s ability to place extra funds to help with our children’s wellbeing. In the past the committee has focussed on Furniture for the High School, the new water fountains and the tree garden near the library just to name a few.
We usually have three main fundraising events. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and one other event. Unfortunately, covid put a stop to these functions however we hope that this year we can get together as a full community again.
The Annual General Meeting is Wednesday 24th March 2021 at 6pm. Please bring masks just in case. We would like a big school involvement this year and looking forward to what we can create.
What are the benefits?
Getting involved is a great way to show your children that you take an interest in their education. It also sends a positive message that you consider school a worthwhile cause. Parent volunteers offer a huge resource and support base for the school community. They also show their children the importance of participating in the larger community.
Working with teachers, administrators, and other parents will help you understand your child’s daily activities. You’ll also tap into trends and fads of school life that can help you communicate with your children as they grow and change — all without intruding on their privacy or personal space. Even if you haven’t been involved in the past, it’s never too late to start. In fact, it may be more important than ever to get involved when kids reach secondary school. All these benefits and increasing your PEP hours are just a bonus!
What positions are on the committee?
If any of these positions interest you please let us know at the meeting!
Parents and Friends Gilson Mernda Facebook Page.
This facebook page helps with any quick updates about meetings and social events.
We can’t wait for the 2021 year and see you all in the Annual General Meeting.
Uniform shop bookings are now open. Please visit www.schoolinterviews.com.au and enter code eksc2 to book an appointment.
On Friday the 5th of March, Year 7s used Mrs Manners’ time and age machine to vote in the 1999 Referendum.
Students had created their own brochures to inform their classmates on the issue of whether or not Australia should become a republic. They were seated according to states and territories and cast their votes on reprints of the original ballot papers at their respective polling booths. Then the votes were tallied.
Whilst the majority of voters in 7B saved our constitutional monarchy, 7A’s majority voted for a republic. It was now down to the double majority, whether or not we’d become a republic. After tallying up the state majority, 7A changed history and voted for Australia to become a republic with a 2/3rd majority of parliament determining our President.
Two teams (a boys and girls team) travelled to Darebin Leisure Centre on Wednesday, March 10 and competed in the SSV Whittlesea Division Volleyball competition.
Both teams represented the school proudly, coached by Dillon Valderamao and Sangeeta Sharma. The girls played especially well, and should be congratulated as they came 3rd in a group of 6 schools.
Along with the content of learning knowledge and skills in each unit that we do in the Year 9/10 Foods class with Mrs Humble we have a MasterChef element where there is competition and challenges.
Three weeks ago Taylah and Yash came equal top in a food identification challenge so then they get to have a ‘Cook off ‘with each other at a later date. On Wednesday week 6they had to prepare, cook and serve a French omelette in 15 minutes. Enjoy watching these 2 master chefs at work in the video. Amidst nerves they both made a tremendous effort both with tasty morsels for the judges(classmates) to sample.
Tayla won for aesthetics and best presentation. Yash won for most animated chef and top taste of which he got a gold pin for and Taylah received a silver one. Prizes are also given on these days.
Then the rest of the class got to cook Cottage beef pies from the British influence on our food habits here in Australia with potato gems on top instead of mashed potato for a change and cooked in 2 different containers to see which cooks the best. Pins are given out for best looking ones of these and of course taste, the final element in every cook. You will see in the photos their cook was very professional and appetising.