Thursday, 22 February: House Swimming Carnival.

Wednesday, 28 February: Year 7 Welcome Barbecue 6-8pm, Elsternwick Bowls Club.

14-16 March: Year 7 Roses Gap Camp.

Monday, 19 March: Year 7 Immunisations.

Wednesday, 21 March: House Debating.

27-28 March: House Performing Arts.

Wednesday, 28 March: Parent-Student-Teacher Interiews.

The main role of the Parents of Elwood group is to connect the parents/carers within the school community at Elwood College.   The group assists to facilitate various school events throughout the year, including the school production, student talent night and parent get togethers, as well as fund raising at the regular monthly Elwood Farmers Market held at the college.  This year we are also managing events at the Elwood College 60th Birthday Celebration.

Year 7 immunisations are currently scheduled for Monday, 19 March. The Victorian Department of Education and Training has issued the following advice:

It has been brought to our attention that an email is circulating from anonymous anti-vaccination campaigners to some Victorian schools and families regarding the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine, GARDASIL®9, which is given in Year 7 in the Victorian Secondary School Vaccine Program. The information is incorrect and deliberately alarming.

The HPV vaccine GARDASIL®9 protects against seven HPV types which cause over 90 per cent of cervical cancer in women and over 90 per cent of HPV-related cancers in men. It also protects against an additional two HPV types which cause 90 per cent of genital warts. 

The consent forms distributed to families through the Victorian Secondary School Vaccine Program provide a credible and comprehensive outline of the benefits and possible side effects of the HPV vaccine. 

Safety research and testing is an essential part of developing vaccines. Every vaccine included in the Victorian Secondary School Vaccine Program has passed strict safety testing before being approved for use by Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 

Any school or family who receives this email and has concerns is encouraged to visit the Department of Health and Human Services’ Immune Hero website or Better Health Channel for further evidence-based advice on the Victorian Secondary School Vaccine Program, the vaccines and the diseases they protect against:

Please inform the College if you receive this anti-vaccination email as we have been asked to notify the Department.

It was a fantastic first week for our Year 7 group, ending with a fun afternoon at Elwood beach. Congratulations to the entire year level and their teaching team on a great start.

We hope to see parents and students at the Year 7 welcome barbecue on Wednesday, 28 February.

Rex W and Olivia P report on their first impressions of Elwood College.

Rex: Coming to Elwood has been amazing and very different from my primary school Ripponlea. I've made a lot of new friends and am enjoying it.

OliviaMy first week was very exciting, having new teachers, classmates and getting to know my way around. I found it very helpful meeting all together in the morning and after breaks. My favourite subject so far would have to be English. All the teachers were really kind and helpful, understanding that it was only our first week of high school. I have really enjoyed my experience so far and can't wait for the years to come!