Congratulations to Baseball State Champions Wesley Ka (Year 7) and Millar Kuhl (Year 8). The boys represented the Southern Mariners in the Junior League (U14) Baseball State Championship played in Geelong in March.

Their team was undefeated, winning the State Championship medals.

Wesley and Millar will now represent Victoria in the Junior League National Championship in Adelaide in late May.

Congratulations to our Under 15s Girls Touch Footy Team who have had great success and showed sensational team spirit at two events this year.

In February, with coach and former teacher Emma Robbins, 10 girls played in the Junior Touch Affiliate Cup (pictured top). They played six games and won third place.

Then on 20 March, a team of 12 girls headed to the Eastern Conference of the 2018 Victorian School Championships (pictured bottom). They won all five of their qualifying games, taking them straight to the Grand Final, which they also won. Ironically, this time they were competing against Miss Robbins in the grand final, who was coaching for her new school.

Well done to the following students who represented the College at one or both events. Year 9: Indigo Gaal, Lola-Jean James, Adele Kirkpatrick, Lily Ranieri, Amy Richardson, Maya Simmonds, Kitty Smyth, Amelie Whitfield and Bree Whorlton. Year 8: Brie Bartlett, Renee Warman and Georgia Skewes. Year 7: Maisy Evans.

The team is expecting to be invited to the next stage of the State Championships but is awaiting confirmation.

Zoe Eyles (middle) reports on the Year 12 Step Up Program.

With Year 12 finally upon us, the school year started differently than most. For the Step Up program, we stepped out of the classroom and headed to Elwood Sailing Club on the foreshore. Over two days we received advice on how to tackle our studies, deal with the stress we’re all looking forward to, and maintain a study/life balance.

On the first day, Ms Bentley spoke to us about pathways after VCE and the vast range of options available, including many specialised and unique courses. Talking about our goals beyond Year 12 made our real-world dreams feel that much closer. 2017 graduates Liza Clerehan, Jayde Elvey and Oliver Woods returned to candidly share their experiences of Year 12. We found their advice really valuable.

Mr Kinch talked us through stress management, meditation and the negative mentalities to avoid in Year 12. Many of us have since noticed how we’re getting to sleep much quicker after employing one of the mindfulness tricks he taught us. That day we also wrote letters intended for ourselves after finishing Year 12. We silently and earnestly scribbled away at this very personal and thought-provoking task.

The next day, we continued the Elwood College tradition of creating ‘memories bunting’. We wrote down our favourite high school memories on triangular pieces of paper to create a garland we will hang up. Unlike our letter-writing activity, this one was not at all silent – we had a good laugh together.

Later, in groups, we did beach exercise, goal setting and discussed the importance of creating support circles. Ensuring Year 12 is not all work and no fun, we brainstormed ideas for House and Year 12 events.

Presenters from Elevate also came to the school. We received explicit, targeted information on how we should study in order to get the best marks, and how to balance our study schedules with a healthy and social life.

We finished the Step Up program with an arsenal of tips and a plan of attack for the year.  Now it’s up to us to tackle this so-called ‘big year’, as only we can determine how much we achieve.


Year 10 students Liam and Angus Murphy report on the Beachside Intermediate lawns bowls tournament held in February.

Elwood College's Middle School fielded two teams in the regional tournament. We had a good competitive (and social) tournament meeting new people.

The second team won four of the five games and came equal third.

The first team won all their round games, only losing one end. The first team then played Melbourne High in the grand final, who were also undefeated. It went until the second last bowl of the game to have a decider. The final score was 5-2 in favour of Elwood, after scoring two shots in the last end.

Good job to the lawn bowls middle school teams which consisted of: Liam Murphy, Ethan Taylor Wallgren and Angus Murphy (pictured); Luke McIntyre, Finlay McKay and Marcus Tenenbaum; and our captain Mr Purcell.

Congratulations to the entire Year 7 group and their teaching team on a great first term. We had the fantastic beach day in the first week, the Family Welcome Night at the Elsternwick Bowls Club and a very successful camp.

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!