The day our basketball courts became a skate park! Our Year 7s had a 'wheely' great time learning to skate, as part of their academic progression activities moving into Year 8.

Our second Year 7 orientation day was a success on Thursday, 24 November. The Grade 6 students had fun in the science lab, met key Junior Schoo staff and got to know students from other primary schools. We will see our 2018 Year 7s one more time before the year ends on the Statewide Transition Day on 12 December.

Year 11 student Zoe Eyles reports: This year’s Great Victorian Bike Ride was definitely dramatic while it lasted – we were riding 111 flat kilometres in sweltering heat one day, and being drenched in rain rolling up and down a beautiful hilly landscape the next. Besides getting up at 5:30am to cycle, the queues and setting up/taking down tents each day, we enjoyed spending time at the beaches, visiting the towns we stopped in, having night-time card championships, our daily awards ceremony, being subjected to terrible jokes (chiefly Mr Purcell) and getting to know new people. The event was finally cancelled on account of the torrential downpour, but let the record show that we stuck it out until the end, one of the few schools left camping in the flooded football field. Thanks to all the teachers, parents and other students for making the 2017 Great Vic so much fun.

Year 10 student Hugo Radovanovic explains the memorable moment in the final image: This photo of Noah (Bakos) and I was taken on one of the hottest and longest days of The Great Victorian Bike Ride 2017. We thought as a bit of a laugh that we would impersonate one of the most unique styles of cycling fashion Europe has to offer so "WE WENT EURO". After we decided on the look, we needed to emphasise it and really make it memorable. The both of us turned around quietly to make sure no one noticed us, we hid behind some bushes and waited for our riding group to realise we were gone and head back our way. Once we spotted them coming back, we came out from the bushes on our bikes (Euro style) - giving everyone a solid laugh and a memorable moment of this year's Great Vic.

Thanks to Scott Burton, Tessa Henley and Tim Purcell, who again ably guided our crew on the journey.

Parents Paula Harding, Tim Gray, Fiona Clothier, Randall McDonnell, Christiane Mueller, David Roche and former student/parent team Niamh and Fred Clarke joined us as helpers on the ride. They were also instrumental in coaching and supporting students on all the training rides, along with Simon Willshire, Alex Commeignes, Louise Roche, Dean Clothier and Alison Raaymakers (who was also present and assisting Seahorses on the ride while being a Bicycle Network volunteer). Thank you to all these parents and friends: they really do make the Great Vic possible every year.

Congratulations to Georgie Stone and D'artagnan Holt on being named College Captains for their final year at Elwood College. Both have been very active participants in College life since they started here.

Thank you to our outgoing Captains Anton Merakovsky and Liza Clerehan (second picture) who did a wonderful job leading the student body and representing the College at many formal events in 2017.

Anton and Liza formally handed over the reins to Georgie and D'Art at Presentation Evening.

Here's what D'Art and Georgie had to say about their new roles:

D'Art: "Looking ahead to 2018, we are very excited to be moving into the new space, and we are privileged as College Captains to help share the opportunities we have had in the past five years to each member of the College community. With a growing student body, it is paramount that we grow together celebrating diversity in an inclusive safe community while fostering academic, creative and sporting excellence. I am humbled to be College Captain and honoured to be working with Georgie. See you in 2018!"

Georgie: "This school, and all the staff and students in it, have supported us so much. They have not only taught us, but also shaped us, grown with us. We both want to give back to our community as best we can. I look forward to being able to work with the students, teachers and of course, D’Art, to help further the growth of our great school. In particular, I want to use my connection with a vast array of students and teachers to promote diversity and inclusiveness, and encourage others to speak up."

A message from the City of Port Phillip:

Our City is growing - with more and more people sharing our streets and our spaces. How do we fit more people into the same amount of space without impacting the things we value most?

Council is developing an Integrated Transport Strategy, which will set the direction for the way we use our streets, including transport, parking and great places.

Please visit Council's Have Your Say website for more information, including the following:

  • Watch the short video (link to YouTube)
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  • Read the Position Paper outlining Council's current ideas on what needs to be achieved to address Port Phillip's transport problem (5.05mb DOCX)

Take the survey and help shape the Integrated Transport Strategy before Monday 4 December 2017.