Principal's Note: Term 1 Ends

Hello everyone

The time has come to wish all students, parents and staff well for the Term 1 break. We end the term with our new building walls in place (pictured). What a different view we came back to on Monday after a weekend of building! We can expect more progress over the school holidays too.

All year levels have made a great start to the year. From the Year 12 Step-Up Program, which college co-captain Liza Clerehan writes about so positively later in the newsletter, through to our wonderful Year 7 transition. This week our Year 7s were on camp in The Grampians, while the Year 9s were learning about managing their own health in Wellbeing Week and Year 10 students planned their futures during Pathways Week. There is always something going on at Elwood College!

I would like to acknowledge the service of two outgoing members of School Council Sue Constable and Raj Sidhu. Raj served as a parent representative on the School Council and was a member of the Buildings and Grounds Committee during a crucial period of change for the college. Thank you Raj! Sue Constable's service to Elwood College has spanned almost a decade, throughout and beyond the years her daughters Nuala and Niamh attended, and I can't say enough about what she has achieved. During her years as School Council President Sue devoted incredible energy and skill to campaign for our Masterplan funding (among many other contributions!). She lobbied politicians, harnessed the media and led a very successful community campaign, partly through the creation of the Friends of Elwood College Facebook page, which she continues to run with great success. Despite retiring from School Council, Sue is continuing her service to the college, documenting the stories of our alumni, which you can read in our newsletters and on the website. I have greatly enjoyed working alongside Sue and been inspired by her passion for this college and public education in general. Thank you Sue!

We now welcome three new members to the School Council: Hamish Derricks, Anna Raftery and Kerryn Stubbs. Kerryn will also convene the Parents of Elwood group. There is still one place on the School Council for a Community member (this can be a parent or a member of the community); please see college admin if you are interested.

I look forward to welcoming everyone back for a productive and energetic Term 2. Highlights will include the House Athletics Carnival, Year 8 Camp, our annual Open Night and the SRC Talent Night! You can find all these dates in the following newsletter item. Also, we will be opening the uniform shop on the first two Fridays of Term 2 for the sale of winter uniform (predominantly blazers). Opening hours will be 1pm-4pm, Friday 21 April and 28 April.

Warm Regards

Rhonda Holt