Hello Everyone

After a fantastic finish to their school education (including a wonderful Valedictory Dinner with family and friends), our Year 12s are now well into their second week of exams, which are taking place in the Science and Language Centre.  As they entered their first exam last week (English), it was hard to believe that this would be the last time that they assembled as a ‘whole’ group at school.  We look forward to their official farewell at Presentation Night on 22 November at St Kilda Town Hall. Whether your child is an award recipient or part of the performance program or not, it would be wonderful to have you come along with your child and celebrate the successes of the year. 

While the building work continues to accelerate in what feels like continually diminishing grounds (at the moment), our students have been fantastic – without complaint. We are now slightly behind in the construction schedule. The estimated new building ‘handover’ date is 12 December 2017. It looks fantastic from the outside and ‘absolutely’ fantastic from the inside!  So the wait will be well worth it.  

Refurbishment has now commenced on the second floor of the Glenhuntly Road building.  The estimated completion date for the second floor is the first day of the new school year.  Refurbishment on the first floor and in the admin area will commence in December with an estimated completion by the end of February 2018.

The last of our ‘old’ buildings will be demolished in March 2018.

With increasing numbers, a new modular three-storey building will also be in place by March 2018 and in December this year we are expecting the arrival of two brand new, air-conditioned portables to provide additional teaching and learning spaces.

Our Environment Committee is now working on our grounds master plan, which will provide direction for all work over the next few years.  Students have provided feedback as to what they would like to have access to during their recess and lunchtime breaks. 

Lots of interesting reports and fantastic student photos further in this newsletter – from sport and camps to performing arts.  

Please set aside a little bit of time on Sunday 26 November (between 1pm and 4pm) to help celebrate our 60th birthday.

Warm Regards
Rhonda Holt

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.
Another fantastic effort by our school community over the weekend, with 18 volunteers raising more than $500 for the college by helping at the City2Sea fun run.
Our crew handed out medals, food and drink at the finish line and helped run baggage collection at Catani Park, St Kilda on Sunday 12 November. 
Head of Physical Education Emma Robbins said: "Everyone was outstanding. When things got busy we filled and handed out 1500 cups of water in 20 minutes! We also had fun cheering on Mr Alexander who was running on the day." Year 12 Learning Leader James Alexander is pictured here with Miss Robbins at the finish line.
A huge thank you to: Miss Robbins (who was also volunteering her time); parents Melinda Mancell and Sharina and Neale Delves; and students Bonnie Grining, Maggie Lambrechts, Eliza Fry, Sayler Delves, Brie Bartleet, Sophia Hodych, Choekyi Tenzin, Blanche Flaster, Angus Murphy, Liam Murphy, Holly Elms and Renee Warman.
The money will go towards sports equipment.
Also pictured are Bang Wombat band members Marven Lim and Jackson Clothier performing en route.

1-24 November: VCE written exams.

Saturday, 11 November: Elwood Farmers Market, 9am-1pm, Elwood College.

Wednesday, 22 November: Presentation Evening, St Kilda Town Hall.

Saturday, 25 November-Sunday, 3 December: Great Victorian Bike Ride.

Sunday, 26 November 1pm-4pm: 60th anniversary celebration

Monday, 27 November-Friday, 1 December: Academic Progression (students commence 2018 classes).

Friday, 8 December: Last day of canteen. Year 11 final day.

Saturday, 9 December: Elwood Farmers Market, 9am-1pm, Elwood College.

Friday, 22 December: Term 4 concludes.

All students, families and staff are invited to our 60th anniversary celebration on Sunday, 26 November 1pm-4pm. The event will be held in the Science and Language Centre.

We have been reaching out to past students and teachers who attended Elwood College and before that, Elwood Secondary and Elwood High School. It would be wonderful to have a mix of current and past students attend on the day.

There will be music from alumni band Coco Chill, memorabilia and one last chance to tour B Block before its impending demolition. Due to building works, only a small part of the school will be open (all with wheelchair access). Despite unforeseen delays in our building program, we have decided to maintain the anniversary date due to strong interest from alumni.

Parent and student volunteers are invited to assist with organising memorabilia displays, running the registration desk and catering a Devonshire tea.
Please email if you can assist. Thank you to the parents who have already offered their time.

If you are in contact with former students or teachers, please invite them along. 
Alumni are asked to RSVP with their name, maiden name (if relevant) and the years they attended by emailing