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St Kilda Baseball Club is inviting Elwood College students to a free 'come and try' registration day on Sunday, 24 September 9.30am-11am at Tom O'Halloran Field, Hockley Drive, Albert Park. T-ball and baseball is on offer at the club for 6-16yo players. Competition commences mid-October.

Club Coordinator Jeff Kuhl is a parent at Elwood College. Any questions email eastonkuhl@ozemail.com.au or visit the club website www.stkildabaseball.org.au

Well done to the 80 students who represented Elwood College in the Beachside Athletics Carnival on Monday, 4 September. 

Special congratulations to the four students who were champions in their age groups: Enya Talbot (14yo girls), Marlon Trevitt (14yo boys), Jack Ranieri (16yo boys) and Liam Harari (17yo boys).

Evan Warman set a new record winning the 16yo boys Javelin, as did Marlon Trevitt winning the 14yo boys 400m.

This year we came fourth overall of the seven schools that competetd at Sandringham Athletics Club. However, the junior boys came second and the junior girls came third.

Listed below are all the students who won a place.

Forty students attended Ski Camp on 22-25 August. They also participated in the Inter-School Snow Sports, where Year 8 student Amy Richardson came 7th in the Giant Slalom and Year 10 student Amber Bristow came 10th in Snowboarding. Thanks to camp supervisors Mr Barr, Ms Paxton, Mr Lofgren and Mr Burton.

Amy Richardson reports.

The whole ski camp experience is completely unique and amazing. You cannot compare it to a trip to the snow with family or friends. While the odd food served at dinner and the boundaries set by teachers seemed annoying at the time, it all added up to a really memorable experience.

The movies in the cinemas, trips down to the supermarket and the pool and spa were all night activities included within the camp.

My participation in the skier slalom race would not have been able to happen if it were not for the school. I placed 7th in the race, which to me seemed surprising because of the looks of the competition. The girls competing in the race all had their own skis, and all good-looking ski gear expect for us Elwood girls. For me, those things seemed intimidating.

Over the four days, we had amazing weather. Aside from the second day, which had non-stop snow, there was sun almost all the time. The slopes were really good while skiing and snowboarding, and everyone had the best time. Like most, I am so excited to hopefully go back next year.

Richard Newton attended Elwood High 1965-1968. He was a brilliant electronic engineer who completed a Bachelor of Engineering and a Masters of Engineering Science at the University of Melbourne, and went on to carry out research at the University of California, Berkeley, College of Engineering. He became Dean there in 2000 until his death from pancreatic cancer in 2007. He was internationally renowned as a pioneer in electronic design automation and integrated circuit design, and a visionary leader in the technology industry.

His friend and fellow Elwood High student John Zeleznikow remembers Richard as someone who stood out both intellectually and physically. 

“Among the children of WWII refugees, who were primarily small and slight of build, he was a colossus.  He was naturally the school AFL ruckman and head prefect.  And he always had a girlfriend!

As one of the few Anglos in the school, he liked white bread and pies. In German class he often complained that the other kids had an advantage because they spoke Yiddish at home. His family, unfortunately, only spoke English.  He claimed descent from the great English physicist and mathematician Sr. Isaac Newton.

Richard was also an outstanding scholar; but unlike with his sporting prowess, he had competition in this domain. He majored in sciences, and did very well at Matriculation.  However he was not the school dux in 1968. That privilege was won by Tom Winter.

It was at University that Richard excelled. His ground-breaking research has led to the development of today’s super-computers. And he remained competitive. When I last met him in 2000, he asked me “How come you are not a professor yet?”. I became one two years later but this statement reinforced to me how driven Richard was.”

In a Berkeley University press release on January 7, 2007 Chancellor Robert Birgeneau said: "Rich Newton was a man of incomparable vision. Dynamic and entrepreneurial, he understood the power of engineering and technology in entirely new ways, and he connected them to addressing society's toughest problems. The vibrancy of his thinking shaped my own ideas about what engineering is and what it can be. This is an enormous loss for us at UC Berkeley, for California, and indeed for the international engineering community."

In the early 1970s, Newton met Donald Pederson, UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus of electrical engineering and computer sciences, and this meeting led to Newton's lifelong interest in electronic design automation (EDA). Pederson spearheaded the development of SPICE (Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis), “a computer simulation program that enables engineers to analyse and design complex electronic circuitry with speed and accuracy. At critical stages during its design process, virtually every electronic chip developed in the world today uses SPICE or one of its derivatives”.

Newton earned numerous awards throughout his career, including the 2003 Phil Kaufman Award, the highest recognition given for research and entrepreneurial contributions to the EDA industry.

From 1998 to 2002, Newton served as the founding director of the MARCO/DARPA Gigascale Silicon Research Center (GSRC), a major private-public partnership with the US government and the semiconductor industry which funds and coordinates long-range research at other major US universities.

He advised several venture capital firms and, according to Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, UC Berkeley professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, “He had an unmatched capability of marrying technical insights with industrial needs”.

Newton was well known for working to apply engineering technology to challenging social problems, close to home in California, as well as in developing countries.

After his death in 2007, Microsoft announced an academic award program for new, innovative applications of information technology in honour of Newton’s ideal.

He had been on the Microsoft Research Technical Advisory Board for many years.

Other awards and graduate scholarships have been established in his name in the field of automated electronic design and, in recognition of his work in encouraging women in technology, this included an Educator award to recognise innovative teaching practices.

Photo credit: Bart Nagel

References

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/06/business/06newton.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._Richard_Newton

http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2007/01/04_newton.shtml

Andrew Wirth attended Elwood High 1961-1965. Leading classroom discussion in Mr Green's Physics was a fantastic apprenticeship to a career teaching engineering at the University of Melbourne.

"Although I did not fully appreciate it at the time, Elwood High was just the school for me, a nerdy, non-sporty kid from Poland. The co-ed mixture of Aussies and migrants allowed me to stick to the more familiar 'wog ball' and better still to woodpushing (chess). 

I remember the teachers as dedicated and some, for example Mr Pittock, as inspiring. David brought the larger than life characters of Great Expectations alive. His modern literature reading list guided me for many post-school years. Heidi Earl's youthful enthusiasm also bore fruit. Some, like Miss Rowan, had a harder time of it. Her attempts to excite me about Mary Anne Evans (George Eliot) succeeded only in my middle age. On the other hand, I was fascinated by the school's daring production of Ionesco's (then new) absurdist play Rhinoceros.

It was a particular delight to discover there was a fellow nerd in my Form 2 (Year 8) class. Discussions about maths, physics and Mad magazines began then and continue still. In my last school year, our physics teacher, Mr Green, when asked a question he considered to be a 'curly one', would frequently encourage Barry and me to lead the classroom discussion. This experience, no doubt, as well as the work of the many fine maths and science teachers, like Mr Will and Mr Clift, contributed to our taking up university jobs.

A Melbourne University Bachelor of Science was followed by time at Monash, resulting in a PhD and marriage to a fellow maths post-grad. An academic career culminated in teaching mathematics to engineers and research in scheduling as an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Melbourne. Lecturing classes of 300-odd engineering students was an interesting challenge; chocolate frog bribes worked a treat. But the best fun was working with PhD students and colleagues on a variety of mathematical modeling topics.

Melbourne is a town obsessed by the question, which school did you go to? In my family, "oh they went to Elwood" is considered a badge of honour. The fact that about half the class of 1965 attended the 50-year reunion suggests that this view is widely shared. I am very grateful to my Elwood teachers and fellow students for showing me the way."

Andrew joined Melbourne University's business school in 1980 and moved to engineering in 1992. He is now on an honorary appointment dividing his time between supervising a PhD student, peer reviewing and most importantly being a grandfather. 

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