There were thankfully no tears when 8C took a closer look at onions last week. Head of Science Jess Karunaratne took happy snaps. Thanks to students Chloe Gent and Teodora Boskovska for their reports.

Chloe: "In Year 8 science we are studying microbes and today we looked at a plant cell. We made our own onion slides to look at under the microscopes. We put blue dye on it so we could clearly see the cells. Everyone was able to have a look at each other’s and some people had different colours. I think everyone enjoyed having a look at the cells."

School Co-Captain Taylor Dale reports on the Step Up Seminar held on 3-4 February.

Year 12 is generally considered to be one of the most daunting years of schooling. With the stress of exams in the not too distant future, and the uncertainty of how to survive it all, the 2015 class of Year 12 was treated to a two-day seminar teaching us how to “step up” to the challenge.

Our Year 7s have had a fantastic start to high school. Thanks to Naomi James for this fantastic report on her first week at Elwood College. Naomi is pictured here (centre) with new friends Molly and Aurora.

A reminder for all students and parents in 2015. Students who are absent from school or late to school must have permission from their Parent or Guardian. The Parent/Guardian needs to provide notice using one of the following procedures:

Every year Elwood College students assist with the Enhanced Learning Program at Elwood Primary. Read how the program engages students and builds ‘social capital’ in Elwood.

The noise in the learning room tells you everything. Or, in this case, the lack of noise. All is calm as students and mentors work in smalls groups on learning games and personal projects.

“If they’re quiet and busy, it tells you they’re engaged. It’s always like this. They just love it,” says program coordinator Jenny Zimbachs.