Clare Hutton is our new Director of Learning VCE. She joins us from Camberwell High but is no stranger to the Elwood neighbourhood, including having graced the stage at Phoenix Theatre as a youngster.

Tell us about your teaching career so far? Have you worked in a VCE leadership role before?

I started teaching 12 years ago at Camberwell High School, and taught there for 10 years.  In 2009 I took two years’ leave and taught in a local school in Hong Kong for a year, which was a fantastic experience.

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.

Our last newsletter featured news of Liam Mclachlan and Josh Caratelli winning the inaugural Australian STEM Video Game Challenge.

We weren't the only ones who thought Josh and Liam were big news. The Bayside Port Phillip Weekly Review and PC Mag also covered the story. Both published fantastic stories about our talented, passionate students.

Congratulations to Year 12 students Josh Caratelli and Liam McLachlan, who have won fantastic prizes and chosen to donate $1000 to Elwood College after creating their own video game.

Josh and Liam created ‘Smog Game’ for the first Australian STEM Video Game Challenge. They won the Year 9-12 Group Advanced category AND the Price Waterhouse Coopers People’s Choice Award.

“We were relatively confident Smog Game would do well, but to ‘clean sweep’ the awards is still quite a shock. It hasn’t really hit us yet,” Josh said.