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Congratulations to Year 8 student Kitty Smyth and and our Head of Sport Emma Robbins who both won silver medals at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide in December.

Kitty represented Victoria in the Under 15s Touch Football team, for which Miss Robbins was the Manager and Assistant Coach.

Their team competed in the Touch Football Australian Plate and came second. Kitty was also voted 'most improved player'. She trained with the State team for six months following her selection.

Miss Robbins will again coordinate Under 15 squads for boys and girls who want to represent Elwood College in inter-school Touch Football in 2018.

Jayde Elvey was in a happy "state of shock" following her ATAR result of 91.35.
 
"Next year I hope to embark on completing a Bachelor of Arts, exploring my interests in humanities to eventually become a teacher. I love History and Literature, so I am very excited to study this further and hopefully teach it in the classroom one day.
 
My ATAR is beyond anything I had ever thought I could achieve, and I am still in a state of shock as I write this. I am hopeful of getting into my first preference of a Bachelor of Arts course at Melbourne University.
 
I attribute my achievements this year to my wonderful teachers, who supported me unceasingly on my journey. I felt truly encouraged at Elwood. The small class sizes meant that I had no qualms in asking my teachers for clarification and help. I was also able to develop personal relationships with my teachers, namely Mrs McDonald and Mrs Bolding, who offered me motivation when I needed it. I thank all my teachers as well as Ms Bentley who made the application and VTAC process very smooth."

Caitlyn achieved an ATAR of 90.40 and thanked her teachers for their VCE support and nurturing her love of Science.

"I’m hoping to undertake a Bachelor of Science at Monash University. I achieved a higher ATAR than I’d hoped for yet my first preference at Melbourne University required a prerequisite score that I just fell short of. It’s a bit disappointing but I’m sure Monash will be equally as amazing! Without the help of so many of my teachers I doubt I would have gotten the score I did. Alongside their willingness to help with any problem I’d come with, I would attribute my love of Science to their inspirational knowledge and outlook. Most notably Ms Bentley, Miss Pritchard and Mr Barr. Bless their souls."

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Sunday, 26 November to celebrate our 60-year anniversary. 

We were delighted by the huge turnout and the incredibly positive feedback from past students. Here are just a few of the comments from social media and email:

"It was great to catch up with great friends from the original intake in 1957." Lea Levy

"I certainly enjoyed catching up with people from different year levels! Thankyou to the staff and students and the band." Bob Cvetkovic

"A final peep of the last old building before it gets demolished, and takes the old memories with it. Thanks to all the many people who helped make this day successful with the photos and memorabilia on display, the band and the people who made all the delicious food." Geli Rice

"Thank you all concerned for organising the event. I met so many (past students) I have lost count! They came from overseas and from interstate and from Melbourne. It was crush indeed! The noise was just amazing!" Irene Jablonka

This event would not have been possible without a huge effort by staff, parents and students. A special nod to Todd Asensio, Bridget Kosla-Brown, Dot Whellans and the admin and maintenance teams for making it all happen despite being in the midst of a major building program!

Koon Lau ably led our parent volunteers, including Miru Iser, Vicki Wilson, Greg Elms, Anne Murphy, Belinda Daly, Salvatori Lolicato and Nick Leening. With the help of students, Kerryn Stubbs, Andrea Turner and Sue Leening served up 400 scones at the Devonshire tea! Yvette Eyles ran the incredibly busy registration desk and Shayne Sidhu sold our fundraiser cookbooks. This list may not be conclusive; apologies to anyone we have missed.

Former parent and school council president Sue Constable spent more than a year interviewing past students and compiling their stories, which our current school council president Michael Mulcahy transformed into wonderful displays for the event. You can read these stories on our Past Students page.

While the physical setting of the college is changing before our eyes, the anniversary showed that the incredible sense of community at Elwood has been a common theme for six decades.

Hello everyone

It has been another fantastic year of hard work, achievement and challenge for our students and staff.

Our Year 12 students received their ATAR scores on Friday with very pleasing results. Of those who sat the VCE exams, 18 per cent of our students achieved an ATAR above 90! We are very proud of every student who completed their final year with us, regardless of their score, particularly those who struggled against the odds to complete the exams.

Special congratulations to our College Dux Frank Ward, with an impressive ATAR of 97.95. We also had a perfect score of 50 achieved by Year 11 student Henry Lucas in Year 12 Visual Communication & Design. We are delighted to share more individual results and student reactions later in this newsletter.

Thank you to our wonderful teachers and support staff for their dedication this year. And, thank you to all the parents who have supported our students to achieve their best and make the most of the many co-curricular opportunities on offer - we know we make life busy for you at times! 

Term 1 resumes for students on Wednesday, 31 January. We will move into our beautiful new building in the new year. I personally can't wait to share this exciting time with the college community.

Until then, I wish everyone a very happy, safe and relaxing holidays.

Warm Regards

Rhonda Holt

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