Year 7 students had a beautiful morning at the "unveiling" of Elwood's sundial, on the grass along the canal near the end of Keats Street. A group of 12 students attended the ceremony on Thursday 20 July, alongside other community representatives, Elwood Primary, Port Phillip councillors and staff, Melbourne Water and media.
Celeste Walters, local resident, children's author and former Elwood Primary teacher, kindly gifted the sundial to the City of Port Phillip. Celeste wanted to make a long-term contribution to the community that could engage all passers-by in an educational, scientific and enjoyable way. The sundial also provides opportunities for students to learn about time, navigation and the seasons, as well as for all residents to experience this ancient form of time-telling.
Elwood students feasted on Celeste's tales of old times and new, all the while munching on choc chip cookies for morning tea.


Elwood College is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of our school. The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents at each school.

It is designed to assist our school in gaining an understanding of parents’ perception of school climate, student engagement and relationships with our parent community. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

The survey will be conducted online by ORIMA Research Pty Ltd and only takes 15 minutes to complete. The survey can be accessed via desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile at any convenient time within the fieldwork period from Monday 7 August to Sunday 27 August.

Approximately 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous.

The online survey is available in English, Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (Hakha) and Hindi.

Survey language guides will be provided in a range of languages including Albanian, Bengali, Burmese, Cantonese, Dari, Filipino, Greek, Gujarati, Indonesian, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Macedonian, Malayalam, Pashto, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Sinhalese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Turkish or Urdu.

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Congratulations to Year 8 student Darcy Fountain who represented the Southern Metro region in AFL in June.

Darcy was selected for the Under 13 Division 1 team after training with the interleague squad throughout autumn, along with playing for his club St Peter's FC in Bentleigh.

Despite his team losing their interleague match, Darcy managed to win Best on Ground thanks to his two goals and great work in the ruck.

We have started learning about Respectful Relationships as part of our health, physical education and resilience curriculum.

Respectful Relationships is a new $21.8 million program in all Victorian schools, in response to the Royal C​ommission into Family Violence. Evidence presented showed the effectiveness of schools in addressing the attitudes, beliefs and knowledge that support violence.

Elwood College has also been selected as a Leading School, guiding local partner schools (primary and secondary) to implement a whole school approach.

As well as teaching age-appropriate curriculum, each school will review its practices and policies to ensure it is modelling respectful relationships and gender equality across the school community.

As a Leading School, Elwood College is taking part in a three-year research program, which will examine the impact of the program on student attitudes. Students will be asked to complete six surveys over the three years. Parental consent is required – a letter and form will be distributed via Compass shortly.

Our teachers have already started teaching the curriculum from Years 7-12, using resources provided by the Department of Education and Training.

Assistant Principal Scott Burton said the new material complements our existing Health and PE programs and The Resilience Project.

The learning materials are designed to develop student’s social and emotional capabilities, build healthy and respectful relationships, support decision making and create positive gender relations. The initiative will also provide resources to best support young people who are affected by family violence.

Lawyer John Gdanksi attended Elwood High from 1974–75. He is a Board Member and Life Member of the St Kilda Football Club.