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OURS Week 9 Term 4 2023


Principal’s Report

Courage to Care

As part of our broader Holocaust studies curriculum, the Year 9 students participated in the Courage to Care program this week. Additionally, the program seeks to create awareness of the adverse community impact associated with racism, prejudice and discrimination. The Victorian Program also places a specific focus on challenging bystander behaviour.

Thank you to our Year 9 Coordinators Mr Roberts and Ms De Bomford for overseeing the arrangements.

Nepal Trip

Our Nepal trip is going well, and the students have begun their 21-day journey which includes treks in some of the world’s most amazing terrain. Furthermore, the students will be undertaking a community service project in one of the villages. Thank you to Mr Sette the Team Leader and Mr Cogo, Mr Owen and Mr Hatton who are accompanying and supporting the group.

Shark Tank

This week marked the culmination of the 2023 Arts Entrepreneurship challenge with three teams facing off in a ‘shark tank’ in an attempt to secure funding and support for their proposed business venture. It was ‘Cratefellas’ who won on the day with their Art in a Box idea, but all participants need to be congratulated for their hard work and dedication. I anticipate all three teams will get some support from the ‘sharks’ to help advance their ideas.

A sincere thank you to Mr Marotta who has coordinated activities and liaised with our external partners Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Leadership Council over the past 12 months. Their members have provided many hours of mentoring and business advice to our budding entrepreneurs.

Prospective Medical Students – Mock Interviews

Many Melbourne High School students study medicine. To help prepare prospective students for entry, mock interviews have been undertaken in recent years. This week a group of current Monash Medical School students (ex- MHS between 2019 and 2022) provided a talk and conducted mock interviews for prospective Monash medical students. It was very successful. Thank you to Mr Theodoropoulos for organising the event.

One of the student presenters Rahul Kakria (Class of 2019).

National Chess Competition – Adelaide

Six students accompanied by Assistant Principal Mr Drew and teacher Ms El Aggad have participated in a national chess competition this weekend. Results will be posted next week.

Five Highs Cricket Competition – Sydney

A team of Year 10 and 11 boys are in Sydney participating in the annual Five Highs Competition. The competition began 40 years and brings together high performing cricket students from five public schools around Australia. Each school takes a turn in hosting. This year we will be hosted by Sydney Boys’ High. Our team are in the very capable hands of Mr Fitzgerald and Mr Fall who have led many a cricket delegation over the years!

Dr Tony Mordini