The Grapevine 17-09-2021
From the Principal's desk
Thank you to all of the parents and carers who booked in for parent teacher interviews with their children’s teachers. The most effective way we can support our students with their learning and success at school is when school and home, work together, in the best interests of each child. If you did not get an opportunity to book in a time with any of your child’s teachers, you are welcome to make contact with them directly or call through to the front office to make an appointment.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our parents and carers for once again stepping in this term, during remote learning times, to take on the role of substitute teachers while our students were learning from home. It has been a big commitment this term for many of our families, and where you may also be juggling your own jobs, babies, house duties, your own health and wellbeing and the uncertainty of lockdowns, your resilience and commitment to your child’s learning is to be commended. There will be a small gift in the post for all of our families, as a way of saying thank you. Please keep a look out for it.
Thank you to the children who participated in the Book Week – create your own book competition. All of these children will have their stories copied and put on display in the library for students and community members to read and borrow. Please join me in congratulating the following students: Peyton Wright, Jed & Hamish MacIntosh, Sze Qing Poh, Sze Lei Poh and River Watson.
It has been fantastic to see so many students being recognised this week for their high levels of attendance and engagement with their learning. Whether it be participation in Webex classes, completing and submitting school work or engaging with their teachers over the phone and via Compass, our students have done some great work in remaining focussed this term. We are looking forward to this remote learning period ending and hopefully we can go back to having everyone on site again in Term 4.
On behalf of everyone at Robinvale College I would like to thank Larissa Cardwell who has been a casual relief teacher for the last two terms. Larissa will be finishing up with us at the end of this term. Wishing Dusty Lee and John Mannix all the best also, with both staff going on leave for Term 4. We hope you both enjoy a well-deserved break.
Please join me in welcoming two new staff to the college. Romany Adcock joins us in an education support role in administration. Celeste Hill joins us as a primary teacher. Both ladies will start at the beginning of Term 4.
I will be taking sick leave for the first 7 weeks of Term 4, to undergo knee replacement surgery. Nathan Black (Principal Liaison, NWVR region) will be stepping in as Acting Principal during this time. Please join me in welcoming Nathan to our college community.
On behalf of all our staff at Robinvale College, I would like to wish all of our students and their families a safe, relaxing and joy filled holidays. Please stay safe, take care of one another and we look forward to seeing you again in Term 4.
Miss Sara Broster, Principal
Hi, I am Mara Richards and I have the privilege of being the President of the College Council. This involves a lot of learning (pardon the pun!) and we have a lot of interesting things to do and decide upon together with the College Principal and staff.
We are a voluntary group that may have or may not have children in the College but all share a passion for making the College the best it can be.
My day job is in the role of CEO of the local health service, Robinvale District Health Services (RDHS) and I am a Registered Nurse of some 40 years plus! In managing the health service there are many similarities to the Governance needs of an organisation such as Robinvale College. I have worked and lived in this community for 9 years now and love the place and its unique communities blended in the best possible way! I enjoy my gardening and walking my 4 legged “fur baby” and you may see me on the local oval daily for his “Lordship’s” exercise routine.
We, as a Council are confident that we have the best intentions to provide for a learning environment that is successful, meaningful and safe for all of our students and staff! We want the College to be a place of welcome to the community and that is you as students, teaching staff, families of students and yes the general community.
If you have some thoughts on any improvements we can make please let us know, by contacting Sara Broster, the Principal, or any of her “frontline” staff. The College is here for you all and we want to hear from you as we are truly interested in your opinion. If you have had any experience with us that has been positive or not we want to know. As a College we cannot improve without feedback and it is very welcome, as you are, to our grounds.
I have been a part of this wonderful community for the last 12 years. My children attended Robinvale College from the time we moved here in 2009 until the completion of their schooling.
Some of my work is centred around the school as the Partnership Manager of Our Place, the other half of my time is spent as the Early Years Coordinator at RDHS. I am fortunate to work within this community that is definitely home to my husband and I and is the place my children come home to.
I am a community member on school council and enjoy learning more about the school and how I can help the school and therefore the community. I hold the position of Treasurer on the School council.
9-12 Building News
Whilst the students were off site recently the 9-12 Building had some new wall art decals fitted from Exposed Signage and Apparel. Our school motto and house colors had an upgrade and also the SRC came up with some inspirational quotes that we had put up. Special thanks to all who contributed to making this happen.
Meet Robin our school Carecrow, that’s right not Scarecrow a Carecrow!
The idea of the Carecrow came about in this last lockdown as ordinary families made Carecrows out of whatever items they had around the house. Carecrows are meant to lift spirits and provide support for mental health.
Currently Robin sits outside the KGA so come over and say “hi”, trust me he’s a great listener 😊.
New secure bike and scooter enclosure
The new secure bike and scooter enclosure area is between the library and the pool.
Bikes and scooters are now to enter the school via the George St entrance.The Students must dismount when entering the school grounds, out the front of the library, then walk the bike/scooter through the gate beside the canteen, and into the enclosure. When leaving in the afternoon, bikes and scooters must not be ridden until they are out of the school grounds. Students are encouraged to bring their own cable lock to secure their helmet to their bike/scooter when it is placed in the enclosure. The enclosure will be locked between 9.30am and 2.30pm. Access between these times must be sought from the office.
Youth Support program
Ashlee and Will would like to let the College Community know they are working from the Robinvale Resource Centre each Wednesday.
If you or your child would like more information on eligibility and referral please: Follow the link to the Youth Inc Website: https://youth.swanhill.vic.gov.au/empower-youth-program/
Call the Youth Inc office ~ (03) 5036 2482
Book Week – create your own book competition
Peyton Wright, Jed & Hamish MacIntosh, Sze Qing Poh, Sze Lei Poh and River Watson have had their stories copied and put on display in the library for students and community members to read and borrow. Absent from photos River Watson and Sze Qing Poh.
Virtual Cross Country
Congratulation to the Virtual Cross Country participants Claudia Pulvermueller from year 11, who completed a 3km walk or run and Jed MacIntosh from year 2, who completed a 1km walk or run.