- Mrs. Sue Simadri
It is the time of year when Year 11 students are asked to step up and nominate themselves for leadership roles in 2019. We were impressed, not only with the number of students who applied, but also, with the confidence in which they were able to articulate their vision for an even better Westall Secondary College! Twenty-four Year 11 students put themselves forward for the prominent positions of School Captains. After a lengthy process of workshops, written applications, interviews and speeches to their peers and staff, the following students have been selected to represent the student body and the college for 2019:
– Sally Maele and Angie Koeng
School Vice Captains
– Ra San Be and Rachel Carnahan
– Marakat Deng
Sport and Wellbeing Captain
– Jason Phan
Junior School Captains
– Kellana Carnahan and Zaima Seyed
Middle School captains
– Krista Puia and Jacky Balalovski
Congratulations to all students who were successful in securing a leadership role for next year. We look forward to working with you. Congratulations also to all those who were not successful. It takes a great deal of courage to put yourself out there and be vulnerable! We are equally proud of you and your efforts, and trust that you will apply to other positions of student leadership that will be advertised in the not too distant future.
Thank you to Mr Bandara for leading these selection processes.
The College Graduation Night was held on Thursday, 29th November, at the Clayton Church of Christ. We acknowledged our highest performing students across the school, particularly those in Year 12, in academic as well as co-curricular areas. We were delighted to have a former Westall student, Sina Ghiassi from the Class of 2011, as our guest speaker. He was an engaging speaker and spoke of his experience as a new student at the Westall Language Centre, and how he surpassed teacher expectations to transition to mainstream school in just 6 months. This is encouraging for our current students to hear, and believe that they too can quickly learn the English language to the desired level to transition into mainstream school, provided that they have the determination and are willing to practise!
The Class of 2018 celebrated their successful completion of secondary school with their families, friends and teachers. They gathered together, enjoying a variety of nibbles prior to the presentations. It was wonderful to see them all on stage receiving their certificates of completion, presented by Mr Lanarus. A number of them were also recognised for academic excellence in specific subjects.
Congratulations, Class of 2018!!
On the morning of Friday 1st December, we had the opportunity to recognise and applaud more than a hundred students across the college, for their achievements in the areas of sport and leadership, applied learning, as well as excellence in the academic field. Guests included parents and a number of employers from local businesses, who support our students through the provision of apprenticeships and training. Congratulations to all award recipients, who should be very proud of their accomplishments this year! The 2019 School Captains were fantastic in their conduction of the entire assembly!
Semester 2 Reports
It is the time of year that parents and students look forward to, namely, the Semester Two Reports! This term, our staff have been busy completing their assessments and preparing this feedback. Reports will be available on Compass via the parent login: click ‘View Academic Reports’ and select ‘2018 – Semester Two’. Parents will have access to their child’s report as of 4pm on Wednesday, 19th December. If you have any issues in accessing your child’s report or with any aspect of the report, please contact the General Office on 9546 3233 before Friday, 21st December.
Wishing you a safe and restful summer break!
First day back for students is Wednesday 30th January 2019.
Tournament of Champions
Monineath Seang Yr 7
International student, Monineath Seang, represented Australia and Westall Secondary College in the World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions. Congratulations Monineath!!
World Scholar’s Cup is a global competition with four sections that include debating, collaborative writing, team challenge and scholar bowls. Besides these academic competitions, we also get to experience scavenger hunts, scholar ball, and cultural fair. First, we must be qualified in the regional round in order to continue to the global round. This is when all scholars from different countries join in one of the chosen global rounds. There were 3 big global rounds this year, they were: Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur and Barcelona. I attended the Melbourne Global round and got 1 gold medal and two silver medals. And so, my team got qualified for the Tournament of Champions. Then this is when I continued my journey to the Tournament of Champions in Yale University from 16th of November to 20th of November. There were 1600 scholars in the junior division from 58 different countries. I got 1 silver medal for writing on my first try for the Tournament of Champion.