Message from the Director of Learning
- Mr. Tom Tahos
Year 9 and 10 students have been involved in various learning programs, in and outside their classroom. We are very proud of how they have conducted themselves at the various programs run by external providers, who offered some very positive feedback. Well done!!
As we approach the last few weeks of the year (before Headstart), I would like to take this opportunity to remind all Year 9 and 10 students about the following:
- iRead Program - all students are expected to bring reading material that is school appropriate to their Period 4 classes (except Wednesday's iCreate). Students will be involved in silent reading for 15 minutes. Please bring in reading material that you are interested in.
- Compass - keep checking Compass for upcoming events and news feeds as this is our main method of communication with our community.
- School uniform - students should now be wearing their summer school uniform.
- BYOD - please make sure that your electronic device is charged and that you bring it to class.
- Care for your learning - this includes ensuring an attendance rate of at least 90%, being punctual to all classes and engaging with your learning by bringing all required equipment and completing class tasks. I would like to remind all students that if you are involved in extra- curricular activities and leadership roles, you must continue to keep up to date with your classwork.
Mr. Tom Tahos
Year 9\10 Chinese Excursion Day
Last Tuesday, our Chinese class went to the IMAX theatre and visited the University of Melbourne and had rice noodles together. In the movie, the giant pandas were round, fat and very adorable. The endangered animals were also the national treasure of China. It showed that we must protect the giant pandas together.
Jason Sakolkraisorn, Cindy Liong, Emily Liong
Then we went to Melbourne University and aimed to complete our survey; asking what people think about China’s relationship with Australia, as well as the cultural differences between the two countries. However at the beginning, when we tried asking questions some university students turned us down and claimed they had no time, which was embarrassing. Thanks to Ms Zeng’s help, we successfully completed our survey task. Persistence was quite important.
Yiting Zhong, Louis Ng and Michelle Dang
After the interviews, we ate at a restaurant called “Colourful Yunnan”. We all spoke Mandarin to order food. We had all sorts of rice noodles and fried rice and drinks. The food was delicious! As the old Chinese saying goes, “you can see a person’s character at a dining table”. Everyone displayed their unique characters at the table. We celebrated our friendship and upheld our school values, by sharing food and drinks and caring about each other. We all learnt a lot from each other through this lunch, such as serving others before ourselves and being true to ourselves.
Jessica Dang and Jenny Gu
Generally speaking, this day was fantastic. We had a really fun time. We not only learnt the language better, but also how to cultivate our good character. Hopefully we will have more opportunities in the future to explore the beauty of Mandarin and this wonderful city—Melbourne!
Huiquan Wang and Tien Vu
In2Science Mentoring Partnership Program
On Monday, 15th of October, Ms Luong's Year 9 science class had the opportunity to learn and be taught by our In2Science mentor, Ellis Williams, who is passionate about aviation. Ellis demonstrated theory and practical activities to the students, after which they built and competed in a paper plane competition. The students were asked multiple questions regarding the purpose of plane parts and structures of a plane.
Westall Secondary College was lucky to host another 2 In2Science mentors this semester. Eric Dickson was based in our iCreate Stem elective, and Alexandra Tobin assisted in one of our Year 10 Maths classes.
We would like to thank our In2Science mentors for volunteering their time and helping our students. We wish them all the best of luck!
Ms. Loan Luong-Nguyen
Last week was History Week!
This is a time to think about why we study history and what effect history has on us, as people and as a country. The study of history enables us to examine the past and understand the patterns of change over time, the causes and effects of events from then and the impacts felt today. It is important to study history at school to enable us to have knowledge of our place in the modern world and the events that have shaped us.
Please take the time to have a look at the display celebrating history in the A-corridor (outside the A staffroom), set up by the Humanities teachers.
Socrates quote: “The unexamined life is not worth living”
Ms. Sue Stenning
Year 10 Maths Probability Workshop
Westall Secondary College had the opportunity for presenters from Connect Health come to our school to discuss the close relationship between probability and gambling. It was fantastic to see the students discussing and explaining the issues in today’s society in relation to probability.
Ms. Loan Luong-Nguyen
Science Coordinator & Maths Teacher