Our annual Celebration Night will take place this week on Tuesday 11 October from 4-6pm on our Woodend Campus.
Celebration Night is a traditional element of the College Calendar, providing an opportunity every year for students, staff, and families to come together and recognise achievement, service, and leadership. The evening, which is a compulsory event for students and staff, will be held on our Woodend Campus for the first time this year with families bringing chairs and watching the formalities across two large stages. There will be food trucks present, and a live stream link will be shared for any families who aren’t able to attend (the link will be shared via SEQTA message from Mr Deer).
Unfortunately, especially given the recent wet weather, there isn’t enough parking for all families to park onsite (the last thing we want is for all our families’ cars to be bogged in the front paddock after the event!). Priority parking will be given to invited guests, with a bus service running between Woodend train station (south side) and the College to shuttle all others. Students will arrive onsite from the Mount Macedon Campus via bus and the normal bus services will run to take all students home after the event (buses will stop at all usual stops as per the standard routes, approximately two hours later than usual).
For safety reasons, cars will not be able to access the Woodend Campus after 3:00pm so all collections must be done prior to this time.
We are grateful to our College Community for their flexibility and understanding following the last minute date change, and to everyone who has worked to make our Celebration Night a reality after two years of disruption.
Term 3 finished with a wonderful feeling of House spirit after enjoying our annual House PAC Day (Performing Arts Competition).
The final results from the day are now ready to be shared, with the points accrued contributing to the overall House points system, competing for the Stan Payne Cup. From PAC Day, the two events that contribute to the Stan Payne Cup are the house song and house dance.
See below for the breakdown of the results, and congratulations to Harry House who were crowned 2022 PAC Day champions. A special mention also to three Old Collegians who attended the event as judges!
House Dance Results:
- 1st Place Harry
- 2nd Place Clyde
- 3rd Place Darling
- 4th Place Ward
- 5th Place Baker
- 6th Place Farley
House Song Results:
- 1st Place Clyde
- 2nd Place Baker & Harry (equal)
- 4th Place Farley
- 5th Place Ward
- 6th Place Darling
- 1st Place Harry
- 2nd Place Clyde
- 3rd Place Baker
- 4th Place Darling
- 5th Place Ward
- 6th Place Farley
Summer Uniform Reminder
Reminder that during Term 1 and 4 students are to wear the full and correct summer uniform. As usual, there is a two week transition period at the start of Term 4 and Term 2, but from week three onwards, it’s expected that all students will be in full summer uniform.
Additionally, it is an expectation that all students on the Middle School Campus wear a College Cap or College Bucket Hat when outdoors for recess, lunchtime, HPE, sport, or other activities. It is a recommendation that students at Senior School also wear a hat when outdoors, but it is not a requirement.
Uniform guidelines are available on SEQTA and are the same across both campuses. Regular trading hours for the College Uniform Shop during Term Four are Monday 10am-2:15pm, Tuesday 8-11:30am, Friday 12-4pm. More information about uniform shop including the price list and online store can be found on the College website here.
Remembrance Service for HRH Queen Elizabeth II
During the school holiday break, our Braemar Cadets supported the Kyneton and Woodend RSL sub-branches in their Remembrance Service in honour of HRH Queen Elizabeth II, held at the Kyneton Cenotaph.
The students, supported by staff, formed a guard of honour for the solemn occasion. The guard used the newly acquired ceremonial pikes, rather than firearms that have been traditionally used for such services.
On behalf of the College community, we offer thanks to the cadets and staff as they supported the RSLs in this special manner. The cadets who took part in the service are CUO Lara Vicente, CUO Kelan Murphy, CDTWO2 Lillian Crellin, CDTSGT Arlo Kappel, and CDTLCPL Ben Bezzina.
See below for some photos from the service – thanks to Old Collegian (and former Braemar Cadet) and current staff member, Lachie Ellis, for these amazing photos.
Fundraising Dinner to support Ukraine
Join us for a Ukrainian-themed dinner, designed, prepared, and served by our hospitality students and staff as we rally together to raise funds to support war-torn Ukraine.
Thursday 27 October | 6:30pm | Jackson Hall, Mount Macedon Campus.
Tickets are available for $80 per person and include a welcome drink and delicious nine-course Ukrainian-themed dinner.
All proceeds from the event will go to the Ukrainian Guardian Angels, an NGO founded by a Braemar Old Collegian, Nick Janiw (Class of ‘07).
Live4Life Foundation Fundraiser
Throughout Term 3 we held a fundraiser to support the Live4Life Foundation by selling hot jam doughnuts on Wednesdays. Our fundraiser is now complete and we are thrilled to share that, as a College, we raised $2,554 dollars. Two of our students proudly presented the proceeds to Live4Life CEO, Bernard Galbally.
The Live4Life program, which is managed by the Macedon Ranges Shire in our case, remains a strength within our Year 8 Thrive program. This week Braemar was the host location for the program, welcoming students and staff from local schools (Gisborne Secondary College, Alice Miller School, Kyneton Secondary College, Sacred Heart College, and Sunbury Specialist School).
Bernard and his team are expanding the Live4Life message, working throughout the state and interstate, while also raising awareness for the Foundation. The impact of this program cannot be underestimated, and we appreciate all the work that takes place behind the scenes to ensure its continued impact.
Footy Colours Day: THIS FRIDAY
Don’t pack away the footy jumpers and scarves just yet! As part of their unit on Community Service, a group of Year 8 students have planned a Footy Colours Day this week on Friday 14 October, across both campuses.
All students are encouraged to make a donation to wear their footy colours with casual clothes. Instead of the traditional gold coin, the students ask that donations of long-life food and sanitary items are made that will go to support FoodBank.
We look forward to seeing our students get behind this great cause.
Timetable Change for Middle School
This term, we are trialling a change to the timetable for Middle School. The timetable now starts each day with students meeting with their Learning Community Leader (LCL).
We hope this is a positive change, providing an opportunity each morning for our students to meet with their LCL and the rest of their LCL group before starting the school day.
P&F Solar Fundraiser
Our Parents and Friends (P&F) Association have been challenged over the past few years as some of their traditional activities – both friend-raising and fundraising – haven’t been able to take place. ‘Friend-raising’ is a priority for our P&F and they are looking forward to being able to re-launch some great initiatives and activities for parents and families to come together and get involved again next year.
In the meantime, while gatherings and events have been more challenging, the P&F have focussed on fundraising and making a difference where they can. The Term 3 Jam Doughnut fundraiser for the Live4Life program was a (very successful – see the Live4Life article in this edition of the Buzz) P&F initiative! They also sponsor an Art Prize each year that sees the College purchase a piece of art from a Year 12 student to add to the College’s permanent collection.
This term, the fundraising focus is on going green! The P&F Association are organising a solar initiative, encouraging donations from our College Community to support installing a solar power system on our new Multipurpose Hall. This will reduce our carbon footprint as solar energy is green, clean, and renewable!
You are invited to sponsor a panel (or part of one) through a tax-deductible donation.
Let’s all come together to build our future with sustainable energy.
RAT Test Availability
As a College, we continue to receive a government supply of COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs). All families are eligible to college them from the nurse (on either campus) but in an effort to minimise waste, we have chosen not to automatically distribute them.
If your family require RATs, please collect some from First Aid.
Supporting the Ramshaw Family
One of our Braemar families, the Ramshaws (OC’20 – Lucy, Year 9 – Alice, and NextGen Braemarians – Leo and Sophie), are going through an exceptionally challenging time after their home was destroyed by fire late last term.
Gratefully, all members of the family are physically okay and are receiving support and counselling. The College has been supporting the family in several practical ways, while family and friends have set up a GoFundMe page to provide additional support.
Save the date: Parent Seminar
SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday 26 October, 7pm-8:30pm
Speaker: Paul Dillon
‘Risk taking’ – why do teens do the things they do? What can parents do to keep them as safe as possible?
Paul Dillon is the Director and founder of Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA) and he is passionate about ensuring that the community has access to accurate and up-to-date alcohol and other drug information. Paul Dillon has been working in the area of drug education for almost 30 years. Through his own business, Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA), he has been contracted by many organisations to provide updates on current drug trends, as well as advice on alcohol and other drug issues. He continues to work with many school communities across the country to ensure they have access to good quality information and best practice drug education. In 2009, his best-selling book for parents was published, titled ‘Teenagers, Alcohol, and Drugs’, which has since been released internationally. With a broad knowledge of a range of content areas, Paul is regarded as a key social commentator and has featured on television programs such as Sunrise, TODAY, and The Project. Paul writes a blog for parents and caregivers, as well as another for young people, and these have recently been released in a podcast format.
More information about this upcoming parent seminar will be released soon.