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By Christine Taylor

Head of Senior Years

It is amazing that we are nearly at the end of Week 7 of Term One - time is flying.

Senior students have all now nestled into our new building and are enjoying the different learning spaces it provides. The furniture, for the break out space upstairs, arrived a couple of weeks ago and is both extremely functional and esthetically pleasing. No sooner had it arrived than it was used - fantastic to see. Everything is slowly coming together.

I encourage all to keep on top of study at home - it really does help everyone in the end. A little time invested after the school day will pay dividends at the end of the Semester.

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Airshow

On Friday 3 March, a group of VCE students attended the Avalon Airshow. Students participated in a careers and skills session relating to the aviation industry and Defence Force and were then able to view the exhibits. Although the weather was very hot, students enjoyed boarding the planes and observing the displays.

County and Supreme Courts

VCE Legal Studies students have already attended two excursions at the Melbourne courts this year. First, they visited the County Court where students participated in a role-play outlining the jury selection process and the role and responsibilities of a jury. This was done in an actual courtroom and included a presentation from the Jury Services Commissioner. The second trip saw students attend the Supreme Court where we first participated in a Mock Trial in Court One. We then observed an actual criminal trial in progress where we saw a witness being cross-examined in the stand. We then toured the historic library. Students enjoyed these trips to Melbourne’s precinct where they were able to observe legal processes in action.

Careers Update

Year 10 students have now completed the written component of the Morrisby Report. Some students still need to complete the online questions before a report can be generated for them. If you have not yet completed these, please ensure you do so as soon as possible. Ms Cameron

Science

After many years of planning, the GNLC Plant and Animal Room has at last come to fruition. It has been deliberately designed so that students can work with soil, plant seeds and grow their own plants, as well as performing experiments. In addition, we will be housing a number of different types of animals, primarily insect species, small reptiles and fish, providing a further boost in resources to those studying Science. Our VCE Biology students were the first to utilise this new facility for their practical class. Here, they are studying the effect of different coloured light on the rate of photosynthesis, the process that enables plants to obtain the nutrients they require to survive. Mr Trubody

The World’s Greatest Shave

On Tuesday 12 March, GNLC Middle and Senior School students and staff, were blessed with the opportunity to support one of our Year 10 students, Ava Strathairn, in her participation in the Leukaemia Foundations World’s Greatest Shave. Ava’s purpose for participation in the World’s Greatest Shave was so she could make the world a tiny bit better and hopefully, inspire others; she has definitely done that. Ava’s initial fundraising goal was $350, but as of Thursday 14 March (still having over 24 hours left to fundraise) she had surpassed that having raised over $2500.

We would like to take this opportunity to express to Ava how proud we are of her for this courageous act of service and for inspiring others to serve those in our local, national and global community. Mrs McDonald


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