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SACE Results, Scholarships, Academic Citations, International Student of the Year, creative writing, awards, a focus on medicine and study exchanges, colourful events, photo galleries and much more!

IN THIS EDITION Recap of SACE results


2016 International School Student Award


Scholarships & Pathways


Year 10/11 Academic Citations


Take a Seat Together


Titration Competition


Politics Visit


Teacher Feature - Janine Campbell


Fast Tracked to Medicine


Rocking Sports Stars


Making News - Jordan Routley


Making the most of the CBD


Fashion Award


Teacher in Focus - Mel Smith


Creative Path to Medicine


History Awards


Social Justice Group Wear it Purple


Shooting for 2020


Choosing a uni


Exploring a Career in Business


Teachers Recognised


Dracula Review


My Medicine Journey


Hannaford Exhibition Experience


Citizenship Medallion


Exchange Experiences & Overseas Study Tales


Alumni & Old Scholar Feature


Photo Galleries



Welcome to the 2016/17 edition of the Eynesbury Times. Our 2016 graduates achieved outstanding SACE results, setting the bar high for the Class of 2017. Some of our highest achieving Year 12 students are featured on the front cover. Congratulations to all students and especially those who received merit awards, personal bests and gained their first preference at Universities, both here and interstate. We are all immensely proud of you all! Well done to Shannon McGarry, who was given the highest accolade of the SACE, a Governor’s Commendation Award. The dedication of teachers at Eynesbury and the hard work of students can also be seen in the Academic Citations awarded to sixty Year 10 and Year 11 students. Several students won accolades, including Jane Kim, who won the school Academic Excellence division of the 2016 International Student Awards. William Broderick and Jack Hislop were victorious in the International History Bee and Bowl. Aidan Hwang won the Art Gallery of South Australia Fashion Illustration Award.

Jim Teh was awarded a Citizenship Medallion by Rachel Sanderson MP. This is a significant achievement that recognises and encourages students who have gone above and beyond the normal level of involvement and have excelled in their schooling or extra-curricular activities during the course of the year. For the second year in a row, an Eynesbury Student won an award in the University of Adelaide’s Creative Writing Competition. Well done to Jayal Amaratunga on his award winning piece ‘Mr Hollywood.’ Jayal also won the 2016 Young Writers Award. Bella Lancelaux received a scholarship to Bond University where she is undertaking her Bachelor of Business Law, and Shannon McGarry takes up a National Scholars Scholarship at Australian National University. This edition includes colourful features of school events and excursions. It takes a look at overseas exchange experiences, following a career in Medicine, and Eynesbury students, past and present, who are pursuing their diverse passions. Thank you to the Eynesbury community for a wonderful 2016, and I look forward to the many adventures that 2017 will bring.


Claire Flenley PRINCIPAL



Well done to the Class of 2016 on outstanding SACE Results, merit awards and personal bests! The 2016 Honour Roll Eynesbury Senior College students consistently place amongst the highest achievers of the SACE and, in 2016, the tradition continued. Impressively, 5% of students achieved an ATAR of over 99, placing them in the top 1% of the nation. 13% of students achieved an ATAR of over 98, placing them in the top 2% of the nation, 27% of students achieved an ATAR over 95, placing in the top 5% of the nation, and 40% of students achieved an ATAR over 90, placing them in the top 10% of the nation.

Zidan Nguyen Jane Kim

99.65 99.50

Samantha Maiolo Shannon McGarry Jennifer Nguyen Jayal Amaratunga Kian Rafie-Ardestani Ellie Kong Raaj Masaud

99.10 99.00 98.95 98.95 98.45 98.15 98.10

Left to Right: Zidan Nguyen, Jennifer Nguyen, Samantha Maiolo, Ellie Kong, Shannon McGarry, Kian Rafie-Ardestani.





DUX of Eynesbury

International Student of the Year - Academic Excellence (School)

Highest accolade of the SACE, a Governor’s Commendation Award

Merit - Mathematical Studies

Merit - Psychology

A+ Australian & International Politics

A+ Physics

Merit - Mathematical Studies

A+ Research Project B

A+ Specialist Mathematics

Merit - Research Project B

ATAR 99.65

ATAR 99.50

Senior College Merit - English Studies

Future pathway: Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences (Advanced) at The University of Adelaide.





ATAR 99.00

Future pathway: Bachelor of Medicine in Adelaide or Melbourne.




Future pathway: Double Degree, Bachelor of International Relations with a minor in German or Arabic and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at Australian National University (ANU). Recipient of National Scholars Scholarship to ANU.

Australian & International Politics, Biology, Business & Enterprise, Classical Studies, Dance, Drama, English Studies, Mathematical Studies, Physics, Psychology, Research Project B, Specialist Mathematics, Workplace Practices.

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Congratulations to Jane Kim, winner of the 2016 International Student - Academic Excellence (School) Award. The Award was presented by the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, at Government House. “Jane has been a conscientious, bright and friendly student. She is a worthy recipient of the award,” said Principal, Claire Flenley. “It was a surprise to win but so exciting! I received a travel voucher for a 2 day tour to Kangaroo Island, valued at over $800,” said Jane. “A good friend was in the top 5, so I was going to be happy either way. They ended up coming runner up!” Originally from Korea, Jane came to Adelaide in 2008. She joined Eynesbury in Year 10 in 2014. “The biggest change for me, when I moved to Australia, was school. Prior to coming to Eynesbury, I didn’t have the academic support or recognition. Eynesbury has been amazing in helping me achieve my potential. I want to do medicine next year and if I stayed in Korea, I don’t think I would have had the confidence or support to achieve the results needed,” said Jane. The sixth annual International Student of the Year Awards had a record number of nominations this year. The judges commented on the high standard of the applicants.

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This is the fifth time an Eynesbury Student has won an award in the International Student Awards. In total, there are 11 categories which celebrate the achievements of international students studying in Adelaide. The awards reward, recognise and celebrate the achievement of international students. Jane is studying a Bachelor of Biomedicine in Melbourne and plans to do postgraduate Medicine. “I will miss my family but you have to follow your dreams. Melbourne is only a short plane flight away at the end of the day,� said Jane. We know that Jane has a bright future ahead of her and wish her all the best.

Eynesbury International Student Award Winners 2016

Jane Kim, Academic Excellence Award


Jubilee Xu, Highly Commended Award


Greg Oh, Highly Commended Award


Yuxuan Liew, Highly Commended Award


Sean Oh, Academic Excellence Award


BELLA LANCELAUX, CLASS OF 2016 BOND UNIVERSITY COLLEGIATE EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT At the start of the year, I had no clue what I wanted to study or where I wanted to go. I told myself that I would investigate every university option I saw, to ensure my options were open. My interest in Bond was triggered by an Adelaide representative from the university visiting Eynesbury. The Bond lifestyle gives a sense of an overseas experience, but of course, you’re only interstate! This was one part which excited me. I was also amazed by the ability to complete courses in a shorter amount of time than regular universities. At first, I was unsure about applying to Bond, as the fees are a lot higher than universities in Adelaide. This is due to the smaller classes, facilities and fast tracked courses. However, I soon learnt that I was eligible to apply for the Collegiate Excellence Scholarship, as Eynesbury Senior College is a partner of Bond. I decided that it wouldn’t hurt to apply. The process was fairly simple, as it was all online and initially just involved some time invested in writing statements and providing documentation. I was then selected to have an interview with the Adelaide Bond representative. This was done over Skype and I was asked general questions about why I felt Bond should give me the scholarship. Overall, it was a very simple process and I was eventually awarded the 50% scholarship. This encouraged me in my decision to come to Bond.

@bonduniversity @madigan_ed



I am studying a Bachelor of Business Law and am loving the subjects I have had to choose from! All the lecturers and teachers have been very clear and easy to understand. It is very comforting knowing that they are there to help, which is one of the things that makes Bond different. You are also on a first name basis with your teachers. I am currently living on campus at Bond. The campus is huge and beautiful, with the Arch being a highlight. My accommodation is located just outside of the central area of campus but it is only a 5 minute walk to most of my classes. Accommodation is not covered in the scholarship and has to be paid separately per semester. Living on campus feels unreal, as you are so close to everything you need and is a great way to make friends. The best thing I have discovered on campus is the Bond Express. It is Bond’s mini supermarket and is good for stocking up on food and all emergency items! It’s very strange at first, as I have discovered how difficult it is moving out and having more responsibility. However, every student is going through the same thing; everyone is lovely and always offering to help out.

Victoria Taylor Adams has been featured a number of times in the media. Ahead of Adelaide Fashion Week she was pictured with famous South Australian Designer Paul Vasliff from Paolo Sebastian in The Advertiser. But more exciting than that, she was accepted into her dancing school of choice in New Zealand. We catch up with her to find out more.

How did you get involved in the photoshoot for The Advertiser? I was a Youth Ambassador for the Friends of the Australian Ballet so I have often been asked to assist in events. This one was kind of last minute, actually. The photo and article I was a part of was in promotion of an exhibition at One Rundle Trading Co. of 12 bespoke illustrations by Australian designers, with all proceeds going to the Australian Ballet. It was great to briefly meet Paul, who is really nice, and I thought his artwork was stunning. His fashion creations are intricate and amazing too. You can see why he has been so successful! When did you join Eynesbury?

So far, I would recommend that anyone who is interested in experiencing the lifestyle that Bond has to offer should apply for this university! It is also worth seeing what scholarships you are eligible for, as this makes the decision easier when it comes to cost. Without the scholarship I may not have been able to afford the tuition.

I joined Eynesbury at the beginning of 2015 in Year 11 because of the flexible timetable that allowed me to study dance full time at Terry Simpson Dance Studios.

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DANCING DREAMS REALISED Victoria Adams and Paul Vasliff in The Advertiser.

The teachers have been so supportive of my dancing career. They have been understanding when I have had to travel and accommodating about helping me make up lost lesson time.

Brussels International Ballet School

North Ballet School, Manchester

Munich International Ballet School

I have travelled both interstate and overseas in pursuit of my dancing career.

Ballet West, Scotland

Highlights include being South Australia’s finalist in the Royal Academy of Dance Bursary Awards in 2015. I also competed in the nationals in Melbourne. I was accepted and completed a summer school at Elmhurst Ballet School, which is affiliated with the Birmingham Royal Ballet in the UK. This was for a few weeks between Term 2 and 3 of 2015. In 2016, I travelled to Europe to audition for a number of Ballet Schools. I also went to Melbourne to audition for the New Zealand School of Dance which is affiliated with the Royal New Zealand Ballet. What is involved in the audition process? Audition processes include sending photos, filling out applications and sending your CV to begin with. Then if you are lucky enough, you get the opportunity to dance at the auditions at the school. Following all that, I was accepted into four dance schools in Europe which included:

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I wasn’t too nervous for the audition in Melbourne as I had already been accepted into four schools in Europe. The audition consisted of 1.5 hours of ballet, 1 hour of contemporary and then interviews. At my audition, there would have been between 30-40 people competing for a place. Auditions were also held in New Zealand, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney, with a total of 16 students selected in the end. I was accepted and was thrilled to be able to chose to study at the New Zealand School of Dance. I will have to re-audition in my second year to complete the third year. I am very excited about having the opportunity to continue my passion as a career. What subjects did you study at Eynesbury and what advice would you give someone considering a dance career? My SACE subjects include Biology, English Studies, Research Project, SACE Stage 2 Dance and Workplace Practices. To do dance full time and study, my advice to those seeking this career is to be organised. I didn’t have any frees because dance takes up a lot of time, so you need to use your class time wisely and don’t be afraid to ask your teachers anything.


Congratulations to Shannon McGarry who was a deserving recipient of a National Scholars Scholarship from Australian National University (ANU).

asked a series of obscure questions such as “What is the most underrated object in your school?” and “What have you changed your mind about?”.

I felt pretty excited, but mostly surprised. It gave me a lot of confidence in my plans for next year and just allowed me to chill. But the excitement of some of my teachers when I told them about the scholarship was almost as exciting as learning about the fact that I had won a scholarship!

While unfortunately I didn’t make it to the third round for the Tuckwell scholarship, I was offered the opportunity to apply for the National Scholars scholarship. Of the remaining applicants, 70 students were awarded a celebratory 70th anniversary scholarship. A further twenty scholarships were then open to me and other applicants. We had to go through a phone interview conducted by a series of professors, alumni and current students.

Tell about the scholarship process.

What does the scholarship entail?

I initially applied for ANU’s Tuckwell scholarship in March 2016, which is awarded to twenty-five students from across Australia each year with a focus on giving back to the Australian community.

The National Scholars Scholarship guarantees me a place at ANU in 2017 and a dorm room at a college residency or apartment in a lodge.

How did you feel when you found out?

The scholarship application entailed three rounds. I had to submit detailed information about myself: my top five achievements and awards, extra-curricular activities, and all of my reports and percentage standings for each class for the past three years. I also had to write a short essay about “The world I came from and how it has shaped me”.

The scholarship also allows me to apply for courses through an alternative scheme based on a more holistic approach rather than academic score related basis. This means that I could get into my preferred program without having fully met the required ATAR. I have also been awarded an initial $7,000 grant for my first year, with room to advance to an additional $6,500 or $12,500 in the following years.

I made it into the second round along with 243 applicants from around the country. I was then

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Photos from ANU’s recent open event which Shannon attended.

ANU invited me to visit the campus in August 2016 to meet my fellow National Scholars and undertake a leadership seminar. What accommodation options did you look at? I am staying at an on-campus college style residence which houses about 300 students. ANU has a series of accommodation options, including lodge apartments, American-style college dorms and student housing. These are located on campus and each dorm has their own unique atmosphere and community. Staying at a college is a great way to meet new people and really get involved with campus life.

What are you studying? I’m undertaking a flexible double degree which will allow me to study both a Bachelor of International Relations and a Bachelor of Law (Honours). What excited you most about living in Canberra? I’m pretty interested in politics so ANU’s proximity to Parliament and many other national institutions is one of the things which excites me most about living in Canberra. It’s great to be so close to places I’ll be learning about in uni and hopefully I’ll make connections with other like-minded professionals.

To find out more about ANU and their scholarships visit their website

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ACADEMIC STUDENTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT Semester Two 2016 Year 10 & Year 11 Honour Roll 7 Academic Citations John Beji Daniel Amy Goussios Jim Teh

6 Academic Citations Eliza Bastian Freya Monteith 7 Academic Citations. Left to Right: Claire Flenley, Amy Goussios, John Beji Daniel, Tyson Wood, Jim Teh & Holly Langridge.

5 Academic Citations. Back Row Left to Right: Jordan Routley, Maria Tran, Jarrad Scaffidi-Muta, Joe Cook, Bonnie Blacker, Annja Haywood. Front Row Left to Right: William Broderick, Annelise Delic, Anjali Malhotra, Jack Hislop.

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6 Academic Citations. Left to Right: Eliza Bastian, Tyson Wood & Holly Langridge.











Ancient Studies, Biology, Business Studies (Financial Literacy), Chemistry, Creative Writing, Drama, Economics, English, English as an Additional Language, Essential Mathematics, French (Continuers), General Mathematics, History, Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematical Methods, Nutrition, Modern History, Personal Learning Plan, Physics, Research Practices, Research Project, Research Project (Stage 2), Science, Specialist Mathematics, Studies of Society and Environment, Visual Arts – Art, Visual Arts – Design.


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Eynesbury Senior College joined more than 2000 schools across Australia to mark the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA). “Bullying and violence are not okay at any time, in or outside the classroom. At Eynesbury, we are proud to say, Bullying: No Way!” said students Yoge Senthilkumar and Raaj Masaud, who organised the event. “To highlight the day, and with Bunning’s donation of two benches, paint and brushes, we created colourful ‘buddy benches’ to promote an inclusive and supportive environment.” The benches became a ‘selfie booth station’ with fun props to further spread the message on social media. Permanent markets allowed students and staff to sign their names or leave a message on the benches in support of Anti-Bullying,” said Yoge and Raaj. Yoge, who is part of the Port Power Youth Programme, also had football legend Russell Ebert visit the College. Russell added his signature to one of the buddy benches in support. The benches remain on Level 2 as an important reminder that every day we should stand up against bullying, not just on the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence day.

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TITRATION COMPETITION Titration is an analytical technique used in Chemistry to determine the concentration of a solution. It is a compulsory technique for all Year 12 students studying Chemistry. “The Titration competition is voluntary and can only occur after students have done their assessment on Titration. Last year Eynesbury had six teams competing,” said Chemistry teacher Dr. Fiona Thomspon. “Each year we start with a school-based competition and the results are submitted, with only the teams reaching the cut-off of accuracy being invited to compete in the state competition.” “Last year, twenty three schools entered, with 13 schools making it to the State round held at the University of South Australia. Two Eynesbury teams made it through to the state level of the competition and one Eynesbury team made it through to the nationals.” “All of this is done outside of school hours. It’s a commitment they have to make with some early mornings,” said Fiona. “Eynesbury teams approach the competition with vigour and team spirit as a school, rather than individual teams. They support each other and celebrate each other’s successes.” “Eynesbury has consistently done well, always reaching the national competition with excellent results, “ said Fiona.

“We have always had gold medals and 2015 was a pinnacle year for us, topping the state and reaching the national league table.” “I am very proud of all my Chemistry students, both in their achievements and their attitude.” “I know this year’s cohort will continue to show the skills of the Eynesbury Chemistry class across the country,” said Fiona.

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POLITICS VISIT Ned Smith, Class of 2016, works at the Torrens Foodland and often serves Steve Georganas MP. As a surprise for their final Politics class, teacher, Tyson Wood arranged for Steve to visit. Ned even received a signed poster! Steve always had a passion for politics, reading the paper religiously. Originally he didn’t know what he wanted to do. He started accounting but found this boring and went on to become a taxi driver, worked in factories and supermarkets before working in a Labor office. He had found his calling! “You have to love it! It is exciting - but there also could be something wrong with me. Elections are nerve wracking,” laughed Steve. “My advice is to try not to stress, stay positive no matter what, everything will fall into place!” said Steve. Eynesbury Senior College is one of only three schools to offer Politics as a subject. “Students look at a variety of topics, including constitutional representation, media and how it impacts, differences between political parties and the US election.” said Tyson Wood. Tyson was inspired to become a teacher in legal studies and politics, and was taught by Janine Campbell. “Don’t tell people that, makes me sound old! However, it is quite a compliment to inspire a student to teach your subject. He was a great student and he is a great teacher,” said Janine. A number of students have signed up for different political parties.



How long have you been teaching? I’ve been teaching for 16 years and this is my fourth year at Eynesbury.

What subjects do you teach? History – because I love analysing how the world has developed over time. Legal Studies – because it’s in the news every day which makes it interesting and relevant to teach.

What do you enjoy about teaching at Eynesbury? The relaxed environment, the friendly staff and students. Janine Campell and Margaret Ann Copeland.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Flamenco dancing, playing guitar and reading.

My favourite restaurant is... Bread and Bone – they have the best burgers.

At the moment I am into: TV Series The Walking Dead and Veep. I’ve just finished reading The Good Earth Trilogy by Paul Buck, which is about China in the first half of the 20th Century. It was a great read, and I can understand why the author won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938.

The best shopping is... Around the corner from Eynesbury - the Central Markets for fresh veggies!

My dream holiday destination is... Seville, Spain!

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JYOTHIRMAYE KUPPA, CLASS OF 2010 Jyothi was the youngest student accepted to Eynesbury and was the first to undertake the Early Entry Scholarship Program. She completed her SACE at aged 15 with a perfect score (99.95) and merits in four of her subjects. Joythi has just completed her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at The University of Adelaide and will begin her internship this year.

How did you find the transition to University? Eynesbury was very helpful in encouraging students towards independent learning, which is key in university. I thought it was a good balance between school, where teachers give you all the learning materials, and university, where you take control of your own study. However, I did find the first year university tough, and although Eynesbury was helpful in many ways, I think the transition to university will often be a challenging experience. Why did you choose Medicine? Medicine was something I always had in mind, and other courses that I looked up in Year 12 did not interest me as much. I was interested in the study of the human body and interaction with people.

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Anne Luong, Tien Bui, Jyothi Kuppa and Shashwati Das.

What advice would you give on successfully completing the prerequisite subjects? I understand that the prerequisites for MBBS remain the same as during my time, including Biology, Chemistry, or Mathematical Studies. I undertook all three subjects simply because I was interested and had done similar subjects in Year 11. I enjoyed Biology, as it involved the study of living beings, and Mathematical Studies for its problem solving. If I had to advise on one subject out of the three, I would highly recommend undertaking Biology. First year MBBS at The University of Adelaide has a significant Biology component, which is quite fast-paced. The entire Year 12 Biology course was covered in the first few weeks, and the rest was all new information. It was challenging for those who had undertaken Biology before, but more so for those who had not. Did you do a UMAT prep course? Did you find it helpful and in what areas? Yes, I did MedEntry in Year 12 in preparation for UMAT. I did find it helpful, especially in familiarising myself with the types of questions and practising answering them in a quick time. I also found the feedback and tips useful. However, despite all the practice, I still found the UMAT exam difficult; I don’t think any amount of practice can really determine your performance on the day. Do you have any tips about successfully completing the UMAT application process? I would suggest practising some questions beforehand to understand the type of questions in UMAT. Did you do work experience in a clinical environment prior to finishing school? Yes, my work experience was in the radiology department at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. I would recommend some sort of work experience in the medical field e.g. hospital/nursing home/Royal Flying Doctor Service. How did you choose your preferred course? I chose MBBS at Adelaide Uni as my first preference, and then MBBS at Flinders Uni. I wanted to stay in

“I really recommend applying for Medicine interstate... keep an open mind, and don’t be disheartened if your first plan does not work out.” Jyothi Kuppa.

Adelaide and study, and these were the only two universities offering Medicine. Flinders had only recently started its undergraduate program at the time and had a smaller number of students, thus I chose Adelaide as my first preference. Did you have a backup plan? I applied for Medicine at most interstate universities, including Sydney, Queensland, Perth, Tasmania and Melbourne. My first preference was to study Medicine at home, in Adelaide. My backup options were studying interstate, wherever I received an offer. My next backup was enrolling in a course at Adelaide Uni and then to tertiary transfer into Medicine. I didn’t really have a nonmedicine back-up as I was not interested in most other courses. However, I would recommend students to consider other options if they were interested, in helping them determine if Medicine is really what they want. What advice would you give to students wanting to do Medicine? If Medicine is what you really want to do, then I would recommend pursuing it with effort. There are several prerequisites for Medicine, and several pathways. If you are open to moving interstate, I really recommend applying for Medicine interstate, as each university has different requirements. I know many students can fall short in UMAT, but there are a few universities who don’t have a significant emphasis on UMAT. Apart from the undergraduate entry, there is also the option to tertiary transfer within Adelaide Uni, and the post-graduate entry via GAMSAT. If you are ambivalent about studying Medicine, consider other courses you are interested in; you can always tertiary transfer after the first or second year. So, I would simply advise to try your best and keep an open mind, and don’t be disheartened if your first plan does not work out.


Eynesbury’s flexible timetables allow many of our students to pursue their sporting careers. We catch up with Ben Maier and Matthew Hanna, who successfully juggled their training and studies at Eynesbury as well.

BEN MAIER, YEAR 10 STUDENT 2016 When did you join the College? I joined in the last three weeks of Year 9 in 2015. The more independent learning style was what I and my family were drawn to, as it gives you the option to have the extra help if you need it. At my previous school, it felt as though extra help was either not there, or it was forced upon you. It always felt as though they were looking over your shoulder, asking what you were up to, which got annoying. The people at Eynesbury are nice, and I feel as though we are all on the same wavelength. What subjects are you studying and what career paths are you looking at? My core subjects are Science, Maths, English, History, PLP and Mentor Program, and my electives are Drama and Art. I’m hoping these subjects will lead me into a pathway of something medical to do with the outdoors, such as a paramedic or alpine paramedic.

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Matthew Hanna.

How long have you been rock climbing? I have been rock climbing for a year now. I went on an abseiling and rock climbing course a little while ago with my Mum in Morialta National Park – from then I was hooked! After this initial taste, I went to Vertical Reality at Holden Hill to have a try at indoor rock climbing. On this day they had a competition, so I decided to join in. I didn’t end up doing very well, but it didn’t deter me. I started going to the trainings on Monday nights the week after. I now compete for the state at a national level. I have competed in the Bouldering Nationals, and I am currently ranked 13th overall for the Youth B Male category nationwide. I am also ranked 2nd in South Australia. What type of training do you do? I have built a wall in my garage to train on, doing it 2-3 nights a week. There are a lot of different training aspects, including finger strength on a specialised finger board with different grips which you use and increase pressure on to practice gripping. I also use what’s called a campus board; it’s positioned so it is slightly over-hanging a wall with ladder rungs, and you climb up it only using your hands.

What has been your favourite climb so far? Almost every month there is a competition, and the South Australian titles are on every year. The best one I have climbed in is Bayside Rock. Rock climbing at heights can be dangerous. Have you had any incidents?

Do you find any time in your busy schedule to do any other activities? I play the electric guitar and I also surf – Middleton is my favourite place to surf.

MATTHEW HANNA, YEAR 12 STUDENT 2016 When did you join the College?

I have an accident before. It happened during outdoor climbing at Norton Summit to practise strength and I fell. At the time I was doing sport climbing; it happened as I was clipping in as I climbed up. I ended up with a skull fracture and I was bleeding. I had to be air lifted out. I couldn’t train for 6 weeks after that. I was very fortunate that I was climbing with a helmet, otherwise the injury could have been much worse. What is your goal in rock climbing? I really want to make it to Spain to climb there. The scale in rock climbing is the higher the grade, the harder the climb. They are all the same in Australia, but they are slightly different in America and Spain. It relates though, the more you compete in it, the more you can relate to the different grading systems. The hardest climb in the world is a 38-39, which is in Spain. With their scoring, a ladder equals a 3.

I joined the college at the beginning of Year 12. I want to improve my ATAR to give me better chances of being accepted into Physiotherapy in 2017. I chose Eynesbury over all the other colleges because I found the school to be very welcoming and caring from the second we walked in. What subjects are you studying and what career paths are you looking at? I am studying Physics, Chemistry, Business and Maths Studies. I want to be accepted into Physiotherapy next year and pursue this as a career. I hope to one day be able to travel alongside sporting teams as a physiotherapist. You are currently training in both athletics and soccer- do you focus on one more than the other? I am kind of trying to focus on both. The number of sessions I have for training is the same; however, the soccer sessions are longer. I train 4 times a week for running and I train

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PHOTOS AND MORE! Meet new student Aria Rad whose Action Sports Photography is gaining quite a following.

3 times a week for soccer at home (drills provided by a coach to perform).

I joined Eynesbury last year at the beginning of Term 4 because my old school was too big and had problems with its culture.

I have been involved in athletics for nearly 10 years now. I realised I had potential after placing in my first year at the SAPSASA cross country carnival. The fitness and skills for each sport are complementary.

I had never heard anything bad about Eynesbury and the great results gained by Year 12s were a couple of things that prompted me to look more closely at the College.

Currently I hold the second fastest time for Westminster since 1999 which I ran in 2013. The man with the fastest time was Richard Everest, who has represented Australia on a number of occasions. Hearing that I had just posted a time only a minute after his stunned me, and really made me realise maybe I have more potential than I think. I yearn to study overseas with either sport.

Best wishes to both Ben and Matthew with their studies and their sporting endeavours. We look forward to following their successes with interest.

Transitioning and fitting in wasn’t a challenge at all. It has been easy as everyone is nice and tolerant, just good people! I have been interested in photography for about a year. I have recently become a bit more serious about it. I have invested in a 70D Cannon Eos rather than a car. I am 100% happy with my decision. My passion is action sports photography so I spend a bit of time at skate parks. Generally it takes between 6-12hrs in a session to edit my videos. I am starting to get asked to do some small events and it’s cool that some of my photos are being used for the school. I took the ‘Wear it Purple’ photos this year. It’s also great for my resume if this career is what I want to pursue in the future. Check out his Instagram @lord_radcircles

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Meet Jordan Routley, Year 11 Student, and sports journalist in the making.

How are you finding Eynesbury? I joined at the beginning of Year 10 because my old school really wasn’t for me. I came to an Open Day, then a Trial Day on the recommendation of a friend, and I really liked it. Everyone is really nice and helpful at Eynesbury. You can see teachers outside of class and they are happy to help you. Tell us about your website I had a blog in 2015, but started the website in October so I had a more responsive and comprehensive platform. I have a deep love and passion for being a journalist. That would be my dream job! Writing is something that I enjoy, and something that I want to do as a job. My website jrsportshub allows me to put my passion into practice. It provides another news source away from mainstream media. The website has reports on AFL and Cricket matches, articles on Soccer and Basketball and features the AFL fixtures.

“My website jrsportshub allows me to put my passion into practice.” Jordan Routley.

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How much time does it take to manage a sports website? It depends how much news there is to be reported. A usual week will require about 15 hours, most of which are over the weekend. I enjoy the sporting focus, so I don’t get involved in the scandals and mainly focus on writing match reports. I choose an image from the AFL website to accompany my piece. A picture tells 1000 words, after all. They don’t mind me using an image for journalistic purposes. Since getting more involved in sports journalism, have you had a highlight moment? There have been quite a few! One of the best moments was when I met Michelangelo Rucci from The Advertiser. I had a smile from ear to ear when he told me he liked my work. I love his work in The Advertiser, and aspire to be like him, so that was a very cool moment. I also completed work experience during one of my school holidays at 5AA with the sports show. I listen to Rowey and Bicks most afternoons, so it was amazing to be behind the scenes. I spent 5 hours a day, a total of 25 hours, at the Hindmarsh Square based studio. I got to sit in on pre-show meetings. I got to experience how they planned and researched what they’ll say and what they’ll ask their guests. Sometimes they only had 1/2 hour to prepare before interviewing someone. High stress moments can arise if they can’t get the person on the phone. After being in the studio, I don’t listen in the same way as I used to. I can imagine what they are doing and I know the amount of work which went into preparing their show.

Who is your footy team and what are your hopes for the finals? I try to be as equal to every team and player as possible. Despite being unbiased, Essendon is my favourite team, and Jobe Watson is my favourite player still, even though he has been suspended this year. It’s pretty sad... I think that they may only finish with 2 wins this year from 22 games. That’s if they win this weekend. I have my fingers crossed! What’s in the future? With the website, maybe a few more friends will collaborate on some podcasts or articles.

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After school, I hope to do a Journalism course at University.


Located in the heart of the city, Eynesbury gives students easy access to many facilities within short walking distance.

“I have been playing basketball for around three years now and it provides a good break from study,” said William.

A group of students is making the most of some local basketball courts on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons.

“The best player is undoubtedly Logan Kulas, whose athleticism and dedication to the game make him a truly formidable force on the court.”

“We have been playing games at the local city courts since the start of this year,” said William Broderick.

“It is an advantage having city courts within walking distance as we get to immerse ourselves in city life and play against each other in consistently high-level streetball competition which helps improve our game,” said William.

“We welcome anyone who wants to join us and it depends on who is around on the day, but usually it’s Dermott O’Dea, Aria Rad, Logan Kulas and myself.”

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FASHION AWARD Congratulations to Aidan Hwang who won the Art Gallery of South Australia’s Most Outstanding Fashion Illustrator Award 2016.

Class of 2016 Design student Aidan Hwang attended the Fashion Illustration workshop at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Aidan had the opportunity to develop his visual art skills working from a clothed model. He experimented with contemporary illustration techniques. Aidan was one of several Eynesbury Senior College students who had their artwork featured in the Art Gallery of South Australia’s Secondary Student Drawing Exhibition. The exhibition was part of the SALA Program in August. At the launch of the 2016 Secondary Student Drawing Exhibition, Aidan Hwang was presented with the Most Outstanding Fashion Illustration Award. As part of the prize, he was invited to the Adelaide Fashion Festival at the Art Gallery of South Australia. He took fellow student, Norman Haidery, as his guest and they enjoyed the sold out fashion parade from their front row seats.

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Aidan Hwang’s Award winning Fashion Illustration.

Aidan and Norman loved the glamour of the whole evening. Standout outfits on the runway included dresses by Dion Lee and Carla Zampatti. Students who are interested in participating in the Art Gallery of South Australia’s 2017 Student Drawing Program should register their interest with Art and Design teacher Lindy. “Learning at the Gallery provides students with the opportunity to think creatively and flexibly. It also encourages them to express their individual ideas and feelings, take risks and further develop their visual art skills. I encourage my art and design students to be involved, as it really is a great program,” said Lindy.

Top left: Carmel and Jules D’Onofrio. Jules’ artwork is in the middle on the top row. Middle: Alyssa Jade Floyd and her artwork. Top right: Freya Monteith next to her artwork. Photos of Aidan and Norman at the Art Gallery Fashion event. Botton left: Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, Nick Mitzevich, Claire Flenley, Aidan Hwang, Lindy Neilson.

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MEL SMITH Tell us about your teaching career. 2017 will mark 20 years! Writing this down just made me realise how long I have taught in the Catholic system (first year teaching) and in the NT for 5 years, which was eye-opening. I have been at Eynesbury for 13 years and always find students surprise me. I teach Year 12 English Literary Studies, Year 11 English and Year 10 English. I am also a Mentor and have taught the Research Project. I have taught SOSE and junior History but not for a very long time (my first year teaching). I have been incredibly lucky to primarily teach English subjects for most of my teaching career, which I love, and it has allowed me to specialise. I am also one of the key people involved in the process to determine student needs, particularly in relation to support in organising themselves, managing learning disorders, identifying supports that will best serve them, and working as an advocate for these students with teachers.

this role: “If I accept the other person as something fixed, already diagnosed and classified, already shaped by his past, then I am doing my part to confirm this limited hypothesis. If I accept him as a process of becoming, then I am doing what I can to confirm or make real his potentialities.� This is the central challenge in my role as Learning Support Manager, to help students develop by being aware of their needs, wants, and areas for growth, finding ways to support them and not defining them by an area of weakness or learning disorder. What do you enjoy about teaching? I enjoy the challenge of working with teenagers and all their complexities and seeing how they grow in an adult learning environment. I also love the fact that I am constantly surprised by their creativity, insightfulness and intelligent critical thinking.

I work with students one on one, in groups and through their teachers to help set goals, identify strategies and resources, and further develop their skills and resilience. I work closely with teachers across Faculties and the SWEL Team to support our students with learning support needs. I think the following quote by psychologist Carl Rogers is a good way of looking at


What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? READING! I love spending time with my family, going to the Central Markets and indulging in some dodgy television. I also run a book club on facebook called Book Bathering which people are welcome to join. We have over 500 members now! What is you favourite book, TV series or movie? OOHHHHH this is too hard! Below is the tip of the iceberg. As a child - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl - I read this 30 times in Year 3. As a teenager -The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood was disturbing and enthralling, and I also loved reading Archie comics. At University - I fell in love with all of Angela Carter’s novels and short stories, The Bloody Chamber is subversive and wonderful. 3 favourite recent reads: 1. The Road by Cormac McCarthy - I cry and cry and cry when I do this with my Year 12s.

3. Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff - moving, wonderful, mythological. My favourite restaurant is... I love the Mee Goreng, Kway Teow and Ho Fun at Malacca Corner at the Central Markets. I also love Cliche in North Adelaide - French/ Asian fusion food. The best hot chocolate can be found at.. Hot Chocolate at Lucias in the Central Markets. The best shopping is at... Mostly Books at Mitcham, Imprints Bookshop in Hindley Street, Shakespeare’s Bookshop at Blackwood... I sense a theme. Though Miskonduct Clothing in Newcastle is fabulous for 1950s style frocks. See some of Mel’s frocktastic outfits below! My dream holiday destination... Hmmmm I have been to France, Helsinki, Germany, Sweden and Denmark and I really love just going to Hobart. There is something wonderful about Hobart - it is like a small, hilly unpretentious Melbourne. That said, my boys want us to take them to Japan!

2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness - I also cry and cry and cry when I do this with Year 10.


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CREATIVE PATH TO MEDICINE Alison Robertson; President of SAETA, Mel Mansfield; Young Writers Award Convenor, Jayal Amaratunga, Ryan Brown; authorJulia Johnson, ALEA (SA) President.

Jayal Amaratunga joined Eynesbury as a Year 13 student and discovered a talent for creative writing. In 2016 he won the Young Writers Award and the University of Adelaide Creative Writing Competition for High School Students. We catch up with him to find out about his education pathway and future plans in Medicine. Why did you choose Eynesbury to undertake your final year of schooling? I considered a few senior secondary schools at the beginning of 2016, when I was deciding to come back as a Year 13 student. What made me choose Eynesbury over other schools was that I saw first-hand the commitment and effort that teachers at this school were willing to put in for their students. During my enrolment interview, Claire spent hours with me as we considered different subjects and deliberated on which options would provide me with the best outcome. At the other senior secondary schools that I visited, the subject selection meetings were very brief. I left them feeling more confused and overwhelmed about what options were best for me. The independence that I have had at Eynesbury was a unique and valuable aspect of studying here. I am able to organize myself and learn in a way that suits me, while receiving a wide range of resources and help from my teachers to support my studies. My teachers, Mel and Margaret-Ann, have definitely been the greatest assets I have had this year. They have been very reassuring and have played a very supportive role in enabling

me to achieve my goals. I always feel like they care about me, want me to do my best, and are interested in my goals. As a student, that motivates you to work even harder and do your best. How did you go with the UMAT? Did you do any courses to help you prepare? I was lucky enough to get an overall percentile score of 95 for my UMAT this year. I attended a weekly class held by a company called MedEssentials, which helped me learn and develop certain skills and techniques that were very useful when answering questions. I also purchased online resources (exams and practice questions) from a company called MedEntry, which I used to develop my skills further. Though preparation is very important, your state of mind on the day is perhaps the most important feature. It is imperative to remain calm, collected and focused on answering the questions, without being overwhelmed and anxious about the exam. As with any exam, doing a lot of practice exams under timed conditions may be beneficial to get used to its difficulty and learn about ways to manage stress. What was a highlight moment for you? Being able to obtain a UMAT percentile score of 95 was a great highlight, but winning the University of Adelaide Faculty of Arts Creative Writing Competition and coming first place at the SAETA Young Writers Award under the poetry section were perhaps the biggest highlights for me. I thought I was never good at creative writing in the past.

I used to dislike poetry, which I often found to be too vague and hard to understand. However, this year I started to enjoy the poetry that we were studying in class, which was why I began to like writing poems. The fact that I was recognized for a task at which I used to be terrible made the prizes that I won much more significant and rewarding. What are your future education plans? I am studying medicine at Adelaide University. Read Jayal’s award winning creative piece ‘Mr Hollywood’ below.

DEAR MR HOLLYWOOD BY JAYAL AMARATUNGA Dear Mr Hollywood, when I was young I wanted to be someone else. I wanted to be a whole different person every single day, to live different lives and tell different stories because I thought that it’d be fun. Day in, day out, play pretend of course I’m down! I wanted to be a superhero. Trying to be just and to be all that’s good and right. To struggle with what’s right and wrong. Life and death. I wanted to be a smart detec ve with a tragic backstory, solving murders and arres ng criminals all while being haunted by his past. I wanted to be a serial killer.

Charming and smart, both feared and admired by the audience. Characters with three dimensions, pentagonal prisms. A thousand-piece jigsaw puzzle. And Now? Now I’m anything but that! Now, I’m in a box, a piece of dark chocolate amongst a sea of white morsels. I’m stuck at the bo om suppressed by the weight of all the carefully cut perfectly decorated factory-made white ones. Gasping for air I try to climb to the top. You take a bite of me and you spit it out “too intense!” you say and you let me rot in a bucket with dozens of other half-chewed dark ones. We are suffoca ng in your toxic saliva. Who do you think I am? Never mind! I’m the taxi driver, here to take your favorite characters from one place to another. I’m the heart surgeon created to give the latest handsome face a heart transplant, just in me to save his worthless life. What? Are you red of cu ng out handsome straight white men from magazine covers? Or else I’m the nerdy brown friend complemented by an awkward hair-do and a sweater vest. The nerdy brown friend who’s socially awkward can’t speak a word of English. Hilarious! It’s funny because I don’t have a proper voice to express myself. Wasn’t it funny enough that I had less screen me than the leading man’s crotch? You shove me in front of the screen for a few seconds I’m goddamn fishing bait,

DEAR MR HOLLYWOOD BY JAYAL AMARATUNGA (CONT.) here to catch over a billion eager sets of brown eyes wan ng to see themselves in your movie screen. But, once in a while you decide to give me a bit of extra me I rejoice! Finally, complex characters, people with a bit of depth! Right? Wrong! The Love Guru An Indian spiritualist telling corny jokes in a thick subcon nental accent, played by a white actor in brown make-up The Party An Indian film extra telling corny jokes in a thick subcon nental accent played by a white actor in brown make-up. Short Circuit one and two – An Indian scien st telling corny jokes in a thick subcon nental accent played by a white actor in brown make-up. You paint your men with mud and shit dress them with an Indian accent and give them some mumbo-jumbo to speak. You’ve hit me with this degrading junk now I’m bruised, bleeding and choking in my own brown blood. Mr Hollywood, I have no words to speak. No emo ons to feel. No one to love or to be loved by. Mr Hollywood, I am but another small man in the background of your movie screen

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eclipsed by a bright white shadow. Am I here to fulfil your diversity quota? to make you rich? Fodder to build your mansions and purchase custom Lamborghinis? Mr Hollywood, I’m a second class ci zen in your ivory utopia asked to sit at the back of the bus, made to beg the streets for another job, forced to turn into a “welcome to Kwik-EMart” machine to make you laugh. You keep me at gunpoint and I do as you command. You say: “White chocolates thrown in mud s ll taste be er than the dark ones” I object I am sublime woven with an intricate combina on of ingredients mixed together kept in the oven for far too long or not enough. I may be burnt, I may be underdone I might have a hint of extra cocoa or maybe I don’t have enough. It doesn’t ma er. Taste it because that’s who I am I am not factory made. You cannot label me and tell me who I am. I will not be your taxi driver I will not be your heart surgeon I will not be your nerdy brown friend — because I am so much more than that I will not bow down to your narrow-minded percep on of who I am. Mr Hollywood, It’s about me you put my syllabic name in lights.


Congratulations to William Broderick and Jack Hislop for winning the Junior Varsity school team division of the International History Bowl. William also won the Solo (Bee) section of his division. The International History Bee and Bowl competitions were founded in the USA in 2010 and expanded to include Australia and New Zealand in 2014. Over 2000 schools and over 100,000 students worldwide have participated. “Around 70 people participated in the 2016 competition. It was held at Pulteney Grammar School,” said William Broderick. “This was the second year I participated. The questions were definitely harder than last year’s competition. However, even with the ones I got wrong, I remembered the answers afterwards and was able to learn from my mistakes,” said William. In any given match, approximately 10-15% of the questions referred to Australian and New Zealand history, 45-50% were in relation to European history, and about 10-20% were about Asian history. The remaining questions reference African history, the history of the Americas and the history of other parts of Oceania. Questions reference the history of the arts, sciences, religion, philosophy, language, historical geography, recent history, and even a bit of the history of sports and entertainment. Of course, many questions will also be about political, diplomatic, social, and military history too.

“Every field has its own unique history. So basically, if it happened in the past, it can come up. Expect questions on everything from Einstein to Ethiopia, Plato to Pele, Beethoven to the Beatles, in addition to the usual wars, revolutions, and the like,” said William. The questions follow different formats, but for most questions, students ring in with a buzzer, like on a quiz show. When a student thinks they know the answer, they ring in! But if they’re wrong, then they can’t answer again, and neither can their teammates. The questions asked reward comprehensive knowledge and a thorough understanding of history in context. “I am definitely planning to be involved again this year. Given that one of my future career paths involves history, I find it useful to practise my craft at every opportunity, hone my skills, and meet people with similar interests,” said William. To find out more visit The International History Bee and Bowl website

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For two days, Level 2 was transformed with splashes of purple in Term 3 to celebrate and raise awareness for LGBTIQA people. Back by popular demand, the Social Justice Group held Eynesbury’s 2nd annual Wear it Purple event. Students and staff enjoyed baked goods, music, fun with friends in the selfie booth and a raffle to celebrate and raise awareness of this national event. There are three key messages behind ‘Wear it Purple’: -

Every young person is unique, important and worthy of love.


No one should be subject to bullying, belittlement and invalidation.


We believe in a world in which every young person can thrive, irrelevant of sex, sexuality or gender identity.

Eynesbury is proud to have an inclusive and supportive culture for all our students. Join the Social Justice Group to help with the event this year.

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See more photos of the day on our facebook page.

Tim Williams, Connor Butterfield, Ned Smith, Isabella Lanceleaux

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SHOOTING FOR 2020 Making news in SA Life in August 2016, archer Clare Reuther enjoyed all the Olympic action in last year because her goal is to shoot in the 2020 Toyko Olympics. “I have been doing archery for 4 years. I didn’t want to do netball or soccer, I wanted to try something new and different. It was my dad who suggested it as he used to shoot but couldn’t continue due to a shoulder injury,” said Clare. “My club is the Adelaide Archery Club and it’s the biggest in South Australia. The club is located in the Adelaide Parklands and I train 6 days a week. My training program includes gym workouts, shooting at the Adelaide range and practising on my 10m shooting range in my back yard.” “As a niche sport, I have been able to progress quickly, reaching national and international standards within the last few years. I am ranked number 1 in many of the divisions I shoot in for both South Australia and Australia,” said Clare. “I joined Eynesbury for a range of reasons but the flexibility with timetables gives me the opportunity to be able to pursue archery seriously.” “Archery is a sport that is not well known and it is not recognised by important sporting bodies such as SASI (South Australian Sports Institute). This makes it hard to get sponsorship and access to sports psychologists and nutritionists.” “Funding of this sport would probably be the biggest challenge. To get competition experience it is invaluable to travel overseas. However, the sport needs financial patronage to enable its participants to gain the overseas experience,” said Clare.

Photos of Clare during Mentor, the competition winners and of her favourite olympians.

“I have sponsorship with a bow dealer out of South Korea. It has been a huge help for me to keep up with the latest technology which gives me a competitive advantage. A single competition set up including a bow and arrows costs about $3,000.” “To raise awareness of the sport, I brought my bow in and spoke to my group during Mentor. During lunchtime we also held a fundraiser darts competition,” said Clare. The competition was fierce! In the end Kian Rafie-Ardestani was victorious, winning the dart board, and there were a number of consolation prizes as well. Thanks to all who joined in; the money raised will go towards helping Clare reach her sporting goals.

MEETING 2016 OLYMPIANS Clare was proud and inspired to meet the 2016 Olympians at the welcome home event in Victoria Square. It was great for her to be able to ask for advice and speak to them in person.

OLYMPIC ADVICE “Work out what works best for you and back yourself. I have tried lots of different trainings! If you are ever interested in doing gun shooting, the base for Australia is in South Australia. So it’s convenient if you want to get into it. My brothers shoot and so it was only natural for me to participate in this sport as well.” Caitlin Skinner, Trap Shooter. “Make sure you make time for training. All of your actions on the range can be put into real life and transferred for success.” David Chapman, Rapid Fire Pistol 25m. “Dedicate yourself, get up and go train.” Kyle Chambers, Swimmer. “When you know you have training the next day and someone invites you to a party, turn down the party because you know that training is worth it. And training is more important than a party.” Michael Hepburn, Track Cyclist. “Stick to your sport and make it part of your life, not just a hobby.” Anna Meares, Track Cyclist. “Ingrain the sport in your life. Make time for it.” Jess Trengrove, Marathon runner.

Check out Clare’s Instagram account to follow her sporting career @c.reuther

“Love your sport and train hard.” Blake Gaudry, Trampoline.

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How do you choose the right university, or the right degree? What should you focus on? How do you weigh up the different elements involved? The whole process can seem daunting when it feels like so much is at stake, especially after the stress of finishing Year 12. The first thing to do is take a deep breath. You are surrounded by many sources for advice, including your teachers, Eynebsury’s careers counsellor, your parents, extended family and friends.

work out their area of interest! It is becoming quite common to do a generalist degree, which gives you more options, and then top off your undergraduate degree with a masters in the profession of your choice. In fact, that is an increasingly global trend: go abroad at undergraduate and then specialise at master’s. Many students decide that taking a gap year is the best plan for them before starting university, and others know what pathway they want to follow. If you know what you want to do and have the marks – then go for it!

Keep things in perspective Your life won’t be ruined if you don’t get into the university or degree of your absolute first choice. Another university may be the solution or a bridging course. There are degrees you can do before transferring into your chosen course. You have many options available to help you reach your preferred pathway. The world of work is changing rapidly and many jobs that will be available when you graduate may not have been invented yet! If you haven’t made up your mind just yet, that’s OK! Young people are likely to go through five to seven major career changes over their lifetime, which means a narrow focussed degree may not set you up for the future. Businesses are looking for well-rounded graduates, the kind of people who can keep learning, deal with change and contingency, understand and communicate actively. Many students start one degree and then transfer to another when they

Visit and Review In Australia, we are fortunate to have an extraordinary range of high-quality universities in just about every part of the country. Many are in the top 1% of universities worldwide. That is truly amazing when you factor in that Australia accounts for only around 0.3% of the world’s population.

Your life won’t be ruined if you don’t get into the university or degree of your absolute choice...You have many options available to help you reach your preferred pathway.

So before you even get started, you will have a fantastic array of high-quality universities and degrees to choose from. Each will have strengths and weaknesses and distinctive things on offer. So dream big. Explore different options. Don’t limit yourself to what your mates are talking about, or your Uncle Nigel’s views about arts degrees. One of the best ways to experience a university is to visit them. Eynesbury has excursions to the local university campuses every year, but it is also beneficial to visit the campuses during an Open Day. Make sure you check out the academic facilities

Each will have strengths and weaknesses and distinctive things on offer. So dream big. Explore different options. Don’t limit yourself to what your mates are talking about, or your Uncle Nigel’s views about arts degrees.

you’re expecting to use, whether it’s the library, IT suites or laboratories. Open Days also give you the general vibe of the campus. If you can’t make it to the university, try a virtual campus tour or research some online student forums to find out what the overall student experience is like. Do they have active student clubs and societies? Are there opportunities for an international exchange, internships or work placements? Are there good support services for students, including libraries, sports facilities and health services? Often the best sources of advice about these kinds of things are the various student guides available online and the student volunteers at Open Days. You you should always check with the university if you have any concerns or questions.

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Quality of the academic facilities and support network Some universities are well renowned for their academic research. It may not make a huge difference to your day-to-day studies, but you may benefit from tutors passing on their expertise. Having a degree from a highly ranked university could give you an edge with employers, depending on your chosen career, but don’t apply to a university based on academic reputation alone. Graduate employment rates tell you the percentage of graduates in paid employment. Strong links with employers helps to ensure the relevance of more vocational degrees (such as engineering and business courses) and equip you with work-ready skills. Visit the careers and employment information on university websites to find out more about the opportunities. Check out the course content Review the course content closely – similarsounding courses might actually cover quite different topic areas. Dig into the course detail using the university website or even by speaking to tutors on Open Days – what are the core and optional modules on offer? Do they sound appealing? If the course content interests you, then there’s a good chance you will enjoy studying the course for the next few years. Learn your ABC: accommodation, buses and costs Costs are obviously another important thing to consider. Tuition fees vary between different degrees, especially between some of the professional courses and more generalist ones. Living costs can vary between different cities and towns. Work out the best route to get to the university. For many students that means catching public transport.

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Universities are investing more than ever in student scholarships and support. Ask early (and often) about the financial support on offer and pay close attention to their scholarship webpages, which are frequently updated. Don’t be shy. Universities want to attract the best students possible and they don’t want financial hurdles to get in their way.

Living out of home for university can be a tremendous experience – whether in student accommodation on campus, or in shared housing. It’s a great way to make new friends and connect with fellow students from around the world. But that will depend on your financial circumstances and where you choose to study. Universities are investing more than ever in student scholarships and support. Ask early (and often) about the financial support on offer and pay close attention to their scholarship webpages, which are frequently updated. Don’t be shy. Universities want to attract the best students possible and they don’t want financial hurdles to get in their way.

EXPLORING A CAREER IN BUSINESS Business and Accounting teacher Tim Williams takes a handful of lucky students to the Adelaide Oval for the Meet the Business Leader event each year. “Engaging with successful people can be helpful, even inspiring. Students are able to ask questions and seek advice about the exciting possibilities a career in business offers, from the people currently living it,” said Tim Williams. “Students find out practical information such as how much you earn in your first year and also the difference between being the accountant in a business compared to being an external auditor working for an accounting firm such as PWC.” “Overall, there was great general advice for having a career in business and how accounting can be a good base for becoming a senior manager in the future,” said Tim. “We heard from a variety of people of different ages and specialities, from base level accountants to CFOs, and some of the most successful Chartered Accountants in the country,” said student Connor Butterfield. “Commerce is something I am looking to do at Uni so I found this a valuable experience and would recommend it to other students. The food was also delicious!” said student Ned Smith.

Find out more from young and inspiring business leaders from around the world via the Chartered Accountants website

Tim Williams, Connor Butterfield, Ned Smith, Isabella Lanceleaux

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A Day Made Better is a national competition that rewards and recognises exceptional teachers across the country. Eynesbury Senior College had a total of 12 teachers nominated in 2016. This is one of the highest amount of teacher nominations from a single school or college in Australia. “I am extremely proud of our committed, enthusiastic and experienced Eynesbury teachers. It doesn’t surprise me at all that so many were nominated,” said Principal, Claire Flenley. “Teaching is a complex and demanding job. I hope everyone of us is able to reflect on at least one teacher who changed our lives for the better in some way. Sometimes we only realise the true extent of this years down the track. 5 minutes out of a day to write a note of appreciation gave our teachers ‘fuel in their tank’ to continue to teach, inspire, nurture and encourage other students,” said Claire. Thank you to all who took the time to write a message of support.

Read all the messages of support on our facebook page.

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The Year 11 Drama production of Dracula was a credit to both the students and teacher, Holly Langridge. “Fantastic show! Congratulations to all involved. I really enjoyed it!” said Fiona Thompson. “Well done, everyone. A fun, funny, warm and thought-provoking production,” said Mel Smith. Lawyer Jonathan Harker lives in England and is engaged to the lovely Mina. Jonathan visits Count Dracula’s crumbling mansion in the Carpathian Mountains to assist with a real estate transaction. Dracula bought a castle next to an asylum in England. While first impressed by Dracula, Jonathan soon becomes unnerved by the sinister goingson within the castle. Meanwhile, back in England, asylum inmate Renfield is raving about ‘not letting him in’ and Mina’s sister, Lucy is growing paler by the day. Dr Seward, in love with Lucy and fearful for her life, calls in his rival Van Helsing to help solve the mystery of her illness. Then Dracula arrives! “The students worked hard and the result was a high quality production that they should be proud of, “ said Holly Langridge.

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Tinderella (a comment on modern dating) By Taleisha Pagett

I can never find a prince, left, left, left, definitely left. Once things went slowly... Did you know his family? What was his reputation? And importantly, what was yours? Now, we cut to the chase faces on screens or other bits of flesh. Left, Left, all a bunch of frogs. Another picture, what is the difference all want the same thing, right ? Right? He had blonde hair blue eyes, a crisp smile do I swipe right? His bio, seems almost ...Normal. Right, definitely right. Wow, for once the photo matched the reality we had a decent conversation. I wasn’t left wishing I had gone … Left. He didn’t just want, what the typical Tinder prince wants, he is, Mr Right for the moment.

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When did you join Eynesbury and what is the Eynesbury difference? I joined Eynesbury in 2010 as a Year 11 student. I was looking for a school that gave me opportunities to build the career I wanted after school. Teachers at Eynesbury give students an incredible amount of support and care for their students beyond the academic sphere, making it conducive to personal and professional development. The students are all renaissance people but they do become your mates for life! The Eynesbury difference is not just about becoming an independent learner and excelling academically. It is also about challenging yourself, creating networks, and seizing opportunities. At Eynesbury you build confidence that empowers you during university and beyond. Eynesbury not only gave me an academic advantage; it gave me the resilience and motivation to do well at university and in life. I learned how to effectively manage my time while juggling multiple commitments. This is a key skill you utilise during university. Another key skill that students often haven’t mastered by the time they graduate from high school is prioritising; it’s harder than it sounds and it takes a lot of self-discipline, but the busy life at Eynesbury definitely helps!

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How did you find the transition to first year university? No, I didn’t find it hard at all. Eynesbury equipped me with a lot of fight for the transition between high school and university! Tell us about your university pathway. I enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Adv) and Doctor of Medicine at the University of Sydney because I wanted to have the flexibility to choose the units I wanted to take within science as well as pursuing a professional degree that I could take up as a career. I graduated from the B.Sc(Adv) with a major in Nanoscience and Technology in 2014. So it comes as no surprise that this was my first choice — I wanted to learn anything and everything about all kinds of science and the double degree granted me the freedom to do so. I’m going into my sixth year of university in 2017.

Did you always know what you wanted to do?

“If you’re really set, just do it. There’s nothing holding you back except yourself. Make informed decisions. If you already feel like you want to change, then that’s a strong enough indication that you can - that you should - change.” Gratia Nguyen.

I’ve always been an adventurous learner, which made it hard for me to decide which areas I should commit to in the beginning. I loved science and maths and all things in between. Throughout the process of deciding I learned a couple of lessons: 1) You don’t have to commit to a single profession straight out of high school. In fact, mixing and matching your study options at university in the beginning is a more efficient way to find out what you might like to take up as a career, rather than committing a professional degree and realising you don’t like it later on (and then quitting after a considerable amount of time). 2) Don’t be afraid to pave your own way and break from expectations other people have of you. This is very important. What was the most important lesson you learnt from first year university? Try everything: try different subjects if your degree allows you to, join different societies, work on hobbies and pursue the things you’re passionate about (yes, it’s never too early or too late- do it while you have the time during first year because it gets busier!). Even if you already know exactly what you want to do, step out of your comfort zone and do a little more. You will learn a lot more about yourself and meet many different people who will become lifelong friends in the process! What advice would you give to students considering a similar pathway? Don’t stop at the Bachelor’s degree! If you’re ambitious and like opening doors, strive for postgraduate study. Go for double degrees to broaden your concentrations. Embark on exchanges! I was at Tohoku University’s winter school in Japan during July 2013 and it was the best experience I have had in my university life. It opened my eyes to the future of science globally and I established lifelong friendships with some of the most inspiring individuals. And finally, doing what you love is paramount.

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Art and Design students visited the Robert Hannaford Exhibition and enjoyed listening to his daughter Tsering Hannaford. She joined a recent art class as a guest speaker.

South Australia’s most celebrated portraitist, Robert Hannaford, had a long awaited exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia from July-October 2016. Revered for his ability to capture the true nature or ‘essence’ of his sitters, and recipient of numerous important commissions and awards, Hannaford has been selected as a finalist for the Archibald Prize over the past twenty-five years, winning the People’s Choice three times. Following in his footsteps, his daughter Tsering Hannaford is pursuing a career as a realist painter. Her portrait at two different life stages were featured in her father’s recent exhibition. Tsering was inspiring and motivational, speaking honestly to the class about her career to date. She credited the NEIS (New Enterprise Incentive Scheme) for giving her the skills with which to start her own small business. Students enjoyed asking questions, getting advice and seeing examples of her work, including her own self portrait which was accepted as a finalist in the Archibald Art Prize.

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“My website jrsportshub allows me to put my passion into practice.” Jordan Routley.

Check out Tsering’s artwork and keep up to date with her career via her facebook page.

Photos from top to bottom: Installation view Robert Hannaford, image courtesy of the Art Gallery of South Australia. Portrait of artist Robert Hannaford in his studio, 2016 by John Montesi. Tsering with ESC Art and Design students.

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Dopey’s Story (Snow White Transformation) By Freya Monteith

I am one of seven a number far too broad. Snow spreads her time between us and yet I feel ignored.

Despite my devout, attentive ways this intruder felt entitled to take possession of her heart and leave my grief unbridled.

She cleans our home and cooks us meals all for warmth and shelter. But little does our new guest know she’s more than just a helper.

His stony lips met vivid red I looked upon in horror. As their kisses meant for me were unjustly laid upon her.

Since the night of her arrival that grey and bustling night frosted skin with wine-red lips have become my dearest sight.

With starry eyes my love awoke innocently in awe. She rose from death with open arms joyous with what she saw.

I found her in the house one day like ashes on the floor. Some wicked force had taken her. Beloved I had no more.

But those eyes were fixed upon the man who came here uninvited and her arms were wrapped around his neck How could she be delighted?

In the untouched preservation of a coffin made from glass her untouched body lay floating there above the grass.

Away they went off to his castle upon the silver horse. And there I stood in misery yet the Prince showed no remorse.

Day and night I’d sit and watch falling deeper in my love. I couldn’t bring myself to leave or hear the mourning dove.

For looks and perfect idleness had stolen Snow from me but no fight was given on her end she left with him carefree.

And without warning, one grievous day a horse approached like thunder. Upon it sat a hotshot Prince who gazed at her with wonder.

The love she held for a little Dwarf remained there in that coffin. For as Snow thawed from ‘true’ love’s kiss her heart had failed to soften.


JIM TEH, YEAR 12 STUDENT How did it feel to be awarded the Citizenship medal? The Citizenship medal is one of my greatest achievements and I am very grateful and honoured for it. Upon receiving the award, it has reassured me and it encourages me to work harder and be more diligent. I am so thankful for the opportunity and the support I have been provided throughout the year, as I would not have been as successful in my studies without Eynesbury. Tell us about joining Eynesbury. I started my Year 11 studies with Eynesbury in February 2016. Truthfully, at that time, I was completely unprepared and overwhelmed by the notion of independent overseas study. To make matters worse, I was two weeks late into the first semester and it immediately entailed a lot of catch up work. Fortunately, with the caring hospitality and continued support from various sources especially from new friends, my homestay and the Eynesbury support services, I genuinely felt and continue to feel welcome in Adelaide. Why did you choose Eynesbury? Prior to moving to Adelaide, I have always been passionate about being involved in the medical field. Naturally, my parents realised the importance of enrolling me in a conducive educational institution, in which I can easily acquire academic guidance from professionals and prepare myself for university education. Eynesbury was our final decision and I can quite confidently say it was the right choice.

Rachel Sanderson MP & Jim Teh.

Coming from Malaysia, I had been exposed to three languages (English, Mandarin and Malay) since I was young. This had been advantageous to my communication with people from different backgrounds and consequently enriched my stay in Australia. The most distinct difference between Eynesbury and my former school is that Eynesbury celebrates and respects diversity among students. In my opinion, this is beneficial to students as they are appreciative of each other’s traditions and cultures. More importantly, I am grateful for the effort which Eynesbury spends to help new students adapt to the community, especially International Students who are at a disadvantage due to language barriers. What would you say is the Eynesbury difference? Eynesbury encourages independent learning, where students are responsible for attending classes and revising their studies. The flexible timetable prepared by the College also prepares me and my fellow students for university life. Although we have to be self-motivated at all times, teachers are still very interested in my personal goals and try their best to help me achieve my dreams. I am able to work at my own pace while receiving invaluable advice and support from the Eynesbury staff.


My name is Jean Sauret and I am an exchange student from France. I arrived in Australia in June to improve my English. Moreover, Australia is a fascinating country that I wanted to discover. When I first heard I was going to Australia, I became very impatient and was so excited. My host family lives in the Adelaide hills, which was very cool for me because I really like living outside the city. In France, I live in a small town in central France. I was so excited to see kangaroos so close to my host family’s home and experience a typical Australian home life. I started my trip by visiting Sydney with a group of other exchange students. That was an unbelievable experience. Afterwards, we went on our own way to different cities and joined our own host families. My host family was so friendly and amazing! The place where I lived in Adelaide was so beautiful; the landscape was so pretty. My first day at Eynesbury was quite an emotional one for me as I was quite nervous. Eynesbury is unique and so different from the school I had gone to back home. The staff, teachers and students made me feel so welcome. The French teacher, Jackie, was particularly friendly and made me feel at home. The school has an incredible location right in the centre of Adelaide. I really enjoyed going there.

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Susan, my host mother, subscribed me to the Tea Tree Gully district football club...that was one of the best experiences of my whole stay. I play a lot of sport back home and Australian football was a new sport for me because in France it doesn’t even exist. The team welcomed me with open arms and were very friendly to me. I have to say that I definitely enjoy this sport! My wonderful host family organised different things for me to do and experience. I spent a lot of time with my host father who was so nice to me. I also discovered the Australian outback when my family took me to Arkaroola and Broken Hill. It was an incredible experience for me! I truly had an unforgettable trip thanks to my host family and all the people at Eynesbury. I would like to say thank you to all for what you have done for me. I would recommend anyone to go on an exchange trip and experience life in another country and culture. It was the best experience!

STUDY OVERSEAS TRAVEL TALES Georgia Bannister in Europe.

GEORGIA BANNISTER, CLASS OF 2016 In Year 10, I was fortunate enough to have the experience of travelling to the UK. I was there for a 6 month exchange with Southern Cross Cultural Exchange. I attended Chepstow Comprehensive School in Wales and studied History, PE, Geography and Media. I was also fortunate enough to have a fantastic host family who not only made me feel part of their family, but also made the experience worth it. I travelled to London and Cardiff, explored the beautiful scenes of Stonehenge, and got to live in the countryside, which was a new experience for me. I got to do some many amazing things while I was in the UK. Next year I am planning to host a student with my family and provide them with the experience I received.

It is scary to get over the first hurdle of travelling solo, but three solo European trips later, I have not regretted it. Maddy Higginson. I had studied French for most of my life and continued it when I came to Eynesbury. I was competent in reading and writing, but what I struggled most in was talking. It is the hardest part to grasp, with having to master not only the language but the accent and the tricky French concept of not pronouncing the last letter of every word. I stayed silent most lessons, too embarrassed to even try to attempt it. Then one class, a group of students came in to share their experiences in France, and before I knew it, I was there. It was difficult at first, I will admit, but nothing in life worth the trouble isn’t. I couldn’t communicate

It is a fantastic opportunity and I would highly recommend the experience. I have made life long friends that I am still in contact with today.

MADDY HIGGINSON, OLD SCHOLAR I initially went to France because my friend had asked me to join her. Since my frail teenage ego wouldn’t allow me to back out, I found myself on a 20-hour plane trip to France at the end of Year 10. To be honest, I might not have done it if I hadn’t felt social pressure to go. It is scary to get over the first hurdle of travelling solo, but three solo European trips later, I have not regretted it.

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Maddy Higginson.

Having another language is a priceless skill that will help you in a number of ways. Maddy Higginson.

with people properly despite understanding what they said. It was frustrating never having the words to get your point across. Eventually you get past the embarrassment and you are forced to just try. It may start as a few mumbled, inarticulate sentences, but eventually, through trial and error, it gets better. Then, without even realising it, you can hold full conversations in French, and, if you are really lucky, you can even dream in the language. My exchange went by so quickly, and I relished the chance of living another culture in a French host family. I stayed in a small village three hours outside Paris and an hour from the town of Orleans. I went to school with my host sister and experienced the French school system with their famous lunches. It is almost like being in a restaurant! I studied a variety of subjects— the usual Science, Maths, French and English, but also Latin and Spanish, which I eventually gave up to help teach the younger students English. I saw snow for the first time when I was there, and had a blast making an Australian snowman called Bruce and being pulled in a sled by my host dad in his car. I even fell through the ice of a frozen lake and lived to tell the tale! Travelling has an amazing ability to change you without you realising it, and this trip helped to cement my love of the French language and culture. I started answering most of the questions in French class, and I developed a pretty awesome French accent, speaking in both French and English.

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I have continued French through university as a minor and I am considering whether I go back and study further to get into translation. Having another language is a priceless skill that will help you in a number of careers. There is no better way to learn a language than to immerse yourself in it, so if you are really serious about learning French, do an exchange. You won’t regret it. And if you aren’t serious, travelling is a much more useful way to spend your summer holidays than playing video games and going to pool parties.

SARAH JENKIN-HALL, OLD SCHOLAR In the European winter of 2010-11, I was fortunate to undertake a ten-week exchange program in Limousine, France. At 15 years old I found myself quickly adjusting to an unfamiliar environment and language. Although I had studied French for 4 years, I was nervous to express myself in another language and many of the students at my college thought I was mute for the first few weeks!

I studied at a rural school in Saint-Germain-lesBelles. Many of my new friends carried FrenchEnglish dictionaries with them whenever I was nearby to help me translate more complex words and help us communicate better. I am still in touch with many of these wonderful people almost 6 years later. Travel around France was difficult as the winter was incredibly cold and icy. However, I did explore a lot of the local region, including ArnacPompadour in Corrèze, and Pierre-Buffière in Haute-Vienne. I have many unforgettable memories from my time - I danced to the French rugby team’s anthem at midnight on Christmas Eve. I built snowmen and learnt how to ride horses on our neighbour’s farm. I explored the beautiful cobbled streets of Limoges and played paintball in an old warehouse with my French cousins. Although these experiences were memorable, the best part of my experience was my host family. My beautiful little host sister celebrated her 8th birthday not long after we met, and she is now a stunning young woman of nearly 14. I have fond memories of discussing politics, cultural differences and life in Australia with my host parents Frédéric and Bernadette, both of whom still call me their daughter. My many French aunts, uncles, cousins (and my darling grandmother, who spoke French as her second language and with whom I fell utterly in love) embraced me into their family - I will forever be grateful for their unconditional love and support. Since my exchange program, I have returned to France twice more to visit my host family, once in July 2013 and again in February 2015. During the most recent trip, I worked alongside my host parents at an international radio convention ‘2015 Salon De La Radio’ for La Letter Pro de la Radio et des Médias.

ELLEN TOSOLINI, OLD SCHOLAR During my gap year, I went on exchange to the south of France for 10 months. I was enrolled in a French high school and was lucky enough to study in the Science stream, as well as learning Spanish and studying French Literature. For my first 5 months, I was placed with a host family in Toulouse who were very active. Every weekend I packed up a small suitcase and we went to their cabin in the mountains or their apartment in Spain. We even went all the way to Lille in the north to visit their family. I learnt to ski during the school holidays, went hiking in the snow and through the mountains during spring, and enjoyed spending 4 days in Venice with 16 other exchange students. Over the course of my exchange, I made more friends than I can ever remember having; at my local school, at the ski station, in the small country village and amongst the other exchange students. They are the kind of friends I will never forget, and I look forward to seeing them again. Travelling overseas, speaking a different language and living with people you don’t know are daunting at first, but by the end of my exchange, I had two sets of French parents who were there for me every single day to help me learn and appreciate the French culture. Undoubtably the best thing about exchange and the most rewarding part is being able to call French my second language!


GEMMA COWLING, CLASS OF 2015 Gemma made international news this year and is now making history as the first Australian-born transgender model.

How did you find you time at Eynesbury? I loved the sense of community at Eynesbury. The openness of the structure, the friendliness of the teachers and the accepting culture. They took a personal interest and respected individuality. I still am in contact regularly with Mel Smith despite finishing two years ago now!

Tell us about your career to date. I have always had an interest in fashion and I was scouted and signed early in 2016. It has been a little crazy since then but the reception has been really positive. I feel lucky to have had such interest and I want to educate the wider community on the issues of being transgender.

Gemma Cowling and Mel Smith..

I am by far not the first trans model — there are quite a lot, which I think is amazing because it’s just another case of proving transgender people just live their lives and do what everyone else does. I’m not going to lie ... it’s cool (to be the first Australian-born) ... but I’m just happy to be who I am and be doing what I’m doing.

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What does 2017 hold? I have just been signed to Marilyn New York. So 2017 holds some travel for me to the States!

You can see some of the stories featuring Gemma online via the links below and can follow her journey via instagram @iamgemmacowling or via her page on Facebook.

Elle UK, Mumamia, The Daily Mail,, Fashion Journal, Clip Joint Fashion Week Video.

@iamgemmacowling Photograph by Agnieszka Chabros for i.d Vice, Aus/NZ @Azelea Models

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? BEN DAVEY - CLASS OF 2002 When did you make the move to Eynesbury and what did you most enjoy about your time at the College? I made the move to Eynesbury in Year 11, back in 2001 when the Kingswood Campus was still around. Coming from a regional high school, the part I enjoyed most about Eynesbury was the freedom it offered me. Suddenly I was treated like an adult. The teachers were also fantastic, and gave me the help I needed to really understand the subjects being taught. As far as subjects are concerned, I took the STEM pathway - English, Math 1, Math 2, Physics, Chemistry. In retrospect I regret not taking more of the arts based subjects offered by Eynesbury, but the subjects selected certainly equipped me for Engineering. Did you feel prepared for life after school? Absolutely. By the time I started at university, I felt like a veteran of the independent learning environment. Eynesbury provided the perfect mix of one-on-one tuition with teachers, and independent learning. This certainly helped to ease the transition to university studies.

“Coming from a regional high school, the part I enjoyed most about Eynesbury was the freedom it offered me. Suddenly I was treated like an adult.” Ben Davey.

Ben Davey.

Tell us about your career pathway. I’m currently Director of Product (and employee #5) for a 45-person startup based out of San Francisco called Geli. We’re doing some interesting things with computercontrolled solar devices and batteries. The vision is to work towards a world where people get their electricity from 100% renewable sources from their neighbours, rather than from centralized power stations hundreds of miles away. I’m very excited to say that I think South Australia might be the first place in the world where this technology is fully proven, due to our abundance of solar generation. I ended up working in this industry due to a love for both the environment and technology.

Prior to Geli, I was co-founder and CEO of MobileNation, which built a software design tool for building mobile applications. We started the business in Adelaide, and moved to the US in 2012 to attract Silicon Valley investors and grow the company with several Fortune 500 customers. Interestingly enough, my big passion while studying at Eynesbury was in electronic music and building music synthesizers. I never ended up chasing it as a career, but a lot of the ideas in products I’ve built or overseen the development of since have been influenced by this interest.

“I had my first interview at Eynesbury when I was 13, and at the time Year 10 was still on the drawing board!” Sam Dickinson.

with their own goals and reasons for choosing Eynesbury – and secondly – the incredibly passionate teachers who always went above and beyond to help us reach our potential. When I started at Eynesbury in 2009, I was part of the first Year 10 cohort. How did you go with Year 12 and what university degree did you enter into? I certainly wasn’t a straight A student by any means. I finished the year with an ATAR of 80.5 and was happy to be accepted to study my first preference, Bachelor of Management (Marketing) at the University of South Australia. In contrast to my area of work now, my best mark was for Biology and I received an A. Did you feel uni ready by the time you completed your SACE at Eynesbury?

SAM DICKINSON - CLASS OF 2011 Why did you join Eynesbury and what would you say is the Eynesbury difference? My early schooling was quite difficult, so when I heard about Eynesbury in Year 8 I thought it sounded fantastic. Being treated like an adult, no bells, being able to leave campus for lunch, and being surrounded by equally driven people. I had my first interview at Eynesbury when I was 13, and at the time Year 10 was still on the drawing board. My three years at Eynesbury were by far the best memories of my schooling. For me, the difference of Eynesbury was two fold: being surrounded by other driven, passionate people

Completely! I think being given that freedom when I started in Year 10 was fantastic for me in building my own organisation techniques, and also learning how to self motivate. If I didn’t, things just weren’t done - so it was something you just had to pick up quickly from the get go, and perfect along the way. This was something about Eynesbury which was immensely valuable in my further study and in the work today.

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How did you find the transition to university life and what was the most important lesson you learnt from your first year? I found the transition very easy. It wasn’t all that different to Eynesbury in my eyes. The only thing that hits you is the number of students and the lack of support. Sometimes that’s a bit difficult when trying to balance work and study. Also, group assignments are tough - I learned quickly not to be afraid to take an active role in group assignments, as you can’t expect the other members to deliver on time. There’s no shades of grey when handing it up, the person that did the least amount of work gets the same mark as you. If possible, work with people you know well and don’t be afraid to be on people’s backs! What are you up to now? I publish the city guide, City Brief. Since launching in 2015, I’ve published eight editions of City Brief in Adelaide. City Brief is a quarterly city guide with a goal to reinvent the city guide through a focus on simple communication and good design. We feature only local independent places across nine categories; coffee, food, drinks, shops, culture, makers, events, neighborhoods and transport.

“I publish the City Brief. Since launching in 2015, I have published eight editions... and we have had a 100% pick up rate, meaning every copy we print has been picked up by choice reaching over 15, 0000 Sam Dickinson. readers per issue.” We don’t charge for features, curating our selection purely on merit to remain independent and help promote small business. City Brief mainly appeals to the local inner city market, but also the discerning traveller. From our first issue we have had a 100% pick up rate, meaning every copy we print has been picked up by choice, reaching over 15,000 readers per issue. Alongside Adelaide, I also have a City Brief in Hamburg Germany, which has just published its third issue. We’ve just launched a special edition of City Brief in Chinese in collaboration with SA Tourism for the launch of China Southern flights to Adelaide. This year our inaugural City Brief Wine Guide will come off the press, showcasing our state’s world-class wine regions. Did you always know what you wanted to do? What advice would you give someone considering following the same pathway? Absolutely not! For most of my time at Eynesbury I was dead set on studying dentistry and it wasn’t until I managed to sit down and really understand what I’m passionate about that I decided to go into business.

Find out more via the website

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I think the key is trying different things, whether that’s work experience or getting out and giving things a go. Being honest with yourself as to what you love and what you could imagine doing every day really helped me find what I’m passionate about, which I’m lucky to be doing now.

What do you do in your spare time? I’m lucky to be able to say that my work is very much something I enjoy to the point of it being like a hobby. However, I also enjoy photography and particularly drawing and designing new business concepts. I’m fascinated about the role of good design in business and building a brand – it’s the area I’m most passionate about in my work.

supportive and inclusive academic and social environment, with other students striving for academic excellence. What was the most important lesson you learnt from first year university? The most important lesson I learnt from my first year of university would be to work consistently throughout the year and to focus on your own work rather than worry about what others around you are doing. What advice would you give someone considering following the same pathway?

SAM LOUGHLIN - CLASS OF 2011 Tell us about your time at Eynesbury. I joined Eynesbury in 2009 after the completion of Term 1 in Year 10. Eynesbury enabled me to choose the subjects I wanted to study. I felt that I wanted to focus solely on my school work in preparation for university. In Year 12, I studied English Communications, Mathematical Methods, Biology and Chemistry and I enjoyed them immensely. They were subjects I really got involved with and I had great teachers. I felt that their passion for teaching helped me want to achieve my very best. I attained at ATAR of 99.2 and an academic citation in Maths.

I would suggest having an open mind and making the most of opportunities that come your way. I was not initially planning to study Optometry but I am pleased that I chose this pathway and thoroughly enjoy my studies. You are a member of the Golden Key Society. What is this? The Golden Key Society is an invitation only international group that recognises the highest achieving 15% of students. It offers members scholarships and grants, job opportunities, as well as the ability to study abroad. It is great to be a part of and I recommend it if you get the opportunity.

In 2013, after a gap year, I enrolled in a Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science), Master of Optometry at Flinders University and I have just completed the Bachelor’s component and begin the Masters by coursework in 2017. While, this was not my first choice, I have always wished to study in the health science field and am happy with my career I have chosen. Do you feel the independent education style gave you the skills to prepare you for uni life? Absolutely and without a doubt! I found the transition to university very natural and a straight forward progression. I have always loved independent learning. I loved my years at Eynesbury. To me, the Eynesbury difference was being in a positive,

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Fear By Anniepreet Tuteja

You catch me by surprise each time you spin that delicately woven cobweb of yours, an intricate trap, ensnaring me, holding me hostage for the night. Your eight furry legs dance, creepily crawling in a synchronised rhythm, rejoicing at my plight. I am a puppet, and you are the master, biting the joy out of me, consuming all positivity, only to leave me blinded by darkness. Your black, bead-like eyes gleam, many icy beguiling jewels. They are a ploy, designed to manipulate me, while you swiftly brush past my naĂŻve skin, unfurling legs, encompass my hands, a fly trap closing in on its victim, asphyxiating.

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You bite me, with ghastly fangs, a blood-thirsty vampire, infecting me with venom, inviting my wave of fears. Heightened breathing, dilating pupils, rising adrenaline excite you and hissing, spitting, baring fangs seduce me to trauma. Fear consumes me. The pain is not momentary, it is long-lasting, permanent. The aftermath of your bite, leaves an indelible mark, inflammation, itching. You scuttle away, attempting to flee but you can’t escape me I stomp on you, stomp on you, stomp on you. I wonder have you actually left? Because that web is immaculate as ever and your descendants lay out of sight, silent, comfortable in their nest.



CHRIS LESLIE - CLASS OF 2006 Tell us about your time at Eynebsury? I joined as a Year 12 student in There Eynesbury are many Senior Leadership Groups 2005 asto I wanted to get the required TER to (SLG) join at Eynesbury. get into a Bachelor of Aviation, which was In 2017, join a group very competitive. I got to in, fundraise, which I stilladvocate, credit hold an event or raise awareness. Eynesbury with! Interested environmental and sustainable For someoneinwho didn’t particularly like issues and topics? Join the Green Group. school, I actually enjoyed my time at JOIN A GROUP. Eynesbury. I enjoyed Eynesbury style Want to make a diffthe erence to student life at ofEynesbury? education and its focus on independent Join the Wellbeing Group. learning - you felt like you were in charge of Interested in politics and policies? Join the your destiny. Social Justice Group. How has this independent education helped Play a musical instrument? Join the Music you with life after school? Group. The main lesson that the independent learning Have an idea for an event or want to style taught me was that you really are in fundraise for a charity? Speak to your control of your own destiny! Learning that at Mentor. a young age made me realise that if you don’t

The Eynesbury Formal is undoubtedly the most glamorous night of the year. All Year 11 and Year 12 students plus hybrid Year 10 students are invited to the Eynesbury Senior College Formal.

Winter Wonderland Saturday 29 July 7pm Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Tickets on sale soon!

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM A scholarship program for students in Year 10, 11 and 12 is offered at Eynesbury Senior College. We also accept a small number of highly skilled and academically ready Year 9 students into the Semester 2 intake of Year 10. Applications are now open for current and prospective students. The deadline for the second round of scholarships is Tuesday 5 September.

To apply, complete the application form available on the Eynesbury website and arrange payment of the application processing fee. To find out more visit the Eynesbury Senior College website

PHOTO GALLERY Class of 2016 Graduation

PHOTO GALLERY Class of 2016 Graduation Ceremony

PHOTO GALLERY Year 12 Visual Arts - Art and Design practical work. ‘Accomplished’ exhibition 2016.

PHOTO GALLERY Transition morning for new students. See the mannequin challenge video on our instagram.

PHOTO GALLERY Activities and events Term 4, 2016.

PHOTO GALLERY Year 12 Visual Arts - Art and Design practical work. ‘Accomplished’ exhibition 2016.


We really appreciate our student ambassadors, old scholar’s and volunteers who help at our Open Days! Can you help? Tell your mentor or email our Marketing Manager, Alice Bonnin -

Eynesbury Senior College 15 - 19 Franklin Street, Adelaide 5000 ph: (08) 8410 5388

Eynesbury Senior College 15 - 19 Franklin Street, Adelaide 5000 ph: (08) 8410 5388

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