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Term 1 NEW to ESC - Boarding options, excursions, student spotlight, mentor highlights, social justice group event, teacher features, tips for getting a Merit and more!


Merit Ceremony


Top tips for a merit - John Benji Daniel


Making News - Shannon McGarry


Raising the Barr


Aaron tackles Year 12 and the CFS


Jordan’s journalistic ambitions


Bowled Over with Mentor


Student Spolight - Cameron Pozza & Cecilia Tran


Ambassador at Expo


Students explore the CBD through history


Social Justice Bake Sale


Hosting an Exchange Student


Art and Design


Boarding at ESC!


Farewell and best wishes to some terrific teachers


Meet the new faces at ESC


Maths with Peter


Masters of Education - Aldo Longobardi


Where are they now?


Tribute to Jack Panuccio and John Warren


Photo Galleries


Term 2 and 3 Calendar


Government House Gardens


Welcome to the latest edition of the Eynesbury Times. Last year, Eynesbury students achieved 11 SACE merits and 20 A+ grades across 13 different Stage 2 subjects. Congratulations to all! In particular, Victoria Adams was one of only two students to receive a merit in Dance and Kian Rafie-Ardestani was one of only five students to receive a merit in Classical Studies. Jane Kim received three merits and was awarded International Student of the year – Academic Excellence (School). Zidan Nguyen received two merits and was awarded The University of Adelaide Principals’ Scholarship. One of the big things that Eynesbury launched this term was boarding. We now offer a range of boarding options, including homestay, home away boarding facilities and a more independent apartment style living. We aim to provide an environment that caters for a wide range of student abilities, interests and needs. Meet boarding student, Eliza Bastian, who speaks

honestly about her experience in an interview on page 28. She also features in a video on the new boarding page on the Eynesbury website. This term, Eynesbury welcomed a number of new staff. There are some great pop quiz questions that will give you insight into our new team members. We shine a spotlight on a number of students pursuing extra-curricular activities such as fire fighting and journalism. The front cover image features the Year 10 History class on a CBD walking excursion that you’ll read more about in the following pages. This edition features Mentor Program highlights, the Social Justice Group bake sale event, the work of our Art and Design students, study exchanges, photos and more. Happy reading! Claire Flenley PRINCIPAL

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2017 MERIT CEREMONY In February each year the SACE Board of SA holds a Merit Ceremony at Government House. This year 996 students across the state were awarded 1302 subject merits for outstanding achievement in Stage 2 subjects for 2016. Eight Eynesbury students received 9 subject merits across eight different subjects. Of note, Victoria Adams was one of only two students to receive a merit in Dance and Kian RafieArdestani was one of only five students to receive a merit in Classical Studies. Zidan Nguyen was awarded two subject merits for English Studies and Mathematical Studies. He also received two A+ grades for Specialist Mathematics and Physics. He has also recently been awarded The University of Adelaide Principals’ Scholarships 2016. Jane Kim received a merit for Psychology and was awarded two merits last year while in Year 11 for Mathematical Studies and Research Project B. Ellie Kong received a merit for Biology, Emily Cribb was awarded a merit for Drama and John Benji Daniel received a merit for Research Project B. Jayal Amaratunga received a merit for English Studies and Ellie Kong received a merit for Biology. Congratulations also to the following students who received an A+: Connor Butterfield (Business and Enterprise), Kellie Elmes (Psychology), Samantha Maiolo (Mathematical Studies), Shannon McGarry (Australian and International Politics), and Year 11 student Jack Raymont (Research Project B).

Click here to read Zidan’s article in the Messenger paper.

TOP TIPS FOR A MERIT Interview with John Benji Daniel What year are you in and what are you studying? I am in Year 12 this year and studying science and maths subjects, namely, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics, and also English Literary Studies. You were awarded a Merit in Research Project B – what tips do you have for other students in gaining a Merit? I chose to base my research project around nuclear energy and carbon emissions goals. As far as tips go, it is important to choose a topic for which there is a lot of information readily available, and create a question which is open ended. This will help you to demonstrate the development of your research. Also, make sure you choose a topic that you are either interested in, and/or something that you have some background knowledge about. For those wanting to achieve the really high marks, I found that reading the chief assessor’s report and subject outline is very helpful. Don’t leave anything until the last minute so that you can get a good draft and have plenty of time to make changes. Most importantly, your teachers are there to help you, so make sure you ask them plenty of questions. When did you join ESC and why? I joined Eynesbury at the start of year 11. I found that at Eynesbury I would be able to focus on my academic studies without the distractions found at other schools, while

Ryan Osbourne, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Remarkable Media, presenting John with his Merit at Government House.

also being able to grow as an independent learner and gain skills that will make me ready for university. What does the future hold for you? What career are you interested in? As I am doing the science and maths subjects, I hope to study something along the same line at university, such as Medicine or Engineering.

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SHANNON MAKING NEWS Well done to Shannon McGarry who was awarded the prestigious 2016 Governor of South Australia Commendation. This award recognises overall excellence in achieving the SACE. The students who receive this special commendation have demonstrated the most outstanding academic and personal achievements in the SACE, together with qualities young people need for community life, citizenship, and work. Shannon was also the recipient of a National Scholars Scholarship from Australian National University (ANU), Canberra. She is currently studying a double degree, Bachelor of International Relations and Bachelor of Law (Honours).

Click here to read the article in The Times and here to read the article from The Advertiser.


Classics Teacher and Principal, Claire Flenley, took students on an excursion this year, and on many previous years, to the Barr Smith Library at The University of Adelaide. The Barr Smith Library has an extensive collection of academic resources, including over 20,000 online journals, magazines and newspapers, and over 12,000 eBooks and reports. “Visiting and borrowing from the Barr Smith Library helps students to avail themselves of the wealth of Classical knowledge for their special study,” said Claire. Behind the scenes: Shannon (blue top) at the media announcement and The Advertiser photo shoot for 2016 Governor of South Australia Commendation award winners at the Mortlock Library, North Terrace.

“It really helps them develop as independent learners and prepare them for University. To borrow from Isaac Newton, they learn to stand on the shoulders of giants to help them see further.”

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AARON TACKLES YEAR 12 AND THE CFS Meet Aaron Aggis, Year 12 student and volunteer CFS fire fighter. Why did you make the move to Eynesbury and how was the transition? My first term at Eynesbury was Term Four of 2016. I got used to the environment before getting started with Year 12. I decided to move to Eynesbury because I believe that the way this school operates suits my learning style and will help me to finish Year 12 with the best grades possible. I like having no uniform and calling teachers by their first names. It places teachers and students on the same playing field. At my old school, I found teachers were overly authoritarian and, as a result, I often locked horns with them. This got in the way of what’s most important, my learning. At Eynesbury, a mutual respect makes for easy class room interactions and it makes seeking extra help outside of class stress-free. My transition was smooth and easy. Anyone considering coming to Eynesbury should. All the people at this school are friendly and it’s easy to find your place. How did you become involved in the CFS? My Dad has been a volunteer firefighter for 18 years. I grew up around the Fire Station, seeing the guys hop on the truck and hearing the sirens sounding in the distance. I was always envious about not being able to go. Naturally, I always wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps.

As of March 25th 2016, I became a qualified volunteer operational firefighter with the South Australian Country Fire Service. Since becoming operational, I’ve attended 1 prescribed burn off, 1 structure fire, 1 search and rescue, 3 motor vehicle accidents and 14 traffic obstructions (landslides and trees fallen across the road). Through the Fire Service I’ve completed courses in Rural Fire Suppression, Defensive Fire Suppression, Chainsaw Operation and Maintenance, and I’ve acquired First Aid training for assisting injured occupants in car crashes. The best part about being a firefighter is the companionship. Some of the firefighters I have met through the service will no doubt be mates long after I finish school. I’ve learnt to rely on them in potentially life threatening situations and they have learnt to expect the same professionalism from me. We don’t always agree or get along but the blokes at the Fire Station are family. That sort of trust is hard to find these days but it is abundant throughout the service. What does the future hold for you? Year 12! This year I am studying Physics, Psychology, English, Maths and Business & Enterprise. At university, I’d like to study Psychological Sciences and then see where that takes me.

Interested in joining the CFS? Visit their website to find out more information.

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JORDAN’S JOURNALISTIC AMBITIONS We catch up with Year 11 student Jordan Routley who has been doing some interesting work experience in the media to further his journalistic ambitions with 5AA, Rowey’s Fishing Show and Fox Footy. Well done on using your initiative, tell us how this all came about? It really all began when I decided to start my own sporting website, with match reports for most of the AFL games. A friend of a friend who is one of the bosses at Nova (who owns FIVEaa) saw my work and was impressed. She was so happy with it that she passed it on to Stephen Rowe and Mark Bickley, the presenters of the sports show on the station. They, in turn, were so impressed that they asked me in to the studio for a day to learn everything about how radio works. After they recognised my passion for journalism, and my determination to, one day, work

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in the media, they kept inviting me back. I regularly went into the station to learn about how the show is put together. I have been doing that for about a year. Rowey (Stephen Rowe) started his own separate fishing show which he presented on Saturday mornings. He needed a website to be designed and maintained for the content from his show. Having proved my handiness around a computer, he gave me the job as his website creator and manager. I have been doing that for a few months now and absolutely love the job. The experience I have gained is invaluable, and it has allowed me to further put my foot in the door for a full time job one day. Hopefully! As for the Fox Footy work, that was also through a friend of a friend. That old saying, “It’s not what you know, but who you know,” is so true. In January of this year, we went on holiday to Mildura with some friends, and they brought along a family from Swan


BBQ photos and article

Hill, where both of the parents, Luke and Laura teach at the local school. They taught a boy called Thomas Dullard, whom they both loved as a student. Thomas’ passion is working in the media, and he started much the same way as I did. He did work experience at the Melbourne Stars cricket club, and was Kevin Pietersen’s (international superstar batsman) personal assistant. He did it without pay, but loved the experience he gained from it. One thing led to another, and through contacts and hard work, he is now a producer at Fox Footy. When Luke and Laura saw my work, they sent it off to Thomas to see what he thought. He loved it to the point that he invited me and my dad to go to Melbourne to tour the Fox Footy studios, and to have a chat about the media and Fox Footy. During the tour I had my jaw dropped the whole time. The studios were huge, the sets were stunning, and the amount of cameras, cords and wires was mind-boggling.

What are the types of things you do? At FIVEaa, I go into the station every Friday after school to do some research on upcoming guests and stats that the guys may need to use. I then sit in on the show to watch it all happen. Even though I have done it so many times before, it still makes me pinch myself to think that I am in there as part of the show. I also do some work from home on the fishing website, uploading content, maintaining the page and editing Rowey’s weekly fishing blog. At Fox Footy, Thomas asked me to do some part-time research on his upcoming guests to help form some questions for Mike Sheehan (the presenter) to ask the guest. Of course, I took the chance with both hands, and now I am regularly doing research for Thomas, which has given me further opportunities to work in the media one day.

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What has been a highlight? Out of so many, I think the standout moment for me was when I was officially offered a position at FIVEaa on the fishing show. Working in the media has been my dream for a few years, and it is the one thing I have a strong determination to do. I get a foot in the door, and begin my journey towards my goal at such a young age was a really exciting moment for me. What subjects are you studying at the moment? In Semester one of Year 11, I am studying General Maths, English, Society and Culture, Modern History and Politics. As you can tell, I am much more of a humanities person than a maths/science person, which is reflective of the path I want to follow. What does the future hold for you? A little later on this year, I will be doing some work experience at the Port Adelaide Football Club August 7-11. Although it is in its early stages, I know that I will be there for five days, learning about different departments and how the club operates. Again, this promises to be another fantastic opportunity to gain some experience in an area in which I aim to work one day.

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For the immediate future, I will most likely continue to do my work for FIVEaa and Fox Footy. I intend to continue to do a really good job for them, and hopefully my hard work will create even more opportunities. As for the distant future, who knows? For the moment I can only imagine, keep working hard, and hope for the best.

See Jordan’s website at and visit Rowey’s Fishing Show website

BOWLED OVER WITH MENTOR The Eynesbury Mentor Program (EMP), held every Monday, supports students’ cognitive, behavioural and emotional engagement in school, with strategies to deal with a variety of situations, including stress and anxiety, and to develop and improve their overall wellbeing. Student resilience and wellbeing are essential for both academic and social development. This is optimised by the provision of a safe, supportive and respectful learning environment. Schools share this responsibility with the whole community. We catch up with Year 10 Key Mentor Holly to find out about the highlights in Term 1. What inspired the bowling activity and what did it encourage students to achieve? Bowling has become a tradition in the Year 10 EMP. We introduced it, at first, to be a low impact physical activity; to get off campus and do something fun! Students really bond in their teams and enjoy the friendly competition. What was the atmosphere like? The whole Year 10 year level, so about 40 students along with three of the core teachers for Year 10 attending. The atmosphere is really light hearted and fun. Teachers get involved too, even though they are often terrible bowlers. I think this helps take the pressure off. There is a certain nostalgia involved in tenpin bowling, and I think everyone enjoys that aspect of it.

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Were there any ‘winners’? I love seeing shy students step up and have a go. I think they are the real winners. What was another highlight in Term 1 Mentor? The Amazing Race! Being a city school, we feel that it is very important for students to feel comfortable moving about within the CBD. On the surface, the Amazing Race looks like a fun and relaxed competition, but the main idea behind the race is to give new students the opportunity to bond with peers and to feel comfortable in (and out of ) their new school environment. I think they also enjoy the freedom of having an excursion without teacher supervision as well! Tell us about the Amazing Race? Students worked in small groups of 4-5 to race around the CBD in a treasure-hunt style activity. We included a range of items to discover and collect. Some items needed photographic evidence e.g. a sign written in a language other than English, or a ‘free Adelaide city bike’. Other items students needed to collect included a free newspaper, a passport application form and a festival program. There was also a list of information to ‘find out’ such as what exhibition was currently showing at the Art Gallery, or naming four restaurants in Gouger Street that serve Yum Cha!

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT We try to find a balance of pure fun and information that students would hopefully use in the future that they would otherwise not have known. What was the highlight of the day? I love welcoming the students back onto campus at the end of the Amazing Race. Their energy is infectious, with lots of red faces and laughter. They also get creativity points, so reviewing the photos is always entertaining! Who were the overall winners? I think the teachers are the winners! Having a whole year level bond so quickly and allowing the students to have such fun so quickly at the start of the school year, makes our job a lot easier! But there was a winning group (pictured below). From left to right, congratulations to: Sanjhi Shah, Cayleigh Stock, Thomas Zadow, Annja Haywood (front in shirt), Samar Sharma, Carson Lui, Hannah Doherty, Declan Roberts (back), Joe Cook, Zali Sedgeman and Year 10 Key Mentor, Holly Langridge.

Year 10 Student and hip-hop dancer, Cameron Pozza. When did you join Eynesbury and why? I moved to Eynesbury in the third week of Term 1 because I felt out of place and wasn’t being accepted for my personal interests. “Not fitting the mould” at my old school was a problem for me. It was very structured, had small petty groups and ran “ground breaking” courses. I felt these aspects would not help my education. If you were a sportsman or academic, you were the perfect student but I am, foremost, a dancer. How have you found the transition? I have found the transition quite easy. There are so many like-minded people at Eynesbury and everything makes me feel more independent with less mollycoddling. What subjects are you studying? I am studying the core Year 10 subjects as well as Art and Drama as electives.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT How long have you been hip-hop dancing and what are some of your achievements? I have been dancing with my company for 4 years, and got into my first hip-hop crew midway through 2014. My crew has achieved a first in the Eisteddfod competition in 2015. Where do you study dance and what does training involve? I study dance at the Australian Company of Performing Arts. My training involves a 1 hour class of routines for my comps, 1 hour of break dancing, 1 hour of jazz. In my spare time I undertake dance sessions with B-Boys or other freestyle dancers. Have you got any upcoming competitions? I have a competition coming up on July 1st for World Supremacy battlegrounds in Adelaide, and others later in the year. What does the future hold for you? Are you looking to continue with dance? The future for me is to pursue my love of hip-hop and all other different styles of street dance. I am definitely looking to continue with dance as it is something I enjoy doing everywhere. I am planning to enter many freestyle break dance competitions and allstyle street dance.

We wish Cameron all the best for the World Supremacy Battlegrounds in July and look forward to following his hip-hop career with interest. Click here to find out more about the Australian Company of Performing Arts

Cecilia Tran, Year 11 Student and Pianist. When did you join Eynesbury and what subjects are you studying?? I joined Eynesbury in Semester 2 2015 as part of the Early Entry Scholarship Program. I joined Eynesbury because it was an interesting school that offered freedom for its students while supporting them at the same time. I’m currently studying Year 12 Maths Methods and Specialist Maths, as well as Year 11 Physics, Chemistry and English. How long have you been playing the piano and what does practice involve? I’ve been playing the piano for ten years and have received numerous awards at competitions, such as the Eisteddfods. I also achieved my Diploma two years ago. My practice sessions are usually inconsistent, depending on what I have to do that day or that week, but I aim to do an hour every day. In the holidays I tend to practise a few hours more. Have you got any upcoming competitions or concerts? I recently played a concert as part of the Lunch Hour Series at the Pilgrim Uniting Church on Flinders Street (photo above). I’m currently preparing for the Eisteddfods in August. What does the future hold for you? I have not made any decisions about my future yet, but I plan to keep playing piano. Click here to see a video clip of Cecilia playing.

AMBASSADOR AT EXPO Annalise Delic is a hybrid Year 11 and 12 student at Eynesbury. I recently attended the Tertiary Studies & Careers Expo Adelaide (TSCEA), where students are given the opportunity to explore various post-high school pathways to see which is most suitable for them. It’s a great opportunity to find out more information about future chosen careers, and to meet like-minded individuals who could help you achieve your goals. I was selected as a student ambassador for the event after entering into a competition online, where I was asked to write a few sentences about why I should assist in promoting the expo. As a student ambassador, my role was to promote the event on various social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, to encourage others to attend the Expo.

On the actual day of the event, I was also required to continue to post on Instagram the highlights of the Expo, and various seminars which were taking place. After doing a lot of promotional posts, I was fortunate enough to be selected as the winner from the student ambassadors group, and received a $100 gift card. I would highly recommend the event to other students. It is a beneficial experience to gain an understanding of what universities expect from students, especially regarding ATARs. The Expo can also present other career pathways, such as studying overseas, which students may not have previously considered. Overall, it was a great opportunity to explore the best options for a career, especially in the area of law and politics. Click here to find our more about TSCEA.

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STUDENTS EXPLORE THE CBD THROUGH HISTORY WALK The Year 10 History excursion was an interactive way to finish off our World War II topic and give real life context outside the classroom. We were exploring Australian involvement in a variety of conflicts and how Australian troops are remembered,” explained History teacher, Janine Campbell. “We started at the corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, then progressed along the new ANZAC Centenary Memorial Garden Walk,” said Janine. The Memorial Walk seeks to highlight a century of service by Australian service personnel and pays homage to more than

102,000 serviceman and women who have given their lives in conflict. The 280 metre walk extends from the Torrens Parade Ground along the side of Government House all the way to the War Memorial, signifying three major messages of Remembrance, Service and Loyalty. The excursion continued along the Pathway of Honour, a curved, sealed pathway containing 26 monuments, 25 with bronze plaques affixed to cement or granite blocks. It went through the Torrens Parade Ground, after passing the Pioneer Women’s Memorial in the Garden of Remembrance.

Pioneer Women’s Memorial image: SA History Hub

ANZAC Centenary Memorial Garden Walk image: Peter Barnes

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Torrens Parade Grounds

POLITICS VISIT Simpson and his donkey image: SA History Hub

The Pioneer Women’s Memorial in the Garden of Remembrance is a tribute to the pioneer women of South Australia. Tucked behind Government House, it is a peaceful place many do enjoy. It is also the much loved venue for Adelaide Writers Week. The Torrens Parade Ground served as both a mustering point and enlistment centre during both World Wars. The classically proportioned low white building that sits to the west of the Parade Ground on Kintore Avenue was built for the Army in 1936. “We continued past the statue of Simpson and his Donkey and War Memorial Drive. We finished off at the Pennington Gardens Memorial,“ explained Janine. The iconic figure of Simpson and his Donkey looks towards War Memorial Drive from the Angas Garden. The life-size statue honours Australian Defence Force health workers.

Pennington Gardens image: Rodrick Bond

John ‘Jack’ Simpson Kirkpatrick served as Private Simpson and survived just three and a half weeks at Gallipoli in 1915. He was a stretcher bearer with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) in the First World War. Simpson’s story, and the image of him ferrying the wounded through ‘Shrapnel Gully’, has come to represent the ANZAC spirit for many Australians. In the Pennington Gardens, the statue called The Cross of Sacrifice is part of the Women’s War Memorial. It stands opposite St Peter’s Cathedral. At the conclusion of the walk, students were reminded of how they could become involved in ANZAC Day ceremonies, such as the dawn service in the city or at their local area.

For maps of walks and further information visit:

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SOCIAL JUSTICE GROUP BAKE SALE During Term 1 the Social Justice Group held a Bake Sale on Level 2.

one of us or the other group members,” said Year 12 student Ed Harris.

Tell us about the Social Justice Group and why you became involved?

“Being part of the Social Justice Group is, for me, standing up for the rights of oppressed people and minorities. We do this by raising awareness, showing support, standing up against injustices and raising funds for community outreach programs,” explained Ed Harris.

“We have many people involved in the Social Justice group and we all work collaboratively to come up with great ideas and ways to go about them,” said Year 12 Student Georgia Cummins. “Social Justice Group members are Ed Harris, Lauren Beck, Eliza Bastian, Annalise Delic, Bonnie Blacker, Erin Pegler, Jocelyn Chan, Maria Tran, Will Broderick and me. Anyone is welcome to join us,” said Georgia. “I am the key contact as leader of the Social justice group. If people don’t know me then Tyson is the teacher in charge and Lauren Beck is the deputy leader. If people want to join all they need to do is get in contact with

“Being part of the Social Justice Group means a lot to me as my Nan was heavily involved with volunteer work. I would greatly love to pass that involvement and dedication along and help as many people as I am able to,” said Georgia. What inspired the bake sale event? “We decided to hold a bake sale as it’s a relatively easy way to raise money for the first Social Justice Group event for the year,” said Ed.

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We raised money for the Cancer Council as members of the group felt particularly passionate about this topic. My Nan passed away late last year. It was important to me to create a fundraiser and donate it to a cancer charity, to help alleviate the problems families may face if one of their family members is ill with cancer,” said Georgia. “In total, $161 was raised, which was a very good effort for a lunchtime bake sale. The amount would definitely help someone in need!” said Georgia. What was on sale at the event and was it a success? “Bakers that contributed were Lauren Beck with cinnamon and hazelnut donuts, Annalise Delic with chocolate brownies, Eliza Bastian with honey crackles, Erin Pegler with chocolate chip biscuits, Georgia Cummins with rocky road and Tyson Wood made red velvet cupcakes. I brought vegan chocolate & vanilla cupcakes and sherbet, as well as a paint tin of jellybeans accompanied by a toy dog for the best guesser,” said Ed. “We had a lot of people come, even if they did not want to buy anything. They were still able to donate! We had a lot of interest from the teachers who were buying lots of items ‘for their children, ha ha!’ It was definitely a success,” said Georgia.

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What was the best part of being involved? The best part of the day was seeing the group getting excited and passionate about the bake sale. People were happy when seeing the success. Not only is it rewarding to be able to help others through charity, but it is also great fun to be part of a team that cares about helping the community,” said Ed. “Personally, the best part of the day was knowing that we all came together to raise money for a good cause and help those in need! Nothing feels better than knowing you are helping someone, while not expecting to get anything in return,” said Georgia. “The winner of the jellybean guess was Matt DeLaine. He put in 8 guesses to cover all his bases, so I think he’d say that was the best part,” laughed Ed. What next for the Social Justice Group? “I have lots of events in mind to host for the group, however we’ve yet to get started on any planning for next term. However a list of possible events include Escape Room day, Wear it Purple day and Walk a Mile in my Boots. We’re open to any suggestions for more ideas!” said Ed.

We look forward to the next event. Well done to all involved.

HOST AN EXCHANGE STUDENT There are many organisations that assist with hosting an exchange student. Nacel are currently seeking school families interested in hosting a students for 4 or 10 weeks this coming June/July. The key information is as follows: •

The purpose of these programs is for young people around the world to expand their horizons, engage with other cultures and improve their language skills

Our students enter Australia on a visitor visa and as such they are a considered a guest of the school they attend for the short period of their stay

As these are non-academic programs there is no cost and the student is required to pay for all expenses related to textbooks and subject resource charges, public transport to and from school, outings, excursions, personal and incidental spending

Nacel provides comprehensive insurance and 24/7 support to students while on the program.

The dates for hosting an exchange student are below and more information about Nacel can be found at their website •

19 June - 23 August - French

30 July -26 August - French

17 July - 9 August - French

17 July - 23 September - Spanish

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OVERSEAS EXCHANGE & HOSTING A FRENCH STUDENT Year 12 student Genevieve Bevan tells us about hosting a French exchange student and her own overseas exchange to France. How did you get involved in hosting a French student? I always wanted to go on an exchange to France and I found out about it from our French teacher, Jackie Robinson. When did you go on exchange? I was on exchange from December 2016 – January 2017. I stayed in Orleans, which is 100km South of Paris. I stayed with a host family, my host parents Valerie and Olivier Vesco and their daughter, Constance, who was 16. I went to school at Jean Zay. I studied subjects such as Maths, French, History and Science and learnt some Spanish.

What is the highlight? Getting to know people from another culture and improving my French. I also got to visit Paris for a few days over the Christmas holidays which was a big highlight. I saw the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and went on a boat ride down the River Seine. My favourite French food was escargots, or snails. I tried this for the first time over Christmas and enjoyed it so much I had it again for New Years. When did you have an exchange student and how did you find this experience? We had an exchange student last year, Jean Sauret Year 10, from France. You can read about his experience here.

One difference between school in Adelaide and France is that in my school in France the students eat lunch at a cafeteria where you serve yourself. They do not bring their own food to school like in Australia but can go home for lunch. I recommend doing the exchange as it is a great way to learn a new language and experience a different culture. It also leaves you with lifelong memories. I had to fill out an application about myself as well as writing an initial letter to the host family and send them photos of myself and my family. I would like to travel back to France one day to see another region.

Top to bottom, left to right: Genevieve and Constance, Orleans at night, escargots and the Lourve.

ART & DESIGN My family did a lot of things we wouldn’t normally do. It brought us closer together. Some of things we did included a trip to Arkaroola, day trips to Hahndorf and Victor Harbour. What was the process? My parents had to fill out some forms, get a police check and then someone visited our house to ensure it was suitable. It was a pretty simple process really. It took a couple of months to be approved. Would you recommend hosting an exchange student to others? Yes, I would. In fact, we are hosting our second French exchange student in June. Her name is Carla.

We look forward to meeting Carla soon!

Recap on Term 1 by Art & Design Teacher, Lindy Neilson. During Term 1 Visual Arts students were busy exploring the visual world in the city. Year 10s followed a trail of local street art, including new works created as part of the Fringe Festival. Stage 1 Art students looked at old and new in the city as starting points for works in media that included collage, photography and digital imagery. These explorations took in historical buildings, reflections on multi-storied glass structures and quirky back lanes. We also studied contemporary artists and visited exhibitions of layered citythemed works by Thom Buchanan and the environmental concerns of Laura Wills at the local Hill Smith gallery. Stage 2 students have been busy developing ideas and images for their folios. Several students are attending workshops at the Art Gallery of SA. Jules D’Onofrio has continued her investigation of portraits and figurative studies. Winnie Shen participated in a workshop on illustration techniques and is refining her watercolour skills in her sensitive cat pieces. Design student Keeley Brown is working on photographic studies for her graphic design piece. I look forward to seeing this work develop into major pieces this term.

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Above: Erin Pegler & Paris Murray. Below: Fiona Zhu & Jayda Duong

Middle: Jennifer Stefanidis

Top: Fashion Illustration by Jules D’Onofrio

Above: Fashion Illustration by Jules D’Onofrio

Above: Watercolour cat by Winnie Shen Left: Graphic design work-in-progress by Keeley Brown Left Middle: Self Portrait by Jules D’Onofrio

BOARDING AT ESC! Eynesbury now offers a range of boarding options, including homestay, homeaway boarding facilities and a more independent apartment style living. We aim to provide an environment that caters for a wide range of student abilities, interests and needs. Aldo Longobardi, Associate Principal and Alice Bonnin, Marketing Manager, travelled to Lucindale for the South East Field Days to launch Boarding at Eynesbury. “The sheer size of the event was impressive. It is the largest event in the South East. Thousands attend, travelling from the surrounding country towns to attend,” said Aldo. “It was pleasing that a lot of people had heard of Eynesbury and it was wonderful to also catch up with some Old Scholars who grew up in the region.” Sarah Finch graduated in 2001 and is now a registered nurse. Her brother, Jonathon Finch, who graduated in 2002, is a structural engineer. One of his recent projects was working on the new SAHMRI building. “Our new Eynesbury tote bags were a success and are available from Reception for $2. We handed out a number of Eynesbury Times magazines and prospectus packs as well,” said Alice. There was a particulary good atmosphere on the Saturday and I am looking forward to the visiting Paskeville in September for the Yorke Peninsula Field Days,” said Aldo.

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ELIZA, BOOLEROO CENTRE, SOUTHERN FLINDERS RANGES Where are you from and how have you found the move to Eynesbury?

How does your family feel about you studying in the city?

I am from a fifth generation family farm in Booleroo Centre. It’s a small town in the Flinders Ranges, about 3 hours from Adelaide.

My mum is very proud. She would have loved the opportunity to study at Eynesbury.

Moving to a new school is daunting. I was leaving behind everything I knew: family, friends and the house I grew up in. It was scary, but it’s been amazing and definitely worth it. My new friends and teachers have changed the way I look at life. I have discovered a new side of schooling. How is it different to your previous schooling experience? Growing up in the country, you have lots of opportunities to roam free and get in-depth experience and knowledge of agriculture. I attended a country school from Reception and moved to Eynesbury Senior College at the start of Year 11. Making the move is one of the best things I have done. It’s been incredible. I love the university style, the wide range of subjects and the freedom to discover what it’s like in a city environment, with the College located in the heart of the CBD. The city location, right on Victoria Square, makes it really easy to get to school with public transport. It is also great for having lunch with friends in the Central Market, having coffee in lots of different cafes and you can even go shopping if you have enough time.

My brother will move to Eynesbury too in Year 10 or 11. He is always talking about it and is very excited. Tell us about the culture at Eynesbury. Eynesbury is very inclusive. You call your teacher by their first name, and there is a mutual respect beyond what I have experienced before. They really care about you reaching your goals and because there are no extra-curricular activities, that extra time means you can see them one-to-one for help. The timetabling is flexible, which is particularly good for country students. Eynesbury have been accommodating and they really try and make the timetable work for everyone. This year, I requested to have the last lesson off on Fridays so I could catch the earlier bus home and get more of a weekend. I usually go home every two to three weeks, depending on whether my family are busy or what homework I have to do. What subjects are you studying and what do you want to do after school? Eynesbury has so many subjects it was hard to choose. My subjects are humanities and business based. I want to be a hotel manager and travel the world. I love hospitality, people and travelling.

Visit our website to see Eliza’s video-

ANN SHERWELL, STUDENT AND ACADEMIC SERVICES OFFICER Ann has been working with families to provide accommodation options for nearly 14 years. As a trained counsellor, she has exceptional skills and acumen in helping families make the right accommodation decision. Eynesbury offers a range of boarding options, including homestay, homeaway boarding facilities and a more independent apartment style living. We aim to provide an environment that caters for a wide range of student abilities, interests and needs. Eynesbury is committed to maintaining open and ongoing communication between students, teachers and parents. This partnership is vital in their ongoing support and wellbeing. There are many levels of support for students who board to attend Eynesbury, including their teachers, mentors, learning support manager and the counsellor. Moving away from home is never easy, but you can feel confident that Eynesbury’s inclusive and supportive culture provides an environment that is warm, welcoming, safe and conducive to learning. Eynesbury has an independent learning environment which provides opportunities for students to further develop their leadership skills, resilience and persistence. These life skills prepare them for university and make them valuable contributors to the community. Eynesbury boarders are encouraged to take responsibility for their own actions and challenge themselves to realise their full potential.

A successful and memorable boarding experience is a partnership with open communication between students, their family and staff. Ann Sherwell. HOMESTAY Homestay accommodation provides students the opportunity to live with a local family. All Eynesbury approved homestay hosts have met selected criteria and come from a diverse range of cultures, backgrounds and family structures. Eynesbury ensures that students are placed with a homestay that will best suit their personality and needs. Our homestay hosts can provide either full board or part board homestay. Part board homestay accommodation offers each student a room and shared use of the kitchen and bathroom facilities. Students are able to provide their own food and cook for themselves. In a homestay students can expect: • • • • • •

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a warm, caring family environment a bedroom with a bed, a wardrobe and a desk for studying use of bathroom, kitchen and laundry facilities towels, pillows, bed linen and blankets nutritious meals guidance, support, encouragement and assistance planning social activities and adapting to life in the city public transport information and assistance negotiated usage of telephone and internet.

A minimum stay in homestay is 5 or 10 weeks depending on the age of the student.

FAREWELL & BEST WISHES TO SOME TERRIFIC TEACHERS STUDENT APARTMENT - URBANEST Urbanest provides independent student accommodation and is a short 10 minute walk to Eynesbury. Urbanest provides hassle-free living within a safe and secure inner city location. Opened in 2011, this residence has state of the art security and 24 hour reception. There are studio apartments or apartments with 4 or 6 bedrooms and each bedroom has its own ensuite. HOMEAWAY

Eynesbury Senior College said farewell to the following staff members: •

Shelda Rathmann

Jacquie McEvoy

Louise Phillips

Michael Salter

Martin Gabb

They have contributed to the Eynesbury community immensely over the years. Notably: •

Shelda for her poetry and inspiring creativity in her students.

Homeaway is secure, safe and comfortable and offers fully catered accommodation with meals and a weekly room clean (optional).

Jacquie for her organisation and displays in the library, particularly on Saint Patricks Day.

Louise, who provided counsel and sound advice to both students and staff alike.

Homeaway provides:

Michael Salter, who was popular amongst all maths students he taught.

Martin Gabb, whose dry sense of humour and humorous t-shirts will be missed about campus.

Eynesbury Homeaway aims to provide a ‘home away from home’ for country and international students just 3 kilometres from the city centre of Adelaide.

an environment conducive to study and academic success

guidance necessary for emotional, social and physical development

assistance with everyday living activities such as banking, travel, transport and medical requirements

To find out more visit

We wish them all the very best for their future endevours and thank them for being a part of the Eynesbury Community. We welcome them to come and visit us on campus anytime!

Louise Phillips and Martin Gabb

Shelda Rathman

Left to Right: Jacquie McEvoy, Martin Gabb, Shelda Rathmann, Louise Phillips and Michael Salter.

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CATHY BUTTIGNOL, COUNSELLOR What do you like best about this role? I have been working as a Counsellor for 10 years. I feel privileged to work with young people who show resilience and courage in times of adversity. What is the number one piece of advice you give to students? Feel the fear and do it anyway. Why Eynesbury? Why not Eynesbury? A great diversity of youth, chilled learning spaces, excellent teachers, coffee shops a plenty! What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Hiking on trails within Australia and the world, hanging with my family and friends. I enjoy watching... Seinfeld My favourite dish... Veggo Sizzle, around the corner from Eynesbury. My favourite dish is the Peanut Roti Roll! I enjoy shopping at... op shops, Zara and The Iconic online. My dream holiday destination... Hiking the Italian Alps

SANDIE MCCARTHY, LIBRARY MANAGER How long have you been working in libraries? I have 20 years of experience in the Public, Academic/TAFE and School libraries. I have also taught humanities, history and geography at Uni and loved both the subjects. I teach PLP (Personal Learning Plan) at Eynesbury.

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What inspires you in your role? I love teaching and working with senior year levels. I enjoy the environment of mutual respect and helping them get to the end of school with excellent results.

Susana’s dream holiday destination - Cuba

I am inspired by Eynesbury as a Senior College and the real sense of support and encouragement for the process of personal growth in all students. Tell us about the Library at Eynesbury. The Library is an interactive space that supports literacy and learning, where students become immersed in imaginary worlds, explore personal reading interests, develop sustained voluntary reading practices and gain personal growth. I love to get students to read. It helps out heaps in all facets of life. I have always had a very good grasp of research and IT. I enjoy sharing these skills and helping students. What do you enjoy to do in your spare time? Spare time...what spare time? I appreciate a great red wine along with cheese, and a comfy chair to sit and read. My favourite book... is Jane Eyre, but I love crime, action, spies, and biographies. My favourite food is... Any Thai .. I just love Thai cuisine!

SUSANA ALCANTARA, RECEPTIONIST I’ve been working in administration for approximately 6 years both in Australia and overseas. Why Eynesbury? Because it encourages students to “think outside the box”; it utilises resources outside of a standard classroom and it nurtures and encourages students to be independent learners. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym as much as possible (sometimes twice a day), practising yoga, as well as hiking and bike riding. i enjoy watching... I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I enjoy watching documentaries. Favourite restaurant... I’m enjoying rediscovering Adelaide and the new restaurants/cafes that have popped up around the place in the last several years. My favourite food includes pizza and seafood. I like shopping at... I love shoes and handbags, so any shoe/handbag shop is a favourite of mine. Dream holiday destinations... Costa Rica, Portugal and Cuba.

I enjoy watching... any comedy movie and the TV series, Alias. I like shopping at... op shops and antique stores. My dream holiday destination... Europe, to see all the living history.

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ANGELA THOMAS, MATHS & SCIENCE TEACHER How long have you been teaching? I have been teaching secondary maths and science for 16 years and tutored mathematics at Flinders University whilst I studied there. I have predominately worked in the Department of Education and Children’s Development – various roles up to Deputy Principal. I have taught in the UK and in the private system.

Favourite series... the Star Wars series! I was only 10 when I watched it and Princess Leia was my idol. Favourite place to shop... I love op shopping, a throw back to my student days. I do a tour of them. My dream holiday destination... right now it would be a cruise to Noumea.


What subjects do you teach and why?

What is your teaching speciality and why?

I have a very logical, analytical and questioning nature. I love solving problems and love a good challenge. Science (Biology, in particular) is a particular interest as I have always been fascinated with living organisms.

I have been teaching for 17 years in South Australia, Victoria and the UK.

My teaching subjects at Eynesbury are Stage 2 General Maths, Stage 1 General Maths, Stage 1 Maths Methods, Stage 1 Essential Maths, Year 10 Maths and Year 10 Science. What to do enjoy about teaching at Eynesbury? Students want to be here, and that’s half the battle, especially in maths, to get students to achieve their highest potential in a subject. I believe I am the type of teacher who can do this and support young people through school.

I have been teaching maths for the last 8 years but I have also taught science previously. I enjoy teaching maths as I find it very interesting and challenging, especially trying to get students passionate about maths. Why Eynesbury? Eynesbury is a fantastic school. I think that the students at the school are wonderful, mature and outstanding young people. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to teach them. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I enjoy spending time with my children, watching movies at the cinema and riding my bicycle.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Favourite series... Game of thrones Craft – sewing and I have just become a grandmother. I don’t feel old enough to be a grandmother - I feel 26 in my head!

Favourite shopping spot... electronics stores, I love to look at the new technology! My dream holiday destination... Europe

MATHS WITH PETER What was the activity and what did students have to achieve? The activity was a Trigonometry investigation where the Year 10 students needed to use an inclinometer (an app on their device) to find heights of object that are inaccessible by measuring angles and then using trigonometry to find the unknown measurements. The highlight is seeing them all having to work together as they cannot get the answers on their own. This is a great example of teaching maths in an engaging and unique way. Can you tell us why this is important? It is important to allow students to see maths out in the real world. By completing this activity students gain an understanding of how it is possible to use maths equations in class to solve simple real world questions that cannot be done physically. The activity also helps the students understand that just by creating a model and solving equations does not always give reasonable answers, and that real world problems require other skills to help solve them.

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MASTER OF EDUCATION ALDO LONGOBARDI Aldo Longobardi, Associate Principal of Eynesbury Senior College and Masters Student How long have you been teaching at Eynesbury? This is my eighth year at Eynesbury! I’ve had a number of different roles over the past eight years. I have taught Drama and Film, a bit of PLP, Research Project at different times and I’ve been a Mentor at every year level. Before my Assistant and Associate Principal roles, I was the Head of Year 10 for a few years. The diversity in my roles over the past eight years has made the ride very interesting, very diverse, and extremely rewarding! What are you currently studying? I am currently studying a Masters in Education at the University of South Australia. What inspired you to do your masters? I’ve had the good fortune in my career to work in a number of leadership and development roles in schools I’ve also had a long association with the SACE Board as a moderator and marker for Drama. So all of these experiences have taught me a lot about school leadership, assessment for learning, assessment of learning, leading teams, and working closely with teachers, families and students to support pastoral care and wellbeing.

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Above: Aldo in his office at Eynesbury. Below: Aldo’s dogs, Fergus and Nelson, are his keen study buddies.

Sometimes, the best school is the ‘School of Life’, and you can come away from these experiences thinking you know all you need to know about your field. So, when I took on the role of Assistant and then Associate Principal, I felt like these experiences taught me a lot about pastoral, academic and team leadership. But the reality is, there is always more to learn – sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know! It’s almost becoming a necessity that school leaders should have at least a Masters level in Education, so on one hand, doing my Masters was something that I kind of thought I needed to do. However, it was also the opportunity to define my particular strengths and interests in my work in education, to refine my skills in the field, and to use this to benefit Eynesbury and myself as a professional. My Masters is focussed on school leadership and digital learning. In my professional career, I have always found satisfaction in working for improvement and leading change. So educational leadership was an obvious area of focus for me in my Masters. I am also very interested in the role of technology in learning and in preparing our students with the skills they will need as learners, workers and leaders of the future. There is so much interest and development in the area of technology in education – it’s an exciting time to be teaching

and leading learning. Would you say your a life-long learner? I don’t think I will ever stop learning! I’m naturally quite a curious person and I am always looking for new things to try out, whether it is learning how to make something in the kitchen or how to make some cool effects happen on stage or in film. I’ll see something that excites me and I will get straight onto Google and try to work out how I can do it myself, then do lots of experimenting until I get it right! I think lifelong learning is about more than ‘book learning’ or formal study, I think it comes from curiosity and the desire to know something more, or more about things you already know. Increasingly, when I talk to students about their post school study and career pathways, I am talking to them less about what they want to ‘do’ and more about what they would like to know more about, and this often leads to some really interesting discussions about how and where students might be able to engage in both practical and formal learning about their interests. It also helps them to think about links between their interests and careers they might have never thought of. I tend to live by the motto that if you do the thing that you love most in the world, you will never work a day in your life. While it isn’t

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always a party, education, working with kids, and creatively working to find solutions to practical challenges or challenges to learning or engagement is something I strangely enjoy. Also, it’s been really interesting talking to my Year 12 Drama students about the fact that I am also studying. They hear me say that I have an assignment due this week and I think they must think that’s kind of weird and cool that they have a teacher who is also studying and can relate to their world as students, too. Teaching, leading a school, studying, and trying to have social life too – how do you fit it all in? You forgot marking Drama performance exams for the SACE Board and getting a Year 12 production off the ground, too! They say, “If you want to get something done, ask a busy person!” I guess this is another way that I practise what I preach to my students. Being organised, prioritising, asking for help when you need it, negotiating extensions well ahead of time if you think you might need them, and eating well, exercising, and sleeping well. It’s all about balance, at the end of the day. I think, in this day and age, no matter what your work or stage in your life, balance is critical. I try to get to the gym 6 days a week – it’s a good break from work and study, gets the brain cleared and going again, and helps me to sleep better, too. I’ve cut down on my use of social media and other distractions, using them more as a reward. And having a plan, making sure you

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can schedule and fit everything in is essential. My partner and I tend to look at our calendars on Sunday nights and plan the week ahead. It’s the sort of things I encourage my students to do. Have a plan, work out your schedule for the week ahead, use a planning tool (like a diary or Priority Matrix), chunk your tasks down into manageable pieces over the time you have to work on it and give yourself rewards. Finally, make sure you factor in exercise, healthy eating, good sleep, and downtime. How has your research benefited Eynesbury and our students? In lots of ways. Firstly, I think the experience of being a mature age student has helped me to understand the pressures of ‘fitting everything in’ which our students also face, so I am in a position to give them some real world advice on that. Also, I have a real appreciation for university learning in the 21st century, it has changed a lot since my undergraduate years in the 1990s – everything is delivered online, and there is a very genuine expectation that you can self manage and self motivate your learning – this is what we talk about at Eynesbury in terms of independent learning, and I think it is more important than ever that students are prepared for this. With our use of tools like Daymap and Google Sites at Eynesbury, we are really engaging students in the university experience. For me, it’s UniSA’s Learnonline where I find all my readings, due dates, advice, where I submit my tasks, and where I interact with my lecturers and classmates. There are some courses which have a face to face component, but these are few and far between, so you have to have the discipline to get online, find what you need, and

plan and construct your own work from reading the assessment criteria and task design. So, I feel like I have been able to guide my students in this sort of university-style learning based on my own experience at university. What have you enjoyed most about study? Have I enjoyed it? Yes, I guess I have! There are times when the last thing I feel like doing after a day at school is being a student myself, but I think the personal satisfaction of getting it done, achieving some new personal goals, and noticing how my own craft has been improved as a result of my learning and study has been the most enjoyable part of it. And you have been invited to join the Golden Key Society? Yes! This was a bit of a surprise, I have to say. I had no idea what the Golden Key was about – it sounded like something straight out of Hogwarts! The Golden Key International Honour Society is the largest of its kind in the world and membership is by invitation only. It recognises university students in the top 15% of their field and has over 2 million members across 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world. Basically, it is a networking community which supports members with scholarships for further study, local and international conferences and partnerships with corporations and graduate programs to continue the professional development and advancement of its members. Golden Key members include the likes of Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton, Natasha Stott Despoja, Justice Michael Kirby‌ Pretty decent company to be included amongst!

I know there are some past Eynesbury students who are also among the Golden Key membership and alumni, and I think it offers a lot to current students in terms of career planning and development, and as a postgraduate student, it provides the opportunity to be a mentor and contribute in other ways. Golden Key also do a lot of community and service work, so it will be interesting to see how I can contribute to that side of it in the future. There’s a special induction ceremony coming up in May where the new members receive a certificate of their lifetime membership, so this will be my first real engagement with the society. Working in education and leadership, it is a very special thing to be recognised by an international society which is focussed on and honours leadership and academics! When is your graduation? My final subject begins at the end of July and finishes in November, so I will be a free man by the end of the year! We wish Aldo all the best with the completion of his Master of Education.


WHERE ARE THEY NOW? JUBILEE XU- CLASS OF 2015, CO DUX AND INTERNATIONAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR (SCHOOL) 2015. When did you make the move to Eynesbury and what did you most enjoy about your time at the College?

My key advice is to understand the content rather than memorize it. Jubilee Xu.

I joined Eynesbury in 2013 (Year 10) because I was interested in its unique pre-university academic environment, small class sizes and teaching style which encourages independent learning. I found the flexibility of the schedule of classes and the informal relationship between teachers and students really enjoyable and quite different from my past experience.

I chose medicine mostly because I was motivated by some family health issues at home in China.

Eynesbury had two hour classes which students might find dull and hard to concentrate at the beginning, but once we’d adapted, it became really helpful in preparing us for the uni teaching style which is similar. The independent learning approach encouraged by Eynesbury is also crucial for tertiary education.

As with most subjects, understanding is more crucial than anything else. Learning by heart might get you through some high school subjects, but in uni courses you might become easily overwhelmed by the amount of information given in a med course. It’s good to get into the habit right now.

How did you go in Year 12 and what are you studying now? I got 99.30 and I’m studying a Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne.

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What advice would you give to current students wanting to follow a similar pathway? My key advice is to understand the content rather than memorize it.

Please appreciate your practical experiments at high school and try to get out as much as you can, because the uni practicals can be much more fast-paced and less easy to get help from a ‘teacher’ (although teachers are called ‘demonstrators or tutors at uni.)


WHERE ARE THEY NOW? CHRISTOPHER DRABSCH, CLASS OF 2000 When did you join Eynebsury? Throughout high school, I had wanted to pursue graphic design as a career, leading up to Year 12 in 1999. The path I dreamed of taking was through UniSA, studying for a Bachelor of Visual Communication degree. After a fast paced year of study and exams, studying at a school other than Eynesbury, I had thought everything was going to plan. The summer break came and went, and the results from SATAC arrived in due course. I had done very well in the arts and language subjects, and my TER score wasn’t indicating any problems with meeting the intake threshold. Not fearing too much at this point, I applied to enrol at UniSA. It turned out that my TER was only half a point below the qualifying threshold (67.5). The degree I was aiming for had suddenly become very competitive, and that drove the TER threshold up. An advisor told me I was the first to be rejected at the cut-off point, and my only path to Uni was to reapply in next year’s intake. The news left me completely stunned, and all the plans I had were seemingly derailed. I was at a total loss as to where my life would be heading. There were other alternatives, like working for a year and hoping for the best at the next intake. But after ruling other options out, my parents and I talked about the prospect of repeating Year 12, and it was at that point I learnt about Eynesbury College and the Year 13 intake. Thinking it would be just like Year 12, I was reluctant at first, but I quickly discovered the uni-like freedom and structure of Eynesbury and

immediately warmed to it. It was the perfect bridge between secondary and tertiary study. Throughout Year 13, I was obsessed about raising my TER score as high as I could, to show myself that I could make the cut. I also bonded with many students who were in the same position as me, and we quickly formed a tight support group along with Eynesbury’s teachers and staff. The 2000 summer break was uneasy - many of my friends were wrapping up their first year at Uni, while I had the repeat experience of waiting for my TER to reveal itself in the mailbox. The news this time around was much better. I was delighted that my TER not only enabled me entry into my degree, but my TER had jumped over 20 points higher - to 88.0! I cleared the intake, and landed one of the first positions in the course. This simply wouldn’t have been possible without the 12

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months of tremendous support, care and encouragement that Eynesbury gave to me. How did you find your time at Eynesbury? Eynesbury has a unique environment that opened my eyes to wonderful new way of learning. Studying at Eynesbury’s City Campus felt mature and adult-like, without the traditional notions of what a high school is. Attending school felt relaxed, exciting, and much like University. The open environment naturally invited you to come back and put in the extra time to better yourself - many of us would come back to the campus to study over the holiday breaks (or nearby in the Central Market). The teachers at Eynesbury were truly inspiring and dedicated, and they deeply care about how every student progresses and develops. The subjects offered were incredibly wide ranging and engaging. I took Classical Studies, IT & Programming, Advanced English, and Visual Arts, while also doing some extracurricular study in Business Studies. These sorts of subjects would be difficult to pursue elsewhere. Do you feel the independent education style gave you the skills that helped prepare you for life after school? Absolutely. I was given the option to take four subjects instead of five, and that spare time is used incredibly well by students. The students of Eynesbury all share a disciplined, motivated mindset that the school helps nurture and grow. This mindset is critical for the autonomous study that’s required at a university level. Eynesbury also had a great focus on Australian influencers. For English, I enjoyed discovering great Australian authors like Christos Tsolkias and David Malouf. In the Art department, I discovered my future hero, Jeffrey Smart,

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and I was inspired by the impressionists Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton, who documented life in 1800’s Victoria. My studies gave me a rich understanding and appreciation of Australian history and culture, and prepared me for the art theory that was to come at University. What was the most important lesson you learnt from first year university? I learnt that, while you spend many years at Uni, that time is extremely precious and fleeting. My early setback taught me an important lesson: for every student in a lecture theatre, there are many more who missed out on the opportunity - so don’t waste that privilege! Socialising & getting to know others is very important at Uni as well. It was at University that I would meet a wonderful, like-minded design student named Gianna, who would eventually become my future wife and business partner!

For the past 20 years, I have worked in the field of my dreams, doing what I love, and never regretting a day. Christopher Drabsch

Tell us a bit about your career pathway and what you are up to now For the past 20 years, I have worked in the field of my dreams, doing what I love, and never regretting a day. My first few years were spent working as an in-house designer for mNet Corporation, which enabled me to work for many high profile clients in the media industry. After some short stints in design studios around 2008, I decided to take the leap and start my own design studio with Gianna. Nine years later our studio, Drawcard, is still going strong - we have a wonderful clientele ranging from small businesses such as wineries, through to state government departments.


WHERE ARE THEY NOW? While I always had a strong sense of the career I would follow, the journey I had taken was not what I planned. Yet it turned out to be perfect in retrospect. If anyone is going through what I did right now, I would remind them that nothing is set in stone, and there are always alternate routes to the end destination. Christopher Drabsch.

Did you always know what you wanted to do? What advice would you give someone considering following the same pathway? While I always had a strong sense of the career I would follow, the journey I had taken was not what I planned. Yet it turned out to be perfect in retrospect. If anyone is going through what I did right now, I would remind them that nothing is set in stone, and there are always alternate routes to the end destination. Tell us about any other hobbies or achievements. (We hear you did extremely well at Uni and are part of the Golden Key Society.) Repeating Year 12 instilled in me a deep belief in never wasting a second opportunity - and I took the studying bull by the horns. At Uni

I fared well in my practical studies, but my newfound strengths in essay writing led to a string of High Distinctions in the theory subjects - which in turn led to being awarded Dux of the year twice (leading to getting a Golden Key Society invitation twice!) I also was accepted into Honours after graduation, which was my strongest performing year at Uni. I have been invited to study Masters at a later date, which would be wonderful. Aside from being a design nut and keen learner of all subjects, I am quite interested in Japanese martial arts and have spent several years studying Ninjutsu and Aikido. Aside from this, I love playing guitar, getting out in the great outdoors, and relentlessly doodling ideas for design projects on the bus!

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d It is with deep sadness that we farewelled Jack Panuccio, who died suddenly during the Term 1 school holidays. The staff and students of ESC send their heartfelt condolences to Jack Panuccio’s family and friends. Jack joined the Eynesbury community this year and quickly became a respected member of the College. Jack’s friends from Eynesbury remember him as “friendly, kind, genuine, real, honest, selfless, dedicated, adventurous, reflective and a person who wanted to help others.” Eynesbury students are invited to leave condolence cards, recollections of special memories and well wishes for Jack’s family in a message box, held at Reception. These will be forwarded to Jack’s family on your behalf.

John Warren, former Principal of Eynesbury Senior College, died in a cycling accident near his home in New Zealand in early February. John led and transformed Eynesbury for 7 years at a pivotal time in our history. We remember him with deepest affection as: •

an innovative leader with a clear vision and great drive

a wordsmith with a quick intellect and deft tongue

a proud creator of creators, who inspired and mentored both staff and students, relentlessly encouraging growth

an enormously generous person who always had time, an open door, and a positive message for all

a man who embraced life and all its possibilities with a boundless appetite and energy, and a sure and uncompromising sense of his own style

a deeply committed and loving husband and father

We know you will all join with us in offering our deepest sympathies to his wife, Shannon, and his son, Aaron. In memory, the John Warren Education Award has been established. Donations can be made to the Westpac via the name Eynesbury Senior College BSB: 035 006 Account: 367073.

BEYOND BLUE FUNDRAISER Support our School by buying the NEW 2017 - 2018 Entertainment Membership for family members, or even spoil yourself. Entertainment Memberships are filled with hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and you’ll be helping our fundraising at the same time. All funds raised go to support beyondblue. Click here to buy your Entertainment Book and Membership online.

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PHOTO GALLERY Photos from Term 1, old scholar classroom visits, china town new year and around campus.

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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 -






Deadline for Formal Ticket Competition



Year 10/11 Exams begin


Year 10/11 Exams end


Orientation for new students


Year 10/11 reports mailed


Start of Semester 2, Term 3


Year 12 trial exams begin FRI 28 JUL

Year 12 trial exams end


School Formal



Open Day 1pm



Year 12 reports mailed this week



Scholarship applications close



Year 10/11 Parent Teacher Interviews



End of Term 3



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Eynesbury Times Term 1 2017  

NEW to ESC - Boarding options, excursions, student spotlight, mentor highlights, social justice group event, teacher features, tips for gett...

Eynesbury Times Term 1 2017  

NEW to ESC - Boarding options, excursions, student spotlight, mentor highlights, social justice group event, teacher features, tips for gett...