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Term 1 Recap on SACE results, Harmony Day, Hero Day, Students in the Spotlight, Creative Writing, Career Pathway- Medicine and much more!

IN THIS EDITION Principal’s Note


Recap on the outstanding SACE results


Take a seat together


ABC National Q & A Television Event


YATZ - Youth at the Zoo


SA Law Society - Mock Trial Competition


Harmony Day


Hero Day - Overcoming Adversity


DJ Matais Making the right moves


Making News - Shannon McGarry


Rocking Sport Stars


First Date - Annalise Delic


Career Pathway - Medicine


Art Workshop


SACE Art Show & Scholarship


Luci Nel Buio - William Broderick


Making up with Emily Cribb


400 Years of Shakespeare


UN Youth Australia Conference 2016


International History Olympiad


Ed Harris - Future Journalist


Term 2 Calendar


In touch with Alumni - where are they now?


Craig Sinclair


Intsagram Gallery


Sweet 16 Eynesbury Formal Poster



Welcome to the Eynesbury Times Magazine and a recap of a very busy start to 2016. Our 2015 graduates achieved outstanding SACE results, setting the bar high for our current Year 12s, with nearly 40% achieving an ATAR over 95. See a breakdown of these results in the following pages. Staff and students have held a number of successful events, including Hero Day, Harmony Day and an event for the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence (NDA). The NDA is Australia’s key antibullying event for schools. The day is a positive day of action that encourages school communities and all Australian students to ‘take a stand together’ or, in the case of our event ‘take a seat together’, with the creation to two colourful ‘buddy benches.’ The benches remain in pride of place on Level Two. We shine a spotlight on a number of students in this edition who are achieving success with sport, music, radio presenting, zoo conservation, make-up artistry and more!

Class of 2014 graduates Rahul Malhotra and En-Lih Chew give some great advice on following a career in Medicine, and we catch up with 2015 graduates Lolly Heaney and Shaye Duong. Lolly and Shaye were the worthy recipients of Adelaide Central School of Art scholarships. Eynesbury was the only school to have two graduates receive scholarships this year, and we are very proud of these talented young women. On a sad note, the Eynesbury community lost our talented Humanities and English teacher, Craig Sinclair. We pay tribute to his contributions and thank him for everything he gave to us. We are the richer for it in ways we cannot count. Also contained within this Term 1 Magazine are the all important diary dates, photos and student creative writing pieces which will be sure to keep you entertained. I look forward to the rest of the year continuing in such a positive way! Claire Flenley PRINCIPAL

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Well done to the Class of 2015 on oustanding SACE results, merit awards and personal bests. Eynesbury Senior College students consistently place amongst the highest achievers of the SACE and, in 2015, the tradition continued. Impressively, 6% of students achieved an ATAR of over 99, placing them in the top 1% of the nation. 15% of students achieved an ATAR of over 98, placing them in the top 2% of the nation, 39% of students achieved an ATAR

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over 95, placing them in the top 5% of the nation and 43% of students achieved an ATAR of over 90, placing them in the top 10% of the nation.

The 2015 Honour Roll Sophie Chen Alexandra Nichols Nina Nguyen Jubilee Xu Caleb Lai Danielle Pashalidis Alexandra Christie Lucie Fittock Mel Politis

99.75 99.75 99.70 99.30 98.85 98.70 98.60 98.30 98.25






ATAR 99.75

ATAR 99.75

ATAR 99.70

ATAR 99.30

Merit - Psychology Merit - English A+ Visual Arts - Design A+ Legal Studies A+ Research Project B

Merit - Physics A+ Chemistry A+ English Studies A+ Research Project B

Governor of South Australia Commendation Award for overall excellence

Merit - Mathematical Studies

Eynesbury Senior College Co-Dux

Merit - Research Project A+ Specialist Mathematics

Award for the highest score in South Australia, ICAS Science Competition

Eynesbury Senior College Principal’s Award

Eynesbury Senior College Co-Dux

Eynesbury Senior College Caltex Award for Best All Rounder

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Australian & International Politics, Biology, SUBJECTS Chemistry, English Studies, Indonesian (Continuers), Legal Studies, Mathematical Methods, Mathematical Studies, Modern History, Physics, Psychology, Research Project B, Visual Arts - Design, Workplace Practices.




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 Year 12 students Raaj Masaud and Yogi Senthilkumar, 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 markers allowed students and staff to sign their names or leave a message on the benches in support of Anti-Bullying.” Yogi, who is part of the Port Power Youth Program, also had football legend Russell Ebert visit the College. Russell added his signature to one of the buddy benches in support.

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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.


A special edition of ABC programme Q & A was filmed at the Dunstan Playhouse on April 4. The panel consisted of British actor, singer and political comedian Sameena Zehra; the Federal Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Christopher Pyne; the first Australian MP ever elected on a platform of disability rights, Kelly Vincent; The Australian newspaper’s foreign editor, Greg Sheridan; and Labor frontbencher Amanda Rishworth. The panellists answered questions about the Federation reform, school & disability, Gonski funding, and submarine building in South Australia.

Left to Right: Ricky Albeck, Kian Rafie-Ardestani, Emily Thomas, Lachlan Carr.

Four Eynesbury students were among the the lucky 500 in attendance. They said the atmosphere was fantastic, as everyone was really enthusiastic about being there. Year 12 Student Kian Rafie-Ardestani said it was interesting to see behind the scenes. “They had a comedian warm up the audience and those who were questioners were required to stand up at the microphone to practice,” explained Kian.


“My expectations were exceeded, as it was a really interesting and engaging panel on the night so I was very satisfied.“

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“Q & A is much better live, you get to see the reactions of the other panellists which is quite humorous. I definitely recommend attending, especially to those who enjoy politics or debating in general.” - Kian Rafie-Ardestani.

“The topic that interested me most was the question concerning small school funding. The questioner was very passionate and enthusiastic about the topic, which made it interesting and engaging to listen to. Also, it was relevant to us as students, as we attend a small boutique College,” said Kian.

YATZ is a group of 14 to18 year olds who take action together and connect to conservation on a local and global scale.

“My favourite speaker was Christopher Pyne, as he is exceptionally energetic and didn’t give into Tony Jones’ badgering. I also enjoyed Greg Sheridan, as he was very honest and gave a great deal of personal insight.

“I study quite hard and managed to skip a year. The subjects counting towards my SACE include Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, English Studies, Maths Studies and Research Project,” said Kellie.

A good speaker makes a big difference in regards to capturing audience attention and engaging us in the topics of discussion. I didn’t think there would be as much of a focus on Gonski and education, and was expecting more discussion on the ship building, rather than the short conversation about it near the conclusion of the show. I was also a little surprised that the Panama Papers were not discussed, even though they had been released the day before.”

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Click here to watch the episode online via Youtube.

Sixteen year old Kellie Elmes is currently studying Year 12.

“I was looking for a hobby, and being particularly interested in Biology, this seemed like a good opportunity although the process seemed intimidating at the time. I applied back in November 2015 and had to then attend a compulsory trial day held at Monarto Zoo. This trial day was to see how we would interact within a team for leadership potential and also to ensure our interests aligned with the organisation. In the group there were 40 on the day but I heard there were about 200 who applied. This is the first time ZOOSA has run the program, but it has been running successfully interstate at Taronga Zoo for quite a while.

special edition ofthere ABC programme Of theA40 who attended were 25 whoQ & A at theThe Dunstan Playhouse madewas the filmed final group. youngest is 14 on April 4. is attending TAFE and is and the oldest about 18. It’s a total mix of people from The panel consisted of British actor, singer different locations and schools. and political comedian Sameena Zehra, the Minister for Industry, Innovation We allFederal have similar interests in wanting to andenvironment. Science, Christopher the first help the None of Pyne, us knew Australian MP ever elected on a platform of one another before, but we all bonded rights, Vincent, really disability quickly. It’s cool Kelly to make someThe friends Australian foreign outside of schoolnewspaper’s and we are all reallyeditor, Greg Sheridan, and Labor Amanda different in many ways, butfrontbencher it doesn’t seem Rishworth. The panellists answered to matter. questions including Federation reform, The first campaign we ran- They’re Calling School & Disability, Gonski funding, and on You- was to collect mobile phones, Submarine building in South Australia. spread awareness about the coltan mining Eynesbury students were crisis, Four and provide an opportunity foramong the the people tolucky help. 500 in attendance and said the atmosphere was fantastic as everyone was Each time your mobile phone rings, a tiny really enthusiastic about being there. piece of metallic ore from Africa is making Year 12 Student Kian Rafie-Ardestani this call possible: coltan. Eighty percent of said it was interesting to seeare behind theinscenes. the world’s coltan reserves located Africa, with the majority of the deposits “They had a comedian warm up the located within the Democratic Republic of audience and those who were questioners Congo. This is the same location that hosts were required to stand up at the some of our world’s last remaining primate microphone to practice,” explained Kian. populations. The mining of this metallic ore “My expectations were exceeded as it was a is causing catastrophic impacts on really interesting and engaging panel on endangered wildlife species such as the the night sothrough I was very satisfied. “ It mountain gorilla deforestation. is also contributing to unrest in the region.

In Kahuzi Biega National Park, more than fifty percent of the mountain gorilla population has been lost in the past five years, leaving the species on the brink of extinction. The illegally mined coltan is often mined by people working for rebel army groups, dubbed by the Congolese as ‘tin soldiers’. The coltan is then filtered through a middle-man and moved across to Kigali, secretly called coltan-ville, because of the wealth acquired by coltan. It is shipped out of the Congo and purchased internationally, making it hard to track where the coltan has come from.


Although many telecommunication corporations claim that they are purchasing T /04 their coltan from ‘ethical’ sources, the 2015 mining in the DRC continues.

Jane Goodall

“More than 4.5 billion people around the world currently use mobile phones and that figure is growing daily. In Australia alone, it is estimated that there were 9 million new mobile phones sold in the last 12 months. In fact, the average Australian typically upgrades their phones every 18-24 months, and it is estimated that there are more mobile phones in Australia than there are people! Melbourne Zoo, Monarto and the Adelaide Zoo, in conjunction with the Aussie Recycling program and the Jane Goodall Institute, have developed Australia’s first mobile phone recycling program to raise awareness of this crisis and offer people the chance to support in-situ primate conservation through the donation of their phones. By donating your old mobile phones, the phones can be refurbished and resold, which ensures that the precious resources that make our phones are re-used. People can also be assured that funds raised from the sales of refurbished phones are directly

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invested into primate conservation. When you next purchase a mobile phone, be sure to ask your service provider where the coltan in the mobile phone came from. And, when it is time to discard your phone, please recycle it wisely. Each time you hear your mobile phone ring, let that be a reminder that the loss of primate species for our reliance on telecommunications is unfair, and that Africa’s primates are ‘Calling on You’ to make a difference. You can download a form online for free postage to contribute your old mobile phones to this project. Click here to make a difference today. I am really enjoying being involved in YATZ as I am particularly interested in the issue of deforestation and the Great Barrier Reef. I am also interested in energy sources – we can’t just keep using fossil fuels. Nuclear seems to be the way to go, although there are a lot of risk factors. It would be great to be able to use energy from what we already have- the sun and wind- but it is expensive and also quite hard to store. Looking forward, I am leaning towards studying biomedical science or advanced science: something to do with animals in the research field, such as marine biology or perhaps neuro-science.”

SA LAW SOCIETY MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION The Mock Trial competition is a simulated court case in which the participating student teams contest a fictional legal matter in a mock court.

Teachers Janine Campbell and Tyson Wood were impressed by how students from both schools complimented each other after the trial, showing excellent sportsmanship.

Each team consists of up to seven students from South Australian Secondary Schools from Years 10, 11 & 12.

Although they were narrowly defeated in round one, they have their sights set on round 2 in May, taking into consideration feedback from the first round, and are feeling confident.

The Law Society provides the cases used by the participating school. One side acts for the plaintiff or prosecution and the other for the defence. The cases are designed to reflect matters which may confront the students as lawyers in their daily lives. In Week 8, the first round was held at the University of Adelaide and Eynesbury students had the role of defendants in a mock criminal case about stalking.

The Judge mentioned the notion of ‘signposts’ that each team will state in the opening and then constantly refer back to this signpost list of what they will cover. This is helpful in focusing arguments and witness questions. Stay tuned to Facebook for updates and good luck to all involved!

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Harmony Day is held each year on March 21. It’s a day to celebrate our cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

“They represented their ideas and views in visual and literal ways, with many opting to quote notable harmony seeking people,” said Holly.

The message of Harmony Day is everyone belongs. This year, our Year 10 students completed art projects together with mentor Holly Langridge, illustrating what Harmony Day meant to them.

“It was great to see the different projects that the students did. They really used their initiative and creative abilities to show what Harmony Day means.”


In Week 10, the Eynesbury Social Justice Group celebrated Hero Day, with students dressing as their heroes.

in our community, and also the opportunities to live a more independent life.

Led by student Shannon McGarry, the group also chose to incorporate a theme of ‘Overcoming Adversity’ into the day. Members of the group decorated the school with posters promoting the event and raising awareness about the chosen charity, Minda Inc.

We are especially pleased to see young people coming together to help Minda, and you should be very proud of your fundraising efforts and your contribution to improving the awareness of people living with a disability in South Australia,” said Marion.

Marion Zafry, Partnerships & Fundraising Specialist Strategic Marketing for Minda, had said that overcoming adversity is something that the people we support at Minda do every day.

As well as fundraising, students also created shoe boxes of love. Shoe boxes of love provide love and hope to those affected by Australian disasters through the donation of small boxes of essential and luxury items.

“It is wonderful to see Eynesbury students, through your social justice group, recognising the challenges that others face

Students also held a bake sale to raise funds for these worthy causes.


Lachlan Carr is a Year 12 student who joined us last year as a Year 11 student. He is thoroughly enjoying the freedom that Eynesbury’s flexible timetable gives him to pursue his passion – music! Five years ago, he started listening to Soundcloud and was inspired to start creating music himself using the programme Ableton. As a DJ, his performing name is Matais, and after winning a place in Chameleon Recording’s Mentor Initiative in August last year, he was signed to the label with a full recording deal, EP, and agent. “Chameleon has held events all over the world and I look forward to continuing to

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work with them, hopefully playing internationally one day.” Last year was a building block for Lachlan, who played his first paid interstate gig in Melbourne at the Pelly Bar, widely known as the hottest live music room in the southern side of Melbourne. Relishing in this experience, he then went on to perform at Sugar nightclub in Adelaide this year, and also performed a set at the Crown and Sceptre Hotel as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival. His EP is being released this year, so stay up to date by following his Facebook page.


Year 12 student Shannon McGarry was interviewed last year for the Research Project Expo by ABC News but most recently she spoke with Advertiser journalist Lauren Ahwan for a CareerOne feature on choosing subjects. “I spoke with someone who mentioned a concern that many Year 12 students are choosing subjects purely on the assumption they will do well in those

subjects and get a good ATAR, rather than choosing subjects that may not necessarily come easy to them but know will be relevant to what they want to study and will prepare them in their future pathway.� What subjects will you study in Year 12? I will be studying Psychology, Australian and International Politics, Modern History, Classical Studies, and Legal Studies.

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Why did you choose those subjects? Are there any that you think will be a particular challenge for you? If so, why did you choose those instead of something else you may have found less challenging? I believe Legal Studies will be particularly challenging for me, as I didn’t study Stage 1 Legal Studies in Year 11. I chose to take Legal Studies after my Modern History teacher recommended it to me. I decided to take up Legal Studies as it will contribute to and further my understanding of other subjects such as Australian and International Politics, which will help me in my future tertiary studies. How important is it that you study subjects that will help you in your tertiary studies, rather than just pick subjects to maximise your chances of getting a high ATAR? I believe it is much more important to study subjects that will help you in your tertiary studies, rather than a high ATAR. Your ATAR score is only valid for two years after you complete Year 12, whereas prerequisites don’t change often. It is much more important to gain background knowledge for your tertiary studies than a high ATAR, as it will make it easier for you to understand and transition into your desired tertiary studies. Furthermore, different universities often have a different ATAR for the same course, so if your ATAR isn’t high enough for one university, there is always the opportunity to get accepted into another. What are you hoping to do once you finish Year 12? What future study do you want to pursue and what career are you hoping to get into? Once I finish Year 12, I hope to study International Relations, and I aspire to work with the United Nations.

Claire Flenley, Principal Eynesbury Senior College What should students take into consideration when choosing subjects for their final years at school? There are many things to consider: •

What are their strengths as a learner and capacity to take on realistic challenges?

Do they have a genuine and sustainable interest in the subject?

Are they curious about the different ways of interpreting the world that different disciplines offer?

What are their possible career pathways? How do their chosen subjects tie into these?

Are there any pre-requites or assumed knowledge subjects and bonus points for potential tertiary courses?

What ATAR will they need for desired tertiary courses?

If a course looks out of reach, are there flexible options (such as degree transfer programs) that will get them to where they want to go?

At Eynesbury, conversations around these questions start from Yr 10 and continue through their schooling with us. We encourage students to chase their learning, not just the grades – and we find that the high grades come as a consequence. Is it wise to pick subjects only on the basis of wanting to achieve the highest ATAR possible? Why/why not? Not if that is the sole basis for making the choice. Students often find it too hard to stay motivated and engaged when the interest isn’t there or the level of challenge is either too hard or too easy. A narrow focus on an ATAR alone can limit how a student grows as an independent and flexible learner.

How many students choose subjects only to maximise their ATAR? Is this a trend that is growing?

process through our mentor program, the PLP, opportunities for work experience and career counselling.

Some students make solely strategic choices, but most would consider a variety of factors. An ATAR cut-off score for a particular course is essentially a measure of supply and demand for a place in that course, and that can change from year to year. Obviously if there are fewer places in high-demand courses, the ATAR cutoff score rises, and students are more inclined to make the choices they perceive that will maximise their ATAR.

There are lots of flexible ways to explore learning that is pathway-directed. For instance, at Eynesbury, we have students undertaking subjects with other providers, such as VET courses or first year university courses. We build our timetable around the considered subject choices of our students after a sustained counselling process with them.

Students need to remember that it is not just about getting into university, it is about getting through it successfully, and so they need to bear that lifelong learning in mind. How important is it to pick subjects that will link to a student’s future study/career goals? It is important to pick subjects that will link to a student’s future study and career goals, but it depends on the nature of those goals and how mature and realistic plans for achieving these goals are. Students should keep reflecting on and exploring their career goals right throughout their school years as these can often evolve. From Year 10 at Eynesbury we support students with this

What sort of advantage do students have if they have chosen subject that will link to their future study plans? They are developing the knowledge, understanding and skills that will serve as valuable background. A subject can also allow a student to test their fit for a particular career pathway. What can students do if they realise, at this late stage, that they have chosen subjects that don’t tie into their preferred uni options? When does it become too late to change subjects? It depends on the nature of any needed background subjects – for instance, many Stage 2 Maths and Sciences assume

successful completion of the Stage 1 subject, so taking on 12 Physics without 11 Physics, for instance, would be highly problematic. Many other subjects are far more flexible and allow a student to take them up in Year 12 for the first time. Students should contact their school as soon as possible if they realise they may need to change their subject selection.


Shannon McGarry is through to the second round of the Tuckwell Scholarship. The Tuckwell Scholarship is the only one of its kind that nurtures scholars to fulfil their wider ambitions over and above the pursuit of an undergraduate degree. The scholarship is worth $21,700 per annum (2016 rate, increasing with inflation) for the length of an undergraduate degree at the Australian National University for expenses such as accommodation and living costs. Out of the original 740 student applications, Shannon was one of the lucky 244 students invited to progress to Stage 2 of the selection process. Of these 244 students, 75 will progress through to Stage 3. Shannon’s ambition is to study International Relations and Arabic because she wants to work at the United Nations. We wish Shannon all the best with making it to the final rounds!

SACE BOARD Sharing her student voice as a representative at the SACE Board’s Strategic Planning day, Shannon McGarry makes an impression. Hassan Mekawy, Manager, Professional Learning and Networks for SACE, made this positive comment about Shannon’s contribution on the day. “I thought Shannon’s comments were astute, critical and constructive, and beneficial in guiding our work. The staff and students at Eynesbury Senior College should be proud of the way you represented them in front of your peers and SACE Board leaders; congratulations!”


Matthew Hanna

Eynesbury’s flexible timetables allow many of our students to pursue their sporting careers.

pathway of something medical to do with the outdoors, such as a paramedic or alpine paramedic.

We catch up with students Ben Maier and Matthew Hanna, who are both actively training and succesfully juggling their studies at Eynesbury as well.

How long have you been rock climbing?

BEN MAIER, YEAR 10 STUDENT. 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

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. Last year in Ballarat, I 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. Due to my performance at this event, I also participated in try-outs for the Australian team at a training camp in Melbourne, and I’m waiting to find out whether or not I got accepted! 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

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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? I’m currently recovering from an accident. 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.

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Do you find any time in your busy schedule to do any other activities? Ben’s accident at Norton Summit.

I play the electric guitar and I also surf – Middleton is my favourite place to surf.

“I have played soccer all my life and was lucky to be taken under the wing of former Olympic Football Coach George Kostanopolous after he saw potential in me. I have trained with players who are now in the Adelaide United Squad.�

- Matthew Hanna.

MATTHEW HANNA, YEAR 12 STUDENT. When did you join the College? I joined the college at the beginning of this year. 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 3 times a week for soccer at home (drills provided by a coach to perform).

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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. 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 next year and I am currently in the process of filming a short video to send to coaches. I would happily do 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.

At school, I was always known as the polite, shy girl who wore her hair in a slick, black ponytail. I was never in the cool crowd, but at twelve years of age that was all about to change. The cutest boy in Year 6 invited me to the movies with him at a local mall, and I was in complete awe and swore that I was in love. Connor Pratt was by far the most popular Year 6 boy in school. He had dark brown skin and wavy black hair that he would push back with his fingertips, every time it got in his piercing diamond eyes. My notebook was filled with drawings of our names in love hearts, and my last name replaced with his; Annalise Pratt. I knew we were the perfect match for one another. After carefully deliberating on a number of possible outfit choices, I reluctantly settled on a pair of acid-washed jeans and a white tank top with an enormous red heart in the middle. I felt it was an appropriate choice, considering I was madly in love with him, and my mother said I looked “cute�, and I agreed. An enormous level of anticipation had been building inside me for weeks and finally, the day I was going to meet my future husband arrived. After pleading with my mother to allow me to walk into the movies by myself, as I was practically an adult, she agreed. I walked in with a fake

smile, hiding the fact that I was so uncontrollably nervous about our initial meeting. Do I go in for a hug? Or a formal handshake? All these questions were running through my mind and the fact that my sister had just told me before I left, that I was “socially awkward”, meant that I was an utter mess. But then, there he was,. leaning on the movie cinema stairs, pushing back his hair in true Connor fashion. I decided to go for it, walk straight up to him and give him a massive hug, flinging my lanky arms around him. I let out a sigh of relief when he eventually decided to hug me back. From that moment on, I knew we would be together forever. As we walked up the stairs to the cinemas, I made awkward chit chat in order to fill the silence because unknowingly, Connor wasn’t much of a conversation starter. I first asked him, “So... what did you do today?” Considering it was only eleven o’clock in the morning, his simple response of “not much” seemed fair enough. Finally, we got to the candy bar and the longest three minutes of my life were thankfully over. I decided to take some initiative, knowing that it was a very attractive trait to any twelve year-old boy, and buy some chocolate bars for the both of us. My mother had given me forty dollars before we left to cover any costs, but being the financial saver that I was at the time, I decided to leave half of that money in my piggy bank. I soon started to have this overwhelming feeling of regret, as I finally remembered that movie snacks had an inflated price tag. Two candy bars, two choco tops and a bottle of water later, and I was down seventeen dollars. I knew that all I could do now, was pray to God that Connor would offer to pay for my movie ticket. I was adamant that he must have been waiting to buy the tickets for us, especially considering that they would

have been more expensive than the movie snacks. I knew that the father of my future children had a massive heart and I thought to myself, “Hopefully his generosity will pass down onto our children”. When Connor and I made our way to the ticket booth, I glanced down at my empty wallet with a few worthless coins rolling along the bottom of my bag. As soon as he said the words “two tickets please”, I let out a deep sigh of relief because I knew that he was the true gentleman all the popular girls gossiped about. After we found our seats, I gazed into his diamond eyes as he tried not to notice me staring at him. I was so distracted by the fact that I was sitting next to the one and only Connor Pratt, the movie went by in a breeze. While saying our goodbyes, I went in for another hug, in an attempt to cherish the last few moments I had with him. As he wrapped his arms around my shoulders, I knew that our relationship would last forever. Looking back on my younger days, the illusion I had that Connor was the man of my dreams seems so unrealistic now. But in the political world of a Year 6 girl, that Saturday afternoon gave me a new found sense of confidence and self worth that I still have today. Despite the fact that Connor and I never went out again after that date, which in hindsight may have been because of my poor dress choice, I still look back on that movie date as a great experience. Finally, I had escaped my bubble of books and school work to eventually become an independent person who no longer felt intimidated by other boys. I may still be the quiet, polite little dark haired girl, but now, I have confidence.

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What advice would you give on successfully completing the pre-requisite subjects? Medicine is a popular career pathway for many students. We catch up with 2014 graduates En-Lih Chew and Rahul Malhotra and ask for their advice regarding studying in Year 12 and following this pathway. En-Lih (ATAR 99.80) and is studying a Bachelor of Medicine at James Cook University (JCU) in Townsville, Queensland. Rahul (ATAR 99.70) is studying a Bachelor of Clinical Sciences/Doctor of Medicine at Flinders University.

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En-Lih: Like any subject in Year 12, it’s best if you try your hardest, ask questions if you ever have any queries, prepare well for assessments by being organised, and, most importantly - enjoying and understanding what you learn! The university at which I study medicine (JCU) had Chemistry, English and Maths Studies as prerequisites. For Chemistry, I liked to make my own set of notes for every topic, incorporating content from class and the Senior Chemistry Course Companion textbook. Practising questions from textbooks was also a must- do. In English Studies, I found that planning out essays and thinking of ideas for creative writing pieces as soon as the assessment

item was given to me helped a lot. Thinking of what to write takes time, so plan ahead and don’t leave things to the last minute! My advice for Maths Studies would be to practise as much and as many questions as you can. The Revision Guide is a great source for questions that you should do before tests. Rahul: Year 12 can be very stressful with the UMAT as well the pressure to get a high ATAR, but I would say that time management is very important when working through the tasks and assignments of each of your subjects. I would also advise people to get help from teachers and work in groups as much as possible to decrease the stress and workload on you. Also, I would consider UMAT to be another subject on top of your Year 12 studies and divert a considerable amount of attention to it, as it is vital in the medicine application process. What subjects did you enjoy most and what did you find the hardest part about studying in Year 12? En-Lih: Most of my subjects were enjoyable in one way or another. I particularly liked Biology as I found the content very interesting. English Studies was also great as it gave a bit of variety from all the science and mathematics subjects I was doing. The hardest part of Year 12 was just keeping up with everything. Some weeks you may have a test on one day, then an assignment due a few days later and then a test for a different subject the day after! It gets pretty hectic, and it seems like there’s a neverending flow of assessments that keep piling up, so planning and organisation is the key. Rahul: My favourite subjects in Year 12 were Biology, ESL and Maths Studies as I found the content challenging and interesting at

the same time. I would say the hardest part of the year was being able to get all the things done in the allotted time I had, and time management became very important. Did scaling have any impact? En-Lih: I never really understood scaling and honestly don’t know whether it had an impact or not! Rahul: Scaling did affect my ATAR score, with ESL Studies being scaled down very slightly, so my ATAR dropped to 99.70. Hence, you should always keep scaling in mind and aim for grades accordingly. But you should also know that scaling is out of your hands and so all you can do is try your best. Did you do a UMAT prep course? En-Lih: I didn’t do a UMAT prep course. Rahul: I did a UMAT preparation course (platinum package) from MedEntry which had a 2 day workshop and online practice material. I found the course, especially the practice material, really useful as I got an idea of how to do UMAT style questions from each section and got a lot of practice questions to prepare myself. I would definitely recommend this package to people sitting the UMAT. Do you have any tips about successfully completing the UMAT application process? En-Lih: Unfortunately, I didn’t do very well in UMAT, so I might leave Rahul to give tips regarding the test. I can say, though, that there are a lot of resources on the Internet. I was able to find a large range of practice questions and many tips and tricks for preparing and sitting UMAT through Google. Rahul: I think that practice (and lots of it) is the key to being successful in the UMAT, as while you can learn the techniques, you will not remember and know how to use them if you don’t do a lot of practice questions, which

is where prep courses are very useful. In terms of the process, it involves signing up between December to June before the July Test date, and paying the registration fee, and then preparing for the UMAT using prep courses or the ACER practice material before going to sit the test.

experience at the Royal Adelaide Hospital; working under a doctor there which was very useful for me as it confirmed my interest in medicine while also giving me good points to talk about at medicine interviews. Were you eligible for any bonus points? En-Lih: I don’t believe that I was.

Did you do work experience in a clinical environment? En-Lih: During the winter holidays I did a couple of days of work experience with my local General Practitioner. I would highly recommend doing some sort of work experience in a clinical environment as it gives you an idea of a doctor’s work life. It is also great to talk about doing work experience in university interviews for medicine and is something that the interviewers love to hear about! Rahul: I did one week’s worth of work

Rahul: At Flinders, I was eligible for the SEAS Bonus Points Scheme which I think has now become the University Equity Scheme from 2016 onward. Why did you choose Medicine? En-Lih: I chose medicine because it provided a course and a career that combined my passion for science, in particular human biology, and my liking for interactions with others. Furthermore, I wanted to be able to play my part in contributing to the wellbeing of the community through not just curing, but also caring.

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Rahul: Medicine has been a career I have always wanted to go into from childhood due to personal reasons as well as a desire and passion to help people with their health problems. I have also excelled in subjects related to biology and that gave me encouragement to go into medicine. How did you choose your preferred course? En-Lih: I really didn’t have many options for getting into medicine due to my low UMAT score. So when JCU offered me a spot in their medical course, I was more than willing to choose it. Rahul: The decision for my preferred course was firstly based on the fact that I did not want to move away from family and wanted to stay in Adelaide and study at one of the 2 universities that offer medicine here. Then I looked at the courses available and the pros and cons of each university and found that

the medicine course at Flinders was very innovative, challenging and had a better structure than Adelaide (in my opinion). So I put Flinders as my first preference. Did you have a backup plan? En-Lih: My back up options were Clinical Exercise Physiology at Uni SA or Biomedicine at The University of Melbourne. Rahul: My backup plan was to enrol in the Bachelor of Medical Science at Flinders University, and then sit the GAMSAT in the third year of my course to enter the Doctor of Medicine so that I would get the medicine degree after a total of 7 years. This is a very good alternate pathway as every year, Flinders University sets aside around 75 places in the MD for students graduating from Medical Science or Health Science, so you have a good chance of getting in.



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What advice would you give to students wanting to do Medicine? En-Lih: Medicine is a tough course that requires a lot of hard work, with the medical profession being a demanding one. However, at the end of the day, it can be extremely rewarding, enjoyable and no doubt exciting.


Getting into medicine is not easy and it is very competitive. So it goes without saying that you’ll at least need a good ATAR, meaning putting a lot of effort into Year 12. If you do get an interview, make sure you practise and prepare for it because they carry a relatively high weighting towards your application. Moving interstate is definitely a realistic outcome and something to prepare yourself for if you want to study medicine. I relocated all the way up to north Queensland to follow my dreams, and I can tell you that moving away from home is a great experience which I have loved! Also, it’s not the end of the world if you get a UMAT score that is unsatisfactory (and it is very tough to do well in UMAT). It is possible to get into medicine regardless of UMAT, whether it is through JCU or a different pathway such as graduate medicine. So if you’re up to the challenge, don’t be afraid to give medicine a go! Rahul: I would say that while medicine at any University is going to be a worthwhile and enjoyable experience, you should definitely look at which universities have better facilities, student support services, and an enjoyable campus life experience, as these things will matter a lot when you get into university. In terms of moving away from home, it really depends on each person as some people are comfortable with it and others not so much. I would also recommend applying to as many universities as possible as you never know what could happen in terms of ATARs and interviews, and it is always good to have your options open.

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During Terms 1 and 2 Art and Design students have the opportunity to attend student drawing workshops at the Art Gallery of South Australia. The workshops involve viewing and learning about drawings in the gallery’s collection and working with a professional artist to extend their drawing skills. Students have found the day-long sessions challenging as they work on a large scale, but also rewarding, as they can include their drawings in their folios for assessment. They will also be invited to exhibit their work at the gallery later in the year.

Left to Right: Self-portrait drawing by Year 11 student Jules D’Onofrio. Detail from life drawing by Year 11 student Lilli Greet.


Class of 2015 graduates Shaye Duong and Yolande (Lolly) Heaney both had their work selected for the SACE Art Show 2016. Their work is among 130 pieces created by Year 12 students across the state who completed their SACE Visual Arts – Art, and Visual Arts – Design subjects. “My interest in art originated when I began to explore its figurative side. I have always had a passion for viewing drawing works that revolve around the human form and the emotions these works can convey. In my SACE Art Show pieces I wanted to focus on a genuine figure and record what I saw honestly, as I was not interested in depicting a superficially beautiful form presented in a flattering pose. Alternatively, I aimed to capture an unpampered body with its natural hair, bruises, creases and general ‘imperfections’, therefore the size of shape of my model was irrelevant as I wished to communicate that all bodies are beautiful,” explained Lolly. “The human figure has always been my most prominent area of interest within Art, however after completing my first practical work, I learnt that I prefer to create art that contains personal meaning or reflects my passions, surroundings and personal


Lolly’s artwork on display at the SACE Art Show. Shaye at the 2015 Eynesbury Year 12 Art Exhibition in front of her final pieces.

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Lolly at the 2015 Eynesbury Year 12 Art Exhibition in front of her final pieces.

experiences. As a strong advocate for feminism, I have noticed that a predominant concern within Western society includes the censorship of the female form and toxic expectations of appearance that have been embedded into our socio-culture. My SACE Art Show work called ‘Girl Sap’ aimed to challenge these ideals and portray the female form in the most raw and honest way possible, free of any censorship that appears in the media,” said Shaye. Shaye and Lolly were also the recipients of scholarships to the Adelaide Central School of Art. Adelaide Central School of Art is an independent, not-for-profit, accredited Higher Education Provider that offers intensive training for students looking to develop careers as practising artists. The School offers undergraduate degrees, specialist short courses, workshops and master classes. It is more than a school of excellence: it is an intense community of committed students and teachers. Formal learning is

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supplemented by a cooperative atmosphere of informal exchange of ideas and peer learning between students of all year levels. “I am currently studying a Bachelor of Visual Art at Adelaide Central. It’s going great and has further assured my love for art and made me even more eager to pursue it as a career. I started art only a few years ago simply because I chose it as one of my subjects at Eynesbury. I wasn’t very good at the time but was able to develop my skills through a lot of practice through Year 11 and 12, while also being able to develop my knowledge and general understanding of art thanks to Lindy,” said Lolly. “It’s going extremely well but it requires hard work and time (studying Visual Art is in no way a ‘bludge’). It’s very rewarding. I’m further developing crucial skills in different fine arts mediums, such as oil paint, charcoal, graphite, woodwork construction and found objects for sculpture. The encouragement Lindy gave me in Year 12 projects to further expand on conceptual ideas and analyse these thoroughly has been really helpful in my new assignments. I have work in an exhibition in Melbourne that opens on May 5th named ‘What has feminism done for me?’ said Shaye. We look forward to following your art careers with great interest.


For the second time in four years, I was walking on the soil of Italy, my mother country. However, unlike my first visit, when I was young and in awe of my surroundings, there was a solemn sense of purpose to my journey. For this was not only a journey to relax, reconnect with relatives and seek refuge from the now seemingly insignificant struggles of Year 7. No, this was a pilgrimage. It had been fifty years since my grandfather’s home village of Erto, and its surroundings, had been struck by the wrath of water. Corruption and carelessness had built the Vajont Dam as much as concrete ever could. Engineers and geologists alike had not seen, or chosen not to see, the dangers lurking above the dam on the slopes of Monte Toc, dubbed ‘the walking mountain’ by the locals due to its frequent landslides. On the night of the 9th of October 1963, 260 million cubic metres of Monte Toc came crashing into the Lago del Vajont, creating a 250-metre-high megatsunami comprising 50 million cubic metres of water which rained down on the valley, obliterating the village of Longarone and barely missing Erto. An estimated 2, 500 people were killed, and the disaster affected the region for many years, still scarring the valley in the heart of the Dolomite Mountains.

So there I was, the night of the 9th of October 2013. Erto has not changed much since the Middle Ages. The streets are still cobbled and old bells rang from the tiny church of San Martino. They even reenact the Passion every Easter. On that night however, we were carrying candles instead of crucifixes. They illuminated the dark, cold air of the mountains, the wax flowing onto a plastic plate positioned at the centre of the candle above my hand. On the occasions that the wax seared itself onto my skin, it did not hurt. There would be much worse pain that night for the people of the valley. Our journey started in Erto Vecchio, or Old Erto, where the Ertani lived before most of them moved to Erto Nuovo, New Erto, after the flood. I do not know how many people we started with, but our numbers soon swelled as people from Casso and even the new Longarone marched with us in solidarity. Some of the signora, or old women, whom I believe were from Casso, strode together in a line, singing the mournful songs of old that had been passed down the slopes of the mountains for generations. Of course, not

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knowing much Italian or Ertano, the local dialect, I had no idea what they were singing. But that did not matter. The sentiment and the unsung message were universal. It was the message that we have lost, and we have suffered, and we have grieved, but through all that adversity, we are still here. That night, through the songs of the signora, I first learned about the power of inner humanity. A lesson that I will likely never forget. We marched into the night, for how long I do not know, but after a while we came to the Memorial Church built on the slopes above the dam. The local dignitaries had also gathered there, including the Monseigneur, the Mayor, the Alipini, and even the President of the Senate. I also heard that the Prime Minister, Enrico Letta, was seen in the vicinity around that time. I do not remember much about what we did at the Memorial Church. All I remember is that it was cold, bone-chillingly so, and that people huddled together for warmth. At 10:39 p.m., the exact minute when the landslide occurred, there was a minute’s silence, which moved many to tears. The following morning, there was a service at San Martino before another procession, this time in the light of day, to the

graveyard near the church, where many of the victims, including some of my own family, are buried. Seeing all the tombstones, and reminiscing on the night’s proceedings, it further planted, to paraphrase Simon and Garfunkel, ‘the vision in my brain’. That vision was of the signora, and the candles, and the singing. That vision taught me about the unity of the human spirit. And that vision will remain with me until the day I die.


Emily is a Year 12 student with a keen interest in makeup artistry, and completing a VET course of Certificate III in Beauty Services. We catch up with Emily to hear about her studies. When did you join Eynesbury Senior College? A special edition of ABC programme Q & A I camewas here in Year reallyPlayhouse drawn to the filmed at10. theI was Dunstan on independent learning environment that is given. April 4. I was a bit over assemblies and being babied, so The panel consisted of British actor, singer a change was in needed. and political comedian Sameena Zehra, the I attended a trial day infor Year 10. Everyone was Federal Minister Industry, Innovation so welcoming! TheyChristopher took me outPyne, and paid for and Science, the first my lunch. For all MP those who are unsure about of Australian ever elected on a platform it, youdisability will love it. Sign Kelly yourself up! I attended rights, Vincent, The open afternoon as well, where I met some of the Australian newspaper’s foreign editor, Greg teachers. It wasn’t daunting at all walking in; you Sheridan, and Labor frontbencher Amanda didn’tRishworth. feel as though were above you. There The they panellists answered was a questions mutual respect. including Federation reform, School & Disability, Gonski funding, and With the independent learning environment, Submarine building you aren’t being chased upinonSouth workAustralia. by teachers. If you Four don’tEynesbury do it then it’s your fault! thethe students wereI love among atmosphere here, everyone is so supportive. the lucky 500 in attendance and said the atmosphere was fantastic as everyone was How did you get involved in makeup artistry? really enthusiastic about being there. Aldo was the whole reason I did it. I’ve always 12 Student Kian and Rafie-Ardestani said it had anYear interest in makeup, one day I was seebruises behindon themy scenes. boredwas andinteresting decided to to paint arm. He reacted these markingswarm in shock “Theyto had a comedian up horror the and was very surprised when I told him they audience and those who were questioners were only Fromto there onup I enrolled werefake! required stand at the in a Certificate III in Beauty Services explained course, which microphone to practice,” Kian.included long hair styling, makeup, and business “My expectations were exceeded as it was a aspects of beauty services. It was challenging, really interesting and engaging panel on and I found the exam hard as I was only sixteen the night so I was very satisfied. “ at the time.

From then on I decided to learn advanced makeup artistry, mainly special effects makeup, and I’m starting a Diploma of Beauty Therapy soon at Colour Cosmetica. The beauty therapy diploma includes learning spray tanning, acrylic nails, massage, aromatherapy, and dermabrasion. I found it a bit daunting at first, and was nervous about meeting new people and working out how to manage the load. It was really easy to manage it all, as Eynesbury was really supportive and flexible about it. They knew I was completing an external course, and were able to adjust my timetable accordingly. How has studying a VET course assisted with your SACE? The VET course gave me Stage II credits to go towards my ATAR. This year I’m also doing SACE Biology, English and Drama. Aldo has taken me under his wing: it’s been really fantastic and he has moulded my external course around my learning. At the suggestion of Claire, I also completed a Workplace Practices online course at Marden Senior College. I found this difficult at first because you have to make yourself do it, as it is really independent, and all online so T /04 there are no classes. 2015


What makeup work have you done? I have done work on film sets. Aldo messaged me in the holidays one day saying his friend needed a makeup artist for a movie. From there on I conversed with an actor friend of his, and went on with her to do a second movie. The first one I worked on was called Split Me, about two girls that have an unlikely friendship in a bowling alley, filmed on location at Elizabeth Bowl Land. It was a short film and is being entered in short film competitions, so keep an eye out! I was on set for two days from 11am-2am, which I found to be a shock and very tiring, especially doing the same scene repetitively. I did enjoy being able to bowl between shots, and get strikes! Another film I worked on was called Arch Raider, a sci-fi picture filmed at the South Australian Aviation Museum in Port Adelaide, directed by Rowan Pullen. Its release date is in a few months, so look out for it! I had one day on set to do makeup. I was quite surprised how fast paced it was. The people didn’t realise how long it takes to do full makeup; they wanted it done in five minutes! Through this though, I was able

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to do it very quickly, working on 5-7 people. I stood behind them, watched where the glare was, and then fixed it on their faces. I found this very tiring and I was there until 2am. I even had to get a note signed so I was able to drive home and not get picked up by the police. Did you enjoy this experience? They fed us throughout the day, as it was unpaid. I wasn’t doing it for the money, but for the experience, and I now have gotten my name within the makeup arena. I was also included in the credits for recognition, and was given a reference for my work. Working in the tiny aircraft, squeezed in with a lot of body builders all done up in war makeup was intimidating at first, but I soon got to see the funny side. Everyone on set was lovely and made me feel welcome. It was a really family orientated atmosphere, and I loved seeing a 6-year-old member of the public interested in the movie! Would you recommend studying a VET course? Eynesbury is supportive if you do want to pursue a course not offered here. It can be hard work but if it’s what you are passionate about, it is worth the effort and it’s really rewarding!


This year the world celebrates 400 years of William Shakespeare. Creator of 16th-century blockbusters, known as the master of mass delight, and universally considered to be one of the greatest writers of the English language. If Shakespeare was alive today, he would probably be writing the next Game of Thrones. His work includes some 38 plays and 154 sonnets, translated into many languages and it continues to be performed and studied throughout the world. His influence on society can still be seen today. Some of his famous phrases include “break the ice, “the long and the short of it, “the be all and end all,” “the world is my oyster,” “seen better days,” “method to his madness,” “a heart of gold,” “wear your heart on your sleeve” and “eaten me out of house and home.”


The South Australian Conference is an annual weekend-long UN Youth event for students in Year 10 to 12. It is run entirely by young people for young people and this year’s theme was Standing Up For Gender Equality: Empowerment, Inclusion & Expression. The event was held in early April at the Nunyara Conference Centre, Belair with approximately 100 students in attendence. Across the weekend there were engaging workshops, world-class guest-speakers, immersive Model UN debates and lots and lots of social activities. The UN Youth Conference was absolutely amazing! It was incredible to meet so many diverse yet likeminded people, not only on the issue of gender equality, but also on politics, international and national issues, and other interests (for instance lots of people there spoke multiple languages which is one of my interests so I found that very exciting!)” said Shannon McGarry. “The best activity of the weekend was the resolution debate. Everyone was allocated a country to represent, mine was Chile. It was interesting to see how people represented their country’s standpoints on certain issues,

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and it was also a great opportunity to refine my public speaking skills,” said William Broderick. The keynote speech from Robyn Lleyton and the guest speakers’ panel I found the most interesting. We looked at issues affecting women and girls around the world. I enjoyed the open discussion and the way we were able to ask questions,” said Ed Harris. “It’s difficult to single out something as the most interesting as the weekend overall focused on so many interesting and diverse issues. Like Ed, I also found the panel to be a highlight. It was insightful to have so many experts from various backgrounds weigh in on the issue of gender equality. They were all open to questions and happy to engage in discussions with all of the students,” said Shannon.


I also really enjoyed the Interactive Crisis Simulation. We got to simulate the actions of the Rwandan and Democratic Republic of Congo governments in response to a rebel insurgence. Each government/group had

to negotiate with another as well as members of government having their own secret agenda which they had to try and achieve.” “The conversation on gender equality is becoming more prominent throughout the media and our communities – now is the best time to see how we can stand up for gender equality,” said Ed. “I would definitely recommend this event to others, particularly if they are interested in social and political issues that not only affect us as youths, but also the world around us. There is an application process through the UN Youth Website,” said William.

Year 10 Student William Broderick will be attending the International History Olympiad at the University of Hawaii-Manoa in Honolulu. The Olympiad is a week-long celebration of history attended by some of the best young history students from around the world, featuring numerous competitive and noncompetitive events. “I was in the top four in the recent state competition, and qualified for the Olympiad.

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“I am really excited to travel to Hawaii in July. I’m most looking forward to seeing Pearl Harbour and also going on board the USS Missouri, which is the battleship where the Japanese signed the treaty officially ending World War II. The self-confessed history buff joined Eynesbury this year because the College offered William’s preferred subjects. Looking to the future, William is interested in being an historian, a political advisor, a journalist, or a diplomat. He remains openminded to future career opportunities and we wish him all the best. We know he has a bright future ahead!

Honolulu, Hawaii.

ED HARRIS FUTURE JOURNALIST Ed Harris is a Year 11 student with a keen interest in journalism. When did you start at Eynesbury Senior College? I came in Term 4 of last year when I was in Year 10. The school I was at was rather conservative and homophobic in their views. I had a few friends who already attended Eynesbury which made the transition really easy. Everyone is so nice! I really like the flexibility, because I have a few extra-curricular activities that I am enabled to do here. Unlike my previous school, Eynesbury finds a way to make it all gel together. It really gives me the feeling that Eynesbury actually care about me getting as much out of my education as possible. What are your extra-curricular activities? I am involved in a radio station called Youth FM. I am in the studio every three weeks. That’s my favourite thing to do as I want to study journalism, preferably at the University of Adelaide. There’s a group of about five of us that go to Youth FM, who

are aged between 15 and 25 – I’m the youngest, everyone else is university age. They talk about youth issues, such as guidelines that can’t promote things etc. We are allowed to talk about pretty much anything, but must have a positive outlook on the topics. Tell us more about your involvement at Youth FM. We have done two shows so far. The first one was on youth mental health. We interviewed someone from Headspace. We talked about statistics on mental health and youth, and were told a few personal stories including the themes of anxiety and depression, and how people get through it. The second show was about LGBT and I interviewed the Retro Futurists who were performers at the Fringe. James said that coming out was assumed knowledge, Regan said that everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong, but now his parents are very supportive and it does get better. They both had very different experiences.

Supporting Australians with blood cancer.

My parents are quite religious, but they have been quite accepting. When I was a kid, I went through a phase of wearing boy’s underwear, and I was never obsessed with the princes, I found the princesses to be more attractive! This slow progression made me realise that I am not this straight girl who goes to an all-girls school. I never really came out; I brought home my partner to my parents and said we are dating. In regards to gender, they heard me speak on the radio and it was a surprise to them which left them a bit confused. My dad is

quite open minded which has helped me a lot. I identify as gender fluid, but there is a certain level of masculinity. Has Eynesbury helped you to be yourself? Eynesbury has been so accepting and so great. I went in for my interview and there was a little thing on the door which said “all sexualities and genders are welcome here”. This was a very comforting thing and I am really glad I made the change to Eynesbury.






Year 10/11 Parent Teacher Interview Evening


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Open Day 2-4pm


Principal’s Tour with Claire Flenley 9am


Year 12 Parent Teacher Interview Evening


Queen’s Birthday Holiday


Principal’s Tour with Aldo Longobardi 4pm


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Alexandra Cornish moved to Perth to pursue her dream of musical theatre, studying a three year Bachelor of Music Theatre from the prestigious Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). “Many people apply from across Australia but they audition only about 500 people and offer just 10 places to girls and 10 places to boys. I have been incredibly fortunate to be one of the lucky few,” explained Alexandra. “WAAPA has had some amazing graduates, including Hugh Jackman, Tim Minchin and Lucy Durack, and you’ll find grads from WAAPA in every professional musical in Australia. For example, Les Mis has about 26 members, with 16 of them from WAAPA! I am overjoyed to be going there! Eynesbury allowed me the opportunity to pursue other things and still keep up my study, which was so important to me because I’m hugely academic. The opportunity for balance at Eynesbury is completely unparalleled by any other school that I’m aware of. It was because of this balance (and getting good grades) I was able to prepare for the audition. For the last year I have been studying a Certificate IV of Music Theatre at WAAPA. Having said that, it has no impact on whether you actually get the offer of a Bachelor. It’s still amazing I did get the Bachelor offer for the 3 year course!

Picture: Alexandra singing ‘Defying Gravity’ from the Broadway musical ‘Wicked’ at Graduation in 2014 for those lucky enough to hear her… Wow! We will be seeing her name in lights in no time!

Eynesbury also gave me so many life skills. I absolutely recommend Eynesbury to everyone I speak to. I don’t know if I’d be where I am and have the opportunities I do if I’d been to any other school,” said Alexandra.


Cat Nadine has completed a Bachelor of Arts Professional and Creative Communication and a Masters of Secondary Teaching. “It was actually Craig Sinclair who suggested I do another career before teaching to be sure it was what I wanted to do, and I listened for once! I worked and travelled around EuropeGreece was my favourite. It was really good

to stop and think about what I wanted to do. But teaching had always been there in my mind. Doing my Bachelor of Arts focused my passions and skills in history, classical subjects and English. They formed a solid foundation for my Masters. With my extensive studies in English I was given the advice to specialize in TESOL and English as a Second Language. I am currently teaching this at Seaview High. It’s been hard to get contract work, and permanent jobs are few and far between, but I wouldn’t be in any other industry. Coming to Eynesbury was the best decision my parents ever made as school and I never really gelled. I didn’t like the cookie cutter mould, being treated like a child in my senior secondary years and school didn’t offer the subjects or flexibility I wanted. I liked the specialised subjects and the mentality of the teachers at Eynesbury. I wasn’t a perfect maths teacher can attest to that! But the teachers always had time for extra support outside of class to help you better understand as they don’t have 50 million other students they have to get over the line. They care about you not just getting the good marks but ensuring you properly understand the concepts. The cohort at Eynesbury is all like-minded and accepts you for who you are and your academic ability, not what clique you are in. A lot of people started degrees and never finished, but because we were responsible for our own studies through independent learning, Eynesbury students really did have a smooth transition into Uni life. Graduating from Eynesbury gave me the skills for life after school and I am proud to be an Old Scholar.”

CAT’S STUDY TIPS Leave it and come back. When you get close to your writing, it’s hard to see mistakes. Sometimes you can get intent on cramming and doing really well- but it’s so important not to burn out. You really do need to take a break from study.


Craig Sinclair taught at Eynesbury for 10 years as a teacher of Humanities and English, with a particular and passionate persuasion for Politics. He passed away peacefully earlier this year. Craig made a significant contribution to the College community. His breadth and depth of intellect were richly evident in his animated and freeflowing class discussions and the incisive resources he sourced and created for his students. His rather perverse sense of humour was enjoyed by his students, including when they were its target. He had a tireless appetite for social justice, and for working with students who share this, especially the Social Justice Student Liaison Group. Craig showed deep care and mentorship towards his students, especially those who were still working out their place or path in the world. They found in Craig a ready ear, a compassionate heart and a wise head. On behalf of the entire Eynesbury community, we thank you so much for everything you have given us. We are the richer for it in ways we cannot count.

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Term 1 Eynesbury Times Magazine  

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