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Middle Years Campus Moorhead Drive, Mill Park, 3082 Phone: 9407 9700 Senior Campus Civic Drive, Epping, 3076 Phone: 94089 8222 Email: mill.park.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au

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For enrolment details please contact Campus Principals:

Middle Years Campus Nick Adamou 9407 9700

Senior Campus Trish Horner 9409 8222

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AT PARADE, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF. NURTURING WELL ROUNDED INDIVIDUALS SINCE 1871

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PARADE COLLEGE OPEN DAY 11AM - 3PM ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2008. Year 7 (2009) enrolments close on Friday, 29 February 2008. Experience Parade first-hand Our Open Day is a great way to explore the possibilities a Parade education can offer. Talk to student guides, hear from our Principal and – of course – get your son’s opinion. Access all areas See displays and demonstrations to get that all-important sense of what it’s like to be a student here. Explore our impressive grounds and facilities, including our newly renovated Rivergum Theatre.

Boys will be boys With a history of educating boys for nearly 140 years, we are proud to say we’re experts in the field. We offer academic and social programs designed specifically for teenage boys, including the highly respected Rock & Water Program, which will be displayed on the day. Open the door to the Parade experience at 1436 Plenty Rd, Bundoora. Melway 10, A10. Telephone: 9468 3300 Facsimile: 9467 3937 Email: info@parade.vic.edu.au

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classrooms, so perhaps school is one place from where the bad rap emanates? When it comes to school, though, the trouble with boys is in fact the trouble with us, the adults in their lives. That’s what Melbourne education consultant Zita Pinda says – when you read between the lines of her sage encouragement and advice on boys education – in our story on

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how boys and girls learn differently. Who was it that said, ‘‘The only way out is within’’? Simple things such as decluttering the classroom and allowing boys to work sitting sideby-side rather than face-tofacecan make a real difference to boys’ school engagement and, therefore, their behaviour. Girls also have particular learning needs and they, too, are explored in the same article by Melbourne journalist and former teacher Shaunagh O’Connor. But gender is, of course, not the only variable in how we prefer to learn. Our age also has influence! How we learn across our lifetime is the subject of another of the articles in this edition of Leader’s DUX magazine. We hope you find all the stories informative and relevant. Enjoy! P.S. Find more information about each of the stories on our website. Kristin Owen

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We strive to educate the whole person, encouraging women who can contribute to, and shape society. The teenage years are a time of discovery, possibility and rich potential. At Catholic Ladies’ College, we are committed to a dynamic and engaging program, which is designed to transform student learning and educational experiences.

I warmly welcome you to meet our students and staff at our College Twilight Tour on Thursday 14 February 2008. Margaret McKenna Principal

Applications are welcome for students who are currently in Year 3, 4 and 5 for placement in Year 7, 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively. For further information please contact our Registrar: Mrs Julie Young on 9430 2076 or Email: enrolments@clc.vic.edu.au

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LAYGROUND gossip rarely fixes on girl trouble.Despite the fact that girls can have issues pretty much peculiar to their gender, boys are the ones more likely to be labelled as ‘‘problems’’ by parents. Why does trouble seem to follow boys around like the stink of dirty socks? When did boys gain troublemagnet status? I believe this phenomenon is rather more akin to a perception. A false one. An idea perpetuated by adults with limited perspective; adults who don’t understand boys. As a mother of a boy (and a girl), I concede yes, generally speaking, boys are louder and more active than girls. Probably more likely to get dirty, too. Maybe. But boys are inherently good and loving just as girls are. Sadly, it often seems to me this idea has been lost. It is undeniable however that boys are over-represented as behavioural challenges in

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Ilim College is grade prep to year 12 VCE coeducational Islamic school which was opened in 1995. The College teaches all 8 key learning areas. We are able to offer a broad dynamic curriculum that provides the opportunity to develop academic, practical, creative and sporting skills.

Ilim College has built and maintained a reputation for excellence in the provision of education. Our students learn in an environment that encourages high achievement, focused ambition and pride in being good citizens of Australia. Preparing our students to take an active and positive role in their community.

Like to discover more? 30 Inverloch Crescent, Dallas 3047 Telephone: 9302 3770 Facsimile: 9302 3771 Web: www.ilimcollege.vic.edu.au Email: info@ilimcollege.vic.edu.au

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To be Mercy is to live the vision and mission of life-long learning. The young women of Mercy College make an active difference to changing their world

• Quality Education in a well-resourced and attractive environment • A safe and secure learning environment which is sensitive to the needs of girls • Long tradition of academic excellence • Wide range of VCE subjects, VCAL and VET • A wide range of extra-curricular activities • Outdoor Education Campus at Torquay • Centrally located with easy access by train, tram and bus.

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A Catholic College for young women in the Mercy tradition since 1965

A Catholic Secondary College For Girls Years 7-12 St Aloysius College is a Catholic Secondary College for girls, conducted by the Sisters of Mercy providing excellent education in a supportive and caring environment. The College motto “Strive for Higher Things” encompasses our commitment to develop the intellectual, emotional and physical wellbeing of each one of our students. The standard of scholastic achievement is very high. Special features include: • Emphasis on Christian values and respect for each individual

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Girls and boys have different learning styles and require different teaching techniques

was a good way to improve the boys’ connectedness to the school; to get them to understand what was good about it and what it offers. ‘‘They then used the technology to make the film, and in that there’s a whole lot of literacy work but in a very applied way.’’ Ms Pinda says boys love to see their work as ‘‘real’’. One of the manifestations of this idea was to ask

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Boys like to work cooperatively with others. Boys work really well literally side-by-side with people

Essendon Keilor College and teachers in primary and secondary schools in the local area and is in partnership with a range of community organisations. Students who attend Essendon Keilor College are able to develop an educational pathway tailored to their needs and strengths and are given every opportunity to fully develop their potential in order to take their place in society as valued members of the community. Graduates of the College go onto University and TAFE, apprenticeships and traineeships and fulltime employment. Quite a number are now carving out AFL careers due to their involvement in the elite football program. Other former students are working interstate and overseas and frequently return to the school to tell current students about their experiences. 2007 is my first year as College Principal and while it has been a great challenge, it is a job that I am immensely proud to fill. I have a great group of teachers to work with, a very active College Council and very supportive parents. We all work in partnership with the common goal of getting the very best out of our students. Essendon Keilor College has established an outstanding record of success over the past fifteen years. I intend to build on that success into the future as it is a privilege to be educating the community leaders of tomorrow and it is something that Essendon Keilor College takes very seriously.

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Essendon Keilor College is a multi-campus co-educational school that was formed in 1993 and has an enrolment of 1800 students on 3 campuses. The two Junior Campuses cater for students in Years 7 to 10 and are located in Niddrie and East Keilor, while the Essendon Campus provides VCE, VET and VCAL programs for over 750 students. The College philosophy is centred around the rights and responsibilities of students and staff to work together in a stimulating and innovative learning environment, focussed on a curriculum program that is forward looking and responsive to the contemporary world. Students are supported and encouraged to reach their full social, emotional and educational potential. They are expected to be fully focussed on their learning program, to respect the rights of others and to participate actively in a broad range of curriculum programs and extra curricular activities. The College recognises and rewards outstanding student performance, endeavours to build a strong connection with students through a range of programs, including sport and the performing arts, promotes student leadership and encourages positive student teacher relationships. The College provides a coherent, challenging and engaging curriculum to a broad range of students from diverse cultural backgrounds. Essendon Keilor College has a strong commitment to the surrounding educational community and participates in innovative programs involving students

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a group of boys to devise a plan to save a derelict shelter shed. ‘‘So the grade 5 and 6 boys used an action-team approach to develop the shed for use by all students. There’s so much literacy involved in that – and numeracy in terms of budgets,’’ Ms Pinda says. She notes the network’s research and experience has confirmed that: 䡵 boys need structured lessons; and, 䡵 teachers need to clearly state at the beginning of each lesson what the time ahead holds. Be assured: The gender differences diminish with age and most boys have matured and developed enough by year 11 and 12 to successfully tackle the academic rigours of school. Girls, Ms Pinda says, are successful at longerterm projects, and it doesn’t generally faze them if a finished product isn’t achieved until the end of the third lesson on a topic, for example. ‘‘Boys also like to work co-operatively with others. Boys work really well literally side-by-side with people,’’ she notes. ‘‘I have realised even with my own son that we do a lot of our talking while driving in a car or walking beside each other or sitting beside each other but not actually across from each other.’’

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HERE are dolls and trucks, pink and blue, frilly dresses and football boots. Any parent will tell you the differences between girls and boys – right from the first year of life – can be as stark as black and white. And there are gender differences in learning styles, too, that can be just as noticeable. Seven Ways education consultant Zita Pinda supports the professional development of teachers in relation to boys education in a cluster of nine Melbourne schools. A federal government Success for Boys grant has enabled the teachers to come up with specific ways boys learn, and to outline boys’ needs and desires in the classroom. Meeting these needs and desires is a good predictor for success among male learning, Ms Pinda says. ‘‘One of the things we were convinced about through our research was that boys like to be involved with new technologies,’’ Ms Pinda says. This understanding led to three teachers in the network deciding to work with boys through making a film. The teachers asked a group of boys to make a film that welcomed others to their school. ‘‘The boys had to work out what was really good about the school to make the film about it, and that


FROM PAGE 11 HRISTINE Jenkins is a Victorian representative of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australia and notes the similarities between girls and boys are greater than their differences. However, it is the differences that are important when devising an educational plan for each student. ‘‘Girls need to learn in an environment where risk-taking is encouraged but supported, as they are more likely to internalise failure or difficulty,’’ Ms Jenkins says. ‘‘If they fail a maths test, for example, they think they’re no good at maths, whereas a boy will say, ‘I failed the maths test and it might be the teacher’ or, ‘I’ll do better next time’.’’ Because boys and girls mature at different rates – the development of language skills happens earlier for girls – it is not appropriate to give all students of the same year level the same challenges. ‘‘Any group will have differences in interest, and background and skills, so we need to teach the individual rather than saying ‘they are seven year olds so that’s what they do’,’’ Ms Jenkins says. She believes some gender differences do level out during life, but many remain, with males and females displaying different attitudes to life goals and setbacks. ‘‘Girls need to develop resilience; learn how to

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St. Joseph’s College Melbourne Open Day Sunday 17th February 2008 I love my school

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I am known as an individual and my potential is encouraged. To find out more about why you and your son will love St. Joseph’s College Melbourne, please join us on our Open Day at the Pascoe Vale campus, 10.30am Sunday 17th February 2008. For further information call 9353 0888 www.sjcm.melb.catholic.edu.au

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SANTA MARIA COLLEGE

Preston Girls Secondary College About our school

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Cher yl Judd Mrs Cheryl Judd Principal

In 2008 Preston Girls celebrates 80 years of successfully educating young women. Active participants in their learning, our students exercise choice as they progress through school to further study, diverse careers and fulfilling lives. An extensive extra-curricular program enables girls to exercise their voices within the school and wider community.

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Preston Girls Secondary College, Cooma St, Preston, 3072 Telephone: 9470 2755 (Contact Lynette to make an appointment) Email: preston.girls.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au

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Giving Girls Voice, Giving Girls Choice Year 7 & 8: Building Foundations – breath and depth, focus on literacy and numeracy. Year 9 & 10: Developing Pathways – core studies and elective units. Years 11 & 12: Consolidating Directions – VCE and VCAL. Students in Years 10-12 are able to access VET studies and traineeships alongside the school program. Extra-curricular Opportunities Student leadership, debating, peer support, tournament of the minds, music.

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Destiny decides SHAUNAGH O’CONNOR V sitcom The Brady Bunch got a lot of mileage out of examining the life of Marcia and Greg as the family’s oldest children, Jan and Peter stuck in the middle, and the cute babies of the family, Cindy and Bobby. But there are real-life pressures, dramas and humorous moments that inevitably accompany the place a child has in the family, known as birth order. Melbourne parent-educator Michael Grose has studied the way birth order affects a child’s life, including in the classroom. In his book on the subject, he takes a close look at how a child’s personality is shaped in part by their sibling position. ‘‘First-borns are very achievementoriented and they do better in language skills. Research in Norway shows first-borns get a score 2 per

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cent higher in IQ tests than others,’’ Mr Grose says. Because first-borns get so much undivided attention by, usually, two parents they are saturated in language, he says, attaining superior literacy skills to their siblings. But there is a down side to being number one. ‘‘They’re perfectionists and may not want to try things at all in case they fail; first-born boys are very low risktakers.’’ Meanwhile first-born girls ‘‘present as being more responsible and more adult-like’’, Mr Grose says. Associate professor in education at Latrobe University Ramon Lewis is a specialist in classroom management. He agreesfirst-borns grow up with a need to be perfect because of acknowledged or unwitting parental pressure. Although they can be ‘‘very obedient and very appropriate’’, they can fall to pieces if they’re in trouble

and have that aversion to taking risks that Mr Grose also speaks of. While oldest children tend to be logical thinkers, Dr Lewis says, the poor second-born is left looking for ways to be different.‘‘Second-borns tend to be more hands-on in their learning or have more rhythmical or musical skills,’’ he says. ‘‘But that doesn’t get you very far after grade 4 and students can feel out of place at school after that and tend to play up and lose confidence in their abilities.’’ Dr Lewis says the most problematic students in schools tend to be second-born children who have lost confidence in their abilities and who ‘‘start looking for power or attention or revenge instead of doing their work’’. He says the baby of the family – the last-born child – is generally easygoing but likes to be helped as they have become accustomed to other family members readily giving assistance.

Dannii Minogue is often compared to big sister Kylie.

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Reward your child's education with an outstanding Secondary College

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Students at Taylors Lakes Secondary College experience:

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Aitken College is a co-educational Prep to Year 12 independent Uniting Church school providing a quality education in a caring and supportive learning environment. Enthusiastic and dedicated staff focus on academic achievement, values education and creativity. Schools are communities, and as in any community, no school can hope to be successful in its mission unless people are treated with respect. How we deal with each other has to be a base line for operation. Young people have to feel that they are safe and respected.

Children should be happy at school. It is a simple requirement, but not always easy to achieve. Happiness cannot be dependent on high academic achievement. Children have to be led to see that they should be content if they have done their best. They should also have the opportunity to be successful at something. A good school provides many avenues for children to be successful, be it schoolwork, sport, music, drama or something else. Every child deserves to be important.

Learn and Achieve Together

Like to discover more?

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TAYLORS LAKES SECONDARY COLLEGE 1-39 Parmelia Drive, Taylors Lakes 3038 Ph: 9390 3130 For further information contact Geoff Pell Principal or Assistant Principals – Danny Dedes, Chris Malberg & Sasha Mildenhall

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About our school

• A Year 7-12 school on one campus • A strong tradition of excellent VCE results • A challenging, academic and diverse curriculum, catering for individual student needs • Comprehensive VCE, VET and VCAL programs • Strong Enrichment, Literacy, Numeracy and Tutorial Programs • The opportunity to take part in an Accelerated VCE Studies Program • A new Football (Soccer) program as part of physical education • Experienced, supportive and dedicated staff • A safe and caring environment • Modern facilities in all areas of learning, including a new library and flexible learning centre • Student Leadership and extensive Extra Curricular Programs • Targeted programs at Year 7 to aid the transition of students • A supportive Careers and Vocational Education program, including the placement of all students in tertiary or employment positions


St Stephen’s Primary School

Celebrating 50 Years of Catholic Education in 2008

ST CARLO BORROMEO SCHOOL

71 Whitelaw Street RESERVOIR EAST 3073 Principal Christine Paterson

• A nurturing Catholic environment based on gospel values • A value based curriculum • Excellent Literacy programs. We are a CLaSS school. • A sequential and well resourced numeracy program (SINE School) • Swimming program • Sacramental program • Out of school hours program • Experienced and dedicated teachers • A Performing Arts Program

Phone 9460 3566

SAINT CARLO BORROMEO SCHOOL

www.ststeres.melb.catholic.edu.au

5 - 9 Drummond Street, Greenvale, Vic 3059 Telephone: 9333 2572 Fax: 9333 2187 www.greenv.melb.catholic.edu.au

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A Catholic School providing Education in a caring community A focus on partnership with families Academic programs focused on Literacy and Numeracy An environment where individuals are valued and respected Programs focusing on Physical Education, LOTE and The Arts

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St Carlo Borromeo School is situated in the growing community of Greenvale and is part of the Parish of the Good Shepherd. St Carlo’s is a vibrant Catholic community, committed to providing an excellent all-round education for the children in our care. We provide access to a wide range of educational opportunities in order to develop and challenge each child and to enable them to reach their full potential in a friendly, secure, engaging learning environment. In doing this St Carlo Borromeo School provides:

flexible, innovative training that fits in

Our classes are small and you will

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Kangan Batman TAFE was recently named 2007 Training Provider of the year. That makes us the best TAFE in Victoria. So if you want to deal with the best come to Kangan Batman TAFE. We are aiming high, and we want enthusiastic people like you to be part of our success. We have over 200 nationally recognised courses to choose from, some Fashion centre at Richmond and the

With seven campuses across Melbourne, the Institute offers training that is responsive to industry needs. This means we give you the skills that are in demand and this is a great advantage in the current job market. We invite you to join us and the thousands of other people who have realised their potential at Kangan Batman TAFE.

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of which are based at the state of the art

Automotive Centre of Excellence at the Docklands.

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Ahead by degrees IKE many students, Louise D’Amico wasn’t sure what she wanted to do upon finishing year 12. But three years later, after a stint working fulltime in retail, the young Melburnian decided to resume study. She chose an advanced diploma of business marketing at Swinburne TAFE. When that two-year course finished, Louise felt she was firmly on track with her chosen career. She then applied – successfully – for a place in the Bachelor of Business in Marketing at Swinburne University of Technology. While finishing her degree part-time – she will complete it this year – Louise works full-time at Swinburne as an undergraduate recruitment officer. ‘‘TAFE is really good for students who aren’t sure what they want to do,’’ she says. Louise, now 27, also recommends it for students

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who are not particularly independent. ‘‘Obviously at university you have to be a bit more independent and you have to manage your own time and have good organisational skills,’’ she says. ‘‘TAFE is really good for transition from school because it’s a lot like high school in terms of its structure. ‘‘So you’re with the same group of people throughout the qualification, you motivate each other, you work together, you have the same teachers. ‘‘And I was given credit for my TAFE course, so was exempt from half the three-year degree.’’ While money was not the driver for Louise’s tertiary pathway, it is true that she saved thousands in HECS fees compared with students who did not come to their undergraduate course with TAFE credit. University of Ballarat associate professor in education Barry Golding agreed some students

realised completing part of their study at TAFE before moving to university meant costs were significantly lowered. ‘‘Some families are canny enough to know that,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s the HECS debt that is the incentive; the benefits students receive in terms of their living allowance and the like are identical at both institutions so the only difference is there is no HECS [fee at TAFE].’’ Dr Golding estimates that students who complete some study at a TAFE rather than starting their course at university will save at least $4000 during a full year of study – and that’s after TAFE fees are taken into account. ‘‘In comparison to university, there’s a few words I’d use: TAFE is short, sharp, cheap and vocationally specific, and they’re the things that attract people,’’ he says. – SHAUNAGH O’CONNOR


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Shrine of Remembrance Educational program

Keeping the ANZAC spirit alive

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“My students gained an appreciation of veterans, their sacrifices and the Shrine as a sacred place.’’

The Shrine of Remembrance offers relevant and engaging learning experiences which develop an understanding of Australian service and sacrifice in war and peacekeeping. Programs are available for Early Years, Middle Years and VCE based on VELS, Civics & Citizenship and the National Framework for Values Education. The Education Centre within the Shrine is an ideal educational setting for students to learn about the importance of remembrance and commemoration.

Like to discover more? www.shrine.org.au Phone: 9661 8113 Email: education@shrine.org.au

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The getting of wisdom occurs differently at various ages. Kristin Owen reports

The two modes of learning develop at different stages. Babies do discovery expertly but the rotelearning-type ability develops later. Both are necessary. The routinised learning frees attention and thought for new discoveries. Consider for example: If one could not read (the product of routinised learning), then one could not decode and make meaning of a new book. Another thing to consider in relation to children’s learning is gender difference.

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Alison Gopnik

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Ordinary adults also have more powerful learning abilities than we might have thought . . .

Penola Catholic College is a vibrant teaching and learning community. Our picturesque College is equipped with state of the art facilities offering students an excellent venue for their education. Our on-going strategic development plan ensures that we are able to provide high level support to the College’s educational programs and to the extensive co-curricular options into the future. Our College draws strongly from its rich inherited history, providing a reliable option for those seeking an excellent Catholic Education for their children in a co-educational setting.

Educating and Nurturing Students for the Future in the Spirit of Blessed Mary MacKillop

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Years 7-8 Years 9-12 35 William St 29 Gibson St Glenroy Broadmeadows Mr. Christopher Blake Principal Postal Address: PO Box 637 GLENROY 3046 E: principal@penola.melb.catholic.edu.au College tours by appointment: Contact the Enrolment Secretary on 9301 2777

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Melbourne-based boys education expert Zita Pinda says that until middle secondary school, male students respond best to short, sharp bursts of information and activity and need to know that a result will be produced in a given time. At agelesslearner.com, Marcia Conner explains the physiology of learning: ‘‘[It] is the formation of cell assemblies and phase sequences. Children learn by building these assemblies and sequences. Adults spend more time making new arrangements than forming new sequences.’’ In terms of adult learning, Queensland’s Griffith University provides detailed advice. Its website explains: ‘‘Learning is enhanced in situations where the learner is in control. At university, students have to learn how to become independent learners.’’ It refers to the theory of learning styles (which categorises learners as predominantly visual, auditory, cognitive or kinaesthetic), advising students to discover their style. Also explained is that learning can be improved by: immersion (reading widely), having clear goals, taking responsibility and using skills learned. But the last word goes to Dr Gopnik: ‘‘We are born with the ability to discover the secrets of the universe and of our own minds, and with the drive to explore and experiment until we do.

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EALTHY babies and grandparents can learn – along with everyone at all ages in between. However, science tells us there is a difference in how we learn at different ages. University of California, Berkeley, academic Professor Alison Gopnik, asserts the best learners are scientists and children. ‘‘And that means that ordinary adults also have more powerful learning abilities than we might have thought,’’ she writes in her co-authored book The Scientist in the Crib. ‘‘Grown-ups, after all, are all ex-children and potential scientists.’’ There are many theories of learning. But Dr Gopnik neatly divides learning into two ‘‘quite different things’’: The process of discovery and the mastery of what one discovers. This division explains how small children can learn so easily but get to middle primary school and struggle with a reading test. In her writings, Dr Gopnik says children are naturally driven to create a picture of the world with the help of adults to make predictions, formulate explanations, imagine alternatives and design plans. This is ‘‘guided discovery’’. In contrast, what is often expected at school is what Dr Gopnik terms ‘‘routinised learning’’ – something already learned (spelling, times tables) is repeated until it is second nature.


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Win your favourite books We decided on our top 11 books (it’s a long story about why it’s not 10); the ones that appear on the cover of DUX. We chose books that represented learning from cradle to grave. But we want to hear from you.

What’s high on your reading list? Tell us which books you believe to be the best 10 currently in print. Entrants will go into the draw to win a $250 book voucher so you may purchase some of your favourite books.

To enter, go online: www.leadernews.com.au/education. Competition closes February 29. The name of the winner will be published on the same website, which is also where you’ll find the competition’s terms and conditions.


An invitation to come and see what makes us different. SCHOOL ALIVE TOURS 2008 We are happiest when prospective parents and students pay us a visit to see for themselves what makes us different. Come and chat to our staff and to our students as they show you around their school at one of our School Alive Tours. PAGE: 23 COLOUR: CMYK

Friday 7 March, 9.30am I Thursday 1 May, 9.30am Wednesday 13 August, 9.30am I Tuesday 28 October, 9.30am YEAR 11 ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS Academic scholarships will be offered for students entering Year 11 in 2009. Overnewton scholarships are available to both current and prospective students. Applications Close: Friday April 4, 2008. Examination Date: Saturday April 12, 2008 Please call Shirley Seit on 9334 0140 for details about Scholarships or to confirm your interest in attending School Alive tours or one of our weekly tours.

Broadmeadows, Erinbank and Hillcrest secondary colleges merged in August 2007 to become Hume Central Secondary College. The new school will have three campuses comprising two Years 7–9 campuses and a Years 10–12 campus. Building of the new Years 7-9 campuses on Blair Street and Dimboola Road has started and is expected to be completed in early 2009. Building of the senior campus, which will be located on the south-west corner of Town Park, is expected to start in late 2008 and be completed in late 2009.

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Professional staff Our professional staff are dedicated to creating a caring and vibrant environment to nurture your child’s learning and development. To help your child reach their full potential, our teachers will tailor a learning plan that best suits how your child learns.

Top rate facilities The buildings for our new school will be different. They have been designed to cater for how students learn best and will incorporate the latest in educational design to create a great environment that encourages and supports student learning. Features of the new school include: • Latest technology, including hand-held computers and interactive whiteboards • Specialist science classrooms • Modern sporting facilities • Performing arts studios for music and drama tuition and production • Flexible learning areas

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contact: Hume Central Secondary College (Blair Street campus) – Greg Williams, Co-principal, 9309 1988 Hume Central Secondary College (Erinbank campus) – Denise Veltre, Co-principal, 9309 6855

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The multi-campus school will offer a more extensive curriculum that better reflects the needs and interests of students and supports their development as independent life-long learners. The school will have the latest technology, which will help make student learning relevant. Senior students will have the choice of VCE, VET, VCAL courses that will engage and provide them with career direction and more opportunities than ever before.

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ISIK College is proud of its reputation as having the highest university offers in the North Western suburbs since its first graduates in 2002. We stand by our achievements and acknowledge the generous support of the community who have helped establish ISIK College. At ISIK College we welcome students from all ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds. We are committed to the information of a nondenominational school where we believe that the most important aspect of a school is its humanity. Our focus at ISIK College is our students. We endeavor to provide a balanced education that encompasses ‘academic excellence’ on the one hand and ‘moral values’ on the other. As such, our students can soar through this challenging journey of Life with the benefit of two wings. Our balanced education is achieved by our staff who are not only dedicated but also presented themselves as role models. • We believe that ISIK College is a place where all students can learn. • We believe that education is the balance of academic success and moral values. • We believe in fostering nurturing environment in which each child feels special and grows in self esteem. • We have obligations to tech every learner and expect all students to learn. 32QUVQ175573F/N/JC/8


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