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ISSUE 16 Monday 2 June 2014 Principals Message The choices we make affect and influence the course of our life. Make good choices and you will be content. Make poor choices and your destiny is uncertain. This is what we are taught and this is what we believe. Making good choices seems logical, even simple, but is it? How do young people know if the choices they make are the right ones, and how can we assist them to exercise good judgment when faced with a whirlwind of emotions, facts, influence, and advice? Is there a way to know how the choices you make will affect your life? Is there some top-secret portal of answers that we can tap into, or is it all just a matter of chance?


Principal's Message

Becky’s reconciliation speech

Year 9/10 Animal behaviour excursion to Warrnambool

Inter-School Cross Country results

Why students need a Healthy Lunch box

IN OTHER NEWS This week’s header photo Becky Kanoa spoke at the Bayview College reconciliation Day Assembly on what reconciliation means to her. Becky is a proud member of the Kerrup Marra Clan from the great Guditjmara nation. Read her full speech on page 2.

Wanting Host Families for Matsudo Students! If you could support the Bayview-Matsudo exchange program by hosting one of the Japanese students for 10 days, please contact school a.s.a.p. on 5523 1042 Thank you for your support in advance!

It seems to me that there are some people who make choices easily and simply, based on what makes sense to them at the time. Then there are others who can't seem to make a choice without first analysing all possible outcomes, taking all aspects of the decision into consideration, and seeking opinions from trusted friends, colleagues and relatives. Does this careful analysis somehow change the outcome of the choice that we make? Does worrying about making the right choice magically enable you to do so? I'm not sure which path is better ― the path of the cavalier decision-maker that always seems to go with the flow, or the careful analytic that feels the need to think and rethink everything. The older I get the more I begin to believe that it may not be as much about what choice we make, but what we do with the choice that makes the difference. Sometimes seeking the advice of others seems to help, not only because the person may have valuable life experience to share, but because seeking advice can alleviate the feeling of being alone with your choice. On the other hand, one problem with seeking advice is that everybody has his or her own perception of what is right, what is wrong, and how life should be lived. Therefore, it is important to keep in mind that another person's perception of the ideal life may not be the same as yours, so their good intention could inadvertently lead you astray. The other problem is that, some people always seem to think they know what is best for you, but experience has taught me that all they can really tell you is what they would have done differently in their own life. That being said, the responsibility of making a choice truly is our own, even if we don't want it to be. It can be scary when you realize that the ultimate choice is yours, and so is the outcome. Eventually, a choice will be made, either by you or by circumstance. The answer will present itself in some form or another. It is sometimes difficult to stand by and wait for the answers to come to us, and unfortunately, we don't always have the luxury of time before a choice must be made. If you are given the luxury of time, take it, because sometimes, time is all you need in order to gain a little perspective. When all is said and done, we can only make the best choice we know how to make at the time. Sometimes, it comes down to faith and reason. We can only make a choice based on the moment, because the future is too uncertain for guarantees. The road you travel is meant for you alone, and in the end, it is what you gain in knowledge and experience along the way that makes the journey worthwhile. “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” J.K. Rowling

Dr Michelle Kearney

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What reconciliation means to me? As we gather together for reconciliation celebrations, we formally and respectfully acknowledge the original custodians of this land, the Gunditjmara people. They have been custodians of this area for thousands of years. I offer my respects to the Elders- both past, present and future; for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Indigenous Australia. As a nation and Australian people, we have come a long way since the first reconciliation day- an initiative of the Australian people- held back in 1993. When asked if it has made a difference to my life as a person of indigenous/ Torres Strait descent – in retrospect – I think it probably has. The resultant education campaigns and positive interaction brought about by days such as these- have assisted in an adjustment of people’s attitudes, particularly in regards to typecasting and stereotyping people according to their race and culture. I have benefited from growing up in a more accepting, nurturing, multiracial and multicultural society. Rarely, have I been the victim of overt racism or racial slurs. My schooling and social life have been as comfortable as any other young Australian but in this year of “walk the talk” I encourage people to make their actions regarding the establishment of respectful relationships consistent with their words of support for reconciliation. I tell my story as an opportunity to raise social awareness of the subtle racism that still persists. I work part-time in a customer service role and my multicultural appearance often sparks interest or speculation. Often this interest is not ‘personal’ but only skin deep- as if once the mystery of descent is solved, knowledge of who I am as a person, will be revealed. But establishing a real relationship takes time, work, sharing and appreciation of the unique attributes of that person. My culture is just one aspect of who I am, not the single defining feature. I am a member, but do not claim to be a representation of the group. We are all unique with our individual aspirations and talents. My heritage gifts me with a large extended family network. I have strong family and community ties, a built in cheer squad encouraging and supportive of my aspirations and dreams. They have given me the courage and voice to speak here today. But at the heart of all of this is the individual; me; wishing to have the freedom to discover who I am; to be the best that I can be. My family is just like most other families who just wants their child to do their best. I am proud of who I am and my heritage; I do not claim to be anything other than – Becky Kanoa, Daughter of Kerry Guthridge and Phillip Kanoa. Sister to Jason Saunders, Jason Kanoa, Tim, Michelle and Nick Kanoa Cousin to hundreds Friend of many Bayview student, Portland resident and member of Kerrup Marra Clan from the great Guditjmara nation.

UPCOMING EVENTS Tuesday 3 June Yr 9-11 Study Day Grade 6 Discovery Day Wednesday 4 June Exams Yr 9-11 & VCAL Literacy Thursday 5 June World Environment Day Nuns Beach planting Exams Yr 9-11 & VCAL Numeracy Friday 6 June Exams 9-11 Monday 9 June Queens Birthday No School Friday 20 June Senior School End of Semester Celebration $15 per ticket. Monday 23 June-Thursday 26 June Year 9 camp Monday 23 June-Friday 27 June Year 10 Work Experience Friday 27 June End Term 2 2.20pm Finish Monday 14 July Term 3 starts, students commences Sunday 20 July Matsudo Exchange students arrive Wednesday 23 July Open Day 9.00-10.00am

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Winter Uniform is compulsory from Monday June 2. All students are required to be in full and correct Winter Uniform by Monday June 2. Winter Uniform for girls: Grey Pants or Kilt (the Winter skirt must be knee length or longer NOT midthigh, students will need to adjust hems as necessary). Long-sleeved white shirt with a top button. School tie and school jumper. Grey stockings and black polishable shoes. Boys: Long grey pants or shorts. Long sleeved white shirt tucked in; with a top button, school tie and jumper. Grey socks and black polishable shoes. The uniform policy is also located in all student diaries.

Senior School End of Semester Celebration - Hayley Marnell As part of Senior VCAL ‘Personal Development Skills ‘it is required that students organise an event to completion. In order to fulfil the requirement I am organising the Senior School end of semester celebration. The purpose of this event is for the senior students to celebrate the end of the first semester and the completion of exams. This is an alcohol and drug free event and there will be no pass outs. Two local Dj’s, Tyler Smith and Nathan Jennings are providing the entertainment. Snacks and drinks will also be available on the night to purchase. All students are encouraged to “dress to impress” Date: Friday 20 June 7.30-11.00pm Venue: Fawthrop Centre Tickets: $15 each from Bayview Reception. Available now! Hope to see as many students as possible come and enjoy a night out! The night will be fully supervised by teachers and parents.

School Accounts

Term Installments If you are paying in 3 term instalments, your second instalment was due on the 31May, 2014. The final installment is due by the 31 August, 2014. If you wish to discuss an alternative payment arrangement, please contact Michael Crowe our Business Manager, or Lindy Hernan, our Accounts Officer,, or on PH: 5523 1042.

Students meet Maremma dogs Year 9/10 Animal Behaviour class travelled to Warrnambool last Friday to meet the Maremma dogs at Flagstaff Hill. The Maremma dogs were trained to protect the Little Penguin population in their natural habitat in a world-first conservation project. The Little Penguin population has been decimated by fox predation over the years, with an estimated 600 penguins in 1999 reduced to less than 10 by 2005. Since 2006 Maremma Guardian Dogs have been trained to protect Middle Island’s Little Penguins from foxes, allowing the population to slowly build to well over 150 penguins today. There is currently a movie being filmed based on the project called 'Oddball', named after the original guardian dog. Students met the dogs and their trainers before watching a scene being filmed for the $9 Million dollar Aussie flick due to be released in 2016.

Attention Past Pupils of Loreto Portland!

From 17 -19 April 2015, Loreto Past Pupils Association will be celebrating 60 years of Loreto Federation. Loreto Ballarat will be the host of this special event for which the theme is “Dare to be true”, taken from the writings of Mother Gonzaga Barry. The proposed programme includes panels on various themes of interest to Loreto women and men, which will be facilitated by our MC, Mary Delahunty. An invitation is extended to the past Pupils of Loreto Portland to Federation 2015. Please contact Lyn Browne for further information and bookings Lyn Browne, Executive Secretary, Loreto Federation 2015, Phone: 0409101301

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Career Conversation Career Conversations is an online resource to assist you to talk to your child about what sort of career they’d like in the future. Talking to your child about their own interests and abilities can help them to realise their potential. Year 10 to Senior School When your son or daughter is in Year 10, they begin to understand their individual characteristics better and will start to plan for what life will be like after school. They may undertake workplace learning and better understand what will be expected of them in the world of work. During Year 10, they will make decisions about their senior school options. You might like to talk with your son or daughter about some of these things: • What subjects are they enjoying in Year 10? Why? Are they interested in continuing these in Year 11? How will these subjects be different in Year 11? • Can they see themselves building a career in these subjects in the future? What kind of jobs would be related to these subjects?  • What will the demand for these jobs be in the future? (The my future website and the Victorian Skills Gateway have information about the demand for different occupations.)  • Did they enjoy their work experience? What did they learn from it? Has it changed the way they think about possible careers?  • Do they understand the difference between VCE and VCAL? Who can they talk to at school to find out more?  • Do they understand the difference between university and TAFE?  • What university and TAFE courses might they be interested in at the end of Year 12?  • Do they know if there are any prerequisite subjects for these courses?  • Do they know if there are pathways from TAFE to university for these courses?  What skills and personal qualities will they need to develop for the careers that they are interested in? Which subjects and courses will best help them get those skills? 

Healthy eating - school lunches

Bayview staff on yard duty have noticed many students choosing not to eat their lunch or throwing their lunch away. Healthy lunches and snacks are important for young people. It helps with their concentration and learning. School is a time when young people start to make independent choices about their lifestyles. School aged children learn quickly and are influenced by friends and popular trends. This is an important time to talk about and encourage healthy food habits. Involving youth in planning and preparing their own lunchboxes gives them the opportunity to learn about healthy eating, and also gives them a chance to make autonomous decisions about what they will be eating during the day. The six key parts to a healthy lunchbox include: • fresh fruit • fresh crunchy vegetables • milk, yoghurt or cheese for those who cannot tolerate milk products; offer appropriate alternatives like calcium fortified soy or rice drink, or soy yoghurt • a meat or meat alternative food like some lean meat (e.g. chicken strips), hard-boiled egg or peanut butter. • a grain or cereal food like bread, a roll, flat bread, fruit bread or crackers (wholegrain or wholemeal choices are best) • tap water. Courtesy of the website.

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