The Duce Primary (1)

Primary Report

Sovereign Hill
After an early start, students were ready to immerse themselves in a living museum at Sovereign Hill. The site is a historical replica of a 1800s town and provides a wealth of information about the Gold Rush and life in the Diggings. The icy weather and rain didn’t stop, giving a true indication of the harsh conditions the diggers faced. Undeterred by the mud, the students tramped around the village, enjoying the different shops, huts and cafes and learning about our history.

Activities included panning for gold and exploring the Main Street, especially the lolly shop! We watched a fascinating demonstration on gold pouring, with students realising how dangerous it was dealing with molten gold for the goldsmith. Students also walked deep underground in a mine shaft, witnessing the various ways gold was mined. One of the favourite activities was the lolly making demonstration. Students saw just how much sugar was used and taste tested them at the end. The Aboriginal Education session was invaluable. Students gained a great insight into how European settlement affected the Aboriginal way of life and how the Aboriginal population was devastated by disease and having their food supplies desecrated.

It was fantastic to be able to take the students on an excursion to Sovereign Hill. Student behaviour was exemplary and they are commended for participating in the day with enthusiasm and respect.
Year 5 Sovereign Hill 1
Year 5 Sovereign Hill

Year 6 Graduation and Learning Expo

On Wednesday 30 November, Year 6 students will attend Luna Park to mark the transition from Primary to Secondary. Students will have an opportunity to go on rides and enjoy many fun experiences with their friends and teachers. A Consent 2 Go permission form with further details will be sent out to parents early in Term 4.

In addition to this, we invite parents to attend the Year 6 Graduation on Thursday 1 December. This day commences at 1:30pm with a Year 6 Expo in the Duffy Building. At 2:00pm, parents and students will join us in the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) where the official Graduation Ceremony will commence. An afternoon tea and refreshments will be provided finishing around 3:30pm.

Elephant Ed

During GROW, Primary students undertook two weeks of classes with Elephant Ed on the subjects of body safety and puberty. 80% of the 70 students who were present gave this workshop a thumbs up, 78% of students want Elephant Ed to return to deliver more workshops and 83% of students found it useful having a young facilitator.

We will continue to work with Elephant Ed across all Year Levels to ensure our students are informed and engaged in these very important wellbeing topics.

Regional Basketball Championships

In Term 3, five teams competed in the Basketball Victoria Hoop Time tournament. Our All Stars and one of our Future Stars teams were successful on the day and have progressed to the regional championships. We will compete on Tuesday 11 October at MSAC and we will continue to train hard with our two successful teams.

VCAL and Physical Education

In the last week of Term 3, the Year 11 VCAL students coordinated a fun afternoon of games, including soccer, basketball, AFL and dodgeball for all Primary students. It was terrific to see the Primary students connect with older students and learn new skills and tricks. Many thanks to VCAL teacher, Cate McIlroy for establishing this initiative.

Dendy District Athletics

Primary students had a tremendous day out competing in the Dendy District Primary Athletics Carnival on Tuesday 30 August. Amongst the determined team that represented the College, there were some outstanding individual efforts where a number of students collected ribbons in their selected events.

Standout performances were:
- Sebastian de Koning, 2nd overall in the 200m dash 11 YO category
- Cooper Joy, 5th overall in the 11 YO 100m dash and 4th in the long jump
- Cooper Minter, 5th overall in the 11 YO 200m dash and 4th in the long jump
- Anders Faller, 3rd in the 800m and 1500m 11 YO categories
- James Munslow, 2nd in the 12-13 YO discus
- Andrew Bourke, 3rd in the 12-13 YO shot put
- 2nd Place in the 11YO 4x100m relay (Luis Kartel, Cooper Minter, Cooper Joy and Anders Faller)
- Mitchell Ward, 5th place in the 12-13 YO 100m dash.
- Myles Martin, 5th place in the 12-13 YO 200m dash.

Infinite Cycles and Harold Holt Fitness Classes

Primary students have taken on a four week fitness challenge by undertaking spin, pump and body weight fitness classes at Harold Holt Swim Centre and Infinite Cycles Armadale. Students have walked to and from the venue, worked up a sweat in their classes, had lots of fun and represented the school well in the public domain. We are looking forward to completing these classes in Term 4 before undertaking lawn bowls, cricket, touch rugby and gaelic footy to finish off the year.
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Year 5 d

School Uniform

As we enter Term 4, a reminder that students should be in FULL SUMMER UNIFORM for the remainder of the school year. Every Monday and Friday, students can wear full sports uniform to undertake their Sport and PE classes.

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