GWSC e-Newsletter

Term 2 - Week 2

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This Week

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to week 2 of term 2.  What a busy start to term we have had! 

 

Middle School House Athletics

The Middle School House Athletics Carnival is always a highlight of the school calendar. The weather was kind to our students and the day was full of energy and excitement for all in attendance . It was fantastic to see high level of participation and enthusiasm from our students; indeed some events were so popular that it was a challenge to schedule in all of the participants! An added highlight of the day was seeing the students interact with one another outside of the school environment – something that they haven’t been able to do much as a large group over the last year with COVID restrictions.

 

At the end of day it was Elliot who claimed victory with some outstanding individual and team efforts. Well done to all of the students that were involved, and a big thank you to Mr Shaun Crotty and Mr Joe Rieschel for organising the event and all other staff who attended on the day for their hard work and assistance in running such a successful day. 

 

We are looking forward to seeing our students compete at Division Athletics in Term 3!

Vimani Jayawantha, Nat. AFLW Championships

Congratulations to Vimani Jayawantha on her selection in the Australian U16 Medleys Representative AFLW Team, who recently played in the 2021 National AFLW Championships! Vimani was selected to play for the Australian Medleys AFLW Team, following her outstanding showing for the Victorian ‘All Nations’ team. This was a fantastic effort from Vimani as there were only six multicultural players from Victoria selected in this national representative team. Vimani was involved in a week-long, high-performance camp over the holidays, as part of this elite pathways program for women's footy, where she was guided by coaches and players from both the AFLW and AFL.

This program was designed to not only develop Vimani’s AFL skills and footy IQ, but also provide her with opportunities to make her way into the AFL’s leading talent pathway for youth players, the NAB League. Vimani also had the opportunity to participate in a special AFLW Media Day at Marvel Stadium, as well as having access to specialised fitness testing and programs, health and wellbeing sessions, in addition to high profile mentors from the AFLW and AFL.

Vimani competed fiercely in a series of hard-fought matches throughout the National AFLW Championships, helping out her team immensely through the use of her silky skills with the Sherrin and also her tenacious tackling. Vimani represented herself, her family and her culture with great pride throughout the championships, earning the respect of fellow players, coaches and supporters from all of the competing teams.

Vimani has been an integral part of our ‘GWSC GIANTS’ AFL program over the past four years, representing GWSC in multiple Victorian Multicultural Cup, AFL Unity Cup and School Sport Victoria AFL competitions. It has been amazing to witness Vimani’s rapid development within our GIANTS AFL program and we wish her all the best in her future footy endeavours! We look forward to following Vimani’s journey and continued success, both within our ‘GWSC GIANTS’ AFL programs and hopefully one day in the AFLW!

Kudos to you Vimani, keep kicking goals for women’s footy and sport!

SSV Golf Champions – Jeneath & Aaron

The ‘SSV’ Region Golf Championships were held at the Woodlands Golf Club with our GWSC Golf Team taking out all of the Senior Division titles on offer Congrats to our dynamic duo of Jeneath Wong and Aaron Tran, who secured hard fought victories in the Snr Girls and Snr Boys competitions respectively In very windy and trying conditions, on the challenging Woodlands championship course, both Aaron and Jeneath used strategic course management and superior stroke play to card numerous birdies and plenty of pars. They hit the majority of fairways off the tee, settled plenty of their second shots onto the emerald carpet, went up and down when needed on the longer holes, in addition to draining a number of very difficult putts on the undulating greens along the front nine.

The ‘SSV’ and ‘Golf Australia’ representatives were very impressed by Jeneath and Aaron’s golfing deeds on the day, but more importantly they also praised the way in which both of our students conducted themselves and interacted with others on and off the course. It was so awesome to see both Aaron and Jeneath helping out less experienced players, providing them with some handy coaching tips whilst they competed alongside them, ensuring that everyone involved in the tournament enjoyed their golf and came away with a positive experience. Jeneath and Aaron should be very proud of their endeavours, as they represented themselves, their families and our College community with great distinction, kudos to you both!

Aaron and Jeneath now move onto the ‘SSV’ State Golf Championships, which are set to be played at the prestigious Metropolitan Golf Club in May. We wish them both all the best as they test out their games against the finest young golfers from around Victoria. Don’t forget to send that little dimpled ball home, to its happy place, in the bottom of the tin cup at the end of each hole….

We would also like to congratulate Jeneath on her wire-to-wire win in the 2021 Australian Junior Amateur Championships, which was recently contested at the Gold Creek Country Club in Canberra. Jeneath’s five-shot victory not only secured her back-to-back trophies in this major amateur tournament, but also gained her entry into the upcoming Women’s Australian Open where Jeneath will be competing against professional golfers on the ALPG Tour. We can’t wait to cheer on Jeneath against the pros in this tournament, which is set to be the first of many professional golf championships that she competes in!

Our College community looks forward to following the golfing journeys of Aaron and Jeneath, we envisage a very big future for them both based on their determination and dedication to their sporting pursuits…..We all think you are both 'tee-riffic' !!!! Apologies 'fore' the bad golf pun....there I go again....that was really a 'rough' one!

ANZAC

ANZAC Day Ceremony

On Friday 23rd April we were privileged to commemorate ANZAC Day with a few members of the Normandy Veterans Association here at GWSC.  The brief ceremony was marked by a sense of occasion suitable to the event – with the entire school listening on the PA system.  This has been a long standing tradition here at GWSC.

House Athletics Carnival

And...it's ELLIOT for the win! Congratulations!
Middle School students battled Melbourne's unpredicatble weather last Friday on the track for the House Athletics Carnival 2021

The Middle School students were all pumped and ready to be back at the track participating in the many events that the day would hold. It was fantastic to see that team spirit and enthusiasm were a feature of this event

After a day of close competition and encouragement it was Elliot who claimed victory with some outstanding individual and team efforts. Well done to all of the students involved, and a big thanks to all of the staff for their hard work and assistance in running such a successful day.

We are looking forward to seeing our students compete at Division Athletics in Term 3!

Middle School House Athletics
1st Elliott 1857 points
2nd Goolagong 1623 points
3rd Bradman 1511 points
4th Fraser 1473 points

An awesome day had by all - Congratulations!

Live Below The Line

Will you ‘Live Below The Line’ to help others rise above it during ‘Poverty Awareness Week’ in 2021 ????

Greetings GWSC Community,

We would like to invite you all to participate in the ‘Live Below The Line’ challenge for 2021 and join our Glen Waverley Secondary College 2021 - ‘LBTL’ Fundraising Network. This initiative supports the work of ‘Oaktree’ who provide education programs to help youth living below the line to break the poverty cycle. It also enables participants to experience first-hand some of the difficulties that are endured by those whose lives are impacted by poverty.

Over the past seven years, we have had over six hundred students and staff participate in this fundraising campaign, with our GWSC ‘LBTL’ Network raising an incredible $97,497 for Oaktree. We have been the highest fundraising school in Australia for the past seven years, but more incredibly we were the number one fundraising team overall in the ‘Live Below The Line’ campaigns for 2017, 2019 and 2020!
We know that together, we can do even more amazing things this year.....

To do so, we are again encouraging the formation of ‘fundraising teams’ to provide support to those undertaking the challenge of living on only $2 worth of food a day, for five days. If you can’t get together a fundraising team, please don’t fret, you can either sign up as an individual or alternatively send us an email and we will put you in touch with others in the same situation.

A range of different ‘LBTL’ initiatives have again been devised this year, to assist participants through their challenge week…… stay tuned to ScreenCast and Compass ‘My News’ Feed for further details. Special awards will also be presented during ‘Poverty Awareness Week’ (3rd to the 7th of May), to those teams who go above and beyond in their fundraising efforts!

So, if you would like any additional information regarding ‘Live Below The Line’ or if you would like to sign up for the challenge, please speak to Mr Robinson (MRB – Staff Room 3), or register your details at the following link – https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSeccBbyZ1MJvtHEQr…/viewform

All students and staff who register their details through this online Google Doc will then be added into our Glen Waverley Secondary College 2021 Network.

Thank-you all in advance for your support and involvement in our seventh ‘Poverty Awareness Week’, it is going to be absolutely ‘PAW’some!!!!