Languages Club & Competitions
Languages Club is designed to promote languages and organise activities related to languages (Italian and Japanese) within the College. These activities including Languages Week, Carnevale and Japanese Children's Day. The languages club meet once a fortnight at lunchtime.
School based languages competitions run throughout the year. These include cultural cooking, arts and crafts and origami crane making. Students also have the opportunity to take part in the Swinburne University Italian Poetry Competition at Year 8 and the Dante Alighieri Poetry Competition at Year 9.
Debating Club runs on a fortnightly lunchtime in Term 2. Debating Club promotes a variety of skills including: public speaking, developing a contention, argument building, strengthening personal opinions, considering other people’s perspectives, persuasion through language, teamwork, and ultimately, confidence. The first session is an introduction into how the club will run as well as getting to know the other debaters. The second session is a mini debate as a practice round. The following couple of sessions are for more formalised debates (preset topic for each) to take place. Nonetheless, all debating that occurs remains at the College within the designated classroom space. Debating Club welcomes anyone who likes to argue their point, has a strong opinion, and is keen to be heard. A sign up process is in late Term 1 for expressions of interest.
Art & Technology Competitions
When exploring Art and Technology subjects, it’s fair to say that all becomes colorful and exciting. As a department, we are always on the lookout for new ideas and adventures that we can organise and offer to our students.
From the kitchen, it’s all fun and learning. Some students may be accomplished cooks, full of excitement and others may have the burning passion to cook up a storm, yet lack the confidence. However, this doesn’t stop anyone from trying. We organise and run the much-anticipated MasterChef One Pan Competition. This competition is divided into junior and senior categories, and is enjoyed by the participants and a large audience. The judges also have a fabulous time tasting a range of dishes made in the half hour given during lunch time. All participants are celebrated.
Catering is another event that the students are eager to be involved in. To help showcase the talents and skills from the kitchen, students create a range of treats and even go to the efforts of serving them to the guest during the Arts Tech Exhibition evening.
A pasta tower building competition will be organised this year, the group to build the tallest tower will win. Students will have to throw ideas in the air and quickly decide which ideas to use. The pressure will be on, yet the excitement overrides this.
In the past we have organised for qualified chefs to come and demonstrate their articulate skills. Students thoroughly enjoy watching the Chef’s bringing something new and exciting to the table, not to mention the taste testing.
Pasta Mania is another event that will be taking place, in support of the Uganda Project. Students will be served pasta with sauces to choose from. This encourages the students to work towards a worthy cause.
In running such activities, skills and knowledge are gained through a fun filled learning environment. Either from the kitchen, on the green, in the Art studios or anywhere else on the school grounds, the learning and showcasing is at its best.