The Year 12’s spent three days at Phillip Island for a Study Camp. The students had the opportunity to conquer their fears, work together with their peers and make bonds with friends both new and old, as well as their teachers. They undertook activities adventure activities including the Giant swing, team rescue and the High ropes course. As well as presentations from Mrs Dimitropoulos from regarding Careers, Elevate Study Skills and guest speakers, Tristan Miller and Sonya Karras. The students demonstrated teamwork, resilience and respect, which has got them off to a flying start to their final year at Brighton Secondary College.
Swimming Carnival 2019
Well done to all who participated in the swimming races as well as all the carnival games on the green – another year of record attendance!
Maddy: “Without Gibbo here at Brighton Secondary, I don’t know if I would have lasted through high school. I don’t think that I would have, I think that sometimes the pressure might have gotten too much and I would have just given up.
My name is Maddy Buchner and I’m the founder and CEO of Little Dreamers Australia and today we are sitting at my high school, at Brighton Secondary College in Melbourne.
I grew up as a carer for both my brother and my mum who both have a range of chronic health conditions and allergies, and my brother has a lot of learning difficulties. So, I founded Little Dreamers to make sure that no young person grows up feeling isolated and lonely and guilty for feeling that way like I did growing up.
My favourite teacher was Karen Gibson or we used to call her Gibbo, or we still do call her Gibbo!”
Gibbo: “Wow! Does this bring back memories?”
Maddy: “Yes! When they announced school captain, I think I was sitting over there and we had to walk up and I tripped on the microphone cord.”
Gibbo: “I can’t say that you were… No, I won’t say that you were clumsy Maddy but… [laughing]”
Maddy: “She was our welfare coordinator and for me that was really important. The first year I came here my mum got sick and that was really hard for me, and I used to spend a lot of time with Gibbo in her office and it gave me an outlet that I needed when I was at school. If you think about all the gossip and all of the bullying and all of the things that happen when you’re at high school while you’re turning into the person that you’re supposed to be and having someone like Gibbo was incredibly important. I don’t think I would be half the person I am today or where I am today without someone like Gibbo at my school.
Maddy to Gibbo: “You walk into a room and you’re like a ray of sunshine and you can’t be sad when Gibbo is around. And you can’t… Nothing seems too big and I think that that’s part of your caring nature in that you care for every student as if they were your own child and I think that that’s really special.
Gibbo to Maddy: “Thank you! I am glad that comes across because you really do. I mean, I don’t think kids understand sometimes that as teachers we really do care. We really do care, and it is like they’re your own little kids and you’re watching them grow up, and that’s been one of the great things about being at this school for such a long time and seeing kids come in at Year 7 and going out at Year 12. It’s incredible.”
Maddy: “I don’t think the realises the impact that she has on students’ lives and I think it’s really important that she knows how special she is and how instrumental she is in creating and shaping the young people that come through Brighton Secondary College. I honestly don’t think that I would have achieved what I did through high school let alone achieved what I have since high school if I didn’t have someone like Gibbo throughout high school.”
CLICK HERE to find out more about Little Dreamers – Creating an International community where every young carer feels supported, valued and empowered.
FROM THE HONORABLE JAMES MERLINO MP
MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
“The Victorian Global Learning Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievements of international students and to recognise schools and homestay families for their contribution to global learning and engagement.
The students, schools and homestay families … are leading the way in global engagement, better connecting us to the world and strengthening our cultural and linguistic diversity.
I am sure that they will continue to develop as leaders and role models for global learning, and go on to excel in their future education and careers.”
ANDIA LATIFI MEYBODI
YEAR 11 GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARDS
Andia is a passionate advocate for global citizenship and women’s rights. She has freely shared her culture, language and the history of her Iranian homeland with her school community to help local students learn about the world. Andia has worked hard to encourage others to put aside cultural and language barriers in order to come together and better understand global issues facing all of us. She has gathered food for the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, helped write and direct the school movie production and organised a mural at Brighton Secondary College which has provided an opportunity for the whole school community to come together. She is also a student mentor where she helps younger students to improve their academic skills. Andia was elected a 2018 International Student Captain by her school – a testament to her abilities as a young leader.
“I BELIEVE THAT VICTORIAN SCHOOLS MAKE IT EASIER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE FROM THE OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED IN THIS COUNTRY. IT PROVIDES ME WITH THE COURAGE AND STRENGTH TO BE MYSELF AND TO BE PROUD OF WHERE I COME FROM.”
YEAR 11 SPORT ACHIEVEMENT COMMENDATION AWARD
Masumi is a passionate footy player at Brighton Secondary College. In her home country of Japan, Masumi represented her school and local community in soccer. Since coming to Australia, Masumi has wholeheartedly embraced the Australian Football League (AFL) where she has learnt a new game and new skills. Masumi has a demonstrated work ethic, always attending training sessions with the St. Peter’s Under-18 Youth Girls Team and volunteering her free time to coach younger students. Masumi has recently been selected by the Sandringham Dragons Girls’ TAC Program where she can continue to pursue her passion as a standout AFL player. Masumi has also played in the futsal team, represented Brighton Secondary College in the district javelin competition and has achieve academic success in all her subjects.
“TO KEEP PLAYING SPORTS WAS ONE OF MY AIMS IN COMING TO AUSTRALIA, AND I AM PROUD OF MYSELF THAT I ACHIEVED THAT. ON TOP OF THAT, THE DISCOVERY OF AUSTRALIAN RULES FOOTBALL IS A SUPER BONUS FOR ME.”
View Andia’s interview with the Department of Education and Training Victoria
[Andia Latifi Meybodi] “I consider myself very lucky to be at Brighton Secondary College because Brighton Secondary is a school where giving something back to the community is really encouraged and that really satisfies me.”
[Travis Dangstorp, Assistant International Student Manager] “Andia is a really empathetic, respectful and intelligent young woman. She is always willing to voice her opinion but listen carefully to the opinion of others. Over the last year or so Andia has been involved in variety of activities. She initiated the mural which was a program that she decided would help to bring the school community together. She initiated the asylum seeker resource centre food drive during Christmas. She also participated in the mentor program which is primarily aimed at helping younger students both socially and academically; and she is also International Student Captain.”
[Andia Latifi Meybodi] “Australia is one of the most multicultural countries in the world and is one of the most accepting places. Being in Victoria has helped me realise the passion that I have for writing, it’s helped me build the confidence to express myself in my own words. It’s a tool for me to be able to bring awareness to the issues that are important to me like refugees, women’s rights and in general human rights. It’s also a way for me to be able to reach people’s hearts and make them feel the emotions I feel about these issues.”
BY LILY MILLINGTON, RAQUEL SLY & GABI NICHOLL
On the 9th of May our class travelled to Rubicon Outdoor School’s Naook campus near Warburton. We started the camp activities with a 4 kilometre walk from the top of Mount Donabuang, where we discussed different risks and precautions we had to take for the hike including wet surfaces and high speed winds. After we completed the walk, we set up for the night at Warburton Camp Site and began to cook our first meal for the camp.
The next morning, we prepared to go river sledding. Considering the weather conditions (wet, cold and windy), everyone was reluctant to get in the icy water but everyone sucked it up, got in and had a ball. The day was full of laughs and splashing around in the cold water as no one could stay on their rafts. We then made our way down to the Rubicon School of Outdoor Education and set up for another night of camp. Our chill time consisted of playing intense games of Uno and getting to know each other even more.
Our final day of camp started bright and early. To make this early start even better, there was icy cold weather and heavy rainfall to get us ready and warm for our final activity: tree climbing. The weather continued to get worse as we scaled the tall and mighty trees of Rubicon; we soldiered on and had a blast. We finished off the camp with homemade pizza, music and warm drinks. The 3 day Advance Camp was short but sweet; the whole class had a fabulous time and we all came back closer than ever.
“One of the best camps I’ve been on! Amazing activities!”
– ALI SEDDON
On Thursday 17th May, Hannah Black of Year 8, was presented with a certificate of Merit by local federal lower house member for the electorate of Goldstein, The Honourable Tim Wilson. Hannah was invited to participate at the Goldstein morning tea for her work in developing a functioning bionic arm.
Hannah has featured her bionic arm in the Herald Sun, in Herald Sun Kids News, on ABCMe, on the radio and on ABC Behind the News. Hannah created her bionic arm in response to an inquiry project and developed a working prototype over the school holidays using her own pocket money.
Congratulations to Hannah for this well-deserved recognition.