Message from the Principal – Term 1 2020

Message from the Principal - Term 1 2020

Friday 31st January 2020 – By Mr Glen Donald – Principal of Bendigo South East College

Welcome to BSE for the 2020 school year!

Your child’s enrolment at BSE is part of an important relationship. The years of secondary schooling will be vital ones for your son or daughter. It is important that we (our school staff), and you (the carers), form a strong relationship. Together, we will watch your child grow towards adulthood and see 4 years, 160 school weeks, and just under 800 school days go by quickly.

I believe the home-school partnership is a crucial one. Your home is the strongest educator and influence upon your child. BSE builds on that foundation. We need your support. We wish to provide a quality education for every child. The high expectations we have in attendance, effort in classwork and homework, dress, behaviour and involvement in whole school activities can only be met realistically when we support each other.

I wish to acknowledge the greatest asset any school has – the staff. A school is only as good as the staff (teaching & non-teaching), who care for our students every school day (and some non- school days). Our staff are among the best in the state and the majority of the credit for our great school results in academic, sporting and cultural pursuits needs to go to them.

The same teachers, who love the work they do, love the time they spend together, and love the time they spend working with your children – all of your children.

Our teachers set goals for students in their classes and also assist students to set their own goals for learning. Teachers will focus on your child’s learning. They’ll focus on improving your child’s reading of complex texts, and composing narrative, expository and persuasive pieces of writing. They’ll seek to improve your child’s ability to compose and decompose numbers, subtract fractions and solve realistic and meaningful word problems. All of those skills are measurable. But just like you, they’re not the only aspects of a child’s development we care about. We, too, care about our students’ abilities to show initiative, be creative, demonstrate empathy and truly respect themselves and others.

I spoke at the first school assembly this week about the value of Respect. Our social and family ethics of behaviour have been determined by our admiration for such values. Respect is a value which all of us should acquire consciously knowing well, how important it is for us to behave as ethical citizens at BSE and in the community. I asked all of the BSE community to make 2020 a year where we focus on respect for ourselves, each other and our environment.

Respect the right of all students to learn and teachers to teach.
Respect the right of all students and staff to have a safe environment.
Respect – Show it, earn it.

Respect is the very lifeblood of a healthy human community. Make every interaction a healthy one based on respect.

The norms of human behaviour change in our fast changing social life, but the status of ‘respect’ should remain constant. We want, just like employers around the world, individuals who can cooperate and collaborate with others, who respect another’s point of view and know how to pick themselves off the ground when they stumble or fail.

Because if we’re going to keep children excited about learning, love going to school and retain their sense of wonder about the world around them, we have to respect what we know about how children learn and grow. We need to give them ample time in the grounds where they use language to solve problems and create rules. They need to have time on the oval without adult intervention, to play games without referees and solve problems on their own as they invent new games. And they’ll make mistakes figuring that all out, and we’ll help them do better the next time, just like you do every day.

Whether they are creating their futures in the world of work, study, recreation or relationships, I know that this school helps to provide students with the opportunity to create positive futures. It is the people and the culture of this school that will value-add to your child.

I wish everyone a great year.

The College gathers to mark Reconciliation Week

College gathers to mark Reconciliation Week

On Friday 31st May, the College gathered together to mark Reconciliation Week with a ceremony in the Quadrangle. The key feature of the ceremony was the planting of a native tree – one from our local region – in the school grounds while Paul Kelly’s ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’ was played. The speech below was delivered by members of our Student Representative Council:

Today, we are here to mark National Reconciliation Week. This year’s theme is ‘grounded in truth, walk together with courage’.

A big part of Reconciliation is talking about and acknowledging the past. Without a shared understanding we can’t build a better future.

Reconciliation Week happens on the same dates each year, May 27 to June 3. This is because these days commemorate two significant milestones in Australia’s journey towards reconciliation; the successful 1967 referendum and the Mabo decision in the High Court.

Most of us have heard of ‘Mabo’ but many of us might not be sure exactly what it means.

When the First Fleet arrived in 1788, the British took possession of Australia by force. They declared the land to be Terrra Nullius, empty land, or land that belongs to nobody. They did not negotiate with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who had inhabited the land for at least 120,000 years. Have a think about that number for a minute. In Year 7 we study “Ancient Civilisations” – but those civilisations are less than 15,000 years old!

British colonisation was violent and thousands of Aboriginal people were killed in battles with the British or massacred by hunting parties. They were moved off their traditional lands. Thousands more died because of diseases like smallpox and influenza which the British brought with them.

In 1901, the Australian Constitution was created and the Commonwealth of Australia was formed. The Constitution classed Aboriginal people alongside plants and animals.

Throughout the 1900s, the Australian Government forcibly removed thousands of Aboriginal children from their families as part of what is known as the stolen generations. The trauma caused by this policy is still felt by Aboriginal communities today.

It was not until 1967 that Aboriginal people were recognized in the Australian Constitution. It is amazing to think that just over 50 years ago, during the lives of our parents and grandparents, that Aboriginal people were still not considered citizens of our nation.

And it was not until the historic Mabo High Court case in 1992, that the concept of terra nullius was overturned. The case, which was brought by a Murray Island man named Eddie Mabo, was the first time that aboriginal land rights, or native title, was legally recognized.

Reconciliation Week is a time for us to remember Australia’s violent colonial history and the racist and cruel policies which have had a devastating impact on Aboriginal communities throughout Australia. But it is also a time to recognise the work already done to achieve reconciliation. Reconciliation is a work in progress—generations of people have fought hard for change and now that journey is in our hands.

Today, we’d like to plant a native tree – a tree from this local area – as a symbol of the way we hope to grow in our understanding of Aboriginal cultures. As the tree thrives, we hope too that our Aboriginal and Torre Strait Islander peers can thrive in our school and beyond. Each time you step past this tree we want you to consider the steps we are taking towards reconciliation.

Reconciliation requires us all to make it a reality, and that might not always be easy. It might take courage to ask a question about Australian history or to call out racism when you hear or see it. But if we all take responsibility for acknowledging our shared past and making changes in the future, we can make reconciliation a reality.


Bendigo South East College acknowledges the Jaara people of the Dja Dja Wurrung country, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We also acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across our state and across the nation.

Nay on Triple J

Year 10 student Nay Ye Aung has his song played on Triple J

Year 10 student Nay Ye Aung has had one of his original songs played on Triple J Unearthed on Tuesday night. Nay is excited and humbled to have his music broadcasted on national radio.

“It was really cool to hear something of my work, especially as something as personal as this” Nay said.

His song ‘In the Crowd’ was written about one of his former teachers who has since moved away to pursue her dreams. Nay wrote the song for Musician of the Year 2018 and performed it whilst she was present.

“It was a really special moment” he said. “It was something close to my heart…that it was one-hundred percent real.”

He composed this as a part of an album and worked with two violinists and a cellist on this particular track.

His work has already caught the attention of industry heavyweights, including Sony and Mushroom. Triple J presenter Izzy who played the song on her program, making some positive comments about Nay’s song.

“How beautiful are those strings at the end?” she complemented.
“[The song] is so beautiful. He does it all himself. Writing, producing everything. Huge stuff from Nay!”

Ellen Kate-Waayers, the ACA Artistic Development Coach, says that Nay has grown as a performing artist since he first joined BSE.

“He [constantly] works very hard to get better and improve tracks he has already put down, so to have interest from other people is very exciting for him.”

Nay follows former ACA students Fae Scott (yergurl) and Kian with their work recognised on Triple J Unearthed. Whilst Nay has great personal ambitions for the future, his focus remains on his education.

“As much as I love this, if I was offered a million-dollar record deal tomorrow, I would definitely think about my education first.”

The BSE Community is excited to see what the future holds for Nay.

Patti set for National Stage

Patti Fawcett through to final of national Melbourne International Comedy Festival Class Clown event

Bendigo South East College student Patti Fawcett has successfully made her way through to
the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Class Clowns National competition.

Patti took part in the Victorian State event in the Melbourne Class heats at the Arts Centre
Melbourne. She was initially unsuccessful but received a wild card entry, going on to win the
section and the State Final which took place on Saturday 16 March 2019. This was one step
further from her last attempt in 2018.

Patti says that being a part of such an event was a joy and that her success at the regional
and state events were a bonus. She says working alongside other up-and-coming
comedians creates an atmosphere of great energy that makes for an incredible experience.

Patti was able to work alongside professional comedians such as Sammy J and Geraldine
Hickey. She says that the feedback that she received from them was more than valuable for
her going forward.

Patti is a Year 10 student and is involved in The Academy of Creative Arts – one of the
signature programs offered at Bendigo South East College. She says that one of her
teachers (Ms Ellen-Kate Waayers) recommended she apply for this competition. From
there, Patti entered on her own accord and is now reaping the rewards.

Her set is based on various stories from home whilst touching on some of the key issues of
the day, including politics and climate change.

The final of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Class Clowns will take place at the
Melbourne Town Hall on Friday 29 March 2019.

Sandhurst Swimming Carnival

Bendigo South East College had a great day at the Sandhurst Swimming Carnival which took place at the Faith Leech Aquatic Centre last Friday.

BSE had quite a successful day with individual and team achievements. The College finished 2nd in 13-16 year Division A girls, and 2nd in the 13-16 years division A boys categories, as well as a 2nd place overall in the 13-16 year category. BSE managed to finish 3rd in the 17-20 year old category.

Zali Lau broke the 15yr 100m Freestyle record (previously 1:05.07 set in 2014) with a time of 1:04.28. She also broke the record for the 15yr 50m Freestyle (previously 29.62 seconds) with a time of 28.9 seconds.

Emily Kearns also broke two records of her own. She broke the 14yr 50m Freestyle record with a time of 28.65 seconds, which was previously held by Zali Lau with a time of 29.21 seconds. Kearns also broke the 14yr 50m backstroke record with a time of 32.31 seconds (previously 32.32.)

In the diving, Euan Marsden finished 1st in the boys 15-16yr division, whilst Lucy Harrison finished 2nd in the Girls 15-16yr diving. Euan Marsden broke the record in the 16yr Diving.

BSE was able to achieve 45 Top 3 placings across the day in what was a successful day at the pool.

Brianna makes Vic Team

BSE student Brianna O’Bryan has been selected for Victoria’s 2019 Kevin Coombs Cup wheelchair basketball team. Brianna was encouraged to ‘have a go’ and trial for the team by her coach, friends, and family in late January before receiving the news a week later.


Brianna is excited about the opportunity to represent her state, and that her experience so far has opened her eyes to more opportunities and learning experiences. She trains with the squad every Sunday at various locations around Melbourne.

In an article published by Basketball Victoria, newly appointed head coach Ben Hodgens said the group’s strong mix of experience and developing players will give Victoria a great foundation to build on heading into the tournament. “…our newer faces, Chithic Machar, Mitch Bond, Brianna O’Bryan and Charles Smart will look to make a strong start to their Victorian representation in 2019.” Hodgens told Basketball Victoria’s Jarrod Potter.

Victoria will go into the tournaments as reigning champions, and are intent on defending their crown in Townsville in mid-April. Brianna and her team start their campaign on 17 April, coinciding with the Australian Under-18 Junior Championships

READ MORE: 2019 Victorian Kevin Coombs cup team announced –

Welcome Barkley!

Barkley has spent her first week at Bendigo South East College.

She joins the school through the College’s commitment to the Dogs Connect Program this semester, supported with funding from the Bendigo Community Health Services (BCHS) and School Focus Youth Services (SFYS.) BSE will continue to work towards having our own school dog to help focus on student and staff wellbeing.

Barkley is a Groodle (Golden Retriever/ Poodle cross) which makes her non-allergenic and does not shed her fur. She is also very gentle in nature. Her first task is to learn, relax, and become familiar with her new surroundings.

It is important that people who are at the school to continue as normal and not provide any attention to her or to approach her.

Barkley will be homed by Ange Tremain in our Student Support Centre, with our staff guided through the process by Grant Shannon from Dog Connect over the next two terms.

BSE Swimming Carnival

Shamrock have won the 2019 BSE Swimming Carnival on a sunny day at the Faith Leech Aquatics Centre.

It was a highly competitive day with each house gunning for valuable house points in swimming, diving, water polo, novelty events, as well as chanting and cheering.

There were a number of personal bests achieved, as well as some school records. It was great to see the staff get involved in the annual staff versus students relay race.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the event. It was great to see a number of parents attend the event too.

Age Champions

U13 Girl – Milla Tzaros (Shamrock)
U13 Boy – Todd Robbins (Shamrock)

U14 Girl – Emily Kearns (Fortuna)
U14 Boy – Declan Jupp-Brischetto (Fortuna)

U15 Girl – Zali Lau (Fortuna)
U15 Boy – Matt Baxter (Fortuna) and Tyler Wilkie (Shamrock)

U16 Girl – Ella Noble (Rosalind)
U16 Boy – Caleb Jupp-Brishetto (Alexandra)

U17 Boy – Ned Buckell (Alexandra)


Bicknell’s Super Fish

Boy – Declan Jupp-Brischetto (Fortuna)
Girl – Zali Lau (Fortuna)


Participation Points from Trials

1st – Rosalind – 734 points
2nd – Alexandra – 713 points
3rd – Shamrock – 691 points
4th – Fortuna – 506 points

Girls Champion Houses

1st – Shamrock – 308 points
2nd – Rosalind – 265 points
3rd – Fortuna – 249 points
4th – Alexandra – 215 points


Boys Champion Houses

1st – Shamrock – 287 points
2nd – Alexandra – 285 points
3rd – Rosalind – 226 points
4th – Fortuna – 225 points


Overall Champion House

1st – Shamrock – 595 points
2nd – Alexandra – 500 points
3rd – Rosalind – 491 points
4th – Fortuna – 474 points

Excursion Eyes Design

Eyes were on design as 20 students visited Quantum Victoria for a 3D modelling and printing experience using Computer Aided Design software. The 3D printers build objects layer by layer using biodegradable plastics. 3D printers have revolutionised the additive manufacturing industry and have made some of the most challenging real-world problems possible. Skill development included: observation, resilience through productive failure, mathematics, problem solving and trouble shooting, design thinking, engineering, collaboration and digital fluency.

Race Teams Up the Pace

Well done to our two HPV teams for their efforts in the Round 4 Victorian HPV Grand Prix Series at Casey. Our Year 10 group, BSE1, finished third and BSE2 came ninth in their categories.
Teacher Robert Forbes says: ‘BSE1 was looking really strong in second place for most of the day but some mechanical issues later in the day saw them drop to third. ‘It was great to see our students deal with these problems and still put in their all, clawing back two of the six laps we went down getting the vehicle drive able again. They all showed great team spirit.’ Thank you to all students, parents and BSE staff for their efforts A shout out to co-captain Keahma’s dad Rod for the photos!