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CONTENTS / RESERVOIR HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK / YEARBOOK PLAYBILL
[ ACT ONE \
“Principal's Report” Page 5
“Coming to Reservoir in 2017” Page 8
"Year 7 Report" Page 10
"Year 7 Class Photos" Page 12
"Our Next Generation Youth Forum" Page 14
"Year 7 Students Get a Taste of La Trobe University" Page 15
"Year 7 Scholarship Presentation" Page 15
"Year 7 Camp" Page 16
"Medieval Day" Page 18
"Humanities Report" Page 19
"Debating 2016, From the Perspective of a Year 8 Debater" Page 20
"English Report" Page 22
"Meet The Office Staff of 2016" Page 23
"Health and PE Report" Page 24
"Outdoor Education Report" Page 28
"Staff vs Student" Page 32
"Future Hockey Olympian?" Page 33
"Book Club and the Great Book Swap Page 34
"Literacy Week" Page 35
"Sport Report" Page 36
[ ACT TWO \
“Year 8 Report” Page 48
“Year 8 Class Photos” Page 50
"Welcome to Doan Thi Diem High School in Hanoi" Page 52
"School Picnic" Page 53
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“SEAL Report” Page 54
"EAL Report" Page 58
"Future Taekwondo Olympian?" Page 60
"In the Wild" Page 61
[ ACT THREE \
“Year 9 Report” Page 62
“Year 9 Class Photos” Page 64
"Advance Report" Page 66
"Year 9 Team Sports" Page 70
"School for Student Leadership" Page 72
"Melbourne Museum Excursion" Page 73
[ ACT FOUR \
“Year 10 Report” Page 74
“Year 10 Class Photos” Page 76
"Our Tireless Leaders Hard at Work" Page 78
"International Week" Page 79
"Year 10 Formal" Page 80
"Science Report" Page 82
"Science Fair" Page 83
"The Arts Report" Page 84
"Deadly Success" Page 84
"Performing Arts Centre Opening" Page 86
"A Footloose Debut" Page 88
"Performing Arts Report" Page 91
"Ned Kelly" Page 92
"VCE Drama" Page 97
"Art Show" Page 98
"Home Economics & Textiles" Page 100
"Italiano Report" Page 102
"Staff of 2016" Page 103
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[ ACT FIVE \
“Senior School Report” Page 104
"Year 11 Class Photos" Page 106
"Business Management at Docklands" Page 109
"Uni Bridges Report" Page 110
"Careers Report" Page 112
"Meet the Cast of Year 12" Page 114
"SRC Report" Page 122
"International Student Report" Page 124
"Reservoir Goes to China" Page 126
"Sumo Battles" Page 128
"Tall Ships" Page 130
"Cultural Diversity Week" Page 132
"NAB Realise Your Potential" Page 134
"Grade 5 Day" Page 135
"Year 12 La Trobe" Page 136
"Go Girl 4 IT" Page 137
"Year 12 Dress Up" Page 138
"Lunch Time at Reservoir" Page 140
"Graduation" Page 142
"Graduation Speech" Page 144
"Deadly Health" Page 146
"Fair Go Athletics" Page 148
"Principal's Awards" Page 150
"Final All School Assembly" Page 152
"Bruce Kingsbury Day" Page 153
"End of Year Awards" Page 154
"The 90+ ATAR Club" Page 160
"Borderless Friendship Foundation And Happy Hands" Page 162
"Aknowledgements" Page 163
"Autographs and Personal Memories" Page 164
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[ MARK JESSUP \
I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners
of the land on which we gather and pay my
respects to their elders both past and present.
I have some fond and very strong memories of
my primary school years at Nunawading South
Primary School. Life at primary school seemed
to last forever:
There was Miss Martin, who taught me in grades
three and four - which seemed like a lifetime -
but I enjoyed her quirky sense of humour.
Then we had the milk being distributed to every
grade and, depending on the season, it would
be cold or warm and sometimes even chunky like
yoghurt! We were often forced to drink the whole
bottle before being allowed out for playtime!
I remember when I was in grade three having
the back of my leg sliced by a stranger’s bike
mudguard, which resulted in fourteen stitches.
I can still smell the black rubber anaesthetic
mask being placed over my mouth before
they sewed up by leg.
Finally, my least liked teacher, Mr Detez, who
kept his strap, named Penelope, in the cupboard.
I know it is hard to believe that a principal could
ever being naughty, but I vividly remember getting
‘four of the best’ on each hand for daring to disrupt
an ABC Music of the Air class. As it came through
the classroom loudspeakers, I chose to dance the
Highland Fling, when some Scottish music came
over the airwaves!
Life before age twelve… I remember it as being
a great deal of fun, but slow; nothing seemed
to finish too quickly – there seemed to be
more time to enjoy life.
Life after age twelve shot by so quickly – Year 7
to Year 12 was completed in the blink of an eye.
Girlfriends, 21sts, marriage, children, holidays and
more recently 50ths have all taken place in a flash!
I suppose that what I am trying to say is that we
pack so much into our lives that, at times, we need
to take stock of our achievements and significant
Hence this report.
We now have some time to reflect upon the
past twelve months and recognise some of the
achievements of our school and the students
Our busy year began with our Fair Go Sport
Athletics Carnival, which gets bigger and better
every year, our students supporting their houses
to the max and cheering on everyone who
participates. This annual day reinforces our belief
that Reservoir High is all about Diversity, Excellence
and Success. Special thanks to the Fair Go Sport
Ambassadors for all their work prior to the event
and on the day itself.
Our Year 7 Parent Evening BBQ is always an
important event, because it enables the staff to get
to know the parents of our students as we all take
that six year journey towards Year 12.
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Our Chinese and Vietnamese Parent Meetings and
School Council enable the school to learn more
about parent expectations and opinions about how
the school is traveling. I would particularly like to
thank Mr Nick Mandalis for his work as School
Council President and acknowledge the contribution
of all of our school councillors – parents, teachers
and students. Your input into our school is invaluable
and very much appreciated.
Term 1 saw other significant events, including our
fantastic Grade 5 Day, where we get to know
hundreds of prospective students, who join Reservoir
High for the day. The National Australia Bank’s
Work Skills Excursion, Year 9 Tall Ships, Reach
Foundation seminars, a smorgasbord of sporting
competitions and our annual (and delicious) EAL
Lunch. This lunch demonstrates our proud and
enthusiastic cultural diversity as we enjoy the foods
from faraway lands created by our students and
The highlight for at least twenty-six students and
four members of staff must have been our very first
China Tour, where we visited this fascinating country
and shared the delights of their culture, including
food and music. As well, we were hosted in the
homes of our Sister School families. I thank the staff
team – Ms Pizzey, Mr Barker and Ms Tsolakis for
their dedication on the trip, their delightful company
and also, thanks to the brilliant group of students
we took, who represented their school and their
families so well.
Term 2 saw our Open Morning and Evening
Information Showcase, our wonderful Debating
program commenced, students went off to
Sydney on the very first VCE Studio Art and Visual
Communication tour, Year 12 Oral Presentations,
the Drama Victoria Festival. We donated further
financial support to our Thai sponsor child, Paolo
and the money provided by our school enabled the
creation of soccer goals for the Leadership Home
where Paolo will move to in 2017. Our excursion
to view Indigenous art at the National Gallery of
Victoria, visits to La Trobe University for Biology,
Psychology and Chemistry students, as well as our
SAPPS program and the launch of the Respectful
Relationship program for Year 9 students. Of course
we have our continued involvement in the Safe
Schools Program. Our Year 7 and 8 Swimming
Program got underway during this term - something
that we have been doing for quite some time.
The highlight of this term had to be the opening of
our wonderful Performing Arts Space, after years of
careful planning and saving. We spent over twelve
months watching the building grow, with students
entering competitions to become the first to see the
Centre from the inside. Then, finally - my favourite
Australian actor, Ms Deborah Mailman, opened the
facility and it has been in constant use ever since.
Semester 2 commenced with a bang, as we
launched into our annual School Production,
with this year’s being the fabulous FOOTLOOSE!
We enjoyed sell-out performances and a superb
production to launch the new Performing Arts Centre.
Deadly Koorie Health Day was an overwhelming
success and was enjoyed by all at Reservoir High.
Our Primary Grade 5 School Debating Rounds
commenced, the Grade ¾ Reservoir Basketball
Cup took place and our Year 12s enjoyed ‘Summer
of the Seventeenth Doll’ in our very own theatre!
Year 10s went surfing, we all enjoyed a magnificent
Literacy Week and who could forget Mr Ripoli
berating us all as Miss Trunchbull, from Matilda.
Along with this was our Great Book Swap, our
first Book Club and a moving presentation by author
Abdi Aden. Who could forget the dress up day!
Term 4 commenced with Year 12 practice exams,
our Year 12 Graduation ceremony, Peer Support
Training, the Museo Italiano excursion, Reservoir
High went to see ‘We Will Rock You’, there was
Advance Camp, Futsal Championships, our fabulous
Art Show at the Old Fire Station Café Gallery in
Preston and last week our most successful Grade
6/ Year 7 Information Night, with nearly 400
people crammed into this space as our new students
and their families began their momentous journey
into 2017. We also held our largest, most successful
Performing Arts Evenings, across two nights, as the
program has doubled this year. If you didn’t attend,
you certainly missed something very special. Don’t
forget, the Annual Reservoir High CD is available for
sale at the General Office.
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Finally, I would like to thank a number of people.
First, my close working colleague and Assistant
Principal, Lea Volpe. Lea is a fantastic leader and
supporter of Reservoir High. I am so fortunate to
have her as my right hand person and member of
our great team. Thank you Ms Volpe.
I would also like to thank our Leadership Team,
Darryl Forbes, Nick Vass, Zoran Trajkovic,
Peter Lorenti, Jon Rathjen and Scott Tanner. They
are experts in their respective fields and are
As well, I would like to thank this year’s School
Captains – Michael, Latishia, Victoria and Lucy.
They have been outstanding Captains, representing
their school superbly. It has always been a pleasure
working alongside them and I wish them every
success in their chosen pathways for the future.
I know that they will still be closely affiliated with
their old school as they enter the big wide world
of study and work.
I would like to thank our students, who really are
the face of our school. Their enthusiasm, courage
and determination is highly regarded and their
commitment to learning is highly valued. Every
student can feel very proud of their achievements!
Two more recent events at the end of this wonderful
year are: Year 12 student, Maxine Rose dancing
at the Sydney Opera House in an Australian Dance
competition and the success of our Year 8 student,
Anastasia Typou. Anastasia won a gold medal in
Taekwondo, at the Oceania Games, held in Fiji in
November. Anastasia is already planning her next
step and that is to represent Australia in the Olympic
Games and win a gold medal for Australia and,
of course, for Reservoir High!
I would like to thank all parents, guardians
and community members for their support. Your
willingness to work with us is greatly appreciated.
I wish Ms Claire Hammond all the very best, as
she takes a year’s leave in 2017 – we all wish her
well. As well I would like to wish Lu Borrelli, Irene
Balbinot, Tim Cross (our Australian Hockey Player),
WEAKNESS LIES IN
GIVING UP. THE MOST
CERTAIN WAY TO
SUCCEED IS ALWAYS
TO TRY JUST ONE
– Thomas A. Edison
Steele Parker, Katrina Naughton and Mel Gaylard
the very best for their future endeavours.
I would particularly like to thank Mr Zoran Trajkovic,
who has been Senior School Leader for many years
and has seen thousands of Year 11 and 12 students
progress through the senior school. He is still going
to be with us next year as a teacher, but is retiring
from his role as Senior School Leader. Thank you
for all that you have done for the school Zoran –
it has been very much appreciated.
In closing this report for 2016, I want to sincerely
thank the staff for all that they do at Reservoir
High. Our staff is dedicated and their efforts are
directed solely at promoting excellence in every
student whom they teach and support, whether in
the classroom, the General Office or in the yard.
The level of collegiality that exists between the staff
here at Reservoir High is something that I have not
experienced in any other school I have worked in
- and that amounts to seven schools, in over thirty
years of teaching. It is definitely one of the key
indicators of a successful school. I want to publicly
thank the staff for their support of me in my role as
Principal. It is very much appreciated.
I look forward to another wonderful
and successful year in 2017.
Principal Mark Jessup
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On the 6th of December, we hosted an Orientation
Day for Grade 6 students who will be joining us
as ‘Year 7s’ in 2017.
They started the day with a welcoming and
informative assembly. This was followed by a
range of activities, such as science experiments,
cooking and games. The day’s events were
facilitated by many willing volunteer students, who
got to know their new peers. The Grade 6s were
able to experience a day in the life of a Reservoir
High student. Because of this successful day, we
hope that next year will be a smooth transition
The school provided a pizza lunch to fortify them
during the day! It was very well received – not just
by the young kids, either!
We look forward to seeing these
students next year.
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[ BY DARRYL FORBES \
The Year 7s started the year with a great deal
of excitement, enthusiasm and no doubt a few
nerves, as they finally entered Secondary School.
After graduating from their primary schools, the
time had come to form new friendships, receive
their lockers and begin to find their way to all
new subjects and learn the names of many
The first day consisted of many Orientation
activities designed to help students get to know
their new classmates. Year 7s were put to the test
in our annual Reservoir High Amazing Race which
was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by
all the students. This saw all Year 7s form small
groups and travel around the school to locate
numerous checkpoints and familiarise themselves
with classrooms, teachers and buildings within
the school. It was a terrific first day had by all
and lots of new friendships made.
Very early on in Term one a large number of
Year 7s jumped at the opportunity to enjoy a
transition camp at Camp Toolangai located just
out of Kinglake. All students enjoyed the many
fun and challenging activities on offer, such as
the giant swing, obstacle course, low and high
ropes, bushwalking, hut building and of course
the flying fox. All of the students enjoyed the
chance to challenge themselves and enjoy new
experiences in a safe and controlled environment,
whilst also enjoying the large amounts of food
on offer each day and sharing a cabin with
new and old friends.
Our Year 7 Parents’ barbeque, not long after
camp, proved to be a great success yet again
and is an annual highlight. It was terrific to see
the large turnout of parents, guardians and
students who enjoyed the opportunity to meet and
greet teachers and other key staff within the school
over a sausage or two!! It was a great evening.
The Year 7s did not take too long to settle
in and become accustomed to their new
surroundings. Many students assisted with our
very popular Grade 5 Day, where Reservoir
High proudly hosted all of our local Grade 5
students for the day. It was fantastic to see so
many Year 7 students feeling comfortable in
helping to lead activities and groups during the
day. They were wonderfully mentored by many
other students across the year levels. This has
continued to be a strong theme with the Year 7s
throughout the year, with many students involved
in both extra curricular and co curricular activities.
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Students were also recognised for their work
ethic throughout the year with Student of the Month
certificates and our annual Principal's Awards.
Congratulations to all students who took part
in our school production ‘Footloose’ this year.
What a fantastic show!! It was great to see so
many Year 7s being part of the cast and crew
and having such a wonderful time, both on
and off stage. On the sporting field, Year 7s
were proudly represented in many interschool
sporting competitions, starting off with our very
own Athletics Carnival. From there, many were
selected to compete at regional and zone
levels, in both athletics and cross country events.
Reservoir High was also proudly represented
in team sports with many Year 7s taking up the
opportunity to play a variety of interschool sports
offered this year. Many thanks to all staff who
volunteered to help with training and coaching
teams throughout the year.
One of the highlights for the year level
was our fun packed day out at Watermarc
Swimming Centre, early in Term 3. The day
was a celebration of the hard work throughout
Semester 1 and the end of our Year 7 water safety
program in Physical Education classes. Students
rotated through a variety of activities, however
the tantrum alley and pipeline waterslides proved
to be the most popular activity of all. Students
also enjoyed running across the large inflatable
obstacle course whilst trying very hard not to fall
off into the water. All had a great day.
Reservoir High School, Kingsbury Primary School
and the 2/14th Infantry Battalion Association
joined to conduct our annual Bruce Kingsbury
Memorial Service on Friday 22nd August. Many
Grade 6 students from Kingsbury Primary School
and our Year 7 students paid honour to the gallant
heroics of Bruce Kingsbury and the 2/14th
Battalion during World War 2. We were visited
by many honoured guests, including the president
of 2/14 Battalion, Mr Craig Iskov.
The audience heard poems and stories read out
by current Year 7 students and a wonderful insight
by Kingsbury Primary school captains who shared
their Anzac Day experiences with the 2/14th
Battalion in the Anzac Day march earlier this year.
Overall it has been a very enjoyable and
rewarding year for our Year 7s. A very big thank
you to all school staff and leadership staff for their
tremendous support, dedication and hard work
with all of our Year 7s this year. It has been greatly
appreciated. Finally, a special thank you to Ms
Pizzey and Mrs Baines for their ongoing personal
support and wonderful work enabling the Junior
school to run so smoothly and for the daily support
for all of our Junior students. I would also like to
thank Mr Ian Wilson who was the Acting Year 7
Coordinator throughout Term two...
We look forward to seeing all again,
as Year 8s, in 2017.
Another major highlight of the year was our
Bruce Kingsbury Memorial Service in Term three.
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Our Next Generation Youth Forum
Our Next Generation Youth Forum gives potential leaders an opportunity exchange ideas and to think innovatively.
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YEAR 7 STUDENTS
GET A TASTE
o LA TROBE
Prize winning Year 7 Science team!
Madalyn O’Neill - Double Dux!
Anthony Shea receiving his
degree, ready to take on
All Year 7 students attended La Trobe
University on Tuesday 11th October as
part of our School Partnership Program
which provides them with an opportunity
to experience activities around the campus.
Students participated in a range of
activities including Star Student, Campus
Amazing Race and activities within the
Wildlife Sanctuary based on science
topics. It was a great day and thanks to
Mr Jessup, Mrs Lawless, Ms Boyd, Mr
Sirianni and Mrs Gray for their great
support throughout the day.
YEAR 7 SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION
Ms Volpe, Mr Forbes and Mr Jessup presented our Year 7 students with their Scholarships at a very friendly
gathering of students, parents and staff. It was great to present the Reservoir High Academic Excellence, Leadership,
Sport and, for the very first time, Performing Arts Scholarships. A very proud moment for students and their families
as well as Reservoir High.
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Year 7 camp was held at Toolangi over three days
of fun and sun. Staff enjoyed getting to know our
new students as they showed their skills on the high
ropes, the flying fox and in hut making.
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The students dressed up and took a journey
back in time to the Middle Ages. All of the
Year 8 students took part in activities, including
weaponry, armour and sword fighting. Staff
also enjoyed a ‘dress up’ as they got into the
spirit of one of our favourite events.
Humanities had a great year in 2016.
At VCE levels, strong student interest has allowed
the College to run classes in: Legal Studies,
Business Management and Global Politics. These
subjects are expanding in 2017 too!
Humanities is a core subject at Years 7 to 10
and units of work have had a focus on: history,
geography, economics, work education and civics
Glimpses into Humanities
Year 7 classes actively participated in the Bruce
Kingsbury Ceremony held at the College in Term
3. This experience was made very personal when
students were able to meet some descendants of
World War 2 veterans and to hear the Last Post
being played very evocatively. The classes made
beautiful displays before the ceremony, which
graced the presentation in the library. Students
also delivered a moving poetry reading and some
"news reports" of the time.
Medieval Day ran at Reservoir for the seventh
year in a row. This year the program was once
again a full day for all Year 8 students. The
corridors rang to the sound of Medieval armour,
tortures and jousting.
All Year 9 students attended the Tall Ships
Excursion to Docklands in early Term 1 and really
enjoyed the experience of sailing the Enterprise,
a replica of the sailing ship which brought the first
settlers to Melbourne. This experience gave them
an insight into the hardships faced by early white
settlers and a real insight into local history.
All year 10 students did job interview work
at the National Australia Bank Head Office
Humanities put up a new display this year in
the Stepping Stones Career Subject Expo, which
showcased the varied career paths available
to students undertaking subjects in Humanities.
It was a year of real triumphs in Humanities.
One of our Year 8 students Chenxin Tu became
State History Champion in the National History
Competition. For the past six years, Year 8
and 10 students have entered this competition
and have done well. However, the school
has never before had a state champion.
It was a year of many excursions. Different classes
visited: the Magistrate’s Court, the exhibition at
the: Holocaust Centre, State Parliament, County
and Supreme Courts, the Red Cross, RMIT,
Melbourne University and the State Library.
It is great to see Humanities teachers
really providing such wonderful activities
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FROM THE PERSPECTIVE
OF A YEAR 8 DEBATER
Debating this year has been an exciting adventure
for everybody, of twists and turns, bumps and
hills, experience and challenge. It is hard to
believe that a year of debating has come to an
end so quickly and unnoticeably. From the very
first moment when we put our hands up to enlist
in the debating crew, we became a team of
power and strength, and we knew that we were
in for one hell of a ride!
The commencement of the typical “staying-in-atlunchtimes”
meant that the battles were up ahead
and were soon to come. The memories of Year 7
came rushing back to us and the pressure was on.
It was the recollections of the joy we experienced
and ecstatic feeling of that moment when the
adjudicator announced that our team had won,
that all the hard work paid off, that we could
walk down those halls and through those gates
as the triumphs of the previous year had motivated
us through the first battles of 2016. Despite a
couple of unsuccessful attempts here and there,
the two teams continued on for several rounds,
with confidence and resilience. This resulted in
multiple successes to follow. We gained so much
experience from our participation in the Debaters
Association of Victoria competitions. We improved
our confidence and achieved so much from when
we began – finishing only one point short of
advancing to the next ranks. Nonetheless, we
enjoyed every…almost every part of debating this
Just when we thought that everything had come
to an end, that debating was finished and that
we had fulfilled our duties as debaters and
representatives of our school, we were practically
bombarded with the Year 5 Primary School
Debating Competition! Debaters' Workshop
began as we arrived at multiple primary schools
to educate Year 5 students about debating: the
structure of speeches and tips for persuasion. We
loved being able to teach the younger generations
about this wonderful form of communication and
expressing yourself with passion and fluency.
Once that was over, the actual primary school
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debates began. With the participation of Preston
North East Primary School, Reservoir Views
Primary School, Preston Primary School and
Kingsbury Primary School, the debates were a
huge success. The adorable, cute, gorgeous little
children were amazing and gave exceptional
performances. These children are surely
This year’s Year 7 students were also introduced
to the art of debating, just as was done last year.
We found ourselves grinning uncontrollably as
we remembered when we were in their positions,
so new to the idea of debating in high school.
Despite there being room for improvements, we
found ourselves extremely impressed with the
level of experience they had and how good they
were at persuading the audience. Great efforts
were being put in by the baby-SEALS, and they
accomplished excellent results!
It is a useful skill to have; it is an opportunity to
gain knowledge; it is a chance to express your
opinion and it is a sport! What we learn from
opportunities like these is a privilege and students
are encouraged to participate in this activity.
Huge thanks to Ms Popovska, Ms Haslock and
Mrs Nicola for putting their unstinting time and
effort into supporting the debating team as well
as assisting the Year 7 students in starting their
own possible journey of debating. Their debating
adventure for this year would have flashed
before their eyes and ended before they knew
it. Hopefully one day, they will be sitting in front
of a computer typing up a Debating Speech for
the Yearbook, much as I am now, thinking back
to the memories of the previous year, smiling
affectionately at the new baby-SEALS, who
recently started a debating journey of their own.
Anna Huynh 8D
Debating is not simply a group of ‘debating
kids’ who compete with other schools for a title.
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In 2016, we farewelled Mrs Kiley who has since
welcomed the arrival of her son, Rhys. Mrs Kiley
was replaced by Mrs Hill who has embraced the
opportunity of working at Reservoir High and will
continue at the school during 2017.
The Reservoir High English Key Learning Area
members, as well as the students across the
school, have been involved in a variety of events
and projects during the year, including: Grade
5 Day, Showcase Evening, Stepping Stones,
Debating, ACMI excursions, theatre incursions,
Uni Bridges and Literacy Week.
A special thank you to Mr Ripoli who organised
a highly successful Literacy Week program.
I wish to thank everyone who has worked in the
English KLA team this year: Mr Cattapan, Mr
Devine, Mrs Hill, Mrs Kiley, Mrs Hammond, Ms
Haslock, Ms Lawless, Mr Lyras, Ms Neophytou,
Mrs Nicola, Ms Popovska, Mr Ripoli, Ms Rossini
and Ms Selemidis. Well done everyone! Reservoir
High students are lucky to have such a dedicated
and hard-working team.
MEET THE OFFICE STAFF OF 2016
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H EALTH PLAYS
E MPATHY – Respect Ambassador Program
A CTIVE STUDENTS
L IFESTYLE CHOICES
T EAM WORK
H EALTHY EATING &
P EER SUPPORT program and Leadership training
E AGER to always improve teaching & learning.
Health & PE
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What a busy and exciting year 2016 has been!
First, thank you to all of our wonderful Health
and Physical Education, Outdoor Education
& VET Sport and Recreation staff for their
professionalism, hard work, enthusiasm and
support. Student participation rates have been
excellent and our electives and VCE Subjects are
continuing to be very popular. It’s great to see our
staff always organising activities and advocating
the benefits of a healthy lifestyle!
It’s been the year of the summer ‘Rio Olympics’,
which continued to inspire and unite communities
across the globe and our very own RHS
community. The Olympics have been a great
talking point with the students and staff, not only
focusing on the skill level and physical attributes
of athletes in various sports and countries but also
the importance of the psychological aspects of
performance, coaching and ethical issues in sport.
To coincide with the LAUNCH of the Paralympics,
the Health & PE Team organised for our Year
7 cohort to be a part of the launch of One
City’s Disability awareness program, where
our students had the opportunity to experience
playing ‘Blind Soccer’. Google this and you will
be in awe of what these athletes can do!!!! It
was such a fantastic program to be a part of,
really highlighting the importance of equality and
inclusion within communities and this activity really
gave the students an opportunity to continue to
build trust and respect for each other and develop
greater empathy for others.
A picture tells a thousand words, so see all the fun
and action we have had in 2016!!!
H&PE Team – Mrs Gray, Mr Forbes, Mr Vass, Mr
Todorovski, Ms Cachia, Mr Cross, Ms Farrugia,
Ms Guerra & Ms Abela.
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to Year 12 Student, Jieremiah
Murphy for receiving the 2016
Pierre De Coubertin Award!
It was the year of the RIO Summer Olympics,
and it was wonderful to have one of our students
be presented with the Pierre De Coubertin Award
at the MCG on Thursday 23rd June, 2016.
Baron Pierre De Coubertin was the founder of
the modern Olympics, and this award recognises
students demonstrate attributes consistent with
the fundamental aims of the Olympic movement,
with a particular emphasis on ‘participation and
commendable sporting behaviour.’
Year 12 Student, Jieremiah Murphy was
nominated to receive this prestigious award as he
has always been an inspiring role model to many
in the areas of sport and physical education. His
attitude has been outstanding, always providing
encouragement and support to students and staff.
His sportsmanship is exceptional, always being
calm and respectful and assisting team mates to
do the same. Personally he has participated in
many zone, regional and state events, won four
MVPs for St Martin Panthers in basketball and
captains Craigieburn Eagles rep team.
Congratulations Jieremiah on behalf of the RHS
Community and we wish you all the best in your
De Coubertin’s inspiring message reminds us that:
“THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THE
OLYMPIC GAMES IS NOT TO WIN BUT
TO TAKE PART. JUST AS THE MOST
IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE IS NOT THE
TRIUMPH BUT THE STRUGGLE.”
Mrs Toni Gray
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It has been another massive year for Outdoor
Education students at Reservoir High. Our
Year 9 students kicked off the Semester with
a challenging excursion at Hardrock Climbing
Company in Nunawading. Here they learned
about the adrenalin of high altitude sports and
the power of communication. After auditing our
school environment, students presented their ideas
on the effect of human behaviour on indigenous
and native flora and fauna before delving into the
world of water safety and survival. Finally, it was
off to Monash wave pool to learn about safe entry
and to catch some waves on the body boards.
Year 10 had a jam-packed program, kicking off
the Year with an excursion to Hardrock Climbing
Company in the CBD. The views of our city
were amazing from the top and many students
conquered their fears before exploring Melbourne
Central. Students then practiced first aid, learned
about safety and survival as well as all the ways
in which one may prevent risk on an expedition
in the outdoors. Although wet weather made us
miss out on Surfing this year, it was made up for
by the amazing end of Semester camp. Students
went to a lot of effort to organise their own food,
packing and shelters. We went on a three-hour
hike through the Strathbogie Mountains and then
meditated at the summit of Golden Mountain.
We cooked our own food, had a camp-fire
and played 40:40 Home Base under the stars.
The most magical part of our camp was the
amazing stories we got to hear about one another
and the connection we felt, not only to nature,
but to each other.
In 2017 Outdoor Education course will include
Archery, Horse Riding and Golf – stay tuned.
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MAGICAL PART OF
OUR CAMP WAS
STORIES WE GOT
TO HEAR ABOUT
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This year saw a return to Staff Vs Student
competitions for Health & PE Week! This
will be an annual event where talented
sports students have a chance to take on
the masters… I mean teachers.
2016 saw a hard earned victory for the
teachers! Students underestimated the power
of team work and will have to train up for
a better chance next year!
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Future Hockey Olympian?
Reservoir High School’s Physical Education
Teacher- MR TIM CROSS playing for the Australian
Hockey Team, the “Kookaburras”.
Mr Cross was recalled to the Australian Hockey
team to play in the Trans -Tasman Tournament
in NZ as well as the International Tournament
in Melbourne late this year. Tim played for the
Victorian Vikings who were Australian National
Champions for 2016. He also plays for his local
team Greensborough Hockey Club.
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[ BY AYDEN CARPENTER 8C \
A few weeks ago I volunteered to join the Book
Club during Literacy Week with Mr Ripoli.
We talked about what everyone’s interests and
recommendations were about the books we had
read. Personally, I liked it and we had fun.
There were lots of books mentioned from The
Fault in Our Stars to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, as
well as many other titles from some of the midstudents
and teachers who attended. Also, the
genres discussed were from drama to comedy.
We had a lot of choices to consider, but my
favourite is still The Fault in Our Stars!
CLUB WAS A GREAT
AND SO WERE
We talked for ages, and the lollies and other
snacks we had were a bonus.
The Great Book Swap
"The Great Book Swap is a win-win.
Not only does it help raise money
to improve literacy levels in remote
communities, but the excitement ad
fun... helps improve literacy levels in
your community or organisation..."
Andy Griffiths, ILF Ambassador
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Literacy Week acknowledges an important aspect
of our learning. We did the Great Book Swap
and dressed up as favourite literary characters.
The stars of the show were ‘Miss Trunchbull’ and
her unfortunate niece, ‘Miss Honey’, among
others. We were honoured by a visit from author,
Abdi Aden, who wrote “Shining”. He shared his
experiences with the audience of Year 9 students.
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2016 has been another successful year of Sport at
Reservoir High School. Students have represented
the school in all intra-school carnivals and interschool
events with pride and sportsmanship.
The Reservoir High School Athletics Carnival took
place on Friday 19th of February at Meadowglen
International Athletics Stadium Epping. It was
another fun and competitive day with the final tally
showing a win for Darebin.
Again, the day could not be as successful without
the help of students and staff.
The final tally results were:
Green: Darebin 690pts
Blue: Merri 580pts
Red: Plenty 536pts
In Term 2, 57 students represented our school at
the Darebin District Championships. It was another
successful day with many students placing in their
events. It was an amazing effort for Reservoir High
to make it to the Northern Metropolitan Region:
The Reservoir High Cross Country Day was held
on Friday 3rd of June. It was another outstanding
event in which many students participated.
Thank you to all students who participated and
congratulations to those who made it through to
the next round.
In the subsequent rounds of cross-country, students
represented the school at the Darebin District, with
five students progressing to the next rounds. A
great effort by all students.
On Friday 14th of October students represented
our school at the Darebin District Futsal
Championships. All teams played with heart
and great school pride, doing their best and
representing our school values.
The day was positive, and we look forward to
seeing our teams in next year’s championships.
Commitment, teamwork and persistence were a
common theme in our inter-school sports teams
again this year when we were representing
the college at every level of competition.
Congratulations to the following teams who
represented the school:
VCE Boys and Girls Outdoor Soccer
VCE Boys and Girls Volleyball
Year 9/10 Boys and Girls Soccer
VCE Boys Tennis
Year 8 Boys and Girls Soccer
Year 9/10 Boys and Girls Tennis
Year 7 Boys and Girls Soccer
Year 9/10 Boys and Girls Volleyball
Year 7 Boys Cricket
Year 7 to 10 Girls Football
Year 8 Boys Cricket
Year 9/10 Boys Football
Year 9/10 Boys Cricket
Year 7 Boys Football
Year 8 Boys Football
Year 7 Girls Netball
Year 9/10 Girls Netball
Year 8 Girls Netball
VCE Boys Badminton
Year 9/10 Boys and Girls Badminton
Year 8 Boys and Girls Badminton
Year 7 Boys and Girls Badminton
Year 7 Boys and Girls Hockey
Year 8 Boys and Girls Hockey
Year 9/10 Boys and Girls Basketball
VCE Boys and Girls Basketball
Year 7 Boys and Girls Basketball
Year 8 Boys and Girls Basketball
Year 7 Boys and Girls Table tennis
Year 8 Boys and Girls Table Tennis
VCE Boys and Girls Futsal
9/10 Boys and Girls Futsal
Year 7 Boys and Girls Futsal
Year 8 Boys and Girls Futsal
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Special congratulations to the following teams
which represented the school in District and
Year 7 Boys and Girls Volleyball
Year 8 Boys Volleyball
VCE Boys Badminton
VCE Boys Futsal
Year 9/10 Boys Futsal
Year 8 Girls Futsal
Year 7 Boys Futsal
I thank and congratulate all coaches and students
on their dedication this year. We have a high level
of success due to their effort and commitment to
our school, representing Reservoir High to the best
of their ability.
I know it will be just as successful in 2017!!!
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[ ROS PIZZEY \
It has been a very busy year in the Junior School
for our Year 8 students. Term 1 saw our students
visiting the Melbourne Zoo to take part in the
Endangered Animals program. The students
thoroughly enjoyed the day and they all learned
about the issues relating to the threats to our
In Term 2, staff and students took part in
Medieval Day. Students and staff dressed up in
medieval costume and learned about life in the
Middle Ages, including crime and punishment
and castle life.
In Term 3, our annual Future Focus Day was a
highlight for students. REACH provided a great
session on developing positive relationships
amongst peers. The careers staff spoke to students
about future options and all students completed
their Managed Individual Pathways on line.
In Term 4, students visited Latrobe University to
learn what life at a tertiary institution involved
and, finally, we all went to WaterMarc to practise
our swimming skills and to celebrate the end of
our two years in the Junior School.
and have played hard at sport, to compete in
the many interschool competitions. All students
involved in sport have represented Reservoir
High with great pride and have displayed
excellent sportsmanship as well as their
enjoyment. Many Year 8 students were also
involved in Production and our SRC Leaders
and members ran assemblies and provided
great leadership for our cohort.
I would like to wish all of our Year 8 students
well, as they transition to Middle School.
Thank you also to all teachers who taught and
took such special care of our Year 8 students.
Special thanks go to Mr Darryl Forbes (Head
of the Junior School), Tammy Baines (Junior
School Office Manager) and Lea Volpe and
Mark Jessup for their continued support and
involvement with this cohort.
Besides all of the above, students have worked
hard to complete the required coursework
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Welcome to Doan Thi Diem High School in Hanoi
We had the pleasure of welcoming Madam Hien, Principal of the Doan Thi Diem High School in Hanoi, Vietnam
last week. Madam Hien arrived with a delegation from her school to find out more about Reservoir High and the
possibility of organising a Sister School relationship between the two schools.
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ACROSS ALL THEIR
AND AIMING TO
ACHIEVE THEIR BEST.”
It has been a very busy year for students and staff
in the SEAL Program at Reservoir High School.
Our young scholars have worked diligently
across all their subject areas, setting goals and
aiming to achieve their best. Their teachers have
been outstanding in their selection of learning
approaches to motivate, engage, challenge and
inspire. Our SEAL accreditation as part of TAASS
(The Academy of Accredited Schools) has ensured
that our teachers continually reflect on their
professional practice and strive to progressively
extend the boundaries of the classroom in varied
ways, hence delivering wonderful learning
opportunities for our students in the SEAL Program.
Surveys conducted in November in Years 7, 8, 9
and 10 indicate that our learners feel effectively
challenged and engaged. Importantly, they have
also enjoyed the relationships they have formed
with the other students with similar learning
profiles and have felt supported and very positive
about their teachers and the learning experiences
provided in the SEAL classrooms.
Whilst the academic program is of critical
importance, it is without question that key learning
opportunities are also created in the broader
co-curricular life of the school. SEAL students
have participated in a vast array of co-curricular
activities such as Production, Dance, Music and
Debating, just to mention a few. These activities
have provided enjoyment and have allowed
students the opportunity to learn and practise
important skills, like collaboration with others,
whilst improving their skills of communication,
articulation and self-expression. Participation
in a multitude of school activities and subject
selection such as the Advance Program have
enabled students to form and give expression
to their emerging social consciousness and to
care for the wellbeing of others in our local
community and beyond.
It is pleasing to see that many of the students in
the SEAL program are involved in the co-curricular
life of the school, whilst also maintaining their
diligent approach to the academic program. The
many outstanding academic results and excellent
contributions to the life of the school are a credit
to the students and staff at Reservoir High School.
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Year 8D SEAL students spent a day at the
Melbourne Museum, as part of a SEAL Hub
experience, where they worked with other
schools, communicated via twitter and
completed sixty-second videos.
The aims of the day were to contribute to the
development of Victorian museums and express
our ideas and opinions about current and future
exhibitions. It also allowed students to explore the
Museum, learn about its collections and displays
and have an all-round great day. In addition,
it offered us a chance to work together and
improve our cooperative skills.
Museums Victoria has over 17 million collections,
16 million of which are natural collections.
The role of the Melbourne Museum and its
exhibitions is to educate people about the
history of artefacts, timelines of Earth, dinosaurs,
etc. and developments of species. We were
first welcomed by Dermot Henry, Kate Phillips
and Ana Tiqua at the opening lecture. Dermot
is a geologist who travels the world to collect
specimens to display in exhibitions and for
research. He gave us a slight idea of what it
feels like to be able to have the privilege of
working in such an incredible environment.
Kate Phillips is Senior Curator of the Science
exhibitions. She talked about what makes a good
exhibition, which includes the “WOW Factor”,
Senses, Whole Body, Fun, Dynamics and Story.
She talked in detail about these factors, which
greatly helped us to complete one of the tasks
planned for the day. Ana Tiqua is the Producer
of Body Gallery. She talked about the planning of
exhibitions, background work and being “Behind
the Scenes”. She also mentioned teamwork and
the importance of communication.
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We are authors!!!!
This year in Year 9 English as an Additional
Language, we were given the opportunity to write
our first novel. When Ms Tsolakis told us that we
would be doing this we all shook our heads and
said “We can never do it!”
But….. we’ve done it!
We planned our story and decided on our
characters. Each week we wrote a chapter, our
teacher corrected it and we then typed it up. We
did this for six chapters. Our books were edited
and proofread again before they were printed.
We chose our title, designed our cover, wrote our
blurb and our books were now complete.
Mr Jessup read every single book!!! He came to
class, signed the novels and gave each student
a Principal's Award sticker which they placed on
their front cover.
It was a great experience!!!! Special thanks to Ms
Tsolakis for helping us to become young authors.
Year 9 EAL Class
A thousand paper cranes
carried her prayers in peace
but laid with her in sleep.
In her shiny eyes
the flash of smile spoke
and folded her into death.
Sadako always wanted a Kimono to wear
before she died her mother made it for her
with lots of tears.
Her mother held her hands
to give her courage
and to say never give up.
She was fighting with her life
she tried her best but she died
we were sad and we cried.
She died and the skies turned grey
we promise that we will clear the sky
hoping that her cranes would fly
and little Sadako may live forever.
Wakil Abir Year 7
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This term we have been reading an awesome
book ‘Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes’.
This book is about a girl who had leukaemia,
which is a disease that some people get when
a bomb drops. Sadako tried to make 1000 paper
cranes, because she thought she would get better
if she did. She didn’t get to finish them because
she died. We set ourselves a goal and made 500
paper cranes for her. It was real fun making them
and everyone enjoyed themselves.
Sofia Typou Year 7
There was girl, her name was Sadako,
She loved running around the fields.
Once, she fell and she couldn’t stand up anymore.
The moment she lost her hope
was when she heard she had the deadliest disease.
She sat in a bright hospital room
hopelessness in her heart.
One day, her best friend brought her a golden paper crane
and told her a story,
If she made a thousand cranes, her disease would go away.
This gave hope to Sadako,
One, two, one hundred, two hundred.
She made her six hundred and fifty-fourth paper crane.
She left the world quietly and happily,
The golden crane took her to a place without sadness and disease.
She’ll stay there with happiness and kindness forever.
Jack Yu, Year 7
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Future Taekwondo Olympian?
A young Year 8 student, who has recently arrived
in Australia from Greece, has won a gold medal
in Taekwondo at the Oceania Games.
Anastasia Typou was born in Kozani, Greece,
and came to Australia with her parents and her
two younger sisters three and a half years ago.
Anastasia, along with her sister Sofia, who is in
Year 7, started Taekwondo in Greece. Anastasia
started when she was four and Sofia when
she was six.
After arriving in Australia, they continued their
sport here, and have won numerous awards
This year, Anastasia, who is only fourteen
years old, represented Australia in the Oceana
Games in Fiji.
In Suva she won the gold medal (in the colours
of Australia) after competing with a girl from
Indonesia and with a score of 13-1!
Apart from being an excellent competitor,
Anastasia is excelling at school as well, according
to her teachers.
I believe that in these times when so many
unpleasant things are happening around us,
Anastasia’s success gave all of us happiness
and it will inspire other talented young people to
participate in other extra-curricular activities and
try their best to excel..
Anastasia is already planning for her next step
and that is to represent Australia in the Olympic
Games and win the gold medal there!
Ms Voula Tsolakis
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[ RHEANNON SHARMA \
k THE WILD
My name is Rae, I’m a stingray and this story is
about how once I was really hungry and I went
looking for my favourite food and saw a human
for the first time while on my journey.
I was home alone one day and was really hungry
so I decided if my parents weren’t going to bring
me food, I may as well go catch my own. So I left
my home going to a place that I heard the other
stingrays talking about apparently it has the best
small fish which means I’m definitely going to go
and eat there.
Eventually after asking all the other stingrays for
directions, I made it to the best place to find the
best small fish, it felt so good to finally be in the
warmest tropical place in the ocean surrounded
by my stingray mates, molluscs, worms and
SMALL FISH. I quickly grabbed as many small fish
as I could and buried myself with them under the
sand just so nobody else could steal my fish and
eat them. After my meal [which tasted delicious] I
decided to stay the night under the sand as it was
pretty dark, I felt really warm and didn’t want to
move from there so I fell asleep.
The next morning I woke up feeling so happy and
good about the beautiful place I was in but also
sad that I had to go back home. Just before I left,
I had a snack and started swimming back home
and on the way the weirdest thing happened,
I saw an odd object that I never seen before,
floating on top of the water so I decided to go
towards it and find out what it was.
I went up really close to it and saw four weird
creatures on the object, each holding one stick
with a flat end and swinging it in the water to
make the object go forward. I followed it until it
stopped and, following them brought me back to
the place where I had just come from I wondered
why these weird creatures would be here. They
must be hungry and had come to hunt for food.
The creatures dived into the water and one of
them was looking directly at me holding a weird
object with light on it. It was hurting my eyes so
I turned around from the light and, because all I
wanted to do was go home, and get away from
the scary creatures, I decided to leave but one
of them followed me. I started to feel like he was
going to catch me with the net that it had hanging
on its back so I used my barb to sting the creature
and swam as fast as I could back home.
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[ ELAINE GUERRA \
Another year has flown by, with many exciting
events which have occurred.
Our new cohort at the start of the year took a
little while to settle into the routine of ‘The Middle
School’, with very pleasing results. We now have
a group of mature young adults and we look
forward to seeing them continuing to progress
in all areas.
During the year, the Year 9s went on the
Williamstown excursion to ‘Tall Ships’ where they
experienced a taste of life from the past, seeing
the conditions and ways of sailing a ship from
the olden days. Our students were then able
to view the sights and shops of Docklands.
To further our students’ maturity we were involved
with the SAPPSS (Sexual Assault Prevention
Program for Secondary Schools) which is based
around respectful relationships. Our students gave
very thoughtful and honest responses to the various
In Term 3, we had our ‘Principal’s Awards’. It was
a delight to see many of our students receive
awards for their Academic results and also for
their Exemplary Attitude to Learning Awards, for
those who strive to better their education. It was
also a good chance to find out more about the
interests and career aspirations of those students.
There was a new process this year regarding
course counselling, where students met with
their counsellor at least twice before making
their subject selections. We then had subject
selection afternoon, where students had to make
the final decision about their future and make
appropriate subject choices to achieve their
desired career pathways.
This year our students were lucky to be
involved with a ‘Skills’ presentation from La
Trobe University, through our School Partnership
Program, which will hopefully give them insights
into how to organise their time and prepare for
exams. Hopefully this activity will embed these
skills which are essential for later years.
Some of our students have been involved in
numerous sporting events throughout the year.
Many Year 9 students represented Reservoir High
in interschool sport competitions. We also had
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“WE ALSO HAD A LARGE
OUR YEAR 9 STUDENTS
IN OUR FANTASTIC
YEAR, WHICH I HEAR
WAS A PLEASURE TO
WATCH AND TO SEE
THEM GIVE THEIR ALL.”
a large representation of our Year 9 students in
our fantastic Production this year, which l hear
was a pleasure to watch and to see them give
their all. Unfortunately l was away on leave and
could not attend.
This year we have had students attend the School
for Student Leadership. Three girls attended in Term
3 and at the moment there are two boys attending.
They have developed confidence, leadership
skills and have also participated in team-building
experiences, which are essential life skills.
Marco and Ms Lea Volpe hope that everyone
has a safe and relaxing vacation break. We look
forward to seeing you back at Reservoir High in
2017 in the Middle School as Year 10 Students.
Mrs Elaine Guerra
In Term 4, we ran the Peer Support training
program. A group of selected students who show
leadership abilities have been trained to be Peer
Support leaders for the new Year 7 students in
order to help them settle into life in Secondary
School. These two days of training gave students a
chance to show their strengths and abilities to work
in group situations and be good leaders.
I would like to thank Mr Ian Wilson for filling in as
Year 9 coordinator whilst l was on leave, keeping
an eye on the cohort.
We from the Middle School, myself, Mrs Elaine
Guerra along with Mr Nick Vass, Mrs Tammy Di
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It has been an awesome year for our Year 9
Advance students. During Term 1, students
prepared for our Duke of Edinburgh practice camp
at Barjarg. Students learned how to put up their
tents, cook on a trangia, read maps and look after
themselves in the bush. The five days on camp
were exciting and exhausting, with students hiking
or biking in the Strathbogie ranges, doing teamwork
challenges and water activities. This camp
prepared them for our qualifying expedition at
Murrindindi in November.
Students have also worked hard to complete their
Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. They have
developed their project management skills, public
speaking abilities and volunteered their time to
run activities at Latrobe Village. These activities
included a Trivia Night, International Afternoon
Tea and Christmas celebrations. A highlight was
the book we created, after interviewing residents
at the Village. Students learned about what life
was like in the 1950s and 1960s and wrote up
a brief history of the lovely residents whom they
interviewed. All students qualified for a Certificate
11 in First Aid. As well as doing all of this hard
work, students had fun and developed selfconfidence
and leadership skills.
Tony Marcus and Ros Pizzey.
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ADVANCE REPORT 2016
Advance 2016, was a blast! The highlights were
the camps and bike rides after school. It all starts
at the end of last year when we went on a 10km
bush walk, so that Mr. Marcus and Ms. Pizzey
could figure if we were all capable. Apparently
we were, so the class stayed as it was (with some
exceptions). Also, at the end of last year, a couple
of us went with Mr. Marcus and Mr. O’Donnell
on a bike ride (while everyone else was at Fun
Fields!). We rode to Alphington and had a BBQ.
We all had a great day.
Barjarg camp/Practice camp
This camp was fun. We went to Lake Nillacootie
on some days, because of the extreme heat. While
we were on the lake, we went on doughnuts
towed by Mr. Marcus’s boat. Mr. O’Donnell was
driving most of the time, being a hoon while
towing us! Since I was a bike rider, I went on
the two bike rides, which was alright, except for
the fact that on the first day we had to do ‘Neil’s
Nightmare’ – really steep hill. On the Wednesday
we had to set up our tents, which was fun for me,
since I had a swag and it only took 5 minutes. I
was pretty much annoying everyone because of
that fact. On the way back we stopped in Yea and
a couple of us found this shop with fairy costumes
in it. We put on tiaras and had a magic wand.
Interviews at Latrobe Retirement Village
The whole class went to Latrobe Retirement Village
with Mrs. Pizzey and we each selected a person
to interview and just to talk to in general. We all
had a good time, exploring what it was like to
live through WW2, the Great Depression and
seeing technology change so dramatically in really
what is a relatively short of time. Overall we really
enjoyed ourselves and gained insights into ‘living
‘history’. It was very rewarding for all.
This camp is needed as a requirement to complete
the Duke of Edinburgh Award. We had to set
up our tents (again!), go on two bike rides/
walks and cook our own meals. On the first ride I
punctured my front tyre - which was fun. A couple
of us gathered some wood, and I got a fire
going. It was a really good fire too - it burned all
the through the night, which was good because
it was freezing, so when we got up, we could
relight using the coals alone. On the second day
we had our last bike ride/walk and I almost died!
The ride was so flat that my knees were giving out
from the continuous pedalling. When we got back
we put our tents away and came home. We were
tired but had enjoyed ourselves, as well as having
finished our Duke of Ed physical obligations.
On the 16th of November a couple of us went to
the retirement village after school, and ran a trivia
night for the ‘Golden Oldies’. They seemed to
enjoy it, and so did we.
The trivia was split into sections : History,
Geography, General Knowledge, Sport, Film and
Television and included some other things such as
‘Famous Faces’ and ‘Who am I?’
There was a good mix of party foods. A good
time was had by all.
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The Year 9 elective subject, Team Sports, has
adopted the infamous SEPEP program (Sport
Education in Physical Education Program). Our
class spent the semester learning about the body
systems, before delving into the world of game
classifications. The SEPEP program required
students to find similarities between common sports
that use similar strategies, for example soccer
and basketball, which are both ‘invasion games’.
They learned about important roles and the
community of staff who make sports competitions
possible and successful.
With each of us adopting an interchangeable role,
we trained and played in four teams, named by
RB73 (the red team who came 1st)
3072 (the grey team who came 2nd)
Netflix (the white team who came 3rd) and
Chelsea (the black team who came 4th).
Congratulations to the gold award winners -
Koorik Griggs (most goals scored), Ricky Harrison
(most improved), Minaal Ali (most organised)
and Timothy Hung Do (best and fairest).
Masters (the blue team who came 1st)
Grenades (the grey team who came 2nd)
Klownz (the white team who came 3rd) and
United (the black team who came 4th).
Congratulations to the gold award winners –
Lani Cowie-Crocker (top goal scorer), Tony Lai
(best and fairest) and Justin Edgell (quickest goal).
The students were highly organised and
participated in a fantastic show of team work,
over 10 weeks of competition.
On March 15th, the Year 9 Team Sports class
were lucky enough to try a completely different
kind of team sport - Bubble Soccer at Box Hill
Indoor Sports Centre. The students realized early
on that the activity was much more vigorous
than expected. They played two rounds of
soccer where the red team dominated and
then played a knock down match.
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Three Reservoir High students in Year 9 - Tegan,
Ananke and Amelia - attended a nine-week camp
at the School for Student Leadership in Western
Victoria. They survived without technology, as they
participated in such activities as the Community
Learning Project. There were also some very
active experiences, like surfing. Top: Ananke
feeling on top of the world, left: Tegan making
sure all students get fed, right: Amelia (left)
having a fabulous time!
Suny Salioski is the 2016 Bruce
Kingsbury Scholarship recipient
and he presented at the reunion
lunch, in front of 100 guests of
the Association, including three
2/14th Veterans - Max Caldwell,
Clarence Cunningham and
George Collins. The school was
presented with a history book and
had all three veterans sign it. It is
displayed in the 2/14th & Bruce
Kingsbury cabinet in the Library.
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[ EMILY DALL’OSTO \
On Wednesday the 1st of June, 9D went on an
excursion to the Melbourne Museum to gather
more information about what actually happened
in World War I. We went to the Love and Sorrow
Exhibition and we learned a lot more about the
lifestyle that the soldiers had in World War I.
We looked closely at all the letters that were sent
to and from the war and how the soldiers were
affected by the war. We saw all the equipment
that was used back in the early 1900s and
how, if they were injured, the amount of pain
the soldiers would endure. We were made more
aware of what happened in World War I, which
helped us in completing an assignment. Overall,
the day was really beneficial for everyone who
attended the excursion, so thank you to Ms Hill
for organising this day for our class.
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[ MR NICK VASS \
“Call me…King of the Mountain!” So bellowed
Peter Garrett, from Midnight Oil, as I stood in
Festival Hall on a hot February night in the late
'90s……..the place was shoulder to shoulder,
bodies swaying, sweat pouring from every
conceivable pore and beer cups everywhere
providing instant relief from the heat. Wow the
At the time, as a young man in my early 20s,
I never thought much of what he was trying to
say. Only now, as an older (not necessarily
wiser!) man in my 40s, a husband / father, does
the notion of what it means to be “King of the
Mountain” make sense – and I’m not referring
to the yearly winner at Bathurst or the late,
great Peter Brock.
In the Middle School we begin the year at base
camp or ground zero. In our first assembly we all
gaze upwards at the mountain in front of us and
wonder how we will reach our peak or summit.
For all of us, the climb will have its peaks and
troughs, moments of exhilaration and despair,
there will be tears and jubilation. The whole way
up, Ms Guerra, Ms Di Marco and Mr Vass stand
at the bottom belaying our students, cajoling
and supporting the climb.
To reach the top has different meanings, even
though the climb is the same… a tough challenge.
For some, completing two VCE subjects is the
goal and balancing this rigorous allotment is
challenging especially at Year 10.
For others, it may be beginning at Reservoir as
a new student, only to find the commencement
going pear shaped, where suspensions mount
and simply remaining in school is the goal.
However, from the summit the view is sweet,
when, at the Year 10 Formal, acceptance and
respect from staff and students alike shows that
the steep climb was worthwhile.
Sometimes the climb to the top is aborted… from
the base as a Year 10 to the top where entry to
Year 11 is the reward.
The difficult choice to turn around and head
back down to base camp, regather our thoughts
and then commit to attempting the climb again
… at the beginning of 2017. This is what
some of us face.
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It takes character and courage to do this, as the
difficulty of the climb is fresh in our minds, along
with the mental demons we need to overcome.
However, the harder the climb the sweeter the
victory and the more beautiful the view.
We enjoyed sharing the climb with all of you.
Next year, there is some extra emotion attached
to those who seek to reach the top at their
“FOR ALL OF US,
THE CLIMB WILL
HAVE ITS PEAKS AND
AND DESPAIR, THERE
WILL BE TEARS AND
We end with these words from the iconic
Sound of Music:
Climb every mountain
Ford every stream
Follow every rainbow
Till you find your dream
I love that song. Not sure if Festival Hall in the
'90s could do it justice as it did Midnight Oil.
A thought for another day…
Mr Nick Vass
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This year, the Science faculty has gone from
strength to strength. In addition to working in
fascinating labs and numerous excursions, the
major highlight for this year was the Inaugural
Science Fair. The Fair displayed students'
work from Years 7, 10 and 11 and students
were questioned about their work, their
findings, processes and so on. All students
who participated are to be congratulated
on their amazing hard work.
Next year, we look forward to another Science
Fair and also the commencement of the Year 8
Science Elective, focusing on robotics, forensics
and rockets. We look forward to welcoming new
staff to the faculty, but also sadly farewell Lou
Borrelli, Tim Cross, and Steele Parker.
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To showcase the work done by students, in a
variety of subjects related to the sciences, our first
Science Fair was held. The fair was attended by
Year 7s to Year 10s. Parents also participated and
enjoyed the presentations by students.
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This year has been full of special events and busy
moments, but I have to say a special thankyou to
Mr Barker for organising the first Sydney Arts &
Design Tour. He and Ms Dellal flew a group of
senior students to Sydney to see art, architecture
and famous artists’ studios. They even undertook
Art classes in unique Sydney locations, including
the grand Victoria Building. I know this will be
something the students will remember for the rest
of their lives and will be a highlight of their VCE.
Back in Melbourne, Studio Art students went to
Top Arts at the NGV and the Year 12s did an
Art Spaces tour of Fitzroy with Ms Dellal. Mr
Barker also took the Visual Communication Design
students on various excursions. They attended the
‘Design Big Day Out’, visiting various architectural
locations and galleries in the CBD and viewing
Top Designs at the Museum.
Café in Preston, with a fantastic display of talent
demonstrated through the students’ art work. The
opening was a big success and after a secret
vote from all of those who attended, Vanessa
Vun of 8D won the ‘Planner Award’, winning the
privilege of having her art work printed onto the
cover of the 2017 planner, with her drawing of
a tiger. This year’s People’s Choice Award was
a close call, but the winner was Farida Sharifi,
of Year 11, with her appropriation of Goya’s
‘Sleep of Reason’. All of the students who had
work in the show are to be congratulated and the
response from the public has been very positive.
The accompanying images on page 98–99 show
what a busy and productive year it has been in
our Art and Visual Communication classrooms.
Our Art Show was off-campus again this year and
we once more filled the walls of the Fire Station
Tehyali Malone, from 11B,
with the Minister of Education,
the Hon. James Merlino, at
Treasury Gardens receiving her
WANNIK Scholarship. Tehyali
is also pictured with Mum,
Auntie and Ms Rossini.
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This was a red letter day for our school community.
After years of planning we welcomed past and
present students’ families, teachers, politicians -
and even a film star or two - to our opening.
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Our first school Production in the new
Performing Arts Centre, RJ Brady
Auditorium – Footloose – was attended
by over a 1000 people in total. It was
a great success thanks to the talent,
both front-stage and back-stage.
[ IN THE NEW THEATRE \
“IT WAS A GREAT
TO THE TALENT, BOTH
Natalia Conic, Tom Rogulic, Jeremiah Murphy,
Victoria Canning, Michael Illarietti, Marindi Jarrett,
Maxine Rose, Frances Abou Ghaloum, Lawra
Alkalame, Kyle Bond, Simone Etheve, Caitlyn
Haynes, Tommy Lai, Tehyali Malone, Savina,
Mavrommatis, Leilani Murphy, Michael Russo,
Jimmy Kalogriopoulos, Mathew Kenealy, Troy
Martin, Poly Mukunga, Bash Revendren, Jacob
Wittingslow, Mia Petrovic, Suny Salioski.
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This year has been a huge year for the Performing
Arts. We welcomed Ms Hart to the school as our
new piano teacher. Our new Theatre was opened
by Deborah Mailman at the start of Term 2, with
stellar performances by the Performing Arts and
Instrumental staff and many students representing
dance, drama and music.
Then the Theatre Studies class did their ensemble
performance of Ned Kelly and we hosted the
Drama Victoria Festival. Our music students also
performed at the School of Rock, supported
by Mr Bayley and Mr Braithwaite. Term 2
finished with a Performing Arts Night, before we
moved into Term 3.
Our major production this year was ‘Footloose’
and we did two matinee performances, to packed
houses, before doing three evening shows. They
just got better and better. The hip hop crew did
a show with Outer Urban Projects called the
Inaugural Dance Affaire. There were several
“WE DID TWO MATINEE
TO PACKED HOUSES,
BEFORE DOING THREE
THEY JUST GOT
BETTER AND BETTER.”
other events in the city. Term 3 concluded with
a Theatre and Dance monologue and the solo
performance exam practice evening.
In Term 4, Mr Bayley organised the recording
of the 2016 CD, featuring students from all areas
of the music programme and we had two very
successful Showcase nights - one for dance and
drama and the other for music.
Darebin Youth Freeza program
Congratulations to the following students who were selected to participate
in the Darebin Youth Freeza program: Brandon Bains, Opheira Harder,
David Baker and Finn Duggan.
The program aims to help students develop skills involved in all aspects
of the music industry.
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[ IN THE NEW THEATRE \
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2017 has been a very busy and productive year.
During the First Semester we hosted the Grade
5 students from neighbouring primary schools.
These students completed a hands-on lesson,
where they each prepared a batch of chocolate
truffles and then decoratively packaged them to
take home. These students were excited to be
working in home economics rooms.
During Semester 1 we worked with students
and parents, preparing different cultural dishes
for the International Day festivities. This was an
enjoyable day for all.
The electives at the Middle Years were very
popular. At year 10, the Catering students
produced many different dishes, which could be
produced in larger quantities for functions. The
Cake Decorating students practiced such skills
as piping, beating egg whites for meringues and
decorating large and small cakes with different
types of icing. The students’ series of decorated
cakes displayed many different themes and were
Year 9 International Foods has given all students a
very diverse and culturally valuable experience, as
the students cooked dishes relative to the country
being studied. In Party Food, students investigated
the many different types of celebrations that are
held during the year and produced food which
is suitable to serve at these functions. In junior
classes the Year 7 and 8 students are involved
in learning basic skills, as they work through
demonstrations, reading of recipe sheets and
taking pride in the production of the finished result.
At times throughout the year we see some parents
with their children, who come along to view
the school and its suitability for their children’s
education. This is a good experience for the
Home Economics students - to have people
speaking to them while they are working.
In Year 7 Textiles, the students learned how to
measure accurately and how to use the sewing
machine safely when they constructed a cushion
and a patchwork hot pad.
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Another full and exciting year has passed in
our Language classrooms, with students building
on their language skills and learning more about
the Italian culture.
Just some of the things we did this year include
our Yr. 8 classes visiting Museo Italiano in Carlton,
where they completed some language activities
and toured the museum to learn more about the
experiences of the first Italian migrants to Australia.
Then we went to an Italian restaurant in Lygon St
for a pizza and gelato lunch - delizioso!
Well done to all of the Italian Language students
who have dedicated themselves to the learning
of another language and culture. Leaning a
second - or third language, has so many benefits;
it gives students a rich, challenging experience to
connect not only with our multicultural community,
but also with the world! There are also many
future vocational benefits when you know another
language. Students also gain confidence and
develop overall literacy and communication
skills as well!
“OPEN MY HEART AND
YOU WILL SEE ‘GRAVED
INSIDE OF IT, 'ITALY'.”
– Robert Browning
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The Senior School is well and thriving. It has
been another exciting year, with the calendar
full of important events ensuring that our students
get the best possible chances for a successful
future. The Year 11 cohort worked collaboratively
during the year and presented themselves well
as role models for the school. In fact we had an
overwhelming number of students applying for
the School Captain positions and they all had the
potential to be elected. The successful applicants
were outstanding in their interviews and in their
desire to contribute to further improving the
school next year.
SCHOOL CAPTAINS 2017
have done well in their final exams. The School
Captains for 2016 led by example and worked
extremely hard to represent the student body.
Many thanks to Latishia Cowie-Cocker, Michael
Illarietti, Victoria Canning and Lucy Lu for their
input and contributions.
YEAR 12 STUDENTS WHO HAVE EXCELLED IN
The Year 12 students were exemplary in their
attitude to study periods, working quietly and
consistently to achieve their very best. We
had a lot of interested and dedicated students
regularly attending the after school tutorials, run
by the Senior School and the La Trobe tutors.
Consequently, many students performed well
above the expected levels and hopefully will
DR STEPHEN LIVESEY RECIPIENTS FROM THE
CLASS OF 2015
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The Senior School is not just about achieving
academic excellence, but developing great
relationships between students and teachers as
well. Many events have contributed to fostering
mature and respectful interactions which have
thus enabled us to work well together on different
levels. One of the most entertaining days was the
end of year dress up day, where our principal, Mr
Jessup, ‘trumped’ the students in his provocative
Charlie’s Angels outfit. The film night was lots of
fun, starting with high carb food such as pizza and
chips (we won’t mention how many pizzas Abiola
ate!!!!!) and proceeded with a gripping ambience
in the PAC as we sat through a comedic, gothic
horror movie. The students laughed while the
The Year 12 Formal was a huge success, as
always. The students looked stunning (some boys
actually out-shone the girls, in their impeccable
Armani suits). In fact, there were so many of them
who lingered and didn’t want to leave at the end
of the night. We wish all of the senior students
great success in their future pursuits.
Zoran Trajkovic, Nina Rossini, Lorraine Cross
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2016 has been a very busy one for our Uni
Bridges program. Students from Years 10, 11 and
12 have attended a variety of outreach activities
at La Trobe University, covering a diverse range
of topics, such as: aspirin synthesis, chemical
analysis, instrumental analysis of water soluble
compounds, making memories, reading minds
and detecting lies, disease and diagnosis
(Malaria), immunology and disease, photonics in
communication systems and voltage amplifiers.
Year 10 and 11 students have set up digital
portfolios, using padlet, in which they save and
reflect upon all of their Uni Bridges work across
their English, Maths and Science subjects.
Congratulations to our final 4 capstone
applicants who delivered impressive presentations
to the panel. Uni Bridges provides wonderful
opportunities for our students and it is part
of our ever strengthening relationship with
La Trobe University.
Well done to everyone who has embraced
and participated in this program. Many thanks
to those who have supported me in my role
as Uni Bridges Coordinator.
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+ Careers ?
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VET is an integral part of what we offer our
students. VET in the VCE or VCAL allows students
to include VET within their Senior Secondary
Certificate. Students undertake nationally
recognised training from either accredited state
curriculum or national training packages, which
may contribute to their VCE and/or VCAL.
Combining theory with practice, it enables students
to pursue an area of vocational interest and, in
doing so, to gain invaluable experience which
is transferable to the workplace.
Students can elect to either study these courses
at the school, or externally, at a number of
providers such as NCAT (Northern College
of Art and Textiles), Peter Lalor Vocational
College, ONTTC (Outer Northern Trade
Training Centre) or Bundoora Secondary College.
At Reservoir High we offer a Certificate III in
Sports and Recreation and a Certificate II in
Furniture. Externally, there are over fifty courses,
although the most popular include Building and
Construction, Community Services, Child Care,
Plumbing and Electro-technology.
Our star (and there were quite a few this year) was
Matthew Kenealy who completed his Certificate III
in Sport & Recreation, a Certificate II in Furniture
at Reservoir High, while also completing his
pre-apprenticeship in Building & Construction at
NCAT. A VET legend! Well Done Matt.
Another option for students is to do a School
Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship in an area
that is of vocational interest or relevance to the
students. Combining paid work with school is a
great option and we hope to have more students
undertake these in 2017. We had a number of
students who completed SBATs in Business-well
done Ayan Ali, Tayla Nada & Sarah Mukunga
and in Childcare, with Kaityln Carstairs managing
to complete not only her Certificate III but to
undertake a Diploma as well. Outstanding!
David Baker was successful in his Certificate
III in Information, Digital Media & Technology
at Lightmare Studios, while Maddi Tregoning
was a star, completing her Certificate III
in Hairdressing and then being offered
employment at Hair Works.
While employment is usually the end point for
those doing these courses, many students use
them as a springboard for higher level study.
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“ YEAR 12 CLASS OF 2016 :
MEET t CAST
O AND THEIR FAVOURITE QUOTE OF THE YEAR o
“"HSP is love. HSP is life."
– Pauline Hanson
"I even owe myself money"
“Great minds think alone”
“The best way to stay in shape
is a skeleton.
Skin also helps.”
"Thank you RHS for teaching
me to right good. By the way,
Abiola you still owe me $400"
“Don’t follow your dreams,
“Choose your friends wisely
or trust no one”
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“if you drop soap on the floor
is the floor clean or is the soap
dirty? BTW did the person who
invented college, go to college?”
“High school taught me how
to do 8 hours of work in 30
minutes and 30 minutes of
work in 8 hours”
“I just don’t know how I
Jimmy knows it.”
"Sorry can't give you a quote,
I have to go to the gym."
“Always work hard and
never give up.”
“It is not in the stars to hold our
destiny, but in ourselves.”
“I would rather be stricken
blind, than to live without
expression of mind.”
“13 years for a piece of paper
and a handshake”
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“War doesn’t show who is
right, but only who is left.”
“#WANDERERS – FINAL
MEMBERS – TALZ N’ TOZ”.
“#WANDERERS – FINAL
MEMBERS – TALZ N’ TOZ”
“The ATAR doesn’t define who
you are it is just a number and
you’re all #1
“My best feeling when studying
“Time for improv!”
“It always seems impossible
until it’s done.”
“Be true to yourself and not a
copy. Don’t compare to others
but be your unique, creative
and individual self.”
“Any dream worth having is a
dream worth fighting for.”
“Still haven’t done
the English essay.”
“Year 12 was like riding a
bike at first but then my bike,
the floor and life caught fire
and I realised I was in hell”
“It’s not enough that I should
succeed, others should fail.”
“ “I have so much to do”
*collapses on bed”
“Year 12 is easy if you
just give up.”
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“Heal the past, live the
present, dream the future.”
“Always be yourself, unless
you suck then pretend to be
“You ever wonder why
“You didn’t make me so don’t
“That feeling when your
money gets stolen #Abiola”
“The amount of success is
determined by the number
of bottle flips you can do
"I have finally been released
from my 5-year sentence."
“A thousand-mile journey
begins with your first step; the
top achievement is gained
step by step”
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YU RONG LU
“There are things that we don’t
want to happen, but have to
accept. Things that we don’t
want to know, but have to learn.
And people that we can’t live
without, but have to let go.”
“RIP to all the hours of sleep
I’ve lost to overthinking.”
"Education is important but
big biceps are importanter"
“I don’t need a 50 study
score. What I need is 50
shades of cakes.”
“Life is like a ladder,
sometimes you go down but
you’ll go up mostly.”
“Breath. It’s just a bad day,
not a bad life.”
“Gentleman in the street,
beast in the gym.”
“I enjoyed three years of
learning at Reservoir High.”
“Don’t judge my choices
without understanding my
“I am very quiet I don’t need
“No one actually realised
how much my lipstick
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“Success for me isn't a
destination it's a journey.
Everybody's working to get to
the top but where is the top? It's
all about working harder and
getting better and moving up
and up.” ~ Rihanna
“x2 Reservoir High School VCAL
Back to Back MVP - 2015/16
R.I.P of the District Era”
“Music is my life.”
“Ms Raptis, will you go to
formal with me?”
“Believe nothing you hear and
only half of what you see”
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“Your purpose is what drives
you to your destiny. There will
be obstacles but with God you
can overcome anything.”
“Just make a quote for me.”
“Walk with the wise and
become wise, for a companion
of fools suffers harm.”
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O STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL AND STUDENT LEADERSHIP o
' SRC ;
Finally! The year of 2016 has come to an end
and, without a doubt, it was the most productive
and exciting year so far for Reservoir High,
especially with the ‘Student Representative
Council’ (SRC). Our members of the SRC have
had many involvements in and commitments to
the school’s co-curricular activities. A few notable
programs include the Year 7 students’ and parents’
Information Night, Grade 5 Day, whole school
assemblies and casual dress day. All of these
events and programs could not have been so
successful without the work of the SRC, which
makes this student organisation an important part
of the school community.
Unlike in any other years, in 2016, our student
leadership team has made vital decisions with
the introduction of programs that would enhance
our school for both students and staff. One of the
major changes includes the canteen. The SRC
raised concerns about the quality of the canteen
offerings, suggesting that it could be improved
regarding food and facilities. At the end of our
numerous meetings and talks, our team and the
school decided that introducing a ‘café’ would
resolve our issues. The result of this change was
outstanding, highly satisfying for our students.
One program that is planned for next year is
the ‘new student welcome lunch’. This has been
initiated by the school to give a warm and
friendly welcome to the new students who will be
joining our school next year. This program will be
running once every term, involving some members
of the SRC, teachers and a friend of the new
student(s). This will be another challenge for the
SRC in 2017 - to carry out this plan successfully,
and we hope for the best!
As the SRC Captain, my experience in a
leadership position at Reservoir High was like
nothing before. Prior to my active involvement in
the SRC, I was personally lacking in confidence
and verbal communication skills and this was
really affecting my academic performances. But
this completely changed as I joined the student
leadership team and later became a student
leader. Through this valuable experience, I was
able to recognise the importance of the SRC and
how it really develops one’s learning experience.
On behalf of the student leadership team, I would
like to give congratulations to our student leaders
and members of the SRC, all of whom have been
active and taken initiative this year. Your hard
work and involvement have surely improved the
school in many ways. I would also like to mention
this year’s four school captains; Latishia Cowie-
Cocker, Lucy Lu, Victoria Canning and Michael
Illarietti. Our school captains have demonstrated
a great commitment and an extraordinary measure
of leadership this year. We wish you well in
the future in achieving further leadership roles
Lastly, as the 2016 captain of the SRC, along with
Manjot Singh, I would like to personally give great
thanks to our Leadership Coordinator, Mr Tony
Marcus and to our Principal and Vice-Principal,
Mr Jessup and Ms Volpe, for allowing such an
amazing group of student leaders to work together
and make a better environment for the school.
John Yang – 2016 SRC Captain
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[ MS CHRISTINE FARRUGIA \
Our International Student Program at Reservoir
High is now bursting at the seams and it is
with great pride that I’ve watched our students
participate fully in all that our school has offered
in 2016. Just a few of our students’ successes
have included being winners at the Public
Speaking Competition, participants at the
International Student Forum and being formally
welcomed at Government House.
All students have made the most of their year
through participation in a variety of extra-curricular
activities, such as the school Production, dance
and theatre studies performances, sporting
opportunities, the EAL lunch and the Art Show.
Our students have continued to achieve highly
in their studies, with many recognized through
Learning Area awards as well as achieving some
outstanding VCE study scores. It never ceases
to amaze me how well our students adjust to
living in Melbourne and the challenges they so
quickly overcome, once they begin their studies
at Reservoir High. This is no doubt due to the
support provided to new students by both other
international students and the friendly, caring staff
and students at our school. All of our international
students have been a credit to their families,
guardians and homestay hosts.
Our newest international students, who are
currently studying at various intensive English
language centres, were warmly welcomed during
our end of year transition program and we look
forward to them joining our program in 2017.
Wishing all our students and their families
a wonderful holiday break.
Ms Christine Farrugia
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After much planning and anticipation,
26 of our students and four staff
members enjoyed 15 days in China.
They visited all of the famous landmarks,
including the Great Wall and the
Terracotta Warriors. Our own great
leader, Mr Jessup, looked very at
home in amongst these soldiers of the
past. The tour included a visit to our
Sister School, Tianjin Muzhai Middle
School, where the school was warmly
welcomed by students, families and
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A visit to the ‘Tall Ships’ has become a fixture
on the school’s calendar. Students experience
sailing on a replica ship which was important
in Melbourne’s founding history – The Enterprise.
They were able to steer, hoist the sails and
experience the interior of this vessel. Some
of the teachers even climbed the rigging.
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Students from year 7-12 who study English as
an additional language hosted a lunch for their
teachers, based on their countries of origin. They
displayed items from all over the world as well as
costumes. It was very inclusive and they are very
proud of their cultures.
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NAB REALISE YOUR POTENTIAL
This workshop was designed to give students
in year 10 the chance to learn about different
careers from people in the workforce at NAB.
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8TH OF MARCH
The entire Reservoir High community hosted over
400 grade 5 students, from ten primary schools,
at our annual grade 5 day. They spent the day
being introduced to our school. They also enjoyed
a pizza lunch.
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YEAR 12 b LA TROBE
Our Year 12 students visited La Trobe, finding
out about University courses and life at University
in general. In the afternoon they had a lot of fun
doing team building activities.
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GO GIRL 4 IT
The day provided an opportunity for secondary
school girls to hear about exciting options and
career paths for females in IT.
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“YOU SHOULD ALL
BE PROUD OF WHAT
YOU HAVE ACHIEVED
THIRTEEN YEARS OF
MAKING IT ALL THE
WAY TO HERE. ”
Good Morning Everyone, Michael and I would
like to welcome each and every one of you to
the annual Year 12 Graduation Ceremony for the
class of ‘16. We are all side by side now, at a
stressful moment, nearing the exams – which, on
the plus side, has brought us all together. You may
all be having mixed feelings or emotions, some
experiencing grief that the high school journey is
finally over, some anxious about the journey that
lies ahead of us and some who cannot wait to get
the hell out of here! We've worked together, strived
together and shared our lives with each other - I'm
sure it goes without saying that we owe it to the
people that have guided us along this journey.
From that nervous first day (weren’t we so cute?)
at the beginning of school, when we had
to move into a new environment, where we
saw new people, new faces and gained new
friendships, we would walk around in security
groups making sure we wouldn't be lost or alone,
but little did we know that we would end up
gaining so many great memories from the next
five years. In Year 7 going to camp, the Year 8
Zoo excursion, the Year 9 Tall Ships excursion,
Year 10 camp to Queensland and the Formal,
the yearly school Athletics day to us currently
sitting here so beautifully dressed.
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The journey of Year 12 has been a real struggle
for many: from extensive days of sleep deprivation,
the sinking disappointment of trying your hardest
but not achieving desirable grades and that
constant underlying guilt of wasting your time
on social media and TV shows. It has been no
surprise that life can hit pretty hard when it wants
to. Although, we wouldn't be able to get where
we are today without our parents and family
members who have educated us before we even
got into school and have played the biggest role
in our lives, guiding us into the young men and
women who we are today, whilst having to put
up with our moody bombshells, chaos complaints
and struggles to stay motivated. Many of the staff
members at RHS deserve a big thank you and
acknowledgement for helping us throughout our
secondary years. We are so very grateful.
At the end of the day, you should all be proud of
what you have achieved throughout thirteen years
of schooling and, most importantly, making it all
the way to here. Year 12 is no doubt the most
challenging, stressful year of formal education and
it’s not about how hard you get hit its about how
you can get hit and keep moving forward because
the ATAR doesn't define who you are, instead it
is only the first measure of who you will become.
It has never been and never will be the final
frontier but it is, instead, the first step on the big
road ahead. Remember the ATAR is just a number
and you are all Number One!
I would like to take the time to thank Mr Jessup
and Ms Volpe for their kindness and leadership.
Also, huge thanks to all of the Year 12 teachers
for their constant support and helping nature in
pushing us to the best of our abilities. As well, a
special thank you to the Careers Team at Reservoir
High School, for their constant caring natures in
helping us to find courses, pay for VTAC on TIME
and showing us that there is always more than one
way to get into your dream course. Through times
of struggle and sadness the school Wellbeing
Team, Counsellors and the School Nurse have
been there for us constantly and provided us with
the motivation to help us keep going.
Mrs Cross, how could we ever forget about you?
You have been a great support, being there to
babysit us in our weekly spares and telling us to
all stop our “mother meetings” and “get out of the
corridor” day after day. You have such a friendly,
supportive and humorous personality that we
will all miss.
More specifically, on the behalf of RHS we would
like to say a massive thank you to our one and
only Year 12 Coordinator, Mr Zoran Trajkovic, for
his amazing support, guidance, funny nature and
motivation that has helped us to complete Year 12
in the most positive manner possible. His effort this
year has been exceptional whilst he still managed
to teach, attend meetings, talk to students, correct
and mark SAC and tests (because we were all
nagging him about scores we got). He offers such
an empathetic approach and is able to relate to
students (which not many people can do). He
shows wisdom and understanding with his firm but
fair attitude. Mr Trajkovic has been like this for us,
but he has also been in charge for a few years
now of the year 12s and has offered each class
his incredible support. He will be really missed in
this role. We would now like to ask Mr Trajkovic
up as we have a special something for him for all
his hard work and dedication this year!!
Thank you Mr Trajkovic.
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FAIR GO :
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FINAL ALL SCHOOL ASSEMBLY
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[ YEAR 7 \
EXEMPLARY ATTITUDE TO LEARNING AWARDS
LEARNING AREA AWARDS
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP
Health and PE
Technology - Food
Technology - Design
Sweeney Marshall, Kiva Carns-Williams
Carolina Coppola, Robert Lamb
ROBERT LAMB ALL-ROUNDER AWARD
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[ YEAR 8 \
LEARNING AREA AWARDS
Health and PE
EXEMPLARY ATTITUDE TO LEARNING AWARDS
Technology - Food
Technology - Design
ROBERT LAMB ALL-ROUNDER AWARD
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[ YEAR 9 \
EXEMPLARY ATTITUDE TO LEARNING AWARDS
LEARNING AREA AWARDS
Performing Arts Leo Guler
Health and PE
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP
ROBERT LAMB ALL-ROUNDER AWARD
Han Le-Nguyen, Danish Tran
Technology - Food
Technology - Design
LATROBE VILLAGE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
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[ YEAR 10 \
EXEMPLARY ATTITUDE TO LEARNING AWARDS
LEARNING AREA AWARDS
Performing Arts Opheira Harder
Health and PE
Technology - Food Anthony Bach
Technology - Design Ethan Phan
ROBERT LAMB ALL-ROUNDER AWARD
LONG TAN AWARD
KWONG LEE DOW YOUNG SCHOLARS
THE BRUCE KINGSBURY SCHOLARSHIP
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[ YEAR 11 \
11 Timothy Mandilas
11 Ryan Nguyen
11 Susannah O'Donnell
EXEMPLARY ATTITUDE TO LEARNING AWARDS
11 Ryan Nguyen
11 Savina Mavrommatis
11 Lawra Alkalame
LEARNING AREA AWARDS
Health and PE
Technology - Design
Technology - ICT
Technology - Food
ROBERT LAMB ALL-ROUNDER AWARD
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WINNER OF THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE 2016. ARTIST: FARIDA SHARIFI, YR 11 VCE STUDIO ARTS
JOAN BURNESS PERFORMING ARTS AWARD Victoria Canning
STUDENT PLANNER AWARD Vanessa Vun
PEOPLE’S CHOICE ART EXHIBITION AWARD Farida Sharifi
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ENCI LI – LINH NGU
YEN – EDISON LIU
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BORDERLESS FRIENDSHIP FOUNDATION
a HAPPY HANDS AT RESERVOIR HIGH
Reservoir High has supported Paolo from Northern
Thailand for the past two years. He is a 15 year
old student living in an orphanage with 70 other
children. Students and staff at Reservoir have
been raising funds for the Borderless Friendship
Foundation and Happy Hands, both of which
organisations support these children.
The Coordinator from the Borderless Friendship
Foundation program in Thailand and the
Coordinators from Happy Hands came to speak
to over 100 of our students, from Years 8 to 12,
at a special presentation in the library. They spoke
about the difficulties experienced by the children
in Northern Thailand. Many of them are forced to
join the drug trade or sex trade if they are found
not to be attending school and are therefore
vulnerable to exploitation. Our students posed a
number of complex questions which both groups
answered honestly and with great passion.
“RESERVOIR HIGH HAS
THAILAND FOR THE
PAST TWO YEARS.
HE IS A 15 YEAR OLD
STUDENT LIVING IN
AN ORPHANAGE WITH
70 OTHER CHILDREN. ”
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SECRETARY, SIDEKICK AND STEADFASTLY RELIABLE LARA ILLARIETTI
As well as all contributors, cast and crew of the ever entertaining Reservoir High.
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