Reservoir High School - 2017 Yearbook

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Reservoir High School

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Events of 2017

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HIGH

SCHOOL

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2017

ITINERARY

“Principal’s Report” 01

“Year 7 Report” 03

“Year 7 First Day” 05

“Year 7 Class Photos” 06

"Humanities Report" 09

"Staff 2017" 10

We at Reservoir

High acknowledge

the traditional

owners of the

land we share.

We pay respect to the Wurundjeri

People of the Kulin Nations past,

present and to come in the future

and any Elders here today.

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"English KLA Report" 11

"Congratulations to Connor Koops" 11

"Bruce Kingsbury Day" 12

"Year 7 Scholarship Presentation" 12

"EAL Report" 13

"EAL students’ journeys" 15

"Design Technology" 16

"Debating 2017" 17

We also acknowledge the

contributions which our

Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander students make to the

school – academically, on the

sporting fields, in the Arts

and the Performing Arts.

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"Kinky Boots Rocks Reservoir High" 19

"Fair Go Athletics" 20

"Outdoor Ed report" 21

"Bat Librarian" 22

As well, we thank them for the

sense of fun and enthusiasm which

they inject into our school.

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"Sport Report" 23

"Health and PE Report" 27


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"Year 8 Report" 29

"Year 8 Class Photos" 30

"Literacy Numeracy Program" 32

"Dissecting an Eye!" 32

"Medieval Day" 33

"Literacy Week" 34

"SEAL Report" 35

"Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholarship" 35

"Year 9 Report" 37

"Yr 9 Drama and Dance Night" 38

"Year 9 SEAL go to La Trobe University" 39

"Debating: A Student Reflection" 39

"Year 9 Class Photos" 40

"Wakakirri" 42

"Tall Ships" 43

"Maths Report" 44

"Advance Report" 45

"Year 10 Report" 47

"Year 10 Class Photos" 48

"Options Day 2017" 50

"Year 10 Outdoor Education Report" 51

"Science Fair" 52

"Performing Arts & Production Report" 53

"The Arts Report" 55

"Art Show 2017" 57

"Year 10 Formal" 58

"Home Economics & Textiles Report" 59

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"Careers Report" 61

"Uni Bridges report" 62

"Year 10 Work Experience" 62

"Halloween" 63

"SenioR School Report" 65

"International Week posters" 67

"Year 11 Class Photos" 68

"Dr Stephen Livesey Award" 70

"Year 12 Class Photos" 71

"Grade 5 Day" 76

"A visit from Aladdin" 77

"Year 12 ACMI excursion" 78

"International Student Report" 79

"Cultural Diversity Week" 81

"Languages Spoken at Reservoir High" 82

"Year 12 Chemistry at La Trobe" 83

"Last Chem Class" 83

"Year 12 Graduation" 84

"Year 12 Formal" 86

"Visit from Our Sister School" 87

"VCAL Report" 88

"Year 12 dress Up" 89

"Victorian Chapter Outstanding Learning Environment Awards" 91

"Paolo and the House of Hope, in Thailand" 91

"Acknowledgements" 92

"Autographs and Personal Memories" 93

RESERVOIR

HIGH

SCHOOL


PRINCIPAL’S

“ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS

OF TERM ONE, WAS AN

OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE

MELBOURNE PRODUCTION

OF KINKY BOOTS”

REPORT

We have seen another year come and go at

Reservoir High. We wished our 2017 Year 12

students farewell in November after most had

experienced nearly six years of education at

our school and 13 years in education in total.

We proudly recognised their achievements and

contributions to Reservoir High and we have

reflected upon the journeys of all of our students

from Year 7 to 11 as we approach the ending of this

academic year. We are also preparing for our new

intake of over 150 students who will join the school

in 2018. Next year is going to be another enormous

year for Reservoir High!

We began our year excitedly with the annual Year

7 camp which enabled our new students to get to

know each other and the staff who will support

them through their Reservoir High experience.

This was quickly followed by the Year 7 Parent

Evening and BBQ - our most successful to date!

This was our first chance to reach out to our

new community members and we all enjoyed

each others' company as students introduced

their caregivers to their teachers in a relaxed and

informal atmosphere.

One of the highlights of Term 1, was an opportunity

to see the Melbourne production of 'Kinky Boots'.

2017

An amazing show which kept on giving, when

the cast participated in our annual Fair Go Sport

Athletics Carnival, The ABC filmed the day and

then made a documentary about the experience,

which was aired on Radio National via the Life

Matters program. I am unsure how we can better

Fair Go Sports Day in the future, but it will remain in

Reservoir High history as one of our most important

annual days where we all restate our commitment

to providing an environment which proudly

supports diversity and acceptance of all people.

Due to the connections between our school and

the cast of this production we were also fortunate

to be visited by the cast of Aladdin which is still

playing in Melbourne (tickets available until the end

of January), who were gracious enough to sing for

us and answer all manner of questions from a very

enthusiastic Performing Arts audience.

Our outreach to the local community continued

throughout the year. Our outstanding sports

program enabled students from our district

primary schools and beyond to participate in a

huge range of competitions. These programs,

run by our outstanding Sport and PE staff and our

existing students, enabled our school to directly

communicate with prospective families and

students and also staff from all of those schools

who participated. It is a huge endeavour, which

continues to grow each year. Our annual Grade 5

Day has become an eagerly anticipated event and

this contributed enormously to our community

profile and continued to re-enforce the positive

relationships which exist between Reservoir High

and our surrounding primary schools. Other

events like our magnificent school Production,

our wonderful Wakakirri piece (recognised with

both State and Australian Awards), the Science

Show, Literacy Week, Debating, Medieval Day, a

visit from our Sister School – Tianjin Muzhai Middle

School, Drama Festivals, the Bruce Kingsbury

Ceremony, Cultural Diversity Week, Dogs in Schools

Program, and the Lawyers in School Program , to

name but a few initiatives. All contributed to our

reputation as a school of choice in this area. Thank

you to all of the staff who give so freely of their time

and expertise to enable these programs and major

events to take place and flourish.

Our students are capable of great things and

they have consistently demonstrated this in class,

on the sporting field, in the local community and

within their own family and local circles. It is our

students who encourage our staff to be the best

they can be. As Principal, I am constantly impressed

by the resilience and determination which exists

throughout our school. The old proverb - "There

is no elevator to success. You have to take the

stairs" is so true. It is the experience of learning

that enable us take on the challenges of life. Our

students and staff work tirelessly together to enable

great things to happen - whether you work in the

classroom, oversee the school's finances, work in

the General Office, Sub School, Library, Science

Laboratory, provide IT support, wellbeing and

general health related support, assist in maintaining

our environment, serve in the canteen, create our

outstanding School Magazine (on-line soon!) or

keep us safe as we all cross Plenty Road - your roles

are vital to a welcoming and successful school.

On a personal note, I want to recognise the work of

Lea Volpe (our Assistant Principal) , who, this year

has, I am sure, many times thought, when is this

Principal of ours ever going to come back to work!!

Lea led the school in Term 3, as I was enjoying

some Long Service Leave, teaching in Thailand then

travelling in Europe. Then within weeks of my return

she was in the Big Seat again, as I had to have a

back operation. Thank you, Lea, for your personal

support, encouragement and hard work during

these times. Thank you to all staff for their support

of Lea during my extended absences and for their

continued support of the school and its community.

I would also like thank our amazing School

Captains – Tien, Sara, Sunny and Simone.

They took to their very important roles with

determination and commitment. It was a pleasure

to work alongside them throughout the year.

I would like to wish them every success in the

future. I would also like to thank Mr Nick Mandilas,

who continues to be our School Council President

and parent of Tim, who leaves us this year after

completing year 12. Nick and his fellow School

Councillors (including his wife Maria) are champions

of the school. Their support of our projects and

initiatives is outstanding. They always have the best

interests of the school at heart. They are never

scared to ask the tough and difficult questions!

So important to a successful School Council.

Finally, I want to thank our parents and caregivers

who support this school. Your feedback is always

welcome and we are always striving to improve the

experiences and outcomes your child takes away

from our school on a daily basis. Even when we

cannot always agree, the respect that we hold for

each other is paramount and so vitally important

to running a successful school.

I look forward to working with you all again in 2018.

RESERVOIR

HIGH

SCHOOL

Mark Jessup

"Our students

are capable of

great things"

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YEAR 7

REPORT

Year 7 Camp

“OUR YEAR 7 PARENTS’

BARBEQUE, NOT LONG

AFTER CAMP, PROVED

TO BE A GREAT SUCCESS

AGAIN AND IS AN

ANNUAL HIGHLIGHT. ”

The Year 7s started the year with a great deal

of excitement, enthusiasm and many nerves,

as they finally entered secondary school.

After graduating from their primary schools with

excitement and a few tears, the time had come

to form new friendships, receive their own lockers

and begin to find their way to all new subjects and

learn the names of many new teachers! Many were

eagerly counting the days down since making

new friends from Orientation Day and finally

starting high school.

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

is always highly anticipated. It was a great success

yet again and was thoroughly enjoyed by all of

the students. It saw all Year 7s form small groups

and run around the school to locate numerous

checkpoints and thus 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 1, a large number of Year

Our Year 7 Parents’ barbeque, not long after camp,

proved to be a great success 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!!

The Year 7s did not take too long to settle in and

become accustomed to their new surroundings.

Many students jumped at the opportunity to assist

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 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. Students were also

recognised for their work ethic throughout the year

with Student of the Month certificates, Semester

1 and End of Year Principal Awards.

Congratulations to all students who took part in

our sensational school Production this year. What

zone levels in both athletics and cross country

events and, for the first time, this year we had a

number of students compete in regional swimming

championships. Well done to all. 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 train

and coach 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 marked 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 students

had a terrific day!!

Another major highlight of the year was our

Bruce Kingsbury Memorial Service in Term 3.

Reservoir High School, Kingsbury Primary School

Primary School Captains, who shared with us their

experiences with the 2/14th Battalion in the Anzac

Day march earlier this year.

It has been another very enjoyable and rewarding

year for our Year 7s. A big thankyou 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 thankyou 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 they

give to all of our Junior students. Mrs Baines and

I would like to sincerely thank Ms Ros Pizzey for

her tremendous leadership, commitment, support,

organisation, friendship and her tireless efforts in

assisting and coordinating the Year 8s for so many

years, as well as her service in coordinating of Year

7s in the past. Ros has been fantastic to work with

and we wish her the very best in her new ventures

outside of Student Management as a Year Level

Coordinator – thank you Ros. I would also like

to thank Mr Greg Irvin who was the Acting Year

7 Coordinator throughout Term 3.

7s enjoyed 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,

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. A huge

congratulations to the amazing staff and students

who were part of our State-winning Wakakirri

and the 2/14th Infantry Battalion Association

joined to conduct our annual Bruce Kingsbury

memorial service on Friday 25th August. For the

first time, all Year 7s were invited to experience

the wonderful service, along with all the Grade

For those not staying on for the journey in

2018 we wish you all the very best of success

and thank you for your contribution to

Reservoir High School in 2017.

bushwalking, hut building and, of course, the

performance – a massive effort, by all, involved an

5 and Grade 6 students from Kingsbury Primary

flying fox. All the students enjoyed the chance to

amazing experience in our winning the State title

School, in our Performing Arts Centre. All students

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.

and finishing second in Australia. On the sporting

field, Year 7s were proudly represented in many

interschool sporting competitions, again starting

off with our very own Athletics carnival. From that,

and guests paid honour to the gallant heroics of

Bruce Kingsbury and the 2/14th Battalion during

World War 2. The audience heard poems and

stories read out by current Year 7 students and

Darryl Forbes

many were selected to compete at regional and

were given a wonderful insight by Kingsbury

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YEAR 7

FIRST DAY

CLASS OF 7A

“OUR YEAR 7 STUDENTS

SETTLED IN EXTREMELY WELL

AND ENJOYED THEIR FIRST DAY

TRANSITION PROGRAM.”

CLASS OF 7B

Our Year 7 students settled in extremely well and

enjoyed their first day Transition program, so that

they could familiarise themselves with the school,

their timetables, staff and our school expectations.

They also participated in our annual Amazing Race,

in groups around the school. They had a lot of fun

exploring the school environment and locating

rooms and buildings within the school.

As part of our Transition program, all Year 7s and

their parents and guardians were invited to attend

an informal BBQ on Thursday 23rd February. The

evening was a fantastic success, yet again, which

provided all parents with the opportunity to meet

Year 7 staff. It was a terrific night and we sincerely

thank everyone who attended.

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CLASS OF 7C

CLASS OF 7E

CLASS OF 7D

YEAR 7 2017

CLASS OF 7F

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STAFF 2017

HUMANITIES REPORT

HUMANITIES HAD A GREAT YEAR

IN 2017. 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 2018 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 and Citizenship.

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 see survivors, descendents

of World War 2 veterans and hear the Last Post.

The classes made beautiful displays before the

ceremony, which graced the presentation, held

for the first time in the Performing Arts Centre.

Students also recited moving poetry, beautiful

letters and visuals which they created in class.

Medieval Day ran at Reservoir for the eighth

year in a row. This year the program was

once again a full day for all Year 8 students.

The corridors rang to the sounds 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 Enterprize,

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 a successful work

experience placement after doing extensive

training in their Humanities classes in Term 1.

Humanities put up a new display this year

in the Stepping Stones Career Subject Expo,

which showcased, for both students and

parents, the varied career paths available

to those undertaking subjects in Humanities.

It was a year of real triumphs in Humanities.

One of our Year 8 students scored a distinction

in the Australian History Competition and six others

scored credits.

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.

Peter

Cattapan

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ENGLISH

KLA REPORT

RESERVOIR

HIGH

SCHOOL

BRUCE

KINGSBURY DAY

The 2017 English KLA team welcomed three new

members of staff this year: Ms Lili Lazarevic, Ms

Helen Anastasiou and Mr Ken Sinderberry, while Mrs

Kiley and Mrs Hammond are on leave. We also said

farewell to Mrs Dimi Nicola who has retired and to

Ms Haslock who went on leave in the second half

of the year, as part of her transition into retirement.

Replacing Ms Haslock in the library is Mrs Andrea

Scott who has been working on getting to know

students and staff, while, she re-energises the

reading and learning spaces.

The Reservoir High English KLA members and

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

which included several events.

I wish to thank everyone who has worked in the

English KLA team this year: Mr Cattapan, Mrs Hill,

Ms Haslock, Ms Lawless, Ms Lazarevic, Mr Lyras,

Mrs Nicola, Ms Popovska, Mr Ripoli, Ms Rossini, Ms

Selemidis, Mr Sinderberry and Ms Zahra. Well done

everyone! Reservoir High students are lucky to have

such a dedicated and hard-working team.

Mrs Rigoni

Every year we hold the Bruce Kingsbury ceremony

with the 2/14 Battalion and Kingsbury Primary

School. It was wonderful to welcome back so

many familiar faces and see some new faces

as well. This year we held the ceremony in the

Performing Arts Centre for the first time and

we involved all of the Year 7 students. It was a

very moving ceremony and Jill Bear, who is the

daughter-in-law of Teddy Bear, one of Bruce

Kingsbury’s fellow soldiers – and his mate, gave

a wonderful speech which really engaged the

entire audience, especially the students. All of

the students spoke extremely well and Matilda

Fordjour’s speech was a highlight.

“ IT WAS WONDERFUL TO

WELCOME BACK SO MANY

FAMILIAR FACES AND SOME

NEW FACES AS WELL.”

Connor

Koops

CONGRATULATIONS TO CONNOR KOOPS

Connor Koops is the first Reservoir Scout

Troop to earn the Australian Scout Medallion.

To attain this top award in each of the five Sections in Scouting

reflects initiative in tackling this challenge, sustained effort

over many months and years, plus self-discipline, teamwork,

and leadership.

Only a small percentage reach this level. These are the

top achievers among Scouting’s 47 million members globally.

YEAR 7

SCHOLARSHIP

PRESENTATION

Congratulations to Liam Ingle,

Taqif Isa Affendi, Harry Beeton,

Chelsea Oman, Niamh Koops, Maia

Goldstein Nikita Vavilov, Josh

Rogers and Mia Beki

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2017

EAL REPORT

WHAT AN EVENTFUL YEAR

IT’S BEEN IN EAL! FROM THE

CULTURAL DIVERSITY EAL

LUNCH, OUR HEROES DRESS UP

PRESENTATIONS, TO WRITING

OUR OWN FIRST NOVEL AND NOT

FORGETTING OUR EXCURSION TO

THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM.

As a member of the Year 9 EAL class I have enjoyed

every moment. First though…What is EAL? It is a

subject that includes people who do not speak

English as their first language and who have been

in Australia for less than seven years. Now that you

know what we’re about let’s look at the year of 2017

and recap some of our most memorable moments.

The EAL lunch was a big success with all of our

EAL students, coming from all over the world,

participating. There was food from all of our

student backgrounds. Italy to China, Pakistan,

India, Vietnam, Nepal, Afghanistan, Somali and,

of course, Greece. The different flavours filled the

library making everyone eager to taste it all. Of

course this could not have been just an ordinary

lunch with all of our EAL students involved! All of

the others tried to get in (luckily though you had

to have the special admission ticket and these

were more sought after than tickets to a grand

final). All the teachers enjoyed it too, as they

also brought in food to share.

Then there was the excursion to the Holocaust

Museum. We actually met a Holocaust survivor and

were intrigued by his story. We could walk around

the museum and view different objects. Take

pictures, nothing was going to stop Ms Tsolakis and

some of our students, who were eager to gather as

much evidence and share it with us back at school.

They sneakily took some shots for us to share.

Another highlight was our assignment on our ‘Hero’.

We chose someone we looked up to and had to

present his or her life as if we were the person.

We had to dress up like them too. Unfortunately,

Anastasia wasn’t able to be present on the day we

were presenting and had to do hers a day early.

Ms Tsolakis had a problem. She was desperate for

a photo of the entire group. What a dilemma that

was for Ms Tsolakis! No one was going to stop her

though. Having taken Anastasia’s photo the previous

day she photo shopped them together. Sounds

like an easy task huh???? Well it took our intelligent

Ms Tsolakis 48 hours to complete….Her whole

weekend….And she was so proud of herself.

Overall, this was an amazing year. The excursion,

the food, the jokes…..I wouldn’t trade our EAL class

for English even if I got paid for it. I’m sure everyone

else in EAL 7-12 would agree too.

Anastasia

Typou

9A

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DESIGN

TECHNOLOGY

EAL STUDENTS’

JOURNEYS

AS USUAL, WE HAVE BEEN VERY

PRODUCTIVE AND CREATIVE,

THIS YEAR. STUDENTS ENJOYED

DABBLING IN ROBOTICS,

MAKING PERSONALISED KEY-

RINGS MAKING BESPOKE

JEWELLERY AND UNIQUE WOOD-

WORK, AMONG MANY OTHER

PROJECTS, BOTH PRACTICAL

AND THEORETICAL.

Corinne Law

Ian Wilson

Bruce Bowles

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DEBATING 2017

BOTH THE YEAR 8S AND

YEAR 9S WORKED HARD TO

DELIVER THE BEST DEBATE

POSSIBLE FOR ALL TOPICS

It felt just like yesterday when we commenced

our debating involvement this year, spending our

lunchtimes inside and preparing ourselves for the

upcoming debates together as a team. In reality,

it has almost been a year and there is so much to

look back on. There are the debates we did for

the Debaters Association of Victoria (DAV), which

is an association that runs debates for a range of

age groups, as well as the Grade 5 Reservoir High

School (RHS) debating workshop/debates, and the

Year 7 DAV debating program. All of which has led

to yet another successful year of debating.

Both the Year 8s and Year 9s worked hard to deliver

the best debate possible for all topics during the

time we participated in the DAV debates. Lots of

research and effort was put into these debates, and

there was also lots of practising behind the scenes

for our debates. It was especially rewarding to win

our debates because it seemed as if all of our hard

work paid off. Of course, the debates did not always

result in our team winning. Even so, they remained

as an important experience and lesson that

motivated us to work even harder. The skills and

opportunities that we acquired from participating

in the DAV debates have helped us to become

more knowledgeable, better researchers and better

public speakers. What you receive is something

that comes in handy in so many situations in both

school and the real world. That is what makes our

involvement in this sport so valuable.

As our debates slowly came to an end, we knew

there were still a few things to complete. But this

time we also had the Year 8s company. It was time

to share our knowledge with some younger peers,

hopefully inspiring them to take a liking to this

delightful sport as well as preparing them for their

big show, the RHS Grade 5 Debating Competition.

We went to many primary schools, hosting and

running Grade 5 workshops, and sharing the skills

of debating with these very enthusiastic students.

The Year 8s helped with presenting model debates,

whilst we gave informative talks about how to

correctly structure a speech and the different roles

of each speaker. To our surprise, we were not that

boring and many of them actually volunteered to

join in for their own little practice debate. They

were all very bright students and we were extremely

glad they enjoyed our debating workshop. But that

was not the end for the Grade 5s; they still had the

competition to participate in. The Grade 5 Debating

Competition was both rewarding and tiring for all of

the debating crew, including our teachers. It took a

lot of organization, but it ran smoothly. The Grade

5s performed spectacularly and our adjudication

skills weren’t too far behind either. After many

rounds, the grand final of the competition was

hosted in our school’s very own P.A.C. (Performing

Arts Centre). It was a great experience for both the

Grade 5s and us, as the Grade 5 students learned a

lot during the process whilst we got our morning

tea and snacks. This year’s Grade 5 Debating

Competition winners were Preston Primary School!

Congratulations to them and all the other primary

school participants, as well as their teachers,

for their hard work.

Following the ending of the Grade 5 Debating

Competition, it was time to welcome the

new SEALs to the world of debating. The

commencement of Term 4 meant the beginning

of 7D’s debating journey with the DAV. We knew

that, once upon a time, we had also been in their

shoes so, both the Year 8s and Year 9s took time

out of their lunchtimes, and by that I mean almost

every lunchtime existing, to assist 7D. Some Year

7s, being beginners who had never even heard

the word ‘debating’ before, made significant

improvements in Term 4. They learned a lot through

the guidance of both the teachers and us, and

I am certain that the teachers were far more than

impressed at their efforts and skills. This culminated

in their winning of all debates in the last round.

However, debating isn’t always about winning a

title or a trophy, it isn’t always about staying in at

lunchtimes and it isn’t always about eating the food

Ms Popovska brings in to celebrate our victories

(although I wouldn’t mind if it were). Debating is

like a sport. We gain lots of skills, knowledge and

the opportunity to express our opinions. Students

at Reservoir High School are encouraged to

participate and it is without a doubt an honour.

On behalf of the debating team, we’d like to give

our thanks to Ms Popovska, Ms Anastasiou and all

the other fellow staff members who have helped

along the way, for putting their time and effort in

supporting the debaters.

Emily Li & Cathy Liu 9D

DEBATING IS LIKE A SPORT.

WE GAIN LOTS OF SKILLS,

KNOWLEDGE AND THE

OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS

OUR OPINIONS. STUDENTS AT

RESERVOIR HIGH SCHOOL ARE

ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE

AND IT IS WITHOUT A DOUBT

AN HONOUR.

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FAIR GO

ATHLETICS

A large number of our students were able to see

the Melbourne production of 'Kinky Boots'. Tickets

were generously donated by Callum Francis, or

Lola, as he is known in the play. Our students

loved the show and were surprised when they

had the chance to meet Callum and the other

lead, Toby Francis, at the stage door at the end

of the evening. Twenty-four hours later the whole

school was treated to a visit from fifteen of the

cast members, when they participated in our Fair

Go Sport Athletics Day. They spent three and half

hours joining in the activities with us.

We were contacted by the ABC and they made

two documentaries about our visit to the theatre

and the cast visit to Fair Go Sport Athletics Day.

Darebin won the trophy, with a total of 1069 points.

Many thanks to Mr Todorovski and his PE/Sport staff

who spent many hours preparing for the day. Also

thanks to all staff who worked together to enable

the day to run so smoothly. A special mention

should go to Mr George Lyras who broadcasted

the day with such aplomb!

We thank our Fair Go Sport Ambassadors for

their work leading up to the event. Our Flash

Mob students created a dynamic and spectacular

opening to our special day. The cast from 'Kinky

Boots' were very impressed with their level

of skill and commitment.

"Our students loved the

show and were surprised

when they had the

chance to meet Callum

and the other lead,

Toby Francis"

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BAT LIBRARIAN

OUTDOOR ED REPORT

It has been a fantastic year for Outdoor Education

at Reservoir High. This year has seen a new and

improved excursion program, with Year 9 students

participating in Horse Riding and Archery Attack for

the first time. Both semesters saw Year 10 students

test their skills in Indoor Rock Climbing, Surfing

and an overnight Camp. With fantastic participation

from all involved, Reservoir High is pleased to

announce that an Outdoor & Environmental Studies

VCE program will commence for Year 11 students

in 2018 where many more exciting opportunities

will be announced. It has been a pleasure teaching

both theoretical content and practical activities,

where students battled it out both physically and

mentally during our Survivor Challenges. Thanks to

all the staff who have assisted and accompanied

me throughout the year, especially Mr. O’Donnell,

Mr. Todorovski, Mr. Forbes, Mr. Devine and Ms. Au.

Looking forward to the adventures of 2018.

Cath Zahra

Once upon a time on the 17th of July

A new librarian arrived at Reservoir High.

She was shy and quiet and a little bit scared,

As she had never worked in a high school, no she never dared.

On her first week she would tip-toe about,

Hide behind the counter in case the kids would shout.

Her peers had told her, to lay down the rules,

No Eating, No Running and No Mobiles in schools.

You have to tell them, you have to yell,

You need some power to put them under your spell.

So with Kindness and Humour and a little bit of Fun,

The kids filled the library one by one.

As time rolled on the students did impress,

Except for the occasional after lunch mess!

We are getting new carpet they said at the start,

We need these shelves moved and need it quick smart.

The carpet was laid and yes it looks neat,

But we need it all moved back by the end of this week.

So I moved it all back and made a nice place,

Added signs on the table that said ‘quiet study space’.

The kids all just loved this said its better than study hall.

Until gossip got out they were building a wall!

So I was told once again, shelves need to be moved.

My secret super powers were soon to be proved.

So move them I did with the help from some friends

Put them back into order and added some ends.

Now finally my library was taking some shape,

I can remove the mask and take off the cape.

Start acting like a real Librarian, all quiet in pearls

In my glasses I walk with my hair in a bun,

Saying ‘shush!’ all day and my cardigan done.

No this is not me, I would end up in a grave…

I want to promote books when I’m out of my Cave.

So just when I thought I could promote a new book

I hear a Doctor’s arrived to check when you’re crook.

I’m used to this now, I just take it in Stride,

In 2018 the Bat Cave will be on the other side.

Andrea Scott

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SPORT

REPORT

RESERVOIR

HIGH

SCHOOL

RESERVOIR

HIGH 1ST

PLACE GETTERS

AGE 13

Rachel Goh: 400m

AGE 15

Ahsan Dip: 100m and 400m

Brodie Lacey: 200m

AGE 16

An Phan: Shot Put

It has been another busy and exciting year of

Sport at Reservoir High School. Students have

represented the school in all intra-school carnivals

and inter-school sports with pride and great

sportsmanship.

On Friday, 3rd of March, at Meadowglen

International Athletics Stadium Epping, our Fair

Go Sport Athletics Carnival took place. In perfect

sunshine, fierce competition unfolded across

the day. It was great to see so many students

brightly dressed in the house colours and earning

many house points for their team. In the end,

it was Darebin who took out the day, narrowly

pinching the victory over Plenty, who once

again finished second in close circumstances.

The overall results are below.

1ST PLACE: DAREBIN 1069 POINTS

2ND PLACE: PLENTY 1035 POINTS

3RD PLACE: MERRI 965 POINTS

The Fair Go School Athletics is always a major

highlight of the school year. A big thank you to

all staff who made the day possible. Again the day

could not be as successful without the help of

students and staff.

In Term 2, 35 students proudly represented

our school at the Darebin District Athletics

Championships. It was another successful day

with many students placing in their events. This

was an amazing effort for Reservoir High to make

it to the Northern Metropolitan Region.

AGE 17

Antoinette: Fordjour Shot

Put, Long Jump, Triple Jump,

High Jump and 100m

Nouri Khalil: Shot Put

AGE 18-20

Tehyali Malone: 100m,

200m, 400m and 800m

Steven Glasby: Javelin,

100m 200m, and 400m

Jack Kay: Shot Put

GIRLS 4X400M RELAY

Tehyali Malone

Antoinette Fordjour

Pamela Mavrommatis

Kiani Atkinson-Brown

Darebin Division Cross Country Day was held on

Friday, 2nd of June. It was another successful

event with 86 students representing Reservoir

High, 25 students advancing to the NMR

Championships in individual and team events.

Thank you to all students who participated and

congratulations to those who went through

to the next round.

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All students who represented Reservoir High in 2017

across all levels of competition have displayed a

high level of sportsmanship, commitment, respect,

teamwork and effort. Congratulations to the

following teams that represented our school:

VCE BOYS AND GIRLS OUTDOOR SOCCER

YEAR 9/10 BOYS AND GIRLS SOCCER

YEAR 8 BOYS AND GIRLS SOCCER

YEAR 7 BOYS AND GIRLS SOCCER

YEAR 7 BOYS CRICKET

YEAR 8 BOYS CRICKET

YEAR 9/10 BOYS CRICKET

YEAR 8 BOYS FOOTBALL

YEAR 9/10 GIRLS NETBALL

VCE BOYS BADMINTON

YEAR 8 BOYS AND GIRLS BADMINTON

YEAR 7 BOYS AND GIRLS HOCKEY

YEAR 9/10 BOYS AND GIRLS

BASKETBALL

YEAR 7 BOYS AND GIRLS BASKETBALL

YEAR 7 BOYS AND GIRLS TABLE TENNIS

VCE BOYS AND GIRLS FUTSAL

YEAR 7 BOYS AND GIRLS FUTSAL

VCE BOYS AND GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

VCE BOYS TENNIS

YEAR 9/10 BOYS AND GIRLS TENNIS

YEAR 9/10 BOYS AND GIRLS

VOLLEYBALL

YEAR 7 TO 10 GIRLS FOOTBALL

YEAR 9/10 BOYS FOOTBALL

YEAR 7 BOYS FOOTBALL

YEAR 7 GIRLS NETBALL

YEAR 8 GIRLS NETBALL

YEAR 9/10 BOYS AND GIRLS BADMINTON

YEAR 7 BOYS AND GIRLS BADMINTON

YEAR 8 BOYS AND GIRLS HOCKEY

VCE BOYS AND GIRLS BASKETBALL

YEAR 8 BOYS AND GIRLS BASKETBALL

YEAR 8 BOYS AND GIRLS TABLE TENNIS

9/10 BOYS AND GIRLS FUTSAL

YEAR 8 BOYS AND GIRLS FUTSAL

Special congratulations to the following teams

which represented our school in the District and

NMR Finals:

VCE BOYS AND GIRLS

VOLLEYBALL

YEAR 8 GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

VCE GIRLS SOCCER

VCE GIRLS BADMINTON

YEAR 8 BOYS AND

GIRLS BADMINTON

YEAR 7 GIRLS BADMINTON

YEAR 9/10 GIRLS BADMINTON

VCE BOYS FUTSAL

(INDOOR SOCCER)

YEAR 7 GIRLS FUTSAL

(INDOOR SOCCER)

YEAR 9/10 BOYS AND GIRLS

FUTSAL (INDOOR SOCCER)

NMR SWIMMING REPRESENTATIVE

Marcus Chan 7B

STATE ATHLETICS REPRESENTATIVES

Antoinette Fordjour: 100m Sprint and Shot Put

Nouri Khalil: Shot Put

I would like to thank and congratulate all coaches

and students on their dedication and commitment

to the Sport Program this year.

Keep up the excellent work in 2018.

Tony Todorovski

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HEALTH AND PE

REPORT

2017

It’s been another great year! Full of many exciting

activities and programs. Programs Included: Self-

Defence, Swimming and Water safety / Water

Polo, Gymnastics (huge hit), various electives and

excursions, health plays, Peer Support transition

and RAP Program, Fitness Testing, Health & PE Day

(October) to promote health and wellbeing, Year 11

HHD Mercy Hospital excursion (viewing a placenta),

Year 9&10 Outdoor Education excursions to wave

pool, surfing, rock climbing and horse riding,

just to name a few...

YEAR 7 & 8 HEALTH PLAYS:

As part of the year 7&8 Health Program, plays were

presented by Brainstorm Productions and were of

a high standard, with great messages portrayed.

Year 7 viewed ‘The Hurting Game’ – A fast paced

show that really captivated the students with

realistic acting and clear anti-bullying messages.

Year 8 viewed ‘Verbal Combat’ - Spotlight

on cyber bullying, self-image, peer pressure,

bystanders & resilience.

‘Many powerful messages from both plays

provoked thoughtful and relevant discussion

among our students to continue to impact positive

social change!!!'

“IT’S BEEN ANOTHER GREAT

YEAR! FULL OF MANY EXCITING

ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS. ”

PIERRE DE COUBERTIN AWARD –

BRODIE COWIE-COCKER, YEAR 11

Congratulations to Brodie Cowie-Cocker

on being the recipient of the 2017 Pierre De

Coubertin award, for achieving sporting excellence

and demonstrating fantastic encouragement and

leadership throughout his time at Reservoir High.

Well done!!!

LAST BUT NOT LEAST!

I would really like to thank all of the Health,

Physical Education, Sport and Recreation and

Outdoor Education staff members: Mr Vass, Mr

Forbes, Ms Zahra, Mr Todorovski, Ms Farrugia

& Ms Rossini. We have been a dynamic and

innovative team that really work so well together to

continue to improve the health and wellbeing of our

students, foster team work, promote leadership

and improve students’ health literacy.

This year we welcomed a new staff member,

Ms. Britt who has been a magnificent asset to

our department / school. I’d also like to thank

our regular CRTs Mr Cross, Ms Abela and Mr

Grozdanoski for their hard work this year.

On behalf of our faculty, we would also like to

thank all of the Reservoir High teachers for their

help and support throughout the year and the

teachers who assisted on Outdoor Education

camps, Health & PE incursions, excursions, health

plays and sporting activities.

Mrs Toni Gray

CHECK OUT THE

MANY PHOTOS

CAPTURING A FEW

EXCITING MEMORIES

FOR THE YEAR!

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CLASS OF 8A

YEAR 8

REPORT

2017 has been another memorable, fun and

rewarding year for all of our Year 8 students. During

Term 1 we visited the Melbourne Zoo to take part

in a Zoo Education Program, focusing on the plight

of Endangered Animals. Students took part in an

education session with zoo keepers, where they

learned about the many threats to our wildlife,

and then voted on what animal they wished to

support. After this session students completed

a Zoo, Quest by following a trail around the zoo

answering as many questions as they could.

In Term 2, the focus turned to Humanities and

life in medieval times. Many students and staff

dressed up for our annual Medieval Day. Students

attended a range of workshops covering crime

and punishment, tournaments and troubadours,

entertainment and castle life. Through these

practical workshops students gained an insight

into life in the Middle Ages.

Term 3 saw classes engage in Future Focus Day,

a career orientated exploration day, where students

could consider and investigate possible future

pathways. A REACH session was included in the

day, which considered respectful relationships

with peers and Beth King, a lawyer from Darebin

Community Legal Centre educated students with

regard to cyber bullying, sexting and the law. In

Term 4 students visited La Trobe University to spend

the day as a “university student”. Students took

part in robotic and engineering sessions, before

spending time investigating the grounds and the

many sculptures found on the campus. Watermarc

again proved to be a highlight. Students practised

their swimming skills and celebrated the end of

their time in the Junior School.

Along with all of the above activities, our Year 8s

have worked hard academically, to achieve their

set goals. Year 8s have been actively involved in the

Athletic sports, interschool sport, the Production,

Wakakirri and performance nights. Our Year 8

sporting teams represented the school with great

pride and displayed excellent sportsmanship. Our

SRC has been active with our Junior School Leaders

providing feedback and representing the views of

their peers in the SRC forum.

2017 HAS BEEN ANOTHER

MEMORABLE, FUN AND

REWARDING YEAR FOR ALL

OUR YEAR 8 STUDENTS”

It has been a pleasure to be the co-ordinator of this

cohort and I would like to wish all Year 8 students

well as they transition to the Middle School. Thank

you, also, to all teachers for their tireless efforts

in giving every student the opportunity to achieve

their best. A big thank you to Darryl Forbes (Head

of the Junior School) and Tammy Baines (Junior

School Office Manager) for their personal and

ongoing support and to Lea Volpe and Mark Jessup

for their continued support and involvement with

this cohort. Finally thanks go to all parents and

guardians for your support of our endeavours with

your children.

Ros Pizzey

CLASS OF 8B

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CLASS OF 8C

CLASS OF 8E

CLASS OF 8D

YEAR 8 2017

RESERVOIR

HIGH

SCHOOL

Literacy

Numeracy

Program

Dissecting

an Eye!

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"THIS YEAR IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT! WE ENJOYED

VISITS FROM AUTHOR AND SOCIAL COMMENTATOR,

CATHERINE DEVENY AND SIG WEMYSS, WHO WERE

VERY ENTERTAINING."

RESERVOIR

HIGH

SCHOOL

Literacy week is a highlight of the school year.

This year it did not disappoint! We enjoyed visits

from author and social commentator, Catherine

Deveny and Sig Wemyss, who were very entertaining.

As a part of our contribution to Indigenous literacy,

we also had the Great Book Swap, which raised

money and gave everyone a chance to recycle

old favourites and acquire new books.

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Seal Report

OUR SELECT ENTRY

ACCELERATED LEARNING

STUDENTS SHONE BRIGHT

AS DIAMONDS AT RESERVOIR

HIGH SCHOOL IN 2017.

At all levels, students engaged meaningfully

in the curriculum. I delighted in seeing the

smiling and eager faces of our Year 7 students;

the cautious but enthusiastic approach of Year 8;

the experienced and dedicated efforts of Year 9;

and, for our Year 10s - it was in their commitment

to their studies and their striving for excellence

that I took the most satisfaction.

Excursions, incursions, activities and special

projects allowed SEAL students to share and

grow in dynamic and interesting ways. This

year, we have participated in:

--

The Australian Maths Competition

--

Debating Association of Victoria’s Junior

School Debating program

--

Cultural experience at the Melbourne

Museum ‘Love and Sorrow’

KWONG LEE DOW

YOUNG SCHOLARSHIP

It gives me great pleasure to

announce Jenni Vu as RHS

2018 Kwong Lee Dow Young

Scholarship Award winner. Jenni is

a diligent and hardworking student,

I am confident that Jenni will be a

fine ambassador for RHS.

RESERVOIR

HIGH

SCHOOL

--

The inaugural TAASS Day of Innovation at

Melbourne University, offering fascinating

workshops such as: Engineers Without Borders,

Climate Impacts & Designing a Path to a

Sustainable Planet.

--

Enhanced Science Program hosted

by La Trobe University

--

The Australian History Competition

--

TAASS Hub Exploration- Melbourne Museum.

8D students represented Reservoir High School

--

Melbourne University Kwong Lee Dow Young

Scholarship Program, offering high-achieving

students the opportunity to engage with the

University through a program of events and

activities

I feel so fortunate to be involved in the education

of these wonderful students. My thanks to them all,

as well as to the SEAL staff, for the commitment

they show in helping our young people to achieve

academic excellence.

We will continue to foster the gifts and talents

of our SEAL students in 2018 by offering a range

of programs and initiatives designed to cater for

their specific needs.

Giovanna Hill

“LOGIC WILL TAKE

YOU FROM A TO

Z; IMAGINATION

WILL TAKE YOU

EVERYWHERE.”

– ALBERT EINSTEIN

SEAL HUB EXPLORATION

Buzzing with excitement, our class of 8D

entered Melbourne Museum alongside

Ms Rigoni and Mrs Hill. We felt honoured

that we had been chosen to help organise

a top-secret museum exhibition and

were delighted to be meeting other SEAL

students from Brunswick Secondary

and Buckley Park. When we arrived, we

were ushered into a conference room.

The day was divided into two sessions,

the Towards Zero campaign, where we

worked closely with innovative designers

from the TAC and event planners

about an upcoming exhibition and the

Promotional Campaign, where we created

a video encouraging museum guests to

visit the Milarri Gardens.

We were able to mingle and brainstorm

with creative, passionate, not to mention

friendly fellow SEAL students, which was

great because we were all like-minded

and shared our ideas with enthusiasm. It

felt exhilarating being a part of such an

exclusive and very important process,

especially because we got to do it with

people who were in the SEAL programjust

like us!

As the day came to an end, we exchanged

numbers with our awesome new friends

and boarded the tram, reflecting on the

wonderful experience we’d just had.

ALISHA VERGA 8D

LOVE AND SORROW REPORT

On Monday, June 5th, 2017, the Year 9

SEAL Humanities class visited the “Love

and Sorrow” exhibition at the Melbourne

Museum. The class just recently finished

studying the First World War and was

thrilled to go and visit an exhibition

dedicated to the Great War. The unit was

mainly focused on the impacts of the war

on not only the nations, as a whole, nor

on Australia’s involvement in it, but also

on individual soldiers and their families

back at home. Before departure, we were

all aware of the emotional rollercoaster

ahead. From what we studied prior to

the excursion, many of the things left

behind, like the letters, poems, medals

and medical equipment represented a

tragic backstory which could never be

forgotten. The exhibition itself was merely

a five to ten minute trip, but many of us

found ourselves lost in those pages and

artefacts, the words left behind by sons

and fathers, and we stayed there, staring

for several minutes. The connection to

each and every one of the displays was

incredible and a few of us could not help

but shed a tear. It was truly an amazing

journey for us and we could not have

hoped for more.

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YEAR 89

RESERVOIR

HIGH

SCHOOL

YR 9 DRAMA AND

DANCE NIGHT

OPTIONS DAY 2017

REPORT

“IT WAS A DELIGHT TO SEE

MANY OF OUR STUDENTS

RECEIVE AWARDS FOR THEIR

ACADEMIC RESULTS ”

Hello all,

Another year has flown by with many

exciting events having 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 in the ‘Respectful Relationships’ program.

Our students gave very thoughtful and honest

responses to the various topics covered.

In Term 3 we had our Principal Awards. It was a

delight to see many of our students receive awards

for their Academic results and also 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 the 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 a decision

about their future and make appropriate subject

choices to achieve their future career pathways.

This year some of our Year 9 students were able to

attend ‘Heroes’ Day’ at the REACH foundation. This

is a chance for students to meet with other students

and find the inner strengths within them. Students

found this a most rewarding and emotionally

developing experience.

Our students were lucky to be involved with a ‘Skills’

presentation from La Trobe University, through our

School Partnership Program. This program gives

them an insight 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

“WE NOW HAVE A GROUP OF

MATURE YOUNG ADULTS AND

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING

THEM CONTINUING TO PROGRESS

IN ALL AREAS. ”

High in interschool sport competitions. We

also had a number of our Year 9 students in our

fantastic Production of ‘The Amazing Race, a

Dance Extravaganza’. It was a pleasure to watch

and see how they gave their all and represented

their various cultures.

We had one student, Connor Koops, attend

the School for Student Leadership this year. He

attended in Term 1 and has developed confidence,

leadership skills and team building skills, which are

also essential life skills.

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 to the new Year 7 students, to

help them settle into life in Secondary School.

The day of training gave students a chance to show

their strengths and their abilities to work in group

situations and to be good leaders.

We from the Middle School, myself, Mrs Elaine

Guerra, Mr Nick Vass, Mrs Tammy Di Marco and

Ms Lea Volpe have been very pleased with our

year’s achievements and we look forward to seeing

you back at Reservoir High in 2018 in the Middle

School, as Year 10 Students

Mrs Elaine Guerra

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CINDY, CHARLOTTE,

STEPHANIE AND JASMINE.

YEAR 9 SEAL

GO TO LA TROBE

UNIVERSITY

CLASS OF 9A

For the fourth year, the 9D class

have participated in an intensive

science experience at La Trobe

University. Over three days

students had practical classes

and lectures from La Trobe staff

in electromagnetism, vision,

bacteria growth and writing a

virtual reality program. This

was followed up with a visit by

Dr Marcel Jackson, who came to

our school to present a talk on

the relationship between maths and

music. The students were required

to produce a presentation on a

selection of these topics.

This is a very valuable experience

and complements the school's Uni-

Bridges program and our involvement

with La Trobe University.

Tony Marcus

DEBATING:

A STUDENT REFLECTION

This year, 7D students represented

Reservoir High School yet again for the

5 week Junior School Debating program,

run by Debating Association of Victoria.

During the program, we gained and

developed many skills, including: the

ability to speak with confidence and to

be able to think and react quickly for

rebuttals, the ability to think and react on

our feet, which was a hard skill to develop,

as there is a high level of pressure and

limited time. We also developed great

confidence in our ability to think logically.

Additionally, during these debates we

showed sportsmanship and leadership

skills towards our team members and

fellow debaters. During this program, we

have developed many fond memories and

gained valuable skills which we will carry

for the rest of our lives.

CLASS OF 9B

CLASS OF

YEAR 9

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CLASS OF 9C

CLASS OF 9E

CLASS OF 9D

YEAR 9 2017

Wakakirri

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Tall Ships

MATHS

REPORT

This year, 2017, has been another year filled

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As happens annually, our Year 9

students attended the ‘Tall Ships’.

The weather was kind to us when

it counted, so students were able

to experience life on an original

sailing ship, a part of Melbourne’s

founding history, The Enterprize.

Students were able to steer, hoist

the sails and explore the interior

of this wonderful replica ship.

RESERVOIR HIGH SCHOOL

with engaging mathematical challenges and

achievements made possible through the hard

work and dedication of the mathematics teachers.

I thank them for their professionalism, enthusiasm

and relentless effort and work.

Our mathematics students are to be commended

for their efforts and achievements throughout this

year. They have participated in their classes and

The following report is from Cathy

Liu 9D. Cathy’s invitation to attend

the digit program was the result of her

obtaining the top mark for The Australian

Mathematics Competition in 2016.

Cathy’s result was in the top 3% nationally.

Well done Cathy!

This year, I was honoured enough to

attend two camps as part of the newly

established ‘digIT’ program. There

were many people who attended

from all across Australia, and this year

we all met up in Sydney. The camp

essentially revolved around IT, and all

the technologies that we human beings

have created and utilized. We sat through

many lectures, as well as having guest

speakers present to us their life stories

and of course, hands on experience as we

controlled robots and even paid a visit to

the Google HQ in Sydney, to explore how

the people at the world’s largest search

engine worked. The food they provided

to us was also magnificent. It was truly

a great experience.

CATHY LIU 9D

most, if not all, have achieved successful outcomes.

The mathematics they have learnt in their classes

this year will live with them throughout their lives

and they will build upon the knowledge and skills

they have acquired. All of our students will use

mathematics in some form or another through

the course of their lives.

There have been several successful events and

outcomes to be celebrated by the Mathematics

Faculty, but there are so many worthy students

to acknowledge for their achievements that room

here does not permit. In fear of omitting a worthy

student or two, I err on the side of caution and

celebrate their achievements collectively.

Congratulations to all students who

participated in the following:

- The Australian Mathematics Competition

- The DigIT Program

- Mathletics

I especially want to acknowledge the Year

12 Mathematics students and congratulate

them on their achievements during the hardest

academic year of their schooling life thus far.

The entire Mathematics Faculty wish our Year

12 students a very successful future; may the

numbers add up in your favour.

On behalf of the entire Mathematics Faculty,

I congratulate all of our students and wish them

a very successful mathematics year in 2018.

P.Vassis

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Advance camps

ADVANCE

REPORT

2017

“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. ”

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 taking part in

hiking or bike riding in the Strathbogie ranges, team

work 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 and

run activities at Latrobe Village, including a Trivia

Night, International Afternoon Tea and Christmas

celebration. A highlight was the book which we

created after interviewing residents at the Village.

Students learned about what life was like for the

residents when they were growing up. Each student

wrote up a brief history of the lovely resident whom

they had interviewed. All students qualified for a

Certificate 11 in First Aid. As well as doing all of this

hard work, students had fun as they developed selfconfidence

and leadership skills.

Tony Marcus

and Ros Pizzey

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RESERVOIR

HIGH

SCHOOL

YEAR 10

CLASS OF 10A

YEAR 10 FORMAL

REPOrT

I lost my shirt, I pawned my rings

I’ve done all the dumb things.

And I get all your good advice

It doesn’t stop me from going through

these things twice

I see the knives out, I turn my back

I hear the train coming, I stay right

on that track

“Dumb Things” – Paul Kelly

Amazingly, by Term 4, our conversations went from

silliness to what jobs we wanted to do, married life,

partners, political debates and views. All varying

opinions were heard and tolerated - a sign that

we were maturing, becoming more accepting

and ready to move onto Senior School.

You might be asking how does

this song relate to our year 10s?

And……if it does how dare you call

my son or daughter dumb!!!

Please let me explain.

As the year meandered along, our cohort began to

gel and work harmoniously; we understood that it

is ok to be different, in fact it is celebrated and we

saw fewer and fewer issues arising, replaced with

more care and support for each other. Communal

responsibility became our mantra as we looked to

contribute positively in all areas of school life.

CLASS OF 10B

CLASS OF

YEAR 10

In year 10, doing dumb things can be fun…….

so much fun! How do I know this? And why

am I seemingly endorsing this?

Schools, we are told, are for building and

promoting learning. What I have found with our

year 10s, this year, is that there is no greater way

to learn than by making mistakes and reflecting

upon your own actions, so you can then learn and

become better for the experience. Now, some of

us, as famously noted by Paul Kelly, take longer to

learn from our mistakes than others. Some of our

year 10s, seemingly, never made a mistake all year

- so good were they!

Numerous lunchtimes I have spent this year with a

group of my maverick boys, who amused me with

their tales of silliness and crazy antics. I sat there

and realised, as the year went on, that they, too,

began to see that the “mucking around” and so

called fun needed to be reined in and if we overstep

the mark we need to learn from this.

We noticed that fulfilling roles, such as peer support

leadership, refereeing, umpiring and participation

in school events all gave us a sense of satisfaction

by assisting those in need and passing on our

knowledge and experience to our younger peers.

Next year we move on into VCAL / VCE. Some of us

are moving on to other educational establishments.

We take with us four years of memories, beginning

back in year 7 up to now. As Paul Kelly famously

sang “I go leaps and bounds”, the dumb things are

not forgotten but looked back on as markers for

learning….. and the odd laugh.

Good luck in the Senior School. Please come

back and visit us in the Middle School.

Kind regards

Mr Nick Vass

Ms Elaine Guerra

Ms Tammy Dimarco

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CLASS OF 10C

CLASS OF 10E

CLASS OF 10D

YEAR 10 2017

Options Day

2017

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YEAR 10

OUTDOOR

SCIENCE FAIR

EDUCATION

REPORT

A large number of our students were able to see

the Melbourne production of Kinky Boots. Tickets

were generously donated by Callum Francis, or

Lola, as he is known in the play. Our students

loved the show and were surprised when they

had the chance to meet Callum and the other

lead, Toby Francis, at the stage door at the end

of the evening. Twenty-four hours later the whole

school was treated to a visit from fifteen of the

cast members, when they participated in our Fair

Go Sport Athletics Day. They spent three and half

hours joining in the activities with us.

We were contacted by the ABC and they made

two documentaries about our visit to the theatre

and the cast visit to Fair Go Sport Athletics Day.

Darebin won the trophy, with a total of 1069 points.

Many thanks to Mr Todorovski and his PE/Sport staff

who spent many hours preparing for the day. Also

thanks to all staff who worked together to enable

the day to run so smoothly. A special mention

should go to Mr George Lyras who broadcasted

the day with such aplomb!

We thank our Fair Go Sport Ambassadors for

their work leading up to the event. Our Flash

Mob students created a dynamic and spectacular

opening to our special day. The cast from Kinky

Boots were very impressed with their level of

skill and commitment.

Menekse Ozdemir

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PERFORMING ARTS &

PRODUCTION REPORT

RESERVOIR

HIGH

SCHOOL

“CONGRATULATION TO

ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED

TO THE PERFORMING ARTS

THIS YEAR! AS USUAL,

YOU HAVE DONE US PROUD!”

PRODUCTION

The always anticipated

Reservoir High Production was in

two parts this year – ‘One Servant

Two Masters’ and ‘The Amazing

Race’. Throughout the show, great

performances were given by Tommy

Reservoir High competed for the third time in

Wakakirri. As we had finished in the finals in the

two previous years, we were able to compete

in the top division. After challenging heats, at

The Clock Tower in Moonee Ponds, we made it

through as one of the four Division 1 teams. In a

hard-fought final, we became Victorian ‘Story of

the Year’ Champions. All up, we officially finished

in the top four in Australia. Many thanks to Tommy

Nguyen, Damian Seddon and Vivian Than, as well

as our senior performers, who choreographed,

performed in and drove the entire experience.

Damian and Michael Russo also performed

professionally in a production of ‘Lord of the

Flies’. On top of that, Damian won a prize for his

participation in the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Former student, Victoria Canning and Damian,

Tehyali Malone and Simone Ethevi all performed

in a production of ‘Vessel’, in the Outer Urban

Project. Our senior Theatre Studies class

performed ‘Metamorphosis’ to great acclaim.

Lai, Michael Russo, Vivian Than

and Frances Abou-Ghailoum in ‘One

Servant Two Masters’. A highlight

of ‘The Amazing Race’ was the

senior VCE Dance class’s ‘New

York’ performance. During the

show, many performers doubled

up as competitors in the ‘Race’

around the world, portraying our

wonderfully multi-cultural cast

and Community.

We acknowledge the participation

of all involved, both front and

back of house. Every one of you

is crucial to our success.

Ian (Willo) Wilson

Congratulation to all who contributed to

the Performing Arts this year! As usual,

you have done us proud!

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RESERVOIR

HIGH

SCHOOL

THE ARTS

The art department has had another busy year with

lots of great work being produced as you can see

from the work surrounding this article. We had

a number of excursions, with the senior art class

visiting the Top Arts Exhibition at NGVA and ‘Future

Eaters’ sculpture exhibition at MUMA in preparation

for their VCE exam. The Visual Communication

design students went to Top Designs and attended

the Design Big Day Out.

We have had regular displays of student work

around the school culminating in the art show

which we held at in the PAC this year so that more

parents would get to see the work and so that we

could showcase a lot more of the amazing pieces

that have been produced.

Tyra Seddon and Vanessa Vun completed portraits

for the Centenarians Project, where 100 portraits

were produced, by 100 teenagers, of people who

are over 100. They were displayed in an exhibition

at the Meat Market Craft Centre along with stories

they wrote of the people they met. It was a truly

amazing event and one I will never forget. The

students will remember the experience and the

advice that was given to them for ever. Vanessa’s

Denis said you have to grab onto things to give life

a real go and Tyra was amazed that someone could

be so pretty when they are 104.

I would like to thank the teachers and

students for all their hard work.

Heather Wilson

REPORT

“WE HAVE HAD REGULAR

DISPLAYS OF STUDENT

WORK AROUND THE

SCHOOL CULMINATING

IN THE ART SHOW”

Dennis

On the 4th of July I had the pleasure of

meeting Kathleen, the centenarian I was

assigned to draw. Her life has been filled

with blessings. Although she is a little

camera shy, speaking to her gave me a

perspective of what 104 years can consist

of for one person. Born in 1913, Kathleen

spent the first 20 or so years living on

a farm with her parents and 5 brothers.

She got married and had two children.

I had the pleasure of meeting her

daughter, who is now in her 80’s, and has

maintained a youthful and beautiful spirit.

Kathleen has been through many losses

in her years sadly, however that has not

stopped her from having fun and playing

games with her friends. She moved

to Preston later on in her life, and has

been blessed with many grandchildren,

and great-grandchildren. Kathleen’s

personality shines bright, she loves

to laugh, talk about her grandchildren

and great-grandchildren.

Upon meeting her, I was nervous. I was

unsure if she would want to talk or if

she'd like me. But when my teacher and

I walked into her room, she greeted us

in such a friendly manner. For the whole

interview I just wanted to sit and watch

her reminisce about her past and how

she ended up living near Murray Road,

Preston and then in the nursing home in

Reservoir. It was such a surprise to hear

her mention the streets that I currently

live near and how she knew people living

behind the building opposite my primary

school. Her fragile appearance did not

stop her telling me about her birthday and

how she got a tiara and celebrated with

her friends at the nursing home. Meeting

Kathleen is definitely soul-healing, since

her personality is so loving and her stories

can entertain you for the whole day.

Tyra Seddon

Kathleen Suffern

Dennis is 101 years old, which means he

has lived for more than over a century.

He was born in London, England and

moved to Australia by ship which took

many weeks. Dennis was around just after

World War 1 had ended and experienced

all of World War 2 which he had fought

in as a solider. A fond memory of his is

when he was looking for fish to catch

and came across a young aboriginal boy

who impressed Dennis with his advanced

skills in catching fish with his bare hands.

Advice Dennis would give to the younger

generation is 'The more effort you put in,

the more you would get out of it' and to

'Put your back into whatever you do in life

and keep moving forward.' What I learnt

from this project is that for a majority of

Dennis's life he had a very positive outlook

and attitude towards life and loved every

moment of it, whether he was sad, angry

or happy. Even speaking to Dennis could

boost your mood because he is still very

cheerful and jolly today. So something I

took away from this is to always spread

love and positivity no matter what the

situation is, because the chances are you

could possibly make someone's day by a

simple act of love and happiness. Which

is the key to a long and happy life.

Vanessa Vun

Kathleen

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ART

SHOW

2017

YeaR 10

FoRmal

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2017

HOME ECONOMICS &

TEXTILES REPORT

“IT WAS VERY INTERESTING

TO SEE THE CHINESE STUDENTS

WORKING SIDE BY SIDE WITH

THEIR HOST STUDENTS AND

EXCHANGING IDEAS”

2017 has been a very busy and productive year.

During the 1st 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 truffles and then

decoratively packaged them to take home.

The electives at the Middle Years were very

popular. The Cake Decorating students practised

such skills as piping, beating egg whites for

meringues and decorating large and small cakes

with different types of icing. Year 9 International

Foods has given all students a very diverse and

cultural 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 that 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, the reading of recipe

sheets and taking pride in the finished product.

During Term 3, when the Chinese students from

our sister school visited, we were fortunate to have

a practical class. It was very interesting to see the

Chinese students working side by side with their

host students and exchanging ideas.

Through Terms 2, 3 and early in Term 4, we see

parents with their children who come along to

view the school and its suitability for their children’s

education. This is good experience for the Home

Economics students, to have people speaking to

them while they are working.

December will see the Year 7 Orientation day,

which is very exciting for the new students as they

get an introduction to the school, its curriculum

and, in Home Economics, to prepare a recipe.

In Year 7 Textiles, the students learned how to

measure accurately and to use the sewing machine

safely when they constructed a cushion and a

patchwork hot pad.

Helen

Robinson

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CAREERS REPORT

UNI BRIDGES REPORT

2017

2017 has been crazy busy as the Careers Program

continued its expansion across all year levels. There

is not enough space and time to relate to you in

detail everything we have done, or attempted to do,

so a big picture ‘sweep’ of what has happened this

year will have to suffice. Some of our offerings this

year were as follows:

--

Yr 10 Work Experience

--

Vocational Education & Training (VET)

Programs for Yrs 10, 11 & 12

--

Yrs. 7-12 Online Managed Individual Programs

--

Tracking of previous Yr 12s - employment/

apprenticeships/Higher Education etc...

--

Yr 11 Options Day- a full day at La

Trobe University exploring possibilities

for post‐secondary

--

Yr 10 Step Up Evening

--

Yr 9 Stepping Stones

--

Assisting students to find part

time or casual employment

--

Careers Counselling of individual

students on a case by case basis

--

Assisting past students with careers advice

--

Subject Course Counselling

for Yrs 9-10, 10‐11 & 11-12

--

Resumé writing

--

Open Days at Higher Education Institutions

--

‘Careers Café’-guest speakers at lunchtime

--

Yr 10 Portfolio Interviews

--

Yr 10-11 VCAL Interviews

--

Y8 Careers Focus Day

--

Tertiary Information Session

at La Trobe University

--

VTAC Parent Briefing Evening

--

Yr 12 VTAC Preference Counselling

--

SEAS Counselling

--

Yr 12 Scholarships

--

Membership of professional bodies including

CEAV & MDCN at NMVC

Highlights in this year’s Careers Report are the

Year 10 Work Experience. The feedback from

employers was positive and satisfying – well done

Year 10! Another area of pathways and providing

stimulating career direction was our Options Day

at La Trobe for Year 11. Inspirational speakers Dr

Michael O’Keefe from La Trobe University and Sasha

Kaluri inspired us with their Careers journeys. We

were pleased to see the students make the most of

this opportunity. And, finally, our Year 12s showed

engagement at the crucial time of their busy year,

in getting their VTAC preferences right. Great work!

Thanks so much, staff and students, for making

Careers perform at its best.

Good luck to all students completing exams,

attending job interviews, moving on to other

pathways or higher education studies. Remember

the road to success is not always easy to navigate,

but with some hard work, drive, determination and

passion it’s possible to achieve your dream.

2017

Peter Devine

Defence

Force

2017 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.

yr 10 Work

Expeirience

Year 10 and 11 students have set up digital

portfolios, using padlet, in which they save

and reflect upon all their Uni Bridges outreach

work across their English, Maths and Science

subjects. Congratulations to our final 7 capstone

applicants who delivered impressive presentations

to the panel. Uni Bridges provides wonderful

opportunities to our students and 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.

Liz Rigoni

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Halloween

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SenioR School

Report

The Senior School welcomed Ken Sinderberry

as Senior School leader and the students have

responded to his tactics very positively. He was

most impressed by the friendly welcome he

received from all of us. Another great year of

hard work and high results from many students

has been achieved. Teachers are very dedicated

and give extra time for assistance, support and

encouragement so that we get the best possible

results. The study hall has been a pleasant learning

environment, with students working productively

and presenting themselves well, as excellent role

models for the entire school. Once again, we

have a great number of candidates who have

applied for the position of School Captain. This is

a demonstration of the commitment that senior

students have to the school. The Captains this

year have been hard working, respected by their

teachers, peers and especially by the members of

the School Council, where they raised a number

of important issues on behalf of the students.

Ken Sinderberry, Nina

Rossini, Lorraine Cross

RESERVOIR

HIGH

SCHOOL

“ANOTHER GREAT YEAR OF HARD

WORK AND HIGH RESULTS FROM

MANY STUDENTS HAS BEEN

ACHIEVED.”

DR LIVESEY RECIPIENTS,

CLASS OF 2016

Linh Nguyen, Enci Li and Edison

Lui were the recipients of the

Dr Livesey Scholarship, for their

hard work and academic excellence

in 2016. Well done to these

worthy recipients.

‘LORD OF THE FLIES’ PERFORMANCE

Damian Seddon and Michael

Russo were cast members of a

professional performance at The Arts

Centre followed by an interview with

Danni Minogue for The Project and for

The Age newspaper.

SCHOOL PRODUCTION, MADE UP OF

TWO PARTS – ‘ONE SERVANT, TWO

MASTERS’ AND ‘THE AMAZING RACE’

A high number of senior students

led the production in all aspects

of stagecraft with excellent

results. The audience was

enthralled by the comedy, dance

skills and colourful costumes.

WAKAKIRRI

Our story of the tragedy of people

escaping their war-torn country

was initiated by senior students

and earned our school first place

in the Victorian heats and second

place in the state-wide finals.

An amazing achievement.

THEATRE STUDIES PERFORMANCE

OF ‘METAMORPHOSIS’

A thoroughly professional

performance from our aspiring

actors and designers.

FILM NIGHT

A wonderful night at the

Performing Arts Centre,

transformed into a cinema, with

the Year 12 students and teachers

KEY EVENTS

GRADUATION EVENING

This was the first time we held

it in the evening and it was

standing room only!

EXCURSION TO THE ABC ‘Q AND A’

PROGRAM AS AUDIENCE MEMBERS

Global Politics and Legal Studies

students were invited to be in the

audience for the filming of Q & A and

to present questions to the panel.

R U OK? DAY

R U OK? Day was introduced to

Reservoir High School this year,

with the targeted audience being

the Senior School students, in

particular the year 12 students.

During a busy and stressful

Term 3, taking stock of mental

wellbeing is very important and

asking the question ‘are you okay?’

can mean the world to some people.

The day was a success in the study

hall, with activities and a group

lunch. In 2018 we look forward to

a bigger and better R U OK? DAY,

across the whole school.

LA TROBE VCE PLUS ACADEMIC

EXCELLENCE AWARD

Tim Mandilas was one of

nine students to be presented

with the award at a ceremony

at La Trobe University.

VET INDUSTRY AWARD

Frances Abou-Ghallioum, for her

excellent work at KFC in her work

place training assessment, was

presented with this award, at a

ceremony held at Crown Palladium.

enjoying the film ‘Baby Driver’.

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International

Week posters

CLASS OF 11A

CLASS OF 11B

CLASS OF

YEAR 11

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RECIPIENTS, 2017

CLASS OF 11C

CLASS OF 11E

CLASS OF 11D

YEAR 11 2017

DR STEPHEN

LIVESEY AWARD

CONGRATULATIONS TO

ENCI LI, EDISON LIU

AND LINH NGUYEN

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Year 12

CREW MEMBER RECORDS

12A

Takudzwa

Mutezo

Mia

Petrovic

Michael

Russo

Damian

Seddon

12B

Kyle

Bond

Nikita

Carolan - Gibbs

Teng

Chen

Ty

Doan Le

Henry

Truong

Marnie

Tsimiklis

Kathryn

Walkeden

Frances

Abou-Ghalioum

Simone

Etheve

Stefan

Gligorevic

Jasper

Hayward

Jack

Kay

Hafsa

Ahmed

Haider

Ali

Lawra

Alkalame

Lavanya

Arivalagan

Chelsea

Kouyoumtzoglou

Slave

Leskaroski

Pratistha

Maharjan

Tehyali

Malone

Balquis

Azlan

Hassan

Hassan

Caitlyn

Haynes

Zaakira

Hussein

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Nora

lkaposi

Clara

Karnawat

Obaid

Khalil

Rachel

Knape

Tommy

Lai

Savina

Mavrommatis

Sainab

Mumin

Jenny

Nguyen

Susi

O'Donnell

Kirti

Patil

Amandeep

Singh

Helena

Vun

Kiahni

Atkinson-Brown

Marmik

Bhavsar

Jayde

Burnett

12C

Vivien

Dao

Alana

Dimitrioski

Lynette

Falefai

Alaa

Ibrahim

Michael

Kepa-Stoduto

Malachi

Kere

Vanessa

Lupiya

Tim

Mandilas

Estelle

Marie

Adrian

Marnik

Leilani

Murphy

Salas

Musa

Ryan

Nguyen

Kristian

Pop-Aleksandar

Chehani

Rajapakse

Sunny

Salioski

Andy

Tran

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12E

12V

Matthew

Yacoub

Sarina

Bolouri

Tien

Bui

Sara

Fiasco

Rayan

Abusud

Taylor

Albrecht

James

Chen

Tahlia

Dow

Parham

Ghasemi

Mark

Han

Jack

Koah

Jun

Li

Jeremiah

loane

Kobe

King

Katerina

Nikolovska

Shania

Shanahan

GRADE 5 DAY

Nael

Mehasen

Giang

Nguyen

Samira

Qalib

Ahmad

Saeed

Max

Shaw Foudoulis

Ahmed

Tooyo

Farida

Sharifi

Pred

Teeruthroy

Jaslene

Tran

Ngoc

Vo

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RESERVOIR

HIGH

SCHOOL

A VISIT FROM

ALADDIN

YEAR 12

ACMI EXCURSION

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INTERNATIONAL

STUDENT REPORT

RESERVOIR

HIGH

SCHOOL

The 2017 school year has been jam-packed with

activities and achievements for our cohort of

International Students. From meeting the Governor

for a ‘Welcome’ event at Government House, to

sharing a memorable Fair Go Sports Day with the

cast of Kinky Boots, to being one of four Victorian

schools chosen to attend the Experience Victoria

excursions. This year has also seen Tien Bui as our

very first School Captain and Tommy Nguyen in

lead roles in both Wakakirri and the Production.

Our junior students have been the recipients of a

number of awards, along with Principal Awards for

our middle school students. Tien Bui was the very

excited winner of the 2017 International Student

Public Speaking Competition and Emily Pham and

Tommy Nguyen were excellent ambassadors for our

school at the International Student Forum. I would

like to thank all of our students for their willingness

to participate in all that Reservoir High has to offer

and praise their ability to extend themselves, both

academically and recreationally.

As we farewell our Year 12 graduating students,

we wish them all the very best in their future

studies. During the Jumpstart program, we also

welcome our newest students to the Reservoir High

community. We wish all of our students a wonderful

summer break as they explore Melbourne or return

home to spend time with their families and prepare

themselves for the challenges of 2018.

Ms Christine

Farrugia

"THE 2017 SCHOOL YEAR

HAS BEEN JAM-PACKED

WITH ACTIVITIES AND

ACHIEVEMENTS FOR OUR

COHORT OF INTERNATIONAL

STUDENTS."

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LANGUAGES SPOKEN

AT RESERVOIR HIGH

We shared a marvellous

lunch together with

students from around

the world. This day

epitomises why our

school is so special.

CULTURAL

DIVERSITY

WEEK

KANNADA

TAMIL

TELUGU

BENGALI

GUJARATI

HINDI

ALBANIAN

KURDISH

DARI

PERSIAN

ARABIC

GREEK

SPANISH

ITALIAN

UKRAINIAN

MACEDONIAN

SERBIAN

CREOLE

FRENCH CREOLE

ENGLISH

SOMALI

2017

SWAHILI

AMHARIC

MAORI

NEPALI

PUNJABI

SINHALESE

URDU

KHMER

VIETNAMESE

TAGALOG

CHINESE

CANTONESE

HAKKA

MANDARIN

JAPANESE

KOREAN

OROMO

SHONA

SAMOAN

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YEAR 12

CHEMISTRY

AT LA TROBE

YeaR 12

Graduation

RESERVOIR

HIGH

SCHOOL

GRADUATION

Last Chem Class

" I THINK THAT THE MOST

IMPORTANT THING THAT

WE HAVE LEARNED OVER

THE LAST SIX YEARS IS

TO BE RESPECTABLE AND

DILIGENT YOUNG ADULTS"

My name is Tim, and I am part

of the graduating class of 2017.

We have become Reservoir High School

graduates, and it is important now that we

celebrate our triumphs, our achievements,

our victories - both individually and as a school -

and the journey on which we have all embarked

toward our future destinations.

Over the last six years at Reservoir High School,

we have learnt a lot. Ms Vassis and fellow maths

teachers taught us flawless arithmetic technique.

Mr. Ripoli and the year 12 English teachers

taught us how to perfect our written expression.

And Mr.Trajkovic, reminded us to leave our

excuses at the door.

And all this knowledge will no doubt be valuable

as we go forward in life. But I think that the

most important thing that we have learned

over the last six years is to be respectable

and diligent young adults.

"THEY SAY, GIVE A MAN

A FISH, AND HE WILL BE

FULL FOR THE DAY, BUT

TEACH A MAN TO FISH,

AND HE WILL NEVER BE

HUNGRY AGAIN."

Each of us has had our own unique experiences

at Reservoir High; a combination of good times

and bad times, times of laughter and of joy,

times of school spirit.

Graduation marks the end of yet another

extraordinary chapter in our lives. With this

chapter closed, I am certain that many of us

are already anxious about starting the next one,

because, unlike our English novels, we cannot skip

through the pages of life to see what's coming next.

We all have our own book of life that has not

yet been written, and every day that passes is

another page we write in ourselves. However,

as Reservoir High School students, we have been

given all the paper and ink we need to write our

own stories. And with the love and support of our

families, friends, teachers and fellow graduates,

our stories will become best sellers.

High School was, at first, a daunting experience for

many people, who entered with few, or no friends.

Thankfully, for me, I came to Reservoir High with a

small group of primary school mates, people whom

I now consider to be some of my dearest friends.

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You know who you are. However, during our time

at Reservoir, we have all met so many new people,

made lasting friendships, lived through lifelong

memories, and added many new members to

our packs. And I’m sure we can agree that waking

up on Monday morning was always a drain, but

knowing that the rest of our pack was at school

waiting for us made it all a little easier. So, as we

all begin writing our next chapter, let us remember

that sense of family that helped us get through

Monday morning classes, and, in essence, our

high school years.

Ever since we were children, we have been told that

we needed to have a plan for our future, but I think

it is important that we all recognise that this plan

will not suddenly unfold one day down the road.

No, in fact, our future, has already begun. Every

lesson I learn today can be applied tomorrow, and

this is the lesson I would like to share with all of you.

Treat every day as a new learning experience, and

another opportunity to grow as an individual.

We must recognise that the life lessons we

have gained from Reservoir High will assist us in

achieving future goals of personal and professional

success. I think it is important, for this reason, to

remember the advice my grandfather has always

given me; to respect people, but, most importantly,

respect your parents and yourself. For the people

who do good things for you, do the same back.

I’ve always been told to remember this Alexander

the Great quote: “I am indebted to my father for

living, but to my teacher for living well.” And it is for

this, that we, as graduates, owe a large portion of

our scholastic and academic achievement to our

school and educators.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge those who

have facilitated the success of our cohort. Thank

you, family and friends for being here with us

tonight, but more importantly, thank you, parents

for being our coaches; thank you, friends for being

our teammates; and thank you, teachers and

administrators for being our mentors.

I would also like to personally thank Mr Mark

Jessup, our Principal, for the amazing moral support

and advice he has given to us as students who

have grown mentally throughout our high school

years. Ms Lea Volpe, our Assistant Principal, has

been with us right since the start of our journey

as Year 7s, and stands with us today as we depart.

I would like to also thank her for her ongoing

support and assistance throughout the years.

Mr Ken Sinderberry, our Year 12 coordinator, has

provided us with a great amount of encouragement

and guidance as his first year 12 cohort at Reservoir

High School. Finally, I would like to thank Ms

Lorraine Cross, every year 12’s best friend, for her

love, care… and tolerance. There are also many

other teachers I would like to thank for their

relentless support and assistance, but the list is

simply too long, so I would like to give a big thank

you, on behalf of all the graduating year 12s, to

all the teachers who have helped us prosper over

the course of our high school lives. Once again,

congratulations to the graduating class of 2017.

I will now leave you all with a piece

of proverbial wisdom;

They say, give a man a fish, and he will be full for

the day, but teach a man to fish, and he will never

be hungry again.

We must understand that the ability to work

for ourselves is of greater benefit than a one-off

handout. Let us all leave this ceremony tonight

ready to show the world that Reservoir High School

graduates will stop at nothing to achieve greatness.

Thank you.

Tim Mandilas

– Valedictory

Speech

YeaR 12 Formal

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VCAL REPORT

2017

VISIT FROM OUR

SISTER SCHOOL

On the 6th August our sister school from China,

Tianjin Muzhai Middle School, arrived at Reservoir

High and there was excitement all round. Nine

students and one teacher visited and stayed with

our families. The Chinese students experienced

Australian cuisine, even making sausage rolls in

a cooking class! They also played Aussie Rules

Football and visited Melbourne Zoo. We had

a wonderful farewell dinner, where there was

much laughter, singing and dancing. Lifelong

friendships have been forged. This is an experience

which all of our students will remember fondly.

We look forward to the next visit.

“ WE HAD A WONDERFUL

FAREWELL DINNER, WHERE

THERE WAS MUCH LAUGHTER,

SINGING AND DANCING.”

WHAT A YEAR IN VCAL!

Our 21 Intermediate and Senior VCAL students

worked hard this year in their core VCAL subjects,

as well as in their internal and external VETs, VCE

subjects, traineeships and work placements.

Students were able to gain some very valuable

practical and work related skills to apply in the

future, in both work and life situations.

Two students completed Business traineeships

this year, one working in the Northern Hospital

and the other with Victoria Police. Three students

completed Structured Work Placements with a local

primary school, with a carpenter and the other with

West Side Circus. VET students were able to also

gain some valuable work experience in their chosen

fields during the year, through their programs. This

year our students completed VETs in the following

areas: childcare, community services, electrotechnology,

visual arts, carpentry, building and

construction, automotive and kitchen operations.

In June, I was able to organise a day which we

called Survival Skills for Future Success. The

presentations were excellent and included Victoria

Police, Red Cross, Victorian Legal Aid and the

Australian Council for Cervical Cancer. The day was

a positive and informative one for our students,

who were praised for their cooperation, questions

and interest throughout the day.

In November some of our VCAL students

completed their Responsible Serving of Alcohol

Certificate. They also took part in the Amazing

Race, where they worked cooperatively and

as part of a team, in order to learn more

about our great city.

Some of our senior VCAL students also took part

in a three week program at Kangan Docklands with

the Skilling Australia Foundation, to help them gain

job ready skills training with the aim of transitioning

into possible traineeships or apprenticeships. From

this, one of our students was successfully able

to gain a 1st year apprenticeship with Mercedes

Benz in the city for next year.

Well done to all our VCAL students this year. It has

been an interesting and valuable year of learning

and developing very important work related and

personal skills, which, hopefully, will be applied next

year, in the workplace, at TAFE, in an apprenticeship

or a traineeship or whatever our students decide

to do in the future and, of course, in life!

Maria Gasbarro

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Year 12

dress

Up

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VICTORIAN CHAPTER

OUTSTANDING

LEARNING

ENVIRONMENT

AWARDS

Reservoir High was nominated for and won the

Renovation/ Modernisation Award. We were

thrilled to be invited to the ceremony with

Brand Architects. Please read the Jury Citation

in regards to this project.

I would like to once again thank Scott Tanner,

our Business Manager who lived and breathed

this project during its creation and refinement,

and continues to work on completing the 'fiddly

bits' which are always the last to get finished in

any large project. Anyone who has had an extension

at home can relate to this – how about a project

like this under $2M!

This award is primarily a Brand Architects Award

in terms of the build, but the heart and soul of the

building was very much a Scott Tanner creation

as he held everyone to account and managed

the project throughout.

Mark Jessup

JURY CITATION

PROJECT: BRADY

HALL REDEVELOPMENT,

RESERVOIR HIGH SCHOOL,

BRAND ARCHITECTS.

Reservoir High had a strong vision to redevelop

their old school hall into a state of the art

contemporary facility that could reinvigorate the

school’s Performing Arts curriculum, as well as

deliver an arts facility which could be shared with

the wider community. They have successfully

delivered on this vision.

The versatility of the building design is apparent,

in abundance, with the provision of a high quality

performing arts space for over 300 students,

teaching space, expanded dance studio, school

examination spaces and a gymnasium. The effective

integration of teaching and performance spaces

provides for comfortable and engaging learning

areas. The judging panel was impressed that the

school, architect, contractor and specialist audiovisual

consultant collaborated to deliver state of the

art functionality of lighting and sound throughout

the performance area to make the facility suitable

and appealing for both school and community

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

LARA ILLARIETTI

STEVEN GLASBY

EBONEY JACKSON

JAGODA NEDELKOVSKI

ANDREA SCOTT

SCOTT TANNER

JASMINE CLARK

3SIDEDSQUARE

J.W.

WE ALSO THANK THE

STUDENTS, STAFF AND

OTHER MEMBERS OF

THE RESERVOIR HIGH

COMMUNITY FOR THEIR

CONTRIBUTIONS. THEY ALL

EXEMPLIFY OUR ETHOS OF

‘DIVERSITY, EXCELLENCE

AND SUCCESS’ OF WHICH

WE ARE SO PROUD.

"In my first two years

at Reservoir High, I feel

more at home than in my

first seven years at my

old school." John M, 8B

performances. The use of strong primary colours

balanced against the black box of the auditorium

and the grey and white palette of the exterior and

interior finishes makes for a dramatic effect. The

CONGRATULATIONS

PAOLO AND THE

HOUSE OF HOPE,

IN THAILAND

overall effect of this refurbished hall gives a very

strong sense that the facility will enable the school

to become leaders in performing arts in the future.

With a relatively small budget. Brand Architects have

successfully reused 80% of the existing building,

maximised opportunities for natural ventilation and

lighting and delivered an impressive performing arts

facility that both the school and wider community

can feel proud of and enjoy for many years to come.

Our esteemed Home Economics and Health

teacher, Ms Helen Robinson, was acknowledged,

this year, by the Department of Education for her

fifty years of service to teaching. Not only that,

we acknowledge that those fifty years have been

devoted to Reservoir High! Her contribution to

the school and its students is unstinting and the

subjects which she teaches instil life-time skills.

Congratulations and thank-you, Helen.

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Autographs

AND PERSONAL MEMORIES

2017

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