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Preshil Weekly – Term 2 Week 7

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PRESHIL WEEKLY

Hello Preshil community,

This week at Preshil has been a celebration of the true spirit and heart of everything we strive to achieve here. This was evident through the living out of our values:

  • We treat each other with kindness and respect
  • We have the courage to learn and grow
  • We’re a community that collaborates

Personally, I was inspired by our students’ creativity, passion, and courage during the ‘Work In Progress Art Exhibition and Music Performances’ on Monday night and the ‘Autumn Soirée’ music event on Wednesday. Having my own artistic inclinations, I know how daunting it can be to publicly exhibit works that may still be in progress or evolving. One may wrestle with crippling perfectionism and other insecurities. However, the richness of artistic expression and creativity doesn’t rest in a vacuum or closed studio; rather, it thrives through embracing— with courage— a connection with the world around you. In this way, seeing our students connecting with the Preshil community was a privilege, as they shared their works with passion and pride. This wouldn’t be possible without the safety of a community that embraces this artistic and courageous spirit. It was a true highlight for me this week to share in this experience with our community!

Strategic Review Update

This week, we hosted our second open forum event for our Preshil community. It was a wonderful demonstration of our community engagement, with close to 100 families attending. This event was led by Emma Zipper, Board Chair; Andrew Aposola, Vice Chair; and myself. In this space, we provided further context for the development of our strategic plan, reflecting on the last 12 months of engagement leading to this point, while also clarifying some of the more immediate actions the school is working through.

Consultation and Engagement

This week, I was able to commence our educational review work with our staff at Preshil, comprising our Educational Leadership team. Next week, we will conduct a workshop with all staff to engage with this initial phase of the educational review process. Emma Zipper also, had in person meeting with both our Primary school student during their whole school assembly and our Year 11 cohort.

On Tuesday, we aim to provide parents with a survey platform to gather their initial feedback on targeted areas where we seek consultation. Students will also be given the opportunity to provide feedback at this early stage of consultation via a survey next week.

In the coming weeks, we will offer various engagement opportunities for our community, including workshop-style in-person sessions. We encourage everyone to participate in these spaces.

Warm regards,

Aaron Mackinnon
Principal

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Work in Progress Exhibition and Music Performances
This week we held the Preshil Work in Progress Exhibition and Music Performance evening. The exhibition presented the artwork of Yr 10, 11 and 12 Visual Arts students and we also had Yr 10 Music students perform their own compositions on a range of instruments. This exhibition represents the work currently being produced and created by the students as well as work previously completed as part of the IBDP and MYP program. The exhibition is displayed in the Senior Art studio and will be kept up till the end of term so anyone who missed viewing the work is welcome to pop in any time. The evening was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our talented visual art and music students and was also a chance to highlight the broad range of talents that our Preshil students have.

Visit from former Preshil Teachers
On Thursday, we were delighted to host four former teachers on a tour of Arlington. Julia, Sally, Margie (who taught Cressida!) and Sam took some time to walk around the campus, and meet with our current staff on their Fruit Time break. Their love of Arlington, their enduring connection to our school, and their well wishes were a joy.

Autumn Soirée
Last night marked a truly memorable occasion as we gathered in the Kevin Borland Hall for an evening of music and celebration. Expertly hosted by Hamish Wass, the Autumn Soirée provided an opportunity for students to demonstrate their musical prowess, but also their character and spirit. Each act was a testament to the dedication and hard work of our instrumental teachers, as well as the exceptional effort invested by every student. Parents, staff, and students in the audience were delighted by a large range of musical genres, including Jazz, Musical Theatre, Classical and Contemporary styles. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the students who took to the stage with confidence and grace, showcasing their talents for all to admire. Your dedication and passion has truly shone through, inspiring us all with your remarkable performances. We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to the music community at Preshil, specifically Michelle Berner for all of her hard work in organising the event, Michelle Priestly for her invaluable support, and Martika, Karoline, Atilla, Katrina, Samantha and Celia for their outstanding performances last night. Your contributions were instrumental in making the event a resounding success, and we are truly grateful for your commitment and remarkable gifts.

The Bali Children Foundation Bake Sale
Chi Chi and Steph, from the Sunroom, did a wonderful job of holding their Bake Sale during Lunch Time on Monday. They raised over $200 for their chosen charity; The Bali Children Foundation. Brownies, biscuits and cupcakes were enjoyed.

Preshil Production – Lady Macbeth
We are very excited to bring you our 2024 Preshil Original production of Lady MacBeth! Director Laurence Page said, “What I love most about this show is how much the students get it. Over the last six weeks, students have turned up to rehearsals and we’ve collaborated the scenes together, based on their ideas of the characters and the story that was given to them. Most of the characters are being played with totally different intentions to the original, which is so fun. Even though Shakespeare wrote this brilliant play at a time when Elizabeth I was reigning, it was still a patriarchy, where women were devalued in society. If we’re doing a story written by an old, white guy, we want to see a version of it that is suitable for 2024. I’m confident our community will leave this play with the same intensity as the original, but with an appreciation of rich, new versions of characters and fresh dialogue. I’m confident this will be one of the best productions Preshil audiences have ever seen, simply because we’re working to the strengths of the actors, the time frame and the Blackbox. We’re not trying to emulate a big production company, like other schools, where they really miss the mark.”
“Macbeth” by William Shakespeare is a story of war, betrayal, murder and unnecessary ambition. But what would happen if Lady MacBeth didn’t die? And what were the women doing at the time this story takes place? The 2024 Preshil Production is a new story written by Laurence Page, devised in modern language by Laurence and the Cast of students from Years 9-12, based on the iconic thriller-tragedy, guided by the principles of Rama Nicholas, Keith Johnstone, Frantic Assembly and Zen Zen Zo. Shows are scheduled from Wednesday 24 July through to Saturday 27 July at 7.00pm nightly, with a Saturday matinee at 2pm.
Warning: This production contains intense scenes, mature themes and depictions of violence. This production is not suitable for children under 15 without the accompaniment of an adult.

Kindergarten Special Guests
Kindergarten hosted some surprise guests (lambs) this week. Community members Nina (3s) and Robbie (Lighthouse) brought their Grandmother and her beautiful lambs in for a cuddle session.

Year 11 Lincoln Index ESS lesson
Year 11 students got a hands on opportunity to use The Lincoln Index for estimating the abundance of species populations using dry pasta. This is to mimic how ecologists collect data of a population in a selected area within an ecosystem through the trapping – mark – releasing – recapturing process.

Students’ Embodied Learning Research
Many of you will have seen Raed AlBanna (pictured) on site over the last two weeks. Raed is finishing up the period of observation in service to his PhD investigating how the design of the learning environment influences students’ embodied learning experiences in schools. Raed is a PhD candidate at Melbourne University under the supervision of Dr Ben Cleveland, Associate Professor in Learning Environments, who himself is an Alumni of Preshil. We will welcome him back for further sessions with nominated children and our staff.

Transition to Secondary School
Our transition program for the children in the Peppercorns is underway, with a visit from some Year 12 students, who also attended Arlington, and a visit from Natalie Kisilevich, our Wellbeing Coordinator, with her puppy Lola. The Wellbeing team have alerted us to some research being undertaken, by a group of Australian Universities, exploring children’s wellbeing as they move from Primary to Secondary school. If you would like to participate, please follow the link – https://curtin.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4T4petn2esAA0u2

Bush School Cooking
The children in the Lighthouse and Loft Room made Minestrone on Friday morning, a sure fire way to beat the cold (pun intended).

Winter Solstice Planning
In the next week or so, Parent Reps will be reaching out to the community to seek volunteers to help our Winter Solstice Celebration, on Thursday 20 June, run smoothly. A sign-up sheet will be shared for volunteers on the night, and contributions for sweet treats.Winter Solstice will again be a sustainable event, and we ask that families prepare to bring a mug and spoon for soup.

THE WEEK AHEAD

27 May – 3 June is National Reconciliation Week (NRW)

VIEW PRESHIL'S NRW ACTIVITY SCHEDULE HERE

Monday 27 May

  • Whole School – NRW Weaving Activity – Students will be invited to sit with Sandra Aitken to learn about the importance of weaving, and have a go at making a precious woven object. Students will be given the opportunity to engage in this activity throughout the day in class groups across BK and Arlington.
  • 3:15pm-4:15pm:  Arlington – Gold Coin Donation Book Stall – Kevin Borland Hall – Families are invited to donate lightly used children’s books, these can be dropped off to Reception to create a book stall in which all funds will go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
  • 3:20pm-4:20pm:  BK – Homework Club – Gallery Classroom (upstairs in Kalimna)
Tuesday 28 May
  • 9:30am-11:00am:  Arlington – Open Morning
  • 1:10pm-2:00pm:  BK – The Sapphires (film) – BK Library – The Student Representative Council will be showing the film Sapphires (PG) Part 1 at lunchtime in the Library. Students are asked to bring a gold coin donation for popcorn and a juice box.
  • 3:15pm-4:15pm:  Arlington – Gold Coin Donation Book Stall – Kevin Borland Hall – Families are invited to donate lightly used children’s books, these can be dropped off to Reception to create a book stall in which all funds will go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
  • 3:20pm-4:20pm:  BK – Homework Club – Gallery Classroom (upstairs in Kalimna)
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm:  BK – Year 10 Information Session
Wednesday 29 May
  • 1:10pm-2:00pm:  BK – The Sapphires (film) – BK Library – The Student Representative Council will be showing the film Sapphires (PG) Part 2 at lunchtime in the Library. Students are asked to bring a gold coin donation for popcorn and a juice box.
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm:  After School Sport (Years 5 & 12) – The Cage at BK
Thursday 30 May
  • 1:10pm-2:00pm:  BK – Buroinjin Games – Front Lawn – Thursday throwdown lunchtime games will feature Buroinjin Games on the Front Lawn. Open to any students who would like to learn some traditional First Nations’ games.
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm:  After School Sport (Years 5 & 12) – The Cage at BK
Friday 31 May
  • Whole School – ‘Wear it Yellow’ for NRW – Wear it Yellow with a gold coin donation going towards Children’s Ground. All funds raised will go directly towards supporting Children’s Ground; delivering self-determination, education, health and employment opportunities for First Nations people.
  • 1:20pm-2:00pm:  BK – Year 9 Experience workshop – Jane Vadiveloo from Children’s Ground presenting to Year 9.
  • 2:30pm-3:15pm:  Whole School Meeting – Whole School Meeting (including students from both campuses) in Arlington’s Kevin Borland Hall featuring guest speaker, Jane Vadiveloo. Jane Vadiveloo is the founding CEO of Children’s Ground and she will be sharing her journey with the students. This will be a special time for our school sharing this event from our littlest folk to our young adults.

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