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Preshil Weekly – Term 2 Week 8

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PRESHIL WEEKLY

Hello Preshil community,

I hope this message finds you well.

As part of my update this week I need to inform you that a local news media outlet will soon be publishing an article regarding the school’s current financial position, potential property sales, and response to historical abuse cases from the 70s and 80s.

We understand that these are sensitive and potentially distressing topics, and I want to assure you that we have always approached these matters with complete openness and transparency within our school community.

Please be assured the school is in a solid financial position and we are working to achieve an important realignment for the School’s future that is responsible and aligned with our current contextual and financial needs.

Students and Families: We recognise the impact a story in the press can have on our community. To support our students and families during this time, we will be organising meetings where you can express any concerns and receive the support you need. Our Wellbeing team and leadership will be available to provide assistance to anyone who requires it. We will firstly be hosting a support space for parents after drop-off on Monday morning at 9am in the Sitting Room at the Primary Campus (Arlington).

Avenues for Input and Clarification: We understand that there may be questions and the need for clarification regarding the School’s financial situation, potential property sales and response to historical abuse matters. We will provide several avenues for you to share questions for response. Your concerns are important to us, and we are here to listen and respond. Please email preshil@preshil.vic.edu.au with any questions you may have.

Leadership Presence: The school leadership team will continue to be present and available for all students, families, staff, and the broader community. We are committed to ensuring that everyone feels supported and heard during this time.

Victim Survivors: Preshil commends the bravery of victim survivors for coming forward and apologises to all whose lives were affected by abuse suffered during their time at the school.

Our priority is the wellbeing of our students and the integrity of our community. We will continue to face these challenges together, with the resilience and unity that defines our school. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need support or have any concerns.

Curriculum Review Updates

This week, we launched our High School and Primary School Parent Surveys. If you haven’t already completed this we encourage you to do so by accessing the relevant links below –

Over the next two weeks, we will commence our first in-person parent consultation workshops, a unique opportunity for you to directly contribute to our curriculum review. These workshops are open to all interested members of our parent community and will be held at the following times:

Primary School
Tuesday, June 4th, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Arlington Library
Tuesday, June 11th, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Arlington Library

High School
Friday, June 7th, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm BK Library
Friday, June 14th, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm BK Library

Thank you for your ongoing trust and support through this period of change.

Warm regards,

Aaron Mackinnon
Principal

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Save The Pines Student Initiative
In response to the news that Preshil is selling The Pines, we had protests and an outpouring of feelings. Daiynan, in the Sunroom, created a petition, which many staff and students signed. We scanned and sent this to Emma Zipper, Chair of Preshil’s School Board, with this message from Daiynan, “Please don’t sell the Pines and come to Preshil and discuss a different way to get the money.” to which Emma responded, “Thanks Daynan. I would be happy to come and speak with you about it. I can see it is important to you and means a lot. Well done for reaching out. It is good to stand up for what you believe”. We were delighted to host a whole school meeting with the Chairperson of our School Board, who came to talk with the children, answer their questions, and celebrate their efforts.

Pines Protest Poem
By Daiynan Mudaliar

I love the trees,
I love the bees,
And they’re all from The Pines.
I love the fire pit,
I love all the bits,
From The Pines.
So please don’t sell it,
Not even a little bit,

Just because I really love The Pines.
I’d very much rather, give you all my money,
‘Cause selling The Pines is not very funny,
So just don’t sell The Pines.

Changemaker
Exciting developments are underway at Preshil as our Year 9 students embark on a transformative journey to bring their vision of a social enterprise cafe to life. With boundless enthusiasm and dedication, they have been hard at work this term, laying the groundwork for a project that promises to make a meaningful impact both within our school community and beyond.

Social Enterprise Cafe:
Over the past few months, our Year 9s have been channelling their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit into the creation of a social enterprise cafe. This innovative venture will not only provide sushi and other goods to our community but also serve as a platform for raising funds in support of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC).

Building Bridges with Mecwacare:
In their quest to support asylum seekers in our community, our Year 9 students went on location to form a partnership with Mecwacare Opportunity Shop. Through this collaboration, they have established a strong relationship with the chain of stores, which will enable them to source essential items such as shoes and warm jackets for asylum seekers in need. Preshil will purchase these items from Mecwacare, furthering our commitment to supporting vulnerable members of our community.

To launch our support of the ASRC and Mecwacare, a heartfelt thank you must go the Dimattina family for their generous purchase of manchester, coats and books. These items will go directly to families and communities who are in desperate need right now.

As our Year 9s prepare to embark on their Year 9 Experience camp in Central Australia, we invite you to join us in supporting their noble endeavor. Your generous donations of urgent food items, as well as your ongoing support of the social enterprise cafe project, will help make a tangible difference in the lives of asylum seekers and contribute to a more inclusive and compassionate society.

As we look forward to the launch of the social enterprise cafe next term, we are filled with anticipation and excitement for the positive impact it will have on our school community and beyond. Our Year 9 students have already shown us to be agents of change, standing in solidarity with those in need, both near and far.

Children’s Ground Presentation for NRW
To close out a huge week of activities at Preshil celebrating National Reconciliation Week (NRW), students from both campuses came together in Kevin Borland Hall for a very special presentation from guest speaker, Jane Vadiveloo. Jane Vadiveloo is the founding CEO of Children’s Ground, a First Nations organisation ending injustice and disadvantage through the delivery of innovative education, health and employment services, and shared the story of her journey with our students and staff.
This was a special event for our school and we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Jane and also to our own Jason Shulman for all his hard work as Co-Chair of Preshil’s Reconciliation Action Plan committee in organising NRW events for our community.

Interschool Conference on Gender and Sexuality Diversity
It’s been a week of both learning and affirmation for wellbeing at Preshil this week! Our School Counsellor, Veronica Backhouse, Year 10 Coordinator, Rob Grundy and four of our Year 7 – 10 students on the Preshil Wellbeing Committee (Will Harkness, Joyee Reilly, Evie Gionfriddo and Marlo Evans) all attended the Interschool Conference on Gender and Sexuality Diversity (2024) held at Wesley College. Whilst staff attended sessions on Wesley’s new Gender Affirmation Policies and associated Procedures, students attended different streams based on their year levels for example: ‘Taking Up Space!: Empowering Visibility and Redefining Campus Space’ was the Senior School Stream.

Mental Health in Schools Conference
Preshil’s Student Wellbeing Leader, Natalie Kisilevich, spent the last two days attending the annual Mental Health in Schools Conference, a national conversation around some key universal issues that school communities are currently facing. Topical research presented focused on striking the delicate balance between connection, belonging and autonomy, whereby the former continues to be the biggest predictor of wellbeing; exploring how to better understand and support student attendance challenges post COVID-19; modelling how schools can be affirming places for gender and sexually diverse young people and exploring the role of digital landscapes on mental health.

THE WEEK AHEAD

Monday 3 June

  • 9:00am-10:30am:  BK – Year 8 Geology Rocks in Science Incursion – Year 8 students will engage in hands-on investigations of geological processes and landforms. This interactive session will cover erosion, plate tectonics, soil classification, earthquakes, and various rock types. Students will participate in activities like subduction simulations, gold panning, and using seismographs.
  • 3:20pm-4:20pm:  BK – Homework Club – Gallery Classroom (upstairs in Kalimna)
Tuesday 4 June
  • 9:15am-11:00am:  BK – Secondary School Open Morning
  • 2:30pm-3:30pm:  Arlington – Education Review: Parent Consultation Workshop (Arlington Library) – A unique opportunity for families to directly contribute to our curriculum review.
  • 3:20pm-4:20pm:  BK – Homework Club – Gallery Classroom (upstairs in Kalimna)
Wednesday 5 June
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm:  After School Sport (Years 5 & 12) – The Cage at BK
Thursday 6 June
  • 9:45am-3:10pm:  BK –  Theatre Student Excursion to Julia – Melbourne Theatre
    Organ
    – Year 10, 11 and 12 Theatre Students will be going on an excursion to the MTO’ s production of Julia. As part of the ticket price, students are also paying for a pre-show talk from Melbourne Theatre Company, as well as a Q&A.
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm:  After School Sport (Years 5 & 12) – The Cage at BK
Friday 7 June
  • 2:30pm-3:30pm:  BK – Education Review: Parent Consultation Workshop (BK Library) – A unique opportunity for families to directly contribute to our curriculum review.

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