News & Events

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Chess is back

Come along and have a go. Join over 30 students across all year levels learning the sport of Chess. The Chess Club plays at lunchtimes in the Year 7 Centre. All new players welcome. Pictured: Players Maryam, Arezo and Matthew.  

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Martial Arts Training

Now in its third year, Martial Arts trainer Craig Cole, coaches a nominated group of College students through an 8-week program. The benefits of learning martial arts are widely accepted: it’s not about moves learned but about its amazing ability to bring us “into the moment,” helping us to see clearly the things that really matter. It’s not about some ancient mystic secret, but rather about a physical activity that engages the…

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Pakenham Police Visit – Technology, responsibilities and keeping safe

Cath Emmett and Sharon Patterson, Youth Resource Officers with Pakenham Police, visited the College last week. The purpose of their visit was to educate the students on the legal consequences of using technology inside and outside the school. They covered many topics such as staying safe whilst social networking, digital footprint, cyber bullying, protecting your reputation and what you can do if help is needed. The session was thoroughly enjoyed…

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Student ambassadors make us proud during Minister visit

Today, the Doctors in School program is a step closer to implementation with the delivery of the building where the program will start in 2017. Our newly appointed School Leadership team together with Principal Ray Squires welcomed the Minister for Education James Merlino. Although nervous, the Student Leaders engaged confidently with MinisterJames Merlino, School Council President Brian Paynter MP – Member for Bass and many other official parties. “This will…

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Trophy made by Pakenaham Secondary Teacher Linga Naidoo presented by VCAL Intermediate Student Donovan Junior (far left) to Ray Schwarze (centre left) from the Victorian Trugo Association. Teacher Linga Naidoo (centre right) and student Jarrod Magnus (far right).

A revival of Melbourne’s Industrial Sport: Trugo

Earlier in the year we saw the VCAL Intermediate students join forces with the Victorian Trugo Association and introduce this ‘true blue Aussie game’ at the Pakenham Show. Trugo is a game played on a grass court by hitting rubber rings with a wooden mallet from one end of the green to goal posts at the other. The game of Trugo was invented by Thomas Grieves of Yarraville in 1926,…

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Off to Kokoda

Pakenham Secondary student, Mehdi Ahmedi, is one of the deserving recipients of the Harold Bould Kokoda Award. The award highlights the importance of the Kokoda Campaign in the Battle for Australia and aims to keep this historical event alive. Open each year to Year 10 students studying at a secondary school in the Cardinia Shire, students submit an essay on the event’s significance. An essay on this topic would be…

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Third best National Team - All Girls Middle Years,  from left to right, Rose Sollis, Victoria Hendrick, Esther Abduro-Witago, Krystal Whalley.

Top 3 in Australia!

The Pakenham Secondary College Chess Middle Years All Girls team has placed 3rd at the 2016 National Chess Finals held at Queen’s College, Melbourne University on 28th and 29th November. The good news continues with the College Middle Years Mixed team finishing in 9th position nationally in a highly contested tournament. Christian Ampongan, Maths teacher and Chess Co-ordinator for the College, explains “Our College has the most number of home…

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Looking for unique festive season gifts?

Look no further! The VCAL Students have an amazing range of hand-made goodies at Akoonah Park market this coming Sunday. They have spent a great part of this year putting together their creations to simplify your Christmas shopping. Pop in, show your support and say hi to the student stall holders Georgie McAuliffe and friends. All profits are donated to AWARE, a 100% volunteer wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organisation operating…

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2017 Student Leadership Team

2017 Student Leadership Team announced

This year the College made its selection of the 2017 Student Leadership Team based on merit and not gender. Following a fair and well-planned process, an outstanding  group of student leaders have been elected. They are: School Captains Mia Biggs Abigail Nimmo School Vice Captains Britney Porch Tessa Patterson Student Representative Council Kirsten Trewarn   The five young ladies have been at the school since Year 7 and all expressed…

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