by Francesca Bracewell and Thomas Foody
At the start of this term, Alia College was pleased to host a short-term exchange student from China, Lucas Li. Lucas joined the Year 10 class for three weeks at the beginning of the term, and quickly endeared himself to staff and students with his friendly and enthusiastic manner, with just a touch of cheekiness. We were very happy to have a student like Lucas with us, and wish him all the best for his studies in China.
We had our VCE 2019 Information Night in early August, and preparations are now well underway for 2019. For any information about VCE at Alia College, check out this page.
In late August, Alia College hosted a small number of students, teachers, and the former principal of the Japanese School of Melbourne. Alia College Japanese students regularly visit the Japanese School of Melbourne, and vice versa, developing a good inter-school relationship. The visitors spent their day with Yuri’s Japanese classes, observing an interacting with students and other teachers.
Towards the end of this term, Penny and Andrew took the Juniors on an excursion to Werribee Gorge as part of the geography unit in the HaSS class. The excursion involved a day of hiking and observation, not to mention dedicated application of sunscreen and water consumption.
And with that, Term 3 is done and dusted and the holidays have finally arrived! The winter months were a hard slog and now that Spring has arrived, the days are looking a lot brighter and a little warmer. Still, even during those harsher winter days, the staff and students still managed to bring to life new and exciting adventures. It has definitely been a jam-packed term with a newbie to welcome and, of course, the ever sad farewells!
We would love to welcome to the Alia community, Mirabai (Year 8)! We hope your time here so far has been a welcoming and happy one for you. We look forward to seeing you next term.
We would also like to thank and farewell Noa (Year 9) who chose to come to Alia while her parents were on sabbatical from Israel. We are very sad to have said goodbye to Noa who integrated herself into the Alia community like it was home, participating in activities such as lunchtime soccer with enthusiasm. She even did work experience for us in the office and was always diligent and efficient in every task we set her. Noa, it was a pleasure having you be part of Alia for the two and half terms you were here. Safe travels home, and you are always welcome back!