Hagan Mathews (English teacher) Last week the Junior HASS and English class (which is the same class) visited Wirrawilla Rainforest in Toolangi State Forest. The ostensible purpose was to study the rainforest ecosystem, and begin some short stories, but the true reason was so we could have a picnic and play around in nature. The […]
Hagan Mathews (English teacher) Each year the Year 12 group runs a number of fundraisers to pay for their end of year celebration. This year’s group has wasted no time. Within days of Term I beginning, Della (Year 12) had petitioned her bookstore employer to allow her to use damaged books in a book sale […]
by Hagan (English teacher) A year of challenge. A year of struggle. A year of working together, and working alone. A year like no other. Year 12. Oh yeah, and 2020. Congratulations to the students of Alia College who have come through this doubly unusual year. We wish you all the best in whatever comes […]
by Hagan (English teacher) Nobody knew if camp would happen this year. Restrictions might have prevented it, and if not restrictions, the difficulty of finding a place that could take 60 or so people at short notice. What do you do when faced with such uncertainty? Go with what you know. We’ve camped at Euroa […]
by Hagan (English teacher) At the end of Term IV, we moved the bees from from their winter hive into a summer hive. The winter hive is smaller, so the bees don’t get too cold. The summer hive is larger, so the bees can keep cool by moving air through the hive. When it gets […]
Here are some takes from the stage fighting workshop run by Josh, the Drama Teacher, and the stage make-up workshop, run by Ruth, the Science Teacher, during Skills Week this year.
by Hagan (English teacher) When Donald Rumsfeld stated the obvious about known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns, he missed a category — the known unknowns, or the things you don’t want to know about. For some, the Colac camp is such a mystery. They have the opportunity to come face to face with a […]
The annual Alia Arts Night was locked down this year. Teachers from Art, Music, Drama and Media uploaded student work to Google Classroom, and invited students to take their families on a virtual tour of the work produced by Alia students. A small collection of the work is provided here.
By Joshua (Year 11) Despite ongoing efforts by members of the public to convince governments, businesses, and consumers to reduce their contributions to climate change, the crisis continues. Recent climate change protests, while in good spirit, have had no measurable effect on greenhouse gas emissions. No-one wants to sacrifice their own lifestyles if they don’t […]
by Hagan (English teacher) An ancient tradition Before a teacher is really a teacher they have to complete a series of tasks worthy of an epic poem. Such a poem is beyond my skills as a chronicler. And so, a blog post. First, the teacher must confront a horde of angry townsfolk, then navigate a […]