At Alia, we always start the year with a school camp. For 2023 we lugged our junk to Lorne, and took over the foreshore caravan park for three nights.
By Maze, Year 11 On the September holidays this year, I had the unique privilege of being able to immerse myself in the culture and language of the French-speaking country of New Caledonia. While staying with a host family in Noumea and speaking only in French, I not only attended French speaking courses with the […]
Orientation Camp was delayed this year due to the COVID situation in Melbourne, but thankfully a belated version was able to happen in the last week of Term I. While at the campsite, students and staff got involved in cooking lunch and dinner, creating sand artwork on the beach, and resting after a term of […]
If you imagine life on a spectrum with lockdown at one end, a camping trip to Alia’s bush property in Colac is as far on the opposite end as you can get without your feet leaving the ground.
by Hagan (English teacher) and Senior English Homeroom Last Friday, after a long ride in a bus hired specifically for the occasion, the Junior and Senior students (years 7-10) all arrived at Nangak Tamboree wildlife sanctuary at La Trobe University in high spirits, with hopes of a grand day. We walked into the sanctuary surrounded […]
Hagan Mathews (English teacher) William Wordsworth has a lot of poems in which he has stopped, arrested by a view, and written down some of his revelations about Nature and man. The Year 12 English class, for their first assignment of the year, need to do something similar. To get the creative mind turning, we […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 (Teacher) The beginning of this school year took place at the Anglesea Family Caravan Park, where the oversized family of Alia College pitched our tents near the mouth of the Anglesea river. The weather was glorious. The cooking groups were successful. There was a pool. I remember one student remarking that cleaning up […]