Elevation Community News

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Ellen Stephens

Library News

Book Reviews

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Elevation students have enthusiastically participated in activities in the lead up to and during Book Week 2023. This year’s theme was Read, Grow Inspire, and the first activity we ran asked students to leave reviews on the library catalogue in order to inspire other students to read based on their peers’ recommendations. The seven students who wrote the best reviews received much sought-after Manga posters, booklets and stickers as prizes. Students composed eloquent reviews that successfully conveyed their strong thoughts and feelings on the books they have been reading.

An excerpt from Denise’s (7I) review of Grace Field House (‘The Promised Neverland Vol. 1) by Kaiu Shirai shows the importance of sticking around to get to the interesting part: “The Promised Neverland volume 1 is amazing, it’s a bit boring at first but the more that you start reading it the more interesting it gets. I really loved the whole storyline but reading this first volume gets you hooked into the story.”

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Amelia’s (10B) review of Into the Wild (‘Warrior Cats’) by Erin Hunter, shows how different literary techniques contribute to successful world-building: “Although the names seem quite repetitive, it is quite a unique book. The suffixes are repetitive yet also interesting e.g. “paw” for apprentices.”

Shannon’s (10A) review of How to make friends with the dark by Kathleen Glasgow expertly describes how fictional narratives can be both emotionally and intellectually illuminating: “Following Tiger’s journey, I got an insight into how brutal and messy grief can be. It superbly weaves themes of regret, loss, PTSD, self-forgiveness, despair, and the raw pain when a parent or loved one dies. In addition, I learned the process of the foster care system (of America’s) and how there’s room for improvement.”

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Zayan’s (7A) review of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan gave four stars to a “really exciting story with multiple plot twists spread out through it!”.

Bravo to these students and the other reviewers for their invaluable contributions to our library book reviews.

Bookmark Design Competition

The next Book Week activity students were invited to participate in was the Bookmark Design Competition. This year, students were asked to design a bookmark responding to the Book Week 2023 theme of ‘Read, Grow, Inspire’ and there were more than twice as many submissions as last year. For this reason, there were ultimately six places awarded to the following students:

1st place

Remas 10F

2nd Runners Up

Shannon Jot 10A and Harmony 8C

3rd Runners Up

Keerti 7B, Terry 10E, Janna 7D

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First place winner Remas Al Fakhouri has created a whimsical design in a pastel Anime pastiche that will speak to the strong Manga and Anime fandom at Elevation. The hand-drawn design utilises pencils, watercolours and delicately-applied fineliner in a richly imaginative work which will be printed professionally, along with those of the other place winners, and be made available for all students in the library from Term 4.

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Congratulations to all participating students, all of whom displayed the college value of Aim High by contributing their designs for consideration. Well done!

Instrumental Music at Elevation Secondary College

Do you want to learn or re-engage with an instrument?

ESC currently offers instrumental music lessons in:

  • Keyboard/Piano– Tereza Cuca
  • Vocals/Singing– Felisha Innelli
  • Drums– Troy Grech
  • Guitar and Bass– Nick Freer
  • Guitar– Tuan Le 

Forms to sign up for lessons are available at the front office and at the staff office in the G building. There is a fee to participate in the instrumental music program, and a wait list for some instruments (depending on popularity). Speak to the Music team for more information.

ESC also has a contemporary band that rehearses Wednesdays from 8.30-10.00, which all instrumental students are encouraged to participate in.

We look forward to growing the musical passion of our students at ESC!

Elevation Online Safety Hub Article of the Month

Modeling Healthy Online Behaviours to Children

“Parents wanting to raise their children to practice healthy digital habits must model those behaviours themselves. Here are our top tips.”

Click here to read this article.

Written by Online Safety Expert & Psychologist, Teodora Pavkovic

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To read more articles from Elevation Online Safety Hub, click the link below.


Early Leaving Policy

School attendance is very important.
Students are required to attend school for the entire day. If there is an unavoidable reason for a student to leave school early on a particular day (such as for a medical appointment) a signed note from home must be provided.
Pickup times should coincide with recess and lunch.

  • Student brings a note from home explaining the absence and the intended departure time (recess or lunch). The note must be signed and dated by a parent/guardian
  • Student presents the note from home to the Mini School Admin Office before Mentor Group.
  • Student receives a signed Early Leaver note from the mini school.
  • At recess or lunch – the student brings the early Leaver note to the Administration Office and signs out.
  • Student is picked up

If a pickup time can only be during a timetabled period, the student must show their signed Early Leaver note to their classroom teacher at the designated time and then present to the office to be picked up.
School staff will not be collecting students from classes during timetabled periods.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they arrive at the office for pickup at the designated time.
Learning is extremely important at Elevation Secondary College. Please note that staff cannot collect your child or put an announcement over speakers during class time.

Recess and Lunch Times
Recess –  10:56 – 11:24am
Lunch – 1:20 – 2:02pm

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