From Our Principal


Year 12 Farewells and Valedictory Dinner


Our final Year 12 general assembly was a wonderful celebration of our ‘Class of 2017’ and their time at our school. Our College Captains, Josh, Ella, Zac and May continued to show such strong leadership capacity and as they’ve been all year, were fine ambassadors for the school once again. Their final speech at assembly was a highlight.


At the time of writing, students are well into their examination period, and I’ve been so pleased with the serious, sensible and diligent way they’ve been preparing and presenting at school for their exams. I’ve also been so pleased that this year the students have had air-conditioning in the exam centre! 

We wish them every success for this important exam period and whatever pathway the future holds for them. We’re now looking forward to the Valedictory Dinner on November 30 at Moonee Valley racecourse.


Principal’s Writing Competition 

I am delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 Principal’s Writing Competition. Writing is such an important skill for students to develop. Almost everything we do, and learn, at school and in the workplace requires the ability to write well. In addition, there is just so much joy to be gained by writing for pleasure. 

Poems, songs, articles, letters, blogs, news stories, sports journalism, scripts, speeches… It’s all writing and it’s all important. 

I warmly congratulate the following students for their outstanding entries in the Competition this year. These students are all from Year 7-9 and all had competed against students from across the whole College, which is a great achievement of itself. Each of these bright, articulate and creative young people wrote entries of rare quality. 

You can read the winning pieces in our latest edition of The Buckley Buzz, on the right side of this page and in our end of year celebration magazine, Benalta. I encourage you to take some time to do that. 

Congratulations to the following prize winners:

1. Sachin Iyer of 8SA for his extraordinarily moving, sophisticated and deeply topical piece, called Love

2. Chelsea Murphy of 7HN for her important and thought-provoking poem about protecting the environment, called To Change Nature

3. Isabell Orosz of 9TH for her clever and captivating historical narrative, Jean Whittaker. 

It was such a pleasure reading the writing of our amazing young writers and such a tough job choosing the winners.

Congratulations to our prize winners and to all students who entered the 2017 Principal’s Writing Competition.




Enjoy the warmer weather.


Nathan Chisholm


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