East Gippsland Mountain Biking Teams Championship

On the 26/11/2014 Mallacoota P-12 College hosted the 2nd East Gippsland Mountain Biking Team Championship. The year before Mallacoota won in all fields of this event, but this year there were more schools and that meant more competitors. The community learning project (CLP) group, Mr Berry and some handy year 10 and 11 students helped out on the day with the setup. At 11.00 am the schools started arriving at premier track. The excitement was palpable.

After the welcome and safety speech the under 15’s kicked the event off followed by the over 15’s. The race started with a slight uphill followed by a steep downhill with the ambulance to the left of the track to keep the race safe and SES truck at the turnaround point. The surf lifesaving polaris was on roving patrol. Competitors started slogging up the gigantic hill around the bend which slowed everyone down. One lap of the race was 3km the race went for two whole laps of the circuit which roughly took 25-45 minutes.

The winner of the under 15s was Tom Fisher and the over 15s winner was Liam Nichols both from Nagle.  The main team competition results were; Orbost came 5th with a time of 157.21, Swifts came 4th with a time of 156.17, Nagle came 3rd with a time of 155.26, Mallacoota came 2nd with a time of 140.4 and the winners Lakes Entrance with a time of 138.5. Congratulations to Lakes!

A huge thank you to the Mallacoota SES, Ambulance, surf lifesaving! It is fantastic to see what great events our little town can put on, completely supported by volunteers. Thanks also to all the teachers and competitors who drove down to our beautiful part of the world.

– Community Learning Project Team (Bryce P, Jacqueline H, Max G, Tom M, Tyson J)

For full colour photos go to the link below.

Real Men – Volunteer

This term as part of our Personal Development program the year 7/8 and 9/10 boys completed a real men program. In this program the boys (sorry…now men) discussed what it means to be a man, how our actions speak louder than words, and what responsibilities we have to our community.

The motto we continually reflected on was, “A man is a trustworthy and faithful companion who diligently guides himself, others and his family, contributes positively to society and uses his strength to protect others and to stand for justice. A man takes responsibility for his actions, and lives a life of principal and meaning.”

As a celebration the boys selected volunteering for their community. The group was split into two and half went down to Bastion Point to clean up rubbish and the other half went to the SES shed to clean the Trucks, trailers and shed. It was fantastic to see the boys complete this volunteering with such great spirit, energy and attitude.

Thanks very much to Graham and Peter from the SES for organising and assisting the boys at the shed. I would like to personally congratulate every single boy / now man for what they have achieved this term. It is one step on becoming the man you want to be. Well done men!

Photos of the event below.

-Simon Berry

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Unfortunately, last week, Mrs Fellows had a lot of trouble posting photos and explanations about our last week so today’s post includes information for last week as well as our day today.

We began last week with a visit from the kinder kids. We got to make Little Brown Monkeys as well as play and show our future school members around.

In the afternoon we looked at Fibres and Fabrics. A Fibre is a lot of particles. When they are bound together they can become a thread such as string or wool. Fabric is made up from these threads being woven together or knitted to make material. Fibreglass is a type of fibre. Hessian is a type of fabric. When Terrie saw what we were doing she brought in her spinning wheel and let us all have a turn at spinning some real sheep’s wool. We then got out some spindles and try to use those. Some of us need a bit more practise, especially Mrs Fellows.

On Tuesday we went to the Remembrance Day service. It was great to be able to remember those that have fought for our country and represent the school down at the Memorial Garden. Mr Taylor gave us all a poppy to thank us for attending.



On Wednesday, Lorna from Responsible Pet Ownership came to visit with her dog. She told us important pieces of information about caring for our pets.

Today we went to see the new CFA shed. It is so big. We sat at the big table and had a very important meeting. We got to hop on one of the fire engines as well as wearing Captain Stuart Johnston’s helmet. Some us got to shoot a fire extinguisher as well. It was great fun.


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On Friday the 7th of November a few of the secondary girls travelled up to Merimbula to participate in a girls learn to surf day/competition. See below for comments from the team.

Maisy – Really friendly people, really friendly competition and the best part…you didn’t even have to be good at surfing. It was a really positive day. The surf wasn’t that big so it was good for beginners and it wasn’t too small for the pros so it kept us both happy. I would definitely do this again and more girls should join!

Chiara – I really enjoyed meeting and making new friends and old friends. All in all it was a really chill as day.
Emma – Had loads of fun surfing and meeting people from other schools. It was a really good day.

Jorja – It was a great day and everyone had fun! I loved meeting new people and the water and waves were great.

Envy – Really chill day, heaps of fun and good people all in all it was a perfect day.

Haydn – The day was great fun to be able to get out of school for a whole day and go surfing (editor note: OR was this school – Mallacoota style?). Amazing! I will look forward to days like this in the future.

Eugenia – I had such a good day!! It was so much fun to try and surf with some friends from school and some other girls from Eden. I’m going to miss days like this when I go back.

Belle – I achieved my goal of getting a step closer to be able to stay on a wave while standing. We should have these days more frequently. The day went by fast and I really enjoyed it.

Alanna – Such a positive day! Everyone was cheering each other on. The water was so magical, crystal clear and glassy. I cannot wait for a day like this again, so many good vibes.

Brodie – It was such a good environment, wasn’t competitive and just a fun day meeting new people and surfing a different beach was awesome.

It sounded and looked like everyone had a fantastic day and enjoyed surfing and socialising. A big thanks to Mr. Berry and Nigel Allison for taking us! And to Eden Marine high school for organising the event. It was an awesome day.

– Alanna and Brodie.

Congratulations and thanks to the girls. They were a fantastic representation of our town. Those new to surfing really pushed themselves and those advanced surfers were super positive and encouraging. We also had an expression session with Brodie winning and Jorja coming third. Congratulations! Big thanks to Nig for volunteering his time as our surf coach, Janet Hornsby for organising and Simon at Merimbula surf shop for all the prizes.

– Mr Berry

IMG_4402 IMG_4404 IMG_4405 IMG_4407 IMG_4409 IMG_4412 IMG_4414 IMG_4421 IMG_4425IMG_4525 Today we were very busy ALL day. We began the day with some ball skills for Huff and Puff. We practised bouncing with our right hand and then bouncing with our left. We practised high bounces and low bounces. We practised bouncing from hand to hand. But the thing that we had to practise most of all was… holding the ball still to listen to Mrs Fellows. This week has been an exciting week with the running of the Coota Cup. We spent a lot of time last week making our horses and Monday saw us compete in the races. It was great to have so many people there to watch and cheer us all on. We all had a lot of fun. Today we learned that a young female horse is called a filly and a young male is called a colt. We have been looking at a book called Working Horses. In Maths we have been looking at Co-ordinates. Today we played a fun game where Mrs Fellows tried to steal our treasure by calling out co-ordinates on our Treasure Maps. In Health we worked on Fire Safety. We discussed good and bad fires, the 3 elements that make a fire and practised Stopping, Dropping and Rolling.

NO! Honey was not in the bus. We went to see Honey at her paddock. Mrs Fellows drove the bus with all of us IN it. Honey lives just across the road from a classmate’s house and the cemetery. We learnt that you have to brush a horse before riding and after riding. We learnt that if you scratch Honey’s belly button she pulls funny faces and tucks her head in. We also learnt that horses will eat pear but Honey’s favourite treat is licorice. Carrot is her second favourite. Did you know that horses can eat licorice? We also learnt that to feed a horse you put your hand out nice and flat so that they don’t accidentally bite your fingers. Horses have very big teeth.

When we got back to school, we had a special visit from Emma and Stretch from Ambulance Victoria. Two of our classmates were chosen to sit in the ambulance and got to turn on the lights and the very loud siren.  Some of us didn’t know that an ambulance often has a paramedic in it. We got to climb in the back of the ambulance. Emma read us a story called Ouch! It was about when Stretch broke his arm, a little bit like our classmate.

After Emma and Stretch’s visit we looked at Honey’s saddle and got to sit on it. It is made from leather. Leather comes from cows.

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This week we were lucky to have the kind donation of a school scarecrow. She even comes with a back pack and school uniform. Marilyn Allan made the scarecrow especially for our school garden which is getting lots of tender loving care from the Grade 2/3s. Gardening is also going to be a focus of one of our Friday afternoon club activities. We have named her Ella Daphne Stinging Nettle, Queen of the Plants.

We also got to say goodbye and wish the Year 12s Good Luck for their last days of school as well as their exams. We presented them with very special gift bags that contained many treasurable gifts. These included letters of congratulations and well wishes, very special study glasses, bubble blowers (because they are just still little kids at heart), medals and trophies for surviving 13 years of school, finger tattoos and a few other bits and pieces. Congratulations Tom, Leanna, Amy, Mark and Patric and best wishes for the years ahead.


House Championships 2014: Gabo Glory.

Gabo has won the house championships for the second year running. It was a much closer affair this year with Bastion almost stealing the win during Health and PE Week with double points on the line.  The Bastion House Captains were extremely gracious in defeat and were satisfied with building a platform for the future. Gabo House Captains congratulated their team by winning with sheer participation.

A huge thankyou to the House Captains that organised and assisted with the running of sport all year. And thanks to all the students who participated in these healthy, fun and hopefully lifelong encouraging events.

Below our House Captains; Leanna Severs, Luci Warren, Amy Preston and Tom Reichelt. Absent: Steven Clarke

– Simon Berry

Gabo Glory for 2014

Animals Everywhere

Today we spent a little bit of time of trying to sort a large number of animal pictures. Some of the categories that we used to sort our animals were:

Farm Animals, Desert Animals, Reptiles, Rainforest Animals, Amphibians, Flying Animals, Ground Animals, Australian Animals, Ocean Animals, just to name a few.  We then talked about the animals that help us. We had some great suggestions. For example, birds help us to know that snakes are close by because they squawk and make quite a ruckus. Snakes help us by providing anti-venom for when they actually bite us. Worms help us by providing us with compost. Bees help us by providing honey and pollenating our plants. Horses, cows and camels also help by carting things or supplying us with things such as milk and fibres.

In Maths, we looked at the 100s chart. Mrs Fellows hid numbers and we had to work out which ones she had hidden. But we were way too clever. She didn’t trick us.

Try this link if you would like to play around more with the 100s chart at home.