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What's Happening at Hawker College?
March 2020
In this issue:
Principal's Message

Important Dates
Visual Arts News
She Leads Conference
Hawker College Sport
Surf Camp
Study Support @ Hawker College
Community Announcements
Paid Advertisement


Dear parents and carers

Hawker College is now operating online, we have transitioned all staff and most of our systems in readiness for term 2. There is still much work to do, as teachers continue to finalise term 1 marking, prepare mid-semester reports, amend programs of learning and adjust Unit Outlines ready to share with students next week (as well as learn how to do distance learning from home!). All teachers have now posted homework on their Google Classrooms to keep students engaged with learning in the time being. It is pleasing to see students participating.

I am preparing some detailed correspondence for all students and families with key information about academic programs in Term 2, which I hope to email out by Monday afternoon. In the interim there are a few key questions that I would like to respond to now.

Will we continue with our current timetable next term?
Yes. The timetable structure will remain, though the way teachers and students engage in the learning program will change and allow for flexibility. This approach has been endorsed by our student leadership group, the School Board and our staff. There will be more information in my letter on Monday.

Can I still get my ACT Senior Secondary Certificate?
That is our goal for every student, as always. Teachers are working right now to amend the learning program and unit outlines to ensure minimum assessment requirements are met for Semester One. Students will need to fully engage with the learning program from term 2, just in some different ways. 

Will Year 12 T students receive an ATAR in 2020? 
Both the BSSS and ACT colleges are working together to maximise the opportunity for students to achieve an ATAR in 2020. The basic principle that we are all working on is that no students will be disadvantaged. As you know, there are also multiple avenues into tertiary study, including portfolio entry. 

Will Year 12 T students sit the ACT Scaling Test (AST)? 
Currently, the plan is that students will sit the AST. We ask that you participate in all the preparation activities. More information will follow.

My son/daughter has to complete a practical project which requires them to be at school. However, they are now required to work from home. What should they do? 
Our teachers are working to maximise the opportunity for students to complete assessment. The type of assessment may change from a practical project to a journal or a different kind of practical project. Students will be required to complete alternative tasks. We are also looking at ways to support practical skills development. In the meantime students are responsible for being proactive and diligent in completing work and assessment. 

I'm sure there are other questions. Feel free to email me, or call our family help line on 6142 0383. If you are aware of any student who is struggling, please let us know and we will make contact. I am aware that that there is some anxiety, potentially exacerbated by social media. It is important that students stay calm, seek factual information from our staff, and try to maintain positive connections with each other.

I am also acutely aware that many parents (like me) are working from home whilst overseeing their own children. We know you will be trying to juggle many things at the moment. My view is that your family should always come first. I have found a couple of links you may find useful:

Advice to parents about supporting home learning:

Thank you for the messages of support we have received. I am immensely proud of my team, there are innovations occurring daily, on top of all the routine duties underway, and I am amazed at how my staff have maintained their professionalism under very difficult circumstances. We miss our students very much!

Please enjoy some of the very positive stories collected in this newsletter.

I hope you have a restful weekend.

Andy Mison


Thursday 2 April 2020
Canberra Academy of Languages (CAL) Online Information Session at 6pm (see Community Announcements for further information).

Monday 27 April 2020
Public Holiday

Tuesday 28 April 2020
-  Term 2 Commences Online
-  Online enrolments for 2021 open
Pictured above:  Zali Odlum's Wallaby and Waratah vessels.



This term in sculpture, students have been using clay and glazes to respond to the natural world. In the last few months we have been exposed to bushfires, drought, flood and even hail. Despite these setbacks, our students have recognized that there is hope, and an opportunity to regrow, recover and heal. Though our land can be harsh and challenging, it is also beautiful and unique.

Abigail Roberts' Woman holding Earth

Josephine Gonzalez's Aliento de Una Pololla Pololla (Breath of a Moth)

Sedrina Choo's Rabbit Drumming 

Bella Do's ‘Inferno’

Jessica Zhang's Powerless

Liana West's Red Plant Sculpture 

Lily Brar's Lupus: Wandering
Exploring Visual Art

This term in Exploring Visual Art, students have been experimenting with drawing materials such as pastels, charcoal, coloured pencil and graphite. We have been focusing on facial proportions, colour application and texture.  As a class, we recognise how important family, friends and community can be, so students have chosen to draw people in their lives who are important and significant to them. 

Above: Portrait by Bella Do, Year 12

Portrait by Grace Lovelock, Year 11

Portrait by Anna Podreka, Year 12

Kristen Tett, Visual Arts teacher  

Portrait by Harold Sebastian Year 11

Portrait by Jade Bromley Year 11

Portrait by Nikki Bailey Year 12
Pictured: Students attending the She Leads Conference

The 2020 She Leads College Conference on Thursday 12 March, was a fun and engaging leadership event aimed at young women, with the aim to network, gain practical skills and have the opportunity to analyse and discuss questions about leadership and what it takes to make social change.

This year’s theme was ‘Unstoppable’, highlighting how young women and gender diverse people can become an unstoppable force for social change through transforming power structures, empowering themselves both individually and collectively.

The ultimate goal was to encourage students to take charge and become leaders for change, in their home lives, colleges, communities, future workplaces, and career paths.

I had the pleasure of accompanying four of our amazing young women to this conference. We had a blast!

Ant McCarthy Year 11 Coordinator

Student reflections

I felt it was a worth while experience and if anyone has the opportunity next year they should definitely take it! It is a great way to make connections with new people and listen to inspiring stories from the guest speakers, as well as participate in fun workshops.
Keely Thomson

I attended the She Leads conference last week, and it was an amazing experience. We got to hear from such inspirational speakers talking to us about various issues, and it was very interesting. Speakers came from all different backgrounds, such as the LGBTQI+ community and aboriginal/Torres strait islander communities which gave an amazing insight into their lives. 
Ella Dann

The She Leads conference was amazing with some great speakers who are both motivational and strong. The activities that were held were really helpful and fun. I am hoping to attend similar events in the future.
Malak Elfeky 
Pictured: Hawker College Volleyball Team

Congratulations to the Hawker College Mixed Oztag Team who were undefeated and finished as the North Side School Champions for 2020. The ACT finals were due to be played this week however have been postponed until later in the year. We wish the team well for the finals in the future.

On Friday 6th March, 5x Hawker College Mixed Volleyball Teams also competed in the ACT Colleges Beach Volleyball Competition at the Lyneham Beach Volleyball Centre. The competition was a highly contested competition with 48 teams entering from across the ACT college system. Unfortunately, none of the Hawker College teams made the finals on the day, however all students represented the school with pride and thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Jenna Baxter, Sports Coordinator  
Hawker College students participate in a surfing lesson

On Wednesday 11 March, Outdoor Education students embarked on a three day expedition to the south coast. We left in the early hours of the morning for an opportunity to stop at the famous Braidwood bakery for breakfast. Continuing our journey to Mossy Point we were taken back by the devastation of the summer fires, although a reassuring sight was trees appearing as bottlebrushes due to the abundance of regrowth.

Arriving at Mossy Point students were met with beautiful weather and pristine water conditions. We spent most of the morning paddling through the mangroves and learning about the vital roll they play in the ecosystem. Later that afternoon students were met with one of the more challenging activities of surfing the waves in their kayaks. This is a highly technical skill which all students managed to do successfully. The team from RegionX are by far one of the better external providers we have used, and I highly recommend you pay them a visit next time you venture down the south coast.

It was a very early start on the second day of our expedition with a 7am surfing session. Surf the Bay staff treated us to a spectacular surfing session at Broulee. Once again, we had beautiful weather and amazing surf conditions with sets rolling in from a long way out. All students managed to successfully surf, and the number of smiles on faces was priceless.      

The organisational skills and punctuality of our surf group must be commended, as they consistently impressed all their instructors, Laura and myself. With minimal support, all cabins and groups managed to be ready ahead of schedule, which meant we could spend a beautiful morning down by the water side before our final surf session.

Overall, the students and staff enjoyed the time away and were saddened by the thought of our expedition coming to an end. I am sure we will see some of our students carving up the waves in the near future.

Yours in Outdoor,

Jeremy Botha, Outdoor Education teacher  
In the following months I will still be here to support students in their studies. This may be on-line through Google classrooms, via video link such as Hangouts Meet and Zoom, or I can be contacted directly by email:

There are several useful sites you can go to help you help your child through this time.

Here are a some:
Keep well
Mark Carroll, Study Support teacher

The Canberra Academy of Languages (CAL) delivers languages programs for ACT Year 11-12 students. CAL is registered with the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) as a Specialist Education Provider.
An online Zoom teleconference is being held on Thursday 2 April 2020 at 6pm.  Details are on the News and Events pages on CAL website.

To join the meeting, those interested can follow the link
  • Meeting ID: 278 210 902
  • Password: 860286
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Support is available for students and families during isolation

It can feel stressful and overwhelming during an event like the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and we can all be affected differently. It’s important to find the right level or type of support for you.

Further information is available here.
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