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Congratulations to our Year 12 class of 2017 on their excellent VCE results. Collectively they achieved higher results than any Year 12 group in recent years—with a median VCE study score of 30 this year, which is an improvement on 29 last year and 28 the year before—and this is a testament to their hard work and dedication. The VCE results this year were the highest at Coburg High School for over a decade. We wish our graduating Class of 2017 all the best for their pathways beyond school and for the exciting opportunities ahead.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of Seussical for an absolutely fantastic run of 5 sell-out shows this year. You have clearly shown that you’re not only extremely talented but also incredibly hardworking, rehearsing so well for your performances and showing such great commitment to each show. In bringing the Jungle of Nool and Circus McGurkus to life, you transported your audiences to another world and reminded us of the value of every member of the community—‘a person’s a person no matter how small’— and of sheer creativity, imagination and fun.
Languages Perfect Championships
In the global Languages Perfect Championships this year, Coburg High School came 1st in Australia for Spanish of 646 schools participating and came 3rd in the world for Spanish of more than 1,300 schools from around the world.
This is a remarkable achievement and a credit to all of the students who participated in the event and collectively answered 447,301 tasks online. Congratulations to all students for their efforts and achievement!
Recently our students participated in the international Big Science Competition–congratulations to those students who achieved so highly in this competition.
Science is a key feature here at Coburg High School and in term 2 students were involved in a range of special opportunities including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers workshops, and stem-cell research seminars, and recently a number of girls were involved in the inaugural ‘Girls in STEM seminar’ to hear from and speak to professional women in the fields of architecture, physics, construction, industrial design, and environmental engineering and to take part in coding and programming using specialist devices and equipment.
Recently, the Minister of Education, James Merlino, visited Coburg High School to meet with a number of participants and representatives involved in the I CAN mentor program to learn more about the program.
At our mid-term assembly in term 2, Lizzie Blandthorn, the Member for Pascoe Vale, joined us to formally announce the state budget commitment of $1.9 million worth of funding to complete the school master plan. In her statement to parliament the following week (on Wednesday 7 June as transcribed in the Hansard extract from parliamentary debates), Ms Blandthorn remarked on our school assembly as follows:
“The assembly was also a wonderful display of the rich breadth of talent in the performing arts sphere at Coburg High, as well as their great commitment to social justice. It was Reconciliation Week and a couple of Indigenous students spoke about what reconciliation meant to them and their families. Other students did a performance in acknowledgement of the week. The school also showed a video to raise awareness of IDAHOBIT, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. A number of Coburg High School students were involved in the making of this important video, as were students from Brunswick Secondary College and Pascoe Vale Girls College. Released on 16 May, the ‘Hobit Warriors Unite!’ video celebrates IDAHOBIT 2017.”
In the 2017/2018 Victorian state budget, it has been announced that Coburg High School will receive $1.9 million funding to modernise and upgrade our school facilities.
This is a wonderful news for our school and will enable us to undertake extensive renovations and capital works to complete the initial works that had been commenced in preparation for the re-establishment of Coburg High School in 2015, so that we are providing the best possible facilities for our students and are able to sustain and accommodate rapid enrolment growth.
School council would particularly like to acknowledge the great support of our local Member of Parliament, Lizzie Blandthorn, the Member for Pascoe Vale.
There will be further details on the State Budget website but at this point we can confirm that the total estimated investment is $1.9 million with an estimated expenditure in 2017-2018 of $28,000 for initial planning and the remaining expenditure of $1.872 million to be expended in 2019 with an estimated completion date for all capital works and renovations of the second quarter of 2019-2020.
We are proud to announce the first publication by the student-run Press Club at Coburg High School. This is the link to the first edition. The entire publication–from the design to the writing, photography, artwork and editing–was put together by our very talented students.
Click the following link (twice) to download a copy of the Coburg High School Prospectus for 2017 (pdf version)