New Zealand 2016

Our Year 11 students are currently in New Zealand enjoying a range of exciting adventures.

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A message from Liz

Great day at Te Anau : glow worms; fiordland cinema and general sightseeing coming back from Milford sound !! 
Glorious day ! Tomorrow wanaka and Mountain Bike Riding!
Injuries – nil
Laughs – getting louder!” 

Cambodia 2016 Update

You can get the updates as they come in by clicking on the ‘Cambodia button’ on the right of the blog’s home page.


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Daniel sadly noted regarding this photo of S21 Prison. “The security office, 21 out of 167 prisons. In this prison 17 thousand people were housed. Only 12 survived.”

Phnom Penh

The group arrived in Phnom Penh and met their guide ‘Macara’.

Here are some reflections made by the students of their visit to the Treak Community Centre.


More great photos from the trip


Japan 2016 Update

You can get the updates as they happen by clicking on the ‘button’ on the right of the blog’s home page.

Bullet Train

A few photos of the group leaving Hakone bound for Kyoto on the Bullet Train! img_7740img_7738img_7737img_7739img_7740img_7738img_7737img_7739


An action-packed day. Trains, a sailing ship and a cable car ride, finished off with a lovely dinner complete with an Australian touch!


Cambodia 2016 Updates

Day 3

“All good in Cambodia. Everyone slept well. Didn’t go to see the sunrise as it’s overcast but will try for tomorrow. Off to the temples today and also to meet a monk. ”

Day 2

Lunch at Siem Reap

Lunch at Siem Reap

img_7620“All good from Cambodia. Great day. Angkor museum was great. Stopped at the markets and they are very cool. About to go to dinner then bed. Up at 4:30 tomorrow to see sunset above temple.”

Day 1


Group departing Melbourne first night, breakfast on Thai Airways, and pretzels at 8.00am

Year 5 Fun at Sovereign Hill

Our Year 5 students enjoyed their trip to Sovereign Hill last week  based around  the 1850s Gold Rush.img_0002

Over the course of the 3 day camp, students visited the Made Museum of Australian Democracy in Ballarat, and learnt about the Eureka Flag and the Eureka Stockade as part of their Encounter studies.img_9985

Students loved the experience, particularly dressing up in the clothes of the times, and being  part of  the living museum at Sovereign Hill.img_1168

They attended four different 1850s schools, playing the part of students while visitors looked on.img_9979

Students also visited the Blood on the Southern Cross light and sound show.img_0027

Apart from gold panning, they said that the thing they liked most was being part of the living museum and dressing up.

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Staff Spotlight – Savanna Griechen

Classical singer and actor, Savanna Griechen is in her fourth year teaching music at Braemar College. She started as an Instrumental Music Tutor in Classical Voice in 2013 with three students, and now has 14.


097a6459Savanna became a classroom teacher last year and is enjoying the opportunity to share her love of music and extensive industry experience with her students. Savanna has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a minor in Drama. She studied at WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts), majoring in Classical voice.

She has performed in Musical Theatre tours of the UK whilst living in London. She also lived in Italy for 7 months touring shows around the country to help students develop their English language skills. This year Savanna has a contract singing chorus with Opera Australia coming up in October, and in March was an extra in a music video for Taylor Swift.henry-viii

Savanna also performs in a duo with Fran Thiele, Braemar College’s Year 12 Music and Harp teacher. The duo is called the Harpies and they play traditional folk music as well as original songs.the-harpies

One of the things that Savanna enjoys most about her role at the College is watching students grow in confidence through singing and music. She says, “With music you get an immediate result. You can instantly see how much progress a student has made.”

Savanna also runs the Braemar College Music Theatre ensemble and the Cantare Choir. She says most of the students have been involved in these activities for years and there’s a great sense of community and camaraderie. She loves working in the Braemar College Music Department and enjoys having access to a lot of resources and being part of such a vibrant environment. “It’s great to have likeminded people around you. I get lots of support from the music department and we all work together to come up with new and interesting things for the kids.” abbey-road-edit-1

Savanna says that Braemar College stands out from other schools she has worked at because there’s such an eagerness for a variety of music to be performed and an overall attitude that music has value for our students.

“We aim for a balance between all genres of music and look at how we can make it engaging. There’s lots of talk between music staff about curriculum and how to make it interesting and consistent across all year levels. Our priority is to make it fun and to assist the students in becoming self-sufficient with music technology as well.”12376222_1024935814195156_2513431639004029890_n

Savanna says that there are so many unique things about Braemar. “Having an accompanist on staff is fantastic. All the instrumental staff are amazing musicians and sight readers. Shaun Evans is a bundle of energy and enthusiasm which infects all of us. Braemar College even offers instrumental lessons in harp, this is due to the wonderful work of Fran Thiele, something not possible at most other schools. Braemar College provides incredible opportunities for music students.”

“Celebration Night is my favourite night at the College. It’s high pressure for the Music Department, but it’s great to watch kids having fun rehearsing and getting to know other musicians from different year levels.” 1934243_1711878599092111_5841278673047339520_n

Outside of her work at the College, Savanna spends time songwriting, singing and playing piano. She has taught herself to sew, and enjoys op shopping and vintage clothes. 12105944_1664309803848991_1566453627283347350_n
Savanna is teaching herself German for her upcoming Opera Australia performance of Wagner’s Gotterdammerung. As well as English, she’s had to sing in German, Italian, French and Czech.

Her passion for her music and teaching clearly shines through.

More information about Savanna’s Opera Australia shows, and bookings can be found here.

You can listen to Savanna at her soundcloud.





Young Athletes Progress to Regional Finals

Congratulations to Nysa Males, Charlie May and Jemima Wilcox for their fabulous successes at the recent Campaspe, Goldfields, Sandhurst Divisions Primary Athletics Carnival .wilcox-jemima-2

Nysa Males won  the 1500metres and 800metres events, Charlie May came second in the 100metres, and Jemima Wilcox was second in shotput.

All three athletes progress through to the Regional Competition in Bendigo.img_6642img_3094

We wish them all the very best with the next level of competition.