Shadow Attorney General visits VCE Legal Studies

Last Monday, 9 October, our VCE Legal Studies class were privileged and honoured to have Mr John Pesutto, the Shadow Attorney General for Victoria and the State member for Hawthorn, visit as a guest speaker.

John spoke to the group about his journey to becoming a proud parliamentarian and discussed his role in parliament.

John’s political journey began when he was fifteen years old, when a federal member of parliament spoke to his class about his life as a politician; this inspired John’s dream to become a representative of parliament. Interested in the world and current affairs, and inspired by politicians of the day, John completed his law degree and worked as legal counsel to the Victorian Premier. He campaigned in four elections before successfully winning a seat in parliament in 2014. John spoke about resilience and how the four ‘losses’ taught him important lessons about life; he strongly encouraged students to follow their dreams and to pursue something they are passionate about.

John spoke about his service to the community and how he is proud to represent the electorate’s views in the area of law and legal issues. We had interesting discussions about important and complex issues in the community such as euthanasia, protests outside abortion clinics, terrorism, and proposed drug clinics.

Students asked very probing questions including:

  • “Are there any bills you voted on in parliament that you regret and therefore would now change your vote?”
  • “What are your views on the survey on gay marriage?”
  • “What beliefs and values do you hold that align with your party?”
  • “What plans do you have to support suicide prevention in the Macedon Ranges?”
  • “What are your views on Pauline Hanson?”

The class gained great insight on the life of politicians and found this opportunity very interesting and valuable.

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Following the visit, some of the students have written reflections:

It was a very intriguing experience as I have very little knowledge of parliament and what knowledge I do have, I have only in my perspective. My view on politicians has completely changed as we got a small glimpse into what goes on behind the closed doors of parliament.
– Cal

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to our guest speaker on Monday. I didn’t expect him to talk for so long and I didn’t expect that I would be engaged for so long either! He was really interesting to listen to and I liked how he brought up debates with us. I did have questions which I intended to say and wrote down but he answered them all when he was talking.
– Sophie

Monday’s class with our guest speaker was great. It was really interesting to hear his story about how he got into politics and his journey to landing the role of Shadow Attorney-General.
– Kerrera

John was great to listen to and had some great messages. Overall, he gave a good insight into what it takes to be a politician.
– Alex

I would say that today’s class was informative, interesting and eventful. He was really interesting and open-minded which was surprising.
– Tarnica

Very educational on the inside of state parliament.
– Jonah

I enjoyed hearing about the process he went through to become a Shadow Attorney General, and that even though he was rejected four times, he stayed focused and resilient and kept trying until he achieved his goal.
– Gabrielle

I liked his openness and the frank way he answered questions; he was a really interesting guy.
– Paddy

Mr Pesutto was a fantastic guest speaker and helped me think of different pathways after a law degree.
– Clare

It was interesting to see what goes into being a politician and it was insightful to see what kind of work he does as a politician.
– Georgia

A very interesting point of view regarding parliament.
– Ryan


Wild Action Zoo visits Braemar

As a springboard into their Science topic of Animal Adaptations, our Year 6 students had the opportunity to spend eighty minutes with some very special guests last Thursday, 12 October. The team from Wild Action Zoo came to Braemar, bringing with them many and varied Australian native animals.

Kiana spoke about the adaptations these animals had made to survive in their respective environments and to enable them to find food or mates. The students asked some amazing questions and showed a real interest in the topic. The students will now move on to making their own documentaries; they will choose a particular Australian animal and outline the animal’s habitat and any adaptations it has made over time.

Thank you to the team from Wild Action Zoo and a special mention to the standout star of the show; Sebastian, the seven month old Northern Hairy Nose Wombat.

Riding towards cancer research

One of our Year 10 students, Oscar Stamp, will be cycling 100kms on October 29 to raise funds for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Oscar is a member of a team of cyclists from Woodend called The Spokes of Hope. This is Oscar’s second time participating in this ride and, at sixteen years old, he is the youngest cyclist on the team.

If you would like to support Oscar’s fundraising mission, please visit his page here.

This is a fantastic community initiative, well done Oscar!

Oscar has shared the message below explaining the ride and why it is so important to him and his family.

In October, I will give one day to show I stand with those battling cancer, joining thousands of others as I ride 100km through the streets of Melbourne.

I can’t do this alone – I need your support to help me achieve my fundraising goal and make a real difference to the lives of people diagnosed with cancer, and their families.

My grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer not long ago, and although hers was caught early and it was treatable, sadly some other people aren’t so lucky. My family have had many friends pass away due to cancer, so this means a lot to me and my family, as well as many other families affected by cancer.

Please donate today to support my challenge in the OneDay to Conquer Cancer benefiting the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.  Your donation will be greatly appreciated and will be invested in life saving research and better treatment for cancer patients

Oscar Stamp

Year 11 Short Film Success

We are proud to share with you some recent success had by students in our Year 11 Media class.

Two collaborative movies, ‘The Lurking Horror’ by Jeremy Kostidis, Ashlee King, Hayley Gears, and Harriet McHugh, and ‘The Letter’ by Lexi Liersch, James Harrison, and Matilde Boni (our Italian exchange student) have been selected as regional (state) finalists at the International Youth Silent Film Festival.

The international competition is open to filmmakers aged 20 and under and the winners have been invited to attend an awards night – a red carpet affair at the Astor Theatre where their films will be screened for the public as well as invited special guests – later in October.

Congratulations to these students on a fantastic achievement! Both films will be shown to students and staff at the next Principal’s Assembly.

For more information about the awards, click here. 


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Don’t miss out! An Audience with Janelle McCulloch

Get in quick, there are still a few tickets available for you to join us for an audience with Janelle McCulloch tomorrow afternoon, from 2-3pm (tickets $15).

Janelle is joining us to celebrate this years Literary Lunch and discuss her latest release, Beyond the Rock: The Life of Joan Lindsay and the Mystery of Hanging Rock.

Book your tickets NOW!

Find out more in our original blog post here.




Upcoming Events – October 2017

Please check the College Calendar on a regular basis to ensure you are aware of upcoming events. This is accessible via links on SEQTA, the College blog and the website.

Some key events are as follows:

Date/s Event Details & Contact Person
Mon 9 Oct Term 4 commences Staff and students commence
Mon 9 Oct P&F Meeting & AGM Principal’s office, 7:30pm

All welcome

Wed 11 Oct An Audience with Janelle McCulloch Jackson Hall, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Bookings essential via

Fri 13 Oct Class of 2016 Reunion Jackson Hall, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book here

Wed 18 Oct Celebration Night Melbourne Town Hall, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Queries to Year Level Leaders; Apologies to Head of Campus:

Thurs 19 Oct Late start Buses run 2 hours later in the morning; classes commence at 10:40am with Period 2.
Fri 20 Oct ICCES Summer Tour Ballarat – various locations

Selected students in Years 7 – 10


Fri 20 Oct Cadet Annual Dinner Jackson Hall, 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Sat 21 Oct P&F Shopping Tour Bus departs Woodend Primary carpark at 6:40am; Sunbury Baptist Church at 7:10am.

Bookings essential:

Queries: Jenny Rossi on 0411 558 557 or email

You’re invited to an audience with author, Janelle McCulloch

Entrants to this year’s Student Literary Luncheon, taking place next Wednesday 11 October, have been given the opportunity to listen to successful author, Janelle McCulloch, speak about her writing career and how she was able to break into the publishing market. Students were asked to write a narrative piece in response to a prompt about Hanging Rock, and were judged on their creativity and use of narrative structures.

Janelle McCulloch is a successful journalist and the author of more than 20 books, including two memoirs and 15 books about architecture, gardens, travel, style, and design. Her newest books are London Secrets: Style, Design, Glamour, Gardens (Images Publishing), which is a follow-up to her bestselling Paris Secrets, and the biography Beyond the Rock: The Life of Joan Lindsay and the Mystery of Hanging Rock.

​In the winter of 1966, at sixty-nine years of age, Lady Joan Lindsay wrote a short novel about a group of upper-class schoolgirls from a prestigious ladies’ college who disappear while on a country picnic in the summer of 1900. The result was Picnic at Hanging Rock, a literary mystery that has endured for half a century. Beyond the Rock looks at not just the myth of Picnic and how it has become part of Australia’s culture, but also the story behind it. It examines Joan Lindsay’s enigmatic life, much of which she kept secret from the world, including her childhood, her complex marriage to Daryl Lindsay of the famous Lindsay family of artists, their enduring love and unconventional bohemian life, and her life at Mulberry Hill, the Lindsays’ own Arcadia deep in the Victorian countryside. This is the story of one of Australia’s most famous novels, and the author who kept its secrets until she died.

We would like to extend an invitation to members of the public to join us for an audience with Janelle, to hear her speak and to hear about her experience writing about our local area and Joan Lindsay’s life. Places will be strictly limited, and can be booked via the TryBooking link to take advantage of a unique opportunity to hear from this successful author.

DETAILS: $15 per person. Wednesday, 11 October, from 2-3pm. Braemar House, Braemar College (The Old Clyde School).

Book your tickets now to avoid missing out on this great opportunity!