Year 9 Young Archie Finalist

One of our Year 9 students, Ella Byass, has been announced as a Young Archie finalist for 2017. The Young Archie competition is open to children aged between 5 and 18 years old. Ella’s mother, Sophie, shares Ella’s success with us below.

“My daughter, Ella Byass, is one of the Young Archie Finalists for 2017 in the 13-15 age category. She was 14 when she painted the portrait in a workshop by Daniel Butterworth who was a finalist in the Archibald competition last year. The workshop was organised by her Folio Club Art teacher, Jennifer Barnett, who Ella has been going to for five years and who was a fabulous and knowledgeable teacher, so encouraging and enthusiastic.

Ella is still going to Folio Club on a Tuesday night, now being taught by Tim Jones who is bringing a different perspective to art which is as equally interesting and informative.”

You can see Ella’s work, a painting of her older brother, Harry, as well as the other finalists’ work, here.

Congratulations Ella, you should be very proud. Thank you Sophie and the Woodend Art Group for sharing Ella’s story with us.

Winners will be announced 16 September 2017, good luck Ella!



Maths Games Day

Yesterday, Wednesday 2 August, Braemar had two teams of Year 8 students compete in the Mathematics Association of Victoria’s 8 Games Day at PEGS (Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School). Students completed three team activities in the morning and an individual task in the last session.
Team 1, which included Henry Wilcox, Thomas Shaddock, Hayden Rush and Tom Sinclair, placed 36 out of 98 teams.
Well done to Team 1; it was a great day for everyone involved!

TOMORROW NIGHT: Winter Arts Carnivale

Tomorrow night, Thursday 3 August, we will be presenting our 2017 Winter Arts Carnivale. The evening is a showcase of talent from both curricular and extra-curricular arts at Braemar.

The Carnivale will be hosted throughout Braemar House, with different spaces dedicated to different arts including music, drama and visual arts. Our hospitality students and staff will have a variety of tasty, portable food items available for sale so that you can have something to eat as you travel around the historic Braemar House to experience the works of our students.

Doors open at 5:30pm, with food and drink selections available in Jackson Hall. Performances will begin from 6pm and run until 8:30pm.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow night and sharing the students’ talents with you!

See below for the Carnivale Menu from our hospitality staff and students, available from 5:30pm:

Chicken & corn soup – $6

Slow cooked pulled pork rolls (Banh Mi) with pickled vegetables – $9

Vegetarian Cauliflower Pakora’s with tzatziki – $8

Homemade sausage roll & green tomato chutney – $6

Apple turnover – $6

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Le Petit Dejeuner

This week, on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, our Year 8 French students were treated to ‘un petit dej’ (a light breakfast) of croissants and hot chocolate in Jackson Hall.
The students engaged in this immersive activity by ordering their meal from teachers Mme Jen Dowling and Mme Lisa Halvarsson en francais. It was a tremendously successful endeavor (as all events involving chocolate and croissants usually are!).
Thanks to all Braemar kitchen staff, especially Liz Klusik for her exceptional organisational skills and Nicole Carracher, Martine Forrester and Chef David McEnroe for allowing their kitchen to be disrupted in the pursuit of French immersion.
Merci Beaucoup!

Harrison, Finn and Thomas enjoying their croissants.


Mme Halvarsson serves cups of hot chocolate, a traditional morning drink for kids in France.


Henry takes a turn stirring the chocolat chaud.

Year 8 & 9 Subject Selection Information

Next week we will be holding ten-minute subject pathways information sessions so that students in Years 8 & 9 have ample one-on-one opportunity to ask any questions and discuss their individual subject selection and pathways choices as they approach Senior School.

Parents are invited to attend these sessions so that they too are provided with all the information they need to support their children throughout this process.

Sessions can be booked using the PTO system (the same one used for the parent teacher interviews) for the following dates:

Year 8: Tuesday, August 1
Year 9: Friday, August 4
Preferences are to be lodged on August 7.

The list below shows available subjects as well as providing potential pathways.

Subject Pathways 2018