Basketball Skills Clinic, Make A Difference Challenge

Last month, our Year 5 students were treated to a special guest visitor. Former NBL star player and coach, Warrick Giddey, came to the College and ran a two-hour basketball skills clinic.

The clinic was the result of an inspiring idea by a group of boys as a part of our Year 5’s Make a Difference Challenge (MAD Challenge). Noah, Lachlan, Noah, and Jack decided to do something about the lack of sport and sport promotion in the community. Originally, they had wanted to run a basketball clinic at another school for younger students so the boys contacted the NBL asking if they could donate some basketballs to help them run the clinic. The NBL replied to the boys, letting them know that unfortunately they didn’t have any balls they could donate, but they would be able to arrange for Warrick Giddey to run some workshops. Ms Kelly Smith helped Noah, Lachlan, Noah, and Jack to prepare the clinic with Warrick before he joined them at the College on Monday, 28 August.

The clinic was a great success and all the students involved had a great time. The students participated in ball-handling and shooting drills. The boys were very happy with the outcome of their idea and, following the clinic, hope that they have taken a step toward providing more sport for everyone in the community.



Woodend Community Boomerang Bags, Community Initiative

One of our Middle School teachers, Mrs Juanita Sinclair has recently started a collaboration with Woodend Community Bags in an effort to make Woodend plastic-free in 2018.

The initiative sees bags made from donated, recycled materials (including pillow slips and other pieces of linen) made into fabric shopping totes that can be used in place of plastic shopping bags.

Students at the college have been joining Mrs Sinclair in making these bags which will be used in the Woodend Community as Boomerang Bags; the bags can be collected from supermarkets and reused over and over so that plastic bags are no longer needed. These will hopefully be seen distributed throughout Woodend and the wider Macedon Ranges community in the coming months.

Woodend Community Bags have recently run a poster competition and three of our Year 5 students were awarded prizes! Congratulations to Sophie Culpan, Will Chambers, and Daisy Turnbull; you can see their winning posters below!

Well done to Mrs Sinclair and all the students involved for contributing to such a great community cause!

If you are interested in supporting this community initiative, sew-your-own kits can be picked up at Woodend Library, or you can contact Mrs Sinclair at if you would like to contribute to the sewing or the fabric donations.

Year 5 Make A Difference Challenge – The Coffee Cup Crew

As part of their civics and citizenship studies in Encounter, Year 5 students have immersed themselves in a Make a Difference Challenge (MAD Challenge). Students have selected areas in which they want to make a difference and are considering ways to have impact in these areas, be they sport, community, College or global issues.

One group has arranged for NBL basketball coach Warrick Giddey to run clinics at the College on Monday 28 August. Another group has invited Justine Maher from Cobaw Community Health to talk to students about homelessness in the Macedon Ranges.

Several students focused on environmental issues, with one group – the ‘Coffee Cup Crew’ – articulating their challenge as follows:

“We are trying to stop the use of disposable cups at our school and in our local community. We want people to use reusable cups or Keep Cups which will reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions released when manufacturing the cups, stop the pile up of coffee cups in landfill, and reduce the amount of trees and water used by manufacturers in the production of disposable cups. This will help save our planet and keep our beautiful Macedon Ranges environment healthy and clean.”

Well done to all the students on their efforts to make a difference.

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The Coffee Cup Crew present Mr Deer with his keep cup

Year 6 Maths Games Day

Earlier this month, two teams of four Year 6 students competed in a Maths Games Day at Lumen Christi Primary School.

The day started with a warm-up game involving knowledge of factors and multiples before the official games began at 10am. The first section of the games day saw teams given a problem solving booklet to work through and once completed, they were handed in for marking before receiving another booklet. After a break for recess, the teams took part in a two-on-two strategy game challenge where two members of each team competed against two members from another school. The winners of those games then moved to another table to compete against a different team. The final section of the day involved a series of interactive games. All the students were very involved and it was really great to see our Braemar students interacting and playing with students from other schools during recess and lunch.

The results of the day saw Braemar Team 1 finish in 5th place and Braemar Team 2 finish in 24th place, both out of 32 teams.
Congratulations to the eight students who represented the College on their perseverance, friendliness, and sportsmanship on the day.

Uniform Shop Trading Hours – Term 4 and School Holidays

Please see the below update regarding trading hours for the Noone Imagewear, Braemar College Uniform Shop.

School Holiday/Term 4 Trading hours

The Uniform Shop will be OPEN during the school holidays on:

Tuesday 3 October     10am – 2pm 

Friday 6th October    10am – 2pm


Term 4 Trading Hours

The following normal trading hours will resume from Monday 9 October.

Monday & Tuesday    10.00am – 2.15pm

Friday                            12.00pm – 4.00pm