Welcome to 2021
- Welcome to Term 1
- Lake United Breakfast Club
- Philosophy - The meaning of life, the universe and everything...
- Extra - Curricular Activities
- Academic Excellence Program
- Student Community Group (SCG)
- GiSTEMM - Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine
- R unit in Health and Medical Sciences
- Outdoor Education and Recreation
- Student Supports
- Health and Wellbeing
- Safe and Supportive School
- Being safe in, and around, the school
- School Photos reminder
Welcome to Term 1
Welcome to the start of 2021. Wonderful to see so many new students ready for the year and already taking up multiple opportunities.
UC SSC Lake Ginninderra is a diverse community; learning together, encouraging curiosity and innovation and providing a range of pathways for students to succeed.
Our school improvement goals focus on 21st Century capabilities to enhance students’ critical and creative thinking skills to solve problems and to enhance students’ experience, connection and wellbeing.
Staff started the year with Growth Coaching professional learning. A great day of collaborative learning was spent under the Wedgetail Pavillion at Goolabri, Eaglehawk.
The coaching and goal setting model builds greater relationships and the collaborative strategies help improve teacher and student practice and enrich students’ learning.
We hope to meet many of our new parents/carers at the Welcome to College evening Tuesday 16 February at 5:00pm.
At the opening assembly we introduced the first of a series of challenges that will continue across the year. The first challenge was to explain "Why the flight of an owl is silent?" Students who have researched the solution will present it at the next assembly; stay tuned to find out!
Lake United Breakfast Club
Lake United Breakfast Club supports our student community to start the day. ‘Lake United’ project is a student-lead project to support our students in their college life.
Make a difference by donating breakfast food items such as:
- Breakfast spreads
- Juices and long-life milk
- Milo, instant coffee, tea
- Breakfast cereals
The donation drop box is in the E04b (Youth Worker Office) or leave at the front office with a note to Breakfast Club.
If you need more information about how to make a donation, please contact the front office on 6142 0222.
Join us to make a difference! Thank you for the support for our students.
Philosophy - The meaning of life, the universe and everything...
UC SSC Lake Ginninderra has introduced the study of Philosophy and welcomes the first class with great support from students. There are currently 23 enrolled in the class!
Students will reflect on humanity’s most enduring and influential ideas. Topics range from ethics to metaphysics, personal values, and exploring ideas, cultures and people that influence human action, thought, existence and knowledge.
Students will have an opportunity to extend their learning through competing in the Ethics Olympiad later this year.
Extra - Curricular Activities
The College has a great range of activities which encourages students to make connections, follow their interests and learn new skills. Please see below for some of our options.
Academic Excellence Program
Would you like to extend yourself in an area that you are studying or an area of interest, if the answer is yes, the Academic Excellence Program (AEP) is for you.
The program offers students targeted mentorship and opportunities to support their learning in Years 11 and 12.
Opportunities for students are designed in consultation with the Academic Excellence Team. These opportunities support students in their academic pursuits and on developing core skills that will enrich students beyond the completion of their ACT Year 12 Certificate.
If you are interested in working with our AEP participants as a mentor please send your EOI with your skills and expertise to firstname.lastname@example.org
- AEP Application Link : AE Application Link
- AEP Mentor Expression of Interest : AE Mentor EOI Form Link
Upcoming AEP events this semester:
- Game design, programming, art, animation, VFX for films run by Academy of Interactive Entertainment
- She Leads Conference (For female identified students in year 11 and year 12)
- Ethics Olympiad Competitions
- Global Classroom Online Conference 2021
More information about the program : email@example.com
Student Community Group (SCG)
Advocate Change Together
Are you a leader? Do you like to advocate for your peers? Would you like to help the school community and assist with programs and initiatives?
Join the Student community Group, the student forum at the UC SSC Lake Ginninderra.
SCG meets every Tuesday at lunch in the Lecture Theatre.
We support each other and the community, be the voice of the student community and be the change. SCG- lead multiple initiatives/ activities in 2021
- Anglicare appeal competition
- Student leaders supported the Breakfast Club
- Share the Dignity Drive
- Clean up Australia day
- Giving Tree Appeal
Leading/ initiating/ supporting College Activities:
- Lake G Chill - Health and Wellbeing Weeks
- Created well-being/study support posts during remote learning
- Online ANZAC Day
- Assemblies - virtual, in-person and blended
- Digital SCG newsletters during remote learning
- COVID feedback from students
- Support Year Co's with end of year plans (formal, grad, etc)
- Created an online & accessible College Guide
- Legacy Project
- Monthly Awards
- SG lesson on bullying: created by students, lessons on e-waste & sustainability
- Reconciliation Week, Remembrance Day Assembly
- Supported SG content (e.g. ‘How to Vote’)
Strengthening Community partnerships:
- Visited KHS to support with their recycling program
- Initiated a Buddy Program to support inclusion
Advocating for students
- Members have been on the School Board
- Nominated for Sustainable Team of the Year
Physical activity is great for health/ wellbeing/ the mind and having team spirit. We welcome all new students and encourage all students to opt in. ACT Colleges hold sporting events throughout the year, generally on Thursday afternoons.
Lakers sport has a proud history of entering as many ACT college and interstate competitions as possible. There a range of one day sport carnivals coming up in term 1.
Girls and boys basketball and mixed oztag will be played weekly on Thursday afternoons in Term 1.
Students keen to participate, please sign up in the gym foyer. Look out for trials, training and competition dates.
Week 3 – Girls Cricket
Week 6 – Baseball
Week 4 – Boys Cricket
Week 6 – Rugby 7’s
Week 4 – SSACT Tennis
Week 7 – League 9’s
Week 5 – Beach Volleyball
Week 8 – AFA Futsal
Week 6 – Girls League Tag
GiSTEMM - Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine
GiSTEMM (Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine): Is an extracurricular program aimed at empowering young women in STEMM and other areas to explore their potential and to enable them to make great decisions for themselves and the communities in which they live.
Activities include: Support Girls in STEM, Mitigating Unconscious Bias, Principles of Gender Inclusive Learning Environments, Careers Education in STEMM, Engage Community, Engage Families, Run Primary School Workshops in STEMM, Attend Mentoring Sessions with STEM Women, Work experience in STEM, Attend STEMM Conferences, Enter Female Teams in STEMM Competitions.
Interested students should see Roger Amey, Sarah Belling or Narisha Deonarain.
R unit in Health and Medical Sciences
This year the College is introducing an R unit (Registered Unit for which students receive a point towards their ACT certificate) in Health and Medical Sciences.
This unit is for students who are interested in
- health professions (i.e. dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, midwifery, optometry)
- medical services (pathology, imaging, radiology)
- medical technology (prosthetics, medical design and manufacturing)
- health care, health industries
- public health
- applied sciences
There will be excursions and activities aimed at career development and university preparation and guest speakers from a range of fields in both practical health and research fields.
Students will also be encouraged to undertake work experience.
Interested? Please see Sarah Belling, Anna Gault or Roger Amey.
Join the Google Classroom and complete an application form by entering this code:
Outdoor Education and Recreation
Outdoor Education 2021 has a great range of outdoor learning experiences happening!
Year 11 recreation students will participate in ocean trips including, snorkeling, surfing and scuba diving, while year 12s are expanding their practical skills through leadership and roping trips. While all tertiary students will go hiking in Kosciuszko National Park.
The Barrier Reef trip is planned for Term 2, involving 9 days camping on Lady Musgrave island. Students have been getting to know each other through a variety of team building games and challenges over the last week.
Inclusion Support Program - ISP
An experienced team of educators will support students in 2021.
The PLACe (located near Science) is a learning space for the ISP, students and those whom may require some extra wellbeing support or a quiet space. Independent Learning Plan meetings will be held with parents/carers of identified students during weeks 3-5.
Learning Support Unit- LSU
Welcome to all the new and returning students in the LSU. The team are really enjoying getting to know new students and continuing to build on great working relationships with students in year 12.
Please don’t hesitate to contact LSU staff is there is anything we need to know to better support the needs of students. ILP meetings will take place during weeks 3 to 5. Parents/Carers will be contacted soon to arrange an appointment.
Gary Rolfe Executive Teacher - Inclusion Support /LSU
Chris Cutting, Kiley Lambert, Ben Smith and learning support assistants.
Health and Wellbeing
It is important precautions are taken to be Covidsafe into the new school year.
Please keep students at home if they display symptoms.
Safe and Supportive School
The College seeks to create and maintain a safe, respectful, and supportive school environment. The school grounds are multi-purpose and home to the Academy of Future Skills (STEM facility for secondary and primary students who visit the school), community use, language schools and special needs students. We are a respectful, responsible and diverse community.
Processes and procedures are in place to address bullying, racial, sexual, homophobic, transphobic and other forms of harassment and violence. Restorative and/or disciplinary measures where appropriate are part of the school’s processes and procedures.
Safe and Supportive Schools Contact Officers (SASSCOs) support students experiencing bullying, harassment and violence. Please contact the school if you have any questions.
Being safe in, and around, the school
Most students will be drivers by the time they finish college, and some are drivers when they begin at college. Many young drivers in the one location increases the possibility of an accident. Please exercise special care in the car parks, on the roads and around entry and exit points.
To increase security for the cars and safety for pedestrians, students are not to sit in cars or to loiter in the car park. It is important to note that students from other colleges do not have authorised access to the car park.
The Belconnen Bikeway has been extended past the main entrance to the school. Motorists are required to give way to other road and path users when entering or exiting the school, including pedestrians on the footpath and cyclists on the cycle path.
If you use the school carpark, drive at walking speed (10km/h) and be on the lookout for children. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. https://bit.ly/school_travel
The school is currently working with various stake holders to look at some options around the car park, including the possibility of a left turn only on exit into Emu Bank at drop off and pick up times.
The College as we said is a multi-purpose facility and visitors are required to check in at the front office during school opening hours 8:30am -4:00pm Monday to Friday.
School Photos reminder
The School Photographer was available on Monday 8 February and Monday the 15 February from 8:30am - 11:00am for all students to get an ID photograph. Students are required to have a student ID card (this is provided at no cost).
If you wish to purchase a school photo pack from The School Photographer you can either pick a form up from the front office or complete an online form: