Echuca College News
Our Year 7 students have completed their Passion Project for English. Students were asked to create a portfolio regarding a passion of their choice (e.g. an author, a novel, a sport, a hobby, a career pathway etc.). There were specific genres of writing that students were required to complete, demonstrating a consolidation of the learnings from throughout the year. Students were then able to choose from a range of tasks.
Students displayed a wide range of passions and the topics were wide ranging, we had students presenting on their favourite sport, holidays, books, animal husbandry, motorbikes and dance plus others.
Grace Shaw's Passions project on animal husbandry, she is pictured here with her two rescue ring tailed possums.
Congratulations to Blake Mason on winning the Campaspe Shire's Youth Creative Writing Competition. The theme for the competition was "What's different about you?, the competition had categories for young people aged 12-25 years who live, work or go to school in the Shire. Youth were encouraged to enter a photo, short story, or both based on this theme and showing that local youth have a diverse range of interests, backgrounds, families and experiences. Blake won the 12-14 years age bracket and will recieve $100 for his efforts. Please enjoy Blake's entry;
"What’s Different About Me"
I believe I’m unique because of my relationship with my little brother who has autism. I’m always happy, I love to help him and I love to create new games that I can play with him. I also focus on educating others about his differences and I teach him things I have learnt. I love the special relationship I share with my little brother.
Firstly, I’m unique because I’m extremely optimistic. I crack jokes, laugh all the time and I’m very friendly. I strongly believe that because of how happy I am; it creates a powerful bond between my brother and I. Even when one of us is down, which is extraordinarily rare, I can easily cheer him up and he can often do the same. Because of this, my little brother and I are closer than most other brothers.
Secondly, I’m unique because I help my little brother out all the time. Due to his autism he can struggle with every day things. I help him to understand situations better. If my little brother needs someone to read to, he can always count on me and I also give him feedback. Helping my little brother out is one of my biggest priorities.
Thirdly, I’m unique because I make up new games for us to play together. My little brother loved it when I created a new cops and robbers game. Our unbreakable bond is made even stronger because we are often playing together. My little brother and I love each other dearly; I’m a devoted older brother and my little brother knows he can always rely on me.
Furthermore, there are times people don’t realise he is different. I will always defend him and educate people. I realise how important it is to understand that everybody has different needs. I will always fight to make sure he is treated with respect.
Last but not least, I’m unique because I take things I have learnt and teach him. For example, I show him how to be patient and avoid angry outbursts. He can at times struggle with his emotions and project them on other people. I always make sure I’m there to help him avoid conflict.
In conclusion, despite the challenges my little brother faces, I ensure he has a positive role model and someone to look out for him. My little brother and I have the ultimate love that brothers can have for each other. I’m able to look past his differences and see the person he is inside, as he does for me. I firmly believe I am unique because I don’t let our differences effect our relationship.
By Blake Mason
On Wednesday 30th November our year 7 girl’s cricket team headed to the mighty MCG to compete in the State Cricket Grand Final against Lilydale High School. The students earned their spot in the final by winning the local and regional carnivals, both times undefeated.
The girls trained 3 times a week in the lead up to the event and their preparation showed with an excellent display of skills. Each member did their part for the team and the girls all encouraged each other and backed each other up.
Captain Courtney won the toss and elected to bat first. Courtney and Charli had a solid first partnership against 2 very good bowlers from Lilydale. The highlight being a big hit from Charli which resulted in 12 runs as it cleared the boundary on the full in the double points zone (in super 8 cricket any shot that passes the bowlers end of the wicket scores double points).
Kelsea and Casey were the next pair to bat. They rotated the strike well and used their ‘free hit opportunities’ to compile a great total.
Erin and Bree ran really well between the wickets and put lots of pressure on the Lilydale fielders.
Megan and Hayley finished off a solid innings for Echuca scoring a 4 off the last ball. A fabulous batting performance by all, resulting in a total of 107 runs!
Courtney opened the bowling and started with a beautiful ball that just missed the stumps. The opposition connected with one of Courtney’s fast paced balls which saw it fly away for 6, but otherwise it was a stellar opening over, which set the tone for the rest of the innings.
Charli and Kelsea both bowled a wonderful line with Charli only being hit for 3 and Kelsea for just 1 run!
Casey bowled well, but the opposition managed to connect with a few which gave them some hope… and then Erin and Bree come on to bowl! Erin was on target with one wide being the only blemish to her over and Bree bowled a wicket maiden! Things were looking good!
Hayley and Megan were fabulous in bowling the last overs, with Megan bowling a double wicket maiden with one of her wickets being on the last ball of the innings! What a way to finish!
Final score 107 to 58. Congratulations girls!
A big thank you to Goulburn Murray Cricket for their support and sponsorship, which brought the initial round of competition to Echuca and then enabled us to transport the team plus a number of other students to the game and also to visit the VIS and tour the MCG and National Sports Museum. Thank you to Cricket Victoria for running the event and to the parents and students that came to watch. A great day had by all!