Despite the year at Valdocco starting at a rather fast pace, our students appear to have settled into their studies very well, with the vast majority completing their holiday homework and participating enthusiastically in the range of programs on offer at our campus.

“So far Valdocco has been an amazing experience. Mind and Body has been a fantastic way to get us ready for the day and is incredibly fun. Discovery has already taught me many construction techniques I would not have learned at home.” Noah Kondis (9 Ledda)
Year 9 Expedition
One of the best experiences of Year 9 is the 7-day outdoor expedition to Baw Baw National Park and the Thompson River Valley approximately two and a half hours from Ferntree Gully. Over this week, students and staff participate in a range of outdoor adventure activities that include hiking, abseiling, river rafting, mountain biking, outdoor cooking and team building tasks. Preparations for this year’s expedition are well under way with the first of our pre-camp activity days seeing half of our cohort complete a 12km hike through Birdsland Park to Belgrave Swimming Pool then returning to school via the bike track. The other half of our cohort hiked to Ferntree Gully National Park where they climbed the Kokoda Memorial Walk (1,000 Steps) before cooking their lunch on the barbecues. Our second preparation day will see students complete the alternate activity.

This is what some of our students had to say about their camp preparation day experience:
“On Friday we hiked from school to the National Park. We walked up the 1,000 steps before cooking up a storm on the BBQs in groups. My group cooked a traditional Australian meal of sausages and burgers. Overall, it was a fantastic day.” Max Brasher (9 O’Mara)

“For camp preparation day, my class did the walk to Belgrave via Birdsland. I very much enjoyed the walk, especially getting to talk to my mates, as well as boys I didn’t know too well. The surroundings were beautiful, especially through Birdsland and the old Ferntree Gully Quarry that we stopped at on the way back. It was a fantastic way to prepare for camp.” Noah Briggs (9 Binh Dinh)

“We hiked to the National Park where we walked up the 1,000 steps then made our way back down to the bottom to cook our lunch on the BBQ. We cooked hamburgers and they were delicious. It was a great experience and well worth the trip.” David MacDonald (9 O’Mara)

“As preparation for the Year 9 camp, we hiked to Belgrave and back. We took a very scenic track that had some very harsh slopes and hills at times. I really enjoyed the trip and although it was meant to be work it was quite enjoyable. I can’t wait to have a go at the 1,000 steps!” Ethan Royle-Young (9 Binh Dinh)

Homework Club/After School Help
The Year 9 staff are pleased that a significant number of students are already taking up the opportunity to attend our homework club, operating in Room 906 at Valdocco from 3:05pm until 4pm on Mondays through Thursdays. All Year 9 students are welcome to attend any of these afternoons and will receive help from our staff as required. Please contact your son’s homeroom teacher should you wish your son to participate.

Mr Graeme Tucker
Head of Valdocco