Principals Update 5th March 2024

Twilight Picnic
Please save Wednesday 27 March in your diary for our Twilight Picnic. Unfortunately our traditional Twilight Sports event has had to be modified due to the current renovation of our school oval.  We hope you will be able to join us at this important community event, this year to held at Markham Reserve in Ashburton.

SSG Meetings

As you are aware SSG meetings will be held on Monday 18 March.  Bookings are now open to be made on Compass. 

Ashwood School Council

It gives me great pleasure to introduce the 2024 Ashwood School Council.  I take delight in welcoming back on to School Council parent member Tim Walpole Walsh, father of Hebe in Secondary Josephides and staff member Sue Boyd-Graham, and warmly welcome new parent member Kim Davie, mother of Thomas in Secondary Harper and Milou in Primary Weinrich.  All newly elected members will serve two years on School Council with existing members having one more year to serve in their term.

The 2024 Ashwood School Council consists of the following members:

Parent Members:

Natalie Lawlor, Michelle Katz, Nikki Williams, Mark Browning, Tim Walpole-Walsh and Kim Davie

Community Member:

Antoinette Hammond

DET Members:

Lauren Bramich and Sue Boyd-Graham

Executive Officer:

Karen Overall

Minutes Secretary:

Sandy Suckling

The AGM will be held on Thursday 14th March at 7.30pm followed by the first School Council meeting at 7.30pm where new office bearers – President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary will be elected.  

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our School Councillors for the time and expertise they volunteer to provide the governance of Ashwood School.

School Sport Victoria - Waverley Division Secondary Swimming Competition 

Monday March 4 was a beautiful sunny day for a day at the pool!  Ms Adams, Gosper and Lindsay took the Ashwood School swim team to compete in the School Sport Victoria Division Swim Carnival at Oakleigh Pool.  There were four other Secondary Schools racing and the atmosphere was very exciting.

Ashwood was represented by girls Lexi, Isla, Mackenzie, Sandra, Nethuki and Lily and boys Jadyn, Sonnal, Tharun, Alexander, Brighton and Lochlan.

Tharun, Isla, Nethuki and Lily were awarded age group swim champions.  All winners are invited to the Regional Championships on Tuesday 26 March. Meanwhile all the swimmers will keep training so they can do their very best for Ashwood School.

  • Tharun - 3 firsts, 1 second
  • Jadyn - 1 first
  • Alexander - 2 thirds
  • Brighton - 2 seconds
  • Sonnal and Lochlan - personal bests
  • Lily - 3 firsts
  • Nethuki - 3 firsts
  • Mackenzie -1 second
  • Lexi - 1 second, 1 third
  • Isla - 2 firsts, 1 second, 1 third
  • Sandra - 2 firsts, 1 second
Thankyou to the parents who came to cheer our students on.

2024 Virtus World Skiing Championships in Poland

The prestigious 2024 Virtus World Skiing Championship is being hosted in Zakopane, Poland this week with seven Australian skiers taking part, including our own year 12 student Samantha Li.

Virtus, the International Sports Federation for athletes with intellectual impairments, hosted prestigious Virtus athletic events since 2016 - including the World Skiing Championships in 2016 and 2018 - with this year’s events seeing athletes contest the slalom, giant slalom and Super G events.

  • The Australian team is:
  • India Biesse-Fitton (VIC)
  • Alex Cherny (VIC)
  • Laura Flynn (VIC)
  • Charlie Jones (VIC)
  • Samantha Li (VIC)
  • Evie Patterson (VIC)
  • Millie Warbrick (QLD)

The athletes are supported by Snow Australia and Sport Inclusion Australia. Like Olympic and Paralympic athletes to come before them, all members of the team have competed at Interschools, a rich nursery for Australian snowsports talent. With preparation and formalities out of the way, it is now time to get to the action and the athletes can’t wait to hit the start gate. 

Training is done and opening ceremony was really great with all nations marching followed by traditional dancing from local group,” said Tom Hodges, Snow Australia Para Pathway Development Coach who is in Zakopane with the team. “Virtus brings together athletes from all over the world to complete at their highest level. The standard has been really impressive from all athletes, Australia included.”

Karen Overall