School Council

 2015 was another year of academic achievement across all levels at Emerson School. It began with our junior level enjoying an International Food and Culture Festival where they experienced other cultures through food being provided by parents and by learning dances. Market Day was a further highlight as was the Wakakirri Concert held at the Frankston Arts Centre, with our students participating in a dance based on the Black Saturday bushfires and its effect on the native wildlife.

 

Our Middle School has hosted a number of most successful events including:  Circus Oz, The Charlie Bucket Production and several athletic carnivals.


In our Senior School, our Horticultural Studies team has created a magnificent vegetable garden at the back of the school, and have been providing our Food and Hospitality classes on both campuses with fresh produce.  In November, our Food and Hospitality studies class presented local dignitaries and school family members with a high tea that would rival the Langham Hotel.


Our students have had continued success with exhibiting their woodwork, cookery and artworks at the Pakenham Show, Dandenong Show and the West Gippsland Country Women’s Association Exhibition.


I was fortunate to attend the inaugural performance of Emerson Singfest in September this year.  In total, 120 students from ten schools came together for the day to learn a series of musical pieces under the guidance of our guest conductor, Mr David Ashton-Smith.  The students came together as strangers but left as friends with a common musical bond.  The final concert celebration was truly inspirational.  We are making a documentary of this day which will be ready for release in 2016.


Our school production this year was Charlie Bucket.  This was a fantastic show featuring students from across all age groups and both campuses, with the expert help and guidance of our Music and Dance staff. Our choral students also attended The Interfaith Concert held at the Springvale Town Hall along with many schools in the area.  An enjoyable day had by all.

 

Congratulations go to our 33 graduates with best wishes for their future endeavours.

 

Many thanks as always, goes to Mr John Mooney and the wonderful staff at Emerson School for their continued hard work and support to all students and families.


My thanks again for the ongoing support of fellow council members and I look forward to another exciting year in 2016.

 

Heather Norman
School Council President