The Bark October 2018 - Issue 18

I can hardly believe how quickly this year is flying by, Term 4 already? Issue 18 is filled with colour, adventure and some amazing accomplishments from the Candlebark kids.

Given the change in weather (constantly changing) since our last issue I thought this quote from Robin Williams was most appropriate;

Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'

If you have anything you would like to contribute to future issues of The Bark please feel free to email me; janeduggan26@yahoo.com.au

Jane Cahill - Editor In Chief


  • Term Dates
  • What's Happening At Candlebark
  • Candlebark Spring Soiree
  • Penpal Pizazz
  • What Do Year 7s Think of Romeo & Juliet?
  • Alice Miller Colour Run (@ Candlebark)
  • CDSSA Sectional Athletics
  • Candlebark Fete
  • Mango Fundraiser
  • Prep Weaving with Donna Sparks
  • Community Notices

Term Dates

  • Term 4: 9 October to 13 December

What's Happening at Candlebark

  • October 25 – Spring Soiree 6.30 pm
  • October 26 – MSO – Year 7 ‘Stravinsky’s Firebird’
  • October 31 – Candlebark Fete starting at 1 pm
  • November 12 to 16 – Grade 6 and Year 7 bike camp
  • November 28 to December 10 - Year 7 New Zealand trip
  • November 29 – Grade 6 Graduation dinner.


On Friday just gone, October 19, the Candlebark girls’ chess team of Acer, Penny, Om and Kate came third in the state championships! This would be an amazing result in any circumstances, but made all the more amazing by the fact that Om joined the school only this term, and Kate and Acer went into battle having just returned from a four-day Grade 5 camp the evening before!

Many thanks to Om’s father, Jeremy, himself a chess player of vast expertise, who kindly took them to the event. And a HUGE congratulations to the indomitable foursome.

Candlebark Spring Soiree

Thursday 25th October @ 6.30pm

Candlebark Library & Old Meeting Room (the triple room next to the Tennis Court)

Please note that unlike the Winter Soirée not all of the students will be involved in this soirée; this evening will feature solo performances by the students who learn an instrument and performances by the elective musical groups at Candlebark (Choir, Chamber Ensemble, Ska Band & Soul Band).

If your son or daughter learns an instrument please assist them in practising daily (especially in this last week before the soirée).

penpal pizazz

In Term 3, Candlebark was ablaze with the excitement of the upcoming visit from our Broadmeadows penpals. The penpal project has been running since February and has involved grade 1x, 2y and 3 connecting with similar aged grades at the English Language School, co-ordinated by Iain previously of Candlebark fame.

Each week the classes take turns writing letters, sending pictures, photos and even videos, and then counting down the days until our buddies reply! The project has really been a terrific way of honing our writing skills, and getting our handwriting chops up, especially after seeing that our penpals have immaculate handwriting, and English is their second or third language!!

In Term 2 we had the pleasure of going to visit our pals at their own campus and despite a myriad of rules that we struggled to abide by (don’t climb trees, benches, anything!!) we had a wonderful day. We witnessed the natural and fluid connecting of the kids, particularly when they engaged in a wild impromptu soccer game (Woody swore Candlebark won but I had it on good authority that the BM kids smashed them).

And then, finally, it was time for our penpals to visit us on the mountain. Excitement grew as the weeks trickled by. Long discussions were held over lunch. Should we disclose the truth about how dangerous a Monroe board truly is going downhill, at full speed, in the rain, towards the pond? Or should we just brush over that?

When the hour arrived for their bus to pull in, the Candlebark kids raced down in their usual gregarious fashion, carrying with them handmade picket sign greetings! Some said “Hooray you are here”, others said “Let’s play Chess”. All were incredibly sincere and incredibly welcoming. The day had barely begun and we were already so proud of the manner in which the Candlebark kids were presenting themselves.

When the Broadmeadows kids arrived there was joy all around. We had a big chat, shared some dos and don’ts: Don’t get gastro, Do get dirty, and then it was recess. The Broadmeadows kids slotted in seamlessly, the only thing that separated them from the CB kids was their love of cucumber!

From there we took them on a big bushwalk on the cross country track and we observed with delight how they marvelled at the enormity of the bush, the majesty of the trees and the great fortune of Candlebark to have So. Much. Space. What was truly beautiful, however, was to witness how it suddenly seemed to change the lens through which the Candlebark kids saw their own landscape. Through their penpals’ wondrous gaze, they too felt their good fortune, and saw the trees through fresh, grateful eyes.

As we arrived at the parklands, we shared a bickie or two, had a chat and then it was game on in an EPIC leaf throwing battle. Connections deepened as the kids ganged up on the teachers and by the end of the battle friendships were well and truly solidified.

From there we headed to the animals and after much squealing with excitement, and serious confusion as to why Strawberry was frothing at the mouth, it was time for lunch. We headed up to amenities and gathered for a pumpkin soup extravaganza. Aretha Franklin blared from the speakers (may her spunky soul rest in peace) and teachers and students busted out their best moves on the Chess board D-floor). Candlebark was certainly turning it on for the day!!

I’m not sure if it was because we’d already met once before, or if it was the sweet, bush air, or perhaps the soup/soul music combo. But something about the energy of the day was positively magical. As I glanced around me I saw one Broadmeadows student falling down on roller skates, before being lovingly lifted up by a Chloe (they were her skates that she was sharing), another few Broadmeadows students tearing around on bicycles with beaming faces, mixed Candlebark and Broadmeadows groups leaping on the trampoline and others munching away joyfully on cucumber! It felt wild, liberated and… right. It felt just right.

As the bells sadly clanged, it was time to say our goodbyes and we walked our penpals back down the hill. I saw Georgia, Mia and Primilla holding hands, looking forlorn to leave each other. Another Broadmeadows student looked at me and said she wished she could stay at our school forever. We all felt heavy hearted at the farewell, but we picked up our spirits, hugged and said ‘’Til next time’’ knowing that there would, most definitely, be one.

Projects like this remind me how marvellous kids are at connecting and how we need to ensure they have opportunities to do more of it. How lucky we are to have such amazing kids around to teach us about humanity and how all we really need, for a better future, is a bit more leaf throwing in our lives.

what do year 7s think of romeo & juliet?

Lets find out ... here are some responses by the Year 7s to the production of Romeo and Juliet, by the Bell Shakespeare group at The Playhouse, Melbourne Arts Centre.

I really enjoyed the attention to detail in the play. The sword fight scene was my personal favourite. They used two swords, a long sword with a black handle like a samurai and a shorter silver sword with a gold coloured cover, folded over Romeo’s knuckles for protection. There was a lot of detail especially in this scene. The ducking and clash of swords, when they went to lunge at one another was graphic in its detail. Romeo’s costume was a superb combination of rich creamy white and brown. The language was very interesting in how they changed it from Shakespearean to the modern form.

By Hayden Brown


I started the day thinking that the Romeo ‘n’ Juliet play was going to be really boring and the only thing I looked forward to was the train trip. But when I walked in I was amazed by the way they used the balcony on the stage, and I noticed how amazing the whole room was when empty and there was no noise, that also meant that we got to sit right up at the front which meant no one could sit in front of us and when the other schools came they sat rows away from us for some reason (they were probably scared of us).

When the play started a girl sat down right on the edge of the stage right next to us. I thought there was a problem because the girl just sat there for 5 minutes, not saying or doing anything. But then suddenly a whole fight just exploded! When that scene ended my view of this play was completely changed. Pretty much all of the play except a bit at the start was very intriguing and interesting.

All in all, I enjoyed the Romeo ‘n’ Juliet play apart from some of the old English, and my Myki kept running out.

By Jett Sanders-Henshall


To start off with I thought that the Romeo and Juliet play wold be absolutely horrid. And I contemplated not going at all but I went because all my friends were going and I didn’t want to miss anything and I guess I didn’t really have a choice.

When we went in and sat down I thought, ‘Oh Great, here comes one and a half hours of wasted time. Just great!’ When the first actor came out I thought, this is so boring, but after 10 minutes I began to be dragged in, and to my surprise it got better and better. The actors made me feel like I was living in the 17th century. The actors did an absolutely amazing job and I couldn’t contemplate switching roles in 5 seconds. There were roughly 8 actors and 10- 11 characters and just switching like that – it amused me so much. It was so intriguing. The play was so well put together and the actors were amazing.

Juliet had short hair and was not how I expected her to be. Romeo, I just thought he was another lovesick teen but I was wrong. Now I have an image implanted in my head and it was the best play I have ever seen.

By Jordan Hinrichsen



I understood the story and what they were saying

I knew the basic outline of the story, but the scenes that I didn’t know, and there were a few, were understandable and clear. There was about 8 actors, and over 10 characters, so changing characters and mind set in a matter of seconds, is quite amazing. The actors were great, and really suited the roles they played, and it was very funny. The Q and A was interesting, most question and answer sessions have about 2 questions asked 72 times, but this one was great, with good questions and detailed answers. And, Juliet had short hair, and wore pants! All in all, amazing.

By Ilke Sawyer


Yesterday, all of the Yr. 7’s went into town to see Romeo and Juliet. Most people, myself especially, were expecting a sickly sweet love story with lots of kissing, crying and 16th century language. What we got was a completely modernized version that kept myself and the rest of the audience on their toes.

To start with the language they used was completely modernized and one of the first Shakespeare plays that kids either understood or had an idea of what was going on.

Also, the main actors that the company used were really young. The girl who played Juliet looked about 15-16 years old while the guy who played Romeo looked about 17 yet the oldest (the nurse) looked about 55 years old, but they all had the energy and noise level of a six year old when you miss their sleeping time and they go crazy.

At the end of the show the actors did a Q&A with the audience and they answered all the questions thrown at them. The audience asked really good questions. I thought the best question was asked by Lugh when he asked them how hard it was to modernize the language and they answered that really well. My favourite actors name was Jackson and he played the prince named Paris and Juliet’s cousin in Tybalt.

Before we got on the train we got to the train station 40 minutes early and we went exploring. Zara snapped her Myki, Jett’s Myki didn’t work and I bought some Berry Blue jellybeans at Sugar Station, only to finish them by Footscray, and we all had a great day out!

Dane Thompson


The Bell Shakespeare production of Romeo and Juliet was (and this is going to sound cheesy), enthralling. I’m sorry, but I can’t think of any other way to describe it.

The 8 actors were switched on and in flawless character the whole time. They never skipped a beat and all this combined made the whole experience more enjoyable.

Sitting up the front gave us an electric feel. We got lots of energy from the actors and gave it back. Lots of them made eye contact and Mercutio even sang a love song to TJ! It was very funny.

Juliet had short hair and wore pants and had short hair which I thought was an interesting choice.

I can’t believe that they only practiced for 5 weeks!

By Zara

Alice Miller Colour Run (@ Candlebark)

It was a cool morning, a little foggy but soon colour filled the air ... so many Alice Miller and Candlebark kids and their families arrived on Sunday 9 September to run the Candlebark bush track and be pelted by a rainbow of colour bombs along the way.

And so it begins .....
The first three runners home were 1st - Henry, 2nd - Dane & 3rd - Chae

Lots of fun was had by all who attended. Well done to the Year 9's on organising a fantastic event!

CDSSA regional Athletics

Here are the fantastic results achieved by Candlebark kids in the regional athletics, as kindly forwarded by Ruth Ford:

Girls 11 - 100m Kate Turnbull 7th

Girls 11 - Shot Put Kate Turnbull 7th

Boys 12-13 - Long Jump Oscar Finn 9th

Boys 11 - 1500m Henry Bourke 2nd!! Off to State Championships - well done Henry!!

Boys 12-13 - 800m Aiden Ford 7th

Boys 12-13 - High Jump Reuben Cahill 5th

The "region" includes Echuca, Maryborough, Mildura, Cohuna, Dunolly, Kyabram, Swan Hill… so the achievements of these students are truly remarkable.

Tournament of Minds

For the second year in a row, our two ToM teams made it to the Victorian Finals. After spending an intense 3 hours in 'Lockdown' as they tackled a previously unseen challenge and did a Spontaneous Challenge, they appeared at lunchtime in fabulous spirits. They were happy with their team work, their solutions and their efforts. This made them champions in our eyes for sure!

After lunch all the teams presented their solutions in the form of 10 minute plays. The Candlebark teams wowed us with their humour, originality and total team involvement. Their parents and Peta and I couldn't have been happier with their performances. As one of the judges said; The Winners team should have chosen Humour as a presentation skill, because they nailed it!

The marking criteria is very specific and if teams do not address every part of the question and performance criteria, they can easily lose marks. A team can score very well by focusing on every part of the question in their performance, which can sometimes result in a less entertaining or exciting solution. Making sure that no sections are missed is one small area that our teams can aim to address even more next year.

The final result was that our team 'Liberte' received Honours which is effectively equal second place - just one step off winning their way to the International Final in Darwin! Although our Team 'Winners' did not receive an award, they performed beautifully and must have been very close to being awarded Honours also.

Huge Congratulations to both teams for the commitment, energy and fun they put into this major Term 3 commitment. They were fabulous to work with.

- Wendy Wright

Tournament of Minds - 3 hour challenge

I got up at 6:45 am on Sunday. Normally I would be in bed till 9 but today was different, today was the 3 hour challenge at the Victorian State Finals.

I arrived at the university in Melbourne that we were going to spend the next ‘who knows how many’ hours at. I saw Maisy, Ebony and Ellie waving at me from a distance away.

Once everyone was in the same place, we split up into our groups and walked into a lecture theatre and sat down. A man started giving instructions but my team already knew them; we came prepared.

We walked into a room with spinny chairs, a random but nice stranger and box of stuff.

After lots of team work and food we had finished. We were now free! The air never felt so good. I stuffed my face with sushi, bought a TOM fidget spinner and played a bit of down ball. We went back to the lecture theatre and watched the other teams do their plays. They were good but not too interesting. I could feel my heart beating against my ribcage. “Candlebark” I hear the man say.

Our play ran pretty smoothly, we did really well and I’m proud of my team. As we walked back to our seats I could hear one girl from another team say “That was really good” to her friend and I couldn’t help but smile.

As we made our way to the award ceremony I felt very tense. I started to shake even though I wasn’t cold. We did this music competition before they announced the winners, girls vs boys. They played the start of a song and you had to guess what song it was. I got Dancing queen and I felt pretty darn good about myself. The team, The Winners, sadly didn’t win or get honors but when they announced that Candlebark team Liberty came runners up I was so happy - almost bursting with pride. And that’s the story of the 3 hour challenge.

– Ava Brownlee

Tournaments of the Minds - 3 hour challenge

Breaking news, but sad, the amazing group of T.O.M kids went to the Victorian State Finals, did the 3 hour challenge great and had the night of their lives and some even got t-shirts at the Trophies Awards saying the logo of T.O.M. Before the awards there was a comedy artist named Brian Nankervis

Team liberty came… Honours ……with their amazing performance and….

Team winners came nothing sadly but we all know that from our hearts they did just amazingly and plus they were way better than all the other teams.

After a really huge day all the kids went home and had a hotchocockee with their mum and dad talking about how amazing they are, then coming to school with pride next day getting there certificates in front of the whole school so really big well done. Hope to see kids at T.O.M finals again next year.

For everyone else …..

Ellie is out, and that is the news report for you all done by ELLIE wink wink kidding I did it all by myself.

- Ellie.rose.Hallifax

Tournaments of the Minds - 3 hour challenge

In September, the 5/6’s went to visit the Body Worlds Vital exhibition for the day.

We were on the bus for around 45-50 minutes then finally we arrived at the Melbourne Show Grounds.

Inside the exhibition there were many different things in glass boxes such as lungs, hearts, nerves and brains and many other things.

Some kids had the chance of checking their blood pressure, some kids got higher blood pressure than others, and some had lower blood pressure.

There were also pictures of how much a family eats in a week. All of the examples were families around the world.

Next thing we saw were different people, one of them was arising from their grave and one was doing gymnastics.

When we reached the end, there was a big white-board which read, ‘before I die’ where you could write what you want to achieve before you die and you could write whatever you want. I wanted to go to the Olympics for moguls and also travel all around Europe.

And that’s all for our excursion to Body Vital.

- By Nell (Grade 5)

Candlebark fete - 31st october

The time for unbridled jubilation is approaching, with the annual Candlebark fête not so far away.

This event is different to other school fêtes because the students do everything: the planning, the preparation on the day, the management of the stall or activity, and eating many of the leftovers afterwards. It's a great opportunity for the kids to show their initiative and develop their self-management skills. Of course sometimes parents are needed to lend a hand with planning and preparation – for example, if certain items need to be bought beforehand – but parents must do as little as possible.

Date: 31 October

Time: 1 PM - 3PM

Observant parents will notice that this is the date of Halloween, which may influence some of the stalls and activities kids choose to offer.

All money raised at the fete goes to a charity, usually selected by the students.

mango fundraiser

You have to admire this initiative! One of our Year 8 parents, Amanda Lonegan, is making a head start on fundraising for the Year 9 Big Trip next year, and is offering 7kg trays of mangoes in peak season going for $25. To order, please fill out the attached form and return to Amanda (her email address is on the form) by 31 October. Mangoes will be delivered in December, just in time for summer.

Feel free to share this amongst friends and family.

Sarita Ryan

book week parade

Here are some photos of all the fun of the Book Week parade (all the way back in September).

PREP WEAVING with Donna Sparks

It was such an exciting time in prep last week with the amazingly clever Donna Sparks, mother of Hugo in year 9, teaching Saori weaving on a traditional Japanese loom. Kids learned about wefting and warping, and spent ages concentrating on their personal weaving project, as well as a combined group piece. They produced some gorgeous weavings and loved feeling the textures and seeing the bright colours together. Well done prep kids and a huge thank you with hugs and kisses to Donna!

Community Notices

KIDX 2019

Are you aged 9-17 and want to give a short talk on a BIG idea??

Announcing: KIDx - a school holiday program for kids unlike any other, in the summer school holidays - January 19-20 at Sunbury Community Health.

In the style of a TEDx event, kids aged 9-25 will deliver short talks on BIG topics interspersed with fun interactive games and activities the whole weekend. With prominent community representatives in attendance to hear the voices and ideas of the young people speaking, it’s a wonderful intersection of intergenerational thinking and conversation!

Register via website https://www.thefieldtrip.co/kidx2019

- Paul Kooperman

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