Nagle supports Dolly’s Dream Foundation

On Friday 13 May – Do it for Dolly Day – Nagle College held an out-of-uniform day in support of Dolly’s Dream Foundation, an initiative instigated by the student leadership team.

Students were asked to wear blue on the day and bring in a gold coin donation to support Dolly’s Dream. To make the day more meaningful, Year 12 students prepared small gift packs and notes which were distributed to students.

“After lengthy discussions with our fellow students about supporting “Do it for Dolly Day”, we as the student leadership action team, decided that this is a cause that we would like to support and is something we are all passionate about. Dolly’s Dream’s message is to be kind and speak even if your voice shakes, ” said College Captain Brady Phelan.

“We applied for these positions because we wanted to make difference in the school community. We asked for the help and support from the College Leadership Committee – which they gave.”

Student leaders used resources and infographics from the ‘Do it for Dolly’ website to promote awareness around the campus, online and via the school newsletter.

“If we applied national statistics to our Nagle College community, it could be estimated 58 of our students could be suffering from mental health issues. This is a statistic we need to drastically decrease, so we decided that educating our fellow students about this issue was imperative,” said Brady.

Money raised on the day was twice the amount of a ‘normal’ out-of-uniform day – highlighting the success and importance of the day.

“We could not be prouder of our peers for the turn out and the support that was seen with everyone wearing blue and generously donating to this worthy cause,” said Brady.

“I think this was a great initiative from our student leaders. The out-of-uniform day also coincided with other student-led initiatives including presentations at assemblies and a mentorship program between the school captains and junior students. It great to see our student leaders raise awareness for such an important issue,” said Mrs Sharon Buurman, Deputy Principal – Pastoral.

Bosco wins Inter-House Athletics Carnival

Nagle College’s Athletics Carnival took place on Wednesday 18 May. Bosco House was congratulated on being House Champion and Polding House was congratulated on winning House Spirit.

"We were blessed to have a very sunny day for our carnival and this event provided a great opportunity for our students to come together to celebrate their gifts and talents. This was not only evident in the sporting events but also in the cheering for their house , teamwork and cooperation displayed on the day," said Mrs Buurman, Deputy Principal - Pastoral.

"Our day was in keeping with our Salesian tradition to be a home that welcomes, a school that prepares for life, a church that evangelises and a playground where we have fun," said Mr Powles, Principal.

It was pleasing to see so many students enjoying the day. Students from each House put forth their best effort, especially those from Bosco House who demonstrated that participation goes a long way in deciding the winning House.

Age Champions

Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11Years 12

Jessica Grimsted

Marissa Warfe

Keira Gibbs

Mia Joiner

Ashlee Forehan

Sarah Faithfull
BoysAiden Wealands

Jobe Froud

James Kapolos

Max Boole

Tully Davis

William Bromage

House Results

1st Place2nd Place3rd Place4th Place5th Place6th Place7th Place



2022 Year 7 House Captains formally inducted

Nagle College formally inducted its 2022 Year 7 House Captains during a whole school assembly on Wednesday 5 May.

Each leadership position within the College creates and promotes positive and engaging experiences for the entire College community. Oratory Representatives play a vital role within our College community – they come together monthly to discuss issues that are important to our student body.

As student leaders, Year 7 House Captains express their ideas and opinions, and those of their peers, to develop initiatives and provide input into relevant policies, procedures, and plans.

“Our Year 7 leaders are wonderful ambassadors to the College, and we thank them for their gift of service to us. We look forward to our Year 7 leaders making a difference in our school community as they live out the College Motto ‘Let your light shine,’” said Mrs Sharon Buurman, Deputy Principal – Pastoral. “As a Catholic school with a Presentation heritage and Salesian charism, it is important that we develop the leadership potential of the young people entrusted to our care.”

Nagle College congratulates the following Year 7 students on their appointment: Robbie Greene* (Avila), Alya Searl (Bosco), Luis Wilson (Chisholm), Indi Malcholm (MacKillop), Bella Prince (Newman), Tahlia Chila (Polding) and Stella Bonacci (Xavier).

*absent on day of presentation.

Nagle students participate in ACER Global Challenge

Nagle was pleased to see 23 Year 8 students participate in the inaugural ACER Global Challenge which allowed students to stretch their knowledge beyond the classroom.

The Challenge was designed for high-achieving students in Years 4, 6 and 8. It assesses their performance in mathematics, reading and science and compares it with outstanding students from around the world.

Students who achieved a Credit or higher were presented their certificates at a College assembly on 22 June. Certificates are awarded to the participants in each of the areas based on their overall performance. Highest achievers in each area are awarded medallions.

Nagle was pleased to see several students excel in multiple areas.

Certificates are awarded at 5 levels with students receiving certificates ranging from Participation to High Distinction with Honours

  • A credit places students in the top 50% of participants
  • A Distinction in the top 25% of participants
  • A High Distinction in the top 10 % of participants
  • A High Distinction with Honours in the top 2% of participants

Congratulations are extended to the following students on their achievements

Izaak AlleaumeDistinction – Science

High Distinction – Maths
High Distinction – Reading

Ramona Bady – CamplbellDistinction – Science
High Distinction – Reading
Alex BinksDistinction – Mathematics
Tully CasementCredit – Reading
Hayden CrottyCredit – Mathematics
Credit – Science
Distinction – Reading
Elizabeth GrayDistinction – Science
Alek HawtinCredit – Mathematics
Credit – Reading
Credit – Science
Mikayla HollandCredit – Science
Laura JennionCredit – Reading
Credit – Science
Grace McKennaDistinction – Mathematics
High Distinction – Reading
High Distinction with Honours – Science
Ellie SmealCredit – Reading
Trinity ThompsonDistinction – Science
Bailey WebsterDistinction – Mathematics
Distinction – Science
High Distinction with Honours – Reading

Nagle would especially like to congratulate Grace McKenna who was the top performing student at Nagle, and Bailey Webster who was the second-highest performing student. Both Grace and Bailey acheived a High Distinction with Honours, placing them in the top 2% for that category.

Nagle hopes to participate in 2023 and encourage all students to work to the best of their ability so they too might be nominated.

Arthur Grassby Scholarship recipients prepare for trip of a lifetime

The Arthur Grassby Scholarship provides funding for Year 11 East Gippsland students to walk the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea.

Two Nagle College students were successful in their application for an Arthur Grassby Scholarship and will be hiking the Kokoda Trail during the Term 2 break: Chantelle Cooksley and Kelsey Baylis.

Chantelle was awarded the scholarship in 2021, however was unable to attend due to Covid restrictions. She will be joining Kelsey and the 2022 cohort.

The scholarship honours the late Arthur Grassby – a Bairnsdale resident and Kokoda veteran, and is open to all Year 11 students studying in East Gippsland. Students are required to write an essay outlining Kokoda’s importance in Australian history, and its significance to the Gippsland Region.

Chantelle and Kelsey are the fourth group of Nagle students to be recognised as scholarship recipients. and Casey are the third group of Nagle students to be recognised as scholarship recipients. Past Nagle students Kelsey Cuttriss and Ginger Kleehammer (2018), Callum Greer (2019) and Casey Grimsted (2021).

Nagle Year 9 Bush Tucker class celebrates Reconciliation Week

Nagle College’s Year 9 Bush Tucker class spend time with Gunaikurnai Lands and Water Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) workers Harley (Class of 2020) and Robbie during Reconciliation Week.

Harley and Robbie joined Nagle staff for a Reconciliation Week morning tea on Wednesday 1 June before visiting Mrs Dionne Rettino’s Bush Tucker class. During class, Robbie talked about the significance and history of the didgeridoo and played for the students.

Students also had the opportunity to discuss the significance of their boomerang designs with Robbie and Harley. Over the past few weeks students have been researching and creating designs for their boomerangs – with many having strong connections to their own personal stories.

On Friday 4 June, students visited Gunaikurnai Lands and Water Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) on Friday 4 June to learn about the cultural heritage of the Gunaikurnai people.

Students were welcomed to Country with a traditional smoking ceremony. Harley Finn (Class of 2020) proud Gunaikurnai man, and GLaWAC representative, walked them through the Art Gallery. Harley also led a cultural awareness session in the auditorium, ably assisted by Alice, Rob and Kath, and shared his very personal journey of being Gunaikurnai.

Students were shown around the cultural hub, enjoyed some Bush Tucker from the Bush Café, including lemon myrtle damper and kangaroo kebabs.

“This was a special experience for our students during Reconciliation Week,” said Bush Tucker teacher, Mrs Dionne Rettino.

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