Newsletter 22nd February, 2024

From the Principal

Term 1 is well and truly under way, with students already working hard towards their goals, staff have been busy writing learning plans and establishing relationships within their classes.

Our first school review day kicks off on Monday with Validation Day at Terang with our panel of experts, the idea of the panel is to review our past 4 years of education and develop a new plan for the next 4 years. There will be a focus on wellbeing and learning, celebrating our strengths and identifying areas for improvement within the school. On Monday 4th March we welcome all parents to a parent forum at our Cobden Campus at 10:00am to meet with the panel and share your views and ideas. Morning tea will be provided. We encourage as many parents as possible to attend as your voice counts and matters.

Three staff members attended a literacy workshop yesterday to identify ways and structures that we can teach literacy more effectively to improve our students reading and writing. We are very excited to return with some ideas that will support our students in this area.

Please note the change of date for our Cobden SSG (parent teacher interviews) this is now on Wednesday 6th March, please book a time with your teacher through the XUNO app.


Take care,

Kylie Carter


Later Years News

Early Years Report

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day, which takes place in February of each year, aims to raise awareness of a safer and better internet for all, and especially for children and young people.

The impacts on mental health, specifically in adolescents and young people, have been clearly identified in recent years. Beyond Blue reports that excessive screen time and social media use have been associated with increased rates of anxiety, depression and poor sleep quality among people in Australia. 

Social Media Usage: 

98% of Aussies aged 18-24yrs use social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram & SnapChat being the most popular for this demographic). 

Screen Time:

61% of young people (18-25yrs) reported spending more than 5 hours per day online, including social media, gaming and other activities**


1 in 5 young Australians (aged 8-17) experienced cyberbullying in the previous year.*** Cyberbullying has been linked to increased levels of anxiety, depression and other mental health issues among young people.  

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)

69% of young Aussies reported feeling stressed about the pressure to stay connected and keep up with social media.**** 

We encourage everyone, including parents and caregivers, teachers, educators, policy makers and peers, to raise awareness and promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and digital platforms.


CSEF Applications

The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

CSEF Application Form

2024 Immunisation Program

Immunisation Day - Date to be advised.

Year 7 and Year 10 secondary school students can receive free immunisations as part of the National Immunisation Program.

Vaccines given as part of the Secondary School Immunisation Program are delivered in school settings by nurse immunisers from local council immunisation providers.

You will receive information about providing or declining your consent for your child to be immunised. You might be asked to do this online, such as through the Central Immunisation Records Victoria (CIRV) portal, or by filling in a consent form.

Your child can also receive immunisations at your GP, a local council immunisation service and at some pharmacies

Learn more about the Secondary School Immunisation Program in Victoria at:


Some immunisations are routinely provided free of charge to all Victorian secondary school students.

Students in Year 7 (or aged 12 to 13) receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) combined vaccine.

Students in Year 10 (or aged 14 to 16) receive the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine.

Your child’s school will support your local council to deliver these important immunisations, as part of the Secondary School Immunisation Program They will communicate with you about upcoming immunisation sessions.

You will receive information about providing or declining your consent for your child to be immunised. You might be asked to do this online, such as through the Central Immunisation Records Victoria (CIRV) portal, or by filling in a consent form.

Learn more:

Cobden Tech Canteen Price List

The canteen is only open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Download the price list here

Clean Up Australia Day

All students are invited to participate on Tuesday 27th February from 11am. We will split into groups and clean up areas of Cobden and around our school. A free BBQ with sausages will be available for all students afterwards. Can all students please ensure that they bring a water bottle to school.