Thank you to all Aitken families and the community for your support in 2019.
May the peace and blessings of Christmas be yours, and may the coming year be filled with happiness.
The office will be closed from 4:00pm Tuesday 24th December, and will reopen on Wednesday 2nd January at 9:00am.
We look forward to see you all in 2020.
Book Collection Day.
Wednesday 22 January 2020 between 8:30 and 5:00pm
Students commencing in Years 5, 6 or 7 in 2020 are required to attend the college with their device (ipad) to complete the onboarding process on Wednesday 22nd January between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm (same day as book collection).
What’s on in 2019
Building Works 2019 saw the opening of Aitken’s new Kitchen Garden Centre, providing an exciting new facility to support the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program in the Primary School. It will also accommodate some Year 7 Food Studies classes and the students participating in the school’s VCAL program. The Kitchen Garden Centre compliments the Food Studies Centre which was opened three years ago, with students from Year 7 to Year 12 enjoying the curriculum opportunities it offers.
Performing Arts The Performing Arts is a constant within the cultural life of the College. Our Performing Arts Captains’ Concert raises awareness and funds for White Ribbon Australia seeking to combat violence against women by men.
Term Two features two major productions, our Middle School Play “Roald Dahl’s The Witches”, and VCE Theatre Studies Production of “Frankenstein” (see upcoming Events for details). The Emerging Performers Showcase and Winter Music Soiree are our two mid-year Music Concerts where students from all areas of the College get to share their talents.
Term Three starts off offering laughs galore with our 2019 College Musical “Monty Python’s Spamalot” lovingly ripped off from the hilariously funny movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”. Performed by a renowned cast of students, along with some ‘special appearances’, be sure to keep your eye out for tickets, it’s going to have you laughing your socks off.
Our College Play in Term Four is an opportunity for some of our senior students to share their dramatic ability. This year the College play is “Tartuffe”, one of Molière’s masterpieces set in the in the mid-seventeenth century in Paris, France. A play of hypocrisy, betrayal, and the tale of a foolish mind.
We close the year with the Twilight Outdoor Show featuring the launch of our 2019 student recording and Director’s Choice Gala Concert, where we re-visit the amazing talents of Aitken students who have performed throughout the year together with the opportunity to celebrate some of our past students.
Keep an eye out in our upcoming events section for other Performing Arts features throughout the year.
MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
Josie Crisara Principal
At Aitken College education is about providing opportunities and experiences for young people. There is a commitment to academic excellence and striving to achieve your personal best. Creativity is seen as an integral part of using knowledge. However, knowledge without a belief system is worthless and we encourage young people to engage in the exploration of self, community and global responsibility.
The choice of a school for your child is an important one. I warmly invite you to visit our school so that you may discover the value of an Aitken education. The best way to gain an impression is to meet the students and staff and participate in the community activities that are offered.
WE ARE UNIQUE
Our unique site is welcoming and provides opportunities for students to learn about sustainability and care for their environment. Our contemporary curriculum provides opportunities for students to focus on their learning and teachers on their teaching.
Our College motto In Mind and Spirit reflects the nurturing of educational and spiritual growth. Values such as honesty and integrity, acceptance and respect for self are seen as important. These can be supported through establishing positive relationships between all members of our community.
Aitken College opened in Term 1 of 1999, and has remained steadfast in maintaining its historic and agricultural links.
The College name (Aitken) has links to John Aitken, who immigrated to Van Diemans Land from Scotland in about 1825. He sailed across the Tasman to the Port Phillip district in 1836, bringing his sheep across to graze on pasture land in the outer limits of the area north of Melbourne. Up until the purchase of the College property from the Gambles in late 1998, the property was still a working farm. The School names (Fairview, Cumberland, Dunhelen and Brookhill) refer to property names associated with the local area and were so named by the settlers and land owners of the time.
Fairview was a farm property owned by J. Bond (and possibly bought from John Aitken). The Cumberland estate is located near Woodlands Park. The ruins of the original homestead and some remnants of the original garden are still on the site. The Dunhelen property was built at some time after 1850. The bluestone barn still exits on the site. The Glen Arthur property was owned by Joseph and Celia Trotman; and William, the son of Robert Shankland, a Scot who arrived in Australia in 1841 owned the property named Brookhill.
The House names (Brodie, Cameron, Clarke and Millar) are derived from the family names of early pioneer settlers and prominent locals. The Brodies, Camerons, Millars and Clarkes have a long association with the area. The Brodie brothers bought land in the area around Mickleham to service their sheep around the 1840s. The Clarkes also bought land in the area and took over land owned by the Brodie brothers and John Aitken. The Millar family had a local involvement in the area from around the late 1860s. Donald Cameron purchased the land known as Ruthvenfield in 1848, to be later renamed by its new owner, Thomas Brunton, in the 1890s as Roxburgh Park.
The historical links that we have maintained is a tribute to the vision of the pioneers who colonised this area.
The College acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to all Elders, past and present, of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nationsDisclaimer Please be advised that the material contained on this website is for information only. Aitken College endeavours to update the information on this site on a regular basis, but cannot guarantee its accuracy at all times.