Hawkesdale is 150 years old in 2011

The small township of Hawkesdale will celebrate 150 years from being first gazetted. Celebrations are now be organised and the committee is seeking photographs and memorabilia for display at this event.

Here is a podcast of a radio  interview from the ABC with AnneMaree Huglin, one of the chief organisers. Please leave comments here if you have questions or could help us out.

Hawkesdale suffers from flooding

After many years of near drought, low rainfall etc, Hawkesdale has finally had heavy downpours of rain. In fact 100 ml of rain has fallen within 12 hours. School buses had to detour, parents had to pick up some students and roads were closed in the flooding that occurred in some areas.

Here is  a sign that is rarely seen on a busy intersection just up the road from where I live. It is the Woolsthorpe-Heywood Road section between Hawkesdale and Woolsthortpe.

detour sign

Australia Day Moyne Shire Awards 2010

Julie receives her award

Julie receives her award

Hawkesdale was proud to celebrate with and publicly acknowledge the efforts of two of its residents at the Moyne Shire Council Australia Day Celebration Tuesday 26 January 2010.

The first community award went to Mrs Julie Bos, who runs the local Post Office. Julie was awarded for her fine efforts and sheer hard voluntary work in many community activities including the following.:-

  •  management, operations and appearance of the local Swimming Pool.
  • management of and fundraising for the local Shire Hall
  • voluntary audit work for local community organisations
  • active role on HADDAC (Hawkesdale and District Development and Action Committee) in the beautiful appearance of our town and Apex Park
  • expanding her post office to also providing basic provisions when the local milk bar closed down.
  • and many other activities

The second award was Junior Citizen Award to Jack Keegan, the Hawkesdale P12 College School Captain of 2009. Jack has been involved in many school and community activities, including the following:-

  •  an awardee of a  gold Duke of Edinburgh medal
  • member of the Moyne Shire Junior  Council
  • Hawkesdale P12 College School Captain 2009
  • Hakwesdale P12 College SRC member
  • School representative at local, district and state level sporting activities
  • Successful member and player for several local sporting clubs
  • Participant in the 444,000 trees project
  • Involvement in the Willatook Hall and Reserve community activities

Congratulations to these two community members! A big thank you to them for their contributions to our community and to all those other unsung community volunteers!

Hawkesdale community members with Julie at the celebrations

Hawkesdale community members with Julie at the celebrations

Ex-student returns to teach and speak at School Investiture

Jason Mirtschin - former student addresses the assembly

Jason Mirtschin - former student addresses the assembly


Students investiture days are proud days for many. Our guest speaker, this year, was a former student who has returned to teach at school after 5 years teaching in London. Here is the speech made to the gathered assembly or prep-12 students, parents, staff and invited guests.

“Firstly I would like to thank the principal, Mr Distel for allowing me to speak today at such an important occasion us here at Hawkesdale P-12. I still remember sitting here – similar to you, listening to other guest speakers come in and talk, but especially I remember the times when we had past pupils come in and share their experiences. It was these times that I listened  the most – I liked thinking that they were just like me. That these people had been given the same opportunities as me.  And I would sit and wonder what I would do when my turn came around.

So I’ve thought long and hard about a theme for my talk today and have decided that it is that one word ‘opportunity’ that I would like to focus on.  After all, it is the main reason why we are gathered here today. To celebrate the opportunity that a small number of pupils have been given to act as ambassadors, to help create school spirit and proceed as role models for younger pupils.

I’ve remembered a lot about my youth since returning to Hawkesdale. A lot of people have asked if anything has changed – and on the whole I would have to say no. People still come in talking about their summer staying in Port Fairy or Warrnambool, what they got up to at the folk festival, how their pre-season is going for football and netball and which person is having a party next weekend.

But a lot of important things to the district were changing at the time I was leaving here to go to university in Melbourne. The football club had merged with Macarthur, the Minimite shire offices had closed, the school had become a P-12 , the scouts were struggling for numbers and a few of the other small businesses were looking like closing. Which makes me think – how different would my life be today if I hadn’t have grown up in a community such as this one. I’m not sure that I would be as confident as I am today without them or whether I would be prepared to take the risks that I do today. The majority of us here should be grateful that our parents work so hard to ensure that these opportunities are not lost from the community.  For without them I would not have been captain of the football and cricket teams, vice captain of the school or …..

So like some of you are or will be – I took physics with Mr Wines, Chemistry with Mrs Webster, Maths methods with Mr Quinlin, Specialist maths with Mr Hillman and English with Mr Jarrod. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do at the end of year 12 but I was always encouraged to go to university. I wasn’t dux of my year at any point but my parents said that it was important that I got a qualification from university and that a number of doors would be opened if I did this. Any time I tell people that my average class size in year 12 was about 4 people I get some strange looks. But the individual attention you get means that the opportunity of success is increased dramatically.

So after I completed my schooling here I studied science at Melbourne University and was offered a place to stay on residence at St Hildas college. I highly recommend this experience if you get the chance to – most of my best friends were made while living there. I graduated after 3 years and still didn’t quite know what to do next. I decided that at some point I would like to travel and thought about the possible careers that would allow me to do this.So I enrolled in a one year diploma of education and then taught in Melbourne for 3 years to get some experience.

I then decided it was time to experience life in another country and took 1 years leave without pay from my school in Melbourne. I tossed up whether to go somewhere different like China or Dubai but had heard a lot of great things from my friends about living in London. So I decided to go to the UK to experience a different lifestyle. And five years later – I still feel that I could stay indefinetly in the UK or another country. Why? I could talk for days about the things I have been given the opportunity to do over the past 5 years alone but perhaps I will just mention a few things from the month leading up to when I left the UK at Christmas. The number of bands that tour London is incredible – I saw Kings of Leon and Coldplay in December, went away for the weekend with some mates from work to a country in eastern Europe called Poland to see the Christmas markets there, I went and watched the Lion King in the West End, I stayed in a village with the dramatic ruins of a castle built 600 years ago, I went ice-skating by the Thames in front of London Bridge and had some lovely meals at Spanish, Greek and Indian restaurants. All in one month!

If someone had of told me 10 years ago that I would be doing some of these things I probably wouldn’t have believed them. But each opportunity that I have been given has led to another opportunity later on in life.

I’ve seen and done a lot of amazing things in this time. I attended the last soccer world cup in Germany and watched Australia play Brazil, I took a train through Russia, Mongolia and ended up in China to see the Olympic games, I’ve taken a camel ride in the desert in Tunisia – Northern Africa, I’ve raced down a slope on a bobsled at 200km per hour in Estonia in Eastern Europe, I’ve visited medieval cities like Prague in the Czech republic and sat in the town square at night while it snows around me, I’ve seen ruins from ancient times in Italy and Greece, I’ve stood on battle fields and concentration camps from world wars where 1000s of people were being eliminated each day, but more importantly, I’ve made new friends with people all over the world.

I always get a lot of people coming up and asking about what I have been doing for  the past 10 years. But probably the question I get asked the most these days is ‘what am I going to do next? I know what I’d like to do – such as learn another language, keep travelling  to new places, share past experiences with people I care about, perhaps learn to play the piano better…. But I’ve started to ask people that same question ‘what are you going to do next? Too often the reply is ‘I guess the same thing I have always been doing’ or ‘I don’t know – I wish I could do something like you but I don’t think I can’. And maybe if I pause for a moment – that is something that you should think ask yourself about. What opportunities are there going to be for you? Do you want to get 10 years down the track and think ‘I wonder what would have happened if I had of just…’ Maybe that is a good place for me to finish today.

So, let me also pass on my congratulations to everyone who has been elected today. I hope that you take this opportunity seriously and use it as a chance to make a positive contribution.”

Thank you for your attention and all the best for the future.


Our junior captains 2009

Our junior captains 2009



Our whole school assembly

Our whole school assembly


Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday

Pancakes are traditionally made on this day, Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent for Christians. Students, from years 8 to 11 at our school, under the leadership of Mrs Gow and Mrs Keith, cooked pancakes, selling them for 50 cents each to raise money for the bushfire appeal. Toppings included sugar, lemon juice, jam or maple syrup. They were yummy!!

Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraisers.

Various fund raising activites were held in Hawkesdale, starting at school, with some of the year 9 girls selling a variety of coffees at the parent/teacher interview day/evening. The year 9/10 home economics class baked a variety of treats to accompany the coffees, including cupcakes with the distinctive pink ribbon atop. The girls made over $200, so a great effort – girls!!

View how they did it, by clicking on the link below:-

coffee-making for breast cancer awareness.

Then an even bigger fundraiser was held in the local hall. Specially decorated bras were strung  between the gum trees lining the main road through Hawkesdale. There was free admission but it cost $5 to leave the event!!! This raised a further $1000.

See the streets of Hawkesdale with the bras strung across the lines, by clicking on the link below:-


Wild Action – Australian Animals

In the last week of term 3 Wild Action, (www.wildaction.com.au) visited Hawkesdale P12 College. Xavier and his menagerie of native Australian animals came to school. It was a fast-paced, action-packed show with the opportunity to touch many of the creatures including a tiny squirrel glider, green tree-frog, stumpy-tailed lizard, short-necked turtle, black-headed python and salt-water crocodile. One of the largest animals was an olivine python – about 3 metres long and growing up to 75 kg in weight! Students from grade prep through to year 10 enjoyed the demonstrations.
Wild Action

View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: animals fauna)

Thanks to Britt Gow for the slideshare.

A new sign for Hawkesdale

On Sunday, June 1st, the first day of winter in Australia, a small gathering of the Hawkesdale community celebrated the erection of a new sign. This sign displays some of the notable features of Hawkesdale and surrounding areas. It is hoped that it will encourage tourists to stop in our small town and enjoy some of  its attractions.

Tim Williams, a local artist was responsible for the delightful artwork on the sign. His contribution was acknowledged in the speeches that followed the barbecue.

Anzac Day …… my thoughts

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Students in grade 6 were asked to write down their thoughts on Anzac Day, which is celebrated as a public holiday on April 25th. Here are a selection of their writings.

soldier clipartThe soldiers had a terrible time when landing in an area with steep cliffs. The second they walked onto land they were under attack.
The ANZAC soldiers fought all those years ago but for some it feels like yesterday.
You might never really understand what the soldiers went through but how would you like to see your friends die in front of you. It’s not a pleasant feeling.
Not many of those came home to their families so let’s remember them who went to war and fought for our country. 

A is for Australians, all brave, young and old,
N is for Nights, spent in the cold.
Z is for Zany young men, happily joining the throng,
A is for All of the wiling ones being proved wrong.
C is for Crying for all the lost souls,

ANZAC will be remembered all over the world.


April 25th 1915
ANZACS landing in Gallipoli
A terrible mistake by allies alike
As dawn breaks to end the night
Turkish soldiers waiting up top
Letting off  their guns with a defining pop
Anzacs falling by the dozens
And weeks later grieving cousins


I feel the soldiers being brave
As they fight the good and bad,
They fought so well,
They saw the dead right next to them – they looked so sad, 
We feel as happy for the Australia and the New Zealand soldiers as we should.  


The brave Anzacs went to war at a young age.
Fighting for our country’s reputation.
ANZAC day is a time for remembrance for our brave courageous young men.
Not many survived the war at Gallipoli against the Turkish solders at the top of the cliff.
Some people remember it like it was still happening today.
ANZAC day means to me that I respect the brave young men and women that fought in all wars and conflicts. To me it also means that I thank the men and women that created Australia’s reputation.


Anzac day  is a day to remember,
The tough, strong solders,
That died a terrible frightening death,
And those worried families,
Hoping that their young digger,
To open the door,
To say the war is over,
But only the very few did.


ANZAC day is a day to remember those brave, courageous, young men who gave our country a great reputation. The war told everyone that the Australian soldiers are the bravest men.
The soldiers had a terrible time when landing in an area with steep cliffs. The second they walked onto land they were under attack.
The ANZAC soldiers fought all those years ago but for some it feels like yesterday.
You might never really understand what the soldiers went through but how would you like to see your friends die in front of you. It’s not a pleasant feeling.
Not many of those came home to their families so let’s remember them who went to war and fought for our country. 

Biscuits for Anzac Day

 Our students have been busy baking Anzac Biscuits for Anzac Day

anzac biscuity

Anzac biscuits originated in Australia and are a popular biscuit . Initially these biscuits were called Soldiers’ Biscuits, but after the landing on Gallipoli on Anzac Day, they were renamed ANZAC Biscuits.


1 cup plain flour
1 cup rolled oats (regular oatmeal) uncooked
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 tbsp golden syrup (or honey)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tbsp boiling water

Combine the flour (sifted), oats, coconut and sugar in a bowl.
Melt the butter and Golden Syrup (or honey) in a saucepan over a low heat..

Mix the bicarbonate of soda with the water and add to the butter and Golden Syrup.

Pour the liquids into the dry ingredients and mix well.

Spoon dollops of mixture, about the size of a walnut shell, onto a greased tin leaving as much space again between dollops to allow for spreading.

Bake in a moderate oven, 180C / 350F, for 15-20 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack and seal in airtight containers.