Enrichment at Manor Lakes College


Enrichment Program Coordinator: Heidi Beavan

03 9741 4202


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Heidi Beavan - Enrichment Coordinator 2022

A change-over from Nicole Grigson has taken place, and I am pleased to announce that I am the Enrichment Coordinator for 2022. I am excited to continue the high ability learning programs for our students and I am looking forward to working together this year.

Please turn your enquiries to myself for 2022.

  • Heidi Beavan

Year 7 2023 Applications are OPEN


  • Submissions will close on the 12th of August 2022.

  • Successful applicants will be notified and informed about the Enrichment Test

  • Enrichment Test costs $88 which will be fully reimbursed to the top 25 students who will be placed into the Enrichment Program

Year 8 2023 Applications are OPEN


  • Submissions will close on the 12th of August 2022.

  • Successful applicants will be notified and informed about the Enrichment Test

  • The top 25 students will be placed into the Enrichment Program

Year 9 2023 Applications are OPEN


  • Submissions will close on the 12th of August 2022.

  • Successful applicants will be notified and informed about the Enrichment Test

  • The top 25 students will be placed into the Enrichment Program

Year 8 Writing Workshop Incursion

We all have stories to share, but writing it down can be a challenging task!

The Year 8 Enrichment Students took part in a Writing Workshop ran by the ABC. The students were tasked with brainstorming story ideas based on their own passions, interests and challenges they have overcome.

The competition is open to all students in Metro Victoria and entries close June 25th 2022.

We are so grateful to Uma from the ABC who came out and visited our school!

The Victorian High-Ability Program

A new program has been employed by the Victorian Government Department of Education and Training (DET), where Virtual School Victoria develop and deliver the Victorian High-Ability Program. This consists of intensive ten-week online courses in Mathematics and English for students in Years 5-8. Students are chosen from each school by the DET, with new students chosen each term.

More information can be found here:


VHAP Term 1 2022

Congratulations to Chandana and Yna who completed VHAP during Term 1 this year!

"English VHAP is a good experience for those who are interested in broadening their knowledge to strengthen their work in English. We explored aspects of utopias and dystopias, types of government and how they are commented on in texts, symbolism and much more. What you learn becomes a great tool for your English classes. On the plus side, it gives you some credentials useful in the future." - Yna, completed VHAP English Term 1 2022.

VHAP Masterclass Terms 2-4

Our delayed Victorian High Abilities Program masterclass finally went ahead on Thursday the 2nd of December, filled with Mathematics and English-focused activities to complete as a group. Students reflected on their learning over the term's curriculum they participated in, and shared the highs and lows of the program. Students wished to interact more with their peers who completed the program, and were happy that a masterclass was able to go ahead in Term 4 despite the challenges of online learning for most of 2021.

Thank you to the students who participated and made the program a success!

Australian Maths Competitions results

For the amazing 7-10 students who participated in the Australian Maths Competition in August, we have finally received our results! Students will have received their participation certificates, with a breakdown of their score on the back. Congratulations to the following students who scored the highest in our school:

Angel Vasisht - Best in school and Distinction

Kristen Gonzalez - Distinction

Charlee Jones - Distinction

Chandana Muthineni - Distinction

Hansika Rakesh - Distinction

Mrithika Suresh Kumar - Distinction

Ruhab Hasan - Distinction

Meghana Kakarla - Distinction

Bikramjit Singh - Distinction

MAV Student Games Day 7-9

Two teams of four students from each of our 7-9 enrichment classes were chosen to complete in a Maths Games Day against other schools from across Victoria. As we were in remote learning during this time, each team worked to deligate and break down the activities during their time allocated. It was a whirlwind of a day, with students not only practicing their mathematical problem solving skills, but also their leadership and team-building skills.


Year 7 Team A: 32nd place - 126 points

Year 7 Team B: 26th place - 145 points

Year 8 Team A: 27th place - 175 points

Year 8 Team B: 36th place - 144 points

Year 9 Team A: 17th place - 106 points

Year 9 Team B: 16th place - 108 points

Thank you to Ms Garg, Mr Meadows, and Mr Le for making the three games days successful this year!

Culture Makers Lab

A select number of interested writers from year 9 and 10 were given the opportunity to attend a Writing Workshop hosted by Gurmeet Kaur from the Immigration Museum with guest speakers Anthea Yang and Munira Tabassum Ahmed. Students were introduced to the writing process through experiences, forms of poetry, key ideas when writing, and practiced responding to prompts.

“The writer's stories were original, raw and brought a new point of view to the words of identity, inspiring everyone to be an author, instead of limiting the space of authors to those who we know but many more.”

  • Frankee-Lee George

“My previous English teachers always said that writing is about depth and meaning that connects to the world. I've always believed that such depth and literature can be found in the works of famous dead authors like Shakespeare. Attending this webinar personally illuminated how writing can be used as an outlet of expression. It truly does. As an activity, we were told to write without stopping. By simply writing for 10 minutes with a ghost line, I felt as if I was channelling a creative and hidden alter ego within myself. And for that, I am grateful to the Immigration Museum, Culture Makers Lab, and guest speakers Anthea Yang and Munira Tabassum Ahmed for their insights and experiences.”

  • Swetha Nandakumar

For anyone interested in responding to one of the writing prompts, see below:

Key Ideas

Ghost line – a line of writing taken from someone else that inspires your writing but is not included in the final version of your work

Free writing – writing all your thoughts without stopping for a set period of time and without worrying about spelling, punctuation or grammar

Writing Prompt (10min)

"If I don’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive." - Audre Lorde

1. List words that you associate with define, crunched, eaten alive, myself for myself

2. Free-write starting with the ghost line 'If I don't define myself for myself...'

Challenge – Incorporate the bold words as you write

Kangaroo sans Frontières 2021 results

Congratulations to the following students for receiving outstanding results in the KSF maths competition in March!

  • Angel Vasisht - 8C DISTINCTION

  • Ruhab Hasan - 9C DISTINCTION

  • Ashnadhi Jaiprakash 7C CREDIT

  • Arghya Singh 7C CREDIT

  • Noah Behrens - 7C CREDIT

  • Viraaj Aulakh 7C CREDIT

  • Hansika Rakesh 7G CREDIT

  • Chelsea Borchard - 8C CREDIT

  • Hassan Naveed 8C CREDIT

  • Jiya Thakur 8C CREDIT

  • Joseph Alkourashi - 8C CREDIT

  • Mrithika Suresh Kumar - 8C CREDIT

  • Siya Gauri Singh - 8C CREDIT

  • Harman Lidhar - 8E CREDIT

  • William Groves - 8E CREDIT

  • Priyanka Prashanth 8G CREDIT

  • Abhiraj Mahajan 9C CREDIT

  • Bikramjit Singh 9C CREDIT

  • Prisha Parmar 9C CREDIT

  • Santi Bagatsing 9C CREDIT

  • Seth Jeffrey 9C CREDIT

  • Ashton-Kade Mani 10D CREDIT

  • Johanne Gutierrez 10C CREDIT

Kangaroo sans Frontières

On the 18 of March 2021, select high-ability 7-10 maths students attended the Kangourou Sans Frontières Maths compétition. All papers in the maths test had 30 questions and went for 75 minutes. The first 10 questions were current student year level, then they gradually got harder and more difficult to answer within the given time. It was an honour to participate in the competition and most of us are looking forward to the second test somewhere in the middle of August. Overall it was an interesting experience that tested student abilities.

  • Mrithika Suresh Kumar, 8C

NGV’s Creative Writing Challenge with Kalinda Ashton: Dystopian Worlds

Today’s society has many issues, including but not limited to global warming, gender inequality, and, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic. NGV’s Creative Writing Challenge with Kalinda Ashton: Dystopian Worlds inspired both myself and others to extend our thinking on these issues in a creative manner, using artwork from the NGV collection as inspiration. Key ideas that I’ve taken away from the challenge include how to construct a premise for a short story, crafting an opening line, and imagining a setting. The workshop left me with ways to extend my writing in the future, and was incredibly engaging.

  • Mikayla Borchard

More details about the creative writing challenge here: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/writing-kalinda-ashton/

ARC Creative Writing Challenge

Creativity can sprout anywhere, and the ARC Creative Writing Challenge really helped me understand that. The workshop, which was held on the 21st of September, focused on finding inspiration for our stories in some simple yet beautiful pieces of art. The workshop helped me understand how to cultivate ideas and transform them into detailed stories.The workshop also highlighted the importance of well developed characters and helped us shape our protagonist through a series of questions. These questions focused on what our character wants, branching out to their traits. The questions also helped us to make the obstacles and stakes of our story clear. This led me to delving deeper into the much needed planning and thought process for a good story, equipping me with helpful tips and tricks to transform ideas into brilliant stories.

  • Siya Singh

More details about the creative writing challenge here: https://arc.educationapps.vic.gov.au/eventhub/providers/NGV/events/779/details

Applications for 2022 Enrichment classes are now closed!

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