VCE Business Management
Over this term, our accelerated VCE Business Management program has allowed students to form their unique business idea, to plan and establish an online business website for their customers and investors to seek information. They are required to respond to the current pandemic situation and designed business website reflected the real-life challenges. Here is an example of students able to launch their business website to a professional standard.
Miss Carmen Li
Remember the Titans Review
What a Touchdown, alright!
‘Remember the Titans’ directed by Boaz Yakin and released in 2000 was a sport/drama based on a true story about a racially integrated high school football team. The film tackles the problem of racism and how we can overcome our differences by showing us an integrated team that at first were wary of each other but over time came to accept each other’s differences and even becoming close friends. The run time is 113 minutes which is not too long and not too short, just the perfect length for this kind of movie.
In the early 70’s, two segregated schools, one was black the other was white, merged to form T.C. Williams High School. A black head coach, Herman Boone was hired to coach the school’s football team replacing the current coach Bill Yoast, who later becomes a defensive coordinator under Coach Boone after the white players agree to boycott the team if he leaves. The players take a bus to Gettysburg College, where their training camp is. When they get on the bus, Boone decides to put all the defensive players on one bus and all the offensive on the other, he tells them they have to sit next to a player of the opposite race and that person will be sharing their dorm for the rest of camp. This had a rocky start, with racially motivated fights and players segregating into groups at the cafeteria but over time, with a little push from Coach Boone, they learnt to look past their difference.
This film had an amazing cast and everyone fit their role in the movie. Denzel Washington did an amazing job playing Coach Herman Boone as a tough but fair coach who treated everyone equally regardless of race. Will Patton did great as Coach Bill Yoast who was a kind man who cared a great deal about his players. Gerry Bertier played by Ryan Hurst was angry at first about the incoming black players, but comes to appreciate the skills of the new players bring to the field and even becomes close friends with one of the new players, Julius Campbell. Julius Campbell played by Wood Harris was initially as distrustful of the white players as they are of him, so at the start of the season he was only looking out for himself, but his emerging friendship with Gerry helps him change his mindset.
This movie surprised me. I didn’t expect much from a sport film but the film wasn’t really about sport it was more about the relationships between the players, sport was merely a common interest that set the groundwork for their friendships. Another thing I loved about the movie was the songs. It reminded me of Guardians of The Galaxy (even though it was made 14 years later) with its 70’s and 80’s style music, this film had me singing ‘na na na na, na na na na, hey hey heyyy, goodbyee’ for the next week. A downside to this movie was it was very clichéd and predictable but watching the players become closer really made up for it and other than that I don’t have any other criticism. Plus, it was based on true events.
Something that really stuck with me was when Coach Boone took the Players to a cemetery and said “This is where they fought the battle of Gettysburg. Fifty thousand men died right here on this field, fighting the same fight that we are still fighting among ourselves today. This green field right here, painted red, bubblin' with the blood of young boys. Smoke and hot lead pouring right through their bodies. Listen to their souls, men. I killed my brother with malice in my heart. Hatred destroyed my family. You listen, and you take a lesson from the dead. If we don't come together right now on this hallowed ground, we too will be destroyed, just like they were. I don't care if you like each other of not, but you will respect each other. And maybe... I don't know, maybe we'll learn to play this game like men.” The ‘Battle of Gettysburg’ is referring to one of the major battles in the American Civil War which was a war fought on the grounds of racial injustice and the freedom of black slaves. And even though many people died to give black people rights, they are still being discriminated against even today, making the film, timeless and sad all at once.
I really like this movie but I have to take some points for its predictability and cliché-ness, so I’ll give this movie 4.4/5 stars. I’d recommend this movie to everyone over 9+ as most kids under that age do not fully understand racism.
- Remember the Titans Movie Review by Ricky Quach, Year 8C
Mathematics Week Winners
Thank you for everyone’s participation in Maths Week activities last week. The Daily quiz winners are students Sahasra Tadavarthi, Siya Patel, Tania Sebastian, Allie Watts, Rushika Munjal and Ansh Kumar, and staff member Mr Stuart Collidge, Miss Rebecca Birch and Mrs Gina Upward. Prizes will be posted out to these students and staff as well as those that completed all five Quizes – Well done.
Leaver House accumulated the highest score in the daily quiz tally with 602, Trist second with 592 followed by Reid and Booth. The wellbeing groups to complete the “breakout” in the shortest time were Booth 6, Shannon Bardou from Booth 3, followed by Leaver 5, Trist 3 and the Year 7 Trist team.
Well done everyone.
Mrs Shelley Pendlebury
Head of Mathematics