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This is our final newsletter for 2018 and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support this year as we continue to provide a high-quality education for all. It has been a year full of growth and development for the college, as we have come to gain further recognition for our efforts.
It is my pleasure to announce the School Captains for 2019. They are:
Grace Tibusious, Waad Salih and Connor Pennington - School Captains
Brittany Garvey, Poe Pouesi and Olympia Ward- Vice Captains
I am confident their leadership will inspire all of us to give our best, enabling our school to progress strongly.
In Term 2 next year we will be in Review. The school participates in a school review, which looks at the school’s performance and informs strategies for improvement. The pre-review self-evaluation and the school review inform the development of the school’s new four-year Strategic Plan, which is then operationalised through the AIPs.
During Term 1 we will be completing our self-evaluation in readiness for our review in term 2. Self-evaluation supports the ‘evaluate and diagnose’ phase of the Improvement Cycle process. School self-evaluation is an opportunity for the school to reflect on how it is tracking against the goals and targets established during the four-year SSP and annual AIP cycles. This assists the school to identify what is working well, what needs to continue and which areas of the school's work may need to be improved or further developed. It informs decisions relating to priority setting, initiatives, strategies and actions for improvement.
Self-evaluation involves schools collating data from a diverse range of sources to inform action for improving student outcomes.
The whole school community, including students, parents/carers and staff, reflect on the observed outcomes, acknowledge and celebrate achievements; and identify effective strategies and areas for improvement during the next planning period.
The community can do this by contributing to discussion about:
- how well the school is meeting the community’s expectations
- where the school could improve its performance
- what the school’s priorities should be going forward.
We will be requesting parents and guardians, as well as students, to be involved in focus groups in Term 1.
This celebration of achievements was well demonstrated on Tuesday at our Whole School Awards evening where just over one hundred of our outstanding young people were presented with awards in the various areas that reflect our values of Achievement, Growth, Responsibility and Respect. Our awards recognised the students for their hard work and dedication to their studies and the effort they applied to their learning in all areas of the curriculum. In addition, students were recognised for their contribution to the school in sport and for positively interacting with the community. Congratulations to all the students who won awards on the night and for their positive contribution to their studies and the College.
On Friday 14th December the VCE results were released and I am pleased to announce that the 2018 College Dux, who scored an ATAR of 89.4, is Binil Mathews. Congratulations to Binil and all the graduating class of 2018.
We achieved a VCE median score of 29 and our average was 28.8. This is an improvement on last year’s median study score of 28. There were 9 scores of 40 or more and we had 7 students achieve an ATAR score in the 80’s. Our VCAL and VET results are exceptional, and we can be well satisfied that our students are as prepared as they can be for their futures. This is a fantastic result and reflects the efforts of all teachers who have taught these students at the college. Well done everyone this is an outstanding achievement.
Abbie Robilliard recently received the Electorate of Holt 2018 Community Spirit and Leadership Award from The Hon. Anthony Bryne MP. Congratulations Abbie well deserved.
I would like to take this opportunity to publicly acknowledge our team of high-quality teachers, education support staff and wellbeing team, who work together to create a safe and supportive learning environment for our students.
Our focus for 2019 will continue to be on providing a high quality pathway with a particular focus on improved literacy outcomes in writing. We will also continue to develop Student Leadership and Voice. This refers to the extent to which we involve our students in decisions made at the college and developing an understanding of different learning behaviours that support improvement in all areas of learning. This can include everything from working together on school pride through our uniform and representation of the school, to the opportunities we provide for them to engage with the curriculum.
Thank you once more for your continued support and engagement with the college, whether that is through attending events, supporting your children in participating in the many extra-curricular opportunities available, or simply staying in touch via Compass.
I wish you a safe and very happy holiday season and look forward to your continued support in 2019.