As we come to the end of another year, I feel there is much to celebrate.
In 2019 we have been designated as an ‘Influence’ school by the Education Department, reflecting the fact that we are a high performing school, and also one which has shown continued improvement across the last three years. This is something to be very proud of, as very few secondary colleges across the state, and certainly none in our local areas have this status. It has come about through a relentless focus on the development of the quality of classroom teaching and learning, and our staff are to be congratulated for their dedication and willingness to continue to learn as professionals.
We are also very proud to celebrate our Authorisation as an International Baccalaureate World School. We are now the only government school in Victoria delivering the Middle Years Program, and this allows us to provide an internationally recognised standard of teaching and learning, which is firmly focused on the global perspective that is so relevant and necessary for young people heading toward the world of work.
Our VCE students have just received their results, and I would like to congratulate Violetta Minzenmay who is our Dux with an ATAR score of 97.55. We also had 27% of our students with an ATAR of 80+ and almost half received an ATAR of 70+. Well done to the class of 2019 and their teachers.
I would also like to take this opportunity to alert you to some important changes to the way we work, which will commence next year.
The Victorian Government has introduced a total ban on mobile phones commencing from the beginning of the 2020 school year. Whilst we have not allowed phones in class for some time, this policy includes recess and lunchtimes. We know that this will be a challenge for some of our students, and seek the support of parents by not contacting students between 8.45am and 3pm. In the case of emergencies, the office will convey messages to students, and other matters such as making pick up arrangements can be sent as messages and viewed by students when they finish class. As is already the case, all students will be provided with secure locker storage including combination locks. If students are seen using phones during the school day they will be confiscated and available for collection at the end of the day. This will also be the case for a second confiscation, but for the third, a parent must collect the phone. The full policy is available on the college website under Publications/Policies/Mobile Phone Policy.
We are also introducing a Learning Redemption Program which will run each Monday afternoon from 3pm until 4pm. Student feedback has indicated that students struggle in their senior years of schooling, because the firm expectations and rigid time lines that are expected, are not experienced in the earlier years. This program will allow us to continue with high expectations for learning effort, and will mean that any student who has:
- not used class time productively,
- who has submitted work of a quality which is not their best
- who has not submitted work required
- or whose work is submitted late will attend the Learning Redemption Program on the Monday of the following week.
A team of teachers will be on hand to support them, and class teachers who have referred students to the LRP will attend at the beginning of the session to ensure students are clear about what is required.
This is not a detention but an opportunity to keep on track, and students not referred to the LRP can elect to attend and use the session as a Homework Club.
Further details about the program are available on the website under:-
Publications/Policies/Learning Redemption Program.
And finally, I would like to draw your attention to our Parent Payment letter which is included in this newsletter. It is from School Council parent members and details the levies for the college, the reasons why they are in place, and the ways we use the money collected.
Thank you most sincerely for your support throughout the year. The best way to ensure positive outcomes for our young people is through this partnership.
Best wishes for the holiday season.