Welcome back to all families after the Term 2 break. To celebrate student achievement from semester one, student assemblies were held for all year levels with certificates presented for Academic Achievement and Effort. Students were also recognised for their contribution and achievement in a range of co-curricular programs. Congratulations to all students.
The start to the term has again provided opportunities for students to showcase their talents with our VET Hospitality and VCE Food Studies students demonstrating their skills creating and preparing a range of menus for lunchtime functions. VET Hospitality students are required to design, prepare, implement and evaluate a restaurant service period, (function) for their Portfolio assessment with staff and invited guests invited to sample delicious meals based on a theme created by teams of students.
Students are also busy rehearsing for the College Production “A Geek Through Time” which will be held in the E.D. Daniel Hall at the school next week. We encourage all families to come along with performances on Tuesday and Thursday evening. We also have the Music Gala coming up on September 5 which is a celebration of the Performing Arts at Pascoe Vale Girls College.
Planning for 2019 is well underway with course counselling programs commencing next week. Students in Years 8 and 9 will be selecting their electives and Year 10 and 11 students selecting courses of study in the VCE, VCE Options or VCAL programs offered at the college. At Pascoe Vale Girls College we are committed to providing students with every opportunity to succeed in their learning with the following taking place for 2019: the number of electives that Year 9 students can study has been increased, Year 10 students will be able to accelerate their studies with an even wider range of VCE subjects on offer and we have also increased the range of external VET programs on offer to students in the VCE Options and VCAL programs to enhance pathways.
This week staff were involved in a Curriculum day with sessions covering Wellbeing and the creation of a positive learning environment, Statistical moderation in the VCE and Moderation in Learning Areas. We will continue our work in these areas over the course of this year and into 2019 to build on the Department of Education and Training Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) at the college. The FISO Improvement Model provides a common language for school improvement and is structured around four state-wide priorities that are proven to have a strong bearing on the effectiveness of a school:
Excellence in teaching and learning
Positive climate for learning
Community engagement in learning
The first Progress Reports for semester 2 will be published on Friday 24 August via Compass and Parent Teacher interviews are scheduled for Tuesday 4 September. Parents will be provided with information regarding bookings for interviews closer to the date. I encourage parents to contact your child’s year level coordinator if you wish to discuss progress at any stage of the year.