With just two weeks before the end of Term 2 it is ‘foot to the floor’ here at the College. As you will see in this edition of the Newsletter we have had many standout moments with excursions, incursions, the Year 7 Camp and a series of student led activities to raise money for important causes. Student leadership is at the heart of our work and we are seeing students lead the way in so many important areas; from running events to having input into teacher planning through our project based learning.
At this time of year we are also busy finalising Semester Reports and making changes to staffing. The Semester will culminate in a celebratory Whole-College assembly and the BestFest on Thursday 28th June – I look forward to meeting you there.
At the end of this Semester we say goodbye to primary teachers Catherine Gatt and Vanessa Taylor. Catherine has accepted a post at another school and we wish her all the best in her new post. Vanessa is now on leave and look forward to her return next year.
We are excited to welcome to the College for Semester two the following primary teachers;
- Josephine Selle
- Elin Vandenberg
- Lauren Gledhill and,
- Chantel Borg.
Parking and Traffic Management
As I noted in the last Parent Newsletter parking and traffic management around the College precinct is a matter of concern for some parents.
This week I met with Kerry Walton and Mia Lobe from Melton City Council. As a result of our very constructive discussions the Council will be carrying out an audit of traffic flows in the College precinct. It is intended that the audit will be completed in the coming weeks. The audit will support the Council’s work with key local stakeholders and road users; including of course the College community.
There is of course no new space available for traffic so the challenge is to find more sustainable and clever use of the existing space.
It is fitting that following National Reconciliation Week the College is being recognised for its work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. With the support of Michelle Marion (Koori Engagement Support Officer) we have been making significant progress in recognising and celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students including Koori.
The next step in celebrating community and culture is the painting of a large ‘Wominjeka’ in the front lobby of the College. Wominjeka means welcome in the Woiwurung Language of the Wurundjeri people. Alongside the welcome we are creating an information board connecting the College to culture and community.
We sometimes forget that long before Caroline Springs was planned and settled there had been community, culture and learning taking place here on the land of the Kulin Nation.
Student School Council Members
As part of a new DET initiative all schools with secondary aged students are required to have up to 2 formally elected students on the School Council.
At Brookside we have had students attending Council to give voice to specific issues but this new initiative will take that work a step further.
Bec Lucas, our Student Leadership Coordinator, and I are working with our students and we currently have 16 students who are interested in the role. The 16 students have been invited to attend the next College Council meeting as observers – if that experience proves positive they will be asked to formally nominate.
Nominating students will prepare a campaign video and a ballot of the secondary students will take place in the last week of Term Two. I look forward to announcing the successful nominees at our Assembly on June 28th.
Youtube Room Tours
The Internet and social media are powerful tools that most of us would struggle without now. For young people the digital world offers friendship, fun and new opportunities to learn and be creative. As parents and educators we are also aware of the potential downsides to the digital world and as a College we are educating our youngsters to be safe online.
There is a current trend on social media for children to create tours of their houses, including bedrooms, and post these on social media sites including Youtube. In some instances the video tours have included information that may enable the child to be identified and/or located within a small geographical area, and this could present a safety issue.
As parents and carers we have a duty to ensure our children are safe online. I am sure that you already monitor your child’s online activities and talk to them about being safe online. If your child has age appropriate access to Youtube or other sharing sites you may wish to speak to them about what information should be shared safely. It is a message we will continue to reinforce at the College.
For more information on safety you may find the following site helpful;
For more specific support for your child please do not hesitate to contact the College.