Greetings from Delahey. The lovely autumn weather smiled on our Athletic Sports in week one where a number of Delahey students broke records. The Delahey participation was higher than usual this year, probably because we have some talented athletes. Congratulations to those students for their success and providing excellent role models to the younger students.
New Staff Member
We would like to welcome a new staff member to the college, John Kerns. John is an experienced Maths teacher who is replacing Beena Dilip who left earlier in the year.
VCAL Program Development Award
We are very excited that former Delahey Campus Principal, Mary Chiodo is the recipient of the VCAL Program Development Award presented by the Department of Education and Training to exemplary practitioners. Mary led the development of our rigorous and challenging VCAL program which has been recognised in many forums; so it is very satisfying that she gets some accolades for her vision, dedication and leadership. Congratulations Mary.
Doctors in the Schools
On April 20 the students were introduced to the medical staff from Kings Park Medical Centre; Dr Adjoah Mensa and Nurse Agnes Castro came, along with two other doctors who are willing to fill in if Dr Adjoah is unavailable on a Wednesday. May 2 is the start day for the doctor at the school and several appointments have already been booked. We are very pleased to have been granted this facility by the state government so students will have the opportunity to consult a doctor during a school day. This is an excellent way to promote help seeking behaviour and improve health outcomes. Appointments are made by contacting Judy Scarfe or students can drop in to the rooms during recess and lunch. Parents and students received detailed notification about the Doctors in Schools program via Compass at the end of last term.
To prepare students better for the senior campus, the Pathways team is hosting Year 9 students and their parents at an information session on May 1 at Delahey. Current and past senior students will do most of the talking and the two pathways of VCE and VCAL will be explained, including the option of doing a VCE subject in Year 10. We would like to thank, in particular, the two former students for their time, Jazmine Pizzo and Philip Vukovic.
Teacher Training - Literacy in Learning
In May seventeen teachers will be doing training about the teaching of writing, called Literacy for Learning. The aim of this is to equip all teachers – not just teachers of English to support improvement in student writing because writing is a significant element in nearly all exams at VCE.
Women in Leadership Forum
I took a group of Year 12 VCAL girls to the first Women in Leadership forum at the end of April, which is run by our community partner ABCN. Female staff from Stockland are acting as mentors and the sessions elicit and encourage the girls to recognise and cultivate their leadership capacity. It was a stimulating session and our students were exemplary.
Year 11 VCAL
Year 11 VCAL students have all met their CHASE mentors and are currently working through the ‘education phase’ of the community health based focus for PDS. And Year 12 VCAL students are busy preparing for their Mini Pathways Presentations which are a dress rehearsal and an opportunity to get feedback to enhance their final presentations at the end of the year.
Year 11 VCE
Year 11 VCE students will enjoy an incursion on ‘Macbeth’ on May 18 and on May 16 we will re-run the successful ‘Shut the Duck Up’ session for students who get performance anxiety about exams or presentations. If your child has this experience, please contact Judy Scarfe or one of the Campus Leaders (Bryce Dermody and Mara Aleardi) to put his or her name forward, or encourage your child to nominate him or herself.
The Team Leaders and Campus Leaders are in the process of consulting with students and parents about any issues that were raised in the interim reports. There are only six weeks until Unit 1 and Unit 3 finish so we need to ensure everyone is aware of what is required to be successful.
Mid- Year Exams
Mid-year exam season is also approaching and while the exams don’t ‘count’ officially, they are a very important part of preparing for the end of the year, when they do. Students should not over stress but treat it as an opportunity to thoroughly revise the first semester’s work and as a rehearsal for the main game at the end of Year 12.
As usual, the pace is fast and our students continue to impress us, not only with their dedication and focus but also with their courtesy and respectfulness.
Until next time,
Ms Pip Griffiths and Ms Amanda Mullins