Alba News

06 August 2019
Issue Six
Important Dates & Calendar   
From the Principal Class Team
From the Principal Class Team
From the Principal Class Team
From the General Office
Excursion Consent & Payments on Compass 
New staff at St Albans Secondary College
2019 Sub School Coordinators 
Junior School Report
Middle School Report  
Senior School Report  
MAC Productions
Poetry Competition
Melbourne Victory
New website for House Teams
2020 Pathways Handbook winner 
After School Study Group
Breakfast Club
Community News
St Albans Secondary College
03 9366 2555
289 Main Road East
St Albans, Victoria, 3021
AU

Important Dates & Calendar   

Thursday, 1 August

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

All day Year 10 into Year 11 Course Selection Day

8:55AM - 10:35AM Australian Mathematics Competition - Year 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12

Friday, 2 August

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

9:30AM - 11:00AM 2019 InterAct Program

11:00AM - 11:50AM Year 11 Assembly

11:50AM - 12:40PM Year 12 Assembly

Monday, 5 August

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

11:50AM - 1:20PM Interact Change over Ceremony

1:30PM - 3:15PM MAC Production - Year 7 Attendance

2:20PM - 5:00PM Classroom Connection - Birchip Acitvities

5:00PM - 7:00PM Classroom Connection - Monday Evening Dinner

Tuesday, 6 August

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

All day Year 12 - VTAC Applications open

7:45AM - 8:45AM MAC Production

8:00AM - 3:00PM Volleyball - Year 7 & 8 Boys

8:00AM - 3:00PM Volleyball - Year 7 & 8 Girls

8:30AM - 4:00PM Rugby - U'16 Rugby 13's Boys (CANCELLED)

8:45AM - 4:00PM Classroom Connection: Birchip Activities Tuesday

8:55AM - 3:10PM MAC Rehearsals

9:00AM - 3:15PM Year 9 - Year 10 Course Selection Day

12:40PM - 1:30PM Makers Club

Wednesday, 7 August

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

All day Year 12 - VTAC Applications open

7:45AM - 8:45AM MAC Production

8:30AM - 4:00PM Rugby - U'16 Rugby 7's Girls

9:45AM - 10:35AM Making Connections Mentoring Program

Year 11 Session 2

10:00AM - 3:00PM 2019 GOALS Program - Session 3

11:00AM - 12:40PM Year 11 VCAL Chase - Action Phase - Nindethana

11:50AM - 12:40PM TAUTAI Program

1:00PM - 3:10PM MAC Attendance Year 7

Thursday, 8 August

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

All day Year 12 - VTAC Applications open

7:45AM - 8:45AM MAC Production

Friday, 9 August

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

All day Year 12 - VTAC Applications open

7:30AM - 3:15PM MAC Production Bump out

8:55AM - 3:10PM Year 8A & 8I - Geology and Geography Field Trip

9:45AM - 3:10PM MAC Bump Out (Year 9's ONLY)

Monday, 12 August 

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

All day Year 12 - VTAC Applications open

8:55AM - 3:10PM YEAR 12 VCAL Work skills Boot Camp

8:55AM - 10:35AM Japanese Calligraphers Visit

8:55AM - 3:10PM Year 8B & 8E - Geology and Geography Field Trip

11:00AM - 2:20PM Japanese Calligraphers Visit

3:30PM - 9:00PM Senior Debating (Broadmeadows)

Tuesday, 13 August

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

All day Year 12 - VTAC Applications open

8:00AM - 3:00PM Futsal - Intermediate Girls

8:55AM - 3:10PM Year 8H & 8K - Geology and Geography Field Trip

12:40PM - 1:30PM Makers Club

1:30PM - 3:10PM Life Skills Self Defense

Wednesday, 14 August

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

All day Year 12 - VTAC Applications open

8:30AM - 3:30PM OutLoud 2019 EcoSlam [Heats]

8:55AM - 3:10PM YEAR 12 VCAL Work skills Boot Camp

8:55AM - 3:10PM Year 8D & 8G - Geology and Geography Field Trip

9:45AM - 10:35AM Making Connections Mentoring Program

Year 11 Session 3

11:50AM - 12:40PM TAUTAI Program

Thursday, 15 August

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

All day Year 12 - VTAC Applications open

8:30AM - 3:30PM Year 9 - Maths Games Day

8:55AM - 3:10PM Year 8C & 8J - Geology and Geography Field Trip

3:30PM - 8:00PM Junior Debating (SASC)

Friday, 16 August

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

All day Year 12 - VTAC Applications open

All day Year 7 - 8 Assemblies

All day Year 9 - 10 Assemblies

8:15AM - 3:00PM Year 12 Biology GTAC

8:55AM - 3:10PM YEAR 12 VCAL Work skills Boot Camp

Monday, 19 August

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

All day Year 12 - VTAC Applications open

All day Year 8 - Year 9 subject selection

8:55AM - 3:10PM YEAR 12 VCAL Work skills Boot Camp

Tuesday, 20 August

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

All day Year 12 - VTAC Applications open

All day Year 8 - Year 9 subject selection

8:00AM - 3:10PM Legal Studies excursion

10:00AM - 3:00PM 2019 InterAct Program - Program Launch (Session 1)

12:40PM - 1:30PM Makers Club

Wednesday, 21 August

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

All day Year 12 - VTAC Applications open

All day Year 8 - Year 9 subject selection

8:00AM - 3:00PM Futsal - Intermediate Boys

8:55AM - 3:10PM YEAR 12 VCAL Work skills Boot Camp

11:00AM - 12:40PM Year 11 VCAL Chase - Action phase

11:50AM - 12:40PM TAUTAI Program

Thursday, 22 August

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

All day Year 12 - VTAC Applications open

All day Year 8 - Year 9 subject selection

11:00AM - 3:10PM ABCN Focus Program - Year 11 (Session 1)

12:40PM - 1:30PM Points Frenzy

Friday, 23 August

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

All day Year 12 - VTAC Applications open

All day Year 8 - Year 9 subject selection

12:40PM - 1:30PM Wow Rehearsal for Year 9 Dance Celebration

Monday, 26 August

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

All day Year 12 - VTAC Applications open

All day Year 8 - Year 9 subject selection

8:30AM - 3:15PM VCE - Maths Games Day

9:45AM - 10:30AM School Lockdown - Proposed

Tuesday, 27 August

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

All day Year 12 - VTAC Applications open

All day Year 8 - Year 9 subject selection

8:00AM - 12:00PM RBA Lecture

12:40PM - 1:30PM Makers Club

6:00PM - 7:00PM Year 8 parent Information Evening

Wednesday, 28 August

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

All day Year 12 - VTAC Applications open

All day Year 8 - Year 9 subject selection

8:30AM - 3:30PM Year 8 - Maths Games Day

9:45AM - 10:35AM Making Connections Mentoring Program

Year 11 Session 5

10:00AM - 3:00PM 2019 GOALS Program - Session 4

11:00AM - 12:40PM Year 11 VCAL Chase - Action Phase - Nindethana

11:50AM - 12:40PM TAUTAI Program

Thursday, 29 August

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

All day Year 12 - VTAC Applications open

All day Year 8 - Year 9 subject selection

8:00AM - 3:00PM Table Tennis - Year 7 & 8 Boys & Girls

8:55AM - 10:35AM ICAS science competition

3:30PM - 8:00PM Junior Debating (SASC)

Friday, 30 August

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

All day Year 12 - VTAC Applications open

All day Year 8 - Year 9 subject selection

8:55AM - 4:30PM Year 7.2 Doxa Future Focus Leadership Camp

11:50AM - 3:10PM  Year 10 English  'The Australian Dream' movie

Cinema Excursion at Hoyts

Monday, 2 September

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

All day Year 12 - VTAC Applications open

All day Year 9 city experience

8:30AM - 3:30PM Year 7 - Maths Games Day

9:00AM - 3:00PM Year 9 Geography Fieldwork - City Experience

3:30PM - 5:30PM Year 12 English Comparative SAC

Tuesday, 3 September

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

All day Year 12 - VTAC Applications open

All day Year 9 city experience

9:00AM - 3:00PM Year 9 Geography Fieldwork - City Experience

12:40PM - 1:30PM Makers Club

Wednesday, 4 September

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

All day Year 12 - VTAC Applications open

All day Year 9 city experience

9:00AM - 3:00PM Year 9 Geography Fieldwork - City Experience

8:00AM - 2:30PM Year 8H - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

8:30AM - 4:00PM Performance 3 and Exam preparation workshop

at Melbourne Polytechnic

10:00AM - 3:00PM 2019 GOALS Program - Session 5

11:00AM - 12:40PM Year 11 VCAL Chase - Nindethana

11:00AM - 3:10PM ABCN Focus Program - Year 11 (Session 2)

11:50AM - 12:40PM TAUTAI Program

Thursday, 5 September

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

All day Year 12 - VTAC Applications open

All day Year 9 city experience

9:00AM - 3:00PM Year 9 Geography Fieldwork - City Experience

8:00AM - 2:30PM Year 8H - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

Friday, 6 September

10:00AM - 10:00PM School For Student Leadership

All day Year 12 - VTAC Applications open

All day Year 9 city experience

9:00AM - 3:00PM Year 9 Geography Fieldwork - City Experience

8:00AM - 2:30PM Year 8H - Integrated Studies Strathbogie Camp

8:00AM - 3:10PM Athletics - Keilor Division

12:40PM - 1:30PM Youth Day

12:40PM - 1:30PM Points Frenzy

5:00PM - 8:00AM VCE SEAL Camp - 6/7th September

From the Principal Class Team

Dear Parents and Guardians

Welcome to Term 3! We were reminded how quickly the year is slipping by when the Year 12 students had their final assembly as a year level last Friday. It was an opportunity them to take a little time to reflect on all they have achieved and can be proud of, to look ahead to next year, and to enjoy each other’s company and friendship over lunch together. It was inspiring to listen to former students Song Tinh, Kellie Phan and Ling Sun talk about their post school pathways and how they managed the demands of Year 12. And we were entertained by the fabulous MAC band with two numbers from the upcoming Addams Family; followed by the sensational staff band with Ms Tracy D’Elton and Ms Amy Lee, in a very convincing rendition of Abba’s Mama Mia, and Ms Emily Simoes joining them to, literally, get the crowd jumping to Uptown Funk.

We wish all of our Year 12’s the very best for their remaining weeks of school.

 

Education State Forum 2019

Each year the Department of Education and Training hosts its Education State Forum. This event brings together key stakeholder groups, senior leaders and policy makers, and representative from the school sectors to review progress and consider next steps in terms of the Education State agenda and targets.

 

This year our school was invited to run a workshop on Excellence in Literacy and Numeracy. Ms Avril Good, Learning Specialist Data for Learning, and Mr Owen McIntyre, senior Mathematics teacher, outlined for participants the strategies, programs and teacher development practices we have implemented to lift growth and achievement for our students in literacy and numeracy.

 

The growth our students make is consistently very strong, and places our school, on this measure, amongst the top schools nationally. It is a credit to the work of our staff and leader in Literacy and Numeracy.

 

Avril and Owen spoke about the Red Books writing project, the reading program in Literate Practices and English/EAL, the Getting Ready in Numeracy (GRIN) program, pathways in mathematics, and teacher professional learning.

They received excellent feedback on their presentations and on their leadership roles in this work.

Congratulations and thank you to Avril and Owen.

 

As well as contributing to the workshops, our school was asked to provide the art work for the exhibition in the foyer of the Pullman on the Park Hotel where the Education State Forum was held.

Mr Michael Bowden, Head of Arts, curated an excellent range of works across different media and year levels.  The students’ work drew admiration and high praise from the forum attendees and there were even offers to purchase various pieces!

Congratulations to Michael and the Art students.

From the Principal Class Team

Nadioc Week Celebrations

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC week is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. At our school, we see this week as a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities in support and recognition of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and their culture that has existed for over 60000 years.

This year NAIDOC Week was held on the 7-14 July, however, as this was during our school holidays we held our celebrations during Week 1 of Term 3.  During this week students completed activities and discussions with their teachers and a film screening occurred in the performing arts building sharing important aspects of Aboriginal history.   

Local Wurundjeri Elder, Perry Wandin, visited the College and shared his story with students. He also discussed with students the importance of sharing their cultural stories, leading the College in a traditional smoking ceremony. For thousands of years Aboriginal people have employed smoking ceremonies to cleanse places and people of bad spirits to promote the wellbeing of people as well as guests on Country.  Mr Wandin used a portable tarnuk (wooden dish) containing coals and wet leaves to create a gentle smoke around assembled guests. It was a special week for our College.

We formally thank and acknowledge the people of the Kulin Nations as the first inhabitants and the traditional custodians of the lands where our College is located. We pay our respects to their elders, past, present and emerging  and we recognise these lands have always been places of education.

 

Classroom Connection program- welcome to Birchip P-12 school

This week St Albans Secondary College will host 12 students and 2 staff from Birchip P-12 School as part of the Classroom connection program established between the two schools. The program builds inter cultural knowledge and understanding, offers great lessons in history and geography, as well as opportunity for new friendships. 

Birchip is a town 2 of 702 residents on the Mallee district some 300 km from Melbourne.

Ms Jill Donaldson has developed and excellent program for their visit including team building activities, a city tour, a dinner at a local restaurant as well as a dinner cooked by our VET Hospitality students, followed by a performance of this year’s MAC show.

Congratulations and thankyou to Jill and to staff who are supporting the program, including homestay hosts.

Programs like Classroom connection are so valuable in forging appreciation and understanding, and in strengthening communities.

From the Principal Class Team

Year 12 Reports on Compass

Year 12 Unit 3 VCE and VCAL reports were put on Compass on Friday 26 July.  These reports provide a valuable source of information on each student’s progress and achievement for the first semester of this year.  They include a range of assessments for Unit 3 subjects and the results for the midyear examinations for those in VCE subjects.  Reports provide parents with a wonderful opportunity to discuss progress in individual subjects with their son or daughter.  Where appropriate, students should discuss developing revision strategies, creating summaries and engaging more deeply with the content with their teachers.  We wish all our Year 12 students well in this final semester of their Secondary School journey.

 

Term 3 Curriculum Day

On the first day of Term 3, Monday 15 July all teaching staff took part in a whole school curriculum day.  The first part of the day was a presentation by guest speaker Glen Pearsall focusing on cooperative and engaged classrooms.  This session provided staff with strategies to ensure positive classroom dynamics.  Glen followed this with a session on formative assessment and simple ways of providing feedback to students regularly during lessons as a means to assist students stay on task and achieve the best possible outcomes.  These sessions were very engaging with a great level of positive interaction by the staff.  Congratulations to our Professional Development team for their organisation of this well received presentation.

The final part of the day involved staff working in their Key Learning Areas (KLAs) to embed the Victorian Curriculum Capabilities within our curriculum and assessments so that teachers will be able to provide progression points against each of the four capabilities - Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Capability, Intercultural Capability and Personal and Social Capability. We thank our Curriculum Team for the preparation that went in to running these well-planned and valuable KLA sessions. The progression points for the Capabilities will appear on the end of year reports for Years 7-10.

and finally 

This week is MAC week! It’s one of the most important weeks in our calendar and we look forward to seeing you at one of the three evening performances.

MAC is such a wonderful tradition at our school. Our sincere thanks to Ms Emily Simoes, Ms Chloe Marie and Mr James Orchard for another year of MAC in 2019.

 

 

 

Principal - Kerrie Dowsley

 

 

 

 

Assistant Principal - Craig Jennings

 

 

 

 

 

Assistant Principal - John Coulson

 

 

 

 

 

Assistant Principal - Tracey D'Elton

From the General Office

General Office Hours 

8:15am to 4:15pm       

ID Cards

Students are reminded that they require their ID cards with them when they present to the front office. 

College Expectations 

Some important expectations are outlined below.

Attendance, Uniform, Punctuality  

We greatly appreciate the support we receive from parents to make sure that your child attends school regularly and punctually, is in full uniform, and is well prepared for all classes with books and equipment.

Being prepared for classes  

It is expected that students have the required books and equipment for each subject, as well as a student diary to record homework and assignments.

 

If you need any assistance with ordering books, please contact the General Office.

Attendance  

Students must have a minimum of 90% attendance in all classes at each year level.

Uniform  

Full uniform must be worn to and from school, at school and on all school excursions, including interschool sports.

 

Uniform Shop Hours:

Monday - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Thursday - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

 

Alternatively, you can purchase the school uniform online through our school website: http://stalbanssc.vic.edu.au/our-college/our-facilities/uniform-shop/

 

Please note:

  • Only the 3 approved styles of school shoes are to be worn
  • PE / Sports shoes must be lace up runners with non-marking soles
  • Facial piercings are not to be worn at school
  • Make-up is to be kept to a minimum.

Punctuality  

Students are expected to be punctual at the start of each day and for all classes. Any student who is late more than 4 times will have a Friday detention from 3:20pm to 5:20pm. 

 

The consequences for lateness to school are as follows:

 

1st Late

Coordinator Warning.

 

2nd Late

After School Detention:  

3:15pm -  3:45pm.  

Sub Schools to contact home.

 

3rd Late

After School Detention:  

3:15pm -  3:45pm.  

Sub Schools to contact home  – advise that next late will be a Friday Night Detention.

 

4th Late

Friday Night Detention:  

3:20pm -  5:20pm.  

Students that complete their Friday Night Detention have their next late treated as a 3rd LATE.  A subsequent LATE means a second     Friday Night Detention & student is placed on a ‘Blue Sheet’.

 

Blue Sheet

Student is on a ‘Blue Sheet’ for 2 weeks. Coordinator meets Parent/Guardian to explain the Blue Sheet process.

 

Unsatisfactory Blue Sheet

Parent interview with SSL & PCO. 

Strategies discussed – possible suspension.

Sustainable School Shop

The Sustainable School Shop website is available to purchase and/or sell second-hand uniforms and used textbooks.

 

Parents can log in or register at any time at  www.sustainableschoolshop.com.au

When selling items, click the Sell Uniforms button and follow the prompts. Assistance is given to construct your For Sale ads including a pricing guide.
 
To see the ads for items currently on sale or to obtain the seller details, you will need to log-in to the Sustainable School Shop website, click the blue Stocktake button and then click the item you need. Buyers contact the seller directly.

Sellers are asked to delist For Sale Ads as items sell.

 

Excursion Consent & Payments on Compass 

Did you know that you can Consent & make a Payment on Compass for your child’s excursion

Dear Parents / Guardians, 

Your child will be attending excursions / events throughout the year.  Log into Compass on the Parent Portal via the schools website for each excursion to approve the consent and make a payment (if applicable) online by the due dates. 

 

This saves your child time lining up at the general office.

 

Compass greatly assists parents with approval and payment requirements, and also assists the office staff and teachers by reducing the paperwork and finance components. Parents can easily access their child’s activities, keep the school up to date with important information, and complete the permission & payment process.

 

Compass Pay is available to you through the Parent Portal that you can access via the schools’ website with your individual username and password at  http://stalbanssc.vic.edu.au/.

 

To provide the consent/payment required, parents click on the notification which will appear on the home screen under “My News”.  This will take you to the Events page, where you can see all events that require consent/payment, and those that you have already consented to/paid for.

 

Parents have the option of completing the consent/payment online, or of printing the consent form and handing it in to the office with payment.

 

By clicking the "Process Now (Online)" option, parents will be prompted to enter information regarding emergency contact details, as well as any relevant medical information.

 

Full instructions for using this module are illustrated below.  You can also access the Instruction Booklet on Compass under the School Documentation Tab and click on Parents Information.

 

If you require any assistance, please contact the General Office on 9366 2555.

You can also click on the link below to view more information on COMPASS.

https://www.compass.education/

New staff at St Albans Secondary College

Marie Brytcz

I am currently teaching Middle school English. Aside from some years in journalism, I been teaching since the 1980’s. I have taught at the former St Albans Technical School, Melbourne Girls College and more recently, Overnewton Anglican Community College. I grew up in St Albans and was a former St Albans High student. Some clear memories include watching the building of our A and B block; our first Mac Production, and a school dance featuring rock band ACDC. It is wonderful to see how this school has thrived academically and otherwise. It continues producing exceptional musical performances through the MAC productions, creative textiles, art and wood work, all of which students enjoyed back in my day of flares, Miller shirts and long hair. I currently live in Williamstown where I enjoy open water swimming and cycling.

Jennifer Nguyen

 

My name is Jennifer and my role is AHA(Speech Pathology)/ Speech Pathology Student. I'll be working with the IN department during Term 3, doing assessments and running therapy.

I'm currently completing my Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Australian Catholic University and enjoy reading, knitting and socializing.

I'll be participating the Run Melbourne 2019 next week and look forward to working with everyone at SASC. Please come and say Hi!

2019 Sub School Coordinators 

 Junior School

Ms Lauren Honeycombe

Sub School Leader

7G, 8G

Ms Marlene Cassar

Assistant Sub School Leader

7B, 8B

Ms Louis Turner

Sub School Coordinator

7A, 7I, 8E, 8I

Mr Craig Moore

Sub School Coordinator

7E, 7J, 7L, 8K

Ms Emily Dickinson

Sub School Coordinator

7D, 7M, 8A, 8H

Mr Owen McIntyre

Sub School Coordinator

7C, 7H, 8C, 8D

Ms Kiran Panna

Sub School Coordinator 

7F, 7K, 8F 8J

Ms Isobelle Issell

Sub School Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

Middle School

Ms Becky Annetts

Sub School Leader

9G, 9K, 10C

Ms Shona Cowell 

Assistant Sub School Leader

9B, 10F, 10G

Mr Brendan McFarland

Sub School Coordinator

9A, 9E, 10B

Mr Pat Lac

Sub School Coordinator 

9C 9F, 10E

Mr Matthew Olthof

Sub School Coordinator

9D, 9J, 10D 

Mr Sean Ryan

Sub School Coordinator

9H, 9I, 10A

Ms Lynda Vo

Sub School Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

Senior School

Ms Stav Bekiaris

Sub School Leader

11D, 11W, 12D

Ms Anna Woods

Assistant Sub School Leader

11A , 12A

Mr Robert Krysinski

Sub School Coordinator

11B, 12B

 

Ms Laura Gough

Sub School Coordinator

11E, 11V, 12E, 12V

Ms Wendy Mair

Sub School Coordinator

11C, 12C, 12W

Ms Rosemary Bambery

Sub School Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junior School Report

Welcome back to Term 3.  We hope our students are well rested and prepared for another busy term. All students should have received their reports by now Students can access reports via Compass and parents can use their Portals to see the reports.  If you are having difficulty with this please contact the school. If you have any concerns about your child’s report, please contact the relevant coordinator to discuss.

 

Year 7 students will attend an excursion into St Albans with their class this term and Year 8 will attend the Organ Pipes National Park for IS.

 

Students from the Sub School are performing in the School Production “Addams Family” – Year 7 students will have the opportunity of a taster of the Performance in July. We are pleased to see so many keen junior performers with various talents participating in this big production.

 

Some of our students have been participating in DOXA Leadership Program which has now finished for the year. Thank you to Mr Moore and Ms Dickinson for assisting with in Program.

 

“Throughout Doxa, I learnt a lot of things but I’d like to say what a heart-warming experience it was. I made a lot of wonderful new friends from different schools. DOXA is a Program for young people who have overcome adversity. I attended camps. We wrote letter to our future selves as a self- improvement activity. When I reopened the letter, it boosted my self -esteem and made me realise how much I had grown over the year. The Doxa program provided workshops that we attended and we spoke about things such as gender rights and equality. I learnt a remarkable amount of things I did not know before. We discovered what a good education system and government we have in Australia as part of Global Citizenship.” - DOXA Review – Fartun Mohamed 8G

 

Doxa Report 8.2

This year, we had the privilege of being a part of the Doxa 8.2 group. The students involved in this program included Tommy Tang, Brendon Dang, Fartun Mohamed, Fasita Belachew, Akok Madol, Huda Egeh, Himanot Abebeyiletu and Sui Hlawn Ceu. For those who are unaware of what the DOXA program is about, it is a leadership scholarship where we team up with different schools and the DOXA organisation to help raise young leaders. In this program there are 4 workshops and a camp. During the camps and the workshops, we had the opportunity to meet with many inspirational people and learn about their stories and background. The benefits that we personally gained from this experience include, stepping out of our comfort zone, learning to communicate with people, making new friends, learning to empathize and sympathize with others, etc… We are very honoured to have been a part of this amazing program and we highly encourage others to join.

  • Sui
  • Co-written by Tommy Tang

 

Year 8 Camps commence the end of this term. All students are reminded to bring back forms and payment as early as possible.

 

Please ensure your child has warm uniform for these cold winter days. Ensure you have labelled your child’s clothing. The uniform shop is open Monday and Thursday 12.15- 1.30 pm.

If your child is absent, please submit a medical certificate upon return or contact the Sub School to inform us of the absence.

 

 

 

Lauren Honeycombe

Junior Sub School leader

Middle School Report  

Welcome back to Term 3.  This term will be a busy one for students in both Year 9 and Year 10 with a focus on careers and pathways for 2020.  Both year levels have continued their work on their course counselling assignments and are preparing for the course counselling days in weeks 3 and 4.  Year 9s will also be spending time in their Humanities classes this term preparing for the City Experience to take place the week commencing 2 September. 

 

We have welcomed a number of new students into Year 9 and Year 10 at the start of the term, and we hope they have managed to settle in and become part of the school community quickly.

 

Year 9 Events

Year 9 into 10 Course Counselling – Tuesday 6 August

 

Students have received an appointment time when they will meet with either their Year Level Coordinator or another member of staff.  During this time, students will discuss their subject choices for 2020.  There are no timetabled classes on this day, and students are only required to attend their appointment.  We ask that they arrive at least 15 minutes before their scheduled time.  Parents are invited to attend if they wish.

 

Year 9 Goals students will continue their work with their mentors over the term, building their understanding of setting short term and long term goals, as well as strategies for achieving them. 

 

Year 10 Events

Year 10 into 11 Course Counselling – Thursday 1 August

 

Year 10 students completed a week of work experience at the end of Term 2 and returned to school enthused by their experiences.  Teachers visited students at their work placements to interview them about their job roles.  There have been some very positive reports from supervisors who have praised the commitment, enthusiasm and communication skills of many of the students.  It was an excellent opportunity for the students to develop their work related skills, and many of them are now in the process of pursuing part time work.  Students worked in a variety of settings including local primary schools, at hospitals in Sunshine, Footscray and the city, in local restaurants, and on building sites and warehouses.

 

Year 10 into 11 Course Counselling will take place on Thursday 1st August, with Year 10s making decisions about their pathway and program of study for 2020.  A big thank you to the MIPS team for organising the day and all the support provided to the students. Ms Cowell and Ms Gough have also arranged an excursion for students wishing to follow a VCAL pathway in 2020 to find out about different trades that they may like to pursue in line with the VET courses offered.

 

We wish all Year 9 and 10 students a successful term, and look forward to continuing our work with you all.

 

 

 

Becky Annetts

Middle Sub School Leader

Senior School Report  

We have just started Term 3, and it has already been a very busy time.

 

Elevate Education workshops ran with Year 11 and Year 12 VCE students.  

The Year 11 workshop covered ‘Memory and Mnemonics’ which focused on how students should study to memorise their notes and how to create a study environment.

The Year 12 one covered ‘The Finishing Line’ which looked at how students should study focusing on their exams and how to look after their health and wellbeing during this time.

 

Year 12 VCE also students attended a Tertiary Information Session (TIS) presented by Cathy Armstrong. They were given information on VTAC, how and when to apply for courses, scholarships and special consideration when writing their SEAS applications. Students need to start looking at courses, as they will need to put down eight preferences when filling in their applications.

All Year 12 students will need to register with VCAT (on-line) if they want to be considered for a university or TAFE course. They also need to have a Tax File Number.

Students were also given a ‘VCE Exams Navigator 2019’ which is a document published by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). It gives students information about approved materials and equipment needed for exams, VCAA rules and the Examination timetable.

All Year 12 students also received their ‘End of Unit 3’ reports. These are published on Compass. Please make the time to look at them and have a discussion with your child.

Included are the results for the Mid-year Exams that students sat during the holidays.

 

 

Our Term 3 Progress reports for Year 11 students are due on the 9 August.  It is vital that parents are accessing their ‘Parent Portal’ through COMPASS and are monitoring, not only the reports, but also their child’s Attendance.

 

Following the Progress reports, we have our Parent Teacher interviews.  These are on Wednesday 18 September. We encourage all parents to come along and discuss their child’s progress in VCE or VCAL with their teachers.

 

 

On Tuesday 30 July, Year 11 VCE students submitted their subject preferences for Year 12.  It was critical that students chose their subjects carefully and were realistic about their choices.

Once they start in Year 12, it will almost be impossible to change a subject.

 

Year 11 VCAL classes have completed their Financial Literacy Certificate I which was supported by the Smith Family.

The Smith Family took selected activities from the MoneyMinded resource and developed our Financial Literacy Course consisting of five 2-hour sessions. Completing of all six elements of this course our students gained the qualification of FNS10110 Certificate I in Financial Services.

Students are also involved in Personal Development Skills (PDS) projects throughout the term where they are also raising money for a charity of their choice.

Students are still involved with the ‘CHASE’ program. Various facilitators come to the classrooms and run workshops with the students.   Students have completed the Education Phase of their Chase program and will begin the next step with the action phase.  A showcase of projects will occur early in Term 4.

 

Again, we would like to thank parents who contact us when their child is absent for any reason. This is of great assistance to the Year Level Coordinators, as we call home regularly if there are any unexplained absences. The Case Management process continues to monitor closely the attendance, achievement and individual needs of all our students. Please contact us on 9366 2555 if you have any queries or concerns about your child. 

 

 

 

Stav Bekiaris

Senior Sub School Leader

MAC Productions

‘The Addams Family: School Edition'

Throughout the past three months, students and staff have been working diligently to rehearse, plan and create props and sets in lead up to the upcoming production; ‘The Addams Family’.

Recently, students have been attending weekend rehearsals including cast, band and backstage. During these sessions, students have been performing both Act 1 and 2 alongside the band with sets and props. The students have demonstrated incredible leadership skills and team work as we refine key scenes, vocal pieces and dance routines. Our backstage crew have created fantastic sets and props that are unlike anything that they have created before such as torture chambers and graveyards.

 

At the end of term 2, the cast members visited Holy Eucharist and St Albans Heights Primary School to teach the grade 6 students the opening number of the show. The primary school students were very excited to meet some of the cast members and enjoyed their time dancing and acting. Thank you to all the student leaders who dedicated their time to organise and plan these visits. We would also like to extend this to the transition team at SASC and to the primary school teachers for allowing our students to have this opportunity.

 

‘The Addams Family’ will take place on Tuesday the 6th, Wednesday the 7th and Thursday the 8th of August, 2019 within the Performing Arts at St Albans Secondary College at 7pm.

 

If you would like to purchase tickets to this years’ production, they are now on sale every weekday at the general office or at lunch time in H1.
Prices are:

  • Adults: $15
  • Student/Child/Concession: $10
  • Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children): $40

On behalf of the MAC staff, cast and crew, we would like to thank all of those who have assisted us in making this show a memorable one. We cannot wait to put on a great performance and look forward to seeing our family, friends, teachers and colleagues within the audience. 

Thank you to all staff and students for the continued support.

 

Emily Simoes

MAC Director

Poetry Competition

ST ALBANS ENTERS PRESTIGIOUS
DANTE ALIGHIERI POETRY COMPETITION

On Thursday 27 June, the Italian department had the pleasure of escorting 32 students from years 10, 11 and 12 into the city to participate in the prestigious Dante Alighieri Poetry Competition at Melbourne University. Students travelled into the city by train and competed alongside many other secondary schools in Melbourne. Over 3,000 students competed in the language competition across Melbourne.

 

Students were required to recite by memory selected poems in front of a panel of expert judges. They were marked on their pronunciation, fluency and delivery.

 

Students and teachers then made their way to the famous Lygon St, Carlton where they practised their language skills, tasted the culinary delights and shopped for all things Italian!

 

Many thanks to all the teachers that worked hard to once again make this day possible. It was an extremely enjoyable day for all. Good luck to all the entrants and we look forward to the results which will be posted in week 1 of term 3.

 

This year many of our students received Distinctions and High Distinctions for their poetry recital.

 

Congratulation go to Maria Villareal from 10 F who has made in into the finals and represents St Albans. We wish her the very best of luck.

 

 

 

 

Lauren Morrison

LAC LOTE

 

Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory development squad

Amanhom Khamis has been selected in the Melbourne Victory development squad and is playing in their U/21 team.

 

This is very difficult to achieve and involves dedication, commitment, talent and demonstrating a good attitude and cooperative manner at all times.

 

Many young athletes aspire to be selected and we are very proud of him.

 

 

Deb Pane

Individual Needs 

New website for House Teams

New website promoting reading, writing and art

The House Team is very excited to announce new initiatives for students and teachers to earn house points.

We are launching a new website where St Albans Secondary College Writers, Readers and Artists come together.

 

Students and teachers can earn 5 house points for each book they have read. Students can also earn house points by submitting book reviews, art and writing pieces to be published.

 

Note: You can only access the website with your St Albans google email account that ends [email protected]

 

https://sites.google.com/a/stalbanssc.vic.edu.au/words/home?authuser=0

 

Amra Pajalic

Assistant Staff Development Coordinator

House System Coordinator
 

2020 Pathways Handbook winner 

 Congratulations to Sandy Truong of Year 11

Each week Sandy attends a VET course ‘Certificate III Screen and Media’ a key component of the course is the creation of a cover design for the ‘Taylor’s Lakes Secondary School 2020 Pathways Handbook.'

 

Proud to say that at the end of Semester 1, Sandy was awarded the honour of being named the winner of the cover design ahead of a class of 14 students who are all producing amazing work.

 

Sandy was awarded the first copy of 700 published copies all featuring her cover design and proudly emblazoned inside the cover her name credited as cover designer.

 

This is a highly prized part of the VET courses which Sandy can now include as part of her future resume.

Course leader Catherine Damon commented that the illustration work was of the highest standard.

This honour recognises Sandy’s passion, commitment and excellence in graphic arts. This a wonderful achievement and is testament to Sandy’s work throughout the first semester.

 

 

Ben Reddy-Stringer

Individual Needs

After School Study Group

This year students have a fantastic opportunity to attend our After School Study Group. Held every Thursday afternoon from 3:30pm to 4:40pm in the library, students will have access to dedicated teachers and also numerous volunteer tutors from "equal ed" to assist them with their classwork.

 

This is an excellent opportunity for students who are finding it difficult to complete set homework and hand in class work by the set deadlines.  The group is held in the school library to allow students to use the library resources for research.  

 

Students need a permission slip to attend, however, if they don't have one they can come the first time and Mr Vo will provide them with one. 

 

 

Steven Vo

Mathematics Teacher/After school Homework Coordinator

Breakfast Club

Hi All,

I am very happy to announce that the Breakfast club is as popular as ever! Come and join us in the canteen from 8:15am every Wednesday and Friday morning.

 

Breakfast club has made a positive impact to our school. It not only fills the tummies of our students with hot milo and toast but warms them up with a welcoming smile which initiates a positive morning.

I would appreciate anyone who would be interested in helping with the Breakfast club to please come and see me.

 

 

 

Carmel Castorina

Breakfast Club Coordinator

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