From The Principal
On Tuesday, we acknowledged students in Years 7 to 12 who achieved excellent results in Semester 1. There was a special assembly where they were presented with Principal’s Awards, followed by a morning tea with their families. These students are to be congratulated on their outstanding effort and commitment to their studies. They are pictured below.
At an extraordinary meeting held on Wednesday night, School Council endorsed our School Self-evaluation, which has now been completed, as part of a four year review cycle. In our self-evaluation, we have reflected on our progress and practice over the last 4 years and measured our achievement against set goals. There were many areas of success that we celebrated in our evaluation as well as areas identified for improvement. The next stage in this process is a review by an independent reviewer. He will spend several days in the school, meeting staff and students and analysing relevant data. We will be supported in this process by 2 practising principals who will act as “challenge partners”. Michele Coxhill, our School Council President, will also participate in the review process. This is a very important time for us at Carwatha and we intend to use the review process to continue to improve our school and provide the best possible opportunities for all of our students.
During our pupil-free day last Friday, staff spent time learning and improving their skills in the use of information technologies to improve student learning. Professional learning was led by Trent Ray, a Teacher Ambassador from Microsoft. He presented to staff about the value of online collaboration using Office 365 and the importance of equipping our students and ourselves for the 21st century. It was an extremely valuable day.
We have some important events and activities coming up. Thursday August 18th is our Course Expo evening for students who will be in Years 10 and 11 in 2017 (currently in Years 9 & 10), beginning at 6.30 p.m. Invitations have been sent out individually to parents about this event. It is most important that all parents and students from these year levels attend this evening.
Year 9 students have begun their Community Leadership Program. They are participating in a range of activities and projects in partnership with the Salvation Army. The Community Leadership Program provides opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills and to learn how they can help others in the community.
Rehearsals are well underway for our annual Presentation Ball, which will take place on Friday August 26th. I look forward to seeing many families there on the night.
We will be running our annual Multicultural Day on Tuesday, September 6th. Students are encouraged to come to school in their national dress. We will celebrate the diversity of our school community in a special assembly, with staff and students sharing aspects of their cultural heritage with the whole school. Parents are encouraged to attend this very special event.
Once again we have students performing in the annual State Schools Spectacular, to take place at Hisense Arena on Saturday September 10th. Tickets can be booked though Ticketek. I encourage families to consider attending this outstanding event.
Mr. Joe Haddad, Year 9 Coordinator, will be on leave from Monday August 8th until the end of this term. Mr. Kevin Fahey will be Year 9 Coordinator in his absence.