Term 3 has been an incredibly busy and exciting term at Nossal High School. In addition to the regular teaching and learning program, there have also been numerous whole school events that have involved and engaged the staff and students at the school including: The Careers and Pathway Expo, Course Confirmation Day, City Week, The House Performing Arts Festival and numerous interschool sporting competitions which have been written about in earlier newsletter editions.
I had the pleasure of accompanying the Nossal team to the Interschool Athletics Competition held at Casey Fields on Thursday 6 September. Approximately 90 students competed in a range of events over the course of the day representing the school with pride and determination. I was hugely impressed by the student’s involvement throughout the day, boisterously cheering on their Nossal team mates and leading the cheers for other students from other schools. Congratulations to Miss Veale on her wonderful organisation leading up to this event and to all students who competed or officiated on the day.
On Friday 14 September the teaching staff were engaged in professional learning sessions guided by Brian Dare, a leader in the field of literacy. The staff were challenged in their thinking about how they use literacy strategies and how they can better use practices to support students in their own use and development of language in their written responses. We hope to build upon these learning to continue to improve the learning outcomes for Nossal students.
Also on Friday 14 September, Nossal High School hosted the Annual Environmental Summit. Over 120 students from eleven schools including Melbourne High School, Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School, Suzanne Cory High School, Officer Secondary College, Beaconhills College and St Francis Xavier College participated in a range of workshops which provided a forum for students to discuss environmental issues and sustainability. During one session the students listened to the experiences of four experts from large organisations; Keith Allilomou - Project Leader in Downer Group, Reconomy Division; Jane Burns - Outreach Manager for CERES (Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies); and Mandy Robertson and Sue Mason -Dolphin Research Institute Research. I would like to thank Ms Mandeltort for her organisation of this important summit and the student helpers who assisted on the day.
Term 3 reports were released on Thursday 13 September. These reports provide extremely important information aimed to guide students in their learning journey. In the first instance, students who are studying year-long subjects will be able to track their progress across the five learning criteria (Knowledge, Skills, Participation, Reflection and Study Habits) throughout the three terms to date. Secondly, the reports provide the opportunity for discussion between students, their teachers and parents/carers about strategies that can be employed for future improvement in their subjects. I trust that students and their parents/carers found the Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences held at the school on Thursday 20 September and Friday 21 September to be useful and informative.
We farewelled the Japan Tour, led by Mr Delaney and Ms Desaulniers on Wednesday 12 September. There were some worrying moments leading up to their departure with the recent earthquake and aftershocks. However, rest assured that they will be travelling well away from the affected areas. We wish them safe travelling adventures and look forward to their report back on their experiences when they return.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all students, staff, parents and families for their active involvement in the school throughout the term. I remind all students and their families to make time during the holiday break to relax and recuperate in preparation for the final term of the year, prior to returning to school on Monday 8 October for the start of Term 4.