Dear Families, Students and Community Members,
At our whole school assembly on Monday in our stadium we launched this year’s production of “Footloose” with a performance of one the numbers from the show involving the whole cast. It has certainly created a sense of excitement about the performance week fast approaching, to be held in our Performing Arts Centre over four nights on Wednesday 21 to Saturday 24 August, with a matinee performance for our local primary schools on the Wednesday as well. Former students Imogen Kane, Natalie Wood and Hannah Blavo are producing the show (after working under Josh Mulcahy last year to learn the requirements) in partnership with our wonderful teachers: Mara Sears – Production Coordinator and Performing Arts Coordinator, Adelle Stevenson – Assistant Coordinator, Demis Danoudis – Music Coordinator and teachers assisting, Kelly Ferguson, Cameron Young, and Stuart McIntyre. Tickets went on sale last Monday and we are already a sell-out for the four performance nights to see our talented students perform. I congratulate all students who are involved whether in the cast, crew or band for their dedication throughout the year in preparing for this showcase event.
Student Attendance and Educational Outcomes
Daily attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they don’t fall behind both socially and developmentally. Studies show that absence does affect learning growth and that there are no safe number of days. A child missing one day a fortnight will miss four weeks in a year, and more than a year of school by the time they are in Year 10. It is important that children develop regular attendance habits at an early age. In addition, a student who is half an hour late each day misses the equivalent of 16.6 days of learning each year. This is not acceptable. It is not ok to be away or late without a medical certificate! School participation maximises life opportunities for our young people by providing them with education and support networks. School helps children to develop important skills, knowledge and values that set them up for further learning and participation in their community. If you are having difficulty getting your child to school, please contact the Wellbeing Team at the College, Assistant Principal or Year Level Coordinator to discuss strategies that may assist you.
Middle Year Literacy and Numeracy
This year we have received additional funding to support Year 10 students who require intervention support in Literacy, Numeracy or both. As previously communicated Lisa Ip was appointed to the 0.6 Literacy position and has been working with a select group of students since Term 2 and Damien Power has been appointed to Numeracy Cluster teacher position working across four secondary schools, 0.2 at each school. This program will continue next year with additional funding to follow these students up into Year 11 with continued targeted support and will also include the new Year 10 students coming through from Year 9 this year.
In 2021 there will be explicit reporting of literacy and numeracy attainment for all school leavers. Students completing VCE or VCAL will, as part of their senior secondary qualifications, receive information about whether they have demonstrated or exceeded the literacy and numeracy standards typically expected of those entering the workforce from school. The existing General Achievement Test (GAT) will be modified so that the tests enables clear, explicit information about the standard of both literacy and numeracy attainment. From 2021, all VCE and VCAL students will be required to sit the GAT in June (currently it is only VCE students). From 2021, VCE and VCAL students will receive a statement of their GAT results, which will indicate whether they have “demonstrated”, “not demonstrated” or “demonstrated to a high level” literacy and numeracy standards. The new GAT from 2021 will assess the literacy and numeracy skills required for work and further study necessary to meet the demands of every day work and life in a knowledge based economy. E.g. interpreting data from tables, completing forms and records properly and communicating and interpreting information clearly and accurately. For VCE students, the GAT will continue to play an important role in providing students with a derived score in the event that they experience conditions that prevent them fom performing to their full potential in the end of year exams.
Students Living our Values to and from School
At our whole school assembly this week I spoke to the students about living our school values in school and out of school in the community and the importance of modelling our core values at all times as representatives of this great school. Students will demonstrate that they are proud of their school by their actions and behaviours: for example behaving appropriately in all classes, out in the yard and to and from school. Members of the public do contact me to praise our students (always lovely to hear) but also if students are seen doing the wrong thing. If a student sees another student doing the wrong thing, for example at the train station, then they should report it to one of their teachers or coordinator the next day. This information will be treated confidentially but acknowledges the importance of community and everyone playing a part to ensure our high expectations are lived on a daily basis.
Parent Survey 2019
The use of opinion data to monitor school performance is a very important step towards making our school the best it can possibly be. Annual and anonymous opinion surveys for staff, children and parents are conducted and the information gained is used to drive school improvements and shape the future direction of the College. Over the next few weeks it is the parents' turn to tell us what they think. Randomly selected families (about 30% of parents) should have already received information about the online parent opinion survey and we ask that these families please take the time to complete the survey. The survey is conducted online by ORIMA Research Pty Ltd and only takes 15 minutes to complete. It can be accessed from Monday 22 July to Sunday 11 August. The survey will help our school gain an understanding of how you view our school climate, student engagement, and relationships. Results will be sent to the school by the end of September.