Dear Families, Students and Community Members,
It has been a terrific start to the year in the Middle Years. Joining the College at the beginning of Headstart last term as Assistant Principal of Years 7, 8 and 9, I have been able to meet the Year 8 and Year 9 students and now this term, I have met the Year 7 students.
The Year 7 students attended their camp at The Summit which is located in Trafalgar East. What a fantastic camp it was, seeing students step outside their comfort zone by challenging themselves to complete activities like the Leap of Faith, Sky Walk, Flying Fox as well as hold a snake and walk on a bed of nails. Students worked together to solve puzzles and complete a scavenger hunt. All of these activities enabled the students to develop their skills in communication and working with others. I know the students will remember the Five Keys which will help to stretch them in their work, try new endeavours with no regrets and work with others to bring out the best in each other.
Our Year 8 students during Headstart have continued with their Home Groups and had a taste of the specialist classes of their choosing. Visiting many of their Year Level Assemblies, I have seen attentive, engaged students who are organised and ready to learn. The Year 9 students are also working hard right from the get-go. They have recently sat the General Achievement Test (GAT) comprising of 124 questions. Our students worked very hard to achieve their best. The data gathered from the GAT will be used by our classroom teachers over the coming years.
Along with the GAT data, our teachers have worked together to gather and analyse a range of other data sets on our students specific to their subject areas. Teachers create instructional groups which then allow for differentiation to occur in the classroom, designing lessons that best suit the needs of all their students.
To complement studies at school, we have the House Swimming Carnival next week. This will be a great opportunity for the students to enjoy some friendly competition and spend time interacting with other students within their House. Signups for events are this week. On the day, students are to come to school dressed in their house colours. No school uniform on Friday 22 February!
Don’t forget, consent for our carnivals needs to be given by parents/ guardians. This can be done via Compass.
Here is a reminder of the Houses:
It’s going to be a great year ahead.