Congratulations and thank you
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of the College community for your ongoing support over the last 12 months. There have been so many highlights this year across the college both in and out of the classroom. We have also seen the implementation of the Learning Enhancement Program (LEAP) at Year 11. This has seen some amazing curriculum development with great results for the students in the program in 2018. LEAP expands into Year 12 next year and many of these students will now move towards enhancement studies whilst undertaking Year 12.
VCE students received their results last week and there have been some outstanding results once again. I congratulate all on these results. A more detailed analysis of our VCE achievements will be published early next year. I am delighted at the number of students obtaining a study score of 40 or above across a broad range of subjects in the college. A study score of 40 places a student in the top 8% of all students studying the subject across the state. Year 12 students will have their actual VCE Certificate mailed to them from the college at the end of this week. I particularly wish to congratulate our College Dux for 2018, Natasha Vom for her great achievement. Our top 10 achievers will be presented with awards at the College Presentation Night on Wednesday December 19th 2018 at 7pm. All VCE and VCAL students are reminded of course counselling this week for change of preferences. Details have also been provided to students about availability of support at time of distribution of VTAC placements as students require this as well.
I would like to thank all staff for their work this year as well as some specific thank you's to people involved in special events over the last week or so. I congratulate Alexandra Sioukas and Rose Villanti on their organisation of these events. I also want to acknowledge the teams of helpers who have organised and ran the second hand book and uniform sales organised by the Parents & Friends group.
Our school magazine, which is a wonderful celebration of school events this year has already been distributed to all students who have purchased it. Spare copies are available at the general office. Congratulations to Alyshia Monaco for her work in putting the magazine together again this year. Student reports are also available on Compass.
Each year several of our Year 10 students are invited to apply for the Kwong Lee Dow Scholarship program based at the University of Melbourne. These scholarships provide the students with a range of benefits, especially in situations where the student ultimately goes on to study at the university. This year we have been fortunate to have two students appointed. Congratulations to Lisa Beres and Gabriel Cedillo.
We have a number of students who have been rewarded for their hard work. Last month, I was informed the school received its highest number of Western Chances Scholarship offers in a given round. This is due to the hard work of the nominators. In addition to the below list, we also have a high number of students across the College who have their scholarships renewed each year. Below the entire list of students who have received new scholarships in 2019:
- Christella Autelitano – Year 7
- Kamran Alam – Year 12
- Steven Bowes – Year 12
- Sarah Chen – Year 12
- Isabella Farrugia – Year 12
- Nathan Jones – Year 12
- Dennis Kuang – Year 12
- Jillian Ma – Year 12
- Daniela Milovic – Year 12
- Olivia Rycroft – Year 12
Congratulations to all the nominators who supported the above students gaining a scholarship: Jun Hayashi, Marc Shen, Jaala Watkins, Maria Tsatalios, Joe Laganga, Jordyn Croft, Sarah Relf and Allie McAllister. Thank you to all other nominators this year who helped renew scholarships for students who have received a scholarship in previous years. These scholarships will go a long way to supporting these students next year.
Congratulations also goes to Thomas Bonnicci of Year 9 for his leadership at the Scouts. We are all very proud of his achievements here and within the community.
The college has planned for the implementation of the new college uniform and BYOD computing from the start of 2019 for all new students in Year 7 and for other new student enrolments entering at other year levels. Any parents with any query in relation to the implementation or the expectations on students from the start of next year in regards to uniform requirements and to the provision of a device is recommended to call the college. In 2019, all students will be involved in the BYOD program and all students (new and existing) will be expected to transition to the new uniform by the start of 2020.
The Victorian Government established the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) to provide payments for eligible students to attend camps, sports days and excursions. To find out more about CESF go to www.education.vic.gov.au/csef.
In 2019 every Year 7 government school student who received CSEF is eligible to apply for a uniform pack that is provided through State Schools' Relief. CSEF forms for 2019 are available at the General Office for completion. Please note that you must have a valid parent / guardian Concession Card (as at 29th January 2019) to be eligible to apply.
Please remember that different schools will have different start dates next year. Our start date for all students will be Wednesday January 30th 2019 . The school office will be open from Friday, January 25th 2019. I plan to send out a letter electronically to all parents in the week before school commences reminding everyone of arrangements for 2019.
Finally, I wish all families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. To those of you able to take a holiday break at this time of the year, I wish you a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.
On behalf of the Principal Class
Theresa Burlak, Rick Hudson and Sasha Mildenhall