Head of Middle School
Again I would like to take an extract from a terrific website that mentioned before in Grammar News. This edition discusses the importance of regular and punctual attendance at school.
To get the most out of a good education, children need to go to school every day. School attendance has a major influence on educational outcomes. Students who attend school regularly are more likely to achieve better results at school and are more likely to complete their schooling.
Parents can make it easier for their child to attend school by having a positive attitude to learning and education.
Poor school attendance patterns can start as early as Year 1. It is important that from the first day of school parents set an expectation that their children will be at school every day. Missing an average of ten days of school a term adds up to missing two full years of schooling by the end of Year 10.[iii]
During the transition from primary to high school or another school parents need to be clear with their child that they expect them to attend school every day. It is important to remember that all Australian states and territories have legislation in place that requires parents to ensure their children attend school. These laws apply to all students in government and non-government schools.
All Australian governments have agreed to a school attendance target for 2019 where all schools will achieve a minimum of 90 per cent attendance.
TIPS - THINGS YOU CAN DO TO SUPPORT SCHOOL ATTENDANCE
- Talk positively about attending school and learning
- Help your child get into a routine for getting ready to go to school stress-free
- Help your child to get ready for school in the morning
- Talk about the positive social aspects of the school environment:
- Favourite classes
- Favourite teachers
- Talk with your teenager about their long term goals and dreams and how school can help them achieve them
Developing a positive outlook towards education is an essential beginning for students.
Year 5/6 Boys Volleyball Final
This week our Year 5/6 Boys Volleyball team competed in the Southern Metropolitan Regional final, following their Bentleigh District premiership win. This is the first time Oakleigh Grammar students have made it so far in this competition and this, in itself, is a great achievement. The boys played a fantastic game but were unfortunately were beaten by 1 set to 2.
Year 6 Family Life Classes
Our Year 6 students have also completed their Family Life classes and all reports from the programme have been extremely positive. We hope that the series of classes makes it a little easier for students and families to have conversations that can be sensitive and sometimes difficult to have, in a more informed and mature fashion.
Year 6 Swimming Lessons
Year 6 students are also continuing their swimming lessons as part of the Health and Physical Education curriculum. If involved, please ensure that your child is organised with their swimming uniform and towel. Swim goggles are highly recommended. Swim goggles can be borrowed from the PE Department if required.
Jack Menelou, Year 6, Asian Pacific Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion
I was informed this week of the amazing achievement s of Jack Menelou from Year 6. Earlier this year I reported on Jack winning the Victorian title in this sport and wished him well for an Australian title. Since then, Jack has gone on to win the Queensland State title, the South Australian State title and indeed the Australian Title. What an incredible achievement!
On the weekend, 30th – 31st October, Jack competed at the Pan Pacific Championships that were held here in Melbourne at MSAC. Jack competed in the 12 year old 48kg to 52kgs weight division under the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association. Jack won his division and was awarded the Gold Medal. He is now ranked number one in his age group in the Pan Pacific region.
This is an amazing achievement and the result of many, many hours of hard work and dedication from Jack and committed support from Jack’s family.
What I also find amazing is Jack’s humility in his achievements. Jack has kept all of this success to himself. He has not boasted about his success or used this for self-promotion. I think this speaks volumes about Jack’s character. Congratulations to Jack and his family. Oakleigh Grammar could not be prouder!
Middle Years Programme Personal Project 2017
This Friday The Middle Years Programme (MYP) Personal Project was launched to our current Year 9 students. The Personal Project is a culminating assignment designed as a formal expression of what has been learnt throughout the four years of the MYP. It must be based on one of the MYP global contexts and gives students the opportunity to explore a passion or interest.
The Personal Project is a major undertaking, requiring significant hours of work over an extended period of time. We look forward to seeing the talents and passions of our Year 9 (Year 10, 2017) students coming to the fore in the near future and having a chance to appreciate their efforts in this challenging task.
Year 8 students this week also begun the process of nomination and election for 2017 Middle School Leadership positions. The Middle School Leadership team will consist of two Middle School Captains, two Middle School Arts Captains, and three Middle School House captains.
The Year 8 students are looking forward at having the chance to lead the Middle School and play a leading role in developing a positive student culture within the school.
Term dates confirmation
As we approach the end of the year please make note of the Middle School dates below;
- 18th November – Student Free Day - Report writing
- 28th – 30th November – Years 6, 7 and 8 – Special Programme curriculum
- 28th November – Year 9 Student Free day
- 29 – 30th November Year 10 (2017) Transition
- November 30th – 2017 Orientation Day
- December 1st – Final Day Year’s 6 – 9
- December 1st – Middle and Senior School Awards Evening
A number of painkilling cold and flu tablets continue to be found in the Middle School of late, presumably falling from student’s pockets or lockers which raises many safety concerns. Please be reminded that medication must be left, including instructions, with the school First Aid Officer and taken under supervision when required. Students are not to carry and self-administer any forms of medication whilst at school. Thanks you for your co-operation in this matter.