The college was involved in a number of big events over this past fortnight.
The Year 12 Valedictory dinner held at Melbourne Park celebrated the end of the students’ formal schooling and the senior school team organised an occasion for students, parents and staff to commemorate and celebrate the end of a journey. It was a wonderful occasion and congratulations certainly go to all the staff who had a role in organising and managing the event. The much anticipated release of the Year 12 ATAR scores on December 12 will draw some students back to school and we hope before then that the informal celebrations to various destinations are conducted in a safe and secure manner.
Incoming Year 7 students and their parents attended an information night hosted by the Junior school. On behalf of the whole college community we welcome our new cohort of students and their families into Ringwood Secondary College and we are certain that the transition program in 2107 will be appropriate for this most challenging and exciting stage in the students’ lives. My speech on transitions and memories emphasised the importance of our collective support to enable the positive entry of students into the college and this was suitably demonstrated by our junior musicians on the night who have been supported to blossom in their performances by a dedicated Music Department. The iPad program was also outlined and the iPad induction dates were provided so that on day one of the school year, Year 7 students have the tools in readiness to learn. Orientation Day on December 6 is much anticipated for all.
While the weather dampened the numbers, it did not dampen the enthusiasm of college council members who were invited to take a tour of the building construction that will become the new Junior school. With countless purlins, 60 tonnes of Australian steel and 1500 bolts in the skeleton of the construction so far, school council members were excited by the contemporary vision that this new architecture provides for vibrant and ambitious learning spaces. The planning around sustainability and practicality has enabled this construction to be the prototype of future thinking around our teaching and learning environment. We will all be the beneficiaries of this transformative plan.
As we are in the busiest part of the year with exams, the transition program, final incursions and excursions, it is important to emphasise that the college program is continuing and students are expected to work productively in all their classes. The End of Year program has been published on Compass and student report dates are on the calendar. Please note that we are transitioning to continuous feedback in 2017 and that it will be the final time that we will have both summative and continuous feedback in this reporting cycle.