A very big and warm welcome back to all as we begin the 2018 academic year at the Park. I hope that all members of the Hampton Park Secondary College community are well rested after the break and ready for another year of celebration of success in both academic and social pursuits.
At this time of year, I especially welcome those 170 plus Year 7 students and the 60 plus students and their families entering the College in Years 8 to Year 12 this year, as they commence their journey with us on the road to undertaking or completing their secondary years of schooling. We look forward to sharing the many and varied successes that you will be able to celebrate with us over the course of the next several years.
Equally, I welcome our Year 12 students who return to the College to undertake their final year of secondary schooling with us – a year jam- packed with all of the pressures that the final year of schooling holds for them, whether that be through their VCAL or VCE studies. The excitement of nearing the end of their formal years of school based studies and the anticipation of a future career or further study, needs to be balanced with the sheer workload and daunting pressure this brings upon each, to perform to their best.
As a community, we are here for you, weare understanding of your needs and your apprehensions and ready to lend every assistance to you that we can, as you strive to achieve your goals and maximise your successes.
For Year 12 students there are no easy options: whether your course is VCAL, VET or VCE or a combination of these, the commitment, required of you is the same and that commitment must already be understood and be in place, as I have said to you on several occasions already this year.
I am pleased to say that our start of the new academic year has been very smooth indeed. All of our students, from Year 7 through to Year 12, have quickly settled back into the routine of learning that will see them able to celebrate their achievements as the year draws to a close in Term 4. The clear message now, is the need for all students to recognise and understand that the holidays are over! It is now time to settle into positive work routines and to immediately begin the task of working toward achieving the maximum possible outcomes, at years end.
Equally, I cannot let the moment pass without celebrating the achievements of our class of 2017 as they move on into their next phase in life’s journey. We again saw improvement in our results last year, with a top ATAR score of 94.75, a fantastic outcome. While this of course is a great result, we are already working towards bettering this year. We wish each of our graduating students of 2017 well in their chosen studies and careers and would welcome each back at the College to chat about their achievements and future plans over a coffee.