Dear Families, Students and Community Members,
Senior School Information Evening
A big thank you to all members of the school community who attended our Senior School Open Evening last Thursday 20 June. It was fantastic to see so many families present and using the opportunity to discuss with Ms White (our Careers and Pathway Officer), teachers and school leaders the pathways and classroom experiences most relevant to them.
As students start to make their selections in Term 3, whether moving into VCE, VCAL, Year 10 subject selections or VET courses, it is important that they have time to process their strengths and interests and explore fully how these align with the courses and opportunities they are intending to pursue. In line with this, Year 10 students have also been doing mini-lessons in the style of different subject areas during Industry and Enterprise, across the last few weeks. Thank you to Ms Webber for organising these.
A big thank you also to all Senior School and VCE staff who attended the evening to help students make fully informed decisions - it is always pleasing to see so many staff so committed to helping students make successful futures for themselves in a wide range of disciplines.
For students, parents or guardians who didn’t attend, copies of the Senior School Subject Choice Selection Guides are available from the front office. If you don’t have one yet, make sure you pick one up as soon as possible to start planning your choices for next year.
It is also worth taking note, for all parents and guardians, the following dates for course counselling. It is another great opportunity to ensure our students make the best possible choices in their subject selections.
Tuesday 23rd July: Year 11 into Year 12 Course Counselling
Friday 26 July: Year 10 into Year 11 Course Counselling
- Tuesday 30th July: Year 9 and Year 10 SEAL Course Counselling
- Thursday 1st August: Year 9 into Year 10 Course Counselling
Last year there was some very positive feedback about our course counselling processes and the support students are receiving. We hope to see you there so that we can continue to work together to do the best that we can for your children.
Release of Reports
As first semester draws to a close it is also an apt time for students and families to reflect on achievement and emerging areas for improvement across their current subjects.
Whilst families have access to all Learning Tasks assessment and feedback in Compass on an ongoing basis, reports will also be released this week on Friday. Parents, guardians and students will be able to see both how they have performed academically and how their learning behaviours (such as attitude to learning and organisation for learning) are influencing their progress.
Growth Mindset and Goal Setting
At this point in the year it is also relevant to consider how students respond to their reports, examination feedback and the challenges ahead of them in the second semester.
In Mentor time students will be encouraged to reflect upon their progress and set new goals for the second semester as they do in feedback across the different subject areas.
The holiday is also a great opportunity to help build positive reading habits. A range of new books are available in The Hub, and students should look to borrow, purchase or visit a local library to acquire some fantastic reading in their areas of interest. Research shows that a student who reads three times a week recreationally will be exposed to approximately 80,000 to 90,000 new words between Grade 5 and Year 10. Meanwhile, a student who doesn’t read will only be exposed to around 7,000 and be at a significant disadvantage in terms of their literacy standards and schooling outcomes across all subject areas.
Finally, we wish you and your family a restful holiday and look forward to your safe return after the break.
All the best,
Director of Literacy and Head of English