FIRST AID NEWS
Dear Collingwood College community,
As we come to the end of the year, we would appreciate it if families with students with medicines stored at school please:
- Check that the medicine/s will be in date for the start of 2020. If not, we request new medicines bought to school on the first day back of 2020. Please keep a list of the expiry date of the medicine for your own records and their timely replacement.
- Please check your child's medical plans are also current for their medical needs. If you are updating plans with your medical practitioner, please also ensure a colour signed copy is handed into our office staff to update your child's files asap.
- Utilise our Compass portal to alert all your child's teachers with any medical issues or relevant information that may occur over the Christmas break.
- Please sign and send back any Individual Risk Assessments for processing in the office.
Thank-you in anticipation of your support
Acting School Principal
SCHOOL COUNCIL REPORT
From the School Council President
Welcome to the 2020 school year here at Collingwood College.
School Council Elections
You will have seen the call for nominations for three parent representatives to School Council, which are due on Tuesday, 18th February by 4:00PM. DET employees (staff) are also represented on Council and the Principal is the Executive Officer. Members are usually elected for a two year term, so not all spots come up at the same time. As well as Council itself, the various sub-committees do not require formal nomination or election and you are also warmly invited to consider joining one of these. The committees are: Buildings and Environmental Sustainability (BES); Finance; Communications; Community & Fundraising; Education Policy (EdPol) and there is also a Canteen working group. If you are interested, please let the office know and the sub-committee convenor will get back to you regarding the schedule for meetings.
School Agenda for 2020
With a wide array of projects and improvements now complete, including the Stadium and Theatre refurbishments, and major timetabling changes, there are plenty of big ticket items on the School’s agenda for the year ahead. If you are interested in getting a sense of the forward agenda and possibly interested in taking part, note the invitation in this newsletter from Sam Luck to register and attend a community forum on 27 February at 4pm here at school. School Council is keen to ensure that families know about big priorities in advance and are able to feed into decisions as they are made.
You may have heard that Dale Perichon, our long-serving College Principal retired over the summer. Sam Luck will continue as acting Principal until at least the end of term one. The process for appointing a permanent Principal is now underway. In line with government requirements, the interview panel will include representatives from the department, School Council and staff. It is intended that a permanent appointment will be made by Easter. You will understand that confidentiality is required to ensure merit-based recruitment of the best person for the role. All School Council members will be required to sign confidentiality agreements during the selection process, so please be aware that we won’t be able give you much information until the process is complete.
Looking forward to seeing you at school during the year.
School Council President
TUNING IN TO TEENS - PARENTS OF YEARS 5-8, 2020
Tuning in to Teens is a six-session group program that teaches parents how to help their children develop emotional intelligence. This key skill can help them better cope with emotions, better engage in learning, have fewer mental health difficulties, and have more stable and satisfying relationships not only as children, but also as adults.
When: 6-8pm on Wednesdays in Term 1, 2020. • February 19, 26; March 4, 11, 18, 25. All six sessions must be attended.
Where: Collingwood College Corner Cromwell Street and McCutcheon Way, Collingwood.
Bookings and more information: Bookings are essential as the program is limited to 10 people. To reserve your place, please visit www.tint-collingwoodcollege.eventbrite.com.au and enter the password tint.
Tuning In To Teens Flyer - 2020-T1 Collingwood College
SAN FRANCISCO WALDORF HIGH SCHOOL EURYTHMY TOUR
Dear Collingwood Community,
Below are the San Francisco Youth Eurythmy Troupe's presentation times for Steiner Classes:
Classes 2 - 6 Thursday, 20 February - 10-11am (To be seated 15 min before the performance)
Classes7 - 10 Thursday, 20 February12-1pm (To be seated 15 min before the performance)
As Collingwood is hosting this presentation, this is a free entry for the Collingwood children.
A public performance will be held on Wednesday, 19th February from 7:00-8:30pm
VALUES PROJECT IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL
Across all the classes within the Primary School, teachers and students are involved in a Values Project. Each class is starting the year by building a positive classroom community. This includes looking at our Collingwood College school values, building class routines and guidelines as well as developing learning opportunities that strengthen a strong sense of belonging for students in each class and across the school communities.
Below are some photos from Year 3-4A.
3-6 Learning Community Leader
Classroom Teacher Reggio 3/4 class
INSTRUMENTS FOR SALE - UPDATED 4 FEBRUARY
Please click on the attachment below to see a recently updated list of Stringed instruments for sale. If you have an instrument for sale please email Naomi at: firstname.lastname@example.org
COLLINGWOOD COLLEGE ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM
Collingwood College is online! Feel free to follow us on:
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/collingwood.college/ and like us on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/collingwood.vic.edu.au/ to keep up to date with everything that our school has to offer our students and the community.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT NEWS
This year we welcome 20 new students to our international student cohort and school community. Already, these students have settled in well and are positively embracing the opportunities of studying in a different country. International students can face many challenges, especially in this initial transition period, such as homesickness, language barriers and adapting to new ways of life. Our international students and their families are actively provided with assistance by an International Students’ Support Team, and all students undertake a comprehensive Orientation Program as part of the enrolment process. This support is ongoing and parents/guardians and homestay families are encouraged to make contact immediately should they have any questions or concerns.
In addition to a number of international students starting classes across primary and secondary, a new class of students has started the Intensive English Language Program in our on-campus English Language Centre. All students are doing well and have even survived a recent vegemite-challenge class activity!
Our International school captain and vice-captain were elected this week by the international student cohort and it is with great excitement that I welcome Cassandra Shen Mei Leong (captain) and Davidin Ath (vice-captain) to these roles.
Nominations for Year 7-10 leadership positions for the Well-being Committee also took place with the following successful appointments:
Year 7: Zhetao Zhang (Cen) and Jiayue Wu (Emily)
Year 8: Yen Co and Thanh Tra
Year 9: Zhixuan Liao (Shirley) and Taffah Rainthong (Rocky)
Year 10: Phuc Tran (Kevin) and Vu Khanh Linh Nguyen (Linda)
The International Students’ Support Team would like to congratulate all of our international students for making an excellent start to their learning at Collingwood College.
Gumbuya World – Year 7-10 well-being excursion – Friday 28 February
International Students Information Night for all families/homestay families – Wednesday 11 March @ 3.15
Learning Specialist - EAL
International Students’ Team
Lori Michael – EAL Learning Specialist
Lucy Wang - International Students’ Coordinator
Angie Pantelidis – International Students’ Support & Well-being