As soon as we start Term 4, it seems we also begin a series of farewells; firstly to our students as they progressively leave, most just for the Summer break, others to take up their post school pathways, or to move onto other schools. We also, sadly, say farewell to some of our staff.
Class of 2018
The Class of 2018 celebrated their final days at school with a sleepover in the gym, a pancake breakfast and a final assembly in the school hall.
The year culminated with an elegant Valedictory Dinner for students and their parents at the San Remo Ballroom on 22nd November. Another era passed before our eyes! Their collective achievements are many, varied and exceptional, and their achievements in group and individual competitions, too many to individualise. I congratulate our Year 12 students on the fine leadership and ambassadorship they have shown the school since their arrival, and wish them every success in the future.
We thank parents for all the support you have given your sons and daughters over the last few months as all senior students completed their final exams. It is, particularly for students doing their final VCE exams, a very stressful time, and we appreciate that it can be challenging for you and the rest of the family as well! Your support and encouragement is invaluable to them, and a really important part of the work we do together.
This time of year is also extremely busy for our teaching staff as they not only prepare and mark exams, but conduct Headstart programs to give students the best start for 2019.
Events in Term 4
Our 2018 Presentation Night at NewHope Auditorium on Monday 17th December, was a fantastic celebration of student achievements.
The evening, magnificently organised by John Middenway, the senior team and support staff, celebrated the Academic, Music, Sport, Community Service and Leadership awards. We very much enjoyed sharing this wonderful event with our school community.
The school also held a number of wonderful events to showcase the talent and learning of our students this term. These include the Night of Notables for Year 7, Citizenship presentations in Year 9, Year 7 Transition and Orientation events and the Nearly Summer concert for music students.
School Performance Report 2018
Each year the Department of Education puts out a school performance report. The report indicates how well a school is doing based on key performance indicators. Our report indicates that we are an Influence School, which is the highest category in the report.
This is a testament to the hard work and expertise of our staff, who achieve great results for students each year. There are many factors which contribute to the ranking, however achievements in Reading and Numeracy are weighted most heavily.
The report also considers the school’s achievements over a three year period and whether the school has maintained, increased or decreased in performance. This is a major achievement for the school and we are one of very few secondary schools in the region who have been given this rating.
School Review and Strategic Planning
After a very successful school review, our leadership team began the intensive work of planning the next phase of our work, which will be outlined in the new School Strategic Plan 2019-2022.
Our work over the next 4 years will focus on:
- Improving the learning growth of all students regardless of ability.
- Developing an understanding of learner behaviours and 21st century skills demanded of young people post-secondary schooling.
- Continuing to build the pedagogical expertise of our staff and monitoring their impact through evidence based inquiry.
- Optimising the learning environment in every classroom through a whole school approach to student health , wellbeing and inclusion.
- Strengthening student voice, agency and leadership in the learning process.
We are committed to supporting staff and school leaders to be the most effective they can be, through a targeted Professional Learning program in 2019.
VIT and Full Teacher Registration
When first year graduate teachers are appointed to a school, they are provisionally registered and have two years to achieve full registration. Most elect to gain their full registration in their first year.
To meet the requirements for full registration, first-year graduate teachers must undertake an evidence-based process that is aligned to professional teaching standards and collect and present evidence of their professional practice to the principal and their mentor. It is also a celebration and reflection of the graduates’ first year of teaching.
Congratulations to the following staff on completing this process this year: Brenton Aisbett, John Baratta, Grace De Blasio, Eleanor Smith, Paul Smart and Katrina Young.
Farewell to Staff
We wish the following staff all the best and they move on to new jobs, new schools and other adventures next year.
- Kris Shah
- Justin Bond
- Hamish Thomas ( temporary transfer for 12 months)
- Gary Warton (temporary transfer for 12 months)
- Esther Pyo
- Tim Waters
- Damian O’Rourke
They have each made a significant contribution to the life of our school and established positive relationships with students and families.
Finally, I thank most sincerely our school leadership team, teaching and education support staff for their generous commitment to their work, and their expertise and dedication in supporting our students and their families in many different ways throughout the year.
Thank you too, to the members of the school council for the time, experience and thoughtfulness they bring to their role, and to the School Council President, Mr Marcus Balon, for his leadership.
To our families and parents, thanks to all of you for your support this year. We value it very much, and know that our students are better learners and young people for the strength of this partnership. To those families who are leaving us this year, we wish you good luck for the future.
To Assistant Principals, Ms Theresa Iacopino and Ms Kellie Ind, your vision, leadership and support are outstanding.
And of course, to the most important people of all, our students who make Box Hill High School such a great place to work - thank you!
We wish each of you a happy, peaceful and safe holiday season and look forward to welcoming you back in 2019.
- Ms Losh Pillay