Mr David Mowbray
Welcome back to school and I hope that you had an opportunity to spend quality time with the whole family. I want to welcome, in particular, our new staff, parents and students to the school.
Term 3 is an important time of transition for our Year 9 students to the senior campus and there will be some key information and dates that will make this easier. You will remember that late last term the senior campus hosted whole day visits for the Year 9 cohort and the students indicated some initial courses and pathways that they would like to engage in commencing next year.
On Thursday August 3rd at 6pm, a Parent Information night (for parents and students in Years 9&10) will allow you to develop some key understanding of the requirements and pathway choices that your child can pursue over the next 2-3 years. The senior pathway needs to be planned as a 3 year learning program as there are so many different approaches or directions that your child can undertake.
Another great opportunity to communicate and connect with the school and your child’s current teachers is to attend the Student-Parent-Teacher Conversations on Thursday, August 17th between 1 and 8pm that will be held at the Junior Campus.
We enter our 27th year of Wakakirri this term and we are again excited about what the cast will deliver. We look forward to seeing you at the school performance on Monday 31st of July. This will be the lead up performance before they head to Frankston to compete in the Nation-wide event.
The annual student attitudes to school survey results have landed. This year changes were made to the questions, new areas inquired about and an on-line survey used to collect the responses in line with recent research and international best practice. We are not able to compare our school with other schools yet, however, the manner in which the survey results are reported allows us to track how we are progressing and identifies areas for improvement.
The responses are marked positive (based on agree and strongly agree scoring) and are strengths for us, neutral responses are areas that we can make some quick improvement and the negative (disagree and strongly disagree scores) will be our longer term improvement focus. Our results indicate that the current work we are investing in in establishing a safe and orderly climate for learning is having an impact from a student perspective.
Teachers are effecting and promoting positive behaviour in and out of the class, including a strong emphasis on attendance, being on-time and task submissions that are fostering orderly, respectful and on-task behaviours. This is indicated by the following students’ responses:
- No experience of bullying – 75% across the college
- Attitudes to attendance – 74% positive, 14% neutral, and 12% negative across the college
- I always try to attend, I try to catch up on missed work
- High expectations for success – 68% positive, 20% neutral, and 12% negative
- My teachers: expect me to do my best, believe in me, encourage all students to do their best, believe that all students can be high achievers.
- Effort – 63% positive, 24% neutral, and 13% negative
- I usually pay attention, my teachers expects nothing less than our full effort
We will examine our results further internally and when we are able to see how we compare to other schools I will share with you those results.
The Parent survey will open soon and we will contact you about how to be involved in giving us feedback about our performance.