Paul Frye is currently on long service leave and I wish him a well-earned break. He continually demonstrates a high level of commitment and passion towards CSC and we look forward to his return at the beginning of Term 3. In his absence, I am acting in the Principal's position and Judith Mclean is Acting Assistant Principal .
The 2018 NAPLAN testing for 2018 was recently completed by the majority of our Year 7 and 9 students. Whilst NAPLAN has been openly criticised in many media forums, it was great to see 95% of CSC students engage in the testing procedure. When analysing results, our College’s main focus will be on class and cohort data, allowing us to monitor how effective our teaching is for our students.
On Tuesday 22nd May, our College was visited by Canadian education reform expert Dr Mary-Jean Gallagher. As part of the Department of Education and Training’s Leadership Partner’s Program, Dr Gallagher is sharing her knowledge and experience across several schools in Victoria. Dr Gallagher toured the the Blakeley Road campus , spending time in classrooms and talking with numerous CSC students. She commented on the calmness across our College and the high level of student engagement within each classroom. Dr Gallagher shared her insights into how schools can prepare students to be adaptable and life-long learners and praised initiatives like the project based year 9 Central Studies program.
In support of National Reconciliation Week, CSC is involved in several activities to improve knowledge about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories. On Monday, Auntie Julie McHale conducted a traditional smoking ceremony at our College. Kath Coff , and local artist Daikota Nelson, worked with CSC students to create a mural to be displayed at our school.
From the Reconciliation Australia website:
“These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey; the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”