I hope the long weekend has provided some rest and time out in the brisk sunshine.
This week we welcome back Kevin Hoole, Assistant Principal. Kevin has been enjoying six months of long service leave, where he undertook a trip of a lifetime. We are all looking forward to having him back on deck.
As the semester draws to a close it is a great opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of our school community. It seems hard to believe I have been here for almost six months. Throughout that time I have been truly impressed by the collaborative efforts of students, staff and families to ensure engaging and vibrant learning is our daily focus.
Over the past month I had the pleasure of being involved in the celebrations of the Book Club, acknowledging the work of the contributors in the Poetry Competition and the Book Mark Competition, being indulged by the VCAL students in their efforts to raise funds for the Cancer Council with the Biggest Morning Tea and serenaded by the VCE Music students at the Soiree. I have met with the Year 12 Leadership group to discuss their progress on their various projects: including the up-coming Winter Solstice; the Green Team’s beeswax wraps campaign; and other philanthropic endeavours. The Year 9s from the School for Student Leadership also met with me to discuss their plans for an outdoor cinema experience later in the year. The Art Club are putting the finishing touches on their latest art installation, which will soon be displayed near the Canteen for all to appreciate.
Initial applications for Year 7 2019 have now been submitted. We have again had very strong interest from families wishing to join our school and are currently working through the applications in accordance with the Department of Education guidelines.
As the end of semester fast approaches the school continues to be a flurry of activity.
This week we have all 460 students who are studying a Unit 3 and 4 VCE subject sitting the General Achievement Test (GAT). It is vital that students do their best in this important exam. The senior team will be very busy ensuring that the test runs smoothly for our students.
Also, on Wednesday, we have the Year 7 Fun Day which will allow Connect groups to enjoy some time away from their classes, participating in fun activities ranging from laser tag, rock climbing to movies and a whole lot more. Thank you to Audra Keane, Zac Healey and Georgia Townley, as well as all of the Connect Tutors for all of their work to organise the various events.
On Thursday, a group of us are attending the Global Learning Awards ceremony, where Northcote High School is a finalist in two categories. Hopefully in the final newsletter for the term I will be announcing a win.
The Year 10 & 11 exams commence on Friday this week. We are expecting all students to make their best efforts to demonstrate their learning throughout the past semester.
Next week we have the midyear Music Concerts. I hope you have penned in at least one night to see the fantastic performances of the music students at the Clocktower in Moonee Ponds. If the performances at the VCE Soiree held on Thursday 7 June are anything to go by, it will be a stellar evening. At the soiree, I had pleasure of listening to all things from Bach through to Jimmy Hendrix and modern recorder music called ‘Meditation’. Congratulations to Julian Perry and his 3 VCE classes for their performances. It was a fabulous opportunity for them to gain valuable experience and feedback to assist in their preparations for the end of year performance components.
Preparations are well underway and moving into overdrive for the VCE Offshore Conference in Xian, China, which takes place in the first week of the holidays. Northcote High is hosting it this year, and Nick Murphy is doing a fabulous job of organising it. There are ten of us attending the conference to present and share our expertise.
And finally, have you noticed the netball courts? They are looking like netball courts!! Thankfully the weather has been nice to us and the concrete has been poured without interruption.
Until next time,