From the Principal
School Council Update
With the tenure of our 2017-18 School Council completed at our meeting last Wednesday evening, we have had the following vacancies for School Council membership:
One Parent representative
Two DET representatives
Upon the closing of nominations last week, we received a matching number of nominations to these vacancies; hence, no School Council election will be necessary.
I am pleased to announce the following positions:
Parent representative – Ayman Shaheen
DET representatives – Karen Boyle and Lisa Bull
Congratulations to Ayman, Karen and Lisa.
Parent – Student - Teacher Interviews 27 March 2018
At the completion of week four of our new school year, it is a timely reminder for parents that our College assessment schedule has well and truly commenced. Cycle One reports will be available on the Compass system on Friday 16 March. This will be followed by Parent-Student-Teacher interviews on the afternoon and evening of Tuesday 27 March. Term one is once again a relatively short term, I am sure it will provide great insight into student progress to have had one set of reports and the opportunity to discuss student learning progress by the end of the term. It is hoped that the feedback provided at this early stage of the school year will allow for positive outcomes and work-habits to be reinforced and for identified issues to be addressed and improved upon.
COMPASS Communications at EDSC
The COMPASS Learning Management system in use at EDSC provides parents an opportunity to continuously monitor many important aspects of their child’s learning and wellbeing. I hope that parents of our new Year 7 students will have already discovered the potential of the Compass system to inform them of College operations, upcoming events, student attendance data and learning outcomes.
We are committed to improving the quality of communications to parents – especially in relation to student learning. The management of Learning Tasks including descriptions, due dates, confirmation of submission and feedback on learning performance are all ways for teachers to engage parents and students and cement our learning partnerships.
If you are encountering difficulties in accessing and using the COMPASS system, please do not hesitate to contact our General Office.
Upper Courtyard Facilities Upgrade
I am very pleased to announce that an upgrade of our upper courtyard space will commence very shortly. This initiative has been driven by our School Council, with substantial assistance from
our College Facility Manager, Don Dobson.
This upgrade is being funded by the College School Council. The four major components for the upgrade will be the installation of raised garden beds to house a variety of shrubbery and trees, a resurfacing of the paved areas, the provision for three marked down-ball courts and the installation of benches and seating for students.
It was extremely pleasing to see our student body support the first major whole- school event on our College calendar, our annual Swimming and Diving Carnival on Friday – 9 February. Yet again, the tone of the event was set by our senior students who arrived first at the event – in various forms of imaginative free-dress to match the ‘theme’ of the day. From this stage on, the event was a colourful, engaging, participative event for all of our students and was matched by the competitive nature of the events within the pool.