We are already half way through term three with student learning and assessments occurring at all levels. Each day I am excited by the engagement activities and excursions
Tuesday 29 August is Curriculum Day. The focus of the day is on feedback for learning. Teachers will be provided the latest research and evidence based strategies to support the way we provide feedback to students. Professor John Hattie, the Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute, believes that feedback is one of the top ten influences on student achievement. Hattie’s research will be one of a number of studies to be presented to staff by Gaell Hildebrand from Monash University on the day. Teachers will have an opportunity after the presentations to engage in their professional learning teams to develop ways we can increase the quality and timing of feedback in their teaching. Students will not be required at school on the day.
Night of the Notables
Last week I had the pleasure of witnessing the culmination of our Year 9 student’s English inquiry learning project. Students were required to research a notable person, working autonomously, deepening research skills and taking ownership of their organisational skills to meet a timeline to present their notable person. Parents and families who attended the evening were introduced by the students to the highlights and fascinating detail of many notable people throughout history. I was proud of the students and as I walked around and visited various displays, I was amazed at how much the students had become their Notables for the night. I would like to thank the Year 9 English teachers (Ms Emily Phibbs and Mr Jake Barnett) and other teachers for the work in the lead up to the evening and on the night.
Respectful Relationships in Schools (RREIS)
Next week we are conducting Challenge Week for Years 8 and 9 students. The program, which was first introduced in 2015, is aimed at building school and community partnerships to embed a culture of gender equity and respectful relationships. Since then our College has delivered, evaluated and continuously refined the content and activities to develop a strong program, which is being extended into other year levels and into our College policies and procedures. This is shown in:
- our commitment to the development of resilient and respectful students within our College values
- the development of rights responsibilities for students, staff, parents and community
- review of policies including our Student Engagement and Inclusion Policy and Code of Conduct
We aim to teach our students that while respect for others and the environment is an expectation, it is of utmost importance to respect themselves.
Scoresby Lead RREIS School for Knox
Last term I reported our College was announced as a Lead School for the Respectful Relationships Education Program in Schools (RREIS). The program is now a core program within the Victorian Curriculum for all schools. As a Lead School, we have been allocated resources to:
- further skill up an expert team for the delivery of the program in our school
- present at professional learning programs
- mentor ten local primary and secondary schools in the Knox area who will be delivering the program for the first time
I congratulate Mr Chris Knight our Assistant Principal and the expert team on their leadership and the provision of this excellent program.
Scoresby Secondary College would like to correct misinformation about the Safe Schools program that has been posted on social media, which has in turn been reported in the press and raised concerns in our school community.
Safe Schools is not part of the Victorian Curriculum – it is a commitment that schools make to be safe and inclusive places for all students, including LGBTI students. Safe Schools is not a sex education program, nor does it teach sexual practices. It is simply a program to help schools and students understand and respect that people should not be discriminated against for any reason – including gender and sexual diversity. It is a sad reality that LGBTI young people are more likely to be bullied at school than elsewhere and this has a major impact on their educational outcomes. The Department of Education and Training provides evidence-based information, resources and professional learning for school staff to use as we see fit to prevent discrimination against LGBTI students.
Resources provided by the Department of Education and Training to help deliver the program are carefully selected to ensure they are appropriate for the ages of students using them. Our school is free to decide how we implement the Safe Schools program, and we will take into account our local context and the needs of our school community when doing so.
If you wish to discuss the Safe Schools program further, please do not hesitate to contact me. Alternatively, further information about the program can be found on the Department of Education and Training’s website: www.education.vic.gov.au/safeschools.
Parent Information Evenings
I thank parents who have made the time to come to our 2018 Information Evenings for students entering Years 9, 10, 11 and 12. I would also like to thank Mr Chris Knight for leading these evenings and staff who have attended the last four Tuesday evenings.
Attendance at these evenings shows your student that you are there to support their education and provides you with vital information. Even if you have attended for an older sibling previously, there are continuous updates that arise as VCAA and DET review curriculum and delivery requirements:
Here are two examples:
- Last week our Head of Senior School provided updates for VCE English unit completion for 2018. The requirements for a satisfactory outcome in both units 3 and 4 must be obtained for students to be awarded their VCE no longer 3 out of 4 sequences across units 10-4
- In 2018 Year 9 students need to be aware that we will have the introduction of a new two year certificate to be presented at the end of Year 10, provided students meet the minimum requirements across the two year period.
A report by the Australian Government titled, strengthening family and community engagement in student learning highlighted the following benefits of parental engagement in their child’s education:
- self esteem
- engagement in learning
- participation in more challenging subjects
- literacy and numeracy outcomes
- completion of homework
- behaviour at home and school
- connection to school and learning
- school completion rates
Please see attachment for Parent Payments in
Victorian Government Schools
Congratulations to Bryce Prissman Year 10 on becoming a fully qualified fire fighter. This is a great achievement. Well done Bryce!
On behalf of the College Community, I would like to extend our condolences to a number of students and their families who have lost parents, grandparents and other relatives over the past two weeks. Passing of loved ones is difficult for those directly involved. Our student services team and staff are here to support our students during these difficult times.