Dear Families, Students and Community Members,
Welcome back for Term 2. It is very important that all students settle quickly into the daily routine of lessons as well as our expectations of home study.
We look forward to meeting prospective students and their parents at our Open Night next week. On the evening of Thursday 2 May the whole school will be open for our annual Open Night. Please note, this will be an early dismissal day to allow time for staff to set up displays etc. Students will be dismissed at 2.30 pm on this day. They will still have their normal four periods of classes this day, they will just be shortened. At 6 pm we are holding our Sports Excellence Program (SEP) information session in the PAC. Matt Brooks will be overseeing this new program with my assistance and supported by Katie Loynes, Andrew Fisher and Kym Lenc. Then the formal start to Open Night will be at 6.30 pm in the Gym with our School Captains hosting this occasion. Last year we were not able to fit all attendees into the Year 7 Learning Centre, hence why we have moved to the Gym for this part of the night. I will address the audience followed by our School Council president, Mr Ian Fox. Then two of our Year 7 students, Mirabell Milner and Jackson Mould, will provide an overview of our Year 7 program. Visitors will then have the opportunity to be taken on a guided tour of the school to see the various learning areas in operation and to meet teaching staff and current students. Thanks to the many students who have volunteered their time to attend the night to act as guides. We also run tours of the school during the day for prospective students and their parents to see the College at work. People are able to book in for our weekly tour on Fridays at 9.30am.
You may have read in the media recently that all schools are to be provided with a zone. This is correct - a special website has been released this week and is now accessible to the public. I want to reassure parents that all current students, even if residing outside our new zone, will still have a place at the College, along with any siblings in the future. For new enrolments coming into Year 7, I anticipate that we will have sufficient capacity to be able to take students from outside our zone following the Department’s placement policy. To view our new zone click on this link: https://www.findmyschool.vic.gov.au/
On Wednesday 24 April our parent/teacher/student interviews were held and we had a very positive attendance rate. We hope that parents and students found these to be valuable in terms of the feedback received. If you weren’t able to attend the interviews and wish to discuss your child’s progress with a particular teacher or teachers, please contact them via email to organise a time to discuss on the phone. If you have any feedback regarding the interview set up and process, please don’t hesitate to email me or my Assistant Principal, Andrew Moffat.
Anzac Day Assembly
On Friday 26 April at 9.30am, the College will be holding a whole school assembly to recognise Anzac Day and to commemorate the 104th year of the landing at Gallipoli. This will be organised and led by our school captains and middle school captains, including the schedule of service and all readings. I am sure they will do a wonderful job and thank them in anticipation. Congratulations to Elizabeth Ng, Levi Burns, Ben Stewart, Sarah Sundstrom, Tim Whitford and Emma Schultz for preparing for this important event.
House Athletics Sports
On the last day of Term 1 the College Athletics sports were held on a very warm autumn day. The event was really well supported by students and staff who enthusiastically engaged with the busy program and it was a very successful day. Congratulations to Sport Coordinator Cory Watters for his excellent organisation of this event and to all students and staff for their wonderful work and positive involvement on the day. The final points and winners on the day, along with the age champions are announced later in this newsletter. Please read on!
Mobile phone addition and impact on relationships
Simon Sinek provides an interesting perspective on the impact of mobile phones on our relationships. This will be of interest to parents and provides some useful discussion points to engage all of the family. See the following clip on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0xYCy2eft8
Ms. Michelle Roberts