Mr David Mowbray
I had the wonderful opportunity to attend our 27th Wakakirri performance on Monday evening at the Junior Campus. The Harmony themed performance was well attended by parents, families and friends of the school and they observed a very slick execution of the current sustainability issues around the impact of urban development and the resultant changes to our well-being…very thought provoking.
The value of these experiences for the students, staff and school is immense, and very much undervalued or unrecognised by people. I would like to point out why and how the Wakakirri performance and other such programs make a huge deal of impact on people, and specifically, on our students. A big thank you goes out to all the staff, parent helpers, and volunteers and sponsors who contributed to the 2017 program.
Wakakirri, our sports program, CLiC, student-led assemblies and work placements are important examples of ways in which the school can boost curriculum enrichment, teach character and skills, and broaden horizons…and create opportunities for development of:
- Aspiration: determination, motivation, drive, ambition, goal-setting.
- Positivity: confidence, optimism, team-work, resilience, open-mindedness.
- Responsibility: courage, compassion, community spirit, tolerance, respect.
- Achievement: creativity, focus, perseverance, conscientiousness, curiosity.
The investment in character education and in enrichment opportunities for young people can make a difference. It is often that one experience that might give a student the goal, the dream, the aspiration to make them really want to aim for improved results in all areas of their life.
It is, most likely, the leadership roles available in the range of curriculum enrichment experiences that make these offerings successful. The young leaders get an opportunity to mould a range of students in age, year levels and abilities into strong cohesive teams that come together as one to create the performance or outcome desired. They do it…they make it happen, not so much the staff. What a great opportunity for these students through a range of experiences provided outside of the traditional lessons and classroom settings.
The VCE / VCAL / VET information evening was held last Thursday night for all current, and potential, Year 9 and 10 students and their families.
The school strongly encouraged all parents and students in these year levels to attend so that you have a very strong understanding of the wide range of choices, options and pathways that your child can use to achieve a successful education journey at TC.
This information will be a great guide to your child’s course counselling on which subjects they will / can select later in the month.
Parent Opinion Survey 2017
WE WANT OUR PARENTS TO TELL US WHAT THEY THINK
Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of our school. The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents at each school.
It is designed to assist our school in gaining an understanding of parents’ perception of school climate, student engagement and relationships with our parent community. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.
The survey will be conducted online by ORIMA Research Pty Ltd and only takes 15 minutes to complete. The survey can be accessed via desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile at any convenient time within the fieldwork period from Monday 7th August to Sunday 27th August.
All responses to the survey are anonymous.
The survey results will be reported back to our school at the end of September. The school will inform the school community through the College Connection. Last year we used the survey results as part of our annual self-evaluation and preparation for the key school review process and that led into planning for our 2017 High Performing Plan and the extended strategic plan reaching into 2020. One key is to develop better communication and engagement with the wider community and we have established a dedicated team to ensure the work gets done.
For further information, please speak to you child’s teacher or visit: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/management/improvement/Pages/performsurveyparent.aspx