Dear Families, Students and Community Members,
Student Representation on School Council
There has been a positive level of interest in the two new student positions on School Council. Nominations closed on Monday and I would like to congratulate the following students for putting themselves forward for these important positions: - Sam Bloxham (Year 9), Ava Collison (Year 10), Carter Fox (Year 10), Jessica House (Year 7), Laura Reeves (Year 8), Jeremy Thai-Chan (Year 7) and James Vincendese (Year 10).
An election will be held next week with ballot papers and each candidate’s election statement being distributed to all students in their respective year level assemblies on Monday. Students across the College in Years 7-12 will have until Monday 28 May 11 am to cast their vote and submit their ballot paper into the special box at Reception in the main building.
Progressive Reporting and Parent Teacher Interviews
On Friday last week the results and comments for the next lot of benchmark tasks completed to date across Years 7-12 were released on Compass for student and parent access. Please make sure you check to stay informed about your child’s progress. Our new progressive reporting process was introduced last year, to provide parents and students with more timely feedback.
Thanks for your feedback on the Term 1 parent teacher student interviews from the survey Andrew Moffat sent out for parents to complete earlier this term. As a growing school we need to consider how to best accommodate the needs of parents, students and staff so the interviews are a valuable use of everyone’s time and can be completed as efficiently as possible. Areas identified for improvement will be acted upon in the future and we will continue to gather feedback to refine our processes. If you didn’t get to speak to one or more of your child’s teachers, and if you haven’t already done so, please contact them via email or phone.
NAPLAN: National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy
This week all students in Year 7 and 9 sat the national tests in Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation and Numeracy. I would like to congratulate all students for their exemplary behaviour and positive attitude during the three days of testing and for treating these tests seriously in striving to achieve their Personal Best.
The results once available will be used to:
- help teachers identify students who require greater challenges or additional support
- help the College identify strengths and, if any, gaps in teaching programs and to set goals in Literacy and Numeracy
- provide additional feedback to students and parents about individual achievements and progress
All parents of students in Years 7 and 9 will receive a NAPLAN report on their child’s progress later this year. The report is only one aspect of the school’s assessment and reporting process, and does not replace the more extensive and informed judgements made about your child by teachers. Thanks to Justin Wischusen, Andrew Moffat, Janine Danckert and Daniel Williams for organising and running the three mornings of tests with our larger cohorts of students in Years 7 and 9.
This week our entire Year 10 cohort of students is out on work experience, as part of the compulsory VCE Unit One all Year 10 students undertake at Mordialloc College, called Industry and Enterprise. Completing this unit not only gives all of our Year 10 students credit towards attaining their VCE, it also is a more meaningful way to deliver the Careers curriculum. Students have organised placements in a huge variety of workplaces and locations across Melbourne in Real Estate, Hospitality, Vet Clinics, Accountant and Business firms, Graphic Design, Education, Information Technology, Automotive, Law, Health and Fitness, Building and Construction. A big thank you must go to our Pathways Coordinator, Jane Jamieson and Education Support staff assistant Kim Cowain-Menzies for all of their hard work in supporting our students to find suitable work placements for this week; and to all of the local businesses not only in our community but extending well beyond, for being prepared to accept a student for the week into their place of work. Thanks also to the many teachers who have been out to visit the students in their workplace this week.
Year 8 Camp
On May 2 - 4 our Year 8 students attended camp at Phillip Island over three days. Students had the opportunity to participate in a range of adventure and team building activities. Thanks to Year 8 team leader and Year Level Coordinator Simon Cummins for organising and leading this camp for our students, and the Year 8 team of teachers who joined Simon over the three days and made it such a success: Julie Chambers, Kate Daly, Georgia Davey, Mick Haber, Kym Lenc, Stuart McIntyre, James Nicklan, Loretta Illot, Julie Pretty, Jo Cefala, Vicky Vrettos, Liz Evans, Lana Paten, Andrew Moffat and Daniel Williams.
On Tuesday May 9 the College Cross Country was held on a lovely sunny autumn afternoon. Congratulations go to Yerlonga (Blue House) on their great win and to each age group champion (reported in last week’s newsletter). It was a terrific contest between the four houses with a high participation rate across the whole school, and shows how important it is to participate to the best of your ability whether running or walking the course. Congratulations to Sport Coordinator Cory Watters for his organisation of this event, and to all students and staff for their positive involvement during the afternoon.
Attendance – Every Day Counts
Daily attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they don’t fall behind both socially and developmentally:
- School participation maximises life opportunities for children and young people by providing them with education and support networks.
- School helps children to develop important skills, knowledge and values that set them up for further learning and participation in their community.
A child missing one day a fortnight will miss four weeks in a year, and more than a year of school by Year 10. It is important that children develop regular attendance habits at an early age.
If you are having difficulty getting your child to school, please contact the Wellbeing Team at the College to discuss strategies that may assist you.
Further reading is available from the Department of Education.
What to do if your child is absent?
If your child is absent or will be absent at a future date, please notify the College in one of the following ways:
- Log in to the Compass Parent Portal and approve the absence
- Call the College and notify the Sub-School Attendance Officer of the absence
- Attendance Officers will SMS parents at recess each day if their child is not at school requesting that absence be authorised.
A second SMS will be sent if your child is absent for consecutive days or if there is another pattern of absence. This may be followed by a meeting with your child’s Year Level Coordinator.
Mordialloc College is required to notify the Southern Metropolitan Regional Office of the Department of Education and Training if any student is absent for more than 5 days. A letter will be sent home notifying parents that this has been done. Please note: chronic or ongoing attendance issues that are escalated to this level can lead to an infringement notice being issued to parents.
Literacy underpins all learning and as such we can’t emphasise enough the importance of reading each night and this should be part of all students' homework plan if they aren’t already reading for pleasure. Twenty minutes a day can make a huge difference for a student in developing their use and understanding of vocabulary.
Students are able to make requests at the Hub help desk for future purchases if there is a book they would like to read in hard copy that is not in our current collection and we also have our e-book borrowing system with a wide variety of novels.
Winter Uniform and Jewellery
I would like remind students of their responsibility in relation to uniform. The College expectation is that all students will be in the correct winter uniform, and that this uniform is worn correctly (shirts tucked in, ties done up properly) just as it would be expected in any workplace. This also means no hoodies worn under or over your jumper. Our uniform is a very important part of the image we project of our College community and therefore I expect all students to wear their uniform correctly and with pride to, from and at school. I would ask parents to reinforce these expectations at home.
A reminder of the rules outlined in the College uniform policy regarding jewellery. Jewellery is not to be worn apart from a wristwatch and a plain stud or sleeper for students with pierced ears. Piercing of other body parts must not be visible.
Ms. Michelle Roberts