Welcome to our new digital Parent Newsletter! I hope you will find the new format more user friendly and easier to read on digital devices. Paper copies will still be available in the Main reception if, like me, you like to read ‘real’ books, magazines and newspapers!
The look may be new but the content is continues to showcase our wonderful Community of learners. A new feature is the regular ‘College Council News’ with our Council President, Christian Anderson, introducing himself to families.
Student Attitudes to School Survey (ATSS)
Recently our Year 4 to 9 students took part in the ATSS. The ATSS looks at a range of issues that are at the heart of the student experience including feelings of safety, engagement in school life and enjoyment of learning. The ATSS is an important source of feedback to us and is used by the Department of Education and Training to measure school improvement. The ATSS results will be available to the College in the coming weeks and I will provide the Community with a summary when they come out.
As in previous years our participation rate was impressive with 97% of students completing the survey. Well done to the Year 8 team for their 100% participation!
On the subject of testing and school improvement it would have been almost impossible to have missed the annual public discussion around NAPLAN.
Thank you to all our Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students and families for the way in which they conducted themselves during the NAPLAN tests. In spite of the feverish national debate the tests generate we provided our students with a calm, inclusive and respectful environment in which they could demonstrate aspects of their learning. Attendance for the test days was actually above the norm!
It is a measure of us as a Community that our participation rate was over 97% - a figure that many schools would struggle to match.
Erin Ritchie left us this Month. Erin has played a major role in shaping LOTE French at the College and is now embarking on the next phase of her life. I know you will wish to join me in thanking Erin for her contribution to Brookside and wishing her all the best for the future.
I am very pleased to announce that Rana Nahas will be taking over Erin’s teaching commitments for the rest of the year. Rana has previously worked at the College and is tri-lingual being a fluent, English, French and Arabic teacher.
A big welcome to Suruli ‘Raj’ Kandasamy who joins us in the Counsellor/Caseworker role. Raj brings wealth of experience to the College with a background in theatre/drama teaching and clinical counselling. This is a significant appointment that further strengthens our wellbeing and welfare provision at the College.
Berry Street education Model (BSEM)
On Monday 21st May all our staff engaged in the second of our BSEM days. It was a very full day getting to the heart of relationship building. In the ‘Body’ module we looked at;
- Present, grounded and centred
- Mindfulness and
From these we have focused on circle time and brain breaks.
The ‘Relationship’ module gave us;
- Unconditional positive regard
- Redefining power
- Empathy & Zen mind
- Golden statements
- Process v person praise
- Active constructive responding
- Whole-school relationships and
- Teacher self-care
Many of our children will already have seen the benefits of this work; try asking them about Brain Breaks!
As the Principal I am aware of the problems with parking near the College. These concerns are being raised by the College Council President through our local councillors and by me through the officers of the Melton City Council. The Council have agreed to prioritise the development of a Parking Management Plan for the Brookside College Precinct.