It has been a whirlwind of a term 1. We have started the year strongly with a focus on a Safe and Orderly Learning Environment as this is an important pre-condition to active learning in the classroom.
In Uniform- All students in correct uniform as per the uniform policy to lift our personal image as a school and support students with pride in themselves and their school. Here at the senior campus we have over 97% of students in full school uniform. This is outstanding and I thank our students and parents/guardians for their support. We are coming now into the cooler weather and I remind students and families to organise winter uniform items and we are here to help.
In Class: Attendance is very important. Students need to be in class to access instruction from teachers to support their learning. 100% attendance is fantastic but we do aim for 95% to take into account the occasional illness. WE are concerned when attendance drops to 90% or below as this equals one day a fortnight and equals 1/5 of classes for the week. We are also concentrating on students NOT leaving the classroom, this means being organised with books, pencils/pens and devices for each class.
On Time: We have been firm on students Late to Class, the expectation is that teachers are in class when the music is playing and students arrive before the bell. They need to have their equipment for class and be ready to learn. We still have work to do in this area particularly after lunchtime. We also need to be at school on time. Students must sign in at student services if late or leaving early. Students who are late without a valid reason and note will receive a lunchtime detention the same as students who are late to class. We are trying to prepare students for the world of work- at work you need to show up on time and ready to work.
On Task: We want our students focussed on learning and therefore we have been firm about the use of mobile phones. Phones can be an important learning tool but they can only be used with teacher permission prior to accessing the phone. If a student uses the phone without permission, it will be confiscated to the teacher’s desk and returned at the end of the lesson. Three infractions result in a two-week phone ban. In term 2 we will focus more heavily on Task Submission- ensuring students are submitting their assessment tasks, hurdle tasks, pre-SAC activities and completing their SACs on time. This will result in heavy monitoring of progress reports and whilst we have been having parent meetings and conversations with students poorly performing this will increase to catch-up class support as well.
At the start of the year I challenged our students and teachers to work hard so that our Campus Average GPA would reach 80- a high standard. After progress report 1 it was 62.5 and after progress report 2 69. We are improving but we are striving for excellence and our students are all capable of achieving this goal.
It has been an exciting term with lots of extra-curricular activities and achievements including:
- College Swimming Sports- Tarra (green house) won
- All About Eve and Susan Alberti lecture for year 12 English
- Bob Hillman lecture for year 12
- Outdoor Education canoeing trips
- Physics has explored Luna Park and Thermodynamics
- Student Representative Council has undertaken leadership training and planned a schedule of events
- CreatIF attended a professional film making workshop and are currently making their own documentary film.
- Youth Mental Health First Aid training for all year 10s and some staff and parents
- VCAL business display at Parent Teacher Student Conversations
- Eoin Harrison has raised over $1300 undertaking Shave for a Cure
- Alexandra Chappell has been selected for the London Intensive Youth Science Forum representing Australia with students from over 70 countries.
Term 2 will see more great achievements and opportunities for our students.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Sue Coffey for her outstanding leadership of the College over the last 9 months. As a school we have been involved in a priority review and undertaken establishing the direction for the next four years under her guidance and passion for Traralgon College students to have the best education and outcomes.
From the Staff at the Senior Campus, have a safe and happy Easter break and I look forward to working with you in term 2.