As we reach the end of Semester 1 and head toward the mid-year break, it is important that all students and parents take time to recognise and reflect on successes and achievements across 2016. Many students at the Junior Campus have seen an improvement in their Progress Report Performance Average score across the year, reflecting an improved effort in demonstrating the identified Traralgon College Learning Behaviours that we believe lead to better learning. At all three year levels we have had an increase in the number of students recognised for high scores and/or high growth in the Performance Average scores across the year to the point where at one year level, half of the students recently received acknowledgement certificates.
I also encourage all parents to speak with their sons and daughters about the ways the can improve their learning in the future. Areas for improvement are a key focus of end of Semester reports and teachers have spent considerable time commenting on this for every student in every subject. Please take the time to read these reports which will be made available online via Compass on Friday 24th June. I wish all Junior Campus a safe and happy mid-year break and look forward to seeing you all back at school at the start off next term.
Permission Deadlines for
Excursions and Camps
All Junior Campus events that require parent permission have a deadline of two days or more before the commencement of the event. Parents are able to provide consent and make payment online via Compass for an event up until midnight of the due date. This cut-off date and time is in place to allow the school to plan for changes to staffing, transport and alternative programs back at school based on the number of students for whom payment and consent has been made. Parents and guardians please note that this due date will not be altered under any circumstances. Students are not able to submit signed permission forms and payment after the due date, and parents are not able to complete payment or consent via Compass after the due date.
What skills do young people need?
At a recent leadership meeting I gave all of our College leaders an article on the skills young people need to be successful in the 21st Century. One of our leaders said the article was an insightful read and should be shared with all parents. The report analyses data from 4.2 million online job advertisements from 6000 websites over the past 3 years. What this analysis found was that there is a dramatic increase in the demand for ‘enterprise skills’ and a corresponding decrease in demand for ‘technical skills’. Skills classified as Enterprise Skills include – Problem Solving, Communication skills, Digital literacy, Teamwork, Presentation skills, The report is a fascinating read and has obvious implications for the education and future of our young people. Below is a section of the report for those interested in reading more.
Casual Clothes Day – Thursday 23rd June
Thanks to our Junior Campus SRC for organising a casual clothes day and fundraiser for the Leukaemia Foundation on the second last day of Term 2. The theme was sports colours and all students were invited to attend school wearing the colours of their favourite sports team. For this privilege, all students out of uniform gave a gold coin donation toward cancer research and this fundraising effort will be added to at our Term 3 Week 8 Campus Assembly ‘Shave for a cure’ event run by the SRC.
Year 9 CLiC
On Wednesday 22 June I had the opportunity to attend presentations by three groups of Year 9 students who have been learning through the Year 9 Connected Learning in Community (CLiC) subject. These students have spent the last 10 weeks working with three mentors from Vicroads, developing creative solutions to a real like problem that Vicroads are facing. This process of our Year 9 students working with community agencies and groups to solve a real and uthentic problem, and in doing so provide something of real worth back to the community, is at the heart of the CLiC program.
Each term there are five groups of CLiC students working with five community organisations, solving problems and giving back to the community. On Wednesday the CLiC Active students presented their solutions to the problem of driver distraction and pedestrian safety to representatives and managers from Vicroads and Latrobe City Council. The solutions proposed were well thought through and professionally presented and I was extremely proud of the work of the students. Through this subject and the process of working in teams, learning with people outside of the school, visiting community organisations and surveying community members, the skills essential for success in the 21st Century.