Term One Reflection

As the term comes to a close we collectively take a minute to reflect on what has been accomplished over the past 10 weeks across the College. The tone was set from day one around setting the preconditions for learning with ensuring a safe and orderly environment was established and that students needs were supported for them to achieve their best possible outcomes.

School Review
The College has completed it’s first strategic School Review and through this process defined key improvement strategies that we need to target over the next four years. I could not be prouder of the College community, students and staff in the way that they presented themselves during their interviews and feedback sessions to the external review panel. The panels’ repeated feedback and comments around the quality of teachers and students at Hazel Glen College was consistently reinforced following each of their focus group sessions. Their visits to classrooms gave them an opportunity to see our amazing teachers in action and to show the quality of teaching and the importance of relationships we have at the College. A comment was made from one of the review panel members that Hazel Glen College has the potential to be the beacon school of P-12 state education in Victoria.

I will share the findings from the review panel and their key target recommendations for the College next term.

Planning for 2020
Planning for 2020 has commenced with meetings with the relocatable management team around growth and student numbers for next year. The strategic planning of relocatable locations and placement on our school site is very important to continue to support the structures we have established from day one based around the stages of learning. I am negotiating timelines of when portables will be moved onto site with a focus being around as little disruption to student learning as possible.

College Council
I would like to thank all of the parents that expressed their nominations to join our College Council and formally welcome two new parent members Alison Wylie and Gregory Davis and student member Lixen Reyes, I look forward to working with you productively over the next two years.

Harmony Day
The College celebrated Harmony Day in week 8 where many of our Junior School students came dressed in costumes that represented the diversity of cultures across our College. Harmony Day was timely this year as it followed a week after the tragedy that happened in Christchurch, New Zealand.  Our Junior School Choir performed the song ‘Everyone Belongs’ with the lyrics focussing around respect, tolerance, acceptance and diversity for everyone.

Professional Learning
This term the College leadership has focussed on two specific areas for professional learning. The first one being around the process for using student data to improve outcomes (Data Wise) and the second being School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS).  These two topics will be launched with all staff in Term 2 on the professional learning day planned for Friday 10 May.  This is a planned curriculum day, no students are required at school.

ANZAC Day
Preparation is underway for this year’s ANZAC Day services next month.  A number of programs will be held both here at the College and also at Laurimar Cenotaph.

We will have significant representation from the College at the ANZAC Dawn Service that will be held at the Laurimar Cenotaph commencing at 6am on Thursday 25 April.  In keeping with tradition, I invite all parents and students to meet myself and the College leadership team at JoJayz Café at 5am, we will depart at 5.15am and walk to the Cenotaph unitedly.  We ask all students to be in full winter uniform as a sign of respect to all the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Winter uniform
A reminder that students are expected to wear the designated winter uniform in Terms 2 and 3.  This can be purchased from the PSW Store in South Morang.

Term 2 commencement
Please be aware that Term 2 commences on Wednesday 24 April.  The College will be running its own ANZAC assembly on this day.  Thursday 25 April is a public holiday for ANZAC Day, no students required at school and Friday 26 April is a normal school day.

On behalf of all the staff, I wish you all a safe and enjoyable term break.

Best Wishes
Anthony Stockwell
College Principal

College News


Welcome to our final newsletter for Term 1.
In this week’s eNews clip you will meet our Junior School SRC reps who will talk about their recent work promoting the National Day of Action Against Bullying. They will also show you a video that they have made to reinforce the importance of kindness and treating each other with respect. They’ve done a fantastic job, so please make sure you watch their great message.

Harmony Day and World Down Syndrome Day
At our Junior School Assembly we celebrated the wonderful diversity of students and families here at Hazel Glen College. Thank you to all of the students who came along to assembly in their National Dress. It was such a beautiful, colourful display and we all shared a very proud feeling when our students sang “Everyone Belongs” together with our choir.

We also recognized World Down Syndrome Day with all of our Prep students wearing lots of different, colourful socks. The ‘lots of socks’ campaign was designed to create conversations about diversity, uniqueness, inclusion and acceptance. Children understand that no two socks are the same! A very big thank you to Angus, Archie and Ally for their amazing video raising awareness of Down Syndrome and showing us what a beautiful family they are. We are very lucky to have you here at Hazel Glen College!

Curriculum Update
A strong focus within the Junior School curriculum this year is around enhancing our Numeracy program. Our Instructional Leaders have been implementing professional learning to our teachers alongside our Junior School Maths Pilot Team. The Maths Pilot Team consists of two teaching staff from each year level that meet regularly to plan, discuss, trial, implement and reflect on maths teaching and learning to best suit the needs of our students. These staff further support their teams with professional learning and support. Our teachers have been exploring the maths conditions for successful learning in a maths class. The conditions support our teachers to build a positive climate around mathematics learning.

Easter Bonnet Parade
Due to popular demand, we will be having our annual Easter Parade on Friday 5 April at 8.45am in the gymnasium. We ask that students create their hats at home and bring them along on the day. Families are very welcome to attend the parade.

Compass
Our online student management platform is an integral part of ensuring communication is of the highest standard at Hazel Glen College. This is a portal for attendance, behaviour, email communication, payments and consent and mid-semester, end of year and progress reporting. We again continue to encourage parents to be familiar with this program and ensure it is accessed to get an understanding of their children’s progress throughout the year.

ANZAC DAY
We start next term with an interrupted week. Students return to the College on Wednesday 24 April and we will be commemorating ANZAC Day with a whole College service for our students on the first day back. The community Dawn Service will be held at Laurimar RSL Cenotaph commencing at 6.00am on Thursday 25 April. We are asking all parents and students attending the service to meet at JoJayz Café in Hazel Glen Drive at 5am in full winter uniform. We will depart at 5.15am and walk together to the Cenotaph at the front of Laurimar Primary School for the Dawn Service.
The College will have our Voices of Hazel Glen and school leaders involved in the service. I realise that this is a very early start to the day, however, the importance of the occasion and our official involvement cannot be overstated. Last year, the response from HGC was certainly overwhelming.

Anthea Jamieson
Junior School Principal

Junior School News

Curriculum Update
There has been a positive start to the teaching and learning programs implemented across Middle School in Term 1. Instructional Leaders have been working closely with Domain leaders to ensure that there is a consistent approach to planning curriculum, with a focus on the key skills, knowledge and teaching strategies required for each unit. Staff are working together in Domain Teams to continue to implement a range of engaging programs that cater to different learning interests and abilities. Students will continue to complete Key Assessment Tasks in all subjects, which will provide information regarding progress. KAT results and feedback for parents and students will be available via Compass.

Assemblies
Middle School Assemblies provide an integral part of our culture here at Hazel Glen College. These assemblies provide many students with the opportunity to perform, present and highlight their great achievements throughout the year. We always encourage parents to attend and help support these celebrations. Assembly times for each term can be viewed on Compass. Notifications will also be sent out through Compass to alert parents of these times.

Compass
Our online student management platform is an integral part of ensuring communication is of the highest standard at Hazel Glen College. This is a portal for attendance, behaviour, email communication, payments and consent and mid-semester, end of year and progress reporting. We again continue to encourage parents to be familiar with this program and ensure it is accessed to get an understanding of their children’s progress throughout the year.

ANZAC DAY
We start next term with an interrupted week. Students return to the College on Wednesday 24 April. We will be commemorating ANZAC Day with our whole College service in the gymnasium on our first day back.

The community Dawn service will be held at Laurimar RSL Cenotaph commencing at 6.00am on Thursday 25 April. We are asking all parents and students attending the service to meet at JoJayz Café in Hazel Glen Drive at 5am in full winter uniform. We will depart at 5.15am and walk together to the Cenotaph at the front of Laurimar Primary School for the Dawn Service.

The College will have our Voices of Hazel Glen and school leaders involved in the service. I realise that this is a very early start to the day, however, the importance of the occasion and our official involvement cannot be overstated. Last year, the response from HGC was certainly overwhelming.

Year 7 Parent Information Session – Wednesday 1 May
On Wednesday 1st May we are running a parent information session for prospective 2020 parents, guardians and students. The night is designed to give both parents and students an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of our College and support their decisions about the most appropriate school for their child. We will present the core curriculum at Year 7 and the many extra-curricula opportunities on offer at our College. We will inform you of our vision, values, expectations, uniform, camping program, building and infrastructure growth over the next few years. Parents will be provided with opportunities to ask questions and seek clarification on any of the information presented.

Upcoming Events
I would like to highlight some of the key dates across Middle School to end term 1 and start Term 2.
Early Dismissal last day (2pm) – Friday 5 April
Easter – Monday 22 April
Staff return (no students) – Tuesday 23 April
ANZAC Day – Thursday 25 April
Year 7 Information Night – Wednesday 1 May
Mothers Day Breakfast – Wednesday 8 May
Curriculum Day – Friday 10 May

I have had such an enjoyable start to the year and would like to thank all the staff for their hard work and dedication to ensure your students are supported in a safe and engaging learning environment. I would also like to acknowledge the parents in our community for the support you have offered throughout the term. I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable Easter Break and look forward to hearing all about it on your return to school on Wednesday 24 April.

Anthony Oldmeadow
Middle School Principal

Middle School News


Curriculum Update
It has been a busy and productive term and of particular note have been our Year 11 students who have settled into their VCE and VCAL programs. The VCE students have now undertaken their first round of School Assessed Coursework (SAC’s) and understand the importance of studying hard and ensuring that their attendance rates are as high as possible. Students in Year 11 with attendance below 90% are at risk of not achieving a satisfactory score for the unit. Students and parents are also reminded that if a VCE SAC is missed due to illness or medical appointment then a medical certificate is required to be submitted to gain a score when this assessment is completed.

Our Year 9 and 10 students have settled in well this term and it has been pleasing to see them engaging in their elective subjects which they are undertaking across a wide range of subjects. At Year 9 this gives students a taster into the subject, and at Year 10, students have the opportunity to develop depth and understanding of skills and content that will assist with pathways into VCE, VET or VCAL programs.

ANZAC Day
We start next term with an interrupted week due to Easter Monday and ANZAC Day on Thursday. Students will return to the College on Wednesday 24 April from the Easter holidays and on this day we will be commemorating ANZAC Day with our whole college service in the gymnasium.

The community Dawn Service will be held at Laurimar RSL Cenotaph commencing at 6.00am on Thursday 25 April. We are asking all parents and students attending the service to meet at JoJayz Café in Hazel Glen Drive at 5am in full winter uniform. We will depart at 5.15am and walk together to the Cenotaph at the front of Laurimar Primary School for the Dawn Service.

The College will have our Voices of Hazel Glen and school leaders involved in the service. I realise that this is a very early start to the day, however, the importance of the occasion and our official involvement cannot be overstated. Last year, the response from HGC was certainly overwhelming.
Compass


Our online student management platform is an integral part of ensuring communication is of the highest standard at Hazel Glen College. This is a portal for attendance, behaviour, email communication, payments and consent and mid-semester, end of year and progress reporting. We again continue to encourage parents to be familiar with this program and ensure it is accessed to get an understanding of their children’s progress throughout the year

Upcoming Events
I would like to highlight some of the key dates across Senior School to end Term 1 and for the first half of Term 2.
Early Dismissal last day (2pm) – Friday 5 April
Easter Monday – 22 April
Staff return (no students) – Tuesday 23 April
ANZAC day – Thursday 25 April
Year 9 Focus Camp – Thursday & Friday 2 and 3 May
Mother’s Day Breakfast – Wednesday 8 May
Curriculum Day (no students) – Friday 10 May
Year 10 Work Experience – Monday 13th – Friday 17 May
Athletics Carnival – Friday 24 May

I would like to wish all students and parents a Happy Easter and hope everyone has a safe and restful break.

Neil Baillie
Senior School Principal

Senior School News

Term 2 – 2019

Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 May

  • NAPLAN – Year 3, 5, 7, 9 Students

Monday 20 – Friday 24 May

  • Year 7 Camp – Group A

Wednesday 22 May

  • Prep 2020 Information Evening
  • 7-8pm – College Theatre

Monday 27 – Friday 31 May

  • Reconciliation Week

Monday 3 – Friday 7 June

  • Year 7 Camp – Group B

Monday 10 June

  • Queen’s Birthday Holiday
  • No Classes

Wednesday 12 June

  • GAT Examination

Wednesday 12 June

  • Cross Country – Prep-Y4
  • 8:45am

Sunday 23 – Friday 28 June

  • Year 9 Expedition

Friday 28 June

  • Term 2 Concludes
  • Early Dismissal – 2pm

Friday 28 June

  • Saturday 29 June – Monday 15 July
  • School Holidays

Monday 15 July

  • Staff Planning Day
  • No classes

Tuesday 16 July

  • Term 3 Commences