A belated welcome back to Term 2. I hope all students had an enjoyable and restful holiday period. It was fantastic see that the weather held out with lots of sunshine over these two weeks.
The term has started smoothly with all students settling back into their studies and applying themselves to their learning. The teachers returned refreshed and focused for the term ahead and have completed their explicit planning and documentation needed in each of their areas of study.
Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will undertake the state NAPLAN tests next week which provides data back to the school comparing our students literacy and numeracy abilities against other local government schools and state averages.
I would like to reinforce to all students and parents that teachers will commence report writing in about three weeks time and that students need to ensure that they are applying themselves to the best of their ability so their mid year reports are indicative of their achievements and capabilities. Parents please remember that this is a partnership to educate your child and if you have any questions or concerns around their level of achievements please contact your child’s teacher via phone or email to ensure any additional support that may be needed can be implemented accordingly.
To all our wonderful mothers, I hope that you are spoilt appropriately by your children on Sunday and that the effort, love and best wishes are displayed in gratitude for all that you do for your children.
Today the College has held its first full day of professional learning based around staff’s ability to analyse student data to drive their planning and teaching and learning to ensure all students achieve growth in their learning. Today’s professional learning is called Data Wise which is an improvement process researched and documented out of Harvard University which was presented to College leaders in a week of professional learning in January this year which myself and the three area Curriculum Assistant Principals attended.
Additionally, the College leadership team has just completed a two day professional learning conference based around leading effective teams. This was an effective two days and I would like to thank the leadership team for giving up their time over the weekend.
The College Review and summarised findings were presented to myself and the leadership team in the last week of Term 1 with this session culminating with a draft of the new School Strategic Plan for 2019 – 2022. The College leadership team has reviewed this document and set specific targets around student outcomes and growth targets for the next four years.
The College ANZAC Commemorative Service was an amazing event with over 3500 students, teachers and parents crammed tightly into our gymnasium for one hour while we recognised those who sacrificed so that we could have the freedom of today. I could not speak more highly of the students on the level of respect they paid during this service which was both verbally and visually witnessed and recognised by all adults in attendance. It was a true reflection of the culture we are aiming to embed at the College.
Many thanks to the students, staff and parents for their involvement at the Dawn Service. I would like to acknowledge how proud I am of the Hazel Glen College students who took part in official roles at the service.
I have received correspondence from Mernda Police Senior Sergeant requesting us to share with our parent community the importance of obeying the ‘No Entry’ signage on the corner of Cookes Road and Heywood Street (dirt road section), specifically during afternoon pick up time. Senior Sergeant hopes that parents abide by the traffic conditions without them having to patrol and enforce consequences for those who fail to comply.
Next Thursday I travel with Mr Ho to Shanghai, China for 10 days, returning Monday 27 May, where we are visiting six schools in the hope to develop a sister school partnership that will extend our language program beyond the classroom and the Young Leaders to China experience.
I look forward to this new experience and hope that this visit will provide me with the evidence that these schools will meet the educational and cultural needs of Hazel Glen College.
During my absence Mr Oldmeadow will be the Acting College Principal, please direct any questions or concerns during this period of time to Mr Oldmeadow.
Over the past two weeks we have launched both with students and with parent information nights, our 2020 Year 8 Sports Leadership and Year 10 and 11 NASA Space camps. As you could imagine there was a significant swell of interest and excitement amongst our students with strong numbers attending the parent information nights. I would like to thank both Mr Taggart and Ms Whiteside for their organisation of these proposals. Any parents seeking further information can direct their questions to either of these two staff members as expressions of interest close on Monday.
Hazel Glen College highly values the camping program across the College. The learning opportunities and growth that students gain from these experiences cannot be denied. Students abilities to deepen their relationships with their peers and teachers help develop the foundations of long term friendship groups and professional relationships with their teachers that will support them in their classes over the coming years.
All camps are strategically planned for educational outcomes specifically designed for students in each year level. I cannot stress highly enough that we continue to see the support from families in ensuring their child attend all expected camps while attending Hazel Glen College. If parents have any specific questions or concerns regarding the validity of camps please speak to the area principal or myself.
Thank you to everyone who walked with us to the Laurimar Cenotaph to be a part of the Anzac Day service. We were very proud of our students in the way they represented our college.
Students in Year 3 will sit the National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) on Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 May. NAPLAN is a state benchmark test that gives parents and schools a snapshot of their child’s knowledge and understanding at this point of time in their learning, in the areas of literacy and numeracy, compared to all students in the state. If your child is in Year 3 you will have received a letter through Compass outlining all the information you need. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the College.
All the classroom newsletters have been posted on Compass. This is one of the important ways of communicating information to our families. Please ensure that you read through to keep updated with what’s happening within each year level.
EDUCATION WEEK Monday 20 – Friday 24 May
Education Week is a great opportunity to showcase the great teaching and learning that is happening at HGC.
Come and celebrate Education Week in the Junior School from Monday 20 May – Friday 24 May
Below are the times which you are welcome to attend your child’s grade:
Monday 20 : Year 1 classes open session 1 – 8.45 – 9.45am
Tuesday 21 : Prep “Grandparents morning ” session 1 8.45 – 9.45am followed by morning tea in Performing Art Centre
Wednesday 22: Year 2 classes open session 1 -8.45 – 9.45am
Thursday 23: Year 3 & 4 classes open for session 1- 8.45 – 9.45am
Friday 24: Math’s Day – all classes open session 1 – 8.45 – 9.45am
Friday 24: Year Level assemblies – 2.15pm.
Over the next few weeks our Junior School House Captains will be presenting about their House through the eNewsletter. Our HGC Houses are fundamental to our school culture and a fantastic way to build relationships across our college. Please watch these wonderful young students talk about the Houses they lead.
COFFEE & CHAT
Come and join us in the Junior School staffroom for our next coffee and chat on Wednesday 29th May at 8.45am. We will be giving our parents a simple introduction as to what coding is and why it’s so important for 21st century learning. We would love to see you there.
On Wednesday we held our annual Mother’s Day Breakfast. Students were invited to bring Mum to school and share a special breakfast of pancakes. We wish all of our Mums and Grandmother’s a very special day on Sunday.
We once again thank all our parents for your continual support of our College.
Junior School Principal
Thank you to all the parents and guardians who have supported the College uniform guideline and purchased the winter uniform for Term 2 and 3. The positive comments made by so many staff, parents and students over the first few weeks about the dress standard have been outstanding. Can I please clarify that students have the option to wear either a short or long sleeve shirt with the Hazel Glen logo but all shirts must be tucked in.
Thank you to all the Middle School students and parents who walked with us to the Laurimar Cenotaph on Anzac Day. It was certainly a very moving service and our students made us very proud in the way they represented our college.
YEAR 7 CAMP
Our first group of Year 7 students are heading to the Grampians for their week-long camp on Monday 20 May. Some very excited children and teachers ready to tackle the many hiking experiences along with the multitude of activities the children will complete around the campsite. Always a very exciting experience that allows for the development of some special friendships and memories. Looking forward to hearing all about it on their return. Our second group of Year 7 students will be attending their camp from June 3 to June 7. Thanks to all parents who have supported this integral part of our curriculum.
Students in Year 5, 7 and 9 will sit the National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) on Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 May. NAPLAN is a state benchmark test that gives parents and schools a snapshot of their child’s knowledge and understanding at this point of time in their learning, in the areas of literacy and numeracy, compared to all students in the state. If your child is in these Year levels you will have received a letter through Compass outlining all the information you need. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the College.
As the college student numbers continue to grow, one of the increasing challenge’s is student early departures. In order to help reduce class interruptions for students and teachers, students may only be collected at recess and lunchtime breaks. Recess is from 10.45 – 11.15am and Lunchtime is from 1.15 – 2.00pm.
- The College requires a parent/guardian note stating the student’s name, the reason for leaving, date and time leaving. The student can hand this into the Middle School office or their Homegroup teacher.
- It is the responsibility of the student to leave at the time stated on the parent/guardian note.
- Students are required to meet their parent at the Main Office (On Eminence Blvd) and the parent will then sign them out as “early departure” with a reason. Parents are unable to walk on the college grounds during school hours.
- If students feel unwell at school, they must ask their teacher to go to sickbay for assessment. Students are not allowed to contact parents direct via phone/iPad. The College First Aid Officer will contact parents when required. As stated in our College policy.
We once again thank all our parents for your continued support of our College.
Middle School Principal
Middle School News
Students in Year 5, 7 and 9 will sit the National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) on Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 May. NAPLAN is a state benchmark test that gives parents and schools a snapshot of their child’s knowledge and understanding at this point of time in their learning, in the areas of literacy and numeracy, compared to all students in the state. If your child is in these Year levels you will have received a letter through Compass outlining all the information you need. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs Harvey, Head of Year 9.
On Friday 31 May the College Year 5 -11 Athletics Carnival will take place at Meadowglen Athletics Track in Mill Park. This fantastic day is a chance for students to support our house culture by dressing up in house colours and coming along to take part in a range of events including the traditional athletics events but also fun activities such as dunk the teacher and open mic.
SAC’s and Key Assessment Task’s
As the term is now well and truly underway, students will be undertaking VCE SAC’s or Year 10 Key Assessment Task’s. These may be class-based assessments eg a Maths test, or a project-based assessment. Where a SAC or Key Assessment Task is sat on a specific date eg a test, if a student is absent they are still required to sit this assessment. This will be rescheduled for the student after school where they can sit the assessment in suitable test conditions. Please note that for VCE subjects a medical certificate is required to authorise the absence and resit.
Please note that Semester 1 exams will be held later this term for all Year 9, 10 and 11 students. Students will be preparing for these exams during the next few weeks with teachers running revision classes and activities during this period. Students will be on study leave for the stated exam dates and are only required to attend their exams during the day.
Year 9 exams will take place on Wednesday, 12 June and Thursday, 13 June and will only be for English, Maths, Science and Humanities.
Year 10 exams will take place from Monday 3 June and conclude on Friday 7 June. Each subject will undertake an examination with the exception of some practically based classes. An examination timetable will be published on Compass with exam times and locations.
Year 11 exams will take place from Monday 3 June and conclude on Wednesday 12 June (returning to normal classes on Thursday 13 June). Each subject will undertake an examination with the exception of some practically based classes. An examination timetable will be published on Compass with exam times and locations.
Students who will be sitting a VCE or VET Unit 3/4 subject are required to sit the General Achievement Test (GAT) on Wednesday 12 June. This exam is very important for students to sit as it can help to potentially derive an examination score for a VCE subject if a student falls ill during the end of the year exam period.
Senior School Principal
Senior School News
Term 2 – 2019
Friday 10 May
- Curriculum Day
- No classes
Monday 13 – Friday 17 May
- Year 10 Work Experience
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
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