College News

Congratulations to our students for the effort they put into their learning and for the outstanding way in which they uphold our college values. I love the way our students always say hello and greet us with a smile out in the playground and always display positive attitudes. This is a credit to our parent community and I thank you for your ongoing support of the Junior School. A huge thank you to our incredible teachers who genuinely care and go above and beyond for our students. We are so very lucky to have such an amazing group of educators.

Please have a look at this week’s eNews where Ms Ruby Mitchell talks with some of her fabulous students about the importance of celebrating Reconciliation Week.

Junior School Cross Country 

The Prep – 4 students will participate in the Cross Country on Wednesday 12 June. Please refer to the detailed note on Compass for all the information including grades and times. We’d love to see you there in your House colours cheering the kids on.

Uniform

We have a beautiful school uniform which is expected to be worn with pride and care.

We thank parents for their ongoing support in ensuring your children are wearing our correct uniform. Please remember that shoes need to be all black school shoes or sturdy runners. (Vans and Converse are not acceptable.)

Now that the weather is getting chilly you may want to consider purchasing a College beanie and a spray jacket. Students are also permitted to wear a black or purple scarf.

Every Day Counts

We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day. If students miss school regularly, they miss out on learning the fundamental skills that will set them up for success in the later years of school. There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind and can affect their educational outcomes.  Each missed day is associated with progressively lower achievement in numeracy, writing and reading.

A reminder to parents that if your child is away from school, an absence note is required to explain the absence.  This can be handed into the main office or completed via compass.  This is then noted on our system, otherwise, an ‘unexplained absence’ is the default record for your child. It is a legal requirement from the Department of Education that all unexplained absences are followed up. Please check your child’s compass records to ensure our records are up to date and were possible we urge you to correct the unexplained absences or call the office if you are experiencing any difficulties. We look for your support in this matter.

Have a wonderful week,

Thank you

Anthea Jamieson
Junior School Principal

Junior School News

Awards Assembly

Our Semester One Awards Assembly is being held on Thursday 20 June at 11.15am (Period 3) in the Furze Fitness Centre (College Gym). We see this as a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our students throughout Semester One. The primary purpose of these awards is to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of students in front of their peers. If your child is being presented with an award, you will receive a letter next week inviting you to attend. We will be keeping the category of the award a secret as we want this to be a surprise on the day. I am looking forward to acknowledging the success of our students over the first semester.

Uniform

We thank parents for their ongoing support in ensuring your children have worn the College winter uniform during Term 2. The College uniform is expected to be worn with pride and care. To ensure this happens students are expected to dress neatly and in the correct College uniform. Please be aware that students are not permitted to wear hoodies under their uniform. A College beanie is also available for purchase. This is the only beanie allowed to be worn as part of the College uniform. Students are also permitted to wear a plain black scarf.

Winter uniform is again to be worn throughout Term 3 with PSW open during the school holidays between 9am and 5pm from Tuesday to Friday and 9am and 1pm on Saturday.

Education Week

I would like to take this opportunity on the back of ‘Education Week’ to celebrate the learning happening across Middle School.  A big part of my job that I thoroughly enjoy is the opportunity I have to walk through classrooms, talk to children and see the work they are doing. We have an absolutely amazing staff here at Hazel Glen and the classrooms are always a buzz with excitement. We have great structures that provide stimulating environments supported by exciting excursions and incursions that extend childrens’ learning outside of the classroom. This is a credit to all our staff, students and families who play such an integral part in supporting education.

It was great to have a focus on education week with our students in which we celebrated our learning through home group and lunchtime activities.  Tours were run for our families to have a look at the learning in action and a meet and greet with the leadership team was held in Café 115.  We look forward to expanding on the success of this week when we celebrate again in 2020.

House Athletics Carnival Cancellation

Unfortunately, the weather conspired against us for our scheduled Term 2 House Athletics Carnival. We are very excited about the enthusiasm being generated around our house competition and look forward to our next event. The new date for our House Athletics Carnival is Thursday 24 October.

Every Day Counts

We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day. If students miss school regularly, they miss out on learning the fundamental skills that will set them up for success in the later years of school. There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind and can affect their educational outcomes. Each missed day is associated with progressively lower achievement in numeracy, writing and reading.

A reminder to parents that if your child is away from school, an absence note is required to explain the absence. This can be handed into the main office or completed via compass.  This is then noted on our system, otherwise, an ‘unexplained absence’ is the default record for your child. It is a legal requirement from the Department of Education that all unexplained absences are followed up. Please check your child’s Compass records to ensure our records are up to date and were possible we urge you to correct the unexplained absences or call the office if you are experiencing any difficulties.  We look for your support in this matter.

Anthony Oldmeadow
Middle School Principal

Middle School News

Year 9 Personal Best

It was a fantastic night last Tuesday as several hundred parents and friends attended the Year 9 Personal Best evening. Students showcased their personal best products or skills that have been developed during experiential days throughout this term. Many students have spent numerous hours in the evening and on weekends working on their projects and the standard and consistency of the projects were fantastic. It was great to recognise and celebrate all of the students who gained new skills and participated in this project.

Year 9 Exam Dates

Please note that Semester 1 exams will be held later this term for all Year 9 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 June 12 and Thursday June 13 and will only be for English, Maths, Science and Humanities.

GAT Exam

All students who are sitting a VCE or VET Unit 3/4 subject this year are required to sit the General Achievement Test on Wednesday 12 June. This exam starts at 10am and finishes at 1.15pm, this falls into the Year 11 exam period and students are reminded that Year 11 classes resume at 8.30am on Thursday 13 June. The GAT exam is important for assisting with the moderation of a student’s VCE or VET subject as well as providing an insurance policy as it would allow an exam score to be derived if a student missed the end of year exam due to sickness.

House Athletics Carnival Cancellation

Unfortunately, the weather conspired against us for our scheduled Term 2 House Athletics Carnival. We are very excited about the enthusiasm being generated around our house competition and look forward to our next event.  The new date for our House Athletics Carnival is Thursday 24 October.

Uniform

We thank parents for their ongoing support in ensuring your children have worn the College winter uniform during Term 2. The College uniform is expected to be worn with pride and care. To ensure this happens students are expected to dress neatly and in the correct College uniform. Please be aware that students are not permitted to wear hoodies under their uniform. A College beanie is also available for purchase. This is the only beanie allowed to be worn as part of the College uniform. Students are also permitted to wear a plain black scarf.

Winter uniform is again to be worn throughout Term 3 with PSW open during the school holidays between 9am and 5pm from Tuesday to Friday and 9am and 1pm on Saturday.

Neil Baillie
Senior School Principal

Senior School News

Term 2 – 2019

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