College News

Welcome to this month’s newsletter, I’m Anthea Jamieson, Junior School Principal.

Prep 100 Days

Last Friday, our Preps celebrated 100 Days of school. Thank you to our parents and carers who all put in so much effort to help the students get into character with their amazing costumes. The Preps and the teachers all looked fabulous dressed up as very senior citizens. Thank you to our dedicated Prep teachers for their creative efforts, ensuring that our Prep children had a very special celebration. The Inflatable World set up in the gym had the children (and teachers) in fits of laughter and also resulted in a few staff (Mr Stockwell and myself) realising that we are not quite as flexible as we used to be! Please enjoy the 100 day report in this week’s eNews, brought to us by Mrs Emma Nemer, our Prep Instructional Leader. Please make sure you watch the great footage of the day in action.

Book Week

Please mark Book Week in your calendars. This is happening in Week 6 and is a celebration of our love of literature with lots of learning centred on the books that we love to read and share. Our annual Book Character Parade is on Thursday 22nd August at 8.45am in the gym. It’s sure to be a fabulous morning where all students and staff get to show off their creativity and dress up as their favourite book characters. We hope to see many of you there.

Curriculum in Junior School

A major curriculum focus in the Junior School this Term is mastering differentiated teaching in numeracy. Our professional learning is centred around extending the knowledge and skills of every child in every class with our teachers participating in Learning Hubs and Peer Observations. It’s exciting and enjoyable professional learning.

Congratulations to Danny Summerell

A very big congratulations to our Innovations Instructional Leader, Mr Danny Summerell, who was recently awarded “Digital learning and teaching Victoria outstanding educator of the year 2019.” We are very proud of Danny and the work he does to engage and upskill our students and our teachers. Very well-deserved recognition.

Parent Helper Training

We had another very successful Parent Helper Training session last week with over 20 parents attending. A big thank you to our Instructional Leaders for all of their work to run the session.

Coffee and Chat

Our next Coffee and Chat for parents and carers will be on Wednesday 21st August at 8.45am – 9.30am in the Junior School Staffroom. The focus will be on the Junior School organisational structures, to give our parent community the names and faces of the staff who work closely with their children. We will also have a chat about the positive behaviour language (“filling my bucket”, “FISH” etc) that your child may be coming home and talking about with you. Please book in with Tracey at the Junior School office, we would love to see you there.

Welcome to our new Junior School Office Manager

We welcome Tracey McIlwain as our new office manager in the Junior School. Lisa Burich is now working as our enrolment registrar. We would like to thank Lisa for all her wonderful work in the Junior School and wish her the best in her new position.

Upcoming Events
  • Curriculum Day – Friday 16th August
  • Coffee and Chat – Wednesday 21st Aug
  • Bring your Own Device Night Year 3&4 6 – 8:30pm on Wednesday 21st August (week 6)
  • Bring your Own Device Night Year 1&2 6 – 8.30pm Wednesday 28th August (week 7)
  • Book Week Update: Parade for book week is Thursday 22nd August
  • Tuesday 27th August – Father’s Day Stall
  • Wednesday 28th August – Father’s Day Breakfast
  • Student led conferences (Thursday 5th September)
  • Performing Arts Day (Tuesday 10th September)
  • Year 3 Camp – Wednesday 11th – 13th September
  • Year 4 Camp – Monday 16th – Wednesday 18th September
  • Footy Day and last day of term – Friday 20th September

 

As you can see, we have a very big 5 weeks ahead. Please don’t hesitate to contact the college if you have any questions.

Thank you

Anthea Jamieson

Junior School Principal

Junior School News

Reports and Parent/Teacher Interviews

We hope you have all celebrated the successes of your child throughout Semester 1 through sharing their mid semester report. A reminder that the reports remain available on Compass and can be accessed at any time. Please also be reminded that reports should be read in conjunction with the student’s key assessment tasks. Our Parent/Teacher Interviews are being held Thursday 5th September. This will allow you to discuss your child’s progress during Semester 2 with your child’s teachers and set goals for Term 4. If you have any concerns about your child’s progress prior to these interviews, please feel free to make an appointment to speak directly with your child’s teacher or communicate with them via our parent portal.

House Performing Arts

This term our House competition is focused around Performing Arts. This involves each house being led by their Head of House and house teachers in creating a small 3-minute production to be performed in front of the entire Middle School. Each house will be judged against strict criteria by a special judge and a winning house announced. We look forward to the culmination of our House Performing Arts during week 9 where all houses will celebrate their hard work by performing in front of their peers in the gym. As this competition involves a lot of hard work and practice, a number of our assemblies this term will be dedicated to practising for this event. Please also be mindful that in some cases, Houses are asking their students to provide particular items of clothing or props for the competition day. This is being communicated through Compass. Please ensure you ask your children, check Compass and contact the College if you have any questions about the competition.

Book Week

Book week is happening in week 6 where we celebrate our love of literature. This year’s theme is “What’s Your Superpower” and we can’t wait for our big book character dress-up day to see the amazing creations from our talented community. Remember, we are never too old to dress up and have fun!

Learning Tasks

As we head into the end of week 4, I would like to remind parents of the importance of the Compass Learning Tasks feature in providing information to students and parents about Key Assessment Tasks that are completed during the term. Students and parents are able to view information about the task, the due date for submission (or test date), submission status of the task (on time, late, unsubmitted) and the level of achievement obtained for this Key Assessment Task. The Compass Learning Task feature will also include an assessment rubric. Parents and students will be able to view these items together shortly after the assessments.

School Attendance – Why it’s important

As we continue through the cold winter months, it’s a timely reminder to continue to consider the importance of attendance. 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.

Students develop good habits by going to school every day–habits that are necessary to succeed after school, whether in the workplace or in further study. Missing school can have a big impact on students academically and socially. It can affect their test results, including VCE, and, just as importantly, it can affect their relationships with other students, and lead to social isolation. 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 falling behind in subject topics and assessment tasks, and lead to fewer subject choices and may impact on achievement in years 11 and 12.

The main reasons for absence are:

Sickness – There are always times when students need to miss school, such as when they’re ill. It’s vital that they’re only away on the days they are genuinely sick, and setting good sleep patterns, eating well and exercising regularly can make a big difference.

“Day off” – Think twice before letting your child have a “day off” as they could fall behind their classmates–every day counts.

Truancy – This is when students choose not to go to school without their parent’s permission. There can be many reasons for truancy; the best way to address this is for schools and parents to work together.

While all absences are bad for academic performance, unexcused absences are a much stronger indicator of lower reading and maths achievement. Remember, every day counts. If your child must miss school, speak with your home room teacher or year level coordinator as early as possible.

If you’re having attendance issues with your child, please let your year level leader know so we can work together to get your child to school every day.

Upcoming Events

Thursday 15th August – Year 5 Sovereign Hill excursion
Friday 16th August – College Curriculum Day
Monday 19th to Friday 23rd August – Book Week (Dress up on Thursday 22nd August)
Tuesday 27th August- Father’s Day Stall
Wednesday 28th August – Father’s Day Breakfast
Thursday 5th September – Parent/Teacher Interviews (Student free Day)
Wednesday 11th September – House Performing Arts
Friday 13th – Year 6 Italian Excursion
Friday 20th September – Footy Day and last day of term 3

Anthony Oldmeadow
Middle School Principal

Middle School News

Year 11 Tertiary Education Presentations

On Thursday 8th August, Year 11 students had a special assembly presentation where they heard from presenters from Melbourne Polytechnic, RMIT University and TAFE and Kangan Institute of TAFE. Students learnt what courses and opportunities each of these institutions offers and the future careers and educational pathways that exist in a wide range of industry fields. This was an excellent opportunity for our Year 11 students to develop their understanding of tertiary education.

Reports and Parent/Teacher Interviews

Term 3 reports with students work habits will be available on Friday 30th August in preparation for the Parent/Teacher interviews which are being held Thursday 5th September. This will allow you to discuss your child’s progress during semester 2 with your child’s teachers and set goals for term 4. If you have any concerns about your child’s progress prior to these interviews, please feel free to make an appointment to speak directly with your child’s teacher or communicate with them via Compass.

Please check Compass Learning Tasks to see how your child is progressing with their Key Assessment Tasks or VCE SAC’s as these are provided throughout the year.

Book Week

Book week is happening in week 6 where we celebrate our love of literature. This year’s theme is “What’s Your Superpower” and we can’t wait for our big book character dress up day to see the amazing creations from our talented community. Remember, we are never too old to dress up and have fun!

 

Upcoming Events, Camps, Excursions

Year 9 Community project/City experience excursions throughout term 3.

Year 9 Career interviews – week 4/5

Friday 16th August – College Curriculum Day

Monday 26h August – VCAL Road to Zero excursion

Monday 19th to Friday 23rd August – Book Week (Dress up on Thursday 22nd August)

Thursday 5th September – Parent/Teacher Interviews (Student free Day)

Wednesday 11th September – House Performing Arts day

Friday 13th – Tuesday 23rd September – Yr 9 WA Expedition

Friday 20th September – Footy Day and last day of term 3

 

School Attendance – Why it’s important

As we continue through the cold winter months, it’s a timely reminder to continue to consider the importance of attendance.

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.

Students develop good habits by going to school every day–habits that are necessary to succeed after school, whether in the workplace or in further study.

Missing school can have a big impact on students academically and socially. It can affect their test results, including VCE, and, just as importantly, it can affect their relationships with other students, and lead to social isolation.

VCE, VET and VCAL subjects have a 90% attendance rate expectation or students risk not passing a subject.

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 falling behind in subject topics and assessment tasks, and lead to fewer subject choices and may impact on achievement in years 11 and 12.

The main reasons for absence are:

Sickness – There are always times when students need to miss school, such as when they’re ill. It’s vital that they’re only away on the days they are genuinely sick, and setting good sleep patterns, eating well and exercising regularly can make a big difference.

Day off” – Think twice before letting your child have a “day off” as they could fall behind their classmates–every day counts.

Truancy – This is when students choose not to go to school without their parent’s permission. There can be many reasons for truancy; the best way to address this is for schools and parents to work together.

While all absences are bad for academic performance, unexcused absences are a much stronger indicator of lower reading and maths achievement.

Remember, every day counts. If your child must miss school, speak with your home room teacher or year level coordinator as early as possible.

If you’re having attendance issues with your child, please let your year level leader know so we can work together to get your child to school every day.

Neil Baillie

Senior School Principal

Senior School News

Term 3 – 2019

Friday 9 August

  • Y4 Mad About Science Incursion

Tuesday 13 August

  • ADA-Ninja Warrior
  • Y1 Ali the Sparkly Unicorn-Author Reading

Thursday 15 August

  • Y5 Excursion

Friday 16 August

  • Curriculum Day

Monday 19 – Friday 23 August

  • Book Week

Wednesday 21 August

  • JS Coffee and Chat
  • Y3 &4 BYODC Night

Thursday 22 August

  • Book Week-Dress Up Day
  • Book Week Parade

Monday 26 August

  • Y10 AFL Elective Excursion

Tuesday 27 August

  • Father’s Day Stall

Wednesday 28 August

  • Father’s Day Breakfast
  • Y1 & 2 BYODC Night

Friday 30 August

  • MS Assembly
  • JS Assembly

Saturday 31

  • Y10 eSports Excursion

Sunday 1 September

  • Y10 eSports Excursion

Thursday 5 September

  • JS Student Led Conferences
  • MS/SS 3 Way Conferences

Friday 6 September

  • Y8 Snow Trip
  • JS Assembly

Tuesday 10 September

  • JS House Performing Arts Day

Wednesday 11- Friday 13 September

  • Y3 Camp

Wednesday 11 September

  • MS House Performing Arts Day

Thursday 12 September

  • SS House Performing Arts Day

Friday 13 September

  • Y6 Italian Incursion
  • JS Year Level Assembly

Monday 16-Wednesday 18 September

  • Year 4 Camp

Tuesday 17 September

  • Year 2 Travel Expo

Wednesday 18 September

  • Y5 & 6 Night at the Museum

Thursday 19 September

  • VCE Legal Studies Excursion

Friday 20 September

  • Footy Day
  • Last Day of Term-2pm early dismissal

Saturday 21 September- Sunday 6 November

  • School Holidays