It has been a smooth start to the school year and during the last three days of last week a number of programs and camps ran on the senior campus. The college is proud of the programs and opportunities it provides to our students. I would like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of all of our staff on the senior campus who were all involved in organising, planning and/or supervising the camps and programs. Every staff member was involved in one or more of the programs.
Parents and students meet Andrew Fuller
For many of our Year 12 students they have a clear goal in mind for what they want to achieve throughout this year and beyond. Often what is not so clear is how students can achieve these goals. Andrew Fuller present to both Year 12 students and parents on Monday 12 February. The focus of his talk was to provide students with a system to help them study and ultimately achieve their goals. Andrew’s presentation was not only informative but also entertaining with many great strategies and tips that students and parents alike can use right away. Thanks to Kerri Haworth, Student Counsellor, and Luke Day Smith, Head of Positive Education, for attending on the night. Thanks to our Manager of Student Wellbeing, Paul Graham for his organisation behind the scenes to make this night happen. Check out www.andrewfuller.com.au if you want to find out more.
Year 12 Canberra trip
The year 12s had an enjoyable time in Canberra spending time with friends and peers in the last year they will spend together as a year level. They visited their federal parliament, the war memorial and saw many other national sights and treasures experiencing both the responsibilities and sacrifices of citizenship and leadership.
Thanks to Ms Claire McCormack, Senior School Leader, for leading the camp, to the Year 12 Year Level Co-ordinators, Ms Brittany Barber for bringing together individual programs for 200 students, and Ms Linda Crook for overseeing the myriad bookings of the program and to the Head of Senior School Ms Maureen Theobald, for her leadership and support of the VCE team. A number of staff also attended. Thanks to Kerry Dragwidge, Mary-Jane Boughen, Simon Bartlett, Anthony Borya, Peter Scott, Michelle Taylor, Aimee Short, Tim Peters, Kaye Gibson, Deb Munro and Jovana Drakulic for their cheerful supervision and participation over three very long days. I also attended the trip and was very proud of the way our students participated and conducted themselves.
Melbourne No Camp
Those students who could not participate in camp participated in a program in Melbourne which mirrored some of the same activities as in Canberra. A number of teachers and staff were involved in the program. Thanks to Matt Sheehan, Ann Peterson, Helen Calvert, Alan Yeung, Chrissy Papas, Juliz Mathew, Rosemary McGinley, Julie Sandilands and Jennifer Geeson for leading this new program.
The Year 11 Flying Start program is a structured introduction to many aspects of VCE.
Thanks to Year 11 co-ordinators Peter Schneider and Gokce Delioglu who organised the program: presenters, venues, student groups and staff. A number of our staff presented sessions. Thanks to: Peter for the homework and study presentation; to Gokce for VCE Admin, to Warwick Irwin and Matt Cara for their team activities, to Jane Abley for running the relaxation sessions and Lyn Luongo for Careers Information. Thanks also to a number of staff who were also involved in activities, planning and supervision including Peter Soutar, Jo Nicolazzo, Elizabeth Stefanatos, Sarsha Brighton, Hayley Dureau, Dina Kenney, Cara Hill, Rachel Huang, Raelene Luscombe, Mary Petridis, Warren McAlister, Ras van der Merve and Alan Ritchie.
Communication via Compass
It is important to have an effective communication channel between the college and home. Please check Compass on a regular basis as a great deal of information is communicated via email and the newsfeed. Parents are able to check Compass each day for matters such as attendance. If you have any concerns or questions please contact the relevant subschool team.
Continuous Reporting in 2018
The college reviewed the reporting and assessment policy and process and is introducing changes in 2018. A letter has been sent via Compass. Please check this and contact either myself, Debbie Sekula (Head of Curriculum) or Jason McCrae (Head of Data, Assessment and Reporting) if you have any further questions.
2018 Central Australia trip – Information evening
A notice has been sent via Compass. There is an information evening on Wednesday, 7 March at 7pm in the VCE Study Centre (V3) for parents/carers of students attending the trip.
Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal -Senior School