Early Commencement Program (ECP)
The ECP ran for students in Years 7 to 11 and was very successful. Students in Year 8 were able to spend time on the senior campus and had an opportunity to settle in and meet their new teachers. VCE students were given homework to do and this must be completed before they start school next year. Students have access to this information via the college intranet and through Google classrooms which have been set up by teachers. Thank you to all of the staff who organised and taught in the program and to the students who attended classes. It makes for a very positive start to the new academic year.
All reports are available on Compass – please log in to the parent portal to access this. The reports provide an opportunity for further discussions at home around progress and achievement on Common Assessment Tasks and/or School Assessed Coursework and for Year 9 to 11 student feedback on exam performance. Each assessment item also includes advice on areas for improvement. I would like to acknowledge the hard work of teachers in assessing, marking exams and writing reports at a very busy time of the year. Thank you also to Mr Jason McCrae, our Head of Assessment, Data and Reporting and Mr Andrew Wallace one of our Information Technology team who have overseen and managed the process.
Team Planning Days
A number of staff have been involved in planning in Student Wellbeing, Subschool teams and Teaching and Learning. The days allow staff to reflect and review the work done in 2018 and provide a chance for planning to ensure a smooth start for all students in 2019.
Exciting opportunity for Year 8 (2019 Year 9 students) – more details early next year
The college is proud to launch this exciting program for 2019.
An opportunity exists for Year 9 (2019) students at school to take part in a STEM related program in the United States of America for ten days in late September 2019.
Students will be spending 3 days at the NASA Kennedy Space Centre where they will undergo Astronaut training and explore a prototype Mars base. The tour also includes visits to San Francisco and Los Angeles where students will undertake other Science based activities.
The trip includes the following: airfares and airline fuel surcharge, transfers, accommodation, travel insurance, breakfasts during hotel stays, some other meals and admissions to attractions.
Please email me at the college (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone EWT. (Toll Free – 1800 337 930 or (03) 9830 4545).
The tour allows students to:
- Explore micro-gravity, experience what it would be like to land the Mars Rover on Mars, examine what it takes to work at NASA.
- Understand what it would be like to live on Mars. Build a robot that would operate on the red planet, use problem solving skills to manage potential emergencies on Mars, explore an aircraft carrier and see how catapults are used to launch planes at high speed.
- The trip also provides students with the chance to look at the physics and psychology behind roller coasters (as well as ride them)
More information will be given to students in assemblies and a parent information evening will take place early in 2019. A minimum of tem students is required for the trip to take place.
I would like to extend my best wishes for a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.
Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School