Students in Year 9 and 10 have completed a fantastic semester of learning. Students and families should be congratulated for their support of the remote learning program. This was a different schooling experience and it was pleasing to see how engaged both students and staff were while working remotely. I have been impressed with students, who in many cases, have achieved more than they thought was possible across this last semester. It was pleasing to welcome students back on site and this allowed students to reconnect with their peers and teachers and start working in classrooms again.
Can I wish all families a safe and restful break and we look forward to welcoming students back to the college on Monday 13 July to commence Term 3.
Congratulations to students who have applied themselves throughout the semester, especially those who have reflected on assessments, taken on board feedback and applied suggested strategies for improvement. It is important to remember that some students’ self-esteem is affected because they feel they have let others down even when they have worked to the best of their ability.
How do we encourage genuine positive self-esteem in our young people at this time? One way is to provide unconditional positive acceptance, while encouraging an appreciation of individual special abilities and worth. This involves showing that you do care and respect their skills across a broad range of activities, not merely judging them based on their academic success. It is important for students to focus on achieving their personal best in all facets of their lives.
The planning for our new STEAM Centre on the Senior Campus is well underway with support from the Victorian Schools Building Authority and region. A brief survey was sent to all students, staff and parents for input into this exciting planning project. The information collected from this survey will help with the planning process ensuring we design a building for our current and future needs. Work will continue across the remainder of this year on this exciting project.
Mr Ian MacLeod
Campus Principal – Middle School