We are now in the thick of term two, which is always a busy time for students and staff. We’ve had lots of different events and activities occurring, including Monash Tech School, Toolbox Education, Cross Country, our inaugural Spelling Bee, as well as many other exciting learning opportunities. Now is a great time to check in on your child’s Compass to see the comments from teachers on their Common Assessment Tasks. It would be great if you could read the comments, talk to your child, and consider some goals for improvement. As always, if you have any concern please contact the relevant classroom teacher, or the year level coordinators with any bigger concerns.


School Song

Last week in both year level assemblies I had the privilege of sharing with the students some of the 60 year history of our school, and how it led to our wonderful school song. I urge parents to speak to any year 7 or 8 student and ask them to explain some of the background we talked about. We’ll continue to practise singing the song at upcoming assemblies and other events.


Every day counts

Did you know:

  • Patterns of late arrival at school or missing classes are early warning signs of disengagement?
  • Missing one day of school each week adds up to two months per year?
  • Each day of absence has an impact on skill development and important social connections
  • Poor attendance may be associated with future unemployment, criminal activity, substance abuse, and poorer health and life expectancy?


Top tips:

  • We want to work in partnership with parents – act early if you have any concerns by contacting your child’s school and asking for advice and support
  • Remember that every day counts
  • There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes and their social connectedness
  • Talk positively about school and the importance of attending every day
  • Open and prompt communication with the school about all absences is a good idea
  • Avoid making routine medical and dental appointments during the school day or planning family holidays during the term
  • Seek help from the school if you are concerned about your child’s attendance and wellbeing. We want to work in partnership with parents to support student attendance and wellbeing



Mr Matt Sheehan
Campus Principal – Junior School