08 October 2020

From the Principal

Article by Mr Michael Exton

From the Principal

Welcome to the final school term for 2020. Hopefully, we will have a relatively settled and productive term after last term’s prolonged period of remote and flexible learning.

I hope all families are well and students have had an enjoyable and restful break, (with some revision and preparation for the new term), and are looking forward to finishing the year off on an excellent note.

The online Parent/Student/Teacher conferences held at the end of the last term will have helped identify and affirm good progress to date, provided a valuable opportunity to discuss areas of concern and helped set some directions for a productive time ahead.

The Year 12 VCE students sat their General Achievement Test (GAT) yesterday at school. VCE Coordinator, Mr Michael Brown reported that he was very pleased with the way the students approached this very important assessment task.

I am looking forward to all students (Years 7-12) returning to onsite classes from next Monday (Oct. 12). Tomorrow, Friday 9th October, is a “catch-up day” for Years 7-11 students and will provide a timely opportunity for students to prepare for this return. Students may wear summer uniform. To ensure the health and safety of our school community members, I reiterate the following requirements for students:

• Stay at home if unwell

• Wear a mask

• Physical distance where possible

• Cough or sneeze into your elbow

• Wash or sanitise hands regularly

• Bring your own water bottle

I ask parents to please reinforce these requirements with their daughter or son and inform the College office of student absence and in particular, a positive COVID-19 test result asap.

Mr Michael Timms (Deputy Principal, Students) has recently sent, via email, to parents and students some important information to support the return to onsite learning and school activities.

Magis 2019

Copies of the 2019 College annual magazine, “Magis,” have recently arrived at the College from the printer. The magazine looks great, and I commend it to you as an excellent record of last year. It will be distributed to families via their daughter/son next week. Last year’s Yr 12 students, who do not have a sibling currently at the College, will receive their copy via mail to the family home address. If you do not receive your copy, please contact the College Office.

‘Magis’ is a fantastic record of College life for the previous year. I hope you enjoy looking over the year’s records in this annual magazine. I also hope that over time, it will become a treasured memory of the 2019 school year for our College community members.

On behalf of the College community, I express my gratitude to our Communications Officer, Mr Tony Berryman-Long, for his coordination, design work and development of the ‘Magis’ for another year.

School Review update

As I mentioned in the newsletter earlier this year, 2020 is our school review year. Term four is a busy time for the review process with the two independent reviewers spending four days in meetings with school personnel. The first day was held yesterday via online meetings and involved checking that the College is compliant with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) and state and federal governments requirements. I am pleased that we have met the compliance requirements and as a result, will have our school registration renewed.

The next phase of the review involves analysing the College’s performance over the last four years and then using this to inform the development of our school improvement plan for the next four years. I will keep you updated about our progress through the newsletter.

Staff news

I am pleased to inform you that teacher, Ms Alithea Anderton, will be taking Ms Alicia Deak’s classes for term four. As mentioned in the newsletter late last term, Ms Deak has moved to work at Newman College in Melbourne. Ms Anderton is familiar with our College; she covered the classes for another teacher who was on leave during term three.

I wish you and your family a smooth transition during the back to school move and look forward to seeing all of our students and staff back ‘on deck’ next week. And in particular, I wish all of our Year 12 students a positive, healthy, enjoyable and successful finish up under the current uncertain and challenging circumstances. Thank you for your ongoing support of the College.

Michael Exton  Principal