Principal's message

Debutante Ball

Congratulations to the gorgeous and clever twenty-five Debutants, their family and friends and our amazing staff who made this wonderful event possible. From the parent committee ensuring that the room fittings, table decorations, photo backdrops and dance floor looked amazing; to our staff planning, teaching and supporting each student to achieve success and to the impeccable performance of our students on the night; everything worked like clockwork to produce that special moment in time! A special mention must go out to our teachers Stacey Tanner and Tomas Napolitano who led the organisation of the event. A fabulous example of our school community Being Our Best!! Be sure to check out our Facebook page for all the stunning photos.

 

ANZAC Day School Awards

I am so excited to share with you that our students have been extremely successful in the 2018 National ANZAC Day School Awards. You may recall our Room 18 students undertaking a unit of work that included connecting with the Kangaroo Flat RSL and raising money for RSL Victoria. Well, the learning that the students undertook, their work samples and reflections were entered into the national awards, and we won!!! Across ALL schools in Australia, our students’ project won the Brigadier Bill Rolfe AO Veteran and Community Involvement Award. The judges’ commendation stated, “This entry demonstrated extensive student engagement with veterans and the local community. The activities the students undertook provided them with opportunities to enhance their everyday learning and increase their understanding of Anzac Day. The judges felt the entry was innovative and that the activities strengthened student involvement in the community.” The entry also was awarded the second place overall Victorian State award. This is an extraordinary achievement for the Room 18 students, in collaboration with the Room 10 students, and demonstrate the excellent learning that our students engage in. The school will be receive a total of $1500 in prize money and two commemorative plaques to display.


Out of School Hours Care Program (OSHC)

The latest update on the introduction of the OSHC program for our students is that a small number of primary age students will begin attending the program from the second week of Term 4. After an initial settling in period, the number of students able to attend will be increased later into the term. The limited number of places at this early stage is due to staffing ratios. If you have any questions about this program, please contact me and have a chat.
Knowledge Exchange Program Over the last six weeks, we have been privileged to have Michael Quayle, who works for the Department of Education and Training in Central Office as the Manager of the Program Support Unit, seconded to our school. During his time at our school, Michael has been working on a project centred on devising a system for assessing and tracking student achievement and attainment data against the Victorian Curriculum. Michael has brought a fresh perspective to our thinking regarding the processes in our school and has helped to kick start a long-term project to develop a comprehensive and interactive assessment tracking tool for student achievement. I am most grateful to Michael for his insight into this area of focus for the Leadership Team and thank him for the enthusiasm with which he has immersed himself in our school. It has also been a wonderful opportunity for Michael to take his knowledge back to Central Office about what it is really like on the ground in our school setting for students, teachers and families alike.

 

Kirshy McAinch

Principal