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From the Acting Deputy Principal

22.08.19

Term 3 has begun with students setting new learning goals and approaching their studies with interest and determination. The Year 12 students in particular are concentrating on their studies as they complete their last full term of lessons, and are counting down their last assignments.

Term 3 is the also the term we begin planning for 2020. Year 10 and 11 students and their families have had the opportunity to attend SACE Information Evenings to learn more about how the SACE Certificate is achieved. Discussions about subject selections for 2020 have also been a feature of this first half of the term with Course Counselling held recently. Students entering Year 10, 11 and 12 were provided with the opportunity to discuss their pathway and the best subjects to study in a 1-on-1 counselling session. All students needed to complete their 2020 subject selections by midnight Friday 23 August. From this data, the process of constructing the 2020 school timetable will commence.

This term teaching staff will undertake professional learning with LeadLearn Consulting. This process is undertaken through a coaching model where staff reflect on their pedagogy,  following a survey completed by students in one of their classes. They choose a dimension of learning identified from their survey and consider ways of developing that dimension in their classrooms. This model allows us to continually reflect on our practice and work collaboratively to ensure the highest standards of teaching and learning in our classrooms.

The second half of the term will provide us with the opportunity to share with our families examples of the work completed in some of our elective subjects. The Arts Night on Tuesday 17 September in the College Gymnasium will be an entertaining showcase of Visual Art, Design, Music, Drama and Dance performances. I encourage you to attend. Dance students will also showcase their class and individual performances for assessment at the Dance showcase on Wednesday 11 September at Seymour College.

On Friday 2 August, we hosted our inaugural Alumnae Association event. It was a lovely evening of catching up and sharing stories. A massive thank you to everyone who attended and made it a successful evening.

I have been fortunate enough to attend with Elena Tatarelli the Josephine Colloquium held in Sydney at Mary MacKillop place this week. This has been a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the work of Mary MacKillop with others who work in a variety of Josephine ministries around Australia, to ensure that Mary's vision and charism lives on in the work we do every day.

Excursions, Incursions, Science Week and Book Week have also featured in the first five weeks of term, along with the daily learning tasks of assignments, tests and lessons. We look forward to the second half of term with as much excitement and wonder as we did the first half.

 

Cathy Swain
Acting Deputy Principal