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From the Deputy Principal

30.07.20

Welcome back to all families for Term 3. I hope that the holiday period was an opportunity not only for rest but also an opportunity to spend quality time together as a family. Term 3 is always a significant time for teaching and learning and features many events to look forward to. As such, I encourage all parents to utilise the newsletter as an important tool for sharing information.

At the end of last term your child’s Semester One report was made available via SEQTA Engage.  I am hoping that all families will have had the opportunity to really discuss the report, the positives, and successes, as well as any areas for growth and improvement.

School reports are not a comment on a student’s ability, rather, a statement of present attainment.  We know there are several components involved in supporting outstanding learning, including the availability of excellent teachers and, most importantly, the learner being prepared to put in the effort required to be successful. 

Last week we celebrated academic excellence and commitment to the school community at our Awards Assembly. We were able to acknowledge each student as they came forward to receive their certificate, proud of their efforts and their contribution. Award assemblies and ceremonies take place in all schools and educational institutions.  Such events are an opportunity to celebrate success, achievement, and hard work and are inspirational also for the audience.  Congratulations to all students on their success – may we all be inspired by the good work and success of others. 

This is a time in a student’s educational journey that may be filled with a mixture of anticipation and excitement as the next stage draws nearer. It also may be a time of apprehension for students regarding subject choice decisions; choices made now can play a significant role in the pathway a student follows at College and beyond. It is particularly vital that students gather as much information to discuss subject choices with family and teachers.

In Week 3 on Monday 3 August, students in Years 10 and 11 will attend SACE Information Sessions in the Gymnasium, 6:00-9:00pm. In Week 4 on Tuesday 11 August, students in Years 9, 10 and 11 will attend Course Counselling Sessions in the Gymnasium, 3:30-8:00pm.

Attending University Open Days is a way for students to gather information on prospective study and career options.

This year’s University Open Days will all be via Virtual Tours and are as follows:

University of South Australia

  • Sunday 9 August – 12:00-6:00pm
  • Monday 10 August – 10:00am-4:00pm

Flinders University

  • Monday 10 to Friday 14 August – 9:00-11:00am, 12:00-2:00pm and 3:00-6:00pm

Adelaide University

  • Sunday 16 August – 9:00am-4:00pm

Students will need to register on the university’s website to participate in the Virtual Tours.

Our annual JJAMM Week will take place during Week 3. Students will have the opportunity to participate in various activities throughout the week including St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Feast Day Mass and celebrations on Friday.

I pray it will be a successful and happy term for every one of us.

 

Louis De Jager
Deputy Principal