Parent Bulletin 17
Friday 31 July
Report from School Council July Meeting
Update on Building Project
Stage one works now fully complete with the Occupancy permit issued and the building is in use.
Stage two works have been tendered and awarded to Newpol as the new contractor to deliver the Stage Two A building. The contractor will take possession of the site in August with construction expected to be approximately 12 months. Haskell Architects will continue to manage our building works.
College Uniform Update
Council has received requests to extend the ‘grace’ period for transitioning to the new uniform. This is due to the impact the current COVID-19 pandemic is having on some families’ financial situation. Council has approved this request, and extended the transition period until the end of 2021.
Remote and Flexible Learning Survey Results Summary
The Parent Engagement Subcommittee thanks the 480 parents and carers who completed the survey. Their feedback and feedback from students and teachers along with research informed our planning for the term 3 period of remote and flexible learning.
The three items that received the most positive response were;
The school has responded to this feedback. Teachers are now confident that the students have the IT equipment and technology to manage more complex tasks. Therefore, teachers are now setting tasks that require the use of higher level skills.
The school monitored feedback from all sections of the school community throughout term 2 and adjusted our delivery model accordingly, eg: introduction of video conferencing in the second week for VCE students and weekly video conferencing for Year 7-10 students was introduced later.
The three items that received the most negative responses were;
The school has responded to this feedback. We have designed the structure of the Year 7 - 10 teaching and learning program for this term to closely represent the school day as if the student was on-site. The school has been mindful of setting up routines for learning, as well as considering connection with teachers and peers. Each lesson commences with a video conference so students can connect with their class and teacher, the learning goal for the lesson is introduced and concepts that will be covered in the lesson explained.
Communication has also been a focus of our revised structure. Students follow their regular timetable; the roll is marked each period with students attending every class. Parents/carers are encouraged to actively monitor student participation via the daily class rolls on Compass and contact the team if there are any concerns. A strategy has been developed to monitor student participation with remote and flexible learning using Compass Learning Tasks.
Parent Engagement Opportunities
The activities and events that were identified to build our school community were;
Learning Facilities, Buildings and Recreational Spaces
Parents were also asked to reflect on the school’s current infrastructure needs and identified some areas where improvements are required. The areas of most concern that had the highest rating in terms of most significant improvements required are bathroom facilities and outdoor spaces.
Students - did you know you can borrow eBooks using the Wheelers ePlatform App on your iPad?
Watch this video to learn how...
Mid Year 2020 Online Showcase!
2020 has been a difficult year for everyone and has turned the music and performing arts faculties on their heads. This week would normally see the students performing for over 1500 people at the Mid Year Concerts held at the Clocktower Centre in Moonee Ponds. Obviously, we are unable to hold these concerts, and so instead we will be sharing some performances put together in the short time that we’ve been back on site in the last few weeks. This is a celebration of the hard work of the students and to give you a glimpse into what might have been.
We will be sharing clips over the next few bulletins as our class ensembles have a chance to record.
In this instalment, we have the following items:
Year 7 Strings - Ode To Joy
Year 8 Wind & Brass Ensemble - Happy
VCE Visual Arts
Congratulations on your achievements!!!
2020 has sure been a roller coaster ride for all students, but it has been particularly challenging for our Year 12 Visual Arts students, including dedicated Year 11s undertaking VCE Units 3 and 4.
Despite these obstacles, our senior students have managed to produce some fantastic work for Unit 3.
We want to congratulate each and every one of them on their effort, commitment and accomplishments.
We cannot wait to see what Unit 4 has in store with the production of final artworks.
Keep up the hard work. Well done!
Ms Krieger, Ms Brett, Ms Kostiuk and Mr Mastrippolito