Another week has flown past, with the usual array of fabulous events and opportunities for our students. With course selections almost complete, the College is working hard to finalise these so that student courses can be released this term, to allow students to confirm their selections by the start of Term 4. This would enable a full timetable to be implemented for the commencement of LEAP up at the end of Term 4. LEAP Up is a critical ingredient in preparing all students for a positive start to the 2018 school year.
Tomorrow, our Robotics Club are competing in a Robot Scrimmage at Hazel Glen College in Doreen. The students have been constructing and programming their robot during lunchtimes for some time now. They are excited and ready to see how well they have designed and programmed the robot.
On Thursday our Sport and Performing Arts Academy students participated in their second incursion, the focus being on developing high performance habits on the training track, in class and at home.
Our Academy were treated to a vibrant presentation by Martin Heppell from the Resilience Project on the key behaviours of gratitude, mindfulness and empathy, and how these work to reduce anxiety and increase performance. They were also thrilled to listen to ex Manchester United player Jesper Olsen and our very own Socceroo Roddy Vargas discuss elite preparation behaviours.
During the week entered into an in principle agreement with Nunawading Spectres and Sports Star Academy to introduce Basketball to the Academy for 2018. Further details will follow next week, with an announcement on the coach selection likely within a week. This is the culmination of a great deal of planning and we extremely excited for its launch. The first trial day for our new Basketball Academy will be 24th August this year.
We have been working behind the scenes to find a University partner who is willing to find alternate pathways to Bachelor Degrees that do not require an ATAR score. This week we made some genuine progress with La Trobe University, and we hope their focus on “all kinds of clever” is an opening to embed this pathway into Forest Hill College. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.