Welcome to Week 3 of Term 2.
This week we celebrated the College at our annual Open Night. It was a busy night with a very large number of families touring the College, meeting students and staff.
I would like to express my gratitude to the many students who gave up their time to proudly promote their school to the broader community. I know many parents touring were incredibly impressed by the high quality young people they met. It was great to celebrate the magnificent VCE results from last year, our best since 2012. Our Dux, Victor, with a score of 99.35, and entry into Melbourne University medicine, is testament to the quality experiences at the College that enabled him and his peers to flourish.
The culture of Positive Education at the College that underpins all of our actions, was a feature of many parent’s interest on Open Night. We have amazing staff, we employ high quality socially intelligent teachers. They build a culture in classrooms that is secured around connection and relationships. This in turn enables students to flourish, in a classroom environment where individuals are valued for their strengths. The diversity of our unique individual strengths and talents is our collective strength.
Very best wishes to Chi Kiet Vong as he travels to Canberra this weekend to attend the 2021 Lions Club National Convention.
Chi Kiet was nominated Victorian Leo of the year last month and this weekend the National finalist will be announced at the Convention. Chi Kiet is an outstanding member of the FHC community, and we are incredibly proud of his kindness and his positive attitude. Enjoy the Convention this weekend and good luck Chi Kiet!
Over the last few weeks, Year 8 students have been working to design and construct a bridge in STEAM.
This has involved drawing a bridge to meet a design brief, developing a project plan, constructing the bridge and reflecting on progress against the project plan and timeline.
Today and yesterday, following the collaborative attempts of each group member to build a sturdy bridge, the day to test the bridge against weight arrived. Students gathered with anticipation to see if their bridge had met the design brief, and in fact, whose bridge could take the most amount of weight.
The 21st Century skill development of collaboration, critical and design thinking, analysis, reflection and communication is what the assessment rubric is asking of the students. The building of these skills is precisely what Universities require, and we are proud to be building the capacity of our Year 8 students to enable them to thrive when they eventually transition to a University course.
The Canteen is open and busy. At this stage it is cash only, or pre order on Compass. Café Oggi now have an onsite presence for students to walk up at lunchtime to buy snacks, drinks, chips, pizza slices and cakes. This will expand into eftpos and a broader walk up selection in coming weeks. By the look of the canteen on Thursday and Friday at lunch, the students are very keen.
At Forest Hill College we pride ourselves on being an inclusive environment that believes in having high expectations for uniform and appearance. The compulsory uniform reinforces a student’s sense of pride in our school and instils recognition in seeing themselves as an integral part of the school community. The uniform also provides a measure of security when students are travelling to and from school or participating on excursions.
As we are well under way into Term 2 and the weather starts to get cooler, the Sub-School teams ask our community members to please take the time to review the policy.
This week staff paid very close attention to the way our students were wearing their uniform. To assist all families work with us please see a summary of uniform expectations below:
Natural hair colours only
Can be worn with normal uniform
Black, leather, polishable lace up or T-bar
Whether white, grey or navy blue (in correct circumstance)
No Logos permitted
SPORT / ACADEMY UNIFORM
Not permitted outside PE and ACADEMY
Any other non FHC hoodies are not permitted
The hood is not permitted to be worn in class
Not permitted (regardless of colour/ academy top)
Plain Navy blue (not black)
Not permitted to be worn in class
If unsure about any of the expectations relating to the uniform and appearance policy, please contact the relevant Sub-School teams:
Thanks for your understanding and support,
The Sub-School teams