Welcome to week 7. What a week. Well done to everyone on navigating such a challenging week. The College seemed to maintain continuity of learning in the most part. While we are aware many students slipped seamlessly into remote learning, like last year, we also know some didn’t. Our Wellbeing Team have been reaching out to connect where we observed students had not been logging into classes. We are aware that very few students do not have access to a functioning device. It is paramount that all students bring their device to school every day when they return. The curriculum is on one note, and to have the best chance of success in a 21st Century classroom, a fully charged, functioning device is critical. We need to continue maximising technologies many advantages, both while on and offsite. We can never be certain that a future lockdown won’t be implemented. Our success each time has been largely due to our preparedness for it.
I want to thank you, our parent community, for your fabulous commitment to supporting us in the delivery of remote learning. This period of time is very challenging, and you are all doing an amazing job to maintain continuity of learning throughout, with as little disruption as possible. To ensure we continue to preserve teaching and learning time, we have decided to cancel the Year 9-11 Exam period. These students will get a chance to have an exam experience in Term 4. Right now, we want to minimise any disruption to learning onsite.
The Course Expo planned for June 22 in Week 10 has been postponed until a date to be confirmed in Term 3.
Year 8/9 Camp
The Year 8 and 9 Camp is still expected to run. We are awaiting advice next week on how the State moves beyond this lockdown and what the rules will be, however we are committed to this event, and will do all we can to keep it running as planned.
Study Skills Camp
The Year 12 Study Skills Camp, scheduled for the final week of Term 2 has also been left on the calendar. We want it to run as planned, and once again are awaiting advice on this.
Students in the Year 11 Intermediate VCAL class successfully completed their first integrated project – a Showbag Sale for the school community. They spent a few weeks planning the event, creating advertisements to raise awareness (in Personal Development), completed risk assessments (in Work-Related Skills), and created an order and budget (in Numeracy) to organise the items for each showbag. A big shoutout goes to Charlotte Smart who sewed the amazing scrunchies that were included in some of the lucky showbags.
A fantastic effort by all raised $279.90 for the White Ribbon Australia. White Ribbon Australia is a national organisation set up to end male violence against women. The students collaborated and collectively agreed that this organisation would be a worthy recipient for the donation.
Students continue to come up with ideas for fundraisers and projects that contribute to our wider community – stay tuned to see what other exciting initiatives are generated.
Parking/School Drop Off
Whitehorse Council has informed us that they have now installed ‘No Parking’ 8-9:15am and 3-4pm during School Days restrictions along Mahoneys Road, adjacent to the front of the College which will facilitate school pick up and drop off.
This No Parking Prohibition allows a driver to stop, drop off or pick up children for a maximum of 2 minutes and drivers must remain in or within 3 meters of the vehicle. We are completing a pathway for students to walk across adjacent the gate, that should enable all parents to drop off their children without entering the Mahoneys Road driveway. This will ease traffic congestion and reduce the possibility of cars and students having to negotiate this area at the same time. In the interests of our students safety I ask for your assistance in utilizing this new zone.
Stay safe stay strong.