Wek 9, Term 4
As this will be my second last Weekly Wrap for the year, it is worth reflecting for a moment, before mentioning our strategic focus for 2020.
In 2019, we developed a new Strategic Plan to drive us forward for the next four years. Many students, parents and staff contributed to the creation of a Strategic Plan that aims to continue to develop learning experiences that are differentiated and rich. That in turn will foster a secondary schooling experience where each student has the opportunity to learn and grow through the core academic curricular opportunities that have been presented to them. I want to reinforce that academic growth is our core business, knowing it does not occur in isolation.
Our VCE median study score continued a four year trend of growth. Positive Education has continued to be a key element that contributes to the academic success of our students, throughout 2019. We have placed a strong emphasis on the development of mindfulness skills, resilience, growth mindset and an understanding of our signature strengths, and how these form the platform for our academic growth.
The combination of learning confidence, effort and achievement are what produces the growth we seek in each student. 2019 saw the Naplan results of our students continue to improve. I am proud of the work done in Middle Years classes that have seen our Year 9 students delivered personal growth that exceeded State averages. This year, again, our College has been recognised in a DET review of State-wide data.
- Forest Hill College is one of nine schools in the North East Victorian Region who have had “consistently high” ( 20% above benchmark growth levels) Naplan growth in 4 of the last 5 years.
- Forest Hill College is one of two schools in the North East Victorian Region who have had “consistent” improvement in efforts in attitudes to school, effort and sense of confidence.
2020 Will focus on our practice on meeting students at their point of need ( developing high quality curriculum, informed by student data and delivered in classrooms utilising a range of differentiation strategies via an instructional model)
Finally, Tuesday, 3rd December, was International Day of People with Disability. This day has been held each year since 1992 as an international day of celebration for people living with disabilities and to create diverse and accepting communities. The theme this year was “The Future is Accessible” – looking forward to a future where the barriers standing in people’s way no longer exist. We are proud of the work we do at the College to enable this. The implementation of the STEP pathway, VCAL, VET and pathways into Diplomas at Swinburne as stepping stones towards bachelor Degrees are developments we are justifiably excited by. We are confident Forest Hill College is truly a school for all students.
There are a number of community events happening around Melbourne to mark this day that you might be interested in- https://www.idpwd.com.au/
There are also a number of teaching resources on the website you might like to access in support of the day: https://www.idpwd.com.au/get-involved/schools/teachers/
You might also like to consider a donation to a charity of your choice- some ideas (certainly not a complete list) : https://www.visionaustralia.org/, http://cpaustralia.com.au/, https://www.givenow.com.au/deafaustralia, https://www.yooralla.com.au
Thank you for your continuing support in making our College community a flourishing environment for all!
Have a great weekend.