Sunday 20 February Parents Association Bunnings BBQ
Monday 21 – 25 February Year 7 PAT Testing
Thursday 24 February Senior Sport Round Robin
Friday 25 February College Photos
Monday 28 February Intermediate Sport Round Robin
Wednesday 2 March College Swimming Carnival (to be confirmed)
Wednesday 9 March Year 7 Welcome BBQ
Monday 14 March Labour Day Holiday
Tuesday 15 March College Athletics Carnival
Wednesday 16 March Year 7 Sport Round Robin
Wednesday 23 March Year 8 Sport Round Robin
Wednesday 6 April Parent Teacher Student Interviews
Thursday 7 April Basketball Marathon
Friday 8 April Final Day Term 1
Welcome to week 3.
We have navigated another week with minimal disruption due to Covid. Our community is responding very positively to the maintenance of the restrictions we need to operate under at school. Student mask wearing, hand hygiene and distancing has been effective, and we urge families to continue encouraging students to engage in these behaviours.
Students and staff are staying home and testing if they are experiencing any symptoms. The RAT testing we have all been doing is also proving very effective and limiting exposure to positive cases. Across the State, the Government modelling suggests the voluntary use of RAT’s has prevented more than 21,000 cases in schools alone. Our staff are ensuring the use of air purifiers every session and keeping windows open to promote further ventilation.
These measures are proving successful in ensuring we keep our College open and don’t have to return to remote learning. I thank everyone for their ongoing and continued support to maintain covid safe behaviours.
To that end we are reviewing the timing of the Swimming Carnival again. We are contemplating moving the event to Term 4, during Leap Up. The venue enables exposure to members of the public in an enclosed indoor space when accessing toilets, changerooms and the canteen. We are reluctant to stage a whole school event that could potentially lead to a high number of infections. A decision will be made and communicated this coming Monday on Compass. All students wanting to progress to the next stage of the Division swimming will be enabled, should we decide to postpone.
This week some of our Year 7 classes commenced PAT testing. This data that we collect helps form a vital data source that enables us to more effectively teach to each student’s point of need. The testing identifies any gaps in the learning progression. Teachers then can teach to that gap and enable children to build skills they may have missed. This is a form of highly effective teaching. Last year 63% of our Year 12 students achieved scores superior to the VCAA predicted score. This can only be achieved with student dedication and highly effective teaching. The growth of every child at our school is our core business. We are proud of the work the Year 7 team are doing to identify and close, gaps in Year 7 student’s learning.
Lions Club Youth of the Year
We’re incredibly proud of Gabby P for winning Lions Club of Box Hill Youth of the Year last night.
The Lions Youth of the Year program fosters leadership skills in Australian students approaching the end of their high school years.
By emphasising qualities like academic skills, sporting and cultural involvement, public speaking and contribution to the community, Youth of the Year aims to bring forth the next generation of outstanding young Australians.
Our fantastic Parents Association are holding a Bunnings BBQ fundraiser for the College this coming Sunday 20th Feb. Please come and visit, grab something to eat and say hi, in support of our great community. You can find us at Vermont South Bunnings.