Welcome to week 6. Wow, what a week.
UPCOMING EVENTS – WEEKS 8-10
Year 9-11 Exam Information Assembly June 7
GAT June 9
Year 7 Sport June 10
Zone Cross Country June 16
Year 12 Study Camp June 17 and 18
Zone AFL June 18
VCE/ Later Years Course Expo June 22
Year 8 Connections Day June 24
Last day Term 2 June 25
We are expecting to maintain a full schedule of events following the completion of the “circuit breaker” lockdown.
This week began with our Year 9 and 10 Connection Day, where we had a presentation from The Pat Cronin Foundation. It is always easy to say that we don’t tolerate violence at FHC, and we don’t. We proactively build a culture where everyone is taught how damaging one punch can be. Pat Cronin died from a one punch incident. On Saturday the 16th of April 2016, Pat went out to a local bar / café for a quiet night and he was punched from behind whilst assisting a mate. He was later taken to hospital and two days later his family made the agonising decision to turn off his life support system. The Pat Cronin Foundation honours Pat by providing an optimistic voice to awareness, education and research about the coward punch. The Pat Cronin Foundation is dedicated to helping people feel empowered to make change through wise decisions. We are proud to work with the Pat Cronin Foundation to support our students learn how to make wise decisions. The students also did some work around respectful relationships and consent. This is never easy work, and once again we are proud to take a proactive position to help our students become the best versions of themselves.
Obviously the week began to take its shape around what became the inevitable announcement of a snap lockdown.
We chose to cancel scheduled classes on Friday 28 May, to enable students to set up their remote learning space, catch up on work they may have fallen behind with, adjust to the next phase of remote learning and to give new staff time to ensure they are ready to teach on Microsoft Teams.
The timetable for the week commencing 31 May, will remain as scheduled. Periods will commence at their scheduled time. They will run for 60 minutes, allowing for a 10 minute break between sessions. Connect classes will still run. The roll will be marked in all sessions.
Classes will be conducted through Microsoft Teams. Students who need assistance accessing a device should make contact with their sub school staff.
SACs scheduled for Friday 28 May will be postponed. Sacs scheduled for Monday 31 May, 1, 2 and 3 June will proceed remotely. Instructions on how these will be conducted will be released later.
The College remains open. The College will only have a handful of essential staff onsite. Teachers and support staff will work from home. Year 12 students in particular who are feeling anxious and vulnerable can complete the online application for onsite supervision. The Aspire Centre will be opened for onsite supervision across the week.
Camps and excursions, and other events scheduled for the period post 4 June remain scheduled at this stage and families should prepare for them to run.
Onsite supervision will be available at FHC for students when they are not able to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made – including children whose parents cannot work from home, vulnerable children and children with a disability. The learning program delivered on-site will be the same as the learning program delivered to students undertaking remote learning. Students attending on-site will be supervised by staff on-site but follow the teaching and learning program provided by their classroom teacher. If you do not have a working device to access the curriculum please don’t hesitate to make contact with our Sub School Teams to seek our support. We will help you.
We know these lockdown periods can be tough. If you or anyone in your family need some help with your mental health across this snap lockdown period, the links below provide access to support
The FHC community showed incredible resilience and unity during previous lockdowns, when we went to remote and flexible learning. I am calling on that spirit to once again come to the fore.
For many of us this news was not what we were hoping for. It is important to acknowledge that. It will bring a mix of emotions. Please know that we will continue to invest heavily in the wellbeing of all members of our community. If you need our support in anyway, please do not hesitate to contact me at the College on firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay Safe, Stay Strong
A lot of changes have been happening in the school library lately as part of our efforts to continually provide a modern and relevant library space and collection to our school community.
Firstly, there is now “new” tables in the library classroom space, which have been moved into the library from another classroom.
But the biggest change is that the Fiction books are now shelved by genre.
What does this mean?
Well, all the books of the same genre are shelved together and then alphabetically by author surname within that genre.
The aim of this is to make it easier for our students to find books they might like to read. Students can search for books by their favourite genre in the library catalog and then know exactly where to find that book. Or, they can go to the shelves and browse their favourite genre.
We have had the help of some wonderful students during their lunchtimes this week to move all the books.
It has been a big job!
Eloise C, Estella H, Anish S, Yak & Angelo Z in Year 7 and Elly H in Year 10
for your assistance.
Careers – Year 9 Morrisby Testing
On Monday our year 9 students completed an online career diagnostic test.
My Career Insights is a program for all Year 9 students (or equivalent in specialist settings) in Victorian Government secondary schools.
Students are given the opportunity to complete a series of questionnaires and quizzes accessed through the Morrisby website. They will then discuss their results with a Morrisby-trained Careers Consultant in a 30-minute interview.
My Career Insights will help students discover, develop and drive their career planning. It is a unique opportunity for students to learn more about their strengths and abilities while exploring potential career options – giving them the confidence to start taking control of their future.
What is Morrisby?
Morrisby has been specifically designed and developed for volume career assessment of school-aged students. It is interactive with customisation options. Once students have a login, all questionnaires can be taken again without further cost as students mature, and interests change.
Students are able to revisit the system later in their school life to complete additional assessments and undertake research. This builds a longitudinal career development approach rather than being a static ‘snapshot’, which does not change with the student.
Congratulations to all participants in SSV sports this week. It’s great to see our students putting in their best efforts and having fun.
Well done on the win by our Senior Badminton and Senior Netball teams and to our Cross Country runners Sacha, Max, Carla, Jay, Archie ,Cooper ,Isaac ,Freya, Theo and Terry.