It feels like something of a milestone to finally have all year levels back on site after 11 weeks.
As remote and flexible learning has come to an end, I want to congratulate all of our students for the commitment they have shown to their learning in this new environment. This includes participation in online classes, the work they completed across each week and the weekly learning tasks they submitted. Their teachers have been full of praise for the way students have approached this immense transition, for the support they have given to them and to each other. We completely understand how challenging this has been for them. Our students have shown such perseverance in their learning and we are definitely proud of them..
We also understand how challenging this time was for many of our families and we thank you for your support and patience. We also acknowledge that families have needed to deal with other stresses from COVID-19 and if there is anything that we might be able to do to help you, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We particularly want to recognise the outstanding work done by all of our staff to create a high quality online learning environment for our students. They collaborated and really thought about what is possible in order to promote learning and wellbeing in this environment for our students.
As we now have returned to onsite learning, students and teachers are working hard to complete all end of semester assessments and we congratulate them for the way they have transitioned back to school from what has been a very disrupted term. Student attendance has been very high across all year levels and only a handful of students who have specific medical conditions have been away from school. Parents need to understand that although they are welcome to access any work that is generally available on our online platforms, there will be no specific teaching available for these students. Although many things are beginning to return back to normal, there are still restrictions on excursions, camps and inter-school sport for the rest of this term.
The college is evaluating its experience with remote and flexible learning and will be collecting data from both staff and students in the next few weeks to see what aspects could be retained as we continue to transition back to onsite learning. This information will also support the work the department is undertaking in this area. In the meantime, a huge thank you for all of your support, patience and positivity.
End of Term Information
Due to Covid-19 restrictions and disruptions in how we still operate as a college, exams for students in Years 10 and 11 will run for Semester 1. Year 12 students will have their practice exams in all subjects in the first few weeks of Term 3. All students undertaking a Unit 3 & 4 subject will also now sit the GAT in September. Year 11 VCAL students two-week Structured Workplace Learning block in Weeks 8 and 9 of the term did not also run and students will need to wait until the next round of SWL.
Semester 2 commences for all students this year in Week 1, Term 3 for Year 7 -11 students as part of the Assessment and Reporting changes that we implemented recently. A new timetable will commence on this day. Unit 4 studies will commence by Week 3 Term 3 due to the final exams being pushed back a few weeks at the end of the year.
The last round of the student progress reports will be undertaken over in Week 11 Term 2 and Week 1 Term 3 as well in as the teacher judgements in line with the Victorian Curriculum Standards. Student’s summative assessment grades and teacher judgements will then be collated and pushed through to an end of semester report format. Student feedback on the actual summative task is provided through the learning Tasks Module in Compass. Reports will be available to parents through Compass in Week 2 Term 3.
Whilst learning was being conducted remotely, improvements to school facilities continued during this time. We continued to undertake the next round of maintenance repairs to different areas of the school. This included carpentry/painting work in the SPACE and plumbing/drainage work at the front of the school due to the previous flooding issues. We also installed gas isolation fixtures in our Science and Food Tech rooms as well as fixing up new gas leaks in in the science rooms. The maintenance in the gym floor has continued and we have been able to begin the drying process.The gym will be out of action for the last week of term but we are hopeful that the damage will not as big as first thought.
We have completed painting to the internal and external walls of the T portables, now forming part of the Inclusive Building. L4 and L5 have also been painted as well on the outside as well as some of the doors in the admin building.
Additional work has also commenced with synthetic turf around the inclusive building and final landscaping at the front of the school – Parmelia drive end!
The next set of new lockers arrived at school in the last month thanks to the funding from DET in terms of the new mobile phone policy implementation. These lockers have been positioned in the H area near the Student Support Office. We also replaced a number of the student locker bay roller doors with the money supplied by DET.
Finally, the futsal court has been resurfaced and this work is almost complete. This was work was planned from the end of last year. Brimabank Council has also completed upgrading the perimeter fence around the oval too. Finally, we have been provided with a new portable and this has been erected near the school oval.
We will be closely monitoring student lateness, particularly at the start of the day. Students need to arrive at school no later than 8:45am in order to allow them enough time to get to their lockers and be ready for homeroup at 8:50am. We ask for parents’ support to ensure that your children leave home in time, or are dropped off by 8:45am. Students will also need to ensure that they use their Student ID cards to sign in at the Compass kiosk. All students are expected to carry them at all times. We will be monitoring students who are continually late in the morning and contacting parents where required.
Students Not Feeling Well
If a student is feeling unwell, especially in this time with Covid-19, it is important that the student remains home and the school is notified. If a student feels unwell at school, it is vital that the student initially reports to sick bay.
I remind all students and parents that it is very important that we all follow the accepted procedure where a student sees the school nurse initially.
We greatly appreciate the support we receive from parents to make sure that your child attends school regularly and punctually, is in full school uniform, and is ready to learn in all classes with correct books and equipment.