Principal's Report

News from the Principal

 

Dear Westall Secondary College Community,

 

Welcome back for 2019. It is hard to believe we are already halfway through Term One. A special welcome to all our new Year 7 students and families, and all other new families across the school. The total school enrolment number is around 580 students, which will be finalised and confirmed in the next week. As we enrol new students into our Language Centre each term, along with new International students, our number is predicted to go over 600 again this year, most probably during Term Two.

 

With lots of new enrolments, and 80 new Year 7 students, our highest Year 7 intake for many years, we also have a number of new staff.

 

Welcome to:

 

Kristina Vasilakis, Ellen Rankin, Michelle Ling, Amber Li, Hieu Minh Tran, Sean Fraser, Brett Forsyth, Lee Read, Hugh Robertson, Ruth Rosenberg, Peter Tarwala, Kaylene Jarvis and Jenny Phillips.

 

Hari Nikoloau, who has been a Leading Teacher at Westall for the last 5 years, was recently successful in her application for the new DET Headstart (Careers and Pathways Project) initiative as Cluster Director. This is a great credit to Hari and further evidence of the quality of staff our school develops. Our new Leader of the Senior Sub School will be announced shortly, and I would like to thank Hari for her leadership and contribution to Westall.

 

Building works continue across the Westall Primary School and Secondary College site. Extensive work is happening at the Primary School with new buildings and a new Gym currently being built. Our new hardcourts opened recently,  and we have just had final approval to proceed with 2 new Mod buildings that will house our Wellbeing and International Centres. These buildings are expected to be in operation at the beginning of Term 2 and will be located near our Library and Senior Wing.

 

You might hear your child talking about the Westall Way. These are a set of charts and guidelines plastered over the walls in every classroom. There is a positive behaviours reward and point system. Students in each sub school, leading the points table, were recognised at last week's assemblies. Please support your child in ensuring they are on time to school each day and in full and correct uniform.

 

Last but by no means least, it is that time of the year again when we seek nominations for School Council. We currently have 4 Parent/Community vacancies. The nomination form is included here. There are also hard copies at the front office. If you are interested please complete the form and leave at the front office by Friday 8th March. This is a great way to be actively involved in your school community, to be provided with a range of information and to influence school decision making.

 

Until next time!

 

Mr. Tristan Lanarus