Instructional Coach Update

 

 

Dear Families, Students and Community Members,

 

We have had a jam-packed Term 3 and, with the end fast approaching, we would like to thank parents and students for taking the time to attend parent-teacher interviews last Wednesday, in place of the Student Led Conferences, with the change being made based on parent feedback. We hope that it provided valuable information for students on their achievements this year and improvements that can be made for the remainder of Term 3 and Term 4, especially with a view to Headstart beginning in Week 7 of Term 4. This is when students begin their studies in their new subjects and classes for 2020. If you would like to provide any feedback for the improvement of the Parent Teacher Interview format, please email the College at the following address mordialloc.co@edumail.vic.gov.au

A reminder to parents and students to check Compass updates with regards to Learning Task outcomes and comments from teachers on all benchmark tasks throughout the term. This provides students with a guide as to how they are performing and areas for improvement. As one of our College values is “Personal Best”, we encourage students to use the feedback to demonstrate continuous improvement, no matter what their level of ability.

Progress Reports for students will be available on Compass in the last week of term.

 

SUBJECT WEEKS

Subject Weeks have been held this term to promote and celebrate all Learning Areas. We thank all students who have participated in daily activities, with house points and prizes being awarded for competitions, and all teachers who have organised and supervised activities throughout the week. These subject weeks are an important opportunity to promote and celebrate each of the subject areas and to pique student interest in specific subjects areas.

 

 

YEAR 9 MORRISBY CAREER ADVISORY SERVICE

The Education Department has engaged the Career Education Association of Victoria (CEAV), which will be working with Career Analysts Pty Ltd, to deliver the professional career planning service for all Year 9 students in Victorian government schools.

All Year 9 students took part in the Morrisby Online career diagnostic assessment on Tuesday 3 August. This took approximately two hours. Following the assessment, both students and their parents will be encouraged to consider the information, which will be available from Thursday, and answer some questions in preparation for a 1:1 career counselling session to be held in Term 4. This will be conducted by a qualified, external career practitioner, and will be carried out during school hours and on school premises. The discussions will include short-term specific subject choices as well as training, higher education and employment pathways and options.

Written interview notes summarising the counselling session and any action points will be provided to the school.  The outcome of this process will be to improve the quality and understanding of pathways for Year 9 students.

Well done to all the Year 9 students for their participation and we look forward to students being able to select relevant future pathways based on the advice given.

 

NAPLAN

This week brings the release of our NAPLAN data. As always, we continue to emphasise the importance of the Literacy and Numeracy data to inform our whole school curriculum planning with regards to teaching and learning in the coming weeks.

 

Our Principal, Michelle Roberts, was interviewed by The Age regarding Mordialloc College’s improved Year 9 NAPLAN results over the past few years, which bucks the national trends for Year 9 NAPLAN results. Congratulations to Aaliyah Zaph who added thoughtful insight into the possible addition of a proficiency certificate associated with the NAPLAN results. The full article can be read on the link below:

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/year-9s-absenteeism-disconnectedness-blamed-for-poor-naplan-results-20190828-p52lpw.html

 

 

Bryony Lowe

Instructional Coach and Learning Specialist