Years 10 - 12
I have enjoyed visiting a number of online classes and assemblies recently and it has been nice to see the students working hard and engaging in their studies. It is amazing how quickly we adapt to new situations and environments and although we would prefer to see the students and teachers back at school, everyone is doing a remarkable job. Our aim in the senior school is to support all students to complete the year as successfully as possible. One of the most disappointing aspects of the current circumstances is that our senior VCAL students have finished their year and journey at school in a remote environment. We are looking at how we can celebrate this milestone and will notify students concerned as soon as we can. The VCE students are also approaching the final exams and I am confident that they will be as prepared as possible and will put their best foot forward. Although easier said than done, students need to maintain their focus on the final goal, which is to do the best that they can. Knowing our students, everything else will take care of itself in due course. I wish everyone well and am excited about the prospect or returning to a semblance of normality in term 4.
YEAR 7 and YEAR 10 IMMUNISATION
The Year 7 immunisation program was postponed and has been rebooked for the 19th October. Year 10 students can also receive their immunisations on this day if they did not attend a community session. Parents/ carers may contact the Shire on 59501099 to enquire about future community sessions if they prefer. Please be aware that the school session on the 19th depends on whether students have returned to school at this time.
Andrew Wynne Assistant Principal
The return to remote learning this term has certainly been a challenging time for all members of the Dromana College community and once again rearranged and challenged all the things we take for granted at school. We are immensely proud of the ways in which our students have again adapted to this new paradigm and in so many ways made the best of a bad situation. Parents should also be commended for the role they have taken in helping their students, in many cases while they are also working from home! 2020 has not been the year we had hoped or planned for, but never has their partnership between parents, students and teachers been more evident.
No remote learning program, however, can replace the buzz and energy of students at school. We look forward to welcoming back all our students, but particularly the Year 7’s who have barely had time to get to know each other, and the many things that Dromana College has to offer.
To all students and parents, congratulations on your outstanding efforts and optimism this term, but let us hope Term 4 brings us all back together to continue to learn, develop relationships and make memories!
Information regarding our 2021 LEAP program has now been uploaded to the College website and can be found under the Learning tab. LEAP is our Learning Enhancement Acceleration Program, a program specifically designed to address the needs of academically talented students who share a love of learning. The LEAP curriculum has been developed to challenge and engage these students across a range of learning areas, with a focus on developing higher order thinking skills. If your child is interested in being part of our Year 7 2021 LEAP class, we encourage you to visit the Dromana College website for further details.
Learning and Teaching
As we approach the end of Term 3 it is hard to believe that we have been offsite and online for so long. We are extremely hopeful to see our students return to school in Term 4 and enjoy the final term of this unique and challenging academic year together. All staff, students and families are to be congratulated for what has been a seamless transition back to remote learning. The Google Classroom will never replace the great learning spaces we have created here at the college but it has been great to see students and staff engaging more confidently in the remote environment this term; exploring new apps, activities and modes of assessment to support and facilitate learning.
This term our staff were proud to undertake Cultural Understanding and Sensitivity Training (CUST) which was delivered by our Koorie Engagement Support Officer. This training provided us with an opportunity to build on our own knowledge and understanding as well as support our efforts to develop inclusive, responsive and respectful practices in our teaching and learning programs.
The Booklist for 2021 is almost complete. This can be accessed via the Campion Books link on our website from Friday 9th October. VCE Early English orders should be completed by Monday 9th November to ensure book delivery in time for the commencement of Jumpstart classes.
Thank you again to the whole college community for your ongoing support of teaching and learning during the remote learning period. We are always better together.