Welcome to Term 2!
Progress Reports and Parent-Teacher Interviews
Progress Reports for all students were made available in Compass earlier this term; we hope that parents have had the opportunity to view these reports and have a conversation with their children about how they are going so far this semester.
We were delighted to see the large turn-out of students and their families at the Parent-Teacher Interviews last week. Your attendance at this event demonstrates your support, both for your child and their education at the school, which we know is important for their success. We trust that parents and guardians found the interviews to be valuable in understanding where your child is currently at, and what they specifically need to do, to improve their performance this semester.
Student ID Cards
Year Level Coordinators have been issuing Compass ID cards to students. All students are expected to have their ID card at school to use for printing, photocopying, borrowing books/devices, and registering late arrival/early leave at the office kiosk. The card can also be used as identification for concession travel on public transport; it is not necessary to get a separate concession card. Senior students are required to bring this as photo-ID to their examinations.
If your child was present at the school photo day last term and they have not received their ID card, they should collect it from the office by paying $10. ID cards for students who had their photos taken this term will arrive in a few weeks.
Second-hand Textbooks and Uniform
Sustainable School Shop is increasingly being used by schools as their formal in-school second-hand textbook and uniform service. This second-hand trading system provides families with an easy and effective service to use. The college is wearing the cost of providing this service to families, as we believe the opportunity to buy and sell second-hand uniform and textbooks will save you hundreds of dollars in getting your children ready for school.
To begin using this service, go to the Sustainable School Shop website:
www.sustainableschoolshop.com.au and start by creating an account. Make sure you nominate Westall SC as your school during the registration process to allow the system to display the appropriate uniform/textbook lists.
Winter is fast approaching. Families are reminded that all students should now be wearing full winter uniform. School ties must be worn and students are encouraged to wear plain white t-shirts under the school shirt for added warmth. If worn, headscarves, must be navy blue. Beanies, hoodies, black stockings and non-school jackets are not permitted at any time. Thank you to all families for your continued support of the college uniform policy.
Ties can now be purchased at the office for $20.
It's Not OK to be Away
Daily school attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they don’t fall behind both socially and developmentally. Children and young people who regularly attend school and complete Year 12, or an equivalent qualification, have better health outcomes, better employment outcomes, and higher incomes across their lives. It is important that children develop habits of regular attendance at an early age.
To minimise disruption to your child’s education, please make all appointments outside school hours and avoid booking family holidays during the school terms.
International Student Program
On Sunday 2nd May, staff accompanied 40 excited international students to step back in time to ride on the iconic steam train, Puffing Billy, in the Dandenong Hills. It was the perfect day to enjoy the 90-minute ride, taking in the spectacular scenery of autumn colours and lush forest. We had about an hour for lunch at Lakeside station, where students had the opportunity to walk around the lake, chill and savour the surroundings, as well as, test their pedal power on paddleboats for hire. Students appeared to have had a great time, they were exhausted on the train ride back to Belgrave, and it was a very quiet ride on the bus back to Westall!
We are looking forward to providing another memorable experience for our international students, next term!