Campus Principal's Report

What a sight! The college was a sea of footy colours yesterday, across many codes, with our college community raising funds for States Schools Relief. This Victorian organisation helps so many families in government schools (including our own) every year across Victoria, when families struggle to provide uniforms for their children. Thank you to our families for supporting this very important cause.

Congratulations to our Jamieson Way Year 5/6 students who, on Monday night, performed in the state final awards night of Wakakirri at Hamer Hall. It is a wonderful achievement to be a finalist at the state level. Thank you to the very large group of families who supported our students at this event. We may not have been the winners in our division, but these students are STARS in your eyes! They were outstanding in both their performance, and in their behaviour. We are so proud!

Thank you to all of our families who supported our student-driven sausage sizzle fundraiser. This raised money to reduce the cost of the Year 9 graduation. Our Year 9 students are already talking about their last term with us and our student leaders will soon begin the planning for their big night. 

Our Year 8 students ventured into the city on Tuesday as they enhanced their Civics and Citizenship curriculum by exploring Australia’s ancient past at the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at the Melbourne Museum and viewing the work of Aboriginal artists at the National Gallery of Victoria. Our Year 8 teachers were proud of the responsibility demonstrated by these students who represented the college very well.

Congratulations to all of our athletes who have represented the college recently. The Years 7-9 hockey, the Hobson’s Bay Division Primary athletics carnival, Western Metropolitan Secondary athletics carnival. Also, the Year 9 basketball and netball teams who played Alamanda P-9 College and the Year 5/6 interschool sport on Friday.  The level these athletes have achieved makes us all very proud and they are to be commended for their skills and sportsmanship.

Congratulations to all involved in the Year 9 Electives Showcase held last week. This was held in the Performing Arts Centre and the BER building. Our current Year 8 students experienced a Showcase Expo of the electives that will be offered for selection when they are Year 9 students in 2018. Staff and current Year 9 students presented information to Year 8 students about each elective, providing details of content, expectations and work requirements. This will support the Year 8 students in their subject selection for next year. A selection form with subject information will be sent home after the school holidays, with the opportunity for a discussion among students and their parents, the completed form will require a parent signature please.

Our rock bands have been starring recently, and played to an enthusiastic audience at Altona North Primary School on Friday and then on Saturday. We are very proud to report that our talented students played at Hisense Arena as part of the Victorian States Schools’ Spectacular which is the annual Victorian Department of Education musical showcase. Our college community can be very proud of these students!

Every day counts:  Remember we want all our students to be a HERO.  (Here Everyday Ready On-time)


Did you know?

  • Patterns of late arrival at school or missing classes are early warning signs.
  • Missing one day of school each week adds up to 2 months missed over a year.
  • Each day of school absence has an impact on skill development and social connections.
  • Poor attendance may be associated with future unemployment, and poorer health in the future.

What you can do

  • Act early.
  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day, make that the expectation. Regular attendance at school sets up good behaviours for regular attendance at work.
  • Help your child maintain daily routines such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep. On average, children need 8-9 hours sleep to be healthy and alert. You may also need to monitor their use of the Internet, mobile phone, hand-held gaming devices and TV at night to ensure they are not staying up too late or being disturbed while sleeping.
  • Try not to schedule hair, dental or medical appointments during school hours. Arrange family holidays during scheduled school holidays so that they don’t miss out on classes and feel left behind.
  • Monitor your child’s attendance on Compass and attend Student Learning Conferences to monitor their learning.
  • Students are welcome to attend Breakfast Club at Carranballac on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8am.  Students can enjoy a bowl of cereal, a warm milo or some toast with friends before 8:30am. 

A reminder that our term finishes at 2pm this Friday. Thank you to our incredible parents who have supported us so strongly over the term in so many different ways. We look forward to working with you again in Term 4. We wish our families a restful break and trust that all our students will return safely on Monday 9 October ready to work hard in Term 4. 


 

Ros Myors

Boardwalk Campus Principal

 

  

Sandy Naughton

Jamieson Way Campus Principal

 


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