Campus Principals' Report

Reflecting on 2017, we are reminded of what a busy and sometimes frantic time December can be.  Our teachers are completing final semester reports, creating class lists for 2018 and finalising curriculum teaching to ensure all students are prepared for the challenges of the 2018 academic year.  It has been another year of wonderful achievements for our students, in the classroom, on the sporting field, in outdoor education activities and in the performing/visual arts.  We have been particularly delighted with the success of our HERO program.  This has only been possible with your continued and diligent support.  The HERO program is underpinned by the knowledge that students need to be on school on time, every day, to maximise their learning.  Student attendance and punctuality have greatly improved across the College.  Our sincere thanks.


In addition, we have held a number of wonderful extra-curriculum activities.  Our Cultural lunch held at Boardwalk was well received by Year 7, 8 & 9 students.  Thank you to Mrs Walker and Mrs Gault for your work in ensuring the success of this event.  The presenters delivered motivating speeches and words of encouragement to all students, followed by performances from a small group of our Islander students.  Mrs Walker had also organised a video link from her nephew Stan Walker who is a well-known Australian singer/performer.  Stan emphasised the need for having a goal in life and we can all achieve great results through HIGH EXPECTATIONS.  This initiative was a trial this year and we hope to extend this program across the College next year to promote and support the connection with students of all races.  As so eloquently put, we have only one race, the HUMAN RACE.  Let’s all live in harmony.


Our 2018 Foundation students had their final transition day last week.  We are sure they are all looking forward to joining us in the new year - as we are excited to have them.


Our Year 9 students enjoyed a wonderful Surf Camp at Lorne last week.  The Year 9 students who did not attend were treated to an educational coastal walk along our great local shores.  Thank you to Henric Beiers, John Forrester, and Rae Jeffrey who organised this fun and valuable excursion.  Our Year 2 families at Boardwalk were unfortunately affected by the heavy rain last week and the students sleep-over was postponed until 21 December. 


December is music concert month at Carranballac and all Early Years students get to perform on our lovely stage in the PKKPAC to showcase some of their work from classroom music lessons.  Thank you to the talented staff who arrange these concerts: Mr Montgomery, Ms Molnar, Mr Grima, Mr Wakeling, and Mrs Colston-Ing.


One of the highlights of our college calendar is always the Year 9 Graduation.  This year it will be held on Thursday 14 December and we have a record number of students attending.  Congratulations to our Year 9 students, who will graduate shortly.  We extend warm wishes for your future education in Year 10 and beyond.


We hope you can join us for our annual Family Christmas Night.  This is always a great night and will be held at the Boardwalk School this year on Tuesday 19 December.  Our wonderful Parents and Friends Association will have a sausage sizzle and drinks for sale or you may wish to bring a picnic basket and rug and sit on our beautiful Boardwalk School oval.

 

We will hold end of year assemblies at both schools on the last day of term.  Jamieson Way will be from 9:00am onwards and Boardwalk will be from 11:15am onwards, both in the gymnasiums.  Year 4 students will be presented with their Middle Years tie and a certificate for completing Early Years schooling. Year 6 students will receive a certificate recognising their final year of Primary School.  Year 9 students will receive certificates, as will the student leaders, guardians, and members of the Student Representative Council and Environmental Leaders.  Families and friends are most welcome to attend.  Both schools will also be announcing the new student leadership team for 2018 at this assembly.

 

Finally, to our wonderful families and our amazing teachers and support staff, our sincere thanks for a great year.  We have great admiration and respect for the support from our families.  Support from this partnership helps our commitment to make our students happy, fulfilled and connected.  May your holidays provide you with the much-deserved rest and revitalisation.  Merry Christmas to everyone and best wishes to you and your families over the holiday season.  Stay safe and we look forward to working with you again in 2018.


Ros Myors                             Sandy Naughton

Boardwalk Campus Principal   Jamieson Way Campus Principal

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