Thank you for your understanding over the last couple of days, I know the disruption is a challenge for some families to accommodate. Today teaching staff are in training, with moderation of work samples being the first activity of the day across all learning areas. This is important to ensure consistency and accuracy of judgements against the Australian Curriculum standards, and it does require all teachers to be involved in the process. We will then go deeper to evaluate how learning activities and tasks are being differentiated to meet the needs of individual learners for improved outcomes for all. School will be back to normal tomorrow.
Health Awareness Week had a range of year 12 health projects on the go last week. The aim is to bring an awareness of a health issue to the public. There are many, and last Thursday for example a group of students ran a Men’s health event, clearly articulating the dangers of not looking after health and wellbeing, alongside a senior boys vs male staff basketball match. It was a hotly contested competition with the staff coming out winners in the end, and luckily no injuries! In the near future you will see a blue tree appear on the fence boundary, a stark reminder to check in on family and friends. We will expand on this and others in the coming newsletter. One enterprising group has set up a link on our facebook page to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. I challenged them that if they could raise at least $2,000 I would participate in the head shaving, and I am very surprised to see this milestone has been reached with nearly two weeks still to go! Please continue to donate to this worthwhile cause (while I plan what beanies and hats I will wear for the rest of this term).
Last Wednesday evening two students Lucas and Lachlan presented to the National judges of the iAwards in the Student and Education category, for their app ‘Bunyip Bellower’. It was a tense day waiting for the outcome and I am so proud of their achievements in gaining a National Merit. This means they may be invited to take part in the next round - the Asia Pacific regional judging. This is the furthest any of our students have got in this competition, an admirable achievement! Unable to attend was teacher David Heath, on home duties after the very recent arrival of his daughter Wren.
Thank you to the many parents and caregivers who gave their young people a prod in making decisions about subject selections for 2024. We now have all attending students in year 7-9 accounted for, 74% of year 10s and 88% of year 11s. This puts us in great stead to be able to make good decisions around the timetable and staffing for next year. Unfortunately it also means that those who haven’t made selections will have narrower choices as classes fill.