Senior School Report
A successful Term one was concluded with our annual Year 11 versus Year 12 Soccer Challenge. The game had all spectators watching in anticipation as the Renegades and Goal Diggers gave it their all on the pitch. It was a tightly contested game with the Goal Diggers achieving victory over the Renegades, 8 goals to 6. It was a spectacular game, and we would like to extend our congratulations to the winning team. We would also like to thank all the players and cheerleaders for their enthusiasm and excellent sportsmanship.
In the first week of Term 2, we held a ceremony to commemorate ANZAC Day. Our Year 12 VCAL students led the ANZAC Day service, and the school captains and vice captains laid a wreath to acknowledge the contribution and sacrifice of all those who have served our country. A special thank you to Mr. Andy Marshall from Caroline Springs RSL for his commemorative address to our school community.
The Senior Sub School assemblies were held on Friday the 6th of May 2022. The focus of the assemblies was to promote the benefits of healthy eating and self-care and to communicate exam expectations and procedures. Students had previously completed a Resilient Youth Survey, and were also provided with the results and follow up actions at the assembly. Although there was a lot of information to assimilate, the students listened attentively and engaged well with the presentations. Prior to the assemblies, the VCE teachers met to share and discuss teaching and learning strategies to further support students to achieve their full potential and prepare for their upcoming exams.
The Year 11 students attended the Victorian Careers Show at the Melbourne Showgrounds on Friday 13th of May 2022. The students enjoyed the day, and explored a range of university, TAFE and training providers. They obtained information and resources to inform their future pathway.
The Year Level Coordinators are currently reading Year 11 Progress Reports. They will be interviewing students and speaking to parents/guardians. Progress reports will be available for students and parents/guardians to view from Friday 20th of May 2022.
Year 11 end-of-unit exams will commence on Thursday 26th of May 2022. The students will be preparing for their exams in classes. The Year 12 practice exams will be held during the holidays from Thursday 30th of June to Tuesday 5th of July 2022. We encourage all Year 12 students to use the study timetables developed during their study skills session, and to ensure they have allocated adequate time for both revision and study. A quiet and well-organised study space at home is essential for effective study. Mr Turner, the Teaching and Learning Coordinator, will be offering an advanced study skills workshop at lunchtime in the lead up to the exams.
The Wellbeing team are also running mindfulness sessions every Monday at 8:30am in H1 during the exam period to support students’ wellbeing. A range of mindfulness techniques and resources will be provided to students on the topics below:
Week 1- Breathing strategies
Week 2- Mini meditation
Week 3- Setting a mindset
Week 4- Chair Yoga
Week 5- Affirmations
Week 6- Grounding Techniques
A reminder that as the weather is cooling down, students can purchase the school scarf and jacket from the uniform shop on Mondays and Thursdays at lunchtime. The school scarf is the only scarf to be worn at school.
We request that parents/guardians contact the school if their child is absent and that a medical certificate is obtained, where possible. Students are required to meet our Attendance Policy for a satisfactory result in their end-of-semester reports.
We would also like to announce that there will be changes to the Victorian Senior Secondary Certificates next year. The new VCE Vocational Major (VCE VM) and the Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC) will replace the VCAL certificate. More information will be provided in the next newsletter, parent information evenings and assemblies later in the year.
We would like to thank parents for their continued support of the Senior Sub School, and invite them to contact us on 9366 2555 if they have any queries or concerns about their child.
We wish the Year 11 and 12 VCE students all the best as they prepare for their exams.
Marlene Cassar – Senior Sub School Leader