Senior School Report
We would like to warmly welcome all new and returning Year 11 and 12 students and their parents/guardians to the Senior Sub School.
We would also like to officially welcome Mr John Coulson, Assistant Principal, who has moved from overseeing the Junior Sub School to the Senior Sub School, and Ms Rahme Hasan from the Wellbeing team, who will be working with our senior students this year.
Our students have had an excellent start to the new school year and our new VCE and VCE VM students have had a smooth transition to the sub school.
Students are already showing excellent promise with the timely completion of their holiday homework, which had been set for all classes during the Orientation Program. There has been an impressive commitment from students and staff to get right down to business, setting the tone for a solid year’s work.
Our Year 12 Parent Information Evening was held on Wednesday 1 February 2023. Thank you to all parents and students who attended a very informative evening, which focused on strategies to support their child throughout Year 12. The Year 11 Parent Information evening will run next week, on Wednesday 22 February, starting at 6:00pm.
The Year 12 Study Camp was held on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 February at University College on the grounds of the University of Melbourne, Parkville. VCE and VCE VM students experienced a variety of presentations from some prominent guest speakers. Some of our own staff also presented a variety of workshops. Students attended a Melbourne University tour or RMIT University visit. They had a great time working together and connecting outside of school.
We have a very active and committed group of students working with our SRC this year. The School Captains for this year are: Karli Keskin and Kathleen Phan. Vice Captains are: Kelly Chen, Crystal Nguyen and Jennifer To. We are in the process of selecting Year 11 SRC representatives. We would like to congratulate our student leaders for representing our student body and look forward to working with them.
We have a team-building day planned for the Year 11 students this term. We are taking the cohort to Lady Northcote on Friday 24 March 2023, where they will be involved in a variety of activities lead by experienced staff. We will also be hosting our traditional ‘Soccer Challenge’ on Monday 3 April 2023. This is an event that connects the Year 11 student through fun outdoor activities.
The Year 12 Enrichment programs will also run again this year, as will the compulsory mid-year and September holiday practice exams for all Year 12 VCE students intending to do their external exams.
Throughout the year, we will conduct our Case Management to ensure that the attendance, achievement and individual needs of all our students are monitored closely. Progress Reports for all Year 11 and Year 12 students will be available to parent through the Parent Portal on Compass.
Parents will also have the opportunity to speak to teachers on Wednesday the 5 April during the Parent Teachers Interviews.
The Coordinators look forward to a fast-paced year in the Senior Sub-School and hope to meet many parents of our senior students as the year progresses.
Below are the Year Level Coordinators and homegroups they will be overseeing:
- Marlene Cassar – 11B (E-K),12B (E-K) &11W
- Laura Gough – 11A (A-D),12A (A-D),11V &12V
- Robert Krysinski – 11F (T-Z) & 12F (T-Z)
- Matthew Olthof – 11D (N-O), 12D (N-O) & 12X
- Kiran Pannu – 11C (L-M), 12C (L-M) &11Y
- Anna Woods – 11E (P-S),12E (P-S) & 11X,12W
We invite parents to contact us on 9366 2555 if they have any queries or concerns about the progress of their child or sub school events.
Australia Day Reception at Parliament House
On Wednesday 4 January 2023, I received an invitation from the Honourable Linda Dessau AC CVO, Governor of Victoria and Anthony Howard AM KC to attend a reception at Government House Victoria to celebrate Australia Day on Monday 23 January 2023.
It was an honour to be invited along with accomplished doctors and others working in healthcare, leaders and innovators from various industries (construction, engineering, etc.), decorated ADF personnel and of course, some of the brightest young students of our generation.
Guests were told to arrive at 5:00pm, which is when the gates opened and everyone was allowed into the main ballroom, where staff were serving food and drink. At 6:00pm, a speech was given by the Governor and the acting Premier, which lasted for about 15 minutes. Then they invited everyone to sing the first verst of the National Anthem. There were also plans for an Indigenous Australian Elder to make a speech, however she had to attend another event, but sent her regards.
Following this, the door to an outdoor area was opened, where they continued to offer live music, food and drink until the event’s conclusion at approximately 8:00pm.
It was a good experience attending such a prestigious event, and government house was a charming building to visit.
VCE VM Report
This is the first year the new VCE VM will be running at the College. Year 11 VCE VM students will be the first students to experience the new Study Design.
The year has begun well with students eager to start their new VET courses and finalising work placements. We have a range of industries being explored this year with students involved in a range of VET placements from Hospitality, Building and Construction, Fashion, Sport and Recreation, Community services, Hair and Beauty and Music to name a few.
Year 12 VCE VM students delighted the school community with a Valentine’s Day lunchtime activities on Monday the 13 February. Students worked extremely hard over a short time frame to entertain and feed students with a barbeque, cupcakes, fruit cups, biscuits and more.
Fresh and chocolate roses were also available for sale. Students participated in a raffle to win a Valentine’s Day hamper, listened to music and enjoyed the activities.
The proceeds from the Valentines’ Day event will go towards the VCE VM program to fund project resources.
Lots of community events are planned for our VCE VM students this year and we will keep you informed as activities take place.
Ms Marlene Cassar – Senior Sub School Leader