From the Principal Class Team
Dear Parents and Families
As Term 3 draws to a close we would like to thank all of our students, parents and staff for their wonderful support, and the positive contribution everyone has made in building our culture of high expectations.
We would like to take this opportunity to farewell Ms Lynette French. Lynette has taught Mathematics at the College since 2004, as well as holding leadership positions such as Head of Junior Sub School and Timetabler. She commenced her teaching career at Williamstown High School in 1978. We would like to thank Lynette for her immense contribution to public education at St Albans SC in particularly, and to the system more broadly.
Lynette has always been an innovative Maths teacher, and has worked hard to support all of her students to achieve success. We wish Lynette all the best on her retirement, and hope that she enjoys whatever her next endeavours will be.
We would also like to thank Anita Dimitrijevic for her work teaching Psychology this term.
We would like to welcome Mr Ethan Man to the College next term, as a Maths teacher. We wish him all the best in this new role.
We also welcome back from leave Ms Effie Goulas and Ms Judy Blum.
Our Year 9 students had a change of environment last week and spent their time in the city. It was lovely to see them all first thing Monday morning at Federation Square looking smart in their school uniforms and representing the school in a positive manner. Students participated in a scavenger hunt and ice skating, visited well known Melbourne sites such as the Old Melbourne Gaol, ACMI, Melbourne Museum, and the Shrine of Remembrance. Over the week, they completed their own research project and on the last day caught a ferry to Williamstown where they enjoyed a beachside walk and many of them bought ice-creams. We are proud of the way the students conducted themselves over the week and thank their teachers for providing this opportunity. We would like to thank Katie O’Connell, who is our Humanities learning area leader, for her coordination of the whole project. It is a huge task to take a whole cohort to the city for a week and it was months of planning and organisation behind the scenes. Congratulations on the success of City Experience 2023.
Next week, we will be publishing the Year 11 & 12 progress reports. We ask students and families to look closely at these reports and to ask teachers any questions they may have. It is important that students know what they should be focusing on as they are heading towards final exams. The September holidays is a good time to review learning and plan for Term 4 which is a very short one for Year 11 students and only a couple of weeks for Year 12.
Parent Teacher Interviews
It was wonderful to see students, parents and their families at the Term 3 Parent Teacher Interviews on Wednesday 13 September. The opportunity for staff to meet with parents and guardians is such a valuable one, with a chance to reflect upon and celebrate students’ learning successes over the course of the term. We thank all the families who were able to take the time to attend the interviews, and for the staff who facilitated the conversations and made arrangements for the evening.
Key Dates for Term 4
- Friday 13 October – Year 12 last day of classes
- Wednesday 25 October – Year 12 VCAA exams begin
- Friday 3 November – Curriculum Planning and Resources Afternoon
Students will be dismissed at 12.40pm on this day. The Library will remain open for any students who wish to make use of the facilities.
- Thursday 16 November – Staff Professional Practice Day
Student free day. Year 11 Semester 2 exams may still run on this day. Students due to sit Year 11 exams should refer to Compass.
- Monday 4 December – Report Writing Day (Student free day)
And finally …..
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our students a relaxing and safe holiday. A big thank you to all of our community for continued support. Together we are making a difference, and we look forward to achieving even more in Term 4.