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Alba Newsletter – November 2021

1st January 1970

Our latest Alba Newsletter is here!

Each newsletter contains information about upcoming events, celebration of student success and what has been going on at the college.


Upcoming Events

From the Principal Class Team

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Dear Parents and Guardians

We have been so pleased at how well the vast majority of students have settled back into onsite learning, and on how focussed they have been in terms of preparing for end of year exams, semester tests and other final assessments over recent weeks. It has been a significant transition, as we have mentioned before – one that has demanded resilience, organisation and positivity; and it has been inspiring to see how they have responded to this challenge.

The Year 12 class of 2022 has already commenced their VCE and VCAL courses with Orientation running for 12 school days; and Year 10’s will participate in a briefer Orientation program once their exams have finished. The Year 12 VCE exams have just finished. Congratulations to each of our students who completed their exams. To get to this point is, in itself, an enormous achievement after the two years that they have experienced, and we are extremely proud of them for this. I also want to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of our VCE and VCAL teachers over this year and last in supporting and guiding the Year 12’s through their coursework, and for giving them every possible opportunity to transition to a high quality pathway of their choice. It is impossible to overstate the effort, expertise and persistence required to achieve this. Thank you!

Congratulations also to ….

Ms Sophie Bark and Mr Owen McIntyre, Mathematics Learning Area and Numeracy Leaders, and the Mathematics staff on being recognised for the outstanding results achieved by our students in Numeracy in this year’s NAPLAN tests, especially at Year 9. Based on the students’ outcomes, the school was selected as the best performing secondary college in the South West Victorian Region; and invited to submit a case study and to present at the SWV Regional Principals’ Conference about the Numeracy improvement strategy. This is an excellent testament to the work of all of our Maths teachers, and to the leadership of Owen and Sophie in this area.

Ms Avril Good, Curriculum Coordinator, for her work with the Victorian Association of Teachers of English (VATE) in providing leadership and professional development for colleagues across the state in the revised English as an Additional Language (EAL) course; and as a member of the EAL text review committee for the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).

Mr Sam Brown, Student and Family Engagement Officer, for establishing a Community of Practice amongst Pasifika workers across 10 schools in the state to support sharing of knowledge and strategies for engaging families in their children’s education.

Ms Bron Salton, Teacher of Japanese and French, on her contribution to the publication of a delightful book for French students, Eureka! Science and bilingualism. It explores the stories of French people living in Australia who work in the sciences; and is a great cross curriculum resource for students and teachers.

Ms Stav Bekiaris (Further Mathematics), Mr Michael Bowden (Studio Arts), Ms Angela Hanley (Biology), and Mr Emmanuel Salvarajah (Mathematical Methods) for their contributions as VCAA Assessors in their subject areas, and to Ms Michelle Veith as a GAT assessor.  Not only is this a generous sharing of their expertise at the state level, but it is also excellent professional learning for them and for their colleagues here.

And to Mr David Bell, Grounds Person, for completing his Certificate III in Horticulture, studying part time at nights for 3 years. The gardens here are a reflection of his knowledge about and passion for creating beautiful landscaped spaces for all of us to enjoy every day.

ABCN Scholarship

Congratulations to Year 10 student, Eram Ahmed, for being awarded an ABCN Accelerate scholarship. This is a substantial scholarship for which recipients receive support from a dedicated corporate mentor and $7000 in financial assistance for educational expenses across Years 11, 12 and their first year of tertiary education. Accelerate targets exceptional students who demonstrate significant promise and the potential to grow through the combination of mentoring and financial support. Mentors are assigned to each scholar by ABCN in consultation with member companies, donors and schools.  Scholars establish both a peer and professional network which can provide valuable career development opportunities.

We thank Mr Sean Ryan for his support in assisting Eram with her application. A rigorous process is involved in securing a scholarship such as this.  Well done to both Eram and Sean

University of Melbourne Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program – Class of 2023.

Congratulations to Meera Mansukhani on her successful application for the Kwong Lee Dow Scholars Program. This is an impressive achievement as the University of Melbourne reported ‘We received 1500 incredible applications and it was students’ academic achievements and community involvement that really impressed us’.

The Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program is an academic enrichment program designed to support high achieving Year 11 and Year 12 students.  Students selected as Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars will become part of a supportive University community and peer network through a tailored program of events and activities. These students work with the University over their final two years of secondary school to help these future leaders reach their potential.

A great deal of effort went into the submissions for applications and endorsements for this program by both the Year 10 students who applied and also Becky Annetts and Sean Ryan, the Middle Sub School staff involved.  Congratulations to Meera on successfully applying and well done to the other applicants. These sorts of applications provide good experience for students and develop skills that are transferable beyond school.

The Student Attitude to School Survey

The school has recently received data from the annual Student Attitudes to School Survey (SAToSS). This survey, which was completed by 97% of our students, provides the College with comprehensive data on a range of measures regarding students feelings and perceptions to school. It was fantastic to see that College has improved on all measures since the last survey conducted in 2019 with all measures at or above state averages. Some highlights are detailed in the images below. These images show the percentage of positive endorsement compared to similar schools, network schools and the all schools in Victoria. They do not show the number of neutral or negative responses. The data from these survey will be shared with students and will continue to inform our planning for 2022 to ensure we continue to focus on growth and continual improvement.










Junior School Report

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The Junior Sub School is a constant buzz again with students happily back on site. It is absolutely wonderful to be face to face teaching with our Juniors again. Term 4 is a busy time of the year and students have been working hard to get their best results and to complete assessments for reports. Staff have completed progress reports for students and Coordinators are catching up with students who need extra assistance in submitting work prior to final reports. Coordinators will be in touch with parents for those students requiring additional support.


We are looking forward to our End of Year Activities for the final week of the term with Year 7 going to the Zoo and Year 8 to the Pool. The events are compulsory for all students to attend and payment will be required by the due date. Please return the signed permission notes to the General Office or give consent on Compass as soon as possible.


We would like to welcome Mr Ben Beagley to the Junior Sub School this term. He will be coordinating 7E,7L, 8E and 8H.

Please contact Mr Beagley if you require assistance and support for your student.


If you have concerns about your child’s progress, please contact the relevant Coordinator and if your child is going on vacation prior to the end of the year the coordinator please inform the Sub School. Please ensure your child returns to school by the first day in 2022. Please call the General Office and ask to speak to the coordinators if you have any questions on 9366 2555

Middle School Report

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Students have settled back into classes very well since returning to on site learning, and we have been impressed by how motivated they remain to sustain their learning in spite of the challenges this year has given them. Year Level Coordinators have met with all students to check in with them about their return to school, what they are most looking forward to, and what supports they may need over the coming weeks.


In their first few days back on site, students completed a survey to share their experiences of online learning and what actions and further support is needed for the remainder of the year. Thank you to all those who took part and for their comments and ideas.


Year 9 and 10 students are now coming towards the last few weeks of their school year, and semester exams and tests will be taken over the next few weeks. Following the test and exam periods, Year 10 students will begin VCE and VCAL orientation classes, and Year 9 will complete the last few weeks of term with their timetabled teachers to review their learning this year and to introduce them to the curriculum for their studies in 2022.


We wish all Year 9 and 10 students all the best for their upcoming tests and exams.


Year 9 Important Dates

Semester Two Exams – Monday 15 November – Wednesday 17 November

Year 9 Final Awards and Celebration Assembly – Thursday 9 December  

Last Day for Year 9 – Thursday 9 December


Year 10 Important Dates

Semester Two Exams – Wednesday 17 November to Wednesday 24 November

Year 12 VCE Orientation – Tuesday 16 November to Friday 3 December (for accelerated students)

Year 11 VCE Orientation – Thursday 25 November to Thursday 2 December

VCAL Orientation – Thursday 25 November & Friday 26 November

Last Day for Year 10 – Friday 3 December (all students to attend)

Senior School Report

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Despite VCE and VCAL classes being finished, this is still a very busy time for Senior School students and staff. Year 11 and Year 12 examinations have run smoothly.

We are starting our Year 11 into 12 Orientation Program. 

  • Year 12 VCAL Orientation dates: Tuesday 16 November until Thursday 18 November.
  • Year 12 VCE Orientation dates: Wednesday 17 November until Friday 3 December.

Students who are doing Year 12 VCE in 2022 will have their first Formative Assessment at the end of the program.

Year 11 students had their final assembly on Thursday 18 November. During this assembly they received awards for their achievements in their classes during the year. This was conducted remotely.

We are also looking forward to the Year 12 formal taking place this year. It is such a joy to be able to celebrate with the Year 12 students after the unprecedented two years they have had as senior students.

A few dates to put in your diaries for the beginning of 2022, if the year starts smoothly and free from COVID-19 restrictions

  • Study Camp for all Year 12 (2022) students: Thursday 10 February and Friday 11 February 2022. The cost is about $190. Students may use CSEF to pay for camp. This is compulsory for all Year 12 students.
  • Parent Information evening for all Year 12 students for 2022 and their parents/guardians is on Wednesday 2 February 2022 starting at 6:30pm. Information about the following will be outlined:
  • Year 12 VCAA requirements
  • Study periods
  • Teacher absences and cancelled classes
  • Lunch passes
  • Camp agenda
  • Parent Information evening for all Year 11 students for 2022 and their parents/guardians will be confirmed in the next newsletter.

Many thanks to the parents who contact us when their child is absent for any reason. This is of great assistance to the Year Level Coordinators, as we will call home regularly if there are any unexplained absences for your child.

The Case Management process continues to monitor closely the attendance, achievement and individual needs of all our students. Please contact the General Office on 9366 2555 and ask for the Senior Sub School if you have any queries or concerns about the progress of your child.