The year has started positively on the senior campus with students quickly settling into good work patterns. The opening Campus Assembly emphasized that working together, creating good and trusting relationships and making good decisions were instrumental in experiencing a successful year. Best wishes for the year ahead to those entrusted to our care.
The Campus Assembly also addressed the College expectations; covering areas such as uniform, behaviour and attendance. As much as is possible, we highlight these expectations early in the year so that there is clarity about the rules and little chance for conflict. As staff have a set college standard which they are required to enforce, the expectations and the follow up sanctions are listed in a document called The Behaviour Management Plan. This document has been written over a series of years and is updated annually. In the days ahead this document will be available to students and parents to access on MyPenola. It gives students and parents a better understanding of the expected behaviours and the associated consequences should significant expectations be breached.
Also addressed at the assembly, is the fact that all school days are compulsory days of attendance. Students who are absent for a significant number of days, risk having gaps in their learning which may affect their progress. Activity days, which establish good school spirit, include Athletics Day, Mary MacKillop Day, retreat days, camps, etc. are also compulsory attendance. Generally, medical certificates are required for absence on these days.
I wish to thank the student body for their cooperation thus far. The year ahead will certainly race by, and if early indications are anything to go by, we are in for a successful year. Best wishes for 2019.
On Wednesday February 27th the Senior Campus will be having its first Parent Teacher Student Partnership Meeting (PTSPM) for the year. On this occasion it is a meet and greet opportunity for parents to meet their child’s teachers with special emphasis on meeting the Homeroom teacher.
Because of Head Start, the senior students are well into their 2018 academic program. Besides touching base with the Homeroom teachers, these PTSPMs provide a great opportunity to determine the early study patterns that are developing for your child and any other pressing issues that may be worthwhile discussing. This year the PTSPMs will be held in two venues: the Assembly and Sports Hall (ASH) for Years 9 – 11 students and the Shortis Building for Year 12s. Interviews can be made on the parent portal (available from 4:00pm Tuesday 19th Feb) which will also indicate the venue for the meeting. There are two interview sessions available to parents (see table below).
In an attempt to reduce the number of evening activities that a parent has to attend this term, we are running the Parent Information Evening (PIN) on the same night as the above mentioned PTSPMs. The Parent Information session will go for about 40 minutes starting at 5:40 (during the staff dinner break) and will take place in four separate venues (see table below). Year-level specific information will be addressed at these information sessions.
Program for the Night: