As Semester Two comes to an end, with its dramas and the different skills applied to learning and teaching, it gives us an opportunity to reflect on and assess the success of the learning experience. Being forced to adapt to the conditions of the day brought about by a global pandemic has given life to new experiences and ways of doing things. Staff and students recognise the value of testing different approaches as they give us a diverse perspective of the functions and processes of school that we can carry into the future.
Both students and staff are to be thanked and congratulated for the manner in which they approached remote learning and their return to school under somewhat strained conditions. By and large the senior campus coped very well with the new processes and the safety measures that were put in place; and the majority of students were respectful of need to keep everyone safe by sticking to the guidelines.
The commencement of Term 3 brings with it an optimism for a fresh beginning. There is a hope that the worst of the pandemic is behind us and that we can return to some level of normality. We know that some things will be a little different as there will still be some level of restrictions brought about by the pandemic. But just the same, the new term brings with it a variety of exciting events. Transition and Careers programs, Mary Mackillop Day celebrations, the Student Leadership program are a small sample of the events that the college is gearing up for.
As a school we are still trying to determine what will take place and what will have to be shelved; and as these decisions are made, students and parents will be informed. However, the busyness of the school’s Term 3 program translates into opportunities for students to continue to develop a range of different skills and personal attributes. We wish them well in their endeavours for the second semester.
The college is currently preparing for a number of major events that will have students considering subject and program choice for 2021, as well as career perspectives for the road ahead. The delivery of these events and information sessions will be different to past years because of the changes enforced by social distancing. Information from tertiary institutions and our key learning areas will provide much of the required information for students and parents to make sound decisions about program choice. Further information will be forthcoming in the early part of Term 3 as arrangements for the delivery of information becomes clearer.
Parent Teacher Student Partnership Meetings (PTSPM)
I encourage parents to take the opportunity to communicate with the staff at the next PTSPMs on Thursday 16th July. Parents are able to lodge an interview with staff members via the normal process of the parent portal. The parent portal will be opened on Tuesday 7th July (12:00pm) and closes on Wednesday 15th July (4:00pm.) Once those interviews are lodged, the respective staff member will invite the parent and student to an online meeting on Microsoft Teams on the student’s school email account. These instructions will also be available on the parent portal booking page.
End of Term
Term 2 comes to an end on Friday 26th June. Students will be dismissed at the normal time of 2:54pm on the Senior Campus. I wish all students and staff a safe and restful term break. Term 3 commences on Monday 13th July.
Head of Senior Campus