The students’ assessment schedule tends to be weighted more towards the end of semester to enable the students’ maximum time to demonstrate their learning and understanding in subject areas.

Consequently, over the last few weeks, teachers have been busily marking assignments and then collating results from the semester’s tasks to write reports. I trust you will appreciate the feedback given when the reports are opened for access on our Learning Management System, SEQTA. All reports will contain a list of Effective Learner Behaviours and Strategies, which are a reflection of those skills considered essential for attaining the necessary competencies to meet the demands of the 21st Century.

Comments written by pastoral care teachers are of great value because they provide insight into the learning progress of your daughter/s throughout the semester. They also provide words of advice for the coming semester. When a pastoral care teacher suggests that a student should consider broader participation in co-curricular activities or putting up their hand for a leadership role, they are thinking about personal growth and encouraging a sense of belonging in the School.

A sweep over the data collected from the reports enables us to acknowledge those students who deserve special recognition for their learning and achievements. These students will be recognised in early Term 3 at our respective Awards Assemblies. There will be two events, one for Years 10, 11 and 12 and one for Years 7-9 which will enable the community to celebrate the achievements of some of our students. The process of data collection, letters of invitation and printing of awards is undertaken by a variety of staff members to ensure the eligibility of the various awards is captured accurately.

The curriculum team has also been busy preparing the portfolios for the ACT BSSS Moderation Day processes. Each senior subject must present examples (normally two) of student assignments as well as College documentation that will be inspected by a panel during Moderation Day in Semester 2 (Thursday 9 August). The Colleges in the ACT will host a subject area where all the teachers of that subject in the ACT will gather to oversee the students’ work submitted and review the allocation of grades by the respective College. This process is to ensure comparability across the system and to ensure quality control of BSSS processes.

Finally, this week we have been focusing on providing a special program for our Year 10 students. We had a number of motivational speakers and facilitators work with the students on an array of themes including goal setting, being positive and proactive, communication, positive sense of self, personal presentation, future job possibilities, first aid and writing curriculum vitaes. The opportunity to consider post-school options was provided with visits to the various universities, places for further education and employment agencies. A big thank you is extended to the adults who made themselves available for the students to undertake this experience. It has been a well-organised and interesting week for the students and I am indebted to Year 10 Coordinator, Mrs Kathy Kinnane, our VET/Careers Coordinator, Mr Kai Mohell and our Assistant Principal – Pastoral Care, Mrs Natalie Dickie, for their efforts in putting the program together. They were ably assisted by a myriad of other staff members who helped  out also.

Sadly we farewell Mrs Natalie Fairfax, SOSE teacher at the College. Natalie has been successful in her application for the position of International Baccalaureate Coordinator at Merici College. We thank Natalie for her contribution to the teaching and learning of SOSE and the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme and wish her well as she embarks on the next stage of her educational journey.

I hope that the upcoming holidays will allow some rest and relaxation for our students, staff and College families and for those travelling, may you have a safe journey.

Best wishes,
Brad Cooney