My congratulations go to all staff and students for the diligent and cooperative way in which our community performed during this intense assessment period. I wish to commend the students in particular for the manner in which they organised themselves to and from their exams and the respectful way they conducted themselves moving in and out of assessment.
Feedback from students who participated in the General Achievement Test (GAT) was also positive. Students I have spoken to were pleased to have completed the entire test (not an easy accomplishment in itself) and said they felt they performed to the best of their ability; we can’t ask for more than that. The actual achievement of students in each of their exams will be revealed in due course, however, I’m sure all involved will have found the experience a valuable one and beneficial as they continue on their pathway.
No less significant to our applied learning pathway students are their upcoming two weeks of work experience. Any opportunity to experience the real world of employment is a valuable one. I’m sure our students will commit themselves fully and not only embrace learning on the job, but represent our community well in doing so.
Finally, I feel it is important that I address an issue which presented itself in the final days before regular classes were interrupted by exams as a result of some members of our Bosco students’ involvement in significant breaches of the hands-off policy.
I wish to thank all staff who were quick to act and diffuse these situations. I feel their prompt and appropriate response was both professional and protective of all involved. As a result of the incidents, the College engaged in a restorative process involving staff, students, and their families. However, there was one stakeholder group that was not included in this process which is why I raise the issue here.
That group is ‘the bystander’ or the students who were nearby and witnessed the incidents.
My concern is that, in both instances, there were students who clearly considered what transpired to be amusing and entertaining rather than a dangerous situation where someone may get hurt. I am disappointed in this behavior as I cannot believe these young people would have behaved the same way had they witnessed a similar scenario outside of school.
No-one chooses to behave with aggression lightly or without a degree of distress and turmoil within themselves so there is nothing funny about a conflict that breaches the hands-off rule. I wish to be clear on this matter. Should a student find themselves close to such a conflict, their responsibility is to remove themselves from the situation and let staff who are authorised to deal with the matter do so. They are not expected to heroically intervene, nor are they to incite or delight on what they might find an exciting distraction.
Our mission statement not only identifies ‘community’ as a foundation concept, it nominates it first. I feel we show our commitment to a respectful and inclusive community best when we each do our job to diffuse tension and allow disagreements to be resolved appropriately.
Read an update from Acting Principal, Mrs Angela Romano
An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2019 school year.
Cricket great, Darren Lehmann, visited last week as part of our Ashes Oval Redevelopment Project and our Father's Day Breakfast