We have been impressed with how our students have commenced Term 2 and encourage them to continue to make their studies a high priority. The partnership between school and home, and ongoing communication, can help our young people with focus, organisation and persistence when things get tough.
We strongly encourage everyone to check Schoolbox regularly to see what your child/children are learning about in class, check their homework, upcoming assessments and teacher feedback. Please also feel free to communicate with us, especially if there is something preventing your child from learning or achieving their best.
Student Academic Tracking
In the next few weeks we launch our student academic tracking process. This means that your child may have a conversation with their Homeroom Leader or House Co-ordinator to discuss their learning progress.
You might also receive a phone call from a member of the Learning and Teaching team or one of our Directors to discuss a learning plan. The focus of these conversations will be to plan interventions if your child is not showing the expected level of growth. This is a really positive step in tracking progress and the purpose behind this process is to:
• give us a proactive, consistent, accurate and efficient way of measure student growth and track student progress.
• recognise and celebrate student achievement.
• intervene when a student is not showing the expected level of growth and develop a plan to support them moving forward.
The great thing about this process is that it takes the student’s starting point into account. It focuses on growth, rather than academic achievement. We look forward to this being a really positive step forward for learning and teaching at the College and thank everyone who has been involved in the planning, development and feedback process.
Project Based Learning
Project Based Learning continues to be a focus and this week many of our teachers have engaged in professional learning and planning time for our Year 9 program. The New Tech Network have worked with staff from our English, Humanities, Science, Technology and Arts departments to assist them to develop new projects that will be launched in the new year. There will be some changes to our Year 9 program in 2020, with students having more choice in what they study and a term-based retreat program. We are in the final planning stages of planning and more information about Year 9 2020 will be available soon.
Skills and habits
Last year, as part of our commitment to continual school improvement we worked as a staff to identify the skills and habits that were important to us. The following habits were identified and fit perfectly with the work we had been doing with Claxton’s Building Learning Power, our Victorian Curriculum capabilities and our Salesian approach and ethos.
• Ethical and Global Understanding
• Critical, Creative and Reflective Thinking
• Resilience and Resourcefulness
• Relationships and Empathy
Learning Areas have taken responsibility for each of these areas and you will probably see them written into assessment tasks and developmental rubrics. These are the learning habits that we want to see our Salesian College graduates take with them into their future.e will continue to discuss, model, coach and provide opportunities where these habits can be practiced in our learning programs. We will also work to unpack what these things look like in action and share what they look like in our context.
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