Deputy Principal - Learning and Teaching

Learning & Teaching – Jodie FitzGerald

Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews

It was lovely to see so many of you at our recent Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews. It’s really important that we have the opportunity to provide face-to-face feedback to you and your children. We understand that the venue was not ideal for the large numbers that came through on Monday night and as a result will go back to the Stadium for future interviews. Our intention to hold the interviews in our Savio Campus was due to more car parking and heating and cooling, which the Stadium does not provide. Thanks again to those of you who attended and for your ongoing support of our teaching staff as they continue to provide a high standard of education to your child.

Victorian Curriculum

Our teaching staff Curriculum Leaders have been busy as they prepare to implement the Victorian Curriculum from the beginning of 2017. Here at Salesian College we are capitalising on this as a great opportunity to review and refine our current practices and create more opportunities for staff professional learning and development in this area. Our Learning Area Leaders will be working with their teams over the next month to map and write achievement standards into child/learner friendly terms. We look forward to being able to share these levels of progression with your children and empower them to take even more ownership of their learning in the future.

Assessment, Reporting & Daymap Review

Our survey is now closed, if you would still like to provide feedback please feel free to e-mail me directly jfitzgerald@scr.vic.edu.au We will be holding two parent forums shortly, one will be during the school day and the other after work hours. If you would like to attend please let me know.

ANZAC Day

Our College Captains recently represented Salesian College at Sunbury’s ANZAC Day Service. It was a very moving service and as always our College Captains did us proud. It was also lovely to see so many of our College families in attendance and our students representing other community groups like the Girl Guides and the C.F.A.

NAPLAN

NAPLAN is fast approaching for our Year 7 and 9 students. By now if you have a child in these year levels you should have received a letter from the school with details of the tests. If you would like to withdraw your child we must have it in writing as soon as possible. Please make contact with Lindsey Holland (lholland@scr.vic.edu.au) who oversees NAPLAN for an exemption form. We see NAPLAN as another way to track student literacy and numeracy outcomes and encourage all to participate. We use this data at the school level to track progress and to assist us to select students for special programs. Please speak to your child about the importance of taking this test seriously and trying their very best. Please also ensure they are well prepared on these days with grey-lead pencils, blue/black pens, an eraser, sharpener and calculator for the numeracy test.

What’s happening in our Mathematics Faculty?

By Ammie Franklin – Maths Learning Area Leader

Maths is changing at Salesian College. The traditional model of teaching maths is being turned on its head. Salesian College is trialling a new, better way of teaching, with the help of an online system called Maths Pathway (mathspathway.com). In the past, schools have tried to teach the same thing to all students at the same time - all Year 9 students do Year 9 algebra together, for example. The problem with this is that not all Year 9 students are ready for Year 9 algebra at the same time. Some students have gaps in earlier grades that need patching up, and other students need to be extended academically.

In this model, every student in the class works on the maths that is exactly right for them. This means that some students will be doing Year 7 work, others will be doing Year 9 work, and the teacher has the tools necessary to support them all.

Other schools that have adopted this systems have seen dramatic improvements in their students' growth - meaning that even if a child starts of behind, they can now catch up to their peers, and that students who are already ahead don't get bored.

For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/mpparents.

As the trial progresses, we will be certain to keep you posted with the results and the feedback from staff and students.

With our senior students, we have just completed a successful trial and are working towards the implementation of Edrolo, a program designed to scaffold the revision process and assist our year 12 students with consolidating their understanding of Mathematical Methods and Further Mathematics.

It is wonderful to see students and staff working together to further enhance their learning skills, continue to develop into lifelong learners and enhance their learning outcomes.

Meet our new staff …

Michael Horne

[MHO] Michael Horne is an experienced English and Literature teacher, who has joined Salesian this year as the director of the Bosco Campus. Prior to arriving here, he was head of the senior school and head of English at Ave Maria College in Essendon, and before that taught English and Literature at Scotch College, where he was also an Australian Curriculum Advisor. Michael has written a number of English textbooks, and is an experienced VCE English exam assessor. He is a seasoned presenter for subject associations, and has spoken at English association conferences in a number of states on approaches to English curricula. His particular area of interest is the development and assessment of cognitive skills, and developing school-wide approaches to classroom teaching practices. Michael is currently teaching Year 11 Lit and Year 12 English, and is enjoying learning about all that goes to make Rupo a unique and fine school.

Victoria Muscat

Victoria Muscat is a graduate teacher and ex-pupil of Salesian College. Victoria has fond memories of her time here as a student and attended the College from 2006 – 2011. Victoria admits that starting here as a student was very tough as she lived in Plumpton and didn’t know anyone when she arrived. She remembers spending her early days of Year 7 going home in tears and feels she can relate well to those students who haven’t come from a local primary school. For Victoria, the positive was her homeroom and this was how she met her early friends and felt more at ease in the school. In her senior years Victoria worked hard and remembers always looking up to Amy Gallagher who was her homeroom leader. Victoria commenced a Psychology degree on finishing at the College, she visited us a couple of years ago to do a Psychology placement with Michelle Eagling and that is when she decided that teaching was for her. Victoria commenced a Masters of Education, which she is still completing whilst working part-time. She has put her Psychology Honours year on hold, but hopes to also complete that in the future. Victoria loves teaching Maths and enjoys having an old school friend, Stephanie Chricop, as a colleague. Victoria has found making the transition from student to teacher easy as she is so familiar with the school, its history and philosophy. She loves sitting with the other Maths staff in Ward 1 as they can collaborate easily and share knowledge and resources. Outside of school Victoria plays Volleyball and she is looking forward to seeing her nephews join the Salesian College community in the future.