Welcome back to term 3. I hope the break afforded the opportunity to spend some family time together and enjoy winter activities.
I would encourage you to take a walk through the school to the new building site, where you can finally see signs of a real ‘building’. At our last site meeting the building contractors were pleased to be able to tell us that they had made up lost time and were pretty much on schedule. This will mean that the new performing arts, community and science centre will be available for use at the beginning of next year.
Staff were involved in a professional learning activity on day 1 this term. Mr. Paul Deakin presented ways in which challenging behaviours can best be managed. The day was most beneficial and I am sure staff went away from the sessions armed with even more strategies to address some of the challenging behaviours they sometimes need to deal with. The last session of the day provided the opportunity to further plan for the term including aligning course content with the Australian curriculum, ensuring assessments pinpoint what students already know and need to learn and ensuring learning is both challenging and engaging. These practices continue to be guided by the College Instructional Model. The Instructional Model focusses both teachers and students on what makes learning meaningful and positive. Current research continues to support each element of the model as being imperative to great teaching and learning and I can proudly say that the implementation of the model across the college is both consistent and rigorous.
In week 9 of this term we will have the very great pleasure of presenting our major performance, Aladdin. I am sure you are all aware of the amazing amount of hard work students, staff and the community put into staging such a performance. Aladdin will be performed at the new Werribee Community Centre on September 3rd and 4th. More information will be made available in the near future.