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From the Principal - February 2015

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 Posted in From the Principal's Desk

It is amazing how quickly time passes in schools, already this term we have welcomed our new Year 7 students and our new staff. Our student numbers have increased significantly over the holidays, something that we are all very excited about. Our year 7 students have been on camp, our staff have already completed one reporting cycle and are preparing for Parent Teacher Interviews, we are beginning the process of Priority Review (a department initiative, intended to improve the outcomes of our students) and we have welcomed "new" and "old" families at our 2015 Welcome BBQ and have also held our very successful Senior School Information Night.

It continues to be a very busy time of the year with lots of organisational procedures and processes to be put into place, which will ensure consistent classroom and school practices, are implemented. Schools, like most places, operate better when everyone is clear about what is expected of them. This includes children, teachers and parents. All teachers are working long hours towards this end and this should be noticed and appreciated. If you are happy with something your student's teacher (home group, year level co-ordinator or other) has planned or organised or if you are excited by the work your student is doing please demonstrate this by saying so.

Teachers are often the 'encouragers', but it is true that we (and I include myself here) often neglect to encourage and thank them.

The College is thriving and our students are thoroughly engaged in classes and the many extracurricular activities that we have to offer. We are also glad that so many members of our community are becoming involved in everyday school life. Your involvement and participation in events is very important. Keep informed of our events and contact the school if you would like further information about how you as a parent/caregiver can become involved in school life.
Your assistance in all aspects of the school is greatly appreciated, whether this is in the classroom, on school council, with fundraising or simply by being an encourager – there are many ways to be involved. It goes a long way to helping a good school become even better.

College Council is one way that our parents/caregivers can become involved in school life. Nominations for College Council have closed and we thank all of those who have sent in nomination forms. Watch our website and Facebook for further information about this process.
To our outgoing council members, both staff and parents/caregivers we thank you very much for the time that you have given the College, your opinions are valued and help to shape the future of the College. Thank you!

Parking in Staff Car Park: Another reminder - particularly for those families new to the school – that unauthorised vehicles are not permitted in the staff car park. The staff car park is only to be used by staff at the school. This rule is in place to protect the safety of our students and staff.

Student Accident Insurance/Ambulance cover: The DET (Department of Education and Training) has issued the following advice:

Schools are reminded that the Department does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students. Parents and guardians of students, who do not have student accident insurance/ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance / transport and any other transport costs. In some circumstances, medical or other expenses will be paid by the Department where it is assessed that it is likely, in all the circumstances, that the Department is liable for negligent (careless) acts or omissions of its staff/volunteers. Private property brought to school by students, staff or visitors is not insured and the Department does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage.

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