From the Head of Senior College

Thank you to all Senior College Students and Staff

As we are now coming to the end of our final week of Term 2 it is timely for me to convey my warm thanks to all of our wonderful students and staff for what has been a most successful first Semester at the Senior Collage. We have as always been incredibly busy with all that we offer in both the academic and the co-curricular areas. I particularly thank our VCE/VET Co-ordinator, Mr Cho, and our Senior College Administrator, Ms Annie Fairweather, for their work in ensuring that the GAT ran so smoothly last week.  I would like to mention that our senior external examination supervisor, former Tintern staff member Mrs Ingrid Moegerlein-Barnes, actually made an unscheduled special announcement at the end of the 3 hours of GAT testing – congratulating all the Year 11 and 12 students who sat the test in the CM Wood Centre with the advice that she has never seen a group that was so focussed and on-task.  

Similarly, I thank our Year 12 Co-ordinator, Mrs Jen Tsai-Bove, our IB Co-ordinator, Mrs Nola Brotchie, and our Year 10 and Year 11 Co-ordinators, Mrs Heather Ruckert and Mr Nick Stefanac respectively, for their constant work in guiding students under their care through the series of assessments, including the recent Years 10 and 11 examinations, ensuring everything ran smoothly across the Senior College during these times. Our Senior College students also need to be thanked and congratulated for their calm and focussed approach to their examinations and general class work – no doubt, a large part of this can be attributed to the excellent preparation they received from their subject teachers.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the various student leadership teams. Firstly: our School Captains, Vice-Captains, International Students’ Leaders and School Leaders; our House Captains; and our various Co-curricular Leaders – each group respectively for leadership of assemblies and whole school initiatives; our numerous House competitions; and, the various extra-curricular happenings that make our school the richly, vibrant and multi-dimensional place that it is. I also thank our Semester 1 Mentor group Student Leaders for the assistance they have given to the Mentors and their Mentor group peers. We look forward to appointing our Semester 2 Mentor group Student Leaders in the first week of Term 3.

Pathways Evening

Recently we held the first of our major information sessions relating to student subject selection for 2017 – our “Pathways” Evening. At this information session current Years 10 and 9 students and their parents/guardians heard about the major features of our three Senior College Pathways – the IB, VCE and VCE-VET combined programs with presentations provided by Mr Cho (VCE and VET Co-ordinator),  Mrs Nola Brotchie (IB Co-ordinator) and Mrs Heather Ruckert (Careers Councillor and Year 10 Co-ordinator). Those families who were unable to attend will find the presentations from all 3 staff members on the School Portal.

Subject Showcase Evening

I remind Years 9 and 10 families and students that we have a follow-up to this initial session with a more subject specific focus entitled the Subject Showcase Evening on Wednesday 20 July: commencing at 7.30pm in the Anderson Centre for Year 10 students and families; and for Year 9 families the evening commences at 7pm in the Theatre, before joining the Year 10 students at individual subject presentations. I will be writing to all current Year 9 and 10 parents/guardians to remind you of this evening at the start of Semester 2. In addition to assist students with their subject choices for next year, our Vice-Principal, Teaching and Learning, Mr Jason McManus, will soon be e-mailing all families to advise them of the link to the 2017 Senior College Subjects Handbook.

Semester 1 Reports

I hope that all students and their parents/guardians are appreciative of the care taken by teaching staff in writing the Mentor Group and subject reports that will be available online in the Parent Services section of our MyTintern portal on Monday 20 June from 3pm. Having read the subject, co-curricular and Mentor group reports of students from Years 10 -12 I can confirm that the vast majority of reports are wonderfully positive endorsements of student efforts and achievements; many reports, also contain well-considered constructive advice from staff that students are asked to “take on board”; with suggestions on how to improve performance in keeping with the student’s individual talents and strengths. Apart from providing the important teacher feedback, Semester reports also provide the opportunity for student reflection and a chance to recast or reconfirm goals.

Uniform Reminders

In the last few days of Term 2 we have noticed that some of our senior students have become a little lax in terms of upholding the Tintern Grammar School Uniform expectations. This being the case, I would like to remind all students and families of the following selection of Uniform expectations. The more complete policy has been sent to families and advised to students at the start of the year:

  • Apart from inter-school and recreational sports days or House Sports days, the School Blazer is the outer garment to be worn to and from school during the Winter season.
  • On inter-school sports and recreational sports days only, students are expected to wear full correct sports uniform to and from school. On House Sports days students are expected to wear full correct sports uniform to and from school to which they may add appropriate articles in House colours. In winter months blue school tracksuit pants should be worn – leggings must not be worn to and from school.
  • The navy blue Senior College jumper may be worn by Years 10 – 12 students (Year 12 students may instead wear their Year 12 jumper), but jumpers are never to be worn as the outer garment to and from school.
  • All students are to be wearing ties in Winter; ties must be done up correctly
  • Long hair is to be tied back
  • Shirts are to be tucked in
  • Girls winter skirts must be worn to an appropriate length, combined with dark blue tights or full length dark blue hose
  • Boys should be wearing long pants
  • Scarves, if worn, should be navy blue

The semester break provides an excellent opportunity for blazers, and perhaps other items of the school uniform, to be dry-cleaned ready for a fresh-looking start in Semester 2.

We look forward to greeting all students back on Tuesday 12 July, a “Day 2” in our timetable cycle.

GConnor

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