News from Senior College

With all Semester 2 Years 10 – 12 classes having finished by mid-November and Years 10 into 11 and 11 into 12 transition classes having finished on Monday 28 November, I am prompted to provide current Senior College families with some reminders:

  • Firstly, that all transition homework is due in the first lesson of each subject next year; the work is on the Portal if students did not take copies home or were unable to attend
  • Having recently read all Years 10 and 11 Mentor group and subject reports, I remind students and families that Semester 2 reports will be available online next week as advised by e-mail
  • Year 12 students will receive a Reference from the School
  • Students in Year 11 and 12 next year commence classes on Tuesday 31 January 2017

Academic Transition Classes for Year 9 into 10

In the final Middle Schools Assembly today, it was my great pleasure to acknowledge that the current Year 9 students had completed their Middle School journey and to welcome them into the Senior College for 2017.

This week they have enjoyed a transition program which has included: getting familiarised with the Anderson Centre (Senior College building); Work Experience discussions; completing an OH&S module in preparation for Work Experience in Year 10; a variety of activities; but perhaps most importantly preparation for Year 10 classes – with many subjects setting holiday homework to complete.

The Year 9 students were very impressive in their attitude and application across the transition program and Mrs Ruckert, our Year 10 Co-ordinator, and I, as Vice-Principal and Head of Senior College, are very much looking forward to welcoming them back a day later than next year’s Year 11 and 12 students – i.e. on Wednesday 1 February 2017 – to what will be their “home base” across Years 10, 11 and 12.

We look forward to preparing them firstly for success in their program of choice, whether it be the VCE or the IB; and looking further afield, to embarking on their career of choice at University, or the workforce, in 2020 and beyond.

Their Senior College years are opportunities to more closely explore the subject areas they are particularly keen on and ultimately aim to pursue as a career – as they are aware we have a Careers Centre to ensure them to have close access to advice. Our task as staff at the Senior College is to ensure that they are prepared for the wide variety of pathways that their future journey may follow.

A distinguishing feature of their Senior College journey will be the opportunity to be in the same Mentor group over the 3 years – their House groups. They will have the advantage of coming together daily as a unit of common purpose, the House group; whilst, as individuals they focus on the suite of subjects that will serve them best academically.

I take this opportunity to wish both our current and next year’s Senior College students, as well as their families, safe and happy holidays; and we look forward to greeting our current Years 9, 10 and 11 students on their return next year.

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