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As a school we remain committed to providing families with timely information. However, I acknowledge that it was a real disappointment for students affected by the Government update released on Sunday limiting further students permitted on campus. My message to our Year 12s is to convey the support from Government, VCAA, VTAC and all the tertiary institutions that are working towards managing such a dynamic situation as safely as possible. I have encouraged them to remain focused (particularly this week) on actions that are within their control and to acknowledge every success along the way while using friends, family and staff here at school as their “support team”. I have also offered a Senior College Trivia afternoon with Quiz Meisters for all students on Wednesday 1 September from 1.30 to 2.30pm. We had a most successful trivia event for staff last Friday night.

Life is particularly busy for the Year 12s at the moment and I have provided them with the following important reminders:

  • VTAC Applications – timely applications close 30 September 2021
  • Registration is required for the CASPer test for Education Courses and I will be hosting a preparation session via Teams on Thursday 2 September from 1.15pm to 1.45pm
  • Completion of the English language proficiency declaration for nursing and midwifery courses
  • Check on courses with early closing dates
  • University of Melbourne Principals’ Scholarship and application process. The key criteria includes a desire to study at the university, excellent academic achievement and a strong engagement with the school or wider community. The closing date for applications is 4pm on Friday 10 September
  • Request for students to complete a survey that captures the adverse impacts of remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic during Year 11 and 12. This input is vital to assist the school make our submission. Year 12 students must still complete the Difficult Circumstance category within SEAS in their VTAC account and other categories as relevant.
  • Change of date for release of VCE results to 16 December at 7.00am and change of preference closes for January offers on 20 December at 4pm. A decision has been made to cancel the December round of offers. There are no changes for IB students.

Our Year 10s and 11s will be viewing the leadership applicants videos this week in preparation for voting for the 2022 leadership team. Last week, the Year 10s enjoyed the opportunity to select from a variety of activities the included yoga and body balance, trivia, puzzles and magic tricks, a selfies scavenger hunt and a mini poetry workshop so quite a diversity that appealed to different interests. Year 12s continued with the preparation for the Valedictory book and they have been reminded to send in their child photograph at the age of 5 or 6 years as soon as possible.

Given the indications in the media about an extension to the lockdown, we are investigating possible new dates for the Year 11 and 12 Formals as it is highly unlikely that these events will occur on the 7 September. Therefore, I would encourage Year 11 and 12 students in particular to register for the Monash University Year 12 Busting Procrastination Webinar to be held on Tuesday 7 September from 5.00pm to 6.00pm with specific details below:

“The Year 12 ‘Busting Procrastination’ webinar will provide you with practical advice and strategies to support you during Year 12 and with your upcoming exams.”

“This workshop will focus on what causes procrastination, provide you with strategies on overcoming procrastination (especially in the lead up to Year 12 exams) and discuss the importance of mindfulness.

The workshop will be facilitated by Dr Richard Chambers, a clinical Psychologist and an internationally recognised expert in mindfulness. He is the author of three books, is heavily involved with mindfulness research and has developed two award-winning mindfulness courses.  Richard was also involved in the development of Smiling Mind, a free mindfulness app and has worked with many educational institutions and businesses interested in using mindfulness to improve wellbeing and performance. He is currently leading a university-wide initiative to embed mindfulness into the core curriculum at Monash University.”

Source and Registration: https://www.monash.edu/study/why-choose-monash/information-for-high-achieving-students/monash-scholars/monash-scholars-events/monash-scholars-year-12-busting-procrastination-webinar?utm_campaign=SCHLR_SRA&utm_source=Event_Invitation&utm_medium=email&utm_content=75401_category_3_invitation_intro_cta_1

Finally, Student Progress Meetings continue this week on Wednesday 1 September from 4.00pm to 8.00pm. The teaching staff have appreciated the opportunity to speak with the students and their families to provide feedback but also to discuss learning goals for the remainder of the year.

With some sunshine filtering through the windows, the warmth does help to create more personal buoyancy. It is my hope that the students are taking the breaks they need as we work together during this period of remote learning. A highlight of my day is always the conversations with the students and my colleagues so please continue to take care.

 

School Maths Olympics

Congratulations to our students who recently competed in the virtual SMO (School Maths Olympics) held by the Melbourne University Stats and Maths Society. Our team placed in the Top 20, a wonderful achievement! Our SMO Team can be seen below showing their “greater than” and “less than” symbols.

 

 

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