Principal’s Report, February 2019

Dear families,

Welcome to 2019. I trust that you had a relaxing break.

Firstly, I would like to welcome the 104 new year 7 students, as well as quite a few students who have joined the school at other year levels. I would also like to welcome new staff who have joined the school as ongoing members of staff or replacements for staff on leave, or who have new roles:

  • Samantha Harrison: Learning Specialist, VCE English, Extended Investigation, 7-10 English and Humanities
  • Kalinda Ashton: VCE English and Literature, 7-10 English and Humanities
  • Andy Chan: VCE General Maths, 7-10 Maths and Science Daniel Lodder: VCE English Language, Italian
  • James Hardie: 7-10 Food Technology
  • Elizabeth Campbell: 7-10 English
  • Louise Speirs-Bridge: VCAL, Discover, Excel
  • Stephanie Nelson: 7-10 Maths and Science
  • Nikkie Sallas: Inclusion Coordinator
  • Liz Floreani: Inclusion Aide
  • Justine Sayers: Library Technician
  • Matthew Hovell: Instrumental Music Coordinator

I am also pleased that, in partnership with Collingwood College, we are able to offer so many VCE subjects, including new ones such as Music Styles and Composition and English Language. On February 15 I was delighted to accompany John Hinman, Jamie Bishop and James Jackson to the inaugural Top Talks, part of the VCE Season of Excellence, held at the State Library.

Luca I (class of 2018) was one of four students chosen across the state to deliver his VCE Extended Investigation oral presentation to an audience which included the Chairman of the VCAA. The event was hosted by former journalist and politician Maxine McKew. Luca delivered his excellent speech on the topic, Do East Timorese students currently studying in Melbourne think that remembering and acknowledging Timor-Leste’s recent past (Indonesian occupation) plays a part in the emergence of a national-identity? Luca also participated in a challenging Q and A in which he answered a range of questions about his topic as well as his research methodology. We were very proud of Luca and I would like to acknowledge his teachers, John Hinman and Jamie Bishop, who taught the class last year. There will be further information about Luca achievements in an upcoming newsletter post.

I was also proud last week to attend the Community Gathering & Welcoming Ceremony, where the new 2019 Year 7 group was celebrated and welcomed into the North-West Metro Koorie Academy of Excellence. This year one of our Year 7 students, Myeesha M, was inducted into the Academy. There will be further information about Myeesha’s achievements in an upcoming newsletter post.

Last Friday, I also proudly attended the Fem Co conference, Your Voice, which was organized by our students along with teacher Briony O’Keeffe and some wonderful colleagues from Deakin University and RMIT. Held at RMIT’s iconic Storey Hall and Building 80, the conference brought together students from all around Melbourne who were interested in learning more about feminism. The school was also approached by a production company to capture footage at the conference. The company is producing a feature documentary about the history of feminist activism in Australia and chose the Your Voice conference to reflect contemporary engagement with feminism.

The student conference organizers will be writing more about the conference in an upcoming newsletter post.

It’s been a busy term already with Year 7 camp, family picnic, Great Race, the House Swimming Carnival, Senior and Intermediate Sport and 7-10 Three Way Conferences.

We look forward to Senior Three Way Conferences, the House Athletics Carnival and Open Day before the term concludes.

Thank you to all the staff, families and students who have helped to make a great start to the year.

Kind regards,

Linda Mitchell
Acting Principal

OnDemand Testing

Dear Parent/Carer

Our school currently uses On Demand testing to provide our teachers with insights into your child’s literacy and numeracy development. Following a request from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), which is responsible for the development of On Demand, I am informing you of our school’s participation in a project to review the On Demand tests. This review will involve the equating of students’ On Demand test outcomes with the school’s NAPLAN data. Towards this end, the school will grant the VCAA permission to collect our On Demand data.

The data collected will contain test results and associated student details from On Demand assessments at our school for 2017. Our data, along with data from other schools will be used in a one-time linking process between On Demand and NAPLAN results held by the VCAA to form a single dataset. This dataset will then be anonymised and used to review the performance of the On Demand Tests. All identified data collected will be destroyed at the completion of the process and there will be no release of any school or individual results or personal details as part of this work.

This work will benefit our school by further enhancing the reliability and accuracy of the On Demand tests.

For more information about the On Demand Testing Calibration Project, please click here for FAQ's

Yours sincerely,
Linda Mitchell
Assistant Principal