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20 SEP, 2017

It’s hard to believe that we have arrived at the end of Term 3 and three-quarters of the academic year has passed. Just around the corner we will be farewelling our Class of 2017.

Year 12 Practice Exams

Whilst for many students the next two weeks will be a time for taking a well-earned break, for our Year 12s there is no such luxury. The practice exam program is a critical revision tool, it also provides the opportunity for students to enter their exam centre and undergo the same rules, procedures and expectations that they will experience during their final examinations. This is a time for our Year 12s and Year 11 students undergoing a Unit 3 / 4 to be undertaking an extensive revision program including such things as: summary notes, flow charts, exam revision timetables, re-reading English novels, just to name a few. It’s also the time to reduce the amount of part-time work, limit the socialising and reduce the contact time with social media. Students should think of it as short term pain for longer term gain. Families can offer their support also by reducing the amount of chores and tasks they have to do around the house.

Leadership Positions 2018

Following on from last week’s announcement of the College Student Executive positions for 2018, I have great delight in announcing and acknowledging the House leaders for 2018. They are:

For East Campus

House   Male Captain Female Captain
ASSISI Aman Pilai Erin Fraser
AUGUSTINE Loic Tany Yan Wo Natasha Clayton
AVILA Rayden Jones Sheena Luthra
GLOWREY Riley Hillman Eliza Fowler
KOLBE Ethan Marinic Lara Bravo
MACKILLOP Franz Patrick Garcia Monica Ghoebriel
MARIAN Akash Perera Patricia Dy
ROMERO Bless Davies Abbie Potter

 

For West Campus

House Male Captain Female Captain
ASSISI Robert Basford (ASA) Dinali Perera (ASA)
AUGUSTINE Jonathan D'Rozario (AUD) Ivka Juri (AUE)
AVILA Paul Nawood (AVA) Teileah Pullen (AVB)
GLOWREY Josiah Lynch (GLB) Elizaabeth Lupeamanu (GLA)
KOLBE Brandon Smith (KLD) Ebony Scott (KLA)
MACKILLOP Lachlan Daly (MKB) Melanie Phillips (MKF)
MARIAN Dylan Wakartschuk (MAF) Sarah Hamilton (MAF)
ROMERO Mohamed Mohamed (ROD) Lara Breen (ROC)


The House Captains are critical in leading the creation of a dynamic, energy-filled and enthusiastic house spirit. This in turn can have a very positive effect, not only on a sense of belonging but also impact on a positive approach to all aspects of schooling. I endorse all the successful candidates and I look forward to seeing what impact they collectively can make to the creation of a positive school environment.

September means Footy Finals time

We celebrated the occasion this week in the form of our annual footy colours day. As a passionate paid up member of the Richmond Football club, all I can say is – “Go Tiges”. Money raised from this day has gone to the St Vincent de Paul Society. Congratulations in particular goes to the VCAL students, for their enthusiastic support of the day.

Solomon Islands Update

The group going this year is to be congratulated for the passionate and enthusiastic way they have met the challenges associated with raising funds for the college. This year the group set out to break the $20,000 dollar mark, a feat not achieved before. I have great delight in announcing that they have broken through the magical barrier. Congratulations is extended to all involved. The group travelling will have the distinct privilege of being in the Solomon Islands for the official blessing and opening of the new building which St. Peter’s College has been fund-raising for over a number of years. We are honoured that the Principal, Jackson Meke, has decided to dedicate the building by naming it St. Peter’s building.

Building Update

Speaking of buildings, just to update all with progress on our building program:

  1. Staff Administration Centre – East – work is commencing this week on the refurbishment to what will become the permanent staffroom and meeting rooms. Staff currently are in a temporary room that we have now outgrown. It is anticipated that these facilities will be completed by the end of this year.
  2. Year 9 Learning Centre – East – attention has turned to the internal spaces which is wonderful to see and hear about. This building due for completion at the end of October will be able to be used for our Year 9s of 2018 during the Headstart program
  3. Landscaping – East – the tenders have come in and currently we are working with the lowest tender to ensure we can complete this major landscape project on budget. This work is due to commence in the next fortnight.
  4. West Campus Masterplan – the masterplan was approved at the last Board meeting. It was recommended at this same board meeting that we secure Y2 Architecture to undertake Stage 1 of the masterplan, the new Arts, Media, Visual Communication precinct. A copy of the plan is attached.

2017 Map BLACC

One of the challenges still to be completely resolved is how, long term, we meet the traffic volume and associated safety concerns. This has been complicated further with the news that the Amstel precinct across the road will commence sub-division in the next year limiting some of our current use of this area for pick-up and drop-off. We continue to seek advice from our traffic management consultant on this issue.

Japan Trip

It has been wonderful to follow the travels of our group currently in Japan. This week has been about experiencing Japanese culture as they visit some of the significant sights and landmarks. Next week the group will travel to Sapporo and meet up with our sister school, Sapporo High School. Students will then be billeted with a family who will host them over 4 days. Living in a Japanese household will be a wonderful opportunity to have a lived experience of Japanese culture and further develop their language.

Enjoy the rest of the week and the holidays to come.

Chris Black Signature

Chris Black
Principal

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