From the Deputy PrincipalAugust 01, 2022
It was a fantastic end to the first semester at the College, with our Parent Teacher Interviews and the release of the College reports. Teachers appreciated the time to meet with families to celebrate progress across the semester, set goals, and discuss strategies to continue academic growth. A reminder to families that student results in assessments across Pre-primary to Year 12 are accessible via SEQTA Engage and are released regularly to families. Please do reach out to teachers should there ever be questions regarding student progress throughout the semester.
This term, our focus slightly shifts to 2023 … it is hard to believe we are at this stage already. Our Year 10s have completed their individual subject selection interviews for Year 11 and we are impressed by their drive to achieve their goals in the coming years. Thank you to all families and friends who joined us at these meetings, your presence and support was greatly appreciated. I have met with the Year 11s to discuss options moving into Year 12 and our continuation of the Flexitrack High partnership with Murdoch University. We will begin focussing on selections of electives for students in Years 7 – 10 across the remainder of the term. It is an exciting time ahead.
Our students in Years 3,5 and 9 will be sitting the Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment (BRLA)across the coming weeks. The BRLA is a large-scale, standardised assessment that consists of Religious Education tests developed and marked by the Office of Catholic Education Western Australia. The purpose of the BRLA is to measure student learning of the content in the RE curriculum. Formal school and student reports are produced by the Office and will become available to schools in Term Four. The BRLA provides a ‘point in time’ snapshot of student performance in RE. Students’ knowledge and understanding of the content of the RE curriculum is assessed using a combination of multiple choice, short and extended response items. Students’ faith is not assessed. We wish all of our students well.
In the Library we are excited to be planning for our annual Book Week activities; daily homeroom/class quizzes, library display – items from the Academy of Taxidermy, design your own glasses at lunchtime, a scavenger hunt and the adopt a book returns. Plus this year we will also have a staff readathon, a photobooth based in the library (24th August), award winning author Amanda Betts working with our Year 11 students (25th August), the much anticipated Book Week Assembly and Dress Up and Parade (26th August) and finally Perform Education presenting to students in Years 3 – 6 (29th August). The theme this year is ‘Dreaming with eyes open’ and we are definitely hoping to open every one’s eyes to the magic of our library!
Finally, we have launched our dance program for our littlest dancers ‘Sparks’, catering for students in Years 1 – 2. The program is led each week by secondary students exploring a variety of genres, from jazz to lyrical to hip hop plus technique work. The enthusiasm of these dancers is second to none and they are setting the dance floor on fire. We can’t wait to watch these dancers continue to grow and share their talents with our group.
Mrs Janine Walsh