From the Deputy PrincipalMay 08, 2020
Welcome back to our students; whether it be via online in a Zoom or Teams lesson or ‘in person’; it has been fantastic to see your faces. I would like to express my gratitude to families (and I am sure extended families) who have been supporting their child(ren) at home for these past weeks and to our students who have been truly adaptable and resilient in changing their mode of learning. We know that some have faced challenges, but wow, they have all been amazing in overcoming them.
As we begin to transition back to school, many students will be starting to prepare for their examinations at the start of June (detailed information has previously been emailed to families). Our Year 10 students will be recommencing their assessment schedule (minus their first semester examination) and our Year 11 and 12 ATAR students will be preparing to sit their exams between the 2nd and 12th June. Students who are unable to return to the campus will be provided with alternative modes of delivery for their examinations. For students in Years Pre-primary to Year 10, teachers will continue to gather evidence through both formative and summative assessment pieces.
We would like to extend our congratulations (and I know for some students and families a little bit of relief) for successfully completing their OLNA; we will continue to support students who will be sitting OLNA in the September Round. Students are encouraged work closely with their Mathematics and/or Language and Literature (English) teachers for assistance in preparing. Results have been uploaded to the Parent Portal. Our Year 10s have been submitting their Personal Projects during this period of time, the culmination of almost 12 months of work. The quality of not only the project but the reports has been fantastic, we are looking forward to participating in the moderation process on the Thursday, 29th May.
The bIBliotech staff, aided by our wonderful Housemothers and administration team, have been working whilst we have been closed, on a reinvention of the space so as to make it even more welcoming to students from across the campus. The Junior collection is now located at the front of the building and definitely captures the imagination. Our older student fiction and non-fiction is located nearer the study hub of the Year 12s and classrooms. We cannot wait to develop a new theme for our senior students. Over the coming weeks, we hope this space is filled with the faces of all of our students again – the books are getting lonely!
I also would like on your behalf, to extend a huge thank you to our wonderful teaching and non-teaching staff from across the College. Their dedication to providing your children wonderful learning experiences in these uncertain times and their flexibility to change direction – sometimes by the hour, is absolutely inspiring. It has been an honour to watch how they have not only supported our families but each other as well. I know they share in my eagerness to see our students back in the classroom.
Again, welcome back and to those who continue to study from home locations around Western Australia, please work hard, spend time with your families and know we are waiting to see you soon in person.