2019 has been another busy and productive school year. It is difficult to believe that this is the final newsletter for the year. December has been very industrious with students engaged in classroom and extra-curricular activities. While the College is busy preparing for the 2020 school year, many programs and activities have continued to be prepared and delivered to students still at the College.
December has been a busy and exciting time for all. The focus on student learning has been steadfast at this time of year with students undertaking end of year examinations and many students completing their Individual Learning Plans in preparation for the upcoming academic year. In addition to this, students from Years 9, 10 and 11 have completed at least one week of the STEP AHEAD Program where they have officially transitioned into the next school year.
The Class of 2019
Farewell to the Class of 2019, your contribution to the College community whether it be in the academic, sporting, arts or performing arts fields throughout your time at the College has been much appreciated. Whether you move on to employment, training or further studies, College staff and Council would like to take this opportunity to wish you every success for the future.
This College Night of Excellence was held on 9th December. This evening is the highpoint of the academic school year for students in Years 7 to 11. Awards are presented for academic distinction to students have worked well ahead of their expected levels. Students who have contributed significantly to the College through Sport, Music and Leadership in the SIRC were also acknowledged on the night. In addition, we presented awards to students who have shown a strong commitment to the College values and contributed to the wider school community. Congratulations to all award recipients, your commitment to personal excellence and outstanding achievements are a credit to you all.
Congratulations to the following students who received the Principal’s Awards for consistently demonstrating achievement above the expected standard in alignment with the College Values of Excellence, Respect and Responsibility:
- Year 7: Shiloh Adams
- Year 8: Laura Dangaard
- Year 9: Sarah Rice
- Year 10: Jonah Go
- Year 11: Sinead Townsley
James Andrew Scholarship
Congratulations to Calla Anderson who has been awarded the first ever JAS scholarship. This scholarship will provide Calla with all the financial support she will need to complete her university studies after completing Year 12 this year. Well done Calla and thank you very much to the JAS.
VCAL at East Awards
The AtEast VCAL awards were also held this month. This evening recognises students who have shown outstanding growth and progress during their final VCAL year at school and in the workplace. Congratulations must be extended to Tia Warford who was presented with an Industry Excellence Award.
Congratulations to Rebecca Nel who is the DUX of the class of 2019.
Congratulations also to April Buttress who is the recipient of the Victoria Baccalaureate.
On December 10, we welcomed the 2020 Year 7 cohort to the College. Students and some nervous parents gathered in the performance centre where they were formally welcomed, before students were whisked away to meet teachers, familiarise themselves with the College grounds and, most importantly, begin to develop new lifelong relationships. Congratulations and thank you to all students and staff who contributed to the success of the day.
Community Outreach Week
Community Outreach Week this year was another great success. The aim of this week is to provide students with an opportunity to give back to their community at a time when it needs it most. Students again selected from a range of activities including: entertaining residents of aged care facilities, delivering Japanese programs in local primary schools, working with the Yarra Ranges Council, as well as environmental duties at the school itself. Teachers and students prepared collaboratively and undertook each project enthusiastically.
End of Semester Reports are now able to be accessed by parents/guardians online. The aim of the report is to indicate to parents/guardians the progress your student has made over the semester period. Reports will give you an indication of how well your student is progressing and summarise the major assessment tasks completed by students this semester. Please do not hesitate to contact the College if you are unable to access your child’s report.
Duke of Ed
It was a pleasure to be present at the celebratory BBQ held earlier this month to recognise participants in this year’s Duke of Edinburgh Program. Congratulations to all students involved, thank you to the families who have supported them and well done to all supporting staff, in particular Ms Rayner for her vision and passion.
Thank you to all students, staff and families who supported the very successful Sustainability BBQ held on November 30 at Bunnings Lilydale. The day was a huge success and monies raised will support the work of the Sustainability Leader, Mrs Sargeant and her Sustainability Club. Earlier this year, this powerful and efficient team attained a star rating for the College and was recognised on a state level for their work. Well done team.
Mobile Phone Policy 2020
Mobile Phones banned from 2020.
In June of this year, The Minster for Education, The Honourable James Merlino announced that from 2020, mobile phones will be banned in all government schools. The policy is being introduced because teachers and parents regularly raise concerns about the use of mobile phones during school hours as a cause of constant distraction in classrooms. Rolling out this state-wide policy will provide consistency for principals, teachers, students, parents and school communities. As part of this new policy, students must switch off their phones and store them securely from the moment they arrive on school grounds until they leave at the end of the day. Students will be reminded regularly of the new arrangements and the College Mobile Phone Policy will be available on the College website before the end of this year.
First School Day 2019
The first day of school for students in 2020 is Thursday January 30.
On behalf of the College Council and Staff at Lilydale Heights College, I wish you all a very restful and safe festive season.