The end of year examination period is well underway across all year levels. Year 11 students have now completed their examination period and the Middle School exams have begun. Following this period, Year 10 and 11 students will undertake a week of 2019 orientation. During this time, students will complete their first week of formal classes related to the 2019 school year. This provides students and teachers with an opportunity to establish classroom expectations and head start their new year of VCE studies. In the Junior School, students will shortly be undertaking their On Demand testing. This period of testing allows students to measure their growth over the academic year.
Farewell Class of 2018
After a final College assembly and fun filled celebration day, the Class of 2018 final examinations period is over. The Valedictory Dinner, marking their last event as students of the College, was a wonderfully successful event and the perfect send off for this year’s cohort. We wish them all every success.
The College recently participated in the Outer East Area Year 6 to Year 7 Transition Project, where Year 6 and Year 7 teachers were paired to work on curriculum planning and assessment in either English or Mathematics.
The Outer East Transition Project is designed to:
- improve the effectiveness of transition between primary and secondary by strengthening professional relationships, conversation and collaboration between primary and secondary cluster schools
- strengthen teacher knowledge of practice and pedagogy around the Victorian Curriculum in Mathematics and English between upper primary and lower secondary
- build teacher knowledge and implementation of formative assessment
Jodie Smith and Henry Lees were partnered with Silvan Primary School to focus on transitioning in Mathematics. Their project presentation highlighted some key learnings taken from all schools involved.
Sunday, 11 November 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). On a beautiful spring morning, the College joined members of the local community at the Lilydale Cenotaph for an official ceremony. Student representatives laid a wreath in honour of those whose lives were lost.
On Saturday November 17, the College welcomed its Year 7, 2019 cohort and their families with a welcome BBQ. The event, held at the College, was an opportunity for parents, students and staff to come together and begin to develop relationships designed to focus on supporting their children through the next six years of their school journey.
Thank you to Mr Denny and the transition team for their work and to all staff who supported this initiative.
Poetry and Market Days
I am always in awe of the amazing commitment and passion displayed by staff at the College. This month has been no exception, with staff looking for creative and engaging ways to stimulate students’ interests and passions. Mr McKenzie offered students a chance to be extended in their writing skills through participation in a “poetry” day. In the entrepreneurial and financial literacy stakes, Ms Martin’s Money Matters class ran their “Market Day” where they tried establishing and running their own small business. Both opportunities extended students beyond the classroom and connected their understanding of classroom concepts into real world applications.