Welcome back to Term 4. The weather has begun to warm up and festive thoughts loom ahead. Students have settled into the work routine and preparations for the end-of-year examinations are well underway.
The Senior Class of 2018 has officially completed its last formal lessons as students of Lilydale Heights College. Their final assembly and celebration day was fun filled and memorable. We wish them every success with their upcoming exams and future endeavours.
Staff at the College have continued to work on the introduction of Substantive Talk as a focus in developing literacy skills in students while others have chosen to focus on Curriculum Design as a means of improving student engagement.
Visit from Regional Director (Judy Rose) and Deputy Secretary (Bruce Armstrong)
On Wednesday, 19 September, the College hosted the Regional Director and Deputy Secretary of DET. Both Judy and Bruce spent time with students in our café and engaged in conversation around: · What would you like schools to look like? · If you were in charge what would you do? · How you feel about school? · What does being engaged look like? Our students, as always, were exceptional ambassadors for the College.
Class of 2018
The final day for Year 12 students was a wonderful day of celebration; celebration of 13 years of schooling ending for the Lilydale Heights Class of 2018. It began with early morning shenanigans, followed by a whole school assembly, which involved staff, students and parents, then to the obligatory costume parade and signing of the pole. Well done to this year’s cohort on their fun and energy. We wish you luck with the upcoming examination period.
A reminder to parents of the importance of regular attendance at schools: Daily attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they don’t fall behind both socially and developmentally:
- School participation maximises life opportunities for children and young people by providing them with education and support networks
- School helps children to develop important skills, knowledge and values that set them up for further learning and participation in their community
- School helps them to make the most of life opportunities
Children and young people who regularly attend school and complete Year 12, or an equivalent qualification, have:
- better health outcomes
- better employment outcomes
- higher incomes across their lives.
Research confirms there is a strong link between poor attendance and adverse student outcomes like:
- early school leaving
- substance use
- negative health outcomes.
Please remember to contact the school on 9735 1133 if you child is absent from school.
Online Safety– New Laws for Image-Based Abuse
The Enhancing Online Safety Act 2015 (the Act) was recently amended to establish a civil penalties scheme to address the non-consensual sharing of intimate images, otherwise known as image-based abuse. This scheme allows victims of image-based abuse to make an official report to the eSafety Commissioner. Image-based abuse occurs when an intimate image is shared, or threatened to be shared, without the consent of the person in that image.
The Annual Art Show was held at Chirnside Park Community centre. This show provided students with an opportunity to showcase their Studio Art work and is the culmination of one to two years work.
The passion, commitment and hard work displayed by Laura Morley and her students was outstanding.
Young Entrepreneurs Program
A select number of Year 10 students were granted the opportunity to complete a two day workshop with Cameron Greenwood, creator and director of MONSTA Surf. Students worked to identify strengths in themselves and in others. They identified areas of personal interest and explored business models while being exposed to entrepreneurial thinking, ideas and cultures. Well done to all participants.