Our new Continuous On-line Reporting process began in Senior School this week with the publication of the first piece of formative feedback on SEQTA. All Senior School parents should have received a letter earlier this week which explains the new reporting system. Our recent parent information nights also provided a rationale and important details about our new reporting system. If you missed the information night, you can hear what Mr Townsend (Head of Teaching and Learning) had to say by clicking on the link below;
Reports Update Video Link
At the information night, parents also heard about the Senior School Wellbeing Program from Mr Shepard (Head of Student Wellbeing). If you would like to hear his talk, please click on the link below;
Wellbeing Video Link
Over the Labor Day long weekend, our maintenance team will be busy moving School Reception. From next Tuesday, School Reception will be located on the ground floor of the new Junior School building. Reception and school administration staff will remain in this location for the rest of 2020 while the new administration building is completed.
As part of our commitment to a holistic education, we have seen a variety of curricula and co-curricular programs begin this term. The Year 12 Physics class enjoyed their study of physics at Luna Park, while our Science enrichment students learned more about STEM when they spent some time in labs at the Casey Tech School. The cast and crew of the Queensland production tour are busy rehearsing and preparing for their tour and the new Casey Grammar Dance group are enjoying their rehearsals in preparation for their competitions later in the year. Our Senior School debaters had their first debate this week as part of the Debating Association of Victoria (DAV) competition and our Grade 5 and 6 students are busy preparing themselves for their camps in a weeks time. I am aware that there is some anxiety regarding the Grade 6 tour to Canberra. I want to reassure all parents that we have been vigilant in our risk management for this excursion and are monitoring travel advice on a daily basis. We are working closely with our tour operator and, at this stage, we are confident it is safe to travel to Canberra. If travel warnings in Australia should change over the coming week, we will heed the advice and postpone our trip. It is worth noting that today's advice regarding travel is as follows;
With the situation regarding the coronavirus is continuing to evolve, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has issued updated advice that overseas school excursions should cease, except to New Zealand and Canada.
Last week our Year 8 students enjoyed their four days camping in The Otways. The camp program is designed to facilitate important lessons in leadership, teamwork, problem solving and resilience. The camps also promote an appreciation of the outdoors and outdoor activities, sustainability, indigenous culture and social bonding. They are an integral part of the educational package offered by the school.
A reminder that all students in Senior School should be wearing their school blazer as their outer garment as they travel to and from school. Students are permitted to remove their blazer once they in the school grounds although they are required to wear their blazer to school assembly. Hair that is shoulder length or longer should be tied back at all times. Shirts should be tucked in at all times.
Chewing gum has been a problem in school over recent weeks and I would like to remind everyone that chewing gum is not permitted at school under any circumstances.
On 26 February 2020 I sent a letter to all families. To ensure everyone is kept fully informed, here is an extract from that letter;
Dear Parent & Guardians,
I am writing to update you on a matter I informed you about, in my letter of 19 February, regarding a claim made against one of our staff members, who was alleged to have struck a student.
As you will recall, we immediately reported this allegation to the Commission for Children and Young People. We also engaged an external investigator to conduct an independent and thorough examination of the claim, which was strongly denied by the staff member.
That investigation has now been completed, and has found the claim was unsubstantiated. As a result, the staff member will be returning to work.
Once again, I want to reassure you that our approach to this matter has been based on our commitment to protect the welfare and safety of all of our students.
I am confident that we have acted in accord with our legal obligations and codes of conduct, recognising the rights of all involved – including the staff member.
I am sure you will understand that there are limits to what I can say publicly about this matter, in order to protect the privacy and confidentiality of all involved.
Mrs Fiona Williams