In 2019, both Junior and Senior Schools conducted a review of their respective reporting processes. As a result, there will be changes in way we report student progress this year. In Junior School, the format of the end of semester report will look different and will provide more specific information on the growth of each child. Senior School has made the decision to move to Continuous On-line reporting. In this style of reporting, teachers will be providing feedback at regular intervals across the course of the semester. Continuous on-line reporting aims to provide parents with timely feedback on the progress of their child. This feedback can also inform discussions at Parent Teacher Student (PTS) Conferences. At the end of the semester, parents receive a Statement of Grades. More information will be coming from both Junior and Senior Schools to keep you informed on the changes to assessment and reporting this year.
Over the past fortnight the school community has come together to enjoy a variety of parent evenings. As always, the Prep parents BBQ was a most enjoyable evening with lots of new connections and friendships established. The information nights for Junior School, Year 7 and VCE parents were well-attended by interested parents who learned more about the year ahead for their children. This week, Senior School parents enjoyed meeting the Head of Wellbeing, Mr Peter Shepard and the Head of Teaching and Learning, Mr Craig Townsend. Parents learned more about changes to the Wellbeing and the Teaching and Learning Programs in 2020.
The Student Leaders Commissioning Services held in both Junior and Senior School were both joyful events. I wish the students in Year 6 and Year 12 all the best this year as they embark on their year of being rolemodels and leaders in the school.
This week the Senior School enjoyed their annual House Swimming Carnival. The students and staff didn’t let a little bit of rain stand in the way of having lots of fun. There was plenty of healthy competition in the pool and plenty of cheering and house support in the stands. Congratulations to the Head of Sport Mrs Fern Schreuder for her exceptional organization and all staff and students who helped make this such an enjoyable day. And congratulations to Reid House who came out victors on the day.
Now that the classrooms in the new Junior School building are fully furnished, the Grade 4, 5 and 6 students and staff are feeling more settled in their new spaces. The rooms look amazing and I commend the staff for individualizing their rooms and making them such warm and happy places for their students to learn. Our administration staff have begun moving into the lower floor of the new Junior School building and we plan to have the current administration building fully vacated by the end of term so it is ready to be demolished over the Term one holiday break.
As residents of Melbourne we are accustomed to being prepared for anything when it comes to the weather. At school, we regularly check the weather so we can modify programs and activities according to weather conditions. In the Junior School we have an inclement weather duty timetable which is implemented on days children cannot go outside to play. Children will be kept indoors over recess and lunch in the following circumstances;
· Wet weather
· Hot weather (over 35 degrees)
· High wind
· Hazardous smoke haze
· Asthma storm
On sunny days, all students are regularly reminded to reapply sunscreen, wear their hats when in the sun, or to sit in the shade. On hot days, senior school students are given permission to carry their blazers home rather than wearing them.
Thank you to the Senior School parents who alerted us to the problem with SEQTA whereby various notifications were being sent to parents every time their child’s teacher started working in SEQTA. We have consulted with SEQTA and they have informed us that they are currently working on overcoming the problem. We hope the issues will be resolved very soon and apologise for the inconvenience these constant notifications have caused.
On 19 February 2020 I sent a letter to all families in the Casey Grammar School community. To keep everyone fully informed, here is an extract from that letter;
I am sorry to have to inform you that an allegation has been made against one of our staff members, who is accused of striking a student.
As soon as this claim was brought to our attention, we reported it to the relevant authority, the Commission for Children and Young People. We have also engaged an external investigator who will conduct an independent examination of the claim. The staff member who is named in the complaint has been suspended while the facts of the matter are being assessed. The staff member strongly denies any wrongdoing.
I know that this news might cause concern among our community. You should be reassured that our prompt and proper actions in this matter are in accord with our legal obligations and our codes of conduct, in which we are committed to the welfare, safety and protection of all of our students.
Because this matter is under investigation, and to protect the confidentiality of all involved, there are legitimate restrictions on what I can say publicly.
Anyone who has concerns about this matter should feel free to contact me.
I will keep you informed of developments.
Mrs Fiona Williams