COLLEGE LEADERS AND SRC BLESSING AND INDUCTION CEREMONY
You are warmly invited to join our live broadcast of the College Leaders' Induction next week. The event will be held at 8.35am on Tuesday 8 September. We will pray for and bless our new captains and student representative council. The students will receive their badges and make the leadership pledge. To follow the event live and join us in congratulating the students, please follow this link to our YouTube livestream. Feel free to add your congratulations to the comments live, so that the students know they are being supported from a distance.
YEAR 11 EXAMINATIONS
Our Year 11 students are about to commence their examinations, their first formal exam period in senior school. We wish them well and are praying for their success. Parents, please ensure that you are familiar with their exam timetable, as students are not required at school except when they have their exams. We encourage students to arrive at least half an hour before the start time so that they are not feeling rushed. You should see your Year 11 daughter devoting much of her time to study and preparation. It is also a time when socialising and part-time work is reduced. The exams will give important feedback about how prepared she is for the Year 12 component of her courses.
The College will contact Year 11 parents shortly with details of the Year 11 Parent Teacher Interviews, which will be held in Term 4 using the Zoom video conferencing platform.
Best of luck to our Space Design Challenge team who make their response to the design challenge tender today. They have spent weeks designing a sustainable platform for life on Mars. Thanks to Mr Fuller for his great support of these young scientists.
Best of luck to our five Tournament of Minds teams who next week present their solutions to the T.O.M. challenge, using video.
The teams are:
Arts: Charlize Risse, Layla Starr, Holly Northey, Brooke Young, Sofia Zamprogno, Danielle Footit and Jenny Keshari
Language Literature: Jaida Knight, Tara Stoll, Kate Flynn, Mikayla Castillo, Olivia Hayes, Emily McLean and Danijela Hader
Social Science: Ashleigh Thompson, Abbey May, Mackenzie Beukers, Aalia Nasser, Katelyn Smith and Imogen Buttigieg
STEM Team 1: April Monteleone, Aurelia Parsley, Tara Tjahjadi, Jessica Buzzi, Tia Stevenson, Piper Gorringe and Bella Cunningham
STEM Team 2: Sofia Maiorana, Nishika Talusani, Manika Talusani, Kanesha Kaur, Natasha Smaluck, Jorja Tabor and Sienna Rose
LITERATURE DRESS UP DAY
The corridors of the College have been filled all day today with characters from books, TV, Movies and popular culture. Staff and students certainly got into the spirit of the day. Please check our Facebook page for images of the fun!
Although chewing gum is officially banned at the college, quite a number of students are using it. The marks on concrete are testimony to the huge number which do not make it into bins, which is one reason why it is banned. It is also becoming a problem with other students sitting on discarded gum and getting it on their clothes. Up to this point, teachers have generally asked students to put the gum in a bin, although the school rules classify this as a lunch detention offence. Asking students to bin the gum is making no impact; indeed, more and more students are chewing gum. From next week, all teachers will be issuing a consequence if students are chewing gum. Rather than an immediate lunch detention, it will be a warning. Along with other official warnings, it will be tallied and students receiving three warnings per semester for gum or other uniform breeches will have a lunch detention. Six and subsequent warnings will result in an after school detention, as is the current policy. Students will be informed of this on Monday but we would appreciate parental support in drawing this to the attention of their daughters.
UNIFORMS – Term 4 expectations regarding blazers and socks
With the warmer weather, we will move to summer uniform requirements for the last two weeks of this term. This change will start from next Monday 14 September. This means students can wear the college socks rather than stockings. Only the college socks may be worn which, along with other uniform items, can be purchased from Lowes. Students do not have to wear blazers to and from school. From next Monday we will be changing our policy regarding wearing blazers on colder days in the summer terms of Term 4 and 1. Students WILL be allowed to wear jumpers or senior cardigans to and from school but only during these terms (or from when they are allowed to stop wearing the blazer each day). Blazers can still be worn in summer terms if a student wishes to. Blazers will continue to be mandatory to wear each day in Terms 2 and 3.
I would like to remind students and parents that the only facial jewellery allowed at the college is in the ears (up to 2 earrings in each year, small hoops or studs). In particular, there is to be no nose or lip jewellery. I mention this before the holidays as this is a time when a number of students seem to think there is time for a piercing to heal before returning to school. This is never the case over a two week break and there will be no tolerance or allowance of time for a new piercing to heal once the students return to school. There is categorically no facial jewellery to be worn by any student in any year, from Year 7 to Year 12. Students who wear non-uniform jewellery will receive warnings leading to lunch and after school detentions. It would be greatly appreciated for parents to support us by discouraging these piercings while their daughter is a student at the college.