As we come to the end of this first term, I would like to thank all our parents and carers for their continued support of the College. Our school mission states that our aim is to be a school where students, teachers and parents actively engage as partners in the education process and I am pleased to see that this has been occurring this year. I hope that many Senior School parents have had the opportunity to access SEQTA to view assessment rubrics and comments from teachers about areas of the curriculum where their child is doing well in class as well as feedback about where they can improve in the future. For our Junior School families, student portfolios are coming home today. Please do find some time over the break to read through the portfolio with your child and engage in a discussion about their learning over the past 10 weeks.
On Friday 5 May, we will be holding our Parent-Student-Teacher conferences for Years 6 to 10 in the GFC Gymnasium. Details of how to make bookings with teachers will be emailed out to parents today, along with details for accessing student Interim Reports. Unlike previous years where teachers may have requested conferences with parents, I would like to encourage parents to make bookings with whichever teachers they wish to meet. I encourage students to join the interviews so that they are engaged with the discussions also.
Junior School Parent-Teacher conferences are also being held on the same day, which will provide a wonderful opportunity for parents to discuss their child’s academic and social progress this year.
With these conferences occurring, there will be no school for students in Years Kindy to Year 10 on Friday 5 May, however, classes will continue as normal for Year 11 and 12 students.
Staff Changes For Term 2
The end of a school term often brings some staffing changes, with this year being no different.
Senior School Mathematics and Science teacher, Amy Bennett, will be finishing with us at the end of this term and will move to a new position at Guildford Grammar. We wish Amy all the best and thank her for her years of service to our students and the College. Moving into the Mathematics Department from the start of next term will be Jonathan Diaz. Jonathan is a Helena College alumni and has been teaching Mathematics at Eastern Hills Senior High School for the past six years.
With Ms Bennett’s departure, Dr Maree Baddock, our K-12 Director of Teaching and Learning will be stepping in to teach a Year 11 Chemistry class.
We would also like to wish our Senior School Head of English, Ms Rebecca Ewing, all the very best as she begins maternity leave at the end of this term. Rebecca will be taking leave until the end of this year and Mrs Jasmine Watts, who taught at the College last year, will be returning during this time. Mr Steve Smith will serve as Head of Department while Ms Ewing is on leave.
I would also like to take a moment to acknowledge and thank Amanda Marriott for her many years of service in leading the Helena Basketball Club. So many of our students have benefited from Amanda’s commitment and dedication to basketball and, as she leaves, she does so with the basketball program in a very healthy position. The College will present Amanda with a gift as a sign of our appreciation for her hard work in the near future.
Happy Term Break
As we all head towards the term break, I hope all students and families stay safe and enjoy their time away from the daily school routine. We look forward to welcoming students back to school on Wednesday 26 April.
Peter Coombs, College Principal