On Friday 28 April we held our ANZAC Day assembly which was attended by students from Years 1 to 12. As with many events across Australia and New Zealand, our service was to recognise the bravery of those men and women who have fought to defend our freedoms and the freedoms of our allies and who continue to serve in conflict and peacekeeping missions today. Our two Head Students, Shae and Xavier spoke with reverence about experiences of soldiers who have lost their lives in war and recited the Ode of Remembrance and the poem, In Flanders Field. Our Junior Choir sang Can You Hear the Children Marching? before leading the school in singing our national anthem. To close our assembly, along with our Head Students, Year 5 House leaders Paul, Mika and Lauren, laid wreaths on behalf of the school.
Staff Conference Day
At the start of this term we held a Staff Conference Day where our teachers worked together on reviewing curriculum and developing assessments and grading rubrics. In response to feedback from parents, we are committed to improving the ways in which we communicate with families about the learning programs at the College. Our aim is to have consistent language and processes across the subject areas for providing feedback on assessments in order to be transparent in communicating to students and parents the learning areas where students are doing well and areas where they can improve. For Senior School students, summative assessments and grading rubrics are being posted online using SEQTA for students and parents to access. In the Junior School, assessments and rubrics were sent home to parents in a student portfolio at the end of Term 1.
There was another opportunity for communication between the school and parents last Friday when we held our Years K - 10 Parent-Teacher Conferences. This was the second year of a full day of conferences at the Junior School and it was wonderful to see so many parents attend to speak with teachers about their child’s progress at school. Many parents also attend the conferences for Years 6 to 10 at the Glen Forrest campus. For Senior School conferences, we do encourage students to come along with their parents for the meetings. It is important that students are part of the conversation so that there is transparency among parents, students and the teachers about expectations in each class. This is a change to what has happened previously, and while there were some students who came along last Friday, I hope to see many more attend the conferences in the future.
The school year moves very quickly, as I am sure all of our Year 11 and 12 students will attest. I would like to wish all of our senior students the best as they begin their first round of exams or work placements in the next few weeks.