We have now completed most of our assessments and curriculum for the year and our planning for Rollover at Garnsey Campus is well underway with a new timetable and classes being finalised. For some students, Rollover means new Mentors and Mentor Groups. I know students will be excited to know what these groups will look like in 2019 and they will be notified of these groups next week.
As students move through the School, the allocation of classes becomes more and more about the subjects they have selected rather than their friends, which for a resilient child is often not an issue. I read an interesting article last week about this issue. Written by Dr Judith Locke, it appears on the Independent Schools Victoria Parents’ Website, which is a great resource for parents. Dr Locke acknowledges that class lists can be a hot topic and that parents can find it stressful if their child is not happy with their class or with a specific teacher. It is my view that a desire to be with a friend or a particular teacher is not a good reason to support a change of class and that resilience and coping strategies are built when students make the most of the well-considered decisions of teachers. I include the link below, if there are any parents looking for advice about how to handle this situation should it arise, as sometimes happens as a new academic year begins.
On Tuesday next week, Year 10 and 11 students will receive their examination results and be provided with valuable feedback on these assessments. With Student Free days on Monday and Friday of next week, I remind parents that all students are required at School for the remainder of the week, including Activities Day and the Tertiary Taster tours for Years 10-11 students, unless prior arrangements have been made with teachers. This next week will see the return and presentation of final assessments and this is an important part of the feedback that students receive which can inform their learning going into the “new” academic year.
As our senior students have completed their exam preparation and completion, this week has been the culmination of the Year 9 Outdoor Education program, which has seen Year 9 students and staff undertake programs on either Fishing, Mountain Biking, Horse riding, Surfing, Rafting or Rock Climbing programs. The feedback we have received throughout the week has been very complimentary of the students, in particular their well-developed skills, resilience and positive approach to challenges.
Well done to all students and staff on the completion of these exciting and challenging programs. A special thanks to our dedicated team of Outdoor Education staff and teachers who have skilfully managed the programs to ensure students have such a positive experience.
We have been conducting a uniform survey about potential future uniform choices, however there are a couple of uniform matters that require your immediate attention please. Firstly, many girls have been and will be asked to lengthen their summer dresses. We will be particularly vigilant in this regard as we enter new year levels at Rollover. I also ask that students ensure that they have a School hat or Sports cap and that it is worn at recess and lunchtime.
Congratulations to Nathaniel Shelton who received a Fred Hollows Humanity Award presented by former Premier of Victoria, John Brumby, this week. Presented to Year 6 students who follow in Fred’s footsteps by making a positive difference in their community, this award celebrates compassion, integrity and kindness in everyday lives. Nathaniel was unable to receive his award last year as he was overseas so we congratulate him on its receipt this week.
Doing our bit for drought affected farmers!
I encourage all Garnsey Campus students to support 8 Gilmour and 8 Wilson in their efforts to raise awareness and funds to assist farmers through the drought. They are holding a casual day and bake sale on Tuesday, 20 November. At last week’s Chapel Services, Mr Stewart McRae spoke about the impact of low rainfall on communities and explained the role of the drought on prices and farmers rather than just the obvious lack of feed we see in drought images. Please support the Year 8 students’ efforts for this worthy cause next Tuesday.