Principal's News - 8 June 2021

Semester 1 Reports

Semester 1 reports will be accessible on Compass on Friday, June 18. Please ensure that you access your child’s/children’s report/s and spend some time reading the information contained. The teachers have spent many hours of additional work outside of school hours compiling the individual reports to ensure they accurately reflect the progress and achievements of every student.

Each report contains a rating and progression point on core subjects and additional areas, dependent on the year level. Each report also contains the information shown below outlining the definition for each rating and the progression point legend. It is important to note that a ‘C’ rating is indicating a standard at expected level, with a ‘B’ and ‘A’ rating indicating a standard above or well above the expected level respectively. A ‘B’ rating indicates achievement of 6 months ahead of the expected level with an ‘A’ rating indicating achievement of at least 12 months ahead of the expected level. Additionally, the progression points reflect these ratings and indicate the progression achieved over the past 12 months.   

Parent/Teacher Interviews

The mid-year parent/teacher interviews are scheduled for Monday, June 21. No students will be attending school that day as it is a designated curriculum day. The teachers will be holding interviews throughout the day and into the evening. Information regarding the interviews has been posted on Compass and you are now able to book in times. At this stage we are planning on holding the interviews face-to-face as we are expecting changes to the current restrictions later this week. If face-to-face interviews are not possible then they will be held via the Webex platform.

Rotary Essay Competition

Congratulations to Eliza C (605) and Mia K (603) who were both winners in the recent Rotary Club of North Balwyn essay writing competition. The essay title was……….’What would my life be like in twenty years time?’  The students were presented with $100 Officeworks vouchers by Mr Greg Ross from the club at assembly on Monday, May 10. Greg had a career as a professional actor which he put to good use at assembly when he recited the Banjo Paterson poem, The Man From Ironbark to the students. They were certainly mesmerised by his stirring performance.    

PFA Mothers’ Day Stall

A fantastic array of items greeted the students when they attended the Hall for our recent Mothers’ Day stall. Gifts on sale ranged from plants to packets of Oxfam coffee and hot chocolate. It was great to see the students excitedly choosing and purchasing their items knowing that they were going to spoil mum on their special day.

Thank you to the members of the PFA who organised the vast array of items for sale and for coordinating the sales on the day. It was a very successful event with sales totalling in excess of $3000.

Curriculum Day

As stated in the information regarding parent/teacher interviews, Monday, June 21 is a designated curriculum day and the students do not attend school. This is the final curriculum day for the year.

Maintenance Work 

We are once again taking advantage of this lockdown to complete several maintenance tasks around the school. Currently the Boys senior toilet block is being upgraded with interior tiling taking place to a large part of the walls. The design and layout of the tiles is identical to the recent junior toilet refurbishment. Additionally, the recent annual tree audit by our arborist identified trees requiring trimming or removal, with this work being carried out this week. Two trees along the Greythorn Rd fence line are being removed including the very old melaleuca. This tree has developed several very large splits between main branches and now poses a safety hazard in this condition.  

Andrew Searle