ANZAC Commemoration Assembly
Our school commenced term 2 on the 29th April with a very poignant ceremony to commemorate Anzac Day. I would like to acknowledge the work of our students in designing and delivering the service under the leadership of Ms. Kirsten Bedggood. Commodore Brett Sonter RAN delivered the Anzac Day address. Commodore Sonter spoke of the importance of Anzac Day to Australia and what we can learn from the values displayed by the Anzacs and all our service personnel. He also shared with us some of his own experiences in the Royal Australian Navy. Commodore Sonter’s operational sea service includes deployments to the Middle-East, HMAS Newcastle, HMAS Darwin, and HMAS Stuart. He was Joint Task Force Commander at the request of the Government of Fiji following Tropical Cyclone Winston, which included the amphibious ship HMAS Canberra, and Commanding the two thousand personnel strong Amphibious Task Force during Exercise Talisman Sabre in 2017. Commodore Sonter is also one of our ADHS parents and we thank him for generously sharing his time and words with us.
Transport Canberra and Carpark
As many of you are already aware, the new Transport Canberra bus network commenced this term. Following some initial ‘teething’ issues, we have implemented a system whereby students who have only one option for travelling home have been issued with a priority pass to ensure they get on the correct bus. There is no shortage of options or capacity in the afternoon for students travelling to the Woden interchange. Subsequently things have settled quickly, and we thank our students and families for their cooperation. I would like to publicly acknowledge the ADHS Board for their advocacy during the consultation process on the proposed changes during 2018. There is little doubt their representation secured a far better outcome for ADHS students than what was initially proposed. Further feedback about the impact of the new routes can be directed to Transport Canberra.
At the end of the school day I again call on parents to allow buses right of way to get into position. This includes not using the bus stops (yellow lines) as a turning lane onto Denison Street.
Student Executive Group
Student voice is a key priority at ADHS and features in the ACT Education Directorate’s Strategic Plan. Last week saw the commencement of the first round of Student Executive Group (SEG) consultations for this year. Representatives from each Tutor Group collected input from students on a range of topics and met in a forum with SEG to share student perspectives. SEG are currently working through the findings, and potential solutions with key staff, and will report back through Year assemblies. Thank you to Ms. Ro Lafferty and Ms. Isabelle Telfer for leading this important function in our school.
The athletics Carnival on Tuesday was another fantastic Deakin community event. The weather was kind to us (this time!) and attendance and participation levels were typically high. Aside from the traditional track and field program, the House line dancing competition was a highlight, as was the performance (injury free) of the staff relay teams. Congratulations to all our students and staff for the spirit with which they carried the day. Special mention to Ms. Rachel Burrage, Ms. Lindsey Pike and Mr. Alex Scott and the entire Lifestyles Ed & Nutrition Faculty for their leadership of the day.
NAPLAN testing for years 7 & 9 will be rolled out next week through a range of classes. NAPLAN is designed as a mechanism for providing high quality diagnostic information on student literacy and numeracy. The information gleaned allows teachers to better personalise learning by targeting areas of strength and areas for further development. With this in mind, we encourage students to do their best, without overthinking or stressing, as this provides us with the most accurate information.
Parent Forums term 2
ADHS prides itself on a dynamic engagement with parents and our Parent Forum concept is a key element of this. The Parent Forum for term 2 took place on Wednesday of this week on the topic of College Transition. Over 240 parents and year 10 students attended, again underscoring the value of this initiative. It was jointly hosted by the Principals of Canberra College and Narrabundah College, Mr. Michael Battenally and Ms. Kerrie Grundy. Kerrie and Michael addressed the crowd on a range of aspects of their respective colleges, as well as transition to the senior secondary environment in the ACT more broadly. We then moved into a Q & A style format, which enabled the college Principals to field questions from the audience. It was great to see you all there and thank you for the positive feedback you have provided since. We sincerely thank Michael and Kerrie for taking this time to spend with our community.
Our Parent Support Group for this term will again meet in week 5 on Wednesday 29th May from 5.00 - 6.00pm. The topic will centre on mental health and wellbeing and we will send details out closer to the date.
Year 7 Enrolments 2020
There are several important events coming up of significance to families wishing to enrol their child in year 7 2020. Over the next few weeks, ADHS will be visiting local primary schools with some of our students, talking to year 5 and 6 students about life in high school.
ADHS Enrolment Information Night will be held on Wednesday 22nd May from 5.00 – 7.00pm for families and prospective year 7 students to meet staff, tour facilities and gain knowledge of the full range of educational programs ADHS has to offer.
All applications for enrolment/transfer are completed online and can be accessed via the enrolment section of the Education Directorate website. The website also contains important information on enrolment processes, including Priority Enrolment Areas. Please note that ADHS is currently listed as a Category A school. These schools are generally only able to accept students from the priority enrolment area, as well as siblings of students enrolled concurrently, primarily due to capacity. Applications opened on 29th April and will close on 7th June.