Dear parents and carers
We are almost halfway through term three of what feels like a very long year. Students and staff have responded well to our new timetable so far, it seems to have been a beneficial adjustment for most. I know a number of students are dropped off early, but it is great to see them making good use of the library and study rooms before lessons start. These encouraging signs are supported by the data from our participation and engagement tool which is showing an aggregate of 86% for the term. That is a pleasing result, and given the year we've all experienced is an indicator of the resilience of our community.
I would like to remind all students, parents and carers that next Thursday August 20th is an ACT wide moderation day for college teachers, and so students should not come to school
. Our system of certification is based on continuous assessment of student progress, managed at each college site. In order to ensure comparability and consistency, teachers are required by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) to participate in two moderation days each year. They gather at different colleges in subject groups and examine student work samples, engaging in a rigorous process that underpins the high quality programs in the ACT. With first assessments for this semester due over the coming weeks, I hope students will use the time wisely.
Students with Tertiary packages will have received their ATAR estimates, these estimates also suggest to us the disruptions earlier this year have had minimal impact on student learning progress. These students will sit the AST on September 1st and 2nd here at the College. Year 11 students with a tertiary package will sit their first trial AST on Monday 14th of Semester.
We held a very successful Subject Selection Evening last week, and our enrolment numbers for next year look healthy. We are introducing some new courses, and current year 11 students will have the opportunity to consider these in Week 6.
There is likely to be some change to way we do Graduation and Formal this year due to COVID 19 restrictions. I am meeting regularly with my colleagues in all the ACT Public Colleges to consider suitable arrangements that are consistent with the ACT Government's Roadmap Recovery Plan. We will be proceeding in accordance with the advice of ACT Health and the Education Directorate. I will keep Year 12 students and families advised as planning proceeds, but please be assured we are aiming to make these milestone events even more memorable and special this year!
Every year, we ask our staff, students and parents to contribute to the 'School Climate Survey', which gives us valuable feedback and data across a range of areas and helps us continuously improve our service for students. All personal information will be handled in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2014.
. Your responses will be only reported and used in aggregate with responses from other staff. No personal identifying information is provided to the college.
The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete and you can access it from any mobile device until Monday 31 August 2020. Your participation is voluntary, but we do hope you will help.You can learn more about the survey here
You will have received an email with a link to complete the survey on Monday 10th
August. If you cannot locate the email, please email EDUSurveys@act.gov.au
Donna Sullivan our Faculty 1 Executive Teacher will be on leave for the remainder of the term, Veronica Thwaites-Brown will be acting Executive Teacher in her place.
As always please contact us if you have feedback or concerns.
Have a great weekend.