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From Deputy Principal: Learning Operations and Staff

02 December 2022

“It was a victory for everyone. For everyone that has a dream, for everyone that wants to go above and beyond. I want everyone to know that if you set your mind to something you can achieve it – no matter who you are and where you come from.”

Source: Nimsdai Purja (High altitude expedition leader)

At the start of this term, I shared the above quote and the story of Nimsdai Purja. In 2019, the fearless, fun-loving Nepali climber set out to summit all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter mountains in just seven months. Given the name, ‘Project Possible’, Nimsdai achieved his goal in 6 months and 6 days.

With the end of the school year upon us, I reflect on this remarkable achievement and draw reference to this quote as we celebrate the achievements of our students who have excelled throughout this year and have had the courage to reach beyond what they thought was possible. Events such as A Night to Shine highlights the outstanding accomplishments of our students and the wonderful opportunities they have to shine in all that they do.

I would like to thank all members of our community for the role you play in allowing our students to see what is possible and for instilling in them a belief and mindset ‘that if you set your mind to something you can achieve it – nothing is impossible.’  These qualities provide a wonderful foundation for the future of our College, and I look forward to continuing this journey with you in 2023.

I wish all families a very safe and Merry Christmas.

A Night to Shine – Academic Awards

To conclude the Advent Term, the College’s annual awards ceremony, A Night to Shine was held on Thursday 1 December. This event is an opportunity for us to gather as a community to celebrate the many achievements of our students.

Various College awards were announced at this event, and I would like to congratulate all the award recipients for being recognised for their contribution to the College and acknowledge the many students who received Academic Awards for excellence at each year level including those students who excelled as part of the College’s Magis and VCAL programs.

To further celebrate the wonderful achievements of our students, the Pursuit of Excellence Award was awarded to students at each year level who achieved the highest results for their studies across more than one subject, and who has demonstrated a positive attitude to their studies contributing to a culture of excellence in all that they do.

Pursuit of Excellence Award Recipients

Year 7:                Pooja Patel and Mathew Bernard

Year 8:                Harmony Smithwick and William La

Year 9:                 Loren Camilleri and Rohil Prasad

Year 10:               Pavani Salat

Year 11:               Raul Sapkota

Year 12:               Brianna Lapina

In addition to these awards, nominated students also received Academic Encouragement Awards during their Pastoral and Learning Mentor (PaLM) final day celebrations. These awards recognised students across all the subjects at each year level who continually applied themselves to the best of their ability throughout this year.

It was pleasing to see the number of students who received these awards across each year level, and it highlights the strong culture of learning that exists amongst our students. To all these students, congratulations and well done.

Headstart Program

Throughout this week, all students have been involved in our Headstart program.

All students are to be commended for their positive approach to the Headstart program and the way they have ended this year. This extends to the way students have embraced the opportunity to begin their new classes for next year and have started to establish their pathway to a successful 2023.

I would also like to acknowledge the work of our teachers in transitioning from the end of Semester Two into a new academic year. It is a credit to all teachers and staff that the students have responded so positively to the Headstart program, and I applaud their commitment and effort in ensuring your child has had a valuable learning experience throughout this week.

Semester Two Reports

Semester Two Reports will be available for parents to access via PAM as of Wednesday 7 December. Parents will receive a SMS and a notification via Operoo with the details in how to access your child’s report.

If there are any difficulties in accessing these reports, please contact the College.

2022 VCAA and ATAR Results

2022 VCE results including the Study scores for Year 11 and 12 students who completed Unit 3/4 subjects will be available on Monday 12 December.

Further details are available on the VCAA Website and students have received information outlining these key dates and how to access support from the College’s Careers Team during this time.

If you have any questions in how to access these results, please contact Ms. Daniela Bombardieri-Szabo (Head of Learning & Teaching – Senior School).

We wish all students waiting for their results all the best and congratulate them in advance for their work and effort throughout this year.

Andrew Bryson: Deputy Principal Learning Operations and Staff