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From Deputy Principal Staff and Learning Operations

24 February 2023

Our Model of Instructional Model combines the use of High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) with the principles of the Berry Street Education Model to develop a framework that connects learning and wellbeing as a driver in improving student outcomes.

Tutor Learning Program

To complement the work undertaken in recent years to support the overall learning and wellbeing needs of our students, the College’s Tutor Learning Program provides targeted literacy and numeracy support to students across all year levels.

As part of the College’s Tutor Learning Program, tutors work with students using a hybrid model approach combining in-class and small group support as well as offering tutoring support after-school on selected days. Our tutors also meet and collaborate with individual subject teachers to develop targeted learning and teaching strategies to further support the learning needs of each student.

Tutors are also available to provide any additional support to students in the library during lunchtime and after-school until 4pm. On a Monday and Wednesday, our tutors will be available in the library until 5.00pm.

This program has already had a positive impact on the learning needs of our students, many have taken the opportunity to work with our tutors. Throughout each term, we will continue to monitor student assessment data to identify students who we believe would benefit from the support provided by our tutors and contact parents as needed.

If you have any questions about this program or would like your son or daughter to participate in the program, please contact your child’s English or Mathematics teacher.

You may also contact either Mr. Stephen Manitta (Head of Learning and Teaching – Middle School) or Mrs. Daniela Bombardieri-Szabo (Head of Learning and Teaching – Senior School).

Please also note that the College’s Information Centre (Library) is also available for students to access from 8.00am to 5.00pm on Monday’s and Wednesday’s and until 4.00pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

We look forward to the positive impact this initiative will have on supporting our students and wish everyone involved in this program the very best.

Staffing Update for Families

At the start of this term a letter was sent to families listing classes that were no longer being offered in 2023 and the arrangements that the College has put in place to cover classes that are yet to be allocated a teacher for the year. These arrangements have included some classes having more than one teacher being allocated to teach them for that subject.

Unfortunately, the current teacher shortage continues to have an impact on our ability to fully staff all our classes and we are in the process of employing staff to cover the remaining classes.

In the meantime, to ensure there is a level of consistency for students across these subjects, some classes have been allocated a combination of teachers who are working together with the relevant Learning Area Leader to teach classes. For classes that have a combination of teachers, a more detailed letter will also be sent to families via Operoo.

As a College, we acknowledge that some of these arrangements are not ideal, and we appreciate your support and understanding during this time.

If you have any questions related to the above arrangements, please contact your child’s Pastoral and Learning Mentor (PaLM) or Year Level Leader / House Leader.

Any subject specific questions can be directed to the relevant Learning Area Leader. For all other questions relating to this matter, please contact Mr. Andrew Bryson (Deputy Principal – Staff and Learning Operations) at the College.

New Teaching Staff

We would like to welcome Stephanie Velings as a new member of our teaching staff.

Ms Velings is an experienced English teacher and brings great knowledge and expertise to the College. Commencing on Monday 27 February, Ms Velings will be teaching a combination of Year 7, 8 and 10 English classes as well as being the Pastoral and Learning Mentor (PaLM) for Year 7 GOLD.

We wish Ms Velings every success as she joins our dynamic learning community.

Andrew Bryson
Deputy Principal Staff and Learning Operations