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From the Deputy Principal, Ms Angelico

20 July 2022

The Assumption Term has started with high energy and enthusiasm! The first day was dedicated to the Berry Street professional learning day which focused on strategies for teachers to assist in strengthening relationships and last Friday evening we enjoyed a fantastic social dinner, with much laughter and dancing with many students from the Class of 2022.

This term will continue to provide many opportunities for learning, community, challenge, charity, and celebration. Some of the highlights we are especially looking forward to are the musical production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Vinnies Winter Sleepout in August and the Good Samaritan Campus Family Fun Day in September.

Next week we celebrate Grandparents Day Mass in the College Chapel at 8.00am, followed by a light breakfast. Later in the term, we look forward to celebrating Father’s Day Mass and breakfast on Monday 5 September. Invitations will be sent via Operoo in two weeks.

Looking Toward Future Pathways

The Assumption Term is an exciting term as it will be buzzing with students thinking about their possible future pathways to determine the subjects to choose in Year 9, 10 11 and 12, and where to beyond Year 12. The subject selection process was launched at our whole College assembly last week and with the successful Learning and Pathways Expo and Year 10 Parent Information Night 2023 which took place on Wednesday evening.

The Class of 2022 is at the point where the students need to choose university and TAFE courses or set themselves up with apprenticeships or prepare to enter the world of work next year. Some Year 12 students are thinking about a gap year. Regardless of the pathways chosen at this point in time, it is important to keep an open mind and to nurture a love of learning, a commitment to growth and development and to always be the best version of oneself. Students are encouraged to investigate various possibilities and keep options as open. Mr Bryson outlines the overall subject selection process as we begin our planning for 2023.

Semester Examinations for Year 10 & 11 Students

As of this semester, we will be introducing cumulative assessment in Years 10 and 11 giving students an overall score for the semester.

  • Semester Examinations will be weighted at 40% and
  • Assessment Tasks will be weighted at 60% of the overall score for the semester.

The rationale for this is to enable students to see the importance of revising frequently and preparing thoroughly for examinations. In Year 12, student performance in the final examinations has an impact on the Study Score for each subject, therefore, this will be valuable preparation for Year 12.

We have found that many students do not prepare sufficiently for examinations and then are surprised if their results do not meet their expectations. We anticipate that this change will improve the culture of learning, the level of skill in completing examinations and the level of effort in all assessment tasks.

In 2023, we plan to introduce cumulative assessment also in Years 7-9. 

Good Samaritan Campus – Family Fun Open Day – Sunday 11 September

This year we will be hosting the second Open Day at our country campus where the Year 8 Shine and the Year 9, three-week Country Experience take place. We have sent out invitations this week via Operoo to all families of Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 students. This is an important and unique opportunity to see what is offered at our Good Samaritan Campus in Coragulac. Please RSVP via the Operoo notification.

This is the critical term for remaining focused and putting maximum effort into every lesson and every day. Wishing all a great term ahead!

Ms Lucy Angelico, Deputy Principal – Strategic Development and Curriculum