Principal’s Report

Last Saturday week, members of the school community and myself met with people from local business ‘Midnight Sky’ to develop a School Vision Statement. Every quarter of the school was represented and one area of consensus that was prominent early in our discussions was the importance of community in our work at Collingwood College. To enhance our collective responsibilities as a community I encourage every family to think how they can engage with our wonderful community spirit. Research shows that parent engagement through various activities can lift student motivation, student confidence and self-esteem. The impact of this involvement increases even more when the activities are outside of their own child’s classroom.   This involvement may be in the form of working bees, attendance to class meetings, soirees, literacy support groups, Parents association and as a member of School Council or one of its 4 sub-committees (Education Policy-Edpol, Marketing and Promotions, Finance and Environment and Sustainability). There will be School Council elections for the first time in 6 years over the coming weeks. I encourage all parents to take an active interest in these elections and vote according to the guidelines.

 

One-to-one Laptop Program

The rollout of laptops for over 175 students in years 7-12 has started- part sponsored by the College Council and majority by the Federal Government NSSCF 1:1 program (target students in years 9-12). Our development of the Ultranet is continuing and we hope more classes will come on board in 2012.

Year 7 Information Evening

I extend an invitation to all parents/guardians of the Year 7 Main Program students to-

join us at 6:15 pm on Thursday 8th March.

Come and experience the  (room217) Learning space, meet the teachers and other parents on this important evening. This is an opportunity for parents/guardians to gather some information about the Curriculum, the 1: 1 Laptop program and have conversations around expectations.

Personal Items Brought to School at Owner’s Risk

Personal property is often brought to school by students, staff and visitors. This can include jewellery, mobile phones, electronic games, calculators, sporting equipment etc. as well as cars and bikes parked on school premises.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and also the School does not hold insurance for personal property brought into the school and it has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property.

Staff and students should not bring any unnecessary or particularly valuable items to school. Parents are also advised that they should have musical instruments included in their home and contents insurance. Again there is NO SCHOOL INSURANCE COVERAGE for loss or damage in either theft, lost or accidental/intentional breakage claims. The school will not accept responsibility for such claims either. Please remember to label items clearly.

All responsibility and care remains with the students and their families, even in the following situations:

  • Instruments or items go missing in transit irrespective if the school has organised or is providing the transportation.
  • Instruments or items when stored on the school premises.
  • Instruments or items are lent to other students during performance or activities.
  • Instruments or items are left in the care or under the supervision of staff.
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