Principals Report 13 August

Principal’s Report

Working Bee is on this Saturday!!! Morning tea and lunch provided.

The Junior playground will begin its major make over this weekend. We will concentrate on the west end, mostly on the sandpit area. General labouring and digging will be the key focus. Shovels, and matics may be useful.

 

Our list of other possible projects:

  • Project 1 – The front primary school oval is desperate for some TLC. The turf was laid last year but unfortunately the wear and tear is taking its toll. Some general turf maintenance with sand, seed, soil and fertiliser may be used to regenerate this area.  A small section of the back oval may also be included if time permits. Shovels could be handy for this project.
  • Project 2 – The Kitchen Garden needs some garden beds to be rebuilt and raised. Two gate posts need to be installed. Shovels and concrete tools may be needed.
  • Project 3 – The Hoddle St fence line garden needs weeding. Gloves and gumboots (if you have them) might be best for this job.
  • Project 4 – The McCutcheon Way garden bed adjacent the Gym needs to be made tidy with rubbish removal and plants trimmed. Some plants may be relocated to other areas around the school. Again, gloves and gumboots might be best for this job. Someone is needed who has experience at driving a Kanga.
  • Project 5 – Garden paths to be resurfaced. Shovels may be handy for this project.
  • Project 6 – Assembly of outdoor wooden furniture installed on Mezzanine. Portable drills and general tools may be handy for this.
  • Project 7 – Assembly of planter boxes and fill with soil and plants (If time permits).

VCE Outdoor Camp

Our camp was a hike to Lake Tali Karng in the middle of last week’s huge snow dump! The second hike for VCE Outdoor and Environmental Studies was an interesting one indeed. What was supposed to be a ski tour (skiing with full packs, camping in the snow) was abandoned due to lack of snow on Mt St Gwinear. We sought an alternative activity – hiking to the remote and beautiful Lake Tali Karng, Australia’s only alpine lake. But snow it did!

Remote it is – the nearest town is Licola, which is the last town in Victoria to not have electricity (and never will). We never saw another vehicle once we left the main road in three days, driving on winding gravel roads “up top”. While we expected cold weather and some snow, we were wonderfully taken by surprise by a massive dump of powder snow on the first night. The alpine bush was transformed into a snow gum winter wonderland, with everything covered in white. The track to the lake was almost indistinguishable, with the only markers being the occasional chain saw mark from prior track clearing. The students coped remarkably well with the cold and damp – wet feet for three days, hiking with heavy packs up the rugged mountain Spion Kopje, off track hiking, obscured walking tracks, tight switch backs down to the lake, and off track navigation by map and compass a necessity. It was such a rare, beautiful experience that will stay with us all for a long, long time.

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Congratulations Ross and Cathy on providing such an inspirational experience.

 

Congratulations MP3-4

What an amazing effort to raise over $1000 for disadvantaged students. The staff, parents and students rallied to make hundreds of macarons and sell them at the Collingwood Children’s farm last Saturday. The weather gods granted us some kindness and the many hours of fickle preparation paid dividends.  Up at first light, the “Reggio army” swarmed on to course way and sold every macaron by 11am. Well done Folks!

 

 

SCHOOL SELF ASSESSMENT

 

Zita Pinda will continue to conduct the College wide self-assessment of our journey over the past 4 years. If you have not been to a focus group but you would like to comment on matters such as Student Outcomes, Pathways and transition and Student Wellbeing then share your thoughts via email to zita@sevenways.com.au. The summary of reflections will help us form our next 4 year Strategic plan for the College. So far Zita engaged with 4 student focus groups, one parent group and a secondary focus group. Further focus groups are arranged over the next two weeks.

In conjunction to our strategic plan, we are also reviewing the effectiveness of the joint VCE program with Fitzroy High school. FHS have recently conducted their own review and we will use both reviews to formulate the future directions for this very successful program.

 

Federal Government Funding Reform: Gonski

As you have probably heard by now, Premier Napthine has signed on to the Federal Government’s Funding Reform, however, with some compromises.

The Secretary of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development commented:

“The announcement by the Victorian and Federal Governments to provide an additional $12.2 billion dollars to Victorian schools from next year to 2019 is historic.  It allows for funding to grow at an average of 4 per cent per student each year, and provides six years of funding certainty against which schools can better plan.  It also commits the Commonwealth to amend the Australian Education Act 2013 to reduce its power to unilaterally set education policy and intervene in the operation of schools.”

I take this opportunity to thank all members of our school community that supported the ongoing lobbying of our State Government to sign on to the Reform Funding. I am sure that it helped get us over the line.

What remains are lots of questions to be answered. As a system, we will work through these, and as a school, we will make the best possible decisions that will support us to meet the needs of our young people in order to enhance student learning and achievement. These additional funds are for our kids!

 

School Magazine

Liria Stratus has already formed the student magazine team and they are busy planning a bigger and better production than last year. We would like to give a free copy of this major celebration to every student in the school and so we are looking for one or two major sponsors to offset the production (printing) costs. Please contact me if you have any suggestions or some spare cash hidden under the sofa. All donations big or small will be accepted.

Enrolments

Early enrolment numbers at this stage predict a single MP and two Steiner preps for 2014 in the primary school. At year 7 in 2014, we project that we will have one class for each of the Main Program and Steiner programs although the Steiner class has a long waiting list at this stage. Further consideration will be given to the viability of a second Steiner class.

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