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End of Term 3


It is hard to believe that the end of term is upon us already and what a busy term it has been. The recent addition of In Focus clearly demonstrates the many varied and productive learning experiences our students enjoy.

Last week I had the opportunity to witness some additional highlights within the program. Firstly, I had the pleasure of participating in the Q'ed 2 on line ‘webinar’ that presented the digital work crested by the students participating in the second phase of their Enrichment and Enhancement program.

The following day at school the Q'ed 1 students presented an exhibition of their investigations to this year's BIG question ‘How Can We Create a Healthy Community’ for their peers. The exhibition continued that evening for their families and other visitors. This program is proving to be a most rewarding and impacting learning experience, offering our gifted and talented learners wonderful opportunities to work collaboratively, creatively and in divergent ways to challenge and enhance their learning. The most exciting aspect of this program is the broader influence and impact this program is having on other teaching and learning areas benefitting all of our students.

I wish to sincerely thank all of the staff and parents that have supported this exciting initiative. I am looking forward to the commencement of the third stage of Q'ed in 2013.

Last weekend I enjoyed attending two sessions of the Royal South Street competitions in Ballarat in the historic Her Majesty's Theatre. The performances by the College Senior Stage Band and the Senior Wind Symphony were outstanding. I congratulate all of the soloists, ensemble groups and the students and staff associated with our Music Program on their efforts and achievements in this prestigious competition.

This week our College has participated once again in ‘R U OK Day’, where we have taken time to focus on creating greater awareness of mental health issues and the wellbeing of our students and staff. This will be followed by an information session on Thursday 20th September at the Middle School at Highton, covering issues and information on cyber safety conducted by Nigel Lane (chaplain at our Senior School). I am hoping that as many families as possible are able to attend this important information evening. I am grateful to our chaplaincy team for the love and care they provide our College community each term.

May I take this opportunity to wish all students, staff and families a wonderful term break.

Glen McKeeman

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