A message from the Head of Senior School
It has been terrific to wander around Senior School and to see the learning beginning. In one class I was recently in, a student was explaining her understanding of a text they were studying in Year 12. The manner in which she articulated her views, and was able to support them with sections of the book, was inspiring.
In another class - this time Mathematics - a student was taking the class, explaining how he got the desired answer. The students were paying close attention to every detail, to the point they did not notice my presence.
These examples of learning are based on the principle of collaboration and engagement, among other methods. The “old days” of the teacher being the font of all wisdom have long gone, and students are now demanding engagement and involvement.
The College has developed a “growth mindset” in our students and staff, and this is common throughout all year levels. It is so exciting to see students learning in a way that is new and relevant to the skills of tomorrow.
Ask your child what subject they really enjoy and why. I trust the answer will centre on the type of learning that takes place, as much as the content.
Welcome to Senior School Evening
Our 'Welcome to Senior School' evening is next Monday evening from 7pm to 8.30pm in the Penman Quad.
It is an opportunity for all parents and guardians of our Senior School students to meet their child’s House Group Teacher, as well as their subject teachers. All teachers will be present and are looking forward to the chance engage with you.
At about 7.30pm, there will be a meeting of all Year 10 parents and guardians in the Chapel. The Year 10 Co-ordinators, Ms Kim Doherty and Mr Paul Breguet, will be presenting valuable information about the year ahead.
Our Prefects will also be present to welcome you and provide a light supper.
We do hope you are able to attend with your child.
Our annual Prefect Investiture is on Thursday, February 16 at the Barrabool Hills Baptist Church. This is an important event and the entire Senior School will be present, as we induct the Prefects and new staff. We welcome the families of all Prefects and ask that they sit near the front of the auditorium – look for the 'Reserved Seating' signs.
Graeme Dent, Head of Senior School