From the Head of Senior School
Term 3 will be a busy one, with great emphasis on subject selection and pathways. Please note below how the Senior School subject selection night will be run.
Senior School Subject Expo
The Senior School Subject Expo will be held on Wednesday, 26th July. This is an opportunity for students and their families to visit the Penman Quad at Senior School from 4.00pm to 9.00pm. Each department will have booths where staff will be available to discuss possible subjects and give advice. This is a valuable opportunity to assist students with not just subjects, but possible pathways.
The night is broken up into the following:
Subject Expo 4.00pm to 6.00pm – for current Year 9 students and parents.
Subject Expo 7.00pm to 9.00pm – for Year 10 students and parents and interested Year 11 students and parents.
Formal Information Sessions - for Year 10 students and parents.
These will be conducted in the Senior School Chapel. To assist with providing for our large group of students, the VCE Presentation will be staged twice. You are welcome to attend any or all of these sessions. When not in the Chapel, you are able to attend the Subject Expo, speaking with as many teachers as possible.
7.00pm: VCE Presentation
7.30pm: VCAL Presentation
8.00pm: VCE Presentation (repeated if required)
*The Bellarine boys will be transported from Back Creek Farm by College bus and will arrive at the Senior Campus at approximately 3:45pm. Parents are encouraged to meet their son at the bus and then tour the Subject Expo with them. It is required that they return to the bus at 6:00pm in order to make a timely departure to Back Creek.
We urge all families to attend and ask any questions you may have, and to receive a range of literature that will better inform you and your child of the options available.
If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to let me know.
The subject selection goes online on Thursday, 3rd August and concludes on Friday, 11th August.
Last year we commenced at Senior School a pilot program of single-sex sessions to unpack what it means to 'be a man', for the boys. This involved video and group work. Respect was central to all that was discussed. The girls looked at respect for themselves and others with some interesting workshops.
That program has been further developed into our Respectful Relations program that will commence in Week 4 with our launch. In the weeks after this, there will be opportunities for students, staff and families to join in our discussions and workshops.
This is being led by Ms Di Martin and we are excited about the learning that will take place.
East Timor Trivia Evening
Our annual East Timor Trivia Evening is on Friday, 11th August at the Geelong West Town Hall. We are inviting families to join us for what is always a wonderful evening. The aim is to raise funds for our friendship school in East Timor that relies on our support.
The Prefects are travelling to East Timor this week to visit the school and contribute in many ways. The connections they will make will last a lifetime and I know they will want to contribute to the Trivia Night upon their return.
If you or your business are able to make a donation of any kind, please contact myself or Reception at Senior School and I would be more than happy to chat with you about this.
The Term That Was
We have reached the end of our second term and it has been a very busy one. So much has been achieved and I thank all our students sincerely for their efforts. There is a real excitement at Senior School whenever students gather. They are a happy cohort. In the classes we frequently see students totally engaged with their learning. The other development I see often is students taking responsibility for their own actions. This is real learning and builds resilience. It is resilience that will keep anxiety at bay and allow for great personal growth.
I wish all the students, staff and families a safe and relaxing holidays and look forward to our next term.
Bless you all
Mr Graeme Dent
Head of Senior School