Welcome to 2015. This is the first edition of Connections this year and this will be a weekly newsletter sent home with students on a Thursday. This is the main form of ongoing communication that the school will use to maintain contact with our community. Communication is essential in ensuring that we are all able to effectively work together for the benefit of the students.
The start to the year has been extremely positive thanks to the staff and administration teams that have worked tirelessly over the holiday period. We welcomed 16 new staff and 60 Year 7 students at the commencement of the year.
First term will be especially important for the school community with the appointment of a new Principal. In the interim, my appointment as Acting Principal has resulted in Peter Durance being appointed to the Acting Assistant Principal role. Aaron Dalziel completes the administration team as the other Assistant Principal. I look forward to working with all staff and students over term one.
The school year has started well. The staff and students have started their studies with enthusiasm and have quickly settled into the routine of the school. The Year 12 students attended their camp at Halls Gap this week with VCE Coordinator, Mr Aaron Dalziel, and VET/VCAL Coordinator Mr Frost. The aim of the camp is to help set positive study habits, inform them of ways to deal with the inevitable stresses of their final year at school, develop them as individuals and as a group and also to inspire them to achieve their very best.
Mention should be made again of the success of the 2014 Year12 students. We were very pleased with the results achieved, including the fact that seventeen of the nineteen students received their first university course preference. Along with their VCE results, this has indicated that our VCE program and delivery is one of the best in the area.
Another success story that was brought to my attention involves Anna Knights, our school captain. Anna was selected from a field of over 60,000 applicants to join 39 other successful applicants in becoming part of the "CREW", the working membership of the nationally recognised Reach Foundation. The "CREW" are a group of young people who conduct workshops Australia wide. Reach is a for-purpose organisation for young people. Each year 50,000 young people aged 10-18 experience Reach through workshops that are 100% youth-led - designed and delivered by "CREW". Young people say they can relate to the CREW because they speak honestly and openly about their own journey and challenges. Anna will now undertake extensive training in Melbourne over the next twelve months in preparation for her role in delivering the Reach program. We wish Anna the best of luck in her journey.
I look forward to informing the school community of many more success stories in the future.