At this time of the term, students and staff have begun the assessment process for the conclusion of Semester 1. At the end of this term the College teaching staff will compile the End of Semester Report for families and students indicating the performance of the student in each subject.
The College has undertaken a review of the reporting format and as a result of the review, a number of changes to the reporting format have been implemented. One key aspect of the changes has been to improve the quality of the feedback received by the students following an assessment task. Following consultation, the College will adjust the reporting process in the following manner.
- End of Semester 1 Reports will contain the academic grades, days absent, co-curricular involvement and application across a number of key indicators.
- Comments from the teaching staff will not be provided at this time.
Upon completion of assessment tasks, students and parents will be provided with detailed feedback showing the grade awarded for the work, feedback from the teacher indicating the strengths and areas the students did well, followed by detailed feedback on the areas for improvement.
For feedback to be effective in helping a student to learn it must be timely, specific and understood by the student. Within two weeks of the completion of an assessment task, students will be able to access feedback and grades. This will allow students to reflect upon their progress and to know what specific steps need to be taken to continue to improve.
At the end of Term 2 I will be taking Renewal Leave for the whole of Term 3. Renewal Leave is a component of my contract which provides an opportunity to take a break from the role of Principal and through study, recreation and personal development reflect on my leadership and role as Principal. Over the course of the term I will be spending time visiting schools across Australia as well as undertaking study in leadership. I am looking forward to the opportunity to reflect on my leadership over the past five years and to spend some time away from the busyness of school life.
During my leave Mr Steven Bremner will be Acting Principal for Term 3.
Work out at Villanova Park on the grandstand is progressing well with the roof being placed on the grandstand this week and internal works will commence. The grandstand is a relatively simple structure and the builder is hopeful of completing the project by the end of July weather permitting.
The College has undertaken the necessary work of installing a fire hydrant and water line into Villanova Park from across Manly Road. As you would expect this is an expensive exercise as the water line needs to come under Manly Road into the grounds of Villanova Park. However, in light of the fire some years ago it is prudent to ensure this work is carried out.
We keep in our prayers and thoughts Mr Graeme George and his family following the death of Graeme’s mother, Val George last week.
May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace, Amen.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal