Congratulations to all our VCE students who recently received their results for the year. We were thrilled to see our median subject study score jump 3 points to 26, which reflected an improvement in results across the bulk of students in the cohort. Congratulations to students Eleonor Rich and Matt Foy who received study scores above 40 and again to Eleonor for being Dux of the college in 2016, as well as being awarded the International Baccalaureate. We want to see all graduating students transition into positive and meaningful pathways in 2017 so if you need any assistance of advice pease contact the college of one of our senior school team.
I am pleased to advise the following students have been appointed to the leadership team for 2017:
School Captains: Matt Foy and Tenee Schneider
Vice Captains: Ben Miller, Georgia Baker, Katelyn Davis
Transition Captains: Bella Goddard and Jaycob Eyre
Sports Captains: Vicky Hogan-Keogh and Aaron Whitford
Art Captain: Maggie Smith
Congratulations to all these students. I am confident they will do a great job next year.
Congratulations to Mrs Tracey Hall who was the inaugural winner of the Western Port Secondary College Teacher Excellence Awards and was presented with her Award at the recent Awards night.
This award was endorsed by the school council earlier this year and the criteria for the selection of this new award is the consistent demonstration of a teacher meeting to a high level the Australian Institute for Teaching and Learning Standards which include:
- Know students and how they learn
- Know the content and how to teach it
- Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
- Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
- Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning
- Engage in professional learning
- Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/ carers and the community
Tracey consistently demonstrates these standards – not only in her classroom teaching role but her wider contribution to the school program and in particular to the school sports program and inter-school sports program over the last 24 years since commencing at the college in 1992. Through her teaching and co-ordination she has impacted on the learning – and indeed lives – of literally thousands of young people and she thoroughly deserves this commendation.
The teacher excellence award consists of:
- A perpetual shield to be displayed in the staff room
- An Individual trophy
- A $200 gift voucher of the recipients choice
- Up to $1000 to be used towards approved Professional Development or the purchase of approved Professional Equipment in 2017
This week I welcomed all students back to the final term of the year and highlighted some the many activities and events that have happened already and will happen this term. I also stressed the importance of being up to date and on top of all homework, classwork, and assessments to ensure a smooth transition to further study or new year levels.
I particularly welcomed the Year 12’s to their final whole school assembly and it was a pleasure to hear our Captains Bridgette Kupsch and Andre Harrison articulate so clearly their passion and enthusiasm for their school, their time here, their teachers and education, well done!
It was also great to have members of the Hastings Bowls Club make a presentation to us. We celebrated the success of many students on the sporting field, in HPV(placing 3rd and 5th) and congratulations to our VCAL students on their incredible 30km walk to raise money for Beyond Blue, Marisa Vinson did an excellent speech on their experience.
We also handed out certificates to the Year 10 Leaders who have done an outstanding job this year in their roles.
As a school we have much to be proud of and I congratulate all students who were acknowledged or participated in our assembly this week.
NAPLAN results were released to schools and mailed home to individual student families last week. This year has produced some outstanding results for our school! In terms of both growth and absolute results, Year 7 have done exceptionally well. In combining Medium and High growth together, we have performed equal or better than the whole state average in every category (Numeracy, Reading, Spelling and Writing) except Grammar and Punctuation which we missed by only 2.6%. This means that in each of those other categories 75% or more of our students had Medium or High growth. In terms of absolute results we aim to have as few students as possible in the lowest NAPLAN band (below National Minimum Standard), and we have improved in every NAPLAN category (Numeracy, Spelling, Reading, Writing, Grammar and Punctuation), and have consistently outperformed the state average, region average, school type, LGA comparison, SFO comparison, Metropolitan School average and schools of a similar size. That is less students in the lowest band as compared to every cohort comparison the Department of Education offers. Not one student who sat NAPLAN fell below the National Minimum Standard in Numeracy – these are fantastic results!
At Year 9 we maintained our existing good growth data in most areas. Combined Medium and High growth was up on last year in both Grammar and Punctuation and in Writing, with Numeracy growth remaining consistent and reading was only slightly down. In absolute results and again targeting having less students in Band 5 (and below National Minimum Standard)we did better against our like school group in Numeracy, Reading, Writing, Grammar and Punctuation. We have had a significant improvement in Writing and had our highest number of students in High and Medium growth in more than 5 years – a terrific result and better than the State Benchmark.
These are some terrific outcomes and reflect the hard work of Teachers, Staff and Teams across the College. I look forward to continue to work with staff, parents and students to maintain and improve these outcomes into the future. Should you have any queries about NAPLAN results please contact me or your students Learning Level Leader.
Another great display of musical talent was presented by our students at the Autumn Concert. From the “just beginning” right through to the “highly accomplished” all bases were covered, a fantastic job done by all students including a few hidden gems! A rendition of Hot Cross bus right through to music from the Red Hot Chili Peppers ensured a wide variety of genres were heard. Many thanks to all who helped create a wonderful evening.
It is less than a week since students returned to school and this morning I walked around the courtyard and visited the Year 7 and 8 Learning Centres, the science wing, a few classrooms, the Library and the Senior Study Room and was extremely pleased to find a quiet, productive learning environment in all these areas! This is indeed a great start for what we are planning to be a continuation of our focus on Teaching and Learning and accurately mapping and targeting growth for each student in every class.
WPSC and Abacus Learning Partnership
Abacus Learning is a not-for-profit organisation that supports children with Autism. Abacus came into being in 2008 when a team of parents and supporters shared an inspired vision to provide crucial intensive early intervention for children with ASD on the Mornington Peninsula. Abacus Learning Centre, provides individualised ABA programs at its current centre in Hastings, and in schools across the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston, along with pre-school and school integration services for students.
The current venue used by Abacus is no longer viable and for some time now we have been in discussion with them about relocating to our site for approximately 2 years whilst they construct a purpose built facility on a municipal site in Hastings. The school is pleased to advise that as of 2016 Abacus will utilize the disused trade wing and area on the western side of the school property. This area is currently out of bounds to our students and will remain so, however it is envisaged that there will be opportunities for some interaction in the future. Abacus will commence working on the building in the next few weeks to bring it up to a suitable standard for their needs. Anyone interested in supporting or volunteering for Abacus can contact their executive director Lauren Moore on 0407 759 253.
At our school council meeting last night, Erayna Young was elected President and Bernard Rich Deputy President of the School Council for 2015 – congratulations to Erayna and Bernard.
I would like to thank outgoing President Tim Herbert and Deputy Andrew Hurst for their contribution to these roles over a number of years.
Today’s ANZAC day assembly in the Gym was a moving memorial to those who have served our country. My particular thanks go to the many students who were involved in various aspects of the service – they did an excellent job, particularly Maddison Morrisey and Tyler Cornford who delivered the ANZAC day address. I was very pleased and proud of the highly respectful behaviour displayed by each and every student in the assembly and the way they participated. Lest We Forget.
Year 7 camp
Today I had the pleasure of visiting the Year 7 camp at Phillip Island. All our students were having a fantastic time undertaking both challenging and interesting activities. Both the staff on camp and the Year 10 peer support leaders had nothing but praise and positive comments to make about the students and the camp in general. I hope all students continue to enjoy the rest of camp and I look forward to hearing more about it when they return later in the week.
Congratulations to our new School Council members for 2015, we welcome:
and Rhonda Bell.
The staff representative for 2015 is Christina Moss
A warm welcome back to all students and families returning to the college this year and a special welocme to all our Year 7 sudents and other new students and families. All students return to school next THURSDAY. I look forward to a productive and rewarding year for all students in 2015!
Today sees the end of a very busy week. I would like to congratulate all of the students involved in the concert on Monday night. There was some true talent displayed by a number of our very able musicians!! My thanks to Mr Miller and his team of staff for their hardwork in putting on such a successful night. I would like to wish all staudents and staff a very safe, relaxing and enjoyable term break.