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As the final week of 2016 classes draws to a close, we look ahead to the exciting venture that is about to unfold in our whole school upgrade. All students will commence their 2017 subjects on Tuesday 29 November, and will continue through until Wednesday 14 December – a total of 12 school days. Students will need basic stationery items for their classes.
On Wednesday 14 December, students will have their final classes for the year, and the day will conclude with the Presentation ceremony.
Booklists are due to be returned to the General Office by Friday 2 December.
Start of 2017 arrangements for students
On Tuesday 31 January all students are required to attend a start of year conference with their Group Mentor. It is expected that one, or both, parents or carers will attend the conference with the student.
Appointments will be available at 20-minute intervals, and can be booked at the General Office. When booking, you will need to state the student’s name and the name of their Mentor Group – for example, Glenfyne group 5 is called G5. The Mentor group is listed on your child’s Compass profile page.
Tuesday 31 January is also book collection day at school for those who arrange it as part of the booklist process, so please give some thought to the time you will need for book collection and Mentor conferences.
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from the Assistant Principal, Michael Smart
This year all of our students from Years 7 to 11 will move up and commence their 2017 program of studies.
The upgrade program will see all of our students commence new subjects. Although students may not have their textbooks, teachers will provide meaningful learning experiences in keeping with the course outline for each subject. Students will require common stationery items – folders, exercise books, pens, and so on. Where text material may be required teachers will photocopy the small amount needed for the two weeks of upgrade, and what may be needed for summer homework for the more senior levels.
It is expected that all of our current Year 7 to 11 students will attend the upgrade program as they will be normal school days, and are part of the normal attendance days. The upgrade program is part of the 2017 school year, and the use of time at the end of the year will become a common part of school life from here on. Work completed during the upgrade program will be part of the assessment for the subject. Students that miss the upgrade program will start 2017 well behind their classmates and may be required to use time at lunchtime and home to catch up.
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From the Principal, Mr Rohan Keert
Teach for Australia Program (TFA) - This year for the second year in a row we are hosting ten future teachers from the Teach for Australia program. The vision of TFA is of an Australia where all children, regardless of background, attain an excellent education.
There are currently 131 TFA teaching Associates gaining hands-on experience in 13 schools in the south west while they commence studies in a Masters of Education. In 2017 they will be teaching in schools right across Australia. Carl Trewin is one of these teaching Associates and has been employed to work as a SOSE and Legal Studies teacher at our school for the next two years. Carl went to school at Baulkham Hills High School in Sydney and has completed a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies. Carl is a keen sportsman who has played touch football and cricket at an elite level.
I would like to thank our staff at this busy time of year for acting as mentors to this group of new teachers over the coming weeks.
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HSSSD Interschool Summer Sports Day on Tuesday 22nd November, 2016
A great day was had by all students who participated in Summer Sports, held over various venues between Cobden, Terang and Timboon. The Year 7 – 9 students were able…
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Congratulations to Noah Ackerley on his selection in the Western Waves U14 Cricket team and also to Ingrid Bellman on her selection the U16 Girls Western Waves Team. Your achievements speak for themselves about your capabilities. Slow and steady makes it to the top! Good job and Well done!
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From the principal. I would like to add my congratulations to Georgina Jackson, Jazzie Negrello and the Cobden Technical School Lawn Bowls team for being recognised in the 2016 Corangamite Shire Youth Awards. Georgina received her award in the Visual…