Newsletter 23rd July, 2021

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Principal's Report 23rd July, 2021

Lockdown 5.0

I am sure I speak for us all when I say that we would prefer not to be in this situation again, but in saying that we have been here before and will do it again successfully.  We can only hope that the lockdown will be as brief as possible and that we are all working to help make it so.  There is a great emphasis on student wellbeing at this time and if you have any concerns about your child and how they are coping, please contact the school. I have included an extract from this week’s Departmental update regarding the current Lockdown.  There appears to be some slight word changing to the definition of ‘vulnerability’ which is clearly in line with our current procedures.  Again, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the College

The Victorian Government announced today that the current restrictions for Victoria will remain in place until 11.59pm on Tuesday 27 July.

All students will continue to learn from home, except for students in the following categories:

Children where both parents and/or carers are considered authorised workers who cannot work from home, work for an essential provider and where no other supervision arrangements can be made:

  • Where there are two parents/carers, both must be authorised workers, working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.
  • For single parents/carers, the authorised worker must be working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.

Children experiencing vulnerability, including:

  • in out-of-home care
  • deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home
  • identified by a school or early childhood service as vulnerable, (including via referral from a government agency, or funded family or family violence service, homeless or youth justice service or mental health or other health service) 
  • Where a parent/carer indicates that a student with a disability is vulnerable because they cannot learn from home, and/or informs the school the student is vulnerable due to family stress, the school must provide on-site supervision for that student. This may apply to students enrolled in specialist schools and students with a disability enrolled in mainstream schools.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher interviews will be postponed until later in the term, when hopefully this current outbreak is under control.  We will keep an eye on the calendar and let you know as soon as possible.  If, in the meantime, you have any questions regarding your child’s education etc, do not hesitate to contact the College.  

Reports

I hope that you have had the opportunity to read through your child’s reports and discuss them with your child.  If you have any questions about the reports, please contact your relevant Year Level Coordinator.  We would also like any feedback regarding the reports – especially in terms of what you would like to know that maybe we are not addressing, or areas that you think may not be needed.  As I mentioned last week, we are currently doing a review of our reporting format and any feedback would be appreciated..

School Upgrade

I was involved in interviews this week via Webex to determine who our architects would be for our school upgrade. This was a very interesting and informative process and I am confident that, following relevant checks, we will be very happy with the firm appointed.

Tony Hand

Principal

Year 10 Food Technology

This week we cooked Souvlakis and Baked Cheesecake. Last week we made homemade pies. In our theory, we have covered personal and kitchen hygiene. We are now looking at cooling, storage and what we need to do to prevent the growth of bacteria that can cause food poisoning. During Remote and Flexible Learning we will start to look at different cooking processes.

Year 10 Food Technology Gallery

Year 11 Psychology

Last week in Year 11 Psychology, students started learning about the nervous system, including the structure of a neuron. Their task was to create a neuron, using anything they could find. Students were provided with lollies, which they were able to eat once they had completed the task. Students took pictures of their work and then will annotate them this week, identifying the different structures and functions. 

Year 8 English

Year 8 English students are beginning their unit project on 'Edward Scissorhands'. The students are researching and planning their work that they will be completing over the upcoming weeks.

They have completed a range of tasks in the build up to their final project, including an investigation of Tim Burton’s film techniques and style. The students have looked at texts by Edgar Allan Poe and his poem of ‘The Raven’. They have also looked at film techniques and completed their own theme studies on conformity and differences in the film.

NOTICES

Work Experience

Webex Timetable

Office News 23rd July, 2021

Year 9 & 10 Melbourne Camp  - $160.00  Deposit Due 30/7/2021                                                                                     - $200.00 Balance Due 13/8/2021

Year 10/11 Snow Camp – Final payment now due

            Notebook ProgramFinal payment now due

            Food Technology Fee - due now

Helping families get their kids active

Eligible families can now apply for a voucher that helps subsidise organised sport and recreation activities

Does your child love sport and being active? Does your family have a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card? You may be eligible for up to $200 to put towards the cost of your child’s participation in physical activities. The Get Active Kids Voucher Program helps eligible families get their kids involved in organised sport and active recreation activities. 

Under the program, children may be eligible to receive up to $200 to help with the cost of membership and registration fees, uniforms, and equipment. 

Special consideration also applies for children named on their own Australian Government Health Care Card or residing in care services as well as temporary or provisional visa holders, undocumented migrants or international students. Applications for vouchers in round two of the program close at 5pm Friday 30 July.  For eligibility requirements and to apply, visit the Get Active Victoria website - https://www.getactive.vic.gov.au/vouchers/

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund applications

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities. Applications for the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) close on Friday 13 August.

If you have a valid means-tested concession card, such as a Veterans Affairs Gold Card, Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible. The concession card must have been valid on either of the following dates:

  • the first day of Term 1 (Wednesday 27 January 2021)
  • the first day of Term 2 (Monday 19 April 2021)
  • the first day of Term 3 (Monday 12 July 2021).

Payment amounts this year are $225 for eligible secondary school students. Payments are made direct to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions and sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

If you applied for CSEF through our school last year, you do not need to complete an application form this year, unless there has been a change in your family circumstances.

If you would like to apply for the first time, please contact the school office on 5495 1811 and ask for an application form. 

Business Manager – Kerrie Swanton

Student Administrator – Debbie Hancock

Office Hours: 8.30 am – 4.30pm

Phone 03 5495 1811

Email: st.arnaud.sc@education.vic.gov.au