Deputy Principal's Report

Term 3 at Tyabb and the Heater is on!

Term 3 commenced with an icy blast and while winter has made us discontent, it is true that the light at the end of the wintry tunnel is flickering brighter each day. Tyabb students returned to an afternoon Assembly that recognised and acknowledged students from Semester 1 who attained exceptional results in their academic application or excellence in their studies. It was wonderful to have parents and grandparents in attendance. These assemblies are important because they reinforce the value of perseverance and should inspire all students to reflect on their own academic efforts and encourage them to strive for improvement. Thanks go to Mrs Helen Sugameli for her work in preparing this assembly. (Please see full list of award recipients on the Awards Assembly Page of the Paduan.)

The Semester 1 Reports provide important data that assists teachers to identify individual student abilities. In the coming weeks, students will be selecting their subjects for 2018. With changes to the Year 9 program and the consolidating of pathway options for Year 10 students, the Subject Information Evening on Wednesday 9  August in the Tyabb is an extremely important evening for parents and students who are currently in Year 8 or Year 9. Expect more details via Care Monkey.

The annual ECaT (Education, Careers and Training) Expo at Mornington Campus on Thursday 3 August is one of the biggest events on the College calendar. Subject information for parents and students about options for Year 11/12 including VCE, VET and VCAL will be provided with specific information for current Year 10 Tyabb students and parents. Displays and handouts from a wide range of post school providers will also be available. Under the excellent leadership and guidance from Mrs Nicole Love, the Year 10 students commenced their Moving Forward program towards the end of Term 2 which included visits to TAFE and university sites. They have been spoken to again this week about making the most of class time and seeking out assistance to help guide them during this important decision making period.

This term has significant implications for student learning and expectations from teachers regarding attendance, completion of work and aptitude in class are high as we continue to build a strong culture of academic achievement. Parents are encouraged to communicate with the College about specific learning needs and to regularly check that set tasks and homework are under control. The school year is busy and it is easy for students to fall into habits in classes where they drift along without feeling challenged. This is the term for tackling any hints of mediocrity and working hard to improve engagement with course work. Improvement is for everyone.

Facilities at the Tyabb Campus are continuing to be upgraded. New seating and tables have been installed and we are anxiously awaiting the erection later this year of the shade cover for the basketball court area which will provide additional shade in summer and an all year round outdoor facility for PE classes and SIS sport.

At the NAIDOC Liturgy held on the last day of Term 3, our new flag poles were put to use for the first time and are now proudly waving the Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.