Deputy Principal's Report

MYRIAD THRILLS BEAT TYABB CHILLS

The wintry weather may be lingering but the myriad activities and learning experiences for the Tyabb students chumps the August chills. Term 3 is flying by and with a Student Free Day beckoning at the end of Week 5, classes are abuzz with activity. In particular, the Year 10 students are settling into their final semester at the Campus with an eye to the future. Mrs Nicole Love has been instrumental in helping prepare the students for their upcoming Pathways Interviews (14/8) which will assist them in selecting subjects for next year. A good number of families from Tyabb attended the ECAT evening at Mornington last week and were suitably impressed by the displays and information available.

The Subject Information Evening held Wednesday of this week delivered information about the 2018 curriculum offerings, including information about the new initiatives at Year 9 as well as core studies and elective information for next year’s Year 10 students. Online subject selections need to be completed by Friday 18 August to allow staff to make preparations for the timetabling of next year’s classes. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of Mrs Helen Sugameli, Learning and Teaching at Tyabb is in excellent hands.

The Year 7 Rally Day was another great success with Tyabb students competing in their House against their peers from Mornington and Rosebud. These days are wonderful expressions of House spirit, enhance camaraderie and encourage participation. Thanks go to our tireless Tyabb House Co-ordinators and committed Homeroom teachers and to Mr Nick Gleeson for his organisation and co-ordination of the event. The Year 8 Rally Day (August 9) and Tyabb House Athletics Day (August 10) have both on Mr Gleeson’s radar for some time.

Mr Peter Kerr is leading a Sustainability push at Tyabb which has begun with a campaign to eradicate litter and to ensure that the campus remains clean and tidy. Students have met to discuss strategies which will be employed as part of a plan to educate students about sustainable practices and reducing waste.

Last Friday 4  August, our Year 9/10 students had the opportunity to participate in a Chemist for a Day at Victoria University in Footscray. As always, our Padua students did themselves and their College proud. A highlight of the day was an Organic Chemistry experiment that transformed aspirin into Deep Heat. Thanks to Mr Paul Ribet, Mrs Kirsty Miller and Mr Heath Dwyer for their leadership of this excursion.

The wearing of the College uniform has been generally good this term but there are some students who are taking liberties. It is essential that we maintain the highest possible standards with uniform. Students who are being unreasonable in adhering to the College uniform regulations can expect follow up from their Homeroom teacher. Uniform items should be named, maintained and with particular regard to the sports uniform, worn only on required days.

Parents are requested to remind their children about using the pedestrian crossing lights out the front of the College. Reports that students are racing across the road against the lights is a major safety concern.

One more thing… The Year 9 STEM elective is generating great curiosity, interest and engagement.

 

Paul Fairlie
Deputy Principal | Head of Tyabb Campus​