Deputy Principal's Report

THE SCHOOL YEAR IS FLYING BY

Term 3 is in full swing and the final weeks will lead the students into the next assessment cycle which will require a thorough understanding of task expectations and a genuine effort at achieving best results. Developing a study habit is essential for students in secondary school and recently our Year 10 students had the opportunity to learn some effective strategies from Elevate Education who visited the Campus.

Study is different to Homework and the most successful students establish habits that attend to both completing set work and consolidating learning. At the very least, Study should involve revising concepts learned or revisiting previous assessment feedback, rewriting parts of essays, re-reading a text or attempting something new. YouTube and Google Classroom have revolutionised ‘flipped’ learning enabling students to access teaching at their fingertips. All Tyabb students are strongly advised to develop a Homework/Study habit. Reading a book in bed, without any other distractions is still one of the best things a young learner can do.

Congratulations to Tyabb students who have been involved in a range of co-curricular experiences in this past fortnight. Ms Kellie Spicer has a great team of debaters who have set the bar very high this year and continue to perform well against other schools. Last week, under the direction of Ms Cathy Moloney, Tyabb music students joined forces with members of the Navy Band and other Padua students to improve their performance skills. The event culminated with an evening concert. More opportunities for our gun musicians to perform are on the horizon with the Spring Showcase and the Tyabb Performing Arts Evening at the George Jenkins Theatre later this month.

Our Tyabb gymnasts and athletes performed admirably in inter-school competitions over the past week. Thanks go to Mrs Donna Nettlefold and Mr Nick Gleeson for their tireless efforts in working with the students involved and in preparing them for competition. There were some outstanding performances and a special mention should go to Year 10 student Annaliese Cole for her expert assistance with the Gymnastics team.

The remaining weeks of Term 3 offer an opportunity for getting things right with uniform, engagement in classes and behaviour. Homeroom teachers are reminding students about these important aspects of learning and in educating the whole person, students learn resilience from making mistakes. We are all in this together and it is vitally important that teachers and parents deliver consistent messages. The Parent/Teacher/Student interviews in the last week of Term 3 offer the chance to reinforce these messages and all parents are urged to attend. Booking will be made available via the Parent Access Module once Interim Reports are completed.

This week we welcome back Mrs Rochelle Bradbury from an extended break. Mrs Bradbury will be working for the remainder of the term with Mr Daniel Kerwin who has done an excellent job with classes in Mrs Bradbury’s absence.

Paul Fairlie
Deputy Principal | Head of Tyabb Campus​