I would like to start with the good news from ACARA who are responsible for producing the ‘My School’ website.
When you look at the average NAPLAN scores on the website for all 5 domains the results are very encouraging. The domains are Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation and Numeracy. The results show that our students are experiencing growth as they progress through the school. Our Year 9 results show scores that are close to, above or substantially above the national averages. This is one form of statistical data used to help us with improving our teaching and learning and in this case the feedback is very positive. Can I encourage the community to go to the website and have a look?
Friday March 17 is a pupil free day. It is the term one staff Professional Development day and as such the college will be closed to students for the day. In today’s education system Professional Development of staff is a must if we are going to improve in the delivery of the modern education programs. Our staff will be participating in one of two whole day Professional Developments.
The F-6 staff will be attending Avoca Primary School and participating in VCOP day. The rest of the staff will be participating in Professional Development day at the college on consistent reporting and assessment. Could I ask the community to put this in their calendar and make alternative arrangements for the children on that day.
This Thursday March 16 is the house athletics standards for the Year 7-12 students. The first 4 periods of the day will be spent collecting athletics standards for all age group in all events that will take part at the House Athletics Carnival in two weeks. These results will be used by the house leaders to then pick their house athletics team. I encourage all students to participate and support the house program.
Next week starts with Parent / Teacher interviews for F-12 students on Tuesday March 21. All parents or guardians are invited and encouraged to attend and discuss their children’s progress. The interviews commence are as follows:
Year’s F-6 student interviews 1.30pm to 6.30pm in the BER building.
Year’s 7-12 student interviews 4.00pm to 6.30pm in various classrooms.
NOTE: Bookings for interviews are made through the online booking process on XUNO. If, anyone needs assistance with this please contact the office.
The Year’s F-6 students will finish formal classes at the end of period 4. The Year’s 7-12 students will complete a normal day and finish at the end of period 6. Please note that the Buses will be running at the normal times.
Last Thursday March 9 saw the year 7 cohort immunised from a variety of different diseases. The whole process went very smoothly and the students who received inoculations handled the situation very well. This free service provided by Yarriambiack Shire is another way of supporting the wellbeing of the college community. Thank you to the Jan Dunlop for supporting the students and assisting with the whole process.
Last week 21 VCE outdoor education students attended their first trip of the year. Mr Shannon Argall organised the trip as part of their assessment and took the students to the Otway Ranges. He was supported by Mrs Jo Baker. I have been given feedback that the trip was a huge success.
Last Wednesday saw the students from Grade 1 through to Grade 6 attend the Wimmera Machinery Field Days. It was a great opportunity for the young people of our college to learn about the major industry in the Wimmera, Farming. The F-6 staff and a number of parents attended with the 70 plus students. Please see the photos posted on Facebook.
Murtoa College has once again entered a college team in the Horsham and Wimmera Districts Relay for Life event in 2017. The college team will only operate from 5.45pm to 11.00pm on the Friday night. Students are expected to make their own arrangements after 11.00pm Friday night. The college will run a bus back to Murtoa College leaving Coughlin Park at 11.00pm. Parents/ guardians need to be at Murtoa College at 11.30pm to collect students. Permission forms were handed out to interested students on Tuesday 7th March. These need to be returned by Tuesday 14th March.
The details of the event are as follows:
Friday 17th March 2017
5.45pm to 12 noon Saturday (Murtoa Team only until 11.00pm Friday night)
Coughlin Park, Menadue St. Horsham
$25 per participant
If your child would like to participate, the cost is $25 and they should go online to register fundraising.cancer.org.au and search for the team called Murtoa College. Donations can also be made using this website.
Online registration closes on Friday 10 March 5pm however; registrations are still available on Friday night at the event. Please note the $25 goes towards the cost of holding the event and the ‘Relay for Life’ jumper. www.relayforlife.org.au. To date the students have raised $193 from February’s casual clothes day. If you have any questions about the team please contact Anne Sudholz at the college.