Term three is about to come to an end. It has been a very busy term with lots of highlights. Well done to the whole college community on making this term a very productive one with plenty of positive teaching and learning going on. I wish everybody a safe and happy holiday and hope that you all get a chance to recharge the batteries.
Please note that this Friday school will finish at 2.30pm. Therefore the buses will run 1 hour earlier on the return trip.
To assist with the lead into the holiday period we will run our casual clothes day on Friday. It is normally held on the last Friday of the month but we will be on holidays, so this Friday will be used as a replacement day. The fund raising cause for this Friday will be for the SRC and students are to wear something to do with football.
Term 3 is drawing to close and as always, it has been a very busy time for students and staff. We have been involved in a number of large events including Parent Teacher Interviews, DSSA Athletics, The Hunchback of Notre Dame CEP performance in Warracknabeal and Literacy & Numeracy Week. Our students have also participated in transition activities with the kindergarten and also buddy activities within the school. It has been an incredibly successful term and we thank you for your involvement in our school community.
The Year 10 cohort head off to Melbourne for their 5 day camp this week. Mr Ryan Metelmann, Mrs Rachelle Chapman, Mrs Caroline Teggerth and Mr David Coles will leave Murtoa on Monday morning September 12 at 8.30am with 26 excited year 10 students.
The trip in the coach to Melbourne will start the week long adventure for our students that we see them learn how to survive in a big city like Melbourne. The program is full of interesting activities and I look forward to hearing stories about their exciting week when they get back.
The September School Council meeting will be held this Tuesday. We have an amazing group of parents and staff who make up our council and give up their time voluntarily to help me make this institution a better educational learning environment. I look forward to this months’ meeting and invite anyone from the community to come and observe the meeting.
All State Government schools across Victoria are eagerly awaiting the State Government’s announcement of the schools’ indicative budgets for 2017. This is expected this week. Increases in school budgets are likely to vary from very small to very significant. The greatest increases we are lead to believe will be in the primary schools.
The increases are likely to go to schools dealing with a high percentage of students from low socio-economic/disadvantaged backgrounds, and those with a high percentage of students entering school with lower than expected literacy and/or numeracy skills.
The college community had another Working Bee last Saturday September 10. A group of parents, students and staff gathered to clean out the storage area behind the gardening shed and around the ‘Hands on Learning’ shed. As usual I continue to be amazed at how wonderful our community is and how prepared they are to give up their valuable time, free of charge to help make this college a better place.
Our School Council President, Mr Ross Sudholz needs to be thanked for rallying the troops and making the morning a very productive clean up. He was joined by fellow council members, Mr Nathan Gellatly and Mr Paul Gardy along with Mr Justin Moore with son Oliver mowing the back oval and daughter Emily, Mr Bruce Maher with his wife Renae and three sons, Jake, Charlie and Ethan as well as Mrs Lynell Sudholz with Hayley, Natalie and Luke in tow. Finally, I would also like to thank Mrs Anne Suholz for helping Ross organise the morning procedures and to Mrs Mandy Murfett for organising the morning tea.
On the first day next term, Monday October 3 a whole school assembly will be held. This will help us to celebrate the highlights of all students and staff from term three. The assembly will be held in the stadium at the start of the day (9.00am – Period 1) and will run for about half an hour, finishing at about 9.30am.
I would like to invite anyone from the college community to join us with these celebrations.
30 Year 8 students went to Adelaide for their 4 day camp last week. Mr Nathan Sachse, Mrs Jo Baker, Mrs Jan Dunlop and Mr Sam Carter had an excellent camp with the year 8 students. The four days included a visit to Monarto zoo and Harndoff. The activities in Adelaide included a visit to ‘Bounce’, canoeing with the dolphins, a boat cruise in Port Adelaide, wheelchair basketball, bubble soccer,’ Inner city’ games session, swimming at the SA aquatic centre and a movie. It was a very full program but the students would have had a wonderful time. I am sure there were many highlights but canoeing with the dolphins in Port Adelaide would have been a fantastic experience. I would like to thank Mr Sachse for organising an excellent camp and to Mrs Baker, Mrs Dunlop and Mr Cater for assisting the students for the 4 days.
The Junior Horsham Representative Volleyball Program took teams to play in the Bendigo Junior Tournament over this last weekend. The college had two students participate in winning teams. Jordan Weidemann and Eadie Garth-Lindsay were part of their respective teams that won their division. Congratulations to both students on a great weekend of Volleyball!