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Hope - Living with Purpose
2nd March, 2018
Dear Parents and Friends,
We held our final Parent Evening last night for Year 8 families. My thanks to all those parents who attended. If you have any feedback, positive or constructive, I am sure the Student Development Leaders would welcome it. Building a strong home-school is pivotal to children seeing the value in education. I am sure these partnerships will continue to strengthen as the year progresses. If, for any reason, you were not able to make your daughters parent session, please feel welcome to contact her Homeroom teacher to discuss any concerns or questions you may have. The powerpoint presentations for each night are also available on the Parent Portal on the College website.
Building family-school partnershipsThe characteristics that indicate effective partnerships are: responsive to student and family needs and aspirations purposefully co-designed with clear goals commitment to collaboration mutual trust and respect equal valuing of the different roles in the partnership sharing of responsibility and influence open dialogue and effective communication appropriate and adequate resources
(source: Department of Education and Training website)
If you would like to read more about the importance of Family- School partnerships the following link will take you to a fact sheet from the Department of Educations Family-School Partnership Framework. https://inewsletter.co/media/d054a886-633f-4deb-bcf9-38675fc65063/This week is the midway point for Term 1. It is a time when assessments will start to take place and students lose some of their enthusiasm and others may lose a bit of confidence. Neither of these are desirable and I would urge you to encourage your daughters to stay positive and view any disappointments as challenges which can be overcome with persistence and by seeking teacher assistance.
Year 7 students will embark on their camp to Phillip Island next Wednesday. We hope it is a time for them to make many new friends and have some time to reflect on their year to date. Safe journey to all girls and staff.
Wishing you and your family a safe and blessed week ahead,
Leanne Di StefanoPrincipal
Lenten thought:Following Jesus demands a good dose of courage, a readiness to trade in the sofa for a pair of walking shoes and to set out on new and unchartered paths. To blaze trails that open up new horizons capable for spreading joy, the joy that is born of Gods love. Pope
A Reflection:Lent is an important time to do a top-to-bottom review of what we value and what we actually do, in our everyday lives. Within this busy life there is a sense of urgency to rest and re-align what it is we value in our lives. To think about our actual priorities; the things that take first place in our lives. Reviewing what we actually do against what we say are our priorities, is a Lenten practice. What is it we actually value and are our values lived out in our actions?
Hope - Living with Purpose
The Week Ahead
Open Morning 9am-9.45amVCAL Excursion - 9am-LunchKIC Meeting 7pm
Swimming Training 7am - 8amMac Attack - Managing Apple Macs at Home 7pm-8.30pm All Parents Welcome
Yr 11 VET Sport/Rec Excursion P1-2Year 7 Camp
VCALExcursion - 9am-LunchYear 7 Camp
Life Skills Excursion 11am -3pmYear 7 Camp - approx return 3pm
Out and About ......
If you have a valid Health Care Card you are eligible for the CSEF allowance from the Government, which entitles you to $225.00 per student off the cost of the school fees. If you are a current parent, have a new student at the school, or, have recently received a health care card and have not completed an application form, please come to the Finance Office to do so.
A reminder that, if you do not have an agreed instalment arrangement, tuition fees were due and payable on 28/2/18 and are now overdue. If you want an instalment plan and have not completed the form as yet, come to the Finance office as soon as possible to do so.
Finance Office News
If a student is absent from school or arriving late a parent/guardian must advise the front office by 9.00am that day, otherwise they will receive an absentee sms asking them to contact the school to confirm absence.
Students arriving late must also check in at the front office to receive a late pass. Parents must advise the front office or Homeroom teacher reason for being late.
Similarly, students leaving early must sign out via the front office and must be collected by a parent/guardian. The front office staff will contact parents for further confirmation if a student is leaving with someone other than a parent/guardian or taking public transport. Year 12s leaving early due to study periods must sign out but do not need a parent/guardian to accompany them from the school.
If a student is absent for an extended period of time (ie. holidays) parents must complete and return a Temporary Leave Form to their Homeroom teacher/Level Coordinator. These can be sourced from the front office.
Parents are not permitted to enter the school grounds at any time during the day without checking with the front office first. At no time are parents to enter their daughters classroom or level area without permission from the front office, including before and after school. Thank you for your cooperation.
The PE faculty are currently undertaking morning swimming training for the girls in the inter-school competition. We wish them well.Parents are reminded that next Tuesday, 7.00pm - 8.30pm, in the theatrette, is the Mac Attack session for those wishing to become more conversant with the Apple Mac computers.
An invitation is extended to all parents who are interested in involving themselves in the Killester Involvement Committee. We will be meeting at 7.00pm on Monday next week in the Admin building. Please feel free to join us.
EASTER RAFFLE - tickets due back to Homeroom teachers by Wednesday March 21st. Easter Egg donations to the SDLs by Monday March 26th.The draw will take place after the Easter Liturgy on Thursday March 29th.
Finally, on Thursday March 8th it is International Women's Day. This is a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The various student committees will be organising activities on the day.
Best wishes for the week ahead
Ms Loreto CannonSchool Organisation and Community Development
EJ appreciates your kindness but has asked all students to NO LONGER feed her as this is making her sick, particularly when it is not cat food. However cuddles are most welcome! Cat food donations to the front office are also welcome.
A Message from EJ
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On the 22nd February, seven girls from the Year 11 and 12 VCAL classes went to Springvale Park Special Developmental School with Mrs Wilman. We walked there from Killester, which was a 30-minute walk. When we got there we were greeted by a member of staff and a few of the students who go there.
Before their classes start, the students go out to the oval and run around and play to get rid of some of their energy. We all went into one of the classrooms with a teacher and played duck duck goose and a name game. We then went to Art with the same class but three of the girls from our school went to another class. In art, they created buildings from paper with two black cats. They then had recess and went to play. We all created great relationships with the students but had to leave and walk back to school. On the walk back we were talking about how much we enjoyed our time and cant wait to go back. Some comments from the girls were:
It was good and interesting, KessiaI liked how the students all got along, KaitlynThe teachers were very happy to have us, AlyssaI like talking to the students, CarmenI liked how friendly all the students were towards us, Onorina.
Caitlin Jago, Year 11 VCAL Student
On the 22nd of February, the senior VCAL girls participated in the first Killester Kar Care Car Wash. The Killester Kar Care Car Wash, is the project the Year 12 VCAL girls have chosen as their project for the year, to raise money for a charity we are yet to decide upon.
The VCAL girls had been planning this car wash two weeks before start-ing last Thursday. When planning we had to do the following:AdvertisingBudgetingDesigning Teamwork Risk assessmentLetter of approvalMeetings with leadership teamSpeaking to staff members
It was a great success for our first car wash, as we had an amazing turn out with fifteenstaff members bringing their cars to get cleaned and washed. The services we provide are vacuuming, cleaning windows and washing the car. These services are all provided at a low and reasonable price.
Our remaining dates for the Killester Kar Care Car Wash for Term 1 are:Thursday 8th MarchMonday 19th MarchThursday 29th March
Thanks from the Killester Kar Care
Killester Kar Care Car Wash
Springvale Park Special Development School
Hope - Living with Purpose
VCE Art Excursion to NGV International
On Saturday 24th February, the Year 12 art class and Ms Stabologlou, journeyed to the NGV International, for a presentation about what to expect for VCE Art. This was an educational day in the city. We heard from past students talking about their folio and what they have taken away from Year 12 Art. They told us about the way their folio was set out and challenges they faced. This was really eye-opening