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Issue 14

Thursday 17th October 2013

JUNIOR CAMPUS PRINCIPAL’S REPORT Welcome back to Term 4. This is always a busy term and we have started with lots of new things happening at the Junior Campus together with some annual activities. Inquiry Learning at TC Junior Campus In 2014 all students at the Junior Campus are experiencing learning through inquiry based learning tasks. This means that students can construct their own understandings, and with teacher support ask curious questions and use evidence and research to support them in their learning. “Inquiry” means to literally seek knowledge and our Year 8 and 9 students (Year 7 students are embarking on their project in a couple of weeks) have been doing just that! Our students have been responding to questions such as “How do our connections with Asia influence life in Australia?” and “How do my choices affect my life?” Depending upon the students’ focus, activities have included Asian food tasting, songs, films and documentaries, trivia games, PE activities, team competitions, short language lessons and art activities using recycled materials. There have also been excursions to see where our waste ends up and what happens to it, finding out about dairy farming and research, coastal management at Phillip Island, Op Shops and recycling in the CBD, together with forestry and plantation management. Student responses have been very positive. As one student said “It’s completely changed how I look at farming” and another said “It’s really made me think about not dropping rubbish”. Year 8 Camp This week many Year 8 students have been overseas . . . on their camp to Tasmania! This is a wonderful learning opportunity to find out more about our history and for students to experience travel by sea and air. Many thanks to the staff who were happy to get up in the early hours to join students on this adventure. We look forward to hearing about their experiences when they return. Year 7 Camp This camp is going ahead in Week 4 this term after being rescheduled from Term 1. Students will travel to Licola Wilderness Village and participate in team building and problem solving challenges. This is a supportive environment for students to widen their friendship groups and also for staff to build relationships with students outside of the classroom. Student Leadership I was at a meeting last week with our current student leaders and I asked them “What have you learnt about being a leader?” They responded with “You need to . . . listen to others, be prepared to make suggestions, be organised, work together, communicate well with the team and communicate outwards”. They also agreed that you can’t lead by yourself and it was about being able to work with a wide range of people not just your friends. I believe this group of students has demonstrated that they are active citizen and all have the potential to be effective leaders in our community. It has been a pleasure to see their growth in leadership skills this year. The nomination process for the 2014 Campus Captains and SRC will be beginning shortly at the Junior Campus. Could you please encourage your child to step up and get involved as this is a fantastic personal development opportunity. School Captain elections are under way at the Senior Campus.


IMPORTANT DATES Tuesday 22nd October

Year 9 Screening of Romeo & Juliet

Friday 25th October

Year 12 Celebration Day, morning tea with staff at 10am

Tuesday 29th October

Year 9 Boys and Year 7 Immunisations

30th October - 1st November

Year 7 Camp

30th October - 21st November

Year 12 VCE Exams

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JUNIOR CAMPUS PRINCIPAL’S REPORT CONTINUED 2013 Naplan Results If your child is in Year 7 or Year 9 you will be receiving you child’s Naplan results on Friday 18 th October. At the school personal growth is what we are striving for and we believe that all students can meet this expectation. I will be acknowledging all students who achieved significant growth between Years 5 to 7 and Years 7 to 9 by presenting them with a certificate in an assembly. If you would like more information or have questions about your child’s Naplan results please contact their form teacher. Year 12 Students The Year 12 students finish up their formal classes at the end of Thursday 24 th October. An assembly will be held during period 3 to formally farewell the Year 12 students and to wish them all the best for their exams and their future directions. Celebration day will take place on the Friday morning, with the students having a morning tea at 10am with the College staff. The students will start their official revision for the VCE exams from Monday 28 th October. During the revision time the Year 12 teachers will be available to provide assistance for students during their normal scheduled class times. Students are also able to use the Study Centre to prepare for their exams. It is important that all students are aware of the dates and starting times for their exams.

Regards, Abigail Graham Junior Campus Principal

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‘ALL-ABILITY’ CRICKET – Season 2013/14 ‘All-ability’ sports are about fun and participation for EVERYONE! The local All-ability groups are parent-run and driven, so cater directly to the needs of kids with special needs in the local area. During the sessions a variety of games and activities are played to learn and develop new skills, activities are modified so that everyone can ‘have a go!’ Participants can also benefit socially by making new friends and feeling part of a team All school aged children with special needs are invited to join us for ‘ALL Ability’ Cricket, proudly supported by Traralgon West Cricket Club, the sessions will be run weekly during Term 4, 2013 Sessions will be held at Traralgon West Cricket Club – Jack Canavan Oval, Douglas Pde, Traralgon on TUESDAYS from 5pm – 6pm The only criteria is that a parent/carer must attend and be willing to participate with the child Cost is $10 for the Season For more information phone Sam or Louise Varsaci on 5175 0877 or 0414 540 296

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