After nine weeks, first term has come to an end. The term has been frenetic with a large number of activities both within and out of the classroom. The richness and diversity of the program at SCHS is one in which all members of the community should be proud.
This has been the first term of continuous reporting. By now all parents should have been able to follow the progress of their children via the parent portal on Compass. Students of all year levels will have completed either checkpoints or assessment tasks and these will have been recorded on Compass. This is a new system at the school and is aimed at keeping both students and parents fully informed of the students’ academic progress. We will continue to monitor continuous reporting and welcome feedback from parents and students.
The last week of term was witness to parent teacher interviews. These occasions are normally an opportunity for meetings, albeit brief, between teachers, parents and staff. Early in term two we will send out a survey to obtain feedback on parent teacher interviews. This will be a part of a broader consideration of parent contact and access at the school.
In March a new School Council was elected. With the retirement of several parent and staff representatives, the new council is literally quite new. Dr Joe Covelli, who has been a parent representative for the past two years has been elected as President. The new parent representatives are; Angelique Gatt, Samantha Napier, Nagesh Joshi, Ranjit Tamhankar and Mohammed Islam. The new DET representative is Glen Stewart. I would like to public acknowledge the former parent members of School Council; Jenny Pequignot, Vino Silvakumar, Kaleel Rahman and in particular the president Dr Iqbal Gondal. And the DET representatives, Cindy Sullivan and Jason Portelli. The School Council has an important role to play in the governance of the school and in particular in the financial and policy settings of the school. Term two will see the launch of a parents association, which will be sponsored by the school council.
The appointment of a Director of Music at the beginning of this year is designed to improve and expand the music program at SCHS. Tony Paye, the inaugural Director of Music at SCHS, brings with him extensive national and international experience in both education and professional music. Already the music program has changed for the better with an expansion of music tuition and instrument options. I am looking forward to the continuing development of the program and the improvement of music at SCHS.
Last year the school produced its first musical and as it was such a success we will be producing a musical this tear as well; the musical will be Footloose. The cast has already been selected and rehearsals have started, including during this term break. In addition to the musical the school will also be staging its first play, Tartuffe, courtesy of the Theatre Studies class. The support for the musical last year was very encouraging and I hope that the support continues this year.
I hope that all members of the school community have a good break and I look forward to Term 2.