Our Visual Arts exhibition concluded recently. It contained a well curated set of works that highlighted each of our subjects within this Learning Area. I was particularly taken by the level of detail in many pieces, clearly a reflection of a long and well thought out process which is captured in the students folio work.
Many of these senior students have either just finished or are in the latter stage of their Unit 3 and 4 exams. The Year 12 cohort have approached their preparation at home for the exams with the required diligence at this time of the year. We do hope that all students receive results that are reflective of their efforts.
We have recently taken the opportunity to contact a number of Year 12 families in relation to the recent Mass and Valete evening. All of these parents have a current Year 12 and at least one other student in the College. The response was highly favourable to the Mass and Dinner.
Our architects, Williams Ross, have now completed their consultation phase with students, parents and staff. Thank you to all those involved. Part of this process has also involved collecting thoughts about the concept of Learning. A series of meetings with students, staff and parents were held. We are devising a Whitefriars definition which will inform our pedagogy and the design of future buildings. The next step is to look at particular outcomes in relation to which facility or facilities will be built first and the siting. As soon as we reach this next step we will be advising our community.
The College Board is in the latter stages of developing a Strategic Plan for the College. Information from a variety of sources has been used to guide discussion. It is now moving to a more final form.
Presentation Evening is next week. We have had very healthy ticket sales to date and look forward to the Community gathering to celebrate the year. Students will be seated in house groups in the Stalls. All details have been sent out with a further reminder in this In Fide edition.
The Year 9 social took place last week. Just on 600 boys and girls gathered at St John’s in Mitcham for a good spirited evening of dance and fun. Well done to our Year 9 young gentlemen who were gracious hosts.
Our current Year 11 students have a day at La Trobe University tomorrow. We then run classes over the following two weeks for boys undertaking Units 3 and 4. This earlier access to class time is designed to give a good lead in to next year. A letter will be out shortly to all next year’s Year 12 group outlining further activities in 2016.
The Thank You Dinner for those parents who assist in the canteen has just taken place. We had a very good number there. We are blessed to have such a large group of parents who support the work of the canteen and seem to enjoy the experience of being on-site.
Our Year 7 students are soon to be on their Outdoor Learning Program. We look forward to hearing of their journey and wish them well with the experience.
Please keep Jackson Hasler Year 7 E6 and his family in your thoughts and prayers on the recent loss of his beloved Grandfather Raphael Melevende. May he rest in eternal peace.
Almae In Fide Parentis