iServi News | 3 July 2020 | Term 2, Week 10
As an unprecedented semester draws to a close, we reflect on the amazing achievements of our community over the last two terms.
High levels of care, support and understanding across our Servite community have been key underpinning aspects which have allowed us to successfully navigate the significant challenges associated with the COVID-19 situation. The outstanding support of our families has been instrumental in allowing the College to maintain its agility to address the various issues as they arose. Our students showed great self-regulation in managing their learning in a different way and terrific resilience in navigating the uncertainties connected to the situation. Our staff of course are to be commended for the magnificent way that they sought out new and different methods to ensure that they continued to provide the best possible learning opportunities for our students, despite the challenges at hand.
I also commend our community for the positive way that they moved swiftly back into the routines of a regular school environment upon returning to school early in Term 2. It has been terrific to see our College full of energised students learning together and supporting one another.
Of course, this time of year also provides the opportunity for students to reflect on their effort and application over the course of the semester. It is a time for them to review the learning goals that they set themselves at the beginning of the year with a view of adjusting their actions to ensure their ongoing growth trajectory into Semester 2.
To assist in the process, Semester 1 reports are now available via SETQA. All families would have received a direct communication on how to access these reports. I would ask that parents and caregivers sit with their child to review progress, celebrate successes and effort and to look for future ways to ensure learning continues into next semester.
Parents and caregivers would also have received information regarding our Parent Teacher Day scheduled for Tuesday 21 July. The day provides the opportunity for parents and caregivers, along with students, to meet face to face with teachers to discuss areas of growth and development. We are very pleased, given recent proceedings, to be able to schedule the day and strongly encourage families to avail themselves of this opportunity. In last week’s edition of iServi, I wrote about the importance of parent engagement in the academic development of their children, so we are therefore very mindful of providing these types of opportunities for families.
Master Plan Update
I am pleased to inform our community that Stage 1 of our Master Plan development is rapidly nearing completion. I am grateful to staff and students for their patience this year as we develop the Western Courtyard, the Learning Diversity Centre and the Staff Professional Learning suite. These additions to the College will enhance the overall school environment and importantly improve social, emotional and learning opportunities for students.
We aim to complete the building stage early into next term and look forward to staff and students accessing the newly developed areas. We will be organising opportunities for families to view the latest additions to the campus into next term. We are also aiming to hold a College Open Day late in the term with all families and friends warmly welcomed.
Over the past few weeks, we have held our new student interviews. It has been a great thrill to meet our incoming students for next year and also for 2022 and know that they will have a very positive impact on the life of the school.
We would strongly encourage families and friends who intend for their child to attend Servite, particularly for the next two years, to lodge an enrolment application as a matter of priority given spaces are quickly becoming limited.
As always at the end of a term, I encourage families to ensure that that they find the opportunity to spend some quality time together over the break. Given the events of the year thus far, this is now more important than ever as we pause to appreciate the gifts of those people around us.
Mr Jeff Allen