iServi News | 31 July 2020 | Term 3, Week 2
It was a real thrill this week to address the College at our first whole school assembly since prior to the implementation of the COVID-19 related restrictions. We presented the assembly online, streaming into classrooms across the school.
It was terrific to have the Year 12 cohort present in the Auditorium as a live audience for the assembly. Our Year 12 students have had a challenging year to date so it was important during the assembly to publicly recognise their dedication and determination. We are looking forward to integrating a number of key initiatives into their program in Semester 2 to ensure that we effectively support and celebrate our graduating class of 2020.
At the assembly we also acknowledged those students who received Semester 1 Certificates of Excellence. These awards recognise outstanding student achievement in their respective courses. We acknowledge the hard work and high level of application that these students have committed toward their studies in Semester 1. The students provide excellent role models for our community on what can be achieved through perseverance and dedication toward their studies.
In another exciting initiative, we were delighted to have Head Girl Demi Mammoliti and Head Boy Marco Acciari present the Student Code of Conduct to the College at the whole school assembly. The Code was developed by the students for the students and promotes the type of behaviours that they want to see present and upheld at the College. Our student leaders have the right to be very proud of this document as it will contribute to the ongoing growth and development of a positive, inclusive, caring and safe environment at the College. Demi and Marco are creating a video providing further detail about the Student Code of Conduct which will be available in a future edition of iServi.
We are most grateful to the Year 12 student leaders for running the assembly in such a professional manner. We also thank our IT team for making the online presentation possible
Parent Information Evenings
Over the past two weeks, we have also been utilising the College’s robust IT systems to present our 2021 Year 11 and Year 12 Parent Information Evenings online. I am thankful to the many parents and caregivers who tuned into the online presentations and also to those who posted questions to aid in the discussion.
This is a very important time for our current Year 10 and 11 students as they look forward to selecting their learning pathways for next year. Both presentations were recorded with links and other important information sent to families. We look forward to working alongside students and families in the upcoming weeks as we work through the subject selection process for 2021.
Visual Arts Showcase
As you would have read in last week’s iServi, the College was proud to launch its inaugural online Visual Arts Showcase last week. We are incredibly proud of the Arts program at Servite and were keen to exhibit student artworks despite the restrictions associated with the current COVID-19 situation. The resultant online exhibition is outstanding and provides a very accessible opportunity for families and friends to view the remarkable efforts of our students.
We are most grateful to our Arts team in Mrs Leanne Lombardi, Ms Patti Howells and Ms Meagan MacDonald for their efforts in bring this exciting venture to fruition. The Virtual Art Showcase can be viewed here.
Parent and Caregiver Survey
I mentioned last week that in promoting learning for all, we actively advocate individual and whole school improvement procedures and processes to ensure that we continue to grow our school and provide the best possible contemporary learning environment for our students.
To this end, I again invite input from our boarder community on the strategic development of our school through completion of our Parent and Caregiver Survey which is available here. We look forward to your thoughts, feedback and ideas.
Further to my comments above, we warmly welcome feedback from all members of the College community and respond to complaints promptly and thoroughly. The College is committed to handling complaints effectively and efficiently. We have established an online complaints management system which enables us to record, manage and analyse complaints, supporting continuous improvement at the College. When handling complaints, the College ensures that reporting, record keeping, privacy and employment law obligations are met. Our complaints handling guide is available here. Our dispute and complaints policy and register is available here.
I would like to continue to remind our community that we are currently conducting enrolment interviews for incoming families for 2021 and 2022.
Given spaces are quickly becoming limited, we would 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.
Mr Jeff Allen