This very unusual term is drawing to a close. I write to thank you for your ongoing support during our period of remote learning and the transition back to face to face teaching. The girls have been exceptional in adjusting to both paradigms and have demonstrated great joy in being back with their teachers and peers.
I hope that the Year 10, 11 and 12 students who have been involved in Assessment Week have been committed to their revision to ensure that they will be satisfied with their efforts and pleased with their results.
During Term 2, we have consulted with parents, staff and students about what we have learned during the COVID-19 isolation period and what we wish to carry forward at St Columba’s College. We hope to share the recommendations from these consultations with the community in the near future.
One area of exploration that we are ready to seek your feedback on is a revised structure of the school day. This timetable structure has been designed using the feedback about breaks, length of the school day, balance of face to face teaching and time to work with individual students, and the overall support of community wellbeing. If this structure is implemented it would be as a trial, and we will continue to consult the community during the trial period. I invite you to use this link to offer your thoughts about what we are proposing. We are grateful for the time taken to provide us with feedback.
Rest Break 1
Rest Break 2
A few reminders for families for the commencement of Term 3:
- We are really excited to be offering an alternative format for Parent/Teacher Interviews for our Year 10, 11 and 12 families next term. Please read further on in the IONA for an explanation about how these will operate, and when appointment bookings will open.
- As we have been instructing during Term 2, if your daughter is unwell she should be kept home. Absences should be communicated via PAM, preferably. A reminder that Parent Notified Absences do impact on a student’s overall attendance percentage and that the College has a 90% attendance requirement. You are able to check your daughter’s attendance at any time by accessing PAM – click on your daughter’s image and name – click on Attendance.
- Our uniform policy has undergone some changes this year to afford students more flexibility in what they choose to wear. With this flexibility also comes an expectation that students are wearing the uniform to a high standard. This has not necessarily been the case for all students in the last few weeks of Term 2.
- In preparation for Term 3, we ask that families please support their daughters to ensure that they have appropriate uniform items and that they fit appropriately. Noone, the College uniform supplier, does take orders for uniform items that are out of stock and provides the College with an update regarding this should this be a concern.
- In addition to uniform, grooming has also been a concern. We ask that families take the opportunity, during the holiday break, to rectify issues such as hair and nails. We wish to encourage students to be proud of who they are, rather than applying artificial treatments to be something else or to mimic celebrities. The uniform policy is designed to manage the distraction of fashion and image pressures and to help ensure that we focus on the real work of our school – learning. A copy of the uniform and grooming requirements in available on PAM.
I take this opportunity again to thank you for your encouragement of your daughter and her teachers and hope that the break is a safe and rejuvenating one.
I take this opportunity to thank Mrs Rosemary Montalto as she completes her period of replacement teaching with us. Mrs Montalto will be replaced by Mr Sam Avery who will join us for Semester 2.