The event is planned and performed on a grand scale, with thousands of primary and secondary students from all over Victoria coming together for two full days of rehearsals prior to the two public performances on Saturday. I am very appreciative of the excellent work done by staff members Annette Timilsina, Amy Stephenson, Kate Johnston and Kim Wines to plan for and support our students’ participation again in 2019. Our dancers also benefitted from the considerable time and care demonstrated by parent helpers Paula Robertson (costumes) and Sheree Horspole and Paula Regan (backstage support and supervision). The family support of all participants is an important element in the ongoing success and sustainability of the school’s involvement.
The biggest thank you must of course go to the participating students themselves: Taylor Bernaldo, Pippa Britton, Stella Horspole, Archie McLachlan-James, Skylar Jenkins, Tulin Meric, Zack Regan, Sadie Walsh, Georgia Walters, Olivia Winsall, Callani Winsall and Perrie Winsall. These Year 4, 5 and 6 students demonstrated great commitment over an extended period of time and impressive levels of stamina and resilience in Melbourne over the three day final rehearsal and performance period. I hope they have taken away many happy memories and the satisfaction of a job very well done!
Our school review panel met for the final time last Friday, to receive feedback from our external reviewer Lucy Glover and agree on future directions for Camperdown College. Earlier in the week Lucy spent time with Junior and Senior Campus students and teachers exploring the key question posed by the panel: to what extent are our students and teachers supported to be reflective, questioning and self-managing learners? These conversations, along with further classroom observations and examination of the school’s outcomes and achievements over the past four years, provided insights which will shape our next level of work.
School Council will receive the official review report early next term and the work of developing the detailed 2019-2022 strategic plan will take place during Term 4. The review panel was very affirming of the work that has already been undertaken at school, noting a culture of high expectations and a collective commitment to learning and improvement. The new strategic plan will build upon the work of the past four years, embedding processes and support structures for students to be active agents in their learning, and consolidating school-wide literacy practices.
Students, teachers and families all seem to be in agreement about how quickly Term 3 has come and gone. Transition has been an important focus school-wide, with students taking courageous next steps with great support from families and school staff. Next term will see further opportunities for students to be challenged and extended in their learning: five Year 9 students will head to Dinner Plain for their nine week School for Student Leadership experience, our Year 12 VCE students will apply their knowledge and understanding to their final exams, and VCAL students will see the Mow Down through to completion stage. Best wishes to all students for an enjoyable September break and a productive and successful final term.
Ms Cherie Kilpatrick
Thursday 20th September 2018