As noted at our end of term celebration assemblies this week, it has been tremendous to witness the successful transition of our Prep and Year 7 students into, respectively, primary and secondary school.
New opportunities have been embraced and fresh challenges overcome through personal courage and the support of teachers, family and friends! Last week’s Parent Teacher Interviews were a highly appreciated opportunity for two-way and in many cases three-way conversations about how we can continue to work together to support all students to be happy and successful at school.
Through Compass, our students have become accustomed to tracking their achievements over time and setting personal goals for continuous improvement. The next progress report will be completed at the end of week two next term, so now would be an ideal time for Year 3 – 12 students to revisit the goals they recently set for improvement and ascertain whether they are on track to achieve them.
All School Council positions for 2021 have now been filled, with Kellie Kempton returning on behalf of our Parents & Friends Association as the community member and Year 11 student Isaac Baulch being selected as the student representative for the 12 month casual vacancy, joining Year 7 student Jayavi Senarath who attended his first Council meeting in March. Isaac is a member of our highly energetic VCAL class of 2021 and we look forward to his involvement in School Council this year.
Some changes to our staff team will take place next term, as follows. Mr Bennett will be taking leave during Term 2 to attend to a health issue and is looking forward to being back with us in Term 3. We wish him all the very best with his recuperation. Strong progress has already been made through Aladdin rehearsals, which will resume when Mr Bennett returns in Term 3. A performance date of September is anticipated.
We have enjoyed having Mrs Harrison on staff during Term 1 but sadly we are saying goodbye to her this week due to family commitments. We thank her for her contribution to the Humanities and VCAL teams and wish her and her young family all the very best. We hope to see Mrs Harrison back with us at a future point. I am pleased to advise that Mrs Alice Adams has been appointed as Mrs Harrison’s replacement.
Meanwhile, continuing the Camperdown College baby boom is Ms Magnusson who finishes shortly to commence her family leave. Ms Magnusson’s work as a teacher and year level coordinator has been very greatly appreciated and she will be missed by us all. We extend our best wishes for the arrival of Ms Magnusson’s first baby!
In closing I extend my sincere appreciation to all members of the school community for your efforts and contributions this term. I am sure we have all appreciated a less interrupted term than the one that we were putting behind us this time last year. It is a privilege and a pleasure to have the opportunity to tackle new challenges and opportunities together and I look forward to the partnership continuing next term.
Ms Cherie Kilpatrick, Principal
Thursday 1st April 2021