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Deputy Principal ELC - 12 Term 2 Week 10

06.07.17

Image: Old Scholars and Army Reservists, Timothy Tedmanson and Brandon Nguyen, (Pictured with Mrs Mirasgentis) returned to Blackfriars Priory School to talk about Defence Force careers.

It has been an extremely busy Semester and I wish both staff and students a well-deserved break. When we review the semester, everyone should be proud of their achievements whether it is in the classroom, on the sporting field, on stage, in service to our community or in achieving our own personal and professional goals. The numerous highlights this semester reflect the diversity of curriculum and co-curricular opportunities and are a reflection on the people who make up our wonderful community. The staff as a whole are committed and are the reason this term has been such a success. I am blessed to be working with such a wonderful and dynamic team.

For our Year 12 students the semester break should be a time when they have a break from the routine of attending school, but I encourage them to maintain their regular study routine during the holidays in preparation for assessment tasks and final year exams. The feedback from their mid-year examinations should inform their revision program to improve their knowledge, understanding and application of skills and concepts.

Reports
Reports will be distributed to students on Friday 7 July 2017 and we encourage families to discuss the report with their child and invite them to share their own reflection on their academic performance; their own attitudes and behaviours. The School reports will provide parents or guardians with information regarding their child’s progress in all subject areas, their attitude and conduct in class.  It is an opportunity to invite your child to discuss and reflect on their academic performance and how they are progressing socially and emotionally during the school year.

Parents and guardians are reminded that they can make contact with individual teachers at any time during the school year, particularly if they have any concerns about their child’s education. The School encourages parents to maintain open communication with teachers, Curriculum Leaders and Heads of House to discuss their son’s progress and achievements.

Please note that the following inserts have been placed in the Report Envelopes with the Student Report:

  • Principal Letter
  • Parent Report Acknowledgement Slip
  • Year 10 and 11 letter for the SACE and Subject Information Evening and Course Counselling Sessions and login details for booking course counselling
  • Letter regarding St Dominic’s Day  
  • Where Applicable Soccer Elective Report
  • Where Applicable Music Instrumental Report

Dismissal on Friday 7 July 2017 will be at 1.00pm. OSHC is available for those families requiring this service.

Semester 2 Timetables and Subject Changes
Students received their Semester 2 Timetables on Friday 30 June 2017 during Home Group. We understand students change their mind for a number of reasons and students have an opportunity in Term 2, Week 1 and 2 to make changes to their Semester 2 Subjects. However, from Friday 4 August 2017, no further subject changes will be made. Changing subjects after the first two weeks is disruptive to the teachers learning and assessment program and disadvantages the student who is entering a new subject where a substantial amount of work has already been missed. Wanting to change classes to be with friends or preferring one teacher over another is not a valid reason for a subject change.

If students would like to make changes to their Semester 2 subjects, they will need to collect a Change of Preference Form from Mrs Daniela Piteo. The form needs to be completed and signed by a parent/guardian and the Curriculum Leader before it can be processed and the changes actioned.

If students have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

SACE And Subject Information Evening
The SACE and Subject Information Evening for current Year 10 and 11 students has been scheduled for:

Week 4, Monday 14 August 2017 from 6.30pm to 8.00pm in the Neill Gymnasium

This evening will provide students and their families with information about the 2018 curriculum offerings allowing discussion with the Curriculum Leaders and Subject Teachers.  The 2018 Curriculum Handbook will be available online, and the Subject Selection Forms and SATAC Tertiary Publications will be distributed on this evening to assist students with their subject selection process. The University of Adelaide, University of South Australia and Flinders University will present a short session about university entrance and the specific offerings at their universities. Representatives from TAFESA will also be in attendance to discuss courses and university pathways. At the conclusion of these presentations parents and students will be able to speak with the representatives from the universities and TAFESA and with subject teachers and Curriculum Leaders in relation to their subject choices. Senior Student Services and Pathways Coordinator, Mrs Daniela Piteo, will be available to discuss alternate pathways including Vocational and Educational Training (VET) as a method of completing SACE.

The Course Counselling Sessions will be held for families and students on the following afternoon:

For current Year 10 and 11 students, the Course Counselling Sessions have been scheduled for:

Week 5, Tuesday 22 August 2017, 2.00pm - 7.00pm in the Hallinan Library

OR

Week 6, Tuesday 29 August 2017, 2.00pm - 6.00pm in the Hallinan Library

These sessions allow for a more detailed discussion about subject selections in relation to career pathways.  Students will be given an opportunity to enter their subject choices online during this session. Students are to wear their full school uniform on these occasions.

Please note, attending the Course Counselling session is optional for those students who have their 2018 Subjects approved. For those who have not had their subjects approved the Course Counselling session is compulsory. Students and parents can nominate a suitable time for Course Counselling following the EDVAL PTN instructions which are included with this letter.All final online subject choices must be submitted by Week 6, Thursday 31 August 2017. After this date, any subject changes must be submitted to the Senior Student Services and Pathways Coordinator, Mrs Daniela Piteo and is subject to approval by the Deputy Principal ELC -12, Anna Mirasgentis.

We look forward to the opportunity to discuss your son’s subject choices and career options when planning their SACE.

Please return the reply slip included with your son’s report to your son’s Home Group Teacher by Wednesday 9 August 2017.

If you have any questions in relation to the subject selection process in 2017, please do not hesitate to contact me on 8169 3902.

Industry Week
This year, in lieu of work experience, all Year 10 students participated in Industry Week from Tuesday 3 July to Thursday 6 July 2017. Students engaged in workshops and tours facilitated by UniSA, University of Adelaide, Flinders University and across the TAFESA campus and the Flinders University Campus at Tonsley.

Thank you to Mrs Daniela Piteo, Senior Student Services Pathways Coordinator and Ms Anastasia Lambis, Administration Support Officer, who coordinated Industry Week. The feedback from the staff at the three universities and TAFESA was very complimentary regarding student behaviour, personal presentation and attitude. Thank you to all staff and students for supporting this week as their contribution and engagement in activities made it a huge success.

Defence Force Careers
Throughout this term there have been a number of speakers from the various tertiary institutions and the Defence Force. Two of our old scholars who are Army Reservists  also shared their experiences and learning pathway. They have taken part in the Accelerated Training Option (ATO) which provides around five months of full time back-to-back training and employment opportunities. Timothy Tedmanson is a Private (infantry soldier) with the 10th/27th Royal South Australia Regiment and Brandon Nguyen is a Trooper (light cavalry scout) with the 3rd/9th Light Horse (South Australian Mounted Rifles).

The Australian Army Reserves is promoting the ATO as an opportunity for students who have completed Year 12. It provides around five months of full time employment (tax free pay of roughly $14,000 that doesn't affect Centrelink benefits) and is a great opportunity to give young people a kick start to their professional lives whilst gaining transferable skills, serving their community, making life-long friends and a commitment to life-long learning.

We thank Timothy and Brandon for returning to Blackfriars Priory School to share their experience with the students.

Online Parent Portal
The Blackfriars Parent Portal provides secure, self-service web-based access so you can be informed about your son’s progress at school.

In Semester One, you were able to check out your son’s timetable, class attendance, goals they had set, contact their teachers, or view subject information, assignments and homework.

As we move into Semester 2, increasingly you will see assessment results and comments posted by teachers on the Parent Portal. Our goal in 2018 is to have continuous online reporting of your son’s successes, areas of growth and strategies for improvement.

SEQTA (the creator of our Parent Portal) is currently trialling a Smartphone app for the Parent Portal and we are hoping this free program will be available by the end of the year. There will also be Smartphone apps for the SEQTA student and teacher portals.

In Semester 2, we will be again running evening Parent Portal sessions, to enable you to learn more about this online communication tool to maximise the opportunities and outcomes for your sons.

2018 SEQTA Report Template
In 2018, Reception to Year 12 Reports will go online through SEQTA Engage (Parent Portal). In Term 2 a draft SEQTA Report Template was distributed to staff for review.  We would now like to extend this consultation to families and are requesting feedback. Families can access the SEQTA Report Template by going to the link Engage users (parents) below: 

SEQTA Report Template Consultation

The consultation period for parents is between Friday 7 July to Friday 21 July 2017.

All feedback can be emailed to Mrs Anna Mirasgentis, Deputy Principal ELC – 12 at amirasgentis@bps.sa.edu.au.

NAIDOC Week
During this week, we celebrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and it was an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. We just need to look at the diverse cultures within our school and recognise the contribution each make to our Dominican community. Thank you to Ms Trish Tynan for organising the performances that celebrated through story and song Our Languages Matter.  The performances highlighted and celebrated the unique and essential role that indigenous languages play in both cultural identity, linking people to their land and water, and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites.

I trust and hope that all students and staff return to the school with renewed energy and focus for another productive semester.  Term 3 for students commences on Tuesday 25 July 2017 and the Staff Retreat Day is Friday 1 September 2017 which is a pupil free day for students.

Mrs Anna Mirasgentis
Deputy Principal ELC - 12