This fortnight started with a ‘splash’, literally, with the annual Swimming Carnival. It was absolutely fantastic to see the student involvement and House spirit on the day. Well-earned congratulations go to each of the Age Champions as well as to Towns Beach House, who despite the refinement to their House this year. It now only includes surnames starting with A to C with the intention of balancing House numbers.They were still able to come away with the victory. Special congratulations also to House Leaders Mr Barry and Ms ‘Bavis’ (formerly known as Ms Davis!) for their fantastic student support on the day.
The College Awards of Excellence were also held this fortnight and were a wonderful display of the excellent happenings across the College. Again, congratulations to all of those students and community members who were recognized for their achievements during 2018. Particular congratulations to Port Macquarie Campus Dux Thomas Preen, who was recognised for his outstanding results. We wish Tom the very best as he embarks on his Bachelor Degree in Advanced Science at the University of Queensland. As with all of our previous students, we very much look forward to future updates on his progress.
This week, along with other College staff, I commenced the College Connect visits to our local primary schools to meet the current Year 6 students who will become our Year 7 of 2020. This created a nice opportunity to have a conversation with our 2019 Year 7 students to pass on their positive experiences so far this year. All of them were in agreement that the start to High School had been very positive, with help from friendly staff and older students. They were all initially a bit worried about getting lost, but these fears proved unfounded as there was always someone to provide them with advice and directions. They all had a mix of favourite subjects so far.
Road Safety is always an issue that we are conscious of and is reinforced across the school both in PDHPE Teaching Programs as well as other areas. During assembly this week, students were again reminded of safe behaviours when travelling to and from school. I ask for the support of the entire community in reinforcing these safe behaviours by observing the relevant road safety signage at the front of the school and reminding their children not to cross the road between buses when meeting them or when walking home.
It was most impressive to hear about the achievements of Year 9 student Kael Harris and teacher Ms Hudson in assisting swimmers who were visiting Port Macquarie and found themselves in difficulty in the surf at Town Beach. We are all very proud of your care for others.
Finally, I have greatly enjoyed my regular walks around the school as they allow me to continually view the fantastic teaching and learning that is occurring across all of the faculty areas - I encourage students to keep up their great efforts! While our first Parent / Teacher Evening will be held on Tuesday March 26 (please make an early notation of 4 to 7pm in your diaries), I encourage any parent not to hesitate in contacting their child’s teacher before this date if they have any questions in regards to their child’s learning. These evenings always operate best when it involves the student, parent and teacher in the conversation. Please let them know now that you plan on bringing them along.