The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence was celebrated on Friday 15 March. 

Key themes of this day included Bullying No Way! & Take A Stand Together! The key messages of this day reinforced respectful communication, as well as highlighting the fact that everyone has a role to play in stopping bullying, including bystanders.

In the lead up to this day, Year 7 and 8 students had the opportunity to nominate their peers for ‘Positive Communicator’ Awards. These awardees were viewed as having the skills to “be open in their communication; listen to others and consider their opinions; NOT be a bully and; be able to stand up for what they believe is right”. Well done to all of these award winners!

The College Ongoing Attitude to Learning (COAL) scores were collected this week. This process involves each class teacher allocating each student a score out of ten based on the student’s efforts in class. These class scores are in turn averaged in order to obtain the overall (COAL) score. A letter is mailed home, detailing the individual class and overall average COAL score for each student. This process is repeated throughout the year to provide regular (ongoing) feedback to parents/carers. It is important to note that a student’s COAL score is not a reflection of student academic ability/performance, it is based on the attitude and behaviour they demonstrate in class. Apart from a range of school based rewards, many parents have also successfully linked home based rewards and privileges to their child’s COAL score, or where relevant, the improvement of this. We strongly encourage parents/carers to consider this and the other potential opportunities provided by the COAL score approach.

Term one is always an incredibly busy time on the sporting front. I congratulate the huge number of students who have represented the school this term in the diversity of sports offered. I further congratulate the large number of students gaining selection in zone and regional teams. Well done, keep up the great work!

Also, well done to our Hastings Robotics team who made it all the way through to the semi-finals in Sydney on the weekend, we are very proud of your efforts.

Please be aware that next Tuesday the school will be involved in practicing our Evacuation and Lock Down procedures. Like all workplaces, we practice these drills every six months. These drills are about ensuring that we keep our students, staff and visitors safe.

Finally, I look forward to speaking with parents next Tuesday 26/3/19 (4pm to 7pm) at our Parent Teacher Conferences. We strongly encourage you to have your child attend with you to be involved in these interviews. As previously advised, appointments can be made through the parent portal or through contacting our office staff.