Principal Message

Welcome to week 3. I would like to welcome another new staff member to the College, Ms Tayla Maloney will be teaching within the TAS Faculty at Port Macquarie Campus.

Education Week celebrations - 3 to 7 August 2020 

Education Week will be a little different this year but there are lots of ways to get involved virtually. The theme for 2020 is ‘Learning together’, a celebration of the partnerships between students, teachers, parents and the community that have kept education going through these exceptional times. The activities we will be undertaking during the week are:

  • Monday 3 August - EdWeek20 launch video live stream at 10am
  • Tuesday 4 August - An Aboriginal languages webinar for all ages at 10am plus other surprise events throughout the day for National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day
  • Wednesday 5 August - A 60-minute virtual student film festival featuring the best ‘Film by … Aussie Kids’ videos and a word from patron, Bryan Brown, at midday.  

As part of the celebrations a special webinar will be presented for parents and carers on technology commonly used in NSW public schools, presented in partnership with the NSW P&C at 7pm. Details of the webinar will be posted on Facebook.

Parent Lounge

Our next parent lounge session will take place on Thursday 6 August. Mr Ross Principal Westport Campus and I will lead the parent session.

Due to COVID this Term’s Parent Lounge will happen via zoom for parents of both campuses.

Topics include HSC, Year 10 Assessments, and Year 8 into 9, latest with COVID School processes, expectations on uniform, mobile phone update, and Infrastructure/PCYC update. There will be an opportunity for parents to ask questions.

Zoom code to join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87431738817 you will need to download the zoom app prior to joining with the above code.

Parental engagement in young people’s learning and education remains important and influential during the high school years and is related to young people’s academic success and their wellbeing at secondary school.

Parents Lounge provides a space for parents to improve communication between their campuses, the parents and their children.


Update on the Enrolment Process at Port Macquarie Campus

The Department of Education has set guidelines in determining the number of students at each school or campus. The enrolment number is based on the number of permanent classrooms. Our enrolment cap is 780 students.

Within the enrolment cap, a number of enrolment places (the buffer) must be set aside for the enrolment of local students arriving throughout the year. The size of the buffer for our campus is 30 students. This buffer is reviewed annually and set in time for assessing applications for the following year’s enrolment intake. Places in the local enrolment buffer are not to be offered to non-local students.

Port Macquarie Campus is over the current cap and is therefore closed to ‘out of area’ applications.

Local Enrolments Procedure

We will seek evidence demonstrating local resident status through the provision of current original documents. Parents planning to enrol their child at this campus will be asked to complete the 100-point residential address check to confirm they live within the school’s designated intake area. This means parents will need to provide documents to verify the child’s current address.

A list of approved documents for the residential address check is available from the campus or the department’s website at https://education.nsw.gov. au/policy-library/policies/enrolment-of-students-in-nswgovernment-schools.

Please note: It is a criminal offence to provide a statutory declaration you know to be false for the purpose of gaining entry to a school.

Non-Local Enrolments

There are currently no places available for non-local enrolments at Port Macquarie Campus. This includes siblings of students currently enrolled who are non-local enrolments.

The following link provides you with content outlined in the Department of Education document ‘Enrolment of Students in Government Schools: A Summary and Consolidation of Policy’ as well as the policy update July 2019.

Ref:

https://education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library/policies/enrolment-of-students-in-nsw-government-schools-a-summary-and-consolidation-of-policy?refid=285776

Year 12 Students & Parents/Carers

UAC recognises that the COVID pandemic has been challenging to navigate for students.There has been a number of changes UAC have made to 2021 university entry.

They are:

  • ATAR’s now released at 9 am Friday 18 December, the same day as the HSC results.
  • The deadline for changing preferences for December round 2 has been changed to midnight Saturday 19 December.
  • December round 2 offers will be released 7.30 am Wednesday 23 December.
  • Students who’ve been financially impacted by COVID-19 can apply in two new EAS categories.
  • UAC will continue to host Facebook and Instagram live events to keep you updated as we navigate this pandemic.
  • UAC is working with universities to make sure all Year 12 students are assessed fairly for course entry.

If you need assistance with UAC applications contact your careers advisors at your campus Mr White (Port Macquarie Campus) or Mrs Shaw (Westport Campus).