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Stage 2 Update

Our building program is progressing well – despite the ongoing international issues with supply chains. We are still on track for a practical completion of the buildings in December and full handover in January – ready for the new school year.

Some aspects of the project will begin to be delivered from next term:

  • The 2 new hardcourts are scheduled to be delivered to us at the start of term 3, ready for student use
  • Work in the Science classrooms will begin on the first day of the school holidays and will continue for 2 – 6 weeks into term 3. This means we will have 3 full operational science labs by part of the way through term 3
  • The turf for the school oval has been laid and surrounding areas hydroseeded. Hopefully an early spring with plenty of sun will see the oval open for student use by term 4.

The rest of the facilities will be handed over for 2023.

Recent Curriculum Day

Our recent Curriculum Day on June 10th was a great success. As some of you may know, we have been working with two of our local primary schools: Keelonith Primary and Aitken Hill Primary – to train our staff in the Berry Street Trauma Informed model of education. This model already underpins a lot of what we do at Elevation Secondary College, but we are now working across schools, to build consistency of teacher practice within the local area.

Our aim is that by working together, we create a new consistent way of relating to students within our schools, that builds academic stamina, resilience and better student learning.

Our schools have already undertaken two days of training in the program this year and will undertake two more next year. We’ll continue working together in the coming years to consolidate this learning in our community.

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Senior School Information Night

It was great to see so many families – particularly year 9 families – attend our Senior School Information Evening approximately a month ago. Ms Loudon, Ms Lane and Mr Schutz were able to outline what our senior school will look like and how we will be implementing the VCE and VCE Vocational Major over the next few years.

Year 8 and 9 families should keep an eye on Compass for important 2023 subject selection information events – which will be happening in term 3.

The aim of the form is to let our staff know which students are likely to be attending on any given night. You will still need to tell your child that you have signed them up and expect them to attend.

Student Representative Council (SRC)

SRC have been working well together in Term 2 to build a strong team with the goal of improving student voice within the school. They have had sessions discussing the ‘big issues’ students see at Elevation Secondary College, and have come up with some ‘big ideas’ that they would like to focus on for the rest of the year.

Some of the key takeaways from the term have been the SRC’s desire to make sure students can have their say about issues at school and making sure that students are following school rules and taking pride in our school spaces.

In Term 3 our SRC will start up an anonymous suggestion box and a Principals Advisory Committee so that they can let our leadership team know what they have been working on in our meetings. They are looking forward to making a difference within our school community.

Julia Rossi, SRC facilitator (teacher).

End of semester reports

Semester 1 reports will be published on Friday 24th June on Compass. This report contains all the key assessment information for your child for semester 1. We encourage all families to find the time to sit with their child and discuss the report.

A discussion at home can help students and families to understand how their child is performing at school and where areas for improvement might be.

Staffing changes

We have several changes to our teaching staff for the second half of the year.

We will be welcoming back both Ms Stacey Smith and Ms Rachelle Cole from family leave. Both Ms Cole and Ms Smith are foundation staff members at the school and are well known to our community.

We will be welcoming Ms Gulsen Tankir (English/Humanities) and Mr Aaron Jaraba (Science and Technology) to our teaching staff. Both are highly experienced teachers with a great amount to offer to our school.

We also welcome Ms Ariel Jordan who will be joining us for the rest of the year from the United States.

During term 3 both Ms Loudon and Ms Calder will be taking Family Leave. We wish them both all the best in this joyous time.

Mr Bradilovic (Science) will be finishing up with us at the end of this term and moving to another opportunity.

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Ms Calder
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Mr Bradilovic

Term 2

I would like to thank the Elevation Secondary College community for their understanding and support in these uncertain times.

We work hard at this school to maintain continuity of learning in the face of continuing COVID pressures and community illness. Our teaching staff have been impacted by illness also.

You may have seen or read in the news this year – that there are considerable shortages of replacement teachers and teachers in general right across Australia. We have certainly noticed that trend this year.

We have had some periods of time in this first half of the year with very little staff illness and absence and other times with a considerable amount.

In all circumstances our staff have stepped up to keep the school running. All our teachers have completed extra classes and yard duties this year in order to keep the school running. In many cases our staff have stepped in to take over and above what they are expected to do within their normal duties. I would like to thank all our staff for their continuing work, effort and commitment to support our students and keep the school running in this first half of the year. 


Curriculum and Student Learning

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This year we have been focussing on the basic processes that lead to outstanding student progress. Often in education, there can be a lot of focus on outcomes and marks. These are important, but a focus on these outcomes does not help students achieve. 

Instead, we need to focus our students on the elements of what it is to be a successful student in the first place. Our college behavioural expectations are the key. 

Aim High, Work Hard, and Be Good.

Aim High

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Students Aiming High are asking for extra work. They are redrafting based on feedback, they are correcting errors and are pushing beyond “just enough”. Many of the students we have that are “Aiming High” are happy to receive high marks, but also, push themselves to work at an even higher level than is expected at that age and stage.

Students who are catching up but are “Aiming High” take responsibility for their learning. They communicate with teachers about each piece of work. They take pride in their work and aim to make each effort better than the last.

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Work Hard

Students Working Hard have a constant focus on the work at hand. These students are participating in class discussions, and are coming prepared for class with the materials they need. Students who work hard at ESC have books open at the beginning of class and are focused on completing each and every assignment. 

Be Good

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Students Being Good still having fun in class, but they are behaving in ways that are respectful to themselves, classmates and teachers. They understand that being good creates an environment for learning, where they can thrive. 

How Do I Know if a student is Aiming High, Working Hard and Being Good?

This year, Elevation Secondary College teachers are recording learning behaviours every fortnight;

4 = ALWAYS displays this behaviour

3 = USUALLY displays this behaviour

2 = SOMETIMES displays this behaviour

1 = RARELY displays this behaviour

0 = NEVER displays this behaviour.

These measures are available under the REPORTING tab on compass. 

Each subject is listed and each bar graph represents a different learning behaviour. Orange is for  Aim High, blue is Work Hard, Grey is Be Good. 

At the bottom of this page is a graph that charts the overall level of the students’ learning behaviour, across all subjects, and across all three behaviours.

Combined – this forms a powerful tool for students, carers and teachers.

Year 9 Camp 2022

Elevation Secondary College has secured a FREE CAMP for year 9 students as part of the government’s Positive Start Response to COVID. Students will stay at the Golden Valleys Camp in Flinders. Please click on the following link for more information about Golden Valley Camp. https://goldenvalleys.com.au/

The Year 9 Camp is an important part of the 2022 learning program:

Firstly, students have had limited opportunities to connect with their peers and school staff in a less academic environment since COVID. Wellbeing is beneficial to build strong relationships and a sense of belonging. At camp, students will undertake activities that will build their leadership skills, teamwork skills and self-confidence.

Secondly, Year 9 students will be undertaking exams from the end of this year. Preparation for this is crucial. Students will undertake learning activities to improve their ability to revise, prepare for exams, create homework routines and skills in sitting exams with success.

Places are strictly limited, therefore students will be granted a free place on the camp according to the following criteria:


1. Permission for the camp must be submitted on Compass, medical information updated, current action plans / medication plans sent to the school.

2. Students displaying our school values – Aiming High, Working Hard, Being Good. Students who do not demonstrate these behaviours will not be guaranteed a spot on the camp and their place may be shifted to students displaying these behaviours.

3. Once 105 student places have been taken, a waiting list will be created.

Students not attending the camp will have an alternative learning program offered at the school.
Alternatively, if students are 15 years of age or older, students are encouraged to organise work experience for this week. Forms for this are available in the coordinators office.


Junior School / Engagement and Wellbeing

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Kimberly
Calder
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James Devlin
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Rory Henderson

Semester 1 Awards

Friday June 24 the students will have year level assemblies to celebrate students successes throughout Semester 1 and watch the first ever live performance from our school band.

On top of the Aspire and Attendance awards, we also celebrate students that have embodied the school values of Aim High, Work Hard and Be Good.

Excellence Awards

These students are the highest scoring students in the particular subject across all mentor groups. This is based on Learning Task scores for the semester. They embody the value of Aiming High.

Diligence Awards

This award is given to the students that has shown the most growth, the greatest application and dedication towards their studies. They embody the behavioural value of Working Hard.

Community award

This student is always willing to pitch in and help any member of the community. They show a strong student voice in the school, are an upstander and are respectful to those around them. They embody the behavioural value of Being Good

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College Band Rehearsals

Take a Break

Students are welcome to join a new lunchtime activity called ‘Take a Break’ in C4 . It will run every Friday during lunchtimes. Lauren, our school nurse has created a space for students to practise mindfulness and also to talk through student questions about health, stress and friendships. The space is limited to 15 students and they will enter on a first come, first served basis.

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Above is existing Lunchtime Club and Activities roster so if students haven’t already tried out one of these activities or clubs, now is the time!

Koorie group

‘NAIDOC’ week is about celebrating and recognising the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth. 

Koorie group celebrated this day on the 22nd June by making Kangaroo Burgers. Each student worked really hard on their burgers and they where delicious.

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Koorie Group have been learning about traditional foods and planning about how to celebrate culture at school’. Justine Fry 8C

Library Update: 1000 loans!

As of Wednesday, the library officially hit 1,000 loans thus far this year. This number reflects books borrowed by the students, from the Elevation fiction and non fiction collections. I have also received well over 50 different book requests, many of which have already been fulfilled, meaning that students are directly contributing to the development of the library collection.

It is great to see such active engagement with the library. If you haven’t borrowed from us yet, a good place to start exploring is on the library website.

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Students enjoying books from our new collection

The site can be accessed from: 

  • Elevation SC Managed Bookmarks or
  • the Compass Star Menu

Students should click ‘Sign in with Google’ to log in.

There’s a story for every student, whether it’s already on the shelves or waiting to be added at your request!  

Reminders

  • With one week left before holidays, it’s important that any overdue books are returned.
  • You can check if you have any overdue loans by logging into the library website and checking the ‘My Borrowing’ section under the Elevation logo.
  • You can also check your school emails for overdue notices.
  • Books can be put in the returns chute located next to the library entrance. 

Soccer Lunch Time Activities for Term 3

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We have partnered with Melbourne Victory Football Club to run some drills, activities and games during lunchtimes starting in term 3. This will be open to all students who are interested in joining. It is a great opportunity if you are a beginner at soccer or you have been playing for a while and would like to get some feedback from a high level coaches. 

If you are interested in participating in this program, please fill in the form below:
https://forms.gle/G2QMub3U5nQC5V3G7 or email Mr Issac

  • Due to the fact that this event is held outside school grounds, sign up has to be completed using the above form. 
  • Please understand that this is not associated with interschool sports, anyone interested in joining is welcome.
  • The lunchtime sessions will be run on the same day your year level has PE practical sessions. 

Food Technology

Our first semester of Food Technology has gone off with a bang. Students have been working hard to create healthy family meals with a focus on food safety and hygiene. We have been using lots of fruits and vegetables in our cooking at both year 7 and 9.

We are extremely proud of the work our current students have put into their Food Technology classes. With many students saying ‘wow, this is actually good’ and ‘I can’t believe I made this,’ we have seen increases in confidence and time management skills. The highlight of the term was the final design task, where students were asked to create a multicultural pie filling inspired by a country of their choice.

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Students were able to practice their writing, teamwork and communication skills to create successful pies that they shared with their peers and staff members. I don’t think that many of our recipes are making it home, as students have been eating their food at school or sharing it with others

We hope they are practicing these skills at home and cooking for their families. We are looking forward to the rest of the year 7 and 9 students completing Food Technology in Semester 2.


Community Notices

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College Uniform Store

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Our uniform provider, Noone, specialises in on-campus uniform store management and currently operates 70 on-campus uniform stores. Our College also operates an on-campus uniform store for your convenience.

Operating hours are Thursdays from 1pm – 4pm, no appointment necessary.

Winter School Holiday Program

Hume City Council Youth Services is hosting a range of FREE activities to enjoy during the Winter Holidays from the 25th June – 8th July 2022!

Activities Include:

·         Family Bike Workshops

·         Mixed Sports Days (Basketball & Futsal)

·         First Aid Training

·         Arts and Craft

·         Games with E-Games Competitions

All programs have limited spots, and some require online registrations.

A Young Persons Guide to Life Skills

Please find attached the flyer and invite for Salvation Army North West Youth Services Reconnect community workshops, beginning August 11th 2022 and running over a five week period out of Oxygen Youth Space in Coburg.

The sessions are aimed at Young People aged 12 -18 years old and will cover a range of topics, including budgeting, resume writing, Mental Health, wellbeing and living skills.

Please click the following link for more information:

Stage School Australia

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Free School Holiday Camp

Eligible Victorian students can attend a free holiday camp with Australia’s largest provider of outdoor education, The Outdoor Education Group, during the next school holidays! With cabin accommodation and lots of adventure activities to enjoy, campers will develop new skills, make new friends and enjoy active time outdoors.

For futher information and to find out if you are eligible please click on the following link: https://www.oeg.edu.au/positive-start-holiday-camps/

Sustainable School Shop

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Any Parents/Guardians who are looking to buy or sell their second-hand uniforms or text books please visit the Sustainable Schools website to list or purchase items: http://www.sustainableschoolshop.com.au

So far the results have been very good and we encourage families to take advantage of this method of buying and selling second-hand items.

Here is a how to guide to get you started:


Important Dates

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Student Free Days

Monday 5th September

Friday 25th November

School Camps

Year 9 Golden Valley’s Camp – Monday 18th July – Friday 22nd July

Sport

Year 9 Basketball – Wednesday 27th July

Year 8 Basketball – Tuesday 23rd August

Year 7 Basketball – Monday 1st August

Assemblies/Awards

Whole School – Friday 24th June

Year 7 – Tuesday 26th July & Tuesday 6th September

Year 8 – Tuesday 19th July & Tuesday 30th August

Year 9 – Tuesday 12th July & Tuesday 13th September

Student Learning Conferences

Wednesday 24th August – Bookings via Compass

Year 7 Immunisations

Wednesday 7th September

Term Dates 2022

Term 2 – Tuesday 26th April – Friday 24th June (finish 1.18 pm)

Term 3 – Monday 11th July – Friday 16th September (finish 1.18 pm)

Term 4 – Monday 3rd October – Tuesday 20th December