Principal’s Report – December Edition

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2023 Final Message and Important Information for 2024

Thanks again to our Elevation community for their commitment to building a great school. Its been a wonderful year with lots of exciting new programs and achievements – along with taking possession of our new buildings and facilities.

I’d like to thank our entire teaching staff, Education Support staff and Executive Team for their outstanding work again this year.

Staffing

As we add another cohort of students in 2024 and continue to grow, we welcome a number of new staff to the school as well as farewelling a number of staff.

Taking leave during 2024 will be Alice Hu, Alicia Farley, Sarah Darling and Stacey Cartwright Smith and Faye Ghane. We excited to see you all back in 2025.

Recently this term we have already welcomed LUKE HANLON, JILLIAN MCGINLEY and ELLA FRANCIS to the English and Humanities teams at the school.

For 2024 we will also welcome:

SARMAD ORAHAClassroom AideMICHELLE NAPOLITANOEnglishKAYLA DONOGHUEPsychology and Humanities
NAOMI HALLClassroom AideRAYANNE CHEBBOUEnglish and PsychologyNICOLE GRIFFINMaths
SHARMEN DABARERALaboratory AssistantJASON STRADELLAPsychologyKATRINA ZUKEnglish
CHRIS ANDERSONLiteracy and LibrarySIMON WILSONVCE MusicCALVIN FRENCHHealth and PE
LOLA PANUCCIOCareersMARIA RUANChinese MandarinSISI CHENChinese Mandarin
CHRIS HODGKINSONMaintenance and FacilitiesJESSICA SMITHMaths and PhysicsSTEPHANIE HANNAVisual Arts
COURTNEY GORHAMFood Tech and Junior School LeaderTRAVIS UNSWORTHHealth and PENOVA MCNAMARAScience
BRANDON MCLARTYHealth and PEBONNIE-RAE DUNCANYear Level CoordinatorKYLA BOKELUNDPsychology and Science
BRENT BARBERAVCE MathsGREGORY WILSONBiology and ScienceCHUANSHUANG ZHANGChinese Mandarin
EMMA PRICEMaths and BusinessMEHMET CICEKComputing and MathsDOMINIQUE CERAMaths
MARCUS NOELHumanities and Legal StudiesJEREME FARRELLMathsGEORGE POULAKISEnglish and Media
ETHAN WELKERHumanities  GEORGIA WHEATONEnglish

We’re really excited to welcome these teachers to our community for 2024.

Farewells

We’d also like to farewell the following staff who are moving on to new challenges in 2024: Noah Johnstone, Sarah Stone, Peter Jurasek, Albert Juma, Isabella Ganino, Amitesh Prasad, Agathi Koroneos, Jason Haggerty, Lui Foloi, Jacqui Hunter.

Key dates

January 24th – School Office Opens from 10am

Tuesday January 30th – First day for Year 7 only

Wednesday January 31st – First Day for Years 8 – 11 students

Tuesday 20th February – Curriculum Day (student free)

Monday 11th March- Labour Day public Holiday

Wednesday 27th March – Student Learning Conferences (11:30am – 7:30pm)

Thursday 28th March – Last Day of term 1 (early finish)

Monday 15th April – Term 2 commences

Thursday 25th April – ANZAC Day public holiday

Friday 7th June – Whole school Athletics Carnival

Monday 10th June – King’s Birthday public holiday

Friday 28th June – Last day of term 2 (early finish)

Monday 15th July – Term 3 commences

Thursday 1st August and Friday 2nd August – Student learning Conferences and Subject Selection meetings

Monday 12th August – Curriculum Day (Student Free)

Monday 20th September – Last day of term 3

Monday 7th October – Term 4 commences

Tuesday 5th November – Melbourne Cup Day holiday

Friday 29th November – Curriculum Day (student free)

Tuesday 10th December – Statewide Orientation Day – (2025 year 7 students only)

Friday 20th December – Last Day of school (early finish)

A comprehensive list of all 2024 important dates will be published on Compass in the new year

2024 – Reminder of changes to PE Uniform

A reminder to all families about changes to the uniform policy adopted by School Council in 2022 and communicated in 2022 and 23.

The old teal PE jacket has been replaced by the new black jacket which can be worn on either Academic Uniform days or PE days. 2023 was the changeover year for this process meaning students could still wear the teal jacket in 2023, however this has now ended and the teal jacket is no longer part of the school uniform.

PE Uniform is no longer part of the Senior School Uniform (Year 11 and above). As VCE PE is a theory based subject – students in Year 11 and 12 are not permitted to wear PE uniform at all. Classroom teachers of VCE PE will communicate directly to students about materials required for occasional practical classes.

Wishing the entire Elevation community a restful break over the festive period and we will see you all back in 2024.

Welcome back Compass messages will be sent out late in January with final reminders for the 2024 school year.


Important Dates 2024

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Student Learning Conferences

  • Wednesday 27th March
  • Thursday 1st August & Friday 2nd August

Curriculum & Student Free Days

  • Monday 29th January
  • Tuesday 20th February
  • Friday 7th June
  • Tuesday 10th December
  • Monday 12th August
  • Friday 29th November

Public Holidays

  • Labour Day- Monday 11th March
  • ANZAC Day- Thursday 25th April
  • King’s Birthday- Monday 10th June
  • Melbourne Cup Day- Tuesday 5th November

2024 Term Dates

Term 1 Tuesday 30th January (Year 7), Wednesday 31st January (Year 8-11) – Thursday 28th March
(1.20pm Finish)
Term 2
Monday 15th April – Friday 28th June
(1.20pm Finish)
Term 3Monday 15th July – Friday 20th September
(1.20pm Finish)
Term 4Monday 7th October – Friday 20th December (12:22pm Finish)