Assistant Principal 7-9 News

  • Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

And just like that… we come to the end of yet another amazing term at PCC. We have so much to be grateful for and to start this newsletter item I would like to share three things that I am grateful for at PCC. I am going to encourage all families to spend some time talking about what they are grateful for. Research has shown that gratitude is an invaluable tool for building our happiness and capacity to be the best we can be. Have a go, you will be surprised at how valuable this can be.

1. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the most amazing secondary students. Our students are resilient, respectful and demonstrate a deep understanding of tolerance for the differences that all members of our learning community possess. All of our students are leaders and we are confident that their leadership capacity is going to direct them to become valuable leaders beyond our school gates.

2. I am grateful for the adult learners across our college, including, staff and parents. The adult learners at our college are supportive and inquirers. Always exploring ways to do our jobs, whether parent or teach, better every time we are with children. We work to explore ways to support our young people to find truly valuable pathways of personal success.

3. Finally, I am grateful for the plethora of opportunities we are able to provide our students here at PCC. We are truly lucky to have the resources of authentic learning extra-curricular learning opportunities. Whether it be the awesome range of Pathways we have for year 9’s, any of our leadership programs, the sporting events or the opportunity to perform in a professional standard musical. When our students participate in these ‘extra’ programs, this becomes their core learning! Rich and authentic.

The term has closed with a bang with amazing things happening across the college in 7-9. With so many things happening across the college, it’s hard to keep up. Here is the smallest of snapshots of what is going on...

- Year 8 camp was, as expected, amazing.

- The annual robotics excursion to the Grand Prix was a hit.

- Our sporting teams represented our college on a number of occasions with pride.

If there is anything I have missed, the best way to find out more is to speak with your children about all of the amazing things that are happening.

Following a well-deserved break, term 2 is not going to disappoint. We will start off with a bang in week one with our super special Cyber Safety Day, where we will officially meet some very special characters. Also, in week one, we will have our Student Learning Conferences where we get to discuss student learning achievement in English and Mathematics, including next steps for learning. Our student free curriculum day is on the 26th of April. All of our staff will be spending the day learning strategies to enhance our positive climate for learning. I can’t wait to share more details on this one in term two.

Term One comes to an end, but we are only just getting started. This term we have collected a huge amount of evidence of learning for our 7-9 students. Our students are learning more about themselves as learners and are working with their teachers to set achievable goals for 2018. All of our teaching teams have been working together to design appropriate learning opportunities for all of our students. We are moving from strength to strength, our collective efforts and confidence if what is going to make the difference.

Nathan Gage

Assistant Principal 7-9


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