Engagement and Wellbeing News

  • Friday, February 23, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

2018 has started with a great vibe around the College, with students and staff all doing their bit to ensure a smooth start to the year. Everyone has settled comfortably into routines, getting down to the business of learning. Given that one of our main foci for the year is ‘creating a positive climate for learning’ this is very encouraging. Over the course of the year, students and parents will get the opportunity to provide feedback on how we are performing in this space.


It is wonderful to see so many students meeting our standards in terms of uniform expectations. If you or your child are unsure of these, please refer to the information on the College website. Remember that black or coloured socks are NOT part of the uniform policy and layering of items (other than windcheaters or jackets) is only allowed if the under garment is NOT visible. If this practice is occurring due to religious beliefs, please contact Robyn Fincher to discuss approved options.

Wellbeing Assistance

We understand that life circumstances may present families with emotional and financial challenges from time to time, which can often impact on students’ capacity to engage in educational opportunities or to meet expectations.

If you need support in providing for your child’s needs we may be able to assist, but only if you let us know. These conversations are always conducted with respect and confidentiality so please contact the College if you are in need of assistance.


Regular, daily attendance is key to ensuring students have the best opportunity to develop academically, socially and emotionally, with all students are required by law to attend school until 17 years of age.

Please assist your child by ensuring they are at school each day by 8.40, organized and ready to learn. If your child is not well enough to attend school please advise the home room teacher via COMPASS or by contacting the College absence line on 83487100.

Attendance Challenge

In Term 1 we will be awarding valuable points to the House Community of students with the highest rate of attendance for the term. These points will contribute to the overall SWPBS House Challenge, with students from the winning house earning themselves a special celebration at the end of term. I wish all of our house communities – Edwards, Middleton, McNamara and Newton – the very best of luck!

Optometrist Visit

Healthy eyesight is extremely important to ensuring students can function effectively in the school environment and without intermittent check ups problems can often go unnoticed. We are pleased to be able to offer eye checks on site by a qualified Optometrist for all P-2 students during Term 2.

If well supported, we may offer the service to higher year levels later in the year. This opportunity will operate in a similar manner to the dental program offered in previous years. Paperwork will go home at the start of next term, so please keep an EYE out for it.

Robyn Fincher