From the Head of Champagnat Campus (Issue 15 2018)
Written on the 25 October 2018
Year 9 Social
Last Friday evening, the Polding Centre was transformed with the theme of A Night Under the Stars as our Year 9s celebrated together at the Social. It was a wonderful evening, as students enjoyed the richness and simplicity of friendship and dressing-up. With a mixture of nerves and excitement, students embraced the formal dances and opportunity to mix with their peers in a social setting. I congratulate the Year 9 Team from both Marymount and the Middle School on a wonderful evening.
Year 9 Camp
Over the next two weeks, Year 9 students will venture into the wilderness for their outdoor adventure camp. They will travel in Rite Journey groups and participate in a range of challenging activities that place them out of their comfort zone. I know for some students, going on camp is challenging and confronting, but to the credit of the Year 9 group, individuals are being supported and encouraged by their peers. The Rite Journey Program and outdoor experience continues to be a highlight for our Year 9 students.
Champagnat Music Launch
On Tuesday evening students, families and teachers gathered for the Champagnat Music Launch. The evening, hosted by Mike Ellul, highlighted how the music instrumental program will be shaped at Champagnat Campus. It also provided students with an opportunity to meet music teachers, sign up for ensembles, instrumental lessons and ask questions in an intimate setting. It was a wonderful evening, highlighting the vast opportunities at Champagnat, whilst also providing an opportunity to celebrate the many talented students in our community.
In the coming weeks, Year 6-9 students will sit the progressive achievement tests in both literacy (reading comprehension) and numeracy. The data collected from the PAT tests will provide teachers with diagnostic information about your child's learning. It will enable teachers to track individual student progress and most importantly ensure that all students are moving forward. Following the completion of these tests, staff will unpack the data, in particular, year level trends and alter their programming so that areas requiring improvement are being targeted. Further to this, the data collected will also be used during our end of year handover process, ensuring that your child's 2019 teachers are well informed about their literacy and numeracy skills. Whilst the information collected will primarily be used for teaching staff in their programming and planning, individual student information is also available for parents. If you would like a copy of this overview, please contact our Director of Teaching and Learning, Kate Bawden.