The Lakes South Morang College Newsletter - Issue 16

THE LAKES SOUTH MORANG COLLEGE NEWSLETTER 2022 - ISSUE 10 Date 00, 2022

Term 3. Week 10 Issue 16 - 2022

The Lakes South Morang College Newsletter

The Lakes South Morang College respectfully acknowledges that beneath the significant River Red Gums that feature across our school's landscape lay the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri - Willam people of the Kulin Nation. The Lakes South Morang College pledges to provide an environment that has zero tolerance to child abuse and strive to work in partnership with our parents/carers and community members to keep our students safe every day, in every way.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Principal Report

1

Student Perspective

3

Primary Campus Awards

4

School Council Report

6

Curriculum Connections

7

Policy Spotlight

8

Wellbeing

8

PRINCIPAL REPORT

SRC Bulletin

9

What ’ s on @ The Lakes

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BILL PANAS ACTING COLLEGE PRINCIPAL

Community Connections

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Dear Lakes Families,

I am writing to thank you for the support you have given to your child and our College throughout Term 3. Working under a pandemic backdrop of significant student and staff absence has been extremely challenging but we have successfully managed to implement the full school curriculum and a range of co - curriculum activities, excursions and camps to engage and challenge students to perform at their personal best. Your organization and commitment have been critical in managing your child ’ s education and has continued to strengthen the Parent/Carer - College partnership. Congratulations to the students who have received End of Term Awards. This is a significant achievement as we continue our narrative of celebrating student excellence at our College, a key aspect of our commitment to a positive climate for change. The Tutor and Literacy/Numeracy MYLNS initiatives are beginning to bear fruits with positive strides evident through the performance data. On Primary, 290 students have participated in the program with every student demonstrating academic improvement between 6 - 12 months ahead. On Secondary, 71 students have participated in the program with 92% demonstrating growth between 6 - 12 months. The byproduct is that the gap in learning within classes is smaller enabling teachers to narrow the target band of developing, planning and assessing curriculum. At the senior years level, all students completing Year 12 and Year 11 students completing a VCE Unit 3 - 4 study, completed the GAT (General Achievement Test) which is an aptitude test that focuses on their ability in a range of disciplines. This was our first ever exam conducted by DET at our College. Our senior students are now completing their last school - based assessments before they embark on their final exams in November. A very busy period ahead, but undoubtedly all seniors

SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST

• Respectful Relationships

• The Lakes Teaching and Learning model

• Learner of the Term awards

• Personal Property Policy at The Lakes

• Footy Day reflection

Secondary Campus 80 Jardier Terrace, South

Morang 3752 (03) 9401 3919

Primary Campus 275 Gordons Road, South Morang 3752 (03) 9400 9000

The Lakes South Morang College Newsletter PRINCIPAL REPORT

have made a positive contribution to many aspects of school life throughout this year. A select group of VCAL students organised a terrific school assembly on celebrating the life and tribulation of a select group of local Vietnam Veterans. The ceremony was informative and personal. It captured the essence of their struggles and their amazing spirit, teamwork and achievement. Some pertinent messages were aptly delivered to a student audience that was highly appreciative. Building strong community connections is one of our key goals because great schools develop their identity and culture by absorbing the rich tapestry of history and tradition of their surrounding community. The drive to be vibrant, active and solution based in our discussions has resulted in many “ hot topic ” items tabled at School Council. This has built on the importance of our college - family communications. Discussions have already had positive impact on resourcing facilities to improve safety with the installation of external fencing on the primary campus and the ordering of vape detectors on secondary campus, changes to our IT policy that gives families some flexibility on tablets, a review of some uniform garments and a revamp of communication processes on sentral, social media platforms and our college newsletter. Thank you to our hard - working delegates who lead the charge and ensure that we are accountable to our college community. Our enrolments for 2023 continue to increase. We have two classes confirmed for Prep but are now looking at a third. Please contact us as soon as possible If you are enrolling a child in Prep next year but have not made any inquiries, and please pass on this message to neighbors or friends who are in this situation. At Year 7, we have three classes and are planning a dedicated Year 7 learning and play area. Team building and a strong pastoral care/ connect program will underpin the learning. I am very pleased to report that almost all of our year 9 students going into Year 10 will be enrolled in an enhancement study or a VET which has really excited our students. We will have a significant increase in subject offerings at VCE level as much larger numbers stay with us to embark on their senior years of education. We will have around 76 students in year 10 next year. In the last week, we have received the green light from the Education Minister to fund the English Language Centre on the secondary campus with a proposed start date of semester 2 next year. This will continue to shore up our facility as a key education precinct in the community and is on the back of our restructure as a full P - 12 College. Thank you to all the families who completed the important online Parent Opinion Survey. This is a key accountability report for schools on their relationship with their families. As this is a review year for our College, our operations are to be reviewed against our previous goal setting and a new, exciting Strategic Plan will be written and implemented. Fresh goals will be set, human and physical resources will be allocated to address the needs and the next chapter of teaching & learning in our community will begin. On behalf of Bonnie, Marcus and I, thank you for working with us this term, making parent/ care - teacher interviews and sharing the learning journey with your children. Enjoy the precious family time through the holiday period.

Bill Panas Acting Principal.

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STUDENT PERSPECTIVE

SCHOOL CAPTAIN REPORT

JAKOB AND ANGELA SECONDARY CAPTAINS

SCAN OR PRESS PLAY TO WATCH THIS WEEK ’ S VIDEO:

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The Lakes South Morang College Newsletter END OF TERM AWARDS

Congratulations to all of the successful award winners this term! LEARNER OF THE TERM

YEAR ONE:

PREP:

1A

Monica D

Prep A

Aariv S

1B

Charlotte MT

Prep B

Zach L

YEAR FOUR:

YEAR THREE:

YEAR TWO:

4A

Klara J

Jonah B

2A

Aria B

3A

4B

Anitej S

2B

Jackson W

Steven N

3B

4C

Nisa K

CITIZENSHIP AWARDS

Respect

Learning

Teamwork

Leadership

Prep

Rylee G

Mackenzie T

Daniela C R

Rocco N

Year 1

Mason Z

Charlotte S

Ella A

Harbir S

Year 2

Neve L

Noah MK

Fateh S

Elise S

Year 3

Tyler T

Trinity A

Eloise C

Kathy N

Year 4

Ari D

Alex M

Dustin W

Maddie RJ

Year 5

Dylan S

Tri Thong B

Aarav P

Harlow W

Year 6

Bonnie N

Eva L

Tanya J

Victoria P

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YEAR FIVE:

YEAR SIX:

Isabel V

Zane T

5A

6A

Mia C

Cianan R

5B

6B

Haim M

Tamia T

5C

6C

YEAR SEVEN:

YEAR NINE:

7A

Jacob AM

9A

Jaxson S

7B

Anita D

9B

Mia V

7C

Dante Y

9C

Anhad S

9D

Justin L

YEAR EIGHT:

YEAR TEN:

8A

Lucas T

10A

Maizie M

8B

Danial L

10B

Jamil T

8C

Adele S

8D

Ashton N

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The Lakes South Morang College Newsletter SCHOOL COUNCIL REPORT

Hello to our Parents and Carers,

Thank you for all of your support this term in what has been a very busy term, filled with many extra - curricular activities. Looking forward, Term 4 looks to be just as busy, with our first group of Year 12 students undergoing their exams, many excursions and year - level activities still to be had, Year 3/4 Camp, Night Under the Stars at Primary and our End of Year Awards to be held off - site for the first time. A big thank you too to parents/carers who have completed the Parent Opinion Survey. The results are absolutely vital when putting together our strategic plan for next year.

At our most recent School Council meeting held last week, we:

• Discussed the school uniform on Secondary, in particular the take up of the white shirt/ formal pants option versus the sport uniform, and items that can be carried from Primary to Secondary. Uniform pieces were left in the PD room on Secondary last week for students to also provide feedback on their preferences. We were also shown samples of a beanie and scarf with the school logo as potential new items. Council reps were interested in having these added to the uniform as optional extras for both campuses. • Moved to commence the tender process for the canteen licence in preparation for the 2023 school year. A big thank you to those that completed our snap survey earlier this week on what currently works well and what isn ’ t working well – we have collaborated your comments and forwarded them on in our first initial meeting with the canteen provider this week. Further feedback is always welcomed so it isn ’ t too late to email me with any concerns or suggestions.

• Approved the 2023 Meet and Greet Day to be held on Monday January 30 for both campuses.

• Approved an amendment to the mobile phone student use policy, specifically students are now unable to use their mobile phones for contactless payments at the Canteen and must use cash or card instead. • Approved the proposal of the Veritas/Innovate/Accelerate Program (VIA) to be extended to run in Years 9 and 10. Currently only running in Years 7 and 8, the VIA program addresses the individual academic needs of high achieving students with progressive, challenging and tailored curriculum.

Our next School Council meeting is on Tuesday 18 October. If students or families have any issue that they would like discussed, we warmly welcome you to email me at amanda.farrelly@education.vic.gov.au

Hope everyone has a safe and relaxing break,

Amanda Farrelly School Council President

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CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

INSTRUCTIONAL TEACHING & LEARNING MODEL

A strong and consistent approach to Teaching and Learning is required to be able to achieve this success across the years for each individual student. Here you will get a snapshot into the common language and the typical structuring of a lesson in order to cater for each students ’ learning need.

Opening:

Setting the learning intention for the session and how to achieve it.

Mini - lesson:

The explicit teaching where the teacher shows students what and how to do the work. This could look like, worked examples, modelling, explaining or even addressing some misconceptions from the previous session. Student work time: Students: read, write, and/or talk to work with the content. Students are able to practice and apply the skills/ concepts covered. Students could be working collaboratively or independently. The teacher can work with individuals and small groups to both individualise and differentiate. Catch: A quick, whole - class “ break ” to model/ share a strategy that will help them re - engage. This could look like a puzzle, brain break, reviewing the learning intention or a class discussion to direct students to the next task. Release student work time: Students are again set off to complete independent or collaborative work. This may be a new task or a continuation of the previous task. Reflection: This is the wrap up, a time to share on the learning of the session and evaluate the success against the learning intention set at the start of the session. The teacher can gauge the learning and assess where to next.

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The Lakes South Morang College Newsletter POLICY SPOTLIGHT

PERSONAL BELONGINGS

Policy—http://www.thelakes.edu.au/uploads/8/3/9/0/83901006/personal_property_policy_2022.pdf

The Lakes understands that students may sometimes like to bring items of personal property to school. The Department of Education and Training does not have insurance for personal property of staff, students and visitors. The Lakes does not take responsibility for items of personal property that are lost, stolen or damaged at school or during school activities. Damage to personal property brought to school is the responsibility of the owner of that property. The Lakes South Morang College encourages students not to bring items of value to school, or to obtain appropriate insurance for such items. If students bring items of value to school, they should be handed to school administration for secure storage at the office until the end of the day, when the items may be collected by the student and/or parent/carer.

Policies are available to all families via the the Sentral Portal (under Resources) or via our website http://www.thelakes.edu.au/policies -- reports.html

RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS

WELLBEING

Across the second semester, all teaching and leadership staff will be undergoing Respectful Relationships professional learning, upskilling us and preparing for its gradual introduction into our programs from Prep – Year 12.

Respectful Relationships education is a DET initiative and core component of the Victorian Curriculum from Foundation to Year 12. The Respectful Relationships program supports schools and early childhood settings to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours across the whole school community. It teaches our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence.

Schools involved in the Respectful Relationships initiative are building a culture of respect and gender equality, by looking at their practices and policies to drive meaningful change.

SRC BULLETIN

FOOTY COLOURS DAY!

Thursday 15th September the Primary College celebrated Footy Colours Day. It was organised by the Student Representative Council (SRC) and gave all staff and students the opportunity to proudly wear their AFL or sports teams colours. We started the day with a footy parade to our teams songs. With awards given for the best dressed.

At Recess the SRC organised some exciting challenges on the turf area including:

Highest kick

Longest kick

Target practice

Handball

The SRC were very impressed by everyone ’ s enthusiasm and teamwork throughout the day. The money raised will go towards new equipment for the school yard.

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The Lakes South Morang College Newsletter WHAT ’ S ON @ THE LAKES

Breakfast Club on Both Campuses Every Tuesday & Thursday - 8.15am

(Except for the first week and last week of the term)

SEPTEMBER:

Friday 16th

Last Day of Term 3 — 1:15 pm finish

Monday 19th - Friday 30th

School Holidays

Monday 19th - Wednesday 21st

VCE Practice Exams

OCTOBER:

Monday 3rd

First Day of Term 4

Friday 7th

5/6 Volleyball

Monday 10th - Friday 14th

Year 9 Science - Radio Astronomy

Thursday 13th

Primary Athletics Carnival

PREP 2023

Monday 17th

Last Day of Year 12 Classes

Have you enrolled for Prep for 2023?

Year 12 Celebration Day

Tuesday 18th

We are currently in the process of accepting new enrolments for 2023. We advise all existing families and community members who may be interested in attending our school, to submit enrolment forms as soon as possible.

School Council at 6.30pm

Year 6 Sports Museum Excursion

Wednesday 19th

Book Now for Primary Tours on 9404 9000 for individual 2023 School Tours

Book Now for Secondary Tours on 9401 3919 for individual 2023 School Tours

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COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

We are always looking to build new or foster current connections within our community! Please call Karen on 9404 900 to discuss further, if you have a service or upcoming event you would like to promote through our Newsletter.

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To thrive, children need a safe and supportive environment at school, at home and in the broader community; no exceptions. At The Lakes South Morang College, we believe meeting the physical and emotional needs of our students is paramount in laying the foundations for a fulfilling future. We pledge to provide an environment that has zero tolerance to child abuse and will strive to work in partnership with our parents and community members to keep our students safe every day, in every way.

The Lakes South Morang College Child Safety Statement

PRIMARY CAMPUS: Telephone: 9404 9000  275 Gordons Road South Morang 3752 SECONDARY CAMPUS: Telephone: 9401 3919  80 Jardier Terrace South Morang 3752 ABN 52 938 171 499  PO Box 207 South Morang 3752  lakes.south.morang.co@education.vic.gov.au

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