17-Sep-21An update for parents to close out Week 9.
As we come to the end of a busy term it is great to reflect on the many achievements and highlights over the last few weeks. The Year 9 Soap Box challenge was a wonderful way to hear students voice their opinions on a range of local and global issues. They worked hard at developing their public speaking skills and their final presentations were of a very high standard. Students also enjoyed the wide range of wellbeing activities, organised by the SRC during last week's 'R U OK Day?’. A huge thank you to staff and students for participating in these events during their lunchtime.
Schools have received this year's NAPLAN results and individual results will be sent out to parents as soon as they arrive from the Department for Education. It is pleasing to report that 86% of students reached proficiency in numeracy and reading. 33% of those students were in the higher bands for numeracy and 41% of student in higher bands of reading.
School reports will be available on Daymap next Friday. We encourage you to discuss the information with your child and seek further clarification from teachers if required.
We aim to provide students, staff and parents assistance in resolving any concerns or grievances when the need arises. You will see from our updated School Community Grievance Procedures, there are some important steps that will assist us in resolving any issues in a proactive and positive manner. Please find Grievance Procedure HERE.
As students reach High School, this is often the first time they have access to their own device, therefore supporting your child to use this technology safely, is paramount. Next Monday (Week 10) our Year 7 students will have a presentation from SAPOL regarding cyber safety- including cyber bullying and how to protect themselves and their friends online. Next term, the Year 8’s and 9’s will follow with a similar presentation, however targeted at their specific year level. We encourage you to have conversations with your child regarding the presentation and discuss what they have learnt during this time.
As a parent, it is often difficult to navigate your child’s use of technology, particularly in regards to social media use and online gaming. The E-Safety Commissioner has a fantastic and informative website that has links to a plethora of information regarding how you can help your child be safe online. Please see the link below to the website’s parent page.
There are information sheets, articles and webinars. The webinars begin in Term 4, and we encourage you to register your interest to ensure you can access this targeted information to support your child. Please see the link to the webinars and what topics they will cover.
Each fortnight we will attach an information sheet regarding safety online to help you support your child online and navigate what is often, the unknown.
Assistant Principal of Middle School
During September, South Australian year 11 and 12 students aged 16 and over can get priority walk-in access for their COVID-19 vaccination at SA Health run vaccination clinics.
As we work with SA Health to set up school COVID-19 immunisation options, this walk-in access will give year 11s and 12s the opportunity to be fully vaccinated before they finish the school year, which is typically a few weeks earlier than other year levels.
Year 11 and 12 students can receive a vaccination without an appointment at the following clinics:
Wayville (before 3.30pm)
Victor Harbor (call before attending 0468 576 150)
Mt Barker (call before attending 0468 576 150)
Gawler (call before attending 0468 576 150)
Students walking in at the above clinics will need to show their student card. Those with an underlying medical condition can walk in at the above clinics but will need a referral from their GP. Alternatively, they can book to get vaccinated at participating GPs. We encourage students completing SACE exams and assessments to prioritise their COVID vaccination during September.
In the meantime, vaccination is available for all South Australians 16 years of age and over at participating GPs and respiratory clinics in metro and regional South Australia. Families and students who are eligible are encouraged to book ASAP at covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.
Parents and caregivers of students, and students, in Year 12 will receive a separate communication regarding revision sessions on offer over the break, final event dates and the Stage 2 timetable. Please contact Admin if you do not receive this communication.
Parents and caregivers of students in Year 11 will be pleased to know that we are offering an Intensive Research Project Support Program at the end of the 2021 academic year to ensure that Year 11 students have completed their Research Project prior to commencing Year 12 at Mitcham.
In Weeks 7 and 8 of Term 4, those students who have still to complete this course will be required to attend school fulltime in order to access this program. Please speak to your Year 11 about their progress in this important compulsory subject and support them to continue to work on this project over the term break. Should you have any questions about your child’s progress, please make sure you speak to their Research Project teacher.
Assistant Principal of Senior School
Thank you for everyone's support durint this term and we look forward to working together to achieve more success in Term 4.
Linda Richardson, Principal
and the Senior Leadership Team