College Principal’s Report

 

Start to the year
The 2019 school year has begun in its characteristically smooth manner with students very quickly getting into learning mode. We would like to thank both the staff and senior student leadership teams, together with all teachers and students, for engineering this smooth start, which is reflected in the orderly learning environment that one experiences as one walks around the campus at any time of the working day. Our new Year 7 students have settled in well and enjoyed a day when all Year 7 students from both campuses came together at Banksia.

Year Level Acacia Campus Banksia Campus
Campus Captains Vailan Kita & Jenny Nguyen Caitlyn Naitoko & Seth O’Donnell
Campus Vice Captains Year 11 Kelly Huang & Daniel Skeels Sahnly Phan-Chan & Edison Vong
Year 10 Janet Cheng & Bethia Kita Raghav Anand & Abijah Mudaliar
Year 9 Crystal Unal & Daniel Yandell Kiara Pal & Michell Seng
Year 8 Jack Garbett & Arthur Hingley Kylie Baluyot & Aanya Grover

The process of electing Year 7 Captains is currently underway

Council Elections and thank you to the 2018 Council
As happens at the start of each year we are in the process of electing our 2019 College Council elections. There are five parent vacancies, two DET vacancies and one student vacancy. Thanks must go to all those current councillors who have re-nominated. Parents, please consider putting your hand up for College Council this year.

We are still seeking the nomination of a BANKSIA parent to join the Council. It is a great way to gain a better perspective of how the College operates and to join in many of the decision-making processes which take place through the year. If you would like to “have your say” please contact Banksia Campus Principal to arrange for a nomination form to be sent to you.

We will be looking to appoint two Community Members for the new Council. All current Council Members are encouraged to think about who there may be in our extended community to consider filling these positions.

As this is the last meeting of the current council we would like to thank you for the positive contribution you have made to our college as we ensure it continues to develop and maintain high standards. A special thank you to Carol Williams for the work she has done as Council President.

New Staff for 2019
As with every year I would like to welcome a number of new staff who join us to replace those who have left us for retirement or leave of some sort. Those joining us are:
Teaching Staff: Hoyoung Ahn, Lorraine Blyth, Joanne Costelloe, Matthew Currie, Alyssa John, Kiara Kearney, Melissa Kendall, James McGinley, Travis Mcintosh, Sarah Ng, Juels Opie, Basil Rizopolous, Yasemin Savran, Kacey Tran, Olivia Winczuram.
Education Support Staff: Susan Anandam, Melissa Berends, Doreen Brown, Perera Dinuka, Peter Fallon, Carolyn Geer, Gina Harrex, Sara-Jane Marianne, Richie Snell, Steven Winton, Tyronne Bhandari, Joshua Mallett.
In addition to the new staff there are several role changes from 2018:
Ms Clemence Bouquet, French teacher will teach at both Acacia and Banksia, Mr Jonathon Boyd will be Assistant Principal in charge of Banksia Senior School; Ms Portelli will be Assistant Principal in charge of Banksia Junior school; Ms Anna Laktionova will be Banksia Year 8 Team Leader; Mr David Pfeiffer returns after a year’s leave as College Community Partnerships leader; Mr Travis McIntosh, will be Banksia VCE/VCAL TTL and Ms Mel Williams, will be Banksia Year 10 TTL. We also welcome back Kath Clements to the Banksia Finance Office returning from Family Leave.

2019 Pupil Free Days
Each year we are permitted to have four student free days. Two of these have already occurred at the start of the year and the remaining two days are Tuesday 11th of June and Monday 15th of July.

Year 7 ‘Meet and Greet’ Evenings
We would like to thank all parents of our Year 7 cohort who attended our Meet and Greet evenings that were held on Wednesday 27th February at each campus. It is always a pleasure to meet parents in a relaxed setting and to find out more about our year 7 students. Thankyou to the staff who made themselves available on the night. Special thanks to Matt Sloan and Emily Brown, Year 7 Team Leaders who co-ordinated the evenings.

College Building Program
Stage 4 of the college building program is quickly coming to an end at both campuses. At Acacia all teaching spaces are now being fully utilised by our staff and students and our contractors are currently completing the landscaping to finish off their work. Similarly at Banksia all teaching spaces except for the theatre are now fully functional and we expect the theatre and landscaping associated with the project to be completed by the end of March.

Parent Teacher Meetings
We look forward to meeting many parents and families at our first Parent Teacher Interview Evening on Thursday 28th March. Please remember that if you are unable to be there you can still talk to your child’s teachers by emailing them through Compass or simply by ringing the school.

House Spirit Days
Our recent House Spirit Days were a resounding success and a highlight this term of our growing House Program at the College. New banners were unfurled for the first time and our house captains showed off their great organisational skills by directing students in the various games and activities, which made the day so enjoyable for all. Congratulations to our organising staff Ash Philips and Alice McPhail at Banksia and Clemence Bouquet and Andy Ray at Acacia, for their direction of the day and well done to all members of Athena, Apollo, Artemis and Poseidon houses.

Contact details
Would you please ensure that your contact details are updated if they have changed since last year. Recent events have emphasised the importance of the school being able to contact you by phone, email and by post if necessary. Please contact the General Office at your students’ Campus if your details need updating.

John Baston

College Principal