Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52ISSUE THREE October 2016 1 Welcome to the third edition of our Pen in Profile magazine for 2016. I hope you enjoy reading about all the wonderful activities of Term 3 VCE Science Centre Opening An exciting event this term was the official opening of the new VCE Science Centre. Our investment in infrastructure over the past decade has been significant and in particular has demonstrated our commitment to providing the optimal learning environment for our VCE students. With the help of our families and ongoing fund raising activities, the School continues to deliver on its promise of a debt-free building plan. We’re very proud of this as it ensures both current and future students benefit from today’s investment while protecting future students and families from unnecessary School debt. The opening was a fantastic event with local members of Parliament, past scholars, long term friends and families of the School as well as new parents and our PSPA all enjoying the assembly, tour and activities of the day. Year 12 student Alexandra Karamesinis spoke superbly at the Assembly sharing her passion for Science in a very engaging way. It was a great day now marked in the School’s history. Victorian Child Safe Standards This term, we acknowledged the importance of the Victorian Child Safe Standards ensuring that the School was compliant by the due date of 1 August 2016. We have zero tolerance for child abuse and act in children’s best interests to keep them safe from harm. While we have had policies in place for some time, it was important that we implemented the Standards with a robust approach and in a comprehensive way. Our policies are available on our website. If you have any queries about our policies or the Standard, please contact Peter Ford on 9788 7718. From the Principal Our School Strategic Directions Planning Term 3 is the busiest time of year for the School’s planning with the purpose of having the operational and strategic goals of the School for the subsequent year in place by Term 4. Our annual Board Planning Day in August provided an opportunity for the School to work with the Board to confirm the strategic and future-focused priorities for the School. Continued workshopping and planning has helped finalise the plans for 2017 and I’m looking forward to sharing them with the School community in the coming months. PSPA This term, the PSPA has been very busy with two major Father’s Day events. It was lovely to see so many students and their fathers and grandfathers from across all year levels share some special time together at the School. The activities were very well organised and I thank all of those involved for working so hard to recognise the importance of fathers and create opportunities for students to spend time with them. I would also like to thank the PSPA for providing tea and coffee at parent evenings throughout the year which I know is greatly appreciated by both parents and staff. We will continue to work with the PSPA to identify further partnership opportunities to support our School community into Term 4 and in 2017. A Musical Term Term 3 saw a number of musical milestones at the School with the Grand Music Showcase in particular, impressing our School community. I thoroughly enjoyed the music – there was a sophistication in this year’s arrangement that really showcased a higher level of musical ability. As a music teacher, I very much appreciated the complexity of some of the performances and thank Dr Richard Vaudrey for his leadership in this area. It was another exceptional event. I also enjoyed the House Music performances this term with our Years 2 to 6 students showing great teamwork and house spirit at their annual House Music performance. I would like to congratulate all the students on their performances but especially the winning House, Clarke. Similarly, our Years 7 to 12 students performed very well with some very interesting and entertaining story lines to encapsulate the movie genre set to challenge each House. In the end it was the amazing rap performance by Jeremy Rodman that catapulted Town House to victory. Well done.