TC 2018-2021 Vision: To co-create high quality learning experiences within an inclusive and supportive community

To the TC Community,


Those of you who read The Age Newspaper will have noticed that TC featured in an article on Tuesday around the topic of Non-Scored VCE. The article can be found by clicking on this link: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/no-dirty-little-secret-

why-more-vce-students-are-shunning-exams-20190506-p51kmd.html?btis

Here @ TC we have about 20% of our Unit 3/4 students completing their Unit 3/4 as non scored. Our philosophy around this is that it is no less work, but those students who do not need an ATAR can focus on the learning of the content with less stress, rather than just focus on the learning for the sake of the exam at the end of the year. Tertiary education entry is changing at a rapid pace, and we strongly believe in helping students find the appropriate pathway into further learning that meets their own individual needs, not that of a system based around the ATAR. For those students who do need an ATAR to gain University entry, we are very good at helping them achieve that goal, but we also recognise that this is not the pathway for everyone. In 2018 we saw great success for our VCAL Graduates, with an unprecedented level of offers for apprenticeships or entry into TAFE, as well as the 100% success rate of our Swinburne Alternative Entry Program Grads. These are just ways of showing how we are dedicated to ensuring that all students pathways are supported here @ TC, and not in a one size fits all model.

Announcements for Next Week

  • Student Free Day Announcement - Clarification

  • Sports Update

  • VCE/VCAL Attendance

  • 2019 Ration Challenge

Last Weeks Announcements

  • TC Mothers Day Market

  • Student Free Day Announcement

  • Earn and Learn is On Again

  • TC Ration Challenge

  • NAPLAN Reminder

Previous Weeks Announcements

  • Term Dates for the Year

  • Next week in the Resilience Project

  • NAPLAN 2019

  • Tuning in to Teens Information Session

Student Free Day announcement - Clarification

Please note that the Student Free Day on Monday 17th June is the Student Free Day that was originally planned for Friday 7th June moving. Therefore there will not be a Student Free Day on Friday 7th June.

SPORTS UPDATE

Term 2 has started really well for our sporting program.  We have had Joel Timlin, Alex Bloomer, Ryan Gan and our under 14 boys relay team consisting of Caleb Bloomer, Charlie Norton, Heath Eyles and Joel Timlin dominate at the state swimming championships.  This week also saw our senior boys and girls table tennis and girls basketball teams win the Mullum division and qualify for region.  Next week is a huge week in sport as we have the following happening:

 MON: Boys Netball / Girls AFLW Mullum Division competition.

THURS: Connect sports training for- Intermediate soccer, senior/ intermediate girls netball, inter boys AFL, senior/ inter badminton, inter soccer.  

FRI: Colour community run/ IDAHOBIT Day (see compass for more details)

VCE/VCAL Attendance

 In order to authenticate VCE/VCAL work requirements and provide the necessary face-to-face learning supports for students undertaking a VCE/VCAL study, all VCE and VCAL students must meet the 90% approved attendance requirement to be awarded an S for a Unit. Approved absences are considered as illness/medical related, provided a medical certificate is supplied, and any school based activities such as camps, excursions etc. Other absences are not considered as approved and count against a student’s VCE attendance percentage.  

 Under the VCAA guidelines, schools may approve special provisions and arrangements for both classroom learning and School-based Assessments for their students. The VCAA recognises that school personnel, because of our knowledge of individual students and their circumstances, can sensitively vary the school assessment programs to accommodate student circumstances. Essentially, this means we can approve for students to be exempt from the 90% rule if they qualify under any of below reasons.

 • an acute or chronic illness

• a long-term impairment or disability

• personal circumstances.

 VCE/VCAL catch up sessions are available on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday between 3:30pm and 4:45pm and are run from S Wing. Attending one of these sessions equates to 1 missed class for 1 subject. Students completing VCE are limited to 5 catch up sessions per study, per Unit. Students completing VCAL are limited to 10 catch up sessions per study, per semester.

 If you have any further questions relating to VCE or VCAL attendance please contact Aaron Mackinnon (AMAC@tc.vic.edu.au) Assistant Principal to discuss further.

2019 Ration Challenge

 *BREAKING NEWS – SHAVE FOR A REFUGEE*

One well known member of staff with LONG hair has pledged to shave their hair if we can raise $10000!

 We have had a huge response this year and already have 14 students, 2 parents and 3 staff signed up to complete the challenge, and are currently ranked 2nd school in Australia with $545 already raised!

 The Ration Challenge is a fundraising initiative where you eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee living in a camp in Jordan during Refugee Week (16-23 June).  Our TC team do the 5 day schools challenge (8am Monday to 5pm Friday), which has some added protein and fresh fruit and veggies essential for young people. But there is no sugar, coffee…or chocolate! As participants reach various fundraising targets they gain extra ingredients such as tea bags, spices and extra protein.

 The funds raised will provide refugees with food, healthcare and education.  

 If you would like to get behind our school’s ration challenge team here is the sponsor link: https://school.rationchallenge.org.au/templestowe-college.

Or if you would like to directly sponsor our TC participants and help them reach their personal targets their sponsor links are listed below:

https://school.rationchallenge.org.au/alexandercurl

https://school.rationchallenge.org.au/frankiemeredith

https://school.rationchallenge.org.au/charleydewey

http://school.rationchallenge.org.au/lilydixon

http://school.rationchallenge.org.au/megbailey1

http://school.rationchallenge.org.au/athenailliadis

http://school.rationchallenge.org.au/caelanharamis

http://school.rationchallenge.org.au/saharawoodworth

http://school.rationchallenge.org.au/lucysingh

http://school.rationchallenge.org.au/ameliawhite

http://school.rationchallenge.org.au/suchetapereira

http://school.rationchallenge.org.au/ninatidd

http://school.rationchallenge.org.au/dawnmosos-churches

http://school.rationchallenge.org.au/geordencokalis

http://school.rationchallenge.org.au/danielwestein

http://school.rationchallenge.org.au/hollyjellis

http://school.rationchallenge.org.au/jordynwebster

 If you would like to participate email MBAI@tc.vic.edu.au.

 Last year we raised over $7000 (and raised the 8th highest of all schools in Australia)! Let’s see if we can raise even more!

 Meg Bailey

TC Leader for Global Citizenship

Last Weeks Announcements

TC Mother's day market

Taking place from 12:30, Wednesday May 8th

Venue will be alongside the road outside S-wing (the plant nursery)

  •  Permaculture crafts and garden produce

  • Terrariums

  • Succulent plants

  • Bees wax wraps

  • Hand crafted cards

  • Bamboo straws

  • Potpourri/floral teas

  • Popping corn

  • Pumpkins
    and more!

Student Free Day announcement

This is advanced notice that we will be holding a student free day on Monday 17th June 2019. This is one of the 4 days that every school has available to them to carry out whole school Professional Development. We have already had two days at the beginning of the Year in Term 1, and shall be taking our 4th day at the beginning of term 3.

Earn & Learn is on again

Woolworths has just launched Earn & Learn, and we're once again joining it. For those parents who aren't aware of the program, if you shop at Woolworths between 1st of May and the 25th of June you can earn stickers. Our school will be collecting these stickers which we'll be able to swap for new school equipment; things like art and craft supplies, sports gear, teaching aids, and more. There are thousands we can choose from!

So for any parents who shop at Woolworths, please collect those stickers and drop them in to our collection box, which is located at both The Pines Shopping Centre and Macedon Square, as well as directly to us at school.

Thanks for helping out!

2019 Ration Challenge

We have launched this years Ration Challenge campaign and have already got 4 students, 3 staff and 2 parents signed up to complete the challenge. The Ration Challenge is a fundraising initiative where you eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee living in a camp in Jordan during Refugee Week (16-23 June).  Our TC team do the 5 day schools challenge (8am Monday to 5pm Friday), which has some added protein and fresh fruit and veggies essential for young people. But there is no sugar, coffee…or chocolate! As participants reach various fundraising targets they gain extra ingredients such as tea bags, spices and extra protein.

 The funds raised will provide refugees with food, healthcare and education.  

 If you would like to get behind our school’s ration challenge team here is the sponsor link: https://school.rationchallenge.org.au/templestowe-college.

Or if you would like to directly sponsor our TC participants and help them reach their personal targets their sponsor links are listed below:

https://school.rationchallenge.org.au/alexandercurl

https://school.rationchallenge.org.au/frankiemeredith

https://school.rationchallenge.org.au/charleydewey

http://school.rationchallenge.org.au/lilydixon

http://school.rationchallenge.org.au/kyliedunscombe

http://school.rationchallenge.org.au/seandixon

http://school.rationchallenge.org.au/megbailey1

http://school.rationchallenge.org.au/athenailliadis

 If you would like to participate grab a form from the RC or email MBAI@tc.vic.edu.au.

 Last year we raised over $7000 (and raised the 8th highest of all schools in Australia)! Let’s see if we can do it again!

 Meg Bailey

TC Leader for Global Citizenship

Parent Gaming Information Session – Supported by Manningham Council

 Invitation to attend this free workshop

 During the session, parents learn how modern gaming works, the games kids are playing, the positives and negatives of gaming and how to talk to your child if you are concerned about their gaming habits. The workshop will also delve into some common gimmicks in popular games and the associated risks.

When: Thursday, 23 May, 6.30 – 7.30 pm
Where: Doncaster Secondary College, Presentation and Performance Centre

Tickets are limited. If are interested you will need to register at https://www.trybooking.com/BCAGU


Last Weeks Announcements

Term Dates for the Year

Please see the table below as a reminder for some of the key term dates for 2019:

Next Week in the Resilience Project

Next week on Tuesday all students will participate in a Resilience Project specific session during Connect time. Tuesday will be the day that the Resilience Project work is carried out in groups based upon a students age.

Our Entry students will be undertaking an introduction to Mindfulness as their topic.

Our FLE students will have the learning intention of beginning to develop the ability to see the same situation from a different perspective.

Our Grads will work in collaboration to identify potential challenges ahead and also will work in collaboration to identify things they are looking forward to. This will be carried out whilst looking at the emotions that students expect to feel whilst taking on these challenges. This will also be viewed through the lens of “if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you”.

All students should be completing the short activity in their Resilience Project each day as we look to help students build their resilience, through the key areas of empathy, mindfulness and gratitude.

NAPLAN 2019

NAPLAN testing will shortly take place here @ TC.

Under Department of Education and Training (DET) guidelines, all students are required to participate in the NAPLAN tests, unless a prior exemption is submitted as detailed below. During the test week, students will sit the tests under strict test conditions. This is a great opportunity for students to gain experience at sitting tests if they are planning on heading down a VCE pathway where they wish to gain an ATAR.

Parents/Guardians may withdraw students from the testing program if there are cultural or philosophical objections to this form of testing. Please fill the attached TC request form to apply for a Student Withdrawal Form which will be generated from the NAPLAN Website. The Student Withdrawal Form will be emailed to you and must be signed and returned to the General Office or emailed to Donna Smith (DSM@tc.vic.edu.au). Please note that there is a tight turnaround on these forms being returned. Please click below for a letter and other information on NAPLAN

Parent information Event in the Community

Please find attached information on a session being run by a group external to TC on the topic of Tuning in to Teens.

 

Have a good weekend,

Peter Ellis

Principal

Templestowe College