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

To the TC Community,

I would like to encourage families to visit the TC 2020 Subject Expo - Wednesday August 7th - 3pm-6pm.

I asked one of our student leaders what she wished she had known when designing her pathway. She said she’d like to know more about what was on offer, to not being limited to what she already knew, and to explore all options before selecting. The Subject Expo offers an opportunity for students to this.

The Expo is a chance to put a human face to our 2020 Subject Selection handbook. I encourage you to explore the handbook as a family prior to the Expo, so that you can both target your interest at the event and make best use of the event.

For students who will be in the Flexible Learning Environment in 2020, the Expo will help you develop a clearer understanding of subject content, skills and learning tasks. As we create the number of classes from the first choices you make, making an informed choice leads to a greater chance of access to the subjects you really want.

For students who choose to begin a VCE subject, you need to make your choices with the intention of staying in the subject. Potential for change is restricted both by places and by the attendance requirements of subjects. 

Further details on the Subject Expo are provided in the link below.

Over time, I have observed a number of patterns that might lead to students regretting their VCE choices:

·        Not selecting to strengths and interests. Subject selection is time for honest reflection on yourself as a learner and a clear understanding of what will be expected of you in the subjects you select.

·        Selecting subjects because they might be scaled up.

·        Selecting a science course as a way to keep options open, despite a lack of enjoyment and aptitude in previous science studies.

·        A lack of planning.  It is important to keep a broad base of Unit 1 and 2 subjects. This provides the opportunity to not have to continue with a subject if it proves to be too challenging or not for you. Planning lets you spread the load. The 5-year plan and the 3 years prior to graduation are extremely important for reducing stress and maximizing success at VCE

If you can’t make the Expo, ensure you read the subject selection handbook. All presentation PowerPoints will be available via a link in next weeks “next week @ TC.”

Sally Holloway 

This Weeks Announcements

  • Student, Parent, Teacher Conferences

  • 2020 Subject Selection and Math/English subject recommendations

  • 2020 Subject Selection EXPO is next week!

  • Presentations in S Wing at EXPO

Previous Weeks Announcements

  • 2020 Subject Selection process has begun

  • 2020 Subject Selection EXPO – Save the date!

  •  Attendance Goal Setting

  • Community Competitions

  • Community Events

  • Student, Parent, Teacher Conferences

  • Headlice

  • 2020 Subject Selection

  • Subject Selection Expo

  • Improving School Attendance

  • New design for Student ID cards at Templestowe College

  • Costume Jewellery for the Production

  • Oxfam's “What She Makes campaign” 

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This Weeks Announcements

Student, Parent, Teacher Conferences

Student, Parent, Teacher Conferences are a great opportunity to discuss your child’s growth in their learning this term. They are an opportunity to understand what support and/or extension is required and to meet your child’s teacher. You are now able to book through compass.

 

2020 Subject Selection and Math/English subject recommendations

Subject Selection 2020 was launched at each Community assembly last week and in Connect groups. Continued discussion re-visiting 5 year plans and creating their ILP will be the focus of this time

Students’ subject recommendations for English and Maths are now available on Compass. These are accessible via the Reporting platform.

These teacher recommendations are based on students achievement and progress in English and Maths this year, and their plans for the future. Students will be working with their Connect mentors to incorporate these recommendations into their five-year plans.

Upcoming Parent Teacher Student conferences are an additional opportunity for parents and students to continue pathway discussions with subject teachers.

Again, can we please encourage lots of conversation at home with your child in regards to their pathway and choices.

The subject selection handbook for 2020 Click Here

Any questions, please contact your Connect teacher.

 

2020 Subject Selection EXPO is next week!

When: August 7th

Time: 3pm – 6pm

Where: S Wing

Have your ever wondered…

What subjects are offered at TC?

What is the difference between VCE, VCAL or VET?

What is the difference between the different English classes offered in VCE?

I am an Entry into FLE, what do I choose?

What is this Swinburne Pathway I hear about?

Come to Subject Selection Expo and learn about the fantastic learning opportunities TC has to offer. There will be a large Expo set up and many presentations you can attend to learn more about pathways at TC and subject selection. (see below for the schedule) Teachers will be available to help you navigate this experience and you can grab a sausage or a cake to enjoy, and enjoy some musical entertainment in the background as you wander the Expo.

If you have any questions, please contact your Connect mentor

 

Presentations in S Wing at EXPO

Click here

Previous Weeks Announcements

2020 Subject Selection process has begun

Subject Selection 2020 was launched at each Community assembly this week and in Connect groups. Students will be receiving their English and Math’s recommendations next week and further discussions will take place in Connect. Re-visiting 5 year plans and creating their ILP will be the focus of this time. Again, can we please encourage lots of conversation at home with your child in regards to their pathway and choices.

The subject selection handbook for 2020 Click Here

Any questions, please contact your Connect teacher.

2020 Subject Selection EXPO – Save the date!

When: August 7th

Time: 3pm – 6pm

Where: S Wing

Have your ever wondered…

What subjects are offered at TC?

What is VCAL?

What is VET?

What is the difference between VCE, VCAL or VET?

What is the difference between the different English classes offered in VCE?

I am an Entry into FLE, what do I choose?

What is this Swinburne Pathway I hear about?

Come to Subject Selection Expo and learn about the fantastic learning opportunities TC has to offer. There will be a large Expo set up and many presentations you can attend to learn more about pathways at TC and subject selection. Teachers will be available to help you navigate this experience and you can grab a sausage or a cake to enjoy, and enjoy some musical entertainment in the background as you wander the Expo.

If you have any questions, please contact your Connect mentor

Attendance Goal Setting

Over the next 2 weeks our students will be taking part in an attendance check-in and goal setting task within their connect groups. Mentors will be facilitating this task with students, which aims to help our students have a better understanding of how to read their attendance data sets, be informed about their progress, set improvement goals and plan for success. We encourage parents to further this discussion around attendance at home, because as the research shows, “every day counts”, when it comes to students being engaged and achieving their full potential whilst at school!

Community Competitions

This term we’re lucky to run many different competitions, so you can help support your community no matter what your skills and interests may be! We’re running:

-        Science Photography Competition: Where you take a photo of scientific relevance and write a short (less than 100 words) blurb about what it’s demonstrating. This could be a photo of an experiment in class, of a local outdoor environment, or even of your peers and their biological traits. Science is everywhere! Submit your photos to Thomas Kennedy by the end of week 4.

-        Gaming competition: this event always draws a crowd, we will be gathering in the PAC on the 14th of August during connect (Wednesday week 5). Where teams from each community will represent in an epic Mario Cart race (8 players on a Wii). Various connect groups have been training to compete in the competition. Come on down to support or show off your talents.

-        Athletics Competition: On the Monday of week 8 we’re running Athletics day!! One of the best community events of the year. Not only will we have the classic activities like shotput, track and long jump, we’ll also be running fun activities like tug of war. The sports captains are interested in your suggestions for any activities they could run.

-        Dodgeball Competition: Come to the sports Centre during Connect in Week 9 and dodge duck dive dip dodge. We’ll run the competitions the same as we did for basketball, with two communities playing per day.

-        Music Competition: One of the most spectacular competitions that we put together at TC, the entries are always varied and entertaining. Each community has a set time on stage where they can present their skill, showmanship, and community involvement. This is an opportunity for all students of varied experience to create a performance and share it. Whether you’re the lead singer or playing the triangle we want you to come and have fun with your community.

Community Events

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This term we’re running community evenings in Week 7 and 8, they’re an opportunity for people and families within a community to connect and have some fun. Bring along a plate of snacks or a bag of chips and some friends. Everyone has a favourite family boardgame that you can bring along to share, otherwise, we’ll have a range of cards and games that you share. We’ll also have a screen playing some classic shows or movies (to be voted on the night).

So, come along and join us for some snacks, fun and games!!

Student, Parent, Teacher Conferences

Student, Parent, Teacher Conferences are now available to book through compass.

Headlice

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2020 Subject Selection

Students will be beginning their 2020 subject selection process next week during Connect time. This will be launched at Community assemblies followed by sessions with students and teachers in Connect time. Can we please encourage students and parents to together re-visit their 5 year plans and think about what subjects you would like to pursue in 2020.

Click here for the link to the 2020 subject Handbook

Subject Selection Expo

Ever wondered what the difference between VCE, VCAL and VET was? Ever wondered what pathway of subjects were available to you? We have some amazing opportunities for learning on offer at TC for 2020. Please pop in your calendar today our Subject Selection Expo, August 7th 3-6pm in S Wing. All students and families are welcome and it promises to be an excellent and informative afternoon.

Improving School Attendance

Positive student attendance correlates with positive educational, wellbeing and lifelong outcomes and is a protective factor against school non-completion, poverty, unemployment and poor health outcomes. Improving student attendance is, therefore, not simply about improving school data, but also about improving lifelong opportunities for the students in general.

The attached graph shows the impact of non-attendance and its direct correlation to a student’s educational and social development.

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If you require further support with any attendance related issues, please make time to talk with your Head of House or Community Leader.

New design for Student ID cards at Templestowe College

As you are aware that our Student ID Cards now have the PTV Logo on our cards.  TC has a licence from Public Transport Victoria to use their logo on our student ID Cards. This is a new and flexible arrangement with Public Transport Victoria.  This means that students at TC will no longer have to arrange, pay for and carry the dedicate PTV School Student ID to travel on student passes or concession fares.  Students will still need to carry their student ID with their valid MYKI with credit. This is valid for 12month period.

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Costume Jewellery for the Production.

Donations to Sally Holloway at the General Office or S Wing.   

Please feel free to contact me.


sho@tc.vic.edu.au



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