Start of the year
Across the College we continue to see students settling into the new school year and some of the changes that have been introduced for the year ahead. The vast majority of students have successfully transitioned and embraced the new five period day, with our youngest members of our ESC community (Year 7s), winning the ‘being on time’ award! Displaying non-negotiable positive classroom behaviours are a priority in all our classrooms. Students are expected to be ready to learn, with all the resources that they will need for that lesson. Flat laptops, incomplete homework and ‘lost’ resources are excuses that we have all heard before – the challenge is that we all move to a solution focussed growth mindset.
I notice that Mr Donders has spoken about attendance as being very important in daily school life….very vital for continuity of the learning sequence. For further connectedness as a community, we are still a uniform school and there is a clear uniform policy for all our students to follow. Please take the time to read the policy, that is available on the college website.
We have had several information nights for students and our parents and will continue to engage our community. There is lots happening around the College, so please keep your eye out for all that is occurring and help us celebrate the positives as we continue to build a rich culture and climate that supports all students to be their best.
Tertiary offers for our Class of 2022
At the conclusion of 2022 we celebrated the amazing achievements of our Year 12 Class of 2022 as their results were released.
We are now pleased to share with you the success of this cohort in securing tertiary pathways beyond school. As a school our success can be measured in both the academic achievements of our students and also in the capacity for our students to achieve a desired pathway beyond school, be this a University, a TAFE, an apprenticeship or the world of work.
93% of our students who applied for tertiary pathways for 2023, received their first round offers – destinations included, but were not limited to:
RMIT and Federation University
We look forward to inviting back the class of 2022, so that they can share their experiences with this year’s Year 12 cohort.
School Improvement work in 2023
In 2023 we have a clear vision to further improve the teaching and learning and wellbeing outcomes for students across our college. This work has been carefully planned to support where our school and students are currently at and to enable us to grow and flourish as we work towards achieving our college vision where we strive to enable and equip all young people to reach their full potential – of being life-long learners, curious, respectful, serving their community and developing healthy relationships.
The main focus areas for 2023 include:
Lifting our median VCE study score to 30
Learning growth to be measured via NAPLAN
Engagement with our BEST curriculum – wellbeing
Student leadership and student voice and agency
I will keep you updated on the progress of this work, via datasets that will measure the impact of this work in 2023.
Our new Year 7 students
What an amazing start to their secondary schooling people have had. We must congratulate our Year 7 students on how well they have settled into school life at Emerald Secondary College. We are seeing our Year 7 students arriving each day in full school uniform, attending classes on time, and making sure they are bringing all their key resources with them and being ready to learn. Our new Year 7 students are certainly demonstrating our college expectations! Keep up the great efforts Year 7.
James Barut – College Principal