Welcome to Term Two
Welcome back to everyone, as the school year moves into a very important term.
This term is relatively short, and all our students will be completing numerous assessment tasks across all year levels. CATs for Years 7-10 and SACs for Years 11-12. There is also the changeover of VCE classes into Units 2 and 4 and the continuity of the VM.
Exams are also nigh, and the College exams set the tone for expectations and academic rigour. I have said it before and I will say it again – academic rigour and effort are non-negotiables at our college. Teaching and learning underpins everything we do. There is support for students who need it, there is acceleration for students who need it, there are extra classes, extra quiet rooms for study, as needed….EFFORT from all our students to be the best possible version of themselves is an important goal that enables all of our community to flourish.
….so, so proud of all our college leaders and ambassadors who spoke so eloquently at the Emerald RSL Anzac Day Service. Please read Mrs Korsten’s report in this newsletter.
Emerald Secondary College VALUES…. (from the previous Newsletter)
….are in the throes of being finalised. Consultation with staff, students, school council and community members has taken place and we have settled on the ones that best exemplify our direction and identity as a college. We will unveil them next term at our whole school assembly and implementation of the College Values will start as soon as possible. Without giving too much away, Respect was definitely up there….
College VALUES at Emerald Secondary College
- Behaviours and actions
- For self, others, the physical environment and property of others
- Rights of all members of our community to achieve their full potential
- For individual differences
- For diversity in our community
- Personal Best
- Development of self discipline and pursuit of improvement in all endeavours
- Doing your best and supporting and celebrating others to do the same
- Trying new things
- Courage to give and accept advice for improvement
- Perseverance and persistence
- Positivity adapting to change
- Providing opportunities for everyone to participate and feel included
- Strong sense of worth and the capacity to overcome setbacks with optimism
- Care and Compassion
- Playing a positive role in the school community
- Respectful Relationships
- Concern for the welfare and needs of others
- Service and contribution
- Collaboration and co-operation
- Contributing to a safe, orderly school environment
- Strong partnerships between parents, teachers and students
- Working together in a positive and constructive way
Implementation: We are working to instil these values across all aspects of college life. Proactive programs form part of the wider curriculum at all year levels.
These Values will be integral in how our college operates for the entire community. Everyone will be responsible to uphold our Values….everyone.
Thank you to our students, our staff, our School Council and parent forums for their input over the last 18 months.
Attitudes to School Survey information.
The Attitudes to School Survey (AtoSS) is important for all schools in so many ways. It allows schools to gather data from students, staff and parents, that contributes to a college Strategic Plan and a whole school improvement agenda. This year, AtoSS will be completed by all students during one of their BEST classes, over the month of May. Parent participation and staff participation will follow. Please see the attached letter from DET that outlines the rationale and further information of interest.
PARENT / CAREGIVER / GUARDIAN INFORMATION AND CONSENT LETTER
2023 Student Attitudes to School Survey
Dear Parent / Caregiver / Guardian,
This letter is to inform you about the 2023 Student Attitudes to School Survey (AtoSS), that your child is invited to participate in.
About the survey
We value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing and quality instruction and are conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of their school.
The AtoSS is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education to assist schools to gain an understanding of students’ perceptions and experience of school. Students will be asked about their thoughts and feelings in relation to their school, their learning, peer relationships, resilience, bullying, health and wellbeing, physical activity, and life in general.
This year, the AtoSS will be conducted at your school between the 8th of May to the 26th of May.
What are the benefits?
Young people enjoy having a say! This survey has been running for nearly 20 years and is invaluable in helping schools understand student views to plan programs and activities to improve your child’s schooling experience. The survey responses also help the Department of Education understand how student’s learning experiences can be improved.
What are the risks?
While we do not anticipate many risks of participation, some students may find some of the survey questions personal and sensitive in nature. Should you agree for your child to participate, they are still free to skip questions or to withdraw at any stage if the survey makes them upset or uncomfortable. A teacher will be present during the survey to support students.
The questions are selected from validated survey instruments used in Australia and around the world, are strength-based, and tailored for each year level group.
What will my child be asked to do?
Your child will be invited to complete the survey online during class time using a purpose built secure online survey tool. It is important to note that we are not in any way ‘testing’ your child. Please note:
- Student participation in the survey is voluntary and students may withdraw at any time.
- The survey will take around 20-45 minutes to complete.
How is my child’s confidentiality protected?
Your child will be provided with a unique login to complete the survey from their teacher. The student login is an assigned identifier that may be used to link data for statistical and research purposes only. Personally identifiable data will not be recorded in the survey response file to ensure the confidentiality of your child’s responses is protected at all times.
How will results be reported?
The survey results will be reported back to the school in aggregate form throughout the survey period. All survey data that is made available in reports are for groups of students only so that no individual student can be identified. Data suppression rules are used for schools with low student numbers per year level.
Your school may share the results of the survey with parents, in documents such as the School Annual Report.
Options for participation
Participation in this survey is voluntary. If you do not wish for your child to do the survey, please opt out via email to your school: [email protected] Please do so before Friday, 12th of May, stating that you wish to opt out of your child’s participation, along with their name and year level.
If your school does not receive a Refusal of Consent email from yourself before the survey commencement date mentioned within this letter, it means that you give your consent for your child to participate in the 2023 Attitudes to School Survey.
If you would like more information, please speak contact the department at [email protected].
Department of Education, Victoria
James Barut – College Principal