8.77 million coming our way!!
The Victorian Government is investing record funding in our schools to make Victoria the Education State and give every student access a great local school and education.
Our school has been allocated $8.77m in last month’s budget. This funding will help our school to continue upgrading our learning spaces.
We will work closely with the School Council and the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) to deliver an outcome that will benefit the entire community.
To prepare for the upgrade, we will complete an Asset Management Plan over the coming weeks. The AMP is a long-term document that helps to plan for a school’s future. The plan identifies, organises and prioritises the building works required at a school – ensuring students have access to educational facilities that prepare them to thrive in the 21st century. We will be sharing updates on this and will be running some sessions to gather input from all our staff and the wider community. Our School Council will play a vital role in this consultative process. We will also involve our students to listen to their unique and important perspective.
We will share further details about these community information sessions closer to the time and invite you to participate.
We will also keep you informed through regular newsletter updates as the project progresses.
For further information and upgrades, keep an eye on our school website and socials.
The end of term work!
The last couple of weeks of this term will see all of our students finalising assessment tasks, CATs, SACs and that means that exams are nigh. Revision and study will be the focus, as the expectation is that all students will do their personal best. Teachers, too, are busily preparing feedback and reports to the students and to their families. Exams attract a real sense of occasion and importance and the build-up of grit and resilience, to face the examination period head-on. Exams are always constructed to review the learning of our students and their partnership with their learning habits, study, and preparation. I have had the pleasure of popping into our quiet study classroom in our resource centre and have witnessed the productive revision and preparation that our students are doing – I even got involved by quizzing some students about their Biology terminology and they nailed every single one!
Good luck to all our students.
Working together – partnerships
As a school community we are continuing to ensure that each and every student is supported with their learning and wellbeing, all with the aim of supporting the growth and development of well-rounded citizens who are equipped with the skills to be learners and leaders of our communities in the future.
A part of this work is always a partnership with all our community, as we all navigate through these extraordinary times. Often, staff will post a green chronicle on a student’s homepage on Compass, citing observations of a Ready to Learn disposition that includes all equipment, all homework completed and a positive, inquisitive approach to learning. A part of this work includes supporting students with their choices and behaviours that they exhibit as a student at Emerald Secondary College.
All the work we do is built on a platform of restorative conversations and logical consequences.
Please don’t forget our college views of Respect, Resilience, Excellence and Harmony, as these values underpin everything we do.
Staffing (or lack thereof), continues to challenge our college. As best we could, we are building a pool of CRTs, that our students know, that assists with continuity; however, this does not preclude our students accessing Compass and completing the set work in an orderly environment. Expectations of high achievement and high standards will never change.
James Barut – Principal