Principal's Update Week 9
Posted: 13-Jun-2018

Yesterday, staff spent the day busily assessing and providing feedback as we draw one academic semester to a close and prepare for another and the General Achievement Test took place for all 170 students undertaking a Unit 3 (traditionally Year 12) subject. This three hour exam is an important insurance policy for students’ end of year results.

On Monday we will move from Semester One to Semester Two in line with the Early Start Program.

A new timetable for the new semester will be online for students from Friday afternoon. Please encourage your student/s to log into SIMON and check that their PE days have not changed. Pathways and elective subjects will change over from Monday and it will be important for students to note these changes. For students that are changing electives or Year 7 student’s changing their pathways subjects, they are encouraged to bring along the resources for those subjects. For example, if your student has Textiles in the second half of the year and they kept their Textiles kit at home early in the year, now would be the right time to send it along.

Next Wednesday, 20th of June, our current Year 9 students will be participating in the Secondary Placement Test (SPT). This testing is a follow up to the assessments that were conducted in Grade Six and is part of a program of ongoing evaluation of student abilities in the areas of Verbal, Quantitative and Abstract Reasoning. More information about the tests will be forwarded to families in an email today.

We wish staff members Karen Simpkin and Mark Courneyea well as they head off on Long Service Leave from the end of this week. Mark is away from now until the start of 4th term and Karen is absent until the end of next term. Mark’s IT classes will be taught by Nicole Hexter and Karen’s classes will be covered by Kylie Snibson.

Last Friday was the Feast of the Sacred Heart and it speaks directly to the Damascus community as a celebration of our Mercy Tradition. Senior students undertake classes in the Sacred Heart wing of the College and this building celebrates the special place that the Sacred Heart of Jesus holds for the Sisters of Mercy, those within our community who attended Sacred Heart College and for our current student population.

The Feast of the Sacred Heart is about the living presence of Jesus in our daily lives. The artistic impressions of the Sacred Heart (two of which are at Damascus by renowned artist Leopoldine Mimovich) see the heart aflame with the light of Christ. The Sacred Heart of Jesus represents not simply His physical heart but His love for all of creation.

We pray this week that we can draw on the works of the Sisters of Mercy who imitate Christ’s work in the world, that we may be able to love one another with all our hearts, and that in loving one another we be able to see the plight of those in need in our world; the hungry, the lonely, those seeking asylum, the refugees, the sick…. May our hearts be inflamed enough to act against indifference and injustice. Loving God grant us the strength to make a difference in our world. AMEN

Exams continue today and tomorrow and we keep all our students efforts in our thoughts and prayers.

We keep in our prayers Sharni Dean-Jones (Year 10) and her family on the passing of her beloved grandmother. May she rest now in God’s loving and eternal care.

Until next week …

MATT

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