Principal's Update Week 8
Posted: 12-Jun-2019

Damascus College is a quiet place to be today as senior students undertake the General Achievement Test (GAT) and staff diligently provide feedback on student assessment. Our first semester draws to a close this week, and it is a time for everyone within the community to pause and reflect to determine learnings and opportunities for second semester.

One of the demands of secondary schooling that equips young people for life is developing strategies and behaviours to ensure sound personal organisation. Families are well placed to talk with their young person/people about the effectiveness of personal organisation strategies and what could be improved as we re-set and step into second-semester classes. I encourage you to engage in that conversation at home and encourage your student to talk with their teacher or TA about strategies that may assist in the future.

A timetable for the new semester is up 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 necessary for students to note these changes. For students that are changing electives or Year 7 students’ 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.

Yesterday we celebrated our first St Martin’s Day – St Martin’s House students lead our assembly, and it was an entirely student centred and facilitated event. House Leaders Daniel Jans and Karen Goonan created the environment for young people to showcase their different skills and talents, and they are to be commended on an excellent showcase of the talents of our young people.

The Lap of the Lake is scheduled for next Wednesday 19th June. It is our House distance running event at Lake Wendouree. Lessons one to three will run as normal, with students having lunch at 12:04 pm to 12:30 pm. Students will then be bussed into the lake to compete. Year 7 and 8 students run 4 km, and Years 9-12 students run 6 km. As with all events, students are encouraged to give their best effort. From the Lap of the Lake, the College BAS distance running team is selected for the running season throughout Term 3.

This Friday evening our Year 10 Music students will be performing at the Cabaret Club at Warrenheip from 6:00 pm, this is typically a great evening, and Damascus families are most welcome.

Our Immersion students for Timor and Indonesia are busy preparing for their departure late next week, and we wish them well.

A few weeks ago in Marysville, I was introduced to modern social activist and theologian Jean Vanier. He died last month, and this clip captures some of the wisdom of a man at the end of his life looking back. Vanier founded the international movement of L’Arche communities an international federation of communities spread over 37 countries for people with developmental disabilities and those who assist them. He reflects that people of different faiths have something to teach me. I encourage you to spend 3 minutes listening to what might be God’s presence in our midst as he prepared for his final journey, recognising that within the Damascus community we represent a broad cross-section of faith stances. I hope you appreciate Vanier’s reflection as much as I have

Stay dry - Until next week ….


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