Saturday, March 25, 2017

Check Out The Bus

on Wednesday, 22 February 2017.

Our College On The Move - be on the lookout for our fabulous College advertisment on the back of the Seymour Coaches Bus.

Parents Please Read - Important

on Thursday, 16 February 2017.

Our thoughts and strength to our school community today.

As you may have already heard, we have had to speak with our students today about the fact that one of our students attempted to take his life last night.
At this stage the family have told us he is being cared for in hospital.

Our thoughts and heart felt sympathy are with the student's family and friends.

Your student has been given information today concerning this, we ask that you read the letter and accompanying information together tonight as a family.

AS THE PRINCIPAL OF WALLAN SECONDARY COLLEGE I ASK THAT YOU DO NOT SHARE THIS INFORMATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND MOST IMPORTANTLY DO NOT COMMENT. THIS INFORMATION IS FOR YOUR KNOWLEDGE ONLY. PLEASE RESPECT THE PRIVACY OF ALL AT THIS TIME.

Sally Lasslett | Principal

Senior Information Evening and Elevate Education

on Monday, 13 February 2017.

Monday 20th February 6:30-8pm.

Elevate Education Australia's #1 study skills provider will be presenting at WSC Senior Information Evening. Elevate's high impact seminars and workshops help students improve their study techniques, increase motivation, build confidence, and lift exam performance.

They will be presenting key research, skills and answer questions so parents can help their children navigate their final years at school.

Craigieburn Bunnings - Sausage Sizzle

on Friday, 10 February 2017.

 

Please come along to Bunnings Craigieburn, Saturday 11th February 2017 and buy a sausage or two in support of our students as they raise much needed funds to purchase building materials for their Community Building Project in Luang Prabang, Laos.

The students will be renovating a dilapidated school with the assistance of the local community. All students have volunteered their time and are travelling at their own expense but need assistance to purchase items for the renovations.

We look forward to seeing everybody there.

Parents as Partners in Education

on Friday, 10 February 2017.

• Praise kids for their effort, not their performance (but only do it when the child actually deserves it- our praise must be authentic).
• Let kids struggle (sometimes). We all want to help kids be more resilient and persistent- more gritty. Sometimes, as parents and teachers we can be too eager to help. Don't finish their sentences and carry their school bags for them. When it comes to building young people who stick with tough things, life is a good teacher. In a modern society where trampolines have nets and no springs, and when every layer gets a prize in pass the parcel, we must be willing to let kids struggle in the little things some times. Wilson McCaskill suggests that "for kids to develop perseverance, they need to be challenged by things that make them want to give up." If we jump in and help too soon, we can take away any chance the child has to hang in there and do it on their own. At the same time, give them opportunities to stretch their skills and be successful at something. Scaffolding is good, and the gradual release of responsibility is a useful mental model in this regard. There is certainly a balance here, and it's not easy to get it right. But the point is: a lack of support for children is not helpful, while too much support inhibits growth. They will get some answers wrong, they will mess up. Support them, love them and let them have a go at tasks that will challenge them. They might surprise you- and even if they don't- they'll learn about the process of sticking with things, struggling and working at it. They might even learn a little about disappointment- and that's not the end of the world.

It's Not Okay To Be Away

on Wednesday, 08 February 2017.

One of the most important things you can do to ensure your child has a bright future is to make sure he or she goes to school every day, all day and gets there on time.

It sounds simple, but it's true.

The correlation between school attendance and children's achievement levels is well-established. The more time kids spend at school, the more likely they are to experience school success.
When kids miss school, not only is their academic progress impeded, forcing them to catch up on missed work (which some never do), they often miss important interactions with their peers which can compound issues of social isolation and low self-esteem.

Since the start of the school year, The College has had a large number of Parents/Guardians wishing to collect their students prior to the end of the school day.

If your student is required to attend a medical or other appointment please arrange to do so outside of school hours where possible. Students are also requested to provide a note from their Parent/Guardian to the Administration Office advising of the appointment, the morning of their absence.
This will enable our Administration Staff to have your student ready to leave when you arrive for collection.

Please note that from session 5 (2.25pm) onwards, students without prior notification, will not be permitted to be dismissed from class. As you can appreciate at this late stage of the day it causes a great disruption to classrooms and impedes our student's learning.

In case of an emergency, as always, please contact our Administration Office on 03 5783 0300.

2017 Health Expo

on Wednesday, 08 February 2017.

Immunisation Consent Form

on Monday, 06 February 2017.

A reminder that Year 7 Student Immunisation Consent forms are due back to the College tomorrow 7th Feb 2017.

Please ensure your student returns theirs to the Administartion Office.

Damage to the College

on Monday, 06 February 2017.

It is with great disappointment and sadness that I was called into our College this morning to find a large amount of damage to College property. All of our external signage was kicked over, lights broken, speakers pulled out of the walls and glass windows broken. This damage and complete lack of respect for our College grounds concerns me greatly.

The damage appears to have occurred last night. Such damage and the costly repairs means that many College resources will not be able to be purchased – for example IT cannot update computers, Food Tech will need to reduce food costs.

We have a beautiful environment here at Wallan Secondary College and I am saddened that you our students had to see this when you arrived this morning. The police are currently investigating this damage and I will work with them in every way possible to find out who has done this.

I would ask that if anyone is aware or hears rumours about who might have done this, you speak to me as soon as possible.

I thank each and every one of you for your assistance with this.

Our Library

on Wednesday, 22 February 2017.

Quiet reading time in our Library.

It's Hot - Zooper Dooper Sale

on Tuesday, 14 February 2017.

IT'S ON AGAIN!!!!!

Escape the hot weather on Wednesday with a Zooper Dooper. They will be on sale outside the staff room at lunchtime. Cost is 50 cents with all funds raised going to Welfare.

Come along and support Robyn.

Can You Help Us?

on Monday, 13 February 2017.


The students attending the Vietnam & Laos Community Service Tour are looking for a donation of a trailer load of firewood for them to use as a raffle prize.

All funds raised are used to purchase items and building materials for the trip. If you can help please call the College on 03 5783 0300.

Our Vietnam Volunteers

on Friday, 10 February 2017.

Introducing our Community Service Tour Volunteers who are off to Vietnam and Laos in June. The students will participate in a 10 day educational journey through the two countries designed to enhance their awareness of the Asian region. Whilst also engaging in a series of active programs emphasizing the differences between cultures and lovels of development in this region, the highlight will be their Community Building Project.

The students will travel to a remote village on the outskirts of Luang Prabang where they will work alongside the local community to renovate a dilapidated school. This will entail a number of tasks such as sanding, painting, digging trenches, tiling and landscaping. Whilst the days will be long and will require students to work diligently their eforts will no doubt be rewarding.

Our students have not only paid their own travel fares but are frantically fund raising to purchase building items and materials for the project. Please stay tuned to our website and facebook to learn how you can help them achieve their fundraising target.

Thank You!!

on Thursday, 09 February 2017.

A huge thank you to all our Students and Parents for ensuring that they were in full College Uniform today and ready for their College photos.

Even with the heat, we managed to have the entire College and teaching staff photographed prior to lunch.

The representitives from the photography company remarked on the professionalism of our students in their dress and behaviour. Well done!

Don't forget to get onto the Compass website to order your photos.

A reminder that any student whom did not have their photo taken today, there will be a catch up session on the 21st February.

Sibling Photos

on Wednesday, 08 February 2017.

Sibling photos will be taken during lunch tomorrow. These photos will then be uploaded to the student's profile for ordering.
Please note that there is no deadline for ordering photos. All photos can be ordered at any stage throughout the year.

College Photos

on Monday, 06 February 2017.

An update regarding College Photos on Thursday. Given the feedback we have received regarding the holding of PE practical sessions on this day it has been decided that all PE classes will hold a theory session except for the Year 10's. Therefore all students will attend in full College Uniform. All Year 10's will be required to bring their PE uniform to change into.

Photos of students will be taken individually this year and not as a group. If your student does not have their tie as yet, the College will have a supply of ties on hand.

Students not in full College Uniform will not have their photo taken and will have to do so on the catch up day.

Fundraiser

on Friday, 03 February 2017.

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