Principal's Desk - Thursday 2 September - Edition 13, Term 3

Continuation of Remote Learning

As families will be aware from this week’s announcements, there will be a continuation of Remote Learning in metropolitan Melbourne schools until the end of term. Whilst this is not the news students, staff and families were seeking, we will continue to do our best to support students in their wellbeing and their learning with our online classes and support.

Our teachers and support staff are committed to providing the best possible outcomes for our students and we will adapt to the current circumstances.

It has been announced that the VCE General Achievement Test (GAT) has again been rescheduled and is now on at the start of Term 4, 5 October. The health advice from health officials is for all senior students to at least have their first vaccination dose prior to this date. The College is yet to receive any further information regarding this but we will communicate to students, parents and carers as soon as it is received.

School Advisory Council

As members of the JPC community would be aware, our school, like all the Catholic parish and diocesan schools in the Melbourne Archdiocese, is now under the governance of Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS). Every school has been asked to establish a School Advisory Council as a way of giving parents and guardians a chance to be involved in the school.

Our current school board has been a strong and steady guide and support for the College and this will continue with a School Advisory Council under a new ‘terms of reference’.

The School Advisory Council will continue to advise the Principal on important matters and be a support to the Principal and Leadership of the school in their decision-making process.

The importance of parents and guardians being involved in partnering with the school and supporting their child’s education cannot be underestimated.

Very soon I will be asking parents and guardians to show their interest in being a part of this School Advisory Council. As Principal of the school I value the support and advice offered by the members of the Council on such matters as:

• The Religious Education program

• Curriculum

• Enrolments and enrolment policy

• School resources

• Improvements in the school

• Annual Report to the school community

• Family partnerships

This will continue the previous support and advice provided by the current John Paul College Board.

If you would like more information about MACS School Advisory Councils please refer to the following link: https://governance.melbourne/sac-faq/.

Further information about the College’s School Advisory Council will be provided in future newsletters.

Learning Building and Food Technology

Project One of the advantages of the continuation of lockdown and the delay of a return to school for students is that our building project can start without noise or disruption to nearby classes. Melbcon Pty Ltd has started preliminary works and will seek to achieve much of the demolition work as soon as practicable for the new learning building. This means that the school infrastructure will look different when we all return and, importantly, will allow us to get ahead of planned timelines early in the project.

Year 7 2023 Enrolments

Please note that the closing date for enrolment for students into Year 7 2023 was 20 August (last week).

We are pleased that we have received a record number of applications for this stage in the process and we will be continuing to process these so we can make offers to families as soon as possible.

For any families who wish to enrol a child in Year 7 for 2023 it is urgent that you contact our registrar, Lisa Meddings, to ensure that you secure one of the places available before they are filled.

 

John Visentin

Principal

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