Principal's Desk - Friday 15 October, Edition 15, Term 4

Return to School Timelines:

As previously communicated, we are delighted that from Tuesday, 26 October, subject to current DHS advice and appropriate safety measures being in place, we are having Year 7 to 11 students returning to school according to the following timeline:

•    Year 7 and Year 11 return to full-time on-site learning, Monday to Friday.
•    Years 8 and 9 return for on-site classes on Tuesday and Wednesday only.
•    Year 10s return for on-site classes on Thursday and Friday only.

The Remote and Flexible Learning Program will operate when the year levels are not on-site for their designated days.
The timetable will return to full days (8:30am – 3pm) from Tuesday 26 October.
From Friday, 5 November, subject to current DHS advice and appropriate safety measures being in place all Year 7 to 11 students will return to full-time on-site learning. 
The College will continue to provide supervision at school for eligible students who cannot learn from home.  The College Deputy Principal – Wellbeing, Craig Judkins This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., will continue to manage this process.

Professional Learning Day

Friday 15 October, was a professional learning day for our staff which has been scheduled since the start of the year. Teachers and other staff worked on planning for the return to school as well as undertaking important professional learning. There were no classes scheduled on Friday 15 October and no student learning on site.

Year 12 Final Week

This week we farewelled our Year 12 students as they finished formal classes and commence a period of preparation for their exams.  Thursday 14 October was their final day of schooling and they had a final assembly at 2pm in small house groups with speeches streamed to classrooms. We welcome Year 12 parents and families to virtually view the assembly as we are unable to have them onsite. 
It is unfortunate that current restrictions do not allow the usual Mass and celebrations that mark the end of the Year 12 cohort’s years of compulsory schooling at John Paul College. We will look to incorporate some of these celebrations in 2022 when conditions allow. We wish our Year 12s every success for their future.

VCAA Examinations

The VCE Unit 3 and 4 examinations have begun with our Music and Theatre Studies students already having had their performance exams. For most students, their exams begin with English on Wednesday 27 October. The examinations will be undertaken at John Paul College under VCAA COVID guidelines.
We wish all students undertaking external examinations every success during the coming weeks.

Year 7 - 11 Examinations

The College has made the decision to cancel the Year 7, 8 and 9 exams scheduled for the week of 8 -12 November. This is partially in response to the health guidelines which prohibit large gatherings and partially in order to focus on classroom learning after students return to school. Individual subjects may run summative semester tests in classes.
Additionally, Year 10 and 11 exams are to be moved to the week of 8 -12 November to allow for an additional week of in class teaching and learning. Timetables will be distributed to students when completed.


John Visentin

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