From the Assistant Principal

IMPORTANT DATES:  TERM 4

  • Tuesday, 13 December 2016 – Semester 2 Awards Ceremony
  • Wednesday, 14 December 2016 – Last day of classes for students; dismissed at 12.30
  • Thursday, 15 December 2016 – Years 9-10 Parent/Teacher/Student interviews. Pupil Free day
  • Friday, 16 December 2016 – Staff Development Day – no students
  • Monday, 19 December 2016 – Staff Development Day – no students
  • Tuesday, 20 December 2016 – Staff Development Day – no students

 

jr1As we move toward the end of term 4 and students are showcasing the culmination of a semester of work, I reflect on the privileged position I am in as a teacher at Bethany College. I consistently see staff and students working together to create “stretch goals” and take risks in their learning. I was so proud of the students involved in the Performing Arts Showcase this week. The night was a testament to the hours of skill development that has taken place over 2016; teachers working together, students working together and each inspiring the other. The Scientia Showcase saw incredible talents demonstrated over a range of domains, and this was made possible by the nurturing of student potential by the Bethany Community. Students in years 7 to 10 will soon be receiving their end of year reports that act as a guide as to where they are in their learning at this particular point in time. it is important to remind ourselves and each other that learning is a journey that never ends. A report is useful as a tool to reflect on where we have been, what is working so we keep doing it, and what isn’t, so we try something new. What is most useful about a report though, is when we use it to see where we want to go next, planning for the year ahead. So, while students are winding down and getting ready for a well deserved break, teachers are busy planning for 2017, programming and designing the learning for their particular classes next year. They have a steely determination to reach the end of term, fully prepared for the learning to come in 2017. Again, I feel blessed to be surrounded by such a positive, hard working community who never lose sight of our moral purpose as teachers in a Catholic School.

 

 

Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal