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As incredible as it seems, the College is busying itself for the end of Semester One. Reaching the half-way point of the academic year always seems to arrive before anyone realises, but that is the nature of time in a busy environment such as our College. End of Semester will bring about some major items of school operations. Teachers will be busy finalising assessments and then working hard on writing their summative Semester Reports for all students in Years 7-12. The Reports will indicate a great amount of information about how a student is progressing in their learning. Grades for individual Assessment Tasks will be included, Progression Points will be assigned for Year 7- 10 students to indicate the progress of student learning against expected Victorian Standards, Year 10 and 11 Examination Grades will be made available and teachers will conclude the reports with written comments detailing what each student has achieved across the Semester.
The summative Semester Reports will be made available to all families via the Compass Portal in the last week of Term 2. End of Semester, as indicated above, brings Examination season to our seniors. In all subjects across Years 10, 11 and 12 our students will be sitting formal examinations based upon course work completed in Semester One. Year 10’s and 11’s will sit their exams across Weeks 8 and 9 of Term 2 and Year 12’s will have theirs across selected days in Week 11 and in three days early in the Winter Holidays. Whilst we all agree examinations are not the ‘be all and end all’ of schooling, they are an important component of attaining a high quality VCE Year 12 Study Score and hence we do strongly believe that exposing our students to formal examination conditions holds them in good stead for those all-important end of Year 12 Government exams.
For teaching staff, the analysis of student performance in examinations provides excellent feedback that is used as information of areas of overall student strengths and weaknesses. The analysis of exam performance can provide rich data that can greatly guide our teaching and curriculum design. I am also gratified to report that the college was successful in its application to receive a grant for the promotion of STEAM (Science, Technology, Arts and Maths) in the curriculum. The grant will allow the college to appoint two staff members to be “STEAM Catalysts” and they will be exposed to the highest quality training so that Footscray City College will be at the forefront of curriculum design in the area of STEAM which has been identified as a National educational priority. Finally I would also like to make mention of one of our social highlights of the year – “The Great Chef’s Dinner” Thursday June 9 at 6.30pm here at the College. This annual event which is run in association by the parent body The Friends of Footscray, our VET Hospitality staff and students and a guest Great Chef. This year we are fortunate to have a local chef of renown, Scott Thomas who runs the Plough Hotel in Footscray. I encourage all to purchase a ticket via trybooking and join us for what is always a most pleasant evening highlighted by a sumptuous three course dinner prepared by Scott Thomas and our Hospitality students.
Rob McLeod – Acting Principal