Over the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to watch many of our teams play sport for the College, which has been a wonderful privilege. However, I often watch these games with mixed emotions, as my heart breaks for the families and the schools dealing with Corona virus and for a number of Year 12 students who may not even return to school for the remainder of the year. In so many ways I feel we have been blessed here in Toowoomba to this point, as we have been able to be Corona virus free and we will be able to give our Year 12 students some scaled down events to celebrate their last year at the College.
Given the current restrictions our End of Year Graduation Assembly, Mass, Valedictory Dinner & Presentation Evening will have a different format and next week at the Year 12 Retreat we will take the opportunity to speak with the students to determine the specific details of the celebrations. It is important to emphasise that we are still endeavouring to run these events with parents being present at the Valedictory Dinner and once decisions have been made and events finalised we will inform the community.
Decisions regarding how all our other year levels will celebrate the year at the Presentation Evening will also be communicated as soon as possible.
I am looking forward to a positive end to the year especially for our Year 12 students, however, we also need to be ready to adjust if circumstances change, which as we all have observed, can occur on a daily basis.
Mock Exams and Assessment
Well done to all the students who have been completing exams and assignments to the best of their ability. I have been taking the opportunity to visit classrooms to observe student presentations and assignment work and I have been very impressed. I have also spoken to teachers across the College regarding exam results and they also are impressed with the efforts of their students.
I would particularly like to congratulate the Year 12 students who on the whole have sat their mock exams admirably. If you mirror the application and effort you have put into your mock exams when it comes to preparing for your external exams, you can be assured that you have given yourself the best chance to succeed. Keep striving to achieve to the best of your ability. you are almost there.
Year 9 Camp Kokoda, Year 11 Leadership Camp, Year 12 Retreat and Year 10 Work Experience
Congratulations to our Year 9 and 11 students on their efforts at their respective camps. From all reports these experiences were worthwhile and challenged the students individually and as a cohort, which they responded to with determination, persistence and enthusiasm. Our Year 12 students head off on Retreat and the Year 10 students head off to work experience next week. Like the Year 9 and 11 camps these events will bring there own challenges and experiences. We look forward to hearing reports from the teachers on Year 12 retreat and the employers congratulating our students on the manner in which they engaged in these opportunities.
On behalf of the students I would like to thank Mr Luke Logan, Miss Kellie-Marie Ford, Mrs Teagan Davidson, Mr Joe Cryle and Ms Angela Masters for their efforts in preparing for the camps and organising the work experience. I would also like to thank the staff members who have made themselves available to assist with the supervision of these camps and to visit students on work experience. I am sure that the students who attend these camps and work experience placements will benefit greatly from the experience.
End of Term 3 Farewell
As this is our last newsletter for the term, I would like to wish everyone a great break. Please be safe and take appropriate breaks when travelling. We look forward to students returning on Tuesday 6 October refreshed and ready to participate fully and give their best in Term 4.
Kort Goodman – Principal