Principal's Message

From the Principal’s Desk…              


Next Wednesday night will be a busy one for the College, with the Family Science Night providing a fun immersion experience for students and families, and the School Council meeting incorporating a visit to the Community Ice Forum at the Camperdown Football and Netball Club. We encourage your attendance at either of these important events. 


Our Junior Campus is bursting at the seams at present, with our regular teaching and Education Support staff joined by three pre-service teachers, two Year 10 work experience students and a team of Year 9 BRICKs Ambassadors and Year 9/10 Community Service volunteers assisting in classrooms and the yard. Meanwhile, our student population swells periodically with visits from the kindergarten children who are enjoying their school transition program. Learning is taking place at all ages and stages as experience is shared, new ideas and fresh perspectives are welcomed, and our collaborative learning community grows and thrives.


Last week I provided indicative 2018 enrolment figures to DET and these will form the basis of our future planning. Our highly regarded Early Years program continues to expand, with twenty-eight confirmed Prep enrolments for next year bringing our expected Prep – Year 2 numbers to a minimum of eighty-eight. Nine new students will join our own Year 6 students in Year 7 next year, well exceeding the primary – secondary retention target set by School Council in our 2015 – 2018 strategic plan. We are in the very early stages of planning class structures and timetabling arrangements that will be most supportive of our students, with the school's growing numbers opening up interesting possibilities for students beginning or continuing their educational journey at Camperdown College.


Upon returning from work experience next week, our Year 10 students will participate in pathways planning and make their initial course selections for 2018. This cohort will be the first to have access to a wide range of vocational education certificates offered through our Corangamite Trade Training Cluster, with some students from our current Year 9 group also meeting eligibility requirements. The CTTC flyer in this newsletter provides an overview of the training opportunities on offer, including Certificate II Salon Assistant which will be delivered here at Camperdown College. Exciting times! 


Camperdown College is contributing to an ongoing Department of Education and Training project to evaluate the state-wide implementation of the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes. Deloitte is conducting the evaluation on behalf of DET, gathering feedback about how schools are implementing the initiatives and the difference that FISO is making across the system. Our Principal Class Officers and team leaders shared their experiences and perspectives earlier this year and a return visit on Tuesday 12th September will see the leadership team, teachers and student representatives provide further feedback about the implementation of strategies designed to secure excellent learning outcomes for every student. 


Our School Council Policy Sub-Committee oversees the ongoing process of policy development and review, and the recently rewritten Student Mental Health, Inclusion and Engagement Policy is testimony to the efforts of this group. The consultation process has been extensive and the policy will be tabled at School Council next week for ratification. Reviewing the Anaphylaxis Policy and developing a separate Attendance Policy are the next tasks on the list. 


DET processes regarding attendance have been tightened to ensure that all families fulfil their responsibility to ensure all children attend school every day. Every absence requires an explanation and for the absence to be approved, strict criteria must be met. Five unexplained absences within a year trigger a process of referral to the regional attendance officer and/or outside agencies where required, and our new attendance policy will make these expectations and processes absolutely clear. Ensuring students are on time, every day, ready for learning is every family's responsibility and every young person's right, laying the foundations for future health, happiness and success. High expectations and mutual accountabilities will characterise our new attendance policy, which will be circulated for school community input later this term. 


Ms Cherie Kilpatrick



Thursday 10th August 2017