Principal's Message

Students will be participating in rituals and ceremonies that mark significant milestones, and experiences that will challenge them in new and different ways.

Our team of five Year 9 School for Student Leadership students departed for their nine week residential experience at Dinner Plain last weekend, drawing heavily on their reserves of curiosity and courage to overcome any trepidation they may have been feeling! This is a wonderful personal development opportunity for students and we look forward to hearing from Jessica, Paddy, Kristy, Jordan W and Jordan G once they settle into the routines of the SSL. Our current Year 8 students can begin to consider this future opportunity as we have been successful in obtaining a Term 2 placement for a team of six students in 2019, also at the Dinner Plain (Alpine) Campus. Detailed information will be shared with students and families in the coming weeks, with formal expressions of interest to be invited.


Next Tuesday the Senior Campus students, staff and families will come together to celebrate the end of thirteen years of schooling for our Year 12 students. With classes finishing next week our Year 12 VCE students will be concentrating on preparing thoroughly for their final exams, with teachers readily available to support their revision efforts and provide guidance. Completing practice exam questions and incorporating teacher feedback to refine and up-level responses is a critical component of this final revision stage. Our final Year 12 assembly on Tuesday is a much anticipated ceremonial event and is shaping up to be an emotional and entertaining experience!


This term we have welcomed Year 1/2N teacher Julie Nelson back from leave and are preparing to farewell Prep teacher Claire Tucker who expects to commence maternity leave in November. Indonesian teacher Jenna French has advised that she will return from family leave for the new school year and our Indonesian language program will resume at both campuses in 2019. The College will be advertising a small number of 2019 teaching positions on Recruitment Online and School Council is presently advertising locally for a casual maintenance person. (See advertisement in this newsletter and contact the Senior Campus Office for details.)


From next Monday 22nd October we will be hosting Horsham College Assistant Principal Meg Woodford for a seven week Principal internship at Camperdown College. Meg is currently undertaking the Unlocking Potential program through the Department of Education’s Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership. Meg will spend time working alongside myself and our Assistant Principals Clare Monk and Vicki Angus to develop her understanding of school leadership in a P-12 setting. Meg will bring valuable experiences and perspectives to our leadership team and is looking forward to meeting our students, staff and families next week.


In finishing I would like to extend my congratulations to a number of Camperdown College students who have excelled in their respective fields recently. Year 5 student Stella Horspole has achieved excellence at the Interschool Equestrian Championships, leading the Victorian rankings and achieving runner-up at a national level. Year 12 student Lauren McIlveen has been selected for a University of Melbourne Principals’ Scholarship and Year 11 student Jayson Haynes was recognised as the SW TAFE VETiS Electrical highest achieving student. All three students are well deserving of these awards, showing exemplary dedication to their goals.


Ms Cherie Kilpatrick



Thursday 18th October 2018

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