Over recent weeks our students at the Beaconsfield Campus have been undertaking examinations or work placement. Work placement enables our VCAL students to get on-the-job experience. Our VCAL staff have been visiting students on placement and it is wonderful to hear that our students are thriving.
Examinations at Year 10 and 11 present an opportunity for our students to be tested in their knowledge and skills, but also to help our students become familiar with VCAA examination procedures and regulations. This coming Friday our Year 10 and 11 students will attend examination feedback classes. It is important for our students to be attentive to the feedback offered by their teachers to help them learn from the examination experience and to improve their understanding of the content. I invite our students to reflect on the feedback offered and set some goals for their 2020 studies.
The Commencement Program is the official start of the 2020 Academic year beginning next week. Students will be entering into the first areas of study for each subject. It is compulsory for students to attend.
During the Commencement Program we will be operating using the 2020 timetable and bell times. The morning bell at Beaconsfield sounds at 8.45am. Students are expected to arrive at 8:30am to prepare themselves for their classes. Dismissal is at 3.25pm except on a Thursday. In 2020 on a Thursday all Beaconsfield Campus classes will conclude at 1:30pm for all year levels.
On a Thursday afternoon, students could be involved in sitting SACs, attending meetings and assemblies, or involved in other school-related activities. If they are not involved in a school-related activity, students should use this time to undertake private study at home or utilise our LRC for private or collaborative study. Students should not schedule non-school related activities during this time. Please note that College buses will operate at normal times (from 3.25pm).
On Monday 11 November at 11.00am, Australia stops to remember those in Australia’s armed forces who served our country for the cause of freedom. Many of these soldiers paid the ultimate price, losing their lives so that Australia and the rest of the world would be free from dangerous and oppressive ideologies whose sole purpose was to dominate and control.
The Beaconsfield Campus took time to pause throughout the morning in the midst of its busy exam schedule. Staff prayed and reflected during the Monday morning briefing, students with morning exams were given time to pause, reflect and pray before their exam sessions began and a service was held at the lone pine in the Remembrance Garden at 11.00am with an open invitation to staff and students.
We are grateful to our 2020 Justice and Liturgy Captains, Emaleigh Hogan, Ethan O’Loan, Harnur Bhalla and Tass Ketsetsidis for leading our prayers with Deacon Graeme Pender. We are also grateful to the support from the staff and students who joined us on the day to pause and remember the men and women who served and continue to serve in the Australian military.