Message from the Principal
I arrived at Hawthorn Secondary College on Monday 20th May to a very fine welcome from members of the school community. I come to this world of work with enthusiasm and a healthy respect for the work that has already been done to secure the future for the school and its current and future students
During my early orientation I was impressed with the work going on in the learning program and with the physical environment of the school. Clearly, there are key facilities already in existence that will provide ideal environments for a contemporary and future education program.
I am delighted to be asked to lead the school towards what will no doubt be a rich and viable future. I bring to this work a wealth of experience from my 40 plus years in Victorian schools, 22 years of which was in four previous principal appointments. My work in a wide variety of schools was both in the metropolitan area and in rural Victoria.
I am encouraged by the formative work that has already been done. This work, involving consultations and information sessions across the education and wider community, has provided a good foundation upon which to build further. I sense a very good level of support for the work that we are embarking on from a wide variety of sources.
I see my work operating in two parallel streams – firstly, securing the education program of the current student group and secondly, work that will take the school forward for a new start in 2014. It is my intention to work sensitively with the current staff to assist with their future teaching, to work closely with the student group, to work with the current School Council and with the broader community. I particularly look forward to engaging the students in the development of their school. I was most impressed with the School Captains when I met them on Monday. I have already commenced visiting local Primary Schools and I have had conversations with some Principals. A variety of information sessions for the school and the wider community will be scheduled. Many of these will be advertised in the media and will also be listed on the school website.
I strongly support the work that has already been done and articulated to the community with respect to the various specialisms that the school will offer from 2014. Further work will be undertaken to design a fully comprehensive curriculum, a curriculum that will be rigorous, challenging, enjoyable and internationally recognised. I want to stress that currently enrolled students will have a place in the new school next year. The support programs that good schools have in place to assist students with their learning will continue to be an element of the school.
It is my intention to involve a range of stakeholders from staff to students, to school councillors, to parents and the wider community in the development of a documented vision for Auburn High School. This work will also commence almost immediately.
Clearly there is much to be done in a short time. The provision of the best in education for the students in our area can only be achieved with support from the school and wider community. I feel very confident that we will see a very vibrant and excellent school from the start of 2014. Development will be incremental and the focus will remain on excellence in all of our work.
Apart from the information and consultation sessions and the Meet the Principal session, I am happy to be contacted at the school on 9804 6337.
Auburn High School
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AUBURN HIGH SCHOOL: A New Choice
WHERE: Hawthorn Secondary College, Burgess Street, East Hawthorn
WHEN: TUESDAY MAY 14th 2013 @
College tours commence at 6.30pm
WHY: To hear about the new and exciting curriculum for 2014.
- Bi-Lingual Programs in French & Mandarin
- Accelerated Program for high achievers
- STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Tours of the college will occur as well as hearing from our students, Principal and guests.
For more information about Auburn High School click here.
The following documents include the motions passed by council at its meeting on the 27th March along with one letter to Mr Ted Baillieu and one letter to the minister of education Mr Martin Dixon.
HSC New Directions
Hawthorn Secondary College is undertaking a range of new and exciting initiatives in 2014.
Access the latest news on these initiatives here.
Read the latest report from Howard Kelly: 11. 12/03/2013 Howard Kelly Report.
Re: Important Notice about Parent Teacher Interviews
Due to the ongoing industrial dispute between the State Government and the Australian Education Union, there will be no interim reports available this term.
However parent teacher afternoons and evenings will still proceed and you will receive verbal feedback on your child’s progress.
We are running two parent teacher evenings to cater for the increased demand. These will run on Wednesday 27th March from 3.00 – 6.30pm and on Wednesday 24th April from 3.00pm -‐6.30pm.
I would advise you strongly to book interviews early. Bookings will open on Thursday March 21st.
You should have received a letter in February informing you of your password to the parent portal on the school’s website.
It is important to let Mr Kimonides know if you need an interpreter and the times required (98046307). It will also be important to keep to the five minute session allocated to each interview as we would expect increased demand for these appointments.
Advice For Parents – FACEBOOK and MYSPACE
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First Inform For The Year
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College Captains 2013
Congratulations to Sho Someda and Katherine Degener on their selection as College Captains for 2013.
HSC Tops VCE Results
Hawthorn Secondary College is proud to announce 16 per cent of Year 12 students received ATAR scores of 90 or more. Congratulations to our students and staff who worked very hard in 2012.
Well done to our 2012 College Dux, Harvey Chong, who achieved the ATAR: 98.05, placing him in the top 1.9% in Victoria. Harvey has been accepted into Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne.
Monash University Engineering International Undergraduate Award scholarships have been offered to Panah Fasihi, Tom Wang, Michelle Nguyen and Jae Bin Jeong. We commend them on their efforts.