Welcome back to term 3. I trust students had an enjoyable break, and that our Year 12 students were able to maintain a healthy balance between school work, outside work commitment and relaxation.
Welcome to new Staff
We have been successful in appointing a number of teachers into short term positions to cover the vacancies created by long service leave arrangements. I welcome Keith Freeburn (VCE IT), Jason O’Malley (7/8 Humanities and English), and am pleased to be able to offer a further contract to Rachel Bowen until November. Dr Aftab Zaman has also been appointed for the remainder of the year to accommodate the mid- year intake of international students into the Language Centre and to take VCE Maths and Physics classes.
DEECD Parent Opinion Surveys
These were posted home to 10% random sample of families and were due back last Friday. If you happened to have received a survey in the mail, can I ask you to complete and return by Friday 9th August? Historically our rate of return has not been good. A low return rate makes it difficult to draw valid conclusions from the results. We are keen to meet your expectations, and this survey is one means in which you can voice your opinion.
I encourage as many of you to take this opportunity to attend one of these forums. It will provide me with the opportunity to update you first hand on the new developments, answer any questions you may have and reassure you that your child has a place in the new school. The times and dates are as follows:
- Tuesday 6th August 2.00-3.00pm
- Tuesday 20th August 2.00-3.00pm
- Tuesday 3rd September 7.00-8.00pm
These are viewed as compulsory for students and their parents. Both sessions are designed to be interactive, with ample opportunities for question time. These sessions are as follows:
- Year 12 VTAC Information Evening Tuesday 6th August @ 7.00pm conducted by Ms Bolle. For current Year 12 families, the evening focusses on the finer points of the 2014 tertiary course selection process, and is excellent in helping to understand the complexities involved in this.
- VCE Information Evening Year 10 Families Wednesday 7th August @ 7.00pm. Mr Kimonides will present the “Pathways Approach” to VCE subject selection which will commence in 2014.
Parent Teacher Evening
This was held last week for parents to receive feedback on their child’s semester one results. However there is a concern amongst staff that too many students and their parents have not accessed their report on line. Please make a point of checking for the report. It is a good idea to get into the habit of checking the school’s website on a regular basis. Please contact Gaye at the college if you are unable to access the report. The contact number is 9822 3247.
Martin Culkin (OAM)
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Farewell Ceremony – Hawthorn Secondary
Auburn High School will officially open in January on the site of the current Hawthorn Secondary College. All past students, teachers, friends and families (18 years and over) of HSC are warmly invited to a closing ceremony on Wednesday 11th December from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Brief formalities at 7.00pm. Drinks and light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Gaye Sullivan by Friday 22nd November 03 98046309 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auburn High School
Auburn High School is a new choice offering Select Entry in French, Mandarin,
SEAL, and Creative Technologies STEM.
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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.
Advice For Parents – FACEBOOK and MYSPACE
Click here to access information and articles on eSmart – Being smart, safe and responsible in the ways we use technology.
College Captains 2013
Congratulations to Sho Someda and Katherine Degener on their selection as College Captains for 2013.
Download our lastest Hawthorn Secondary College brochure, to find out why you should study here.
See the College @ Work
As a parent, selecting a secondary school for your child is an important decision. The wide number of choices available for families can be confusing. Here at Hawthorn Secondary College we are proud of the way we have embraced changes in education – in the widespread use of learning technologies to enhance classroom studies, a greater emphasis on student centred learning, and in developing individual learning pathways for our students. We have also invested heavily in creating teaching and learning spaces for 21st century learners. As a multicultural coeducational school, we believe in equality of opportunity and this is reflected in our College values of Diversity, Aspiration, Responsibility and Endeavour.
We invite you to visit, to see our outstanding facilities, our attractive physical environment and our education programs. If you do, we are sure that you will feel the atmosphere of trust, cooperation and purposeful activity that exists at Hawthorn. School tours are available Monday,Tuesday and Thursday by appointment. If you would like to be part of a tour, please contact the Assistant Principal, Stephen Kimonides on 98046307 or email email@example.com