September 20, 2018

Dear Parents / Carers,

There are a number of important dates on the Term 4 calendar of which we would like to inform you. Please be aware of the following changes to normal school days this term and the arrangements for the upcoming exams.


Student & Parent Teacher Interviews – Thursday 11th October

We would like to inform parents that Student & Parent Teacher Interviews will be held in the first week of Term 4. This will enable parents, teachers and students to have important conversations that can improve the learning of students as they commence Term 4. Interviews for Term 4 will be held on Thursday 11th October from 12.30pm to 7.30pm. There will be no scheduled classes during that day, however there is an expectation that all students attend the interviews with their families. Parents can book interviews using their Parent Portal on Compass. If you have any issues logging in to the portal please contact the school.


Public Holidays

A reminder that we have a public holiday in Term 4 – Tuesday 6th November is Melbourne Cup Day. School does not run on this day.

Student Free Days

In addition to Student & Parent Teacher Interviews and Public Holiday there will be two (2) College Council approved Student Free Days in Term 4.

Monday 5th November (5/11) will be a student free day as part of our School Improvement Plan and ongoing accreditation as an AVID Australia School. Staff will be completing Professional Development sessions based on our AVID Program.

Friday 14th December (14/12) has been approved by College Council as our final Professional Development day for the year with staff focusing on the use of technology and preparing for its implementation in 2019 – specifically Microsoft Office 365 and BYOD technology.

Please also note that Friday 21st December is a designated staff planning day for 2019 and that there will be no students required at school on this day


Semester Exams

Students in Years 9 – 12 will undertake exams towards the end of Term 4. The exam dates are outlined below:

Year 12 – Wednesday 7th November – Friday 16th November

Year 10 & 11 – Wednesday 21st November – Tuesday 27th November

Year 9 – Wednesday 5th November – Thursday 6th November

Please note normal classes do not run for these year levels during exam periods.


2019 Orientation Classes & 2019 Preparation Program

All Year 10 & 11 students will attend orientation for their VCE and VCAL classes in preparation for 2019. This will allow students to meet their potential teachers, understand the course outlines, and obtain any required holiday homework in preparation for 2019 classes.

Orientation Week will run from Wednesday 28th November to Tuesday 4th December.

Students will are then invited to participate in the 2019 Preparation Program from Wednesday 5th December to Friday 7th December. This will be an opportunity for students to complete holiday homework and have tutoring in any coursework from orientation.


Year 9 My City Experience

Year 9s will participate in a program exploring the City of Melbourne once their exams are complete. The students will have a preparation day at school on Friday 7th December and then travel into Melbourne each day from Monday 10th December to Thursday 13th December.


2018 End of Year Activity Program

Students in Years 7 to 9 will participate in an end of year activity program from Monday 17th December to Thursday 20th December. Further information about this program will be sent to families early in Term 4.


Finishing Days for 2018


Students in a variety of year levels will have different finishing times for the end of the year. Please note the final days of each year level:


Year Level Last Day of Normal Classes Final Day of the Year
12 Tuesday 23rd October Friday 16th November

(Final VCE Exam)

10 & 11 Tuesday 20th November Friday 7th December
9 Tuesday 4th December Thursday 20th December
7 & 8 Thursday 13th December Thursday 20th December


We thank you in advance for your support in these matters.

Yours sincerely


Shane Cole-Hayhow

Assistant Principal