Friday 15 December 2023

Assistant Principal (Students and Engagement)

  • Final Days 2023
  • Missed School Vaccinations
  • Final Days 2023
  • Missed School Vaccinations

The Academic year finished as it began: with students belonging and thriving and being the best version of themselves. 

The Year 12 cohort showed much dedication as they completed SACS and revision, then either completed exams or began their pathways to employment and training. They are to be congratulated on supporting each other. 

The Year 10 and 11 cohorts followed the Year 12 example, and completed their exams and then began the Senior Orientation Program. 

The Year 7-9 students completed their academic tasks and began a wonderful program of education and social/emotional programs that were developed by the Sub-School Leaders and the Domain Leaders collaborating. The Year 7-9 program included some of the following: the amazing BBC Earth Experience with David Attenborough, Science experiences at the ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Bubbology/ Mad Science, the Proactivity boxercise, dance and laser tag, the Maths Games Day and creating Christmas Poetry and Christmas Food cooking as gifts for family members. The students very much enjoyed these activities and celebrated with a final sausage sizzle and donut.

Central to being at a Catholic school, all students completed the year with a beautiful Mass celebrated by Fr Tony Doran, where they looked at the impatience that occurs at the end of the year and how it related to the Advent season. The focus was reviewing how they could use this time as preparation in their lives, to reflect on being a better person as Jesus would have wanted.

It was with great excitement that our newest members of the Ave Maria community then joined us for their orientation last week. The Year 6 students joined us for their first full day at Ave. The warmest welcome from staff and from the peer support leaders was extended to these students, and the activities allowed time for them to feel comfortable in their new surroundings knowing they will be supported through their transition to secondary school.

I would like to thank staff and parents for all the support this year, in working with our young people. I often re-iterate that it is in partnership with our parents that we can achieve the best outcomes to help young people grow, and to be the best versions of themselves. As staff (in conjunction with parents) we need to model what we want to see in our young people. If we want to see less screen time being done with young people, then we need to ensure that we model less screen time ourselves: maybe over the Christmas/New Year break share a walk or a bike ride, buy/borrow a book, complete a jigsaw together or learn a new craft or bake together.

I wish you all the best in the season of Advent as we prepare for Christ’s birth.

I hope that each student and family have a safe and joyous break,

Missed School Vaccinations

Key messages for parents/guardians

  • The Secondary school immunisation program offers free vaccines provided by the National Immunisation Program each year to students in Year 7 (HPV and Diphtheria/Tetanus/Whooping cough) and Year 10 (Meningococcal ACWY).
  • If your child missed out on receiving their vaccinations at school this year, it's not too late to get vaccinated.
  • Free vaccines can be accessed at your local council immunisation service, GP or pharmacist immuniser
  • To see if your child is due for any vaccines, check your child’s immunisation history statement on the Australian Immunisation Register using your MyGov account. Children aged 14 years of age and over can access their own immunisation history statement via MyGov.

Further information

  • Contact the local council immunisation provider Moonee Valley City Council via
  • Better Health Channel – Secondary school immunisation program fact sheet - https://www.betterhealth.vic.g...;

Ms Leonie Rushbrook
Assistant Principal (Students and Engagement)