Friday 23 February 2024

Assistant Principal (Students and Engagement)

  • Parent Information Nights
  • Year 7 Transition
  • Student Leadership
  • Parent Information Nights
  • Year 7 Transition
  • Student Leadership

We have begun the 2024 Academic year, and it has been delightful watching our students embrace the opportunities across learning, co-curricular and social interactions. Staff have been very busy preparing programs in both the learning and wellbeing areas to provide rich opportunities for students to develop transferable skills with a focus on resilience, problem solving and strong relationships.

The Parent Information Nights provided much information on how to support each young person in the year level they are undertaking. This sharing of information allows the partnership between school and home to be strengthened as parents and carers met with Mentor teachers, Sub-School leaders and members of the Senior Leadership Team. One aspect that parents and carers can help their students with is the setting up a quiet space for homework. Another aspect to support young people is helping them use technology as a positive tool. Last year the Australian Bureau of Statistics, head of education statistics, Michelle Ducat, said that “there has been an increase in the percentage of children (aged 5 to 14) using screens for more than 20 hours a week.” To support the mental health of each young person, time off social media is necessary. As a parent or carer, you might go for a walk/bike ride together, play a board came or a quick card game, or do some gardening or cooking together. Whatever the choice, less screen time gives an opportunity for stronger connection to those around them.

The Year 7 students demonstrated much excitement and curiosity as they began their five days of the Transition Program. This program helped the students to know their peers, their teachers and navigate their way around the College grounds. Bianca Bovalina and Lily Brumley provide their wonderful insights:

These past couple of weeks, the Year 7’s have been learning more about the Ave Maria College community as we attempt to navigate life as a secondary school student. So far, we have learnt how to operate our computers and learnt how to organise our documents and files, so they are easy to access. We have learnt about the different policies that need to be followed and the different rules students must follow such as how to navigate our new timetable, what uniform to wear and what jewellery is acceptable. The teachers have been very understanding and helpful to all the year 7’s as we are still learning and getting used to our new environment. We are getting more comfortable around the school as there are a lot of helpful resources to help us get from one class to another. We are feeling very excited for Year 7 camp because of all the fun activities that we get to participate in. Personally, Lily and I both agree that camp is an exciting event to look forward to get to know one another better. The Year 7’s are looking forward to all there is to come here at Ave Maria College, we are very grateful to be a part of this wonderful community.

Another such opportunity was the House Swimming Carnival. The Year 12 Students led the way with their participation and encouragement of the students in their houses. Students had fun competing in both the races and the novelty points. Congratulations to Clare House on their overall win.

Our Year 12 Captains were presented at the Whole School Assembly. They have shown much leadership already through attending the yLead conference in January and deciding on their goals they wish to achieve to leave a legacy at Ave. At the conference, they worked with Year 12 Captains from many schools throughout Melbourne and Victoria. They have focused in on strengthening the connection and inclusion of all our students. They also want to focus on ensuring the authentic voice of each student is heard. On Valentine’s Day they organized and printed empowering messages for every student in the school to love yourself and be proud of yourself. These messages were warmly received by all students.

Ave continues to be a dynamic environment with much to engage students as they grow in understanding of themselves and others.

Ms Leonie Rushbrook
Assistant Principal (Students and Engagement)