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Learning and Teaching Update

Welcome back to the 2018 academic year and a warm welcome to all of our new students and families. May I introduce the Senior Learning Leaders who are responsible for learning in our College in 2018:
Christine Miller  Head of Religious Education
Jemimah Walsh  Head of Humanities
Tina Di Camillo  Head of Languages
Simone Ryan  Head of Learning Enhancement
Paul Failla  Head of Mathematics
Marissa Joyce  Head of English
Laine Rice  Head of Health and Physical Education
Assimina Semertjis  Head of Science
Claire Al-Noah  Head of The Arts and Technology
Glenda Morris  Head of Library
Michael Petrie  Head of Senior Pathways

As part of the Heads of Learning team, we also have: 
Michelle Robertson  Director of Learning and Innovation
Donna Laughlin  Leader of Pedagogy
Rosanna Merriweather  Leader of Pedagogy

You are welcome to contact any of the Senior Learning Leaders (mentioned above) but as always, your first point of contact for curriculum related matters should be the subject teacher. It is essential that we continue to develop open and transparent communication and if possible, contact your daughter’s subject teacher earlier rather than later, if you perceive there to be a concern. 

Siena Central

All new parents and guardians will have received their login name and password for Siena Central. If a parent or guardian needs further assistance to log on to Siena Central via the website, please contact ithelp@siena.vic.edu.au.

We will send further information on how to access your daughter’s class page to prepare you for next week’s launch of the 2018 Class pages for parents and guardians.

Year 12 Learning Conversations

Year 12 students require an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) for entry into many undergraduate entry university programs in Australia. This year we will again run the Year 12 Learning Conversations. This program provides an opportunity for the student to share a learning conversation with a senior member of staff about their academic goals, strategies that may assist in their learning and finally develop a 2018 Action Plan with a focus on improvement. Year 12 students will also estimate an ATAR based on their Year 11 Semester Two Examination results. The Year 12 students will receive the relevant documents and an ATAR calculator program so that they can spend some time reflecting on their Year 11 achievements and prepare for their learning conversation. The focus is not so much on the estimated ATAR that they calculate but the way in which they can maximise their learning opportunities in 2018.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

The Year 7 to 12 Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, 15 March and Wednesday, 21 March between 4.00pm and 7.30pm in the Latingata Morrom Centre (Gym). The Parent/Teacher Conferences are an important opportunity to develop a working and supportive relationship between subject teachers, parents and students. It is essential that the student attends the Parent/Teacher Conferences so that they are able to share their learning experience and participate in the conversation about their subject expectations. Parents and guardians will be able to download a copy of their daughter’s Interim report prior to the Parent/Teacher Conference. Further information will be provided in a later newsletter issue.

Bernadette Donnelly
Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching

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Welcome back to the 2018 academic year and a warm welcome to all of our new students and families. May I introduce the Senior Learning Leaders who are responsible for learning in our College in 2018:
Christine Miller  Head of Religious Education
Jemimah Walsh  Head of Humanities
Tina Di Camillo  Head of Languages
Simone Ryan  Head of Learning Enhancement
Paul Failla  Head of Mathematics
Marissa Joyce  Head of English
Laine Rice  Head of Health and Physical Education
Assimina Semertjis  Head of Science
Claire Al-Noah  Head of The Arts and Technology
Glenda Morris  Head of Library
Michael Petrie  Head of Senior Pathways

As part of the Heads of Learning team, we also have: 
Michelle Robertson  Director of Learning and Innovation
Donna Laughlin  Leader of Pedagogy
Rosanna Merriweather  Leader of Pedagogy

You are welcome to contact any of the Senior Learning Leaders (mentioned above) but as always, your first point of contact for curriculum related matters should be the subject teacher. It is essential that we continue to develop open and transparent communication and if possible, contact your daughter’s subject teacher earlier rather than later, if you perceive there to be a concern. 

Siena Central

All new parents and guardians will have received their login name and password for Siena Central. If a parent or guardian needs further assistance to log on to Siena Central via the website, please contact ithelp@siena.vic.edu.au.

We will send further information on how to access your daughter’s class page to prepare you for next week’s launch of the 2018 Class pages for parents and guardians.

Year 12 Learning Conversations

Year 12 students require an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) for entry into many undergraduate entry university programs in Australia. This year we will again run the Year 12 Learning Conversations. This program provides an opportunity for the student to share a learning conversation with a senior member of staff about their academic goals, strategies that may assist in their learning and finally develop a 2018 Action Plan with a focus on improvement. Year 12 students will also estimate an ATAR based on their Year 11 Semester Two Examination results. The Year 12 students will receive the relevant documents and an ATAR calculator program so that they can spend some time reflecting on their Year 11 achievements and prepare for their learning conversation. The focus is not so much on the estimated ATAR that they calculate but the way in which they can maximise their learning opportunities in 2018.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

The Year 7 to 12 Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, 15 March and Wednesday, 21 March between 4.00pm and 7.30pm in the Latingata Morrom Centre (Gym). The Parent/Teacher Conferences are an important opportunity to develop a working and supportive relationship between subject teachers, parents and students. It is essential that the student attends the Parent/Teacher Conferences so that they are able to share their learning experience and participate in the conversation about their subject expectations. Parents and guardians will be able to download a copy of their daughter’s Interim report prior to the Parent/Teacher Conference. Further information will be provided in a later newsletter issue.

Bernadette Donnelly
Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching