We were all very excited to welcome back our Year 11 and Year 12 students on Tuesday. There were lots of smiles and well wishes as the students streamed back onto the College grounds.

I would like to thank our Year 12 students who recorded a thank you video for our staff, which I shared with staff on Monday afternoon. It was a beautiful gesture from our students. At every opportunity I like to share with our community, what wonderful students we have at Mooroolbark College. This is just one more example of our students demonstrating what outstanding young adults they are and how they are living our College value of compassion every day. Our students showed considerable resilience, independence and commitment during remote learning and they are to be congratulated.

Throughout the day I spent time speaking to our senior students who spoke about how they had developed during this time of remote learning. Many students felt more organised and more equipped to manage their time better in the second half of the year. Students also spoke of their improved ability to problem solve and work independently. Again important qualities for any senior student as they finish their school education and move into either employment or tertiary study.

I would also like to thank the parents and carers of our Mooroolbark College students for their support of learning during our experience of remote and flexible learning. Education should always be a partnership between students, teachers and parents and during this time of remote learning we needed this partnership even more.

We are now looking forward to getting the whole school back on Tuesday 9th June with the return of our Year 7 to 10 students. It is important that all students and parents read the information posted on Compass regarding the return to school arrangements.

Again, thank you for your continued support of teaching and learning at Mooroolbark College.


Ann Stratford