We have been pleased to welcome back all our Mooroolbark College students to on site learning this Term. Our Year 7s to 10s have most certainly enjoyed face to face teaching and seeing their friends and peers again. School has generally returned to normal, re-establishing routines and prioritising learning and student engagement.
Year 11 exams have concluded and the Year 12 Orientation Program is well under way. Our Year 10 students started exams yesterday and will undertake their Orientation Program on Friday 4th December.
Announcing School Leaders for 2021
Thank you to all the students who applied for student leadership positions in 2021. I am continually amazed with the enthusiasm and commitment of Mooroolbark College students to the College. Congratulations to the following students:
Jonty Just and Lily Philpott
SENIOR HOUSE CAPTAINS
Blue House – Harry Brzozek and Jordyn Doevelaar
Green House – Josh McMeeken and Caitlyn Kavanagh
Red House – Tristan Torriero and Cara Schofield
Yellow House – Jaymie Cathie and Zoe Jacobs
MIDDLE SCHOOL HOUSE CAPTAINS
Blue House – Rhianna Gray and Charli Brzozek
Green House – Mia Caruana and Belle Gavin
Red House – Hayley Lamb and Ritika Panwar
Yellow House – Eden Soutar-Cussen and Amy Pearce
Liam Casey and Grace Pearce
Ciara Delaney and Harry Woolhouse
The handover of the Discovery Centre (Learning Centre) will occur next week, which will mean that at the beginning of 2021 students will begin to use this wonderful resource. The administration centre will also be completed shortly and from 2021 the General Office will be located at the Ross Pincott Drive entry to the school.
The next $1,000,000 stage of the Mooroolbark College upgrade will commence at the beginning of 2021 with the new Student Wellbeing Centre being established. This will incorporate the House Offices, Student Wellbeing Coordinator, Chaplain, Student Administration, a café style area for students and a casual area for students to spend time. The Student Wellbeing Centre will also incorporate the current library.
As part of this upgrade both the Northern and Southern Quadrangles will be landscaped with upgraded basketball courts, permanent table tennis tables and additional seating being installed in the Northern Quadrangle. The Southern Quadrangle will remain a quiet space with additional seating and an outdoor classroom installed.
Both these works will commence early 2021 and be finished by the end of Term 1.
Mental Health Practitioner employed at Mooroolbark College in 2021 and 2022.
I am pleased to announce that Mooroolbark College has received funding to employ a Mental Health Practitioner at Mooroolbark beginning in 2021. This person will add to the Student Wellbeing Team of the Student Welfare Coordinator and the College Chaplain. Early in 2021 the College will introduce the Mental Health Practitioner to the school community.
In 2021 five school tutors will work with students from Years 7 to 12. Tutors will work both in and out of the classroom with small groups of students to help students catch up with their learning where there are gaps from 2020. This group of staff will add to the already extensive team of staff who provide additional staff to enhance student learning which includes our QuickSmart Team, Numeracy Mentor, Middle Years Literacy and Numeracy Mentors and English as Additional Language Aides.
Year 7 Orientation Day
We look forward to welcoming to the College our 2021 Year 7s students on Tuesday 8th December. 220 students will be joining the Mooroolbark College community from 15 different Primary Schools. Parents/Guardians should receive information in the mail shortly regarding arrangements for this day. Queries can be directed to the Transition Coordinator, Mrs Trisha Silver at the College on 9727 8100 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With three weeks to go until the summer holidays begin I wish everyone all the best and thank them for the continued support provided to the College this year.