On August 19, the College farewelled Director of Students (Middle Years), Simone McLaughlin, who has taken up a role at St Mary’s College in Seymour, overseeing the introduction of their VCE program. Simone made an enormous contribution to supporting the wellbeing of our students over her time at the College and will be greatly missed by the Student Wellbeing Team.
In her absence, Mr Stephen Brasier and Mr Glen Widdicombe will be stepping into the role of Acting Director of Students. Mr Brasier from August 22 to October 21 and Mr Widdicombe from October 24 until the end of the year. I would congratulate and thank them both for taking on this responsibility.
This term we were also very excited to appoint Mrs Kate Todorovic to the role of Transitions Coordinator, commencing in Term 4. In this role, Mrs Todorovic will play an important part in supporting the transition of the 2023 Year 7s, as well as working with students in all year levels to support their various transitions into, through and out of the College.
Feast Day, on Friday September 9th, saw the launch of a new House Cup competition, planned to be an annual feature of the Feast Day celebrations. Coordinated by Year 8 Level Leader, Mr Fabrizzio Ghio and the Year Level Leader teams, the House Cup featured seven mini competitions in which Houses went head-to-head including Giant Jenga, a Bean Bag toss, Golf Putting, Checkers, Archery, Handballing and the Giant Bucket Toss. A huge thankyou to the Year Level Leaders and the staff involved in making this such a fun and successful competition, and to the students for their enthusiastic participation. Congratulations to Dunlop on emerging as the inaugural victors! The final placings were:
Congratulations to the students of Teresa and MacKillop Houses who celebrated a shared House Mass and Feast Day Celebration on September 14th. Thank you to Director of Faith and Community, Caith Malone and House Leaders, Glen Widdicombe and Rina Santin for the organisation of this celebration. It has been fantastic to have the opportunity to celebrate all six House Masses and Feast Days face-to-face this year. We look forward to seeing this annual tradition go from strength to strength next year.
As outlined in our previous newsletter, the College has implemented a new procedure for parents to communicate about planned, extended absences. While regular school attendance is key to students’ academic, social and spiritual development and the College strongly advocates for families to minimize student absences from school, we recognise that there may be occasional circumstances in which families decide to have their children miss periods of schooling.
In instances where a student will be absent from school for a period for non-medical reasons, families are asked to download a copy of the Notice of Extended Leave form from the College website at: https://www.kolbecc.catholic.edu.au/contact. Once the form is completed, it can be handed in to Student Services or emailed to email@example.com.
Students in Years 7-10 can remain up-to-date with their studies by accessing their learning materials on SEQTA during their absence. Students enrolled in a Senior Certificate - VCE or VCAL - are asked to contact the Curriculum Leader (Senior Years), Mr Anthony Schepis ahead of their planned absence to discuss the impact of their absence on their VCE or VCAL studies.