As we draw first term to a close, now is an excellent time for students to reflect on their progress and participation so far in school life for 2023. In order to aid this reflection on your son’s learning, we encourage you to view the mid-semester report and assessment results as they become available. This should give an insight into not only his performance, but more importantly the learning dispositions needed to success. The interim reports highlight key characteristics and behaviours of a successful learner and offer you an insight into your child’s demonstration of these across his subjects. These can be used to identify strengths and to help set goals in your child’s approach to learning.
On Monday, 24 April – the staff of Saint Joseph’s will come together to engage in professional learning in relation to educating boys. This reflects our commitment as a school to being expert educators for your sons and dealing with the unique learning and wellbeing needs of teenage boys. Staff will participate in sessions facilitated by Dr. Ian Lillico and will cover sessions on understanding and building relationships with boys, accommodating how boys learn and their diverse learning needs as well as exploring the impact of COVID and technology on boy’s education. As such, Monday April 24 will be a student free day and regular classes will resume on Wednesday April 26 following the ANZAC day public holiday.
Term 2 week 2 will see alternate activities running in line with the Year 12 renewals. This is a cornerstone moment for the year 12 students dedicated to the holistic education of our boys. Staffing these necessitate some adjustments for other Mt Sion students as follows.
Please note that Westcourt and Waterford students will have classes on-site as normal on these three days.
We have confirmed Richie Hardcore, Muay Thai fighter and international speaker on gender, wellbeing & pornography, will speak to our Year 10 & 11 students about CONSENT, RESPECT and the harmful effects of social media & pornography on healthy relationships. We have teamed up with Iona College and Thomas Carr College Tarneit and we will be hosting a community event at 6:30pm on 3 May in the St Joseph’s Performing Arts Centre. Please log into https://www.trybooking.com/CHHAB and make a booking. We thank our Parents and Friends Committee for supporting this event which has been promoted to all the respectful relationships schools in the Geelong region.
The following evening SBS will be screening episode 3 of the documentary ‘Asking For It’ SBS documentary link which will incorporate Richie Hardcore speaking with the SJC cohort along with individual students from his sessions in 2023. The documentary will be aired at 8:30am and I hope many SJC families can watch with your sons.