Principal's Report

Welcome to 2019

On behalf of all staff at BPC we welcome you to the 2019 school year.

7 new staff have joined the college in 2019 to ensure our students receive the best attention possible. This includes more staff in our well-being and PSD areas.

Our 2018 VCE results achieved improvement on 2017 which sees us ranked 24th in the state for government schools, up from 30th in 2017. It takes hard work from both teachers and students to attain growth of this level at Year 12. The challenge for us is to keep improving when we are already doing well.

Our School Strategic Plan goals of the GVC and Student Agency will see us focus on clear development in these areas during 2019. The GVC will see all subjects at BPC with documented, sequential curriculum from years 7 to 12 and our work in student agency will see our students being strong advocates for their own learning in classrooms and the wider school community.

Mr Currie

Our much loved Assistant Principal Mr Currie suffered very bad injuries a result of a bicycle crash earlier this term. Whilst he is on the road to recovery, it has been a long road. Mr Banovic has stepped in to the Assistant Principal role until Mr Currie returns. At this stage we anticipate he will be back on deck for the start of term 2. On behalf of the college, thanks to all those students and families who have contacted Mr Currie to wish him a speedy recovery.

 

Early highlights

Day 1 saw a sea of new year 7s at the college, with parents attached. The Friends of Buckley Park hosted a ‘Tea & Tissues’ welcoming which was fantastic. This was followed shortly after by our ‘Yr7 meet the parents’ barbecue organised by Bec Parker. This event was also very well attended and featured food, chat and music from one of our amazing bands.

Assistant Principal Geoff Currie also hosted a ‘Compass’ info evening for parents so our new families have had ample opportunities to get to know BPC already.

Our Year 12 cohort settled into their pinnacle year very well. Some slight modifications to the set-up of our Study centre is seeing productive use of student ‘spares’.

 

Year 7 camp postponed

Unfortunately we were the victims of the heatwave which impacted Victoria in late February/early March. The planned Year 7 camp to Marysville having to be postponed due to bushfires in the community around the camp. A new date in term 2 has been booked and we look forward to seeing our Year 7s get away then.

Yr7 camp is now taking place from 5 to 7 June 2019.

Swim carnival

Another victim of the weather in 2019. After weeks of fine weather, our Swimming Carnival saw wind then freezing rain arrive midway through the carnival. Whilst many brave swimmers continued to race, the crowd grew cold and wet. This eventually led to an early finish to the day and many wet and cold students being picked up by parents.

Buckley House continued their amazing record of victory on the day.

 

Late to school is not OK

Each day a member of the college leadership team welcomes late comers to BPC. Students arriving late are encouraged to make a greater effort to be at school, in class on time each day.

 

Japanese visitors

Monday 4 March saw the arrival of our annual Japanese visitors from Nanto Fukumitsu High School. Staff and students from the school spend over a week in Australia attending BPC, visiting the sights of Victoria and spending time with our Homestay families experiencing life in Australia. The visitors learn a lot, but we also learn just as much from them. A great experience for our college community.

Term holidays

As term 1 draws to a close we wish students and families all the best for a great holiday. See you back at school Tuesday 23 April. Week 1 of term 2 is an odd one, we have Easter Monday and ANZAC day all in the one week meaning a disrupted start to our term.

Michael Fawcett

Principal

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