Newsletter 8th September 2022

From the Principal

Our Attitudes to School Student Survey results are back with some very pleasing results. Most of our students from year 4 to 12 have participated in this years Student Survey. The survey gives the student the opportunity to have a voice in how the school is running and where we can make improvements. Our results indicate that students strongly believe their teachers know them well and plan for them to learn and progress. 88% of students believe that the school sets high standards for success and that the teachers believe the students will be successful. 82% of students rate peer relationships as being highly important and that support and care of important factors in having friends. Thank you to all the students who took the time to complete the survey, we are very proud of our results.

Our Parent Surveys close tomorrow, teachers have resent the link today, we would really appreciate your input to the school as this helps guide the planning for 2023. If you click the link on your phone and put in the password it should take you straight through to the survey. Thank you in advance.

Next Wednesday staff will be undertaking training in the Berri Street Trauma Model with Cobden Technical School staff. This is a student free day for your child.


Keep up the good work everyone and take care

Kylie Carter

Lyn & Leigh's Class News

Davey’s Class

Students have enjoyed preparing for and performing in the 2022 Hampden Specialist School Concert. The concert went very well, and our students gave wonderful performances on the evening. Well done to everyone involved and it was fantastic to see so many family members and friends come along to support their child and enjoy the show.

Stop Motion Animations

Middle Years students created some amazing stop motion animations during Art classes, which were showcased at last week’s concert. They were so proud of the end results and so was I. The Camperdown Film Society has asked if they can show the films to members at their next meeting.

It will be fantastic for students to gain recognition beyond the classroom, well done to all!

Lyns Class Stop Motion

Leigh's Class Stop Motion

Lucy & Davey's Class Stop Motion

Lucy's Class

We are back to our normal routine now that concert is finished (we all had a great night by the way) and we are working hard in class to improve our reading, writing and maths abilities. In sport we looked at improving our basketball skills with passing, shooting and dribbling in groups and pairs. We also did some great work in the game, even learning about travelling! Ashleigh also worked hard to improve her driving around obstacles to knock the balls off the stands.

Later Years Update

Mascot Challenge, Netball Competitions and a visit from our Polwarth MP. This fortnight at school I finished my Mail box in Hand on Learning and started some new projects. Mowing the school lawns is fun, I used the whipper snipper to cut the weeds. We have been working on our Independent life skills in Brads class, we are learning about houses and what to put in them, what you need and costs. We are learning how to cook, this Monday we are cooking Spaghetti. I do work placement at IGA on Thursdays, I pack the milk away and front up things. I work mainly with myself and sometimes Brendan. We started the Mascot challenge last Monday, we have to do different activities. This week we are doing throwing skills. On Monday Richard Riordan visited our school to talk about the Polwarth area for our civics unit, he was very interesting and has invited us to Parliament house for a tour. - Kurtis

Last week we went to the Arc in Warrnambool and competed in a Netball competition against other schools. We did our best and won the whole thing, we didn’t lose a game. We are just that good! On Mondays we were going to Passport 2 Employment and we graduated last week. We got a certificate. We had pizza for lunch which was pretty good. Most of us have completed our Pokémon habitats in inquiry. In HoL I built a box for the scrap wood and I am planning some shelving for my caravan. - Connor