Category: News

Good afternoon everyone,

Welcome back to Term 3 and a particularly warm welcome to all our new staff and students. We have now passed the halfway mark of the term and the new semester has started with a great sense of purpose and energy. The start of the new semester helps every student reflect on their learning to date and to reset their goals to achieve even more highly over the remainder of the year.

Council of International Schools Accreditation:
Week 2 of the term was a very busy week for our school community. A panel of assessors from the Council of International Schools spent 4 days at our schools assessing our performance against 96 individual assessment criteria. These criteria have been identified as the global standard for educational excellence and school operation and leadership. It is the intention of staff to ensure that your child is a member of a school of excellence and that they receive access to the highest quality educational experience.

The CIS Accreditation process occurs over 3 stages and takes up to 5 years to achieve. This visit was stage 2 of the process and we should receive the results of the assessment in the next few weeks. Depending on the outcome of this assessment, we are preparing for our final assessment to occur early in 2019.

Redevelopment Program:
At long last, I am pleased to report that the builders are now onsite. Mossop Constructions have won the tender to project manage our $11m school redevelopment and work has now began. At this stage, we anticipate all work being completed by June, 2018. This project will have a profound impact on future learning at our school and your children will be the beneficiaries. Stay tuned for regular updates and photos on our school website.

Google Classrooms:
I continue to bring your attention to our important and exciting Google Classrooms initiative. Indeed, your children may be coming home and speaking about how their learning is changing through access to this amazing digital learning environment. By the start of 2018, all learning for students will occur through a direct connection with Google Classrooms and our current Learner Management System, called DayMap. Your child must have access to a suitable laptop for every school day. Without their own device, their learning and ability to thrive as a global digital citizen will be significantly disadvantaged.

Our school is investing heavily into a laptop rental program for students. A touchscreen Chromebook will be the standard device offered by the school next year and supplies of this device will begin arriving later this term. Annual rental fees for this device for students will be around $150 per year ($3 per week). The device will be fully maintained by the school, replaced with a new device every 3 years and payments through Centerpay can be made. If your child has a current DELL laptop, these can be returned and replaced with a new device. Further correspondence to all parents will be sent our later this term.

2018 Enrolments:
At this stage, we have 223 current Year 7 students who have elected to enrol in Year 8 at Playford International College in 2018. This enrolment number represents a fantastic vote of confidence in our school by the local community. As we continue to grow and approach more than 1100 students, we continue to change the way students learn. As we change the way we teach, your children become more confident, capable and successful learners. Currently, we are within 20 students of our Year 8 enrolment capacity. If you know of others that haven’t submitted an enrolment request/application for next year, please encourage them to do as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Enrolment caps at our school have not been in place for more than 30 years.

 2018 Curriculum and Timetable:
Speaking about continuous improvement in student learning at PIC, there is more exciting news on the way for parents and students. Later this term, all students will be involved in subject selection for next year. In what will be a big change for students, they will have the ability to personalise their learning to a far greater extent by choosing an Individual Study Pathway (ISP) from the beginning of Year 8. Building on the success of our Academy and Electives program, students will have greater opportunities to learn in vertical learning groups (as opposed to Year Levels) based on need and ability. In the years to come, Year Levels will disappear totally and it will be possible for students to be enrolled in traditional SACE subjects at a much younger age, depending on ability.

A typical school week for students and staff next year will give them the opportunity to have greater flexibility and choice over what their schedule for each week looks like. There will also be far greater opportunity to undertake learning opportunities outside of the traditional classroom and subject approach to schooling.  Students will also have the opportunity to work more often with teachers in one to one or small group settings and the traditional concept of recess and lunch breaks and the school bell will potentially disappear. In its place will be the opportunity for staff and students to have far greater control over how they manage their teaching and learning.

Master classes, expanded co-curricular opportunities, access to mentor and support staff, wellbeing programs and personalised, online digital learning will be offered for students as part of their typical learning week. How your children learn and how the traditional and typical model of schooling looks, is about to change significantly at PIC.

Our school is very highly regarded within education circles for educational transformation, curriculum redesign and teaching innovation and creativity. We are now a member of the International Centre for Educational Enterprise and we are a new partner member of a coalition of interstate schools that are committed to transformative educational change. We are already helping all students achieve significant lift in personal educational outcomes and our next raft of educational reforms will dramatically change how students learn for the better. Further information will be released closer to our 2018 subject selection process.

Quote of the Week:
“Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow
Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead
Walk beside me… just be my friend”
– Albert Camus –

Regards,
Rob Knight
Principal

The Playford International College Wind Ensemble again participated in the Victorian School Music Festival held in Melbourne in Week 2 of this term. The VSMF invites schools from around Australia and overseas to participate and perform in a number of outstanding concert venues in Victoria.

This year the Wind Ensemble performed in the Intermediate section, a higher division than last year. The ensemble performed repertoire of a higher standard and performed for an increased time of 12 minutes.

Our Wind Ensemble, consisting of 22 students from year 8 – 12 and accompanied by Mrs Trenbirth and Mr Trotter flew over to Melbourne on Tuesday 1st August to begin our exciting adventure. We again stayed at the Hotel Claremont Guesthouse on Toorak Road in South Yarra which is situated about 3kms from the City.

After settling in to our accommodation we went for a relaxing walk up Chapel Street to the Prahran Markets for some lunch and then checking out the sights around South Yarra. Dinner was at Brother Burger, dishing up some delicious burgers, wings and fries!
Our Performance on the Wednesday was held at the Hawthorn Arts Centre. The Music Festival is set up with 3 activities for all to be involved in: Performance, Education – on-stage tutorial with the Chief Adjudicator & Listening to the other ensembles performing in the session. Our performance program consisted of 4 songs in different styles: ‘Crown of Castile’’ our march, ‘Implacato’ our set piece, ‘What a Wonderful World’ our ballad, and finished with a calypso-flavoured hit song ‘Jump in the Line’.

Our overall performance gained a bronze which is pleasing for our students, considering the young ensemble and over half the students performed on their 2nd instrument. Feedback from the adjudicators was pleasing and certainly gave us some positive aspects of our performance and areas that we can work on to further improve as an ensemble, with a huge focus on listening to each other and working more on balance within the ensemble and working as a team. We received an ‘outstanding’ mention for our overall presentation and ‘excellence’ for our rhythmical accuracy. We were commended on our program displaying variety of repertoire in our performance.

Well done to all the students in the Wind Ensemble. I have really enjoyed working on this repertoire with you and thank you for your time and effort in preparing for Melbourne, including holiday and extended rehearsals.

I would also like to thank Mr Trotter for accompanying us to Melbourne and experiencing the Music Festival for the first time. Your support was truly fantastic and I really appreciate you stepping in at the last minute to attend. I would also like to give a huge thanks to Marion Furber, Judi Warrick & Janice Leahy for the huge amount of help, immaculate planning and support in the lead up to the Melbourne trip, these events don’t just happen without all the hard work from the many people behind the scenes and to drop things to get uniforms sorted or payments made, I am truly grateful for your support. Congratulations to the Wind Ensemble.
Nicole Trenbirth – Wind Ensemble Director

Reading and storytelling contributes to language, literacy and brain development. Story time contributes to the child’s fond memories that they can remember for a lifetime. Reading aloud to babies and children is important in their early years as it impacts on their social and emotional development and future learning.

The Stage 2 Child Studies students have been working hard on their Literacy Kit Assessment ready for Mrs Boag’s Year 1 students at Elizabeth Grove Primary School. The Year 12’s were required to choose a children’s story book and make an appropriate activity to bring the story to life. The books and activities were donated to Mrs Boag’s class and we hope they bring much happiness and joy for years to come.

Mrs Van Zyl
Child Studies Teacher

Senior School Report
Term 3 at Playford International College is a very busy term. Not only because it is the start of semester 2 or because year 12 students are getting closer to finishing but future planning starts to take centre stage. This can mean a number of things across the senior school. Current year 10 students will start to think about their SACE journey for the first time, year 11 students have some important decisions to make that will set them up for their last year of high school and year 12 students begin to plan for life beyond high school. This article is about celebrating the wondering things on at PIC and the opportunities our seniors our now exposed to that help them shape their own futures as they create their own pathways to future success.

Upcoming Event
Event: Course Counselling
Date: Wednesday 6/9/2017 from 11:00am – 7:00pm
Location: Years 9 & 10 in 2018 in Learning Hub / Years 11 . & 12 in 2018 in Senior Centre
Note: Not a regular school day. No classes are scheduled. Students and parent/caregivers are only required to book a 30 minute appointment on the day to come in and select their subjects for their individual study plan for 2018. Booking instructions have already been sent by email and SMS, hard copies were given to students on Friday 18/8/17 in mentor time, continuous reminders will occur during over the next 2 weeks and if you are unsure about anything please contact the school on 8255 7566.

Careers Night
On Wednesday 16th August PIC held its third ever Careers Night in the Senior Centre from 5pm – 7pm. It was a sensational evening with students having the opportunity to meet and talk with representatives from the following institutions/organisations/people;
• Flinders University
• University of Adelaide
• UniSA
• TAFE SA
• Training Prospects
• Australian Defence Force
• Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE)
• SAE Institute Australia – Creative Media Education
• PIC staff that teach SACE Stage 1 & 2 subjects

The seniors that attended gained valuable knowledge and direction about how to tackle their future, which was great to witness. A guest from one of the universities left this comment about PIC students;

“I just wanted to email and say thank you for having us at the Career Expo last night. The students were very engaged and along with their parents, they asked a lot of in-depth questions. So many said they were planning on coming to the Open Days this weekend, which was great!”

Hearing comments like this from people outside of the PIC community is further testament to everyone at PIC; staff, students and parents, that as a school community we have made a conscious cultural shift towards improving how much we value education and as a result the opportunities post high school are endless.

Thanks to Minnie Bal, Simon Deguet, Rebecca Parker and the students that made the delicious curry for dinner. Finally, a huge thank you to Leah Van Zyl and Allira Quinton for their assistance in running the event and their on-going support for senior student success at PIC.

Tim Kloeden
Assistant Principal: Senior School & SACE Improvment

On Friday 18th August a group of almost 30 year 12 students visited Flinders University’s open day held at their Bedford campus. This is the second year that Flinders University have reached out to PIC as a school community and offered to pay for the bus service required to transport our students there and back on the day. This wonderful initiative has further strengthened PIC’s relationship with the University as well as growing our students’ curiosity to the idea of studying at not only university but on the southern side of the city. Students had the opportunity to attend lectures and workshops in their area of study interest, roam the campus and immerse themselves in the typical daily life of a university student, learn about studying abroad and on-campus living as well as meet thousands of other like-minded year 12 students from around South Australia.

In closing, it is an exciting time in the senior school where future planning becomes the priority for our senior students and hearing where they want to go and what they achieve in life is amazing! Please do not forget Course Counselling on Wednesday 6/9/2017 (week 7), book an appointment now!!!!! If you would like further information regarding the senior school subject offerings for 2018 as well as the middle school visit our website today. All core subjects, restricted choices and open choices are online for you to read prior to course counselling to ensure you make more informed selections on the day.

Tim Kloeden
Assistant Principal: Senior School & SACE Improvment

In December 2018, nine students from Playford International College will be attending a volunteering expedition in Cambodia. They will be involved in a range of activities which will support the local communities. These activities range from construction through to English teaching and sports coaching. They will also get to visit Angkor Wat, an ancient temple complex (and the place where Tomb Raider was filmed) as well as the cities of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.

The students who are attending the trip need to raise $3500 each, which will cover their airfares and accommodation as well as many of their meals and other expenses. While many of the students have been completing individual fundraising and most are working hard to save money from their after school jobs, we are also working on a number of fundraisers as a group.

One of these fundraisers was a macaroon sale organised by Liam Booth and the VET Food Processing class. This was hugely successful and, with the enthusiastic support of our PIC staff, raised $350. The student leadership team also organised a casual day with proceeds going to Cambodia and the Supported Learners have set up recycling bins near the canteen to raise money for our cause.

There are plenty more exciting fundraising activities being planned so please make sure that you keep an eye on our Facebook page ‘Playford International Cambodia Trip’ or visit the website at www.pic2cambodia.com to stay up to date.

Megan Walker, who is attending the trip, has written the following update on what the group is doing and why she’s excited about going to Cambodia.

“My name is Megan Walker and I am interested in sports, mostly soccer, netball and Ice hockey. I am also interested in maths and I really enjoy working with kids. I am an identical twin. My twins name is Jade, and Jade and I do majority of things together. We really enjoy playing soccer together and we spend a lot of time with our nephew.

I am extremely excited to go on the trip to Cambodia because it is going to be a great opportunity for both myself and everyone else who is coming. It is going to let us interact with people from a different culture and it will allow everyone to acknowledge the differences in countries and lifestyles. Another reason why I am keen to go on this trip is because I enjoy helping people and this is a perfect chance for me to help people who are less privileged than I am. This is also an interesting opportunity because Jade and I both want to have professions which involve helping people. Jade wants to be a teacher and I want to be a police officer. This trip will help us to build skills that could possibly help us in the future.”

Over the past four weeks the Cambodia team have been meeting and discussing fundraising ideas that could make it a lot easier for families to afford this trip. So far we have run a BBQ at our local soccer club, the Andrews Farm Soccer and Community Club, which was highly successful. We raised over $250 and I was very proud as I worked hard to organise this. Jade is currently organising a bubble soccer night which will be very helpful too.

Some of the students involved have made a go fund me pages for individual fundraising. Please have a look at them and any donations are greatly appreciated from everyone involved.

Jamie Taylor’s go fund me:
https://www.gofundme.com/volunteer-cambodia-trip-2018
Liam Booth’s go fund me:
https://www.gofundme.com/qfujw-cambodia-trip
Megan and Jade Walker’s go fund me:
https://www.gofundme.com/48qufw0?lang=en-AU

Katie Woodrow

The Middle School department has had the pleasure of welcoming multiple local schools to our site for half day visits. So far we have had ten primary schools come to Playford International College. On the half day visit primary school students have the opportunity to become more familiar with the school surroundings, hear about the schools’ upcoming site developments and witness our curriculum in action. Student will get to experience a core or elective subjects such as our music program as seen in the below photograph.

Year 7 students join the Transition Coordinator and a Student Leader for a compressive tour of the school grounds where students get the opportunity ask questions to teachers, school leaders and students. Playford International college students are happy to share their learning experiences with the primary school students and teachers. If you have any questions about our Transition programs from 7 to 8 please contact the Transition Coordinator Tamika Green.

On a number of the Transition visits to Playford IC, they participated in some Music Lessons or be an audience for a Music Performance. Visiting Year 7s and 6s have had the opportunity to see our Playford IC Special Music students in actions with performances from ensembles, small groups and ensembles. They have also joined in on occasions with our Primary Music Hub students for a choir rehearsal and rhythmical games.

Elizabeth North PS & Elizabeth Grove PS had the opportunity to get a little more hands on with creating music on a variety of instruments – including chairs! It is great to see to many students coming through and really enjoying the interactive experience, but also to see the opportunities they see in attending Playford International College in the near future.

A huge thanks to Tamika Green for her fantastic organisation with the local Primary Schools in preparing the Transition Visits to Playford IC, and I think we can all agree that the coffee is an added bonus!

Good afternoon everyone,

As we approach our mid year break, I would like to recognise the amazing efforts of our staff and students this term. The term has literally been a smorgasbord of learning, with one amazing event after another. Dance, Theatre, Pedal Prix, Music, Exhibitions of Learning, Debating and School Sport are but a few of the fantastic learning activities that have been provided this term. hope you and your children have had a chance to attend at least one school event this semester. If not, please keep an eye on the school calendar and visit during semester two.

Building Project

I am very pleased to announce a major building company has won the tender to oversee our school’s $11m redevelopment project. The company will be formally announced shortly and our school community will finally see the redevelopment commence during term 3. I anticipate that the building work will take 12-18 months to fully complete. During this time, our school will be transformed into a state of the art learning centre. What an amazing opportunity for our community.

If you need to visit the school for a meeting, you will now enjoy the convenience of meeting with staff in our new conference style meeting rooms. These rooms have been developed as part of the upgrade to our Administration Centre and they include access to cutting edge technology. You will actually be able to see your child’s learning, behaviour and attendance data right before your eyes.

Enrolments

Playford International College remains the fastest growing secondary public school in South Australia.

Enrolments have now reached 1050 and include an additional 60 new students since the start of term 1. More than 300 students have now enrolled in the school since the start of 2015. We have a fantastic mix of students and our staff is committed to ensuring success for every students. It is also extremely pleasing that 70% of students are now meeting all learning expectations and achievement benchmarks. This represents a massive turnaround since 2014 when just 30% were achieving at this level. We expect further strong enrolment for 2018 and almost 200 current Year 7 students have submitted enrolment forms for next year.

Council of International Schools

In week 2 of term 3, our school will undergo extensive evaluation as part of our strategy to gain Council of International Schools (CIS) accreditation. CIS Accreditation is an exhaustive process that requires meticulous planning and the achievement of strict criteria for the quality of teaching and learning and school operation.

The Accreditation process involves three steps, the first of which (membership) we successfully achieved in November 2016. If successful with stage 2, the school will overgo the final stage of accreditation in October 2017. Being an internationally accredited school will provide our staff and students with access to a range of new and exciting learning opportunities in the global education space.

High Speed Internet Service

I am pleased to inform our school community that our staff and students now have access to a high speed fibre optic internet service. This internet service delivers internet download speeds of up to 1000 megabits per second (very fast). Most NBM connections deliver a standard download speed of 20 megabits per second.

We have invested heavily in this infrastructure because our school is quickly migrating to a digital learning platform. This means that access to and the use of technology is a standard requirement in every subject and across every Year Level.

Google Classrooms

Over the remainder of 2017, all staff and students will gradually receive access to the global Google Classroom environment. This exciting venture will provide all staff and students with access to a shared 24/7 online learning environment that will dramatically change the way our students learn. In fact, I am actually typing this newsletter in Google Classrooms and a range of people can actually see what I type as I write and even contribute as I write. They don’t even need to be in the same room as me and as long as they have an internet connection and a device, they can communicate with me from anywhere in the world . From the start of 2018, all staff and students will use Google Classrooms for teaching and learning purposes.

Google Classrooms will work in conjunction with DayMap and every student will require their own laptop for use both within school and at home. This be a compulsory requirement for every student. Currently, around 600 students are now using their own laptop for learning at school. Some 400 student however, still don’t have their own device. The school has a number of IT support options in place for your child including:

1. Preferred Option – Rent to Own a new ‘Google’ touchscreen device for around $150 per year for 3 years (Centrepay available)

2. Buy or bring your own device (any WIFI enabled model, any device)

3. Rent to Own a new ‘Windows’ device for around $100 per year (Centrepay available, not available in 2018)

4. Rent and return a 2nd hand device for $50 a year If your child still requires their own device, please contact Nathan Cini (Digital Learning Coach), your child’s Mentor teacher or the IT department for assistance.

Playford United Invitational Cup

The biggest invitational soccer tournament for students in Northern Adelaide is being held at Ridley Reserve on Friday, August 4th. This Soccer Cup is being jointly managed by Playford International College, Playford City Council and the Adelaide United Football Club. This event is part of our goal to develop new learning opportunities for students in our Soccer Academy and it promises to be an amazing event. A big thank you to Jesse Rogerson who manages the school’s Academies program for all his efforts to bring this idea to life.

Quote of the Week

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”

– J K Rowling –

Regards,

Rob Knight

Principal

 

The highlight of the Term 2 Music Calendar was the participation of the Playford International College EPIC Stage Band in John Morrison’s Big Band Blast Jazz Festival held in Port Macquarie from Friday June 2 to Monday June 5. More about this fantastic event is included below.

Lindsay Warner from the schools Auction Idol program invited our music students to perform at the Auction Idol Grand Final which was held at Pulteney Grammar on Thursday May 25. Matthew Snelling, Peter Moore, Sharni Carter and Emille Collins provided superb background music for this important event. Their performances were very well received and much appreciated by Lindsay, who would like to have our musicians perform at more events in the future.

The Adelaide North Primary Music Hub mid-year concert was held on Tuesday June 6th to a large group of parents, family and friends of students participating in the program. Congratulations to all the students who performed so brilliantly and thanks to the Playford International College Music staff, IMS staff and HPI tutors for their valuable contribution to this concert. And a very special thank you to the Primary Music Hub manager, Mrs Trenbirth for her fantastic organisation of the event.

Auditions for the SA Primary Schools Festival of Music were held in the Music Centre on Thursday June 8th. Congratulations to the EPIC Stage Band, BackBeat Marching Band and Amber Rogers for their selection as assisting artists for 2017. They will be performing on the Entertainment Centre stage in September. Ten soloists will present a Foyer Concert, and the ANPMH Orchestra was also selected to present a Foyer Concert. Congratulations to all students who will be performing at this event.

On Wednesday June 14 the Year 11 Recital Night was held in G20 where students performed their Solo Performance and Performance Special Study repertoire. The Wind Ensemble also performed 4 pieces at the beginning of the evening. Congratulations to all students on their performances. Congratulations also to Year 9 and 10 Solo Performance students along with the Electric Guitar Ensemble for presenting their repertoire at their Recital Night which was held on Tuesday June 20. All performances were confidently presented and of a high standard.

The Combined SIMC 40th Anniversary Concert was held at the Adelaide Town Hall on Thursday June 29. This was an absolutely amazing concert and congratulations to the Vocal, Orchestral, Stage Band and Brass students who took part in this very special anniversary event.

Students in the Wind Ensemble are busy preparing for their participation in the Victorian School Music Festival which will be held in Melbourne on Tuesday August 1 and Wednesday August 2. Under the expert direction of Mrs Trenbirth the ensemble will be performing 10 minutes of repertoire at the Hawthorn Arts Centre. We wish them every success in this exciting national event.

Big Band Blast

The Playford International College EPIC Stage Band and the Sax Attack Saxophone Ensemble were fortunate to participate in John Morrison’s Big Band Blast held in Port Macquarie, NSW. Only 30 bands are invited to participate nationally, as well as NZ, and the EPIC Stage Band with 16 students from years 9 – 12, accompanied by Ms Leahy, Mrs Trenbirth and Mr Jordan, was again the only band from SA. We stayed in fabulous cabins right on the river front at the picturesque Sundowner Tourist Park.

We performed at the Panthers Club on Saturday afternoon, on one of 4 stages set up within the club for Bandamonium. The Stage Band and the saxophone ensemble performed a set together for around 50 minutes. The special invited guest for the BBB this year was Denis DiBlasio (http://denisdiblasio.com)and we were incredibly honoured that he sat in on one of our pieces ‘Shakey Ground’ and performed an awesome solo on flute!

On Saturday night we were treated to a fabulous Swing concert called ‘Back to Basie’ featuring Denis DiBlasio (baritone sax and flute) Ross Irwin (trumpet) from Cat Empire, and the 3B Horns with John Morrison and Ed Wilson, composer/arranger and co-founder of the hugely successful Daly Wilson Big Band. The concert also featured Australian Institute of Music amazing young musicians who were absolutely incredible and truly inspiring.

On Sunday morning all the musicians participating in the jazz festival, together with some locals, took part in a festive New Orleans-type Street Parade, with over 500 musicians marching along the riverfront, all playing the same songs. It was certainly a lot of fun and a wonderful musical experience for everyone!

In the afternoon we attended an improvisation workshop in The Glasshouse with Ross Irwin and Dennis DiBlasio, and a performance by Judy Bailey’s band, Jazz Connection.

Students observed a range of high quality band performances, performed in a different setting to a diverse audience, worked together as a team and supported each other, as well as worked responsibly as individuals, and also experienced being part of the wonderful Port Macquarie community for a few days.. Congratulations once again on being outstanding ambassadors for Playford International College.

Congratulations to all students on their fantastic performance and a big thank you to Mrs Trenbirth and Mr Jordan for their invaluable support throughout the trip.

Janice Leahy

Deputy Principal/Head of Music/Director EPIC Stage Band

 

Achievement, attendance and maximising study blocks have been the key goals of the Senior School Team this semester. Well done to all Senior School students who are on track to achieving an ‘A’ grade for their semester 1 SACE result and to those students that have acted on feedback to improve their Term 1 progress grade. Congratulations to approximately 50% of the Stage 2 cohort that is submitting their Research Project in semester 1, and the work ethic required to achieve this of a high standard. There are also a large number of students that will be finished by the end of term making this one of the most successful semesters in Playford IC history in regards to Research Project completion.

Even though the Senior School students have some of the highest attendance rates when comparing year levels against each other, the vast majority of students at risk of not achieving in SACE subjects is due to poor attendance. Students recording 80% attendance or less will miss over one full term of secondary school each year, placing them at significant risk of non-completion. Attendance of 95% or above gives your child the greatest opportunity to be successful academically and keep future study and work pathways open. Well done to Senior School students who managed to achieve this benchmark in semester 1.

Senior Seminar Series

This term in the Senior Seminar Series students have participated in a number of activities and growth mindset opportunities. Seminar topics and activities have included;

A visit from the Governor’s Leadership Foundation (GLF)

Flinders University visited and hosted their ‘Flash Mentoring Roadshow’

Stage 1 students have continued to work of their seniors in action projects

Addressing procrastination sessions

Extra support time for Research Project and Work Experience preparation

Ex-students from past years have come in to share their stories of high school, give advice for success, share what they are currently up to and answer questions from students

Next term the Senior Seminar Series will shift focus to heavily preparing for 2018. For Stage 1 students that will involving getting ready for course counselling and Stage 2 students applying for university, TAFE or the workforce.

Key Dates

School Holidays – Stage 2 workshops. Timetable TBA. Hard copies will be available as well as mailed out.

Careers Night – Term3, Wednesday, 16th August 2017, Week 4 in the Senior Centre.

Course Counselling – Term 3, Wednesday, 6th September 2017, Week 7.

Rossi Boots Governors Leadership Foundation

Nominated Year 12 students who met certain criteria including attendance and career aspirations were involved in the Governor’s Leadership Foundation – Learn and Grow Program on Thursday in Week 6.

One of the main purposes for this visit was to expose the students to an industry that they may not be familiar with as well as introducing the students to all aspects of a successful business. The presenters were engaging and informative and captivated the students with the workplace tours, inspirational vision for their workplace and life experiences. Year 12 students were also very generously given a pair of Rossi school shoes for which they are very grateful.

A huge thankyou to CEO Myren Mann and Rossi Boots for making this opportunity possible for our students and for the generosity of the company as well as fellow presenters of the Governors Leadership Foundation – Learn and Grow Program.

Year 11 Beacon High Impact Program

From the 29th of May until the 1st of June, all year 11 students participated in the High Impact Program ran by Beacon Foundation at the Playford Civic Centre. This program was a work ready program focussing on preparing students for both work experience and their future work pathways.

The program included participating in mock interviews, identifying goals, resume writing and the opportunity to meet mentors from a variety of industries including Construction, Human Resources, Mental Health Services and IT Support.

On the first day of the program we had a guest visit from the Honourable Susan Close who came to find out more about how the programs Beacon runs and how Playford International College students were involved. She stayed for lunch and spoke with many students about how the day had progressed and what their future goals were.

All students and staff involved thoroughly enjoyed their Beacon experience and came away with a wealth of knowledge, improved confidence and industry connections.

The Beacon Foundation kindly funded 2 days of the program and the Playford Civic Centre who provided up with the wonderful venue free of charge which meant all Year 11 students had the opportunity to participate in the program.

Enjoy the mid-year break seniors!

Senior School Team

Tim Kloeden, Leah Van Zyl & Allira Quinton