Principal's Message

13 June 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Assumption MyMap is coming…

As most of you are aware, term three is the time when students go through the process of selecting their subjects for the following academic year. The College is pleased to announce some significant improvements in the program offered for our students in 2020. For students entering in Year 7 and the senior pathways (VCE/VCAL) the programs offered will be more or less identical to those that are currently available, and there will be communication from us throughout term three to support each student’s transition into their chosen certificate studied in Years 11 and 12.

MyMAP Information Sessions

For students who will be entering years 8, 9 and 10 however, there will be improvements to the way that subjects are experienced. For those parents and students still wanting a traditional Year 8-10 experience, this will indeed still be possible. For those who want MORE however - to allow their child to attempt a wider range of subjects of varying levels of difficulty – that is, who would like a more individualised and personally inspiring program for their child, we are now also able to fully cater for this! Called MyMAP (Mastery, Autonomy and Purpose), parents and students can now completely individualise the learning program across Years 8-12 to better ensure engagement, development and achievement.

To help explain, I invite families of students entering Year 8-10 in 2020 to attend an information session designed to inform parents about the improvements to our curriculum and the extended opportunities we can now provide for each student. These information sessions are on the same dates as your next Learning Mentor meeting (more information below).

Monday 22nd July: Information sessions starting at 3.00 p.m., 3.55 p.m., 4.50 p.m. and 5.45 p.m.

Monday 29th  July: Information sessions starting at 3.00 p.m., 3.55 p.m., 4.50 p.m. and 5.45 p.m.

The sessions will run for between 30-45 minutes with the opportunity for families to ask questions about MyMAP. You will also be provided with written information, and will have an opportunity to begin discussions about the opportunities for your child when you attend your individual Learning Mentor discussion later in the afternoon.

Learning Mentor Meetings & MyMAP

The dates above are the next scheduled times for Learning Mentor Meetings. It is hoped that parents and students can attend an information session before seeing their Learning Mentor for a 20 minute pathways interview. As part of the development of MyMAP, we have a greatly improved the content and outcomes of these discussions for parents of students in Years 7-9. At this next Learning Mentor meeting, your Learning Mentor will step you through ALL the key data the College holds on your child (eg. PAT testing, NAPLAN, and other generalised assessments), explain what it tells us about your child’s learning and progress, and answer your questions.

This invaluable information, not shared with students or parents before, will assist greatly with the coming MyMAP subject selection process. We have trialled this new Learning Mentor format with families at Year 7-8 (thanks to those parents who have given their time to come and help us get the information and process right!) and they have been exceedingly positive about the information we have now been able to provide to them and their child, and the quality of the discussions that can now be had about their child’s learning. We know this will be a new experience for families and encourage you to get in early - bookings for Learning Mentor Interviews will be made available by July 13th. There is no need to book for the parent information sessions – just show up!

Please note that for those families that cannot attend one of the above information sessions, a video of one of the presentations will be made available shortly after the 29th July.

Praying this week 

We use a number of resources to assist with our prayer life here at the College. Our staff and senior students are familiar with the Marist Prayer App, which takes the reading of the day and relates it to some of our key Marist documents for our prayer and reflection (google ‘Marist Daily Prayer’ in your app store). Another is the beautiful Sacred Space website, which share this reflection from Tim Muldoon’s Book ‘Living Against the Grain’:

What if, instead of more action, what we need is more stillness? What if, instead of more speech, we need more silence? What if all our words – whether spoken, in an article, blog post, or group message – will make more sense if understood by attending to the Word underneath all words, the Word that gives rise to language itself, the Word of God. Could it be that paying more attention to silence might actually make us more attentive to one another, in the way that paying attention to what we eat makes us more attentive to our health?

Can you be alone with only your thoughts?

Can you live free of screens and the internet?

Can you listen to silence?

What memories emerge in your consciousness when you give yourself time to reflect?

 

Peace and blessings

Kate Fogarty