College Principal’s Report
As we come to the final day of term would like to thank all members of our school community for their support across the year. Our Year 12 students were able to formally mark the end of their time at secondary school with our Graduation Celebration last week.
This was a fantastic event, and I was as so proud of all of the young people who stepped up onto the stage to receive their certificates and awards. We were able to acknowledge the Dux of our college, Nihar Baldota, as well as academic award winners from all VCE and VCAL subjects. It was fantastic to see the level of support and acknowledgement for these students from their peers in the audience. As I said on the evening – our students understand the level of commitment, discipline, and effort to achieve at this level, and I would also like to offer my congratulations for their efforts and achievements.
There were many positive VCE results across all subjects, and pleasingly our mean VCE Study score increased by two points from 24 in 2021, to 26 this year. This is a credit to our students and their teachers, and it is a trend that is moving in the right direction for the college. While they may not have received an academic award, all our Year 12 students have now passed a significant milestone and individually, they have all grown and developed across the year. I congratulate them and wish them the very best for their next steps beyond Mill Park Secondary College. As I said on the evening: We will be sad to see you go, but we cannot wait to hear what happens next.
As one door closes, another one opens, and we were also able to welcome our incoming cohort of Year 7 students at our recent Orientation Day. This was highly successful, and it is so good to be able to welcome new families into our school community. We are looking forward to commencing high school with our new students on 30 January 2024.
For all students there is much to look forward to in 2024. Students’ academic performance on key assessment tasks will be visible in real time via Compass. Our new timetable and curriculum structure will offer students additional opportunities for learning, and we will continue to deepen our outstanding cocurricular program in Sport, The Arts, Leadership and Community Engagement. Our new 400 seat theatre will be handed over to the school at the beginning of the school year and I cannot wait to welcome our families into this space to attend college events.
Our dedicated staff, like our students are ready for a break, but they are looking forwards to returning in the new year. We are fully staffed, and we will be commencing with a number of new teachers across a range of subject areas which is an exciting prospect for the school.
I wish all students and their families a safe and happy holiday season. I hope that you find time to rest and recharge and I look forward to seeing our students walking back through the school gates when school re-commences. This will be on January 30 for students in Year 7, 10, 11, and 12. Students in Years 8 and 9 will return on January 31. See you then!