First Term Farewell

Hello everyone

It has been a huge start to the year. Moving into our new building was an exciting and sometimes challenging process. However, our wonderful new classrooms and open-plan learning spaces have been just reward. We have more work to do but are really starting to see our vision for the college come together. Thank you again to the staff and students for your patience and flexibility.

This newsletter is a celebration of college life and student achievement. As you may have noticed, most of the regular and essential communication we have with parents is now via Compass. With this in mind, we have decided to reduce the newsletter's publication to once every term. However, at any time, parents can look on the Elwood College website and see news stories about our activities and achievements. The Friends of Elwood College Facebook page, run by former parent Sue Constable, is also worth following if you are interested. Parents and students are invited to share news and photos with us by emailing elwood.co@edumail.vic.gov.au - we certainly love to share our students' achievements with the college community.

Now that we are all settled into the school year, I want to take this opportunity to address the importance of attendance for the rest of the year. The foundations for learning success are built by students coming to school EACH AND EVERY DAY.

Although giving your child an occasional ‘day off’ may seem harmless, missing school can have a big impact on students academically and socially. There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can have a ‘snowball effect’ on their confidence in the classroom and beyond.

If a student is feeling anxious or resentful about school, the unfortunate truth is that missing school will only magnify those negative emotions. If you’re having attendance issues with your child, please phone 9531 9566 to arrange an appointment with your child’s Year Level Coordinator as soon as possible.

Although there are obviously examples of when a day at home is appropriate (such as genuine illness), we ask parents and caregivers to think twice before letting your child have a “day off”. When an absence really cannot be avoided, it is vital that students speak with their classroom teachers immediately as to how they can catch up on missed classes.

We hope we can work together with parents on achieving excellent attendance for every child – and seeing their confidence grow in the classroom and beyond.

Enjoy the break. Looking forward to seeing everyone back for a fantastic Term 2! 

Warm Regards

Rhonda Holt