Welcome back to the start of a new school year and let me say it is my pleasure to be starting the year off at PCSSC as the Acting Principal. Darryn called me on January 4th to inform me that he had accepted the offer of the Principals position at Sunbury Secondary College and I wished him all the best for the future as he handed over to me. I spent a few days with him in later January ensuring that I had all the information I needed to get the college off to a smooth start. I would like to extend a warm welcome to all our new students and their families and welcome back all the continuing students and their families. Over the last couple of weeks we have held Welcome Nights at the college and I have had the opportunity to meet many of you personally, I look forward to seeing you at the college throughout the year. I would like to welcome Bronwyn Cambridge on board as the Acting Assistant Principal and to take this opportunity to thank Bronwyn and Shaun for their support starting the year off.
We have welcomed nine new staff to the college at the start of 2018 and they are working in the following areas. Suong Vu and Siyi (Steve) Zhang (Maths), Raymond Saw (English/History), Alexandra Hulculak and Andrea Gimenez (VCAL), Amanda Giordano (Student Health and Wellbeing), Callan McDonald (PE/Science), Kate Phillips (Legal/Business studies), Patricia Browne (Grounds and Gardens)
Our student leadership team has been selected and the student leaders have taken on a range of portfolios as follows, School Captains Kyla Canares and Logan Peck, Vice Captains Zahra Shahriar and Gemila Manuel, Achievement Leaders Aericka Bou and Nick Parnis International Leader Karmen Liaw Environment Leaders Kaitlyn Beeby and Maddy Deal Communications Leaders Alina Arshad and Brendan Kapambwe Social Justice Leaders Maddie Lamb and Alofa Lu-utuanu. These are a very important roles and our student leaders make an enormous contribution to the school community.
Over the summer break we had a number of works completed. Three new rooms in the 500’s building were completed which are now being used as learning spaces, we are still waiting for some electrical work to be finalised that involves moving switches and fans, but we are very happy with the result. New furniture for these rooms will arrive week one in March and we look forward to having that in the learning spaces as soon as possible. The Gymnasium had two drop down screens, four speakers and two data projectors installed and these have already added a new dimension to our assemblies. The Theatre has had a very large data projector installed which was put to immediate use for the staff briefing on the first day and which will bring a new dimension to college productions and the work of the Dance and Drama classes.
This year PCSSC will be completing a School Review process, as part of that process, the school is currently doing a Pre Review Self Evaluation and we have been asking students, parents and staff to be a part of that process by completing surveys and giving us feedback. Thank you to any parents who have taken the time to complete a survey, we value your opinion.To finish off I would like to congratulate our 2017 Year 12 students, our graduating VCAL students have now started in employment or further study. We had an outstanding result for those VCE students who applied through VTAC to gain university entrance; we received 143 offers, which was 99.31% of those who applied, our top ATAR was 96.55. We look forward to hearing of their achievements in the years to come.