We are already at the end of Term 3 and it has been such a pleasure to witness the rhythms and routines of school life. Term 3 may be ending, but for me, it is a time of celebration when I witness our achievements so far. I think the unprecedented nature of 2020/2021 and the changes we have led as a community of staff, students and families, has highlighted our resilience and the power of community. These are a hallmark of our unique identity as a school and the quality of our staff. As we reflect on the road travelled, we have much to celebrate as a school and as such, I express my deepest gratitude to the staff and students for their leadership and flexibility to adapt to change.
The many celebrations, academic, sporting, artistic and music events highlight the many talents and gifts of our students. All students should be proud of their achievements and commended for their commitment and hard work. The success of these events and celebrations is also the result of the support students have received from their families and the staff who have enabled them to develop their skills, utilise their innate ability to serve and showcase their gifts and talents.
Congratulations to the students and staff on their outstanding performances at music and dance concerts throughout the term and at this week’s ABODA SA School Band and Orchestra Festival. Woodville High School won a:
- Gold Award – Concert Band
- Silver Award – Wind Ensemble
- Silver Award – String Ensemble
- Silver Award – Big Band
- Silver Award – Stage Band
In the words of Plato “Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul”.
Whilst the school holidays are an important time for relaxation and renewal of spirit, mind and body it is also important that senior students take advantage of some of this break to focus on their study schedule, exam revision and finalising assessment tasks.
The last day of formal lessons for all Year 12 Students is 28 October 2021 and to celebrate 13 years of schooling on the 29 September there will be a Year 12 Breakfast and Assembly. To recognise their academic achievements; we will come together as a Woodville High School community at the Graduation Ceremony at the Adelaide Town Hall on Tuesday 16th November (Week 6, Term 4). Invitations will arrive shortly.
Students who sat the NAPLAN Tests for Reading, Writing, Numeracy, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation and their families will receive the following two reports by mail with a covering letter:
- The ACARA report that shows their achievement in comparison with all other students in Australia who sat the tests. That report shows:
- The national average
- The range for the middle 60% of students, and
- Whether the student has achieved the national minimum standards.
- The 2021 Standard of Education Achievement (SEA) Report that highlights the student’s achievement against the Department for Education’s SEA Proficiency Standard for Reading and Numeracy.
These reports and the cover letter have been uploaded to Daymap Student Attachments.
As students and staff ready themselves for the Term 3 holiday break, I express my gratitude for their hard work and commitment to the growth and achievement of every student.
We are all ambassadors of Woodville High School and should take pride in representing the school in academic, sporting, musical, artistic and cultural pursuits within our school and local community. Our uniform policy reflects our values and reinforces our school’s culture of high expectations and academic achievement. All students must dress according to the uniform policy.
Our School Uniform is important to us. It is one way in which we identify ourselves as a school community and it promotes a strong, cohesive school identity which supports high standards and expectations in all areas of school life. It promotes harmony between the 72 different cultures represented in the school.
In Term 4, we expect students to present themselves appropriately, attired and wearing the Woodville High School uniform with pride.
I ask all parents to support the School with the implementation of our Uniform Policy, punctuality and behaviour is respectful to the School’s rich history and tradition.
The projected completion dates below are for physical completion, not handover. Handover can only occur once the Department for Infrastructure (DIT) have completed their inspections and sign-off processes, which can take anywhere from two to five weeks after physical completion.
Physical Education: Thursday 23 September (T3 W10)
Art: Internal completion Friday 24 September (T3 W10)
Science Labs: Friday 22 October (T4 W2)
Food Technology and Horticulture Centre: Tuesday 2 November (T4 W4)
Congratulations to the Staff who have been appointed to the following positions:
- Paul Monaghan as Leader Band B5 Head of Music position
- Erin Leahy as our Psychologist
- Wendy Gawne as Coordinator Band-1 Health and Physical Education/School Sport
- Elijah Kopsaftis as Coordinator Band-1 Mathematics and Numeracy
- Kelly Pascoe as B1 Inclusive Education Coordinator position
- Sadie Gent as the Coordinator Band B-1 Technologies, Horticulture & Sustainability
- Daniela Piteo as B1 SACE & Cross-Disciplinary Coordinator
Finally, I would like to thank all the Staff for their invaluable contribution and commitment to the Woodville High School Community.
After such a busy term, students and staff are looking forward to taking a well-deserved break.
I look forward to seeing everyone again in Term 4, energised and ready to successfully finish the year.