As we come to the close of a huge semester, I’d like to thank everyone for helping us to meet the challenges we faced as a College community. After all the absences due to illness and staff shortages that have occurred in schools this semester, it is really pleasing to see how our College community has grown and strengthened. It is a testament to God and His work in this place when we hear new students saying how welcomed they feel and how there is a different vibe here to other schools. While it has been difficult due to the current extreme lack of people applying for jobs currently, I am thankful for God’s provision of the staff we needed throughout the past six months.
TERM 3 STARTS WEDNESDAY 13 JULY
The first day of Term 3 for all Prep-Year 12 students is Wednesday 13 July. If you need vacation care for your child, please refer to the email sent last Monday 13 June.
We welcome Lyn Rudduck back from her long service leave. We want to thank Wennita King who has been with us covering Lyn Rudduck’s Year 1 class for the term. It has been a pleasure working with you, Wennita, and we hope that we can work with you again in some capacity in the future.
Head of English and Humanities
I am pleased to share that Joel Valentine has accepted the permanent role of Secondary Head of English and Humanities. We look forward to Joel supporting our Secondary English and Humanities classes.
Hospitality and Fashion Teacher
Ms Kate Webster is returning to CalCC in Semester 2. Ms Webster has considerable experience as a Secondary teacher, especially in Fashion and Design. She supported the College at the end of last year when she completed a contract as a Visual Art teacher.
We have been busy developing our new and improved report card format. Semester 1 reports will be emailed to parents on Monday 27 June. Feedback from parents regarding the new format will also be sought in the near future.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS RETURNING
We are excited to have international students returning to the College, including five students from Japan and Germany, who will be staying for the full term. We also have two study tour groups (20 students at a time) from Japan visiting in Secondary, each for two weeks. We still have vacancies for families interested in the opportunity to provide (paid) homestay accommodation in August, so please get in touch by completing this form.
All arriving students have been fully vaccinated and will be tested prior to departure and again on arrival. CalCC and our international agencies have protocols in place to ensure that any COVID-19 positive or close contact situations are managed off-campus and wherever possible outside of our homestay families and community.
Changes to past protocols include no arrival or placement in a home in the event of a positive test, and each Japanese group will maintain a hotel booking and adequate staff to coordinate isolation should it be required. Whilst our international activities in 2022 represent only a modest version of our pre-pandemic engagement, this measured approach is a deliberate strategy to build confidence for 2023 and beyond.
Due to the current climate in the construction industry, we have had to extend our tendering process. This may mean a minor delay in our commencement of the demolition to E Block, however, we are still aiming for a Term 3 start. We know the wait will be well worth it.
CAR PARK IMPROVEMENTS
Over the holidays, there will be some initial improvements to our road and car parking area to promote a safer environment for our students. This will include clearer signage, additional speed bumps and work on our bus parking area.
HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY
We wish all our families a safe and enjoyable winter break. We look forward to welcoming you all back next term.