From the Principal's Desk
*Please note that we are in the process of developing a completely new website and will be launching this in early 2015. Current content on this site may not be completely up to date. Other up-to-date information may be available on our Facebook or Twitter (@YarraHillsSC) sites.
(STOP PRESS: The College Swimming Carnival on Thursday February 19 has been moved to the Lilydale Outdoor Pool, Melba Park Lilydale, Market St behind the railway station and shops)
Welcome to 2015
Welcome back to 2015 for all students, families and staff, I hope the holiday period was enjoyable for you all. We enter this year with much positivity and enthusiasm, following on from a successful completion to 2014. A significant factor in this was the roll over into 2015 classes which occurred at the end of 2014 for all students from years 7 through to 11. This allowed the teaching staff to utilise what has often been some end of year ‘down-time’ to begin a full two weeks of work related to the 2015 courses. With the exception of the still to arrive 2015 Year 7’s and the departing Year 12’s, all students began their classes and were able to get a great head-start on the new year, with the opportunity to have some productive work to complete over the holiday break. The smooth start that has since occurred is testament to the success of this initiative.
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce the community to our newly appointed Mooroolbark Campus Principal, Mr Greg Cowan. Greg comes to us with a wealth of experience and a great track record in several highly successful Eastern suburb schools. In the short time he has been here, he has eagerly embraced our culture and our values, as well as having many ideas on things we can do to continue our path of improvement. We very much look forward to his long term contribution to our college community.
At the Mt Evelyn Campus, Ms Robyn Dew will continue as acting Campus Principal while Mr Greg Carroll remains on Long Service Leave. Robyn has also built up a great understanding of the Mt Evelyn community over a long period of time and is looking forward to continuing her efforts on behalf of the Mt Evelyn Campus.
2015 Leadership Positions:
Campus Assistant Principals (Mooroolbark): Rhonda Greelish
(Mt Evelyn): Robyn Johnston/Jayne Lauder
Directors of Teaching and Learning Rachel Lynch and Robert Forbes
Heads of School Senior: Karen Phillips
Junior (Mooroolbark): Margaret Prentice
Junior (Mt Evelyn): Robyn Johnston
Pathways/VET/VCAL Leader Debbie Deriboklou
Literacy/English Leader Cayt Mirra
Numeracy/Maths Leader Stephen Blackwell
Student Wellbeing/Integration Leader Cathy Ferguson
Student Wellbeing (Mt Evelyn) Jayne Lauder
(Mooroolbark 7/8) Virginia Stacey
(Mooroolbark 9/10) Steph Wescott
(Mooroolbark 11/12) Cathy Ferguson
Year Level Coordinators Mt Evelyn: 7/8 Chantelle Mitchell
9/10 Demos Koullacas
Mooroolbark: 7/8 Matt Sheaves
9/10 Fab Romeo
11/12 Carolyn Bryant
Curriculum Leaders Science Michelle Steenhuisen
Humanities Matthew Bryce
Art/Tech Katya Barnes
Performing Arts Julia Rockett
LOTE Marc Lucarelli
Other Staffing changes for 2015:
Liz Stewart – Woodwork
Mick Austin – Auto / Electronics
David Williams – Facilities Manager
Staff on Leave:
Greg Carroll – Campus Principal
Graem Hindley – Maths/Humanities
Steph Conroy – English
Kelley Kirkwood – Integration Support
Lorna Morrison – Integration Support
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program
A reminder to parents that from the start of this year we have implemented a BYOD Program across the college, with Years 7-9 utilising iPads and Years 10-12 able to either purchase a school endorsed device through our school portal (JB Education), or provide a personal device which meets our minimum specifications and requirements. Additionally, some of the reconditioned Netbooks have been made available for re-lease for families who which to apply to do so. Please contact the Campus Offices to get further information regarding this program.
Finally, I’d like to inform parents that we are in the process of completing the build of a new, much more engaging and relevant website. We hope to have this up and running during this term. In the meantime, please also visit our social media sites on Facebook and twitter (@YarraHillsSC) for current information regarding the college and events.
February 17 Music & Year 7 Camp Information Evening (Mooroolbark Campus)
19 College Swimming Carnival
March 3 Year 7 Making Connections Day
12-14 Year 7 Camp (Lord Somers)
26 Parent / Student /Teacher Interviews (Mooroolbark Campus)
27 End of Term One
TERM 2 -
April 22 Mt Evelyn Campus Open Night / Parent Information Evening
23 Mooroolbark Campus Open Night / Parent Information Evening
First Round University Offers
Congratulations to all of our year 12 students who have now received first round offers to their desired universities!.