This letter is to inform you that the Parent/Teacher interviews for students in Year 7-10 will be held on Wednesday 27th June and Wednesday 4th July between 2.15pm and 7.00pm. On this day, classes will finish for all students at 2pm. Students will be supervised from 2pm, until they catch their normal school bus home. Alternatively, students may be picked up at the “turning circle” in front of the College from 2pm only if they have signed permission notes from a parent/caregiver – phone calls will not be accepted. Students may leave from 2pm after handing in the written parental permission slips below. Permission notes are also required for students who drive to school each day. Please be assured that six periods will take place but will be shortened in length to enable the meetings to begin at 2.15pm. Please read the attached letter and sign the early sign out permission form.
Premiers Reading Challenge 2018: The 2018 Challenge kicks off Monday 5 March and closes Friday 31 August (midnight) for students. This year coordinators will have an extra week to finalise their students' Student Reading Records. The coordinator closing date is Friday 14 September (midnight). Please see attached booklist and video.
We have been selected this year as a pilot school by the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) to trial a new student reporting system. Through this process, we have been supported by CEDP in learning the new reporting system, however, as a pilot school, we are addressing technical issues as they arise, and this is taking time. The Semester 1 Reports will look different to previous reports in the new reporting system and it is likely that it will not be possible to report attendance. Be assured that the College Semester 1 Reports will still meet all mandatory reporting requirements.
NAPLAN 2018 - Letter to parents: In May 2018 the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will be completed by students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. NAPLAN has the support of all State and Territory Education Ministers and will assess the literacy and numeracy skills of students across Australian schools. Please read the attached letter to parents.
In May 2018 the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will be completed by students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. NAPLAN has the support of all State and Territory Education Ministers and will assess the literacy and numeracy skills of students across Australian schools. Please read the attached letter to parents from NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
On Thursday 8th March 2018 a Representative from Robert Bruce, our Blazer supplier, will be at the College to fit out any Year 7 Student requiring a Blazer and for any other students requiring a new Blazer. Full or Partial Payment is required at the time of fitting, so please return the completed order form with payment. Order forms must be received for Blazers by Thursday 8th March, 2018.
On 12 December last year, I received a call from the Rural Fire Service (RFS) seeking the College’s support for the carrying out of testing on an open section of ground on the far western side of the driveway that leads to the main building known as ‘The Grotto’, and around the decommissioned Handball/Squash Courts. This was part of a state-wide testing program on sites used by local RFS brigades for firefighter training to determine if traces of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances known as ‘PFAS’ existed on the site. Please read the attached letter and factsheet.
HSC minimum standard update for Year 9 parents. The NSW government is committed to requiring students to demonstrate a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy to receive the HSC from 2020, because these skills are needed for success in life after school. Please read attached letter from NESA to parents.
As You may be aware, the IEU will be taking protected industrial action across NSW and ACT Catholic systemic schools in early November, with many schools stopping for approximately four hours on Wednesday I November or Thursday 2 November (other employees will be stopping work the following week). Read more...
As you may be aware, the bushfire season for 2017 commenced on 1 September 2017. In preparation for the season, a bushfire assessment of our school has been undertaken by Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP). St Columba’s Catholic College has been identified as a school at increased risk if a bush fire were to break out on a day when a Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating is issued for our area. Click on the blue title link to read more.
In July 2016, the Minister for Education announced the Stronger HSC Standards reforms. These reforms included the requirement for students to demonstrate a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy to be eligible for the HSC from 2020. Students in Yr 9 2017 are the first cohort who will need to demonstrate this minimum standard of literacy and numeracy to be eligible to receive their HSC.
The Year 12 Half Yearly HSC Assessment Period will take place between Monday 13th March and Wednesday 22nd March 2017. During the Assessment Period normal timetabled classes will cease. The timetable is on the Year 12 Edmodo page (use the code: x8b4qg to access this page) and also on the College website.
The proposed new Enterprise Agreement was sent to all Catholic school staff and the Independent Education Union (IEU) today, Monday 7 April to begin a process of consultation to consolidate a number of existing agreements into a single state-wide agreement which supports high quality contemporary teaching and learning.
St Columba’s Catholic College and St Thomas Aquinas Primary, Springwood was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Blue Mountains combined emergency services in recognition of assistance provided to emergency services through the evacuation of the school during the bushfire event on the 17 October 2013.