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Our MFG Newsletter - Issue One 2018

2/11/2018 Our MFG Newsletter - Issue One 2018 Teacher Learning Communities - Formative Asssessment Victorian Virtual Learning Network (VVLN) 2018 This year all of our teachers will be participating in a ‘Teacher Learning Community’ (TLC). This is to enhance our collective focus on student learning and enhance our teacher collaboration. Each TLC group will focus on Formative Assessment, which is best defined below: Our teachers will be zooming in on the strategies below and the specific techniques related to formative assessment – one of the strongest influences on improving and enhancing student learning and engagement. Our teachers’ focus is best represented by this diagram: Our work in this area stems from the research and work of Dylan Wiliam, an international authority on assessment and teaching. Each of our teachers received a copy of one of Wiliam’s books and are using this to guide their own individual focus and learning. I particularly like this quotation from Wiliam, which I discussed with my VCE English class this week to develop a culture in my classroom where mistakes are embraced and not feared: Ultimately, we would want students to resent work that does not challenge them, because they would understand that easy work doesn’t help them improve. In the best classrooms, students would not mind making mistakes, because mistakes are evidence that the work they are doing is hard enough to make them smarter. I look forward to sharing our progress with you and the di erence that it’s making to our students’ learning. The 2018 Victorian Virtual Learning Network community is made up of 8 subject teachers;11 di erent VCE units; 46 schools around Victoria; 190 students studying at least one VCE subject with the VVLN. We have had a number of our students studying through the VVLN since 2015. This community enables our students to study some subjects online, with a dedicated teacher who they communicate with through Skype, that we do not o er at MFG or where class sizes are too small to enable a class to run or where there are significant clashes on a student’s timetable. Our involvement with the Victorian Virtual Learning Network continues into 2018 with a group of our students studying VCE Units through the VVLN including Units 1-4 Physics, Units 1-4 Specialist Maths and Units 1-4 Maths Methods. Mr Damien Toussaint, Assistant Principal 14/16

2/11/2018 Our MFG Newsletter - Issue One 2018 Attendance Our College Day Home Group 8:55 am – 9:07 am Period 1 9:07 am – 9:55 am Period 2 9:55 am – 10:43 am Recess 10:43 am – 11:08 am Period 3 11:08 am – 11:56 am Period 4 11:56 am – 12:44 pm Lunch 12:44 pm – 1:35 pm Period 5 1:35 pm – 2:23 pm Period 6 2:23 pm – 3:11 pm Why it is not OK to be away Our MFG attendance policy is attached. Did you know that missing one day a fortnight is the same as missing 4 whole weeks of school a year. From prep to Year 12 that adds up to 1.5 years of school. The main reasons for absence are: Sickness – There are always times when students need to miss school, such as when they’re ill. Please ensure they’re only away on the days they are genuinely sick but, if they are sick, it is better that they are at home and not infecting their friends at school. Setting good sleep patterns, eating well and exercising regularly can make a big di erence. Family holidays - It's important that holidays are planned during school holidays where possible, and not during the term. “Day o ” – Please think twice before letting your teenager have a “day o ” as they could fall behind their classmates – every day counts. A “catch up day” does not help, but rather makes “catching up” even harder. If you allow a “day o ” then the next time it will be even harder to say no. Try to find other ways to have “down time” or to catch up. Truancy – This is when students choose not to go to school without their parent’s permission or skip out of school during the day. There can be many reasons for truancy; the best way to address this is for us to work together to have a united approach to support your child to come to school. School refusal - School refusing children experience significant emotional distress not only when going to school but also at the thought of going to school; they may be absent from school for weeks or even months at a time. School refusal di ers from truancy as children generally stay home with the knowledge of the parents and despite their best e orts to encourage their child to go to school. See: My child or teenager has anxiety . In such cases it is also vital for us to work together to support your child. Leaving school during the day The o ice is now located on Helen Fraser Campus and if there is a requirement for your daughter to be collected, you will need to notify the o ice well in advance via telephone or on Compass. Any students leaving the school during the day must do so via the o ice. 15/16

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