Principal’s Blog – 31 August 2020

Dear Parents, Students and Staff

The ACT Scaling Test (AST), managed by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS), will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. These exams are very important for the Year 12 students undertaking the tertiary suite of subjects because it will assist in determining their University entrance ranking (ATAR). The tests are skills based as the content is unknown, and the students rely on the processes learnt in their regular classrooms in responding to stimulus provided in the tests. We wish the Year 12 students every blessing as they undertake the tests and hope they are able to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to achieve the very best they can.

The students participated in their AST Liturgy on Monday morning with the final prayer being:

‘Go into your AST exams and future life conscious that you will make this journey, not alone, but with the support and prayers of our school community and with the Holy Spirit as your guide.’

Every five years, the College undergoes a process of Registration, which is basically an audit of the programs, policies and procedures. Staff have been busily preparing the documents for this event and the Community Council members have also been involved by reviewing some of the College Policy documents. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the process this year will focus mainly on compliance. The external panel will be looking through all the documentation in Week 10 of this term.

The COVID-19 situation has prevented the College from undertaking the normal Parent-Teacher interviews – hopefully the CANVAS entries on student assessment items provides an insight into your child’s progress. As always, if you wish to contact your child’s teacher, an email to them would be appropriate to arrange a suitable time to chat over the telephone (in the first instance) or make a visit to the school.

We are seeing glimpses that warmer weather is on its way and the flowering wattle signals a change in seasons. We are blessed in Canberra to enjoy the four distinct seasons. Stay safe and let’s remain vigilant in our hygiene practices.

Best wishes

Paul Carroll


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