Principals Update 20 February 2024

Student Leadership

I wish to highlight the 20 students who applied to be one of our four 2024 School Captains.  Your interest in supporting our school, students, staff and community is highly admired and greatly appreciated.  Following a preliminary voting process, 10 students have been selected to move through to the next round.  These students will make a presentation at our whole school assembly, which will assist our students in years 5 to 12 and staff to vote for their preferred candidates.

While working through our election process it is important to remember that all our year 11 and 12 students are recognised as leaders and role models in our P-12 school.

Parent/Carer Volunteer Helpers

Many thanks to all our parents and carers who attended our Meet the Teacher evening last Thursday.  Included in my presentation was our committment to promoting the safety and wellbeing of all students through implementation of the Child Safe Standards.  An overview of each of the 11 Child Safe Standards will be included in the weekly newsletter throughout Term 1 and 2.

On Thursday night I advised parents and carers that they would need to hold a current Working with Children Check if they wish to volunteer or assist in the school where they have direct contact with students, regardless of whether their own child is participating or not.  This information is detailed in our Volunteers Policy which is located on the Ashwood School website.

https://www.ashwoodsch.vic.edu.au/uploaded_files/media/volunteers_policy_.pdf

An application for a Working with Children Check can be completed online via the Service Victoria website:

https://service.vic.gov.au/services/working-with-children

Please feel free to contact me directly for further information or clarification.

FIDA 

At our whole school assembly Year 10 student Corey gave a presentation on his football team the Monash Demons, a local club in the Football Integration Development Association (FIDA).

Corey recommends the Monash Demons "as a welcoming and inclusive club where all our students (male and female) aged 14 and above are able to enjoy playing a game of football. Players who do not wish to be tackled can also be involved as they wear a green vest to ensure players do not involve them in direct physical contact".  A number of our Ashwood students also play for the Mazenod Panthers.  Find your local team on the FIDA website:  https://fida.org.au/clubs/

ASHWOOD SCHOOL COUNCIL

A reminder that nominations to be a parent/carer member on the Ashwood School Council close on Tuesday 27th February.

Karen Overall

Principal