A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers of Laverton P-12 College,

I just wanted to take the time to share an update regarding the appointment of a substantive Principal for Laverton P-12 College.

The school council has received confirmation that the position will be advertised shortly and the selection process will be undertaken very early in Term One 2020. Due to the process required to appoint a Principal, the successful applicant will commence at the beginning of Term 2, 2020.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for making me feel so welcome during my time at Laverton P-12 College.

The school community of Laverton P-12 College need to be super proud of the staff and students for continuing to work together despite the changes throughout the year.

Although I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Laverton P-12 College, and there is a lot of exciting work ahead for the school community, I will be returning to Sunshine Heights for Term One next year, which was the agreement that I made with my leadership team/community.

To ensure the College has a smooth start to the 2020 school year, Rosa Marchionda, Principal, Creekside P-9 College, will support the community as acting Principal for Term One 2020 while the substantive Principal selection process is completed.
Rosa has already spent a number of days working with me and other staff to familiarise herself with the College and is looking forward to the opportunity of working with everyone. I’ve also include a message below from Rosa that she has taken the time to prepare for the community of Laverton P-12 College.

Dear Parents/Carers
My name is Rosa Marchionda and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the Acting Principal of Laverton P-12 College for Term 1 in 2020. I have been in education for 30 years, starting my teaching journey as a Mathematics and Science teacher at Fawkner Technical School before moving on to St Albans Secondary College. In 2006 I was appointed as the inaugural Assistant Principal of Lakeview Senior Campus in Caroline Springs and in 2012, I once again took on the challenge of building a new school and was the first Assistant Principal of Tarneit Senior College. Building new schools has given me a wide range of experiences from dealing with contractors and building works to developing curriculum and instructional practices. For the last 3 ½ years I have been the Principal of Creekside K-9 College, working with primary aged and junior secondary students. I have a firm belief that all students can learn to high levels and the core business of schools is to ensure that this happens. I look forward to working with all members of the Laverton P-12 school community to maximise the outcomes for all our students.

To support Rosa with transitioning into the acting role in Term 1, throughout this term the leadership team have been working together to ensure there is a clear and focused learning plan for students and teachers for 2020. This includes support and resources required.

Although I will continue to work with you until the end of Term 4, thanks again for your support and I know that you will all continue to support each other as you have throughout the past 12 months.

Key dates for 2020:
Not only have we been busy preparing a learning plan for 2020, we have also been focusing on preparing the Community Calendar for 2020. I just wanted to share some key dates for your diary:
  • Curriculum Day One (no students) staff return Tuesday 28th of January.
  • Curriculum Day Two (no students) Wednesday 29th of January. On this day staff will be working together to prepare for the arrival of students.
  • First day of school 2020 for students in Years 1 – 12 Thursday 30th of January 2020
  • First day of school 2020 for students in Prep Monday 3rd February 2020
  • Curriculum Day Three (no students) Monday 2nd November
Please note that the College will be allocating another Curriculum Day. A date is yet to be confirmed. Families will be provided with adequate notice to ensure arrangements can be made well in advance.
Parent Teacher meeting dates for 2020:
  • Tuesday 24th March. Note students will be finishing school at 1:00pm on this day to allow teachers to meet with parents
  • Tuesday 15th September. Note students will be finishing school at 1:00pm on this day to allow teachers to meet with parents.
Mobile Phone policy
As you may know, the Minister for Education released a new Students Using Mobile Phones Policy for all Victorian government schools on 7 October 2019. This policy requires that from Term 1 2020, students who choose to bring mobile phones to school must have them switched off and securely stored during school hours, including recess and lunchtime.

It is important that all members of Laverton P-12 College work together to implement the policy so that there is a consistent approach.

Pigeons in the school
Finally, as you may be aware, the College has been working on finding a solution to reduce the impact of the pigeons. The pigeons are finding ways into the roofs of the school and causing disruptions to classes. Strategies that the College has taken in the past has included placing cages around areas where the pigeons were entering. This has worked in some areas. Over the school holidays, further areas around the school building will be blocked. While this is occurring, the roofs of the building will be lifted to allow the birds to exit. Advice from the Pest controller is that this strategy may be a temporary solution as the pigeons may discover other entry points. The College is exploring other options with the Pest Controller if blocking roof entry points doesn’t work.

Kind regards
Alex Artavilla
Acting Principal
Laverton P-12 College


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