Verney Rd Campus
Shepparton VIC Australia 3632
03 5821 8155

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In the School’s 33rd year, we have seen many wonderful achievements by our students in all fields of endeavour. These accomplishments reflect the unique culture of the School, one where students aspire to do all things well, but where there is also genuine care and concern for the welfare of others. Student learning remains our core focus and much work has been undertaken to support this aim. The School has initiated many exciting projects which will support the long-term growth and evolution of the school.

 

Our students are fortunate to be served by a committed and professional team of teaching staff who see students at the centre of what they do. They are dedicated to our School focus on continuous improvement in the quality of teaching.

 

Teacher professional learning is a key basis for promoting improvement in student learning. Our participation in the University of Melbourne Network of Schools informed a number of actions including the introduction of teacher Professional Learning Teams for Year 7 English and Mathematics. We also identified a School improvement focus on Literacy, specifically writing. During the year we also introduced teacher classroom observation as a Professional Learning activity. By the end of the year over 30 staff had participated in the process and endorsed its value. This programme will continue in 2015.

 

Throughout 2014 the school continued to build our use of Technology as a powerful learning tool. The School moved a step closer to a full 1 to 1 device programme with Year 5 and 6 students sharing tablet devices and students in Years 7 to 11 provided with their own device. Extensive staff professional development continued throughout the year, demonstrating some of the potential learning enhancements that the technology enables. We also continued to expand our use of the school Learning Management System Moodle and the Parent Portal for reporting and communicating student-learning growth.

 

Throughout the year the School Board and Leadership team focussed on long term masterplanning of the School site. In addition, planning continued on specific projects within the masterplan including the Music redevelopment. The planning for the redevelopment of the Music precinct was completed with a budget of $3M. Architects Williams Boag completed the final design and the Board appointed a builder following a competitive tender process. Construction started in August and by November Stage 1 of the project was well under way. During the year the Board launched a Fundraising Appeal to support the realisation of the Music Redevelopment. This exciting project is one of the largest undertaken by the School community. We look forward to the completion of Stage 2 late in 2015.

 

The Class of 2014 have been resilient learners. Their cohort contained students who were able and motivated learners, as well as those who worked very hard to overcome significant personal challenges. One of the distinguishing qualities of the Class of 2014 is that, while they featured a diverse range of talents and abilities, they were a particularly supportive and cohesive year group. They have been a fine example of celebrating strength in personal differences.

 

The Class of 2104 were also significant contributors to the co-curricular programme. They made major contributions to Productions, Sporting teams and Musical concerts over the years. They led the School through positive examples whether in inspirational Prefect Speeches or in their day-to-day relationships. Through their commitment to serve others, they led the School in many exciting initiatives. Their Leavers Fund is commissioning a beautiful screen, designed by local Aboriginal artists, for the Copulos area. We thank the Class of 2014 for their wonderful legacy and wish them happiness and fulfilment knowing that they will make a great contribution to the quality of our society.

 

While we may be located in a regional setting, we look to National and State-wide benchmarks to measure student progress and achievement. In 2014 student achievement reflected the culture of learning and the quality of the learning partnership that exists between school and home. This report contains information on student achievement in a range of external assessments including NAPLAN, ICAS and VCE.

 

Each year The Australian Newspaper prepares the “Your School” lift out. It is pleasing that GVGS appeared in a number of the ‘Top Schools’ tables in 2012, 2013 and 2014, once again affirming GVGS as a high performing school at both state and national levels. The following rankings were based on 2013 NAPLAN data.

National Top 50 Country Secondary Schools - 4th (out of 1,157)

Victoria Top 50 Secondary Schools - 40th (out of 568)   

National Top 50 Co-Educational Schools - 46th (out of 2,762)

 

The school is committed to developing well-rounded young women and men who will be positive local and global citizens. The School’s rich co-curricular programme is essential for providing broader experiences through which personal character can be developed.

 

The House competitions featured strong student participation and support by the wider community. Overall, the results included the Swimming Shield won by Dunlop, Athletics won by Dunlop and Cross Country by Ryall. The House Eisteddfod was once again one of the showpiece events of the year with McLennan winning the Shield.

 

The School Productions were of exceptional quality. The Middle Years production of Aladdin Jr featured singing, acting and dancing of a very high quality and reflected many months of hard work and preparation by the students and the staff involved. The Senior Production of The Sound of Music set new records for attendance with sell out performances and two Georgy award-winning performances. A total of 139 students participated in the productions and 8 were nominated for Georgy Awards.

 

The School Music programme continued its tradition of offering abundant tuition and performance opportunities for our student musicians. In addition to the large number of musical performances at assemblies and special events, 9 concerts were held. The school also hosted AMEB examinations.

 

In the Shepparton junior weekend sport competitions, the School was very well represented. The School entered 10 teams in Badminton, 10 teams in Netball and 6 teams in Soccer. The Open Girls Blue Soccer team and the GVGS A Grade White and C Grade Growlers Badminton teams won premierships. This competition saw many families involved in supporting students through coaching, managing and spectating.

 

The Independent Country Co-educational Schools (ICCES) sporting competition provides students with an opportunity to compete at a very high level and to experience the best sports venues in Victoria, including the Lakeside Athletics Track and MSAC. Given our School’s relatively small size, the level of achievement is all the more impressive. GVGS teams placed 3rd in Athletics, 3rd in Cross Country and 4th  in Swimming. The Senior Debating Team placed 3rd and the junior Debating Team placed 2nd.

 

In 2014 GVGS hosted the ICCES Winter Tour in Shepparton. Our competitors achieved second overall with a large number of teams competing in the finals. The Senior Girls and Boys Soccer won their competitions. All students and coaches are congratulated on their positive attitude and teamwork shown throughout the carnival.

The School sees international experiences as a valuable element of the co-curricular programme. Students have a number of opportunities to supplement their study of Indonesian language through Indonesian School exchanges. In March, we welcomed twelve students from Krista Mitra School Semarang Java on an inbound exchange. We also had eight students and three staff participate in two separate outbound exchanges, one to Krista Mitra School Semarang and the other to Muhammadiyah 2 School in Surabaya. The exchanges were a great success and we look forward to welcoming return exchanges in 2015.

 

In addition 8 students and 2 staff participated in a cultural exchange programme with our sister schools in the UK, Europe and North America. We look forward to welcoming inbound exchange students from these schools in 2015. During 2014 we had 23 students and 3 staff participate in the World Challenge expedition to Costa Rica. During the year we also had 29 students and 5 staff participate in a History and Music tour of Italy and Austria.

 

The School has a long history of supporting the community through a wide range of aid and social justice programmes. In 2014 our School leaders and the SRC ran a wide range of events including casual clothes days, BBQ’s, Valentine’s Day, Concert Under the Stars, Green Day and the Amnesty Sleep out. Collectively, the Leavers Fund and SRC raised $13,000 which will support charity groups including: Motor Neurone Disease, UNICEF Syria, Give me 5 for Kids, Cancer Council, Compassion Australia, The Gift (Kyabram) and the Zaidee Foundation.

 

Semper Ulterius

Mark Torriero

 


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