We welcomed 930 students on February 1, with twenty-eight excited new Preps enjoying a wonderful first day at school. In two small classes of fourteen students each, they received a great deal of individual attention from teachers Fiona Smart and Linda Austin. We take up to 22 Preps per class and new enrolments for this year are still invited.
Fifty-seven new students from twenty-three local, Melbourne, interstate and overseas primary schools joined our own Year 6 graduates to form the 109 strong Year 7 cohort. They will participate in a variety of special activities during first term including a Transition Day at the beach and bowling alley, and a camp at Powlett River, all designed to provide a smooth transition into secondary school and encourage them to build confidence and establish friendships.
At the other end of their secondary schooling, eighty-eight Year 12 students have commenced their final year of the VCE. They hope to replicate the success of our Class of 2016, whose VCE results saw Newhaven College top the rankings amongst all Bass Coast and South Gippsland schools in the Better Education schools ranking lists.
Continuing to build on its success since gaining Registered Training Organisation accreditation in 2015, our Trade Skills Centre will have twenty-six first and second year students working towards attaining their Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry) Preapprenticeship this year.
Four new staff have joined the College. Miss Rikki Porter previously taught at Somerville Rise Primary School and Beaconhills College, and will be a valuable addition to the Junior School in the Year 3 classroom.
Beth Montgomery brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Library, and Beth Quinn will look after the Health Centre during Rosemarie Foulkes’ long service leave.
2016 Year 12 student Katelyn Jones has made the switch from student to staff member, taking on the 12 month position of AFL Sport Trainee.
Construction of both the new Specialist Art, Science and Technology wing and Senior School building is well underway. The school received $1.4 million through the Federal Government Block Grant Authority for the project and its completion later this will enable all Newhaven students to attend our Phillip Island Road Campus in 2018.
Already moving on to the next stage of our masterplan for development, planning has commenced for a new two court indoor stadium and gymnasium at Phillip Island Road to provide top notch all weather indoor sporting facilities.
Newhaven College continually strives to improve across all areas of the school with the best interests of students and families always at the fore. Enrolments are commencing for 2019, with some places still available in 2017 and 2018. Please contact Belinda Manning on (03) 5956 7505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org