Rocky Gentile

Student Wellbeing

28 October 2022

Student Wellbeing

The past fortnight has seen the conclusion of formal Year 12 classes followed by their Valedictory graduation and dinner, commencement of our Year 7 2023 transition activities and two of our ovals being submerged underwater due to the heavy rain. We wish our Year 12 students every success as many of them embark on their final VCAA examinations and/or other pathways including apprenticeships, work and tertiary study. We also applaud them for the manner in which they finished their time at the College, which concluded in a wonderful evening at Melbourne Park on Friday, 21 October. As we move through Term 4 and into the HeadStart period, I would like to remind our community of the following:

Student Leadership
In the coming weeks we will be advertising many student leadership roles. Many of these roles such as the year level Student Representative Council (SRC) and our new position of College Ambassador are available to all students, across all year levels. Mr Adrian Tomado, our student leadership liaison has run numerous leadership development events this year and has been working with House and Pastoral Leaders to encourage students to apply for these roles. The Year 12 class of 2023 will of course have the opportunity to put themselves forward to serve our community in the key roles of College Captains, House Captains and the various co-curricular and academic leadership roles. We encourage all parents to discuss student leadership with their sons and to encourage them to apply for these wonderful opportunities within our College.

Final Day Activities
The last day of Year 7 – 11 classes for the 2022 academic year will be Friday, 2 December. This day will have an activities focus with an opportunity for our students to celebrate the year. Activities on this day will include sporting competitions, inflatable rides and other attractions.

College Counsellors     
A reminder that all students have access to our three onsite College counsellors, Ms Sherryn O’Brien, Ms Rosemary Chapple and Mr Chris Lang. Parents and students can contact our counsellors if the need arises via phone or email.

Co-Curricular Involvement
We continue to encourage each student to involve themselves in our rich co-curricular program. There is an activity for everyone in this program which encompasses sport, music, drama, debating, productions, faith in action, Duke of Edinburgh, chess and Game Changers among others. Again, we encourage all parents to chat to their sons about partaking in these exciting opportunities to learn new skills and meet new people!

I would like to finishing by referring you to an article by Raising Children, the Australian Parenting website. In many of our conversations with parents, we often get questions about resilience development. This article provides some tangible strategies for parents to use in discussions with their children to augment the work of the College in this area through our student wellbeing program. The article can be accessed here.


Rocky Gentile
Deputy Principal, Student Wellbeing