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Tuesday Professional Practice Time

Due to the success of this 2018 initiative, the Professional Practice Sessions will continue this year. During these sessions, we will cover the range of 2019 whole school priorities, including implementing a Siena Pedagogical model through our Professional Learning, Student Wellbeing Professional Learning, Strategic Planning and Dominican Education Professional Learning. As a result, each Tuesday all students will commence the day with House Group at 8.35am and will be dismissed at 2:30pm. The College buses will depart from Siena around 2:35pm. If a student has a College commitment after school (such as the College Musical), they will be able to study in the library. Year 12 students who complete private study in the Year 12 St Catherine’s Centre may continue to use that space as usual, however, all other students are expected to return home.

Staff have been very involved in the four professional practice sessions that we have run this term. In the first session, House Group teachers worked on a more consistent approach to the expectations and running of House Group. The second session was an introduction to the review process that the College will undertake this year (using the ACER National School Improvement Tool). The third session focused on using relevant and current student data to inform teaching practices and the fourth session was a presentation from Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS) who led us through an understanding of working with our indigenous students. 

Our staff are working with great enthusiasm and commitment to ensure our learning and teaching is fresh, dynamic and relevant and effectively engaging our students. Our focus continues to be on ways to share our learning and to benefit student learning.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Years 7 to 12 Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, 21 March and Thursday, 28 March between 4.00pm and 7.30pm in the Latingata Morrom Gymnasium. Parents will receive an email when Online Bookings are available, as well as instructions on how to download and print the Interim report. The Interim report will provide information regarding the subject, classroom learning indicators and number of days absent. 

Please be aware that there are no comments on formal reports as parents receive comments linked to assessment tasks throughout the semester.

As Parent/Teacher Conferences are an important opportunity to develop a working and supportive relationship between subject teachers, parents and students, we believe that it is essential that the student attend. This allows the student to share their learning experience and participate in the conversation about their subject expectations. 

Activities Week

Year 7 to 12 Activities week will take place from 3 April to 5 April. This program is well planned and supports the learning and wellbeing of our students. We ask for your support in student attendance. Year 7 students will attend their Year 7 Camp, Year 8, 10 and 11 students will be involved in a variety of activities run from Siena, and Year 12 students will be on retreat. The Year 9 Siena in the City program is a four day program, commencing on Tuesday April 2 and concluding on April 5. Parents will receive individual year level notices in the weeks to follow. 

New Staff

Every year we have a number of new staff beginning at Siena College and I would like to introduce some of them over the next few newsletter editions.

Welcome to Dean Fleisher, Head of Languages

I was born in Montpellier, in the south of France and moved to Japan in 2001, then came to Australia seven years ago, in 2012. I teach the French language to junior and senior classes at Siena College. I have taught in many institutions, beginning my career teaching French in language schools in Japan in 2001. I was an Assistant Language Teacher in Fudooka High School (Saitama, Japan) from 2005 to 2010, then worked as a French teacher for two international schools in Tokyo (St Mary’s International School and The British School in Tokyo) from 2010 to 2012. From 2013 to 2018, I taught French and Japanese at St Monica’s College, in Epping, where I was also a Year Level Leader. I have about seventeen years of teaching experience. 

Basketball has been my passion since a very young age, and I have been coaching basketball for twenty-one years. I look forward to contributing to the sport here at Siena. I am also the father of two sporty children who keep me busy with their training and competitions.


Welcome to Andrea Carter, Leader of Pedagogy and Mathematics Teacher

Andrea studied teaching at the University of Melbourne and began her career in 1991 at Eltham College in Research as a full time teacher of Mathematics to students in Year 7 to Year 12. After five years Andrea took up a Mathematics position at Camberwell Girls Anglican School and then joined the staff as Head of Mathematics at Damascus College in Ballarat. After a five year term as Head of Mathematics at Korowa Girls Anglican School in Glen Iris, Andrea has joined us at Siena College as a Leader of Pedagogy and a Mathematics teacher. With approximately twenty years of experience in all the Mathematics streams, across all senior school year levels, Andrea brings with her a passion and love for teaching driven by a desire to make a difference in students’ lives. 

Andrea is also an avid opera fan who enjoys orchestral and chamber music. Gardening, swimming and walking are some of her many interests. She values time with her family and the opportunity to travel.




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