Term 1, Issue 2: Learning and Teaching | Siena College
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Learning and Teaching

Learning Conversations for Year 7 to Year 12 Students and Parents

Learning Conversations will take place via MS Teams towards the end of Term 1. Please note the following important dates:

  • Wednesday, 23 March
    Bookings open for VCE Conversations at 9.00am
  • Thursday, 24 March
    Bookings open for Year 7 to Year 10 Students at 9.00am
  • Thursday, 31 March
    Learning Conversations take place from 4.00pm to 7.30pm
  • Friday, 1 April (student free day)
    Learning Conversations take place from 8.45am to 3.45pm

Parents are encouraged to contact the subject teacher with specific concerns throughout the term. The Learning Conversations provide an opportunity to briefly share student learning progress. We always endeavour to provide the maximum number of after hours sessions, whilst also taking our teaching staff into consideration. Please make your bookings as soon as you can, as sessions for certain subjects can become fully booked quite quickly.

Parents will be notified when bookings are open and guidelines will be provided as to how to navigate Learning Conversations on MS Teams, closer to the time.

Tuesday Professional Practice Time

A message from our Leaders of Pedagogy, Tina Di Camillo and Punita Mistry:

"All staff at Siena College attend Professional Learning Development on Tuesday afternoons. For our teaching staff, the focus is always on how to best support student learning, from a wholistic perspective. In 2022, we will further our pedagogical focus to include a discipline specific Whole School Literacy Program.

The program is evidence based and utilises both external data such as NAPLAN and Allwell Testing, as well as our own internal formative and summative data, to identify specific learning opportunities. This will be supported by teacher pedagogical development in explicit teaching and feedback strategies.

We also continue to embed the learning from 2021, including our focus on the Learning Framework and Lesson Structure to ensure consistency in lesson delivery for students’ benefit. Students have noticed and appreciate the consistency in the layout of their lessons. The uniformity of a defined lesson construct facilitates the ability to anticipate the lesson layout, in turn creating a sense of familiarity and place, that promotes confidence and understanding of context.

We look forward to sharing our learnings with the wider school community throughout the year."

Year 7 Academic Services Testing Results

A message from our Head of Learning Diversity, Annette Barker:

"The Allwell Academic Services Testing Reports are now available on Siena Central. Please sign into Siena Central, select your daughter’s name (left menu) and then click on the Academic Reports tab located on the far right.

Students can access this report via the Academic Reports tab on their Siena Central profile.

If you have any difficulties accessing Siena Central, fplease contact IT Help during business hours: ithelp@siena.vic.edu.au or 9835 0200."

If you have any questions regarding your daughter's Allwell Academic Services Testing Report, please email our Head of Learning Diversity, Annette Barker: ambarker@siena.vic.edu.au.

Horizons Week (previously known as Activities Week)

Horizons Week provides the opportunity for cohort specific connection building, collaboration and experiential learning. Each year level has a carefully considered and specifically planned program in support of the learning and wellbeing of students. We kindly request your support in student attendance.

Monday, 4 April to Friday, 8 April
The Siena in the City program will keep our Year 9 students busy on an adventure of discovery and learning in Melbourne’s CBD.

  • Monday, 4 April: Onsite planning
  • Tuesday, 5 April to Friday, 8 April: City experience

Wednesday, 6 April to Friday, 8 April

  • Year 7 and Year 10 students will attend Lord Somers Camp
  • Year 8 students will be involved in a variety of experiential activities, including Indigenous Encounter Program, as well as History and Geography experiential activities
  • The focus for Year 11 students will be on Careers and Opportunities for the Future
  • Year 12 students will be on retreat at Pallotti College, Millgrove

Parents will receive notification for the different year levels in the coming weeks.

Donna Laughlin

Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching