Principal’s Welcome Message

Welcome to 2016

Assalaamu Alaykum wr wb,
May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon you all.
It is with great excitement I write my first message as the new principal of Garden College. I have moved from Melbourne and have worked at Ilim College for the past 12 years as a teacher and in various management roles. I look forward to ensuring Garden College is a safe and caring environment and through our programs and curriculum aim to encourage all students to be confident, self-aware and able to contribute to their personal growth and become active and positive members of society.FullSizeRender

Such important goals can only be achieved together; therefore it is a pleasure to welcome all staff, students and parents as partners of Garden College for 2016. Also on behalf of the School Board and Leadership, I wish to welcome all new staff, families and students who have joined Garden College together with me this year. InshaAllah you have all had a relaxing holiday and you are ready for another exciting education year.

2016 will be a big year for our school and I have great confidence in our staff members and look forward to the honour of working with you all to continue our success from last year. I am proud to announce the commencement of Secondary services with the opening of our Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 classrooms. Hopefully these services will continue to grow as we plan efficiently and effectively towards 2017 and beyond.

With the great team of staff at Garden College our aim will be to ensure every child achieves academic growth and develops socially, emotionally and islamically. Every day is important for your child’s education and it is imperative that they attend school every day unless an absence is strictly necessary to get the most out of their education. As the teacher’s try their best to support your children at school we rely on you as parents to support the learning of your children at home by supporting and encouraging them throughout the year.

We value quality family time and believe your close involvement with your child’s schooling will ensure success. Please monitor your child’s practices at home and limit their unnecessary usage of social media, internet and television. Entice them to complete their homework and read in order to better achieve. Most importantly, share school issues of concern with their teachers without delay, to ensure we work together to solve our shared problems together.

Students must be on time to school. Please drop them off before 9.15 every day. Parents are welcome to use the car park provided that they drive in and out slowly at walking pace. Supervision of the students within school grounds begins at 8.45am each day as we have staff members on duty in the school yard. Students must be in full school uniform each day. Our uniform shop is situated on campus.

It is our expectation that all parents and students are aware of the school rules and value these rules as a means to achieve success and be a part of a happy and orderly environment. We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to working together.

Parents of students in Years 3,5,7 and 9 are informed that your children will sit the NAPLAN Test during May this year. This week we have sent out forms to collect NAPLAN DATA from families of students sitting the test which is required as per regulations. Please have them returned to us no later than Monday February the 15th 2016.

The school will have information evenings in the coming weeks. I urge all parents to attend these evenings to gain a better understanding of your child’s schooling. I look forward to meeting every one of you and working with you during the 2016 educational year. Please feel free to book an appointment with me to discuss any matters.

May Allah assist us all on our educational journey in unity.

Wassalaamu alaykum wr wb.
Deniz Mehmet