As you’ve probably read in the newsletter and on our school calendar, photos are happening on Tuesday the 1st for Years 7-10.

All 7-10 students are expected to be in full school “Summer” uniform for the photos. Please remember this includes black shoes.

Here is the schedule for the day:

Lesson One (Year 9/10 H4 Community Photos):

Photos for Year 9/10 Homerooms of 9/10 RM (Ms Martindale), 9/10 JW (Ms Walto), 9/10 HM (Mr Millard) and 9/10 MH (Ms Hijazi). These classes are to proceed to the school hall for photos immediately after homeroom.

All other Year 9/10 classes in lesson one are cancelled and students are to meet in Upstairs H3 (The Science Labs) to be supervised for PLC by Dr Pickard, Ms Lee, Ms Simsen and Ms McGavock.

Year 7/8 classes will run as normal in lesson one.

Lesson Two (Year 7/8 M4 Community Photos):

Photos for Year 7/8 Homerooms of 7/8 PO (Mr Ormerod), 7/8KL (Ms Lum), 7/8AH (Mr Harding) and 7/8 BM (Ms Morris).

All other Year 7/8 classes in lesson two are cancelled and students are to meet in Downstairs H4 to be supervised for PLC by Ms Lee, Dr Pickard, Ms Walto, Ms White and Mr Walker.

Year 9/10 classes in lesson two will run as normal with the following exceptions: 9/10 Outdoor Education will be run by Mr Desmet, and 9/10 Graphic Design will be run by Ms Hoffman.

Lesson Three (Year 7/8 H4 Community Photos):

Photos for Year 7/8 Homerooms of 7/8COS (Ms Sadler / Ms Cook), 7/8RL (Ms Lee), 7/8KB (Ms Bradley) and 7/8LH (Ms Hemming).

All other Year 7/8 classes are…you guessed it…cancelled! Remaining students are to meet in M4 West to be supervised by Mr Kay, Ms Lum, Ms Hoffman and Ms Martindale.

Year 9/10 classes will run as normal!

Lesson Four: (9/10 H2 Community Photos):

Photos for the Year 9/10 Homerooms of 9/10SP (Dr Pickard), 9/10LS (Ms Simsen) and 9/10CL (Ms Leigh).

All other Year 9/10 classes are…take a guess, cancelled! Remaining 9/10 students are to meet in the Gym (that’s a little different) to be supervised by Ms Bradley, Ms Small, Mr Dickson and Ms Martindale for a more active PLC 🙂

Year 7/8 classes will run as normal with the exception of Ms Leigh’s Year 7/8 Drama class. Mr Nugent will cover this class.

Once photos are finished for all students, they will return with their teachers to their homeroom areas for the remainder of the lesson for PLC time.

So, as you can tell this is a bit of a disruption to the normal school day. We’ve tried to minimise it as much as possible to allow for homeroom teachers to be in a group photo with their homerooms (given that they are separated from their homerooms for some specialist classes), so the usual class schedule will only be thrown out for 2/5 lessons in a day for each student.

However, there are alternative options we’d like to explore for the 2015 photos to minimise the disruption even further. Rather than having a group photo, students could just have their single photos and then be part of a large photo of the entire Year 7/8 community and 9/10 community, or their separate learning communities (M4, H4 Downstairs, etc…).

We’re always keen to hear the thoughts of the parent community, since these photos are largely for your benefit. If you’re interested in keeping things the way they are, or have suggestions for alternative photos (such as large group photos or no group photos at all), please send your suggestions to james.riley@actetd.com

-Mr Riley