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Halfway report - Principal Wayne Axford

2 July 2020

Here we are, already halfway through an academic year like no other. COVID-19 has been unsettling for so many people around the world, but here in Western Australia we feel incredibly fortunate to have experienced relatively mild disruption to activities.

During Term 2 our students and staff were able to focus on teaching and learning goals that have already produced positive academic performances.

Our Mid-Year WA Universities’ Foundation Program group celebrated their graduation from the College in May before sitting external exams. We’re delighted to see they performed well after enjoying their time with us. I’m confident they are well prepared for the next step in their educational journey.

This week we will farewell Diploma of Commerce students who have completed their studies and will proceed to second year at either UWA or Curtin University, commencing next semester. These students will undoubtedly do well and make a smooth transition to university if the experience of previous cohorts is anything to go by.

Our Certificate IV students have just completed their exams and a number of students will proceed to the Canning Diploma of Commerce next term.

While we’re all looking forward to a short break, we’re also excited about the introduction of online learning next term. Around 15 students who had a disruption to their study program will resume with us online in Term 3. A further 30 new students will commence their study programs online until travel restrictions are lifted and they can travel to Perth to attend classes.

Our teachers have done an amazing job of trialling the technology to ensure that offshore students will get a rich and interactive learning experience. Our offshore students recently completed their online orientation session and were introduced to staff and the systems that will be used to support their learning program. We also had a recent on-campus orientation for a small group of students (pictured below), who were already in Perth.

Students during orientation

Pictured above: Students during Orientation for Mid-Year Programs. Photo: Canning College News

Until students can join us here, those based offshore will participate in classes at the same time as students who are on campus. This will ensure they have the same content delivery and opportunities to participate in discussions and other activities with classmates regardless of their physical location.

We look forward to welcoming new and returning students in Term 3 and hope all students, parents and staff enjoy the holidays.

Kind regards

Wayne Axford - Principal