Maximising Student Engagement During Remote Learning

To assist with student engagement during the remote learning period, teachers may ask students to turn cameras on at times during lessons. Being mindful of their dress and surroundings, students are asked to commence lessons with their cameras on, background blurred, and microphones muted. They should then take further instructions from their teachers and may be called upon to unmute microphones and turn cameras off as required.

Term 3 Mid-Semester Reports and Student Progress Interviews – Years 7 to 12

Mid-semester reports will be released online via the Parent Portal on Friday 3 September at 10.00am.

Parents of Year 9 students should note that Year 9 ExCEL reports for Learning 4 Life subjects are not included with the mid-semester report. The ExCEL report will be released online on Monday 13 September at 4.00pm.

There is one more formal opportunity for the important learning conferences to occur this year - Monday 6 September will be a student-free day for the purpose of conducting the interviews on MS Teams. Interview times will be 12.00pm to 2.00pm, 3.00pm to 5.00pm and 6.30pm to 8.00pm.

Bookings for Student Progress Interviews will be available via the Parent Portal from Monday 30 August at 10.00am until 6.00pm on Sunday 5 September.

Because interviews are on MS Teams, students should also attend online and be sure to take their devices home the previous Friday. On the mid-semester reports, teachers may have indicated that an interview is required.

Parents may also initiate the interview by booking appointments to meet with their sons’ teachers. Teachers will be mindful to keep interviews to the times designated.

2022 JacPLUS - Jacaranda e-Textbook Bundle for Years 8 to 10 in 2022

In 2022, Parade College will continue to use Jacaranda’s $110 Digital Bundle as its digital textbook/educational resource provider for students in Years 7 to 10. This Digital Bundle offers great value as it provides access to eBooks and companion digital learning products across multiple subject areas including Mathematics, Science, English, History and Geography on your son’s digital device. As part of this bundle, your son will receive access to over $500 worth of educational product that is required for your son for the 2022school year.

Jacaranda Publishing will add all the prescribed eBooks and companion products to your child’s existing JacPLUS account.

To ensure that you receive your son’s 2022 school year text books and resources, you are asked to order and pay the $110 (plus $5 booking fee) online via Jacaranda’s payment portal by 15 October 2021. It will be available from 1 September.

Current Year 9 students enrolling in the Edmund Rice Pathways Program (ERPP) at Preston for Year 10, are not required to purchase the Jacaranda Bundle.

Booklists with the balance of items will be available in early November and will be required for the commencement of the 2022 school year. Details on how to pay for the Jacaranda bundle via the Jacaranda Payment portal will be emailed to families in early September.

Refer to for bundle and individual products information.

If you have not received an email please contact Ms. Stavroula Tsembas, Dean of Digital Learning, on

Your assistance in prompt payment will assist the school in the setting up of the resources in December 2021.

Article by Mr Geoff Caulfield

Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning