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Dear College Community

I hope we are all settled into Term 4. I especially welcome the many students and their families who have started at Investigator College this term. It is wonderful to see the College continue to grow.

As I mentioned in an earlier edition, enrolments for 2020 continue to grow; indeed, places are becoming limited at a number of year levels. So, if you do know of families seeking to enrol at the College, please encourage them to contact Elly Parker on 8555 7511 as soon as possible.

We have a very full program ahead this term.

Firstly, my sincerest thanks to all involved in ‘Fun on the Fleurieu’ in our Performing Arts and Sports Centre. This is a very important community event that showcases the many services and offerings available for our youngest learners on the Fleurieu. Representatives from Early Learners Centres, childcare, libraries and more all come together on this day. Investigator College is always a very proud host.

Immediately following this event was the very successful ‘Spring Event’. It was wonderful to catch up with so many families, to share a meal and a drink, and to watch our young people play. It was a fun, informal gathering that we will certainly repeat in 2020.

An Orientation session for new students commencing in 2020 will be held on 22 November.  This session is an invaluable welcome to the College, its facilities and programs, and a fabulous opportunity for new students to meet future classmates and teachers. A special orientation program for our 2020 Reception classes will also
run over the coming weeks.

Our Goolwa Campus Transition Program commences in Week 5. This will involve regular visits to the Victor Harbor Campus, special activities and rehearsals for our combined Christmas festivities at the end of the year.

There will also be a very special Goolwa Campus Celebration Evening on Tuesday 12 November. This will be an informal, community evening to acknowledge the significant contribution of both the Goolwa Campus and the Goolwa Community. Please come and join us in celebrating together as we move towards the future.

As our Year 12 students prepare for their final examinations and assessments, our Year 10 and 11 students also begin gearing up for their approaching examinations. In addition, students will participate in our innovative ‘Head Start’ program. This program provides students an update on their programs for 2020, as well as several sessions focussed on the skills, preparatory work and planning for their 2020 subjects so that they truly have a ‘head start’ for next year.

Presentation Evening will take place on Thursday 5 December at 7:00pm in the Performing Arts and Sports Centre. This is one of the College’s biggest events in which we recognise the achievements of our Middle and Senior School students. It is also the final formal College occasion for our Year 12 graduates.

What a term ahead!


As you will be aware, Mrs Sandi Grimmett will be leaving us at the end of the year after many years of distinguished service to the College.

The College has recruited nationally in order to establish a Reception team for 2020 and beyond and we are thrilled to announce that our Reception Team will be:

Mrs Stephanie Gurner and Ms Julia Bartram


Mrs Gurner has been with the College for four years and is a dynamic, vivacious and caring teacher who connects in a special way with students, families and the wider community.

Ms Bartram has already worked in Reception along Mrs Gurner (during Mrs Grimmett’s Long Service Leave). Ms Bartram is a highly qualified teacher with high-level qualifications in Early Childhood Learning and Special Education. Like Mrs Gurner, she is passionate about young learners and providing a welcoming, engaging and vibrant learning community with students, families and staff.

Together, they have made and will continue to make a close and cohesive team for whom children are always the prime focus.

Andrew Panozzo, Acting Principal

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