2017 has all the ingredients to enable another year of improvement in all aspects of life at Kew.
This is the first year of our new strategic plan. We have reiterated our focus on excellence in teaching and learning and providing a positive climate for our students. To this end, we continue to encourage students to be their best, to accept challenge, and to participate in all the programs on offer with the support of all the staff. We encourage students to concentrate on their learning and take responsibility for their outcomes, to be empowered, to be motivated and to find a genuine connection to their peers and to their school.
At the end of 2016 we farewelled Leigh Callender, Abby Montoro, Geraldine Latour-Akremi, Madeleine Griffeth and Lachlan Friend from our staff.
Ms Korakis who was with us from 1982, also took her leave. There are many in our community who have been fortunate enough to come in contact with her at Kew. Katy made a significant contribution to the school, firstly through the Greek Association, then as a Learning Area leader and as a caring and committed classroom teacher of Greek and English. She has offered a great deal to Kew High School but also to State Education through her work with VCAA. She is highly credentialed and well respected. On behalf of the many students she has supported, motivated and encouraged, and the staff with whom she has worked closely, we thank Katy for her expertise and positive input and wish her well in the future.
We welcome our new classroom teaching staff for 2017 including Kevin Tardif, Stuart Crawford, Jarrod Bye, Ireen Singh, Elisa Catanzariti, Kathryn Sturdy, Kristine Tang, Elaine Horton, Joanna Healy, Amelia Luscombe and for a short time, Jory Clark, Adele Macer and Lyri Alton. The support staff additions this year are Tanya Thompson and Cass Blake.