A positive start to the day
‘It is up to me to present a cheerful smile and be a positive influence on others’ Lyn Alexander, Teacher, John XXIII College.
Our annual staff conference occurs each year at the beginning of Term 3. It is a valuable and important period for our dedicated staff to enhance our own professional learning and to enjoy each other’s company. Each year we construct a program where we invite experts to work with our staff on a variety of spiritual, educational and wellness activities. Some of the best professional learning is when we learn from each other and a highlight of this year’s conference was a panel of staff relating stories of their time at the College.
Lyn Alexander is an excellent teacher and a person of integrity. Her comment above is reflective of the positive and engaging characteristics we wish to develop amongst teachers and others employed at the College. This year’s staff ‘panel’ was expertly chaired by Ms Veronica Brennan-Poland (English) and included wonderful input from Ms Alison O’Connor (Humanities), Mr Doug Watson (Logistics Coordinator), Mrs Cayley King (Kindergarten) and Mrs Lyn Alexander (PE, RE and Careers). Everyone has a story and it was wonderful to hear the tales of staff dedicated to our students and the school. Serious learning and teaching moments were interspersed with good humour with the best interests of our students always at the forefront.
This week we have also had the benefit of some outstanding external presenters. Mr Ric Del Pizzo, Community Relations, was largely responsible for Fr Tom Scirghi SJ visiting the College. Fr Tom is a prominent theologian based at Fordham University in New York. We partnered with Catholic Education Western Australia and Notre Dame University in bringing Fr Tom to Perth and we benefited greatly from his expertise at the staff conference as well as being integral to the Mary Ward Justice Lecture and working with students and the College Council. I look forward to sharing some of Fr Tom’s insights and our other presenters in the weeks to come.
We receive excellent support from our parents with the education of their children. I encourage our families to join in the celebrations of our Founders’ Time where we celebrate our Jesuit, Loreto and Pope John XXIII Heritage.
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I look forward to seeing you there!