Statement of Values and School Philosophy
The work behind our vision and values over the last few months will result in a new policy to be presented to Council called the Statement of Values and School Philosophy. This policy will outline our school’s vision, our values and the expectations on all members of our school community. This policy will be available on our school website and student planner once it is approved by Council in Term 4.
To celebrate and embed our Statement of Values and Philosophy in our school community, we intend to:
- display posters and banners that promote our values in our school
- celebrate our values in our school newsletter and online communication platforms
- provide awards and recognition for students who actively demonstrate the values
- discuss our values with students in the classroom, meetings and assemblies.
The recommendation to Council is that Kurunjang Secondary College’s new vision is to achieve success for our community through respect, responsibility and collaboration.
The recommendation to Council is that Kurunjang Secondary College’s adopts the 3 new values of Respect, Achievement and Responsibility.
To give Kurunjang Secondary College’s values of respect, achievement and responsibility some further clarity the following statements are intended to give the values further clarity:
We respect ourselves, our school and each other, and understand that our attitudes and behaviours have an impact on the people around us.
We strive to achieve success in everything we do, to the best of our ability, and embrace every opportunity that is offered.
We take on responsibility by being personally accountable for, and in control of our actions.
The next phase of work from here is for the College to support its new Vision and Values by developing a mission, a motto and specifying the “why, the how and the what” we plan to do to embed these into our day to day work. The “Why?” is underpinned by the underlying core values and beliefs that we have. The “How?” is denoted by the specific principles that we adhere to and the “What?” is epitomized in the various practices that will all adopt to ensure that we all have the skill to model the values of the College.
This is important work that I anticipate spending most of Term 4 developing before bringing it back to Council for consideration.
This is certainly a busy time for the College but at the same time a very exciting period as well.
Doctors in Secondary Schools Launch.
It was with great fanfare and pride that last week, on Wednesday 12 September 2018, the College formally launched its Doctors in Secondary School Clinic.
The Doctors in Secondary Schools Program enables young people to get the health care they need, including referrals for further physical and mental health management where needed.
Our students need this care and deserve this care. Adolescents have among the lowest GP attendance rates and frequently miss out on important health care due to barriers in accessing services, such as the cost of consultation visits, not knowing where to go, lack of parental support to attend, and concerns that confidentiality will not be assured by the doctor. Once fully rolled out, almost 65,000 students from 100 Victorian Government secondary schools will have access to a GP onsite at their school.
The College has been operating the clinic for the last month with great success. I look forward to hearing the success of this venture in the next few years.
The College welcomes our new partner, West Care Medical Centre, and in particular Dr Sonya Morrissey and nurse Leanne Smerton and we look forward to a long and productive relationship.
Initiatives of this magnitude do not occur on their own. I would like to take this opportunity to thank David Veale, who was Acting Principal of the College at the time this proposal was put together, Lisa Nottelmann of the North Western Melbourne PHN who negotiated the relationship with West Care and Melanie Hayward, the College’s Student Support Leader and her team for the their work in ensuring the implementation was in place.
I wish all of you a pleasant, and restful break.