During May, I visited both state and federal parliaments as well as attending the AGM of Christian Education National, the Christian school group we are a member of, the AGM of the Australian Association of Christian Schools, who provide government advocacy for us, and our own AGM.
On the national scene, there has been much discussion about what has been labelled “Gonski 2.0”. What is it and why is it important? Generally, Australian Governments determine the funding levels of independent schools every four years. A challenge with the overall system has been that while there is a model of funding, not all schools have been subject to it. I realise that this may not make sense, but in reality while there has been a model that calculates funding for each school, some schools are funded at levels above that stipulated by the model (not Bayside). The original “Gonski” model and now the new Gonksi 2.0 are attempts to bring greater transparency to the system, ensuring that all schools receive the monies as allocated by the government formulae, as well as having a model that applies for a longer period than the usual four years.
Now, as a Principal, I could argue about the fairness or otherwise of any model put forward by a particular government, yet the idea of transparency and funding certainty is great. As such, I have recently written to our federal member Chris Crewther stating that we appreciate the attempt to bring greater transparencies and to remove the inconsistencies.
As we enter the last month of Semester One, I wanted to take the opportunity to inform you of a few staff changes. Previously, I was delighted to announce that Mrs Glenys Bailey is stepping into the role of Acting Head of Primary for Semester Two. Given this, we have been seeking a new Prep teacher of the second half of the year. Thankfully, we have been able to appoint Miss Jennie Taylor to this position. Miss Taylor has previously worked at Oxley College and will be a great addition to the team. I am also delighted to announce that Mrs Nadarajah is about to take maternity leave! We are delighted for Madura. Again, thankfully, we are delighted that Mrs Tammie Chester has accepted the opportunity to replace Mrs Nadarajah in the second half of the year.