The Year in Review
At the start of this year we launched ‘Strategy 2022’. This document not only makes clear the foundational values of the College of Faith, Excellence, Integrity, Perseverance, Respect and Humility, it is guiding all that we do in the College over the next five years. It is clearly articulating and guiding a plan to see improvement in curriculum, teaching and learning, staff development and mission and service throughout the College.
There have been many highlights this year, but one in particular that stands out, is the recent visit from Gideon Kabenge from Ararat Christian Junior School in Uganda. Gideon learnt much from us about Christian education but I think we learnt so much more from him. Our staff and students got to see experience the humility and faith Gideon displayed in the sacrifices he has made to start a school for AIDS orphans. As a College, we are excited about developing ongoing support for Ararat Christian School. Next year, as part of Strategy 2022 several developments will occur.
Middle School classrooms will be fitted out with new, colourful furniture to allow collaborative learning.
The Pentagon will be developed as a community hub for students. New flooring and café style tables and chairs along with a Table Tennis table will provide a space for Middle and Senior School students to eat lunch, especially on wet Warrnambool days.
The current Year 9 classroom will be converted to a Secondary Music facility with offices, storeroom and tuition rooms as well as a performance space. Relocating music to this area brings together P-12 Music in one location in the College.
At the end of this year we farewell three staff members. Dianna Hodgens completes 7 years’ service as Learning Support Assistant in Junior School. Diana and her husband David are relocating to Wodonga with their family as they take on a new Pastoral role at Wodonga Baptist Church.
Sherril McKay completes nearly 7 years as Librarian and classroom teacher. Mrs McKay is retiring after 40 years working as a teacher in three states across Australia. She will join her husband, Ian, who is now working in the University sector in Mount Gambia.
Louisa Doherty completes 3 1/2 years service as Head of Middle School. Mrs Doherty has served the College wholeheartedly during her time at King’s. She is a highly competent, well organised person who has not only fulfilled her role as Head of Middle School with care and compassion, she has also taken on other significant administrative tasks within the College. Mrs Doherty leaves us to join her family who are living and working in Melbourne. We wish her all the best as she commences at Chairo Christian School next year.
We welcome Melisa Champness to the role of Head of Middle School for 2019. Mrs Champness has a strong vision for middle schooling and pastoral care and we look forward to her involvement as part of the College leadership team.
We also welcome Kirrilee Neild to the position of Librarian next year. Mrs Neild brings a wealth of experience from other library settings and we look forward to her contribution to developing the library as a 21st Century learning space.
Thank you for partnering with King's College and seeing the value in Christian Education by making the decision to send your children to the College. Enrolments and interest continues to grow, and it is encouraging to know that King’s College is a light that shines Christian values brightly into our community.
May you know the love of Jesus Christ this Christmas.