It is always a great term, with many occasions to celebrate the success of students from all year levels. I especially enjoy the journey that begins with those coming into our College community from grade six and those exiting from our senior classes as they transition into further study or work. Term four highlights for us the growth of our young people into adulthood.
Over the break Year 12 students were offered additional revision preparation classes by their teachers and in other instances presentations by expert VCAA assessors. I would like to thank teachers for their commitment to conducting these sessions for our students and Mr Aaron Mackinnon Head of Senior School for his organisation and attendance throughout.
Next week we have a number of events to honour our Year 12 students for their persistence with their studies and their contribution to their studies. The schedule of events was developed following a review last year and establishment of the specific groups the students have been associated with in their time at Scoresby Secondary College. I am looking forward to seeing our Year 12 parents at the valedictory dinner which is the traditional evening where in which students acknowledge support and guidance pf parents over their thirteen years of school. Year 12 parents are also invited to participate in are the Parent Net barbeque breakfast between 8.00am and 8.30am on Monday. This year, the final assembly will not be attended by parents as it is the students’ farewell to their fellow students.
Australian Council for Education Leaders Conference
The Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) held their annual national conference last week from the 28 – 30 September at the Melbourne Convention Centre. Despite being school holidays, Mr Chris Knight, Mr Aaron Mackinnon and myself attended this outstanding program along with over 1400 delegates including system leaders, principals, policy makers, teachers and researchers from independent, catholic and public sectors.
Keynotes at the ACEL conference included several global thought leaders in education like Sugata Mitra (UK), Daniel Goleman (US), Carol Tomlinson (US). Wendy Kopp (US), Jane West (US), John Hattie (AU) and Brian Caldwell (AU). The conference line up also featured other presenters, Ben Walden (UK), Rosie Batty (AU) and Geoff Gallop (AU) who shared their unique perspectives to the conference theme of ‘Leadership with Insight and Innovation’.
The personal highlight of the three days was seeing our own Mr MacKinnon receiving his New Voice Emerging Leader Award at the National Award Ceremony on the evening of 29 September. Almost 160 guests attended the event to acknowledge and celebrate the leadership and commitment demonstrated by each awardee.
Aaron MacKinnon together with Bruce Armstrong Department Deputy Secretary, Jeremy Beard ACEL Victorian President and Hayley Dureau another ACEL New Voice award winner.
Learning and evidence gained from attending such a conference shapes both our knowledge and practice. At Scoresby Secondary College, we need to embrace new ways of thinking and doing and if we are to lead continuous improvement.
Knox City Council CEO ‘Principal for a Day’
Tony Doyle Knox City Councils new CEO spent a day at Scoresby Secondary College as part of the Principal for a Day Program. The objectives of the program were:
- To increase understanding and awareness between the school, local Council, business and the wider community
- Promote the great work that Scoresby Secondary College is achieving
- Provide first-hand and current experiences of the transformation of a school
- To develop on-going relationships with a local leader and draw on each other leadership strategies
Tony had a very busy schedule, engaging in class visits, gaining insight into the transformation of the College, hearing from our student leaders on their work within the college and local community, attending a planning meeting to discuss the progress of the boundary works between Harcrest Estate and looking at the challenges of the financial operation of a school.
Tony commended us on the quality of the teaching and learning in the college and provided an overview of many opportunities for our students to further develop their leadership skills and to work with council representing youth in the area.
Celebration of the creative and artistic talents of our students will take place on Wednesday October 19 at our Arts and Technology Showcase. This event was organised to showcase the work of junior and senior students completing units in Art, Music, Media, Design and Technology, Food Technology, Information Technology and Visual Communication and Design. It is difficult to under-sell the time and effort that goes into preparing art work, folios of work and performance pieces. Students and staff have been working together in the development of their final presentation pieces. Being able to recognise the achievement of these students is very important.
We welcome back Andy Phillips our Chaplain who has returned this term. Unfortunately Mr Michael Alexis has become unwell and after his recent hospital visit, will be unable to return for four weeks. In the interim, Ms Emma Morris will be acting Head of Junior School and Student Services. Mr Chris Knight and Ms Morris will be overseeing the transition process during this time.