As we come to the end of this academic year, it is with pride that we can look back on the many achievements of our young women and our staff. The many values that have been on display throughout the year have particularly come to the fore as we end the year – resilience when tackling a particularly tricky problem, whether it is in class or a problem between friends; courage in coping with changes; love and compassion towards all members of the school community; appreciation and happiness for each other and all the opportunities provided within our college– which all strengthen our character and ability to make the most of every aspect of school life. All the Franciscan values of joy, trust, service, respect, peace, love, simplicity, and compassion have definitely been front and centre this year.
The end of a school year brings many feelings and emotions for all people working in a school. As cohorts finish, and new ones step up; as individuals decide to move on; as we finish marking and reporting; and as we as teachers begin planning for the next year, we reflect, review, and refine. Of course, foremost, we see the evidence of our students' success and hard work; and for that we are extremely proud.
It is human nature, as we reflect upon a year, to consider those aspects that may not have worked so effectively and to dwell upon them; however, it is important to direct our energy and attention to what worked, what went well, and what we feel was successful. One of the only things in life that we have control over is how we tell our own story -- how we interpret our experiences and make sense of them. It is beneficial to consider this in the context of learning, growth, and empowerment. This certainly assists in the way we work towards the future.
So, for me, I feel that we have had a wonderful year! I learned so much and grew tremendously as an educator and leader. I worked with wonderful colleagues and valued their support and the work they did. It was a hard year (I, and all of us, worked a lot!) but it was worth it; I can see so much evidence of growth and positive impact on our young women. That makes me excited about our future.
I would like to thank all parents and carers for their support this year. A great deal of what we do in school cannot be achieved without you and your co-operation and care.
Finally, I would like to congratulate all students on the commitment and efforts you have put in this year. I hope that you feel that you have accomplished much and progressed effectively.
Queensland Core Skills Results for 2018
I would like to congratulate all Year 12s who sat the QCS Tests this year. Results this year showed improvement, with higher percentages of As and Cs, equal percentages of Bs, and lower percentages in the D range, which is an excellent result. Well done to all our young women on their efforts leading up to, and in the completion of, these tests. We have one more year of QCS testing, and thus we will continue to work with the girls to ensure their success with this. As well, congratulations to the teachers who worked with them on this journey.
Parent Surveys - 2018
I invite all parents to provide us with your feedback. It is important for us to gather your insights so that we can consider modifications for the future. As such, I ask that you complete the relevant survey via the appropriate link. Be sure to choose the relevant year level survey. Thank you for your input.
Francis School (Year 7 and 8) Parents/carers
Clare School (Year 9 and 10) Parents/carers
Elizabeth Hayes School (Year 11 and 12) Parents/carers
Have a very happy, safe, and holy Christmas and holiday period.