Last week Mrs Steinbergs and I attended the Christian Education National Executives’ Conference. These events are important as they provide opportunities for leaders to learn about aspects of school practice that are common across schools. Given the complex legislative framework in which modern schools operate, much of the conference was dedicated to issues that people may think are at the edges of school life. Rather than education, we were educated and reminded about several key policy and procedural areas that ensure schools are responsible and safe learning environments. With respect to this, I do find that, rather than education, the majority of the time of senior leaders, particularly principals, can be taken up in attending to administration and the oversight of policy and procedures. Given this, schools have leadership teams. At Bayside Christian College, to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the College, we are blessed with a College leadership with a variety of gifts and responsibilities. Mrs Steinbergs (Deputy Principal) oversees the Teaching and Learning in the College. Mrs McCann (ELC Director) coordinates the ELC. Mrs Bailey (Head of Primary) and Mrs Patterson (Head of Secondary), together with the Sub-School Coordinators, carefully lead and manage the Primary and Secondary Schools. Please continue to support these wonderful leaders in both prayer and through encouragement.
One of the significant changes to legislation and, hence, school policy over the past two years has been the introduction of the Child Safe Standards. As a College we are committed to promoting child safety at all times. An aspect of parent partnership is the provision of opportunities for parents to be involved in school life. Given our commitment to Child Safety, we now require all parents who volunteer to ensure that they have a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC). While we understand that this involves a little bit of extra work, we believe it is very much a part of ensuring that the College promotes child safety at all times.
While I am sure that we will see many of you at Parent-Teacher and Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences this week, we very much look forward to our biennial Carnival next week.