Thank you for your Semester 1 contribution to the work of the Kildare community. I hope Semester Reports provided a clear direction on where to next for student learning. Coaching time has been a great success this Semester and I congratulate all students and staff for their efforts in this area.
Today we prayed for Justin Webb, father of Joel in Year 7. Justin’s funeral is today in Junee. Please remember Justin, Hope and Joel in your prayers.
Eternal rest, grant unto him, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May the souls of the faithful departed
through the mercy of God rest in peace.
Today we gathered all students to tell them that a mainstay and foundation of Kildare Catholic College, Assistant Principal Simon Huntly, has resigned and will leave at the end of the school year after 14 years service. Simon has been a House Coordinator, KLA Coordinator and, for the last 10 years, Assistant Principal. Simon, Liz and family are relocating to the Camden area where Simon will continue his work in Catholic education. Despite reassurance that he did not need to formalise this until much later in the year, Simon does not like keeping a secret and has let us and the CSO know his intentions early.
Later in the year we will have opportunity to thank Simon and wish him well more formally. I am one of many who owe him a personal and professional debt for expertise, support and friendship freely and persistently offered. Please make sure you see Simon some time during Semester 2 to add your thanks for his foundational work in and for the College.
Thanks to everyone who supported Simon and the leadership team during my absence on study leave and LSL. The work in New York and Toronto was productive, and affirming for our work at Kildare. A highlight was time spent with Ken Leithwood from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education who is a world-leader in the study of strong education systems, and whose extensive 15 year involvement in Ontario’s education system has made it one of the most admired and effective in the world. Many of Ken’s findings and ideas are implemented directly at Kildare and hearing them first-hand made them clearer still for me. The 3 weeks holiday in New York was pretty amazing as well. Thanks again.