The end of Term 4 provides an opportunity to reflect on the year and celebrate the many achievements of students, staff and members of the community who volunteer their time to support our College. I thank everyone who attended Orion Night at Burrinja Theatre last night. We appreciate you taking time out at such a busy time of the year to acknowledge our award winners.
I would like to thank Chris Knight for his leadership in what was a very successful evening. Chris led a committed team of teaching and non-teaching staff behind the scenes for several months to produce the event. This year we had the following sponsors who also joined with us to provide a number of prizes and trophy’s for major awards. On behalf of the College, I would like to acknowledge their commitment to our students
- Alan Tudge MP
- Kim Wells MP
- Australian Defence Force
- Bendigo Community Bank Ferntree Gully
- Bendigo Community Bank Boronia Branch
- Chaplaincy Committee
- Eastern Suburbs Locksmiths
- One Hope Community Church
- Quest Coaches
College Captains 2017
It gives me great pleasure to announce that the 2017 College Captains are Natasha Orfanidis and Frazer Spence and Vice Captains Christy Pritchard and Mislav Tosic.
I am suretaht these students will be excellent representatives and role models for our students and the College.
The past few weeks have been devoted to transition programs and completion of end of year reports. I commend staff and students for the way in which they have focussed on the preparation for our 2017 teaching and learning programs and orientation day for our incoming Year 7 students. Our current students should be fully prepared for their studies when they return at the start of the year, and, if the start of secondary school is as engaging for our new students as their orientation day was, they have much to look forward to entering our College.
Thank you ParentNet
On Orientation Day a number of new parents, guardians and even grandparents joined the morning and afternoon tea put on by ParentNet. This informal welcome to our community highlighted the great work carried out by our ParentNet members and was valued by all present. ParentNet welcome new members. If you are interested please leave your details with Michele Rogers in the General Office.
Primary School Grade 5 Visits
Last week we had our final group of grade 5 visits to the College. The program has run very smoothly and there has been so much positive feedback. I would like to give thanks to Mr Chris Knight in leading the development and implementation of the program and Mr John Healy (Science), Mr Frank Martinek (Music), Mr Ben Phillips (Media/IT) and Mr Andrew Young (Technology) who have run sessions for all of our local primary schools over the past month.
Annual Implementation Plan 2017
The College Strategic Leadership Team have been analysing the data from this year’s staff, student and parent opinion surveys. This information and the student achievement results have been informing our decision making as we developed our draft 2017 annual implementation plan. The annual implementation plan describes how the key improvement strategies in our four year strategic plan, and other significant projects, will be put into operation during the year and how they will be monitored. This drives -
- our goals and targets for next year and how we communicate our work
- annual college charges so we can have efficient and effective allocation of resources to complete the work
- how we will monitor our progress and success throughout 2017.
Annual Implementation Plan 2017
A final copy of our Annual Implementation Plan for 2017 will be presented to Council in February for endorsement and uploaded to the College website.
End of Year
I would like to acknowledge the work of all teaching and non-teaching staff and volunteers throughout 2016. Every staff member plays a key role in the success of any school. The leadership team Mr Chris Knight, Mr Aaron Mackinnon, Mr Michael Alexis, Mr Lawrie Hitches, Ms Fiona Matthews and Mrs Vicky Kamfonas with leadership coach Mr Martin Culkin, have supported myself in the leadership and operations of our College. Michael Alexis and Aaron Mackinnon together with the Year Level Coordinators, Emma Morris, Casey Lawson, Tom Santos, Sylvia Wood and Vicki Manioudakis have provided strong support for Junior and Senior School students throughout 2016.
They have been well backed up by Mr Andy Phillips our Chaplain, Social Worker Ms Felicity Pinnuck, Psychologist Mrs Jill Esler and other team leaders. Ms Fiona Matthews has led the teaching and learning leaders to further develop our teacher practice and unit documentation ready for classroom delivery from day one next year. They have been well supported by our consultant Karen Green to bring a framework for continuous improvement through curriculum documentation, implementation and review.
I thank the many members of our community who have taken the time to provide positive feedback about the changes we have implemented over the past two years. The changes have become more visible this year as the significant growth in our student outcomes and external awards are acknowledged by leading educators, tertiary institutions, government and local representatives, business and industry. This together with a growth in community confidence and increased year 7 enrolments for 2017 provides us with reassurance that the work we are doing to provide the best learning opportunities for our students is on track.
I wish every member of our community a safe and enjoyable break.