Dear Parents and Caregivers
Welcome to Term Tjhree
I hope your child/ren have returned to school with enthusiasm and are looking forward to the term. This term is action packed with 3-Way Learning Conferences, Academic Assemblies, Book Week, Sporting competitions, Subject Selections for 2018, Drama productions and various excursions. I encourage you to take up the opportunity to book in to see your child’s teacher/s if you have any concerns about their learning for Junior School: Tuesday, 1 August or Middle and Senior School: Wednesday, 2 August.
We welcome back our Iona pilgrims who enjoyed a very successful trip to London, Edinburgh, Oban and Iona. The following staff have joined the College this semester: Mr Mark Joyner, will replace Roberta Beer and teach Music and Coordinate Music; Mr Matt Penko, replaces Ms Ashlee Curtis and will teach English, Humanities and RE; and, Mr David Morgan is the new Publications and Digital Officer.
This year we have focussed on setting our directions and priorities for the next three years at the College. The 6 goals are:
Goal 1: Living Faith in Action
Goal 2: Empowering Compassionate Global Citizens
Goal 3: Developing High Quality Staff and Excellence in Teaching
Goal 4: Building Partnerships Within and Beyond
Goal 5: Embracing Contemporary Learning Environments
Goal 6: Enhancing our Reputation.
These goals will guide our priorities and over time I will report to you on our progress.
The priorities this year include developing best practice across R-12. Our vision for learning at St Columba College is Empowering Compassionate Global Citizens and therefore aim to develop the knowledge and skills that students need now and into the future. This includes relationship skills, literacy and numeracy, creativity, problem solving and ICT skills. The subjects of STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, is a priority for us to develop in the next three years.
We know wellbeing and learning are connected. When a student feels secure, safe and happy there are great outcomes for learning. This year we have introduced Positive Education to the staff which is a proactive approach to teach life skills. These include growth mindset, resilience, optimism, mental toughness, mindfulness, gratitude and forgiveness. Over time teachers will be teaching these skills across R-12.
The third priority is to develop a Master Plan for our building program. Architects Philips and Pilkington have been engaged to review the Master Plan and we will be embarking on a building program in 2018 to develop new classrooms in the Middle School.
Parent Satisfaction Survey
As parents/caregivers, your ongoing feedback is important to us as it assists us to review our work and plan for improvement.
I invite you participate in the 2017 Parent Satisfaction Survey. The survey will be open until Monday 6 August. I hope many of you take up this opportunity. The survey can be accessed by clicking here.
I hope the coming week goes well for you.
Ms Leanne Carr Principal