As you will be aware from our last edition of Directions, I reported on the recent work of the College Board [in conjunction with the Leadership team and staff], and articulated our Vision, Mission and Purpose for the future of the College.
Throughout the process, our facilitator emphasised the importance of accurately reflecting the quality of our programs, the passion and commitment of our staff and the nurturing culture we enjoy as a community.
In attempting to describe the behaviours, attitudes and aspirations we seek for ALL members of our community [staff, students and parents/caregivers] the following College Values have been enunciated:
We want our community, our students and our staff to strive, to see the opportunities to be more, to do more and to continuously improve themselves and those around them.
We want to have a greater impact on our community, pro-actively listening to and looking for ways we can encourage our local community and empower each other to be at our best.
We want people to understand their gifts, talents and unique nature. We want to uncover them and empower them to be their best self.
We want every person to belong, to feel welcome, encouraged, valued and supported to be their best self.
We want to share the hope of Jesus Christ with our community through our actions inspired by the teachings and moral values of our Christian faith and heritage.
We want to remove the barriers around us that hold people back. No matter what we do, we should ensure that those around us have the opportunity and the choice to join in.
We want to build a trusting and honest relationship with each other and the community we serve, valuing confidentiality and openness equally.
Whatever personal excellence looks like to you, we want to cultivate and encourage a high standard, working together to uphold it.
Our staff members are considering the actions and behaviours that would reasonably be associated with each of these values statements in order that we might keep each other accountable for protecting and upholding them.
As an important part of our community, I invite you to consider how you might also uphold, respond and protect these values. In so doing we are building a heathy, resilient and community focused learning environment for our families.
Finally, a reminder. Our Annual General Meeting will take place commencing at 7.00pm on Wednesday 23 May. The meeting will enjoy the surrounds of the new Early Learners Centre – a wonderful opportunity to see the College’s commitment to quality Reggio Emilia inspired Early Learning on the South Coast.