A wintry welcome to you all! The much needed rain has certainly announced the arrival of winter, a season when, typically, things slow down… but not here at the College!
As I outlined in the Week 3 edition, plans are well in place for physical developments at the Victor Harbor Campus: a purpose designed Music and Performing Arts Centre to be located near the Theatre and Gymnasium; additional classrooms for our increased classes in 2020; a new playground for our Junior School and increased parking near our fabulous Little Investigators Early Learners Centre…all planned to be ready in Term 4!
But of course, as important as it is for our College to have the best facilities, our greatest “asset” is community: students, families, events, programs and staff. These are our greatest “investments”. So, I want to personally thank the many people who have “invested” their time, expertise, effort and passion in the following events (some are coming up very soon!):
Senior Drama Performance (Thursday 30 May and Friday 31 May) is set to be staged in the Performing Arts Centre. Led and directed by the highly skilled and indefatigable Ms Danielle Johnstone, “Stories from Suburban Road” is a challenging and thought-provoking new Australian play by Alan Becher, adapted from the book by Tom Hungerford. It promises to be a wonderful showcase of the outstanding dramatic talent of our senior students…and it is also their external exam! So, if you don’t yet have a ticket…they are available at the door. Come along and support our super thespians!
Fleurieu Tertiary Studies Day (Friday 7 June). The College is again the centre for post-school tertiary, workplace and careers information. The Fleurieu Tertiary Studies Day brings to the College representatives from several of our major universities, TAFE, Training Organisations, Armed and Emergency Services and Employment services. Students and families will receive information about degrees, diplomas and other further study options as well as certificates, traineeships and apprenticeships. In addition, students and families will be able to speak “one on one” with experts in post-school options. Led by our Dean of Senior Students, SACE Coordinator and VET Coordinator (yes…it’s all ONE job!) Mrs Belinda Delyster, our expert senior staff will also be on hand to help guide students and families through the almost endless possibilities for our students. This is an occasion not to be missed by anyone who is exploring their future.
The College Musical (27, 28, 29 June). This is a College INSTITUTION! Come and see why! This year’s production, “Legally Blonde Jr.” promises to be a night of song, dance and fun! Ms Nicole Ranson and Mr Matthew Freeborn and their electric cast will have you “singin’ in the rain”… Come and support our amazingly talented students. They are so excited- and so am I!
ANOTHER “PEOPLE” UPDATE
The College is delighted to welcome Mrs Natalie Redwood, who will be replacing Mrs Carolyn Pynor as the new Year 6 teacher. Natalie is a highly skilled and experienced teacher who has special skills and insights into the transition into Middle School. Having also worked as an NDIS Consultant, Natalie has a passion for assisting students with special needs. We welcome Natalie and also wish Mrs Pynor every success as she ventures overseas to continue her teaching journey.
We also welcome back for Terms 3 and 4 Mr John Davidson into Middle and Senior School Mathematics and Science. John is well known to many in the College and is a dedicated and passionate teacher with a range of educational experience. In addition to his mathematical and scientific prowess, we will also be tapping into John’s amazing Information and Computer Technology skills! John comes on board as we make class changes and wish Mrs Rebecca English every happiness on maternity leave. We are all excited about the arrival of a new baby for Rebecca and look forward to sharing in her joy!
The next “staffing” update is another key investment.
WELLBEING LEADERSHIP 2020
After consultation via surveys, interviews and, most importantly, listening to students and families, the College Board undertook to update our Strategic Direction: Your best self. A large part of this task was to identify key needs within the College, one of which is wellbeing and community engagement.
As I mentioned earlier, great schools are MUCH more than facilities: they are PEOPLE.
As a concrete and practical investment in wellbeing, I’m very pleased to announce that the College will be adding another Wellbeing Leadership position in 2020 – one which recognises the differing needs for different age groups, and the special needs of our youngest learners, but also adds another key contact person into the Wellbeing Team.
Currently, we have Wellbeing Leaders for R-6, Years 7-9 and Years 10-12.
As of 2020, the College Wellbeing Leadership structure will be:
Wellbeing and Community Development Team Leader: Early Learning – Year 2
Wellbeing and Community Development Team Leader: Year 3 – Year 6
Wellbeing and Community Development Team Leader: Middle School (Years 7 – 9)
Wellbeing and Community Development Team Leader: Senior School (Years 10 – 12). Continuing Role: Mrs Belinda Delyster
We are currently in the interview and screening stages and I look forward to announcing the Wellbeing Team for 2020 in early Term 3.
A FINAL THANK YOU
The recent AGM was a fantastic evening in which we celebrated the 2018 College year, and made some important improvements to the constitution of the College.
It was wonderful to see so many staff and families “invest” their time at what can sometimes be seen as a “chore”. My special thanks to the enormous time, effort and expertise by our College Board (“old” and new!).
The Board members are all passionate supporters of the College who give their time freely to “steer the ship” and to fulfil the crucial legal and fiduciary role of governance. The Board’s responsibilities are many and significant.
The Board (pictured below, left to right): Mr Rob Foggo, Mr Colin O’Donnell, Mrs Anna Jones, Rev Ian Young, Mrs Sarah Kay, Mr Gavin Daniell, Mrs Rachel Elliott (Chair), and Mrs Georgina Ashworth.
I know the Board will be highly visible and vivacious and I’m sure you will all join me in supporting them and thanking them for all they do for the College.
The next edition of Directions will be in a few weeks’ time. So, until then:
Stay tuned for further news…and stay warm!
Andrew Panozzo | Acting Principal