What is an Investigator Student?
As the new principal of this fine Anglican College, I have made classroom visits a priority, talking with students about what are the characteristics of an Investigator student.
I have summarised some responses below for your interest and I am certain you will rejoice in their commitment to being good citizens.
Confident but not arrogant
This stands out to me as a hallmark of an Investigator student. I have seen students in other schools who are confident but not caring; so full of their self-importance that they are careless in their treatment of others. Investigator students believe in their strengths and abilities, and, importantly, believe in those of others too. Our students are encouraged to enjoy the company of others, to spot their strengths, and to respect each other’s differences. Striving to achieve personal best outcomes in all pursuits, our culture is one where the sky truly is the limit. Investigator staff members are role models of this, setting themselves goals and performing among the nation’s finest.
Over the past two weeks alone I have led 16 school tours, and the exceptional manners have been obvious to all prospective families. Classrooms are calm and focused, with unrivalled levels of student engagement. At Investigator, we believe in the importance of treating others well and showing respect through lovely manners. Life will be much more pleasant for our students in return, as other people enjoy the company of those with good manners.
Investigator students know the importance of not letting harsh words from others, or less than pleasant experiences, throw us off course and prevent us from achieving our dreams in life. We view these as set-backs – not permanent – so we can move ahead. Exhibiting growth mindsets, in keeping with an awareness of the importance of optimism, our students acknowledge that we can improve outcomes through effort and practice.
The ability to work independently and in groups
Successful people understand the ‘rules’ of effective team-play and collaboration, but can also work well on their own. Social intelligence and ‘tuning in’ to the feelings of others assists here and our students are particularly good at this. Families on tours always comment on the exceptional behaviour of our students and the focus exhibited by students doing independent study.
Respect, understanding and acceptance of other gender and cultural groups
Among numerous other benefits, an awareness of cultures and beliefs helps Investigator students gain a healthy perspective. We frequently discuss the benefits of having a global outlook and being ready to embrace the challenges of being citizens of the world (not just the local district).
Pride in his or her school and achievements
Investigator students are indeed fortunate to attend such a good school, and they are poised to accumulate a myriad of wonderful childhood memories, which can be drawn upon during challenging times throughout their lives. It is important to live and savour the moment as well, with scientific studies supporting our belief in the wellbeing benefits of expressing gratitude.
Concern and respect for the environment and animals
Few would argue when I say that we are blessed with a beautiful environment at Investigator College. Spacious grounds, shady trees, multiple play areas complemented by arguably the finest nature-play area in the state, our students appreciate their surrounds. This is before we even get to our unique waterfront EcoCentre at Currency Creek, where student levels of enquiry and concern for the future set new standards. Also, as Ghandi once said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.” Investigator students exhibit an ethic of care towards all living things, and I have been delighted to see the interest taken in our lambs, chickens and other animals that our students experience through exceptional agricultural and sustainability programs.
We want our students to acknowledge that they are good people, to experience good and ethical lives, and to be proud of who they are. Each of us is unique and this is to be celebrated. Our students are striving to be their best self.
Investigator students are equipped with skills and attitudes to enable them to evidence a high degree of self-control and responsible decision-making throughout their lives, including the use of social media. These attitudes and values are developed in partnership with you, so thank you for supporting your student and staff in their efforts.
Term 3 Updates
- The Hub (Library) will be open again at lunchtimes.
- The Canteen will now be open at Recess 2.
- We will revert to assemblies in the Theatre. These will be for students and staff initially and some Zoom assemblies are being planned for parental engagement.
- We will make an informed decision regarding parents returning to classrooms early in Term 3.
- Parents who have arranged with the teacher to assist with reading (or similar) in classrooms will need to sign in at Administration.
Farewell Mr McLaren
I wish to advise you that – with mixed emotions – I have accepted the resignation of esteemed teacher and leader Mr David McLaren.
David has been a leader, teacher, mentor and revered colleague to so many at Investigator for the past nine-and-a-half years. Before Investigator, David has been a highly regarded leader at some of Australia’s finest Anglican Colleges, including St Peter’s College where he is remembered as an exceptional Head of Junior School. I congratulate David on a fine career, and know that Investigator College is a better place for having had him work here. His calm and wise influence will live on.
I know you join me in wishing David and Lyn improved health and every success in the future. David will always be welcome at Investigator College.
Year 6.1 will benefit from the expertise of Miss Sally Judd and Mrs Melissa Belton for the remainder of 2020.
Wishing you all a relaxing and safe break. Lessons resume on Wednesday 22 July.
I have really appreciated your support again this term. Investigator is blessed with a brilliant community. Yes, COVID-19 has made it more challenging for us to engage recently but it has been a pleasure to catch up across the car park and at Zoom assemblies. Watch this space as we will come together for many great times in the months and years ahead. Go Investigator!
UNIFORM SHOP UPDATE…
Thank you for your support during Term 2 with Online Ordering. It has been a popular way to purchase uniforms and will continue to be available. Please be aware that orders placed after midnight on 30 June will be ready for collection on Wednesday 22 July between 2:00pm and 4:00pm.
We are pleased to announce Perm-A-Pleat is planning to re-open our Uniform Shop to the public for the upcoming semester.
Holiday Uniform Shop Hours:
Monday 20 July 9:30am – 12:30pm
Tuesday 21 July 9:30am – 12:30pm
Term 3 Uniform Shop Hours:
Wednesday 2:00 – 4:00pm
The Uniform Shop will operate using social distancing, which will mean that only one adult and one child can be in the shop at a time. Hand sanitiser will be available and extra cleaning will take place on surfaces. We appreciate your understanding and patience. Please be aware that extra time may be required at this time.
* EFTPOS payments are preferred
* Please do not come to the Uniform Shop if you or your child is unwell with Cold or Flu symptoms; Order online or over the phone instead.
From 22 July, uniform orders placed before midnight on a Tuesday will be ready for collection the following day between 2:00pm and 4:00pm from the Uniform Shop, and any orders not collected by close of trade will be taken to Administration for collection from Thursday onwards. Please note that Administration hours are 8:30am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday during term time only.
ADMINISTRATION HOLIDAY HOURS…
Have an amazing holiday break! We look forward to seeing you all again next term.
Term 3 commences on Wednesday 22 July.
Please note that the Administration and Finance Office will be closed from Monday 6 July – Friday 17 July.