The partnership between parents, teachers and students in providing rich learning experiences for our young people is at the heart of a Pacific education. This week we held our Middle Years and Year 10 Information Evenings. We thank parents, students and staff for your support of these evenings, which provided the opportunity for greater understanding of the next phase of learning to be shared.
We welcome Ms Adelle Byerlee as a Middle Years Learning Enrichment teacher. Ms Byerlee has a strong passion for learning and brings with her a breadth of experience having been a teacher librarian, completed research for the University of Queensland in literacy development and an extensive understanding of supporting students with disability and the gifted and talented. We look forward to Ms Byerlee working with our Learning Enrichment team to support teachers and students to enhance their learning.
Our Year 7 students returned home last Friday after their four day outdoor education experience, having enjoyed connecting with new people and engaging in a range of outdoor activities. All students are to be congratulated on the way they responded to the program changes brought about by the wet weather. We thank Head of Outdoor Education Ms Kim Wood for her thorough organisation, responsiveness in adjusting the program so professionally and communication. Thank you to Mr Ben Ryan, Mr Andrew Block, Mrs Leah Croke, Mr Alex O’Connor, Mrs Melissa Ousley and Pastor Tim Jarick who joined Ms Wood in leading the experience so successfully.
This fortnight, students have engaged in a variety of cocurricular experiences including the beginning of the Middle Senior SCISSA competition. It was good to see the spirit of our volleyballers last night, who had the good fortune of being able to play indoors. It was also good to engage with our production students who were involved in deep conversation around the detailed plans for the upcoming performance of Great Expectations. Among the range of opportunities, students have also been engaged in music ensemble rehearsals, robotics, debating and the Pacific Action Groups. Students and families have also been busy preparing for the start of the Saturday Soccer and Netball seasons. As students enjoy these activities, they are also building important capabilities that grow agency and efficacy. We thank our staff, students and parents for the considerable goodwill they show as they engage fully in the life of the College.
Parents are encouraged to come along to the Friends of Pacific meeting next week to learn more about the College and foster new friendships as they explore ways for the parent body to enhance the College. We thank our Friends of Pacific team capably led by Mrs Jenny Lee who provide great opportunities for connection and enhancement of the College.
May God equip us with the courage and compassion to always act with care, dignity and respect.
Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal