I have been impressed with the way our staff and students have worked creatively together in changing circumstances. As we have moved from large school gatherings, we have seen staff and students adapt to deliver chapels to Pastoral Care Groups and classes digitally, complete with singing. Assembly messages have also been conveyed very effectively using digital resources. As we respond to changing circumstances, opportunities arise for us to creatively explore ways to maintain connection, community and important parts of our culture.
Teachers and students have also been growing their capacity and preparing for home-learning should the College be directed to close. Through the use of Nav across Years 3-12 and Seesaw across Prep – Year 2, students will be able to access online learning materials from home in the event of a school closure. Again, there has been some very creative thinking in a range of areas as teachers have been learning and collaborating together. For students who are absent at present, normal processes for accessing missed learning still apply.
Congratulations to our speech and drama students who have very successfully completed their grade level exams at the end of 2019. A number of students were recognised at the recent Australian College of Music Annual Awards Night, placing 1st and 2nd in the state. Well done to all students and particularly Luca Jones, Mya Boyall and Sebastian Carter who were awarded gold for being in first place and Emily McKenzie, Lucy Dimond, Priya Miles, Matthew McKenzie and Sameeha Thompson who were awarded silver for being in second place. We also congratulate Luca Jones who was awarded the Annabel Garriock Award for excellence in his grade level and Cosi Winter who was awarded the Patrick Ryan Achievement award for consistency of achievement and dedication. We thank Mrs Lisa McKibbon for her excellent guidance and development of these students.
We do think of and say a prayer of thanks for our many families who are negotiating increased intensity through their involvement in the health industries and other areas of work at this time. We pray for you and pray that God would guide us and equip us with kind hearts and keep all in our community safe.
Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal