From The Principal
What a busy and eventful term we have just completed. Term 1 is always filled with many new experiences and opportunities for our students. New classes, classrooms and teachers, new programs and initiatives, many camps have taken place and two of our major sporting carnivals, swimming and athletics have been conducted.
Spending time with students and staff.
Last week I had the privilege to meet with the new staff who have joined us this year. It is such a joy to see the enthusiasm and connections that our new colleagues are already making in our community.
I have also held a series of lunches with students this term from the Bellarine and Highton campuses as well as the Senior School. These informal chats over lunch provide me with a valuable insight into the student’s reflections about their learning experiences at Christian College. As a result of the success of these lunches I am hoping to offer more of these throughout the year. I will be asking teachers to recommend students who are doing “Good Work” around the campuses, for these events.
Leading The Learning.
Each week our Vice Principal Scott Elliss and I meet with the Heads of Campus to discuss the leadership across our campuses. Working closely with these dedicated and highly capable educators is a real joy. I am so pleased with the energy they bring to the work they undertake at their respective campuses.
This year we have had the welcomed addition of Mr Rick Geall as our 'Executive Director of Teaching and Learning'. It is fair to say that Mr Geall has hit the ground running and is already making a considerable impact around the campuses. One of his main areas of focus has been to make meaningful connections with the staff and to assist them to maximise the benefits of the many initiatives that have been introduced in our Educational Framework in recent years. I am excited about the future developments that will follow as a result. Please keep the leaders of your campuses in your prayers.
This year I am continuing the work that I have been doing with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Project Zero team. Part of this work is to refine and further develop the strategic direction that we are taking in providing, 'The Learning That Matters', for our students. This process involves participation from the College leadership team and will shortly be expanded to include our wider staff. Last week we held a productive day deepening our understanding of this important work as we seek to provide the very best learning experiences and opportunities for our students.
As the Easter weekend marks the beginning of the term break, I wish to invite us all to be mindful of the sacrifice that our Lord Jesus Christ made, to set us free from our sin and to bring us into a right relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Let us remind ourselves:
Firstly, He died that we might be forgiven.
Secondly, He died to make us new.
Thirdly, Jesus died so 'that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.'
I wish you an Easter break of reflection, quality family time and safe travels.
I look forward to welcoming all of the students back next term at our Commencement Assemblies, which will give us a wonderful opportunity to congratulate past student, Jakara Anthony following her recent success at the Winter Olympics in South Korea. We are also looking forward to welcoming our Musicians back from Hawaii and hearing all about their travels and performances.