Dear Parents, Staff and Students
By now you will have received an email with the link to the College survey. Thank you to those who have already completed the survey. As I have mentioned previously, your feedback is very important to assist us in setting the future direction of the College. We speak to our students constantly about having a growth mindset, which requires seeking and acting on feedback about their performance, so it is vital that we do the same. As an educational organisation, it is important for us to model effective learning and best practice. I am receiving regular updates on the percentage of people who have completed the surveys and they are still relatively low, so please complete the survey as soon as you can. Remember the survey is anonymous. You will receive reminder emails every few days until you have completed the survey, which closes on Monday 22 October. This is not our doing but the way MYP Corporation conducts the survey on our behalf. Once you have completed the survey the reminder emails will stop coming.
New Head of Primary
I am delighted to announce that Ms Lisa Kraft has been appointed as the new Head of Primary from the commencement of 2019. Ms Kraft is a very experienced and well qualified educational leader. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology Major), Graduate Diploma of Teaching, Graduate Certificate of Theology and a Masters of Education. She is the current Deputy Head of the Prep School at Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane, having previously worked in leadership roles in coeducational schools on the Gold Coast. She has been Acting Head on a number of occasions. Ms Kraft has presented at conferences in Australia and the USA and has published articles about various elements of primary education in a range of journals. She has demonstrated great energy and enthusiasm for primary education over many years. I am very pleased that Ms Kraft has accepted the offer to join our College in this important role.
At this point in time we are going through the student leadership preparation and selection period. Students and staff have voted for the Year 12 College leaders and the final interviews are being planned in readiness for the candidates to be fully evaluated and confirmed in the various roles. Year 8 and Year 5 students are also being prepared for leadership and the important role they will play as the leaders of their campuses in 2019. Our staff do a wonderful job in preparing students for this opportunity. Our leadership programmes aim to provide an overview of leadership and the ways that students can lead. This enables all students to benefit while learning more about themselves. No programme can fully prepare students for all aspects of leadership, and we continue to work with and support students once they have assumed their roles. While there are many impressive students who will be selected for the formal roles across the College in the coming weeks, I am often equally impressed by those who perhaps don't quite make it this time, or don't yet have the confidence to put themselves forward for a role. These students tend to lead from within the group, their House or Year level and provide wonderful support for the formal leaders and their peers. All organisations need leaders of all kinds at all levels to function efficiently. Some of our most impressive students over time have never had a formal leadership role as they often chose to support their cohort from within. This is never more evident to me than at this time of year when I am writing references for Year 12 students. Reflecting on their achievements and involvement in our College over many years reveals a lot about students. True leaders, whether formal or informal, don't wait for the leadership selection process to impress with their commitment and actions. These things come as a result of their character as much as anything else, and are visible every day. They seek no accolades. I take this opportunity to thank all students who are considering leadership roles and encourage those who are less confident to back themselves and enjoy the opportunities offered by getting involved in the process. Equally I thank those who chose to continue their supportive roles without being in the spot light.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mark Sly - Principal