Having the opportunity to meet students and staff continues to be a highlight of my first year, whether it is in the classroom, at pick up/drop off, or during my walk about and having a go at handball with some young men. I was particularly delighted by a visit from some Year 10 boys and girls who came to see me during their lunch break and to feed our College fish, Little John.
This has also prompted me to express my sincere gratitude to all of you who took the trouble to complete the comprehensive survey at the beginning of the year. The results are positive having received a number of really helpful suggestions in response to the question ‘What would you like to see improved at St John’s Anglican College?’ Surveys are only ever useful if the organisation that initiates them is prepared to consider all suggestions and act where necessary. Therefore, as to not rest on our laurels, we are focussing on improvements. We wish to build upon the relationships between our students, staff, and families whether it is in the classroom, in the playground, or through our connections with the community both local and global.
A host of initiatives are being undertaken to achieve these ambitious goals and these will continue to be a focus throughout the year by students and staff alike. The survey was sent to all College parents and Year 12 exiting students will receive one before they leave at the end of the year. In the future, we will also include staff and every student from Year 5 to Year 11 with the goal of involving all stakeholders of our College community.
We were encouraged with the 22% response rate, but I would like that percentage of participation to improve next year. Thank you for taking the time and for caring enough to offer constructive and helpful advice and criticism. Thank you also for the lovely comments so many of you made about our College. In the scheme of life, it is evident that ours is a happy school and the students and staff are certainly a testament to this. We are far from perfect as an institution, but we are entirely determined to improve, and we know we can only do this with the help of the whole community.
Click here to view the results of the survey.
Mrs Maria McIvor