From the Principal – March 2022
Each year our College Captains deliver a policy speech in support of our Strategic Direction. Emma and Lachlan’s inaugural 2022 policy speech, joined by Vice-Captains James and Natasha, called us to take action as a community with the launch of their Courtyard banner.
I certainly felt enlivened by their observations about the need for the community to have a purpose, to put away the fear of helping and, alongside this, to never be afraid of asking for help. In Jumanji style, they seemed to encapsulate the essence of our College and our Vision.
Our school, St John’s Anglican College, holds a special place in all our hearts. It is the place that marks the beginning of our lives of learning, of our commitment to question anything and everything. School is the place where we first truly understand the meaning of friendship, the meaning of sacrifice, and what it means to have a purpose.
As our College Captains said “Throughout the year, obstacles might disrupt your path and at times have your palms sweaty, knees weak and arms heavy. However, we want you to find your strengths and overcome those challenges. We know this year the students will be able to achieve the impossible by setting goals and working together to accomplish them both individually and together. The word impossible itself spells “I’m Possible”.
We are all part of a family, part of a community, a team, where no one’s afraid to put their hand up and volunteer and everyone thinks of others before themselves. We took inspiration from this common spirit and drew our motto for 2022: PLAYING TO OUR STRENGTHS.
In ‘Playing to Our Strengths’ last September 41.4% of you participated in the MYP College survey. My intention in this Ripples article is to report through this forum on the satisfaction ratings of our parents in a range of areas. I think it is important for you to see the results. This will form the basis of much of our planning work throughout the year.
The data shows that the areas of best practice according to our parents are our learning environment, resources and facilities, co-curriculum and the values and culture at St John’s.
The survey has also highlighted some areas for improvement providing us with a clear indication of where to focus efforts to improve student engagement, retention and strengthening our ‘Educator of Choice’ status.
It is encouraging to witness the results of our ongoing investment in academic strengthening at the College with NAPLAN testing used as just one of the many tools to measure the multitude of skills, abilities, gifts, and talents our students have in spades.
Mrs Maria McIvor