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During the course of this week, the College has undertaken an ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research) review of our approaches to teaching and learning from Reception to Year 12.

The review utilises the NSIT (National School Improvement Tool) and assesses the College against specific domains. These domains are:

  1. An explicit improvement agenda
  2. Analysis and discussion of data
  3. A culture that promotes learning
  4. Targeted use of school resources
  5. An expert teaching team
  6. Systematic curriculum delivery
  7. Differentiated teaching and learning
  8. Effective pedagogical practices
  9. School−community partnerships.

Four reviewers attended the College over four days, and over seventy staff were included in the process, which was most comprehensive. Along with interviews and classroom observations, our reviewers were able to examine a range of documents related to our curriculum offerings and had a series of meetings with College leaders.

This type of objective exploration of our work has much to offer us, both in affirming the good that we believe is occurring every day and also in identifying areas for growth and improvement.

I take this opportunity to thank our Head of Studies and Innovation, Mr Kain Noack, for his initiative in instigating this review and for his work in facilitating such a comprehensive undertaking.

I look forward to sharing the findings and recommendations with our community in the future.

Whilst this was occurring, there was focused activity in our College’s Music departments at the Junior School and Senior School in preparation for our annual Festival of Arts Concert. The concert on Thursday night at Influencers Church was the first such one since the beginning of the pandemic, and it was wonderful for our musicians to be able to showcase their talents before a large and enthusiastic audience.

There are many moving parts to a performance such as this, especially when bringing students across both campuses together, and I would like to thank all the staff in our Music departments as well as all the other staff who managed students, set-ups, lighting, and sound on the evening. In particular, I would like to thank Miss Nicole Willis at the Junior School and Mr Aaron Dohse at the Senior School for their great leadership of this event.

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Students performing at the Festival of Arts Concert

Finally, I take this opportunity to wish students and families in Year 4 who are receiving their Confirmation and First Holy Communion this Sunday afternoon much joy in their sacramental celebration.

Over the next two Sundays, thirty-six students will complete their sacraments of initiation, and this is a very special occasion for all concerned.

I pray that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are with these students now and forever.

Deo Gloria

Mr Peter Coffey
Principal

OREMUS (Let us pray)

We remember all in our College community. May our prayers comfort those suffering at this time. May God’s blessing be a source of support in their sorrow and loss, and bring courage, patience, and hope.

For those who have died:

  • Giancarlo (John) Raschella, past parent, father of Adrian (OI 2004) and Christian (OI 2005)

“Ask and you shall receive … knock and the door will be opened unto you.” (Matt 7:7)

If you would like someone to be remembered by the College community in prayer (even anonymously), please provide details to the Rector, class or Mentor Teacher, or House Leader.

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