From the Principal
During the past few weeks, information evenings for parents and caregivers at all year levels have been held at the Junior and Senior Schools. I believe the Year 9 evening on Wednesday might have been the last and so, with the inclusion of the IEY, we have had 14 such gatherings.
These events hopefully help to set the tone for the year ahead and assist families to get to know class teachers at the Junior School and home group teachers and Year Coordinators at the Senior School.
Since we strive to ensure that ‘cura personalis’ is at the heart of all that we do at the College, there is always a strong focus on pastoral care and student wellbeing on these nights. Along with this though, there is significant attention paid to age-specific curriculum offerings and, in the senior years, there is obviously a SACE priority in presentations and discussions.
Importantly, our Learning and Teaching Framework includes in its structure the four pillars of the wellbeing framework - Belonging, Engagement, Growing, and Companionship. The work done to ensure that there is a foundational relationship between pastoral and curriculum matters in all that we undertake is consistent with our approach to the formation of each student, not just their education.
I offer my thanks to all the staff who prepared these evenings to ensure that they were meaningful and purposeful but also to all our families who, through their attendance and support at these occasions, clearly show that our actions at the College are part of a joint endeavour.
Related to this, on Thursday evening we hosted a gathering for those families who are new to the College this year. This was really an evening of welcome, with presentations and formalities kept to a minimum.
I did spend a little time on the history of the College though and, from a place of gratitude, I acknowledged the work of those who have gone before us. In explaining this, it is clear that those of us at the College now have a responsibility to build on the legacy that we are fortunate to enjoy in the current day. Our new families are vital in this regard as they bring their own gifts and graces that enrich our community.
Happily, the conversations I shared on Thursday night would suggest that the newest members of our community have found a warm welcome upon their arrival. I suggested that our journey going forward will be different because they are now a part of it, and that in itself has its own joyful implications.
What we will contribute to the life of the College is being determined on a daily basis now, and that is both exciting and challenging.
Mr Peter Coffey