Welcome to Term 2 at Scotch Oakburn. I hope everyone had an enjoyable break and are ready for an exciting and rewarding term ahead. Staff returned for a day of professional learning on Monday with students returning following that.
This term we welcome 14 new students from Early Learning to Year 10 and five new staff. We also welcomed back three staff back from leave in Term 1, and so I send out a special welcome to all those people and families. In recent years the College has begun a practice of recognising staff members who have reached milestones in their service to Scotch Oakburn. On Monday I recognised three staff who have completed 10 years of service to the College: Mr Cale O’Keefe, Mr Andrew Robinson and Mrs Fiona Taylor – congratulations to those colleagues.
After what seems like a long wait, we welcomed Mr Ben Marsland, our Deputy Principal, this week. He officially started during the holiday break, but it never feels like you’re at a school until the students and all staff return and so on Tuesday morning Mr Marsland was welcomed by our Junior School students and on Wednesday by those in Middle and Senior School. I have written about Mr Marsland in the past but in summary, his background is in the performing arts, where he has had an extensive career in and outside of schools and has most recently been the Head of Wesley College’s Clunes Campus (Year 9 residential campus outside Ballarat). Mr Marsland wowed the Junior School audience with his saxophone skills, playing a few very recognisable tunes and spoke at the Penquite assembly about his desire to get to know all the students, being the most important people in a school.
I am looking forward to watching as the term unfolds and all the wonderful learning experiences our students have along the way.