Welcome to Term 4 and I hope all families enjoyed a relaxing and refreshing break. This term we welcome 26 new students to the College, eight in Early Learning and 18 across Prep to Year 9. Enrolments for 2022 are being finalised and we now have waiting lists in Early Learning 4-Year-old, and Years 2, 6, 7 and 8. In addition, a number of other year levels are filling. The College has maximum student numbers designated at each year level to ensure that our total enrolment is appropriate for our facilities, programs and spaces and that we can guarantee that our students are known, valued and cared for.
We also welcome five new staff to the College: James Adams as Head of Education Outdoors, Suzie Kidd who is teaching Andrew Robinson’s Year 6 class while he is on leave, Deenie Campbell in the Human Resources Department, Kylie Hughes in the Grounds Team and Reid Dolbey in the IT Team. Welcome to all.
Recently three existing staff members have taken on new responsibilities: Leigh Cordell is the College’s Round Square Director, Lauren Hayes is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Coordinator and Cale O’Keefe is the Acting Head of House for Middle School Nance for Term 4. I wish them well for the new roles.
The term breaks always provide an opportunity to attend to repairs and maintenance as per our yearly schedule, as well as some spontaneous events such as the localised flooding on Friday 1 October. Works attended to at each of our three campuses, as well as attention to our grounds and have ensured that the College remains in pristine condition and is a beautiful environment for our College community.
Our review of staffing to ensure that it has the capacity to deliver the strategic goals in SOC2035 has focused initially on Wellbeing. If people are ‘well’ – socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually – they will flourish. Therefore, we are researching and implementing the staffing structure, programs and support mechanisms to ensure that our students have the opportunity to be all that they have the potential to be.
Finally, College Leadership has been using the events in other states to forecast possible scenarios for 2022 and ‘Educating with COVID’. Our systems, logistics and preparations are in place, as best as they can be at this stage, ready for 2022 when the state is open to interstate and international visitors and we all learn to live with COVID. We will of course be guided by the Government in many aspects but will also use our own experience and common sense to minimise risk and do all we can to keep our community safe.