Principals Report

Principals Report 1
Colin Burke

Two new Assistant Principals

A massive congratulations to both Mr Schutz and Ms Loudon on being appointed as Assistant Principals for the remainder of 2021. We are very excited to have these two very experienced, foundation staff members join Ms Lane and myself in the Principal team.

Ms Loudon and Mr Schutz will begin their roles in term 2 and will work with Ms Lane and myself to lead staff and students in the school, plan and develop middle and senior school programs and complete a range of Administrative Tasks associated with the ongoing registration of the school.

This will create a small flow on affect in terms of classes, as both will have to relinquish some of their teaching load. We are in the beneficial position of having some great staff lined up to fill these classes and are hoping to finalise these arrangements in the next week.

Student Learning Conferences

It was wonderful to see so many families in attendance at our Student Learning Conferences a couple of weeks ago. Participation in our Student Learning Conferences is exceptionally high.

I was glad to personally meet so many of you for the first time and to hear so many students effectively articulating about their learning.

Our Student Learning Conferences are a key part of our student learning program. By students actively reflecting on their learning in each class in their booklet, they are then able to go into detail with you and their teacher about their next steps in learning. A powerful way to consolidate learning and build student agency in their own learning.

Nexus staff

We are also excited to have two new staff joining us next term via the Nexus program at LaTrobe University. Nexus recruits high calibre graduates and experienced industry types into education. Nexus teachers complete three terms embedded in a school working as a support staff member, whilst completing their teaching rounds and degree. In the following year they teach 4 days a week at the school, whilst completing their Masters of Education.

We are excited to welcome Jessica Beach, an experienced Biomedical Research Scientist and also Madeline Wright, a Business, Fine Arts and Technology graduate in term 2.

School Review

All government schools are reviewed within a 4 year cycle that helps schools to identify strengths in performance as well as focus areas for the new four year strategic plan. New schools are reviewed in their second year of operation, which is where we find ourselves in 2021. Recently our arrangements have been finalised.

The review itself will happen over two days in June, June the 1st and 17th and involve a range of activities with core panel review members, staff students and parents.  

The core panel members are:

  • Barry Soraghan – Reviewer
  • Vivienne Tellefson – SEIL (North Western Region DET)
  • Colin Burke – Principal
  • School Council President

We will also be joined by Challenge Partners including:

  • Michael Fawcett – Principal Homestead Senior College Point Cook
  • Julie Sonneman – Education Fellow – Grattan Institute

The review report should be finalised by the end of term 2. The recommendations of which will form the basis of our Strategic Plan for 2021 – 2024.

Restful Holidays

I wish all of the Elevation Community a restful school holiday break. Our students deserve a rest after a long term 1.

School returns at 8:45 on Monday the 19th of April for all students.

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