Well, here we are together at the beginning of 2020. It has been a good start to the year on both our Campuses.
We had our first assembly in the Primary Campus yesterday. The theme was “Hope”. I believe hope involves us all. It was a real joy to me to welcome our parents and students, especially the new students who are settling in well. With the arrival of our year 7 students and students across the years, we welcomed nearly 100 students to the Secondary Campus. The growth of our Secondary Campus has also allowed us the privilege to welcome 11 new staff members to the team. Have a look at our new staff article to read their bio’s.
I’d like to pick up on the theme of hope, as it is central to the aim and spirit of MCC. We considered the difference between well-wishing (i.e. 'I hope it goes well') and hope that provides a firm confidence. The idea behind this is found in Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB): ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
The key here is that confident hope came from understanding that there was a good plan. I like that idea as it exemplifies what we’re doing here at MCC. A strong pillar of our College is to give students hope by refusing to limit our expectations and categorise their abilities. Unfortunately, this can happen in education, “We’ve assessed your child and this is all we think they can accomplish, they’re going into this group.” ….. Ouch.
Students need hope and that’s why we plan to give them the opportunity to improve. I’d much prefer to hear, “We’ve assessed your child and we know where they stand, this is our plan to get them to the next level of achievement.” It is my conviction that this hope is not only the way that God views us, but is central to our desire to see every student flourish, and students flourish at different times and under different circumstances.
A key to our planning is the concept of providing support where needed and enrichment where possible. That takes a lot of work and intentionality. There are specific teams thought out and put together for support. In the Secondary Campus we have Mandy Corkill and Stephanie Bochat, and in the Primary we have Jane Thirley. Stephen Hurworth is leading an Enrichment and Classics program that will affect the whole school. However, providing this hope is a responsibility that everyone at MCC shares.
We plan for the professional development of our teaching staff every year. The key theme, led by Antoinette Wilson in Primary is 'Student Engagement and Deeper Learning'. The key theme, led by David Elsing in Secondary is “High Impact Teaching Strategies” (I know it sounds a bit action/thriller, but it means doing what has the best outcomes for student learning and improvement).
So, welcome! We’re doing a lot of work and are planning to make 2020 a to be a good year for your child….to give them a future and a hope. It’s good work to be involved in. I hope to catch up with you at the Eat, Meet and Greet on Friday (hope I got it in the right order).
Mr Rod McNeill