It has been a while since my last newsletter correspondence with you, so it’s probably time to update you on some of the things keeping me busy at Secondary.
All the things listed below are centered around ‘believing in people’ and ‘building opportunity’ for our students, two of our goals from the 2019-2024 Strategic Plan.
Preparing for Year 10 Australian Business Week (ABW)
At the end of this term we have a significant program where Year 10 students will come out of regular classes, form companies, elect a student CEO and compete in running a simulation multi-million-dollar manufacturing business. This week of real-world learning involves working with business mentors and sponsors from the local community. This year we have secured the generous support of the Mundaring Bendigo Bank, and Mr Matthew Hughes MLA for over a thousand dollars’ worth of prizes. Parents are welcome to attend on Friday 28 June for presentations of student-made video commercials and mock company annual reports.
Developing Student Electives & Subject Pathways
Every year significant planning goes into students having a choice, as much as possible, in the elective classes they enroll in. This follows through into Year 10 where students make considerable decisions for their future by selecting an ATAR or VET pathway. This term the academic administration team and I have informed and surveyed students about their preferences in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for students. This process will be continuing into Term 3.
New Parent Evening
We had a great time at the June 6 meeting, building fellowship amongst new parents in our Secondary community. Secondary parents are on a similar journey, facing many of the same trials and joys. We relished the opportunity to ‘break the ice’ and get our parents meeting each other as well as our senior staff, who were happy to answer any questions that came out of the evening.
As is normal every few years the Western Australian Department of Education requires independent schools to gain re-registration in order to continue to operate. MCC is due for re-registration this year. The re-registration process is a significant undertaking and involves making sure the College is compliant with all 17 Standards of the Schools Registration Act. It is also a helpful process as it helps school management continually improve our policies, procedures and processes. Everything we do is intended to be in the best interest of the students and families we serve, and the re-registration process enables us a space to think carefully about this.
Teacher Professional Development (PD)
We are proud of the quality of our dedicated teaching staff and I know the hours that staff put in to making their lessons and personal feedback to students of the highest quality. Improvement is built into everything we do and so part of my time is set aside to helping teachers reflect on and develop their practice. This could be through PD days like we had in Term 1 where we spent time considering the research and philosophy around the use of feedback for learning. It also looks like working with a small group of Head Teachers to plan for school improvement. I also deal with parent and student concerns about teaching quality and work with teachers to resolve these concerns and achieve positive outcomes for students.
To conclude, I’d like to acknowledge that all these good gifts come from God; the Apostle James tells us that:
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." (James 1:17)
We can be confident in our future together because we trust in a good God, who is both generous and loving. Sometimes we don’t understand his decisions or ‘long term plans’ but in the end, we see the good behind it all.
Please continue to pray for our school as we work together to build opportunities for your children.
Mr Dave Elsing (Head of Secondary)