2016 Principal's Post July Edition

JULY 2016 - PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE - DR PETERWEBSTER

At our College we are continuing to develop a New-New school. We are striving to recontextualise what it means to be a Catholic Learning Community. This year we have had more than 200 visitors from across NSW and Australia attend our College to view our progress, we have also had 5 film crews attempt to capture our development, The most recent being https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV9UwoTtpZ4&feature=youtu.be As a Catholic College it is pleasing to see our students making a difference within our community and beyond. We currently have students and staff attending World Youth Day in Poland (we have the second largest contingent), this group visited the Phillipines on their journey to help rebuild a village after a cyclone devastated the area. They have now reached Poland and the WYD site.

In the last week of Term 2, as a part of our social justice initiative, we collected socks for the homeless. I would like to thank our families for their support. We received hundreds and hundreds of socks. Faith in Action!

John Pridmore ( www.johnpridmore.com ) facilitated our Staff and Year 11 Spirituality Days, with the central theme to these days centred on ‘Jesus loves us – unconditionally’. The days were both challenging and insightful.

This month we witness our upper primary students undertake the sacrament of Confirmation, a significant time in their commitment as Catholics. Can I ask you to continue to pray for our candidates.

In relation to learning, our students participated in the Student-Led Conferences. Whilst we are still developing this process, I was overwhelmed by the level of understanding and ownership that our students have on their learning. Whether this be our kindergarten or senior students, our students know the outcomes they are achieving, they know what they can do, the steps needed to move to the next level and where to gain assistance. We have certainly moved from teacher centred to student centred learning. Our senior students are now in the final stages of preparing for their Trials, to assist the students we have had a number of study evenings – last Wednesday evening we had 100+ students and more than 30 staff. Very encouraging!!! The most significant support we are offering to our senior students is the opportunity for individual coaching. The College has upskilled 30 staff to enable them to coach others. All Year 12 students were afforded this opportunity and now we have a cohort being coached in the final stages of their schooling and preparation for further study or employment.

We are striving to know our students and how they can learn best in our Catholic Learning Community.

Dr Peter Webster College Principal

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