Principal’s Report – Term 2

Greetings to all families!

The end of Term 2 is almost upon us and both staff and students are looking forward to a well-earned winter break.

I invite you to view our newly completed, revamped website, which now features more up to date information and user friendly layout.  Many, many thanks to the staff who have had input into this new design, Mrs Cuperus, Mrs Broad, Mrs Potter and Mr Correia.  The website also has a comprehensive careers section, which provides relevant and up to date links across University options, apprenticeships and industry links.

It has been a very busy and rewarding term at the College, with a large number of events and activities taking place.  No doubt, you are aware of many of these via our College Facebook page updates and through your own children, but as I reflect on the number of extras opportunities available to our students, I would certainly like to thank our dedicated staff who offer their own time and allow interruptions to their classes in order for our students to experience an education which is truly for that of the whole person.

The Science and Engineering Challenge for Year 9 students, Aspire Camp for Year 11s, Careers Expo, Hedland Cup, Outdoor Education Camps, Mothers’ Day Morning Tea and Founders’ Day have been highlights for our students.  Equally important in their development have been the sitting of exams for our Year 10, 11 and 12 students and participation in their Patron House Day or year group Retreat. Our Year 12 ATAR students have now flown to Perth to participate in revision seminars thanks to the Karratha Education Initiative.  A number of our students have also been completing aptitude testing for Woodside and others are keen to take up the opportunity of paid holiday work experience with Rio Tinto.

The College has hosted two very successful information nights this term – one for our students progressing from Year 10 into their Year 11 Senior School studies.  On this evening, we also had the opportunity to launch our “Five Pathways to Success” which ensures that each child has access to a personalised pathway which best suits them. You can view this information on our website also.

It was a pleasure to host over 100 people at our Prospective Parent and Student Evening for 2020, and meet a number of families who are hoping to join the College as their students enter Year 7.  All agreed that the tours conducted by our Year 10 and 11 students was a highlight of the evening, and I am so proud that these students are so willing and able to explain the characteristics and strengths of their school to other families.

We must farewell two staff this term, both whom have been amazing assets to our College community.  Mrs Janette Parsons-Smith has been the face of our front office for almost three years, collecting notes, taking absentees and administering first aid when required.  We will miss her smiling face and her ability to use her “mum voice” when needed.

Mr Brent McDonald has been a valued teacher and fulfilled the role of Year 7 Coordinator for the past 5 years.  In addition to ensuring a smooth transition to secondary school for our youngest students, he has taught across a number of areas, including Physical Education, Outdoor Education, Health, HASS and Religious Education.  We will miss his energy and humour and wish both he and his family all the very best for his move to the south-west.

I would like to wish all families a restful school holiday break – I hope that you have the opportunity to spend time together as families and enjoy our brilliant winter.  Congratulations to all students who have worked extremely hard to earn good results and the respect of their teachers this semester and we look forward to seeing you all safely back on Tuesday, July 23 for Term 3.

God Bless,

Alanna Otway