From the Principal
I hope you are all well.
It is this stage of the year where I finalise the College's Annual Action Plan for the next year. Last Tuesday, I presented the 2023 Annual Action Plan to the Parent Engagement Network, and outlined the areas of focus for our activities for next year. This is often a really enjoyable time, as I can describe to parents how the College strategic plan is being enacted and parents can see (and inform) the work that will make a difference to their children.
One of our two significant priorities for 2023 is about our presence as an authentically P-12 College. Although we have a number of intentional activities that are rich, exciting and offer a chance for our students to engage from senior to junior and vice versa, in many ways, we are two different schools on one campus.
The primary/secondary division has less to do with actual learning and more to do with history. For many years, the mandatory age for completing compulsory education was 12 years old, which is one of the reasons we have Primary Schools in Australia. Of course, this meant we then had to have separate secondary schools and both institutions built their own customs and traditions.
The biggest advantage of a P-12 College is the ease of transition. Changing schools is one of the most nerve wracking things a child does. Moving to secondary school can be really frightening. With everyone on the same site, transitions are easier at Mary MacKillop, but my vision for the College is that they be seamless and stress-less.
We will be doing a lot of work over the next year to enact this more complete P-12 model. A College committee will convene very soon to discuss and recommend the best leadership structure from 2024. We are already doing a lot of our curriculum and teaching planning based on junior-middle-senior structures rather than just primary and secondary. The College community will also soon receive a letter outlining the expansion of Pastoral Care groups to encompass year 6 from 2023. These are all ways that we can overcome that traditional primary-secondary divide and create a genuine and authentic P-12 culture.
I pray that you are moving healthily to Christmas. Thank you so much for your continued support.
Mr Chris Gabbett