Reflections on 2017 and What Lies Ahead

31 January 2018

Welcome back to the Moreton Bay Colleges for the 2018 academic year!

I trust that the holiday period was a restful and rejuvenating time for all members of our community.

It’s been a very busy start to Term 1 with a number of events taking place across the campuses including the MBBC Captains’ Inauguration last Tuesday, which saw our Senior students take their pledge and our Captains and Leaders for the year acknowledged.

Of course, in order to be ready for learning to commence on day one, our teachers and support staff engage in a lot of behind the scenes work ahead of time. Week zero, or the week prior to the students’ return, is always an extremely busy and productive period. This year was no exception with staff involved in an extensive range of professional development, planning and discussion activities.

These activities included academic staff examining the progress of their students using the achievement data, standardised testing and folios of student work to better prepare for their students’ needs and cater for individual needs where applicable and appropriate.

I would like to thank all staff members for their engagement and contribution during this period.

2017 Academic Results

I’d like to again acknowledge the academic results achieved by our 2017 Seniors and congratulate all the students on their efforts.

As a College, we are extremely proud of the boys’ academic successes in 2017, especially our OP 1-5 boys, however, we are just as proud of the boys who have been successful in obtaining VET qualifications enabling them to pursue alternate pathways.

Teachers, students and parents should all be extremely proud of these results. As a College, we feel we have been successful in achieving the best educational outcomes for each individual student which has always been our major objective.

Parent Survey

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all parents and caregivers who completed the Parent Survey late last year. We have spent many hours reviewing and workshopping your responses.

Overall, we have been thrilled at the high level of satisfaction within our community.

As expected and intended, the survey highlighted some areas for us to work on as well. These areas have been unpacked and explored at length. Further and ongoing team and departmental discussions on these areas will take place in the coming weeks as we look to integrate key findings from the survey into our strategic planning process.

We very much value your input and opinions and appreciate the time you have taken to detail your thoughts and feedback.

Graduate Attributes

One of the key strategic initiatives that the College has been focused on as part of the current Strategic Plan has been the comprehensive definition of the attributes (what we want out students to ‘BE’), attitudes (how we want out students to ‘FEEL’) and skills (what we want our students to be able to ‘DO’) that we want to see in our graduates.

Much discussion has occurred between parents, teachers, staff and students to clearly define these characteristics which we see as vital to our delivery of the outstanding educational experience we seek to provide to each and every student.

We are very close to finalising this key piece of work. When complete, the Graduate Attributes will be the starting point for strategic planning which will take place this year for the next Strategic Plan that runs from 2019 to 2021.

I look forward to sharing with you in more detail the strategic planning process for 2018 in the coming weeks.

Works on Campus

As usual, the Christmas holiday period was a particularly busy time for our grounds and facilities team with much work occurring around the campuses.

At MBBC, the focus remains on the new library facility which we, as a community, are extremely excited about. With our growing enrolment pipeline at MBBC, this facility will become a central focal point for learning at the College. We look forward to keeping you updated on the progress of this major project.

In closing, I would like to touch on the recent tragic death of a young girl named Dolly Everett, as a result of cyberbullying. I want to reassure parents and caregivers within our community of the Colleges’ continued and unwavering focus on child safety and to ensuring the Moreton Bay Colleges’ provide a safe environment for all of our students. Tragedy demands reflection in all circumstances and I can assure you that much review, consideration and discussion around our support structures has occurred following this event and will continue to take place. Mr Wood, in his article herein, details the approach we have taken and provides some helpful resources which may assist parents to navigate this difficult and sensitive topic.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and community touched directly by this tragedy.

I wish you all an outstanding Term 1.

Mr James Sloman
Executive Principal

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