Strategic Planning for Our Future

13 September 2017

James SlomanBuilding upon the many fine traditions of the past while providing a contemporary education for our children that future proofs them well into the future is one of the more exciting journeys we can make as a college. When we consider the vision of our founders, the Greene sisters, they could never have imagined the world we know find ourselves in. As the colleges have grown and blossomed over the years into one of the finest schools there were no doubt many opportunities for reflection and creative planning about the future.

As colleges, we are about the enter a similar time of strategic thinking about our future. The current strategic plan expires at the end next year. As a result we as a community begin work on the 2019-2022 Strategic plan. It is envisaged that this would be ready to be shared and communicated widely within our community towards the later part of next year. Work towards this has already occurred with the college review and next term there will be a series of workshops and meetings where parents will be given the opportunity to participate in this important process. This process will be an opportunity for us, as a community, to seek out the views of our staff, our parents and our students to create our own future while also preserving the important traditions of the past. This process will confirm the integrity of single sex schooling as a fundamental principle of the Colleges while also putting in place strategies to achieve what is an outstanding educational experience for all our children.

The desired outcome is a vision and a direction that is simple, clear and well communicated.  This will be articulated within a well thought out plan that seeks commitment from all of us in taking the colleges into the future. The first step in this process will be determining what are the desired attributes of a Moreton Bay Colleges graduate. What is that we want them to know, believe and be able to do? The world of work for example is changing significantly and we have a responsibility to prepare our children for this. Global connectivity, smart machines and new media are just some of the drivers reshaping how we think about work, what constitutes work, and the skills our graduates will need to be productive contributors in the future.

I have recently finished reading the Future of Jobs Report published by the World Economic Forum which creates a compelling argument for us to consider in how we prepare children for this. This report is available at  www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Future_of_Jobs.pdf. and makes fascinating reading and articulates the skills and attributes needed for the future.

Alongside this exists the Christian values that we want to see in our children as they grow up. We no doubt want them to do great things but we also want them to be good people. In summary, we need to have a community conversation about that we want our children to value, believe and be able to do when they graduate from the Moreton Bay Colleges. This important conversation starts next term.

James Sloman
Executive Principal

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