Together we are Stronger

9 May 2018

Fame the Musical has proven to be an outstanding example of the colleges and community coming together to create something truly wonderful. It was also an excellent example of how we have brought our vision into being. Our vision “Together we are Stronger” means that the collective sum of us makes us stronger as a community. When you think of the many students, staff and parents involved in putting the musical together drawing on the strengths and expertise of so many talented and enthusiastic people, it is an excellent testament to what is very special about our colleges. With rehearsals and preparations going for some months, many parents, students and staff contributed their time, their weekend and efforts in making the musical what it was. I would like to make particular mention of the excellent leadership from the musical’s director, Mrs Emma Pattemore. Coordinating and leading enormous numbers of people to create something that everyone is collectively proud of and genuinely feels part of, takes skill and leadership ability. I personally felt that not only was the musical a high quality production, but the children genuinely looked like they had fun doing it, enjoyed being part of it and grew as people! Well done to all involved.

By now you will have heard media reports about the Federal Governments’ review into education and school funding. The Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools or what is referred to as Gonski 2.0, was commissioned to look at education standards, achievement patterns and funding. Importantly, the key messages are that education should be designed to differentiate learning and stretch all students to ensure they achieve maximum learning growth every year.

The Moreton Bay Colleges have had, as a centrepiece of ongoing improvement efforts, differentiation in instructional practices, adjustments in curriculum, implementation of a recognised pedagogical framework, data analytics, progressive reporting and a program to de-privatise practice. It was affirming to hear that our work to date is heavily reflected in the many recommendations for improvement in schools within the report.

The report is available on the following link. Through Growth to Achievement

While the report makes for fascinating reading for anyone interested, the Executive Summary with both recommendations and findings provides a good synopsis.

I am often interested in the reasons behind parent’s decisions to send their children to an independent school like the Moreton Bay Colleges. We want to find out what’s important to our parents. What Parents Want – an Independent Schools Queensland Survey has been put together by independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) and seeks to examine the decision-making process parents undertake when choosing a school. I encourage parents of children in Prep, Year 7 and new students to complete this valuable survey. Click here to take the survey:

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4279373/What-Parents-Want-2018-Survey

 At a time when the Board of Governors is undergoing Strategic Planning for 2019-2022 it is of great importance that we as a school understand how and why parents make such a decision. The results will provide a framework to continue to meet the needs of our parents, while giving a strong basis on which to formulate strategy and decision-making in the future.

James Sloman
Executive Principal

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