- 2019 Teaching Positions
- End of year 2018
- Catholic School Funding
- LG12 Replacement Teacher
- Baby News
We saw some of the best performing districts and schools throughout the Los Angeles region and just like our schools their backgrounds and cultures were highly diverse. From schools with 100% poverty (government funded breakfast and lunch) through to schools that had million dollar plus donors. The one thing every one of them had in common was an unwavering commitment to ensuring student learning. Particularly in the low socio economic schools they knew that education was critical to breaking the cycle for their kids and that producing literate/numerate students was one of the most important things they could ever do. When grade 2 literacy results are able to be used to predicate a students likelihood of graduating high school getting it right becomes crucial.
There was a lot of instructional practice that we would never want to see in our own systems. Removal of behavioural and special needs students from classes. A strong focus on streaming students and grouping them based solely on ability and an overwhelming focus on testing rather than assessment/evidence. What was clear though was the importance of knowing the students, having a clear and viable curriculum and doing whatever it takes to get students there. I believe this is something St Columba’s can absolutely pride itself on and most of our staff could have taught the presenters a lesson in what it means to be dedicated to your students and do everything you can for their learning. Canada was also an incredible cultural experience and we have a wealth of things to learn from some of their districts and schools in relation to first nations education and the valuing of cultural heritage. I’ll be adding some more learnings from the study tour over coming newsletters.
As I’m writing this we are preparing for interviews for 2019 teaching positions, we have just finished short listing over 40 applicants for these positions. Applicants came from a wide range of backgrounds including former principals and educational leaders/coaches as well as Dean’s list awarded graduates. The number and quality of the applicants is another reflection of how well our school is regarded within the education system and another great recognition of all the effort and work that goes into building our community. Announcements about appointments will come out the week following interviews and in the next newsletter.
End of year 2018
Apologies to our families for the miscommunication we’ve revisited the diaries and had an error with our end of year dates. Students will be finishing on Wednesday the 19th December at 3:15 not Thursday the 20th. Staff will continue until Friday the 21st. Graduation will still be Wednesday Night for our grade 6 students. End of year mass will be on Tuesday 18th at 12:00.
Catholic School Funding
Stephen Elder Executive Director of Catholic Education, Melbourne has put out a letter this week outlining the Liberal governments matching of the earlier Labor announcement regarding funding for the Catholic sector. Please find a copy of the letter here(LINK)
It is with great pleasure that I can announce that we have appointed Emily Mullane to replace Lucy Marquand in LG12 for the remainder of the year. Lucy will be taking maternity leave starting in week 7. Emily is well known to many of our families, having taught Foundation for a number of years.
It is also with great pleasure that we announce the pregnancy of Mrs Erica & Tim Hare. Erica and Tim are expecting their first child in April next year, as you can imagine this is an incredibly exciting time for them and their extended families as well as the school. We wish them every happiness and joy in this special time of their lives.
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