I concluded my last Buzz piece at the end of Term 2 with the line: “I wish all students a restful break, and look forward to a more settled and normal Term 3.” Well, I was wrong about that.
In this edition, the Principal has written about the College’s new Strategic Plan 2021-2025. The plan will guide our actions over the next four and a half years, but also provide an opportunity to revisit and rearticulate our values as a College. One of the values listed is excellence in teaching and learning, which is manifested in acting with integrity and respect, becoming resilient, and acting independently. It’s one thing to have our shared values articulated in a plan, but the example and excitement is in the lived examples that we see in the daily life of the College.
Last Friday on the first day of lockdown, one of our senior English staff, Anthony Young, sent through an image captured from his laptop of four Year 12 students finishing a SAC at home. Cameras angled down so that Anthony could invigilate and authenticate their work, these students had been on a Drama excursion (which we just snuck in on the Thursday) and so needed to finish their Literature SAC on Friday. Less than 24 hours after lockdown was called, these students had flipped to remote learning without a pause and turned around to finish an assessment in totally changed conditions. By keeping their focus on the content not the medium, they became a fine example of acting with integrity, being resilient, and acting independently. So, well done to these students and well done to our teaching staff who, like Anthony, have enabled learning and teaching to continue, regardless of the medium.