Mary’s Faith and Dedication
Tuesday 21 November is the feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, honouring Mary’s faithful dedication to God, through her inspired motherhood. Mary’s gift is one of deep listening to what the spirit of God was calling her to do in her life. Authentic listening is a gift we offer the other, and in Mary’s case, this listening and responding to the call of the Spirit was Mary’s gift to God.
In our very busy lives, there will be times when God’s voice stirs our hearts. I wonder in my own life how many times that voice goes begging because I do not have the peace of mind and heart to deeply listen to that voice. Mary’s faithful response continues to be a relevant challenge and inspiration in our modern times.
Junior Performing Arts Concert
Congratulations to our Year 7 and 8 students, and to their teachers, for a wonderful concert showcasing learning in the Performing Arts this semester. A spectacular evening featuring polished performances, high energy, smiling faces and very proud families. These nights are a wonderful way to share the high standards that are part of every aspect of our learning and teaching program at St Columba’s College.
Performance and Development at St Columba’s College
Term 4 sees all teachers engage in an annual review meeting (ARM) with two members of College Leadership. In the ARM teachers have a chance to share the goal they set as part of performance and development, discuss the data and research they have collected, and evaluate their progress against the goal. The professional conversations highlight the complex, technical and precise work teachers do in planning for the learning of all students in their classes.
In the next two weeks, the Leadership Team members will also meet with each teacher who holds a position of leadership at the College. These meetings aim to align the work of all leaders with the College’s Strategic Directions Statement, celebrate the successes within each leadership role, acknowledge the challenges, and determine steps forward for the coming year.
We have a committed and highly talented staff who value the opportunity for reflection and evaluation as a means of continuous and ongoing improvement.
Thank you to all of the students and families who contributed to the review of the Languages Program. There are several recommendations that emerged as a result of the review that the Leadership Team are currently working through.
One key finding that emerged from the review is the success of the Languages Program in being able to retain students in VCE Languages given the reduction in language study across the system. This is a testament to work of the languages faculty and the commitment of our students to expand their horizons through a language study.
Changes to the St Columba’s College Board
Following many years of inspiring and faithful service to the St Columba’s College community, Ms Deirdre O’Donnell is retiring from her position on the Board as a Director and the Board Chair. In her role Deirdre has steered the work of the Board through some tumultuous years for the College as we navigated a COVID response, and developed a forward-thinking and innovative Master Plan to provide facilities that will stand the test of time. On behalf of staff, students and families, I offer my deepest gratitude to Deirdre for her commitment to our College community.
After an application and interview process conducted by Mary Aikenhead Education Limited (MAEL), Mrs Angela Agricola, currently a Board Director, has been appointed as the new Chair of the College Board. We are grateful to Angela for her commitment in taking on this role in her support of the College, and to each Board Director for the gifts of discernment, time and energy they bring to this role. For more information about each of our Directors follow this link.