Dear Parents, Carers and Students
Welcome back to all members of our College community to Term 3. I hope you had a restful and enjoyable break and were able spend time with family and friends. We are very hopeful that school life will start to return to something closer to normality this term. However, we are also very aware of the current circumstances in Victoria and the need for vigilance in meeting the COVID requirements for return to school and school activities.
At assembly on Monday morning I reinforced the few key points and expectations that were outlined in the letter I wrote to our community at the end of Semester One. As a College we believe that these expectations set a great foundation and will ensure that we get started immediately in a positive manner. The topics were based upon our school expectations that we are respectful, on time, prepared, ready to work, being aspirational and striving to do our best, I would encourage our parents to discuss these topics with their children. Finally, I would like to thank and congratulate the students and parents on the way the students returned to school. The pride our students have for their school is very evident and this all goes well for a great term.
A Prayer for Parents
Thank you Lord, for my children.
I know they are a gift from you.
Daily I need your strength and wisdom to guide them
in the way they should go.
Give me patience, and a joyful heart;
let me be an example of your love and forgiveness.
Thank you Father, for the honour of being a parent. Amen
St Joseph’s College Commitment to Improvement
During Term Two and on Monday at our assembly I shared information with the staff and students on my vision for the creation of a four-year strategic plan for St Joseph’s College. This process began last term and will continue early this term with staff being provided the opportunity to share their thoughts with me on the following four questions:
- Why does St Joseph’s College exist and why is it important?
- Over the next 4-8 years, what do you hope that we will accomplish? What difference do you see us making?
- What role do you see yourself playing in us achieving this difference?
- How will we know that we are achieving our shared vision?
During Term Three and Term Four I am very much looking forward to having many discussions and information sharing sessions with the St Joseph’s College staff, students and wider community in order to do the following:
- Re-examine and evaluate our links with the history of our Toowoomba Diocese and the Toowoomba Community.
- Examine our context (Why does St Joseph’s College exist and why is it important?) and how our Vision, Mission and Values align with this context.
- Evaluate our effectiveness as a College to provide students with access to an outstanding Catholic Education.
- Develop our areas of strategic focus which will be evidence based, owned by the College community and which will empower leadership within the community to strive for our goals and develop partnerships with the wider community.
- From our areas of strategic focus, we will then develop our strategic intents and annual action plans (what are we seeking to accomplish?) and each year we will review and reshape our strategic directions and annual action plans to continue our improvement journey.
- This process will also form the basis for our staff to develop their professional learning plans for the year which will be aligned with the strategic directions of the College and the annual action plan (what role do you see yourself playing?).
Further information regarding the finer details of this process, the data sources being used to inform our evaluation and the opportunity to both provide feedback and contribute to the development of the St Joseph’s College Strategic Plan will be provided in future newsletters and broadcasts. Having engaged with this process at my previous school I am confident that we will be able to develop a rigorous and dynamic strategic plan, ensuring that St Joseph’s College continually strives for improvement in all areas.
Kort Goodman, Principal