Assistant Principal- Religious Education
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Kellie-Marie Ford to the position of Assistant Principal: Religious Education, St Joseph’s College, Toowoomba.
In doing so I would like to thank my fellow interview panel members Dr Ken Avenell (Director Formation and Identity), Ms Sharon Collins (St Saviour’s College Principal) and Father Ray Crowley (St Joseph’s College Chaplain) for their engagement and wisdom in arriving at this successful outcome.
As you are aware Kellie-Marie is currently the Acting Assistant Principal Religious Education at St Joseph’s College, a role she has filled with great expertise and professionalism.
Kellie-Marie’s qualifications include a Masters of Theology (Religious Education) and a Bachelor of Secondary Education (Middle and Senior Years, English Literature and Chemistry) and undoubtedly her curriculum knowledge and expertise is her outstanding strength. She has a clear understanding of the requirements of the Religious Education Curriculum and has worked diligently to enhance the capacity of teachers at St Joseph’s College to deliver a customised and relevant curriculum.
Kellie-Marie also brings a compelling vision for the future of the school and the energy and drive to get things done. She has a strong desire to grow the College’s engagement with the story of Jesus through the Edmund Rice Charism and the Joey’s Way. We are very fortunate to have Kellie-Marie continuing on in a senior leadership role at St Joseph’s College.
I am sure you will join with me in congratulating Kellie-Marie on her appointment and in praying this prayer in supporting Kellie-Marie.
Please help our leaders to understand that:
Our individual gifts are not about us,
Our leadership is not about us,
Our purpose here at St Joseph’s College is not about us.
A life of leadership and significance is about serving.
Serving those who need our gifts, our leadership, and our purpose.
St Joseph’s College Commitment to Improvement
Over the last year we have been working together as a community to gather information and feedback so that we can develop our four-year strategic plan for St Joseph’s College. The process that we have engaged with to create this plan has included the following.
- Re-examining our links with the history of our Toowoomba Diocese, the Toowoomba Community and evaluating our effectiveness as a College to provide students with access to an exceptional Catholic Education.
- Examining our context and how our Vision, Mission and Values align with this context.
- Developing our areas of strategic focus which are in alignment with the Toowoomba Catholic Schools School Renewal and Improvement Process.
- Creating our strategic directions which are evidence based, owned by the College community and which will empower all member of our community to demonstrate leadership in striving for our goals and developing partnerships with the wider community.
- The development of a draft plan that has been presented to the St Joseph’s College P&F Association and in the near future the College Board for feedback before being shared with the community mid-term two.
As the Principal of our wonderful College I am confident that this process has allowed us to create a dynamic and comprehensive draft strategic plan. A plan that will:
– Allow us to create annual action plans and review and reshape our strategic directions to create sustainable excellence.
– Form the basis for our teaching staff to develop their individual goals for the year which will be aligned with the strategic directions of the College and the annual action plan.
It certainly is an exciting time to be part of the St Joseph’s College community as we work together to continue to provide a wonderful education for the students that attend our College while continually seeking improvement in student outcomes in all areas.
A reminder please about the rules that exist in regard to mobile phones. I would ask that parents/carers take the time to ensure that our students understand the following expectations to ensure that we do not have increasing instances of mobile phones being confiscated.
* Are to be switched off and kept out of sight during the school day, stored in lockers.
* The College takes no responsibility for the loss of or damage to mobile phones of students.
* Students who use a mobile phone in a manner contrary to the policy will have their phone confiscated for the day. If a student has their phone confiscated three times in a term, then the student will have a meeting with their house leader. If a student has their mobile phone confiscated again after this meeting then their parent/carer will be required to attend a meeting with the Assistant Principal Student Engagement/Deputy Principal or Principal.
I thank the parents and students for their support in ensuring we continue to provide a safe environment for the students to learn in.