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Pelican : June 2010
St Edmund’s – the Only ACT School to Trial all 4 Curriculum Area The Strategic Directions document was developed in 2009-2010 through a school community consultation process, facilitated by Edmund Rice Education Australia executive staff. The development of Strategic Directions is founded upon a values based approach methodology. The fve core values fundamental to the nature and character of St Edmund’s College Canberra are: Community, Opportunity, Progression, Relationship and Success. COMMUNITY St Edmund’s College strives to be a vibrant, inclusive community which values diversity and actively reaches out to society seeking equality and justice. OPPORTUNITY St Edmund’s College creates a wide range of opportunities that challenge staff, students and parents to succeed through meaningful educational experiences. PROGRESSION St Edmund’s College is responsive to the demands of a changing society and implements forward-thinking initiatives to achieve best practice. RELATIONSHIP St Edmund’s College provides a supportive and safe environment built on Catholic faith, embedded Christian Brothers’ traditions, trust, respect and the acceptance of all. SUCCESS St Edmund’s College empowers students to achieve their personal best in all endeavours. Contact the Principal’s office for a copy of the Strategic Directions or view it on the College website: www.stedmunds.act.edu.au Peter Fullagar Principal After eight years of generous service to the College, Mr Eddie Senatore has announced that he is stepping down from the position of Board Chair. Eddie has helped shape the College through the vital role he has played in the renewal process that the College has undertaken. His stewardship of College resources and strategic thinking, as well as his sense of the mission and charism of Blessed Edmund Rice, has marked his time as Board Chair. As an Old Boy of the College and former College Captain he has made an invaluable contribution to the life of the College over many years and for this St Edmund’s is most grateful. As the College seeks to implement Strategic Directions it will be under the leadership of Mr Paul Pearson as the new Board Chair. Paul is an Old Boy of Edmund Rice Colleges in Central Queensland and a current parent of St Edmund’s. Paul has been on the Board since 2004 and has served as Chair of the Finance Committee as well as Deputy Board Chair. He is looking forward to ensuring that the goals of Strategic Directions are achieved and that a new College Master Plan is developed and implemented. Peter Fullagar Principal 6 At the end of Term 1, 2010, St Edmund’s College commenced trialling the new Australian Curriculum, the draft of which is now available through the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA) website (http://www.acara.edu.au/default. asp). We have ffteen staff involved from Years 4 to 12 across all the Australian Curriculum subject areas: History, Science, Mathematics and English. We are the only school in the ACT to trial all four curriculum areas. By trialling the Australian Curriculum, we hope to be able to anticipate the challenges of full implementation in 2010. Further, the trial requires our staff to be part of national online discussions about the draft content. Through this, they have been able to formally share ideas about lesson plans and assessment items with some of their colleagues across the rest of Australia. They have brought these ideas directly back to their classroom thereby enhancing students’ learning experiences. We have deliberately looked at delivering those parts of the curriculum that match up with existing topics or content to make the trial as seamless as possible. One of the biggest challenges that we face, when it comes to full implementation, will be those points at which our current content differs from the proposed Australian Curriculum. Participation in the trial was voluntary on behalf of our staff. Their willingness to take part signifes that much of our work over the past years on curriculum renewal has not been in vain. It is perhaps indicative of a cultural shift in the College towards openness to innovation and new ideas. Ultimately, it demonstrates that our students and their needs are at the forefront of our teachers’ educational priorities. The Australian Curriculum consultation is not limited to our staff. Our parents and wider community are also asked to contribute directly to ACARA through their website. I encourage everyone to log on to the draft curriculum and comment where appropriate. The more Australians who contribute, the more likely we will end up with a curriculum for our students that truly meets their needs and represents us as a nation. This attempt by the government to implement a national curriculum is a bold one. It has been suggested a number of times by various governments but never achieved. I hope that staff and students feel that they are contributing to something of historical importance. No doubt the curriculum will change over the years and decades but its roots will forever lie in this foundation curriculum, some of the ideas for which have come from St Edmund’s College Canberra. John Alston-Campbell Director of Teaching and Learning Strategic directions Board New Leadership and Directions for the College