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Pelican : June 2009
Welcome Welcome to the semester 1 edition of ‘The Pelican’. I trust that in reading this edition you gather a sense of the dynamic nature of St Edmund’s College in 2009. As a new Principal to the College, I have been very impressed by what I have seen and heard around the College. Evident to me is the emphatic sense of school pride that the student body has for Eddies. This is nothing new for those of you who have been a part of the school community for some length of time. What is new is the manner in which the current students are expressing this pride. Many of the stories and articles in this edition will reflect this expression of pride. Certainly the work of staff in recent years in the IDEAS project is bringing about significant changes in our approach to teaching and learning. Presently, we are implementing the School-Wide Pedagogy document which is a practical result of the renewal process that the school has undertaken. This change in approach to teaching and learning will result in further changes to classroom facilities in an attempt to enhance the learning environment for the students. This refurbishment will be a part of the College Master Plan which is to be formulated as the College community reforms our Strategic Plan in the coming months. Schooling does not occur in a vacuum and the wider world context is presenting challenges for the worldwide community. On the positive side, events and issues such as the global financial crisis, swine flu and the climate change debate provide rich learning opportunities for students and staff to reflect upon. The resolution of such matters, in part, calls upon us to identify with what is important and what we value. As an Edmund Rice school, we are called to be outward-looking and to seek opportunities for just resolutions of complex issues. In this edition of ‘The Pelican’, we feature one of our past students, Bishop Pat Power, who has been recognised in the Canberra community for his work in support of the poor and the marginalised. His example models clear values and provides - for all of us - an inspiration for what can be achieved when complex challenges present themselves in our lives. Peter Fullagar Principal Opportunities ahead So another year has started. This year will mark the start of a new beginning. We have a Commonwealth Government that says it wants to build a world-class education system and invest in schools, and most importantly, is promising funding for capital infrastructure. The senior management team at St Edmund’s has taken the initiative on this issue and identified potential areas for improvement within the school campus. Whilst it is true over the last eighteen months the Leadership Team has identified new projects the current opportunity presented by the Commonwealth Government gives us a great opportunity to re-visit this work. There has been a great deal of work undertaken in this respect which will be announced shortly. The Leadership Team, together with the College Board, has started the consultation stage for developing our two key strategic documents: the Master Plan and the Strategic Plan. The master plan will critically assess how the College is currently placed and where it should be in the future. Key issues we will address include what are we doing well, what do we need to do better and what do we need to start doing to keep at the forefront of education. The strategic plan will build on the College’s core values of envangelising the youth through education and promotion of the Edmund Rice ethos. As part of the school family, I invite you all to get involved in this process and help chart the College’s direction. We value your ideas and input. It is my personal endeavour to ensure that these plans will be brought to life through the actions of our educators and students, and of course through the stewardship of the board. These are exciting times indeed. Mr Peter Fullagar has taken on these challenges with great energy and motivation and I look forward to the achievements that I’m sure will come. Eddie Senatore Board Chair 2