I trust everyone has been able to recharge over the term break and that students are raring to start the new term.
We welcome Eloise Lambell to our Administration Team. Eloise (Ellie) will be working at the Goolwa Campus whilst Kristy Robertshaw is on our Indulkana Exchange and then replacing Mel Slater [Victor Harbor Campus Administration Office] while she undertakes some training in the USA.
Sadly I received Nancy Walker’s resignation at the end of last term. Mrs Walker has been an enthusiastic and passionate teacher at the College for many years and, since becoming a mother and moving to Adelaide, has indicated the travel is not something that can be sustained.
Susan Davidson and Ruth Price are enjoying some Long Service Leave this term and Kim Verco will be taking charge of the Year 1 class at Goolwa. Finally I am pleased to convey that Katie Hills has received a Highly Accomplished Teacher certification – congratulations Katie.
Capital Development Updates
Currency Creek Trade Skills Centre
Our Trade Skills development at Currency Creek is currently undergoing Category C consultation for development.
This exciting facility will shortly go to tender and provide the College with an exciting new facility that will provide Conservation and Land Management and Horticulture certificated courses to our students as well as members of the local and wider community.
Early Learning Centre – Stage 1
A team of staff has visited several early learning facilities in past weeks gathering ideas and best practice understanding of the programs, facilities and approaches to pedagogy for this important initiative. An estimated cost of $1 million [including extensive roadway and carpark development] has been established for the development of state-of-the-art facilities for our families.
The College will shortly commence a search for a suitably qualified and enthusiastic ELC Director who will drive this process forward.
Victor Harbor Campus Redesign
Following consultation [and in light of the ELC development], the decision has been made to [essentially] ‘flip’ the Victor Harbor Campus with the result that, from 2018, the ELC and Junior Primary areas of the College will be located at the rear of the Victor Harbor site [with their own carpark and ‘kiss and drop’ facilities] and the Middle School [Years 7-9] will move to the front of the site in closer proximity to the Senior School. This will necessitate the upgrading/refurbishment of all classrooms and play areas. More detail to follow.
Work is currently underway to renovate and update some of the ‘tired’ facilities at the Goolwa Campus. This program has commenced and will focus on the Junior School between now and the beginning of 2018.
Mr Don Grimmett