Mr Les Conroy, Principal, St Thomas More College, Sunnybank, has welcomed new and returning students to the new school year and outlined what the school has planned for 2018.
Further, Mr Conroy outlined four key areas that the school staff and administration team will focus on this year.
The first focus area is to build on the college’s We Read More Programme to improve on last year’s NAPLAN results.
“This year we’ll be launching the We Write More and we hope that these two programmes together will drive home even more successful results for our students,” Principal Les Conroy said in the video above.
The second focus area is on the college’s strategic planning involving the state’s new approach to senior assessment, which will commence in 2019. Information sessions will be held in the near future for parents.
“This year will be a big year for us with lots of information in sessions coming out to parents as we start to bed down what the 2019 changeover will look like,” Principal Les Conroy continued.
A third focus for the college is a direct outcome of last year’s Student Voice Programme coordinated by Brisbane Catholic Education. Students in the programme articulated that they would like to be involved in the employment of school staff.
“We’ve taken that on board this year and one of the things we will be doing is ensuring that a student will have a place at the interview table when we do interviews with staff,” Mr Conroy outlined.
According to Mr Conroy, a key priority for the college is setting students up for the future, so that when they leave school they are prepared to go out into the workforce and be strategic and critical thinkers.
Having student representation at the interview table is expected to allow students to ask key questions around education that are important for 21st Century learners.
“We think by including that student voice in the interview process, that we’ll get the best candidate for our school and drive our curriculum, our pedagogy to a whole new level,” Mr Conroy explained.
Lastly, the fourth focus area, is the implementation of the newly restructured Senior Leadership Team, which occurred at the end of last year.
This team approach will ensure that staff no longer work in silos and instead have an integrated approach to holistic learning and pastoral care across the college.
“The opportunities there means that we have one person responsible for the whole range of activities that the students are engaged in and that they’re backed by a team,” Mr Conroy concluded.
The new Senior Leadership Team will work collaboratively to take St Thomas More College to a whole other level.
The team is made up of:
- Deputy Principal – Karen Mulcahy
- Assistant Principal, Religious Education – Mr John Thomas
- Assistant Principal, Senior School – Mr Nathan Camilleri
- Assistant Principal, Middle Years – Ms Stacey Readman
- Assistant Principal, Administration and Systems – Mr Scott Booth
- Business Manager – Mr Patrick Maguire