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Welcome to the 2019 School Year

St Thomas More College, Sunnybank is looking to an innovative future to ensure students are best placed for their future when they graduate.

Principal Les Conroy outlined his vision for the 2019 school year and also mentioned exploring an e-sports initiative.

“On top of our academic curriculum, we’ll be exploring e-sports, and we’re pretty excited about that,” Principal Les Conroy said in the video above.

“We want to partner with some major gamers to bring e-sports into this school, because it’s the next generation of employment across a whole range of sectors, from sports management to coding to events management, and not only that, the game play itself.”

While Principal Conroy took some time to reflect on the very successful 2018 school year, he looked to the future and talked about teacher staffing decisions made to ensure the best possible learning outcomes are achieved this year.

“We’ve got some beginning teachers that are the best in their field,” Principal Conroy explained.

“During the interview process, we recruited hard to make sure that we had the best applicants to be in front of your child, right through to some very experienced teachers which we’ve managed to snaffle from some of the big schools across Brisbane.

“And we’re very proud to be able to bring them here to be in front of your child.

“So, we’ve got a great range of the nine staff that are starting, from beginning teachers that are passionate about their field, they’re young, they’re excited and they know the latest, particularly as we move to the new senior assessment, right through to those experienced teachers who will bring that wealth of experience and knowledge into the classroom, and enhance our already 45 years of STMC.

“So we’re really looking forward to the start that we have as the school continues to grow.”

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Video transcript:

Welcome to 2019. Before I talk about 2019, I just want to do a quick wrap-up of 2018. Our students from last year, their results were outstanding for what they wanted to do. And our students now are heading off into university, TAFE, and the workplace, and we certainly wish them well in their new adventure.

Some of the initiatives for 2019. You might remember some of the ones from previous years, which was the We Read More and We Write More. What we know is that we’re starting to see some good traction and some good results in our students, and it’s starting to pay some real dividends for their learning outcomes. We know that the benchmark for the reading comprehension and the writing, our students in Seven, Eight and Nine went way above our benchmark, and we couldn’t be more proud of them. And we’re seeing that reflected not only in their NAPLAN results from last year but we’re also seeing that in their student report cards at the end of last year. So, we’re pretty proud of the work the students have done, and pretty proud of the work that the teachers have done with the students, and of course, you, the parents at home, and the work that you’ve done with your child in the writing and reading sphere.

Some of the things that we’re also going to be doing this year is we’re introducing these little guys here. A drone racing club. That’s going to be one of our co-curricular activities, and as the club evolves, it’ll extend out to parents and other members of the family, that they may want to come in with their little drone and race our obstacle course within the presentation centre. And there’ll be more about that in the coming weeks in our newsletter, and invitations home.

The other thing that we’re exploring for this year, on top of our academic curriculum, is e-sports, and we’re pretty excited about that. We want to partner with some major gamers to bring e-sports into this school, because it’s the next generation of employment across the whole range of sectors, from sports management to coding to events management, and not only that, the game play itself. So we’re introducing that as a new initiative in 2019.

Just to give you an idea of some of the new staff that we’ve got starting with us at STMC, and over the time you will be introduced to them in more intimate ways, but I just want to talk, we’ve got a great range. We’ve got some beginning teachers that are the best in their field. During the interview process, we recruited hard to make sure that we had the best applicants to be in front of your child, right through to some very experienced teachers which we’ve managed to snaffle from some of the big schools across Brisbane. And we’re very proud to be able to bring them here to be in front of your child. So, we’ve got a great range of the nine staff that are starting, from beginning teachers that are passionate about their field, they’re young, they’re excited and they know the latest, particularly as we move to the new senior assessment, right through to those experienced teachers who will bring that wealth of experience and knowledge into the classroom, and enhance our already 45 years of STMC. So we’re really looking forward to the start that we have as the school continues to grow.

As a new parent to STMC, you may be asking yourselves some questions, like, “How do I engage with the school?” Well, in the first instance I would ask you to make contact with your pastoral care teacher for your child. In the other instance, in getting to know other members of our community, is to come along to our first P&F meeting, which happens early next month. That’s a great way to get to know other parents. Don’t worry, you won’t be roped into a job. We’ve got all that under control, and we don’t do a great deal of fundraising. So the P&F’s focus is about parent engagement and how we can deliver as a community to meet your needs as a parent of young people.

As students begin to roll back into school, particularly want to extend a welcome and an invitation to the new parents, particularly of Year Sevens. Come along to your child’s first day and then join in the ritual of them starting at STMC. We have morning tea after their induction process in the first assembly and we love to talk to you there. Please don’t make yourself a stranger. Come and say hello. Our doors are always open. Our leadership team can’t wait to meet you. So please come in and say g’day, and welcome to 2019.

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