Message from Sally
Last Tuesday and Wednesday, I attended the South Western Victoria Region Principal Forum at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre with over 700 Principals and school leaders. The conference motto was:
Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success. Henry Ford
Bruce Armstrong, Deputy Secretary – DET, inspired all who attended with his highly effective, professional and motivating presentations at the opening and closing of the conference. He encouraged school leaders to focus on where students are going, to look at what the world might be and the part they will play in shaping their future.
During the two-day event, we heard from a number of international experts. Professor David Woods’ key messages included a system focus on the following: effective partnerships and networking; shared vision; purpose and objectives; using performance data; strong accountability; structural and radical solutions; a relentless focus on teaching and learning; rigorous attention to closing the gap; and system leadership and school support.
Mary Jean Gallagher reminded us 'that in our schools we have the capacity to change the world for our kids'. Dr Terry Dozier helped define teacher leadership, the practices and frameworks that can assist us in improving the quality of instruction. Dr Lyn Sharratt reinforced the need to put faces on the data as well as our regional focus on second order change through in situ learning and instructional coaching. Finally, Reverend Tim Costello reminded us of our calling to the vocation of teaching and how we can change the world!
At the Forum, the Secretary announced the Literacy and Numeracy Strategy and I will engage with the School Leaders’ Guide on the Literacy portal.
The Secretary also announced the 7 in 7 in Schools Program, designed to increase awareness and understanding of Department, Education and Training Values among school leaders. This program follows the 7 Values in 7 Weeks initiative that was recently rolled out across our central and regional offices, and evaluated by the Department’s central Integrity Leadership Group.
Farewell to Term 2
Please be reminded that the first day of Term 3 is a Pupil Free Day for staff planning to occur. Students will return on Tuesday 18th July. Wishing you all a safe and happy holidays.
Sally Karlovic, Principal