Insight SRC and Catholic Education Melbourne support schools to conduct the School Improvement Surveys (SIS) on an annual basis. The results of these surveys identify factors that may contribute to the organisational health of our College and provide valuable information about our future planning and continuous improvement. A cohort of parents has been invited to participate in the 2017 surveys. This feedback is most important and I encourage you to participate.

Work is continuing on the development of the College Masterplan. Over coming weeks, there will be several consultations which will enable Cox Architects to respond to community members and develop a Masterplan that meets the future needs of our students and staff.

Recently the College hosted a reunion of the Class of 1997. Mr Tony Di Donato (pictured in front row on the right), led the group of former students on a tour of the College.

This year, the Outdoor Education Program was expanded to include a Year 10 Alpine Experience. Despite some challenging weather conditions, students and staff managed to have an amazing time as they developed their skills in downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and snow-boarding. We extend our thanks to Mr James Whiting who led this inaugural event along with the support of Ms Gina Di Stefano (Year 10 Coordinator), Ms Alex Bantock (Year 10 Curriculum Leader) and all the staff.

Recently, students and staff prepared the mass at the Belgrave Parish. Thanks to Father Martin Tanti, College Rector, and Sam Corish and Lewis Gibbons-Tighe who spoke to the congregation about their lived experience of being part of St Joseph’s College.

“St Joseph’s has taught me so many things about myself and the world around me. I’ve learnt to grow and allow myself to flourish through the opportunities I’ve had and the people I’ve been able to meet.” Lewis Gibbons-Tighe (12 Prest)

Recently, Mr Michael Webbers, concluded his time at the College in order to take up a teaching position in country Victoria. As a community, we acknowledge the contribution Michael has made to the College. We wish Michael every best wish in his new endeavour and thank him for his significant contribution over many years at St Joseph’s College as both a student and teacher.

All the best for the fortnight ahead.

Ms Cathy Livingston