Happy New Year and welcome to what I believe will be an exciting year.
The final results for the 2017 Year 12 cohort were released over the Christmas break including Queensland Core Skills Test (QCS) grades and Overall Positions (OPs). QCS grades were very impressive with the cohort achieving 8.3% above the rest of the state and the highest proportion of students achieving an A than ever before. The cohort’s OP 1-10 and OP 1-15 percentages were the best that Emmanuel has ever had. Credit for achievements such as this must be shared between the 2017 Year 12 students, their parents (for the support offered from home) and the teaching staff across the college. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for this successful group of Emmanuel graduates.
I would like to bring to your attention, two parent-centered initiatives that we would like to instigate this year. The first initiative is phase two of our Parents and Friends (P&F) plan. When I arrived at Emmanuel five years ago, the school had a committee called the Emmanuel Community Association. It was, in a sense, a “kind of P&F”. Twelve months ago, Lisa Tregoning was appointed to bridge the gap between the ECA and what was going to become our full P&F.
I would like to launch that P&F at the start of next term, and will be seeking volunteers later this term. The committee will have a maximum of 14 members. Six of those members will represent our various parent and alumni-groups (the swim club, athletics club, the Fete, the alumni, the parent-co-ordinators, and members). Two other seats will be occupied by myself and Lisa. The remaining six seats will be open to one parent from Kindy/Early Years, one from Years 4-6, two from Years 7-9, and two from Years 10-12. I will send out more details in week three, but for now, I would ask you to consider whether this might be something you would want to be involved in.
The second initiative also involves an invitation: I would like to invite you to a monthly, informal conversation time. The staff have come to know these conversation times as a “tea and buns session” (after the Wind in the Willows quotation: “come along inside… we’ll see if tea and buns can’t make the world a better place”) and their purpose is very simple - they are open conversations, giving parents a chance to ask me questions, and hopefully understand our thinking a little more. With staff, they are highly informal; however, for catering purposes, I will need to ask parents to let Lisa Tregoning know if they intend to attend: 5561 4072 or email@example.com.
The first Parents Tea and Buns (T&B’s) will be at 8.30am on Tuesday 13 February (Week 4). Future T&B’s will vary between mornings and afternoons. I do hope you will be able to join with us in making these initiatives a success, and in the meantime, I wish you every blessing for the year ahead.