In 2018 the College will be involved in a Specific Focus School Review auspices of the Catholic Education Melbourne, along with ACEL and approved by Marist Schools Australia. Using the National Schools Improvement Tool (NSIT) the College will work to focus on responding to a specific question that will aid us to ascertain our progress and directions for future growth. The following is an insight into some of the initiatives and strategies which Marcellin College will develop over the next 12 months in response to our vision, the review process and to the changing educational landscape.
Education in Faith
The Australian Bishops have identified the liturgical year of 2018 as a national Year of Youth. We will explore this theme through the lens of the words of the prophet Jeremiah: “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
The Christian hope that we have to offer to others, especially young people and those on the edges, is to support them to be free from that which cripples and burdens their lives; to know their lives matter and that they have great support to realise their God given potential.
Learning and Teaching
In 2018 the College will introduce renewed staffing structures in Careers Education and Individual Needs as we continue to respond to the growing demands of 21st learning. In addition to this all staff will undertake professional learning centred around the use of explicit instruction and assessment feedback through accessing a rich array of student cognitive and performance data.
We will also see the gradual roll out of a new Learning Management System in partnership with SchoolBox. This new system will allow for continuous feedback, access to course documentation and creation of student ePortfolios. In 2018 we will commence the integration of this new system with the aim of providing parental access in during the next HeadStart Program.
We will work collaboratively with the newly appointed Social Emotional Learning Leader to continue to explore ways to embed Positive Psychology and issues pertaining to mental health into the current Student Wellbeing Program and across the curriculum. 2018 will also see the introduction of a tenth House, Chirat House as we continue to ensure the provision of the wellbeing of each young man is consistent with our mission of ensuring every boy is known. Throughout 2018 the College will implement new methods of monitoring student progress and provide each young man clarity around the area of promotion.
Leadership and Management
In 2017 our College embarked on a series of reviews of areas which impact on learning and welling at Marcellin College. Findings and recommendations of reviews in the areas of Pastoral Care, Careers, Individual Needs, Resource Centre, Learning Structures and College Master Plan were evaluated and presented to our community in 2017. 2018 will also be a year of design and discernment as we begin to bring to life the next stages of the Marcellin College Master Plan. These stages include the provision of the following
- New carpark near Lyon’s oval, Angle parking in Sylvester Drive
- Reimagining the mid-level terrace as a recreation space
- Re imagine upper level courtyard as passive recreation space
- Redevelopment of the Brother Placidus resource centre
Marcellin College is committed to building an even stronger community and look to the efforts of the MCCA and Foundation Office to assist this to occur.
Additionally, throughout 2018 the College will continue to work with the North East Link Authority to minimise the impact on our community as they refine plans for the development of the North East Link project and the Corridor A extended tunnel option.