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ST GEORGE COLLEGE. Strategic Launch Thursday 30 th November 2006. Basil Taliangis AM, C. Flin Univ. Chairman Board of Governors. Mission.

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St george college


Strategic Launch

Thursday 30th November 2006

Basil Taliangis AM, C. Flin Univ.


Board of Governors


“Our mission is to provide quality bilingual education that is based on the Orthodox faith, meets the needs and aspirations of individual students, educates the whole person and prepares students to effectively and successfully meet the challenges of the 21st Century”.


Goal 1:

Strong focus on faith formation and spiritual development

Goal 2:

High Quality education for all students

Goal 3:

All staff perform effectively

Goal 4:

Effective and efficient use of all available resources

Goal 5:

Expanded community connections and partnerships

Goals 6:

Well known and respected College


Goal 1:

Strong focus on faith formation and spiritual development.

Strategy 1:

Increase the understanding of all staff about the unique characteristics of Orthodoxy in order to enhance Faith infusion across the life of the College.

Strategy 2:

Increase the number of current staff qualified to deliver specialist Religion Education programs.

Strategy 3:

Facilitate parents’ understanding of the Orthodox faith in collaboration with our Parent Community

Strategy 4:

Improve students’ knowledge and understanding about Orthodoxy and its relevance to their daily lives.

Progress to date goal 1 strong focus on faith formation and spiritual development
Progress To Date – Goal 1“Strong focus on faith formation and spiritual development”

  • The establishment of a Pastoral Care Key Focus Position Pre – Entry to Year 12 which will support spiritual well being of students, including strengthening values, providing greater pastoral care and enhancing engagement with the College and broader community.

  • Apply for funding in 2007 as part of the Commonwealth Government National chaplaincy Programme.

  • Vertically grouped Pastoral Care Programme in Years 6 – 12.

  • Utilise Reverend Fathers in the faith formation of the College.

  • Identify and progress opportunities for orthodox service to students of other denominations.

  • Conduct an Audit in 2007 which will provide valuable qualitative and quantitative

  • information about the College in areas such as:

  • Student Co-Curricular Programmes

  • Values in the School Curriculum

  • Values of the College Community

  • After the reviewing process the College will be better placed to identify:

  • What strengths are there in our current provision of values education?

  • What opportunities are there for further development of values education in our school?

  • Which parts of this information will be useful to address?

  • How might we use this information to structure activities regarding values education?


Goal 2:

High quality education for all students.

Strategy 1:

Strengthen the College’s bilingual programs.

Strategy 2:

Enhance Arts Education programs through expansion of music, art and drama options.

Strategy 3:

Increase the number of Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs in the senior years of schooling.


Strategy 4:

Implement appropriate responses to State and National developments in the area of secondary certification.

Strategy 5:

Improve thinking and problem solving for all students.

Strategy 6:

Expand the provision of Special Education programs across the College with the initial focus on improvements in the identification and correction of learning difficulties of students in the Early Years.


Strategy 7:

Strengthen the foundations for lifelong and life wide learning for all students.

Strategy 8:

Enhance the quality of health and well-being of all students through programs in Health and Physical Education, including nutrition and relationships.

Strategy 9:

Strengthen teaching and learning for the enhancement of knowledge and skills through more effective use of “Information Communication Technologies.”

Progress to date goal 2 high quality education for all students
Progress To Date – Goal 2“High quality education for all students”

  • The establishment of Key Focus Positions in areas such as Music, Visual and Performing Arts.

  • Live Video Conferencing with the University of Crete providing Professional Development opportunities for teachers of Modern Greek to:

  • Interact and collaborate with academics from the University of Crete.

  • Analyse produced material in all four (speaking-listening-reading-writing) skills

  • Discuss current teaching theories in Modern Greek acquisition.

  • Identify issues related to teaching of Modern Greek.

  • Discuss second language teaching methodologies.

  • The signing of an MOU with the Hon. John Hill MP, Minister of Health to establish an alliance between the College, University and health industry partners in the delivery of Vocational Education Training (VET) in Pharmacy retail across the state..

  • Above State averages in the Western Australian Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (WALNA) curriculum-based assessment that is criterion-referenced and tests students' knowledge and skills in numeracy, reading, spelling and writing at Years 3, 5 and 7.

  • Support student educational programs to Greece.

  • Credible senior secondary results as evidenced with 2005 results where 79% of students progressed to tertiary institutions of their 1st or 2nd preference.


Goal 3:

All staff perform effectively.

Strategy 1:

Introduce programs that enhance staff understanding of new and emerging knowledge about teaching and learning.

Strategy 2:

Strengthen performance review structures and processes.

Strategy 3:

Improve staff participation in decision making in relevant and appropriate areas of the operations of the College


Strategy 4:

Further develop staff engagement processes including selection and retention.

Strategy 5:

Facilitate a work environment and work practices that support the health and well-being of staff.

Progress to date goal 3 all staff perform effectively
Progress to date – Goal 3“All Staff Perform Effectively”

  • All staff to complete the SMART Program which is an initiative funded by the SA Department of Education and Children's Services and developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation in conjunction with the National Research Centre for the Prevention of Child Abuse at Monash University.

  • The provision of an effective leadership structure of 18 Key Focus Positions within the various learning teams so that the curriculum experience of our students and staff is characterised by a continuous journey of learning and effective management between year levels and across the bands of schoolingin key areas such as:

  • Policy advice.

  • Instructional leadership.

  • Operational management.

  • Student services

  • Community Relationships

  • A newly developed teacher performance management process which is based on accentuating the positives, develops continued improvement, in which teachers participate in ongoing learning and professional growth, with confidence in their own abilities. The outcome is a strong partnership and commitment to student learning outcomes and to the ethos and culture of the College.

  • The school timetable is part of the order of a school and is influenced from an operational perspective by the nature of the combined primary and secondary curriculum. The College’s timetable is an important strategy in the implementation of our curriculum, which in turn is the arrangement of learning experiences expected to bring about the realisation of the College’s philosophy, vision and statement of aims.


Goal 4:

Effective and efficient use of all available resources.

Strategy 1:

Review “Space Utilization” across the College.

Strategy 2:

Improve facilities that support teaching and learning, health and well-being of all staff and students.

Strategy 3:

Strengthen prudential management of the College’s financial and physical resources.


Strategy 4:

Increase the number of avenues for the provision of additional financial support to the College.

Strategy 5:

Streamline aspects of the College’s administrative structures and processes.

Progress to date goal 4 effective and efficient use of all available resources
Progress To Date – Goal 4“Effective and Efficient use of allavailable resources”

  • The curriculum offerings at St. George College which form the foundation of curriculum development and pedagogy have been considered within the context of the College’s “Strategic Plan”.

  • Through the process of timetabling an attempt to bring together students with the resources of teachers, rooms, facilities and equipment has been achieved so that student’s learning can best be maximised.

  • The College through its space utilisation process has as part of the Block Grant Authority (BGA) addressed the following:

  • Refurbishment (painting, re-wiring, flooring) of the Ledra Ground Floor.

  • Received 2006 BGA Funding for the refurbishment of the Senior Secondary Visual Arts Centre

  • Applied for 2007 BGA Funding for the refurbishment of the Middle School Visual Arts Centre.

  • Successful in two Grants as part of Round 1 of the “Community Water Grants.

  • Round 1 Funding will involve the total refurbishment of all toilet areas within the College including: changing of urinals, cisterns and water taps in accordance with the latest water saving devises.

  • Applied for Round 2 of the “Community Water Grants”

  • Successful in two Grants as part of Round 1 of the “Community Water Grants.

  • The College has received written confirmation this afternoon that it has been successful in Round 2 Funding with which will involve the installation of two 30,000 litre underground water tanks.

  • Commencing 17th December 2006, the total refurbishment of the Canteen.

  • An audit of the College’s IT Precincts has been completed and information of the College’s information systems practices, and operations has enabled the College to gain evidence with respect to its current IT assets. As a result of this process the Board of Governors has agreed to the purchase of 48 PC’s which will be located into the Ledra IT Centre. This installation will be completed by the commencement of the 2007 academic school year.


Goal 5:

Expanded community connections and partnerships.

Strategy 1:

Strengthen parents participation across all aspects of the life of the College.

Strategy 2:

Establish formal and on-going links with the past scholars of the College.

Strategy 3:

Establish effective partnerships with a range of business, community organizations and agencies.

Strategy 4:

Develop joint projects with other educational institutions including Schools, Universities and TAFE Colleges that will enhance the programs of the College.

Progress to date goal 5 expanded community connections and partnerships
Progress To Date – Goal 5“Expanded community connections and partnerships”

  • Develop Strategic Partnerships with DECS, Flinders University, AISSA in developing “Cyber Bullying” multi media as part of the National Safe School Framework.

  • In-service independent schools with respect to: Critical Incident Management, Child Protection, Bullying and Cyber Bullying as part of accountability requirements for receipt of Commonwealth funding. Reporting will be through participation in the Annual National Report on Schooling (ANR).

  • Develop partnerships with Non Government Schools Registration Board to address legislative issues such as:

  • Catchment Areas

  • Scope and sequence and outcomes of the eight key learning areas

  • Assessment Policy and Examples of Report Proformas

  • Exemplars of Timetables

  • Behaviour Management Policy

  • Anti – Harassment / Anti Bullying Policy

  • Substance Abuse / Drug Policy

  • Student Computer Policy

  • Student Drivers Policy


Goal 6:

Well known and respected College.

Strategy 1:

Develop and implement a comprehensive “Marketing Strategy” for the College.

Strategy 2:

Review and improve the quality of the College’s publications.

Strategy 3:

Ensure currency, quality and relevance of the College’s Web site.

Progress to date goal 6 well known and respected college
Progress to Date – Goal 6“Well Known and respected College”

  • The development of a set of strategies that will allow the achievements of our College to be promoted in the broader community in the most effective and efficient manner and through the utilization of a range of media.

  • Highly credible results in the Australian Mathematics Competition in 2006.

  • 82 received either a credit or distinction (65 Credits & 17 Distinctions)

  • 93 participation awards.

  • Comply with the Australian Government school performance requirements as a condition for the receipt of government funding under the ‘Schools Assistance (Learning Together – Achievement Through Choice and Opportunity) Act 2004 on issues such as: staff attendance, teacher qualifications, student attendance, Average Standardised Assessment Results for year 9 and year 10 students, senior secondary outcomes, Post school destinations.

  • Highly respected College evidenced by the enrolment of international students from Korea.

  • Growing number of student enrolments and re-enrolments.

  • St. George College is committed to fostering and promoting academic achievement, as well as assisting families who are economically marginalised. The basis of this philosophy is found in the “Strategic Plan” of the College, which justifies the endowment of Bursaries for those who fulfill the criteria as determined. The Board of Governors has agreed to offer Bursaries in areas such as: Music, Drama, Visual Arts, Physical Education and financial hardship.