St Ignatius School will implement policies, practices and programs to nurture and promote the Religious Life of the School which explicitly articulate the nature and purpose of Catholic Schooling.
We will continue to embrace Ignatian and Mercy Charisms, professional learning of staff and faith formation of students through a Religious Education Curriculum promoting knowledge, deep understanding and skills.
The school community will further develop its shared understanding and practical response to Catholic Social Teaching.
2012 Action Plan:
· Continue our outreach:
o Term 1 - Project Compassion (Caritas Australia) and Easter for Everyone.
o Term 2 - Daniel Morcombe Foundation.
o Term 3 - Murri Ministries
o Term 4 - Rosie's Foundation; St Vincent de Paul; Jesuit Mission; Catholic Mission
· To celebrate with all in our community the Year of Grace so the spirit is witnessed in our school
· Become an accredited Ignatian School
· Continue to celebrate the Mercy Charism
· Continue staff professional development of the new Religion Curriculum
· To review our Mission Statement
A range of outreach programs was conducted during 2012 including Project Compassion, Easter for Everyone, Outreach to a fellow School less fortunate (Term 1); Red for Reading(Term 2); Murri Ministries (Term 3); St Vincent de Paul; Rosie's Foundation, Jesuit Mission (Term 4). The Year of Grace was celebrated with a visit of the relic of St Francis Xavier. The professional development of staff in the new Religious Education Curriculum was continued. The school mission statement was reviewed and rewritten in collaboration with all community stakeholders.
St Ignatius School will offer quality teaching and learning that draws on pedagogical practice that is data informed and evidence based, and aligned with the Australian Curriculum and BCE Learning Framework.
The contemporary learning environment will be responsive to the changing structures of schooling and diverse populations, and have well developed capabilities to utilise information, communication and learning technologies.
Education for all students will be personalised, active and interactive.
2012 Action Plan:
· Redefine the Curriculum Leader's role in light of research and emerging needs.
· Further develop professional learning communities
· Continue to implement and consolidate the Australian Curriculum - English, Maths, History and Science.
· To promote the National Year of Reading and in doing so highlight the importance of reading in all our lives.
· Introduce Brisbane Catholic Education system generated School Reporting System in Semester 1.
· Continue to infuse cross curricula priorities - Indigenous Education; Asian Studies; Creation we care (Sustainable Environments);
· Profile the drama component of the Arts Curriculum.
· Support Contemporary Learning and Teaching Technologies at all levels of the school:
o Introduce and maintain a 1:1 laptop program in Years 4 and 5.
o Mobile technologies in the Early Years.
o Enhanced accessibility to digital resources in Upper Years.
· Continue to avail ourselves of future grants and embed existing projects.
· Ensure good professional practice in assessment for learning.
· Review our Vision for Learning in light of the review of the School Mission Statement.
· Continue to acknowledge the significance of both boys and girls in education.
· To continue to ensure quality programs in light of our Brisbane Catholic Education values education and personal development guidelines.
The curriculum leader carried out her role under the coaching model and key staff members underwent the coaching course and used the skills in the mentoring of staff during goals reviews. During the year professional learning communities were further developed and enriched to include peer mentoring and coaching in and out of classrooms. English, Maths, History and Science continued to be implemented; with Science consolidated through a master class inquiry and investigation in History using drama a focus during CTJ. An online program Stepping Stones was introudced for Maths and there was investment in resourcing in English with a completed scope and sequence developed for Spelling as well as investment in Drama as another strategy to use with the Australian Curriculum. The Year of Reading was celebrated with special breakfasts for children and parents: "Boys, books and brekkie", "Mothers and sons", "Dads and daughters", "Schoolgirls, story time and something to eat" as well as a photo competion to Get Caught Reading; a Reading Conference for Year 6 & 7 students; Visitng authors; the creation of a School Cookbook and the development of the relationship between school and the Toowong Library. The School Reporting System (SRS) was introduced and updated for the end of year and embraced by staff and found to be both effective and efficient. The school continued to infuse cross curricular students with RAP day, a visit to Murgon for Sorry Day and a partnership with Murgon for shared Art Project. No Trash days are now held twice a week. The school had a Contemporary Learning focus with data to prove its been successful for all stakeholders. AGQTP funding, P&F support and school renewal funding was directed to support initiatives from Prep to Year 7 for this focus. Improved outcomes for students and teachers - NAPLAN results, inter school moderation, and intraschool moderation, informal and formal assessment. Assessment focus to be taken into 2013 specifically in the area of English. The school will continue to review the vision for learning in 2013, focus on the significance of boys and girls relationships through breakfasts, sporting, cultural events; and continue to build on strong foundations in values and personal development education.
St Ignatius School will continue the good profressional practice of consultation and collaboration with parents, Parish and wider community to ensure a safe, healthy and productive school environment.
2012 Action Plan:
· Staff attending Ignatian Formation programs
· Continue to foster Parish connections
· Staff will continue their good practice of setting goals in light of whole school goals and this will impact on their professional development opportunities.
· Continues partnerships with:
o Phonemic Awareness for LIteracy (UQ)
o Speech Patholists and Occupational Therapists
o Pods with neighbouring schools.
o Asian universities
o PASS (Partnerships and Students in Sport)
o Feeder High Schools
· Celebrate the parents partnership
o Celebration of Learning
o Open mornings
o Shared partnerships in life and learning (Parent Teacher Conferences)
o End of semester reporting
o Tutorial sessions with parents - Apple PD sessions
o Pre Prep morning
o Grandparents morning
o Active email accessibility
o Development of a student/parent online space for sharing key information
o End of term surveys
o "Who are our students" periodic survey
o Active consultative approach to strategic renewal
All staff are to complete the Ignatian formation in 2013. Successful parish school Masses and celebrations continued throughout the year. Staff continued good practice with goal setting. QUT partnerships continued successfully. All partnerships were further consolidated and will continue to do so - for example: Texting mechanism for safety of students. Portal communication was trailed with parents and investigation for the establishment of a parent portal in 2013.
The St Ignatius strategic master plan will continue to ensure quality stewardship, professional learning needs of staff, fair and equitable support of the financial needs of families, teaching and school operations, sustainable environmental practices and contemporary learnign approaches.
2012 Action Plan:
· Continue strategies to care for our creation - e.g. Nude Food Day
· Continue to strategically implement Master Plan according to financial resources
· Develop Learning Management Systems - e.g. Portals, Texting for Absenteeeism
· Continue future planning for Year 7 transition to High School
· Support professional development of staff in line with their professional learning goals
· Ensure equity and justice to support those in financial need
· Refurbish Administration centre
The school Master Plan was continued to be fostered through the enhancement of the reception area. Financial support was offered with equity and justice ensuring fair and equitable distribution of resources.