Goals

Reporting Area 11 – School Determined Improvement Target Areas

Our vision for the future is clearly articulated in the College’s Strategic Plan called “Discover what’s possible”. It is for the period 2015–2018 and is published, in full, on the College’s website www.newington.nsw.edu.au.

The plan outlines our goals and specific target areas for four years. It also includes our achievements for the preceding reporting period. The following section highlights;

  1. Key goals for 2015 for each Campus and a brief report
  2. The 2016 goals from within the Strategic Plan

Key Achievements in 2015

The Strategic Plan covers four years. The journey should ensure the long term sustainability for this great College yet be flexible to enable appropriate response to times of rapid change.

The following information provides a brief report against key goals that were sent for the year in the Strategic Plan areas of learning and teaching; well-being; character and service; spirituality; values and ethics; community partnership; quality of staff; co-curricular engagement; sustainability and facilities.

 

A) Stanmore Secondary Campus

pillarsLearning and Teaching

Learning – Consolidate all learning based models

  • STANMORE – consolidate the Newington Learning Framework
  • LINDFIELD – consolidate the PYP Learning Framework
  • WYVERN – consolidate the BLP Learning Framework
  • Achieved
  • Achieved
  • Achieved
Review Year 8 elective choices and structures for a 2016 commencement
  • Achieved
Review Year 10 curriculum structure and possibilities
  • Delayed to post-registration
    May 2016
Constantly review all alternative teaching and learning strategies
  • Achieved
Consolidate our 1:1 technology program
  • Achieved
  • A detailed review of our BYOD scheme commenced
Strong focus on effective assessment – feedback – reporting – reflection processes – goal setting
  • Achieved
  • New system for Years 7–9 mid-year
Foster full range of ICT research techniques, including appropriate use of technology
  • Achieved
Nurture our vocational pathways including the new subject introduction of Hospitality at Years 8/11 for 2015
  • Achieved with great success
Review the ESL provision, policies and practices
  • Delayed to 2016
Improved communication avenues for parents to raise any concerns
  • Ongoing – new initiative of meet the Mentor occurred Day 1 of Term 1
Growth in boy feedback mechanisms
  • Achieved with more surveys across the 5 pillars

pillarsWell-being, Character and Service

A strong focus on the Mentor as the prime pastoral person for each boy
  • Achieved
Priorities to be on the themes of;

  • resilience
  • emotional intelligence
  • positive psychology
  • digital citizenship
  • behaviour management and
  • motivational strategies
  • Achieved by always a work in progress
Mentor effectiveness and professional training
  • Ongoing
  • All Year 8 Mentors have a positive psychology course
  • All Mentors had an AIS training session on pastoral care
Communication to parents on pastoral programs
  • Ongoing
Growth in boy feedback mechanisms
  • Ongoing
  • Signed up for Mission Skills Assessment Pilot to evaluate our effectiveness in teaching non-cognitive and social-emotional skills of Years 7 and 8.

pillarsSpirituality, Values and Ethics

 

To continue to engage the Newington College community through worship services, in a contemporary, relevant and challenging manner – utilising student and other-staff input
  • Ongoing
Prepare for the Tupou College Sesquicentenary in 2016
  • Achieved – visit to Tupou 2015
To build stronger pastoral ties with students, staff, Old Boys and families – through counselling, grief-work, marriages, baptisms and other pastoral services
  • Ongoing
To engage with current global issues from an informed Christian perspective – this would include inter-faith dialogue, and cross-functional understandings and experiences
  • Ongoing

pillars Co-curricular Engagement

 

Leadership training
  • New initiatives with Cadets, Debating, Music and Sport
  • Leadership seminars and retreat for senior boys
Character development via the co-curricular programs
  • Use of positive psychology framework to provide linkage
Acknowledgement of boys
  • Upgrade of system and procedures
Foster AAGPS membership and obligations
  • Ongoing
Improved coaching standards for lower ranked teams
  • Director focus in 2015
Growth in boy feedback mechanisms
  • Boy surveys and linkage to sporting cultural framework

foundationsCommunity Partnership

Start on update of P Swain history book of Newington for the period 1998 – 2003
  • Commenced
Anzac Day special ceremonies given its special significance in 2015
  • Achieved with great success
 Service Learning enhancement
  • Achieved/Ongoing
 Literature Festival 2015
  • Achieved with great success
 Development of ELC learning
  • On hold – Architectural plans and “DA” has been achieved

foundations Quality of Staff

Orientation of our new HR Director 
  • Achieved
Staff led professional learning, review and practices 
  • Achieved
Gaining accreditation as a PD provider 
  • Detailed process has commenced
Fostering our culture of “too good not to be better”
  • Ongoing
Reviewing the industrial model for Award determination 
  • Underway

 Sustainability

 

Constant review and updating of the rolling 10 year financial plan
  • Achieved
Keeping costs to appropriate levels to keep fee rises to a minimum
  • Achieved/Ongoing
Seeking alternative revenue sources (linked to point 2)
  • Underway via facility hire
Keeping enrolments to agreed capped level
  • Achieved
Importance of our environmental footprint
  • Achieved especially with energy
Effective risk and compliance policies and practices
  • Ongoing
Effective ICT strategies, policies and practices 
  • Ongoing

Facilities – 2015

STANMORE

  • Year 7 Centre (open for 2016)
  • Drama Centre (open for 2016)
  • Regular maintenance
  • Internal fit out of Music Centre – ground floor (for Term 1 2015)
  • Founders kitchen upgraded to introduce Hospitality as a subject (for Term 1 2015)
  • Underway
  • Underway
  • Ongoing
  • Achieved
  • Achieved
WYVERN

  • New air-conditioning system (for Term 1 2015)
  • Regular maintenance
  • Improve internal signage 
  • Achieved
  • Ongoing
  • Ongoing
LINDFIELD

  • New Music Centre within Don Brown Hall (for Term 1 2015)
  • Additional classroom for second Year 6 class (for Term 1 2015)
  • Regular maintenance of existing facilities
  • Achieved
  • Achieved
  • Ongoing

 

B) Lindfield Prep

pillarsLearning and Teaching

Learning – Consolidate the PYP Learning Framework and the inquiry based nature of the program
  • Achieved
Continue to map the National Curriculum to Lindfield Programme of Inquiry ensuring appropriate and comprehensive coverage of all outcomes.
  • Ongoing
Consider the implementation of Reading and Writing frameworks to formalise assessment, tracking and teaching strategies across the school
  • Ongoing
Consolidate the Learning Enhancement Team Teaching model to provide support and enrichment for all boys
  • Achieved
Review Assessment practices with particular focus on differentiated assessment
  • Ongoing – focus for 2016
Focus on tracking student progress – strong link to assessment and future learning
  • Ongoing
Consolidate our 1:1 technology program – further integration of Canvas in Years 3 to 6
  • Ongoing
Ongoing refinement of communication with parents about week to week learning and student progress
  • Achieved
Collaborate with Stanmore and Wyvern about Middle School pedagogy and transition
  • Ongoing
Collaborate with Stanmore and Wyvern re: Assessment Tracking System across the College to support the measurement and monitoring of student growth
  • Achieved
Focus on the PYP Approaches to Learning (Skills) across all areas of the curriculum
  • Ongoing

pillarsWell-being, Character and Service

Continue to develop the P.A.L.S. (Positive Attitudes and Life Skills) program focusing on the integration of a strong anti-bullying philosophy and strategies
  • Achieved
Strong focus on the communication of Point 1 with parents
  • Ongoing
Review and as necessary adjust the HAPPY approach from 2014
  • Achieved
Consolidate the development Digital Citizenship throughout the curriculum
  • Ongoing
Development and implementation of Social Action projects for each year level to support the promotion of Action in response to learning
  • Achieved

pillarsSpirituality, Values and Ethics

Review the Religious Education program to ensure an inquiry-based pedagogy is prevalent
  • Delayed – new staffing in
    2016

foundationsCommunity Partnership

Continue to run regular Parent Workshops to foster partnership and awareness of school initiatives and programs – explore timing and delivery to ensure high accessibility for parents
  • Achieved
Explore possibilities for setting up an Early Learning Centre for Lindfield
  • Ongoing

foundations Quality of Staff

Ongoing implementation of the Professional Development and Reflection Framework with staff
  • Achieved
Introduce Professional Learning Groups
  • Achieved
Increase peer observation and reflection
  • Achieved
Organise a PYP in-school workshop on ‘Conceptual Learning’
  • Achieved
Ongoing professional development and support for the implementation of the National Curriculum – focus on Science and continuing with Maths
  • Ongoing

pillars Co-curricular Engagement

Ongoing development of Co-Curricular Clubs before and after school, and at lunchtimes to provide diverse learning opportunities
  • Achieved
Ongoing negotiation with IPSHA to ensure sporting teams are evenly matched for Saturday Sport
  • Achieved
Continue to develop leadership opportunities for Year 6 students and the preparation and training of Year 5 students
  • Achieved

Sustainability

Continue to grow double stream Stage 3
  • Achieved
Effective risk and compliance policies and practices
  • Ongoing
Effective ICT strategies, policies and practices
  • Ongoing
Develop the use of Google Docs to support collaboration and digital programming
  • Achieved

 

C) Wyvern Prep

pillarsLearning and Teaching

Consolidate the BLP Learning Framework

  • Strong focus on new staff training
  • BLP appraisal goal for all staff
  • Themed weeks on specific BLP muscles
  • Team teaching/observation and feedback
  • Well attended BLP parent information sessions in Term 1, plus P and F presentation Parent workshop on resilience
  • Achieved
Further develop a concept planning approach to the curriculum

  • Staff panning sessions with Bronwyn McLeod completed.
  • Scope and sequence and units of work embedded
  • Achieved
Implement the new Maths National Curriculum

  • Expert in residence for one week (Anne Joshua)
  • Ongoing staff training
  • Successful flexible maths week in Term 3
  • Achieved
Constantly review all alternative teaching and learning strategies especially within the middle schooling years (Year 5 – Year 8)

  • Second year of Middle Schooling Learning community
  • School visits to review middle schooling practice
  • Ongoing
Implement the new gifted education policy including a revised structure for maths extension

  • Expert in residence for one week (Anne Joshua)
  • Parent presentations
  • G and T committee established
  • Achieved
Consolidate and refine our 1:1 technology program taking into account parent feedbac

  • Parent information sessions run
  • Input by ICT facilitator at P and F forum
  • Audit of all Apps – are they adding value?
  • Ongoing
Ensure a strong focus on effective assessment including a full review of assessment policies and practises

  • Assessment Learning Community established
  • Improved used of Allwell assessment data
  • Ongoing
Foster a full range of ICT research techniques, including appropriate use of technology

  • Close liaison with Yvonne Smith over senior school research approach
  • Staff PD to introduce prep school research process
  • Achieved
Fully prepare all areas for a successful “Registration” process in 2016
  • Ongoing

pillarsWell-being, Character and Service

Further develop an effective service learning approach in the Prep school context

  • SRC and Chaplain making links and undertaking activities with local Uniting Church age care home
  • Achieved
Establish a structured social skills program in Year 4 

  • ‘Stop Think Do’ approach -Designed by clinical psychologist Lindy Petersen
  • Achieved
Consolidate the development of Digital Citizenship throughout the curriculum
  • Ongoing

pillarsSpirituality, Values and Ethics

Review the Religious Education program to ensure an inquiry-based pedagogy is prevalent
  • Ongoing
Provide worship that is ongoing and relevant
  • Ongoing

foundationsCommunity Partnership

Refine procedures and clarify expectations in relation to communication
between teachers and parents, including introducing a second parent
teacher consultation opportunity

  • Home school communication policy introduced
  • New parent teacher interview structure implemented
  • Achieved
Anzac Day special ceremonies given its special significance in 2015
  • Completed
Bi-annual Wyvern Art Exhibition at Concordia Gallery
  • Completed
Literature Festival 2015
  • Completed
Development of ELC learning
  • Ongoing

foundations Quality of Staff

Orientation of our new HR Director

  • Neil Martin involved in 2015 appraisal launch plus engagement survey
  • Completed
Staff led professional learning, review and practices including the continued work of our Learning Communities

  • All Learning communities meeting regularly and undertaking /planning quality PD including
  • Learning Communities formal reports in Term 4
  • Completed
Team Leaders to have a more significant role in our annual Professional Development and Review cycle

  • First stage of Cycle completed (Target setting)
  • Mid-year reviews done
  • Teaching observation and feedback
  • Final review meetings planned
  • Completed
Provide greater opportunities for student feedback in relation to quality of learning

  • New format for student survey trialled
  • Ongoing

pillars Co-curricular Engagement

Ongoing development of Co-Curricular Clubs before and after school, and at
lunchtimes to provide diverse learning opportunities

  • Expansion to 30 co-curricular clubs including links with senior school (Theatre Sports)
  • Achieved
Ongoing negotiation with IPSHA to ensure sporting teams are well matched for Saturday Sport

  • Successful summer and winter sport seasons:
  • Competitive profiles – 60% win, 90% competitive
  • Achieved
Establish strong links with the new Director of Football to ensure a consistent Year 3 to Year 12 approach

  • Planning with Brian – IPSHA trials and team allocation for winter season
  • Staff seminar in Term 3
  • Achieved

Sustainability

Constant review and updating of the rolling 10 year financial plan
  • Achieved
Keeping costs to appropriate levels to keep fee rises to a minimum
  • Achieved/Ongoing
Seeking alternative revenue sources (linked to point 2)
  • Underway via Facility Hire
Keeping enrolments to agreed capped level
  • Achieved
Importance of our environmental footprint
  • Achieved especially with energy
Effective risk and compliance policies and practices
  • Ongoing
Effective ICT strategies, policies and practices
  • Ongoing

Facilities – 2015

New air – conditioning system (level 2 classrooms
  • Completed
Improve internal signage
  • Ongoing
Regular maintenance
  • Completed

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