2017 Goals – full college

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

The Strategic Plan 2015-18 is published in full on the College website. Many targets are regular annual priorities. For simplicity they are not repeated in this document. This document outlines the priorities for 2017.

Priorities for 2017 – Stanmore Secondary Campus

pillarsLearning and Teaching

Review International Baccalaureate policies and procedures and successfully complete the externally run Five-Year Review Audit.
Continue to review the School day structures and the reduction of disruptions to the academic program
Develop and implement an approach to embedding the Newington Learning Framework into teaching and assessment programs in Years 7-10
Develop and implement a data analytics dashboard for the use of academic and pastoral academic leaders
Develop and implement an analytics model that maps student performance, academic behaviours and skill sets
Develop our innovative and rigorous approach to the delivery of non-Board Endorsed electives in Stages 4 and 5.
Improve our framework for identifying and managing students with high academic potential
Develop and implement a strategic approach to embedding the Research Fluency Framework into the assessment expectations across Years 7-10.
Research and implement innovative approaches to parent education on academic issues
Review departmental policies and procedures for communication of curriculum and assessment expectations for students
Develop and implement an integrated strategic approach to study and self-directed learning skills across Years 7-12
Review the College’s philosophies and approaches to class placement and ability grouping across Years 7-12
Continue to build substantive academic relationships between the Stanmore, Wyvern and Lindfield campuses
Further deepen sustained practice in on-line e-Learning initiatives, Canvas, blogging/publishing and on-line video.
Consolidate the integration of digital technologies in the curriculum for Years 7 – 10
Continue to foster student and staff reflection and feedback mechanisms.

pillarsWell-being, Character and Service

Focus on the Mentor as the prime pastoral person for each boy with appropriate professional training.
Priorities in 2017 to be on the themes of;

  • Resilience
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Mental health
  • Positive psychology
  • Time management – balance
  • Relaxation/stress skills
Recognise the Challenges of 21st Century Family Life – issues of blended families, single parent families and time-poor parents
Expand Service Learning opportunities – emphasis on hands on activities, House Charity change and Indigenous component
Expand on information sessions for boys, parents and staff on well-being issues

pillarsSpirituality, Values and Ethics

 

Embrace the challenge of how the multiplicity of faith backgrounds is acknowledged and valued within the context of our Uniting Church and Christian ethos.
Continue to actively support our Tongan and Tupou College; and our Nepal and SOS School connections. This to include the development of the Polotu Group.
Provide worship that is ongoing and relevant
Ongoing development of the Ethics program.
Promotion of our 8 values from the Strategic Plan across all elements of our practices.
To investigate forming links with a local Uniting Church and a rural based Uniting Church. This involves building a three-way partnership between local UCA congregation, a rural based UCA congregation and Newington College, to help promote positive bonds and provide service learning opportunities for Newington College students.

pillars Co-curricular Engagement

 

Foster leadership training for boys.
Foster character development via the co-curricular program. This to include the development of “Positive Coaching” as part of character development
Acknowledgement of the achievement of boys in all areas to continue
Manage boy “load levels” across co-curricular/academic areas
Cater for boy-led initiatives
Review complexities around Club vs School partnerships/expectations
Improve ICT Administration of Sport and especially in regard to off-site activities
Establish a Digital Student Leader program

foundationsCommunity Partnership

Continue the update of P Swain history book of Newington for the period 1998 – 2003 and commence the 2004 – 2008 section
Further enhancement of Service Learning
Hold an outstanding eighth Literature Festival in Term 2 2017
Hold a parent survey early in Term 3 2017
Embrace the Year 12 leaders version of “My strength is your support”
Further develop our rural enrichment program to reconnect with rural boarding communities.
Assist the P&F vision of “connection, community, support, communication”
Continue to improve our website and information in-sites
Plan for the commencement of the Newington Early Learning Centre for 2018
Produce new Prospectus

foundations Quality of Staff

Develop a short, medium and long term plan for professional learning objectives at the College to reflect the changing strategic direction of learning and teaching
Implement the new College Allowances model that focuses on teacher quality, contribution and sharing
Build a culture of evidence and research based Professional Learning Groups (PLGs) and teams on campus
Review the policies and procedures of the Teacher Accreditation Authority to meet compliance requirements and support the professional growth of staff
Research and develop an approach to evaluate the impact of professional learning activities and expenditures on the quality of teaching and learning
Research and explore approaches to team or collaborative teaching
Provide leadership support and active coaching or mentorship for middle leaders
Review emerging pedagogies for application in the Newington Learning and Teaching Framework
Investigate opportunities to build formal professional learning relationships with universities
Establish a framework for the involvement of pre-service teachers at the College
Establish the College as an accredited provider of professional development

 Sustainability

 

Seeking alternative revenue sources to reduce fee rises
Keeping enrolments to agreed capped level
Maintain importance of our environmental footprint
Effective risk and compliance policies and practices
Effective ICT strategies, policies and practices
Build the bursary fund
Constantly review and updating of rolling 10 year Financial Plan
Establish new systems for managing files/documents and archives, including the digitisation of records

Stanmore Facilities – 2017

Develop master planning for:

  • Music Centre – Level 3 and foyer
  • Centenary Hall (Stage 1 – interior)
  • North side of Centenary Hall
  • Glasson Pavilion and surrounding area
  • Long-term solution to the shortage of ovals (and indoor sporting facilities)
Complete new Entrance Project – 3rd court, new pedestrian access, landscaping, additional drop-off zone.
Complete upgrades for Glasson change rooms; Centenary Hall – Level 1; Staff Rooms; Rae Centre foyers, Boarding expansion after new Year 6 Centre is completed and external seating.
Regular preventative maintenance and upgrades

Priorities for 2017 – Lindfield Preparatory

pillarsLearning and Teaching

In-service teachers about our common approach to Reading and Writing
Focus on improving the writing skills of the students at Lindfield
Refocus Learning Enhancement for boys working below or above year group expectations
Develop understanding and formalise the implementation of differentiation in classroom teaching and planning
Develop a cycle of in-house workshops and professional collaboration and sharing opportunities
Integrate design thinking into the curriculum as a means of transforming the way we teach
Offer workshops to help parents become familiar with ICT, communication and Learning and Teaching
Continue to work closely with Wyvern Prep
Continue to exploit the synergies/resources/opportunities of the Secondary school

pillarsWell-being, Character and Service

Continue to develop social-emotional learning programs for personal development and social problem solving
Continued parent and student education around responsible digital citizenship
Consolidation and full implementation of Service Learning framework

pillarsSpirituality, Values and Ethics

Review and develop inquiry units for the RE program involving Chaplain and RE teacher

pillars Co-curricular Engagement

Work with IPSHA to ensure a balanced sports draw and as many fixtures as possible in the seasons
Continue with external coaching to enhance the skills and talents of boys ongoing – incorporate the new strategic initiatives from Stanmore sport strategic plan

pillars Community Partnership

Regular parent workshop on areas on Maths, English, PYP and social-emotional learning

foundations Quality of Staff

1. Continuation of development of:

  • Shared collaborative goals
  • Peer walkthroughs
  • Self-videoing to improve practice
  • Regular professional sharing of practice

2. Professional Development areas of focus for 2017:

  • Social Emotional learning
  • Formative Assessment
  • Design Thinking
  • Literacy – Writing
  • Maths – pedagogy

foundations Sustainability

Continued enrolment growth

Lindfield Facilities – 2017

  1. Regular maintenance
  2. Creation of Learning Enhancement Centre
  3. Improvement of shade area to ensure it is weatherproof
  4. Break out areas for K-1 area and 3-4 area

Priorities for 2017 – Wyvern Campus

pillarsLearning and Teaching

Ensure detailed lesson planning and delivery encompasses our BLP Framework and our enquiry learning approach
Constantly review all alternative teaching and learning strategies especially within the middle schooling years (Y5 – Y 8) including a strong STEM focus
Ensure there is strong whole school focus on effective formative assessment
Plan for successful ‘flexible’ learning weeks including the Literature Festival in Term 2
Promote a challenging and rigorous learning environment in all lessons through a major emphasis on differentiation
Ensure detailed curriculum approach and planning is in place for the ELC
Continue to work closely with Lindfield Prep
Continue to exploit the synergies/resources/opportunities of the Secondary school

pillarsWell-being, Character and Service

Embed the College core values in our day to day work
Consolidate the development of Digital Citizenship throughout the curriculum

pillarsSpirituality, Values and Ethics

Investigate possible units of inquiry

pillars Co-curricular Engagement

Continue to build strong links with all Directors of Sport to ensure a consistent Year 3 to Year 12 approach

pillars Community Partnership

Plan for successful Shakespeare and STEM festivals in 2016
Support the new P and F president to continue the good succession planning for the P and F executive

foundations Quality of Staff

Appoint Director of ELC from Term 3, 2017
Assist new Director of ELC with staff appointments
Implement new Newington College Allowances
Continue to build the capacity of middle leaders
Ensure successful induction of new STEM and ICT specialist teachers
Ongoing staff led professional learning, review and practices including the continued work of our Learning Communities
Provide further opportunities for student feedback in relation to quality of learning

foundations Sustainability

Constant review and updating of the rolling 10 year financial plan
Keeping costs to appropriate levels to keep fee rises to a minimum
Seeking alternative revenue sources (linked to point 2)
Work towards capping class size at 24
Importance of our environmental footprint
Effective risk and compliance policies and practices
Effective ICT strategies, policies and practices

Wyvern Facilities – 2017

A. Successfully oversee construction of:

  1. Early Learning Centre
  2. Year 6 Centre
  3. STEM room
  4. Upgraded hall and music facilities

B. Regular Maintenance