Following the announcement of the 2020 Principal, Ms Paulina Skerman, I would like to share with you that I met Paulina in 2015 when we both participated in the Principals’ tour of the Torres Strait Islands. While neither of us had any idea that our paths would cross again, particularly in this way, I am very confident that she is a great choice to lead our wonderful College and community. Along with all the other Australian Principals represented on this trip, we had the opportunity to get to know each other, to share our experiences of leadership, and to generate ideas about the future of education in Australia. She will bring rich and diverse experience to the role.
In my final six months in this role, I am excited to have the opportunity to document and evaluate our journey of ongoing improvement. I am very proud of our students, but I am also very proud of our staff who exemplify what is meant by lifelong learning. We know that the quality of teachers makes the single biggest difference to the outcomes for students, and so the College invests in professional learning for our teachers, and in a rigorous recruitment procedure. We do have a very good story to tell about how we became the top Catholic school (in relation to HSC) in 2018, and we know that it was by careful design. But we are often so busy “doing” that there isn’t time to capture the thinking, sharing, evaluating and constructive discussions that are intrinsic to our work, right across the College. So just as I commenced my role in 2013 with a Listening Tour, I want to complete it with a reflection about the strategic initiatives that have enhanced the educational outcomes for our students. I will keep you informed about the progress of this reflection, and hopefully have the opportunity to engage with a wide cross-section of the community.
Santa Sabina has again been proudly represented by amazing students in diverse fields. Congratulations to the following senior students – Clara Elias, Rachel Frecker, Sarah George, Solange Shina and Mia Stavropoulos – who were Gold Medal winners in the Senior Ethics Olympiad on Saturday 18 May held at Rosebank College. Ms Rugiero and Mr Costantino were their mentors and their support of the girls is very much appreciated. I would like to share with you Ms Rugiero’s message to the girls:
“We are very proud of the way you embrace challenge and so willingly take these opportunities to enrich your learning. I hope you believe in yourselves as much as we believe in you. You clearly showed your developing ethical reasoning and critical thinking skills. Your ability to engage in respectful discussion and your collaborative efforts to work as an effective team were exceptional. Thank you for representing your school in such a commendable way”.