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Amalgamation Forum Feedback (Issue 14 2017)

Written on the 14 September 2017

At the Amalgamation Forum held on Wednesday 6 September, a number of key areas were covered:

  • Co-education will underpin the learning structures of Champagnat Campus. Some gender based learning will occur on a needs or team-teaching basis. For example, the 'Rite Journey' Program at Year 9 is designed to be covered in gender-based classes.
  • 'Visible Learning' (Professor John Hattie) will be the learning philosophy and pedagogy.
  • The Pastoral/Wellbeing Program will be a vertical structure based on Houses consisting of students from Years
  • 7, 8 and 9 and continue through to the Senior Campus. Homerooms will also consist of students from Years 7, 8 and 9. This is viewed as the best way to manage large year levels, as is the case at the Senior School.
  • An update was presented on the developments at Mitchell Park by Peter McCabe (SHC Operations Manager).
  • A recent investigation of the filtering capability of the College's IT networks has indicated that the iPads currently used by the girls at Marymount cannot be sufficiently monitored when working in conjunction with the requirements for the already established Chromebook program across Sacred Heart. This presents an unacceptable risk (SSL decryption). From 2018, new students to the Marymount Campus will be directed to purchase Chromebooks and girls currently at Marymount will be provided a flip screen Chromebook with detailed information, which will be distributed to Marymount families shortly. This also aligns the girls with the IT devices used by other students across the College. The Marymount network, which is geared for iPads, provides adequate monitoring capabilities in the short term.

A range of other matters were raised by way of questions and comments from the floor and some of these included:

  • Uniform transition - SHC uniforms can now be worn at Marymount College. Marymount uniforms can be continued to be worn over the transition period.
  • Student Transition - a range of current initiatives were presented and a request for further experiences to be planned.
  • Communication is inconsistent across the region - Mark Corrigan (Catholic Education SA Consultant) offered to resolve this with Principals of the region.
  • Transport - discussions continue with the various authorities but the College is committed to a bus link across the Campuses in 2019.



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