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Champagnat Campus Update (Issue 4 2018)

Written on the 22 March 2018

Last week we held our termly Amalgamation Forum following on from the well-attended forums held in 2017. The latest forum had a focus on Positive Education and also included updates on the development of timetables, leadership structures, building and uniforms offerings. For those unable to attend the forum, a brief overview of areas covered is provided below.

In developing the timetable for Champagnat Campus we consulted with Marymount, Middle School and Senior School staff to develop a draft timetable that we believe will cater for all learners in learning and wellbeing. We are delighted to be working in partnership with colleagues from the Senior School as we look at creating multiple and varied curriculum pathways for learners from Years 7 12. Some basic elements of the Champagnat Campus timetable include:

Year 7/8

  • One timetable for the year
  • 4 x 80 min lessons daily (with option of single 40 minute lessons)
  • Vertically grouped House based home-room
  • Exposure to variety of Arts and Technology experiences.

Year 9

  • Timetable divided into Semester A and Semester B
  • 4 x 80 min lessons daily (with option of single 40 minute lessons)
  • Rite Journey program (single gendered lessons)
  • Vertically grouped House based home-room
  • In addition to core learning areas, involvement in 6 electives throughout the course of the year from Arts, Technology and General areas.

Leadership Structures
Leadership structures for the campus have been drafted using the following themes:

  • Marist Mission & Catholic Identity
  • Learning
  • Student Wellbeing
  • Enrichment
  • Professional Practice

Building Update
Building works are in full swing at Mitchell Park and we are looking forward to seeing things develop further in the coming weeks. Our next "Champagnat Forum" will be held in Term 2 at Mitchell Park and will give families a greater insight into the scope of the building works occurring this year. 

Positive Education
A short yet highly effective YouTube clip was shared that spoke simply about what Positive Education is! Click here if you would like to watch the brief 2 ½ minute YouTube. All learners and staff at Marymount and the Middle School have spent time finding out about their own personal character strengths. We invite all families to find out more about their own character strengths through completing the VIA Character Strengths Survey.

Uniform Update
Uniform samples are being collected as we refine possibilities for an alternative uniform for female learners across the college, with options for both shorts and trousers being explored. While discernment over cut and style of garments continues, we are expecting shorts and trousers to be implemented as alternative option for girls at the beginning of 2019.

Last week's Forum was technically the last of the "Amalgamation Forums" as the amalgamation between Marymount College and Sacred Heart has officially occurred! We will, however, continue to hold ongoing and newly named "Champagnat Forums", each term to keep our community abreast of developments as we move closer to the opening of Champagnat Campus in 2019.

Shana Bennett
Assistant to the Principal - Champagnat Project


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