From the Interim Principal
Welcome to the start of a shiny bright, newly minted year, and decade. “2020” certainly does have a special ring to it, and the students of The Springfield Anglican College look as though they are ready to grasp their considerable opportunities with both hands.
On the Primary Campus, the students have settled in quickly to their new classes and teachers and are showing eagerness for each new day at school.
On the Secondary Campus, disruption has been the order of the day, with the Science laboratory refurbishment project nearing completion but necessitating tolerance from students and staff as individual lockers have been unavailable to some, and classes have been held in unusual places (like the Board Room) at times. Fortunately, this disruption will be over in just a few weeks, and I have been impressed by the no-fuss approach of both students and staff, who have focused on the important things, like getting their learning underway.
I acknowledge that preparations for building the new Centre for Senior Learning are causing some challenges with respect to exit from the Secondary Campus, as well as parking. I am sure you will agree that, in the end, however, the gain will have been worth the pain.
The Year 7 camp was held during the first week of term. By all accounts, it was very successful, and greatly enhanced by the contribution of the Year 12 leaders, who impressed the students, staff as well as facility staff with their friendliness, maturity, enthusiasm and organisational skills.
Our new staff have made a flying start and have been very well-received into this community. We are fortunate to have gained such a fine group of highly capable professionals.
Scholarship applications for 2021 are closing soon and I encourage parents of talented students to apply. There will be online testing taking place at the end of February.
No doubt there has been great interest in the announcement of the appointment of Mr Steven Morris to the position of our next Principal. It was a privilege for me to serve on the selection panel. I am very confident that Mr Morris will make an excellent next Principal of TSAC. The panel was impressed by the depth and maturity of his commitment to the profession, his wide experience, sense of humour, self-deprecating style and his quiet warmth. Mr Morris will take up the position at the beginning of Term 2. I am looking forward to him being able to visit the College during the course of this term and I will ensure that he is well prepared to receive the baton when I pass it on to him. In addition, I will be providing ongoing professional support to Mr Morris for as long as he requires it. In this way we will ensure a smooth transition to a strong and stable future for the College.