From the Principal
Welcome back to all our returning students and families and a very special welcome to the new students and parents who have joined our College for the first time in 2022.
This year continues to bring a time of uncertainty and transition. I am aware that there is COVID-19 related illness within the College community across students, staff and families and my thoughts and prayers are with those who are unwell or in quarantine at this time. Sadly, this will be the reality for weeks to come and our kindness, patience and care for each other will be vital. An important learning for all of us over the last two years is that the COVID landscape is frequently changing. I thank you all for your patience whist we have been working through the constantly changing conditions
During the past week, College staff have been supervising students of essential workers, preparing online offerings and adjusting learning programs to ensure our students will not be disadvantaged by the delayed start.
Nexus on-line offering
All online learning and communications are accessed through the College’s Nexus platform. Log-in details for new students have been emailed to their parents and returning students and parents can continue to access Nexus in their usual way. If anyone has difficulty with access to Nexus, please contact Campus Reception for assistance.
From Monday (31 January), students will be invited to participate in the optional ‘Ready, Set, Go – Getting to Know You’ Nexus activities. From Kindergarten to Year 6, teachers will communicate with parents and students through the Nexus class page. The focus of these optional activities is to provide an opportunity to connect with the teacher and learn a little about each other. Some activities will have a revision focus from previous learning to encourage students to get back into the rhythm and routine of formal learning.
Online learning will commence on Monday (31 January) for Year 11 and Year 12 students. There will also be an optional online offering available to students in Years 7 to 10 to touch base with their teachers with some educational tasks provided. Online offerings will be through the Nexus class pages.
Return to Face to Face Schooling
It is expected that all Primary and Secondary students will be on-campus from Monday 7 February. Should this not eventuate, the College will switch very quickly to full online learning to ensure the education of our students is not further delayed. We await an announcement from the State Government regarding its back-to-school plan before we make firm decisions regarding this. Until that time, I encourage students to log-in to Nexus to familiarise themselves with the online platform and the College will continue to welcome children of essential workers and vulnerable students onto campus.
Mr Tim Reid, has decided to step down from the TSAC Council. We thank Mr Reid for his guidance and service to the College as Chair of Council over the years and look forward to his continued involvement in the College as he remains Chair of the FSAC Ltd. Board.
Mr Michael Willis has been appointed as the new Chair of College Council and also a director of the FSAC Ltd. Board. We welcome Mr Willis to our College community.
Mr Reid has written a letter explaining these changes. To read the letter, please click here.
Strategic Plan 2022 – 2026
In 2021, the College sought the views and input of staff, parents and senior students on the future direction of the school and how to achieve it. This feedback helped shape the Plan which sets the College’s strategic agenda and pathway for the next five years, 2022-2026.
In the coming weeks the College will launch the new Plan and I look forward to sharing this with you.
As an Anglican College, the role of Chaplain is very important. I am delighted that after almost 12 months of prayer and searching, the Reverend Jonathan Kemp has answered the calling to be our Chaplain. A commissioning service for Reverend Jonathan will be held later this term and we welcome him to our Community.
My best wishes
From the Chaplain
Thank you to everyone for the very warm welcome to both campuses I have received. I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the staff of a school which, although it has accomplished much already, clearly has both the ambition and potential to develop much further, building upon its strong values and goals. The time I have spent with teachers already has confirmed that everyone here has the best interests of students at heart. It is obvious there is a genuine intention among all the staff to do our best to overcome any hurdles caused by the pandemic to ensure the smoothest possible start to the year for all students.
Although some of us, staff and students, are brand new to TSAC, each January represents the beginning of a new journey for everyone. The Bible has much to say about new beginnings – for example, one of my favourite verses is Jeremiah 29:11: ‘For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ As we all begin together, I encourage students to remember academic results for 2022 have not yet been calculated; sporting and co-curricular wins and losses have not yet been decided – the story of this year will be what we make it! As the P-12 College Chaplain, I am very happy to be contacted by parents at any time and I look forward to working with you as part of our wonderful TSAC community.
Peace in Christ