From the Principal

Fri , 24/08/2018

Next Saturday, September 1, is our Secondary Open Day, and I can say without reservation that it is one of my favourite days of the year.

If truth be told, I have numerous favourite days, but the Open Days, Secondary and Primary alike, are especially rewarding because they make me feel so proud to be involved with this great school.

At 1pm next Saturday, we will open our doors to the public to confidently show them what a high quality TSAC education looks like. We will have sports and creative arts on display, opportunities to talk to staff, to tour our facilities, to grab a coffee and catch up with community members. It is a day of great energy, and one full of promise as we meet for the first time those families who will become members of our community next year and beyond.

Returning to the pride I feel on Open Days, it stems from numerous factors.

Firstly, my pride in the staff. A few weeks ago, when Mrs Bamford, Director of Communications and organising the event, asked staff to participate by showcasing their work in activities and classrooms, she was inundated with ideas from passionate and committed staff wanting to lend a hand. So it is, the visitors to the College will see students making spinning tops, the 3D printer or using 3 axis accelerators and motion sensors in the Grevillea Building, creating maps made out of Lego in Jacaranda, compose poetry in Acacia, and exploring university courses as accelerated learning options for Year 10s in Rosewood. They will have the opportunity to hear from our fabulous Animato Strings, soloists, Senior Vocal Collective, Senior Rock Band, Senior Drum Line and others, watch the Senior Dance Company and Senior Drama Troupe in action in the Corymbia Building. Under the Sports Dome and on the courts, they can see live tennis, undertake fitness tests, and have a go at rowing on an ergo.

Whilst I know our staff to be hugely talented and hard working professionals, it is still occasions like this one that remind me of just how creative, committed and proud of their school they are.

Secondly, I feel great pride in our campus which is looking so beautiful. We are delighted of course, to be able to show off our buildings, especially our new Rosewood Resource Centre and Year 7 Banksia Precinct, but it is the wide open spaces, the bushland aspect, the gorgeously landscaped gardens, abundant fresh air and wide open views of the sky that make out campus so special and different from the other schools in the Greater Springfield area. It is a special place, where children have the space to relax, be happy and be themselves.

Thirdly and most importantly, I feel such great pride in our students who are either performing, demonstrating activities or, crucially, acting as tour guides. I brief those students acting as guides, and I am always keen to impress upon them the significant role they play on the day. Often, later when I gather comments and feedback from the families who do enrol their children, they recall Open Day and tell me that their abiding memory is of their tour guide, and what a wonderful, helpful and charming young person he or she was. This feedback is consistent, and not at all surprising – I am so proud of our students, and am totally aware of the fact that they are our best advert. Parents with young children look at our guides and see the articulate, confident and caring teenagers that they want their children to become.

We already have a record high number of families registered for Secondary Open Day, and I welcome you as current family members to join us if you wish, chat to myself and other staff, catch up over a coffee, and share in the pride I feel in our school.

Darren Pitt

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