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From the Principal

Fri , 19/05/2017

It is with great pleasure that I am able to write to you today through this newly introduced communication, From the Principal, which will occur each second Friday in Term times.

As a school leader, I am acutely aware of the need for you as students, current or prospective parents, old collegians and community members, to have an awareness of the important developments and news at the College. This fortnightly article will do just that through this forum, which is in addition to our communication through our Facebook page.

The TSAC Website and Video

This newsletter is accessed through the College website, which you may note has been newly redeveloped. I am very proud of the way in which it has been redesigned, which is in line with best practise in educational website design.

Crucially, the site has been organised around the developmental stages of your children, allowing you ease of navigation around the information about the sub-schools of The Springfield Anglican College. Our intention is to ensure that you have all of the information you need in one place, so that if, for example, your child is in Middle School, you can find all of the information about Teaching and Learning, Wellbeing, Extra-Curricular, Leadership, Service and Chaplaincy collected together in the Middle School section of the site.

Naturally, and especially if you are a prospective parent thinking about enrolling your children with us, the website is only a starting point for exploring all that TSAC has to offer and I am confident that the information you find here will serve as introduction and ultimately lead you to a conversation with one of our expert staff about any aspect of the holistic education that we offer.

Also new is our College video, which you can watch below. I encourage you to do so, and to proudly share it with your friends and family.

My brief to the videographers on this project was simple – I wanted it to showcase all of the warmth, strength of relationships and excellent outcomes which I have felt and seen since my arrival. As was the case with our recent marketing strategy and direction, I am very proud the show off the great work being done at TSAC, and am equally keen to share it. Making the video was easy, such was the richness of the subject matter – I am very happy with the ways in which it reflects the vibrant culture of our College.

I would like to thank Marketing Manager Remy Bamford, for her excellent work and leadership in coordinating these projects. My thanks also to Bunker Media, Studio Kirby and Design by Look for their hard work in realising them.

Foundation Day

That aforementioned vibrant culture was most abundantly on display in our most recent 19th birthday party, during which Prep to Year 12 students came together with staff, parents, special guests such as Dr Murry Evans, Chair of the College Council, and old collegians to celebrate what it means to be a part of the TSAC family. The sense of fun, the games, music and celebration was a real demonstration of our community thriving spirit.

At that party, the TSAC togetherness was felt most keenly during the chant of our war cry, when each of the 1000 or so people present joined in for a rousing ‘T-what?! TSAC!’ If you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing the war cry yet, I look forward to you doing so. The work of Andy Holmes, Director of Sport, and Graham Swinton, Head of Middle School, the cry is an energetic embodiment of our College spirit, and will be chanted at sporting and other events going forward as a bonding experience.

Amongst those chanting was our College mascot, another symbol of our College identity, who was officially and publicly named as Sir Terence of TSAC (Terry for short), who has quickly become a firm favourite amongst students and staff alike.

I thank Andy Holmes and parent Warren Newble, President of the Sports Parents Support Group, for their work in adopting Terry into the TSAC family.

As Week 5 comes to a close, we are already, incredibly, looking towards the last few weeks of our short Term 2. I look forward to what the next week brings – the Senior Visual Art Exhibition, sporting competition against Redeemer and then Plainlands, the Ditto Child Safety Show, the Year 11 and 12 Exam block, and, on Saturday 20 May between 9 and 11:30am, the Primary Open Day.

I hope to see you at those events, and at the others in the busy TSAC calendar.

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