Monthly Archives: February 2016

International Baccalaureate Diploma Award Ceremony 2016

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Last night I attended the 2016 International Baccalaureate Diploma Award Ceremony at Deakin Edge in Melbourne. The ceremony is an annual event for those schools and Colleges in Victoria and Tasmania that offer the IB Diploma Programme.

Certificates of Distinction are awarded to graduates who gained an IB Diploma score of 40 points of more. Kardinia was well represented with 8 students receiving this prestigious award and one student, Isabelle Lee, receiving special recognition for achieving a perfect score of 45.

The awards ceremony was not only about recognising those students who achieved above their peers in 2015 but was also a celebration of the IB Diploma programme. The IB Diploma programme begin in Zurich, Switzerland in 1968 and now has had over 1.6 million students graduate successfully across 140 countries.

I have spoken to many parents who have asked for more information regarding the IB program and as a result we have asked the IB Australian manager, Dr. Marcia Behrenbruch, to visit us towards the middle of the year to discuss the program with parents and students. Further details regarding these sessions will be provided once details are confirmed.

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Prefect Investiture and Colours Ceremony

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On Wednesday our College held one of our significant events, the Prefect Investiture and Colours Ceremony. The event was both a celebration of achievement for those students receiving awards and Colours as well as a recognition of leadership for those students elected as College Prefects for 2016.

I spoke to the student body during the Ceremony about my beliefs around leadership and the role of our College Prefects. The essence of the speech was that our Prefects have been given a wonderful opportunity to provide leadership across the College but particularly leadership of our student body. I encouraged our Prefects to move towards opportunities this year and be willing to take a risk with their leadership because as we ll know the greatest learning is from those things that we try and don’t quite get right.

I also spoke to our Prefects about the privilege that goes with the Prefect badge and the high expectations we have of them this year. Having been fortunate enough to spend a significant amount of time with our Prefects in recent weeks I have no doubt that they will all approach their roles through this dual lens of opportunity and privilege. Investiture7

Student Leadership at Kardinia

This week I had the privilege of having lunch with our College Prefects.  I would like to congratulate all Prefects on their election to their respective positions this year. From my conversations with the Prefects during the week it is clear to me that the College did an excellent job in selecting the 2016 Prefects and that student leadership at Kardinia is in good hands. I will be exploring ways to work with our student leaders this year so that authentic student voice is not only heard but valued.

This Thursday sees the College hold the first of our traditional ceremonies with the hosting of the Prefect and Colours Investiture. This important celebration is an opportunity for the Senior School student body and faculty to come together and honour our student leaders and those students who have earned colours through their achievements in 2015. It is one of the highlights of the Academic year and I look forward to being part of my first Prefect Investiture and Colours ceremony at Kardinia.

On Friday I visited the College Vegetable garden with Mr Mcleod and his team of Earthcorps volunteers. Once again I was impressed by the commitment and attitude of our student leaders and in particular the work ethic and teamwork they all displayed. I look forward to watching the Kardinia garden grow over the coming weeks and months and for the students to bare the fruits of their labour.

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A visit to Highview was definitely a highlight of my week and it was energising to spend some time with our youngest students on campus. Even at the ages of 3  and 4 it was evident that the children were responding to their new environment and demonstrating the College ethos of respect.

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Hopefully the above summary provides not only an overview of my week but also reassures you that student leadership at Kardinia is in good hands from Highview through to our College Prefects.

 

Have a great week!

 

David

 

Welcome to My Blog

Effective communication between school and home is a challenge for all schools and one that we at Kardinia are committed to. The weekly Enews is our main form of communication with parents and aims to provide parents with an overview of the life of the College. In an attempt to provide greater insight into the day to day happenings at Kardinia we have introduced this blog which will focus on K-12 developments as well as provide an overview of my week as Principal.

The blog will be updated throughout the week with a regular link via Enews each Monday. I hope you find the blog informative and relevant and I would welcome feedback and suggestions via the reply button at the bottom of each post.

Have a great week!

David