Kardinia Core Values
Over the past two months I have been conducting a Core Values exercise with staff, parents and students as part of our strategic planning process. During that time, I met with over 20 groups across the College, including the Parent Development Board, to explore beliefs around Core Values. The results revealed that as a community we are closely aligned in what we believe the Core Values of Kardinia are.
The following Core Values stood out from the rest as being the ones which appeared in the majority, if not all, of the groups.
Respect Wisdom Friendship Acceptance Relationships Excellence Appreciation
I shared this information with the Board last week and I am delighted to announce that the Board have now endorsed these 7 Core Values as our College Core Values. These Core Values will be embedded into the Strategic Plan for the 2017-2020 period.
Thank you to everyone involved in the Core Values exercise. Whilst it was impossible to include all core values suggested by each group, I trust the above list provides an accurate reflection of who we are as a community.
The Parents’ Website of Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) has been up and running now for several months.
The aim is to provide relevant, up-to-date information for the parents of the more than 132,000 students in over 200 Member Schools.
Issues explored include the dangers of ‘perfectionism’ for girls, the future of handwriting, ‘mindful’ parenting, and supporting students through the stresses of VCE.
I would encourage all parents to access the website to avail themselves of the quality resources and information that it contains.
Karen Homework Club
Last week I attended the weekly Karen Homework Club that our staff and students run for students from the Karen community. I was deeply touched by what I saw and left feeling very proud to be part of the Kardinia community. Each Wednesday 25 Kardinia students and up to half a dozen staff members give up their afternoon to support students from the Karen community with their homework and study skills. It was a privilege to witness the very special relationships that have developed between Kardinia students and the Karen students. It was evident that both sets of students wanted to be there and that both gained equally from the experience. I would encourage all Senior school students to consider this activity at some stage of their schooling as I am sure it will be one of the most rewarding experiences of their time at Kardinia.
Have a great week!