A reminder that enrolments close on Friday May 17. It is important that this due date is met, as it is quite possible that we will exceed the number of student places that we have available in Yr. 7 for 2020. We have been delighted by the support and trust that families are showing in Iona as a future destination for their son or daughter. With Damian having personally met each applicant and their family, we are very confident that we are forming a very special community and one that will be of great support in our initial development. Offers of a student place at Iona College will be sent via email during the last week of this term.
At the end of last term, the Iona College Delegated Canonical Administrators (DCA) met for the first time. The Delegated Canonical Administrators have a fundamental duty to ensure that the college is a truly Catholic institution where Archdiocesan Religious Education Guidelines are taught, and other directives are followed as well as ensuring that the College maintains high quality staff and leadership. The Delegated Canonical Administrators are also responsible for the appointment of the College Principal, approving an annual budget and any associated borrowings along with approving any major change in the nature of the College. Archbishop Comensoli has appointed four Delegated Canonical Administrators to Iona College (pictured with Damian McKew, l-r): Fr Jim Clarke: Parish Priest- St Mary of the Angels Parish, Mr Robert Aron: Regional General Manager- Catholic Education Melbourne Western Region, Ms Lucy Carroll: Positive Education Training Manager- Geelong Grammar School, Corio, Fr Linh Tran: Parish Priest- Nazareth Catholic Parish.
The development of our College facilities continues at a rapid pace. Whilst our dry weather has been problematic for our farmers, it has meant that very little time has been lost on the building project due to poor weather. It is envisaged that the third story structure and roof will be in place in the next four-week period, which will be a great achievement before the challenges of winter set it. I am so excited by the facilities that we have planned for our new College. We are confident that our students will be blessed with a wonderful learning environment that will enable then to achieve their best.
We are acutely aware that some families are awaiting further information with regard to bus access to Iona in 2020. We are committed to providing some further information in this regard within the next two-week period. This will allow parents to consider their enrolment options before the due date (17/5). Accessibility is important and we will work had to ensure that students will be afforded bus transportation just like they do for other schools. Whilst bus planning for 2020 is not confirmed by the companies until later in the year, we wish to provide some further assurance that there will be accessibility by bus to Iona College.
Finally, even though our formal presentations have drawn to a close, please feel free to contact Damian should you have any questions in relation to our new College or you would like to arrange a time to come and visit to discuss your daughter or sons individual educational journey. We have spent a lot of time in the first part of this year sharing the educational vision of Iona College. We cannot stress enough the importance of our College’s contribution to the building of ‘good character’. We want our students to graduate as good people with empathy and understanding for those around them. This is more than a dream; it is a pursuit of a reality that will make Iona College a very special place to be.