The commencement of the school year signalled my official commencement as the Foundation Principal of Iona College. I take on this position with great excitement knowing that we are going to develop an exceptional school where learning, wellbeing and a connection to faith lie at the heart of our new identity.
Thank you, to the numerous people who have made contact with me to discuss the development of the College. The large number of enrolment applications we have already received is testament to the trust and faith that families have in our new College and their commitment to being part of this journey.
I am very much looking forward to meeting families and discussing the vision that exists for our new College. Presently my on-site office is being configured at 260 Horseshoe Bend Road (Charlemont) and when this is complete I will start the much anticipated information sessions. At this stage, I am aiming for the first session to be offered on Tuesday 5 March. I am hoping to develop an on-line booking sheet for families that will be available in the next two weeks. There will be an option to attend an information session (on-site) at various times throughout the day/evening with extra sessions scheduled on Saturday 16 March. Alternatively, you can attend a larger group information session that will be held at St Mary’s Parish (136-148 Yarra Street Geelong) on Wednesday 27 March commencing at 7pm. This evening may be a good alternative to parents who are at numerous places at once during the week!
I have included a few pictures in this update that show College construction is in full swing. My mind keeps wandering to this time next year when our community will have been formed and the learning will be in full swing! Our builders have been braving some extreme temperatures to lay the foundations of the College and as you can see, some of the walls are now being erected. By the time our third story is complete, we will have sweeping and inspiring views of Geelong and the countryside.
Prospective parents have had many questions about the future. I am not going to pretend to have all of the answers immediately as there is a long journey ahead but we will be updating you regularly as answers become clear. What I can say is that when you entrust your daughter(s) or son(s) to us we will be committed to give them the best possible opportunities to learn and grow. Key to this is the establishment of a strong culture of care and consideration. Just like you, I want each of our student to achieve their best, but I also want them to be good people and leave us with a sense of compassion for others. Our Foundation students will lead the building of this culture and what a privilege it is for me to be commencing that journey in readiness for their arrival in 2020.
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