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TAKING THE LONG VIEW

A Strategic Compass For The Next Stage
Of Our Journey 2015 – 2018

Vision & Mission

VISION

Holy Cross College is a place of transformation in the spirit of the Risen Christ.
We take inspiration from our College patron Oscar Romero.


MISSION

As a Catholic College, our Mission is to:

Empower our students to have Life to the Full John 10:10


CORE VALUES

The LIFE Pillars and associated Core Values underpin our commitment to this Mission.

LEARNING
Dignity & Personal Best

Challenging each student to achieve their personal best in an environment that values the respect and dignity of each person. We take our guidance from our House Patron Ursula Frayne.


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INTER-RELATIONSHIPS
Compassion & Connection

Nurturing a caring, compassionate and welcoming community. We take guidance from our House Patron Frederic Ozanam.

FAITH
Justice & Service

Celebrating a hope-filled Christian faith, which grows from reflection and leads to justice and service. We take guidance from our House Patron Irene McCormack.

ENRICHMENT
Gratitude & Stewardship

Encouraging each person to receive the gifts of God with gratitude, cultivate them responsibly and share them lovingly with others. We take guidance from our House Patron Rosendo Salvado.

FUTURE FOCUS

We are a future-focused learning community and intend Holy Cross students to be visionary young people, who embrace their changing world with confidence and optimism.

It helps now and then to step back and take
a long view. Oscar Romero

INTRODUCTION

It is with pleasure we present ‘The Long View’ – a Strategic Compass for the next stage of our journey 2015 – 2018. It is appropriate that the consultation process for this plan took place during our fifth year as a College, the year in which we welcomed students into the Early Learning Centre and also had our first Year Twelve Graduation.

Oscar Romero, our College patron, is often associated with a prayer that begins: ‘It helps now and then to step back and take a long view.’ This is what we have done in developing this Strategic Compass and it is from these inspirational words it takes its title.

2014 was the Bicentenary of the birth of Dom Rosendo Salvado and to commemorate this, we embarked on both the Camino de Santiago and the Camino Salvado. Pilgrimage has become a significant faith practice in our College. On the Caminos, way markers provide direction. We are very privileged that the Benedictine community of New Norcia have entrusted us with the custody of Salvado’s surveyor’s compass for 12 months. This compass guided Dom Salvado on his journeys during the 19th century. Our Strategic Compass will guide us on the next stage of our journey, as we grow to become a College with students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year Twelve.

Our College motto is Life to the Full and the question at the heart of the consultation for this Strategic planning process was: ‘How do we empower our students to live Life To The Full as inspired by the Gospel of John?’. ‘The Long View’ will support and further the Vision and Mission of Holy Cross College by providing clear guidance and direction for our future-focused learning community. Our Strategic Planning process looked back as we reviewed our journey from our small beginnings, and looked forward as we position ourselves to meet the challenges ahead. We have identified Strategic Intent and Goals aligned with each of our LIFE Pillars and consistent with LEAD, the Catholic Education Office Strategic Direction. Over the years, the College will strive to achieve these goals and will use Annual Improvement Plans to track progress.

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‘The Long View’ has students at its heart as we strive to build a Pre-Kindergarten to Year Twelve Catholic College Community in which every student is engaged, challenged and progressing. We will work in partnership with parents to support our young people to grow to be faith-filled and visionary; to be lifelong learners who embrace their changing world with confidence and optimism. As we embark on the next stage of our journey, which will involve significant growth as a College, we must ensure we remain true to our Vision to be
A Community of Transformation in the Spirit of the Risen Christ.

Ms Mandy Connor (Principal)
and Mr Marko Pasalich (Board Chair)

How do we
Empower
our students to live
Life to the Full

as inspired by the Gospel of John?

As we embark on the next stage of our journey,
we must ensure we remain true to our Vision to be
A Community of
Transformation in the
Spirit of the Risen Christ.

STRATEGIC INTENT 2015-2018

> Enrich and enliven the faith story of the College within a Christ-centred environment.

> Grow a strong Pre-Kindergarten to Year Twelve culture in which every student is engaged, challenged and progressing.

> Develop the professional capacity of our leaders.

> Enhance teacher quality.

> Improve our organisational climate and internal communication.

> Build and develop a fully integrated and connected Pre-Kindergarten to Year Twelve College that provides opportunities for students to live Life to the Full.

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Provides
opportunities
for students to live
Life to the Full.

Enrich and enliven the
faith story of the College
within a

CHRIST
centred environment

Grow a strong Pre-Kindergarten to Year Twelve
culture in which every student is

ENGAGED, CHALLENGED and PROGRESSING

GOALS

LEARNING

CORE VALUES – Dignity and Personal Best

In this pillar, we take our guidance and inspiration from our House Patron Ursula Frayne: challenging each student to achieve their personal best in an environment that values the respect and dignity of each person.’

Goals 2015 – 2018

1. Improve learning and teaching through more efficient and effective collection of data and data analysis.
2. Increase students’ engagement in their own learning and progression.
3. Seek new and creative ways to be a leader in 21st Century teaching pedagogy and innovative approaches to the incorporation of digital technologies into the learning programme.

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LEARNING
Dignity and
Personal Best

We take our guidance and inspiration from our House Patron Ursula Frayne:
‘challenging each student to achieve their personal best in an environment that values the respect and dignity of each person.’

GOALS

LEARNING Continued

Success Indicators

1.1 Data collection is efficient timely and readily accessible.
1.2 Teaching and learning programmes are informed by data.
1.3 Time is dedicated in meetings to data analysis.
1.4 Data is used to track student progress.
2.1 Positive trends in quantitative measures of engagement (e.g. attendance, academic achievement, punctuality, graduation rates, results of standardised scores, preparedness, extra-curricular participation).
2.2 Positive trends in qualitative measures of engagement (e.g. teacher-student affective surveys, self-reflection about learning, observation through learning walks and shoulder-to-shoulder teaching).
3.1 A strong culture of self-improvement is observed through Professional Learning Community processes.
3.2 Individual Professional Learning Plans incorporate new and creative uses of digital technologies in the learning environment.
3.3 Staff presenting at local, national and international conferences.
3.4 The College is sought after to share our knowledge and expertise in digital technologies and contemporary pedagogies.
3.5 The College successfully hosts a professional learning conference.
3.6 The Apple Distinguished School designation is maintained.

Learning Success Indicators

GOALS

INTER-RELATIONSHIPS

CORE VALUES – Compassion and Connection

For this pillar, we take our guidance and inspiration from our House Patron Frederic Ozanam: ‘nurturing a caring, compassionate and welcoming community.’

Goals 2015 – 2016

1. Develop the capacity of leaders to lead teams, lead learning, provide constructive feedback and manage staff in their teams.
2. Streamline communication and school organisational practices to improve clarity of purpose.
3. Strengthen the House system to foster a strong sense of belonging and culture where each student is known, cared for and challenged as an individual.

Goals 2017 – 2018

4. Build on the development of Middle Leaders to establish a culture of open and consistent feedback on teaching practice.
5. Continue to seek ways to strengthen relationships and to work collaboratively with College families and Saint Helena of the Holy Cross Parish.

Success Indicators

1.1 Middle Leaders actively participate in leadership development through professional learning programmes offered both internally and externally to the College. 1.2 Team procedures and processes are aligned with the College’s vision for learning. 1.3 Teams exhibit a culture of collaboration and professional discourse. 1.4 A strong spirit of trust and individual empowerment is evident through appropriate delegation of responsibilities. 1.5 Leaders regularly meet with their professional practice mentor to reflect on their leadership development. 1.6 Team leaders are solutions focused, apparent by a positive team climate. 2.1 The lines and frequency of communication are defined, documented and explained to parents, staff and students. 2.2 Stakeholder feedback indicates positive attitudes to College communication in respect to timeliness, clarity, frequency, propriety and purpose. 2.4 Organisational structures, practices and roles are clearly defined, documented and communicated to parents, staff and students. 2.5 Individuals take responsibility for keeping up with communications and adhere to organisational practice. 3.1 Students, staff and parents can articulate the story and charism of their House patron. 3.2 House activities provide a range of Learning, Inter-Relationships, Faith and Enrichment activities to challenge and engage students. 3.3 Increased student participation in House activities. 3.4 Feedback from students, staff and parents indicates positive feelings towards students’ health, wellbeing and safety. 4.1 Middle Leaders meet regularly with their Professional Learning Clusters to facilitate conversations in regard to professional standards, reflective practice and self-improvement programmes. 4.2 Middle Leaders regularly observe team members in the classroom through learning walks and shoulder-to-shoulder teaching and provide feedback on teaching practice to individual teachers. 4.3 Middle Leaders and teachers show progress on the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) Professional Practice Continuum. 4.4 Positive trends in professional practice are evident from students’ surveys on an individual
teacher’s classroom.
5.1 Increased participation in the Friends of Holy Cross. 5.2 Attendance by families and parishioners at College functions increases. 5.3 There is regular communication between the College community and Saint Helena of the
Holy Cross Parish.
5.4 Positive feedback from the College community and Saint Helena of the Holy Cross Parish is received. 5.5 The Sacramental programme with Saint Helena of the Holy Cross Parish reflects a spirit of co-operation that is ‘family focused, parish based, and College supported’.

 

Inter-Relationships

GOALS

FAITH

CORE VALUES – Justice and Service

Our guidance and inspiration for this pillar is taken from our House Patron Irene McCormack: ‘celebrating a hope-filled Christian faith that grows from reflection and leads to justice and service.’

Goals 2015 – 2018

1. Consolidate and develop further the culture of pilgrimage in the College.
2. Further develop the faith story of the College around the College and House patrons
with all members of the College community, ensuring Christ is central to all endeavours.
3. Update and review the College Evangelisation Plan to include a Pre-Kindergarten to Year Twelve focus and the practice of pilgrimage.

Faith Core Values

FAITH
Justice and Service

Our guidance and inspiration for this pillar is taken from our House Patron Irene McCormack:
‘celebrating a hope-filled Christian faith that grows from reflection and leads to justice and service.’

GOALS

FAITH Continued


Success Indicators

1.1 Students complete the designated stages of the Camino Salvado for their year level. 1.2 The language and ritual of pilgrimage is embedded into College activities, where appropriate. 1.3 Students, staff and parents can articulate the spirituality of pilgrimage and its importance to Holy Cross College. 2.1 Students, staff and parents can articulate the unique charism of each patron. 2.2 The faith stories of the College and House patrons are promoted at College events and functions. 2.3 Students, staff and parents give witness to the Christian values modelled by each patron. 2.4 There is a strong connection with the religious orders and organisations associated with the patrons. 3.1 The new Evangelisation Plan is completed in a timely manner. 3.2 LIFE activities reflect the intent of the College Evangelisation Plan. 3.3 Members of the College community give witness to Christ by sharing their experience of Christ and actively participate to build a LIFE-giving Christian community.

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GOALS

ENRICHMENT

CORE VALUES – Gratitude and Stewardship

We take our guidance and inspiration for this pillar from our House Patron Rosendo Salvado: ‘encouraging each person to receive the gifts of God with gratitude, cultivate them responsibly and share them lovingly with others.’

Goals 2015 – 2018

1. Celebrate the contribution of staff to the Mission of the College and to the activities of the LIFE pillars.
2. Plan for and progress the next stages of buildings to meet enrolment growth, ensuring the design supports the best standards of pedagogy and innovation.
3. Optimise enrolments to responsibly manage the College finances in order to progress towards independence from system co-responsibly funding.
4. Cultivate the professional capacity of staff through appropriate and targeted professional development.
Enrichment Goals

ENRICHMENT
Gratitude and Stewardship

We take our guidance and inspiration for this pillar from our House Patron Rosendo Salvado:
‘encouraging each person to receive the gifts of God with gratitude, cultivate them responsibly and share them lovingly with others.’

GOALS

ENRICHMENT Continued

Success Indicators
1.1 Regular opportunities are made to acknowledge and recognise the work of staff in fulfilling the vision and mission of the College.
1.2 Feedback indicates that staff feel their work and contribution to the activities of the College are appropriately acknowledged and valued.
1.3 A positive organisational climate is evident. 2.1 Buildings are completed in a timely manner to accommodate enrolment growth. 2.2 Relevant agencies, staff, students and parents are consulted in the planning and design stages of new buildings. 2.3 Teaching practices reflect effective use of learning spaces. 3.1 Enrolment growth progresses towards a full configuration of two streams in primary and six streams in secondary. 3.2 Enrolments reflect strong retention rates across all year levels. 3.3 Community feedback reflects a growing reputation of the College as the school of choice in the Ellenbrook region, especially among Catholic families. 4.1 Staff participation in professional learning activities is based on professional feedback. 4.2 Growth in teachers’ professional capacity is evident through progress on the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) Professional Practice Continuum. 4.3 Positive trends in professional practice are evident from students’ surveys on an individual
teacher’s classroom.
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CATHOLIC EDUCATION WESTERN AUSTRALIA

STRATEGIC DIRECTION 2014-2016

leading in a flourishing catholic education system

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LEADing in
a flourishing Catholic Education
system.

LEARNING – Learning at every level.

ENGAGEMENT – Committed to Catholic Education’s mission through relationships with all.

Accountability – A personal and collective responsibility for our system’s success.

Discipleship – Deepening our relationship with Jesus.

Holy Cross College

Life to the Full

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