TAKING THE LONG VIEW
A Strategic Compass For The Next Stage
Of Our Journey 2015 – 2018
Vision & Mission
Holy Cross College is a place of transformation in the spirit of the Risen Christ.
We take inspiration from our College patron Oscar Romero.
As a Catholic College, our Mission is to:
Empower our students to have Life to the Full John 10:10
The LIFE Pillars and associated Core Values underpin our commitment to this Mission.
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.
Compassion & Connection
Nurturing a caring, compassionate and welcoming community. We take guidance from our House Patron Frederic Ozanam.
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.
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.
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.
a long view. Oscar Romero
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.
‘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
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.
for students to live
Life to the Full.
Enrich and enliven the
faith story of the College
Grow a strong Pre-Kindergarten to Year Twelve
culture in which every student is
ENGAGED, CHALLENGED and PROGRESSING
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
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.’
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.
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
Goals 2017 – 2018
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’.
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
with all members of the College community, ensuring Christ is central to all endeavours.
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.’
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
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.’
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
CATHOLIC EDUCATION WESTERN AUSTRALIA
STRATEGIC DIRECTION 2014-2016
leading in a flourishing catholic education system
a flourishing Catholic Education
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.
Life to the Full
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