The 2016 Conference Committee are working very hard to put together a high quality conference for Catholic Leaders around the country. While details are still to be finalised, here is an update of an activity that is likely to prove very popular with delegates - the school visits:
1. Star of the Sea College, Brighton
Contemporary teaching and learning in this Century presents educationalists with exciting changes and unique challenges. The international focus on the development of learning spaces, as a tool for teachers and students, has led to many innovations. Star of the Sea has long had a name for its innovative, inclusive and equitable approach to education and in 2013 we embarked on a long-term project called "The Wave". "The Wave" started with the renovation of the Year 7 and 8 learning spaces; linking spaces with pedagogical developments was a priority. The spaces offer variety, transparency, freedom and choice with multiple teaching and learning areas. In these new spaces teachers and students collaborate on learning and work in partnership to achieve the best outcomes. Technology is utilised through interactive data projectors, Apple TV and synchronised learning spaces. Opportunities for both hi-tech, low-tech and no-tech activities are available in these spaces. With these spaces Star continues to engage students in their learning journey and prepare them for a future that is ever evolving.
2. Marian College, Sunshine West
Marian College has undertaken significant works over the past nine years and several new facilities have been developed to support the Learning and Teaching Program. Most recent of these is the Design Warehouse, a modern, spacious and open facility to support learning and teaching in Design and Technology. The new Food Technology Rooms and Canteen also connect with the College's Trade Training Centre (Hospitality and Hairdressing) to rationalise the food service and preparation areas around the College and maximising the use of resources. Together with a 1:1 laptop program and BYOD program the staff at Marian College are working to deliver creative, innovative and challenging learning programs for students in years 7-.
3. Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, Braybrook
Caroline Chisholm Catholic College is currently in a time of significant development and renewal. This is reflected in the launch of a junior secondary program, Aspire. We also have a new electrotechnology Trade Training Centre. There have been major significant works across the two sites in Melbourne. These include a new chapel and quadrangle. The College has also adopted an innovative approach in addressing the areas of property & maintenance, document archiving and policy and procedure management.
A multicultural diverse College in a low SES area, Caroline Chisholm Catholic College is a Restorative Practices school with a strong commitment to Family School Partnerships. Establishing a Family Centre, a Differentiated Learning Centre and increased student services have been part of a change process that have recently commenced.
4. Loyola College, Watsonia
Loyola is a Jesuit Partner school built on the grounds of the former Australian Jesuit Novitiate and Retreat House (1934-1974). The College was founded in 1980 and is a Year 7-12 Co-educational College established in the Ignatian tradition located on 26 acres of land in Watsonia north east of Melbourne. The current enrolment is 1360 students. The College has a vertical Pastoral House based system, two chapels, renovated and extended Sports and Assembly Hall, new iCentre ( formerly the Library), specialist areas for Technology , Visual Arts, Science, Languages, Sports fields, Student Training Restaurant , commercial kitchen and a new state of the Art Performing Arts Centre. The College also has established some on site short term accommodation. The College has a strong international focus with 3 sister schools, a number of immersion programs for students and student exchange homestay programs.
5. Ava Maria
6. St Kevin's College Toorak
7. Xavier College, Kew
8. Aquinas College, Ringwood
9. CRC Sydenham - To Be Confirmed