The College professional learning schedule began in full throttle with three consecutive days of professional learning. These days provided staff with the opportunity to develop their understanding of what it means to work in a Catholic Marist community, as well as the rights and responsibilities that come with working in a contemporary secondary school setting, such as first aid training and ensuring our practices and processes are inclusive and professional. Establishing a sense of community and aligning all staff with our mission and policies is so incredibly important to all that we do and aim to be for our students and families.
The three days also provided staff with the opportunity to establish shared classroom norms to foster a positive learning environment for all. Supporting staff to develop strong and affirming relationships with students continues this week in a series of classroom management workshops ranging from dealing with distracting behaviours, getting a class back on track, establishing routines and relationships, to making your expectations clear.
Our teaching staff, Learning Mentors and Learning Support Officers also worked with Julie Stewart from the Melbourne Archdiocese of Catholic School (formerly known as Catholic Education Melbourne and now known as MACS) to increase staff knowledge and understanding of the importance of reading comprehension skills and how to use the Australian Council of Educational Research’s (ACER) PAT-R reports to inform the teaching of our students. Our work with Julie will continue in Term 1 and we are very grateful for MACS for their support in this important area of professional learning.
Learning Area teams were also provided with vital time to meet to discuss specific courses and form their teams and staff were provided with individual Professional Practice Time for planning, preparation, curriculum development and collaboration.
With sincere thanks to staff who prepared and led specific workshops and to all staff for entering into the spirit of the professional learning program with enthusiasm and diligence.