“We’ve had enormous growth in our student numbers, here at the college,” Principal Chapman said in the video interview above.
“So, up over 470 students for this year, so it’s very exciting to welcome all those new families into the community.”
Principal Chapman also talked about the advantages of being a short walk to the University of the Sunshine Coast Moreton Bay Campus.
“We’re really lucky to have the university right out next door to us here at the college,” Principal Chapman explained.
“Students are able to start university courses during year 11 and 12, which means they can actually walk to lectures and walk back.
“We are that close.
“It’s a fabulous, connection that we have with the university, and one which our students will benefit from greatly.”
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Read the Principal Wayne Chapman interview TRANSCRIPT:
We’ve had, enormous growth in our student numbers, here at the college. So, up over 470 students for this year, so it’s very exciting to welcome all those new families into the community. We’re really lucky to have the university right out next door to us here at the college. Students are able to start university courses during year 11 and 12, which means they can actually walk to lectures and walk back. We are that close. It’s a fabulous, connection that we have with the university, and one which our students will benefit from greatly.
So, we’ve got wonderful new facilities which will be full of students, in a couple of weeks’ time and, they’re certainly looking forward to getting in and using those spaces again. Our new Mackillop building has got brand new science laboratories, a new café, new student bathrooms, a new, student centre, so it’s a wonderful central, celebration space for our community here at the college. We are about to enter into a master planning phase to get ready for the next number of building projects that will come on board. But we’ll certainly be, consulting with all the members of our community about what the needs are going forward and making sure that what we build meets our strategic needs, as well as whatever the specific student needs are as well.
Our teachers have been well supported in terms of their own professional learning to ensure that they’re able to deliver the very best for all of our students, particularly for our Year 12 students who are in the midst of the new ATAR curriculum, and we have a number of students who are certainly well on their way through the summative elements of that course, and our teachers have been supporting them very well, so that they can complete their school-based assessments, and also be really well prepared for the external exams which will happen in term IV of this year.
Prior to this position, I was working for Brisbane Catholic Education supporting the 36 Brisbane Catholic Education high schools, to get ready for the new QCE system, so in that role, I worked with principals and school leaders to make sure that their staff, and therefore their students were well prepared, and ready for the demands and rigour of the new system. I’m really optimistic about the new system. It’s a, it’s a fair, equitable system. There is great clarity for students and teachers about what needs to be taught, and how it’s assessed, and the processes for coming up with, a tertiary entrance score are very open, and very fair for our young people. So, we’re really looking forward to that system being in place and our young people are moving through that.
What students and their families experience when they’re part of the Mt Maria Petrie community is very much a family spirit. We work in presence, we’re present to each other. We’re open, and available, and accessible for parents, and their students to support all of our young people with their learning. We work with simplicity. We work with care. We aim to get to know each of our students very well, and we’re certainly small enough to be able to do that, and we challenge them where they need to be challenged, and we support them where they need support. And it’s a really lovely community to be a part of.
We work well particularly with our Year 10 students in preparing them to make good decisions about the senior phase of learning, so they undertake some work education and some work experience. Some opportunities to get to know themselves and their strengths and their traits, to try and determine which pathway might be the best for them in year 11 and 12. So we have students both going towards university, we have them in various vocational pathways, so students studying Certificate III at TAFE or higher, we have students in vocational programs where they’re learning work skills and work readiness as well as all the traditional subject areas.
We do have some limited enrolment places available across the campus. If parents are interested in what we can do for their young person, please get in touch with the office, and we can have a conversation about what this college can offer your son or daughter.