McCARTHY CATHOLIC COLLEGE Integrity Justice Peace
16 June 2017
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Parents and Guardians
As a parent I am always striving to provide my children with the best opportunity to achieve and to be the best person possible. In each of my conversations with you, it appears as if we are all endeavouring to do the same. At McCarthy ‘every student counts!!!!’
Our College is in a unique position to address this goal, as we have a purpose built Trade Training Centre, designed with a focus on the future. We have amazing facilities, to compliment our traditional learning environments.
‘So what does the future look like?’ a paper by Foundations for Young Australians (FYA) titled ‘ The New Basics: Big Data reveals the skills young people need for the New Work Order’ seeks to provide an insight into the skills required by our students; your children. The paper talks about ‘enterprise skills’ (these skills link closely with our Principles of Learning), it is these skills that will allow our students to not only be productive members of our society and to make a difference in their world, but it will provide a meaningful purpose to their education.
At times in schools we judge the success of an individual student by their grades, NAPLAN results or ATAR. This measure is very superficial and should not be the sole source of assessing a student’s success. The Mitchell Report (2015) states that 26 % (81000) students across Australia do not complete their HSC each year, yet we continue with the same format that is failing a significant proportion of our students. We need to broaden our perception of achievement.
At McCarthy we provide multiple pathways for students to achieve.
Dr Peter Webster Acting Principal Leader
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