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From the Principal

Welcome to 2018 at Woodvale Secondary College.

In this, my fourth year of leading our College, I feel that I can truly say that we have grown together.  I felt very fortunate at the commencement of 2015 to be given the opportunity to lead a school which has a proud tradition of serving its community since 1985 by providing wonderful opportunities for learning in a positive, safe and welcoming environment. Now, I feel even further connected, having worked and learnt with staff and students for the past three years. At our Presentation Evening in October 2017 it was my pleasure to witness the graduation of our Year 12 cohort, many of whom I had come to know  well, especially the prefect group so capably and maturely  led by our two Head Prefects.

During that time, I have witnessed a definite shift in the way in which we see ourselves:  not only as providers of a safe, inclusive learning environment but one that is very much focused on the individual student.  While our students regularly achieve high ATAR results and gain many Certificates through their VET programs, of greater importance I think is our belief that each and every student can achieve their best through the support that is available to them.  This is enshrined in our motto of Pursuing Excellence and in our mission statement: 

Woodvale empowers, challenges and supports students to achieve their personal best and engage as responsible global citizens.

We have a strong connection with our local area intake primary schools through the Woodvale Learning Community.  One of the best examples of this is evidenced in our highly successful transition processes for our Year 7 students.  Last year 98% of our Year 7 students felt comfortable and safe at school after our Big Days In on the first two days of the school year. Our students are connected to their local community through workplace learning, music performances, links to Edith Cowan University, sporting engagements and an array of incursions and excursions.  They are connected to the global community through our focus on Asian languages and regular international trips and exchange programs.

We take very seriously our values of respect, responsibility and relationships and expect that all Woodvale SC community members honour them.

The latest National Wellbeing Survey by Mission Australia (2017) has reported back to us that again Woodvale SC student are above national average in their positivity and optimism for their future.  This data is further evidence of our care for every student and our High Performance High Care approach.

One of the best aspects about a school our size is the amazing array of opportunities that is available to students:  from specialist programs to Cadets to excursions to mentoring and much more.  Every year I urge each student to take up as many opportunities as they can.  We frequently find that those students who are the most successful and most positive about their secondary experience are those who have engaged the most and embraced every opportunity.

This year you will notice that we have some new and reinvigorated learning spaces.  We are very excited in particular about our iCentre (formerly the Learning Resource Centre) and our Fiction Library that has moved to the centre of our English block.  Our iCentre will be a space for creativity, innovation and exploration.  Our Fiction Library will be a mindfulness centre that encourages reading for pleasure.  Our gym change rooms have received a much needed renovation and will be enjoyed by many students.  There are numerous other spaces that have benefited from a re-fit, renovation or re-purposing.  I encourage you to ask your young person about their learning experiences in these new spaces.

There are many opportunities for families to engage with our College:  parent evenings; committees of our specialist programs; College Board; P & C; volunteering; attendances at performances, sporting fixtures and College events.  I look forward to meeting and working with you during 2018.

Lea Fairfoul-Hutcheon