Dear PLC Sydney Community
I always enjoy Term 3.
It commences with the cold air of Winter and concludes with first blossoms of Spring. Our Year 12 students undertake their Trial examinations, and engage with all of those exciting and heart-wrenching ‘lasts’ that come with finishing school: final classes, final sporting games, lunch at the Principal’s residence, Boarders’ Dinner, Year 12 Formal dinner etc.
Our new Senior Leaders take up their posts and the community both mourns and celebrates the members who are moving on to university and life beyond school. I thank our Year 12 students, who are a fantastic group of girls. What a privilege it is to have you in the College. We look forward to our last term with you!
* * *
One of our tasks at school is to seek to build as many pathways as we can for our students. I am particularly interested in building pathways for students who may not score an ATAR over 90. Late last year the principal of our sister school in Florence Italy, Mr Roberto Curtolo, came to visit us. Over dinner he invited me to travel to Italy to see the MITA (‘Made in Italy’ Academy). My wife, Susan, and I did this in the recent holidays.
MITA trains Italian students in fashion design and production. Being in Florence, they are the major provider of employees for Gucci, Patrizia Pepe, Yves Saint Laurent and other leather and clothing manufacturers. Currently only Italian students can access their courses.
Mr Curtolo invited PLC Sydney students to access a GAP program in Florence in both English and Italian that will provide a certificate that is supported by the major manufacturers. In Italy we met the owners of the companies that undertake the design and manufacturing for these major brands and we visited the Gucci factory.
An information evening was held last Tuesday. However, if you were unable to attend and would like more information, please see later in this newsletter for further details or contact Mrs Sue Arnaudon, Director of Vocational and Tertiary Pathways, by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
* * *
At the commencement of term we held a Staff Development Day. I thought you might like to know what we covered. We commenced looking at:
- How we can best build a positive psychology in students so that they can respond well to the bumps and bruises of life.
- How we can build positive qualities in our students in their classrooms: e.g., courage to have a go, curiosity, inquiry, tenacity.
- Our plans for Cambridge courses. I will write more about this in future editions of Connections. In short, we will be investing further in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). We are investigating how we can continue to strengthen our middle years’ program in these areas for students. Our commitment to STEM is not to a fancy Public Relations program that helps a few students but to strong curriculum development.
All the best for the term ahead.
Dr Paul Burgis