What do staff do at professional development days?
At the beginning of each year teachers and support staff return to school before the students.
What do they do while they are here without students?
PLC Sydney has been open since 4 January. The Enrolments Office and many of the administrative, maintenance and technology staff have been working, rolling over systems and putting everything in place for the New Year. All executive staff were ‘on deck’ by mid-January: they ensured that the strategic goals for the year are planned and that regular preparations are done ready for the full staff and student return. At the same time the school has had many building and maintenance projects being completed:
- The gymnasium above the J D Oates Aquatic Centre has been expanded
- The top floor of the Macindoe Research Centre has had the outside area made into work and function spaces
- Regular painting and maintenance has been undertaken
- One tennis court has been expanded in size and resurfaced
- The PDHPE staff room has had some matters connected to its kitchen resolved
- The Gateway Project – renewing our Junior School – has commenced
When the whole staff returned we commenced with a professional development day which we called ‘Us and Us’. The focus was on staff well-being. Our 2016 School Captain, Lucy Rowse, opened the day by stating how important it is for the student body that teachers are physically, mentally and corporately prepared for the year ahead. Our Chair of Council, Dr Lim, an expert in Diabetes research, addressed staff on looking after their physical well-being. Our Chaplains considered the topic of looking after their spiritual well-being. We then mixed up all of our different faculties as we participated in bubble soccer, created a large art work, undertook some fun creation of a short film and took up the type of challenge you might associate with the television program The Amazing Race. The day concluded with an address by psychologist Colleen Hirst on how we build our communal well-being.
Staff really enjoyed a day spent getting to know other staff and reflecting on how we can be the best community we can be. It was a fun and informative day. Our thanks to the Dedes family from PLC Sydney – we held the day at their function centre at Woolwich.
The final professional development days were spent in welcoming new staff, examining our goals for the year and in close planning of key aspects of the program.
The following photos provide a glimpse of the professionalism and joy of our staff: