Issue 19, 2011

Dear PLC Community

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PLC Sydney has a strong tradition of developing programs that value both excellence and inclusion. One of these is the Transition class. They are a wonderful group of girls who are well-loved in our community. In 2012 we will be utilising two classrooms and increasing the size of the cohort to a ‎total of thirty students. Staffing is increasing. We wish to have a College that serves our community, but keeps the sense of us being small enough for each girl to be known. The plan for the forseeable years ahead is to not move beyond thirty girls.

I commend our girls on a fantastic year. I was at the awards day recently and am pleased to publish the following special awards:

Consistent Effort Award – Charlotte Ryan, Year 11

Dr Burgis Award for Improvement in Literacy – Jodie Gifford, Year 9

Mary Webster Award for Active Participation in Sport – Sophie Skillman (ex-student)

Sally Rose “All You Can Be” Award – Monica Bereny, Year 11

Certificates for becoming independent in travelling between school and home were awarded to Ursula Buchan (Year 8) and Chloe Morrison-Greet (Year 11)

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It was wonderful to meet recently with some of our families to discuss aspects of the future of the Junior School. The consultation period has only just commenced. Earlier in the year I consulted regarding the Science position. We have a Christian Studies event planned in the near future. I have now held two morning sessions about the general direction of the Junior School with the Junior School Auxilliary. The Junior School Auxilliary do a fabulous job supporting the College and I am keen to keep in close contact with them over the time leading up to any development that occurs. We do need to consult widely through this process to ensure that our families are kept up to date and can offer their thoughts. There will be two evening sessions before the close of the year. A letter has been sent to our Junior School families about this. The dates are as follows:

7.30 – 9.00 pm, Thursday 24 November and Wednesday 30 November

Level 3, Macindoe Research Centre

As Principal I will discuss priorities in staffing and programming and consult regarding the development of the Junior School buildings. If this is of interest to you, please RSVP to Janine Disbery by Tuesday 22 November indicating which session you will be attending.

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I thank the President of the Parents and Friends’ Association, Mr Douglas Stewart, for his membership of the Traffic Safety Committee. It is very helpful to have his expertise and communication on behalf of our families.

We have made good progress to date, but there is still an agenda ahead of us.

On a recent Friday a senior delegation from Burwood Council arrived, as planned, at the close of the school day. They observed all aspects of our student egress, as it pertains to local streets. As a result they are taking three questions from our initial submission to the Traffic Committee for analysis:

  1. Should Boundary Street be a one way street? I know that many parents share my concern about the narrowness of this street as a two-way thoroughfare. Boundary Street is the route to our kiss and drop roundabout.
  2. Young Street has a kiss and drop for senior students. Should Young Street have this amenity increased in size from two car spaces to four or five?
  3. Near Burwood Girls High School is a bus stop that a number of our senior students utilise to travel to and from PLC Sydney. Should a crossing be put in place to allow our students to cross the road to that bus stop?

I will keep you up to date with progress.

As you are aware we are also examining our own practices at the roundabout. I thank parents for working closely with George, who mans the roundabout each afternoon to try to improve traffic flow. It is sometimes difficult when girls arrive at the roundabout late. We are seeking to ensure that they move to this area on time.

I thank the parents who have contacted me through Connections with further suggestions. These will be considered by the committee.

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The quality of senior staff is critical to a college. I am pleased to inform you of the following recent appointments for 2012:

Head of Science: Ms Jo McGrouther, replacing Mr Rod Broadhead, who will be our Head Teacher: Curriculum in 2012. Ms McGrouther has served at St Vincents College, Potts Point for the past eight years as Head of Science and has done an exceptional job. She is a great science enthusiast, a noted teacher and a very organised head of faculty.

Curator Adelaide Perry Gallery and Senior Art Teacher: Ms Jo Knight, replacing the late Ms Anita Ellis. Ms Jo Knight is an outstanding teacher who has been Head of Art at Stella Maris, Manly for the past eleven years. She has organised superb exhibitions.

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Dr Paul Burgis

Executive Principal

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