As we enter into 2018, I am very excited to be joining the St Kieran's community. St Kieran's is a vibrant school community that at its core holds very closely the value of working together to support the growth and development of each individual. I believe that school must be a success for every child and that can come in many different forms. The educational journey is one that is best shared together and in my view our faith will lead us to achieve more together. I developed a vision for Catholic schooling some years ago and I am excited to live it out in 2018 with each every one of you.
I dream of school that lives and breathes community. A school that understands that community isn't just the students, teachers and parents, but the parish and the wider community as well. One that is so well grounded in valuing each and every person that students in the upper years are seen socialising with our junior students just because they want to. Where teachers, parents and students alike welcome friends, family and strangers with sincerity and an invested interest in others. I dream of a school which recognises and values its religious heritage and seeks to be actively involved in the growth and development of a school holistically.
I dream of a staff that value the need to support the social and academic development of every single one of their students above all else. I see staff knowing the names of every single child in the school and the story which they bring with them. I see teachers who are driven to apply the best possible learning and teaching practices off the back of quality professional development. I see teachers who inspire students to achieve their full potential and find every opportunity to share best practice with their peers. I see teachers that feel empowered to know that what they are doing in their own classrooms is a part of the bigger picture of effective school wide practice. I see teachers that make data driven choices to direct their practices and know that every day is a new opportunity for them to learn in the same way their students do.
I dream of classrooms, staffrooms and offices as being flexible learning spaces of collaboration. I see students, parents and staff members sharing good news stories that inspire each other to strive for even greater outcomes. I see parents actively working alongside teachers to achieve shared goals. I hear conversations that focus on bringing everyone together because 'many minds are better than one'. I see everyone caring enough to value the thoughts and ideas of others, all be it that they may be different to our own. I see parents informed about what is happening in their child's classroom and feeling empowered by the opportunity to share in the learning that is taking place.
I see students owning their learning and knowing that the only way for them to achieve their full potential is to get stuck in and give their very best. I see students believing that school is a success for them and that each and every day is a new opportunity to shine in so many different ways. I see students using technology to support their learning and development. I see students appreciating that the school values them as an individual and in turn provided opportunities for them to do the things they love and are talented in.
Above all else I see St Kieran's Primary as a place where we find strength in caring. I see our school being a place where smiling faces shine brightly and the sounds of laughter fill the grounds and where every day is an opportunity for everyone to achieve their full potential.
Mr Ben Gray