Principal’s Report

Principal’s Report, 2018

(Based on the outcome of the 2017 Academic year)

Muirden Senior College prides itself on treating all of its students as individuals and working with them to complete their SACE. Muirden Senior College’s underlying philosophy that success is measured purely on a specific individual basis, means that we take pride in all of our students’ achievements, and that we understand and appreciate that all students learn differently. Success at Muirden is determined on an individual level, and all students are encouraged to finish the year. Consequently there are a myriad of success stories embedded within this year’s achievements as each year 12 student finished their school journey. 90% of our students applied for university with the majority receiving their first preference in University offers. Along with their teachers and the Muirden Senior College Board, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate them all on their success.

 

Leaving school is never easy and can be a very anxious time for students. Consequently, at Muirden we believe that by treating students as unique individuals and allowing them to grow at their own pace we enable students to make the transition with confidence and enthusiasm. It is always pleasing to see the pride that former students exhibit when they visit and talk about what is happening in their lives. It is this willingness to share their experiences and current circumstances with us that is so rewarding to teachers and all staff, and it is with great pride that we watch them embrace their future with confidence.

 

Spontaneous testimonials from both students and their parents reaffirm our conviction that Muirden Senior College does provide a warm and safe environment, a place where students want to be and connect.  As one student wrote in a Thank You Card, ‘thank you so much for welcoming me into your beautiful school, and another student wrote ‘that coming to Muirden was the best move for me’. In another card a student expressed gratitude for the ‘high quality of teaching and support’, and another thanked us for ‘making years 11 & 12 so enjoyable’ and that the College gave them an ‘opportunity to restart and focus on the most crucial years of their teenage life.’ Parents have also provided testimonials acknowledging our ‘unique and personal approach to education’ while thanking the College for accepting their child ‘as they were’ and not trying to ‘fit them in’ and ‘mould them into something they are not.’

 

One of the keys to our student’s success is the way in which student absences due to health or other issues are dealt with. When a student has been absent for an extended period, both the student’s teachers and myself will work with them to enable them to catch up on their work. This is reflective of the College’s key philosophy that we will never give up on a student and therefore we do support all students equally, enabling them to not only successfully complete their SACE but also achieve an ATAR which provides them with the opportunity to study at university.

Dr Barbara Harding, Principal