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HEAD PREFECT’S REPORT

In all the years that New Town High School has existed, we were lucky enough to be departing the school in its hundredth year of education and building fine young men. Furthermore, we feel even more blessed to have been given the honour of Prefect in such a monumental year.  2019 has been far from dull – between centenary celebrations, fundraisers and various other events, the Prefect Board has been busier than ever.

The GRIP Leadership Conference, held in late February, was the first event attended by the Prefect board.  Organised by Ms Jones, the conference was pivotal in the consolidation our leadership skills.  With a course designed to inform on fundraise strategies and creating positive change in a school, it was a day that served to be invaluable to our growth and development as a team of leaders.

The skills we developed at the GRIP Leadership Conference were useful almost immediately – the next task the leadership board faced was the conundrum of the Gift to the School.  Every year, the departing grade fundraises the means necessary to grant the school a parting gift as a token of gratitude and remembrance; and this year it was decided that such gift would be two flag poles to be placed on the bell tower.  One such flag was the Australian flag and the other was the indigenous flag – both huge national symbols that had been missing from our school for quite some time. In order to garner enough funds to enliven the project, a sub-committee was formed for the so-called ‘Flagpole Project.’ With generous donations coming from various places all across the community from politicians to old scholars, the Flagpole Project had monetary backing in just a few short months – an assembly was held in honour of the new establishment.  We hope students can proudly look up at those flags over the next hundred years.

Fundraising was a key aspect of the Prefect Board’s existence this year.  Fundraising was multi-faceted this year; with our long-standing partnership with CanTeen demonstrating continued success alongside the Leaver’s Dinner and Leaver’s Week fundraising.  Our first fundraiser of the year came in the form of Shrove Tuesday – under Ms. Weitenaur’s capable watch and assistance, we sold pancakes to raise funds for CanTeen.  Our biggest fundraiser of the year came in the form of our annual National Bandana Day fundraiser at the athletics carnival – a tradition since Grade 7 – the fundraiser has earned almost a thousand dollars for four consecutive years through the sale of assorted Bandanas.  It’s a tradition we’ll look back on fondly; and one we look forward to handing on to next year’s Grade 7s.

This year we have had the privilege of hosting events which celebrated one hundred years of New Town High School. Being present at these events gave us an insight into the way New Town High has moulded a community of men who have lifelong connections and continue to care for the school.  A celebratory event hosted by Kate Warner, Governor of Tasmania at Government House was attended by hundreds – a grand testimony to the impact New Town High has had over greater Hobart.  Conversations with these ex-scholars, from 18 year olds to 80 year olds, is absolutely eye opening, and has made us grateful to be a part of the legacy of New Town High.  Just recently a hundred year dinner was held at the Elwick Race Course in Derwent Park – we were humbled to form a guard of honour as the Old Boys and distinguished community members made their way into the venue.  We look forward to participating in and attending the same events as guests in the coming decades.

We also owe a huge thanks to some people who have got us to the point we’re at today, the people who ‘invented’ us. Our Grade Supervisors’ unwavering support and leadership has been tantamount to our success, we would have been totally rudderless without this year.  Ms Noonan and Ms. Mulholland have provided us with infinite support and leadership and were truly the reason we could accomplish all we have.  A Special thanks must be given to Ms Mulholland for standing by us since Grade 7; we’ve seen some come and go but you’ve stayed loyal for four long years.  To Mr Wilson, Ms Burrill, and Mr Heidenreich – each were our Assistant Principals at various points – we couldn’t have done it without you.

As we hang up our blazers and look on to the next group of leaders taking on the role of prefect, we can rest easy knowing the school is in highly capable hands.  For some of us, our journey here isn’t over; the subjects offered here in Years 11 and 12 will ensure some of us have a few more years roaming these halls.  Either way, we’ve strived to build for the future this year – our grade is 100 years in the making, and we look to the next hundred years.

Partnership With Ogilvie High School and Elizabeth College

This footage is courtesy of Southern Cross news and was aired on Thursday December 5.  This celebrates the partnership of New Town and Ogilvie High schools and Elizabeth College.  The video also celebrates the highly acclaimed “Back to the 80s” musical which has been a joint production between New Town and Ogilvie High Schools held at Elizabeth College.

 

Principal’s Report School Association

Sharing this report to the wider school community is part of a comprehensive communication approach that we have at our school to ensure members of our school community are informed, connected and working together on our school purpose.

Our school purpose is very straight forward and our game plan to achieve this is simple and targeted:

We are working with parents, carers and the wider community to Develop Good Young Men who are ready to achieve a Year 12 Qualification or Equivalent.

Our aspirational goal is to raise the percentage of boys at our school who achieve a year 12 qualification to above the national average level. We will also strive to assist many of our boys to gain an apprenticeship if they prefer that career pathway.

 Our Priorities 2017-2020:

  • Raising the literacy standards of all of our boys so they can engage productively in learning.
  • Further developing our whole of school learning model.
  • Ensuring a safe and orderly learning environment.
  • Developing young men with strong character and resilience.

We have a number of improvement projects and initiatives to help our school to develop our priority areas, these include:

  • The formation of our Old Scholars Association with the view to members acting as volunteers to contribute to the wellbeing and learning of our boys through mentor activities conducted in and outside our school campus.
  • Using Professor John Hattie’s Visible Learning Approach to further develop our school wide learning model. With that, we are in the second year of a four year teacher professional learning analysing the impact of our teaching on improving learning outcomes.
  • Placing increased emphasis on all boys becoming the best possible writers they can be. To achieve this we are using the Writing to Learn and Learning to Write approach and further developing our whole school approach to teaching reading comprehension.   
  • Ensuring we have an orderly learning environment with a focus on embedding our school values into our school culture and ensuring that all of our boys develop the character traits that will lead them to success.
  • Developing more robust approaches to collecting, analysing and responding to matters relevant to student wellbeing.
  • Designing Year 11/12 delivery to facilitate shared enrolments with Elizabeth College and Ogilvie High School to offer several more specialist study pathways from year 9 – 12.

Our School Values underpin all that we do at the School. They define who we are and what we want to become as individuals and collectively as a community of learners.

ASPIRATION – A culture of high expectations and high achievement.
RESPECT – Respecting ourselves, others, our past and our environment.
COURAGE – Accepting challenges and embracing opportunities.
GROWTH – Improving by always learning and finding better ways to do things.

Effective Communication is Essential in our School

We place emphasis on open and productive communication. Our primary form of communication with parents regarding whole of school and year level specific news and information is via email, the school APP, Facebook, SMS and EdSmart which is delivered online via email. We urge all parents to make sure we have your current email address and that you have done what is necessary to be connected with our school APP and EdSmart.

EdSmart is our online tool to deliver permission forms and information about excursions to parents and for parents to return then to the school online.  This document will step you through what EdSmart is and how to use it.

We use SMS to advise parents of student absences and for urgent information such as evacuations etc.

You can find information about our school App here.  It is very important we have your email address and if any of your contact details change please let the office know.

When issues arise our preference is to deal with such matters through face to face or telephone discussion.

A recent study I read showed that on an average day, a school principal undertakes 46 complex tasks and consistently deals with 20 new things that they have not seen or dealt with before. Parenting can be like that at times as well. What I have learned over the years is that complex problems can be resolved when people are willing to talk and work together to find solutions. My Assistant Principals and our Grade Supervisors are all great communicators and expert problem solvers and have the best interest of your boy/s and our school at the centre of all they do and decide.

I am hoping that through my blog and other communication methods, our staff and parents can work more closely in partnership to achieve our school purpose – Develop Good Young Men who are ready to achieve a Year 12 Qualification or Equivalent.