| Mr Mike Millard
Pedare Towards 2020 Strategic Plan
The Chair of the College Board, Ms Katey Elding and I are very pleased to be able to send parents, caregivers and staff the 'Towards 2020 Strategic Plan.' This provides an outlines of the critical goals the College is seeking to achieve in the next 5 years.
The College has also entered negotiations with Life Care, aged care provider for the purchase of the vacant corner block. The sale will enable the College to move towards the exciting outcomes of the strategic plan. Life Care have lodged a development plan with the Tea Tree Gully Council. Building on our sound financial position the sale of the land will further strengthen Pedare’s ability to invest in the learning facilities and extend opportunities for students from Reception to Year 12.
Please click here to visit our website for a copy of the Towards 2020 strategic plan and life care partnership.
Parents and Caregivers are invited to attend a Pedare Community Meeting on Tuesday 28 June 7.00pm in the College Chapel at which time the Toward 2020 Strategic Plan will be formally released.
During the meeting, the following topics will be discussed:
Feasibility of One College One Campus or One College Two Campuses
Life Care Partnership
Primary Years Program at the Junior School
We look forward to presenting the future direction of Pedare to the community and give you the opportunity to ask questions.
Year 10 & 11 Exam Week
This academic week at Pedare has had an examination focus. The end of Semester 1 examinations for Year 10 and 11 students are a good opportunity for students to develop their private study techniques and examination skills. This work is in preparation for the students’ external moderation at Year 12 SACE. Examination skills vary from subject to subject and students are encouraged by their teachers to adapt their approach to what is appropriate for each Senior subject. Following the examinations, the feedback provided by teachers is invaluable for students as they work on a deeper understanding of the key concepts.
AISSA - Commonwealth Funding for SA Independent Schools
Please read below a message for parents from the Chief Executive of the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA).
An important issue at this Federal election is education funding. Both major parties have committed additional funding for schools if elected; but the contrast between the commitments is stark and has potentially major impacts for South Australian schools and students.
- Labor will fully fund the Gonski agreements at an additional cost of $4.5 billion over 2018 and 2019 committing $37.3 billion over 10 years.
- The Coalition will stop implementation of Gonski agreements at the end of 2017 but will provide an additional $1.2 billion in funding over the following three years.
- Under current Coalition proposals, South Australian independent schools are likely to receive significantly less Commonwealth funding than if they were located in any other State or Territory.
AISSA’s position is that fully funding the Gonski agreements represents the best outcome for Australia’s schools, and one that properly recognises the value of investing in our children’s education and in our nation’s future. The AISSA recognises that some community members believe that the Government cannot afford such a commitment and we respect that view.
However, regardless of whether Gonski is fully implemented, Commonwealth funding to Independent schools should not differ just because of the State where the school is located. On-going Commonwealth funding differences between States are possible under the Coalition’s policy, with SA students being most disadvantaged.
The differences could occur because all States and Territories will be at different stages in implementing Gonski funding when it is stopped by the Coalition in 2017. Under the Gonski funding arrangements, each State and Territory Government entered into different arrangements to increase their funding but by the end of 2019 schools in every State were to have ended up with similar funding under the model. South Australia’s Gonski agreement saw most of the additional money flowing in 2018 and 2019.
If the Coalition does not fund the final two years of the Gonski agreement, South Australian Independent schools need a ‘catch-up’ payment of $22 million in 2017 to ensure that their students are treated fairly when compared to other States. This is approximately a 7% increase in funding and on average approximately $400 per student, an amount that would make a significant difference to schools.
The AISSA is calling on the Coalition to commit prior to the election to providing the additional $22 million in 2017, which is needed to ensure equity with students and schools in other States.
There is no justification for South Australian Independent school students to receive less Commonwealth funding than students in every other State and Territory.
The AISSA is a non-partisan organisation. Our goal is to ensure that all political parties value and recognise the essential role played by SA Independent schools in educating South Australian students.
Authorised by Carolyn Grantskalns, Chief Executive, AISSA, 301 Unley Road, Malvern 5061.