Building Community : Enriching Lives

Our College Vision Statement speaks into the broad experiences available for students as they progress through the College in having their lives enriched through a dynamic and connected community.

This week I had the privilege of attending Montessori Children’s Centre in McLaren Vale to sign a formal Memorandum of Understanding with Director, Ainsley Roscrow. While the two educational sites have always had a positive and enduring relationship, over recent months we have had discussions to further enhance this to ensure that learners at both sites are given the best opportunities to succeed and grow.

This formal partnership will enable closer communication and opportunity for students from across all age groups to learn from each other and feel a deeper sense of belonging, respect and connection. Likewise, we will share professional learning opportunities for staff and work for the mutual benefit of each site in our communication and future opportunities.

This partnership marks a historic moment in recognising the value of the education provided at both sites through all streams of learning - early years, primary and secondary, and the role that both Montessori and Tatachilla hold as key providers of education in McLaren Vale. We are extremely proud of this partnership and look forward to the ongoing development and opportunities that will exist between the two sites.

Another critical partnership is that which we have with Toryo High School, our sisterschool in Kumamoto, Japan. A significant group of 21 students and five staff have arrived there again this week, to an overwhelmingly positive reception. The partnership, forged now over almost a decade has gone from strength to strength with all students now living with their host families for the next five days.

The connection and experience not only enrich the lives of our own students and staff but also the students, staff and families in Toryo. Like us, they place great importance on the relationship, nurturing tolerance, unity and respect for each other’s culture.

As we break for the end of Term 1, I thank each member of our community for the ways you have enriched the lives of each other so that our community can continually grow, evolve and seek fresh horizons as we ‘Look Up. Look Beyond.’

Yours in Christ

Mr Cain McDonald


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