Annual Report 2014 - page 6-7

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ActingExecutive
Principal’sReport
Onbehalf of theBrindabella teaching staff Iwould like tocongratulateour studentsonanother
marvellousyearof learning.TheCollege thanks its families for the faith theyplace inusand for
trusting theirprecious childrenandyoungadults toour care. Itwasa joy in2014 toknow, loveand
teachyour childrenwell and for your families tobepartof our community.
Iwrite this reportonbehalf of theExecutivePrincipal,MrsHutton,who is currentlyon leave. Ithas
beenmyverygreatpleasure to lead the staff thisyear in realising thevisionof BrindabellaChristian
EducationLimited (BCEL).Ourdedication toensuringbestpracticeandongoingexcellence in
vibrant, relevant and innovative learning spaces isunwavering. Ithasbeenayear inwhichwehave
enjoyedworking togetherwithacommitment to the futureof learningandwalkingbeside those
we teach so theygrow into resilient adultswith the skills tonavigate life in the21st century.
Ithasbeenayearof joyful events.Wecelebrated themarriagesofMr&MrsRademaker,Mr&Mrs
DeBruinandMr&MrsNoller and rejoiced in thebirthof 4babies;TobiasBody,TitusLim, Elina
MackenzieandBeauMaher.
There ismuch to remember about thisyear; thedevelopmentof thekitchengardenproject and
collaborative learning spaces inYears5and6, thebest everCollegeMusical
TheWizardofOz
,
sporting successes innetball andmountainbiking,Dukeof Edinburghawards,mid semester
showcasesandcelebrationsof effort andachievement.Wecongratulate theActiveAfter-school
Communities (AASC) team, ledbyMrTerryBaskerville, onbeingawarded thebest creativeentry for
AASC in theACT.
It iswith thankfulness toGod thatwecontinue tohave strongenrolments in2015as thisbeautiful
school continues togrow. In2015 therewill be670childrenenrolled inboth theELCandmain
campusat Lyneham,witha further 113childrenenrolledatCharnwood.Our commitment remains
togrow theCollege in suchaway thatweareable toprovide thebestpossible resourceswithina
structure that enables children tobeknownand loved.Wehold toourdetermination that thiswill
bea school inwhichchildrenexperiencequality learningwithina strongChristian framework; to
buildacommunityofwisdom, integrity, serviceandexcellence inand throughChristianeducation.
Thisyear theCollegeScripturewas from Jeremiah17: 7-8;“
Blessed is theonewho trusts in theLord,
whoseconfidence is inHim. Theywillbe likea treeplantedby thewater that sendsout its rootsby the
stream. Itdoesnot fearwhenheatcomes; its leavesarealwaysgreen. Ithasnoworries inayearof
droughtandnever fails tobear fruit.
”As theyeardraws toanendwecan sayweareextremelyproud
of yourbeautiful childrenandcongratulate themas theycontinue togrow into such trees.We look
forward to2015withexcitement andanticipation, for thebest isyet tocome.
Godblesseachandeveryone.
MelanieSpencer
ActingExecutivePrincipal
OurBrindabellaChristianCollege (College) Board remains committed to seeingourCollegegrow
through theBoard’svision to ‘advanceacommunityofwisdom, integrity, serviceandexcellence in
and throughChristianeducation’.
OurBoardconsistsof anumberof highlyexperienced individualsproviding their voluntary service
to theCollege. TheBoard includesStephenBrissenden,GregZwajgenberg, JoanArmitage,David
Whittem, PeterCrimminsand I asChair. OurCompanySecretary isRachaelAxford. AsBoardChair
Iwould like topersonally thankmyBoardcolleagues for their continueddevoted service.The
significant voluntarycontribution that eachandeveryBoardmemberhasmadeboth individuallyand
collectivelyhas trulybeenextraordinary.
TheBoardwould like tocongratulateour ExecutivePrincipal,MrsElizabethHuttonandLynehamHead
ofCampus,MrsMelanieSpencer, on their leadershipwith theirwonderful Executive team.
A special thankyou toparentsandcarers isextended for all that youhavecontributed to the lifeof
ourCollege.
TheCollegehas seenanotherwonderful year in2014withour Lordonceagaindoingamazing things
inand forourCollege. Thisyearwecelebrate:-
• theopeningof ourCharnwoodCampushostingour inaugural Kindergartenclass;
• thefirst yearof triple streamingcommencingwithYear 7Classes; and
• thegraduationof our thirdcohortofYear 12Senior Secondary students,with95%of our last
cohort achievingaTertiaryEntranceScore.
OurCollege’sEducationalMasterPlan is supportedbyourCollegeResourcesMasterPlan.These two
MasterPlans combined, provide for continued improvement ineducational deliveryanddevelopment
forbothour LynehamandCharnwoodcampuses toensure thatweaccommodateandequip students
and staff in thebestwaypossible toachieveour vision.
Toensure thatwehavecontinual educational improvement, theBoardengagedLyngcolnConsulting
to independently review theBoard’soperational structure. LyngcolnConsulting reported to the
Boardonwherewecouldenhance thequalityand implementationof our educational delivery
within theBoardgovernance structure.TheBoardunanimouslyadoptedandhas implemented the
recommendations. Wearenowmoving forward inenhancing theoperational level of ourCollege.
Chairman’sReport
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