iServi News | 3 September 2021 | Term 3, Week 7
I have had the great privilege over the last few months of interviewing incoming families to the College for 2022 and 2023. In exploring why families wish for their children to attend Servite, a key theme to emerge is the rich sense of community and support that exists at our school.
Our community promotes belonging and connection, quality relationships and wellness in supporting our students to thrive. We strive toward a caring and purposeful community that encourages participation and inclusion. We aim for our students to feel a genuine sense of belonging to a school community that actively cultivates respectful and supportive relationships among students, teachers, parents and the wider community.
Our programs, values and expectations support the emotional, social and physical safety of our students. Within this supportive environment, our community members are encouraged to grow their individual gifts to become whole persons with the capacity to make a difference.
In striving toward our Community vision, we focus on the integration of six key attributes: Joy; Perseverance; Self-Regulation; Resilience; Leadership; and Zest. These underpin everything we do.
Our aim is to develop and maintain the optimum functioning of students in a community that promotes and reflects a positive school climate and culture. We recognise that there is a strong relationship between learning and a person’s wellbeing. We provide wellness programs that support our students and enable them to acquire a range of attributes and behaviours to ensure they are happy and healthy in a very dynamic global world.
If we can create an environment where students feel safe, well and supported, then students improve their capacity to learn and to take full advantage of the numerous programs, pathways and activities on offer at the College.
Next week we will celebrate Wellness Week, where we introduce a variety of wellness activities across each day. We want to provide a strong focus for staff and students on wellness and support them to care for their own mental health and overall wellbeing. We encourage all members of our community to reach out in time of need and to ensure that they also look out and care for one another.
We look forward to continuing to grow our very special College community in the future years. I encourage prospective families to ensure that they submit their enrolment applications for 2022 and 2023 as available spaces are rapidly becoming limited.
In celebrating our Servite community, we are looking forward to our College Open Day on Friday 10 September. This is a special day on the College calendar which allows prospective families to see our thriving community in action. We welcome the opportunity to share our wonderful story with incoming families.
Mr Jeff Allen