iServi News | 5 November 2021 | Term 4, Week 4
The Servite Way
At Servite we are focused on empowering our students towards our College vision of ‘becoming all we are created to be’ and in so doing personalise learning pathways for our students. To do this we aim to ensure that all our learning experiences are aligned with students’ cognitive, physical, emotional and social development.
The Servite Way, our school-wide teaching and learning framework, recognises that students’ needs are very different at Year 7 compared to Year 12 when they are emerging young adults ready to take on the world. In line with the latest brain research on learning and social development we have scoped and sequenced learning across the College, taking into account the different needs of our students as we foster a love of learning that extends beyond the classroom walls.
Recent events at the College highlight the Servite Way in action as we strive to meet the ongoing growth and developmental needs of our students across the years.
Year 11 Farewell Mass
Following on from the recent departure of our Year 12 graduands, this week saw our Year 11 students conclude their formal classes to undertake exams and work placements. We celebrated this significant time in the lives of our students with Mass at the St Kieran Parish Church.
We are grateful to College Chaplain Fra Oscar for celebrating Mass. During his homily, Fra Oscar refereed to the students looking forward to the next chapter in their lives as they transitioned in Year 12 students next year to lead our College community. Fr Oscar encouraged our students to seize each moment of their lives to live it to the full.
I also had the opportunity to speak with our Year 11 students to remind them of the important role that they now assume as leaders of our College community – they are Servite. As Year 12 students our graduating cohort of 2022 will help shape our community and model what it means to be a Servite. This means living our core Servite charisms of Marian, Community and Service in all that they do. This year our students have led their own learning after careful reflection and consideration of their choice of pathway last year.
Year 7, 2022
We were delighted to welcome our 2022 Year 7 students to their Orientation Day on Monday this week. The day is designed to allow students to discover what it is like to be a Servite student in support of their effective transition next year.
The day was filled with exciting events and activities with students making new friendships, working alongside our student leaders, and connecting with their teachers and Heads of Community. As part of the orientation program, we were thrilled to invite parents and caregivers of incoming students to an evening discovery session around life at Servite.
It has been a real thrill to see the ongoing development of our Nannup Campus over the course of this year into a facility that now accommodates the effective delivery of educational, pastoral and spiritual activities for students. This outstanding addition to the College provides an authentic avenue for students to explore different ways to learn and grow.
Most recently our Year 10 students spent time on Retreat at the Nannup Campus. In exploring their own faith life, students had the opportunity to choose how they could continue to explore and live out their own spirituality.
In becoming young adults with the capacity to think critically, regulate their own behaviours and work collaboratively with others, we look forward to our Year 9 students spending time at Nannup working with the local community to help solve real world problems. It was excellent this week to see students work together and with College staff to help shape up this learning experience. We are also very pleased to welcome parents to the College for a workshop on how they would like to see this unique learning opportunity develop for their sons and daughters.
We are thrilled to see the Servite Way in action at our College and look forward to continuing to innovate in the provision of genuinely authentic learning opportunities across the years to support students becoming “all that they are created to be”.
Mr Jeff Allen