College Principal’s Report
Wear It Purple:
Friday 26 August is ‘Wear It Purple Day’ at Mill Park Secondary College many students and staff are wearing purple (or at least a little bit of purple) to show their support for same-sex attracted, non-binary and trans students). I am so proud to work in a school community that is diverse – from a social, cultural, religious, and personal perspective – our school reflects the rich and individual differences in our broader community. ‘Wear It Purple’ is a small but important step to celebrate this diversity and to highlight the importance of our college being a safe space for everyone. The pride flags are flying at each campus today and I congratulate students for their support of this initiative, and of course for their support of each other.
In recent weeks the school has acquired two new artworks through funds raised by our Student Wellbeing Ambassadors during Reconciliation Week. Both pieces were commissioned from a local contemporary Indigenous artist and ex-MPSC student, Kamilya Lowana.
These pieces will soon hang on the College walls near our General Offices, and I encourage you to come and have a look as they are both very special. Congratulations to all students involved in making this happen and of course to Kamilya for her beautiful work.
I hope that you were lucky enough to have a ticket to our recent production of ‘Hairspray’. I attended on Wednesday night, and it was so uplifting to see what our students and staff have achieved together. The show had a strong ensemble cast and allowed for lots of participation by students from a range of year levels. It was also fantastic to see the support provided by a live band too. The value of this experience for our students cannot be underestimated, but it only happens through the committed and generous efforts of a dedicated team of staff. I would like to publicly acknowledge their efforts in getting not one, but two productions off the ground in a single year! Well done everyone.
Home School Partnership:
I was pleased to see many of our Year 8 families attend the recent Year 9 2023 Information Night at the Middle Years Campus. We are working hard to prove as many opportunities as possible for parents and carers to engage with us here at the college, so please keep an eye out for upcoming events, and provide us with feedback so that we can get a clear understanding of our needs.
One opportunity to do this is through the upcoming Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey. It is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of families’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour, and student engagement. We encourage all families to participate in this survey. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.
It is completely anonymous. A random sample of approximately 30 per cent of parents/caregivers/guardians have been selected to participate in this year’s survey and if selected you will receive communication about this via email. The survey is available in a range of languages other than English.
The Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey will be conducted from Monday 15 August to Friday 16 September. Please take the time to complete it and tell us what you think!