Principal's Update Term 2 Week 6

Wednesday, 31 May 2023
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
— 1 Samuel 16:7

Good luck to our students who will be participating in all the Eisteddfod programs over the next few weeks. We have students in all categories across Choral, Instrumental Music, Drama and Dance.

National Reconciliation Week

From 27 May to 3 June, National Reconciliation Week provides an opportunity for all Australians to come together and deepen our understanding of our shared histories, cultures, and achievements. It is a time for reflection, learning, and action as we strive for a more just, inclusive, and equitable society.

At our progressive school, we believe that education is a powerful tool for change. It is through knowledge and understanding that we can challenge stereotypes, break down barriers, and build bridges between different communities. National Reconciliation Week offers us a chance to explore the stories, experiences, and contributions of Australia's First Nations peoples, and to foster a sense of unity and respect within our school community.

This year's theme, "Be A Voice for Generations," encourages us all to speak up, listen, and take meaningful action toward reconciliation. As future leaders and custodians of this land, our students have a crucial role to play in shaping a more inclusive and just Australia. It is our responsibility as educators and parents to provide them with the knowledge and tools to be active contributors to positive change.

During National Reconciliation Week, our school has planned a range of activities and initiatives to engage students, and staff in meaningful conversations and actions. We will be hosting cultural workshops, and excursions, inviting guest speakers from local First Nations communities, and incorporating Indigenous perspectives and histories into our curriculum across all grade levels. We have also been able to officially open our Acknowledgement of Country statements and our new artwork. Our aim is to create a safe and supportive environment where everyone feels valued and respected.

Let us remember that reconciliation is an ongoing journey that requires commitment and action. It is not confined to a single week but should be embedded in our daily lives, our classrooms, and our communities. By working together, we can create a future that acknowledges, respects, and values the rich diversity of our nation.

Thank you for your continued support in creating an inclusive and progressive learning environment. Together, let us be a voice for generations and work towards reconciliation in Australia.

30th Anniversary Celebrations

Our Gala Dinner was held last Friday night, 19 May. We welcomed almost 350 guests that featured many of our DSN principals and chairs, all four past principals from BDC, some foundational families as well as a host of current families and staff as well as an encouraging number of alumni. This day also featured the official opening of the David Ford Centre (our new senior hub) and a rededication of the senior building to the “Win Howard Building”. These two names reflect the long term commitment of the last two College Council Chairs to the development of Bishop Druitt College.

View the photos from the Gala Dinner and the build time-lapse here.

30th Anniversary Commemorative Book

As part of our 30 year celebrations, some current and some foundational staff have compiled a collection of stories about the history of Bishop Druitt College. This limited release book was available at the Gala on 19 May. There are limited copies available please contact the college reception to organise your copy.

National Award - The Educator 5-Star Employer of Choice

Educator 5-Star Employer of Choice Award

Bishop Druitt College is thrilled to announce its National award win, being honoured with the prestigious 5-Star Employer of Choice award by The Educator.

The 5-Star Employer of Choice award is a testament to Bishop Druitt College's dedication to creating an outstanding work environment for its staff. It acknowledges the college's commitment to fostering a culture of innovation, professional growth, and work-life balance, while valuing, supporting, and providing opportunities for its employees.

Current Building Projects

The college has a number of building projects in various stages. 

The refurbishment of the college Chapel is underway with drainage updates and new doors fitted. The bulk of the work will be completed at the end of the term and over the July school holidays. We are hoping to officially open our new chapel in Term 4 with the dates yet to be confirmed.

Two Harwyn classroom pods were delivered on Saturday. This project includes what will become a new Year 6 classroom and a recording studio. 

The next building project will include 4 classrooms and 2 breakout rooms to accommodate natural growth from Year 10 to Year 11 in 2024 and create more spaces for our experiential education philosophy.

Open Day's 

Kindy Pop-in - Saturday 27 May

Over 155 parents and children toured the college on Saturday morning for the Kindy Pop-in. Twelve staff supported the event with enrolments, Stage 1 teachers, canteen and grounds staff as well as the Primary Director of Learning and Teaching and the Principal.

Open Day - Tuesday 30 May

Over 175 people attended our Open Day on Tuesday. Collectively - across the two days this was the most successful Open Day in college history regarding attendance (330) and applications completed. 

Tours started at 7.00am and continued until 5.00pm.

Thank you to our college Leadership Team for taking the tours, the enrolments team for their organisation, our canteen and grounds teams for their support, and most importantly our staff and students for making our many guests feel welcome.

Nick Johnstone