1 TEACHER QUALITY
In 2018, teaching staff continued to embed Visible Learning and Formative Assessment into the curriculum, providing meaningful feedback to students. The staff was well supported in this area of Professional Learning which also included mentorship around technologies in education. Eight additional staff members were employed across the School to further support and develop the growing diversity of subject offerings. With support, 13 staff undertook additional post graduate Masters Level studies with the premise of sharing knowledge and skills within their Faculty.
2 ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT The School further refined its data collection processes and longitudinal studies which provided a tangible means of measuring the School’s improvement. The VCAL program continued to grow, incorporating both Intermediate (Year 11) and Senior (Year 12) streams. The students and teachers received a VCAL Achievement Award for the students’ work with an indigenous community in NT. In 2018 the School’s mapping of Indigenous Education was embedded into the curriculum and included a successful Year 10 trip to assist students in the Lilla Community in Central Australia. Once again, the School improved its Academic Ranking from 36 to 33 in the State.
3 COCURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES
4 SAFE, HEALTHY, CARING ENVIRONMENT In 2018, the mentoring review of 2017 was established and refined to ensure campus transitions, the RULER Program, The Resilience Project and Mindfulness initiatives were meaningful and effective. In total, 27 wellbeing events and programs were included in the School calendar. Work continued on a Sustainability Plan for the whole School.
5 STRONG GOVERNANCE The School continues to operate from a very strong financial position, particularly in regard to current and future student waiting lists and the completion of the major building works. The Board welcomed an additional new Director in 2018, who brings a wealth of commercial knowledge and experience to the growth and development of the School.
6 ENROLMENT PROFILE The School continued to be a single campus, community based coeducation school, with increased enrolments across each Campus along with strong interest registered up to 2031.
In 2018, the second year of the Sports Coaching model saw increased options, including AFLW and girls’ cricket, with the School winning six premierships across the summer and winter seasons. The introduction of summer and winter seasons of Arts and Technologies gained numbers and interest and was greatly received. The Mentone Grammar Army Cadet Unit continued to grow to a strength of 380 Years 9-12 students. Over 800 students had the opportunity for international or interstate travel to support their classroom learning. These included International Learning Journeys, VCAL projects, World Challenge, Music tours, Sports tours, Humanities tours and camps to Central Australia.
Mentone Grammar Community Report 2018