Planning the plan…
There comes a moment when inevitably leaders get a sense that now is the time to roll up their sleeves to tackle some of the “big stuff”. The cue is often when things align and there’s a sense that people are already starting to take that journey. Gauging that readiness is indicated by positive signals from key stakeholders.
For our staff, it is when they are indicating to the leadership team:
- that they’d like to see the plan moving forward
- that they have ideas about what we might do next and are sharing their thoughts on how we can solve the bigger issues because they’re engaged, and
- they are letting leadership know when they are feeling nervous or wary so their concerns may be addressed, indicating they feel safe to do so.
For our parents, it is when they are showing a desire to engage with the experiences the School provides which can come from:
- strong attendance at recent subject information or parent education evenings
- providing constructive feedback through our online surveys for sport and events, and
- a willingness to come forward and have conversations with key staff so we may work together to address concerns and/or share ideas with how we can together support their child.
For our students, it is about
- observing behaviours, actions, attitudes in class, and in the playground
- informally asking through a range of channels about their day-to-day engagement with what is on offer, and
- seeking formal feedback such as what happened this week where our Student Captains from the Junior School and the Senior Campus met with the School Board to give a presentation updating them on student life across the school. They reflected upon, and celebrated, many highlights of school life and student engagement, and importantly, included a good dose of feedback about what needs to be improved upon moving forward. We all listened closely, and I can assure you, we will act.
I have been grateful to those members of our broader community who have taken time to meet with me, or have written letters about their hopes and vision for the school. I am reliably informed and thoroughly encouraged that the conversations about Grammar are positive.
These indicators tell me that together we are listening and working to support our students to give them the best education possible. As a united community, we are writing the next chapter of Grammar, together. I am also keenly aware we are still not getting everything right and we are owning our mistakes. There is still work to be done. But we are ready for the development of our purposeful next steps.
A key piece of work is going to be our Strategic Plan for 2023 – 2028. Senior Leadership have held two planning days over the last two terms and worked with staff to not only present ideas, but seek feedback and information which is shaping our thinking. We have consulted with different groups of students and parents to work on emerging programs in the Senior School. We have identified the objectives we believe we need to address and will need to be tested. These are important actions and conversations.
But before we go too far, we are checking in on our purpose as a School. For many it would seem there is an obvious and assumed answer “to educate”. For the leadership team the question of purpose was underpinned by a further three questions of intent:
- Is our purpose profound?e. we must be able to offer an education that provides great insight and understanding for our students
- Is our purpose enabling our students to experience an optimal life?e. we must be able to offer an education that enables individuals to be their best, and to be effective in all that they do
- Is humanity embedded in our purpose? e. we must be able to offer an education that makes explicit the power of “others before self”.
In light of these questions our proposed Purpose Statement which we are now asking students and their families, the Board, our staff and our community to offer feedback on is currently simply expressed as
“At Launceston Grammar we exist to nurture, inspire and challenge young people to lead good lives and make the world a better place.”
Does this work for you as a parent or community member of Grammar? The leadership team would love to hear your feedback because it matters to us that we get this right.
Education in whatever form it takes is, and always will be, the key to life success. We have a great opportunity to continue to create and grow a great education at Launceston Church Grammar School.