Dear St Eugene Community
Welcome to our school web site. I am pleased you have found the time to view these pages and discover what we stand for as a community committed to the catholic ethos and the oblate tradition.
In this welcome, I would like to clearly identify what we stand for and what you can expect from the leadership team of this college. I will also share what I see when I imagine the best of catholic educational communities - what we aspire to be!
I dream ……
I dream of a school where teachers are passionate about their own learning and the quality of their teaching. I see a staff that knows what to do and how best to do it. I see teachers who know they can assess what is the best way to improve learning and then implement new practises knowing what is proven to be effective and they are confident that there is no better way. I see teachers who are excelling because they have a depth of knowledge and a self- assurance unequalled in the profession. I see teachers helping each other and learning from each other. I dream of staffrooms full of laughter and energy where conversations are about the success stories they see in students and success they have seen in themselves, not about the missing coffee cups or dirty teaspoons. I see a fierce loyalty to our peers, our students and to the reputation of the school in this community.
I dream of students who love coming to school. I see students who feel happy and safe because they know they are loved and cared for by every person in this community. I see students who love their teachers and are confident that the teacher has their best interest at heart. I see students who are given quality feedback, advice on what to do to improve socially, academically and spiritually. I smile when I see smiling faces walking towards me not embarrassment and avoidance. I see confident students, students who are well aware of the expectations we have of them. I see students presented with opportunity to succeed in many areas, not only academic. I see students who love physical activity, I see academic excellence and creativity and innovation being rewarded. I see the sheer joy that comes from passions being ignited.
I dream of parents who are grateful and proud to be a part of this community. I see quality communication between parents and teachers. I see queues for enrolment based on the reputation shared by existing and past parents. I see crowded assemblies, parents wanting to witness the pride and joy in the hearts of students, marvelling at the confidence and happiness of their children. I see many friendship groups and supportive committees building community. I see parents who portray a loyalty to the school and to the teachers, with their children who know that their parents and their teacher are united in what they want and in what they expect from them.
Most importantly, I see leaders everywhere: Students with the courage to act and sense of who they are and what they have to offer. I see teachers, not afraid to let their light shine. Teachers knowing that the leadership team has confidence in their ability and professionalism.
I dream of a community where relationships are not built on scapegoating, but on servant leadership, collegiality, professionalism and support. I see a community who remembers and celebrates the world’s most recognised scapegoat, Jesus Christ, the man who died to teach us that our relationships cannot be based on who or what we collectively don’t like.
I dream of a school filled with people who have a positive view of life, who see value in talking each other up and not talking anyone down. I see courage and resilience in people who stand up for the absent, who defend the unheard and the lonely but not at the expense of the tall poppies. I see wisdom in the people in our community who know when to speak, who know what is worth sharing and when to share it. I see a community that knows life is messy, but that there is no problem we cannot solve together.