Principal's Message (20 October, 2023)
This week I have had the opportunity to fulfil the role of Acting Principal whilst Mr Phillips has been on leave. The role of the Principal in a school is a diverse one and this week has been no different with a range of experiences and challenges ensuring my schedule was kept busy.
The week started in a special way as we farewelled our Year 12 students who celebrated their last day of school by leading the whole College in worship. This day is always an emotional time and this year was no different. The students put together a moving chapel service which included a photo montage of their years at school, a selection of their favourite worship songs and a thoughtful and insightful message led by student Cher-Leah W. After being led through a guard of honour from the whole school, the students departed for their Big Day Out, a final day of celebration before the hard work of exam preparation begins. All the best to our Year 12s as they prepare for their final exams and end of year celebrations.
Earlier this term a Parent Meeting was held to provide an opportunity to present to the HTLC community the findings of an external review of the College operations. The review that was handed down to the Board was extensive and highlighted many positive areas of the College. The review also identified several areas of possible improvement to help the College operate more efficiently and ensure that student education and outcomes remain the key focus well into the future. This week, an information email was prepared for HTLC families which highlighted the areas where improvements can be made. The email also addressed many of the questions that were asked on the night. I encourage all families to take the opportunity to read the email and reach out to a member of the leadership team if you still have unanswered questions. The corrective action needed has been labelled as ‘not complicated, but urgent’ and I look forward to working with the HTLC community to implement the changes which will ensure the long-term sustainability of the College.
Next week is World Teacher’s Day – a day where the world celebrates the wonderful work that passionate and caring teachers do each and every day. The PTFA have been working with the school to put together a special celebration next Friday, 27 October to acknowledge the hard-work and dedication of our teaching staff. I encourage our HTLC families to reach out to a staff member who has made a difference in your child’s life to let them know they are valued and appreciated.
Mr Jason Przibilla, Acting Principal