Improvements at St Joseph’s School
St Joseph’s School Principal, Andrew Kendall has a vision. This vision is to revamp, renovate and reinvigorate.
During the past months, St Joseph’s School has had maintenance and upgrades done on both campuses, that not only make the appearance of the school more visibly pleasing, but also benefits the learning of students and makes the role of teachers and staff easier.
In January, both campuses were decked out with new aluminium outdoor tables and seating, a welcome upgrade. Both campuses also now have dedicated meeting rooms for staff to meet, plan and record data improvement across the school. The AV Room in the Administration Building has been given a makeover and is now the Boardroom, a professional meeting space for the P&F Association, Board, leadership and other meetings. These spaces have also been very useful for hosting events such as the Southern Downs Regional Youth Council which was held on the Secondary campus recently. The roofs on all the buildings at the school have also been replaced, as well as the sides and roller doors on the Bathersby Centre. To welcome the cold winter months ahead and reduce the effects hot summer days, the Multi-Purpose Room on the Primary Campus, an invaluable space for students, has been fitted with reverse cycle air-conditioning.
Looking forward, the toilets on both campuses will receive a much needed renovation and the entrance to the Bathersby Centre will be improved. The cricket pitch on the Primary Campus will be upgraded shortly and a new playground is planned for the same campus. A shaded area between the tennis courts and Frayne Building on the Secondary Campus will be bulit in the near future. The manual arts facilitiy will also be upgraded over the next 18 months. Ongoing painting will continue during the holidays and a large wall mural reflecting all that is St Joseph’s is planned for Semester 2.
The school is also in the process of improving the technology available in the classrooms and around the school. Last year the Bathersbay Centre had a a major upgrade of the AV system. In classrooms, teachers now have access to better and bigger displays and easy connectivity through the use of Apple TVs in all rooms. The school is also doing an evaluation of the suitability and viability of using interactive SMART Boards around the school. In the next month the school’s new website will come on line. This complements to creation of the staff intranet in 2017. A new Learning Management System will also be phased in to improve student learning in the 21st Century.
As a gesture of goodwill, Andrew has provided each staff member with a school staff shirt and hat or cap. These items of clothing are proudly worn by staff at school and in the community.
The community at St Joey’s looks forward to the coming years as the school grows, students achieve their best, and staff work to ensure all students are well cared for and succeed.