Principal's Message

 Leanne Dawes

 

At Ouyen we have been given the opportunity to shape a P-12 College as a learning hub and in doing so facilitate education which is truly with and of the community – a school which produces well balanced young people who are the best they can be and who are able to play a productive part in our society. With the development of our P-12 College, we now have the opportunity to honour the past whilst looking forward and moving toward the future with all of the opportunities and challenges it offers.

 

In order to achieve our aim of providing high quality, student centred learning and improved outcomes we need to work continuously to bring about improvements in areas such as - subject content, teacher knowledge and skills, and student wellbeing and engagement.

 

We are aiming to develop our school into a community learning hub which contains state of the art facilities shared across the community and provides learning opportunities for young people from the ages 0 to 18.

As we are all aware, times have changed and continue to change rapidly. Industry and the world in general, reflect these changes and it is vital that education keeps pace with this. If schools aim to retain students and provide the best possible education, they must remain relevant to today’s society by preparing students for the world they will face. I am a strong believer in striving to attain excellence in all endeavors and this is especially true of my vision for Ouyen P-12 College.

 

As well as building a culture of high expectations of both our students and our staff, I believe that we must also work at developing improved, quality relationships between teachers, students, parents and the community in general.

 

I have long subscribed to the belief that …… It takes a village to raise a child. What this means to me is that in order to produce well balanced individuals, able to take their place in society, society itself must nurture these young people and share responsibility in their upbringing. I believe that we, as a community, must work to establish a sense of purpose and pride in our students and instill in them the qualities of social justice, social values, flexibility and persistence so that they flourish and thrive. To achieve this aim I believe that we must work to develop closer links with, of and for the local community. We need to become better at communicating and making connections with parents and the local and broader communities. They are our ‘village’. Whilst close knit, Ouyen is big enough to provide a diversity of opportunities for student involvement within the community and with this in mind our college has appointed a Leading Teacher whose role it is to develop and strengthen partnerships between the college and the local community.

 

Our participation in the Mallee Network of schools is also an important way to share and develop an area wide vision and unity of schools. We value our membership of this group as a way of ensuring that we keep abreast of current educational thinking and development.

 

Having worked in rural schools for most of my career I have experienced firsthand the challenges and benefits of small rural schools and believe that the benefits far outweigh and offset the isolation. Our students are great young people and have very bright futures in front of them.

 

 

Mrs Leanne Dawes