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Principal’s News

4 September 2017

Dear O’Loughlin Community,

It is the College’s 30th anniversary this year!  We are having an evening function to celebrate on Friday 15th September and all present and past members of our community are invited.  I am really looking forward to catching up with and discovering all the amazing things that O’Loughlin people have been doing over the years since leaving the College.  (I have been teaching at OCC since 2004 so have a few people to see!)  Please check the invitation for details and I hope to see you there.

In this age of technology, we are hard pressed to keep up with the demands of IT.  Teaching and Learning relies on the proficient and effective use and management of IT and we are continually trying to be at the forefront of best practice.  To this end, we are moving to have our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy open to all Year Levels at the College.  At present, our Senior School students bring and use their own devices and we now encourage all students in 2018 to bring their device.

I think the analogy of riding a bike sums up the importance and effectiveness of BYOD.  Riding someone else’s bike is never the same as your own.  The gears, tyres, handling, brakes are all slightly different and it never feels quite right.  The same goes with the IT device.  When I see students on their own device they are confident and effectively utilise their programs and apps to maximize their learning. 
For the remainder of this year, the College will be instigating a plan for having BYOD at the College for all students.

Congratulations to the Tournament of the Minds team! Ms Hammer expertly guided the team to an honourable second place in this prestigious competition.  Well done to Mikayla Flack, Dominic Coburn, Alan Salas, Tuanna Durudeniz, Jemma Borg and McKenzie Bunn.  We are so proud of you.

Finally for this week, I am constantly in awe of our teachers and staff.  So many go ‘beyond the call’ and their efforts continue to have an enormous and positive impact on our community.  The Tournament of the Minds is just one example.  All our staff who go out on camps is another.  And we must never forget the incredible, and most important, efforts in the classroom.  This going ‘beyond the call’ is who we are as a College Community and we must keep acknowledging and supporting our staff so that we can continue to ‘be the best we can be’.

Have a great week!
All the best.
Rhett Bowden