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Congratulations to our Year 12 Cohort
2022 Year 12 Results Summary
Our 2022 Year 12 cohort comprised of a small group of 52 students with diverse skills and interests. We commend each one of them for all that they achieved, not only academically but also with the co-curricular activities and service-learning opportunities they have undertaken. Over the course of their final year, their learning was once again interrupted by COVID-19 challenges, but even so, they adapted and showed their resilience and determination in achieving their personal best. Below is a summary of their successes:
- Our 2022 Dux, Adam Mattiasson, achieved the highest ATAR rank in the cohort with an ATAR of 96.5.
- He was closely followed by Benjamin Lochbuehler with an ATAR of 95.15 and Alexander Cilia with an ATAR of 94.2.
- 5 students received a SCSA Certificate of Merit.
- 100% of our UniReady cohort, 21 students, were successful and are now eligible for entry to university.
- Three students completed Year 12 as either a qualified childcare worker or and education assistant.
- One of our students, Tom Leo, secured a scholarship in a prestigious performing arts program commencing in 2023.
- Many of our Year 12 students received early offers, including some for interstate universities.
- 31 (61% of our students) achieved AT LEAST one VET Certificate.
- A total of 56 VET Certificates were achieved including three Cert III and one Cert IV.
- 23 endorsed units were achieved. These programs are extracurricular activities undertaken by students alongside their regular WACE studies. Two students achieved three units. This means they completed more than 165 extra hours each on top of their schoolwork.
We wish all our students the very best in their future endeavours. Know that we are proud of you all and we look forward to hearing of your future successes.
Tranby Recognised as a Gold School for Microsoft Surface
We are proud and excited to share news that Tranby College has been recognised by Microsoft as a Surface Gold School – a status which endorses the College’s outstanding level of excellence in digital teaching and learning. This accreditation is thanks to the work of Mr Anthony Britza, Director of Learning and Innovation, and our ICT Team, in preparing for roll-out of Microsoft devices across the College in the next three years. (See below for full details on our change to Microsoft Surface and the planned roll-out.)
For Tranby students and families, being a Surface Gold School means that:
- Tranby is recognised by one of the world’s leading companies as a truly progressive school that is driving successful 21st century teaching and learning practices nationally.
- We innovatively use technology to drive positive impact and student success with future-ready skills in computational thinking, creativity and innovation, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.
- Teachers are trained and confident in using best-practice technology to transform and enhance student learning.
- Tranby can share, learn from and network with other teachers, students, and industry experts.
- We can prepare our students for the future world of lifelong learning and work by helping them to develop future-ready skills.
- Students, parents, and staff can have access to Microsoft experts for our careers program.
- We can drive personalised learning to meet the individual student’s academic, emotional, and social needs, helping every student realise their full potential.
- Tranby fosters a culture of learning and growth by committing to creating sustainable change in teaching and learning practices.
- We have a genuine commitment to using technology to value-add to the student’s experience and education at Tranby.
Moving to Microsoft Surface devices from 2023
Over the course of Term 3, 2022, Tranby undertook a review of our learning devices and systems. Current research into the use of computers in education identified three key factors we needed to consider:
- Portability – allowing the learner to take their learning out of the classroom and using technology to support teaching and learning in different ways;
- Flexibility – providing students with a mix of devices from a desktop or laptop to a tablet offers them the best possible options that allow for personalisation of their learning experiences; and
- Digital Ink – being able to ‘write’ with a pen-like object helps the learner with deeper knowledge processing. People who type notes or documents have the same level of recall of facts and figures as a person who writes, but a person who writes can process the information at a deeper level, making their learning richer.
Based on the above, we decided that a tablet or a 2-in-1 device would best suit the needs of our students. Google Chromebooks, iPads, Microsoft tablets, and 2-in-1 devices were evaluated. It was apparent that the Chromebooks would not meet our immediate or future needs. Upon comparing iPads and Microsoft, we felt that the Microsoft option would allow our middle-primary to Years 11 and 12 students the best of a tablet and desktop experience. Due to its application-based system, the iPad would not suffice all our needs. Upon evaluation, as a school, we selected Microsoft Surface as our new device (and this is being rolled out as per the table below).
From 2023, students in Early Learning (K – 2), will still have access to Apple iPads as we feel that the application-based platform works well for our younger students. Students in Years 3 – 6 will transition to a Surface Go with a keyboard, digital pen and bumper cover. Students in Years 7 – 12 will transition to a Surface Pro with a keyboard, digital pen, and bumper cover. Roll out of these devices are detailed in the below table.
K – 2
Strategic Plan Update and Master Plan Workshop
INFORMING AND INVOLVING KEY STAKEHOLDERS
At the end of August and during early September, a number of workshops were held with students, parents and staff. At the workshops, College Principal, Ms Mahy:
- Presented an update on strategic activities and initiatives, and
- Sought input into Master Planning for the College.
A summary of what was presented and the outputs of these workshops are detailed below.
UPDATE ON STRATEGIC INITIATIVES
Since the launch of the Strategic Plan in 2021, the College has implemented an extensive number of initiatives to support the direction and growth of the College. A summary of key activities is detailed below (although it should be noted that this does not capture everything that has been undertaken).
Learning and Wellbeing
- Implementation of Personal Education Plans.
- Restructure of learning processes and systems.
- Co-curricular programs expanded.
- Broadened music program and elective offering (return of Woodwork, new elite Cricket Program for 2023).
- Specialist Wellbeing Team established.
- Survey data used in decision making.
- Partnership with Prof. Donna Cross (wellbeing expert from UWA).
- Review and update of technology (new devices, displays and systems).
- Staff Professional Learning – enriched and targeted.
- Professional conversations and reporting.
- Improved communications and facilitated input into decision making.
- Principal visibility and care of staff – strong priority.
- Engagement of students in values and events.
- Feel Good Fridays and wellbeing initiatives.
- More community social events, forums and information sessions undertaken.
- Stakeholder engagement in Strategic Plan.
- Regular presence of Principal and Deputy Principal at assemblies and events.
- Advisory committees established.
- Implementation of a social media strategy.
- Closer connection to Junior School Parent Liaisons.
Sustaining our Future
- Successful completion of registration.
- Personal Education Plans in development for staff.
- Increased student retention and enrolments.
- Campus renovations:
- Overhaul of Junior School Central Activity Area,
- Update to Junior School Staff Areas.
- Master Planning under way:
- Planning of a new Childcare Centre,
- Refurbishment of Kindy areas.
Master Planning Workshops – FEEDBACK CAPTURED
When considering plans for our College and Campus, workshop participants were asked to think about what opportunities and improvements should be considered as part of Master Planning. Below is a summary of the common themes that came through across all groups that met:
Wellbeing and Learning Spaces
- Design spaces that connect with nature.
- Provide open spaces for formal, informal and independent learning.
- Consider air quality, noise and colour.
- Provide choice in options and style of seating.
- Encourage a sense of wellbeing for students and staff and provide them with a voice in decision-making.
Personalising Learning Spaces
- Be intentional about types of furniture – seating options, fabrics, groupings and single desks/spaces.
- Individualise access and usage of technology.
- Provide flexible learning areas.
- Create indoor and outdoor learning and play spaces allow for differentiation and discovery.
- Allow for student choice, voice and differences.
FACILITIES AND CAMPUS
- Better places/space for students to eat – maybe even a café?
- More outdoor seating.
- Our Childcare Centre and Out of School Hours Care facilities require updating/modernisation.
- Our toilets need updating.
- Landscaping should include fruit trees.
- Consider a meditation room.
- Lockers/locker rooms need improvement.
- Update more classes, adding white board walls.
- There’s opportunity to extend the Junior School library.
PROGRAMS AND OPPORTUNITIES
- Cadets is highly valued and should continue.
- Co-curricular clubs and activities are in demand – do more!
- Subject offering has been limited – expand the offering.
- COVID-19 has impacted clubs and camp opportunities for two years – these were missed. Please do more, ideally for every year group.
- Whilst COVID-19 impact availability of uniform stock, the rules and standards still need to be applied consistently.
- The range and quality of food in the canteen could be increased.
What Happens with the Feedback?
Further to undertaking the workshops, the following has occurred:
- Consistent feedback (as noted above) has been shared with our architects to consider and adopt as part of the Master Plan development process.
- The Senior Leadership Team actively reviewed and considered the feedback, making plans to address various opportunities for 2023 and beyond.
- The number of Senior School subject electives for 2023 has expanded to over 30 opportunities.
- The College has appointed a new Director of Outdoor Education to oversee and implement an improved offering of experiential learning opportunities and camps in 2023 (and beyond).
- A new Uniform Guidelines document is in production to better present information pertaining to uniforms. This has been supported with a reinforcement of uniform standards amongst staff.
- We are in the process of installing digital screens to update the in-class learning facilities in more classes.
Over and above this, the College will shortly be reviewing the data received from the recent MMG survey in order to identify additional priorities and opportunities. An update on survey data responses and further plans will be provided in early Term 1 2023.
Thank you to everyone who contributed towards the workshops and survey.
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