Please find attached our College Charter for 2014-2017.
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Charter 2014 -2017
The College Motto is “Rely on God”
Verdon College is a Catholic learning community where excellence is fostered and gospel values guide success.
Verdon College aims to use gospel values to develop confident, connected, lifelong learners who are actively involved in their community.
Me a matou ki te Toroa ki te rerenga me te whakapono ki te Atua tuturi
We can all be uplifted as the albatross if we have faith and Rely on God
The Verdon Family Values
Excellence - Respect - Truth - Community
Members of the Verdon College community will live and foster the values by:
• Striving to achieve excellence and supporting all members of the community to reach their full potential.
• Respecting others, themselves and their environment and being responsible for their actions
• Living in a genuine and honest manner, seeking knowledge and truth.
• Demonstrating whakawhanaungatanga, being supportive, caring, tolerant, acting with justice and serving others.
Our V8 Values
As a Catholic college our practice and delivery is underpinned by the teachings of Jesus and gospel values. These teachings and values enthuse, inspire, inform, and underpin our common purpose at Verdon College. These teaching are conveyed and expressed in our community through the eight aspects of our charism inherited from our founding orders, St Dominic, St Catherine and St Marcellin Champagnat.
· Focusing on what is important in our lives
· Living in a genuine and honest way
· Being there for others in the community
· Demonstrating our Catholic faith through our actions
· Expressing our faith through spiritual practice
Passion for our work and diligent study
· Striving for excellence and enjoying the fruits of our efforts
In the Way of Mary
· Being patient, fair, firm, loyal, kind, respectful, encouraging and forgiving.
Family Spirit and community
· Contributing to others as family and community members
Strategic Planning Links
The planning process has its foundations within the National Educational Goals and the National Administration Guidelines. These, coupled with Understanding Faith and the National Curriculum Statements have guided the Trustees in their strategic planning.
The College acknowledges the place of the Tiriti o Waitangi in informing the college’s Board with regard to it is responsibilities to tangata whenua and the operation of the college in a manner that is consistent with these obligations. The College also acknowledges the special place of Ngai Tahu as Mana Whenua in relation to the operation of the College in Murihiku . The College will prioritise the resources to enable the delivery for the delivery of te reo and tikanga programmes for the students of the college to access.
The College fosters links with Aurora College, Te Wharekura o Arowhenua and Ruru School for the benefit of students in each of these learning communities and for the mutual benefit the communities’ within this partnership.
The Board of Trustees acknowledges the traditions and heritage passed to the college from a long History of Catholic education in Invercargill. In developing this current charter the Board acknowledges the current strengths of the College and the improvements that have been gained in the last several years.
The Board wishes to consolidate recent developments, to set new aspirational goals and develop a future focused vision for the College which will guide the direction of the College while still staying true to the traditions of the College and the charisms of the founding orders – the Dominican Sisters and the Marist Brothers.
The College honours its professional, legal and moral requirement to deliver a curriculum that meets the highest educational standards The college is focussed on delivering the National Curriculum’s identified directions for learning: the foundations are Vision, Principles and Values linking together with key competencies and achievement objectives in the Learning Areas.
The Board acknowledges is responsibility to deliver an education programmes that support:
· the engagement and achievement the achievement of all students.
· the achievement of groups of identified priority learners within the College.
· the achievement of National Standards in mathematics reading and writing by all students years 7 and 8.
· the objective of 85% of school leavers achieving at least NCEA Level 2.
· Maori and Pasifica learners in order to maximise their success.
The Board of Trustees intends to give emphasis to the following:
• Continuing formation and development in Special Character;
• To undertake good governance of the College including being a good employer, and ensuring that the learning provides the best possible opportunities and outcomes for the students and staff of the college.
• The promotion of excellence within all aspects of teaching and learning ;
• To develop all aspects of the college with a view to achieving excellence in all that we do.
• Prioritising strategies to maximise the outcomes for all students particularly Maori and Pacifica students
• On-going professional development of the staff to promote excellence in teaching and learning;
• Ensuring the school has a very active, supportive community comprising past pupils, staff, parents and friends of the College;
• Providing resources to create an educational environment that enables students to become effective and connected 21st citizens
• Developing goals and monitoring the achievement of students in years 7 and 8, in relation to National Standards in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
• Providing support and resource to groups of students identified as requiring extra support in order to realise their potential
The College has formed goals in relation to students’ achievement in recognition that all students’ achievement will be raised by introducing, into the College, effective pedagogy that has been shown through Te Kotahitanga, Ka Hikatia and He Kakano programmes and research, as effective in maximising educational outcomes for Maori. The College goals included within this Charter should be viewed from the perspective that through our involvement in the He Kakano initiative that we have developed an understanding “That what is good for Maori is good for all” and as such goals and objectives within this Charter document have been develop with this perspective and the underpinning values of our Special Character.
Our vision for the Year 2014 – 2017 is to retain our strengths while at the same time, being responsive to the changing needs of our students and our community.
Ko te tamaiti te Putake o te kaupapa - The Child is the Heart of the Matter
A priority is seen as ensuring that we are focussed on making the child the heart of the matter and that our effort in all things are focused on supporting each student to develop to their full potential in all areas of their lives.
The Board is also focussed on ensuring that there is a culture of excellence in the delivery of teaching and learning programmes within the College. The Board is focussed on ensuring that the teaching staff of the College is as effective as possible in delivering outcomes for the students of the College. This requires the board to develop structure processes to employ support and develop the teaching staff of the college towards being seen as leaders in their respective fields.
• An unwavering focus on quality teaching and learning to support students achievement.
• Fostering and enhancing understanding of the traditions and values of the College community – our special character.
• Developing the College programmes and community structures to better support the achievement of all students.
• Ensuring high personal achievement levels for all students in spiritual, academic, sports, cultural, leadership and social dimensions.
• A continued focus on achievement for all students while focusing on a culture of pursuing excellence both as individuals and as a community.
• Developing teaching staff professional knowledge in appropriate strategies to maximise success for Maori students and all students within the College.
• Providing appropriate buildings and learning environment to engage and support students enabling them to access 21st century learning opportunities.
• Maintaining and improving our commitment to our Maori community and other cultural groups.
• Fostering an environment where people are respected, feel positive about themselves, can express their ideas and feel part of the decision making processes of the College.
Our goals define the areas that have been identified by the College community to focus upon during the next 4 years. The order in which these goals are presented is not intended to indicate any particular priority; we believe that all these goals are important.
1 Teaching and Learning To ensure that teaching and learning practices and the allocation resources results in the achievement of excellence, providing an environment where each student’s potential is maximised
2 A Culture of Excellence To aspire to and expect excellence across all aspects of the College; teaching and learning, cultural, sporting, student achievement, special character, facilities,operation and management
3 A Community of Character The College environment is reflective of and is underpinned by core values of Excellence- Respect - Truth - Community
4 Maori students’ achievement To maintain and further develop a school culture and environment that supports and maximises the achievement of Maori students.
5 Special Character To continue to develop the College’s special Catholic character in the traditions of the Marist Brothers and Dominican Sisters
6 Student Achievement Support high levels of achievement for all students, ensuring learning progression for all within a culture that fosters the pursuit of educational excellence as individuals and as a community.
7 Resources Develop appropriate financial processes and programmes to ensure resources are available to support the development of the College leading to improved success for all members of the community.
8 Property Develop the College environment to provide an up to date modern learning environment to support community members’ engagement involvement and success.
Strategic Planning and Direction.
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