As the new Principal at Kinross College for 2015, I would like to welcome all new and existing students, staff and parents into the Kinross College community. Personally I am genuinely looking forward to being a part of the Kinross Community. My aim, in simple terms, is to take this College from being a good school into a great one.
I have spent the bulk of the last decade at Mindarie Senior College and as such, have a first-hand understanding of what our students can expect over their last two senior years within our educational system.
I believe that every student has the capacity to excel in school, whilst not all may excel academically it is important that all students find their niche within their own talents and attempt to succeed to the best of their ability with the skills they have.
It is vital too, that all students realise the educational opportunities they are given and value that chance and time. It is also important that all students and parents support the concept that all students and staff have the right to both learn and teach in a safe and supportive environment, free of any thoughts or actions that impede their learning, teaching or well-being.
The Kinross community should feel very proud and connected to their school. To assist this connection, a very basic, yet visible indication is the wearing of our uniform. Many people have varying beliefs and feelings towards this issue; however in today’s world uniforms are often mandatory. We can use the obvious sporting uniform example as a show of support for a particular team that we either follow or play for. No one would ever think of turning up for a game in the wrong uniform, more than likely he/she would be prevented from entering the playing field. Today, in certain aspects of the world of work, the wearing of a particular uniform is law. Staff cannot enter some work sites without a hard hat, steel capped shoes or high visibility clothing. In schools today the wearing of uniform needs to be strictly enforced partly because of serious duty of care incidents. At all times, at a glance, we need to know exactly who belongs to our school. The uniform at Kinross College is not optional. Much work has been put in over the last few years involving and informing both students and parents of the uniform expectations for 2015. We are seeking the support of all families with this matter.