And finally, the last word from Shane …
It is with mixed emotions that I write my final newsletter article as Principal of Good Shepherd College.
Over the past 8 years, it has been my privilege to inform you on a weekly basis some of the amazing things that happen on almost a daily basis – camps, special events, achievements and celebrations. It has been a wonderful journey and I thank every member of the community for sharing it with me.
To give you some context of the journey, in my first year, we commenced with 116 students across both campuses – with three classes at Junior and three at Senior. As the year closes, we finished the year with 220 students – with seven classes at the Junior campus and 9 classes at Senior. We now have just over 50 staff working at the College, compared to 21 staff when I commenced.
During this time, we have refurbished every classroom inside and out, with the final space, the Food Studies room, set for renovation over the January holidays. In addition, we have created new spaces, such as the Senior Campus Chapel and Sports Hall, as well as upgraded the Junior Campus courts. We truly have been blessed with wonderful staff and modern facilities.
A special thank you to everyone who has contributed their time, effort and resources to support Good Shepherd College to create such a positive learning environment. COVID taught us that we are built for relationships, for connection. Thank you to all of you who have made GSC such an amazing place to work and grow.
Through it all, we have been true to our values as a place of faith and learning. Every day, young people hear the good news that they are loved by their creator despite their humanness because of
Jesus’s great gift of love. As we move into this Christmas season, may this good news continue to be heard.
It is with sadness that I inform you that Angela Kenna will be leaving us at the end of the year to take up a position as Head of Drama at Hamilton & Alexandra College. Angela has been a dedicated staff
member, driving our musical and art’s program over the past two years. She will be missed. Plans to replace Angela for next year’s musical, along with our art’s program are underway, with Mr Pohl taking on musical director, with the support of additional staff.
In closing, I would like to welcome Melissa Evans and her family to Good Shepherd College. She brings with her a wide range of learning leadership experiences, as well as a heart for Lutheran education. Melissa will take Good Shepherd forward in a new and exciting way and I wish her all the best in the years ahead.
Mr Shane Jurecky