2021 Review

 

A review of All Saints’ College has been initiated per the 2015-16 report, Study into the Provisions of Secondary Education for the Diocese of Maitland Newcastle.

The review will facilitate the long-term strategic planning of All Saints’ College into the future. 

In particular, the review focuses on ensuring All Saints’ College is able to provide an outstanding faith-filled learning environment in the Catholic tradition and the best possible learning progression and educational outcomes for our students. 

The review has been undertaken to:

  • Ensure the best possible learning progression and educational outcomes for all our students
  • Understand and consolidate the strengths of the College
  • Identify and recommend modifications in order to enhance the operation of All Saints College

 

Update 15 March 2022

One College, One Campus.

Further to the 2021 review of All Saints’ College to facilitate long-term planning, we are focused on ensuring the best possible learning progression and educational outcomes for all our students and an integrated year 7 – 12 College. 

An Implementation Committee has been established as a representative body to discuss and facilitate the matters related to the key findings of the 2021 review. 

Members of the Implementation Committee were selected via a voluntary Expression of Interest (EOI) process and the make-up of the group reflects a combination of Diocesan and school leadership, St Mary’s and St Peter’s staff, support staff and a member of the Independent Education Union.

The Members of the Committee have committed to meet and participate in regular discussion, gather feedback from their respective areas to inform discussion, and provide leadership regarding the implementation and transition.   

More information and updates will be made available soon.

 

Update 30 November 2021

Over the past three months the review has sought to identify the strengths and opportunities for growth within the current model. After the first phase of inquiry, the review focused on exploring alternative suggestions and options for the future development of the college and conducted a detailed risk assessment on the various proposals under consideration. The comprehensive engagement process featured:

  • Listening assembly gatherings with key stakeholders
  • Focus group meetings including teachers, administration and support staff, parents and students
  • Previous College survey analysis
  • Individual interviews
  • Written submissions
  • Case studies of multi-campus colleges
  • Neighbouring schools visits
  • Meetings with IEU (Independent Education Union) representatives
  • Educational data workshops with key college leaders
  • Meetings with the Reference Group and at a Diocesan and Catholic Schools Office level.

Please download the summary of key findings here

Please read the media statement here

Please see the executive summary here

Find the timeline and contacts here

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Please download here

 

Review team

The Diocese has engaged the professional services of external expert advisers, Dr Dan White, former Executive Director of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Sydney, and Ms Terry O’Brien, former Government School Principal and NSW Board of Studies Liaison Officer (BOSLO). 

 

Dr Dan White                    Lead Reviewer

Dr Dan White has recently retired as the Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Sydney after ten years of leadership and service.  Prior to his appointment Dr White was the Director of Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of Hobart for six years. He previously served in senior leadership roles as an Area Administrator in the Diocese of Parramatta and as a School Consultant in the Diocese of Bathurst. His teaching experience embraced a number of Catholic primary schools in Western Sydney where he was a primary principal for nine years.

Academically he completed his Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education at Macquarie University, followed by a Postgraduate Diploma of Religious Studies from the Catholic College of Education.  Subsequently he completed two Masters degrees in Leadership and Religious Education and concluded a Doctoral program with the Australian Catholic University in 2005.  In 2014, Dr White successfully completed the Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Programme (OAMLP) at the Säid Business School in the University of Oxford.

Dr White’s research interests have included investigations into brain-based learning theory and its practical implications for classroom pedagogy, especially in the field of religious education.  He has also written extensively in the areas of religious identity, collaborative leadership and system-wide governance and decision-making. Dr White is the co-author of seven educational resource books focusing particularly on higher order learning and thinking strategies. His most recent publications include ‘Into the Desert’ and ‘Desert Wisdom. His current research project involves an exploration of the cultural context of 1st Century Palestine and its implications for understanding the Scriptures. 

Dr White is a Fellow of both the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Council of Educational Leaders.  Amongst his other responsibilities Dr White has served on the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) for six years and was also a member of the NCEC’s Religious Education Committee.

Following a four year term as a member of the Tasmanian Qualification Authority, Dr White was a ministerially appointed member of the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) from 2010-2014.  Dr White was formerly a board member of Catholic Network Australia (CNA) (2013-2014), a member of the Senate of the Australian Catholic University (2011-2014), and a member of the Board of Governors for the University of Notre Dame Australia (2009-2015). 

Dr White is currently providing consultancy and professional learning support for school communities and educational systems across Australia.

 

Ms Terry O’Brien            

Terry’s experience includes foundation Principal of Georges River College - Oatley Senior Campus and of Penshurst Girls High School (later a 7-10 college campus), Policy and Evaluation Leader Digital Education Revolution (DER), NSW Board of Studies Liaison Officer (BOSLO) and NSW History Curriculum Consultant (Studies Directorate) as well as work with UNSW Office of Educational Leadership and IDEA Digital Education. 

After retiring from schools, she and two principal colleagues established an Educational Evaluation service in response to an identified need by schools for professional, confidential and credible evaluation support by practitioners with strong familiarity with the day-to-day workings of a school and the issues faced by educators.

Terry has led and/or participated in over 40 evaluations in a range of rural and metropolitan NSW schools.

 

Who to contact? 

Please email any questions through to our external reviewers, Dr Dan White and Ms Terry O’Brien at cs.asc.review@mn.catholic.edu.au or contact Brian Lacey, Assistant Director at the Catholic Schools Office – brian.lacey@mn.catholic.edu.au.

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