Alamanda College Strategic Plan

2015-2018 School Strategic PlanSchool Profile

Alamanda K-9 College is located in the growth corridor of Point Cook. Alamanda K-9 College strives to be internationally minded, and provides a supportive, nurturing and challenging learning environment, with high expectations for student success. The school’s philosophy is based on the International Baccalaureate. The College delivers the Primary Years Programme from Prep to Year 6, with the intention that the Middle Years Programme will be implemented for Year 7, 8 and 9 students by 2016. Our aim is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable young people who are life long learners, great thinkers and problem solvers. There is a strong focus on professional development for all staff, which includes an emphasis on building leadership capacity and implementation of best teaching practice. The McRel and Marzano research-based instructional strategies are utilised across the school to ensure that teaching practices are purposeful, and are proven to have a high impact on student learning. Alamanda K-9 College is a 1-to-1-iPad school, and uses technology as a resource to engage students in their learning, and to meet their individual needs. In embracing the school motto, “Dare to be Wise”, we develop our intellectual and physical capabilities whilst displaying our moral convictions through actions.

Purpose

Alamanda College is structured into two sub-schools: Junior School – Prep to Grade 6 Middle School – Years 7 – 9 Each school has an Assistant Principal and Head of School to ensure that the school has a focus on each and every learner. The priority of the school is the student. Alamanda K9 College is a candidate school in the Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme in the International Baccalaureate Organisation, and is working towards becoming an authorised PYP school. As we are associated with the International Baccalaureate (IB) staff at Alamanda College follow the IB’s Mission Statement.

IB Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the IB works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Values

Alamanda College aspires to create a challenging learning environment that develops young people with active minds and ethical spirits who will be able to contribute wisdom, compassion, empathy, integrity and leadership in the global society of which they will all be members. The IB PYP attitudes and learner profile underpin this work across the school.

IB attitudes

  • Appreciation – Appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people
  • Commitment – Being committed to their learning, persevering and showing self – discipline and responsibility Confidence – Cooperating, collaborating and leading or following as the situation demand
  • Creativity– Being creative and imaginative in their thinking and in their approach to problems and dilemmas learning and of the world, its people and cultures
  • Empathy – Imaginatively projecting themselves into another’s situation, in order to understand his or her thoughts, reasoning and emotions
  • Enthusiasm – Enjoying learning Independence – Thinking and acting independently, making judgments based on reasoned principles and being able to defend your judgments
  • Integrity – Having integrity and a firm sense of fairness and honesty
  • Respect – Respecting themselves, others and the world around them
  • Tolerance – Feeling sensitivity towards differences and diversity in the world and being responsive to the needs of others.

IB learner profile

Inquirers- They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

  • Knowledgeable– They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing they acquire in – depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
  • Thinkers– They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
  • Communicators– They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
  • Principled– They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, Practice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their actions and the consequences that accompany them.
  • Open–minded– They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view and are willing to grow from the experience.
  • Caring-They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and the environment.
  • Risk–takers– They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
  • Balanced– They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well being for themselves and others.
  • Reflective– They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

Environmental Context

2013 was Alamanda K-9 College’s inaugural year, commencing with 371 enrolled students. The College experienced significant student growth throughout the school year and currently has an enrolment of 1180 students. We anticipate that this growth rate will continue with the development of our local area. Alamanda K-9 College has a high proportion of students with English as an additional language. Alamanda K-9 College is located in the south side of Sneydes road, Point Cook. Residents of Alamanda are from a mid to high socio economic background. Most twoparent families have both parents working. This is a diverse and multi-cultural community with 93 different nationalities represented. The school is in a growth corridor to the west of the Melbourne city centre. The homes have been newly established within the Alamanda estate, with community facilities such as the clubhouse, gymnasium and a cafe supporting the immediate population.

Student cultural backgrounds include: South African, Indonesian, Indian, Malaysian, New Zealand, Dutch, Greek, English and Australian. Our staff cultural and linguistic backgrounds include: Australian, Chinese, Italian, Armenian, South African, Greek, English, Scottish and Canadian. The school provides Mandarin as an additional language as a large percentage of students are of a Chinese background.