Welcome to our website and to the beginning of the 2013 school year. At the end of term one this year, I will celebrate the completion of my second year as principal of this great comprehensive high school. I am very proud to be in this role after 32 years in public education.
The 2012 year was a very successful one for both staff and students culminating in excellent HSC results. Eighteen students achieved an ATAR above 90 with the Dux achieving 97.85.
Riverside has nearly 80 years of history where teachers have been dedicated to maximising student outcomes and enriching student learning. As I take visitors and prospective students and parents/carers on tours of the school, I am very proud of the quiet focus that you can see of staff and students on their teaching and learning. Riverside is a happy place where the community enjoy coming to school every day. This is largely due to the passion and dedication of the team of teachers and support staff and also the underlying focus on positivity and resilience in our wellbeing programs.
The 2013 year is the second in a three year school planning cycle. Through collaboration with the community, including parents and students, we have identified five priority areas: literacy; numeracy; student engagement; strengthened leadership capacity; and organisational effectiveness.
To assist in achieving these, we have laid the foundations for some initiatives. These initiatives, though well organised and planned, reflect the view of the school executive that we are confident to move in new directions and continually look for ways to stimulate the learning environment:
1. An accelerated class for Yr 11 students to complete their HSC (Yr 12) VET IT (Information Technology) course in 2013.
2. An accelerated class for Yr 10 students to complete their Preliminary Course (Yr 11) in Software Design and Development in 2013 and their HSC in 2014.
3. A Development Officer role (currently filled by Ms Carol Jarvis) to implement strategies to improve communication with the parent/ carer community and to promote Riverside Girls High as the school of choice for our local students.
The staff, students and community attended a Community Forum in August 2012 that has led to six key statements which we believe reflects Riverside and its role to develop confident, independent and creative young women.
Riverside Girls High School
High expectations : excellence in learning
A school of outstanding opportunity
Where you connect, where you belong
Expert teachers inspiring students
Your school – your community
Proudly educating generations of Riverside Girls
The staff has expanded what each of these statements mean. Below is one example:
Proudly Educating Generations of Riverside Girls
Opened in 1934 Riverside Girls High School has a proud tradition in the local community. From its inception it has had as its values an insistence on courtesy, consideration for others, punctuality and a belief in hard work. These were tempered with humanity, sympathy and good humour.
Eighty years on the Riverside tradition is underpinned by similar values. As in the 21st century, the teachers then were admired for their concern for the girls and their unstinting efforts in “extending their (students) horizons.”
Today the girls identify with the innovative staff who have an unerring belief in academic excellence tempered by an understanding of each student’s individual achievement.
Riverside has succeeded in providing a wealth of happy memories and satisfaction for generations of women who want their daughters and granddaughters to become part of their own heritage, to say with pride, “I am a Riverside girl”.
This year we will be designing a new website. I look forward to sharing more about these statements on that.
I would also invite you to our P. & C. Meetings where, together with the P. & C. President, Mr Greg Tunnock, I will be able to answer your questions about how Riverside supports the educational needs of our students.
Belinda Kelly (M.A. (Special Education) ; B.A (Honours, Psychology); Dip Ed.) Principal