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Held annually on 5 October since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers. This Recommendation sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions. A joint message this year from UNICEF, UNDP, the International Labour Organization and Education International celebrated the work  of dedicated teachers around the world.  Educators who continue to strive every day to ensure that 'inclusive and equitable quality education' and the promotion of 'lifelong learning opportunities for all' become a reality in every corner of the globe.  I am privileged to work with wonderful colleagues at Siena who continue to strive for best practice in all we do. 

I was honoured to join our long serving teacher of Mandarin Chinese, Mr Wen-Liang Tao at a dinner last week, hosted by the Acting Chinese Consul General, Mr Zeng Jianhua to honour teachers.  Mr Jianhua spoke about the value of education and how being educated changes a person’s fate.  He shared his high regard for teachers, suggesting that for humankind, education can preserve a great civilisation and steer it into a better future.  

November is the time of the year when we remember loved ones who have passed away and all who have given their lives in service of their country.  Each year, a small group of Dominican Sisters, staff, students and family members gather in our College Chapel to celebrate the annual Siena Memorial Mass and to pray for those members of our Siena family who have passed away over this past year.

This week, I attended the final Girls’ Sport Victoria (GSV) Principals’ meeting for the year.  2020 will herald a new model for GSV sport with the introduction of seven weeks of competition each term to replace the current five week model.  Whilst this new approach will place pressure on staff and students trying out for teams, it will allow for better skill development in each sport and greater engagement.  All participating schools will review the new structure over the year and we welcome any feedback from students, parents and coaches.

This time of year is also the season of Annual General Meetings.  I was privileged to attend both the Siena Parents’ Association (SPA) and the Alumnae Association AGMs.  Both groups invest much in building a sense of community at our College and we are so grateful for the generous commitment of time and expertise to organising events, setting up scholarships and awards, and welcoming parents and past students back to the College.

 

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Held annually on 5 October since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers. This Recommendation sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions. A joint message this year from UNICEF, UNDP, the International Labour Organization and Education International celebrated the work  of dedicated teachers around the world.  Educators who continue to strive every day to ensure that 'inclusive and equitable quality education' and the promotion of 'lifelong learning opportunities for all' become a reality in every corner of the globe.  I am privileged to work with wonderful colleagues at Siena who continue to strive for best practice in all we do. 

I was honoured to join our long serving teacher of Mandarin Chinese, Mr Wen-Liang Tao at a dinner last week, hosted by the Acting Chinese Consul General, Mr Zeng Jianhua to honour teachers.  Mr Jianhua spoke about the value of education and how being educated changes a person’s fate.  He shared his high regard for teachers, suggesting that for humankind, education can preserve a great civilisation and steer it into a better future.  

November is the time of the year when we remember loved ones who have passed away and all who have given their lives in service of their country.  Each year, a small group of Dominican Sisters, staff, students and family members gather in our College Chapel to celebrate the annual Siena Memorial Mass and to pray for those members of our Siena family who have passed away over this past year.

This week, I attended the final Girls’ Sport Victoria (GSV) Principals’ meeting for the year.  2020 will herald a new model for GSV sport with the introduction of seven weeks of competition each term to replace the current five week model.  Whilst this new approach will place pressure on staff and students trying out for teams, it will allow for better skill development in each sport and greater engagement.  All participating schools will review the new structure over the year and we welcome any feedback from students, parents and coaches.

This time of year is also the season of Annual General Meetings.  I was privileged to attend both the Siena Parents’ Association (SPA) and the Alumnae Association AGMs.  Both groups invest much in building a sense of community at our College and we are so grateful for the generous commitment of time and expertise to organising events, setting up scholarships and awards, and welcoming parents and past students back to the College.