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Marco DiCesarePrincipal Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, Braybrook.Marco was one of the first 25 Catholic school leaders to take up the CEOM Executive MBA that began last year.
I am passionate about education and about improving culture and systems in order to raise the bar and close the gap for each student.
As a leader I am consultative and inclusive with an ongoing commitment to faith and professionalism so, when I was offered the opportunity to take up the Executive MBA, I knew that taking time out from an already busy schedule was going to be an ask, but it has certainly proven to be time well spent.
The experience has already broadened my perspective and I have gained greater insight into strategy, organisational behaviour and leadership. Importantly, it has offered me an alternative view as a principal.
The fact that it has been undertaken with a group of fellow principals enhances the learning experience by allowing a tight focus on what is relevant to education and allows it to be tailored to our needs. It gives me an opportunity I wouldn’t otherwise have – to meet with other principals on a regular and ongoing basis to share our unique experiences across all of the areas covered.
I benefit not only from what I am learning on the journey but also from the journey of others in Catholic education. This is especially important given the functional and increasingly strategic understanding we must demonstrate in our management and leadership of Catholic schools.
In a constantly evolving environment, it is important that we – Catholic educational leaders – continue to push the boundaries of our learning and support each other in striving for innovation and best practice for our sector.
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Communications and Marketing
In 2014 the Communications and Marketing Unit
provided key support to school leaders with the following materials:
In the lead up to the 2014
State Election, the Unit also supported the Executive Director’s negotiations
with the Victorian Government and opposition parties about funding for Catholic
schools. This culminated in two major commitments from both major parties:
The Catholic Education Melbourne website and
the Catholic Education Victoria Network intranet site further assisted
communication between the Office and schools.
Victorian NetworkThe Catholic Education Victorian Network
(CEVN) intranet continued to be the main portal for the exchange of information
between the Office and schools. Teacher resources, weekly operational
correspondence, policies, financial worksheets, emergency management and over
400 professional learning activities, along with the submission of accountability
data, provide essential information for school personnel and school operations.
All employees within the Victorian Catholic education sector are able to access
their personal service records within the CEVN site.
Websites Catholic education in the Archdiocese of
Melbourne is promoted to the community by the website you are currently visiting. Content is
constantly updated and refreshed, along with the addition of new resources and
initiatives, links, and fortnightly updates to CEOM Office services. In 2014
weekly news stories focused on achievements, awards, and stories from our
school community. The number of subscribers to the Positions Vacant alert,
available via the Find
section, continued to grow.
Top hits on the Catholic Education Melbourne website by section.
In 2014 the Publications Team delivered daily
updates to two public websites for the CEOM and on behalf of the Catholic Education Commission of
(CECV), as well as to the CEVN intranet and the CEOM internal staff web portal ceom@work.
Numbers of emails sent from the Executive Director of Catholic Education in 2014.
Catholic Online Mail
The Catholic Online Mail for Schools (COMS), a weekly email to school principals on a range
of operational and curriculum matters linked to correspondence on the CEVN
intranet, was sent out each week of the school term in 2014. As required,
extraordinary or urgent emails were distributed to schools as special messages.
Director’s eNews, a fortnightly online
newsletter, continued to be an important communication tool where the Executive
Director could alert principals to:
Director’s eNews was also emailed to parish
priests, leaders of religious congregations and CEOM staff each fortnight.
An assortment of publications were produced
in 2014, including: brochures, invitations, reports, statistical bulletins,
flyers, Mass booklets, Catholic Education Week promotions, and catechists’
student and teacher booklets. Four editions of Catholic Education Today were distributed to
families via their child’s school with stories including highlights of Catholic
Education Week, music as a powerful educational tool, launch of the Daniel
Morcombe Child Safety curriculum, benefits from regular daily school attendance,
celebrating the Time to Shine gala, and
the connection between wellbeing, school engagement and learning.
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