There is an increasing need to provide school services more efficiently and effectively. We need to continue developing strategic alliances and stronger
partnerships with parents, parishes, local government, business and community services
and explore options to co-locate schools with community health centres, kindergartens and activity centres.
Theme 3: Capability to Better Serve and Lead, Catholic Education Melbourne Strategic Plan 2015–2019
Patricia CowlingFormer Principal, Genazzano FCJ College, Kew
In 2015 the Communications and Marketing Unit
provided key support to school leaders with the following materials:
Following the negotiations in the lead up to the 2014
election, the Unit supported the Executive Director’s discussions with the
Victorian Government over the Bill to legislate the linkage funding
arrangements to link funding for Catholic schools at 25 per cent of the cost of
education in government schools. The Executive Director also successfully
championed this legislation to ensure bipartisan support from the Government
and the opposition.
The Unit also played a role in promoting research favourable
to the sector, including a report by Dr Gary Marks, which revealed that
Catholic education provided a 6 point advantage on Year 12 ATAR results over
equivalent students in government schools. Media efforts focused on both the Australian Government and
federal Opposition’s positions around future funding reforms for the 2016
Catholic Education Victorian Network
In October 2015 the Catholic Education Victorian Network (CEVN) intranet underwent
a minor redevelopment when the front page of the site was given a new ‘look
& feel’. As well as being more appealing, this change enabled the site to
be more responsive for users – able to easily be viewed on tablets and phones.
Along with the ‘look & feel’ news items on the front page, the
navigation was revamped to allow lower level menu items to display. The site continues
to be the main portal for the exchange of data and correspondence between Catholic
Education Melbourne and schools. Teacher resources, weekly operational
correspondence, policies, financial worksheets, emergency management, student
attendance, government compliance regarding registration and privacy, together
with over 400 professional learning activities, provide essential information
for school personnel strengthening school compliance and operations. All
employees within the Victorian Catholic education sector are able to access
their personal service records within the CEVN site.
Catholic Education Websites
The website you are currently visiting promotes Catholic education in the
Archdiocese of Melbourne. Content is constantly updated, along with the
addition of new resources and initiatives, links, and fortnightly updates to staff
and the services provided. In 2015 weekly news stories focused on achievements,
awards, stories and celebrations from our growing school community. The number
of subscribers to the Positions Vacant alert, available via the Find a Job section, continued to expand.
In 2015 the Publications Team delivered frequent updates to two public
websites: this Catholic Education website and the Catholic Education Commission of
Victoria Ltd (CECV) site on behalf of the
Commission. In July 2015 the internal staff intranet was completed redeveloped
and renamed – now known as gabriel after the archangel responsible for
delivering good news – with a fresh look and greater functionality to quickly
locate frequently used items including school data, and a new style of
noticeboard with daily updates from the Executive Director.
Top hit sections on the Catholic Education Melbourne website
Number of emails sent out from the Executive Director in 2015
Catholic Online Mail for Schools
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 distributed each Friday of the school
term. Occasional special messages were required for extraordinary or urgent items.
Also distributed to all staff in Melbourne Catholic schools was an
Easter message from the Archbishop, a World Teacher’s Day message, and the
annual Christmas message from the Executive Director.
Director’s eNews, a fortnightly online newsletter, continued to be the leading
newsletter to schools where the Executive Director imparted news to principals on:
Director’s eNews was also emailed to parish priests, leaders of religious congregations
and Catholic Education Melbourne staff each fortnight.
The new Strategic Plan 2015–2019,
launched in May 2015, accompanied the rebranding of the office to become
Catholic Education Melbourne. A wide variety of publications were produced in
2015, including brochures, reports, statistical bulletins, flyers, Mass
booklets, Catholic Education Week promotions, catechists’ student and teacher
booklets, conference paraphernalia and invitations, and an update of the two
parent handbooks. Four editions of Catholic Education Today were distributed to families via their child’s school, with stories
including stories of life lessons coming from hardship, past students who have
gone onto social justice initiatives, the great debate about homework, school
celebrations of the centenary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli, drug education,
and inspirational stories of current students, from Year 12 College Captain and
Sudan refugee Anei Thou, to Year 4 student Laura Davoli, who despite losing
both legs from the effects of a life-threatening virus, has nothing but a
positive outlook on life. The stories of Catholic schools and students are
endless, and Catholic Education Today is a small way to celebrate their journeys.
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