Staff Leadership and Development

    See also: Professional Educators

    Staff Leadership

    Leadership is an important quality at Roseville College, with leadership-by-example playing a strong role in teacher-student relationships. Among recent staff achievements are:

    In December 2009, Head of PDHPE (and a Roseville Old Girl), Mrs Suzi Litchfield, was awarded the 2009 ANU Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching following a nomination by past Roseville student Rachel Bourke. Rachel, who was graduating from a Bachelor of Medicine/ Bachelor of Surgery, said "Suzi helped me to achieve my potential in the only subject I enjoyed [PDHPE], which allowed me to prove to myself that I could perhaps do well in other areas of study too."

    PDHPE teacher, Miss Sally Macready, competed in the gruelling XPD, Australia's own expedition length adventure race, in 2009 (Australian Alps) and 2010 (Cairns). By taking on the 700km challenge of trekking, mountain biking and kayaking, Sally demonstrated the excitement of pushing oneself to the limit of human endurance.

    Miss Emily Shanahan, Outdoor Education Coordinator and History Teacher, sets the example for taking on challenges outside one's comfort zone and engaging in life-long learning. In addition to her unforgettable outdoor education programs and camps, Emily coordinates and participates in supervision of both the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and Antipodeans Abroad programs at Roseville. In 2010, Emily won the Rotary Vocational Service Award in recognition of her work with outdoor education. To further enrich her own life-long learning abilities, Emily pursues her passion for languages; she is already fluent in five languages and is proficient (conversational) in an additional three!

    As an innovator in education, Year 6 teacher Mrs Henrietta Miller has integrated technology into her classroom and creating "classes without walls" using a class blog (which received more than 5,000 visitors in 2010), monitored and secured social networking sites like Edmodo (a secure learning space) and everyday networking tools like Twitter and Ustream. Henrietta is a professional educator committed to advancing education in Australia; she does this via weekly onsite "technie brekkie" sessions for colleagues which are uploaded to her website TechieBrekkie. She is often invited for speaking engagements, most recently the Ulearn10 conference in Christchurch (September 2010) and the AIS Integration Conference (October 2010), and is one of the founders of The Bloggers Cafe, a safe and moderated environment that allows upper primary students from around the world to connect, collaborate and share their learning experiences.

    Staff Development

    Our Director of Staff Services is responsible for staff professional learning and career assistance, and the cost of this role is not included in the average annual amount below.

    Using 2009 as an example, our average annual expenditure on Professional Learning per staff was $820, with all teaching staff participating in professional development throughout the year. The College held eight professional learning or staff days; mainly  at the beginning of each term, with two at the beginning of Term 1 and a final staff day at the end of Term 4. Areas of professional learning included:

    • Differentiation
    • Interactive Whiteboards
    • Smart Board Training
    • Challenging Gifted Students
    • Moodle
    • Differentiation within Languages
    • Ergonomics
    • First Aid, basic first aid training
    • Assessment for a Differentiated Curriculum
    • Maths Staff, Programming for a Differentiated Curriculum
    • Assessment for a Differentiated Curriculum – Practical Task.

    All teaching staff are expected to fully participate and engage in these professional learning days. In addition, each department runs individualised professional learning programs, and staff attend individual events, including but not limited to attending and presenting at conferences, and participating in events from accredited training authorities.

    The College wishes to remain an attractive employer for current and prospective staff, so we periodically undertake an Employee Benchmark Survey. Again, using 2009 as an example, the College scored well above comparative schools in categories of "Recommending Roseville College to Potential Parents" and "Recommending Roseville College as a place to work".

    All our Annual Educational and Financial Reports contain reporting on each of these areas and they can be viewed in Our Academic Track Record.