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Study Leave for our Principal

Reggio Emilia Study Tour, Italy 2019

Mrs Sampson has been the Principal of Nowra Anglican College for five and a half years and is highly regarded and appreciated for her professionalism, integrity, approach-ability and passion for our school and each young person in its care.

Lorrae’s conditions of employment provide a study leave for each five years. The primary purpose of Study Leave is professional development to enhance her skills and knowledge of current developments in education so that she can continue to lead and inspire the Nowra Anglican College learning community.

The College Council has approved Lorrae’s study leave for the last two weeks of Term 1 and the first three weeks of Term 2, including the school holiday period in between. Lorrae has chosen opportunities that will sharpen her knowledge of how students learn in order to benefit every child in the school.

Reggio Emilia Study Tour

She will attend the Reggio Emilia Study Tour in Italy. The principles of Reggio Emilia heavily influence the learning of our younger students in the Junior School and Preschool. It is an approach that views each child as competent and capable and places them at the centre of their learning. The physical environment is also an essential component in student learning with each student encouraged to explore, play and develop in their natural environment. I am sure that those of you who have visited our preschool and kindergarten classes will attest to the wonderful learning environment they provide for our children.

Building Learning Power

The College is implementing a new whole school approach to learning and teaching. Already our students have been introduced to the Building Learning Power approach which focuses on improving students’ ability to become powerful learners. Lorrae will visit several schools in England that have successfully implemented Building Learning Power and seen significant gains in student achievements as a result.

During Lorrae’s time away, Mr David Hamaty will be Acting Principal and Mr Brad Milburn will support him in the role of Deputy Principal. The Council is confident that David and Brad will provide continued strong stewardship of the College in these roles.

The College is currently undergoing a significant period of growth and we have witnessed increased enrolments in the Junior and Senior Schools. Under Mrs Sampson’s leadership we have introduced the third (Banksia) classroom of the Bomaderry Community Preschool, the third class in Kindergarten and the fourth class in Year 7. Our plans to build a new Technology and Visual Arts facility are complete and we are continuing to refine the College’s Masterplan.

We are looking forward to the continued growth and development of our students that this study experience will bring to our College community.

Mr Bill Shields
Chair Nowra Anglican College Council