Principal's Report 15 December 2017


It really does feel like this year has just flown by, and what a fantastic year it’s been! I am so proud of the achievements of our students and our school. I’m already excited about 2018, as I know we can continue to achieve together.

As we approach the pointy end of the year, it sometimes feels like schools couldn’t be any busier. It’s a hectic time indeed as we maintain our focus on the present but are also planning in depth for 2018. It is also a special time with many special experiences that happen at this time.


These past few weeks alone have provided some memorable events highlighting the talents of our students and staff. We’ve had our Annual Art Show in the PAC; our Year 12 Valedictory Dinner at MV Racecourse and the wonderful College Music Concert as well. On behalf of the whole school, I warmly congratulate all of the students and staff who have been involved in all of these events.  It’s been a very exciting time! And, there’s still more to come.

It is such a privilege to be part of these sorts of special events at our school. It’s opportunities like these that our students will remember long into the future, and so too will we, their teachers and families. We’re lucky to have students who are willing to have a go, to take the stage, to enter a Maths competition, to paint for an audience, to lead a club, to put up the flag, to mentor younger friends and to generally contribute so much to the life of our school.


The positive learning culture of BPC is something truly special and it doesn’t just happen. It takes work from all of us. It takes inspiration, discipline and it takes the commitment and talents of our teaching and support staff. As we approach the end of this year, I know you will join me in thanking our teachers and support staff for the work they do every day, to enable our students to do their very best. We truly have an outstanding staff at Buckley Park College and I thank them for a great year’s work.

As you’re reading this newsletter, our Year 12 VCE students will know their results for the past year of hard work. ! I know there are some very nervous Year 12 students around this time and after reading their results, many will be elated, some may simply feel content and yet some might be a little disappointed. My strong message to all Year 12 students is that if they know they’ve done their best, they should be proud – regardless of the ATAR. Life is about options and opportunities; there are many ahead of them and together we’ll ensure that each of our graduating students is on the best path forward.

I sincerely hope, and believe, that the next time I see our Year 12 VCE students in at school, I’ll see them with huge smiles, feeling very excited about whatever lays ahead for them.

Soon we’ll then farewell the Class of 2017, as well as present many, many awards and prizes to students from all other year levels too, at the annual College Awards Ceremony. This year the ceremony will be held on Tuesday December 19 in the Sports Hall @ 1 30 pm. All families are warmly invited to join us for our afternoon of celebration and acknowledgement.

This is a wonderful community in which to work and I thank you, our families, for all that you do to help our school shine.  


Wishing you a safe, happy and restful Christmas.

Nathan Chisholm