A Note from the Chair
Port School is rapidly growing and emerging as a high-end provider of re-engagement education and care programs for socially disadvantaged and at risk youth. Young people deserve to have the world at their feet, the opportunity to realise their dreams, sound mental and physical health and at least one adult who believes in them, pushes them and offers unconditional support and advice. Sadly, for many young people, none or few of these essentials are present in their lives. Port School aims to fill the void, mend the bridges and give real hope and possibility back to our students and emerging young adults.
The Port School Board met with staff and an education consultant (me at the time) back in 2010, to develop the first of the school’s formalised strategic plans, since its relocation to Hamilton Hill some 17 years before. Fittingly, we have outgrown this plan and should take time and stock of the myriad accomplishments achieved that were identified and acted upon over the past 7 years. In 2010, Port was a simpler and much smaller organisation, with a relatively singular program focus. Port has developed over the past 7 years to become a notable game changer in the realm of Care Schools. Port’s diverse programs and offerings have become more sophisticated, beautifully interwoven and world-class in many respects.
The nature of the work we do is difficult, frantic and at times unpredictable, and it is understandable that we get lost in the demands of the everyday. This is why it is so important to pause, take stock, look back upon what we have achieved, identify areas of weakness, as well as strengths, so that we can move forward armed with a shared vision. As individuals we all contribute a variety of skills and talents while investing a good share of blood, sweat and tears into the growth of Port School. It is, however, our collective efforts that are truly powerful and it is this collective approach that graces us with the real opportunity to impact positively upon the lives of young people at risk, preparing them for a changing world.
As a Board we are concerned with the governance of the business in terms of direction and control, including structure, culture, goalsetting and decision-making. The Board’s core business focuses on areas such as:
- Sound and ethical business practices – including management of areas such as community/client relations, transparent finances, resources and staff management.
- Quality outcomes – ensuring that the programs developed, or the services provided by Port through the direction of the Principal, are of the highest quality and standard.
- Compliance – ensuring that the school, as an educational institution and business, complies with all required regulations, legislation and standards on an ongoing basis.
- Risk management – protecting Port School from possible negative occurrences, as well as recognising opportunities and capitalising on these when they arise.
The 2018-2022 Strategic Plan has come about after meetings, retreats and collaborations from all Port School stakeholders over the course of 2016-18. This plan will act as a guide to ensure we hold true to our ideals. We are excited by the potential pathways and developments envisaged for Port School over the next 5 years.
Anne M Gee B Ed, ECE, Dip Teach, ECE/HPE
Port School Chair
Education and Strategic Planning Consultant