The real dream team
GILL BERRIMAN knows she’s got her ‘Dream Team’ together at Bayview Secondary College and can point to an international publication and a number of other professional achievements in recent years as evidence.
Tasmanian principal of the year in 2017, Ms Berriman has a longstanding relationship with the school. She began her career at Bayview as a classroom teacher but is now an award-winning principal who is motivated to steer her staff and students towards the best possible educational outcomes.
Ms Berriman’s first goal was to realign the school’s purpose for positive outcomes.
“The transformation at Bayview is so much more than just the name change,” she said. “There’s been a real commitment from the staff and students, the school council and other community organisations working alongside the school to make Bayview the best it can be for our students.”
Such has been the remarkable nature of the transformation the school has been featured as one of 10 case study schools in Dream Team, a 2018 book released internationally by Education Changemakers to highlight the power of brilliant leadership teams in schools.
Bayview now serves as a model for positive change in tens-of-thousands of schools from New Zealand to North America where the book has become a ‘must-read’ for principals and other school leaders.
“To have that recognition of the journey we’ve been on, and for it to be acknowledged as a genuinely remarkable achievement, is something I’m thrilled about,” Ms Berriman said.
“Dream Team really picks up on our commitment to the concept of listening then planning, of forging local connections and leading change in the community.”
With the school on an upward trajectory in terms of enrolment, exciting plans for new academic and sporting facilities and both staff members and students being recognised for excellence in various fields, the future is bright at Bayview Secondary College.
“We’re excited that families from the Clarence Plains and South Arm peninsula can look to Bayview and see a fully-formed pathway through their child’s secondary education from day one of high school to the end of Year 12.
“I’m so proud of what we’ve been able to achieve here and know we’ll continue to deliver great outcomes for all our students by paying attention to their individual needs and providing those rich educational opportunities and supportive networks that are so important in great schools.”
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From Classroom To The Battlefields
THE BATTLEFIELDS of Flanders are a long way from Mockridge Road in Clarendon Vale, but for Bayview Secondary College prefect Nell Hentschel and her history teacher Mel Burnett, the two places will forever be linked following an educational trip to Belgium and France in early 2019.
Ms Hentschel was awarded the trip after submitting a successful essay on World War One in the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize. The annual history competition is an initiative between the State Government and RSL Tasmania for Year 9 students state-wide.
Ms Hentschel’s essay detailed the military exploits of Australian General Sir John Monash and his role in the successful war effort.
Ms Burnett was lucky enough to join in as one of the chaperones accompanying the six students who made up the 2019 tour party.
“It was a fantastic opportunity to not only travel but learn about the significant impacts of the war in Belgium and France,” Ms Henstchel said.
As well as touring the Somme region, the Frank MacDonald group was invited to attend the iconic ANZAC Day ceremony at Villers Brettoneux and even made it onto national television back in Australia as the event was beamed live across the country as part of the annual commemoration.
The group also saw the sights of Paris in the weeks following the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral and filled their days with culture, history and learning.
“Experiencing a new country has its own challenges but we were fortunate enough to have this experience with such a supportive group. I hope the bonds I’ve created with these people on the journey will become lifelong friendships.”
The importance of opportunities to enter competitions like the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize and a host of other academic pursuits are not lost on Ms Burnett when it comes to building a strong culture of teaching and learning at Bayview.
“To win the prize was great for Nell in terms of a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but I hope it’ll serve as inspiration for other Bayview students to put themselves out there in that academic space as well.
“I know from just talking to colleagues this is the kind of opportunity the whole staff wants to offer our students to give them as many rich and authentic learning experiences as we can.”
Aspiring to Greatness
WHEN Australian Test cricket captain Tim Paine led his team to victory at the 2019 Ashes, it was the crowning moment of his sporting career. It was also a proud moment for students and staff at Bayview Secondary College to see a former student front-and-centre on the global stage.
Paine, a former student at Rokeby High School, has featured on motivational banners in the school’s gym for a number of years, serving as an inspiration to Bayview students. The school is currently mounting an effort to cement themselves as a key sporting hub for the wider community.
Bayview’s Director of Sport, Tom Robinson, was named Tasmanian PE teacher of the year in 2017 for his innovative work in the field and has no doubt students who access the facilities and courses on offer at Bayview can aspire to greatness, just like Tim Paine.
“The whole aim of teaching health and physical education in schools is to educate students around their own wellbeing and being active citizens, but we also want to provide a pathway to the elite levels of sport that so many young people dream about,” Mr Robinson said.
Also planned is a significant investment in state-of-the-art facilities that are currently in development with Clarence City Council, the end result being a sporting centre likes of which does not currently exist on the Eastern Shore.
“We’re really lucky with the outdoor spaces we have available at Bayview, there’s always room for the students to get out and move,” Mr Robinson said.
“What will be even better is when the new stadium, courts and redeveloped sports fields are up and running, Bayview students will have access to premium sports facilities every day at school.”
Central to the master plan is a continuation and expansion of the existing relationship between Bayview and prominent local sports clubs so students entering the school in Year 7 can maintain their efforts at club level while upskilling and striving for excellence in their chosen field.
“We’ve got a number of male and female students playing at Lauderdale footy club, local cricket clubs, soccer played on our fields every weekend.
“We just want to give every young person in the local community the facilities, the motivation and the access to coaching and expertise they need to achieve their own personal goals and live healthy, happy lives.”
Looking to the Future
AS THE Australian labour market continues to adapt and change in response to new technologies, Bayview Secondary College has taken huge strides to provide a range of stimulating and future-focused courses for its students. While delivering the Australian Curriculum is at the centre of all decisions in planning for teaching and learning, Bayview staff have been able to create a number of dynamic learning opportunities for students seeking extension and enrichment in their schooling.
A focus on an integrated approach to science, technology, engineering, art and maths (STEAM) is a key part of the school’s aim to promote best practice and innovation in education, but it doesn’t exist in isolation according to school principal Gill Berriman.
“Our awareness of innovation and excellence in education really frames our focus on STEAM as a key area for teaching and learning, but it’s not the only avenue we want to offer our students,” Ms Berriman said.
“With the expansion to a senior secondary college since 2017 we have aimed to deliver unique and relevant vocational programs that differentiate us from other schools and colleges in the area.
“There are courses for civil construction, community healthcare and hairdressing and we plan to continue to expand as our senior secondary program grows year by year.”
The STEAM approach is just one area where Bayview students are being given an opportunity to excel in their education and plan thoroughly for their future beyond secondary school.
Students consider the world of work and career planning by accessing a variety of resources including My Education and Work Studies content in home group, the Tasmanian Humble Products entrepreneurial program and the through the school’s Collective Ed team.
“We want to ensure every one of our students has the chance to make informed choices about their preferred career path and then be confident that Bayview provides the range of courses and vocational training to make those a reality,” Ms Berriman said.