The Pembroke School Annual Report : Annual Report 2016
Pembroke Connect Programme Preparation is complete for commencement in 2017 of the Pembroke Connect Programme, an intensive English as an Additional Language programme for students who require support before entering mainstream classes. For many years, Pembroke has outsourced the provision of this support to other schools. Bringing this programme "in house" has many benefits for the School and the students involved. IT Future Pembroke values the role of ICT in the educational setting. It has in place significant infrastructure including some 1,600 computers and up-to-date software across all three sub-schools, complementing both modern and traditional methodologies. After an 18 month review and investigation of best practice concerning access to technology, a decision was made to encourage students in Years 10 to12 to bring a suitable device to School, if they believe this will assist them in their learning. We have improved the capacity to support privately owned devices by increasing the coverage and robustness of the wireless network and enhancing the access to and staffing of the Help Desk levels. Student Welfare and Support Pembroke plans to increase staffing levels in several areas of student support in 2017, including English as an Additional Language in the Junior School, support staff for learning support and student counselling in the Middle and Senior Schools and nursing support based on the Girton campus. Medical care for our boarders has been enhanced by engaging a general practitioner who is available to students wishing to consult a doctor on site. The School runs an excellent series of Retreat Days. In 2016 these addressed pertinent issues including wellbeing, developing the whole child, alcohol, drugs and sexual health and teen mental health first aid. Pembroke has an embedded Healthy Minds programme and has also trialled using Mindfulness as an approach to student well-being. The School Chaplain remains an integral part of Pembroke's student support team. Student Leadership Student leadership continues to evolve across the School. The Student Voice Executive plays an increasingly vibrant role in the Middle School. Many assemblies are now run with great skill by student leaders who are becoming increasingly outward looking and engaged in thinking about important local and global issues. There is more cohesion to the causes adopted by the students and an increasing focus on awareness raising and giving time. Outdoor Education The Outdoor Education programme at Pembroke is an outstanding one, with students valuing the progression of experiences. The transfer of Year 7 Camps to management by the Outdoor Education team has improved the integration of this programme with the subsequent Middle and Senior offerings. The planned completion in 2017 of the Old Watulunga Environmental Learning Centre on the Finniss River will enliven the presentation of sustainability and environmental responsibility inherent in our Outdoor programmes. Further developments on the site will allow a "farm to table" experience for our students. The Parents' and Friends' Association contributed over $200,000 to support the completion of the Centre. This financial capacity is the product of the substantial efforts made by President Mrs Virginia Angove, her predecessors Ms Carolyn Luke and Mrs Jo Macklin, together with all the parents (and friends) who have given service to the School in this manner. It is a fine example of resources being developed by the Pembroke community and of each generation literally preparing the ground for the cultivation of the next!
Annual Report 2014