The Pembroke School Annual Report : Annual Report 2016
Sport and Co-curricular In 2016, more than 900 students from the Middle and Senior campuses, and almost 300 from the Junior campus, represented Pembroke School in the 25 different sports on offer. All participated admirably. Of particular note were the First VIII Table Tennis team, First XI Boy, First XI Girl and Middle A Soccer teams, First XV Rugby and U14 Rugby who all came first in their divisions. The inaugural Indigenous Round, which saw the First XVIII Football and Open A Netball teams compete for the Yunupingu Cups, took place in May. The day was tremendously successful in bringing our community closer together. In 2017, the inclusion of many more sports in this round is planned. The calendar was filled with many co-curricular highlights. The Jazz Cabaret was an excellent showcase of our student bands and ensembles; the students clearly thrilled to be playing directly alongside the artists in residence. The rollicking Year 5 production of Pirates of Penzance was a triumph with over 70 children on stage. The Middle School musical Peter Pan was wonderful entertainment from a great troupe having fun with this classic. The staff of Pembroke play essential roles in enabling the success of our students across this large canvas. The Principal, Heads of School, senior staff and Business Director are thanked for their very fine leadership and all our teaching and non-teaching staff for their dedicated conduct of all matters pertaining to education at Pembroke in 2016. Pembroke Academy Providing opportunity for professional development is a significant factor in the School's attraction and retention of staff. This was affirmed by the quality of applicants for senior positions at Pembroke in 2016. The Pembroke Academy is taking shape. At the September Showcase Day, all teaching staff were engaged in presenting the work of their Professional Learning Forums (PLFs) to their peers as well as members of the School Board and leaders from the tertiary sector. These PLFs are small groups of staff engaged in research and development in areas of their own choice, with a common focus of improving student outcomes. The level of engagement of our highly experienced staff with this process of continuing to improve and expand their professional expertise is outstanding. Finance The School remains in a very sound financial position, with an over budget full year operating surplus of $2.460 million. This has placed Pembroke in a good position to undertake, in combination with a significant capital campaign, the planned Middle School Development. Major Building Project -- 3 Shipsters Road Having successfully purchased the property at 3 Shipsters Road in 2015, planning for the most significant new building in Pembroke's 43 year history commenced in earnest in 2016. This major investment will provide modern and innovative learning areas for Technology and Design, Science and Visual Art. A series of events were dedicated to communicating the planned design to various groups within the Pembroke community and neighbourhood, followed by staged launches of the associated capital campaign. At the Foundation Ambassadors Lunch in August, supporters heard Principal Mr Luke Thomson speak inspiringly of his vision for the building and the potential impact it will have on the School. He also underlined the need for a broad base of financial support if the vision is to become a reality. When completed, this building will be a landmark for the locality. The iconic prismatic geometry of the building, bold but sensitive scale of the construction and the proposed environmental and embedded educative features are among the reasons this project is such an invigorating prospect for our community. The plan for engagement and early involvement of the university and entrepreneurial sectors, underscores the potential this development has to enhance the life of the School for decades to come.
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