Dear Mulgrave Community,
On behalf of the Mulgrave Board of Directors, I welcome you to a new school year. We are all preparing for this year to be unusual, but as a Board, we have the utmost confidence in our school’s leadership, faculty, staff, and community to not only persevere, but thrive.
The Board is currently focussed on the completion of the strategic plan, which will be finalised after a full year of consultation and development. I am deeply appreciative of the time, effort, and thinking that members of our community - students, parents, faculty, staff, and other interested volunteers - have invested in this process. We are confident that our approach will serve our students well, whether they are in the graduating class of 2021 or of 2035 (as will be the case for our youngest new Mulgravians!).
As our school values state, ‘lifelong learning is built upon curiosity, creativity, and innovative thinking.’ Never has that been more evident than in our current times. Not only has our school been creative and committed to the wellbeing of students through uncertainty, but we are assessing how our learnings can in fact better the educational provision that we offer students in both the short and long-term. This forward-thinking nature is core to who we are and I am excited to see where it will lead.
I wish you all a wonderful start to the year and look forward to seeing you when the time is right.
As a non-profit organisation, we rely on the generosity and commitment of our community members to help make Mulgrave an exceptional educational experience for our students.
“Our family will support the school community in any way we can, starting with ensuring our children live the values of the school and continue to grow on their path to learning & enrichment.” - Mulgrave Parent
This past year, our Momentum Annual Fund enabled updates to several spaces, including the Early Years Playground, Junior School Makerspace, and Upper School Science Room. Your giving made a tremendous impact!
We’ve had another very active year in Admissions. With almost 800 applications and an attrition rate consistent with previous years, under 4%, we face the difficult challenge of turning away wonderful students and families. However, this indication of the commitment of our current families to our educational provision and approach is ever-positive.
This fall, we welcome 140 new students and 82 new families, maintaining our three-class per grade model with a 7:1 student-to-teacher ratio. We know you will embrace (figuratively) these wonderful additions to our community!
Our Summer Programme may have been smaller this year, but the energy of our leaders (we love welcoming back alumni into these roles every year!) and students was as great as ever. Offerings spanned from the visual and performing arts to math and science, with an emphasis on outdoor activities. New programmes this year, Ceramic Creations and Medley Camps, made use of our new kiln and art studio, which students enjoy thanks to the generosity of our MPower donors. Led by Liza Cunningham and Grace Han, both accomplished artists on our faculty, these camps inspired incredible creativity from participants.
We are pleased to welcome 16 new academic staff ranging from newly-credentialed educators as part of our Associate Teacher programme to individuals with robust, wide-ranging experience. Many of our previous Associate Teachers are also transitioning into permanent teaching positions, which enables wonderful consistency and care within our classrooms.
Heather Nolan Wood recently completed her Masters in Counselling and is moving from her role on the Senior School leadership team to expand our in-house counselling team. Jack McKillop, former Outdoor Education and Theory of Knowledge teacher, is settling into the vacated role of Senior School Vice Principal. Both positions serve our increased focus on student wellbeing and Approaches to Learning skill development.
Click here for an introduction to our new faculty.
FALL CAMPAIGN: SNEAK PEEK
Every fall we launch a refreshed marketing campaign. This year, it felt right to come back to the core of who we are at Mulgrave and focus on our values. Regardless of what may be happening in the world around us, we can rely on these principles to guide and ground us. The images in our campaign highlight key words that resonate with students and demonstrate the connection to their behaviours, words, and actions. Be sure to check out the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at the photoshoot and watch for more images in our school materials throughout the year.