Dale Hoffman – Wellbeing Director

Many of you would be familiar with the African Proverb “It takes a village to raise a child”, meaning that an entire community of people must interact with children for those children to experience and grow in a safe and healthy environment.

This proverb perfectly captures my first impressions of Cornerstone College in my new role as Wellbeing Director.

We are indeed a thriving community and in my first few weeks I have witnessed the community in action through year level parent evenings, Year 12 meet the teachers evenings, enrolment evenings for future students, Battunga House Focus week and the ongoing work of the Parents, Teachers and Friends committee.

Community is so much more than just one-off events. It is about collaboration between parents/caregivers, students and staff to provide the best possible outcomes for all of us. Having consistent expectations, values and understanding is pivotal in our community as it ensures that our young people receive a strong and consistent Christian based education.

A great strength of the College is our commitment to Pastoral Care. Our House System seeks to develop and create ‘communities’ within ‘communities’, so that students develop positive relationships with each other, and families develop relationships with appropriate staff.

Teaching and learning are often viewed as the core business of an educational institution; however, we must provide a holistic education that focuses on the spiritual, emotional, psychological and physical development of our young people.

We should never take our community for granted and the College is continuing to identify ways in which we can strengthen our community partnerships. Shortly we will undertake a consultation process with all key stakeholders to assist us in developing a Code of Conduct for all community members. We ask that as valued members of our community you take the time to engage in this process and provide feedback when requested.

Cornerstone College acknowledges and appreciates the amazing efforts and ongoing work that staff, families, students and volunteers do within our community. We are on this journey together, where We Love, We Learn, and We Grow.

I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought – Corinthians 1:10.