Everal Miocevich, principal at Southern River College in Perth and former student of the school, recognises that relationships are the currency of change in schools.
Southern River College is in the working class suburb of Gosnells and like other schools in similar communities, it faces obstacles that can impact educational outcomes. Everal believes that positive student-staff relationships and meaningful curriculum that targets students’ needs are the necessary foundation to drive towards student success.
Everal is committed to a school environment where everyone can learn and be inspired by one another, including the college’s staff.
To this end, the school staff room is being converted into a learning space to provide an environment for teachers to share and learn from each other. Teachers work together to engage multi-faceted programs for the varying needs of the students, from those that are highly academic to those still learning to read and write.
“One of our biggest challenges is the literacy rates of our new Year 7 cohort each year – at least 40 per cent are reading at well below Year 7 level.”
Everal reflects that this enrolment jump is due to the strategic direction of the school in offering a range of learning opportunities to cater to the needs and complexities of all students. Meeting the needs of students supports them to engage with learning and develop long-term aspirations.