College President's Welcome
Welcome to Gleeson College
Gleeson College was established in 1989, built on the core values and principles held by our founder, the late Emeritus Archbishop James Gleeson. As a faith-filled community, our aim as a College, is to provide a safe and welcoming community in which students are eager to learn and grow together with the assistance of the passionate staff, who devote their time to ensure all members of the College succeed in reaching their goals. This is facilitated through new and updated facilities and the immense range of opportunities provided to the students at the College. 2018 is an exciting year for the College, as it marks the 30th anniversary year of the school, which also coincides with the introduction of Year 7 students for the first time at Gleeson College.
Gleeson has provided us with an abundance of opportunities and challenges, which have played a significant role in developing the people we are today. Opportunities such as, camps to extend relationships with students and teachers, subject extension to further education in particular fields of interest, continual support and guidance from down to earth teachers and the numerous leadership activities and experiences the school provides to make sure that we can be the best leaders we could possibly be. Throughout our schooling, the incorporation of Catholic values and moral values plays a vital role in the development of servant leadership for all students.
Our Values >
The Gleeson 10 consists of an important set of values, followed and upheld by staff, students and extended members of the community at Gleeson College. The Gleeson 10 have been an important aspect of the College for over 10 years, when they were developed to focus on the importance of life-long learning and upholding a faith filled community. Our Religious Education curriculum is also an integral part of College life, with the subject being taught from Years 7to 12. In addition, students participate in Class, House and College Masses as well as many other Catholic celebrations throughout the year.
To us, The Gleeson 10 are a specific set of values, which guide us to be the best version of ourselves. They provide a foundation of goals in which to aspire to and uphold everyday throughout the College.
Fundraising and Social Justice is a significant feature of our College, which brings our faith-filled community together, in order to give back to those who are in need. Fundraising enhances the 'service to others' value within our Gleeson 10, whilst also incorporating compassion, peace and harmony. Another specific example is the Immersion Trip, offered to Year 11 students studying Indigenous Spirituality in Religion. This trip provides students with life-long learning, enabling them to participate in a completely different experience, immersing themselves in the Tiwi Island culture and providing service to others on the island.
Academic Support and Flexible Learning >
All Gleeson College staff and students take pride in their individual achievements and the achievements of our community members, which in turn constructs a culture of excellence. This culture ensures that all members of the community collectively work towards helping each other achieve excellence. Gleeson College provides an immense amount of academic supportfor all students through many avenues with passionate staff, supportive peers and through College support programs such as those offered by our Flexible LearningCentre (FLC). The FLC is a space where students are free to learn in a quiet environment with thehelp of specialised teachers. This area ispredominantlyreserved for students who have specific learning requirements and need extra support; however the centre also provides extension activities for students who excel in their studies and support them to attain their full potential.
The Arts >
Gleeson College's Performing Arts Program provides students with new opportunities and the chance to excel in different creative and artistic facets of College life. All students have the opportunity to be involved in an array of events to showcase their artistic talent, such as the Balaklava and Adelaide Eisteddfods, Generations in Jazz (Mt Gambier), College musical productions, various concerts and Performing Arts Roadshows, as well as CollegeMasses and assemblies. Instrumental lessons are also on offer, along with the opportunity to join one of our many bands, choirs and/ordance troupes.
The World Football and Netball Specialist Programs allow students to acquire expert training from professional coaches. These programs provide excellent opportunities for participating students, such as State Knockout Competitions and Saturday morning competitions. Our College also takes part in the Independent Schools Sports Association, Catholics Girls Sports Association and Secondary Schools Sport South Australia.
The sporting culture throughout Gleeson College enhances the learning opportunities offered in the classroom. Students are guided by elite level players and coaches, providing valuable insight into all aspects of what it takes to be successful at the highest level. The school also specifically caters for the talented athletes within our school who participate in a high standard of their own chosen sport. The school ensures these students who train a significant amount throughout the week, are able to keep up with their work, ensuring that they can have an even balance of their sporting and school life.
Languages and Cultural Programs >
Gleeson's Languages and Cultural Programs provide a range of opportunities for students to study a language and develop a greater understanding of different cultures. Japanese and Italian are offered to students in Years 7 through 9, where they can choose to continue their studies to Year 12. Students wishing to study a language past Year 9 are offered a range of different language and cultural experiences. Japanese students in Years 10, 11 and 12 can participate in the biannual Japan Trip, travelling to Japan for a two-week cultural immersion. This trip encompasses travel to Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima and includes a short homestay with a Kogakuin Junior High School family, our sister school located in Tokyo, Japan. Members of the Gleeson College community also in turn have the opportunity to host a short or long-term exchange student from Kogakuin JHS, throughout the academic year.
Student Leadership >
Students from all year levels have numerous opportunities to run for formal leadership positions either within their Houses or within the Middle or Senior sub schools. Through these positions, students are encouraged to develop and demonstrate their leadership skills with the assistance of staff and the wider community. This is also allows the chance for students to explore new ideas and initiatives.
Cooperating in College Masses and whole school gatherings encourages the leaders to become more confident through reading in front of an audience and provides them with an experience where they can become comfortable with being 'uncomfortable'. Providing the leaders throughout the school with weekly leadership meetings enables us to compile ideas and generate initiatives, in which can benefit not just the school and students, but the wider community.
This year we have been lucky enough to start our own initiatives, which are currently being developed. Later this year we will announce an exciting student initiative, which we hope to introduce watch this space!
Gleeson College aims to ensure that each student achieves their full potential, encouraging a culture of excellence within the College.
Being a Catholic community entails prayerfulness in everydayactivities fromall members of the College. Prayerfulness encompasses not only Catholic Studies, daily prayer and whole College Masses, but also relaxation, spirituality and connecting with people and the surrounding environment.
It is important that as a community, we take pride and enjoyment in our College by recognisingandcongratulatingthe achievements of ourselves and others. This includes academic, sporting, artistic and the many other achievements of those within our community. Gleeson students wear their uniform and represent the College with pride as members of the community.
Merit Awards are important achievements, which all students should strive for, no matter what their talents or challenges are. Merits are awarded to students who have a positive attitude towards their studies, try their hardest and give 100% in everything they do. This attitude towards anything you do in life is going to be a fundamental attribute to all students' success within and outside of Gleeson.
The College community - staff, students and parents - are dedicated to their partnership in our education. The supportive environment of the College and the evident ethos allow all staff and students to work to the best of their ability at all times. The staff and students of the College are also provided great support from the Parent and Friends Committee who assist in fundraising to support students at the College in a range of endeavours.
We invite you to explore our website and learn more about the academic and co-curricular opportunities available at Gleeson College. Alternatively, book a place at one of our 2018 Principal's Tours to see our students and facilities in action and experience our warm and welcoming College.
Trent Wallace & Rebecca Pratt,
2018 College Presidents