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New Year, New Beginnings
Barry Dequanne, Director

 

As we embark on the new year and decade ahead, and in the spirit of new beginnings, it is with a sense of excitement, pride, and honour that we launch ISZL's new guiding statements.

We would like to extend our deep levels of appreciation for our community's involvement in the development of our new mission, vision, and values. The year-long process that led to this moment involved embracing a design principles approach. We engaged with hundreds of community members to explore the existential questions associated with our school's purpose and direction.

The outcome of this work is a mission that commits not only students, but all adults in our community, to a culture of learning and a determination to make a positive difference. The new vision, in turn, speaks to our paramount focus on ensuring students realise their full potential and are able to turn their learning into action. 

Our community-wide process also resulted in the adoption of ISZL's past mission-related words - respect, motivate, and achieve - as our school's values. They have been transformed into action statements to further hold us accountable to realising these ideals. These values serve to celebrate ISZL's history and recognise the efforts of those past community members, whose 'shoulders we are now standing on', who are enabling us to envisage the next steps for our school's future.

We hope you take some time to engage with the complete set of new ISZL Guiding Statements. The statements include a reference to the school's identity, in addition to a newly introduced and critically important set of learning principles designed to guide teaching and learning at ISZL.

To that end, it is with great excitement and optimism about our future that we share ISZL's new mission, vision, and value statements:

 

 

Looking ahead, these new statements must be much more than simply 'words on paper'. Our collective commitment is to turn these ideals into action and ensure our guiding statements come alive every day to steer our work, decisions, and strategy. Over the next year, we will bring you stories of how our statements guide the advancement of our culture, school development, and approaches to teaching and learning. We encourage you to follow ISZL on social media to stay up-to-date with our progress: ISZL FacebookISZL InstagramISZL Twitter and ISZL Linkedin.

In terms of next steps, we are currently working through the thousands of feedback data points submitted by our community during the design process. This will assist us in establishing a strategic framework and corresponding objectives to realise ISZL's new mission and vision. We expect this work to be completed in the next few months. 

It is thrilling to start the year with a renewed sense of clarity about who we are and who we want to become. We are thankful to be on this journey with you and look forward to what our community can achieve together in 2020 and beyond!

Best,

Daniel Urech
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Barry Dequanne
School Director

 

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