Deputy Principal


Term 4 Week 4

I write this article in what is now my fifth week since starting work at Canterbury College. As such I must say thank you for the welcome I have received thus far from the community, whether that be the students around the grounds, the parents at a volleyball match or the staff each and every day. I am humbled and blessed by the spirit I have encountered thus far and hope to actively be a part of the Canterbury community for many years to come.

Oddly for many though, I had not yet been formally introduced to the student-body until today's Assembly. With the theme of the Assembly being the value of ‘compassion’, I hope that my first words to the students reflected on what compassion means to me and how I envisage it to being enacted in a school. Of course, we all hope that we are compassionate however, realistically speaking, I think we also all know that we likely have more work to do in that area. In a world more than ever fevered by change and dripping with material it can be easy to navel-gaze at our first world problems and forget the basics of who we are and who we should aim to be. In writing my address for this morning, my mind was cast back to the one person who placed me on the teaching pathway and how that as a man of strength, love and compassion, he showed me what I should aspire to be. In all honesty, I am not yet the man that he was but hope to stay on that journey with the Canterbury community and am ever mindful of the Robert Ingersoll quote I read at his memorial service many years ago;

‘He loved the beautiful, and was with colour, form, and music touched to tears. He sided with the weak, the poor, and wronged, and lovingly gave alms…… He was a worshipper of liberty, a friend of the oppressed…… He believed that happiness was the only good, reason the only torch, justice the only worship…. He added to the sum of human joy; and were everyone to whom he did some loving service to bring a blossom to his grave, he would sleep to-night beneath a wilderness of flowers.’

Annual Excellence Awards
On an operational note, I know that the community was made aware of the date, location and timing of this year’s Annual Excellence Awards (AEA) evening. In shifting the event to the Logan Entertainment Centre, we feel that we have an opportunity for our students to be recognised in a very comfortable, yet formal manner in the heart of the community, in which our College resides. The Year 3-6 students and the K- Year 2 students also are afforded their own special events so we do not lose focus on where our green shoots are. In understanding the busy nature of family life and that many families have students across the sub-schools, the events are not compulsory except for Year 6 and Year 12 students and of course the students who are performing and/or receiving awards.

For anyone who was not able to access the original announcement, please find it here.

1-1 Device Program
In determining the steps toward a complete 1-1 device program, Canterbury will seek to become best-practice leaders in using technology in teaching and learning. The demand for the personal ‘tech dollar’ has resulted in a rather nebulous discussion space as individual companies clearly are more intent on a ‘sell’ rather than what a device may actually be able to do at that learning interface; technology in schools must be more than a graphics card, a word processor or a web-browser. At Canterbury, we feel that we require our students to work with a dynamic yet functional device that has real stylus functionality and the best technical support we can get. We are also aware that in working in a busy environment, accidents happen and that when this occurs the ability to ‘hot-swap’ a unit limits the chance of students ever being without a device in class or at home. Our staff, led by the Director of Learning and Innovation, Mr James Jenkins, will be working closely with Microsoft and educational experts in order to gain maximum advantage in the learning space; something an individual BYOD program does not allow. The final advantage of the 1-1 program is also the affordance it gives to the College to ensure that students are as safe as we can make them and that personal information of all involved is protected as much as possible. Many of us would be aware through the media that organisations of all shapes and sizes are under constant and relentless cyber-attack and a 1-1 program enables far greater ability for us to manage this space.

As noted in an earlier communication, the program will begin in 2020 with our Year 7 cohort and will involve a yearly lease fee that includes device, keyboard, stylus, insurance, all required software and applications for learning, hard case and carry bag. The lease will run in a 3-year cycle to enable us to refresh the technology in the hands of the students at an appropriate time. As also mentioned, we understand that some families may have purchased a device for this cohort before Mr Walker’s communication in Term 3 and we will work with these families for the next three years until the next lease cycle. If you are in this situation, please contact the Director of IT, Mr Andrew Gardiner, as soon as you are able at

After announcing the program on Monday, we have been contacted by many families not in the Year 7 2020 cohort about the possibility of an ‘early’ opt-in. A 3-year device cycle dovetails nicely into Years 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12 and our experience tells us that this is also optimal for device lifespan and finance. For clarity, in 2021 we will roll the 1-1 program to the then Year 4, 7 and 10 cohorts and so-on in the years after until all students will be engaged in the program by 2023. However, we are very happy to announce that in 2020 we are hoping to be able to offer an early opt-in to the 1-1 program for any family/student. If you wish to register interest in starting your child in the 1-1 program then please use this link.

Mr Paul Diete
Deputy Principal